Ben Lee dives ‘Deeper Into Dream’ 

Oct. 11 marks the welcome return of another one of our favorite singer-songwriters, the great Aussie eccentric Ben Lee, who’s issuing his new eight effort, “Deeper Into Dream,” then on Dangerbird.

Yes, he started making music in his early teens in the Beastie-Boys-championed Noise Addict. But this zen-like tunesmith has come a remarkably long way.

“This album is about dreams,” he explains. “And like a dream, it bubbled up mysteriously from my unconscious. I’m listening to it, wondering what it is, and why it came, what it has to tell me.”

Lee self-produced the disc in his Laurel Canyon home studio, and even incorporated recorded dream-diary accounts from visitors over a three-month period into the mix. Up until last August, when the man passed away, he was undergoing dream analysis with noted therapist Jan Lloyd. And you can drop by to download the new single, “Get Used To It.”

2011 could turn out to be Lee’s big year. A documentary on him, “Catch My Disease,” just premiered at the Melbourne Film Festival, and — in addition to an upcoming tour — he’s also punching the clock as the bandleader for the Tom Hanks-produced “3 Minute Talk Show With Barry Sobel,” up for viewing online at

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