Friday, November 21, 2008

It's triple-indie-post o'clock!

That’s right; tonight you’re getting three for one! Contrary to what you might think, I’m not all about big names and high-profile artists who sell millions of records and are all over the Internet. I also love indie artists. In fact the music is all that matters. Sometimes I (virtually) bump into songs, albums or videos from either unsigned or not-yet famous bands or solo acts. I like that so much.

This morning for example, I woke up and found a friend request on my Facebook page from Tim Hanauer. Who is he, you are wondering. Well from what I learnt from his profile, he’s an American pop/folk songwriter. Think Damien Rice, Tom Mc Rae with a little Beatles-feel to it. It’s really nice and pleasant to listen to. His new album is called Time For Change and you can hear his songs on his Facebook page (here). If all days could start like this, it’d be great! I wish him the best, and I must admit I wouldn't be surprised if he ended on the Private Practice soundtrack very soon... It would fit perfectly.

Then I remembered this band The Republic Tigers, which I had heard a couple of times on Grey’s Anatomy and Gossip Girl (great shows BTW). I wasn’t too sure how much I liked their music, but after hearing the full album again, I struck me that I love Keep Color, their first album published on Chop Shop Music, Alex Patsavas’ label (see this previous post). It’s fresh, exciting and they have GREAT melodies. It’s a very enjoyable musical discovery and a serious contender for my top 10 albums of 2008. If you like The Virgins, you’ll probably love those guys.

And finally, still in the same vein and still very exciting is Eric Hutchinson. I’ve been playing his first great album Sounds Like This for over a year now, and it still hasn’t lost any of its appeal. It’s fresh pop/folk music with great lyrics and melodies. Songs like Oh!, Food Chain, Rock & Roll or OK, It’s Alright With Me could easily be hits, and the great thing about this record is that ALL the songs a good. There’s no filler, it feels like each song has its own story and therefore they all fit perfectly on the tracklist. With Christmas just around the corner, this could be a very nice gift (better than a Jessica Simpson record for example...just sayin'!)

All albums can be bought from iTunes.
For more info (tour dates, merchandise etc) check their websites:
Tim Hanauer
The Republic Tigers
Eric Hutchinson

And now some sound :
The Republic Tigers & Eric Hutchinson :

Eric Hutchinson / The Republic Tigers

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