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But is it commercial?

“If you aint got a hook, you aint got a hope.”
- Jon Astley – taken from the song “But Is It Commercial” from The Complete Angler album.
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Every now and then you hear a decent track used in a TV commercial. Lately there have been a few really good ones that have turned me onto some great new artists. The best find has got to be Tim Myer, who has songs in Target and Saturn commercials. This led me to his MySpace page (www.myspace.com/timmyersmusic) where I found out that he has a new EP called The Good Life. It’s a fantastic Power Pop find with hints of ELO and other 70’s pop influences. Unfortunately it’s only available as a download from iTunes right now, but hopefully he will have a full CD release in the future. This guy writes great songs and I'm surprised there isn't more buzz out there about his music. I highly recommend this new EP.
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Another fun power pop gem is “It’s Love” from Chris Knox, which can currently be heard in the Heineken ads. The song is on iTunes and the CD is available online. It’s full of quirky pianos and an infectiously hooky chorus with a cool break at about 1:43. Unfortunately I don’t think a lot of Chris Knox’s output is as melodic as this track.
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The strangest track I’ve heard is an original made for the Garmin “Napoleon” GPS ad…Its’ a take off on the classic new wave style of "Ca Plane Pour Moi" by Plastic Bertrand, with a good portion sung in French. You’ve got to love it though because it’s a great new wave sound, it’s original and you can download it for free here: http://www8.garmin.com/gameday/ Just click on the “Media” tab.

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So good it's Scary

Shreddingtears Oh my. Those were the first two words that popped into my head and out of my mouth when I listened to the Flight of the Knife CD by Bryan Scary and The Shredding Tears. The more I listened to the amazingly quirky and elaborate melodies, hooks and production the more I thought the band must be from the UK. Isn’t that were all the really great albums are coming from these days? As it turns out, Bryan and his band are from Brooklyn, New York. Their influences include Wings, The Beatles, Queen, ELO, Zappa, Yes and more, yet the album is wholly original and not at all derivative. These guys aren’t trying to be Jellyfish, or The Beatles or Wings for that matter. It’s all there, but they have their own sound and what a sound it is. Fans of Sgt. Pepper’s style writing and production should love this album. There is no doubt that this is one of the best releases of the year and it will definitely make my Top 5 for the year. This is a power pop gem that should gain traction and respect with music fans across a number of genres.
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Recommended tracks: “Flight Of The Knife (Part 1),” “Imitation Of The Sky,” “Purple Rocket,” “The Zero Light”
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http://www.bryanscary.com/

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