Obama couldn’t get it done, so now Eric Hutchinson is taking it to the streets with his song “BCS SUX”. Love it.
I’ll be honest with y’all, I read PerezHilton.com all the time. I like to see what kind of nonsense the celebrity world is up to, plus sometimes he posts scandalous photos of young hot actresses and musicians. I’ll also be honest, the guy really does seem to love music. The weird thing to me is that while he is clearly the epitome of a celebrity hag and loves whatever the hot news is and makes a very very good living off of talking about the hottest celebs in the world, he seems to only “love” indie music. Well indie music and Lady GaGa apparently.
Perez has a concert tour that he is putting together and he even has an imprint record label with Warner (which i hear is being run by Justin Siegel…perez’s first mistake). I have no clue who is going to be signed to his imprint that has some sort of unpronouncable name…perezcious or something…how the f*ck do you say that? Brocofly Records is much more pronounceable. Its like broccoli that has wings…and records.
Anyhow, his tour lineup is such: Ida Maria, Ladyhawke, FrankMusik, Julian Perretta, Eric Hutchinson, Semi Precious Weapons and Sliimy. I think they are on a rotating basis, probably just 3 or maybe 4 per night. I don’t really know if i love or hate what Perez is doing here. These are all bands that have fans, but for the most part, they are really niche bands with bizarre indie followings (eric hutchinson excluded). Half of these artists aren’t even American. I think it is kinda cool that they are going to have new fans because of Perez, but at the same time, these concerts are probably going to suck because the audiences will be there simply because Perez told them to go, not because they love the music. I don’t know where I’m going with this. check out some of the music below. let me know what your opinion of this tour is if you have one.
FrankMusik – Done Done
Get FrankMusik’s Done Done on Amazon Mp3
Semi Precious Weapons – Her Hair Is On Fire
Get Semi Precious Weapons debut album on Amazon Mp3
Ladyhawke – My Delirium
Get Ladyhawke’s eponymous release on Amazon Mp3
Ida Maria – Oh My God
Get Ida Maria’s debut album on Amazon Mp3
Kelly Clarkson gives a shout out to my boy Eric Hutchinson and says this about his album, “if you don’t have it, please go get it, its ridiculous.”
I just love watching an artist grow from infancy to super stardom, and I’ve known Eric since he was a cute little baby in the music world.
As I had mentioned in a previous post, I’ve been a fan and friend of Eric Hutchinson for a number of years now and seeing him headline at the House of Blues to an ecstatic crowd last night was simply remarkable. I still remember the days when he was playing a single song at an open mic night or handing out flyers outside a Ben Harper concert to get people to come see his show at the Westwood Brewing Company. He only played acoustic guitar songs and had about 10 songs in his repertoire, but I always believed in him because of his song writing skills and his down to earth attitude about his music.
Last night, he played alongside a bassist, another piano/guitar/sax player and a drummer. He rocked the keys, the acoustic and the shiny pink electric telecaster. His voice was far more confident in its range than I’d ever heard it before and the audience roared with applause after every song and every joke. I sat in the balcony (thanks for the center stage seats Eric!) and watched what looked like history go down in front of me. I don’t see the progress stopping anytime soon. I don’t doubt I’ll be giving Eric a high five backstage at the Nokia Theater next year and then at Staples Center the year after that. He is a killer 2nd album away from superstardom. And I know that album will come.
In appreciation of everyone’s roots. Here is the “single” off of Eric’s first EP That Could Have Gone Better, called Subtitles.
I’m going to see Eric Hutchinson headline at the Anaheim House of Blues tonight, so I figured I’d highlight him on today’s bloggy. Ya, I called it a bloggy. You wanna fight? I didn’t think so.
I first heard Eric’s music about 6 years ago when I was a crazy college student who devoured everything that I saw on Aware Records webstore (i dont think it exists anymore). His self produced EP, That Could Have Gone Better, was raw and imperfect, but I really saw potential in it’s voice. The lyrics are as clever as Ben Folds’ or John Mayers and this means a lot to me. There are plenty of good singers out there, plenty that are far better than Eric at both singing and playing the guitar or piano, but I don’t find many better songwriters.
I befriended Eric after hearing his first album and when he moved out to LA I helped him out with some promotional work, handed out flyers with him outside the Hollywood Bowl, set up his Rep page on his website, took him to an open mic or two. Now, 6 years later, thanks to an unlikely promotional push by Perez Hilton, Eric is signed to Warner (he had been signed to a subsidiary earlier but it dissolved and he was lost in the mix) and he is on a world tour, sharing the stage with the likes of Jason Mraz and Kelly Clarkson.
I see nothing but greatness in Eric’s future. His lyrics are clever, his voice and musicianship are maturing and his live shows are as witty as ever.
Eric Hutchinson – You Don’t Have To Believe Me, this is one of my favorite tracks from his current album. (buy link below)
Eric Hutchinson – Back to Where I Was (acoustic), this is a really great, slower song by Eric as featured on his new acoustic EP. (buy link below)
And finally, here is just a great live track of Eric doing what he does best. Enjoy it.