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Yimmer

by Tom Hedrick

Melodic power pop-punk-rock that sounds like The Beatles Abbey Road, The Beach Boys Pet Sounds, Ramones and Velvet Underground all mashed together!
Genre: Rock: Punk-Pop
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Anything Is Possible
2:37 $0.99
2. Embrace the Suck!
3:32 $0.99
3. My Brother Said
2:25 $0.99
4. I Never Knew (I'd Be the Man)
3:17 $0.99
5. Frequently
3:42 $0.99
6. I Don't Ask Anymore
0:57 $0.29
7. Holding U
0:53 $0.29
8. Issues With My Tissues
0:49 $0.29
9. Pancake Girl
2:11 $0.59
10. Thrills! Thrills!
0:29 $0.29
11. The Gay Baker
2:26 $0.99
12. Smoke and Vote
1:31 $0.59
13. Identify Me
1:04 $0.29
14. Pinkee
2:16 $0.79
15. Working for Mr. Hughes
1:53 $0.59
16. Walking With Stitch
1:16 $0.49
17. I Wanna Be Your Towel
1:49 $0.29
18. Photos of My Dinner
0:54 $0.29
19. Holding U (Reprise)
2:33 $0.99
20. Playin' Out Loud (feat. Graham Howes)
4:37 $0.99
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Yimmer is the ninth solo release by Tom Hedrick, the noted and acclaimed power pop songsmith from Minneapolis, Minnesota. This fine album can best be described as equal parts Beatles, Brian Wilson, Ramones and The Velvet Underground, with a touch of Zappa, Miles Davis and Captain Beefheart thrown in for a bit of fun and unexpected U-Turns!

Most of the songs segue effortlessly into each other, creating an engaging journey through the entire record. In fact, the heart of Yimmer is a song suite reminiscent of The Beatles' Abbey Road side two, with a number of the tunes clocking in at a minute or less. This particular section of Yimmer is a wild roller coaster ride of power pop, hard core punk, country and music hall that's irresistible, memorable and sure to please.

Hedrick wrote all the songs and played all the instruments, as well as producing and mastering the album. The sole exception is the final song, Playin' Out Loud. This garage rock anthem was written by Hedrick and his life-long friend Graham Howes back in 1979 when they played in their very first band. Additional lyrics were later added by Tom's brother, Bill Hedrick - and he is thus credited as well. A perfect ending to a practically perfect album. - Jeff Skyline/US 40 Zine


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Dan Profitt Music

Another critically acclaimed Album!!
Tom has done it again for another masterpiece album, full of rich vides and a 60's style surf feel brillantly produced and written. I never knew is a soon to be classic as well as Embrace the suck. This music will take you on a happy musical journey. Also check out night light by Tom.
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Professor P-Soop

A Runaway Train of Jubilant Entertainment
Yimmer is a runaway train of jubilant entertainment and once you step on board, its conductor, Tom Hedrick, throws out the proverbial handle and starts hanging out the window shouting ‘whoopee’!
Served up without gaps nor any time to catch a breath before hurtling past the bewildered passengers at the next station, Hedrick as engineer is the most ingeniously crazed MC since Willy Wonka. I’d heard these tracks in no particular order before the album’s release but, trust me, you need to experience this thrill ride as a whole.
It’s as if Randy Newman, The Beatles, Buddy Holly, Loudon Wainwright III, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Frank Zappa and Yes found themselves snowed in to a recording studio and collectively said, “Well…as long as we’re here….”. And Hedrick’s obviously got SO many ideas he’s not concerned about milking any particular one; indeed five of the songs clock in at under a minute and the effect is mesmerizing.
He displays such a range of compositional skill it’s really hard to accept this whole production is the work of one man (save for a lone guitar on the last track). In 41 breathtaking minutes, he dishes out 20 (yes, 20!) tunes worthy of any jazz festival (Pinkee, Walking with Stitch and the masterful Frequently), a Tony-winning Broadway musical (the brief but dazzling I Don’t Ask Anymore), a bluegrass review (Issues with My Tissues), some gravelly punk (Pancake Girl, Smoke and Vote) and much more including a sly, tragicomedy about an aspiring band (Embrace the Suck!); all bookended by two exhilarating power pop anthems (Anything is Possible, Playin’ Out Loud). He modulates his voice from a nerdy squeal to a down-home growl as needed to breathe life into his cast of characters, one of whom responds to having burned his hand cooking by calling a radio host. But of course.
He’s a master drum looper (look it up) and lays down the eclectic soundtrack of Yimmer on all manner of basses, drums, guitars and keyboards. His musicianship -while never showy- is simply brilliant.
Lyrically, this record is all over the map, where it belongs. His words are sometimes whimsical, yet relevant (The Gay Baker) and other times stirring (My Brother Said) and often a mix of both (I Wanna Be Your Towel). There’s usually food for thought and while I’m too obtuse to know when he’s being earnest or when he’s having us on, I’m also sure I don’t care. The proceedings are far too entertaining for any such considerations.
Get Yimmer. Just do it. Do you like music? Lots of that right here, folks. Fun? Yimmer’s got that in abundance. Don’t want your intelligence insulted? Hedrick’s the smartest guy in the room but he’ll still show you a good time. So…all aboard.
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Steve Inglis

YIMMER WINNER
Anything Is Possible the opening track would probably best sum up the whole experience of the musical marvel that is the album Yimmer. Tom Hedrick, master of bringing the seemingly impossible together on just one album.
Its a blitz of Powerpop brought to you by Sid Barret, The Beach Boys, Queen, Yes, The Who and a whole multitude of punk attitude thrown in with camp frenzied FUN. Its just simply a masterpiece of pure musical intelligent music brought to you by a seeminly unassuming gentleman...be warned every thing is not what it seems. Ascerbic wit and incredible musical ability make this A MUST HAVE.
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Jared J. Estes - Tongue & Groove Records WA

Tom Hedrick in 2015
Tom Hedrick - Yimmer
It's 2015 and Tom Hedrick has yet another high quality release to unleash upon the masses! When I get on my musical dose of Tom Hedrick I expect silly and fun, upbeat playing and tight music... but when I heard that Tom's newest album sounds a bit like Zappa, you know I had to jam Yimmer.
Rightly so, the album begins with Anything Is Possible, a classic Hedrick song that draws in the unexpecting listener with it's polished sound and Tom's goofy teenage voice. At this point, with Tom, anything is really possible.. but the joke is only beginning with Embrace The Suck! From here on out Tom's brilliant but simple satirical lyrics continue to be layered over his highly perfected dosage of shiny teenage rock. Embrace The Suck! takes a critical look at the modern world of music, those "100 likes" and "mp3 submissions" that seems to be every bands only goal. "And nobody cares about their fricken band" Tom shouts, in between some quite Zappaesque bridges of free guitars.
Aside from the wealth of satirical lyrics at the whim of Hedricks mind, what really is most Zappaesque about Tom Hedrick's newest album is how naturally Tom blends musical styles. Within one song, I hear rock solos, Jazzy riffs and acoustic folk rhythms.
Three tracks in My Brother Said is probably my favorite song of the album and seems to be a more serious take with some beautifully layered guitars. The following song I Never Knew (I'd Be The Man) is a hilarious confessional song... How Tom can keep up the hilarious and whispy voice throughout the album is an accomplishment on it's own.
The album continues in this vein, solid guitar playing, brilliantly polished backing music, Tom's whispy character voice, satirical lyrics intertwined with a little bit of confessional songwriter. Quality music from the underground as usual. Rock is alive and well. It's fun, it's interesting, it's self aware. Don't let some 'writer' or 'producer' tell you what music looks like today. It looks like this - Tom Hedrick's Yimmer.
*Choice Cuts* (3) My Brother Said (11) The Gay Baker (16) Walking With Stitch
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