Indie Music Hour with DJ HotJack

A regular journey around the music scene

Sorry I deserted you! Anyone still following?

Wow – is it really 9 months since I updated the blog?

My humble apologies. Life got busy with Uni, socialising and other stuff.

Throw a comment next to this post if you are still following this blog and I’ll start throwing out some new recommendations. I have tons of Spotify playlists I can also share 🙂

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May 30, 2010 Posted by | indie music, Music Scene News, Spotify Playlists, Uncategorized | , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Please Provide Feedback

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Ok – last post from me before I take a short break.

Whilst I’m away, I would really appreciate hearing what visitors to the Indie Music Hour blog think of the content, which features are best/worst and what new content would make you likely to visit more frequently and stay for longer.

To provide a little background – this blog was originally used as nothing more than a tracklisting page for my Indie Music Hour podcasts. I then decided to start making proper use of it and gradually added features (music scene news, music vidz, album reviews, spotify playlists, unsigned artists). Traffic figures have been good so I assume that the type of content on the blog is worthwhile but I think I need to get some specific feedback from people. So, please either comment on this post or use the contact form on the right hand side of the page to send me a private message.

When providing feedback, try to think along these lines:

1. What aspects of Indie Music Hour do I like most?
2. What aspects of Indie Music Hour do I like least?
3. What additional features/content would I like to see?
4. What would make me visit more regularly and stay longer?
5. What does my favourite music blog have that Indie Music Hour doesn’t?

Thanks very much! I’ll review all comments and put together a response when I get back to the UK.

Jack

August 24, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Amsterdam Beckons!

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I’m conscious that my posting rate has slowed a little lately and that I haven’t released a podcast since the end of last month. I’ll try to rectify both those issues during September when I will hopefully have a little more free time.

I leave for Amsterdam soon so I will not be updating the blog for the next 5 or 6 days. Please don’t abandon Indie Music Hour though as it is far from redundant!

In the meantime, have a read of my next post regarding feedback and contribute what you can.

Thanks!

Jack

August 24, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Alcoholic Faith Mission

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I’ve had the pleasure of finally getting around to listening to the album 421 Wythe Avenue, released earlier this year by Alcoholic Faith Mission.

I enjoyed it so much that I thought I’d make a point of highlighting it for others to check out. It’s hard to describe really in terms of what it sounds similar to. I guess it’d be experimental / indie-folk but I’m not huge on classifications. It’s very beautiful though and has the ability to soothe and evoke contemplation.

From their lastfm page:

“…they went back to Brooklyn to seclude themselves in an old factory loft at 421 Wythe Avenue. They tried on a selection of straightjackets for the inspiration. Everything used to make the music, had to be found within the loft’s four walls. For an example, dictionaries beat each other to become an electronically muted bass drum. This way of working turned into their second album; named after the street where they lived…”

Let me know what you think if you check it out 🙂

I’ve linked to some of the tracks below.

August 6, 2009 Posted by | Album Reviews, indie music, Music Vidz, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Online Radio – WOXY.com

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Further to my previous post on the woes of mainstream radio, I thought it’d be worth posting a reminder of woxy.com as some of you may not have heard of it.

In an age where the same old rubbish is churned out day after day on radio, woxy is a breath of fresh air. A quick look at their airplay charts HERE should demonstrate the quality of what they play. It’s a great site to bookmark for those times when you are online and want to hear the latest cool tracks.

July 27, 2009 Posted by | indie music, Music Scene News, Uncategorized | , , , , | Leave a comment

Palomine – A New Approach to Music Marketing

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I was contacted by Levi from Belgian indie band Palomine. I was very impressed with the creative way they are attempting to launch their new CD and I have copied, below, much of the information Levi provided. If you would like to get involved in this exciting project, please access the website Levi mentions. You can get a little more information on the band, including some audio and video, HERE


Dear Jack,

I play in the band Palomine. Our first cd, released two years ago, did get good airplay on national radio and tv. Our second album, “Attention Alpha”, is just recorded. But as you all know, the promo machine has to start again, at the launch of each cd.

We are not signed with a Major. Only to a indie label (LC MUSIC). We do not have distribution from a major either. We have distribution from LC MUSIC.

So, the promo we also have to do ourselves. What we are doing for the launch of this cd:
We think you must send out a positive, challenging and interactive idea, so this is our statement:

We won’t release our cd until at least one person from each country of the world had a chance listening to it. This is no joke. A real challenge, yes! There are 194 countries associated with the United Nations. ( + The Vatican, which will be a tricky one)

We had a lot of thinking about this, and so we started the campaign (one week ago actually): “The world is listening”. You can check this out on http://www.theworldislistening.com.

What is our goal: make a buzz about the cd with a simple but fun idea, then the media will hopefully follow (see below).
We don’t aim for world domination. We just want attention for the cd so we can play decent gigs.

So how does this work: at least one person of each country has to make a video message of themself, where they say something about Palomine, in their native language. All video messages are uploaded on youtube. (actually, people can simply upload their movie on http://www.theworldislistening.com and then we upload it to youtube)
All movies will be centralised on http://www.theworldislistening.com. They can keep track of the progress of our project.

After people uploaded their video message, they get a login code to download the new cd including artwork for free.

You may think: how are you planning to get all those people willing to do this: surfing to your site, making a video, uploading a video?
Well, we use myspace (you can search by country there), facebook, youtube, interpals, couchsurfers, blogs, aid organisations (they are spread all over the world) last.fm, … The rest is viral.
It is not that we want to have those movies by next week. It maybe half a year, maybe longer. That is not a problem. The summer is not a good time for us to release a cd anyway.

We get loads of hits! Funny actually, if you think about the fact that we are not a world famous band.
In a weeks time, people from 47 countries have visited the site. Some already uploaded a video.

With our first cd, we went to the media ourselves. Now, they seem to come to us. A few days after we started, we had inqueries from 2 big newspapers here in Belgium.

What does this cost us? No money, only time. (a LOT): It’s a DIY project:
I made a teaser http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UKjrG1Lf8Jc
and brother and I made the website ourselves. (he is also in the band, playing keys).

Some might say: then you give away free cd’s to maybe hundreds of people (every person who makes a video gets the cd for free, even if we already have a video for that country)
Yep, that’s true, but hey, we don’t care about that. We don’t live from our music (we all have dayjobs). We think it’s more important that people actually get the chance to listen to our music.

We think it’s fun. We get good response from all over the world. And, we’ll see what comes out.

July 26, 2009 Posted by | indie music, Music Scene News, Uncategorized, Unsigned Artists | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Radio GaGa?

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I read a very interesting post on another blog HERE – have a read yourselves and you will also see my reply to the post in the same place. If not, I have copied it below.

I agree – well said.

However, as The Jam said: “the public gets what the public wants.” Let’s be honest here – the country is teeming with brain-dead couch potatoes who don’t want to think for themselves or make an effort to discover new things. They are quite happy to let the likes of Chris Moyles and Scott Mills dictate what they should find funny, cool or clever.

Things only survive as long as there are markets for the product being sustained. As long as people tune in and zone out there will be a constant procession of vacuous ‘entertainers’ on mainstream radio.

However, the tide is turning and a split is increasingly developing between those who are hungry to experience fresh new music and those who are happy to sit back and accept the muck they are fed. Let the latter group keep their Coldplay, Keane and Lady GaGa gigs whilst we get on with finding stuff that excites us.

As for musicians, things have potentially never been better in terms of opportunities to promote themselves in creative and cost-effective ways. I share your dismay with Radio 1 but I think we are very far away from the death of talented musicians having creative outlets.

What are your thoughts? The article in question deals with Radio 1 in the UK (hence the pic of Fearne Cotton – it’s all relevant, honest!) but really the same type of discussions are probably going on around the world. What is the music scene like in your country? Is it difficult to find worthwhile radio stations? Is music struggling because of this or are we in an exciting age of creation and self-promotion?

Have your say 🙂

July 26, 2009 Posted by | indie music, Music Scene News, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , | 6 Comments

Opinions, Opinions…

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I just knew it’d be the Morrissey review that did it. I’m now in a secret location with a changed name and a false beard to protect my life. 😉

Despite the tongue in cheek cartoon above, I don’t actually place very much weight on my opinions of bands or albums these days. Discovering resources such as lastfm has demonstrated to me very clearly that my taste isn’t so wacky or special. In fact, I can think of many, many people whose opinion I’d listen to before mine. So why write reviews then, huh? Well, I’m simply a lover of music who also enjoys communicating. Giving my opinion is always something I’m happy to do, even if nobody asks for it! That doesn’t mean I consider it sacred though, far from it.

Getting back to Moz, the review of his new album prompted a comment from an angry fan that I decided not to publish. I really did want to publish it as I love it when something triggers debate but unfortunately his post had gone way too far into personal insult territory to be useful or constructive.

But yeah, please do comment – whether you agree or disagree, I truly would value YOUR opinions 🙂

July 22, 2009 Posted by | Album Reviews, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

How to Make Contact

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I’ve just discovered that the Podomatic email address I have been using doesn’t seem to be working properly so I apologise if anyone has sent emails I haven’t responded to (I won’t have received them).

To make getting in touch easier, I have created a new email address: IndieMusicHour@Live.com

This can be used for anything related to the Indie Music Hour blog or the Indie Music Hour podcast. If you want to comment on anything or make suggestions for future content it’d be great to hear from you.

Thanks,

Jack

July 19, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Coming Soon!

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July 17, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment