Indie Music Hour with DJ HotJack

A regular journey around the music scene

Music Vidz – The Race by Cajun Dance Party

These guys are way young but I’m keeping an eye on how they develop. This is from their 2008 debut album.

August 21, 2009 Posted by | Music Vidz | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Music Vidz – Becky by Be Your Own Pet

This is by no means new but I stumbled across this High Quality (remember to change to HQ in Youtube) and uncensored version. I’ve never been a teenage girl or killed anyone but I think this track captures it pretty well.

August 21, 2009 Posted by | Music Vidz | , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Music Vidz – Jolene by The White Stripes (live)

Jack White is Dolly Parton. I love this Blackpool recording.

August 21, 2009 Posted by | Music Vidz | , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Music Vidz – Serpentine by Peaches

From the latest album ‘I Feel Cream’

August 19, 2009 Posted by | Music Vidz | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Music Vidz – Please Venus by Golden Silvers

The brand new vid from a band I’m really enjoying lately. Single out on 31st August in the UK.

August 19, 2009 Posted by | Music Vidz | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Music Scene News – 18th & 19th August Round-Up

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I’ve previously mentioned that Myspace Transmissions is pretty cool and the latest stuff to be added is from the ever-excellent Eels. Check it out, and grab your free downloads, HERE

Mani from the Stone Roses celebrated the 20-year reissue of the their debut album by pointing out that it is still more relevant today than most of the “dull as dishwater, safe, unimaginative” comtemporary releases. You can see a film made during the production of this iconic album HERE

Elbow are due to record the follow-up to the Mercury Music Prize winning album ‘Seldom Seen Kid’ next month.

Weezer to call their new album ‘Raditude’ – uhm, mmkay.

Calvin Harris has had a little Twitter tantrum about big bad journalists giving his album low scores without properly listening to the material. I’ll go one stage futher – I haven’t heard a single track yet and I’ll confidently state it’s more inane vanity-driven nonsense from the guy who is a legend in his own imagination. Howzat?

Flaming Lips have announced that MGMT and Karen O will feature on the new album.

Impressive track-listing for the upcoming Beatles – Rock Band game. If you like that sorta thing.

August 19, 2009 Posted by | Music Scene News | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Album Review – Armistice by Mute Math

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Mute Math are an alt rock band from New Orleans and Armistice is the long-awaited follow up to their self-titled 2006 EP. The album opens with ‘The Nerve’ and Cage The Elephant and Kasabian instantly came to mind during this track. Unfortunately, the track outperformed neither.

‘Backfire’ felt weak to me and suggested a definite attempt at being radio-friendly and becoming bland. Sure, it’s got a hook in it but that in itself doesn’t impress me much (apologies to Shania Twain). ‘Clipping’ worked okay I guess. Some have said this track is very Muse-like but it was Evanescence who popped into my head.

‘Spotlight’ had a catchy opening but again I was forced to think of a poor imitation of a couple of Kasabian tracks. And, to be honest, Paul Meany’s vocals are exceptionally generic. ‘No Response’ perked me up a little. It seemed more inventive and, although the lyrics were a little obvious, the track worked well. I guess it was a little like a piece of Radiohead-style introspection.

‘Pins and Needles’ definitely follows the same script. Thom Yorke needn’t worry himself but this was another decent enough track. ‘Goodbye’ brought the tempo back up but it was a whiney track with generic disco-beat instrumentation. ‘Odds’ was interestingly crafted and actually fairly atmospheric. Didn’t mind that one too much!

‘Electrify’ contained a couple of hooks and had good energy but seemed a little cheesy to me. ‘Armistice’ started with some nice guitar work that led into decent vocals until the chorus took the train to cheeseville again. Gosh, I’m such a neg-head tonight huh!

‘Lost Year’ starts off like a generic piano-rock ballad and pretty much stays like that. I must confess, I decided to give the bonus tracks a miss so the album ended for me with ‘Burden’ – a track that might have Jamiroquai consulting lawyers.

I hate being so dismissive of creative output but I have to say that Mute Math have had their chance to show they can develop their early promise and have bombed completely. I just don’t see where they fit in now – other than being poor versions of other stuff.

Seriously, I pretty much detest this album I’m afraid. 4/10 for having two or three tracks I could listen to without stabbing myself.

August 18, 2009 Posted by | Album Reviews | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Unsigned Artist Alert – Detox Cute And The Beauty Junkies

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Part of the Unsigned Artist Alert here on Indie Music Hour is to make people aware of good music being made by bands who are unsigned or who are independent and don’t have the corporate backing or limitless commercial media machines working on their behalf.

Detox Cute And The Beauty Junkies (great name, huh?) are a pop duo. ‘Pop music’ has become a cringeworthy phrase to some of us indie kids but, personally, I love a bit of pop music. I’m just particular about trying to only listen to the good stuff. I really like Helen Love, The School, Stereo Total and Au Revoir Simone and they would all probably sit very nicely in the ‘pop’ category. Detox Cute And The Beauty Junkies are much the same.

Here’s the blurb from their lastfm page:

“Charlie and Paisley formed Detox Cute in the summer of 2008.

Paisley is from Brighton and Charlie is from London. Influences include Dick Van Dyke, JB Fletcher, Cliff Richard and Hello KItty. Abba and The Ants also feature in their thoughts when making pop songs.

It was the day before the day before yesterday – singer Paisley Play-Doh was working as a scrubber for a Dutch TV station when she received a wrongly dialled telephone call from New Zealand’s most famous Freeman’s Catalogue model, Charlie Darling …

Their confused conversation led to futile and spurilous arguments about the cost of Wold Fat and the number of fish in the atmosphere. In addition, and also weirdly, they discussed just how much they could nick off Abba, The Ants, Ultravox and old Cliff Richard movies …

So Paisley and Charlie formed a pop duo, in the long and distinguished tradition of Yazoo, The Pet Shop Boys, Peter & Gordon and PJ and Duncan. Their mission was simple – bring joy to the masses and spread the word – don’t be afraid of Pop Music – despite Simon Cowell – it doesn’t hurt.

By lying about their abilities, they managed to secure a residency at ‘The Disco At The End Of The Universe’ playing pop songs to their hearts content.”

They are a quirky pair but that doesn’t mean they aren’t serious about producing good music. You’ll find tracks laced with audio from old movies and this is cool but, more importantly, there is some substance in between the flamboyance.

I’m delighted to say I have secured 3 MP3s for you guys to download. I’ll also supply oodles of links to other places you can find their music and vids. As an extra treat, I also have a link to their Paisley and Charlie side-project.

You can download a zip file containing the 3 tracks HERE

Myspace page with tracks and vids HERE – you’ll also be able to access Pop Trash TV from that page from the end of this month.

Paisley and Charlie side-project HERE

Website with YouTube vids HERE

Lastfm page HERE

Have fun 🙂

August 18, 2009 Posted by | Unsigned Artists | , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Music Vidz – Hi Fi Goon by Throw Me The Statue (live on KEXP)

See previous album review.

August 17, 2009 Posted by | Music Vidz | , , , , , , | Leave a comment