Indie Music Hour with DJ HotJack

A regular journey around the music scene

Music Vidz – Tahiti by Bat For Lashes (live)

Another that was recommended to me by an inanimate object.


August 22, 2009 Posted by | Music Vidz | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Music Scene News – 3rd August Round-Up

latest news

St Vincent and Grizzly Bear have both announced individual tour dates but they will also be performing combined gigs throughout Europe in November.

Bruce Springsteen will perform all the tracks from his classic 1975 album, Born to Run, at United Center in Chicago next month.

Russell Brand is to star in a follow-up to Forgetting Sarah Marshall and Jarvis Cocker is to write the songs that Brand’s character, Aldous Snow, will sing.

Jamie T’s new album, Kings & Queens, due in September. I’ll hopefully be able to pull together a review.

Latest Bat for Lashes vid (Sleep Alone) is out:

August 4, 2009 Posted by | Music Scene News, Music Vidz | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Music Vidz – Use Somebody by Bat For Lashes (KoL cover)

Recorded in the live lounge at Radio 1.

August 3, 2009 Posted by | Music Vidz | , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

2009 Mercury Music Prize nominees

Mercury Music


The 2009 nominees were announced a couple of days ago so I know I’m hardly providing cutting-edge news here. However, I wanted to step back a little from the knee-jerk reactions these nominations always generate. Partly to ponder my own reaction and partly to watch others foam at the mouth.

I’ve observed a lot of doom and gloom attached to the list. The weakest list ever, according to some. An indication of the poor state of music today, according to others.

Personally, I think it is no weaker than some previous years and, although arguments could be made for a few that didn’t get shortlisted, it’s not exactly a bizarre line-up to represent this year’s album releases.

Early bookmaker odds suggest Kasabian and Florence & The Machine are front runners with Bat For Lashes, Glasvegas and La Roux not far behind. Other nominees are:

Friendly Fires
Led Bib
Lisa Hannigan
Speech Debelle
Sweet Billy Pilgrim
The Horrors
The Invisible

I was pleased that Seldom Seen Kid secured the win for Elbow last year. I remember being very smitten with the album when it was first released and I felt they ‘deserved’ critical acclaim for the impact they had on the UK, and particularly the Manchester, music scene over the years. This year I reckon Kasabian and Bat For Lashes would be getting my money if I was a gambling man.

A glance through previous winners shows that this is rarely an award that has predictable winners. After all, Gomez beat Pulp and The Verve in 1998 and M People snatched it from The Prodigy and Blur in 1994.

The prize money attached to the award is £20,000 – may the most deserving artist(s) win.

July 24, 2009 Posted by | indie music | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Music Vidz – What’s A Girl To Do? by Bat For Lashes

Great vid and great song.

July 23, 2009 Posted by | Music Vidz | , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Episode 12 – Lately, My Loves


Episode 12 of the Indie Music Hour contains a collection of tracks that have been warming my heart lately. I hope you enjoy them too 🙂


Frankmusik – Gotta Boyfriend

Passion Pit – Sleepyhead

The Boxer Rebellion – All You Do Is Talk

Bon Savants – Between The Moon And The Ocean

The Lodger – Let Her Go

Stereo Total – I Love You, Ono

Vox Jaguars – Swagger

The Airborne Toxic Event – Sometime Around Midnight

Two Gallants – Despite What You’ve Been Told

Fake Problems – There Are Times

Lacrosse – Who Will Bring Us Together?

Suburban Kids With Biblical Names – Loop Duplicate My Heart

Imaad Wasif – Blade

Rose Kemp – Sister Sleep

Bat For Lashes – Sad Eyes

Bon Iver – Skinny Love

Fleet Foxes – White Water Hymnal

Chester French – She Loves Everybody

Thieves Like Us – Miss You

Johnossi – Summerbreeze

The Gay Blades – Why Can’t I Grow A Beard?

April 28, 2009 Posted by | Podcasts | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment