Indie Music Hour with DJ HotJack

A regular journey around the music scene

Music Scene News – 20th & 21st August Round-Up

latest news

Bon Iver going to do a 27th September gig in a cemetery at 6am. Venue is the Hollywood Forever Cemetery in LA.

Camera Obscura kick off their European tour in Wales on Sunday. They will tour right through until November and head for America.

It seems GGF’s purchase of The Pirate Bay is now in doubt after their shares were suspended on the Swedish stock exchange.

Be careful if you are trying to buy tickets for the Reading/Leeds festival. There are a lot of fake sites springing up.

The Rakes are touring in America from 31st October.

The banned Rolling Stones documentary Cocksucker Blues, featuring hookers and coke snorting has found its way online. See part of it HERE

Passion Pit are opening for Phoenix at New York Summerstage next month and will then head off to other states to do their own headline shows.


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Music Vidz – Sleepyhead by Passion Pit (live at KEXP)

Another from the KEXP vaults.

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Music Scene News – 31st July Round-Up

latest news

Devendra Banhart has a new album out in October – yay!

Spoon are in corporate overload and are engaging in some online selling in the form of their recent gigs. If that presses your button, you can find out more HERE

Myspace Transmissions is kinda cool (and free) – this time around you can access a Passion Pit session HERE

Footage of Reverend And The Makers busking in London earlier today, courtesy of NME HERE

Remember Kings of Convenience? I do 🙂 Anyway, they are putting out an album in October … 5 years after their previous release.

Finally, Pete Doherty has said that it’s entirely possible The Libertines will reform next year. Cool, but a year is a long time in the life of Mr D.

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Episode 17 – Hot 100 (part three)


Tracklisting (80-71)

80. Stella by Ida Maria

79. Hospital Beds by Florence And The Machine

78. Standing on the Shore by Empire of the Sun

77. No Social by The Shortwave Set

76. Keep Your Eyes Ahead by The Helio Sequence

75. Blue Ridge Mountains by Fleet Foxes

74. The Weight She Fell Under by Parenthetical Girls

73. Better Things by Passion Pit

72. Summerbreeze by Johnossi

71. Sugar Assault Me Now by Pop Levi

Download it HERE or stream it from HERE

July 25, 2009 Posted by | Podcasts | , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Album Review – Manners by Passion Pit

Manners by Passion Pit


Passion Pit’s previous EP, the precursor to this debut studio album, was called Chunk of Change and was simply fantastic. Tracks such as Sleepyhead and Better Things blew me away and, considering it had all been done on a laptop without any real instrumentation, it was a great piece of work.

So, I approached listening to this album with a little trepidation. I knew the guys had gone into the studio and introduced real instruments. Would it still work? I think it does, although it also seems to lose something. Judging by other reviews I might be alone in that view though. I can handle it 😉

Sleepyhead also appears on this album and is still my favourite track. Other notable tracks are Make Light, The Reeling and Seaweed Song.

Overall, I still like what I hear. I just miss the excessive falsetto parts and the bedroom production feel. 7/10

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

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?

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