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Listen local: Passion Pit

December 11, 2008

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The head of BBC Radio 1 thinks that Cambridge, MA’s Passion Pit are the next big thing. Radio 1 is unusual in that it is simultaneously non-commercial and mainstream and, at least in the UK, getting added to its playlist means you’ve made it to the big leagues. The Guardian recently posted an interview with Radio 1’s head of music, George Ergatoudis, about the process by which artists get chosen for airplay. It’s kind of nice to read about their involved process of meetings and how their challenge is to balance music that is accessible and that which is more difficult (rather than, say, about how they are beating off promoters with a stick or quietly doing pay-for-play). To be perfectly precise, Ergatoudis says that Passion Pit are the next MGMT, which makes sense given that they occupy a similar point in the happy, catchy, danceable pop-electronica space.

Incidentally, the image above is a charming review of both a Passion Pit concert and their album, Chunk of Change, by artist Andrew Kuo; click on it to see the full version.

MP3: Passion Pit – Sleepyhead [amazon]

6 comments

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  2. “GarageBand remixes of the Doogie Howser theme.” Haha.

    Very creative – maybe they’ll use CNN’s “live feedback” graph from the debates to review the full length.


  3. That graph is hilarious. I love the gigantic drop in “I’ve Got Your Number.”

    It’s always fun when a local band actually makes it pretty big. It happens rarely enough that I feel proud rather than sad for having them go mainstream.

    I’m definitely enjoying your blog. Nick recommended it to me and it’s a plus that you’re a Boston blog, too. I added a link to your site from mine so I’ll be checking back frequently. :)


    • Hey, Justin – thanks for stopping by and thanks for the link! And I agree with you that it’s cool when a local band makes it big (even though I moan about not being able to see them at TT’s or the Middle East any more :)


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