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Friday, September 2, 2011

Friday Bears: This is good

Every Friday, Stereogum runs its week's top and lowest-rated comments in a section called "Shut Up, Dude." For the continually bored internet user looking for ways to up the ante in their commenting approach (because that's important now), this is a good measure to stand against.

Usually it's just for laughs, but posted this week may be the best synopsis by anyone that I've ever heard of the MTV VMA's. It comes from TheWastelander. Seriously, it's worth your time:

"I think it fundamentally gets down to two contradictory forces that rose in natural opposition to each other: the corporatization of entertainment and the hegemony of the internet. You have democratic forces against undemocratic ones, and that’s inevitably going to lead to conflit

When you all are talking about what you think of as a “Golden Age” of MTV somewhere in the early to mid 90s (I assume), this took place during a fundamentally different music world. The key moment that ended this was the signing of the Telecommunications Act of 1996. Gone were the locally-curated DJ playlists and the regional media outlets in their place were a hegemonic Viacom and corporately-centered Clear Channel. The power of the non-corporate tastemaker was severely diminished, and the huge media conglomerates grew arrogant in these boom years. This ushered in an area of $18.99 CDs and indistinguishable boy bands. Complacent with the unfathomable sales of Backstreet Boys records, MTV and the like turned to reality shows convinced they no longer needed to worry about the music front since they were so dominant.

Then Napster steps in and allows people the freedom to choose what they want to listen to without going through a monopolistic middle-man first. This leads to more individualized music approaches culminating in what we have now with things like Pandora and Spotify that specifically cater to what you want to listen to. In an instant, people became listeners and not consumers.

This did not sit well with the major labels and media companies. In response to this, they scrambled to go for the lowest common denominator approach and put forth increasingly mindless trash. Labels no longer significantly invested in new artists that had potential to grow if they didn’t make a blockbuster first record. As a consequence, the indiesphere becomes more niche-oriented, and the mainstream gets dumber by always seeking to appeal to the largest possible audience in a shrinking market.

What does that all lead to? A world in which getting a Moonman doesn’t matter anymore. But that’s just me."

Thursday, September 1, 2011

New Skrillex video - First of the Year (Equinox)

With pretty much every new Skrillex video we see, it's usually just a shot-by-shot collage of all the fun things the Los Angeles native does during his shows and on tour. But with "First of the Year (Equinox)," off his June More Monsters and Sprites EP, we get every To Catch a Predator fan's dream (maybe). See for yourself, in all its non-pedo gore.

Skrillex - First of the Year (Equinox)

New Dum Dum Girls - Bedroom Eyes

I'm becoming slightly concerned that the Dum Dum Girls upcoming album Only In Dreams, which is scheduled for release September 27 via Sub Pop, is already one of my favorite albums of 2011. We've already heard the group's Mazzy Star-esque "Coming Down," which has already positioned itself on my annual Top 25 Songs of 2011 list, and today we get "Bedroom Eyes." It's not as sweeping and surprising as the former single, but there's not ignoring the quality put in.

You can listen to "Bedroom Eyes" below, or grab the MP3 over at Pretty Much Amazing.

New TV on the Radio video - Second Song

It's been a while since TV on the Radio have put anything new from their March studio album Nine Types of Light out, with the group's rigorous tour schedule and tragedy. But a few days ago the group released their newest video for "Second Song," which is at the very least another video gem in the band's catalog. It may not be the best song from the album, but the video's worth something on its own.

TV on the Radio - Second Song

Thursday Bears: New Iceage video - You're Blessed

As of until recently, I've been stupidly unaware of Iceage, the New York noise punk band that released this year's New Brigade LP. Bar-none, it's one of 2011's finest albums, and the group has gotten their first video treatment with "You're Blessed," which is mostly just a collage of the group's underground gigs.

Iceage - You're Blessed

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Wednesday Bears: Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks on Fallon

Because there's literally nothing I can say about this (other than it's insanely interesting that it exists), I'll go with Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks performing on Fallon last night. The group performed "Senator," the lead-single from their recently released Mirror Traffic (out now via Matador Records).

Notice one subtlety in the lyrical change. Hint, it's the blow job part.

Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks - Senator (Live on Fallon)

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Tuesday Bears: St. Vincent is everywhere

As September 13, the official release date of St. Vincent's third studio album Strange Mercy inches continually closer, the Dallas-native has been pretty much everywhere; from the cover of this month's SPIN Magazine, performances on Letterman, and numerous spotlights, she's getting her fair share of hype.

Alongside the cover, Annie Clark also gave SPIN a small show which includes "Surgeon" and a cover of Tom Wait's "Tango Till They're Sore," both of which you can watch here. Also, check out her performance of "Cruel" on Letterman below.

St. Vincent - Cruel (Live on Letterman)

Monday, August 29, 2011

New Wavves - I Wanna Meet Dave Grohl

Is there something against Wavves? I get the sense that the group is perceived much more as an indie group that people think they like but actually don't. Whatever the case may actually be, I like Wavves. But, then again, I like a lot of lo-fi messy music, so it's not totally fair.

Anyway, the group is prepping the release of their Life Sux EP, out September 20 via Ghost Ramp with "I Wanna Meet Dave Grohl," totally about Dave Grohl. The new EP will also feature Bethany Cosentino (surprise) of Best Coast and Damian Abraham of Fucked Up. Check out the first single below.

Monday Bears: Kanye West and Jay-Z at the VMA's

Early into last night's VMA's (the only post this year you'll get from it), Kanye and new dad Jay-Z brought out "Otis" to a massive stage entrance, putting a lot on the performance aspect side of the show to literal shame. Don't worry about anything else that might have happened last night.

Kanye West & Jay-Z - Otis (Live at the VMA's)