Real Estate played a widely buzzed about gig last Friday night in New York and an intrepid fan caught this tune on video.
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When music videos first really made their mark in the 1980s, broadcast channels devoted their Friday nights to them. As MTV and other cable channels gained dominance over the field in the 1990s, shows like Pop-Up Video and TRL pushed the networks out. While record labels threw big budgets at flashy videos, knowing that they served as both great publicity and entertainment, the cable channels realized they could profit more from cheap reality shows and “music based programming”.
Nowadays, the majority of music videos are watched on the internet, and their quality has mostly suffered as a result. In fact, some people say the music video is dead. But the music video is not dead. In 2007, OK Go became famous for their inventive treadmill routine in the “Here It Comes Again” video. Currently, Lady Gaga and Beyonce’s nine minute long “Telephone Line” is making a name for itself on the internet.
Nevertheless, aren’t music videos, as a valid art form, worthy of more than a tiny screen on a website or MP3 player? They should be viewed in a larger screen, on a medium that’s free and available to everyone, regardless of bandwidth. While we don’t have the power to add music videos to broadcast television, after all there are infomercials and sitcom reruns that need to be aired, someone is trying.
Releasing: 13 April
German producer and musician Christian Prommer continues the sort of genre blending we love at PopMatters on his upcoming Drumlesson Zwei. “Sandstorms” is a Carl Craig cover and the album is a mix of old and new tunes. Sample the track below and check out the interview featurette with Prommer discussing the creation of the record.
02 Groove La Chord
03 Sleepy Hollow
04 Acid Eiffel
05 Oxygène Part IV
06 Jaguar Pt 1
07 Jaguar Pt 2
08 Sueno Latino
09 High Noon
Will the Vampire Weekend promo blitz ever end? Number one on the album charts isn’t enough for these guys or their label. I guess it’s the “strike while the iron is hot” maxim because you may be yesterday’s news tomorrow. This is the latest volley from the band in the late night TV arena, last Friday night’s appearance on Fallon.
She & Him
Releasing: 23 March
M. Ward and Zooey Deschanel bring their second collaboration to light on 23 March, with 11 new original songs and two covers of tunes by Skeeter Davis and NRBQ. The duo recently performed an acoustic version of the lead-off track “Thieves” for the BBC. The duo’s first effort, Volume One, was a critical favorite in 2008. With indie darlings Deschanel on vocals and Ward on… well… everything else, the new album is currently streaming over on NPR.
02 In the Sun (Feat. Tilly and the Wall)
03 Don’t Look Back
04 Ridin’ in My Car (NRBQ cover)
05 Lingering Still
06 Me and You
07 Gonna Get Along Without You Now (Skeeter Davis cover)
09 I’m Gonna Make It Better
11 Over It Over Again
12 Brand New Shoes
13 If You Can’t Sleep
“Thieves” (live) [MP3]
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