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New Wave: Turning Rebellion into Money

If 1977 was New Wave's breakout year, by 1979 it had become an industry force, all but replacing punk as a viable vehicle or term of currency.

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In Defense of Openly Enjoying Professional Wrestling

All it took was a trip to the Royal Rumble to see how similar the warped reality of the WWE is to The Kardashians. Or The Real World. Or Duck Dynasty. Or Honey Boo Boo.

Events

Little Green Cars: 6 August 2013 - New York

Fresh from their gig at Lollapalooza, the folksy group from the Emerald Isle, Little Green Cars gave a solid show for a small audience in NYC.

Music

The Death Knell Sounds Again: The History of Music Industry Whining

A business which makes billions a year can’t stop whining about how illegal downloading, streaming, and Internet radio is sending it to the poor house.

Television

In Defense of a Disgust for Reality Television

The recent death of a Buckwild cast member serves as a reminder that we have become far too accepting of manufactured truths and sensationalized reality.

Film

What James Bond Can’t Teach You About British Music History

If you want lessons in womanizing, dressing to the nines, or ordering martinis, James Bond is your man. If, however, you’re looking for a review of British music history over the last 50 years, the world’s favorite secret agent has no idea what he’s doing.

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In Defense of the Marriage Between Music and Television

One wonders if Elvis, the Beatles, the Who, et. al. would have gained such importance had TV not been available.

Music

Generation X Wants Its MTV, But It’s a VEVO World Now

Gen X’ers may still want their MTV, but the version they loved is as distant a memory as Valley Girl speak, parachute pants, and leg warmers. Wake up and smell the VEVO.

Television

Beavis & Butt-head Revisited

Beavis & Butt-head are back and have aged rather well. These two idiots have conditioned viewers rather well since their '90s heyday, having made a lasting impact on how we watch TV.

Music

On Making that Holiday Music List and Checking It Twice

It's that time of the year, again. Music fans are making their lists of what they hope to find wrapped in pretty paper at Christmas, and music publications are making their lists of what should be on those lists. Now, I have something to say about lists.

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Smells Like MTV: Music Video and the Rise of Grunge

MTV’s central role in delivering grunge to a national audience in the early 1990s demonstrated the network’s power as a creator and definer of culture, and the reaction of many of grunge’s iconic figures against the video medium revealed the gulf between principle and reality.

Bob Batchelor
Television

The Year In TV: November 2010

Continuing our look at the year’s most notable television events, here’s what happened in November 2010.

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'Heaven 17 Live at Scala' Gives Us Those Chilly-Cum-Funky Electronic Tunes

In the early '80s, it was possible for England's postpunk pioneers -- New Romantics, Rude Boys, and assorted other malcontents -- to imagine themselves the center of the media universe.

Television

The Year in TV: July 2010

Continuing out look at the year’s most notable television events, here’s what happened in July 2010.

Television

Why the Parents Television Council Is Wrong About 'Skins'

Yes, Skins is a raw depiction of what teenagers get up to when their parents aren't paying attention, but what exactly makes it a broadcast version of the Apocalypse?

Television

The Year in TV: April 2010

Continuing out look at the year’s most notable television events, here’s what happened in April 2010.

Music

The Year in Music: February 2010

Let’s continue our look at the biggest events in music, one month at a time, with February 2010.

Television

Why I'm Not Watching Jersey Shore (Anymore)

The predictability of the cast is their Achilles' heel. Ronnie and Sammi’s weekly dysfunctional hour of make-up/break-up is as expected as Snooki’s alcohol soaked antics and the Situation’s Sunday dinner of sausage and peppers.

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MTV’s 'Daria' Was Spun-off from 'Beavis and Butt-head'

A quintessentially '90s show filled with apathy, sarcasm, and pop culture laden dialogue, Daria was the perfect encapsulation of the time period.

Music

Willie Taylor: Sextape

Willie Taylor is the least consequential member of Day26 and Sextape only makes this fact more apparent.

Music

Strictly Global: A Source for Music Videos on Broadcast TV

The kind of show you wished MTV would make.

Television

Daria DVD Teaser

The abscence of MTV's cult hit Daria's from the DVD market frustrated fans during the eight years it's has been off the air, but the show is finally getting its due in 2010.

Television

Previously on 'The Hills'… We All Stopped Watching

The Hills finale airs Tuesday, December 1 at 10PM on MTV. The question, at this point, is whether anyone will be watching it. This intrepid blogger braved the inanity of the most recent season to let you know what has been happening.

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Jackass: The Lost Tapes

The Jackass Boys embody a forward momentum that teeters towards the eradication of all that they can't stand: hypocrisy, condescension, and perhaps worst of all, the dull throbbing boredom of routine.

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The Hills: Season Five

At the end of the day it's all about the bodies, the cars and the clothes, as well as the incredible things that occasionally come out of the cast-members' mouths.

Television

America's Best Dance Crew: A Step Into the Limelight

America's Best Dance Crew judge Shane Sparks explains his show's unlikely beginnings, its ongoing significance, and what hopes lie ahead for crew-based hip-hop dancing...

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Pedro: The Movie

Pedro recalls a moment in reality TV when the genre had real political edge.

Todd R. Ramlow
Television

Bromance

While most of it is typical MTV reality fare, Bromance's cultivation of male drama queens makes this show especially queer.

Books

Coming to Wherever You Are - Muchmusic, MTV and Youth Identities by Kip Pegley

A comparative study of MuchMusic and MTV that examines how each relates to issues and perceptions of gender and nationality, racial diversity, and an overall sense of cultural identity.

News

MTV premieres 'From G's to Gents'

Katrina-Kasey Wheeler
Television

The Comebacks, The Cut-Ups, and All Cut Too Short: The 2007 VMAs

Isn't it ironic how the 2007 installment of MTV's celebration of music videos was, in fact, a telling death knell for music videos?

Evan Sawdey
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