“Fans of indie rock demand advancement in art. I don’t see how these new Weird Al songs/videos are anything but the same exact thing with newer pop tunes.”
THE MOST EMBARRASSING SENTENCE I’VE EVER READ.
Uh no, it’s absolutely true. Even at it’s peak, the MTV that played videos was a niche cable channel with low ratings (which is why it eventually started showing other content). Nowadays, music videos rack up huge views online, and are more powerful than radio when it comes to breaking new bands and songs.
Need evidence? Check out the top 100 most watched youtube videos of all time- almost all of them are music videos.
Soooooo, you don’t like Beyonce?
Sigh. Music videos are more popular and more widely seen than ever before.
I mean, AZEALIA, you had a Pharrell beat in 2013 and couldn’t turn it into a hit. Don’t act like your label wasn’t doing enough.
Last time I checked, it was her label that paid for her expensive music videos, promotion, and pharrell production credits.
Is it really her label’s fault that she hasn’t made any worthwhile music in 3 years?
Manu Ginobli really on fire right now.
After all that work, OkGo can’t even get #1 on stereogum’s top videos of the week. Fail.
Thanks so much for this article. So much nostalgia.
Questions for Sarah, (if she’s still reading comments):
1. Do you think rock music will ever make a comeback again the way it did in the early 00′s? Is culture too fragmented for their to be a “rock” genre anymore?
2. What new music do you listen to now? Still mostly rock? Anything you’d recommend?
Again, thanks so much. I discovered the Killers through your blog, rushed out and bought the album that day, and played the hell out of it for months on end.