2006

Sub #178: Best of 2006

SubterraneanIn this episode of Subterranean on MTV2, Jim Shearer took us through the top ten videos of 2006, as voted by people on MTV2.com over the last month or so.

Here’s the playlist for episode #178:

10. Morrissey – You Have Killed Me
9. Minus The Bear – Pachuca Sunrise
8. The Willowz – Cons and Tricks
7. Goldfrapp – Ooh La La
6. Imogen Heap – Hide & Seek
5. The Dresden Dolls – Sing
4. Regina Spektor – Fidelity
3. Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Cheated Hearts
2. Atmosphere – Say Hey There
1. Mew – Special

What does everyone think of this list? I’m glad Regina made it on there. Atmosphere must have a pretty dedicated group of people voting for him, considering he was #1 a couple of years ago as well. Congrats to MTV2 for actually playing the video! Mew at #1 this time struck me as a random choice, but in any case, good stuff.

Watch the episode online here:
http://www.mtv.com/overdrive/?type=41&id=1547971

Looks like Subterranean will be taking the next few weeks off. Stay with altmusictv through the rest of the holidays and new year for more news and whatever else I feel like posting. Happy Hanukkah, Merry Christmas, and enjoy the holidays, everyone.

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Sub #177: Robert Smith

SubterraneanIn this episode of Subterranean on MTV2, Jim Shearer interviewed Robert Smith of The Cure. They have a new live DVD, “The Cure Festival 2005,” featuring 30 songs from their European concerts last year.

Here’s the playlist for episode #177:

The Cure – Mint Car
Secret Machines – Lightning Blue Eyes
Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Gold Lion
The Cure – Inbetween Days
Sigur Ros – Hoppipolla
Wolfmother – Dimension
The Cure – Never Enough
Mogwai – Friend Of The Night
The Cure – Hot, Hot, Hot

Good selection of videos, nice and varied. I love The Cure and really look up to Robert Smith, so the interview was good stuff. That’s about all I have to say about this episode, ’cause I was going back and forth between this and the KROQ webcast (see below).

Watch this episode and the bonus stuff:
http://www.mtv.com/overdrive/?name=features&id=1547635

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KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas

KROQ Almost Acoustic ChristmasEvery year since 1993, KROQ in Los Angeles has been doing the Almost Acoustic Christmas, a special live concert with tons of bands performing 30 to 60 minute sets over two nights.

This year, the first night of the concert was Saturday, December 9th. The second night is tonight, Sunday, December 10th!

It’s almost always a pretty fantastic event, and you can watch the whole thing live and uncensored on KROQ’s video webcast. Here are tonight’s set times so you can get ready for the big show.

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Robert Smith on Sub next week

That’s right, Robert Smith of The Cure will be next week’s guest on Subterranean. Watch the episode on MTV2 next Sunday night, December 10th, or check it out on MTV.com later.

Robert Smith will be choosing the videos that are played on the show. Half of them will be The Cure videos, and half will be something else.

Also, keep in mind, December 17th is the top ten videos of 2006 episode, so make sure to vote for that if you haven’t already.

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Sub #176: Dirty on Purpose

SubterraneanIn this episode of Subterranean on MTV2, Jim Shearer interviewed Dirty on Purpose. Their album, Hallelujah Sirens, is out now.

Here’s the playlist for episode #176:

Silversun Pickups – Lazy Eye
CSS – Alala
The Blood Brothers – Laser Life
Irving – Jen Nothing Matters To Me
Muse – Starlight
The Knife – We Share Our Mother’s Health
Dirty On Purpose – No Radio
Islands – Don’t Call Me Whitney, Bobby
The Thermals – A Pillar Of Salt

All new videos this week. I don’t know exactly what it is about CSS that hooks me in, but it sure is hypnotic. Also, somebody at MTV needs to fix that Helio thing so we can actually hear what the person is saying. One more thing, Justin Timberlake leading off the Muse video? Hilarious. At first I didn’t know what was going on.

Here’s the link to watch this episode plus more:
http://www.mtv.com/overdrive/?name=features&id=1546951

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Sub #175: The Horrors

SubterraneanIn this episode of Subterranean on MTV2, Jim Shearer interviewed The Horrors. Their latest self-titled EP is out now.

Here’s the playlist for episode #175:

Band Of Horses – The Great Salt Lake
Mew – Special
Viva Voce – From The Devil Himself
Murder By Death – Brother
The Black Keys – Your Touch
Mr. Lif – Brothaz
The Horrors – Sheena Is A Parasite
Sean Lennon – Dead Meat
Camera Obscura – Lloyd, I’m Ready To Be Heartbroken

Another pretty good episode. I’m not really a fan of The Horrors, personally, but quality show overall. Some good video selections this week; it’s good to see the new one from The Black Keys on there.

UPDATE: Watch the entire episode and more here:
http://www.mtv.com/overdrive/?type=41&id=1546420

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Some stuff shifted around

So, today, I moved the blog portion of altmusictv over to Blogger’s official hosting service for this sort of thing, known as Blogspot. You may have noticed the difference in your address bar, but regardless, you will always be able to get here by going to http://www.altmusictv.com.

Although there’s an annoying banner at the top of the page now, at least we have an excellent new search box. Try it out, really, it does wonders. Instant results from the entire blog.

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Next month on Subterranean

Here’s almost everything you need to know about the next month on Subterranean…

November 26, 2006: The Horrors
December 3, 2006: ???????
December 10, 2006: Dirty on Purpose

December 17, 2006: Top ten videos of 2006, as voted by you, so hop on over to MTV2’s official site to vote.

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Sub #174: Noel Gallagher

SubterraneanIn this episode of Subterranean on MTV2, Jim Shearer interviewed Noel Gallagher of Oasis. They’re releasing a greatest hits compilation CD, Stop The Clocks, on Tuesday.

Here’s the playlist for episode #174:

Oasis – Supersonic
Oasis – Champagne Supernova
Oasis – Rock ‘N’ Roll Star
Oasis – Acquiesce
Oasis – Wonderwall
Oasis – The Masterplan
Oasis – Live Forever

Pretty good episode, even though they only fit in 7 videos. Noel is hilarious, in my opinion, especially when it comes to taking credit for everything Oasis has done. He’s probably right, though, so more power to him. I thought the interview went well. The greatest hits album looks solid, too.

As usual, there’s a bunch of extra stuff online, where I watched the episode again. It’s becoming much more convenient to watch it on my own time than get half of the episode on MTV2.

Watch the entire episode here:
http://www.mtv.com/overdrive/?type=41&id=1545934

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TC’s top 40 modern bands

You’ve seen lists like this, but now it’s my turn. This is TC’s top 40 modern bands.

Any artist or band that can be considered part of “modern rock” has the potential to be part of this list, including those from the post-punk and new wave era of the early ’80s, but you’re not gonna see truly classic bands such as The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, The Who, or others of the sort. I chose to leave out classic bands because it’s nearly impossible to rank modern bands above them.

This list is not meant to rank the best or most influential bands, and it does not imply that certain bands are more important than others. It’s only what I like the most (as of 2006). With that said, here are my top 40 modern bands.

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