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Sub #173: The Rapture

SubterraneanIn this episode of Subterranean on MTV2, Jim Shearer interviewed The Rapture. They’re back with a new album, Pieces of the People We Love, that was released in September.

Here’s the playlist for episode #173:

Lily Allen – Smile
TV On The Radio – Wolf Like Me
Dirty On Purpose – Light Pollution
Regina Spektor – Fidelity
Cursive – Dorothy At Forty
Sonic Youth – Do You Believe In Rapture?
The Rapture – Get Myself Into It
Thom Yorke – Harrowdown Hill
Cat Power – Lived In Bars

Subterranean just keeps bringin’ it with another great episode this week. I watched this one online, so if there’s any difference from the videos that aired on MTV2, someone comment and let me know.

It’s good to hear from The Rapture again after two or three years of absence. I think I liked almost every video this week. I’ve been following Lily Allen since the early summer. Her entire album is fantastic, in my opinion, a contender for one of the best albums of the year. Plus, TV On The Radio put together the best music of their career with Return to Cookie Mountain, and Wolf Like Me is a shining example of that. Finally, I can’t get enough of the new videos by Regina Spektor, Thom Yorke, and Cat Power, so it was nice to watch those again. No complaints from me this time around.

Last but not least, MTV.com selected some quality bonus videos, including a Talking Heads classic. Watch the entire episode here:
http://www.mtv.com/overdrive/?type=41&id=1545462

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Sub #172: Beck

SubterraneanIn this episode of Subterranean on MTV2, Jim Shearer interviewed Beck. His latest album, The Information, was released on October 3, 2006.

Here’s the playlist for episode #172. Click on a video below or watch the entire episode.

Beck – Think I’m In Love
Beck – Hell Yes
Beck – Cell Phone’s Dead
Beck – 1000 BPM
Beck – Loser
Beck – No Complaints
Beck – Nausea
Beck – We Dance Alone
Beck – Beer Can

As a long-time fan of Beck, I thought this episode was great. It was cool that MTV2 played some of the low-budget videos from the DVD that comes with The Information plus a few of his other videos. The interview was relatively informative too. Top notch episode, in my opinion. What do you all out there think?

If this is your first visit to altmusictv since the new format went up, scroll down a couple of entries for all you need to know about that.

MTV.com has now added this episode. Lots of great extra videos, including Where It’s At, Devil’s Haircut, and E-Pro. Link is above.

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WAQZ: The death of a station

Radio

There was only one “alternative” station remaining on the radio near me, and that station was 97.3 FM, WAQZ. So, it’s a huge bummer that WAQZ has been killed. In this post, I pay tribute to the corporate station that became the best choice on the dial for everyday listening after 97X left the airwaves in 2004.

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A brand new day for altmusictv

Site UpdatesFinally, I’ve managed to fit the entire site into the convenient blog format. Now, there will be no such thing as a separate main/home page and Subterranean page. Everything is now just one combined blog, which makes everything about a million times easier for me. The whole site has a spiffy new look as well.

None of this affects the 120 Minutes archive, which is alive and well, the same as it ever was. You can now get to it via the giant red box on the right side of the home page.

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Sub #171: Imogen Heap

SubterraneanIn this episode of Subterranean on MTV2, Jim Shearer interviewed Imogen Heap. Her album, Speak For Yourself, was released a year ago.

Here’s the playlist for episode #171:

The Raconteurs – Level
Psapp – Hi
Arctic Monkeys – Leave Before The Lights Come On
Gnarls Barkley – Gone Daddy Done
Atmosphere – Say Hey There
Jenny Lewis with the Watson Twins – Rise Up With Fists
Imogen Heap – Hide & Seek
Muse – Knights Of Cydonia
Death Cab For Cutie – I Will Follow You Into The Dark

This episode was all about the mtvU Woodies, which air Thursday at 8 PM on mtvU. If you’re part of the 99% of the population that doesn’t get mtvU, you can watch it on mtvu.com when the time comes. I can’t remember if Jim mentioned that on the show or not.

Nothing too special in the way of videos this week, with the exception of new Arctic Monkeys. Anyway, if you like Imogen Heap, go to mtvu.com Thursday night and watch her perform.

MTV.com has have the whole episode online, as always. Watch it here: http://www.mtv.com/overdrive/?name=features&id=1544069

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November upcoming guests

SubterraneanMore info from the HQ! Look out for these guests on Subterranean…

November 5, 2006 – Beck
November 12, 2006 – The Rapture
November 19, 2006 – Noel Gallagher (Oasis retrospective)

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Sub #170: Sean Lennon

SubterraneanIn this episode, Jim Shearer interviewed Sean Lennon. His new album Friendly Fire was released earlier this month.

Here’s the playlist for episode #170:

Lady Sovereign – Love Me Or Hate Me
Kooks – Eddie’s Gun
Mates Of State – Like U Crazy
Tapes ‘n Tapes – Cowbell
Kasabian – Empire
Mew – Special
Forward, Russia – Nine
Sean Lennon – Dead Meat
Jose Gonzales – Crosses
The New Pornographers – Sing Me Spanish Techno
Broken Social Scene – Fire Eyed Boy

Lots of videos on the show this week. Lady Sov is… different. I dunno. It’s a silly video and song, no doubt. Not credible, but catchy. Funny how Jim mentioned it’s in the top 5 on TRL. Got comments? Reply to the post, select “Other” for your identity, type in your name, and you’re good to go.

MTV.com has the whole episode and bonus videos, as usual. I don’t even know if it’s called MTV Overdrive anymore… looks like Overdrive took over the entire site. Anyway here’s the link:
http://www.mtv.com/overdrive/?name=features&id=1543413

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Sub #169: Silversun Pickups

SubterraneanIn this episode, Jim Shearer interviewed Silversun Pickups. The album Carnavas was released in July.

Here’s the playlist for episode #169:

Gnarls Barkley – Gone Daddy Gone
The Rapture – Get Myself Into It
Cat Power – Lived In Bars
The Stills – Destroyer
Wolf Parade – I’ll Believe In Anything
M. Ward – Chinese Translation
Silversun Pickups – Well Thought Out Twinkles
Dirty Pretty Things – Bang Bang You’re Dead
CSS – Let’s Make Love And Listen To Death From Above

Well, that “Gone Daddy Gone” video sure is different. I saw it online a couple of weeks ago, but seeing it high quality on TV was pretty cool. Such a unique concept. Also, if you know altmusictv, you know I’m glad Cat Power is back with a new single and back out on tour. As always, all the best to her. Got anything to say about Silversun Pickups or something else? Talk about this week’s episode or post feedback about the show in the comments section. Also, Google added us back to their search results, so, hallelujah.

MTV Overdrive has this episode and bonus videos online:
http://www.mtv.com/overdrive/?type=41&id=1542803

Last but not least, the latest upcoming guests:
October 22, 2006 – Sean Lennon
October 29, 2006 – unconfirmed guest
November 5, 2006 – Beck
November 12, 2006 – The Rapture
November 19, 2006 – Noel Gallagher

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Ike Bart Is House

The man, the myth, the legend, Ike Bart. Simply put, this was the show you had to hear for yourself to believe. IBIH was the place to discover electronic music in a unique way that could only be brought by the mixmaster Ike Bart, with dance, techno, industrial, trance, and house music, along with pop and rock.

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No show this week

SubterraneanFor those of you out there who don’t know, there’s no Subterranean tonight. It’ll be back next week. See the previous post for the latest upcoming guests.

Also, I was checking Google earlier today, and apparently all of altmusictv’s Subterranean stuff has been zapped from their results. That really sucks. I don’t know why that happened, but it’s probably got something to do with the blog format. I’m gonna try to get that fixed for next week, so people can actually find the site again.

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