I’ve been compiling various links for a week, and finally the ones that apply to video have reached critical mass, so let’s let off a little pressure and release those into the wild:
Dallas doesn’t doesn’t have a good alternative station. KDGE (the Edge) used to be, but about all they play these days seems to use an orchestra of buzzsaws as their main musical motif. Even the local college radio stations don’t showcase the alternative bands the way they’re supposed to. (If anybody out there knows any different about Dallas college radio, please let me know, but when I researched it a month or so ago, there was diddley-squat in the department.) Oddly enough, where the whole DFW metroplex fails, Lubbock succeeds: Texas Tech’s radio station KTXT-FM is a wonderful source of great new music. Every time I pass through there I come away knowing at least three new bands that I really like; if I could just remember to listen to their online stream more often (or if it would work more often), I wouldn’t be able to keep up with all the quality tunage.
But I digress.
I fully intend to ramble even more aimlessly in the future on that subject, but for now, the point I was trying to make was that another good source of good new music, in the absence of good radio stations, is TV commercials.
I’m serious: Ad agencies these days are freakishly good at finding good new music, and internet users are freakishly good at posting lyrics and videos of the commercials.
Case in point is the new J C Penney’s Christmas commercial, with a catchy little tune by a band I’d never heard of called The Weepies. You can watch the commercial here, or stay on this page and hear the song while you watch this neat little “video Christmas card”:
There are more cool ads I’ve seen lately, but I’m sure you’ve heard your own new favorite songs during commercial breaks, so if a Google search with key words in quotes (plus the words “lyrics”) doesn’t turn up the artist, try going to Splendad and searching for the name of the business running the ad, or just browse the site and you’ll probably find that it’s been requested by others as well.
Next: If you ask me, and I know you would if you could, nobody raps like middle-aged Singapore bureaucrats:
(Via Attack of the Show, as is this next one:)
Next up: What’s the current biggest criminal threat in this country? Junk-food-hungry cross-dressers, of course:
And finally: You might have seen this already, but here’s the wackiest ref call of the year (the funny part starts about 39 seconds in):