Some of you have been seeing and passing around the link for this video, which is called “Why doesn’t MTV play videos anymore?” It’s pretty funny:
Super funny, right? But…in case any of you were thinking of taking it too seriously (I see you on Twitter)…in all fairness, MTV didn’t really switch to reality TV format ONLY because people started file sharing. A major factor was actually that playing videos didn’t allow them to get consistent ratings, since people kept switching stations. Kids might watch a couple videos they liked, but if a video came on that they didn’t, they would switch the channel. And then they might not come back, because most likely they changed the channel to a 30-minute program that they’d watch in entirety. So MTV changed to a format that allowed them to get ratings (and make more money, plus entertain people with “shows about vapid people”).
More importantly, the generation that grew up on MTV’s shows like Headbangers Ball and Yo! MTV Raps–aren’t really the generation who started file sharing in the early 2000s. That was the generation after them; the 1975-1985 generation were all out of college and had joined the workforce by then, and everyone knows it was the high school and college kids who were the first big wave that popularized file sharing. So those folks were born about 1985 or later.
In other words, the people who grew up looking to MTV for new cool music sometimes look back in sadness at the cancellation of those shows because the generation after them started changing the game. Which happens. And those sad nostalgic people do need to grow up, go find those videos on YouTube, and make a playlist or something.
Here’s a quick little barrage of stuff I’ve been into lately. First, a shout out to everyone affected by hurricane Sandy–Music for Relief is partnering with International Medical Corps to support mobile medical units in Haiti and Save the Children to support Child Friendly Spaces in the U.S. Donate here.
Moving on; I wasn’t going to blog about any of the following things individually, but as they added up, I thought I’d share them with you, in case you missed some or all of them.
Thanks to my buddy Tal for sending me this link. A great clip for all the experts and haters on the internet. Video / song by SKisM.
Kendrick Lamar’s “good kid m.A.A.d city” album just came out, and I’ve got it on repeat. With that said, this track was just made and released (not on the album), reportedly as a celebration that the album has been selling well and getting great reviews. Shout out to Kendrick and team.
Lastly (while you’re listening to that) check out these images from the new show coming up at Lazarides. I know I just blogged about their last show, but this new show is the kind of star-studded affair that makes me mad I’m not going to be in London to see it. JR, Conor Harrington, Micallef, Kelsey Brookes, and Banksy, among others:
This link is inevitably going to be pulled down, ha! But here’s the full Sao Paulo show, as shown on MULTI SHOW, Brazil. Big crowd, lots of energy…it felt like a great show, here’s how it looked to you guys at home.
I just got an email from the good folks at Lazarides Galleries. They’re doing their annual show at The Old Vic Tunnels. The show, BEDLAM, will feature works by Antony Micallef, Conor Harrington, Ian Francis, War Boutique, and others.
For many of us, Micallef is a favorite–truly a modern master. Lazarides gave me sent me images of these two incredible new pieces with you:
Antony Micalef, ‘Study of Icarus’, 90 x 90 cm, oil on linen:
Antony Micallef, Bestial Descent, 100 x 80cm, oil, charcoal and metallic gold paint on canvas:
…And here are some others that are worth checking out:
I first met STYLES OF BEYOND (S.O.B.) in the late ’90s, rapping at parties and with friends in the San Fernando Valley, north of L.A. Years later, I featured them on my Fort Minor album, on songs like Remember The Name and Believe Me.
After we wrapped up the touring for FM, the guys were signed to Linkin Park’s imprint Machine Shop Records. Above all, I believed in these guys, and I loved the music they made. Shortly thereafter, we began putting the finishing touches on an amazing album, Reseda Beach. Aside from the music they self-produced, we had tracks from J. Dilla and Scoop Deville, and even a super random cameo appearance by Michael Buble (which didn’t make album, but was an amazing experiment).
It was a very exciting time–I always felt like the album they put together showcased exactly what set this group apart from other rap collectives: their knack for setting a tone and vibe, their unique sense of humor, and their classic-sounding style.
As I mentioned HERE a while back, we had every intention of releasing the S.O.B. album on our imprint label, but we ran into roadblocks. When things got impossible, Styles Of Beyond split up, and decided to pursue separate interests. It was a terrible time, especially for them, but also for me–we had all put so much work and hope into this project, and it seemed that it might all go straight down the toilet.
But recently, thanks to persistent interest from fans, Ryu, Tak, Cheapshot, Skully, and some mutual friends decided to put out the album that we all put so much work into.
I’ve always been a big fan of this album, and I’m glad you’re all going to be able to hear it. Here’s one of my favorite tracks off the record, The Pirate Song:
So please support the guys, check this out, and spread the word. They’ve got a bundle that comes with a t-shirt, and another bundle that comes with a second CD (including many of the other tracks we recorded while making the album, featuring Bishop Lamont, Scoop Deville, Apathy, Celph Titled, and some guy named Mike Shinoda).
Get the album HERE
A few months ago, I was approached by the editor of a magazine in the UK called “The Big Issue.” It is a news magazine that prides itself on being “a hand up, not a hand out.” They combat the problem of homelessness by offering eligible people the opportunity to earn a legitimate income by making money selling copies of the magazine.
I’ve since written two pieces for Big Issue. A new issue is out right now, with my first piece as their American Election Correspondent. You’ll have to get a copy of that one to read it; below is my first piece, from September.
POWERLESS: THE EFFECT OF INDIA’S OUTAGE ON LINKIN PARK
In my band, Linkin Park, I help oversee songwriting, production, art direction, and social media. They are things I grew up doing. I’ve been drawing and making music since I was a toddler. My father worked in aerospace, and introduced us to the personal computer in 1984, shortly after Apple’s famous “1984” ad debuted. I’ve always been a fan of video games—I even started my own club with elementary school friends, centered on beating every Nintendo game we played (I had the team record, finishing a game one hour and fifteen minutes after I first turned it on).