Courtesy of MTV
Beavis and Butt-Head will return to MTV this summer.
Beavis and Butt-Head will return to MTV this summer. Courtesy of MTV
- This week, blogs around the Inter-land mourned The White Stripes, who announced on Wednesday (after nearly four years of inactivity) that they would "make no further new recordings or perform live." In addition to the many heart-tugging tributes and "red, white and blues" puns, a number of sites poured out a little peppermint schnapps in the form of top 10 lists:
Paste, Sound of the City, 411Mania and Entertainment Weekly all offer up lists of the group's best songs. (Everyone likes "Seven Nation Army").
Mojo and Death and Taxes pick the Stripes best videos
Click Track, the Washington Post's music blog, lets readers pick the Stripes' best song. (Again, everyone likes "Seven Nation Army").
The Los Angeles Times' Pop & Hiss blog recommends five covers: songs the band didn't write, but made their own.
The LA Weekly goes low-brow. Drew Tewksbury offers up 10 bands that "should have broken up instead of the White Stripes," and Dave Parkman highlights the "top 10 most adorable Meg White photos." Hmmm.
- Live Nation and Ticketmaster's stranglehold on the touring business has been the go-to example of the industry's out-of-touch pricing and quality models for so long, news that rival giant AEG will soon begin using a new ticketing agent at its 105 venues around the country is, at the very least, good news for anyone looking for a little variety in their coverage of the concert industry (that's you, right?). The new venture, called Outbox Enterprises, will be run by a former Ticketmaster executive, and as the Wall Street Journal notes, will be the first major competitor TM has faced since it bought Ticketron in 1991.
- Despite its standing as one of the biggest and longest-running indie labels in the country, Sub Pop has lost its fair share of marquee bands to major labels over the years. Nirvana, Iron & Wine, Mudhoney and Band of Horses have all departed the label for greener pastures. Now, as the label prepares to release its biggest album in years — Fleet Foxes' Helplessness Blues — the label's vice president Megan Jasper talks with the Seattle Weekly about ramping up its promotional push to prove to the band that Sub Pop can help it grow past indie status.
- I can't wait for Beavis and Butt-Head to return so they can make fun of
all the teenagers on MTV who are having more sex than they are the 100% classic pop and indie rock music videos that are being made today. James Poniewozic of Time Magazine is worried that the updated version won't live up to his memory of the classic. All I have to say: The opening shot of the new series better be B & B-H watching Justin Bieber on YouTube.