: "What MTV did for music videos and record sales, BookReels
wants to do for book trailers and book sales." No, but they have collected about 3000 book trailers and interviews. New Yorker
: The Awkward Art of Book Trailers
: "Then there is the leading book-trailer auteur of our time, Gary Shteyngart
." TheRumpus: Fantastic Book Trailers and the Reasons They’re So Good
: "There tends to exist a general skepticism toward book trailers."
'The media is a chaotic place. Like an ocean or a weather system, it no longer respects authority. In fact, those who attempt to impose their authority are ridiculed, while brilliant and valuable tidbits emerge from the most remote and seemingly inconsequential sources.... Younger, media-savvy viewers instinctively reject authoritative voices and laugh at commercials in which people try to act "cool."
' That was Douglas Rushkoff's assessment of companies courting the youth demographic as covered in print in 2000
, and the next year in video as the PBS Frontline documentary, Merchants of Cool
(streaming documentary; prev: 1
). Earlier this year, Rushkoff revisited the topic with PBS in Generation Like
(streaming documentary), in a time when young people are generally happy to tell the world what brands they like as a way of identifying who they are. [more inside]
Bored with basketball but want some Tournament action in your March-to-Early April? MentalFloss.com has collected* a list of (More Than) 11 OTHER March Madness Tournaments
, covering books, music, TV, webcomics, various flavors of sci-fi and fantasy, plus bunny slippers, hot dog toppings, the (previously here
) WORST Company in America and MORE! [more inside]
(the following post was lifted from Richard Metzger via the Dangerous Minds website. All links should be considered NSFW) :
It’s called Way USA, a pilot for a punk/comedy travelogue that was done for MTV in 1988
and hosted by the silver-tongued Tesco Vee
of The Meatmen. It was directed by Peter Lauer
, then a staffer with MTV’s graphics department
who has since gone on to direct dozens upon dozens of major television shows that you have seen, including Strangers with Candy
and Arrested Development. [more inside]
But if Urdu is the refined language of power and privilege, Punjabi is the powerful words of the streets. And the streets are where lyrics overwhelmingly situate rap.
Pakistani rap positions Punjabi as Ebonics is positioned in the U.S.
Queen's 1982 dance funk single "Body Language" represented a rare move away from their glam stadium anthems into a more spare, disco-driven beat inter-cut with a moaning Freddie Mercury. The accompanying video, full of exposed flesh and suggestive lyrics, was deemed inappropriate for US TV and was one of the first music videos barred from MTV.
David Attenborough narrates the now-infamous Miley Cyrus/Robin Thicke "twerking" performance.
The 2008 USC-Notre Dame football game at the LA Coliseum was not a great one for the Fighting Irish. They lost to USC 38-3
, en route to a disappointing 6-6 record for the season. Notre Dame had only 4 first downs and 91 total yards on offense (!!!).
But the game turned out to be a fateful one for the Band of the Fighting Irish
, Notre Dame's 167 year-old marching band. Playing a triumphant show at USC for the first time ever
, the band did a medley that included the OK Go song "Here it Goes Again," which became famous when the very fun low-budget video
of the rock band's members performing on treadmills went viral. The Notre Dame band's performance that day
included the marching band making two gigantic treadmills on the field, and band members reenacting some of the video's moves. Little did they know that this would lead to their star turn in a music video. [more inside]
Remember that feeling of dislocation and anticipation while you watched with no clue as to what was going to come next, but knew it was going to be either strange or awesome or horrible or some combination of all three? Well, MTV has been quietly reviving it's Liquid Television brand over the past few years, essentially as an online destination for new "awesome" animation. Tonight, 9/9/13, five all-new episodes of Liquid Television will finally be released - on Hulu, iTunes, MTV Geek, Amazon, Xbox and Playstation. The network is still hoping to schedule a broadcast time slot for the revived series sometime in the remaining months in 2013, and there may be an announcement about that soon. [more inside]
"High school was a lot like the Civil War: it lasted four years, you were defined by what you wore, and I lost 1 in 10 of my friends to gangrene."
Daria: The Live-Action Movie, starring Aubrey Plaza. [more inside]
Former MTV State member Ken Marino will make you fall in love with him all over again!
Did you love The State on MTV
? More recent collaborations like Reno 911
? The Ten
? Party Down
? Adult Swim's Children's Hospital
? You may enjoy the Yahoo web series Burning Love
, a pitch-perfect parody of reality shows like The Bachelor, but with so much more DRAMA
! Narcissism! Alcoholism! Sexuality! Crazy eyes! Homelessness! Pantslessness! [more inside]
When it came time to make Aimee Mann's new video
for the song Labrador, director Tom Scharpling
dragged a reluctant Aimee Mann into making a shot-for-shot remake
of the 1985 video for 'til tuesday's Voices Carry
. The results are even funnier if you watch the original video
From Russia With Love is not unsophisticated. You are.
Matt Zoller Seitz on whether older films are corny. [the comments are also worth a read
After a long absence, Sifl & Olly have made a triumphant return.
After being pulled from MTV in 1999, Liam Lynch's slacker sock puppets have been resurrected to review fake video games (and sing about mother%&*in pie
.) Liam Lynch took questions at Gawker
earlier this afternoon.
Layla, written by Eric Clapton and Jim Gordon has survived over 40 years (wiki
), and matured nicely.
For your listening pleasure "Layla" - 1970
Derek and the Dominoes, 1992
MTV Unplugged, 2011
Jazz at Lincoln Center with Wynton Marsalis.
If you fondly remember the days when MTV would play large blocks of music videos then 120 Megabytes
may be for you. [more inside]
(Season One video) is a series of 90-second CGI cartoons made for MTV Japan about two Russian rabbits. It begins in a Soviet-era prison where Kirenenko*, a mob boss sentenced to death is sharing a cell with Putin (yes, that's his name), a common worker imprisoned on a trumped-up charge and counting the days until his release. And then it gets weird. (contains extreme cartoon violence, scatological gags, Russian stereotypes, transvestite chickens and shoe fetishes) [more inside]
Russell Mulcahy is best known for directing Highlander
(as well as its...less-popular
...sequel) and is currently doing a Teen Wolf
series for MTV. But speaking of MTV, he got his start doing music videos. A lot
of music videos. In fact, if you remember a video from the early days of MTV, it's probably one of Mulcahy's. [more inside]
Between 1987 and 2000, MTV Europe broadcast Party Zone, charting the frontier of European electronic music. For a primer, check the frenetic "megamixes
" of featured artists on Party Zone's exclusive R&S Records (alive and well)
. On a more coherent note, Party Zone occasionally featured live performances by Orbital
, Mouse on Mars (1
) and others. Video (and occasional) Interview jockey Simone Angel
even sat down for a chat with Richard D. James [1h10m, interpsersed with heretofore unseen videos and live performances]
. [more inside]
In 1999 MTV launched Downtown
, an animated slice of life show about young people in Manhattan's Lower East Side based on interviews with non-actors
(Pilot part 2 part 3
) created by animator Chris Prynoski (Daria, Beavis And Butt-head, Metalocalypse). Despite an Emmy nomination, the show was cancelled after one season (with one unaired episode). Like so many MTV shows, licensing complications prevented it from reaching DVD, meaning the only way to watch the show was to e-mail Chris directly
. Until someone uploaded the entire series to Youtube.
When we did "Beat It," Michael came in the van with us to scout locations. I remember saying, "I'm hungry, let's stop for a pizza." Michael said, "Oh good, I've never had a pizza." This is a 25-year-old man who'd never had pizza. Now he wasn't accessible like that. He was a superstar, but then he became a deity.
I Want My MTV: The Uncensored Story of the Music Video Revolution is a hugely readable and fun new oral history of the first decade of MTV. Veteran music writers Craig Marks and Rob Tannenbaum interviewed many of the era's major players, putting a microscope on the biggest, weirdest, and most memorable videos of the time, and [Pitchfork is] thrilled to present the following excerpt.
MTV has posted a crapload of twenty-year-old Liquid Television
shorts on their site.
Watch all the Aeon Flux
shorts, Joe Normal, The Running Man
or Jac Mac and Rad Boy
among others. Don't worry, though, your favorites
will still not be available on the site.
Someone claiming to be an attorney is attempting to scrub the Internet of "private, obscene, lewd and pornographic photographs" of Colton Haynes
, the star of MTV's new series Teen Wolf
. Turns out, however, that the photos are neither private, nor obscene, nor porographic: they were part of a playful photo-spread published by XY Magazine
in March of 2006. Or as Queerty so elegantly puts it, "XY Boytoy All Grown Up & Having Legal Regrets Now That He's On MTV.
" Markedly different, they point out, than when Real World
star Dustin Zito tried to scrub out his gay porn past
Straight outta Cleveland
. Rapper Machine Gun Kelly
headlined the Village Voice's music section
last week ahead of a show in New York last weekend and after inking a deal with Bad Boy records
earlier this month. [more inside]
Two and a half years ago, we explored the early history of Cartoon Network
... but it wasn't the only player in the youth television game.
As a matter of fact, Fred Seibert
-- the man responsible for the most inventive projects discussed in that post -- first stretched his creative legs at the network's truly
venerable forerunner: Nickelodeon
Founded as Pinwheel, a six-hour block on Warner Cable's innovative QUBE
system, this humble channel struggled for years before Seibert's innovative branding work transformed it into a national icon and capstone of a media empire.
Much has changed since then, from the mascots and game shows to the versatile orange "splat."
But starting tonight in response to popular demand, the network is looking back
with a summer programming block dedicated to the greatest hits of the 1990s
, including Hey Arnold!, Rocko's Modern Life, The Adventures of Pete & Pete, The Ren & Stimpy Show, Double Dare, Are You Afraid of the Dark?, Legends of the Hidden Temple
, and All That
To celebrate, look inside for the complete story of the early days of the network that incensed the religious right, brought doo-wop to television, and slimed a million fans -- the golden age of Nickelodeon. (warning: monster post inside) [more inside]
The Wank Bank
SLYT from the fine folks of Burnistoun
The incredibly influential and loved music show 120 Minutes returns
, with Matt Pinfield returning as host. The MTV2 premiere happens later this year, while the web version 120 Seconds
debuts today. [more inside]
Jingle Bells, gujarati/tamil style.
A year ago or so, MTV India released two Christmas-themed bumpers/music-videos, each an animated rendition of the Xmas classic "Jingle Bells" in regional dialects and in regional musical styles: gujarati/tamil and punjabi
. [more inside]
An archive of (nearly) every 120 Minutes (and its successor Subterranean) playlist.
The 120 Minutes archive includes playlists for 585 episodes of MTV's seminal alternative rock show and its successor, Subterranean, spanning 1986-2007. The archive includes links to video search for each track played, interviews
with those behind the program, a history
of its development and demise, and the full video of the series finale
. Looking at some of the early episodes
, should be enough to crush you under a wave of nostalgia and longing for the days when MTV was what it says on the tin.
Top Videos from MTV's First Day.
Most people know that The Buggles' "Video Killed the Radio Star" was the first video ever played on MTV, on August 1, 1981. The Top 13 picks the top 13 videos that aired that day. [more inside]
MTV's Jersey Shore
, a Real World
-style reality program centered around eight young Italian-Americans living together in a beach house, is garnering charges of racism
following their use of the allegedly pejorative terms guido
and the feminine counterpart guidette
in advertisements. But what exactly is
a guido? [more inside]
Twenty years ago in Berlin a wall came down. But at a free concert last night given by U2 in front of the Brandenburg Gate, MTV Europe decided to put a wall back up
Central Massachusetts, sometime in early 1985. You were cranking your way through the UHF dial
when you caught a glimpse of Rock and Roll
. It was V66
, and you were hooked. [more inside]
is an interesting guy
, coming from an artistic family (including a cousin
who created the animated series Cow and Chicken
). His professional work
has mostly been in the world of comics
, though he did direct a movie for Roger Corman
, entitled "Take it to the Limit
), as a way "to recharge [his] batteries
after the Maxx." The Maxx
was a 35 issue comic (plus a few bonuses), and later animated
and aired on Mtv's Oddities in the mid 1990s. (More videos inside) [more inside]
It's finally happened: After a decade of struggle with MTV over royalty fees and the belief that there would be no market for it, The State is finally being released on DVD on July 19th, 2009.
Until then, you can watch streaming video (albeit chopped up in an irritating way) of the episodes from MTV's site, via Hulu
, and compare differences such as the soundalike placed in for The Breeders' "Cannonball"
in this famous sketch