Finding great new music today is hard. Since MTV no longer airs videos and the radio refuses to play anything but Justin Bieber and Katy Perry, where can we get our fix? Luckily, the Web’s got some consistently entertaining shows that highlight and discuss new music. Below are some of Clicker.com’s absolute favorite Web shows that are guaranteed to open your eyes and ears to great music.
The Black Cab Sessions: One of our favorites, The Black Cab Sessions is filmed in the back of — you guessed it — a black cab, with musicians and poets recording a song live. The cab becomes a moving studio, and has been home to big artists like the Kooks, Young Republic, and Wild Beasts. Black Cab appeals to an audience that’s not only interested in music but enjoys “getting to know” the artists they love.
Dirty Laundry: Hosted by Malia Jones, this show often takes place in a Laundromat (ironic, eh?). She’s interviewed some great bands and musicians, including Minus the Bear, Hot Hot Heat, and the Rapture, who often answer some interesting questions — Jones uncovered that the father of Twin Shadow’s George Lewis was once a masseuse in the circus.
Fader TV: TheFader.com’s music section is similar to that of Pitchfork: users can stream or download MP3s while reading blog posts about new and interesting music. The most exciting features are the interviews and recorded studio sessions with artists like Chromeo, Blondes, Twista, and more.
KCRW’s Morning Becomes Eclectic: Combining progressive pop, worldbeat, jazz, African, reggae, classical, and new music, host Jason Bentley showcases new releases, live performances, and interviews.
PitchforkTV: There are multiple Web shows brought to us by the awesome PitchforkTV! Tunnelvision puts together a bunch of talented videographers, who chronicle new music throughout the country; featured artists include Tennis, Twin Shadow, and War Paint. Don’t Look Down presents awesome indie-rock performances from a rooftop in New York City by bands such as Department of Eagles, Tortoise, the Hold Steady, and Girls. We love this show because it has a raw feel to it, allowing the viewer to experience music in an interesting way. Finally, similar to the other Pitchfork webcasts, Cemetery Gates is filmed in an atypical location: a graveyard chapel. With appearances by the Mountain Goats, Grizzly Bear, Of Montreal, and more, it introduces great music in an unexpected way.
Record Club: An interesting show created by the one and only Beck, Record Club represents “an informal meeting of various musicians” who meet up “to record an album in a day.” No one rehearses beforehand — the musicians basically just jam to songs from Skip Spence, Leonard Cohen, and more! Their intention is merely to play music and document what happens, but the results are incredible.
The Take-Away Shows: This is a weekly Web show that invites artists/bands to play in a slightly unconventional venue (in the street, a park, a bar, an elevator, etc.) while a camera crew films the session. The Take-Away Shows began in 2006 and has featured artists such as Fleet Foxes, Jamie Lidell, Horse Feathers, and Wildbirds & Peacedrums.
This has been a guest post from Clicker.com. Clicker is the complete programming guide for the new era of Internet TV. With Clicker you can watch TV, movies, Web series, live events, and music videos on the Web in one seamless, organized experience, plus you can easily discover what’s available to watch and where to watch it, and share what’s worth watching, both online and from your mobile phone.