My favorite music channel on TV is Fuse. It is primarily about rock. Or used to be. Apparently, the new management now wants to add even more hip-hop/pop crap, movies and reality shows. Just like MTV did, that is. And look where that got MTV: very low ratings, way lower than they used to have 15 years ago when they turned their ship towards popularism.
JBQ was telling me a few months back how the Live 105 radio station in our Bay Area is one of the few remaining stations that play alternative rock. The scene is pretty much dead in New York for example. And I really don’t get that, because Alternative Rock is just so much catchier than most hip-hop songs out there (yes, it is). Indeed, looking at the charts, Staind’s new single “Believe” only made it to the #84 of the Billboard Hot 100, and consider that Staind are a huge name in the alternative rock scene!
The interesting thing is that most [white] people who browse online and are active youtubers/diggers and whatnot, are into alternative rock or hard rock. The same demographic that votes Obama that is. I guess we are not that many of us as I thought we were… Or it just happens that the same demographic are pirating more than others and so the alternative rock market got sterile.
On a semi-related note, the VJ of Fuse, Steven Smith, is hot.