MTV finally admitted it doesn’t play music videos anymore – “I want my Jersey Shore” — a fact it emphasized with a new, reality-TV friendly logo. Missing from the new logo are the words “Music Television.”
So where does one find music videos these days? The Web, of course. Why wait for a music television channel to play what you like when you can find what you want online in seconds? Here are a few places to find music videos online:
IFC: The Independent Film Channel has a soft spot for indie musicians, making it a nice place to discover new music. Here’s a sample from indie film and music darlings the Swell Season. The selection isn’t deep, but there are cool shows like Pitchfork Airwaves, performances from the Henry Rollins Show and an interesting series called From the Basement.
Vevo: This new site is supported by several of the major record labels and it’s a good place to find videos from Top 40 artists, like Lady Gaga. Commercials play before the videos, a bit annoying. On the other hand, you can create a playlist of your favorite videos and artists. A slick site, the Hulu.com of music videos. It could use a Hulu-like haul of content, however.
YouTube music: The king of all video channels has more music videos than anyone else, making it a great place to browse for music videos. You’ll find music videos from classic TV moments (the Beatles appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show), 8o’s favorites (Dire Straits’ ode to MTV) and current releases (my favorite song from the Eels, “Fresh Blood.” The boy loves this one too.) Of course, the origins and quality of the videos are questionable. The Dire Straights video looks awful while the Eels plays from a Vevo link.
MTV. Online, the music television channel offers plenty of videos as well as memorable clips from those wacky Jersey Shore kids. A handy browse chart makes it easy to find artists and videos. Another plus: high-quality live performances, such as this number from Beyonce. MTV also runs a separate video-only site called, um, MTVMusic.
VH1. If you need to know what K-Fed was thinking when he checked into the Celebrity Fit Club, you’ll find it here. And if you want to find a decent selection of music videos, you’ll find that as well. My favorite place is VH1 Classic, where you can find a playlist of one-hit wonders. Big problem, though. Many of the promoted videos from artists like Frankie Goes to Hollywood or Dexys Midnight Runners are no longer on the site (links are from YouTube). Further, the site is filled with errors and several videos would not play. Annoying, just like this playlist.