Tuesday, December 26, 2006

Two Promising New UK Music Shows

Most of the great music showcases on TV came from the UK, with the notable exception of "MTV's Unplugged." "Top Of The Pops," "The Old Grey Whistle Test," "Later with Jools Holland" and on and on -- the UK always takes the time to do it right. Now two new shows look set to continue that tradition. "Live From Abbey Road" takes the time to present artists with the care they deserve. And the online series From The Basement looks very cool, with initial guests including White Stripes and Thom Yorke of Radiohead. Unfortunately, they're charging an insane amount for their downloads, almost $20 for the entire first episode and about $4 per "video." You can buy an entire season of TV for about $30 to $40 and they want you to pay $20 for ONE episode? Ain't gonna happen.

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