Sunday, May 15, 2005


It's no secret that I am a huge huge huge fan of Fuse. It's a music channel the way MTV used to be which focused more on sort of "alternative" type bands, and bands with more substance than fluff. Every week I Tivo the show called "The Dive" hoping to be exposed to new bands, and each week, I'm usually, without fail, exposed to the same bands I was previously exposed to the week before, and the week before that, and the week before that. The bands usually include:
Death Cab for Cutie
Ted Leo
Action Action
The Postal Service
Rilo Kiley

Now, I know that there's probably a reason behind this and it's probably that this program hopes to make stars by repitition. Or maybe the programmer of this show really likes Ben Gibbard's voice, like the rest of us. I appreciate what they're going for. But when you've got 30 minutes to make your statement, is it really worth it to repeat yourself? Perhaps Fuse should give this show a bigger timeslot that will allow it to better establish it's MO. I for one, would like to see more variety in the programming. You mean to tellme that those five bands are the only bands in the "indie rock scene"?

MTV2, on the other hand, has the hour long "Subterrarean" program which never fails me. Each week they have new videos from new bands and are exposing me to things I normally wouldn't have thought of giving time to for whatever reason. They also play videos I didn't know existed and have been totally on top of their game when it comes to exposing it's viewers to the "indie rock scene."

In conclusion: Fuse seems to be a music TV station that prides itself on taking chances. I would like to see "The Dive" take more chances with it's video selection.

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