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Best TV Show Hyping the Phoenix Music Scene Phoenix 2008 - Television Noir

Mike Red and Stephen Strange have some lofty goals for their off-the-wall music and comedy variety show Television Noir. Besides a desire to shock and entertain anyone who happens to tune into the beyond-bizarre late-night TV program, the duo are hoping to generate mass interest in Phoenix's creative scene, particularly the musical efforts of Valley bands. To this end, each weekly episode of Television Noir will include a music video from a different local group, as well as integrating their songs throughout the show. So far, Red and Strange are planning on showcasing the work of such local standouts as glam rockers Crash Street Kids, indie foursome Runaway Diamonds, punkers The Complainiacs, and a half-dozen other groups. (They're always on the lookout for music for future episodes, so hit them up at televisionnoir@yahoo.com if you're interested.) "In the past, most bands have been limited to just putting their music videos up on MySpace and YouTube, so we wanted to give them something better," Red says. Who needs MTV when we've got Television Noir?

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Catherine Zinkhon
Catherine Zinkhon

This year, you just gotta give props to the TV show Indie Music Phoenix. After a false start with Fox who didn't seem to want to risk running local/edgy programming in their paid-programming slots (???) IMP started their show on Thursdays at midnight on AZTV 7 (Cable 13) early last fall. This was maybe a month or so after TV Noir premiered, and IMP does quite a bit to hype up the local music scene by putting bands on their paid-programming show alongside national acts that come through. Hell, in one of their frist shows they promoted Mike Red's band Sonorus and had Steven Strange on the show about the Parade of the Arts, even though they knew that the guys at TV Noir were not going to broadcast beyond their first season and were not able to cross-promote IMP back. It didn't matter to IMP, they seem to just love the scene.

Their last show they had local band Black Carl on along with interviews and live performances from Cannibal Corpse and Killswitch Engage at Cricket. They cover both the local and national acts that come through town and seem to display the local acts with just as much enthusiasm and flair as the national ones. I saw them filming What Laura Says at the Yucca Tap this week and a few weeks ago they did shows with interviews with bands that were on the Warped Tour including Deer in the Headlights. I just wish they let us know where they are going to be next. Their website usually offers few clues. ;-(

Anyway, I can't think of ANY TV show out there that has *EVER* given more love to local bands than Indie Music Phoenix... (all due respect to Bryan Matusky's show a couple years back, Boogie at the Bay, and TV Noir). For IMP TV to be produced by one guy, Shane Matsumoto, who still comes out of pocket each week to buy airtime to promote bands he isn't even in or haven't recorded in his studio or whatever... I mean, if that isn't pure love for the local music scene, I don't know what is. Now the show has grown, seems to have gotten access to better national acts that roll through and has a couple more music lovers helping behind the scenes and the show just seems to get better and better.

Anyway, you guys should definitely recognize IMP TV and it's creator, Shane, in your "best of" this year.

If you haven't seen the show yet they do keep show archives at www.indiemusicphoenix.com. There is also an IMP Show archives button on the left. You'll see local favs such as Kinch, Digial Summer, Love Me Nots, Butcher Jones, you name it. If they haven't had your favorite worthy local act on the show yet, I'm sure they will.

-CZ

Catherine Zinkhon
Catherine Zinkhon

This year, you just gotta give props to the TV show Indie Music Phoenix. After a false start with Fox who didn't seem to want to risk running local/edgy programming in their paid-programming slots (???) IMP started their show on Thursdays at midnight on AZTV 7 (Cable 13) early last fall. This was maybe a month or so after TV Noir premiered, and IMP does quite a bit to hype up the local music scene by putting bands on their paid-programming show alongside national acts that come through. Hell, in one of their frist shows they promoted Mike Red's band Sonorus and had Steven Strange on the show about the Parade of the Arts, even though they knew that the guys at TV Noir were not going to broadcast beyond their first season and were not able to cross-promote IMP back. It didn't matter to IMP, they seem to just love the scene.

Their last show they had local band Black Carl on along with interviews and live performances from Cannibal Corpse and Killswitch Engage at Cricket. They cover both the local and national acts that come through town and seem to display the local acts with just as much enthusiasm and flair as the national ones. I saw them filming What Laura Says at the Yucca Tap this week and a few weeks ago they did shows with interviews with bands that were on the Warped Tour including Deer in the Headlights. I just wish they let us know where they are going to be next. Their website usually offers few clues. ;-(

Anyway, I can't think of ANY TV show out there that has *EVER* given more love to local bands than Indie Music Phoenix... (all due respect to Bryan Matusky's show a couple years back, Boogie at the Bay, and TV Noir). For IMP TV to be produced by one guy, Shane Matsumoto, who still comes out of pocket each week to buy airtime to promote bands he isn't even in or haven't recorded in his studio or whatever... I mean, if that isn't pure love for the local music scene, I don't know what is. Now the show has grown, seems to have gotten access to better national acts that roll through and has a couple more music lovers helping behind the scenes and the show just seems to get better and better.

Anyway, you guys should definitely recognize IMP TV and it's creator, Shane, in your "best of" this year.

If you haven't seen the show yet they do keep show archives at www.indiemusicphoenix.com. There is also an IMP Show archives button on the left. You'll see local favs such as Kinch, Digial Summer, Love Me Nots, Butcher Jones, you name it. If they haven't had your favorite worthy local act on the show yet, I'm sure they will.

-CZ

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