News: YouTube and Cingular are sponsoring a contest to find unknown musical talent. It’s called “YouTube Underground.” You can vote through November 17.
Analysis: This is a great idea, but I’ve been underwhelmed by what’s transpired so far. First, I’ve found it very difficult even to find the music videos for the contest on YouTube. You can find them here. But once you get there, the 2,264 videos appear to be in no particular order and apparently are not searchable at all except by number. Basically, you have to scroll through and find a title or thumb nail photo that catches your eye.
Well, I did this for the better part of 40 minutes. But I had little luck in finding any music worth discussing here. I don’t want to sound like Simon Cowell, but let’s just say there’s a lot of bad music out there. (My condolences to the judges who have to sit through all 2,264 videos!)
I did find one video worth mentioning: Inside Out by the New Orleans band called The Hush.