Speaking of bands figuring out how to sell albums in the age of free music, there are also bands figuring out how to make a decent video in MTV's post-music era.
If you haven't yet seen what the Beastie Boys did last year ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=evA-R9OS-Vo ), I suggest you get two friends on Skype, pour up a frosty mug, each start the video two minutes apart and watch while listening to the friend ahead of you laugh at what you're about to see and the friend behind you laugh at what you just saw. Because that's how we watched it. (Is there a word that comes after insane?)
How is it that so many people on SNL just happen to sing and play guitar and make awesome rap videos with Michael Bolton (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GI6CfKcMhjY )? Because creative people tend to have more than one interest. So it only makes sense that musicians, who made great videos for years when MTV actually played them, would continue to get their filmmaker on now that we have to click through YouTube to find them (I could post an OkGo video right here, but.. you know. Right?).
Oh? The band attached to this rant? TV on the Radio. I love them. And if you do too, you'll find this mini-movie hilarious (and the song, tender and sad). If you don't yet know TVOTR, get to know them a bit, maybe: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MxawVMQ02dc .