Thursday, August 11, 2011

Old new music: 120 Minutes returns from the grave

Posted By on Thu, Aug 11, 2011 at 10:58 AM

There's good news for fans of new music — and even better news for fans of old new music: 120 Minutes is back. The Former Music Network's "cutting-edge" show debuted in 1986, helped break artists like the Cure and the Replacements, and breathed what appeared to be its last gasp in 2003.

But two weeks ago, 120 Minutes rose from the dead, complete with host Matt Pinfield, who still looks like a veejay version of Bad Manners frontman Buster Bloodvessel. The current incarnation is monthly, not weekly, and airs on MTV2. More conveniently, you can watch it online at

The first show, which debuted July 30, included new videos by Cults and the Joy Formidable, a segment on Pearl Jam's ancient "Jeremy" video, and interviews with PJ Harvey (she likes Lady Gaga), Theophilus London (he likes Morrissey), Lupe Fiasco (his dad was a Black Panther), and enough other stuff to fill two hours.

The problem, of course, is that there's far more new music (and avenues to access it) than existed in 120 Minutes' heyday. But as a quick fix for the kind of acts you'd be likely to read about in venerable mainstream publications like Spin and Rolling Stone, it's still worth checking out.

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