This Saturday, at 1am (when you get home tomorrow night, so actually Sunday morning) the first episode of the newly re-launced 120 Minutes will air on MTV2, with Matt Pinfield once again taking his rightful place as host. The return of the show is exciting in some ways—in that it signals, perhaps, the return of independent/alt-minded music as a legitimate force—but the first episode looks only so-so, as it’ll feature interviews with people like Dave Grohl and Kings of Leon, showing a depressing lack of confidence in artists like Sleigh Bells and Das Racist, who will also be featured.
But anyway, this news has caused me to enter what is quite possibly the deepest, darkest YouTube hole I’ve ever encountered: all you have to do is search “120 Minutes Live,” and blam, your day, weekend, month, whatever, will be shot. Below, I’ve handpicked 17. I hesitate to say they’re my favorites just yet, ’cause I still have pages and pages and pages to sort through, but still. So good, all of them.
Bad Religion — “American Jesus”
They Might Be Giants — Why Does the Sun Shine?
Pavement — Stop Breathin
Green Day — Christie Road
Henry Rollins — Liar (Jesus, this song is terrible.)
The Dead Milkmen — The Puking Song
Butthole Surfers — Pepper
Liz Phair — Supernova
Bjork — Human Behavior
Superdrag — Sucked Out
Evan Dando — It’s about Time
Juliana Hatfield —Spin the Bottle
Sebadoh — Give Up
Blur — Parklife
Pigface Profile (!!!)