120 Megabytes
August 8, 2012 7:45 AM   Subscribe

If you fondly remember the days when MTV would play large blocks of music videos then 120 Megabytes may be for you.

Hosted on Network Awesome (previously), 120 Megabytes is an homage to the 120 Minutes programming block on MTV (which was canceled in 2003, but has made a return as of 2011 on MTV2 and the Web).

Curated by Mark Brown and presented by 20jazzfunkgreats, 120 Megabytes ushers in a new era in musical video programming showcasing experimental audio & visual hallucinations in a space between art and music.

Each 30 minute episode is broadcast every Thursday.
To date there are 39 episodes, recently...

Episode 39
  • LOL Boys - Changes (Ft. Heart Streets)
  • Liars - brats
  • Chromosaturation
  • 18+ - REMI RED
Episode 38
  • Massacooramaan - Wijd
  • Perc - A New Brutality
  • SAAAD - Pole
  • Taragana Pyjarama - Lo Ng
Episode 37
  • Voltron - Play It
  • Drainolith - You Paid For It
  • Blues Control - Rest on Water
  • Nitemoves - 1903

Episode 36
  • E*Rock - "A Long Narrow Corridor"
  • ultraísta - static light
  • The Memories - Baby
  • Legendary Marquis Revlon - Vogue Performance
  • Golden Birthday - Start Swimming
  • The Tethers - Tropical Popsicle

Episode 35
  • Beach House - Lazuli
  • Dust - Dark Pleasures
  • Doldrums - Copper Girl
  • Bowerbirds - Overcome With Light
  • Starlight Serenaders - Orange Wind

Episode 34
  • Fatima Al Qadiri - D-Medley
  • Os Ovni - Holographic Dreams
  • Teengirl Fantasy - Motif
  • Tomas Barfod - November Skies

Episode 33
  • Future Islands - Gives Us the Wind
  • Dope Body - Enemy Outta Me
  • Hercules and Love Affair - You Belong
  • Spank Rock - DTF DADT
  • Ed Schrader's Music Beat - When I'm in a Car

Episode 32
  • Chandeliers - Le Corsage
  • Birthdays - JNCO Genius
  • Roomrunner - Super Vague
  • LFO - LFO
  • Dan Deacon - Big Big Big Big Big
Episode 31
  • Simian Mobile Disco - Put Your Hands Together
  • Blood Orange - Champagne Coast
  • Datassette - Bayesian Funk
  • Stuck in the Sound - Brother (Panteros666 Remix)
  • Crookers ft Style of Eye & Carli - That Laughing Track
  • Spooky Cheddar - Tropical Enemy

If the music in these shows generates concern for the state of your lawn, then there's plenty of classic 120 Minutes content online.

Guest hosting from, They Might Be Giants, Billy Corgan, The Beastie Boys, Robert Smith, Soul Asylum, and Weezer.

Interviews from up-and-comers, Sonic Youth, Beck, Ween, The John Spencer Blues Explosion, Thom Yorke & Johnny Greenwood, Johnny Rotten, The Pixies and Creed.

Live performances from Radiohead, HUM, Henry Rollins, Afghan Whigs, Bad Religion, Jawbox, Blind Melon, PJ Harvey, Pavement, and Butthole Surfers

The 120 Minutes Archive has full show lists with links to online videos of the songs featured on the program, and was previously posted on Metafilter here.
posted by codacorolla (8 comments total) 39 users marked this as a favorite
Love Network Awesome (I posted it before and found that 1969 Spider-Man fan movie there as well) and Love 120 Megabytes ... but ... it is a little hard to navigate and skip around between videos etc. so I appreciate the documentation of recent shows. Unfortunately, I've heard of a lot of these artists, but that's OK! Definitely some new ones too.
posted by mrgrimm at 9:01 AM on August 8, 2012

Really good stuff...I'm excited to find some new and interesting bands
posted by kuatto at 9:18 AM on August 8, 2012

Perhaps worth noting (not to steal thunder) that episodes of MTV's new, new 120 Minutes are all available online (although I have yet to hear/see Matt Pinfield...). Definitely more commercial (and ad-laden), but still decent (anything with Matt and Kim and Bob Samaras-style b-ball dribbling skills is cool with me).
posted by mrgrimm at 9:50 AM on August 8, 2012 [1 favorite]

Datassette - Bayesian Funk

Haven't heard the song yet, but the title and band name are objectively perfect.
posted by JHarris at 10:34 AM on August 8, 2012 [2 favorites]

I've never heard of this, and today they are featuring Rashaan Roland Kirk, my absolute fave. Coincidence? I think not.
posted by ergomatic at 12:34 PM on August 8, 2012

If the music in these shows generates concern for the state of your lawn

Indeed. Even at my advanced age, I do try to keep up with new and exciting music, but I have to admit that I've never heard of any of the bands listed there. Sigh.

Then again, if they're Good Stuff, then maybe I need to have a look at this, so I can discover some new swell tunes.
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 4:56 PM on August 8, 2012

This post is full of potential awesome. I will have to descend into it and see what I can find. Thanks!
posted by hippybear at 6:56 PM on August 8, 2012

Wow I am not even 30 yet and I had no idea who most of these groups are...I feel old and I kind of want a rocking chair now.
posted by Btru0465 at 1:42 AM on August 9, 2012

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