Remember 120 Minutes on MTV? That cool Sunday night show, where for at least two hours a week, MTV and good music were on speaking terms again? It shouldn’t be any surprise that in its headlong rush to remake itself into as a 24/7 boy-band and hip-hop party palace, peopled by gabby, grabby, self-absorbed wannabes, MTV has stopped playing music altogether. Well maybe not entirely. See 120 Minutes is still kicking over on MTV’s sister network, MTV2, which in spite of – OK maybe even because of – its name (remember? MTV = music television?) – still plays music. And this Sunday night, November 17, Rhett Miller is hosting 120 Minutes. Check it out.

How do he do it? I dunno, but 97’s drummer Philip Peeples has himself committed to play in THREE shows this Friday evening, November 15. At 10pm or so, Mr. Ken Bethea’s band, The Scrap Hotel, (with one Philip Peeples on drums) plays a brief set at Dallas’ Club Dada as part of the 2002 North Texas New Music Festival. Then at 11:30, Philip retakes the same stage to handle skins for the Deathray Davies acoustic alter-ego, I Love Math. Finally, both Ken and Philip race north on Central Expressway to their post-midnight gig by Scrap Hotel at the Barley House. Man, I smell a late night coming on. Or speeding tickets. Or both.

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