Jesse Camp's Album Turns 15--A Look Back at The Gangly MTV Legend

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This week marks the 15th anniversary of an infamous day for the MTV generation. It was on May 25th, 1999 that former MTV VJ Jesse Camp unleashed his one album, Jesse and the 8th Street Kidz on the world . It was a big day, an end of an era and a landmark swan song to one of the '90s most unforgettable flamboyant curiosities. Let's take a visit back to Camp.

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Even Twentysomethings Aren't Immune to '90s Nostalgia

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There's no denying the rock and roll reunion tour. The tired tradition cuts across the generational divide. Your parents remember when The Eagles re-formed. Your older brother looks at scattered reunions of Black Flag with some consternation. An army of confused souls await Limp Bizkits' 2014 summer tour.

See also: The Oral History of NYC's Metal/Hardcore Crossover

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Absolutely Everything You Could Want to Know About the Official Beer of the Toadies

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Courtesy Martin House Brewing Company
Last night Toadies played Irving Plaza with Battleme and Supersuckers. Today they're off to famed Asbury Park venue Stone Pony before playing a few more east coast dates and heading back to their native Texas. And, one presumes, the entire time they'll be drinking case after case of the official beer they inspired, Rubberneck Red from Martin House Brewing Company in Ft. Worth.

Rubberneck is, of course, Toadies' debut album that went platinum on the back of smash hits like "Possum Kingdom," "I Come From the Water," and "Tyler." The remastered 20th anniversary of Rubberneck was released on Kirtland Records on April 1. The band is Kelly Clarkson's favorite of all time. Of course, you know all this.

You want to hear more about this beer.

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Wrestlemania's Greatest Music Moments

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Cyndi Lauper celebrates with Wendi Richter at the first Wrestlemania
This Sunday is the granddaddy of them all, the sports entertainment spectacular, WWE's Wrestlemania 30. It's amazing to consider the Spring tradition has been wowing fans and the media alike for three decades now. But along with the grappling action is the sheer spectacle for the senses, including music. Let's take a look back at the best musical moments in Wrestlemania history, brother.

See also: Jean-Claude Van Damme's Finest Musical Moments

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This Is What Legendary Venue Maxwell's Looks Like Today

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Via former Maxwell owner Steve Fallon's Facebook
In August of last year we told you that legendary Hoboken bar/venue Maxwell's could be yours for the tidy sum of $625,000. Well, someone bought it, and -- though we'd heard rumors early on the place would go mostly untouched -- it is now clear big changes are afoot.

The photo above is from former Maxwell owner Steve Fallon's Facebook page. He put it up yesterday with the caption "THE END!" In the comments of the photo, he says the former club will soon be a pizza joint.

See also: Legendary Hoboken Club Maxwell's Can Be Yours For $625,000

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Diving into the Vinyl-Only World of Cotter Records

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Bobbito Garcia, the New York DJ and streetball legend, doesn't like the playlist on
his East Village Radio show to be predictable.

"I kind of pride myself on the fact that you can never guess what I'm going to play," he says during a recent phone interview.

So how then does Garcia account for the fact that for three consecutive weeks on his show in February and March, he set things off with the same exact record, a jazz cut from an album called Technicolor Hi-Fi by the drummer, bandleader and producer Pat Van Dyke?

There's certainly no personal connection.

"I don't know Pat from a can of paint," Garcia says. "But what I perceive the PVD record to be is a jazz record that's probably produced by someone young enough to be raised on hip-hop."

"There's records that scream at you to play them," he adds. "The PVD record just kind of yells, 'Yo, play me.'"

See also: Ten Jazz Albums to Hear Before You Die


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Record Labels Aren't Dying, They're Thriving

Categories: Labels, Nostalgia

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Photo: Mehrad Talaie and Captured Tracks
Zachary Cole Smith, Sky Ferreira, and Katie Garcia at Captured Tracks' fifth anniversary show
Back in 2006, Jeremy Earl was pretty much an average Brooklyn 20-something. He'd moved here straight for college, and was spending his time sharing a house with four other people, working at records stores, cafes, and sometimes places that were both (like Cake Shop on Ludlow Street). He was in a band, too, and his house was packed with music-related junk: boxes of records, boxes of cassettes, stuff to silkscreen T-shirts, pretty much anything you could imagine.

He'd been half-heartedly running a record label for a few years, releasing albums for his own band, Woods, and those of his friends. "I'd be doing every element of it: dubbing the tapes, everything," he told me recently over the phone, using the tone of voice you use when remembering something crazy, but kind of admirable you used to do, like studying really hard for the SATs, or learning to ride a unicycle.

See also: Brooklyn Record Label Captured Tracks Takes Risks, Avoids Soundscan, and Sees Results

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"Go Go Power Rangers!" and Its Badass Guitar Riff Turn 20 Years Old

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The Mighty Morphin Power Rangers
Believe it or not, it's now been 20 years since Mighty Morphin Power Rangers premiered, changing the way '90s kids saw the world by combining teen drama with dinosaur robots. It also introduced a generation to the power of electric guitars as the show's immortal "Go Go Power Rangers" theme has become a pop culture staple and irrefutably responsible for the baddest-assest riff in the history of children's television. To commemorate this milestone, we spoke to the series' composer Ron A. Wasserman, who now scores many projects including Hot in Cleveland, about how the theme came together, scoring with rock music and the restrictions of the increasingly politically correct world of '90s children's television. It's Morphin Time!

See also: Top 10 Douchiest Guitarists of All Time

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Legendary Hoboken Club Maxwell's Can Be Yours For $625,000

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When it was announced back in June that Hoboken's venerable venue Maxwell's would be shutting its doors after a long, impressive run, you could hear the hearts of aging punks across New York and New Jersey breaking. The only reason to ever go to Hoboken had ceased to exist, its 35 years of live music memories now just that. It gave up the ghost on Wed., July 31st. Cause of death: rising rents and "a changing nightlife culture where high-def TVs are valued over live rock 'n' roll," according to booker and co-owner Todd Abramson. Yo La Tengo were placed on suicide watch.

Well, good news-ish. Maxwell's has now been listed on the commercial real estate market. It can be yours for $625,000.

See also: A Brooklyn Bodega Is Selling a Strip of the VMA Red Carpet For $5,000

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Two Jerks Revisit Alt Rock's Nicest Band, Toad the Wet Sprocket

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If I told you a mostly forgotten band from the 90s, one that was already kind of a walking punchline during their heyday in the first place, had come back after 16 years with a Kickstarter to fund a new album, your initial instinct would be derision, right? But for some reason the news of the Toad the Wet Sprocket effort, for which they've raised almost $200k so far, well beyond their set goal, has somehow paralyzed my cruelty instincts. I find it kind of, well, nice. It's just really nice that they're doing that. Maybe it's because that's probably the best way to describe the band's music, just, sort of, nice music, made by, and for, nice people. It kind of makes me feel like I'm losing my edge. To test whether or not I had, I asked my Voice colleague David Thorpe to hash out all of these weird emotions here. I had sort of assumed he'd be willing to take the role of the heel in this back and forth, since jokes about eminently mockable bands is right in his wheelhouse, but it turns out he shared my good-tidings for the oft-derided band.

See also: Bands Abusing Kickstarter Are Exploiting Fans

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