Long After 'The Adventures of Pete & Pete,' Polaris Start a New Journey

Photo by Henning Ohlenbusch
Nineties Nickelodeon cult favorite The Adventures of Pete & Pete wasn't your average kids' show. From 1993 to 1996, Pete & Pete dazzled young'uns and grown-ups alike with a unique wittiness, maturity, and friendly surrealism in Wellsville's fictional suburbia. Whether it was a cardigan-wearing Iggy Pop expressing his distaste for canoes, or an inanimate, demonic bowling ball fighting for the siblings' affection, Pete & Pete remains an original not only in children's television, but for the medium as a whole.

To score such a unique world, show creator Will McRobb enlisted Mark Mulcahy, then frontman of the Connecticut college-rock band Miracle Legion, to write the show's jangle-pop theme, "Hey Sandy." More work followed, and Polaris, as Mulcahy's in-house, Miracle Legion–hybrid band came to be known, eventually penned twelve songs over the show's run, matching Pete & Pete's timelessness with its soundtrack. After the show's cancellation, Music From the Adventures of Pete & Pete saw a proper album release in 1999, becoming a treasured gem for the show's fans as Mulcahy continued on as a solo act.

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The Five 10th Anniversaries in 2014 That You Forgot...Remembered

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Mos Def's 2004 album The New Danger

With 2014 (almost!) officially over, it means the endless stream of twentieth-anniversary Illmatic and Kurt Cobain thinkpieces have ended. While 1994 was admittedly an infinitely important year for music of every genre, both in terms of artistic success and industry milestones, two decades later it seems to have also set a new standard in milking nostalgia. Probably the biggest casualty of all the attention that 1994 got for twentieth-anniversary retrospectives? That 2004's numerous tenth anniversaries were sorely under-reported. With nine years to ruminate over a twentieth-anniversary thinkpiece, here are five tenth anniversaries in 2014 that you likely forgot.

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My AOL Instant Messenger Girlfriend and I Revisit 1999

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How We Talked on AIM in 1999

As anyone with a calendar will tell you, the summer of 1999 was 15 years ago. It was a time of Blair Witch hysteria, Jar Jar Binks alienating a generation and the music industry becoming bigger than ever. But while TRL was establishing itself as a tastemaker, there were tweens like me who watched the full 24 hours that MTV had to offer, as well as spending every waking moment trying to absorb as much music as possible. Thanks to the internet, that was becoming easier. 

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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.

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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.

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This Is What Legendary Venue Maxwell's Looks Like Today

Categories: Nostalgia

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

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.

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