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

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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

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!

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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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Lynyrd Skynyrd - Beacon Theatre - 1/15/13

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Better Than: Hearing a drunk crowd shout "Freebird" at a concert where the annoyed band onstage did not write and will not perform said timeless classic by that name.

It would have been Ronnie Van Zant's 65th birthday had he not perished--with other members of Skynyrd and their entourage--at the age of 29 in a 1977 plane crash. But kid brother Johnny has been doing him proud since 1987, and at the Beacon Theatre last night, the sometimes-stoic singer was engagingly animated, commanding the stage and leading the band through a quite-amazing amount of classic rock radio standards.

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I Was A Teenage Jam Band Scenester: Coming Around On The Ominous Seapods And Other Life Lessons

The Ominous Seapods.
Through a series of maybe not-so-unfortunate events, I was a teenage jam band scenester, which, when properly italicized and luridly capitalized, sounds like a sordid music-crit version of a '50s exploitation paperback. But the truth is, I wasn't seduced by drugs, sex, or anything else until college.

There was a thriving local ska circuit on Long Island, where I grew up, and I went to a clutch of gigs at church rec centers and the occasional all-ages night hosted by the local metal club, The Roxy. But ska didn't offer what I wanted. Richard Brooks, the leader of local heroes the Scofflaws, was a bus driver at our high school, and I appreciated his obvious punkness. But getting out of my hometown was a priority. Despite being a b-side collecting fan of Nirvana and, through them, Sonic Youth, Mudhoney, and a few others, underground music in 1993 paradoxically seemed like something that you saw on television, not participated in yourself.

The jam band world was the first music community I had access to. As a suburban computer kid, I got online as quickly as I could, and found that Deadheads had the pre-WWW 1993-era internet well-colonized. I eventually made my way to Larry Bloch's Wetlands Preserve, the magically handmade club in pre-gentrified TriBeCa where somehow my pitiful fake high school ID that said I was 18 got me in the door. Not that I was trying to drink; I was there for the music, maaaaaaaaan. The idea of improvisation—something "new" every time—was throughly mindblowing to me, and the Grateful Dead seemed far more approachable (and fun) than, say, Miles Davis. But, inside Wetlands, I found a pretty complete world. There was a VW bus parked by the door, housing an environmental activism center (like, actual hang-off-buildings/throw-blood-on-fur-wearers activists); a wrap-around mural of a pastoral festival scene; hippie-built nooks; black lights; and a benevolently foreboding basement lounge. There was also a radically open-minded booking policy that included hardcore matinees, Allen Ginsberg readings, grrl-folk (including Ani DiFranco's first NYC appearance), and lots other surprises. Of course, I knew none of that then.

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CBGB Festival To Debut This July

The rumor earlier this year that CBGB, the storied Bowery punk club shuttered a few years back in order to make room for a store hawking overpriced menswear and vinyl, would be returning to the city in some form has apparently come closer to actually becoming true. Bryan Kuntz over at This Ain't The Summer Of Love (found via EV Grieve) visited the bygone venue's still-kicking official site and found an announcement for a festival—with "music, food, conference, [and] drink"—branded with the CBGB logo and scheduled for July 4-8. Other details—lineups, venues, cost, number of conference panels that will look wistfully back on The Good Old Days—are scant, but there is a link to CBGB Facebook page and another where interested bands can apply for consideration via the talent broker Sonicbids. That link elaborates a bit more on the festival's aims:

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