'Supermodel' Singer Jill Sobule Remembers Nineties New York

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Jill Sobule
If culture moves in a twenty-year cycle, the current Nineties revival is right on schedule. Mini floral print dresses abound, as do grunge- and riot-grrrl-influenced bands. Obscure pop culture nuggets like the Tonya Harding/Nancy Kerrigan scandal are now the subject of adoration. People who grew up in the Nineties are feeling a collective pang of nostalgia watching their youth replayed in tastes of the currently young, and they often don't seem too happy about it.

One person who isn't complaining, though, is Jill Sobule. The L.A.-based singer-songwriter wasn't just there the first time around: She performed "Supermodel," the signature track of beloved 1995 movie Clueless, and in doing so became a quintessential part of the Nineties canon. The film turns twenty this year, and in celebration the soundtrack is getting a vinyl reissue on April 7: a picture disc printed with main character Cher Horowitz's signature black-and-yellow plaid. Sobule couldn't be happier about it.

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The Goosebumps-Themed Rave Is a Real Thing

Larry D. Moore CC BY-SA 3.0.
Goosebumps author R.L. Stine has now inspired a rave.
If you were a literate child in the 90s, chances are you spent your evenings getting chills and thrills from author/visionary R.L. Stine's obscenely popular Goosebumps books. With over 300 million copies sold worldwide, as well as numerous spin-offs, a television series and even Pogs, this Friday the fun of the franchise is back, in rave form. Yes, a Goosebumps-themed rave is going down this Friday at midnight at Tammany Hall with DJs Sandlot, Enji and The Magick Report. The first in a weekly series lasting all October that will include a costume contest, a ticket giveaway, and a different theme based on each book.

We spoke to mastermind Sheila McNair, a Junior at NYU's Gallatin School of Individualized Study, about putting the rave together and the reaction from R.L. Stine himself. Raver beware, you're in for a scare!

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Actual Emails of Actual Bands Rejected From Mark McGrath's Actual Under the Sun Tour

Mark McGrath
Courtesy of founder/organizer/smirkmerchant Mark McGrath, the shamelessly '90s-talgic "Under the Sun 2013" tour*--featuring Sugar Ray, Smash Mouth, Gin Blossoms, Fastball and Vertical Horizon--touches down at the Paramount in Huntington tonight [8 p.m./$71.25-$106.75], aiming to take you back to that carefree, breezy radio alterna-pop era before drone strikes and Amanda Bynes meltdowns.

So many artists from that time, so few slots on this tour! A ton of bands actually reached out to McGrath to get on the bill, although ultimately they were shot down. We got ahold of actual** emails from a couple of them.

*Not to be confused with Alex Alexakis of Everclear's shamelessly '90s-talgic Summerland tour.

**And by "actual," of course, we mean "completely fake."

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20 Years and 20 Edits: Ka's The Night's Gambit Is NYC Rap At Its Finest

One of the most famous scenes in the landmark television show The Wire takes place in the early part of the first season. Three characters--who at this point the first-time viewer is likely to think of as nothing more than drug dealers--sit around a chessboard as one teaches the others how the game is played. The scene, though imbued with symbolism and foreshadowing, isn't heavy-handed in the least. As they learn about chess, the two younger characters compare the pieces to the people in their lives in a way that makes complete and utter sense. The scene is razor sharp--no bullshit.

It's no wonder then that the Brownesville rapper Ka scooped up a snippet from that scene for a song on his new album The Night's Gambit. In Ka's music too there are no distractions to be found, no ornamentation to get in the way of a driving, fully-realized narrative. Every lyric has its use.

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New Book 2pac vs. Biggie Unearths Much About the Pair: LIVE Reading Tonight


TONIGHT at 7 p.m., co-authors of the newly published 2pac vs. Biggie: An Illustrated History of Rap's Greatest Battle Jeff Weiss and Evan McGarvey will be reading their book live at the Housing Works Bookstore Café. They'll be joined by HOT 97 host + DJ Peter Rosenburg and Duck Down Music CEO Dru Ha for a lively discussion about the most controversial pair in music history. They might even talk about why 2pac loved Orange Fanta so much. We talked to co-author and friend of SOTC Jeff Weiss about the dynamic pair, the legacy they left behind and the traits they shared.

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Lisa Loeb on What It's Like To "Stay" Lisa Loeb (Hint: "It's Awesome!")

Last night, Lisa Loeb stepped out of a cab in front of Highline Ballroom with an orange guitar case slung across her shoulder, her hair pulled into a low ponytail, and her eyes hidden behind her iconic black-framed glasses. She is petite with a somewhat soft voice, and speaks thoughtfully and intelligently, like the smart, quiet girl in your college literature seminar. In 1994, Loeb was the first artist to have a number one single in the United States while not signed to a recording contract. Almost 20 years later, she is still plugging away and making music, and in January she released a new record, No Fairy Tale. We walked to Chelsea Market before her show at Highline, and caught up over coffee about what it means to be '90s female pop icon, eyewear, children's music, and having to play "Stay (I Missed You)" over and over, and over.

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Stone Temple Pilots Fire Scott Weiland, the World Reacts

February 27th will join February 5th-- "The Day The Music Died"-- as a day that will forever live in rock and roll infamy. This Wednesday, critical darlings and multi-platinum superstars Stone Temple Pilots shocked the world and devastated fans by announcing the termination of founding vocalist Scott Weiland.

The brevity of the band's statement, released by their publicist via email, belied the magnitude of the announcement: "Stone Temple Pilots have announced they have officially terminated Scott Weiland."

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Dear Beloit College: 1994 Was Also A Good Year For "Women Of This Generation" To Be Rock Stars

Courtney Love, facepalming on behalf of all of us.
"Good music programmers are rock stars to the women of this generation, just as guitar players were for their mothers."
—From the Beloit College Mindset List, in which two dudes at a Wisconsin college attempt to get a bead on What The Freshmen Class Might Be Thinking via the making of a list with claims both rooted in fact and, er, less so. This item—No. 41 on the list, which is crafted with people born in the year 1994 in mind—stuck out in particular, since 1994 was also a year in which quite a few women made their own stamp on the pop, rock, and R&B worlds, proving that they didn't need to flutter their eyes and faint over men in order to participate in the musical agora. (Also, what does "music programmers" mean, anyway? People who decide what gets played on radio stations?) Below, an extremely partial list of songs that, after I recovered from my rage blackout, immediately came to mind and fueled my anger so much I almost passed out all over again.

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Six '90s Hits One Direction Should Cover Next

Nate "Igor" Smith
They're all the cute one, don't you know.
Saturday afternoon I spent some time at the Beacon Theater for a matinee performance by the British boy band One Direction, who played three shows (two at the Beacon, one at the Izod Center) in the area over the course of the long weekend. It was an extended version of the opening set they played at Radio City Music Hall earlier this year—the 75-ish-minute set was padded out with a bunch of seasonally themed videos that looked like chillwave-inspired ads for a super-preppy clothing line (the room went absolutely silent when any romantically interesting women appeared on the screens showing these clips, in a stark reminder that boy bands' fantasy-object status is paramount at all ages). (Well, the bras and underwear—multiple on both!—that were thrown were probably stark reminders too. But I digress.)

Also padding out the set, since the boys only have one album under their belt: Cover songs. The still-curiously-mature "Use Somebody" cover that united mothers and daughters back at Radio City got a prime spot in the backend of the set; there was also a medley of hits earlier in the show that included "I Gotta Feeling," "Stereo Hearts," and—in another sap to the parents—"Torn," the Ednaswap song made inescapable by Aussie soap star Natalie Imbruglia in the late '90s. The breezy guitar and sad-confused lyrics fit in perfectly with One Direction's scrubbed-schoolboy-who-can-still-be-bad aesthetic, and perhaps most surprisingly, every member of the audience, even those who weren't even eggs when the song hit big in 1997, knew every word. Which got me thinking: What other songs from that halcyon era could One Direction, whose sound borrows much more from the alt-leaning radio pop songs that would later become adult-contemporary staples than it does the likes of 'NSync and the Backstreet Boys, remake into their own, cherub-cheeked image? Six suggestions below.

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So, The Mid-'90s Lineup Of Hole (Including Courtney Love) Reunited At Public Assembly Last Night

Last night Public Assembly hosted the afterparty for the premiere of Hit So Hard, a documentary about former Hole drummer Patty Schemel; the marquee act for the evening, a group called the Trinity Jam, consisted of Schemel, bassist Melissa Auf Der Maur, and guitarist Eric Erlandson—the three people who backed up Courtney Love in Hole during most of the Live Through This aftermath. (Last night's event was one of a few recent ones paying homage to the band's history; a week ago Thursday, Erlandson and Auf der Maur promoted Erlandson's alt-rock memoir, Letters To Kurt, with a performance at the Union Square Barnes & Noble.) As it turned out, Courtney happened to be in New York CIty yesterday, and she popped up onstage for two songs: The beauty-queen-nightmare chronicle "Miss World" and "Over The Edge," a cover of the 1983 track by the Portland punk legends the Wipers. Video below.

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