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The Year Nirvana Lost Out to Bryan Adams


It was the best of times, it was the worst of times: Our guest Chris Molanphy says 1991 was a tale of multiple cities, as radio stations began to tailor their playlists to narrower audiences. Molanphy writes Slate's "Why Is This Song No. 1?" column.

Adolescence is no nirvana in '90s-set indie drama 'As You Are'

Los Angeles Times

Miles Joris-Peyrafitte makes his feature directorial debut with the striking, haunting exploration of teen angst and sexuality, "As You Are," co-written with Madison Harrison. Joris-Peyrafitte uses the early 1990s as the background for this tale of a deadly love triangle, where jealously cuts in unexpected ways. It's an analog version of youth, devoid of cellphones and computers, only themselves to amuse or torment in real life. Charlie Heaton (a River Phoenix look-alike) costars as Mark, alongside Owen Campbell as Jack, pals thrown together when their parents start dating. Interspersed throughout, acting as a story guide, is VHS footage of a taped police interview in which Mark is notably absent, imbuing an eerie sense of foreboding and ephemerality to the heady friendship-love story.

S3E4: Is this real or Artificial Intelligence?


Is this real or did artificial intelligence create this episode? This week an article came out about Artificial Intelligence aka AI used all of Nirvana's songs to create a new Nirvana song. The scientists feed all of Nirvana's songs into an algorithm (first they converted all of the songs to MIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface) and then the computer created music that sounded like Nirvana. Then they followed suit with the lyrics. Between them both they created a "new" Nirvana song.

Disney-Fox Deal May Create a New Nerdy Nirvana

U.S. News

That would make the Disney juggernaut a more powerful theatrical force to be reckoned with than ever before. Online, Disney has announced plans to launch its own streaming service in 2019, after pulling titles like "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" and Disney's "Moana" from Netflix's streaming platform to move onto its own. After Fox's deal to send its movies to HBO ends reportedly in 2022, its films will also move to the Disney streaming platforms.