Robert Guskind, image c/o NYShitty
We’re deeply saddened to report that Robert Guskind, the founder of one of our favorite blogs Gowanus Lounge and frequent Curbed contributor died yesterday. From Brooklyn Paper:
After days of speculation inside and outside the blogosphere, much-liked journalist Robert Guskind died on Wednesday, the city Medical Examiner confirmed this morning.The death of the creative mind behind the Gowanus Lounge blog, whose behavior had been increasingly erratic over the past few months as he has lost several jobs, separated from his wife amid an extra-marital affair, and waged angry crusades against supposed enemies, was first reported by his friend and fellow blogger, Miss Heather, who runs a popular Greenpoint-based Web site.
She reported in a video that he was found dead in his apartment. The medical examiner said an autopsy would be performed on the body, which was found at 7:19 pm on Wednesday.
Guskind’s Gowanus Lounge site had been down for days, and his obsessively regular Twitter blasts also stopped coming on Monday, said friends who expressed their concern to The Brooklyn Paper.
If you’re into visual arts, then this week’s art fairs are like a second Christmas. Free Williamsburg will have a full roundup next week.
But, if you need a guide, I recommend checking out arguably one of the best New York art blogs/publications Art Fag City for recommendations. Panel discussions can be found here and gallery openings during the week are here.
I really shouldn’t be telling you this, but My Open Bar already did, so I’d be silly not to. Sound Fix Lounge, the on-again off-again liquor-supplied music spot in the back of the record store is having a “Booze Surplus Party” tonight, where for $10, you get unlimited access to the entire bar. Seriously. From My Open Bar:
Thanks to the amazingly douchey neighbors, Sound Fix Lounge is seeing its final days. In true DYI fashion, they’re going out with a bang by giving away what’s left of their bar stock at this closing night party. Liquor. Beer. Fun times. All you can drink for $10, all night. That’s it. Oh yeah, and make sure you say “fuck you” to the neighbors before stumbling home.
Now please don’t go so I can drink more. K thx bye.
The Interactive Singles Map has been floating around for a while, but I just found it linked on the site of Virgil Griffith, the hot-in-a-nerdy-way creator of the Wiki Scanner, and successfully procrastinated with it for about an hour, changing views and tweaking the age levers.
The creator of the map has a few lol-worthy observations on the site, but I took the liberty of summarizing the data for you and interpreting it in the context of the Williamsburg dating scene:
If you’re a chick, this map can either give you hopeful optimism or crush your single-but-looking spirit. On the one hand, not only does New York City contain 109,132 more men than women in the datable age-range, but single men overpopulate single women in pretty much ever city in the United States. Score! On the other hand, why are you still single? Burn!
Dudes… you now know you’ve got serious completion — unless you go for the cougars!
As you may have heard, Lil Wayne is forsaking his god-given gifts as a rapper and releasing a rock album, Rebirth, this May. If “Prom Queen,” the album’s first single, is any indication, the whole thing will be a fiasco of Chris Gaines proportions. The video for this bastard child of Auto-Tune and ’90s radio rock showed up on Videogum today and I’ve embedded it below just in case you’re feeling masochistic. Essentially, the storyline is a thugged-out rehash of “Sk8er Boi,” with more tattoos and unplanned pregnancies. And yeah, it sucks.
As I’m going to be Tokyo!-bound this weekend, and because some of my fellow FREEburgers have jumped on the East meets Brooklyn bandwagon (check out David & Lisa’s posts below)–here’s another reason to love/be jealous of our cross Pacific friends:
Oh, and has anyone coined the term FREEburger yet? Because, if not, well… done & done.
The CHOICE Festival of Art, Media, Culture and All Things Cool kicked off yesterday and continues through March 15th at 303Grand (A revolving storefront, they say) “the newest and most unique retail rental space in Brooklyn, New York,” a self-made claim which you’ve heard countless times before. Right now it’s the Fantastic Nobodies, who are performing daily from 2pm – 10pm (and livestreaming!). Then its Seasick Mama, a Film Festival, an Artists and DIY Market and finally a big ol’ party.
Click through the jump for the details and rsvp info…
“Anime and punk? So what do they have in common? A what? Spiky hair?”
*Does another line of blow*
“Alright, fuck it, I’m sold. Hey, Gina! Quit making personal calls and gimme a back massage. We’re putting the green light on this Anime punk collection!”
Japanese experimental musician OORUTAICHI is in town this week. He’s playing some of NYC’s better venues Cake Shop, Glasslands, Zebulon and rounding things off at Issue Project Room.
Tonight is a great line up with Lights (Andy MacLeod project) and Drawlings (Paw Tracks) at the Cake Shop.
The Fake Albums Group. I found this little gem of a facebook meme today. Here’s the rules:
1: Go to “Wikipedia.” Hit ‚”random… Read More”
or click http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Special:Random
The first random wikipedia article you get is the name of your band.
2: Go to “Random quotations”
or click http://www.quotationspage.com/random.php3
The last four or five words of the very last quote of the page is the title of your first album.
3: Go to Flickr and click on ‚”explore the last seven days”
or click http://www.flickr.com/explore/interesting/7days
Third picture, no matter what it is, will be your album cover.
4: Use photoshop or similar to put it all together.
5: Repeat until your term paper is late, your boss is angry, your library books are over due, etc.
ok, so maybe i added step 5, but anyway… here’s mine:
oddly enough that looks like an album i’d probably buy.
upload yours to the comments, i want to see!