Archive for January, 2010
From the esteemed alien spacecraft-spotting website LATEST-UFO-SIGHTINGS.net (creed: only real and true latest UFO sightings) comes reports of not one but TWO unknown objects spotted over Brooklyn sometime on Monday night! Aliens!!
A YouTube user who has favorited quite a shit ton of UFO clips writes, “Spotted from my backyard in williamsburg. I watched for about 40 min. so i could tell they were moving but very slowly. They sort of looked like stars but were hanging too low and the blue one was a bit too sparkly.”
That’s not all! The very next night, the same YouTube user uploaded the video UFO Brooklyn Jan 26th with the description: “Something odd floating in the skies over bushwick.” The video shows what basically looks like a star with some auto-focusing effects making it a tad crazy. But I dunno. Star? Or alien spacecraft. One commenter isn’t sold. Or maybe he is? His comment is confusing! “i know what it’s not but iÔªø can’t tell you what is… sorry. it’s not a star thats for sure.”
One thing I’m not for sure of definitely is that it’s definitively not what it is, rather, isn’t what it’s not. Which isn’t not what you think it is, star gazers, but what you don’t think it isn’t being what it is.
(((unartig))) has a great video series on Excepter over on his site, here’s a taste:
The first time I saw Excepter was five years ago at Tonic, a small experimental music venue in the Lower East Side that slowly went under as the condos went up. I don’t think I had moved to the city yet but Excepter would be one of the reasons I’d be doing so eventually. The group performed something like musical theater that night: Caitlin Cook, who I remember being tall and blond and beautiful (I only saw her this once, so don’t hold me to it), wore a short fur coat and walked on and off stage into the audience, seeming aloof and murmuring into a microphone whose signal was treated with considerable delay and reverb. When she took off the coat, revealing a backless dress, you could count every one of her vertebrae, from the top of her neck and all the way down. I had never seen anything like that before. John Fell Ryan, who I am nearly certain was wearing his linen suit and a bucket hat, also looked the part of prophet, while the rest of the band played bass guitar, a drum set with torn cymbals, and a small drum machine. Sometimes the sounds made sense together, other times they did not. Each player held the other in quiet disregard. The crowd, which had been wall-to-wall, thinned out considerably. But for whatever reason, I had the distinct feeling that night of wanting to understand‚Äìwho were these quiet, disregarding people, what did they read, what did they listen to, what food did they eat, where did they get their clothing, what did they worship, what did they think of the walls closing in around them.
Check it all out here.
Excepter | NYC @ WKCR Studios Columbia University | 25 Oct 2009
Fans of the up-beat, off-kilter, Danish indie-pop-rockers Oh No Ono, rejoice! You have three (3!) consecutive nights to catch the act perform their lustrous tunes starting tonight at 7 p.m. at Sound Fix Records for free ($0.00!). The show tonight celebrates the US release of their second album, Eggs, out today on Brooklyn’s own Friendly Fire records.
Check out the music video for their first single “Swim” if you need plans for any of the next few nights:
Evidently this hideous thing, known as ‘Big Money Rustlas’, has already premiered in Detroit (where else?). Dammit, we missed it:
“Big Money Rustlas,” shot in California in 2009 on a $1.5 million budget, is a comedic western that finds the Insane Clowns running amok in the Old West. It is the follow-up to their’70s/exploitation send-up “Big Money Hustlas,” which was released in 2000 and sold more than 100,000 copies.
As a line of fans wrapped down Elizabeth Street, past Park Avenue and almost down to Clifford Street, ICP’s Psychopathic Records labelmates — most of whom had roles in the film — pulled up to the front of the building in limousines. Reflecting on the excitement in the air, Twiztid’s Paul Methric remarked, “this makes me want to move to Hollywood.”
Last to arrive was the Insane Clown Posse themselves, with Violent J (real name: Joe Bruce) in a blue sport coat and blue jeans and Shaggy 2 Dope (real name: Joe Utsler)in a black and white fur coat, accessorized with a bling-studded walking cane.
Outside, chants of “family! family” — a popular Juggalo rallying cry — turned to “let us in! let us in!” as fans were forced to wait several hours in the bitter cold before being let indoors. Once inside, the mood was more like a concert than a film screening, as the crowd of around 2,000 cheered and whooped throughout the movie, which was introduced live by J,Shaggy and the rest of the Psychopathic roster.
update 9:40am below w/ video
I learned a couple things tonight at the Bedford Avenue bike lane debate, where bikers met representatives of the Hasidic community (namely: Isaac Abraham, bit more on him here) and hashed out their differences. I also left feeling that, though civil, the debate didn’t really get anyone anywhere, other than a few shared laughs and a feeling that neither side is budging more than mere inches.
At one point, Abraham asked a fellow pro-bike lane panelist, “How long have you lived here?” Before she could answer, he belted out, “I’ve lived here for 56 years!” (ed: number may be off by one or two, but 50-something.) At other moments, the audience broke out in laughter over the absurdity of Isaac Abraham’s claims (ie. cars don’t kill children, asthma does). He admitted he felt like a sheep in a lion den, a claim not far from the truth.
Going into tonight’s bike lane debate at Pete’s Candy Store, it’s safe to say I was of the camp that believed the whole dispute was primarily a cultural thing — the Hasids didn’t like to see scantily-clad women biking through their neighborhoods, and the bikers didn’t like the Hasids using their political power to remove their lane.
But I’m not so sure that’s the whole picture anymore. (Continues after the jump…)
Fever Ray receives the prize for the year’s best dance artist at “P3 Gold” in Gothenburg. [thanks Carlos]
Bad Girlfriend was supposed to play a free show with TV Baby tomorrow night, but that show’s now being rescheduled as moe. is stepping to play 2 sets. Doors are at 6, show’s at 9. Tickets: $25 at the door. There will be no advance ticket sales, so as @Moelinks says, you’ll want to be there around 6 to get tickets. moe. fans are nimble.
“The cemetery was known as the Old Methodist Burying Ground which serviced the Attorney Street Methodist Church and the First Methodist Protestant Church of Williamsburg. When the church closed in 1856, the bodies were allegedly moved to Cyprus Hills Cemetery, but the Scout wonders if a few bodies may remain.”
And of course, owner Paul Kermizian told them “The only ghosts we’ve seen have been in our Ms Pac Man game!”