Archive for July, 2010
Baeblemusic posted a full concert video of Yeasayer playing the Music Hall of Williamsburg back in February. If you need a refresher:
The band rips through their set, mostly new jams, as well as some definitive favorites off All Hour Cymbals like “2080″ and “Sunrise”, both with updated synth-y tones, and both greater-than-or-equal-to any previous performance. But tracks like “O.N.E.” and “Madder Red” win the night. It is clear almost everyone in attendance has spun the record several million times before showing up, and know every word, and every beat drop. It is next to impossible to get a New York crowd to move. Yeasayer have people pole dancing the stage.
We’ve been investigating all week, and now we’ve got a flyer as proof. Starting this Saturday the awesome folks who bring us the Waterfront Pool Parties will be throwing a new series of outdoor events on the South Side.
Seems like Jelly is digging back to their roots with Rock Yard, because we sure do miss the good old days when we were partying in the frying pan (a.k.a. McCarren Park Pool), Chuck Schumer didn’t care about the hipsters, and we didn’t have to go through turnstiles to buy a beer.
We’re also digging the collabo with Less Artists More Condos, and hoping the DIY feel keeps the party local… considering the lot hits max capacity at 800 people.
As usual, the shows are FREE. Oh and did we mention the official return of the Slip ‘n Slide!? Hells yes.
Recapping the Weekend in Missed Connections: Overlooking That "want-free-red-bull-in-the-middle-of-the-day thing"
Let’s make some love.
Saw you at Summerscreen at McCarren – w4m – 24 (Williamsburg) – link
You left work a tad early last Wednesday, excited to snag a good spot for the first Summerscreen screening of the summer. Cusack wasn’t on yet (the film was Say Anything), so you went to grab a Sixpoint. You didn’t know it, but when you were in line, there was a girl behind you. She, the poster, is 24 and was wearing a blue and white romper with polka dots. Later, she sat directly in front of you during the movie. You left early, you dimwit, so she’s hoping for a second chance. [ed: related]
Bartender at M Shanghai Bistro – w4m – 27 (Williamsburg, BK) – link
Ah, bartender love. One of the perks of the job, right? Or maybe you don’t sleep with customers? Anyways, Mr. New Haircut, one of your customers at M Shanghai Bistro is pretty into you. She’s got long brown hair and, last time she was in, who knows how long ago, she wore a red dress. Doesn’t really narrow it down much, but if you play this right, you’re probably in!
Red Bull Girl – m4w – 25 (Williamsburg) – link
After losing your job in publishing last winter, you faced a difficult choice: move back in with your parents in Jersey or become a Red Bull girl in New York City. Sure, it was easy, but did you know the wings you were giving out might be Cupid’s? Some guy who bugged you for a can last weekend at Beacon’s Closet thinks you’re beautiful and wants to buy you dinner. Don’t hold that “want-free-red-bull-in-the-middle-of-the-day thing” against him.
Caitlin, we met at Blackbird Friday night. – m4w – 24 (Williamsburg, Brooklyn) – link
Hey Caitlin, you damn barstool thief, listen up. Remember that guy, Chris, at Blackbird on Friday who was acting all weird and left early? Yea, just your luck, he’s into you. What’s with these guys? In his defense though, he was sick. So maybe here’s to second chances.
Blonde Pinball Player at Satellite Lounge – m4w (Williamsburg) – link
You, lady of the night, playing pinball all alone at Satellite Lounge the other night. Some guy wants you to know you’re lovely. “Absolutely lovely.”
were you autistic or something? L train – m4w – 28 (williamsburg) – link
This could’ve been cute, but instead winds up being just plain offensive. You’re a cute white girl in the neighborhood who gets around with metal forearm crutches. On Saturday some guy told you “You can totally be anything you want in the world. You could even be our next black president.” Well, it’s America, and it’s time to get shitfaced and make love. Just don’t do it with this guy because he sounds like a pretty terrible human being.
tacos and tandem (kyle) – m4m – 25 (bushwick) – link
Hey Kyle, you bumped into the same guy at tacos and then later, Tandem, and now, he wants your digits. Keep your eyes peeled at the taco place. He’ll be there, dripping with sour cream.
Amanda at Dream Machine last night – m4w – 26 (Williamsburg) – link
Hey Amanda with the sexy dress: stop smoking! This poster just wants you to know he hates to see someone so beautiful slowly killing themselves. Cut it out.
As the rain poured down outside my window, I started to get super bummed. I know the hot weather is lame too and we’ve all been complaining, but summer time is designed specifically to make you sweat. So as my melodramatic depression sunk in, along came Mishka with this “trillwave” mixtape to get me through.
The Hood Internet may be putting the hip hop in hipster, hitting all the spots that Girl Talk just can’t reach, by mixing some unexpected tracks– Ice Cube x CFCF, Birdman x Washed Out, Jay Electronica x Toro y Moi, what!? It’ll definitely get you ready to shake your ass in a lo-fi kind of way… whatever that means.
[h/t Behold the Destroyer]
It’s not surprising that fashion-minded job seekers would want to work at Beacon’s Closet, the pricey yet popular second-hand clothing store on North 11th St. featured in the WSJ yesterday.
Employees spend their breaks trying on clothes and getting first pick at the fresh crop of daily imports. Almost everyone who works there is in a band (one manager estimated 70-80%), and managers seem to be sympathetic to the demands of the touring lifestyle.
Still, it’s not easy for managers to recruit and keep people around.
Due to the neighborhood’s talent pool, Ms. Wheeler, who runs the store operation while Ms. Peterson keeps the books, said the challenges of attracting and keeping gifted employees, and especially scheduling work shifts, are somewhat different than they would be at, say, Saks or Bloomingdale’s. Many of her workers’ first commitments are to their musical careers, with retail coming in a distant second.
To land the coveted job one must go through what amounts to an audition, picking through a bag of used clothes and identifying items the store might want to purchase. That process is called a “buy,” and it’s the bread and butter of the entire operation.
We’re still not sure why singer Jamie Stewart was folding his left wrist like that for the entire set, but Xiu Xiu and Deerhoof’s full rendition of Joy Division’s Unknown Pleasures was a pretty great way to start this summer’s Pool Parties. “She’s Lost Control” was the highlight (thanks for the video unartig) to a fun day in the sun. We were happy to see that Roberta’s and the Meat Hook were added as vendors. And left utterly perplexed by the fact that people seemed to enjoy the band Why? Why indeed! We’re already looking forward to next week’s lineup.
Senator Charles Schumer stopped by Sunday’s Pool Party to say, “You’re welcome.” Here’s a photo, via Eric Rex on Flickr, which we’re posting the same day the Senator announced a war on Zombie Sparks (and all booze-filled energy drinks). If this was MySpace, I’d be feeling “conflicted” on my profile.
I live on union near the St. Carmel festival. People are parking in front of hydrants, on the sidewalk and in no standing zones. I confronted cops on the street as well as cops in cars from the 94th. I was told by both that because it was a church function they turned a blind eye. How fair is this? When I brought up separation of church and state and reminded them who they worked for I was told my priorities were off. Williamsburg cops are too local! My cat [sic, lol] was towed on Saturday on union because of the farmers market.. It was my fault entirely and I paid my dues. What about everyone else?
Sent from my iPhone
I gotta agree with the cops here, bro. The St. Carmel festival has been going on here in Brooklyn for over 100 years. 123 years to be exact. You can put up with a few misparked cars. To bring up separation of church and state is a tad sillypants. To angrily bang that out on your iPhone is even sillier! The amendment was initially created to keep the government from imposing religion on the populace, and to keep congress from creating any laws requiring one. It wasn’t created to force the NYPD to ticket cars parking illegally during a church festival.
And sorry about your cat being towed but you really gotta keep them indoors. They hate big crowds.
Fang Island rocking “Illinois” at Sunday’s pool party:
F yea, summer.