Archive for July, 2011
Uh, what the fuck?!
I’m not going to bore you with all the facts — just come check out Wayne’s World and a very special performance by Yellow Dogs TONIGHT at the McCarren Park ballfields… you know you can barley hold it together just thinking about the sing-a-long that awaits you!
Yellow Dogs go on at 7pm, movie starts at 8ish!
Typically on Free Williamsburg we are busy documenting how the influx of children to the neighborhood is giving us hives–but not this time folks! For now we applaud the little ones and the Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls is giving us reason to do so. The Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls is the Clinton Hill based music and mentoring program dedicated to the empowerment of girls and women. Girls aged 8-18 participate in a week long program to get savvy at their instrument of choice and will be showing off their new skills at the Camp’s rock showcase at Music Hall of Williamsburg this Saturday the 16th. It will be as if School Of Rock has come alive right before your very eyes, except that Jack Black (thankfully?) won’t be there to ham it up. Purchase tickets here and help support this fantastic program, doors are at 11am and the show starts at 12pm.
While the camp is no longer taking enrollment for summer it is not too late for fall! If you have a lil lady in your life looking for a hobby get them involved in Willie Mae Rock Camp’s after school programs.
Check out some campers rocking out (appropriately) to Sleater-Kinney below:
But while some may be crossing the East River for romance, others have realized the single best advantage of doing the walk/bike/train/ferry of shame to true love – having a good time inventory scattered throughout the boroughs. According to Gothamist and The New York Post, ”double-borough dating” allows one to have their cake (Bushwick struggling musician?) and eat it too (Wall Street papi?). Whatevs. No judgment.
Anyways, this week is perfect for showing your special someones how you kinda care (but not enough to be exclusive or faithful or anything):
Befitting their name, the video for Cults’s ”Go Outside” centers around the story of the People’s Temple cult lead by Jim Jones in the 1970′s. It features both kitschy and haunting original footage from daily life in the cult before the infamous 1978 Jonestown Massacre.
Already in heavy rotation on our summer playlist, after seeing the unique video for this song, we like it even more. We’ve drank the Kool Aid and it tastes good.
The video’s director, Isaiah Seret, included this statement with the video:
To tell the story of Cults’ hauntingly beautiful track, “Go Outside”, I was inspired to bring the band inside the world of Jim Jones’ famous religious cult, Peoples Temple, and the eventual tragedy in Jonestown. Fortunately, when exploring the feasibility of this video I became acquainted with Fielding M. McGehee III, an expert on Peoples Temple history and the primary researcher for the Jonestown Archive. It is thanks to him and his encouragement that I was able to take on this project and through his support gained access to over two and half hours of home videos showing Peoples Temple in Jonestown. For this music video we didn’t want to put a spin on the footage or the peoples lives—instead we wanted to re-tell and humanize their story. In order to achieve this we used a combination of stock footage, visual effects and other tricks to embed the band into the historical footage. This was achieved through my collaboration with my visual effects supervisor Bill Gillman and my cinematographer Matthew Lloyd. Lastly, I am moved to say when we completed the video we were able to preview it for some of the survivors of the Jonestown Massacre, who expressed their appreciation of our focus on the lives of the People’s Temple members as opposed to exploiting the graphic images of the final tragedy.
In History and Memory,
Half of our Top 10 list this week consists of free shows – so you have absolutely no reason NOT to get out and enjoy. If you don’t make it to Beekman’s Beer Garden, Pier 54, Southstreet Seaport or House of Vans, you will have nightmares in the dead of winter about how much you didn’t see! You really don’t want to miss tUnE yArDs, Austra, Xray Eyeballs, Superchunk and the other great pro bono shows this week.
We hope you are lucky enough to have a ticket to the sold-out James Blake show @ Webster Hall tonight. If you have an extra, let us know. If you don’t, we recommend you check out Wild Beasts at (le) poisson rouge instead.
TOP 10 SHOWS FOR THE NEXT SEVEN DAYS.
10. Hooray for Earth @ Brooklyn Bowl w/ Amber Coffman of Dirty Projects
Saturday, July 16th at 11:30pm – 21+, $5 -> tickets
9. Beach Party @ Beekman’s Beer Garden w/ Xray Eyeballs, Frankie & the Outs and The Babies
Sunday, July 17th at 3pm – All Ages, FREE!
8. Reggie Watts @ Public Assembly w/ Yellowbirds, Los Toughfists and Aislyn
Thursday, July 14th at 7pm – All Ages, $10 -> tickets
Harvey’s record gets better with each listen. Here’s the highlight:
The free, all ages Mad Decent Block Party returns to NYC July 30 to South Street Seaport. The show includes Gang Gang Dance, Zeds Dead, Claude VonStroke, BAIO (Vampire Weekend DJ set), The Hood Internet, Bosco Delrey and PO PO.
Mad Decent then hits up Philly (8/6), Chicago (8/13) and LA (8/20) with Diplo, Das Racist, Curren$y, Reptar, Major Lazer, Death Grips and more. Check out full lineups at Brooklyn Vegan.
Joe Jonas may have won over your preteen sister, but Williamsburg hipsters are not impressed.
Last Wednesday Jonas opened for Swizz Beatz at PAPER Magazine’s “See No More” party at the House of Vans. According to a report from the Daily News,
“Jonas did not encounter very much love from the hard-core Williamsburg crowd in their frayed jeans, acid-washed tanks, jean vests and oversize eyeglass frames.
The booing and jeering began as soon as the Disney TV star and his four backup singers took to the stage …
The hostile hipsters didn’t even react when Jonas showed off his newly sculpted torso by taking off his blazer to reveal a tight tank top.”
The crowd of “hardcore” hipsters even went so far as to pelt Jonas and his back up dancers with Nerf basketballs handed out for free at the event.
However; Alexis Swerdloff at PAPER refuted the News’s account, telling Gothamist,
“As someone who was standing in the middle of the crowd during the entire performance, I can say that yes, there were a few balls thrown onto the stage—but they were promotional balls that were being thrown around all night—and that Joe was hardly met with stony silence! Rabid fans lined up around the block hours before the performance and were screaming throughout.”
Whichever version of events you believe, this discrepancy begs the question of whether anyone is actually immune to a teen heartthrob’s puppy dog eyes and choreographed dance moves after all.