We love Other Music the store. Now they have a label and we’re excited about their debut full length release from Shintaro Sakamoto, “How to Live with a Phantom” — out July 17. From Other Music Records:
Shintaro Sakamoto begins a new and perhaps unexpected chapter in his storied career with the release of his debut solo album, the otherworldly folk-pop masterpiece How to Live with a Phantom. For over two decades Sakamoto was the frontman and leader of Japanese psychedelic phenomenon Yura Yura Teikoku, a Tokyo-based band that formed in 1989 as part of the burgeoning underground scene based around Koenji’s legendary UFO Club, appearing on the PSF label’s iconic Tokyo Flashback compilations and signing to the Captain Trip imprint. And yet across their 20-year trajectory, they rocketed out of the underground and achieved massive mainstream success throughout Japan with an always-evolving psych-pop sound that eventually found them working with Sony Music and headlining major music festivals across the country. It was a rare case where great, boundary-breaking music resonated with the masses. While the group only ever played a handful of shows outside of their homeland, they achieved cult status throughout the world and saw several albums reissued in limited pressings in the U.S., including the critically acclaimed Hollow Me/Beautiful on James Murphy’s DFA label. (more…)
The Southern Lord Tour will make its New York City stop tonight at The Acheron in Brooklyn. If you are into hearty and riff-heavy rock assaults then missing this is not an option. Get you tickets here. Despite the ticket link saying “All Ages”, this is a 18+ show. All details below.
Black Breath >> Martyrdod >> The Secret >> Burning Love >> Enabler >> Grudges
The Acheron | 57 Waterbury Street | Brooklyn, East Williamsburg | 7PM | $12 | 18+
When you finish school and start working a 9 to 5, it becomes harder to tell when summer begins. Now that July 4th has come and gone, here are some sleepaway camp movies to help kick things off and remind you of that time when summer was more than seasonal beers and leaving work early on Fridays.
1. Wet Hot American Summer: It’s everyone’s favorite movie about a group of counselors on the last day of camp. The team from The State/Stella is at their funniest, plus it’s set in the ’80s. There don’t seem to be any local WHAS parties happening this year (correct us if we’re wrong!), but it is streaming on Netflix. Plus there’s also the recently-announced prequel to look forward to.
2. Heavyweights: This mid-’90s movie sometimes gets overlooked because it’s Disney, but it was co-written by Judd Apatow and his “male misfits” theme foreshadows Freaks and Geeks, Undeclared, The 40 Year Old Virgin, and plenty more. It follows a group of kids at a fat camp taken over by Ben Stiller’s Tony Perkis. It’s also got All That-era Kenan Thompson.
3. Friday the 13th1 and 2: Counselors are the victims in the classic slasher series. These movies have everything – mommy issues, the legendary Jason Voorhees, and a shaggy haired Kevin Bacon. We’ve only seen the first two, but 8 of the 9 movies are streaming on Netflix.
There’s bound to be a ton we’re forgetting. Meatballs? Camp Nowhere? Leave your favorites in the comments.
Despite Tuesday’s increased police presence, two more lockers were broken into that day. Tensions also flared when certain individuals were denied entry.
While we doubt the rocky start will mar the $50 million project, we can’t help but think back to the violence that caused the pool’s shutdown in 1984. Here’s how The New York Times described the site in 1990 after it had been closed for some years:
“Now it sits crumbling, a huge and lonely bulwark against the Manhattan skyline, devastated by neglect, vandals and drug addicts who regularly breach its walls since the pool was closed seven years ago…
Renovation was to have begun in 1984, but was halted by the objections of residents living near the pool, who wanted it closed for good. They contended that the pool had become overrun by thousands of teen-agers and had become a haven for drug dealers and prostitutes.”
There were also at least two drownings, one in 1969 and one in 1977.
CBGB is a name that means a lot of different things to a lot of different people.
CBGB might have been your church. A punk rock church that featured sermons from the likes of Alan Vega, Patti Smith, David Byrne, Richard Hell and Joey Ramone.
CBGB may have been your favorite club, with high-energy, uncompromising matinee sets from hardcore bands like Bad Brains or The Misfits. Maybe you caught The Beastie Boys there in their earlier, more punk rock-leaning days.
Or maybe CBGB is a slogan on a t-shirt you bought at Hot Topic or Spencer Gifts. A “cool” logo that suggests some sort of connection with underground music, with a limited understanding of the original idea or aesthetic.
The 2012 Crif Dog Classic (Roberta’s in Bushwick)
Anything Nathans can do Crif Dog can do better, or so we’ll see, as “NYC’s #1 weiner” joint (with locations on St. Marks and Williamsburg) raises the flag on their own July 4th celebration. The Crif Dog Classic is a bit of a backyard roast for Takeru Kobayashi, the Japanese competitive eater who had a falling out with the Coney Island contest after six consecutive victories. In addition to a competition between Kobayashi and nine of North America’s most talented eaters, the afternoon features celebrity guests and live music from FOTP, the Electric Mess, Andy Suzuki & the Method, and our favorite rabble-rousing band from Brooklyn, the Wild Yaks. More Info (via)
On Sunday we told you about how the McCarren Park Pool was off to a rocky start, including an incident in which teens attacked a lifeguard who told them not to do backflips. Well it looks like that was only the beginning. Another fight went down yesterday and this time the NYPD was called in and two officers were sent to the hospital.
According to Gothamist, police responded to a call around 5:15 p.m because of another dispute between lifeguards and bathers over doing backflips. A brawl ensued and one officer got punched in the face and another injured his/her wrist.
Sources speculate that the M8-13 MS-13 gang may have been involved. The police arrested three people and charged them with assaulting an officer, disorderly conduct, and inciting to riot. According to city parks blog A Walk In The Park, there are just two police officers per shift for 1,500 swimmers. Four lockers were also broken into on Monday and at least one woman’s purse was stolen.
People, please follow the rules and be nice to the lifeguards. Or maybe just avoid the pool all together.