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August 31, 2008

Sonic Youth at McCarren Pool

Sonic Youth, c/o Clarissa Roudabush

Sigh! Last night it happened -- the concluding McCarren Pool concert. A venue that’s been short-lived and yet extraordinarily popular, providing the alt masses with live music, outdoor film screenings, theater, even dodgeball and slip and slide opportunities is dying a sad death this year.

Fortunately, this final show was far more invigorating than depressing. The 3-hour long opening lineup kicked off with the smiling and cheerful trio Vivian Girls -- who are playing at a variety of NYC venues soon, including Death By Audio on the 2nd. Ohio’s Times New Viking provided additional lively attitude as the beach ball tossing commenced, interacting talkatively with the audience and joking with each other. The final opening act, Wolf Eyes (from Detroit) added a degree of darkness and aggression to the evening, with their avante noise and lo-fi sound.

Sonic Youth finally took the stage at dark, and they played some of their best tracks from the past three decades, taking from EVOL to Daydream Nation to newer material. Favorites like “Disappearer,” “The Sprawl” and “Hey Joni” were crowd-pleasers, and more obscure songs like “Making the Nature Scene” and the closer “Expressway to Yr Skull” revealed the depth of this group’s catalogue and longstanding talent. Dancing, smiling, and resplendent throughout, the band (with Pavement’s Mark Ibold helping out on bass) seemed to be having as much fun as the audience.

The evening couldn’t have been more appropriate in terms of bridging together the past and future of NYC’s independent music legacy, and even if we might be bummed out that summer of 2009 won’t involve concrete sessions in the pool, at least, in the words of Thurston Moore, “next year we’ll all be swimming like fish.”

Vivian Girls

Times New Viking

Wolf Eyes





All photos by Clarissa Roudabush

August 30, 2008

NYC Sound Tracks


There's been a show on the MSG network this summer (I've never heard of the MSG network either, until now), and it's a reality show/contest for New York's subway musicians. It makes me feel as though perhaps I have been living in a different city, because I don't recognize any of the contestants. SIgh.

The series will culminate this week with a big 'ole concert at The Cutting Room on 24th Street for the remaining musicians on September 3rd. However, I'm still unclear on what the prize is. Hopefully something involving money and a record deal? And no, unfortunately, the Beatles cover songs guy is not one of the final four.

More info available HERE

SUV Violence at Critical Mass

Friday night's Critical Mass came a month after the NYPD takedown and four years after a couple hundred of riders were arrested at 2004's Republican National Convention in NYC. So, last night's vicious and unexpected attack on one rider's lifeline to the world couldn't have occurred at a more sensitive time. A friend of mine wrote in this morning with a play by play of the malicious attack on one of our most honored New York icons - the cellular device!

My phone got run over by an SUV while i was riding in critical mass tonight. it was one of those ancient nokias that had lasted me about 5 years, so it was about time. but i have to say, that thing didn't have a single glitch when it died. if it hadn't been for that damn SUV, it probably would have gone on working for the next 5 years. i recommend a Nokia for your next cell phone purchase.

Sweet cellular Jesus, no one is safe. Freedom riders of New York City, hide your phones, because we are under attack!

Here's a photo of the now destroyed Nokia. I warn you to close one eye and peak between your fingers, because it's simply horrifying and will haunt your dreams. Ready? Ok, look!


August 29, 2008

Power Series Show Saturday Night


Just a quick reminder that the awesome Power2 show that we recently posted about is going down this Saturday at Issue Project Room at 9pm. The show features contributions by Kristina Donello (choreographer), Nick Lesley (video artist) and music by Finnish sound collective Avarus. Go check it out, and wear white, cause apparently you're part of the show too!

Barack Obama Becomes the Nominee [Video]

This is rather inspiring. If you were planning on objecting, you had about 1.2 seconds to get that out cause that gavel was coming down faaaaast! And now, the battle of 2008 that is Obama/Biden vs. McCain/Palin officially begins.

Sunday Rooftop Party w/ Ninjasonik and Team Robespierre

Since most of you will have off this coming Monday thanks to the great American holiday that is Labor Day, why don't you run on over to the all-ages show on the Office Ops roof this Sunday! Here's the info:





Click on through after the jump for the flyer.


August 28, 2008

Lykke Li at (le) poisson rouge

Tonight, Ms. Li will be performing at the (relatively) new Greenwich Village spot (le) poisson rouge. The show is already sold out, but if you happen to be one of the lucky few who will be attending, then consider yourself blessed since it's sure to be an amazing performance.

If you are without tickets, then don't fret my pets! Go on ahead now and buy your tickets for her October 20th set at Music Hall of Williamsburg.

And, if you are too lazy to do that, then just watch this amazing/creepy video for "I'm Good, I'm Gone."

Cops vs. Music People

photo via flickr

So over the last couple days, some fairly influential people in the music/internet universe have been either A. beaten up by security guards while cops watched, or B. arrested by the FBI after leaking some Guns N' Roses tracks.

In the first case of general misjustice, the founders of the F Yea Fest and were beaten up after a Radiohead show, and then beaten up even more when security forcefully pried the video tape evidence from their hands. As you may recall, they rocked Williamsburg a short while back when they played Club Exit. La Weekly has a nice play-by-play of that fiasco. Here's an outtake from that story:

Dawes alleges that one of the security guards threw Carlson into an electrical box. “He hurled him into it, then threw him onto the ground -- at this point there are two or three officers there. [The security guards] smashed his head into the pavement as they're trying to cuff him, the cops aren't doing anything. I'm yelling, 'Officer, this is your jurisdiction -- this isn't Hollywood Bowl property anymore. Don't let them do this.'” Dawes recalls that the officers replied that they “give event staff leeway.”

And then secondly, the guy who runs music blog Antiquiet was arrested by the FBI this morning for leaking nine unauthorized tracks from Guns N' Roses long-awaited album, Chinese Democracy. They could use some legal help. The La Times has that scoop.

While both of these mishaps took place across the dirt in LA, we Brooklynites should take notice, as we're probably the highest music blog per capita city, and also have craptons of unauthorized shows with big mean security guards.

Mr and Miss Williamsburg Pageant Announces Celebrity Judges


The judges for the upcoming Mr and Miss Williamsburg Pageant have been announced, and they're made up of a couple professional hybrids, a musician, and Sam Brown from Whitest Kids U' Know.

The official line-up is:

DJ/Designer Kesh, journalist/model Sarah Morrison, Jason Poranski (of Beirut) and Sam Brown (from The Whitest Kids U'Know)

Feel free to revisit our earlier interview with pageant founder Misha Calvert, and don't forget, the pageant is next Friday, September 5th at Supreme Trading. RSVP on Facebook or Going.

Ticket Giveaway: Sonic Youth At McCarren Park


Green Point wines has launched a contest to win 4 VIP tickets to this Saturday's Sonic Youth concert at McCarren Park Pool. The winery has included a trivia question about the pool on the main page of their Web site, and the first person to answer the question correctly will win - tickets include VIP seating with comfy couches, food and Green Point wines throughout the night. To enter... visit

In Williamsburg, It's Like The 80's All Over Again

And this time we're not talking about the haircuts and post-punk reemergence. From Metro

Crime has become a hot topic in Williamsburg -- especially tales of machete-wielding kids roaming the streets.

Williamsburg’s 90th police precinct has experienced the sharpest rise in crime since last year of any neighborhood in Brooklyn, making some locals nervous. “My friend said they’re attacking white hipster boys on bikes,” Neil Campbell, a tattooed South Fourth Street resident who fit that bill, said. ...

“Gang violence in the community [has] re-emerged into something we haven’t seen since the 1980s,” said William Orellana of community group El Puente.

Last month, Richard Duran, 22, who residents say was not a gang member, was shot at the bus depot on the South Side near the Williamsburg Bridge. Some believe the shooter was a member of the PBGs, or Pretty Boy Goons. Later that night, young men with machetes -- allegedly Trinitarios -- slashed two people on South Third Street near Bedford Avenue.

August 27, 2008

We <3 Jamie T

Jamie T is my new favorite hybrid rocker/singer/white-boy-rapper/22 year-old from the UK. This video for “Calm Down Dearest” helps illustrate his style and dental situation.

The video looks like it was perhaps filmed in a drunk guy’s dorm room with a handheld camcorder, but the song is undeniably loveable and so is he. I would pay TONS of money to get drunk with him and Lily Allen (who actually has an appearance on Jaime T’s new album “Panic Prevention”). TONS OF MONEY.


Clinton Redeems Herself

She morphed into a unscrupulous, fear-mongering, pant-suited Karl Rove in the primaries, but last night Hillary redeemed herself. Now, one question remains... what are these lunatics going to do:

In case you missed it, watch Clinton's speech after the jump. We can't decide if we're touched or repulsed by Bill mouthing "I love you." (At the 2:35 minute mark).

On another note, our pals at Rumproast have been covering the PUMA movement (Party Unity My Ass) in hilarious detail. Check out Rumproast's Puma Pounce Radio show.

August 26, 2008

A Look at Williamsburg's Other Bowling Alley

Rendering by Elizabeth Bolognino/Learned Evolution

We found a few renderings of Brooklyn Bowl, the new 20,000 square-foot bowling alley opening on Wythe St. in Williamsburg later this fall, and it's looking like they won't be holding anything back. Aside from being a 16 lane 600-person capacity bowling center, Brooklyn Bowl will be a place for events, parties, concerts, screenings, corporate schmoozing, a restaurant, and hopefully layers of that famous Brooklyn debauchery that we've all refined so well. Design wise, it sounds pretty cool. Not only will they have audio designed by Harmon Kardon, and Dolby engineer Paul Sacco, it's going green. Here's some more from BizBash:

Design-wise, the 600-capacity Brooklyn Bowl is not looking to hide the rough interior of the 1889 building, rather the design will accentuate it with custom ironwork, furniture, and other pieces. For example, for the lanes the venue's designer, Tristam Steinberg, is using old leather Chesterfield couches and iron coffee tables instead of typical alley seating.

Click through the jump for a rendering of the bar, and get your bowling shoes ready for some neighborly competition to The Gutter, although I think the two will end up serving different clientele in the long run. Until I see the place, you'll probably find me with the rats.

Story via BizBash

Brooklyn Bowl Bar...notice what I assume to be the elevated VIP area in the rear left:
Rendering by Elizabeth Bolognino/Learned Evolution

August 25, 2008

Ask Dr. Jay

Dr. Jay Parkinson (image Noah Kalina)

The doctor is in! Dr. Jay Parkinson, the so-called "Hipster Doctor" of Williamsburg—featured on Gawker, The Brooklyn Paper and dozens of other places—will begin answering your health-related questions here, on Effective immediately.

First order of business: we are hereby disposing of the name "Hipster Doctor." It's dorky. Jay hates it. And sure, he'll talk with you via IM, but he doesn't wear skinny jeans or use PBR for anesthesia.

He's now simply Dr. Jay, your friend, our doctor, and resident Williamsburg health expert. He wants to help.

If you're not familiar with Jay, he runs Hello Health which, uh, pretty much rules. They provide professional healthcare for a wired generation that often can't afford the premiums. From the Hello Health website

Once upon a time, going to your doctor was simple. You knew his first name, or perhaps just called him "Doc."? He lived just down the street and made house calls. And if you were sick, you would see him that day, because, well, you were sick.... Hello Health serves as your old-fashioned neighborhood doctor, remodeled for today's lifestyle, an experience found nowhere else in health care. And, on top of being accessible and affordable, we focus on you, as a real live, busy person.

We can do all that because we love technology, the Internet, and especially our iPhones. You can talk to us like you're talking to a friend: through emails, texts, phone calls, instant messages, or face-to-face conversations. Also, everything's online, from making appointments to accessing your records. It also helps we're close by, living and working in your neighborhood. We like talking with you and spending the right amount of time with everyone. We believe that good communication in a close relationship, whether you're feeling fit or not feeling well, is what keeps you at your best.

Now, Jay will also be answering your questions on this site. Next time you wake up bleary-eyed on a Saturday morning, with a blazing rash on your thigh, shoot a question off to Dr. Jay. He'll advise you on safe sexin'. Or, if you're just an everyday person with a mundane life suffering from a standard-issue virus, Jay can help too. Nothing's off topic. (Though he does get sick of jokes about gynecological exams). Just fire off an email to askdrjay[AT]freewilliamsburg.dotcom whenever you feel like it, and the Dr will be in weekly to answer your calls.

Yo La Tengo Helps Us Say Adios

Last Sunday brought the end of the free JellyNYC Summer Pool Parties at McCarren Park Pool, and yea, everyone was sad to see them go. I just wanted to post a few pictures real quick, sans commentary, that we took while hanging out with everybody.

Line-up was: Yo La Tengo, Titus Andronicus, Ebony Bones with DJ sets from David Cross and Syd B (Les Savy Fav).

Here's the goodbye from JellyNYC:

It’s weird to see “no upcoming shows listed” over there on the right. Yesterday was our last Pool Party of the summer, and the last Pool Party ever at McCarren Park Pool. And it was a doooozy. Expect lots of pictures and a recap soon, and feel free to hit the message boards at to share some of your favorite pool memories and stories. Thanks for another great summer.

We've posted some photos for your enjoyment, compliments of Angela & Robert, and yes, that is David Cross (who dj'd) with a funky David Cross hat.

The final show for McCarren Park Pool (non-pool party) is September 30th, with Sonic Youth.






Thanks all y'all for the good times, music, bikinis, and a special thanks to JellyNYC! A few more photos after the jump.




Matt & Kim are Grand!

photo via flickr user oracle monkey

Our favorite musical couple of awesomeness, Matt & Kim, have been touring so much lately (2 years!) that they have adopted the ability to be seen in two places at the same time. That's how I caught them this summer, first at McCarren Park Pool and then later that night at the F*ck Yea Fest. Anyways, they've got a new album out on RCRD LBL called Grand, and released the single "Good Ol' Fashioned Nightmare" for your enjoyment.

Download: Matt & Kim - Good Ol' Fashioned Nightmare

info via stereogum

Actor Turned Rocker Of The Week


In the rare scenario that you’ve not been exposed to the assault of Gossip Girl promos and build-up for the upcoming season throughout our fine city (see: “Every parent’s worst nightmare”), then we’re here to help.

With just one week left until their September 1st Season Two premiere, a bit of an homage to the ultra-cunt of the cast – Ed Westwick (a.k.a. “Chuck Bass”) is in order. Did you know that he has a band??? A mildy uncreative, brashly British, glam-boy actor’s wet dream of a band?

They are called The Filthy Youth, and they sound absurdly similar to The Libertines and have songs with titles like “Le Soliel” and “Boy Don’t Smoke.” Check out all the hits here: Who would have guessed that Chuck Bass has such a ruff ‘n tuff (albeit unoriginal) rocker alter-ego? I expect all of the self-professed GG addicts to be playing his tunes on loop all week, and if by next Monday you can still embrace Westwick (sans accent), then you are a true fan.


Freewilliamsburg Girl.

Ride The City


RideTheCity is a really great tool for getting bike directions in New York City. And, it was created by three bikers!

TechCrunch reports:

RideTheCity is a cool mash-up application that allows you to plan bike routes based on safety and speed. By typing - or selecting - a start and end location in New York City, the application will find the safest and quickest routes by factoring in bike routes for “safest” trips and the shortest travel distance for the quickest trips

RideTheCity via TechCrunch

Renegade Party on the Williamsburg Bridge

photo via vice

Vice mag reports of an impromptu, renegade-style party that went down this weekend on the Williamsburg Bridge. This was no Pandamonium...indie loves Japanther and Ninjasonik played for the 100+ crowd for about 2 hours, before cops eventually came and stamped the fire out.

From Vice:

...for some reason it took the cops forever to catch on to the fact that there were an easy 100-odd kids listening to amplified music in the middle of the bridge in the middle of the night. The original estimate was 20 minutes from start to getting broken up. At around two (the thing started at 12) we decided it wasn't going to happen and headed off to a bar. Right as our car was pulling away from the bridge we just barely caught sight of a couple patrol cars whipping up the bike path in the rearview and were like, "Dang."

PSFK thinks it's a trend, and between Pandamonium, The Danger, and the recent Silent Raves in Union Square, they're right.

...It’s also impressive that this party happened at all. In our hyper-connected age, within hours of being announced, potentially anyone could have found out about this secret party - including the police. Keep an eye out for more illicit gatherings in the future.

Read more on the event at Vice, and for more on the comeback of illegal raves, PSFK has your fix.

Update: GRL Founder and 5 others freed in Beijing

In an update to this story, Brooklyn's own Graffiti Research Lab founder James Powderly, and five other American citizens/artists [bios], were released yesterday after spending ten days in beautiful Beijing, China. They were detained after lighting up a "Free Tibet" LED banner outside the main Olympic's stadium. Here's that video, from Vimeo:

Beijing: Activists detained after lighting up "Free Tibet" LED Throwies banner near Olympics site from Students for a Free Tibet on Vimeo.

And here's a photo of James Powderly's homecoming, titled The Eagle Has Landed via GRL:

more info at Students for a Free Tibet

August 23, 2008

Final McCarren Show Becomes A Fundraiser