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August 31, 2008

Sonic Youth at McCarren Pool

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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.”

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Vivian Girls


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Times New Viking


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Wolf Eyes

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All photos by Clarissa Roudabush

August 30, 2008

NYC Sound Tracks

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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
and HERE TOO!

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!

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August 29, 2008

Power Series Show Saturday Night

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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:

CELEBRATE THE LAST DAYS OF SUMMER IN STYLE *TEAM ROBESPIERRE* *NINJASONIK* *WHALES & COPS*(MEMBERS OF MAN MAN) *POPO*(PHILLY) DJ C-LO (BIKES IN THE KITCHEN) DJS between sets!

OFFICE OPS ROOF!!!!!
3PM SHARP- 9PM. (BANDS START AT 3:30)
$10 W/ RSVP BEFORE AUG 29 AT
BROOKLYNBYHAND.COM/ROOFTOP

BYOB (21+ ONLY)

OFFICE OPS IS AT 57 THAMES ST/ MORGAN L

Click on through after the jump for the flyer.

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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

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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 Videothing.com 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

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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

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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 www.greenpointwinesnyc.com

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.

Enjoy!

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

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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:
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Rendering by Elizabeth Bolognino/Learned Evolution


August 25, 2008

Ask Dr. Jay

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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 FREEwilliamsburg.com. 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 ThePoolParties.com 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.

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

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Matt & Kim are Grand!

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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

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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: www.myspace.com/thefilthyyouth. 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.

XOXO.

Freewilliamsburg Girl.

Ride The City

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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

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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:

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more info at Students for a Free Tibet

August 23, 2008

Final McCarren Show Becomes A Fundraiser

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From BarackObama.com

On August 24th, Brooklyn for Barack is partnering with JellyNYC to co-host the Last Pool Party (ever) at McCarren Park Pool in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. Held one day before the start of the Democratic National Convention, the event hopes to not only raise money for Barack's campaign but to celebrate the increased participation of youth in this election. The Pool Party is an all day concert, featuring Yo La Tengo, Titus Andronicus, Ebony Bones, and other special guests. Although the Pool Party is free to enter, there is a suggested donation of $20 that will go directly to Obama for America. There will be a free concert poster- designed by Jessica Hische- for the first 1000 people who donate $20 or more. Please donate by clicking [here]!

Note: donating here does not guarantee your entrance to the concert! Please arrive early! When the event reaches capacity, they will turn people away.

And oh yeah, David Cross and Syd B (Les Savy Fav) will now be DJing as well. (Even though we'd rather see some stand-up from the former). Other surprises are rumored. More information at mccarrenpark.com.

August 22, 2008

Greenpoint Glam Favs, Semi Precious Weapons, Getting Evicted

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From The Brooklyn Paper:

Justin Tranter, lead singer of the quartet, Semi Precious Weapons, rents an illegal 1,800-square-foot loft in the shadow of the Newtown Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant for six years -- but he and his bandmates received a 30-day eviction notice earlier this month...

“Things are going well for us, but we aren’t a famous band yet, so we don’t have any money,” the oft-stilettoed singer said. “This city just isn’t about artists being able to live fabulously anymore.”

That may sound sad coming from Tranter, whose band was named “best local rockers” by the Village Voice and have made more appearances on the Perezhilton.com blog than, well, Paris Hilton. But, unfair as this may sound, there just aren’t mega-millions to be made in recreating the sound that made David Bowie so fabulous in the 1970s.

The band can barely scrape up the $1,400 monthly rent, which is less than half the market rate for Greenpoint lofts....

“Everyone knows that Greenpoint is changing,” said the spandex-clad Tranter, whose band is considering moving to (gasp) New Jersey. “It’s no longer for artists here. You used to be able to move here and figure it out, but it costs too much now. Now you have to have a plan, you have to have a job, and you have to have rich parents. We don’t have any of those, so we don’t know what to do.”

You Tube eviction announcement after the jump.

Fleshmap: Studies in Desire

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A new cultural project is afloat at fleshmap.com, where its creators are hosting "an inquiry into human desire, its collective shape and individual expressions." Throughout a series of studies, they aim to "explore the relationship between the body and its visual and verbal representation."

It's all rather quite fun, interesting, and at times, NSFW. Regardless, go check out the musical genres Fleshmap and explore which body parts are popular per different music genre (Hip Hop is big on butts, while Gospel is all about the hands).

Oh, and you might notice some white circles blanking something out in the image above. I'm not a proponent of censorship, but I felt it'd be curteous of me to blank out the penises and vagina just in case you're not out of the office yet. Click on through to Fleshmap for the full monty.

THIS WEEKEND: Bushwick Film Festival, The Last Pool Party & More

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Grand Archives

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  • The Bushwick Film Festival begins. More information and the full schedule here.
  • Grand Archives at South Street Seaport
    7pm, FREE
    more information here
    From Flavorpill
    Grand Archives sound like summer (the drowsy front-porch afternoons, not the oppressively hot dog days). The Seattle five blend sunny, multi-part harmonies, lazily strummed acoustic guitars, cheerily whistled melodies, and laid-back hooks with ease. Equal parts Beach Boys' Pet Sounds and the Shins' Oh, Inverted World, Grand Archives' self-titled Sub Pop debut is a study in the joys of easy, breezy baroque pop. Although the band fronted by Band of Horses' Mat Brooke — has only been together for about a year, they've enjoyed fawning press and opened for indie icons Modest Mouse.
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  • End of the Weak 8 Year Anniversary Party
    East River Amphitheater (Grand Street and East River)
    6:30pm - 10:00pm, FREE
    more information here
    From FREENYC
    Today marks the 8 year anniversary of New York’s most venerated weekly hip hop show, End of the Weak. That's 416 consecutive weeks of New York’s best live hip hop show. To commemorate this milestone EOW will be celebrating with a free outdoor concert on Manhattan’s East River water front. The all day free outdoor concert will feature "hip-hop up and comers as well as respected Hip Hop legends" such as Scram Jones, SOUL Purpose, EODub All-stars, and many many more. Check the flyer for full line-up. All Ages.
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    Yo La Tengo

  • The Last Pool Party: Yo La Tengo w/ Titus Andronicus and Ebony Bones
    McCarren Park Pool, 2–8pm, FREE
    more information at mccarrenpark.com
    From Flavorpill
    Sports and indie rock are pretty wary companions, but, in the case of Hoboken's Yo La Tengo, action is everything (mimicking the call of a baseball player, the band's name translates literally to "I've got it!"). The group has been an indie-rock centerpiece since 1984, releasing more than 11 full-length albums and a variety of covers (Cat Stevens, the Kinks, Daniel Johnston). In that time, the band's sound has spanned everything from affable pop to the reflective garage-rock ballads of its 2006 effort, I Am Not Afraid of You, and I Will Beat Your Ass. This afternoon, YLT take the stage, along with lo-fi punks Titus Andronicus and wacked-out chanteuse Ebony Bones, for what is purportedly the last. Pool Party. ever
  • 25th Annual Roots of American Music Festival
    Damrosch Park (at Lincoln Center)
    62nd St (between Amsterdam and Columbus Aves)
    begins at 4pm, FREE
    more information and directions here
    From TimeOut
    Lincoln Center celebrates a quarter century of its awesome, far-reaching roots series with a fascinating show featuring punks, jazzers, hillbillies and more. The always entertaining Patti Smith finishes things off, but the vital set might come from the Haden Family--a country and bluegrass ensemble starring Charlie Haden and his talented family, along with some of Nashville’s finest players. (These include Sam Bush, Jerry Douglas, Stuart Duncan, Bryan Sutton and Dan Tyminski.) It will most likely not return to New York. And don't dare forget the Knitters--X’s folksy spin-ff band--and the big opening Blues Revue.
  • August 21, 2008

    As Requested...

    previously.... John "Ordinary Joe" McCain Unsure How Many Houses He Owns

    From 88BoaDrum to Power 2

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    Nick Lesley is a video artist and a drummer for the band Necking. He most recently occupied drum set #43 at the Boredom's 8/8/08 drumming event (known as 88BoaDrum) on the Williamsburg waterfront. His fellow Necking band mate Dong-Ping Wong was at #44, and after only 20 minutes of practice time the normally improv Brooklyn band joined 86 other drummers in a structured performance that can only be described as "massive".

    Next week, Nick is doing a live-feed, generative video project that incorporates choreographed dancers and sound as part of the one-night Power 2 show at the Issue Project Room (232 3rd Street, 3rd Floor). I shot a few questions via email to Nick earlier this week to get an idea of what it was like preparing for a crazy event like 88Boadrum, and what we can expect from him in Power 2.

    You can catch Power 2 at Issue Project Room next week. Doors are at 8:30, show’s at 9pm; $10 suggested donation; on Saturday, August 30th. The following video is a *test video* for Power 2, shot w/o sound but gives you an idea how the dancers affect the generative video on screen. The actual show will of course feature a sound element, more screens, and that sense of real-world interactivity that never fully comes across in web video.

    After the video, click on through the jump to get behind the scenes at 88BoaDrum, Necking, and Power 2 in our e-interview with Nick Lesley.


    Power 2- rehearsal pt. 2 Aug. 17 from Power Series on Vimeo.

    FREEwilliamsburg: I understand you participated in 88boaDrum. Can you elaborate on your role, how you got involved, and what it was like?

    Nick Lesley: It was a blast. Last year I'd heard about 77BoaDrum through the dudes from Big A Little A (who I used to play with sometimes). They suggested I email Hisham Baroocha about playing in it then but it was already full. Hisham was really nice about it. However, my drums got to be in it that year. My professor, David Grubbs, borrowed my kit to play in it. So afterward I was trying to feel the vibe from them. Yeah.

    So anyway, as soon as heard there was going to be an 88 BoaDrum I wrote to Hisham again and he forwarded me to Ryan Sawyer, who ran it here in NY this year. Then I passed Ryan's correspondence to my bandmate Dong-Ping Wong and we both got to play in it. We both drum in Necking and have been like best buds since high-school. We were also side by side for BoaDrum, which was nice. I was #43 and Dong was #44.

    It was really good being around a ton of other drummers. And being able to play that much in one day. Necking doesn't really practice (we're mostly improv) and we don't have a rehearsal space, so Dong and I were both stoked to be able hit for most of the day, outside, not bothering people besides other drummers. Then we only practiced the BoaDrum piece for about 20 minutes to get everyone acquainted with the cues and such. It was a great day. Oh and the actual performance was fun too. It felt massive. Parts were very structured and maybe more repetitive than I expected, but the ending and the whole thing felt very liberating; free though still part of a giant collective mind, to put it hippy-dippily.

    FREEwilliamsburg: What are some of your past projects you've worked on, and what's coming up in the future?

    Nick Lesley: I play in Necking regularly, which is soooo great. We used to have a rotating line-up but in the last year have settled into a regular 4 piece with Dong, Rop Vazquez (electronics), Daniel Martens (guitar), and myself. It's great, I love those dudes. I also play in Gunung Sari, which is a kind of organic, electronic, noise, multi-media thing with Stanley Ruiz and Michael Dotolo. Also fantastic, genius dudes. I met them through grad school.

    This spring I finished my MFA in Performance and Interactive Media Arts at Brooklyn College. Through that, I became involved in working with dance and other multi-media performances. I did music for a few dance pieces and have been working with video more lately. I'm doing video for a dance piece that will be performed August 30th at Issue Project Room, choreographed by Kristina Donello with a sound contribution from Finland's Avarus.

    FREEwilliamsburg: Can you tell me a little about your upcoming show?

    Nick Lesley: It's called Power 2 and is curated by Lisa Baldini. She's done a great job organizing all of the contributors and it's been great having her lead the way and keeping us on task, more like a director. The choreographer, Kristina Donello, and I have been collaborating a lot in figuring out the structure and movement of the piece.

    FREEwilliamsburg: What exactly will you be doing and what you're most excited for?

    Nick Lesley: The video I'm doing is all live-feed and processed/operated live, so there's an improvisational element as well. Working that way keeps me excited in that there's so much room for me to work off the dancers as well as the sound element. I think it's gonna be a really great show. The more we rehearse the more excited we are all getting about it.

    View the series website at Series of Power, and if you choose, Get more info on Facebook.

    John "Ordinary Joe" McCain Unsure How Many Houses He Owns

    Does this mean the gloves are off for the senility jokes? If not, we'll just use the old fallback of he's an elitist. Wait... are you allowed to say that about GOP candidates or does it just work with Democrats? From Politico:

    Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said in an interview Wednesday that he was uncertain how many houses he and his wife, Cindy, own.

    "I think -- I'll have my staff get to you," McCain told Politico in Las Cruces, N.M. "It's condominiums where -- I'll have them get to you."

    The correct answer is at least four, located in Arizona, California and Virginia, according to his staff. Newsweek estimated this summer that the couple owns at least seven properties.

    Now we can only hope the Dems will run with this. We need an ad now. You know Rove would do be all over this if the tables were turned. He's already tried to smear Obama with this doosy:
    "He's the guy at the country club with the beautiful date, holding a martini and a cigarette that stands against the wall and makes snide comments about everyone who passes by."
    Who's the real elitist? This video does a solid job of answering that question.

    Cat Chiropractor with Zach Galifianakis

    Since we feel it our duty to bring you all things related to Zach Galifianakis:

    See more Bobby Tisdale videos at Funny or Die

    Panda Charges Dropped

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    The Brooklyn Paper is reporting that charges were dropped against the caged Pandas arrested Saturday night, and also that Pandamonium is already planning another party! Oh, and there was a "message" to that whole mess. It was, "to retake space and transform it in a way that suits us". They report:

    The four caged pandas were arrested and charged with misdemeanors including unlawful assembly, disorderly conduct, and inciting a riot, Fulton said. Despite the police presence — which included an NYPD helicopter — another panda party is already in the works.

    Read the rest at The Brooklyn Paper.

    August 20, 2008

    When Misha Met Lola

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    Fate, in Williamsburg, works in funny ways. Last week when we posted about Misha Calvert of 'Mr and Miss Williamsburg' fame, and Lola Wakefield, of Stuff Hipsters Don't Like, we had no idea that their post proximity on FREEwilliamsburg would equate to real world conversational relations and a potential publicity allegiance between the two rising stars of Brooklyn Internet. But, it happened. From Stuff Hipsters Don't Like:

    I e-met this hipSTAR after our pet projects were featured 2 posts away from each other on FREEwilliamsburg.com, which I’m sure you all check daily, if not by having the page perpetually open and refreshing the screen every few minutes or so. (ed: thank you lola) .... One day, Misha said, “I’d love to do an interview.” My narcissistic inclinations shining through, I asked when she wanted to interview me. Her narcissistic inclinations trumping mine tenfold, she explained that she was asking me to interview her.

    In the publicity stunt...er, interview that follows, Misha and Lola exchange questions, compliments, and comparisons as they explore the pretentiousness of the New York media to the reality of Facebook stalkers. I'll let The Allegiance take it from here.

    FREEwilliamsburg presents: The Misha & Lola Interview

    The Muslims At Union Pool

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    The Muslims

    This evening's show at Union Pool will be a splendid one, headlined by The Muslims. The San Diego-based group plays likable, stripped down garage-punk, in the tradition of Iggy or Richard Hell, with even a touch of Jonathan Richman or Dinosaur Jr. here and there.

    While they spent the past 2 nights opening for The Walkmen at the Bowery Ballroom, tonight The Muslims are playing with Howlies from Georgia, and Brooklyn's The Gang. The three acts compliment each other perfectly, and I'm predicting a rowdy, rock 'n roll Wednesday involving lots of and PBR and sweaty people.

    8 pm, $8.

    Ethiopiques, Kenyan Benga, The Ex, And WFMU... All FREE

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    Needless to say, this is going to rule. More information here.

    I Got You Something

    Félix González-Torres + Facebook Gifts = I Got You Something, 2008 by Arend deGruyter-Helfer. Arend is a student at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and describes this piece as "facebook gifts arranged in a pile".

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    Many thanks to Lisa; See more at Arend deGruter-Helfer's website.

    David Byrne's Bike Racks

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    Williamsburg's is called, of course, the hipster and is shaped like a guitar. From NYTimes.

    The city’s Department of Transportation, in partnership with the art gallery PaceWildenstein, announced today that it had installed nine temporary bike racks designed by the musician and biking enthusiast David Byrne.

    The nine racks -- in shiny red, black and silver -- are intended to promote bicycling, which has been a main emphasis of the current transportation commissioner, Janette Sadik-Khan. That emphasis includes Summer Streets, the program to close off a 6.9-mile north-south route for six hours on three consecutive Saturdays (this Saturday is the last day); the Cityracks program, which provides free sidewalk racks for short-term bike parking; and a design competition for newer, sleeker racks.

    Love you David, but aren't these a little dull and cliche? A guitar? A dollar sign? Where's the big apple for 34th Street? Stick to music. The names and locations after the jump.

    * The Jersey: Northwest corner of Ninth Avenue and 39th Street, near the Lincoln Tunnel
    * The MoMA: South side of West 54th Street, east of the Avenue of the Americas
    * The Ladies’ Mile: West side of Fifth Avenue, north of 57th Street (in front of Bergdorf’s)
    * The Chelsea: In front of 530 West 25th Street, east of 11th Avenue (in front of PaceWildenstein Gallery)
    * The Hipster: West side of Bedford Avenue, near North Sixth Street, in Williamsburg, Brooklyn
    * The Olde Times Square: South side of West 44th Street, west of Seventh Avenue
    * The Villager: In front of 536 La Guardia Place, between West Third and Bleecker Streets
    * The Wall Street: North side of 82 Wall Street, west of Water Street
    * The Coffee Cup: West side of Amsterdam Avenue, between West 110th and 111th Streets

    d.b.a. Opening New Location In Williamsburg

    Looks like d.b.a. will be giving Radegast Hall a run for the money. From a tipster.

    I went to dba last night on 1st ave, and there was a sign there saying a new d.b.a location will be opening up on north 7th street between Berry and Wythe.

    August 19, 2008

    Rachel Maddow Gets Her Own Show

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    Of course, we're taking full responsibility for recommending her. From HuffPost

    Just in time for the closing rush of the presidential election, MSNBC is shaking up its prime-time programming lineup, removing the long-time host -- and one-time general manager of the network -- Dan Abrams from his 9 p.m. program and replacing him with Rachel Maddow, who has emerged as a favored political commentator for the all-news cable channel.

    The moves, which were confirmed by MSNBC executives Tuesday, are expected to be finalized by Wednesday, with Mr. Abrams's last program on Thursday. After MSNBC's extensive coverage of the two political conventions during the next two weeks, Ms. Maddow will begin her program on Sept. 8.

    MSNBC is highlighting the date, 9/8/08, connecting it to the start of the Olympics on 8/8/08, as a way to signal what the network's president, Phil Griffin, said "will be the final leg of the political race this year." He added, "We making that Rachel's debut."

    Mr. Abrams, who is well liked at MSNBC, is expected to remain at both that network and at NBC News, where he is the chief legal correspondent. He will also serve as an anchor during some of MSNBC's daytime coverage, as well as a substitute host on NBC's "Today" show, Mr. Griffin said. The last broadcast of Abrams' "Verdict" will air Thursday.

    The Life & Times Of Tim

    This new series looks pretty funny. It premieres September 28 on HBO. More clips here.

    Graffiti Research Lab Founder Detained in Beijing

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    Gothamist is reporting that GRL founder James Powderly has been detained in Beijing as of 3am last night.

    When Boing Boing reported the news at nearly 8 this morning, he had been held for around 19 hours already. They were tipped off by Students for a Free Tibet, who learned of it via a Twitter message that read "held since 3am." There's no further word about the status of this situation, and Beijing officials have yet to acknowledge he's being held.

    Students For A Free Tibet has the back story, so stay tuned to their site for breaking info.

    Ra Ra Riot's The Rhumb Line Releases Today

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    When Rolling Stone gave Syracuse quintet Ra Ra Riot's debut album, The Rhumb Line, a four star review, they seconded something that many displaced Syracuse grads now living in Williamsburg (ie. me) already know...Ra Ra Riot is a shit-ton of fun!

    The album releases today, and to celebrate, the band's playing a free show at the Virgin Megastore in Union Square at 7pm. Ra Ra Riot's playing our Music Hall of Williamsburg on Oct 17th, but you can catch 'em in your living room September 2nd when they mark their television debut on Late Night with Conan O'Brien.

    Do your neighbors a favor and Get The Rhumb Line today, then go buy tickets.

    August 18, 2008

    Pandamonium, Continued

    A tipster sent us this picture from Saturday's Pandamonium march on Bedford. Christ, don't the cops have something better to do than go apeshit on a bunch of drunk panda-hipsters? More images here. And our original post is here.

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    From Williamsburg to Afghanistan

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    Benjamin Shih, owner of Sweet Up's and Royal Oak, talks with New York Magazine about his life in the National Guard, and how a $150,000 "Patriot Express" business loan helped him expand what New York Mag calls his "hipster-bar mini-empire".

    How does one go from Williamsburg to the front lines of the war of terror? According to Shih, It's all a part of the American Dream.

    Shih’s family arrived from Taipei in 1968. “It was the American Dream,” he says. Shih went on to get both a law degree and tattoos, and then worked for Lexis-Nexis. He wanted to be his own boss, and in 2002, he used his savings to open Sweet Up’s. But he always wanted to be in the military, too; he identifies with his fellow soldiers. “They’re often poor, they value education, obligation—the social contract,” he says. “I have a foot in both worlds.”

    He's likely to be shipped off to Afghanistan next year.

    Read the rest at New York Mag.

    This Thursday: MyOpenBar/Cinema 16 Party

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    This looks like it will be a blast. If you plan on attending, RSVP now. The list is nearly full.

    On Thursday, August 21st, Drambuie and Myopenbar present the third installation of Cinema 16. An avant-garde New York film society originally established in 1943, Cinema 16 has recently been revived in Brooklyn, in a mission to celebrate and explore the experimental spirit and ambition of a bygone era.

    The evening's program features a selection of short films by Czech surrealist Jan Švankmajer, each with a live soundtrack performed by music collective Hundred Eyes. Complimentary Drambuie cocktails and hors d'oeuvres from Greenpoint's Eat Records will be served.

    Thursday, August 21st, 2008
    21+, no cover with RSVP, 8:30pm
    Starr Space, 108 Starr Street
    Bushwick, Brooklyn

    Last McCarren Park Pool Party: Yo La Tengo

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    Next week will mark an end of an era as JELLYNYC's free Pool Party Sundays come to an end. Thankfully, they're going out with a bang with Yo La Tengo. Titus Andronicus and Ebony Bones will be opening. More information at mccarrenpark.com.

    Speaking of McCarren Park, don't miss tonight's premiere of the documentary Sync or Swim:

    Join the filmmakers and Olympic synchronized swimmers for a Pool Party followed by a screening of the first-ever behind the scenes documentary about Olympic Synchronized Swimming. Viewers will dive into the world of elite synchronized swimming as they watch dedicated young women compete for spots on the U.S. Synchronized Swimming team and train relentlessly in pursuit of an Olympic medal.
    More information here,

    Here's a shot of Aesop Rock from yesterday's show. We missed it. Let us know how it was in comments.

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    image c/o BrooklynVegan and Jason Bergman

    August 17, 2008

    Pandamonium on Bedford last night

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    Saturday night, hundreds of Pandas converged on Bedford Avenue in route from Union Square, as part of a planned "street party of the summer". Organizers Pandamonium, who are a self-described "costumed, roving, street party, apocalyptic, dance, rock, battle" announced the event details on their site yesterday morning, saying:

    Today is the day! Pandamonium 8:30pm Union Square South.

    Bring your friends, a boombox, your panda outfit and lets get down!

    see you there!

    -the panda posse

    So, dressed in Panda suits and armed with music they took the L from Union Square to Bedford Avenue. As we all know however, the NYPD doesn't really care for costumed, roving, street parties, apocalyptic, dance, rock, battles, so they set up a strong presence around N. 6th and met the Panda Parade with a bit of resistance. Lola Wakefield from Stuff Hipster's Don't Like wrote in this morning with a great first hand account of the insanity, including a story on how that very boom box met it's fate. Here's that:

    The last straw for the police was when a really good song came on a boom box that this guy was holding on his shoulder a few feet away from me. The cops must have known that something sinister was taking place because there were at least 10 people dancing to the music. Then a cop grabbed the guy with the boom box by the back of his arm and yanked him into the street, pushing him to the ground and making him loose grip of the stereo. Now, I know that dancing is illegal and also a sin, but I think there was excessive force used in this situation. The stereo fell, batteries flying everywhere, and when a few of his friends picked it up, a woman cop angrily lunged for the boom box and tried to further dismantle it!

    She also found this video on youtube (by froozalicious) featuring some NYPD-famous smackdowns. I'm sure their will be plenty more of these suckers popping up over the next two days, so keep your eyes out, and hide your boom boxes. As with all NYC happenings, Gothamist has the story and a few more pictures of the Pandamonium.

    Oh, and that picture above...man, how would you like spending the night in the tombs wearing a Panda suit?! Something tells me they don't serve Bamboo...

    UPDATE: Pandamonium sent a message out on Twitter saying, "Hey pandas! Vlad@glassbeadcollective.org looking 4 footage of arrests 2 help lawyers. Up the pandas f*ck the nypd!"

    Send 'em if you got 'em.

    August 15, 2008

    Speaking of Evangelicals...

    hat tip bwe; suchmann's got the original video.

    A Cult Grows in Brooklyn

    The Brooklyn Paper published an article today interviewing the filmmakers behind "Cult of Sincerity", a straight-to-youtube feature documenting the lives of a bunch of 20somethings living it out in Williamsburg. In what not only marks the end of the straight-to-DVD route, "Cult of Sincerity" is also trying a different strategy to make back some bills.

    The film is totally free, you can view it on youtube, or, catch it on Channel 13 on August 23rd. Don't have cable or internet? Well, It's screening at Stain Bar that night as well, where "important scenes in the film were shot". All the filmmakers ask of you is that you go to aimestreet.com/cultofsincerity and sign up...they get 2 bucks a pop for that and you get free music.

    Here's the trailer, and if looks like it'll keep your boat afloat go watch the full feature on YouTube.

    Read the full article at the Brooklyn Paper, and go watch the film on youtube.

    CNN...

    ...is fucking retarded. This is lamer than Lou Dobbs.

    Baracky II

    [hat tip Rumproast and iceberg wedge]. The first one was pretty damn funny too.

    This Weekend: Kill Shop Kill Opening Party, Aesop Rock, and More

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    ON FRIDAY
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  • Kill Shop Kill Opening Party
    DJ's: Michael T (Motherfucker), Rok One (Fun), Jake Destruction (One Night Stand)
    GoGo's: BurningAngel.com
    Complimentary cocktails provided until 9:30
    Store Launch: 8:30-9:30, Launch Party: 9:30-4:00am
    216 Bedford (@N5th), Williamsburg, BK
    more information at http://fashionindie.com
  • Dirty Projectors at the Seaport
    Time: 5:00pm, Cost: Free
    Location: South Street Seaport
    more information at rivertoriver.com
  • Rooftop Films: Free Screening and Performance
    Join Rooftop Films, IFC, and Sound Fix for a FREE Screening of Heavy Load with a live performance by J.A.C.K! Free beer after the show, courtesy of Radeberger Beer.
    Heavy Load Synopsis: Heavy Load are Lewes' answer to the Ramones, a punk outfit subject to the combustible flux of ego, ambition, fantasy, expectation and desire that fuels any emerging band. But they're also, uniquely, made up of musicians with and without learning disabilities, which makes the bands' survival a precarious negotiation between two different worlds: on the one hand the institutional timetable of day centres, work placements and social workers; on the other the chaotic slacker life of rehearsal rooms, studios and gigs. Home life and band-life; from invisibility to stardom of a sort and back again.
    Venue: The Lawn at Automotive High School, 50 Bedford Avenue, Williamsburg, Brooklyn
    8:00: Sound Fix presents live music by J.A.C.K.
    9:00PM: Films
    more information at rooftopfilms.com
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    ON SATURDAY
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    Kelley Polar

  • PS1 Warm-Up Featuring Kelley Polar Quartet, Tony Conrad and Metro Area From Flavorpill:
    If you're a two-finger pro (or just into moves made famous by Travolta), this weekend's Warm Up, hosted by nu-disco imprint Environ, is for you. Viola whiz Kelley Polar shows up with an eponymous quartet in tow, masterfully interpreting his classical-meets-electronica compositions. Meanwhile, Environ head honcho Morgan Geist and co-producer Darshan Jesrani (aka Metro Area) get behind the decks for a bit of synth-infected funk. Rounding out the sweaty afternoon is Tony Conrad, whose new-music antics have made him an enfant terrible of the minimalist scene since the '60s.

    more information at the PS1 website.
  • Vicky Cristina Barcelona
    Not much going on Saturday night, we'll be checking out the new Woody Allen movie, Vicky Cristina Barcelona, which is supposed to be great. Here's the trailer.
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    ON SUNDAY
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    Aesop Rock

  • Aesop Rock w/ Panther at McCarren Park Pool
    From FREENYC
    It's the second to last pool party and this one's no joke. Warming things up are noise-rocker's Panther and FreeNYC favorites Chin Chin, followed by Def Juxian, Aesop Rock kicking some conscious , abstract lyrics over freaked out beats. My favorite show of the series and, for real, make sure you catch Chin Chin... they kill it every time. And be sure to check out Chin Chin, again, along with El-P on the tables at the after party.
    Cost: Free, Time: 2-8pm
    more information at mccarrenpark.com
  • and if you don't mind the crowds... Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings are playing SummerStage
    more information at www.summerstage.org
  • August 14, 2008

    The President's a Vampire

    Here's something you can sink your teeth into...

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    Hey-yoooo!

    Seen in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn via Wooster Collective (who thanks Jeff, which we second).

    From a Williamsburg rooftop to Burning Man

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    The fire dancing troupe NYC Sparkworks has been practicing on a Williamsburg rooftop overlooking the BQE all summer long as they prepare for the late-august Burning Man festival.

    There’s the art, there’s the planning, and then there’s the performance. Several members of Kostume Kult are also part of a fire dancing troupe, NYC Sparkworks, that will perform at the climax of the event. Throughout the summer, they have rehearsed on a rooftop in Williamsburg.

    nytimes via animal; photo by michael nagle

    Sugar Crush at Wilco

    Was your blood sugar a little low last night at McCarren Pool, but a fine lady saved the day with a sugary Halls cough drop? Well, she likes you. From Craigslist's "Missed Connections":

    "your blood sugar was a little low and i offered you a halls while your friend left to get you some juice. anyway, i hope you still managed to enjoy the show, hope you're feeling better now, and hope you're, well, single."
    Go get her!

    Hipsters Don't Clap

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    By all accounts, the Wilco show last night at McCarren Park Pool was mesmerizing. BrooklynVegan has a good rundown and a setlist. You'd think Jeff Tweedy would know by now that hipsters don't clap, dance, or show enthusiasm. From BrooklynVegan

    And last but not least there was the comment that definitely had only one meaning. That was the one when Jeff straight up dissed Brooklyn for not clapping in unison. He said something like, "Are you all too cool to clap?! Would it be better if we add the "Love Will Tear Us Apart" drum beat to it?!""

    August 13, 2008

    Japanese Motors at Glasslands (free show with free forties)

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    Vice Record's newest signee, the Japanese Motors, will be playing a free show at Glasslands (289 Kent) tomorrow at 8:30pm. And speaking of Colt 45, they're giving them out for free from 10-11pm, so there's no need to steal them from your local bodegas and run around hosting beauty pageants or anything. RSVP at viceland.com/japanesemotors, and if possible, sport a make-believe Williamsburg trend (like old Christmas sweaters) because they'll be filming for vbs.tv.

    Japanese Motors - Single Fins & Safetyp Pins MP3

    Info from Vice; image by Dan Monick.

    College Humor's "Awkward Rap" shot in the neighborhood

    College Humor's latest hilarious video "Awkward Rap" features a trio not unlike the Beastie Boys rappin' about all things awkward - from saying "you too" when a waiter says "enjoy your food" to speaking too loud when the music cuts out - and it was all shot on our very streets! You'll probably notice the club in the video is Coco66, the Greenpoint bar between Franklin and West St., but can anybody else identify some of these spots?

    via College Humor

    UPDATE
    : You can download the MP3 and then convert it to a cassette tape somehow for use on your Walkman, here.

    Santogold: "Lights Out"

    The second video off her amazing self-titled debut.

    August 12, 2008

    An Interview with "Mr and Miss Williamsburg" Pageant Creator

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    Misha Calvert (image c/o YourNabe)

    A few months ago, 25-year old Williamsburg resident Misha Calvert was arrested for stealing two 40-ounce bottles of Colt 45 from a local bodega. After being sentenced to the standard amount of community service, she managed to pitch the idea of a "Mr and Miss Williamsburg" contest to the judge, who approved to make the contest part of her community service. Her hope is that such a contest will counter apathy and create a uniting force in the Williamsburg community, because after all, she figured "why not put together something about a subject a lot of us are most passionate about: ourselves".

    At first glance, this all seemed a bit fishy. Colt 45? Hipsters? A beauty pageant? Viral marketing...cased closed. But strangely, Misha denied any and all rumors of any sinister marketing ploy behind the show. After the jump, see the gchat interview complete with entry requirements, her denial of a viral marketing ploy, and how you can sleep your way into the title of Mr and Miss Williamsburg 2008.

    The contest will be held September 5th at 10 p.m., at Supreme Trading (213 N. 8th Street). Visit the pageant's page on Going or join the event page on Facebook for more information. Want to enter? Email mrandmisswilliamsburg@gmail.com!

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    GChat Interview with Misha Calvert, creator of the "Mr and Miss Williamsburg" Pageant, by Brian Ries

    FREEwilliamsburg: So first things first, what qualities do you think makes someone "williamsburg" enough to wear the crown of 'mr or miss williamsburg', and... why a beauty pageant?

    Misha Calvert: It's not just about looks. Contestants will be judged on personal interview and talent as well. but like most situations we are judging each other, beauty does play a part. Why a pageant? Because they're awesome.

    FREEwilliamsburg: fair enough...and this all started because you stole a couple 40's, right? what's that story? i saw how u pitched the judge, but more on the actual theft is what amuses me.

    Misha Calvert: i'm embarrassed for the whole theft. i mean for getting caught like i did.
    i tried to smuggle them out under my clothes but i was only wearing a hoody and hotpants. clearly not the best getaway outfit. the bodega owner was very understanding, very charming about the whole thing. and then phoned the police anyway.

    FREEwilliamsburg: can u promise it's not viral marketing for colt 45? Also, your pic is american apparel'd out... so i have to ask, which american apparel clothing item are you and why? if dov charney entered, would he stand a chance?

    Misha Calvert: hah. okay wow there's a lot to work with here.

    Misha Calvert: I don't know what kind of evidence one could provide to support this, but i cross my heart and triple swear this is not a marketing campaign for colt 45. Because then they would be paying me...and I could afford to shop at someplace better than American Apparel. But, if I WERE an item of American Apparel....hold on a sec (I hold) i'd probably be this one: http://store.americanapparel.net/rsatr300.html. But i'm getting confused between what i'd be and what i want to buy. how poetic.

    FREEwilliamsburg: Yea, isn't that just a snapshot of the American dream…

    FREEwilliamsburg: So, speaking of buying things, can i buy my way into the competition? Oh - any celebrity judges ala kickball celebrities, local bloggers, etc. etc.?

    Misha Calvert: well i don't know if you can buy your way in...but speaking of dov charney you can DEFINITELY sleep your way in. in that vein direct all requests to my personal email. i'll see it gets to the "right person".

    Misha Calvert: celebrities, we'll have a few. I'm not releasing names yet though.

    FREEwilliamsburg: Lastly, this seems like something Gawker would latch onto... are you worried about falling victim to their snark or would you rather for the free publicity?

    Misha Calvert: Both the competition and myself have already fallen victim to some pretty creative criticism in the blogs. which is great! everyone that snarks about it is lending legitimacy to the satire that's being created.

    Misha Calvert: And that's why I love Williamsburg. we can't take ourselves seriously enough.

    hat tip: yournabe.com

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    "Pray For Rain"

    How about we pray McCain poops his pants during his speech at the GOP convention instead. Would that be wrong? [hat tip Radar]

    That's Focus on the Family's Stuart Shepard, explaining his call to prayer for a massive downpour during Barack Obama's outdoor convention speech. Hoping "God decides that rain of biblical proportions would be a good idea," Shepard beseeches like-minded individuals to ask their Savior to soak the Democratic nominee and his supporters.

    Stuff Hipsters Don't Like

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    Taking inspiration from the blog-to-book deal wunderkind Stuff White People Like (which just listed Facebook 12 days ago), Williamsburg's own Stuff Hipsters Don't Like is an ongoing archive listing things that hipsters just don't get along with. It's young, having only started about two weeks ago, but its charm is not yet it's "stuff", rather, the ever-familiar conflict that so many Williamsburg residents themselves face. I'll let the author, Lola Wakefield, explain her "hipster dilemma":

    I began frequenting the local internet cafe and going to Tuesday night movie showings at McCarren, anxious to observe them in their natural setting. “Oh the ridiculous hipsters,” I would think to myself, smiling on the inside. But then something unexpected happened - I began to encounter people who described me - ME!- as a hipster. “Nonsense,” I thought. But I began to worry that what they said was true.

    So far, her journey deep into identifying, or denying, her inner hipster do-not-wants include smiling, being spontaneously photographed, and the hipsters themselves. I'm looking forward to seeing extensive listings including bananas, switching guitar hero guitars with rock band's and vice versa, and Pabst Blue Ribbon bottles, but we'll just have to wait. Lola, keep us updated. Oh, and if YOU have photographs of hipsters not liking things send them over to El Dubs at lola.wakefield@gmail.com, and tell 'em FREEwilliamsburg sent ya.

    follow closely at Stuff Hipsters Don't Like

    August 11, 2008

    Natalie Portman's Shaved Head

    As Eliot Glazer at Buzzfeed points out, if you hate hipsters avoid this at all costs:

    Top Cheflebrity Spotting

    As reported here, the Top Chef contestants have taken up temporary residency just north of McCarren Park. Restless has the first pictures. Now we know who to look for when running at the track.

    Pool Party Goes On, Attendees Free Of Deer Ticks

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    Deer Tick was notably absent from last night's rainy McCarren Park Pool Party, which went on regardless with The Felice Brothers, Langhorne Slim, Eli "Paperboy" Reed & The True Loves, & DJ Kool Kear. Suburban Cowboy's got a pretty decent flickr set of the show, including a million and a half shots of Langhorne Slim to strike your fancy. I'm listening to Langhorne as I write this, and have to admit it's some great rainy day music. Crashin' In has a nice little review of his set from yesterday's show as well. Here's a samplin':

    Langhorne Slim played a tremendous live set this Sunday(August 10, 2008) in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY at the McCarren Pool party. Unfortunately it was cold and rainy all day long. But that didn’t stop Langhorne and his band from bringing out the sunshine and getting the crowd excited. He truly is an amazing live performer and knows how to win over any crowd.

    I sent an email in to Deer Tick's management to see that all's well...maybe he just missed the train to nowhere. I'll update if we get any word back.

    UPDATE from Deer Tick management: "his connecting flight from atlanta was canceled due to weather." So he's in the same boat as everyone else who got stuck at their grandparent's house last weekend.

    Obama Launches His Own Celebrity Ad

    We like that Obama is beginning to fight hard, but why not bring attention to the most damning and disgusting things about McCain? (No, not his psoriasis.) We want to see an ad that mentions his refusal to ban torture and his unscrupulous opposition to the GI Bill. We do like how the rat pack era music in this ad reminds America that John McCain is older than Mount Rushmore.

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    Halfletes of the Week (Kickballers Addition)

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    I was down at McCarren Park earlier tonight watching a few of our local halfletes play some Brooklyn Kickball, when I realized I love that everyone in this town has a star to shine. Here’s Shamus Eberhardt of the Divine Sisterhood and Lexie Patterson of the Sugar Tits (oddly not sponsored by Domino) doing what they do best.

    photos via aj cranford.

    August 10, 2008

    R.I.P. Isaac Hayes

    You'll be missed.

    August 09, 2008

    88 Drummers On The Williamsburg Waterfront for 08/08/08

    In case you missed last night:

    August 08, 2008

    THIS WEEKEND: There's More Going On Than All Points West

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    ON FRIDAY
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  • All Points West begins. Tonight, Radiohead is headlining. Single-day tickets appear to be sold out for Saturday's show.
    more information at www.apwfestival.com
  • 12 Ophelias - a free play at McCarren Park Pool
    From TheaterMania
    The Brooklyn-based theatre company, Woodshed Collective, presents the premiere of Caridad Svich's Twelve Ophelias, directed by Teddy Bergman, as a free event at McCarren Park Pool.
    Twelve Ophelias centers on Hamlet's Ophelia coming back to life, out of the water, to try to overcome her history and forge a new destiny for herself. She finds herself in an Appalachian Elsinore, Denmark by way of Deliverance -- where Gertrude runs a brothel, Hamlet and Horatio slum it, and nothing is what it seems. In this squarely American and gritty interpretation of the Hamlet myth, Twelve Ophelias asks how it is possible to break old cycles and start afresh when the past so completely permeates your life. Twelve Ophelias features a live and local roots/bluegrass band, The Jones Street Boys, performing new original music.

    Cost: Free but tickets can be reserved here. Time: 8pm
    more information at mccarrenpark.com
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    by Damon Ginandes

  • Dimensionals: Works by Damon Ginandes
    Art Break Gallery, 195 Grand Street, 2nd floor

    This is a great show that opened last weekend. (We forgot to post about it).

    Gallery Hours: everyday, except Tuesdays, from 1 to 7pm, Cost: Free
    more information at www.artbreakgallery.com

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  • Brooklyn Electronic Music Festival at The Yard in Redhook
    From Flavorpill
    The Yard's rapidly becoming the go-to venue for summer ragers -- this afternoon, it plays host to a grip of live bands and DJs in celebration of BK's neon splendor. Get your bounce on with Venezuelan booty-ravers Todosantos, check the onstage gymnastics of Purple Crush, gawk at Aussie duo Lismore's blond-bombshell frontwoman and brooding beatsmith, and thrash to Plant Music's digital-era rockers the Glass. Selectors Treasure Fingers, Cobra Krames, and Finger on the Pulse provide a few more opportunities to put your back into it. With giveaways from Ableton, Miller, and Local Tourist and a bike-wash benefit for the raucous DIY Showpaper kids, this tech-o-thon makes for a perfect Saturday on the Gowanus Canal.

    Time: noon–9pm, Price: $15 / $10 advance
    more information at the http://brooklynemf.com/.
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    Langhorne Slim

  • Felice Brothers with Langhorne Slim, Eli "Paperboy" Reed & The True Loves, and Deer Tick at McCarren Park Pool
    From Flavorpill
    While it's unusual for a band to set up an impromptu performance in Bryant Park in the midst of the weekday lunch rush, alt-folk threesome Langhorne Slim have a history of popping up in unexpected places. The bluesy, freewheeling band from Brooklyn recently made appearances on NPR and Letterman in support of its new self-titled album on Kemado. Some of Langhorne's lovelorn, banjo-laced melodies celebrate infatuation's all-consuming effects, while others sardonically confront life's rocky road. Whatever the mood, each song is arranged expertly while maintaining the foot-stompin' delivery of a hoedown on Ma and Pa's front porch. Sunday's Pool Party hootenanny also features the Felice Brothers, and likeminded country rockers Deer Tick.

    Time: 2–8pm, Price: FREE
    more information at mccarrenpark.com
  • August 07, 2008

    Tonight: Tapes 'n Tapes At Soundfix

    Just a little reminder.

    Bolton On Iran: “Diplomacy is finished...regime change would....lead to greater stability"

    Does anybody still pay attention to this idiot? You'd think the mustache would clue people in to the fact that he's insane. We suppose he thinks regime change in Iran would be a cakewalk and that we'd be greeted as liberators. Regime change has certainly gone well in Iraq.

    August 06, 2008

    Obama's New Ad

    Of course the media won't pay much attention to it, since it doesn't feature Paris Hilton, but we love Obama's new ad. [Thanks Rumproast]

    La Superior

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    A new restaurant opened in Williamsburg on Monday. It's called La Superior and its specialty is Mexican street food. Looks like the taco truck is going to have some competition. From The Brooklyn Paper

    If you want authentic Mexican food in Williamsburg, look no further than the street -- Berry Street, that is. La Superior... serves Mexican “comida corrida y callejera,” or Mexican diner and street food, in a colorful eatery that is designed to evoke images of a typical Mexican dive bar or butcher shop. The food is “truly Mexican, without any pretense,” according to owner Iris Avelar, and ranges from savory snacks like “ezquites” -- cups of cooked corn kernels with Mexican mayo, cheese and lime -- to entrees like “pollo encacahuatado” -- chicken with mole peanut sauce and broccoli, carrots and potatoes -- or the exotic “nopal asado con queso” -- grilled cactus with melted cheese. The menu will change regularly, but you can count on staples like beans, tacos and quesadillas. La Superior hasn’t gotten its liquor license yet, but they do have a juice bar, serving fresh drinks like “liquado de mamey” -- a sweet melon smoothie -- and Mexican “limonada,” which Avelar assured GO Brooklyn is “a really amazing lemonade like you’ve never had in your life.” For those Williamsburg bar-hoppers in search of something fast and fried, the restaurant is open till 1 am on weekdays and 2 am on weekends, and will also serve brunch on the weekends.
    For the time being it is dine-in only and BYOB. Delivery and take-out will be available soon.

    If you've been, let us know what you think in our restaurant section. More information on La Superior (and a menu) here.

    August 05, 2008

    What Would You Do For A Klondike?

    From the I Eat Pandas comedy team's blog

    Klondike held a contest recently where they asked users to create and upload their own commercials for Klondike bars. The only real restriction was no “violence or acts that appear to cause harm”. And we tried. We really did. We even hired a beatboxer to star in it. But, well, we are what we are.

    [thanks Jeff]

    August 04, 2008

    Tom Waits: Live At Atlanta's Fox Theater

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    We're still bummed that Tom Waits doesn't have any NY dates scheduled, but All Songs Considered has a great concert available for podcast from July 5. From All Songs Considered:

    For his Atlanta stop, recorded at the city's historic Fox Theater on July 5, Waits delivered a stunning and epic two-and-a-half-hour performance, including songs he says he's never attempted outside of the studio before. Backing Waits is a five-piece group featuring Seth Ford-Young (upright bass), Patrick Warren (keyboards), Omar Torrez (guitars), Vincent Henry (woodwinds) and Casey Waits (drums and percussion). "They play with racecar precision and they are all true conjurers," Waits says. "They are all multi-instrumentalists and they polka like real men."
    You can grab the podcast here. [Thanks Alan Parsons]

    August 01, 2008

    The Sub-Neighborhoods Of Greenpoint

    This is hilarious.

    This Weekend: Koons & Seuss, McCarren Park, And More

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    Jeff Koons and Dr. Seuss at The Met
    Time: 5:30pm, Cost: Free with Museum Admission and RSVP
    From FREENYC

    On top of the Koons exhibit already on display, the college group at the Met invites you to a whimsical evening of toys blown up to fantastic proportions and pianos the size of football fields. Stretch your perception of reality with the Metropolitan Museum's installation of sculptures by artist Jeff Koons on the Museum's roof and a screening of Dr. Seuss' only live-action feature film, The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T. You don't need a college ID, but priority seating will be given to college students. The event is free with museum admission, which they will tell you is $20, but last we checked it was just a suggested donation.
    more information at the Met's website.

    also on Friday:

    MonkeyTown Re-Opening feat. Electroma DVD Release
    Time: 8:00pm, Cost: $5
    From Flavorpill

    Williamsburg's preeminent multimedia restaurant, MonkeyTown, reopens tonight after nearly two months of renovations. To celebrate its grand re-opening, MT is partnering with Vice Records for a screening and DVD release party in honor of Daft Punk's Electroma. The film, written and directed by Daft Punk's Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo, follows two robots on a mission to become human; unlike previous films D.A.F.T. and Interstella 5555, however, the French duo didn't write any of the music -- instead, they left the soundtrack up to the likes of Brian Eno, Todd Rundgren, and Curtis Mayfield
    more information at Monkey Town's website.

    also on Friday:

    The Vice Photo Show opens. More information here.

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    ON SATURDAY
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    Slideluck Potshow at McCarren Park Pool
    Time: 6–11pm, Cost: FREE w/ RSVP
    From Flavorpill

    Some of us are wizards in the kitchen; some of us are skilled in the arts. We're hoping that the artists convening for tonight's Slideluck Potshow have a bit of both column A and column B. Focusing on a theme of "change," contributed slides showcase the work of up-and-coming artists, photographers, editors, and curators, who share their culinary creations alongside five-minute masterpieces. Guests can enjoy photographic essays alongside pork shoulder, or high-fashion shots to complement their squash. Flavorpill's own cultural picks for the upcoming week are even on display -- though you'll likely have to make do with PB & J made (with love!) by our NYC editors
    more information at slideluckpotshow.com


    David Byrne Music Building

    also on Saturday
    It's been open for a while, but we're finally going to go see the David Byrne Music Building.

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    Black Lips (6pm), Deerhunter (5pm), King Khan & the Shrines (4pm), and Tall Firs (3pm)
    at McCarren Park Pool

    time: 2pm-8pm, cost: free
    From Flavorpill

    In 1971, Lester Bangs published an essay called "James Taylor Marked for Death," in which he heralded the Troggs as the raw libido of rock 'n roll. "Wild Thing" was the artless, "pure id" rock song ideal. Cue Black Lips: Seemingly ignorant of 40 years of musical evolution, they rip through song after song of merciless, riotous rock. You won't hear anything especially new in it, but you won't be complaining either, especially after their notoriously debauched live shows. Tonight, they play the Pool with art-punk geniuses Deerhunter, psych-soulsters King Khan & the Shrines, and Tall Firs.
    more information at mccarrenpark.com

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    Black Lips

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