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March 31, 2009

The Daily Footprint 03/31/09

'C Me Dance'

We are totally going to see this on opening night.

R-Word?

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This couldn't have anything to do with the Obama Special Olympics gaffe could it? R-word.org was launched by Special Olympics just days after his Tonight Show appearance and it encourages people to take this pledge:

I pledge and support the elimination of the derogatory use of the r-word from everyday speech and promote the acceptance and inclusion of people with intellectual disabilities.
We're all about encouraging sensitivity, but aren't there more important things to worry about, like raising awareness, ensuring proper medical care, and preventative research? As Gawker points out, in a few years "retarded" will likely be the term of choice. It's like obsessing over the juvenile use of the word gay (see thinkb4youspeak.com) instead of trying to overturn gay marriage bans. These campaigns just strike us as being, uh, r-word, g-word, and utterly missing the big picture.

March 30, 2009

Lazy Catfish Taking a Break

The Feedbag noticed that Lazy Catfish needed a little bit of motivation from the Department of Health to get that dang hot water problem checked out. In a sign (below the jump) posted by the DOH, it appears the Catfish is closed for unknown health/hygene related problems. But in another, management blames the hot water problem. Perhaps they're related? Can't boil the vermin germs off the plates no mo'? So, this is a bummer. Get off your lazy asses and get that heater problem fixed! <3 u.


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photo by Keith Wagstaff

The World's Most Photographed Party

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The consonants-only LVHRD is throwing their annual party PHTHRD in Williamsburg tomorrow night. They're going for The World's Most Photographed Party record, as certified by the Universal Record Database, so be sure to bring a camera. They'll take "everything from Nikon D3x's to Kodak Fun Saver Disposables—Polaroid PoGo's to Lomo Pop9's—Canon HD Camcorders to Flip Minos."

So where is it? I don't know! But if you sign up you'll get a text message "the day before," which of course is today, telling you where to go. Hint: It's five blocks from the water. They'll have Nick Catchdubs and an open bar by Dewar's and Brooklyn Brewery. Visit LVHRD at Eventbrite for tix and more info. Use the discount code "memberhrd" for $10 off the ticket price, and then join them on Facebook so you don't feel bad about it.

March 29, 2009

Spotted: Arden Goll and Heather Scharf

Meet Arden Goll and Heather Scharf, two Brooklyn buddies who share the same passion for the Pastry Arts, and the love of sharing them with your four legged friends...
Arden and Heather

Profession: Heather- Pastry Chef at Relish / Brooklyn Dog Bites Founder and Partner
Arden- Currently looking for full time work / Brooklyn Dog Bites Founder and Partner

How long have you been in business with Brooklyn Dog Bites?
Heather- Well we have been at it since last summer playing around with recipes, but it isn't until just now that it has really started to take off.

When and how did this idea come about?
Arden- I got the idea from the office of where my boyfriend works. Most of the employees bring their dogs to work, so I would end up making dog treats for fun for all the dogs in the office.

Heather-It started out as kind of a “Pet Project” or a hobby. Arden and I worked at the same restaurant where we met, and we both decided to collaborate on making our own Business.

What is unique about your Dog Bites?

Heather- Since I am a pastry chef, I have tried many different ideas and recipes, but most importantly we wanted to create something fun and and different that really stands out. All of our food is made fresh with high quality, organic ingredients.

Arden- Also, our tasty little treats are people friendly as well. I have to hide them from my boyfriend after he gets off work or else he will go straight to them!
(They insisted I tried one, and they really are good, not your typs dog food)

Any claims to fame?
Yes, we were just recently featured on the Good Housekeeping Website, and we have convinced PS9 (the pet supplies store on North 9th) to carry our stuff. So now you can find our stuff there along with Artist and Fleas.

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The Daily Footprint 03/29/09

spring is here!
KoolMan took the trucks out this weekend. The First Sign of Spring.

March 28, 2009

McCarren Park Concerts Find New Home

From NY Times

McCarren Park Pool, right, located on the border between Williamsburg and Greenpoint in Brooklyn, is set to become a swimming spot again, and the summer rock concerts that put it on the musical map will move to the Williamsburg waterfront. Stephanie Thayer, the executive director of the Open Space Alliance for North Brooklyn, a nonprofit group that coordinated last year’s concerts, said a strip along the East River between North Eighth and North Ninth Streets that was designated a state park will hold concerts this summer, with room for 6,000 fans. The news was confirmed by the office of Joseph R. Lentol, the state assemblyman who represents Greenpoint and Williamsburg. “This is the continuation of McCarren Park Pool,” Ms. Thayer said. “It’s different, but it has its own exquisite beauty, with the waterfront and the skyline of Manhattan.” She said she planned to work with many of the promoters who put on events at the pool last summer, and would seek classical and opera concerts as well.

March 27, 2009

It's Mother Eeffin Friday!!!!!!

And we're even more excited than this dude. [Via]

Late Nite Latin Jams

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A month ago I came home on from a late Friday night at about 3 AM. I turned on my radio and began scanning the channels and found some of the best jams in NYC. La Mega 97.9FM is the big Latin pop station in New York, but at about 11 PM on weekends it turns into a balls-out electro dance party with DJ's mixing live on the air. It rules. So I set up an interview with DJ Polito Jr. (whose name I only found out by hearing a sample of it blasted over the mix), who, with his partner DJ Bacan, runs La Mega Afterparty, Saturdays and Sundays 2-5AM. I sat down with him at the studio.

What would you say La Mega Afterparty sounds like?

The way to say it is, we're a Latin station, so the typical format is salsa-meringue. My partner is DJ Bacan, and we give it a twist so we mix in latin house, American house, we mix in Brazilian and if we do meringue, we do meringue from the streets, not your typical meringue. Most Latin people know meringue like most white people know rock but some white people know good rock and underground rock. I'm into a lot of good rock too, I don't listen to basic rock, I like stuff that's up-and-coming, stuff that's obscure, breaking ground, and I apply the same shit to this Latin stuff. Where a lot of Spanish people know “so much” about Latin music, there's still a lot they don't know about so we dig that up and do our own mixes. We can throw it over Brazilian beats or house music and flip it up. I'm trying to break even more ground by throwing on a Spanish rock set. I don't know if you know Spanish rock but a lot of it is just imitations of American rock, like in the 80's when Depeche Mode were doing their thing you had a lot of bands in South America, same sound but just in Spanish. But we're finding stuff that breaks out of that mold a bit. I've got half a Spanish rock set and I'm trying to incorporate a bit of American rock into it. Stuff like Soda Stereo who are kind of like a Pet Shop Boys, that 80's/90's electro sound. I'm finding stuff that's obscure but you wanna stay danceable. It's the afterparty. One thing we're trying to hook up is putting that song “Electric Feel” by MGMT into a set. That keyboard hook could go over a lot of things.

How do you find the stuff that you play?

The foreign stuff, my partner and I are in a record pool, always on the internet, always record shopping. There's not a lot of record stores left but when we go shopping we try to keep it exclusive to us. We also trade and share stuff with a group of DJ's but we can use it in ways they never would so we take advantage of that. And we swap hard drives. It's a common thing, but nobody's biting because everyone has their own approach.

Do you have an event you do around here?

We have an event called The Skybox in Rozelle, NJ. We do it from Sunday 11-2. We've only been on the air 2 months so we're trying to find more stuff to do. We played at a strip club in Queens last week, called Cityscapes. That was cool. And we hosted a skybox at the Knicks game. So we're trying to get more gigs.

What about events you go to?

The only event that I've gone to, that I like is APT. It's 13th st in the meatpacking district. It's Bobbito Garcia and it's once a month and it's called Apartment. APT. That dude is the man. Right now he does once a month there but he's all over the globe and he does a lot of progressive shit. Whatever he's mixing it won't hit till 8 months from now and you gotta be ahead of the game on this. Even in here there's competition amongst DJ's and you always have to have that new sound.

Is there any new sound that you're kind of taken with?

That mix [note: mix posted below]. That is one of my favorite mixes we've done. It's crazy what we did there. I'm into house, that electronic house stuff that makes people move.

It seems like there's a global language showing up where so many people got ahold of drum machines and synths and the internet in a few years and now MIA is with Jay-Z on MTV and white kids in tight pants can find street music from Brazil.

Yeah man, I love it. I love listening to rock because it's getting that electro sound and the bands are from everywhere. Germany, Mexico, everything is connecting and you can hear the same sounds in a lot of it. Ten years ago you probably would never pick it up and hear about it. That's the sound we want, trying to pull from everybody and make our own thing. My partner and I, we're Puerto Rican but we're born here and we're the only DJ's on here like that. I think it gives us our own thing because we know the Americanized sounds too. The other DJ's will school you and even me on the pure Latin stuff that they specialize in, but that's all they have, but we're looking global.


The reggaeton, cumbia, dancehall sound is making a lot of inroads in Brooklyn thanks to labels like Mad Decent and Dutty Artz. And while Brooklyn's diverse, it's still quite a bit whiter than La Mega's usual listenership. Do you think there are appropriation issues or anything like that involved?

I think it's great. Part of our initial goal was to branch out and it's amazing because that's what's happening. Even the ratings for our show show that. We came on in January and in the past six weeks the ratings have skyrocketed, and that already shows us we've broken ground. To have more audience means more ratings and it also means more diversity and more diverse advertisers. Maybe guys who advertise to people like you wanna knock on the door now. That's exactly what we wanna do is open it up. I've been doing this for 8 years and when I was coming up I was doing hardcore hip hop and house stuff so I never thought I would end up at a Latin station. Now that I'm here I wanna open it up and the more that I get other people listening, the better.

This is part of the mix mentioned in the interview: La Mega Afterparty

So if you're just back from a late night and it's 3AM, turn on 97.9FM and listen.

THE MEGA AFTER PARTY WITH DJ POLITO JR. AND DJ BACAN, EVERY FRI AND SAT 2AM TO 5AM, ON MEGA 97.9FM

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March 26, 2009

A Night With Camera Obscura

Last night, The Mercury Lounge hosted the second sold out show on Camera Obscura's new tour. Amongst fans, I could feel the excitement and anticipation throughout the crowd as we waited to hear songs from their new album My Maudlin Career releasing on April 21st.
The night opened with the talented violinist and vocalist Anni Rossi who played many pieces including an Ace of Base cover.
When Camera Obscura took stage more than half the crowd admitted to being present at the previous night's show at The Bell House. As soon as the music began, the crowd started mouthing every lyric. Between songs, loyal fans demanded the band “move to Brooklyn”, or expressed one’s individual adoration of the group... Encore granted! The love in the air was so evident that gifts were even exchanged between the crowd and the seven-person band. Along with the other females of the front, I received a peacock feather from Tracyanne Campbell herself. In return she received flowers and treats and was very gracious for the fans’ generosity.
The entire show was nothing but positive energy, friendly people, and smiles. I definitely recommend catching the next show on June 24th at Webster Hall.


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Snuggie Pub Crawl Locations Announced

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The NYC Snuggie Pub Crawl (yea, we're obsessed) announced their date and locations today. Hurry up and run over to your "Big, Bad Grandmas" calendar and put a big fat "X" on April 18th from 12:00pm to 8:00pm. It's a Manhattan-only affair (lame!), so here's where you Snuggie freaks will be headed:

1. The Village PourHouse - 64 Third Ave at 11th street
2. Side Bar -120 E 15th At Irving Pl
3. Kings Head -222 East 14th Street Btwn 2nd & 3rd Ave
4. Bar None - 98 Third Ave Btwn 12th & 13th
5. Belmont - 117th East 15th street Btwn Park Ave and Irving Pl
6. Still - 192 Third Ave at 17th - 3-5pm
7. Plug Uglies - 257 3rd Ave Btwn 20th St & 21st St
8. Van Diemens - 383 Third Avenue at 27th street

For more info, visit Snuggie Pub Crawl New York. Please take pictures. Bonus points for Snuggie boners. Also, I just dibbed that band name.

Simon Evans, Living on "Island Time"

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In artist Simon Evans' world, the stories that we tell ourselves are the most important part and often the only way that we can find meaning in where we’ve been, where we are and where we might wind up eventually. His appropriately named exhibit, “Island Time,” showing at the James Cohan Gallery through April 4th, hints at the loneliness inherent in life when home becomes nothing but a reconstructed memory. We’re left searching for an allusive sense of belonging and purpose in an entirely new place and all we’ve got is a nearly endless succession of days ahead.

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Luckily for us, while voluntarily “stranded” in his adopted city of Berlin, Evans found inspiration in his isolation, producing a collection of intricate pieces that combine elements of writing, collage and drawing to create an engaging display of diagrams, maps, diary entries, lists and inventories. These pieces serve as slow meditations on our relationships to the ideas, people and objects that populate the world in which we live. Evans' repetition of themes and phrases throughout the show are simultaneously reminiscent of religious mantras -- "Repeated words turn into idols" -- and the obsessive ramblings of a person with no company save their own echo. This decision seems particularly appropriate, considering that when time ceases to be a factor, the process and the details arguably take on greater significance than the act of completion. After all, who's going to see them anyway?

And while the scope of this exhibit may seem like a lot of psychological weight to hang on a gallery wall, Evans approaches his work with enough self-effacing humor -- "To Do List: Define All Things, Live Forever, Fall In Love With Another Immortal" -- to more than balance out the sentimentality. This removes the pieces from the realms of the too personal and touches on the universal, inviting us to linger longer and examine them more deeply before drawing our own conclusions. Which when there’s no one else around to tell us otherwise, should be the whole point of the exercise anyway.

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Simon Evans: "Island Time"
Now through April 4th
James Cohan Gallery
533 West 26th Street

Images courtesy of the artist and James Cohan Gallery

SIMON EVANS
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Pen, paper, scotch tape, correction fluid
28 1/2 X 39 3/8 inches

SIMON EVANS
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Paper weaving
58 5/8 X 42 1/8 inches

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Mixed media
57 1/4 X 79 1/4 X 2 1/2 inches

Handsome Furs Spit Undead Zombie Juice, Climb Trees

The zombie trope is pretty well-worn at this point, but as far as I'm concerned, you can't have too many music videos that put the undead front and center. "Thriller" it ain't, but the Handsome Furs' vid for "I'm Confused" is still weirdly fun. And check out Alexei Perry's earrings!

Be warned though, this is a NSFW deal thanks to one very confused, very naked zombie.


Handsome Furs "I'm Confused" from Sarah Marcus on Vimeo.

March 25, 2009

Bacon Takedown

Last Sunday was The Great Greenpoint Mac-Off but coming up this Sunday we're gonna do you one better (or your heart one worse depending on how you look at it).

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It might be good enough to swing some of the Hasidim in town so don't miss it.

New Department of Eagles Video: "No One Does It Like You"

The band premiered this last night at MoMA. It's directed by directed by Patrick Daughters and Marcel Dzama. [via]

Speaking of which.... we're LOVING the new Grizzly Bear. Here's our favorite track.

March 24, 2009

Beaver Huntin' 2009

I was gonna write something pithy but forget it, here's a video that you should see:


Is that kid in "If You Got It, Flaunt It" his son? Is it weirder if it's his son or just some random kid? Why is he a caveman? Do they get lots of beavers? Or have anything to do with any of his songs? And then he's singing about space which is the opposite of cavemen and finally gets to his Uranus joke, goddamn I'm gonna go lie down.

Hilarious World Record Attempts at Pianos

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The Universal Record Database (URDB) is holding another Appreciation Society here in New York tomorrow night, and they will be attempting to set a whole new slew of world records. Tickets are $5 (or free if you're unemployed) and your face will probably hurt from laughing so hard.

Click through for a list of the ecords that will be attempted...and for tickets and more information, visit URDB.

* Todd Lamb - Tallest Drawing Of A Midget

* Alexandra Young - Longest Flute Trill

* Kristen and Eddie - Most Times Unzipping Someone Else's Pants In One Minute

* Julia Kaganskiy - Fastest Time To Cry

* Lev Kushner - Most Pepperidge Farms Goldish Chicken Pecked Off A Table In One Minute

* Andrea D'Attanasio and Phil Covitz - Most Tandem Single Rope Jumps During The Duration Of "It's Tricky"

* Ali Lapinsky - Most Tootsie Rolls Eaten In One Minute

* Guy Harper and Hunter Duncan - Most High Fives While An Audience Recites The Pledge Of Allegiance

* Chris Farber - Fastest Time To Name Every Olympic Race Michael Phelps Has Competed In And Where He Placed (Farber will try and atone for his error made at last month's event)

Seriously, Fuck Twitter



Thanks for the tip, Mike.

March 23, 2009

Memefactory!!!

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Tuesday night's Memefactory will be geekishly awesome (@3rd Ward this Tuesday March 24, 7 - 10 p.m.):

What do you get when you combine a lecture, vaudeville and Double Dare? Memefactory! Three gentlemen with five computers and three projectors take the audience on a fast-paced, whirlwind tour of every major Internet meme, famous piece of Internet media and YouTube footage imaginable. The modus is not depth, but breadth, and constant audience participation is required. Over the course of the evening, the audience will produce an entry for every internet phenomenon possible, including but not limited to: LOLCats, Bouncing GIFs, Me Singing [blank], Reaction Videos, Folk Covers of Hip Hop Classics, FAILs, Redubbed music videos, and more. Some will become famous like Boxxy, most will drink beers and a brave few will be nude.

RSVP at events@3rdward.com

Open Call For Your Erotic Cell Phone "Art"

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3rd Ward wants the best of your erotic cell phone art - that's texts, videos and photos - for an upcoming show "with a huge opening reception" called Sex Cells! The best submissions might be published in their quarterly and win $500, enough, Gothamist notes, "to buy a mediocre SLR for a future in less pixelated porn." You've got until April 22nd to send them in, just make sure everyone involved in 18 and not doing anything too illegal. But what do I know, maybe they'll be into that. For more info, visit 3rdward.com/sexcells.

The Daily Footprint 03/23/09

God Bless Deli Grocery
Manhattan Ave

Hey Paul Krugman (A song, A plea)

March 22, 2009

Feel Better About Yourself

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The act of people failing at things will never be not funny. Fail humor is timeless and universal, transcending cohorts and cross-cultural boundaries to unite humanity in a single lol. I mean, even the most basic human behaviors like having sex and eating are done way differently around the world, but it is pretty much as instinctive as breathing to lol at the misfortune of others.

That's why I get excited when new sites emerge to attract the sacrificial virgins of Internet humor. This one is especially good: an interactive site called FMyLife — fuck it! — allows users to recount those rock-bottom moments when everything goes wrong in a way that is devastating to them, hilarious to onlookers. Below every bag-over-face confession is the opportunity for readers to weigh in on whether they sympathize ("yes, your life is f*****") or take sadistic pleasure in reading about the dumbassery that brought it all on ("you deserved that one"). There's a lot of input from awkward teenagers but regardless, every tale is a glorious /facepalm. Come on, we've all been there.

From FMyLife:

  • Today, I saw an elderly man fall in a crosswalk, so I jumped off my bike to help. As I helped him across, the light turned green. At that point I noticed my phone had fallen out of my pocket in the street and was run over by several cars. I then watched across a 6 lane street as someone stole my bike.
  • Today, I was at a sandwich shop and couldn't help but secretly remove a loose hair from a girl standing in front of me. I yanked it and she instantly began screaming and crying. It was in fact a very long mole hair. The thing started bleeding like a gunshot wound. My apologies went unnoticed. FML
  • Today, I suggested that my mother download Skype so we could video chat while I'm studying in London over the summer. After I had explained how it worked and that it was free, she said "Well...you'll only be gone for a few months. It's not really worth it." FML
  • Today, I was a TA for a history class and the class was taking a test. About halfway through, I noticed one kid had a small piece of paper in his hand. I ran up the row, grabbed his test, and ripped it into four pieces. Then I took the note from him. It said “I believe in you, -Mom.”
  • Today, driving some friends back from a party I said, "Did everyone see Lisa totally hanging off of Pat tonight?! It was hilarious!!". There was a long silence, then one of my friends said "...you know Lisa is in the car, right?" FML

Hat tip: Starts With a Bang

Its World Water Day

charity: water's latest promo video features the well-drilling work they fund in the forgotten Central African Republic. It was directed by Simon Willows, with "Time Bomb" donated by Beck.

The Great Greenpoint Mac Off Today

We'll be getting our fill of Greenpoint's bestest Mac n' Cheese today starting at 4p.m. at Red Star bar. Chefs are giving out free samples at each bar along the route, which starts at Red Star and leads to TBD for the voting and "celebrity judging" around 8.

Red Star > The Habitat > The Mark Bar > t.b.d. Brooklyn

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March 21, 2009

The Daily Footprint 03/21/09


Free Poems, Bedford Ave

March 20, 2009

Inside The New Facebook Layout

Graffiti: Bringing Cops and Street Artists Together, for One Night at least

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Whether you call it street art or vandalism, graffiti has become synonymous with life in New York City and at its root is a form that's as American as Jazz. For those that do it, words like "love" and "addiction" describe the act, fulfilling any number of needs from being known and expressing personal style to political protest and membership in an exclusive community. Words like "damage" and "destruction" don't seem to provide the driving motivation, unless of course you're looking at the world through the eyes of a city cop. Theirs is a lens of black and white, where even if your name happens to be Yoshitomo Nara, if you don't have permission and you're caught, you're going to spend some time down at central booking that night.

This difference of opinion took the spotlight at powerHouse Arena in Brooklyn last night as personalities from both sides -- artists Ket, Cope2, and Ellis G with former officers Rivera, Mona and Chiuli -- came together in a temporary truce to discuss retired officer Joseph Rivera's new book, "Vandal Squad: Inside the New York City Transit Police Department, 1984-2004." And while the atmosphere was mostly one of mutual respect, there was still some underlying tension at play, prompting some great one liners and lively exchanges.

The panel kicked off with a question about whether this book -- the first told from the perspective of the police -- was vital to the history of graffiti. Ket was dismissive of its relevancy calling it more of the same propaganda perpetrated from the likes of the politicians and the media. Throughout the evening it was clear that he didn't buy into the classic "broken windows" argument that formed the basis for cleaning up NYC's image in the 80's and his skepticism was thoroughly entertaining. Cope2 took a more personal tact when speaking on the book's relevance, thanking Rivera for "clearing his name on page 12," after having been accused for many years of snitching out two fellow artists, eliciting a number of laughs from the audience. Mona, who offered the most nuanced viewpoint on the part of the cops during the night, thought the book was necessary given the dubious nature of truth, saying "There's our side, their side and somewhere in the middle is what really happened."

While the polarizing topic of art versus vandalism came up again and again, it was obvious that no common ground was going to be reached, but still the panel didn't prove to be a complete stalemate. Everyone involved seemed to agree that the legal system could stand some improvement, particularly in light of NYC's five county system where suspects who "get around" so to speak, can be paraded around to every district so that each DA can get their piece of the action. As Ket noted, "They're trying to get the same kind of attention, just like us." And though there may be no way to permanently put an end to graffiti -- save for making it legal, perhaps -- the panel felt there was a real need for more educational programs to better serve the community, a subject that goes well beyond the bounds of this discussion.

Despite the decided lack of the personal anecdotes and the unsuccessful attempts from some members of the crowd to stir up controversy, the panel managed to provide some interesting insights. Considering that graffiti writers and police alike were both in attendance and Cope2 admitting his desire to still bomb a train every now and again, we're happy to report that for one evening at least, no arrests were made.

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Mean Old Barack Obama Makes Fun Of The Mentally Retarded On Leno


via HuffPo.

Ugh. This is probably why a sitting president has never tried this late night talk show business before. You let rip one unfortunate joke, and it's all anyone will talk about. Seriously, who thought this appearance was a good idea? In a 40 minute interview on a comedy show, something off-color is bound to slip out, and that'll be the clip that idiot media outlets like us will replay until the proverbial tape breaks. Retards.

March 19, 2009

Kool Keith & Tom Waits?

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This is the strangest pairing since Nick Cave and Kylie Minogue. From the album Spirit of Apollo.

N.A.S.A. - Spacious Thoughts (feat. Tom Waits & Kool Keith) .

Dirty Car Art

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While the majority of window art consists of hasty doodles of body parts or the played-out request to be washed, Scott Wade reshapes the dirt and grime that accumulates on car windows into works of art. Among his masterpieces include a portrait of Albert Einstein, the Mona Lisa, and kidnapped passengers screaming to be released.

See them all in the Dirty Car Art Gallery.

Annoying Neighborhood Micro-Celeb Arrested

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Schadenfreude alert!!!!

Remember Kenley, from this past season of Project Runway? She was super irritating and came terrifyingly close to winning the competition. Well apparently she isn't only cunty and crazy on TV - but in real life too. She was arrested on Herbert Street yesterday in a cat-throwing, laptop-tossing, screaming fiasco with her ex-boyfriend. Attacking people and animals? What a supreme beast.

And oh jeez, his last name is "Penley" (insert gratuitous jokes here).

And say what you will about Murdoch's shitty gossip rag, but that's the perfect headline.

The NY Post has more details here, if you have the time to waste. And so does Defamer!

Mmm, Brooklyn.

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As NYC Restaurant Week comes to a close (one more day, folks-- get your fill), us lucky little Brooklynites have another week of yummy gluttony to look forward to. Dine In Brooklyn is featuring over 200 restaurants in the best borough that are offering up $23 three course meals, with a special new 2-for-1 deal on brunch. Some local faves include Baci & Abbracci, Zenkichi, and even Bushwick's own sole addition, Northeast Kingdom.

(Check out our restarant pages for more info)

Starts March 23rd, Ends April 2nd. So go ahead, spend the last of those recession bucks, you deserve it!

Art Fair Week Round Up

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Volta, Installation View: Maria Nepomuceno, c/o Marcio Botner, A GENTIL CARIOCA GALLERY

The Armory Show is a mecca for the who's who in the international art scene. More importantly, it always offers dealers, curators, critics, collectors, artists and other art luminaries the ability to party and network in the name of the emerging art scene. Not to be cliché--but here an artist's career is easily made.

A natural outgrowth of the Armory has been the satellite fairs. Often, these are for younger, less connected galleries. While some might look down on these as lesser quality, it was at the satellite fairs that I saw the best work. Why? Because these galleries are hungry for it. Right now, the Armory feels like a craft fair. The installations are less thought out, the floor plan is a little chaotic and the overwhelming number of participating galleries makes the works less palpable.

So, if you are in the mood to check out the fairs next year, you should skip the Armory and head down to Volta, Pulse and the like. Below are some highlights from this year.

Volta

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Ian Davis, Auditorium, 2006, c/o Leslie Tonkonow Art + Projects

One word comes to mind when I think of Volta: polished. Originally organized as a satellite fair by Chicago's famed Kavi Gupta gallery to coincide with Art Basel, the difference between Volta and Armory are obvious and striking. Volta is an invitation-only, curated fair; this translates to one artist per gallery per booth. Here, there were galleries represented from Slovenia, to China, to Brazil. Works obviously ranged from many mediums (even prototypes for the Venice Biennale).

This year's fair addressed the Age of Anxiety. Ioana Nemes (Romania) and Ian Davis (America) offered two striking takes on this idea--both touching on the cultural effects of living in a consumptive society. Here, Nemes uses furniture- and mask-like sculptures to address Romania's traditional folk objects being usurped by a "Made in China" mentality. Davis's paintings, however, reduce the human presence to small finite beings that operate more like abstracted (sometimes architectural) elements of the composition; the result is humbling at the least.

WGA Tour

On Saturday night, the Williamsburg Gallery Association organized a gallery tour of Williamsburg. The usual haunts were represented-- Momenta, Front Room. One of the youngest galleries Like the Spice has a promising show solo show of Rachel Beach's wooden, circus-like sculptures.

The highlight of the night was, of course, Pierogi's unveiling of its new space: The Boiler Room. Displaying previously shown work by Tavares Strachan, the high ceilings and gritty character of the walls provided the perfect atmosphere for Williamsburg art connoisseurs. (I can't wait to see the the future installations in this space.)

Scope

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One of the last fairs I attended was Scope where street art or those who have evolved from a more DIY practition were very much represented. Greeting visitors at the entrance was characteristically colorful installation of Maya Hayuk's. Another must see was the work of German-based stencil artist EVOL whose architectural renderings on salvaged wood and cardboard are intended to expose the follies of urban society.

What seemed to draw many crowd goers was Scope's panel on street art--Private Property, Public Ideas: Street Art in Transition. Boasting an impressive roster of street artists and critics/curators (Carlo McCormick, Pedro Alonzo, Ron English, Steve Powers (aka ESPO), Marc and Sara Schiller), the audience as well as the speakers seemed thoroughly engaged in heated dialogue. The topic of choice was: Shepard Fairey’s work in a cultural context vs. museum/traditional art institution. While Pedro Alonzo (Independent Curator, ICA Boston) tried to defend the institutionalization of the street art and the subsequent need for an institution to control people’s access to its street art collection, Marc Schiller (Wooster Collective) point was more compelling: the work’s original context is the public sphere and in the age of technology it will continue to do so—perhaps the biggest threat to the art institution.


Nollywood Movie Trailers

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Nigeria, in addition to rich natural resources and bank scams, has a nascent film industry within its borders, operating under the moniker of "Nollywood." It's the third largest film industry in the world (Behind Hollywood and Bollywood) and makes the country of Nigeria a bit richer by churning out high-quality home videos with lots of pirated soundtrack songs and bargain special-effects. It seems that "Izogn Movies" has put their trailers up on youtube allowing even the most remote Nollywood fan to take in some of their work. Check out some trailers after the jump:


Hitler (ft. Celine Dion)

The Price of Peace

Sweet Money


Check out the Izogn Channel Page for more trailers too.


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The Barking Benefit

Tomorrow night The Shiny Squirrel is hosting a benefit for Williamsburg’s BARC Animal Shelter.

Reasons you should go:
- It’s at K+M Bar
- Free food
- Free shots
- Great bands
- No cover
- You ♥ animals

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Eat Local, Join a CSA

The Southside CSA (read: Community Supported Agriculture) is offering around 50 memberships, with a choice of four types of shares – vegetable, fruit, eggs and wine - all grown in black dirt at MimoMex Farm up in Goshen, New York. If you're interested in locally grown produce with a hot and sexy Mexican flavor, CSA organizers are having a farmer meet n’ greet taco potluck (!!!) this sunday from 2-5p.m. on Metropolitan Ave. Email them for the exact address. Click through the jump for a full farm grow list and availability.

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March 18, 2009

Peter Bjorn and John Debut A "Living Thing"

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We caught Peter Bjorn and John last night at the W Hotel on Lexington Ave. The concert was part of the hotel's Wonderlust Concert series and it was PB&J's first show in America to support their upcoming record "Living Thing," due to be released March 31st.

The open bar was nice, but largely gratuitous since the band completely dismantled everyone's inhibitions on their own. They played an energized 10-song set, featuring several songs from "Living Thing," and the crowd was enchanted throughout—dancing to "Nothing to Worry About" and singing along to "Lay Down's" hilarious chorus: 'Hey, shut the fuck up boy, you're starting to piss me off.' (Could it be a lyrical response to this moron?)

Heather D'Angelo of Au Revoir Simone joined the band for the encore—"Young Folks" of course—and and seemed adorably starstruck by the opportunity.

Oh, did we mention Julia Stiles was there? We were hoping to see her bust out some moves from "Save the Last Dance," but she largely kept to herself and enjoyed the music with a very unassuming, un-Hollywood crew of friends. Who knew Julia had good taste in music? Parker Posey was there too, but that should come as no surprise since she is New York's most ubiquitously-spotted celebrity. (Or is that Chloe?) Set list and more pix after the jump.

The band will be playing again in NY next month:
2009-04-29: Webster Hall, New York, NY
2009-04-30: Music Hall of Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY

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"The Noir A-Z": Photography Packs Glamour and Grit

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Housed in a wedge-shaped Meatpacking District building with a checkered past -- former tenants include a Civil War Hospital and three S&M bars -- the Ivy Brown Gallery provides the perfect backdrop for photographer Julian Hibbard’s show, “The Noir A-Z,” on display now through April 16th. The exhibit features ten limited edition photographs laced with enough impending peril and shadowy intrigue to transport the audience to the seedy underbelly of life. Populated by classic archetypes come to life from the pulpy pages of hard-boiled detective fiction, we’re introduced to a world filled with seductive femme fatales and faceless calculating killers.

The narrative aspect of the work is driven by solitary words that accompany each photo and correspond to a letter in the alphabet a la Edward Gorey, except here the sentiments are often equal parts dark and provocative -- “E” is for Equivocal depicts a masked nurse toting a menacing pair of shears while “L” is for Lascivious hints at libidinous escapades off in the bushes. Further deepening the mystery of each image is the absence of any specific reference to time or place. We can imagine these scenes being vaguely familiar, but at the same time, impossible to identify -- each moment could easily be unfolding as we speak, glimpsed from a fourth floor apartment window located in Anytown, USA -- inviting the viewer to fill in the blanks as the stories unravel out of view.

While New York City's kinder, gentler image might no longer hold the same dangerous allure of its seamier past, spend enough time inhabiting Hibbard’s dreamlike landscapes and you just might find yourself compelled to look over your shoulder a bit more as you wander the lonely streets home at night. And for the beauty getting ready to leap from the ledge in "J" is for Jeopardy -- please don't jump, I want to buy you a drink.

"The Noir A-Z"
March 5th - April 16th
Ivy Brown Gallery
675 Hudson St. #4N
b/w 13th and 14th St.

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Barry Manilow the Original W-Burg Hipster

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Who knew Bary Manilow grew up here? Williamsburg just got a little bit *cooler.* From men.style.com:

Q: You didn't have a lot of money growing up.
A: Oh, none. Zero. Zip. Nothin'. I come from nowhere Brooklyn, New York. Williamsburg, Brooklyn. These days Williamsburg is kind of a hip area, but when I grew up there, the taxi drivers wouldn't even go over the bridge, it was so dangerous.

Q: So you were the original Williamsburg hipster.
A: I wasn't really a hipster. I was a geek.

"Copacabana" after the jump, but don't do it on an empty stomach.

March 17, 2009

Magnificent Ukuleles are indeed Magnificent

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A.C. Newman and friends @ Bowery Ballroom

A.C. Newman opened his set with the first tracks from both his solo albums ("Miracle
Drug" and "There are Maybe Ten or Twelve") but the highlight for me was definitely
"Like A Hitman, Like A Dancer." There were so many people onstage and it reminded me a bit of seeing The Magic Numbers at Barrowlands in Glasgow, Scotland a few
years ago -- which reminded me of seeing Fleetwood Mac with my dad in California for my 20th birthday. Oh life, oh music.

At one point Newman commented to the redhead on his right - saying "It's kinda distracting when girls are dancing next to you -- it's B.S. -- I don't dance in front of you -- it's give and take!"

And as much as opener Dent May kinda freaks me out his magnificent ukulele was indeed magnificent. He freaks me out because well -- watch the video below and let me know how you feel.

Another Reason to Love Summer '09

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Seriously-- I've become a super nerd. Check out one of the many live feeds I was following today about the sneak peak of the new iPhone operating system. I'm so excited, I could puke. Who knew copy & paste could be such a turn on...

Hey, let's hope the upgrade is available before the Northside Festival so we can follow our turn-by-turn directions from venue to venue and show each other how cool we really are.

Cory Arcangel Wishes He Thought of This

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Billy Corgan's been showing up in the music headlines recently because of his testimony before Congress in which he hoped to eek a bit more cash out of his cover versions of adult contemporary jams. Maybe all the talk got you to break out your old Smashing Pumpkins albums and wish for the days when Billy Corgan was young and angry and interesting. Well, I can't give you that, but I can give you an amateur podcast in which a very nerdy DJ comments on Billy Corgan's last record, Zeitgeist, while listening to it. Like a listening party with the smuggest high school D&D player in all the right ways. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED D/L: GET IT HERE

Later ya'll.
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Williamsburg Has No Virgins

Considering that most of you graduated with a degree in art (or no degree at all), this town's virginity well looks to be all dried up. Do you know any recently graduated virgins? I doubt it, but email them to us if you do and we'll do some sort of auction or something.

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Matt & Kim's Interview is Grand

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Over on Gothamist today, Matt & Kim talk Williamsburg condos ruining our view, living in a hallway on Grand St. and playing Todd P shows in whatever spaces Todd P can find. Did you know they only started playing their instruments in like 2003? Shows you can do just about anything in this here city, friends.

March 16, 2009

Liquids of Interest (Free bur)

d.b.a. Brooklyn (113 North 7th) is having an English Ale tasting tonight. There is no cover, and it starts at 7 p.m., says MyOpenBar, which also asks that d.b.a. change the name of the event because, and we agree, it could be interpreted as something entirely else.

Pains Play Brooklyn House Party

FW's beloved The Pains of Being Pure at Heart (see interview) play a Brooklyn house party in this episode of Pitchfork TV. They also eat some weird cake and maybe get heartburn later? (via P4K's twitter):

Is It Summer Yet!?

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I've been teased a number of times already with the familiar ring of ice cream trucks in my 'hood. And looking at the weather app on my phone gives me hope that the winter just might be over... Let's keep our fingers crossed, kids. And until the fire hydrants start their annual transformation into sprinklers, we can all thank The L Magazine for something to look forward to until the sunshine, sweat, and Turkey's Nest margaritas are a thing of the now:

This has been a long time coming, but we at The L Magazine are pleased to finally and officially announce the first annual Northside Festival. Taking place from June 11-14 in Williamsburg and Greenpoint, Brooklyn, it is, as we’ve grown accustomed to saying, a four-day celebration of the independent music and art scene that thrives here in New York City, with live music being held at nearly every venue in the area (including some that haven’t even opened yet), and art events at some of the most relevant galleries in the neighborhood.

So close, and yet, so far away...

March 15, 2009

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Can I Get a Witness?

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A livery car hit a biker last Friday and lots of people saw it, but the dude can't find any witnesses. Were you there? Are you the mustached man?

Today, Friday March 13, 2009 at approx. 1:20pm I was riding with traffic on Bedford Ave, approaching the intersection of Lorimer St. I was hit by a silver Chrysler sedan (who was a car service car) turning right on to Lorimer. I was wearing a silver windbreaker, riding a black + red track bike with white rims (yes, with a front brake and yes, I was wearing a helmet).

I counted at 5 to 10 people in the area who I believe saw the accident take place. However, no one would come forward as a witness. One mustached fellow (Thank you, whoever you may be) took pictures, but I didn't get a chance to get his name before leaving in the ambulance. Sadly, he did not arrive until moments after the accident happened.

Here's the Craigslist ad: Hit by Car in Williamsburg. If you were there, help this guy out!

March 14, 2009

OORUTAICHI, Drawlings and Lights @ Cake Shop

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A week or so ago I popped into the Cake Shop to hear the musical meanderings of Japanese experimental musician OORUTAICHI as well as Rings side project Drawlings and Lights. While musically the bands seemed pretty disparate, it was a surprisingly entertaining set. I wish more of you had been there.

Lights was everything you want out of an opener. They were energetic, welcoming, rocking and dressed in white. Sometimes the songs felt a little like Heart, but their charisma is all their own.

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Many people have had controversial reactions to Drawlings. I admit I too was on the fence. However, this show proved to me that Abby Portner might just be able to make it work. Maybe it was the intimate setting-- but gone was hiding behind the baby sample and here was Portner: vulnerable, a little nervous, no frills singing, playing the piano lightly and sometimes improvising.

It's easy to draw comparisons between OORUTAICHI and Dan Deacon. The quirky sounds, the propensity to make people dance, playfulness and color are all here. I don't think Deacon corners the market on future shock. As we become more and more embedded in the digital age, our sense of time and tempo speeds up; this type of music happening cross-culturally is a sign of things to come. OORUTAICHI has been doing it for ten years and continues to do it the best.

Tonight, Tonight...

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March 13, 2009

Flocabulary: Life Imitating The Onion

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Remember on The Wire when Officer Pryzbylewski was teaching at the school in Baltimore and all the kids were growing up to be corner boys and fighting each other and he was just trying to make a difference (I think it was kind of like Dangerous Minds)? That season could never happen today, because of FLOCABULARY. It'll teach you social studies, language arts, math, and science all with awesome jams.

Here are lyrics so maybe you'll learn something reading this blog for once.


I’m planet Earth, space is the place, I’m the globe,
Bet you didn’t know the third rock and roll got soul,
And gravitational pull. I orbit around the sun,
And every 12 months make a revolution.
Or better yet 365 (and a quarter!) days,
As I rotate change into night.
Why? You should ask Isaac Newton,

Undeniably the best part of their website is the blurbs of praise highlighted on each page:

"Very good, and very detailed."
-KGdaKid Rhyme Master

"It's a great handbook and covers the whole rapping scene, y'all really gotta check it."
-~LyRiCiSt~

“I used to hate school, but after seeing and hearing you guys perform on MTV, I actually wish I was back in school.“

- Paige, Former Student

“THIS IS AWESOME! My students LOVE the raps!”

- Dina Marcucci, Teacher

"That book is sick!"
-Test1

“I have finally "gotten" students that I thought would never get excited about education!“

- Donna McMeen, Teacher

“I played Shakespeare Is Hip Hop. Oh, my goodness! If you could have been in that classroom! One by one, they all got up, many on top of their tables and danced as if life had been infused into them!”
- Karen Wootton, Teacher

“Catchy raps.”

- National Education Association

Alaska In Winter Inter(re)view

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Now that it's Friday, I feel like I can talk about my wanna-be weekend Wednesday at Glasslands. We've all been there before-- when its past your bedtime, but all you really wanna do is dance. Although warmed up by the musical stylings of Neon Coyote and DJ Mike Dextro (and a few vodka sodas), all I wanted in my life was some Alaska in Winter. Before I could catch my fix, a pleasant surprise named Charlie! took the stage. In the fashion of more recognizable man duos such as Chromeo, these boys summoned their inner if-Kanye-was-a-Power-Ranger-that-had-to-sit-still. Listen, if you add a 2-step to NIN's 'Closer', no matter how much I think I'm going to hate it, you've pretty much got me sold. It just really makes me miss the days when I lived with three dorky sound engineering boys.

Finally the one man band Alaska In Winter (aka Brandon Bethancourt) appeared, and the presence of the ladies in the male dominated room became apparent. But past the fact that Alaska's frontman looks good in fur, his artful performances are exactly that-- performance art. Details such as the removal of a tie in his video orchestra to Brandon's real time clothing removal on stage showcase some crossdisciplinary skills. Put him in a glass box and this boy could make it at P.S. 1 any day.

We caught up with Bethancourt about tex mex, deep space, and crashing at Zach Condon's place before the show. Check out the interview, as well as some AIW wardrobe changes, after the jump...

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Ok, so it seems like you head to Alaska, and we get Dance Party in the Balkans. Then off to Berlin, and you deliver Holiday. What's the next inspiration locale?

Well, I guess lately it's been NY.

Are the folks over in Berlin as kinky as everyone says they are?

Who says Berliners are kinky? I'm not sure, but I do know they dance party harder than any other people I've ever encountered.

Is a Junior album in the works?

Yeah, I'm working on it as we speak.

Tell me a little about your video orchestra. Do they ever quibble?

Yeah, sometimes. Or they spill some beer on their microchips and miss a beat on stage or something and I have to occasionally start a song over, but for the most part, they're the best virtual band anybody could ever ask for.

Anything special planned for SXSW?

No, not really, just playing a couple of shows, a photo shoot and maybe eating some tex-mex.

Can we look forward to more collaborations with Zach Condon?

Well, it's possible. I've been living at Zach's house in Brooklyn for the past month, so hopefully, somewhere on my computer there will be some music that has come of it.

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I hear you can't read or write music. Does this prove to be difficult sometimes, being a musician and all...

Yeah, it's true I can't read music, but you know what, you'd be surprised how little it matters.

Where does your love of the synth sound come from?

from a laser grid somewhere in deep space.

What's the deal with this being the last NY show?

Oh, cause I'm going on a little west coast tour in a week and then after that I'm going back to Berlin... so not the last NY show ever... just for quite a while I think.

What's Rap all about? How is it different from what you're doing with Alaska?

Rap was a project I did with my friend Hari (Ziznewski) when I was in New Mexico. It's an electro/ synthpop type thing we did- more for the live show as we both played keytars and multiple synths at the same time. It was rad, but I haven't really worked on that for a while, so maybe that's why my recent album sounds a bit like it's missing Rap.

Miller High LIfe is listed under your influences on the Rap Myspace page. What is it about the Champagne of Beers that's been such an inspiration to you?

Oh dang I haven't had a Miller High Life in so long. I don't know how I ever got anything accomplished with all the beer drinking... but somehow it inspired me to make some sick jams.

March 12, 2009

Senior Citizens On Animal Collective: "It's As Bad As 'Rocket Man'"

They review Young Jeezy first, then move on to "My Girls" about two minutes in.


Hat tip to Stereogum.

Savoir Adore Blows The Roof Off Of Death By Audio

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If you've never heard of Savoir Adore, you will. As long as the Almighty God of Indie Rock is a just and righteous god, the pop rock quartet headed by co-songwriters Paul Hammer and Deidre Muro is fixin' to explode. Their set at Death by Audio on Tuesday drove this home with a wild, pop-inflected vengeance. A few months ago, I stumbled across them opening for Bishop Allen at MHoW, and they were really damn good. But this week they brought out the heavy artillery--an arsenal of new songs from their upcoming full-length debut, In the Wooded Forest--and they proved themselves serious contenders for the title of Most Underrated Band in Brooklyn.

Savoir's brand of fairy tale pop has always been strong in the hooks department, but their new songs had a new level of sophistication and their older songs sounded more fleshed out. The encore, a barn-burning fist-in-the-air anthem with the unlikely title of "Transylvanian Candy Patrol," took advantage of Hammer's ample riffing skills and Muro's spectacularly emotive voice and left the crowd floored (especially a pack of drunken Deidre-admirers behind me, who, once they found out her name, proceeded to chant it at every opportunity). The track (available for free online listening here), is great recorded, but you need to see them live to hear it in all its distorted, Pixies-evoking glory.

P.S. Darwin Deez opened, danced choreographed dances, and sounded great. Plus, their frontman's appearance somehow inhabits the gray area between Hasid and hipster, and, for that alone, they deserve a mention.

For Realsies??

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Seems ridiculous, right? Only in Brooklyn, right? Well, apparently these championships have been happening all around the world in the last few years. Here are some gems from one of the contestants:

Leonardo Gomez, 25, of Clinton Hill, Brooklyn, will be in the Recession Beard category because he started growing his fuzz in September, just as the economy began to fizzle.

"If there's anyone who can change what's going on right now it's a beardsman," he said, evoking Abraham Lincoln.

"I really think if President Obama would grow a beard, we'll really start to see some huge progress in America."

Can I also say that I came across this in the physical version of the Daily News, as in, this event made it to print-- loves it. Here's the web version.

So, go be a part of history this Saturday at Public Assembly. What do you have better to do?

PS- If you RSVP on Going.com, you get $6 off admission & Open Bar from 7-8pm.

Tao Lin and Muumuu House Have Books 4 U!

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Tao Lin is what Nylon calls an "embattled Brooklyn author," and has been called a "gimmick-crazed 'writer'" by Gawker and, most recently, Carles of Hipster Runoff fame, a claim he sorta but not really affirmed to NYU Local. A simple search on Tumblr will show you what the bliggleblogosphere thinks.

But we're not here today to speculate. Oh no, we're giving away some free books from muumuu house! Read a bit about what you can win below, and to enter the contest, just simply email Tao a picture of you holding a fish filet and any GT's brand kombucha (the drink, seen here), with your face in the photo. So that's face, fish filet, kombucha.

Tao's writings, at least the ones in his book you are a little bit happier than i am, border on insanity, randomness, the beauty of loneliness and surviving in our digital world. If you've ever thought about committing suicide via instant message before, reading one of Tao's poems might make you seriously consider it. But in a good way, if that makes any sense.

Equally as awesome is Ellen Kennedy's poetry in sometimes my heart pushes my ribs. I particularly enjoyed the first poem in the book, called Eoody Mobby, which more or less follows a young, tender Woody Allen and his lover Ned Vizzini. The whole book made me want to type in lower-case letters and chase around aging icons of Hollywood, trying to fuck them. Here's the first paragraph from the poem, which was meticulously typed out by Notes From Normalcy:

Woody Allen lies down on the bed. Ned Vizzini lies down next to Woody Allen. Woody Allen's room has white walls. There aren't any posters or pictures hung on the wall. Woody Allen kisses Ned Vizzini's mouth. Ned Vizzini pushes his tongue into Woody Allen's mouth and licks Woody Allen's tongue. Ned Vizzini licks Woody Allen's teeth. Woody Allen pushes his hand against Ned Vizzini's crotch. Ned Vizzini does the same. Ned Vizzini unbuttons Woody Allen's dress while Woody Allen touches Ned Vizzini's face and looks at his eyes and his nose. Ned Vizzini takes off Woody Allen's underwear with his foot and then takes off his pants. Woody Allen unbuttons Ned Vizzini's shirt and touches his chest. Ned Vizzini has sex with Woody Allen. They make noises but are quieter than most couples Woody Allen thinks. Woody Allen is sometimes louder than Ned Vizzini.

The image above is a tiny-sized feature about Tao Lin's literary collective muumuu house, as seen in the March issue of Nylon magazine. Unless you have super-eyes, its likely that you cannot read anything there, but you can see the original size on Flickr, by clicking here.

So go! Get those books. Well first get a fish filet and a kombucha and take a picture and then get those books.

March 11, 2009

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Lawyers Can Help With That Warrant, You Know

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Sometime last winter someone I know very well got a pink slip summons here in Brooklyn, New York for urinating between two parked vans somewhere in industrial Bushwick or Bed-Stuy...can't remember which. The odds that anyone drove by at the exact instant of his urinary relief are astounding, let alone two of New York's finest. Approximately 8 minutes after he got that ticket, he threw it out, or lost it, one or the other it doesn't matter now. He then basically forgot about the ticket for months, until sometime yesterday when he realized that summer is coming up, and with it kickball, and with that joy of drinking beers apple juice outdoors in McCarren park at night.

Oh no!

He probably has some kind of (hopefully loosely enforced) warrant out for his arrest for not showing up for that measly little pink slip! He did some research around the bliggosphere, had Sheila at Gawker do an advice column for him, and eventually, balled up and called a lawyer. He is now a proud American citizen with retained legal counsel ($500) who has advised him to "keep his head down" while he sorts things out. This is great! He told me he really feels truly American and can say things like, "I dunno guys. I shouldn't drink that beer on the subway. My lawyer's advised me not to."

He has promised to send me updates with how everything nets out. Today his lawyer is checking with the courts to verify the existence of that warrant.

update: yes indeedilysquat, his lawyer has advised him that there is a warrant and to keep things on the down-low 'till early next week when they will go to court.

March 10, 2009

Procrastination Central

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Help a fellow Williamsburger out, y'all:

adamdiy posted this on March 10th, 2009 @ 3:18:28 am

hello, i am driving across the country soon in a 1994 minivan with only a cassette player. i thought it would be fun to listen to old mixtapes the whole way. it seems many people keep around old mixtapes even when they have no way to listen to them.

do you have an unloved/ unlistened to mixtape from back in the day? want to donate it to a cross country road trip? message me!

postcards available from the grand adventure from anywhere in the US or Mexico we go through!

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Interview: Amadou & Mariam

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At times, Amadou & Mariam seem a bit uncomfortable with questions about Mali. I suspect it is because they do not want to end up pidgeon-holed by an American audience used to associating African music with "world music," a label that can scare potential listeners away from an act they fear they will never have the language or cultural background to enjoy. But Amadou & Mariam do make world music, and always have. From their early recordings that passed the sounds of traditional Malian music through a lens of Western jazz and blues, to their latest album, Welcome to Mali, which sounds profoundly influenced by decades of global touring, Amadou & Mariam's world music sheds regional codes and dialects leaving pretty much pure pop in the most enjoyable (if Francophone) sense. We had the enviable opportunity to have a translator-assisted chat with the duo recently.

Musically, what was growing up in Mali like? What sort of music did you hear day-to-day and what influences do you think took root in your youth?

In Mali, they are very eclectic, and very different. They are very interested in all sorts of music. Jazz, blues, french music, was being played and it all takes root.

Yeah, Mali seems like a hotbed for African-Western musical crossovers. Ali Farka Touré, Salif Keita, and yourselves, have all made the leap to the rest of the world. Do you think there's something unique about the place?

What's so special is that the music is very diverse, but keeps its character. Ali Farka Touré, for example, is blues, but blues from Mali, which is something different, and it elevates you to an international stage.

Right now you're getting ready for a summer tour of the US with Coldplay, so that's going to be paying some huge American arenas. What's your experience with bigger venues like?

Of course it's going to be huge! We met Coldplay doing a TV show together, and decided to team up for a tour, but big venues are nothing new to us. We wrote the World Cup Anthem!

I know! Germany, 2006. But nobody starts out playing enormous arenas, how do you feel about them compared to the more intimate venues you played earlier in your career?

Well, when we play in a smaller venue we feel very close to the crowd. There is an intimacy with the audience, but in big stadiums, to have all the people watching and enjoying the music we feel even more motivation. We get excited, go crazy, because you want everyone else to do the same.

What was making the international leap like? Was there a culture shock upon going to The West

When we first started out, we moved to other African countries. We played Côte d'Ivoire, Burkina Faso, around Africa, and all of these countries had different cultures and people, even though we are all African. But when we played Festival Trans Musicales de Rennes in Brittany, that was the big jump when we got a lot more exposure. The first time we played there we were very surprised with the audience's reaction because we thought we were unknown, but they kept asking for encores, for more songs.

Do you have any thoughts about your music being consumed by a Western audience who may be only cursorily aware of the politics and culture that birthed the music?

For us, we feel it's a great thing. In our songs we talk about our life experiences and what it is like to live in Mali, and we are always excited when people take interest in our home. When the music goes around the world it is Mali going over borders.

You two have stayed active and supportive with the school for the blind where you met. How has that place changed since you two burst out?

We do keep in touch and help the school. The good thing is that each year we have Le Paris Bamako, The Paris-Bamako concert, which is European and African artists raising money for the center. It all goes to buying school supplies, dorm supplies, new books and pens and everything for all the children. It is the first one in Mali, in the capital, and Mariam was one of the first students. When Amadou came to the center and he was a musician already the two of us began to raise awareness about the center and the blind by working together.

Of all the artists you've collaborated with do you have a favorite, or one that you find especially interesting in the studio?

It is difficult to say who we like best. Each one bring a different attitude to the room. Some we've known from long ago when we were younger, and some we have met more recently but it is about loving each other and music and bringing that love into the studio to make music.

Are there any acts from back home that you think deserve more international recognition?

We definitely think there are artists in Bamako who should be known at an international level, but we feel like the diplomats from Mali to the world and if we choose any particular musicians we might be excluding others and don't want to leave anyone out.

Do you guys have any nursery song from childhood that you particularly like?

[Laughs]That's a tricky one. [Long pause] There are so many to think about. I'm not really sure.

I sort of wanted to learn one.

Okay. [They confer. Amadou starts humming a song.] This one is Soundiata, it's what parents teach children when they are very young. "Soundiata" was The Emperor of Mali and the song was dedicated to him. The national anthem of Mali uses the same melody, everyone in Mali will know it.



"Sabali"

March 09, 2009

Kentucky Boys Invade Brooklyn

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The soulful sounding Ben Sollee can make some serious cello funk unlike any I've heard before...I very much dig it. He's playing this Saturday night at the new spot behind Loving Cup Cafe (old Anytime) with his fellow Kentuckian Philip March Jones who is showing his most recent work in the gallery there.

The info:

Kentucky Boys Invade Brooklyn
March 14th
Cameo (Behind Lovin’ Cup Cafe)
93 N 6th Street
Brooklyn, New York 11211
8p Gallery Opening of Philip March Jones
10p Ben Sollee Performance
$12

Here's Ben Sollee playing live for 91.9 WFPK:

The Daily Footprint 03/09/09

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Bearded Sheep Cakes - Fortunato Brothers, Devoe and Manhattan

I <3 Asia, Part Trois

Consider this a spring style preview. Guys, I want to see jorts, and lots of them. Bonus points if you and your friends wear matching shirts and parade down the street on stilts. Super bonus points for anyone who gets their hair cut like the guy in the white.

March 08, 2009

WWJD — If He Was a Hipster?

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Holy Jesus fuck! I recently came across something that has me baffled to the core: The Christian Hipster phenomenon. Apparently, Brett McCracken, a self-identified Christian hipster, is writing a book about a utopian world where Christians sit around and smoke cloves, drink 40s and pray together.

"This is a serious exploration. It’s not a joke, and though it is humorous at times and occasionally ironic, it is by no means an exercise in sarcasm (as in, say, Robert Lanham’s Hipster Handbook)... Whatever criticism I end up putting forward in the book, I hope that readers recognize that it is all for the ultimate refinement of the church and its mission in the world."

I see. Well then leave the sarcasm to me, because I'm going to go ahead and call this one a HIPSTER FAIL.

I mean, who wants to be labeled as a hipster? Actually, I'm pretty sure this violates the first term of hipsterdom: Hipsters don't like other hipsters, which lies in direct opposition to that whole 'community' aspect of organized religion. The aspiring author recognizes this to a certain extent though:

"If we assume that “cool” necessarily connotes the notion of being elite, privileged, and somehow better than the masses, how can we reconcile the idea of “cool” with the idea of Christianity, which seems to beckon us away from self-aggrandizement or pride of any and all kind?"

You can't. Listen, just because church is boring, you can't just call yourself a hipster and make self-flagellation and whimsical beliefs cool again. This situation is so perplexing it is hurting my brain. But I'll humor this idea for a moment while I wonder, Maybe Jesus was a hipster? I mean he had the long hair and beard and was a total lush and stuff. Also, McCracken's posts have provoked some oddly familiar criticism. From the comments:

"If you think Christians who have learned to see (and endure) suffering as redemptive participation in the passion of Jesus Christ by way of tutelage that comes from reading Hauerwas, O’Connor, et al., and even more, that such positioning is “cool,” then you need to leave Los Angeles and go back to the midwest."

LOL, I don't even understand half of this jibberish, but it seems reminiscent of the curmudgeonly redundant tripe on the diehipster.com website. Ultimately though, I am not buying what this guy is selling. Sorry, Brett, I just don't see people latching on to the whole Christian hipster trend, especially if you try to peddle that shit in Williamsburg. That whole excessive kindness and singing stuff... ugh. Now if you'll excuse me, MY Sundays are for sinning, and I need to go read about evolution and find my next one-night stand.

March 07, 2009

Handsome Furs, Raw Energy

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I am not at all afraid to say that Handsome Furs at Mercury Lounge last night blew my mind. And it's only slightly because I spotted Eugene Mirman the second I walked in the room. (Yes I have an obsession with nerdy comedians - but I'll spare you the full insanity of it at this point in time.)

Husband and wife Dan Boeckner and Alexei Perry make musical hope over a dark and intense backdrop of political turmoil. They find inspiration in changing landscapes and search for flesh and truth in a world full of robotic feelings and expertly crafted lies. In other words -- they do for rock n roll what most people wish they could do. And ultimately - and possibly most importantly -- they make us stare and dance.

I haven't been able to stop listening to their new album FACE CONTROL for a week -- and I was lucky enough to interview Perry about the meeting of the two souls, musical journeys and the craziest thing that's happened on tour.

When did you two meet? Was it a musical collaboration from the start?

We met at a telemarketing office about five years back and it was a love affair from the start. The music stuff happened later. We couldn't keep our hands off each others' projects I guess.

How does geography influence your sound?

I think geography has shaped our music in the fact that we have both done a lot of very meaningful travel, both in touring and otherwise. I think it's important to comment on the world you live in, vast as you can.

How did recording FACE CONTROL evolve/differ from your last recording, Plague Park?

Since Plague Park, we've played a lot more live shows. I think with FACE CONTROL we wanted to capture some more of the raw energy that you have to muster before an audience. I think we wanted to make some thing a little more loud and aggressive and danceable because that's how we came into being as performers.

Where does your wanderlust stem from?

I have always felt like an alien in this world and I just keep trying to find places that I feel less so.

Craziest thing that's happened on tour?

Hmmmm...I probably wouldn't tell you. We had to bribe our way into Russia which was pretty crazy. Hmmm...We both ended up naked and puking and flagging down motorists on the main street of Helsinki after playing a secret show at our favorite bar there...Dan peed in some one's mother's cashmere sweater.

What confuses you the most about life?

Are you more alive when you know you are or don't?




The Handsome Furs playing All We Want Baby is Everything Live at the Mercury Lounge in New York City on March 6, 2009.

March 06, 2009

The Daily Footprint 02/06/09

The end is Near
North 7th

The March 2009 Movie Preview

by Dave Thomas

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The month begins and ends with unconventional superheroes. Slightly different demos, though.

MARCH 6

WATCHMEN

WHAT'S THE PITCH?
Think The Incredibles, but like, really, really, really, really dark. Really.

WILL IT SUCK?
With 300, Zack Snyder took the technology pioneered in Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow and The Phantom Menace and manipulated it to recreate the look and feel of a comic. While he's using more actual sets this time out, it seems clear (especially from the trailers) that he gets the importance of the aesthetic and how to achieve it. As far as the actual depth of the comic, which is what separates it from the pack, on a story level at least it appears he's stayed true to the darkness. David Hayter, who co-penned the better X-films, had a hand in the adaptation. The casting is also promising, employing talented lesser-knowns like Matthew Goode and Jackie Earle Haley. The 20 minutes shown at Butt-Numb-a-thon apparently killed.

HOW WELL WILL IT DO?
Anticipation is huge, but highest among a fairly select group of fans. I mean, had you heard of Watchmen before this movie was announced? I only know about it because I once made a concerted effort to learn more about graphic novels and this was one of the first (and most often) recommended. I wonder if this is a few people anticipating loudly instead of the masses being truly psyched. Still if 300, an even more obscure comic, could get by on kick-ass visuals, there's no reason this can't. $236mil.

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ALL ABOUT STEVE

WHAT'S THE PITCH?
Sandra Bullock stalks Bradley Cooper. But, you know, in a cute way.

WILL IT SUCK?

You lost me at "from the writer of License to Wed." And the supporting cast looks much more interesting than the leads: Thomas Haden Church, Ken Jeong, DJ Qualls, Keith David, M.C. Gainey and Jason Jones. Can they make the movie with just them?

HOW WELL WILL IT DO?
Who dares open against Watchmen? A romcom, of course. $44mil.

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WHAT'S THE PITCH?
12 Angry Russians

WILL IT SUCK?
Personally, I don't know what you're going to do with the near-perfect original, but early buzz is good. Nominated last year for an Oscar. Writer/director already took one home for Burnt by the Sun.

HOW WELL WILL IT DO?
Releasing a Russian-language remake of 12 Angry Men wide might make more sense if (a) we all spoke Russian (b) a wide-release-sized audience had heard of 12 Angry Men. $2mil.

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RACE TO WITCH MOUNTAIN

WHAT'S THE PITCH?
That mountain. Get it? Cos' I'm using the homonym "which" in place of "witch." It's really funny if you're in my head. And kind of drunk. Anyway, in a remake of the movie I dug as a kid even though I don't remember much about it, The Rock picks up a couple of alien kids in his cab and tries to protect them from the government and an alien bounty hunter.

WILL IT SUCK?
From the director of She's the Man and The Game Plan and writers behind Bedtime Stories, The Wild and Godsend. Admittedly, one of those writers scribed Live Free or Die Hard, but that's one small drop of awesome in a pool of meh.

HOW WELL WILL IT DO?
Slim crossover between the audiences for the second frame of Watchmen and next week's Knowing, so effectively little competition. $77mil.

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LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT

WHAT'S THE PITCH?
If you've just assaulted a woman, don't look for refuge at her parent's house.

WILL IT SUCK?
The one ray of hope here is co-screenwriter Carl Ellsworth, who penned Red Eye and co-penned Disturbia, both above-average thrillers. Other than that, I expect nothing more from this than from any other horror remake.

WILL IT SUCK?
No horror competition. $21mil.

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A PERFECT GETAWAY

WHAT'S THE PITCH?
Couple on vacation vs. killer hikers.

WILL IT SUCK?
As a writer/director, David Twohy (Pitch Black, Below) is usually worth paying attention to (Chronicles of Riddick notwithstanding). And it's always fun to watch Timothy Olyphant play a bad guy.

HOW WELL WILL IT DO?
As a writer/director, Twohy's films tend not to make much money (Chronicles of Riddick notwithstanding). $15mil.

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MISS MARCH

WHAT'S THE PITCH?
Guy gets knocked unconscious on prom night and wakes up four years later to find out his girlfriend is a playboy bunny. Road trip to Hef's ensues.

WILL IT SUCK?
That depends. How into The Whitest Kids U'Know are you? Two of them (Zach Cregger & Trevor Moore) are the writer/director/leads. I think I've seen one of their videos and it was pretty funny. And some of the bits in the trailer get a chuckle.

HOW WELL WILL IT DO?
The slightly better known Paul Rudd and Jason Segel headline I Love You, Man the following week, so this better grab some cash while it can. $9mil.

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SUNSHINE CLEANING

WHAT'S THE PITCH?
Two sisters (Amy Adams, Emily Blunt) start a crime scene cleanup business to make ends meet.

WILL IT SUCK?
Early buzz is good-but-not-great. Director Christine Jeff's (presumably cheerier) follow up to Plath bio-pic Sylvia got a Grand Jury nod at Sundance '08. I'll see Adams in just about anything, and Alan Arkin, Mary Lynn Rajskub and Clifton Collins, Jr. are up in here, too.

HOW WELL WILL IT DO?
The Great Buck Howard could be an issue the following week, but up indies have a slight edge. $3mil.

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MARCH 20
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DUPLICITY

WHAT'S THE PITCH?
Ocean's Two

WILL IT SUCK?
Tony Gilroy bought himself a lot of credibility with Michael Clayton (writer/director) and the Bourne franchise (writer). Here he writes and directs with Julia Roberts, Clive Owen, Paul Giamatti and Tom Wilkinson on board. And not for nothing, but Clive Owen is one funny motherfucker when he wants to be (see Children of Men, seriously). Here's hoping this gives a chance for his dry, British wit to shine.

HOW WELL WILL IT DO?
Tough competition. I Love You, Man and Knowing this week plus Monsters vs. Aliens the next. Still, it is Julia Roberts. $67mil.

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I LOVE YOU, MAN

WHAT'S THE PITCH?
Guy (Paul Rudd) who only has female friends tries to find a male one to be his best man.

WILL IT SUCK?
The most shocking thing about this film is that with the casting of Paul Rudd and Jason Segel, Judd Apatow is in no way involved. Writers are a mixed bag, having done everything from both Doctor Doolittles to Zoolander. Director did both Along Came Polly and Safe Men, so do they cancel each other out? Early buzz is good. Some good supporting cast, too: Rashida Jones, J. K. Simmons, Andy Samberg, Jon Favreau, Aziz Ansari and Jane Curtin. Yup, Jane Curtin.

HOW WELL WILL IT DO?
Between the audience Rudd brings from Role Models and Segel brings from Forgetting Sarah Marshall, this should do well. $63mil.

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KNOWING

WHAT'S THE PITCH?
Nick Cage's kid can tell the future, and it's all disaster-y.

WILL IT SUCK?
I'm usually willing to give director Alex Proyas (The Crow, Dark City, I, Robot) the benefit of the doubt. Although his gaggle of writers here has produced such work as Boogeyman, so I'm not scared in the good way. Early buzz, though, has this being pretty intense.

HOW WELL WILL IT DO?
Last time Nick Cage could see the future, it didn't turn out so well. $23mil.

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SIN NOMBRE

WHAT'S THE PITCH?
Guy and a girl try to flee their native Honduras for America with the guy's former gang hot on their trail.

WILL IT SUCK?
Early buzz is good, but more among critics than audiences. Nabbed cinematography and directing trophies at Sundance.

HOW WELL WILL IT DO?
The Great Buck Howard could be a bit of a problem. $4mil.

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THE GREAT BUCK HOWARD

WHAT'S THE PITCH?
Faded celebrity mentalist (John Malkovich) tries to stage a comeback.

WILL IT SUCK?
Early buzz is good. Great cast, too, with Colin Hanks (and his dad), Emily Blunt, Griffin Dunne, George Takei, Steve Zahn, Conan O'Brien and, at long last, John and Martha Stewart in the same film.

HOW WELL WILL IT DO?
Magnolia's been getting better at marketing, and this is one of the strongest casts they've ever had. $6mil.

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SEX POSITIVE

WHAT'S THE PITCH?
Documentary profiling Richard Berkowitz, one of the first men to advocate safe sex in the gay community during the early years of the AIDS crisis.

WILL IT SUCK?
Early buzz is mixed. The IMDB rating ain't so hot but it won the Grand Jury Award at L.A. Outfest.

HOW WELL WILL IT DO?
A lot of competition and docs aren't doing so well. $1mil.

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MARCH 27
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ADVENTURELAND

WHAT'S THE PITCH?
Superbad Amusement Park

WILL IT SUCK?
Early buzz is good. From the director of Superbad. He writes this time, too. Last time he did both, it was The Daytrippers, which people seemed to like. Cast is good, with Jesse "Indie Michael Cera" Eisenberg, Bill Hader and Ryan Reynolds.

HOW WELL WILL IT DO?
Monsters Vs. Aliens is a problem this week and Fast & Furious is a problem the next. $33mil.

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MONSTERS VS. ALIENS

WHAT'S THE PITCH?
The monsters are the good guys in this scenario.

WILL IT SUCK?
Five screenwriters from everything from Kung Fu Panda to The Rocker. Directors have co-credits on Shark Tale and Shrek 2 between them. Cast is less of a mixed bag: Seth Rogen, Paul Rudd, Hugh Laurie, Keifer Sutherland, Rainn Wilson, Will Arnett and Stephen Colbert.

HOW WELL WILL IT DO?
Nobody's gonna fuck with Monsters vs. Aliens. $155mil.

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THE HAUNTING IN CONNECTICUT

WHAT'S THE PITCH?
Betcha it's a Yaley ghost.

WILL IT SUCK?
The writers have done everything from Carnosaur to Kalifornia with a little bit of Revenge of the Nerds thrown in for good measure. I can't wait for the scene where the ghosts do an impromptu pop instrumental with an electric violin. Virginia Madsen gets back into the horror game for the first time since Candyman and Elias Koteas and that guy who played Beaver on Veronica Mars are along for the ride. Trailer looks exceedingly generic.

HOW WELL WILL IT DO?
Feels like a body dump. $17mil.

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12 ROUNDS

WHAT'S THE PITCH?
The rounds are challenges a cop (John Cena) has to face to win back his kidnapped girlfriend.

WILL IT SUCK?
Will probably be as good as any other Renny Harlin or WWE-produced film.

HOW WELL WILL IT DO?
Probably about as well as any other Renny Harlin or WWE-produced film. $19mil.

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JANKY PROMOTERS

WHAT'S THE PITCH?
Two promoters (Ice Cube, Mike Epps), who happen to be janky, try to book a superstar rapper who's out of their league. Janky shenanigans ensue.

WILL IT SUCK?
From the director of Friday After Next. Ice Cube, who wrote the original Friday, wrote this, but he also wrote Friday After Next. Just can't get away from that flick.

HOW WELL WILL IT DO?
Given that as of early March, the film's Web site had nothing more posted than the definition of the word "janky," I'm thinking more Longshots than First Sunday. $12mil.

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THE EDUCATION OF CHARLIE BANKS

WHAT'S THE PITCH?
Bad boy from a kid's past shows up again when the kid goes to college and starts making trouble.

WILL IT SUCK?
So you remember how Fred Durst directed The Longshots last year? No? Well, he did. Anyway, he directed this first. Early buzz is good. Won a Best "Made in NY" Award at Tribeca. Jesse Eisenberg stars.

HOW WELL WILL IT DO?
Not much competition. $2mil.

Next Month: So they managed to get back Vin Diesel and Paul Walker, but they couldn't get back the word "The"?

The Antlers @ Union Hall [Review & Photos]

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Review by Kyle Spencer; Photos by Vanessa Fleming

Within the cozy confines of Union Hall, The Antlers debuted their new album Hospice; an album composed of a rewarding blend of atmospheric soundscapes and shoe gazing rock. Hearing the album played live in its entirety offered the patient listener a full range of sonic peaks and valleys.

Songs like "Sylvia" and "Bear", in which the drumming was more prevalent or pronounced, felt climatic (at times thunderous) when accentuated by the proximity of songs like "Atrophy" which featured the more delicate attributes of The Antler’s guitar and keyboard combo.

I've seen countless concerts at union hall and it's rare to hear a band actually overcome the restricting space and poor acoustics of the basement venue. The Antlers sound came through loud and clear. The occasional feedback could be excused or pasted off as intentional. Peter Silberman's vocals sounded outstanding live and presented an operatic layer to the music.

While I can’t say The Antler’s present anything that's genuinely original in their music, they have taken from some of the best and forged a very promising conglomeration of sounds and influences. The bio on their website describes them as a fusion of “Neutral Milk Hotel or Okkervil River with the grandiosity of Sigur Ros, Cursive, or Godspeed You! Black Emperor, finished by the shimmery haze of My Bloody Valentine and heightened by Silberman's Jeff-Buckley-like vocals.” That's quite a wish list, but the album’s definitely worth checking out. You can stream it in its entirety, here.

Click through for more photos below the jump...

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Lil Wayne Dumber Than Beethoven, Alleges Caltech Grad Student

After reading Lola's post concerning the statistical reasons for my involuntary celibacy, I did a little research on the guy behind the stats, a Caltech Ph.D. student named Virgil Griffith. Turns out he's something of a pop culture Nate Silver, using his borderline-autistic love of numbers to enlighten erstwhile web surfers about all things shallow and amusing.

Just last week, it seems, he put the finishing touches on a little chart that classifies musicians based on the relative SAT scores of their fans. To do this, he compiled different colleges' favorite bands via Facebook and matched these acts up to the respective schools' SAT scores. The results, while pretty far from scientifically significant, are at least amusing. According to the numbers, Lil Wayne fans score the lowest (856-896) and Beethoven's admirers are by far the smartest (1346-1396). Other revelations: fans of the Used and gospel music are idiots compared to the genius admirers of Sufjan, Radiohead, and Counting Crows (?), while people into Something Corporate and Yellowcard are, as expected, totally average.

The complete chart after the jump (hat tip to The Grip).

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This Is The Most Juvenile Thing We've Seen In A While....

So of course we love it: [via]

Starting Lineup Announced For 2009 Pitchfork Music Festival

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The folks at Pitchfork have announced the first few bands on the bill for their 2k9 musical festival, and the lineup looks solid thus far. In addition to FREEwilliamsburg friends the Pains of Being Pure at Heart and Grizzly Bear, the Chicago festival will feature the first American performance by the Jesus Lizard in over a decade. The bands announced today:

Friday, July 17
Built to Spill
The Jesus Lizard
Yo La Tengo
Tortoise

Saturday, July 18
The National
Pharoahe Monch
The Pains of Being Pure at Heart

Sunday, July 19
Grizzly Bear
The Walkmen
Vivian Girls

Also, if you shell out for a ticket, you'll be able to vote online for what songs you want the four first-night bands to play. Not quite as cool of a gimmick as seeing Public Enemy perform It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back in its entirety, but it's not without its charms. Tickets go on sale 3/13.

Requiem For a Day Off

The hopes and dreams of three ambitious people are shattered when their school-day adventures begin spiraling out of control.

March 05, 2009

This banner ad is :'(

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Damn.

The Times Is Tough


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And not just for us... even Hollywood is reeling from the recession. First Shannen Doherty decides to take a second job as art director for a magazine. Then Michael auctions off some classics at Julien's. And now, Kanye contemplates his roots as a video game designer:

"My game was very sexual," West told Details Magazine. "The main character was, like, a giant penis. It was like Mario Brothers, but the ghosts were, like, vaginas. Mind you, I'm 12 years old, and this is stuff 30-year-olds are programming. You'd have to draw in and program every little step -- it literally took me all night to do a step, 'cause the penis, y'know, had little feet and eyes."
Well, I guess Kanye is pretty well off at this point and prooooobably doesn't need to return to his previous *ahem* passion 'cause Kanye, y'know, has his game on.

My friend Andrew, I miss him

Sometimes it's a Thursday after a goddamn blizzard in March and you're thinking, "Why am I looking forward to summer? What is so great about it being really hot out and wearing t-shirts?" Then you remember, "Oh yeah, The Gathering of The Juggalos!" I mean, if you were me you'd probably think all that. But after you see this video the "you" won't be "me," it'll be YOU! You will be excited for The Gathering of The Juggalos! Because of Andrew WK! Because he killed it at The Gathering of The Juggalos just last summer and I bet you didn't know that!

Guy needs to write a book (and you know he'd write one 8 inches thick) about how to turn irrelevancy into irreverance(y) as a freaking career.

I'm just gonna end all my posts with sweet pics.
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Peace & Happiness, & Long Live Eraserhead


[thanks And I Am Not Lying]

New Music Picks: The Antlers and Neko Case

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We've been enjoying the new record by The Antlers, Hospice, released March 3. All Songs Considered puts it at the top of their best music of 2009 (thus far) list. The project is essentially one person, 23 year old Peter Silberman, but he'll be playing with his band (Michael Lerner, Darby Cicci) tonight at Union Hall. The entire album is steaming over at Bandcamp and here's a couple of MP3s:

DOWNLOAD: The Antlers: Bear (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: The Antlers: Two (MP3)

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We've also been enjoying Neko Case's latest, Middle Cyclone. It's her strongest work since Blacklisted and contains some of her best songs to date. We can't stop listening to "This Tornado Loves You."

Here's a great in the studio video of the first single, "People Got a Lot of Nerve:"

DOWNLOAD: Neko Case - People Got a Lot of Nerve (MP3)

After the jump, Neko Case 'Middle Cyclone' Making of Documentary EPK- Directed by Ruth Leitman. [Hat tip Rumproast... who also has a link to a cool Harry Nilsson cover by Neko]

Here's the scoop on the above documentary, in Ruth Leitman's words:

I love doing this kind of work for artists I admire as much as Neko Case. The record is amazing! For those of you who know my film Lipstick & Dynamite, you may not know that Neko is the long lost niece of lady wrestler Ella Waldek. I kid you not! Enjoy

In this "making of" teaser, Neko describes locating themes for the the followup to 2006's Fox Confessor Brings The Flood as akin to "locating a serial killer." Of course it was. We also see Case in the creaky, pretty barn where she moved to record the album (check out the piano lineup and cardboard booth), live footage, Case talking about building an Eiffel Tower out of popsicle sticks, and explaining what she thinks it would be like to have a tornado fall in love with you (A: stormy, dangerous). She also finds time to check out bird nests, listen to the frogs, and smell the flowers.

Gowanus Lounge Blogger, Robert Guskind, Found Dead

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Robert Guskind, image c/o NYShitty

We're deeply saddened to report that Robert Guskind, the founder of one of our favorite blogs Gowanus Lounge and frequent Curbed contributor died yesterday. From Brooklyn Paper:

After days of speculation inside and outside the blogosphere, much-liked journalist Robert Guskind died on Wednesday, the city Medical Examiner confirmed this morning.The death of the creative mind behind the Gowanus Lounge blog, whose behavior had been increasingly erratic over the past few months as he has lost several jobs, separated from his wife amid an extra-marital affair, and waged angry crusades against supposed enemies, was first reported by his friend and fellow blogger, Miss Heather, who runs a popular Greenpoint-based Web site.

She reported in a video that he was found dead in his apartment. The medical examiner said an autopsy would be performed on the body, which was found at 7:19 pm on Wednesday.

Guskind’s Gowanus Lounge site had been down for days, and his obsessively regular Twitter blasts also stopped coming on Monday, said friends who expressed their concern to The Brooklyn Paper.

A sad day. You'll be missed Robert.

Art Fairs in NYC

If you're into visual arts, then this week's art fairs are like a second Christmas. Free Williamsburg will have a full roundup next week.

But, if you need a guide, I recommend checking out arguably one of the best New York art blogs/publications Art Fag City for recommendations. Panel discussions can be found here and gallery openings during the week are here.

Sound Fix Tonight: Drink What's Left

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I really shouldn't be telling you this, but My Open Bar already did, so I'd be silly not to. Sound Fix Lounge, the on-again off-again liquor-supplied music spot in the back of the record store is having a "Booze Surplus Party" tonight, where for $10, you get unlimited access to the entire bar. Seriously.

From My Open Bar:

Thanks to the amazingly douchey neighbors, Sound Fix Lounge is seeing its final days. In true DYI fashion, they're going out with a bang by giving away what's left of their bar stock at this closing night party. Liquor. Beer. Fun times. All you can drink for $10, all night. That's it. Oh yeah, and make sure you say "fuck you" to the neighbors before stumbling home.

Now please don't go so I can drink more. K thx bye.

March 04, 2009

Statistically, You Still Probably Won't Get Laid

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The Interactive Singles Map has been floating around for a while, but I just found it linked on the site of Virgil Griffith, the hot-in-a-nerdy-way creator of the Wiki Scanner, and successfully procrastinated with it for about an hour, changing views and tweaking the age levers.

The creator of the map has a few lol-worthy observations on the site, but I took the liberty of summarizing the data for you and interpreting it in the context of the Williamsburg dating scene:

If you're a chick, this map can either give you hopeful optimism or crush your single-but-looking spirit. On the one hand, not only does New York City contain 109,132 more men than women in the datable age-range, but single men overpopulate single women in pretty much ever city in the United States. Score! On the other hand, why are you still single? Burn!

Dudes... you now know you've got serious completion — unless you go for the cougars!

Happy hunting!

Why, Wayne?

As you may have heard, Lil Wayne is forsaking his god-given gifts as a rapper and releasing a rock album, Rebirth, this May. If "Prom Queen," the album's first single, is any indication, the whole thing will be a fiasco of Chris Gaines proportions. The video for this bastard child of Auto-Tune and '90s radio rock showed up on Videogum today and I've embedded it below just in case you're feeling masochistic. Essentially, the storyline is a thugged-out rehash of "Sk8er Boi," with more tattoos and unplanned pregnancies. And yeah, it sucks.


March 03, 2009

I <3 Asia: Part Deux.

As I'm going to be Tokyo!-bound this weekend, and because some of my fellow FREEburgers have jumped on the East meets Brooklyn bandwagon (check out David & Lisa's posts below)--here's another reason to love/be jealous of our cross Pacific friends:

Oh, and has anyone coined the term FREEburger yet? Because, if not, well... done & done.

Choice Festival of Art, Media, Culture and All Things Cool

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The CHOICE Festival of Art, Media, Culture and All Things Cool kicked off yesterday and continues through March 15th at 303Grand (A revolving storefront, they say) "the newest and most unique retail rental space in Brooklyn, New York," a self-made claim which you've heard countless times before. Right now it's the Fantastic Nobodies, who are performing daily from 2pm - 10pm (and livestreaming!). Then its Seasick Mama, a Film Festival, an Artists and DIY Market and finally a big ol' party.

Click through the jump for the details and rsvp info...

Here's the deal:

CHOICE Festival, held on March 1st-15th, celebrates the GRAND opening of a brand new revolving storefront in Williamsburg, Brooklyn called 303GRAND. The event will be exhibiting a new medium each day including fashion, live art, technology, illustrators, photographers, film, paintings, street art, and much more.

The audience will be able to enjoy the work of NYC’s most brilliant artists, and will also be able to create their own artwork, mingle with like-minded people, learn from new innovations in art, and get a taste of what’s to come at 303GRAND. Check out Upcoming for information about all the events and schedules.

CHOICE also celebrates the launch of the new edition of CHOICE Magazine, an annual trends and communications publication produced by Street Attack. The magazine will be available for download at www.streetattack.com on March 1, 2009.

More info here, and here's the livestream from the venue:

Punk + Animes? o___O

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"Anime and punk? So what do they have in common? A what? Spiky hair?"
*Does another line of blow*
"Alright, fuck it, I'm sold. Hey, Gina! Quit making personal calls and gimme a back massage. We're putting the green light on this Anime punk collection!"
*Goes super-saiyan*

I'm picking this up via Anime News Network and don't you dare ask why I was there.

Six popular seiyū (voice actors or actresses) cover 12 rock and punk songs for Pun-Colle ~voice actresses' legendary punk songs collection, a CD that Avex Entertainment is shipping in Japan on February 25. Among others, Halko Momoi sings Blondie's "Call Me," Yuko Goto sings Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit," and Rie Tanaka sings Sex Pistols' "Anarchy in the UK." The Natalie website notes that the collection will appeal to Japanese seiyū fans as well as to overseas otaku.

And, of course, here's a sampler because I am your best friend on this whole internet:


PS:
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Shows Not To Miss

Japanese experimental musician OORUTAICHI is in town this week. He's playing some of NYC's better venues Cake Shop, Glasslands, Zebulon and rounding things off at Issue Project Room.

Tonight is a great line up with Lights (Andy MacLeod project) and Drawlings (Paw Tracks) at the Cake Shop.

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My New Favorite Way to Procrastinate

The Fake Albums Group. I found this little gem of a facebook meme today. Here's the rules:

1: Go to "Wikipedia." Hit “random... Read More”
or click http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Special:Random
The first random wikipedia article you get is the name of your band.

2: Go to "Random quotations"
or click http://www.quotationspage.com/random.php3
The last four or five words of the very last quote of the page is the title of your first album.

3: Go to Flickr and click on “explore the last seven days”
or click http://www.flickr.com/explore/interesting/7days
Third picture, no matter what it is, will be your album cover.

4: Use photoshop or similar to put it all together.

5: Repeat until your term paper is late, your boss is angry, your library books are over due, etc.

ok, so maybe i added step 5, but anyway... here's mine:

oddly enough that looks like an album i'd probably buy.

upload yours to the comments, i want to see!

Sound Fix Still Hopeful

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The Sound Fix Lounge might not close. Despite losing their liquor license last month due to a number of complains from their neighbors, its owner James Bradley hopes to trudge on.

“It is my fervent hope and desire to continue the tradition of live music in Williamsburg,” said Bradley, who plans to have an event on Record Store Day on April 18, and to host weekly performances.

That being said, his lease is up in a year. It'd be almost silly not to seek out a bigger, cheaper space, far from the residential retail fronts around Bedford Avenue. I hear Bushwick's for sale.

Hats off to the Brooklyn Paper for this one, via Brooklyn Vegan.

March 02, 2009

Blitzen Trapper, Alela Diane, And Plants And Animals At MHoW

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Blitzen Trapper at MHoW. Photo by Julia Lovallo.

The last sad embers of my adolescent punkhood tend to glow uncomfortably hot whenever I find myself enjoying a band that I know my parents would dig, and they were lit up pretty bright on Saturday when I caught the second of Blitzen Trapper's two nights in NYC at the Music Hall. The Portland folk-rockers have a penchant for most things seventies, and there wasn't a song in the set that Papa Mushett couldn't have listened to while downing Schlitz back in '74. Singer Eric Earley is as proficient at channeling Dylan live as he is on the record, a talent that was especially apparent when he gave a solo rendition of the country-folk staple "Cocaine Blues." The rest of the band proved adept at pushing strong riffs that had more than a little Allman Brothers and Lynyrd Skynyrd mixed in, often with a touch of psychedelic synth for good measure. It's by no means cutting-edge, but it ain't supposed to be. The guys put on a tight, fun show and the crowd--more diverse than the often uniformly hip-as-hell set that frequents the MHoW--absolutely lost their shit when they heard the opening riff of "Furr."

But the story of the show was its first act, Alela Diane. Alela, a wobbly-voiced gal from Nevada City, puts together music with a hallucinatory quality that wanders along a softer, more volatile edge of the same retro-folk soundscape traversed by Blitzen Trapper. Plus her mandolin player looks like a weathered, fifty-something trucker, which a definitely plus. To Be Still, her follow-up to 2006's The Pirate's Gospel, is out now (thanks for the correction, mcg)due out later this year. Check it out. Plants and Animals, a perfectly fine rock outfit, had the misfortune of playing between the more impressive bookends of Alela and BT, too tough of company to put on a set that was only perfectly fine.

After the jump, a mashup of Blitzen Trapper and Biggie Smalls. Just for fun.

East River State Park Opens A Month Early

Some good news on the W'burg parks front...

New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation Commissioner Carol Ash and Assemblyman Joseph Lentol today announced that East River State Park will reopen Sunday, March 1, one month earlier than scheduled. The park will be open from 9 a.m. until dusk.


Taking Back The Bedford Wall

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Aakash Nihalani struck the white construction wall on Bedford first (look). But not long after, an army of Lou Reeds marched in and plastered the (Berlin) wall with ads for New York label Supreme. Over the weekend, Jake at Gothamist saw they got a little makeover:

The posters are simple, featuring a photo of musician Lou Reed (shot by Terry Richardson) wearing a Supreme t-shirt (accessorized with aviator sunglasses and a smug expression).Street artist Faile has now altered the images, with a tiger face in place of Lou's, and the word "Vanity" in place of "Supreme."

Aakash Nihali's flickr stream is here, but not so surprisingly leaves out the cubes from the Atlantic Avenue subway station MoMa fiasco. Check out Gothamist for the Faile-modded Lou Reeds.

photo by my iphone, sucka.

How Did I Miss This!?

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I might be being hard on myself here. But this seems like a serious missed gift-giving opportunity. I'm thinking about all of the Secret Santa parties I went to just a few short months ago (one of which I received the best gift of 2008). And now, even Valentine's Day has passed and I can't bestow the joy of Williamsburg pin-up to all those deserving of it... But I guess two months late is better then never... Paypal here I come!

Get your own here.

Bacon... Still Tasty, No Longer Funny

This was a long time coming:

It's you. You are Peter Bonerz.

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Peter Bonerz (left) with Bob Newhart

This is your new vocab word for the day (there's a test on Friday). Your roommate who won't clean the dishes, that guy who cut in front of me at the movies, my mom's new boyfriend, seriously you are not my real dad you are such a Peter Bonerz.

"Douche" is vanilla. "D-bag" is only to be screamed mid-pelvic thrust on the Jersey Shore. "Douchenozzle" is trying too hard, getting all fancy for nothing. "Peter Bonerz," though, comes at you twice in one name and with a rad-as-hell wikipedia article to match, which I will now post here in its entirety with key passages highlighted:

Peter Bonerz (born August 6, 1938 in New Hampshire) is an American actor and director.

Bonerz grew up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where he attended Marquette University High School, gaining his first theatrical experience with the Prep Players under rigid conditions. At Marquette University he participated in the Marquette University Players under the Rev. John J. Walsh, S.J. After working long and hard, he graduated with a BS degree in 1960, he decided to seek a career in theater, beginning with The Premise, an improv group in New York. After a stint as a draftee in the US Army he joined the Committee, an improv troupe in San Francisco.

He had a number of roles in some solid films, including Medium Cool (1969) and Catch-22 (1970), before landing a leading role as Jerry Robinson, an eccentric orthodontist on The Bob Newhart Show, whose most frequent comic foil was Marcia Wallace as Carol, the sharp-tongued secretary. The show, which began in 1972, ran for six seasons--with ratings among the top 20 in the first three seasons, bringing Bonerz nationwide recognition.

He came on to a busy and successful career as a film and TV director. In one of his later acting roles he played a worthless psychiatrist who almost gets the shaft in Serial (1980). He directed a large number of sitcom episodes for series such as Friends, NewsRadio, Home Improvement, and ALF.

So try using that one next time, "Hey, Peter Bonerz, out of my way I am on important blogger business!"

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Old School Taxidermy Goes 3D

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I saw this little guy at my friend's apartment on north 4th over the weekend, and wondered to myself, "What does he mean?" His expression is just so wonderful! That kind of excitement can't be bought with a ticket to Six Flags and a pat on the back oh-no-sir. And it isn't necessarily a result of the taxidermy process, set by a man with grizzled knuckles and animal crumbs at his feet. Far from it.

He's really just freaked the f'k out at his significance in the world around him. It's so big, and he's so darn meaningful.

The little blowfish, who we'll call Whoafish, is staring out at a world in the 3rd dimension; a world that glares back in a shattered red and blue hue. His empty, prickly-puffed body is the very epicenter of old world taxidermy and new world visual technology, where one's sense of forever is defined by how long the tannins last and how close you can get to The Commercials. What does he mean to you? Will we stuff our computers one day?

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Artist Statement: Gregg Evans

Artist Statement is a new series where we feature the work of up-and-coming artists accompanied by their artist statement. We hope to have one person a week for you to check out.

First up, we have the photography work of Gregg Evans. A Brooklynite for several years, Evans work spans multiple mediums: photo, performance and video. However, it is photography that is his primary medium and first love. His recent book I Could Walk Away Now And You Wouldn't Care. is available at Opening Ceremony, Dashwood Books and Spoonbill & Sugartown.


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2006, 16” x 20”, Film Negative, Digital C-Print. David and Keith. 6/06

Statement:

As a stranger in a fellow gay man’s home, the opposition between foreign characteristics and familiar ones associated with their belongings is oddly comforting. I walk through the apartment, often led with a personal tour; “Here is our bedroom… this is our bathroom. Isn’t the tub amazing?”, making observations. I find I generally want to touch things as I walk, though usually feel obligated not to. I can’t help but wonder what happens to the objects scattered around the house after their owner has moved passed them, after he is gone. Often, after one has died, families sell the belongings of their relative which they carry no emotional attachment to in order to pay back the debts of their estate. At the estate sale, what is the significance of this object to the person who buys it after it’s original owner has died? Once one is no longer physically surrounded by their collections, what becomes of one’s identity? When one is no longer a part of their home, do their objects still reveal a sense of who they once were? Or, upon disappearance, do one’s worldly possessions leave the visiting stranger with a name, and what that name once owned?

[While photographing, a close friend tells me his father took out a life insurance policy in his name after he came out of the closet. Framing the photograph, I release the shutter, wind up the end of the roll, and write his name on the outside. At that moment, I feel like his partner in crime.]

More info. here and here.

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2007, 16” x 20”, Film Negative, Digital C-Print. Massimo. 3/07

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2006, 16” x 20”, Film Negative, Digital C-Print. Heith. 2/06

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