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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.



This couldn't have anything to do with the Obama Special Olympics gaffe could it? 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 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.

photo by Keith Wagstaff

The World's Most Photographed Party


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.

Dog Dish 1

Dog dish 2

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


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.


mega after party.bmp

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.

Anni Rossi

Snuggie Pub Crawl Locations Announced


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

Symptoms of Loneliness, 2009
Pen, paper, scotch tape, correction fluid
28 1/2 X 39 3/8 inches

Home Country, 2008-9
Paper weaving
58 5/8 X 42 1/8 inches

One Hundred Mix CDs for New York, 2008
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).


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

image of the world's largest boombox collection c/o urdb

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



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.


Open Call For Your Erotic Cell Phone "Art"


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

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


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 t