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August 31, 2009

King Of Yacht Rock, Michael McDonald, On Grizzly Bear B Side

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Of course now we want to hear Grizzly Bear cover "Yah Mo B There." [via]

Jay-Z And Beyonce Attend The Last Pool Party Of 2009

We were wondering who that was yesterday exiting the final Pool Party in a limo. Yep, Jay-Z and Beyonce are Grizzly Bear fans. A tipster sent us the pictures to prove it.

Yesterday's Pool Party felt like the end of an amazing summer as 10,000 elated fans watched Grizzly Bear perform and the sun set over the New York skyline. JellyNYC pulled off an impressive set of shows including performances by Dirty Projectors, Girl Talk, Dan Deacon, and The Black Lips. It remains unclear if the series will return to the Williamsburg waterfront next year, but Chuck Schumer seems to be an advocate. As we snapped a picture we heard the Senator exclaim emphatically "this is great for Brooklyn." We couldn't agree more.


(image c/o Michael Rusch)


Ed Droste of Grizzly Bear


Beach House


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Erin Lucas of The City


Sonny Crockett was there too


Grizzly Bear - "While You Wait For The Others" via BigAssLens


Jay-Z [via]

"Bored to Death" is Sooooo Brooklyn

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Remember "Bored to Death," that upcoming series on HBO that's about a bored writer living in Brooklyn who puts up an ad on Craigslist to become a private detective? Well, it's kinda hitting close to home. The show was created by real-life (and no longer bored?) Brooklyn writer Jonathan Ames, was shot in Fort Green, and stars Williamsburg residents Olivia Thirlby and our beloved Zach Galifianakis. Zach, it's worth noting, rides/rode his bike to work every day and hurt his knee! So, he's limping, and they had to write his injury into the script. But of course, Ames says it "isn’t really about being a writer, or living in Brooklyn, or being a Brooklyn-based artsy person." That's all an aside. It's a detective show! But in Brooklyn.

August 30, 2009

Sunday's Pool Party: Grizzly Bear & Beach House


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It's been a pretty amazing series, but alas the 2009 Pool Parties come to a close this Sunday with Beach House and Grizzly Bear. Uh, wow! After last week's dance party with Girl Talk—8500 people attended—the line-up for Sunday promises to be a much more mellow scene, but that doesn't mean it won't be packed. Get there early if you want to get in without the hassle of waiting in a ridiculously long line.

4pm - Vega
5pm - Beach House
6:15pm - Grizzly Bear

More information at http://www.freewilliamsburg.com/h2oshows.



Beach House - "Master of None"

August 29, 2009

Hipster Runoff On Last Week's Girl Talk Party

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It seems like the Girl Talk is a ‘celebration of waste’, like they are just converting a local park into a ‘huge fucking dumpster.’
The entire post is hilarious and, best of all, 'Carles' used Clarissa's photos to illustrate his point.

Sunday: Lightning Bolt!

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There's just too much good much going on tomorrow. This Todd P show that just came to our attention promises to be pretty amazing. Damn you Todd P. We love you, but how could you make us decide between Lightning Bolt and Grizzly Bear?

:: LIGHTNING BOLT
:::: Teeth Mountain
:::::: Talk Normal
:::::::: Hot Box

at the Broadway Backyard
979 Broadway, btwn Myrtle Ave & Ditmars St | Bushwick, Brooklyn

NOTE: this show has an 8PM curfew, so don't be late!
JMZ-Myrtle, L-Jefferson, G-Myrtle-Willoughby | DOORS --2:30PM-- | $12 | all ages
RAIN OR SHINE

If you haven't grabbed it, a new track is available here from their forthcoming album Earthly Delights.

August 28, 2009

The Daily Footprint 6/28/09


Rooftop North 5th and Bedford

The Carrot Highway.... Are You Going My Way?

This song will now be in your head all weekend:

Bushwick Film Festival Kicks Off Tonight

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The third annual Bushwick Film Festival will begin tonight at 6 pm at Lumenhouse. Tickets are $8 a day or $20 for the entire weekend - and that includes unlimited free beer. So head to 47 Beaver Street and get your movie-watching drink on.


From the organizers:

"The THIRD ANNUAL BUSHWICK FILM FESTIVAL features three days of screenings, Q&As with filmmakers, panel discussions, and music. More than two dozen shorts and full-length narrative films and documentaries will be screened as well as an art show titled SUM OF NOTHING curated by recent SVA grad and BFF's Art Director Sarah O'Donoghue."


For more information please see www.bushwickfilmfestival.com.

August 27, 2009

Drew Citron @ Joe's Pub

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Drew Citron
sharing a bill with The Ramblers
Joe's Pub - September 3rd @ 7PM
$12

Drew Citron loves Billy Bragg and is a jazzy, soulful and folky Brooklynite by way of San Francisco. Citron says she plays to crowds of adoring drunks, emotional roustabouts, and anyone else who cares for the heart-worn. If you fit any of the above descriptions you should you come to the show! Drew is such a sweetheart she'll give you a free copy of her EP just for showing up with your drunk and or emotional face.

Constitutional Hipsters

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August 26, 2009

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L.A. Burrito

Jimmy Tarangelo: Man In Van

Jimmy Tarangelo is an effing badass. He doesn't like paying rent, but he does like living in Manhattan. So what does he do? He lives in a van down by the river, literally.

I spent a few hours with Jimmy and let him speak his mind.

-- by Sean Dunne

2009 Gathering Of The Juggalos..... 'This Is The Motherf*cking Year To Go Bitch-Boy'

We didn't even know anyone still listened to the Insane Clown Posse, aka the worst band on earth. I guess we were wrong. The "most misunderstood people of all time"—they call themselves Juggalos—have been gathering annually for a decade to huff Draino, watch live wrestling, gang-bang 'Juggalettes',' and listen to a lot of shitty music while they get their Insane Clown Posse on.

"The tenth annual promises to be bigger, badder and better than the nine previous years. Is that even possible? Guess what, it is possible. And it will fucking happen.... this is the motherfucking year to go bitch boy."

This year, the festival will feature Coolio, Jimmy J.J. Walker, a wet t-shirt contest, "dudes on stilts," "ninjas juggling fire," and "Hog Daddy's giant hellfire of death."

Needless to say.... every minute of this video is essential viewing.

August 25, 2009

Insound 10th Anniversary Party @ Brooklyn Bowl This Thursday

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Cancel your Thursday night plans, Brooklyn Bowl will be the place to be. Celebrating 10 years of giving you the digital goods, Insound is throwing themselves a birthday party that is sure to make you move.

Show starts at 6pm and you'll be enjoying the likes of our favorite local musical peeps:

First off, The Drums, who'll be releasing their Summertime! EP on Twenty Seven Records this September 15th (which you can pre-order at Insound) as a nightcap to the sweaty/rainy season. These boys have been running through my mind much like their new video.

Next up, probably the last time you can catch Cymbals Eat Guitars in New York until their Bowery show in October. And lastly, two of our Northside Festival homies, Real Estate and These Are Powers. One last band is yet to be announced... but looking at this lineup, I'm not worried-- are you?

Tickets are $10, and expect the place to get packed. But not as packed as the Waterfront this past Sunday!

PS... FREE BEER provided by Brooklyn Brewery from 6-8pm!

Check out the video for The Drums "Let's Go Surfing", the song that's been stuck in my head all summer, after the jump.

Mix: Weird Summer

Aquarium Drunkard sent out a "faded out late summer mix" called Weird Summer today, and while I can't comment on it yet b/c it's still downloading (shakes fist at slow internet), it does have some great bands packed into its 80mb. Track list below the jump and download link posted at GvB.

WEIRD SUMMER TRACK LIST:

Takeshi Terauchi & Bunnys: Mamurogawa Ondo
The Books: You'll Never Be Alone
Os Mutantes: Tempo No Tempo
Lind & The Linders: Gin No Kusari
Richard Swift: The Bully
Anne Phillipe: Onmatou Jours Dit
Atlas Sound feat. Noah Lennox: Walkabout
Richard Swift: The Bully
Jack & The Rippers: Cathy's Clown
Foreign Born: Early Warnings
Orange Juice: Falling and Laughing
The Nigerian Rhythm Group: The Wind In A Frolic // Giles, Giles & Fripp: Just George, Parts 1-3
Akron/Family: Ed Is A Portal
Elijah & The Ebonites: Hot Grits!!!
Love: Wonder People (I Do Wonder) (Outtake)
Otis Redding: Let Me Come On Home
Tandemoro: Medicine for Melancholy (Outtake)
Otis Redding: Stay in School (excerpt)
The Kinks: Picture Book
Jan Jelinek/G.E.S.: Laokoon Orinoco (excerpt)
Magnetic Zeros: Home
The Love Language: Providence
Javelin: Tell Me, What Will It Be
Little Joy: No One's Better Sake
Dara Puspita: Tanah Airku
King Khan & The Shrines: Que Lindo Sueño
The Michaels: Beach Sleeper (Outtake)
Best Coast: Something In The Way You Say My Name
Nancy Sinatra: Tonight You Belong to Me
The Love Language: Lalita
Fiery Furnaces: Benton Harbor Blues
Jan Jelinek/G.E.S.: Laokoon Orinoco (Excerpt)
The Equals: No Love Could Be Sweeter

Potential Poop Comedy Tonight

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Future Saturday Night Live elaborate poop sketch writer and stand-up comedian Hannibal Buress will be performing at Royal Oak tonight at 8:30. Come learn what is up with those Fire SUV's!

Steel Drum "Transmission"

Who knew Joy Division would translate so well to an orchestra of steel drums being transported on a flatbed truck? [via]

The Golem

A group of Jews create a Golem to fight the Williamsburg hipsters in this video by Stephen Levinson and Jason Reich, starring Jonathan Katz. The Golem's really funny! And as Curbed notes, "Trustafarians, golems and gentrification gags are all accounted for" in this book trailer for The Jewish Body.

August 24, 2009

Looking For Something Fun For Tonight??

Well, we've got the answer!

One part Rude Dude, and Todd P Goes to Austin director, Jay Buim will be DJing at Legion Bar with special guest The Eradicator (aka Dustin from Best Fwends)-- it's a last minute thing, y'all... So go pack the place!

Oh and, karaoke in the back too! Here's a little something to get you in the mood:

Wilco Gets The CBS Sunday Morning Treatment

Judith Supine on the Williamsburg Bridge

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Whoa. Street artist Judith Supine scaled the Williamsburg Bridge and installed his latest piece, “Above the City in a Summer Night Dream,” right up there at the top.

(Wooster Collective via Animal)

GIRL TALK Waterfront Party Pics 8/23/09

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Though the concert itself was amazing, it was the fun people of the crowd who made the event so epic. By far the largest Pool Party of the season. There were so many people on stage during Girl Talk, the stage actually collapsed. (Thankfully no one was injured as far as we know). Halfway through Girl Talk's set, a light rain began to fall. It was a welcome sight given the heat and sweaty bodies.

This was our favorite overheard pool party conversation: 'is Girl Talk really rocking a Dell? Fuck that. This is bullshit.'

We also loved this tweet via @saveassistants: Girl Talk was awesome, but watching ppl arrested for climbing over port-a-potties to sneak into a free concert was better'

We hope you didn't miss it. This was the biggest and best party of the summer.

Next week, Grizzly Bear and Beach House.

Photos include: DJs Gavin Royce + Stephen Pandolfi, Max Tundra , Wiz Khalifa , Girl Talk

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August 23, 2009

3rd Ward Bluegrass BBQ

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Sunday, August 23, 4 to 9 p, FREE Admission
FREE Colt 45 - 4 to 5 p, Cheap Eats & Drinks
An afternoon of Bluegrass music and BBQ! Featuring Chef Jeremy Spector and local Bluegrass bands Melody Allegra & Friends, The Strung Out String Band, Jefferson Hamer & Stephanie Coleman and Free Advice. Bluegrass musicians come armed and ready to play! At 8 p we'll turn the stage over to an open blugrass jam hosted by Melody Allegra. We'll also have apple bobbing, horseshoes and everybody's favorite - the photobooth! Plus, our friends from the Band of Bicycles will be on hand with bike blended libations and song. Whether you're a musician or you just like to have fun, throw on your overalls and head to 3rd Ward!

RSVP events@3rdward.com

This Sunday's Pool Party: Girl Talk


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Everybody and their brother has already written us requesting details about this show. All we can say is get there early. Crowds are going to be wrapping the block. Doors open at 2. See you there.

2:00 - 3:45 - DJs Gavin Royce + Stephen Pandolfi
4:00 - 4:45 - Max Tundra
5:00 - 5:45 - Wiz Khalifa
6:15 - 7:45 - Girl Talk

More information at http://www.freewilliamsburg.com/h2oshows.

August 21, 2009

Saturday Night: Surfer Blood and The Nymphets @ Brooklyn Fire Proof

Unfortunately, it looks like the Glos won't be making it to Bikes in the Kitchen, as one of their members has messed up their hand. Should be all better in time to kick off their tour with Titus Andronicus at Monster Island next Wednesday (9/2). Along for the ride will be Chicago's recent high school grads The Smith Westerns, who just came off tour with Girls-- keep a lookout for a pretty stellar release from these guys on September 22nd.

From Matt Elkin of The So So Glos:

Surfer Blood are on tour from West Palm Beach, FL. Brian Wilson vibes galore! I'm throwing together this late show at Fire Proof for them on very short notice. The Nymphets are from Montreal but have relocated to Brooklyn for a stint. They play minute-and-a-half (perfect) punk songs. This is a great nightcap to the Bikes in the Kitchen festival happening all day off Myrtle-Broadway.

SURFER BLOOD + THE NYMPHETS @ Brooklyn Fire Proof
119 Ingraham St., Brooklyn <--- L to Morgan
ALL AGES can come to see the show, but the bartenders are strict about carding at the bar
11:00pm or thereabouts
and most importantly... FREE

Check this out to download some Smith Western tracks.

Gorilla vs Bear's Top Records Of The Decade

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The first in what will be an endless cycle of lists, this is what Gorilla vs Bear came up with:

01 panda bear | person pitch (2007)
02 the strokes | is this it (2001)
03 ghostface killah | supreme clientele (2000)
04 outkast | stankonia (2000)
05 radiohead | kid A (2000)
06 j dilla | donuts (2006)
07 sufjan stevens | michigan (2003)
08 burial | untrue (2007)
09 joanna newsom | the milk-eyed mender (2004)
10 m.i.a. + diplo | piracy funds terrorism vol. I (2004)
11 sigur ros | Ágætis Byrjun (2000*)
12 the arcade fire | funeral (2004)
13 white denim | fits (2009)
14 animal collective | feels (2005)
15 the streets | a grand don't come for free (2004)
16 grizzly bear | veckatimest (2009)
17 clipse | hell hath no fury (2006)
18 beach house | devotion (2008)
19 madvillain | madvillainy (2004)
20 the knife | silent shout (2006)

We guess it's time to figure out our own list now. In case you missed it Gorilla vs Bear has an foreward by, who else, Carles.

Tomorrow: Celebrate The End of Summer With Bikes In The Kitchen

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From Myopenbar.com:

Following the untimely (though quite reasonable and widely expected) death of the Shank, Bikes In The Kitchen went into hibernation for a while, only to come out with this summer's biggest all-ages blowout, replete with actual ticket sales and a self-subsidized open bar.

Who's playing? Everyone. No, really. TheDeathSet, Team Robespierre, NinjaSonik, Juiceboxxx, Best Fwends, Cerebral Ballzy, Snakes Say Hisss, Chinese Stars, So So Glos, Wild Yaks, Smarts and the usual surprise secret guests. Tickets here.

Starts at NOON and goes on all day @ the 979 Broadway Backyard, and it's ALL AGES.

The After Party is around the corner at Beauty Bar.

Did we mention that this is one of the coolest spots to watch some live music? Right under the J train, in what feels like an abandoned lot... in true Todd P fashion. The Woodsist Festival took place here over 4th of July weekend, and it still sits on the top of the list of favorite days of this summer. It's a good weekend for music y'all, make the best of it!!

The Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band

I have no idea who The Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band are--well I do now--but this insanely goofy video made me happy:


[via]

Tonight: BurritoStock 2009

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Tonight at the Wreck Room (940 Flushing Ave.), friends come together to help out a friend. Gabe Allen is in the ICU in San Francisco after being hit by a car, and tonight at Wreck Room his friends are throwing a party to raise cash for his medical funds. DJs, bands, short films, raffles, dancing, beer, etc. If you're supportive of bike culture or humanity as a whole, please consider stopping by.

From Nonsense:

A bike buddy and all around great guy, Gabe Allen (winner of the Most Excellent Bike award at Bike Fetish Day a few years back for his blue-and-yellow custom Maietta with the beer opener on the seat tube) was recently T-boned by a car while on vacation in SF. Since Thursday he's been in the ICU out there. So, naturally, a bunch of his friends over here are organizing a party to raise cash to send to his parents and girlfriend to help defray their expenses while they wait for him to recover. With bands, DJs, bike short films, raffles, dancing, beer, fun, et cetera.

Starts at 7pm, donations accepted.

Brooklyn's Urban Beekeepers: Part 2

Follow the eccentric crew of Brooklyn beekeepers for their very first illegal honey harvest for their restaurants. See how the entire process takes place over a few laughs and a little help from friends - from stealing honey from the hive to collecting every last sticky drop. After this, you'll definitely want an illegal hive of your own. If you missed it, here's Part 1.


Shot & Edited by Liza de Guia.

Michael Moore's 'Capitalism: A Love Story' Trailer

Love him or hate him, Michael Moore gets people talking. His new one is out Oct. 2.

In other news, we're looking forward to Matt Taibbi's assuredly epic healthcare smackdown in the upcoming Rolling Stone. Here's a teaser.

August 20, 2009

Hymns on Noisemakers with John Norris

If you don't have Hymns Appaloosa you're missing out on one of our recent favorite releases. And boys, since you're not down with us blogs calling you "southern fried", I'll quote myself when asked what I thought of "Wedding Day"-- sounds like Bowie singing on a Phoenix record. Only after listening through the entire EP did I realize that I was wrong, back peddling a bit and replacing Bowie with Elvis Costello.

Check out the rest of the interview on Noisevox, who's installment of Noisemakers following next week's HEALTH is both exciting and confusing... Keep a lookout for that the first week of September.

Hymns performing "Wedding Day" at Pianos after the jump.

Cory Chisel's "Born Again"

The first single off of the upcoming debut album from Cory Chisel & The Wandering Sons, Death Won't Send a Letter, "Born Again" is co-written by Brendan Benson who, along with his Ractonteurs, join in on much of the album's collaboration. Benson (who spent yesterday out in Rock Island recording for Daytrotter.com), joined in to multiply the warmth along side Chisel and backup songbird Adriel Harris, all while his newest solo album My Old, Familiar Friend has been doing a lot of it's own full steam ahead.

We're seriously looking forward to the September 29th release on Black Seal Records, especially since I've basically burned a digital hole through 2008's Cabin Ghost EP. If you're a fan of karma, these are definitely the kind of peeps you want to wish great successes upon-- again, just real salt of the Earth goodness. The variety Bruce Springsteen would be proud of... sexy young good-hearted Bruce, not cranky wrinkly Bruce.

Zero Film Fest Opens Tonight

Zero Film Festival bills itself as the film festival for the truly self-funded filmmaker. Tonight, the launch party is hitting up Galapagos in DUMBO with premieres from Peru Ana Ana Peru, Alia Raza, and Aaron Katz.

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Extreme Shepherding

Tom Ridge Admits To Raising Terror Alert For Political Gain

Of course we all knew this anyway, but it's nice to have confirmation.

In a new book, former Secretary of Homeland Security Tom Ridge reveals new details on politicization under President Bush, reports US News & World Report's Paul Bedard. Among other things, Ridge admits that he was pressured to raise the terror alert to help Bush win re-election in 2004.

Ridge was never invited to sit in on National Security Council meetings; was "blindsided" by the FBI in morning Oval Office meetings because the agency withheld critical information from him; found his urgings to block Michael Brown from being named head of the emergency agency blamed for the Hurricane Katrina disaster ignored; and was pushed to raise the security alert on the eve of President Bush's re-election, something he saw as politically motivated and worth resigning over.

All moral questions notwithstanding, who's going to pick up the bill for all the extra law enforcement officers deployed every time the alert level was raised? And remind me again, why aren't Bush and Cheney in jail?

Olbermann Timeline: How The Bush Administration Exploited Terror Threats For Political Gain, 2002-2008 [via]

The Daily Footprint 08/20/09

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Missed Connections: Naked on the L

19-year old model Jocelyn Saldana stripped down to her skinnies for 22-year old photographer Zach Hyman on the L train last month, and made an elderly man get the shakes. Also, a woman screamed. You'd think this would pique the interests of the NYPD, which doesn't really like L train antics. But, as of yet, Hyman hasn't had any troubles. He notes, "I have a clean record, so I'm open to the experience of getting arrested." Ah, the experience.

Rest easy, Hy-dog. A night in the tombs is kinda like performance art, if you look at it enough.

SLIGHTLY NSFW photo after the jump:

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Morning Lyrical Zen: Asher Roth

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Just realized how embarrassed I was when Asher Roth came on random shuffle this morning. I glanced around, making sure no one heard, and quickly changed the song. His lyrics are like poetic poo, something 8th graders would dream of if they only knew how to rhyme words like "eat" and "seat."

Here's your zen, to remind you that you can do better, in whatever you are up to today.

"It's already 11:20 and I'm ready to sleep but instead
I end up sitting in the 27th seat,
An isle seat, fine by me but the guy that's insides always trying to pee.
With a wild child behind that's crying and keeps flipping out and kicking
At me while it violently screams
So I silently plead "Oh God, please let there be a hunny sitting 27B"
But of course a morbidly obese beast
Is in the seat that weeses when it breathes dude sitting D
Is at least three deep and he keeps telling me what is wrong with his knees
Alls good slaughter,
Just need water but for a bottle they charge two dollars
And when I thought that it couldn't be worse, I forgot my iPod.

Onward!

August 19, 2009

Pitchfork Wants YOU!

Pitchfork.TV is seeking interns for their Greenpoint office.

The deets:

The Pitchfork.tv office in scenic Greenpoint, Brooklyn is in need of interns to assist in post-production and administrative capacities for the fall semester. Our ideal candidates will be available 10-15 hours a week (minimum), based in the New York area, and willing to work for experience or school credit.

For positions and specifics, click through...

1: ASSISTANT EDITORS

If you are a fast, efficient video editor and/or film major with Final Cut experience (After Effects doesn't hurt either), available two days a week during business hours, either for school credit or just because you're bored, you should apply for our highly unpaid opening as an assistant editor. The position involves providing creative and archival assistance to our editors in the post-production and cataloging of Pitchfork.tv's performance and interview series, music videos, bumper content, and more. To apply, please send your resume and a link to your demo reel (no attachments please!) to jobs@pitchfork.com. Your subject header should read "Assistant Editor Internship." Submission deadline is Monday, August 31st at 5 p.m. EST.

2: CAMERA/PRODUCTION ASSISTANTS

Pitchfork.tv is seeking New York-based interns with experience in shooting and cinematography. The ideal candidate will be well-versed in various SD and HD cameras, with lighting, mic placement, and live shooting experience a plus. Duties include (but are not limited to): prepping gear for shoots, white balancing, syncing, coordinating mic/line inputs, and monitoring audio recordings, as well as some actual shooting. This position exists predominantly in the field and will largely occur on evenings and weekends. Because many of our shoots take place at music venues, candidates under 21 cannot be considered. To apply, please send your cover letter, resume, and samples of your work (links only, no attachments please!) to jobs@pitchfork.com with "Production Assistant Internship" in the subject header. Submission deadline is Monday, August 31st at 5 p.m.

3: ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANTS

Pitchfork is seeking administrative assistants in our Brooklyn, New York office. The ideal candidate will have prior office experience and familiarity with business applications (you know, like Microsoft Office). A good presence on the phone and strong writing skills are mandatory. Tasks include, but are not limited to, coordinating schedules and assisting all departments with daily operations as needed. To apply, please submit a resume and cover letter to jobs@pitchfork.com, with "Administrative Assistant Internship" in the subject header. Submission deadline is Monday, August 31st at 5 p.m. EST.

Posted by Pitchfork Staff on August 19, 2009 at 12:35 p.m.

Welcome to The Shit, Michael Ware

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CNN war correspondent Michael Ware has been reassigned to Williamsburg! After seven years in Iraq, three kidnappings, and an alleged love triangle, Ware came home and spoke with TVNewser from the war zone, presumably somewhere near Bedford and North 7th, about adjusting to life around all you beautiful people.

"My body still feels like it's constantly dodging bullets," says Ware, who lives in Brooklyn's Williamsburg section.

"Crowds can feel threatening. When I open a window, I'm looking for snipers. If somebody cuts me off in traffic, it could be the beginning of a kidnapping."

Aw, keep your head up Michael. The only things you'll need to dodge around here are kickballs and Missed Connections.

TVNewser
, via Gawker

Barney Frank SLAMS Townhall Nutjob

Take note.... this is how it's done:

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David Cross On The Daily Show

We're pretty excited about his new book, I Drink for a Reason, not to mention his long overdue tour.

NYPD on a Vintage Moped

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I love this picture. It's from a Wired post, Rebels Without a Hog: Inside Brooklyn’s Moped Gang, that looks at the Orphans, a Greenpoint "biker" gang. More on that later.

During an unfortunate ride, Brian McCrocklin was arrested for riding a moped that was reported stolen.

Because the Hells Satans were visiting from Richmond, they didn’t bring their own bikes and Ryan Due let them borrow a few from the shop — one of which belonged to Due and was stolen last year. Due recovered the bike on his own and never resolved the matter with the police. McCrocklin spent the afternoon in jail while Due smoothed things out. McCrocklin was released with no fines.

(photo via Bryan Derballa/Wired.com)

August 18, 2009

So So Glos DJ Set TONIGHT

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The So So Glos, 2009's Bushwick based version of the Ramones, will be hosting a weekly DJ night at East Village Arrow Bar before kicking off their tour with Titus Andronicus. That's three nights, starting tonight!

So, if you're not checking out Mugison at Pete's Candy Store later on today, go shake your groove thang on the other side of the river. You also have a chance to check out the guys with Titus at Monster Island on September 2nd.

As for tonight, the So So Glos boys have a point.... "Tuesday nights are otherwise useless?"

The Daily Footprint 08/18/09

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Tarantino's Top 20 Movies Since 1992

I admit it. I'm a big Tarantino fan. I even loved Grindhouse and Jackie Brown. Still, this list is nothing less than bizarre. Friday? Speed? I'll give Tarantino credit for his unique aesthetic, but does Team America really deserve to be on this list? And watching him get excited about Manoj Nelliyattu Shyamalan's Unbreakable—I can't bring myself to call him M. Night—is just a little uncomfortable.

What films did he leave out? List away in comments.

TONIGHT: Cale Parks & Lemonade @ Santos Party House

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By now you know that we're loving Cale Parks. And you've probably been chipping your manicure just waiting for the interview with the man himself. You're also probably really excited for TONIGHT's show at Santos Party House, which kicks off his next US tour with Lemonade. I know I am. Especially since I just realized that the first single, "One at a Time" reminds me a lot of this guy, and that can't be bad.

See below for what Cale had to say about stage moniters, Brooklyn, and the new album, To Swift Mars, out on Polyvinyl now. Also, check out the video premiere of "One at a Time" HERE.

FREEburg: There's a certain satisfaction that comes with wailing on an instrument, like playing drums with Aloha and White Williams for instance. How do you describe the transition to drum machines and synth?

Cale Parks: There was no transition, just a simple logistical issue that I couldn't play the drums and make the music I wanted to make. I love drum machines and synths. There's a specific type of satisfaction you experience when you tweak a drum sample or synth chord in the perfect way that you just can't compare to getting all choppy on the drumset and vice versa. I've been doing the solo thing exclusively for almost a year now, but I'm really, really missing sitting behind a kit. I guess this is why Phil Collins jumps behind a second drumset for a solo or two on every solo show.

What vocalist do you find yourself channeling while on stage? And how did the decision come about for you to move from the back of the stage percussion to up front and center as lead?

Usually, I'm just hoping to nail all the samples, keys, and aux drumming while trying to sing. I'm not really consciously channeling anyone but I do love Scott Walker, DavidGahan and Sheila E (percussion while singing, but not so much channeling her voice ;)

You just came off of another tour with Passion Pit, how do you think your upcoming tour with Lemonade will be different?

There's not as many all ages shows, and the rooms are smaller, but spirits will be higher than ever. Lemonade are some of the most positive guys I know. It's so evident when you watch them live. This tour will be a perfect, fun summer's end. And there will be more bass.

Are there any upcoming shows you're looking forward to attend as an audience member?

Broadcast with Atlas Sound in October. I've always been touring on those rare occasions when Broadcast comes over here and haven't had a chance to see them live. The show is at Le Poisson Rouge and I love it there. That should be a fun one. I have to mention seeing The xx at Bruar Falls last Sunday. I haven't been totally floored by something live in a long time. They were right up my alley I guess. They're completely in control of their sound, which is hard to do with drum machines and other instruments live. I have problems with this myself. There are a lot of bands trying to do what seems to come so naturally to them. So yeah, kudos to them.

What's a song that got stuck in your head recently?

Self Control by Raf/Laura Branigan

The first single off of To Swift Mars seems to be a bit more upbeat than the rest of the album- what's up with all the dreamy melancholy? And what were you thinking about when you wrote "One at a Time" that gives it a stand out sound?

I made the beat and pulse of One at a Time on a sampler after I got home from a dinner party at my friend Shawn's. He was playing me all this slow groove disco. I wrote the lyrics after I watched The Lost Boys one day last winter. As for the dreamy melancholy, I don't know what to say. I'm not an aggro person and my favorite records to listen to are of the dreamy melancholy variety.

What's the one thing you miss the most about Brooklyn when you're on tour?

I really long for the general convenience of walking, in close proximity, for any little thing. On tour you have to drive out of your way, roaming some suburb for whatever you may need that day. Here I can pick up a roll of duct tape at the hardware store, which is across from the fruit stand where I'm buying lettuce for dinner, which is next to the dvd store I need to return last night's rental before walking down the street to see my friends band play. I definitely miss Brooklyn and it's specific loved ones while away.

What band would it be a dream to collaborate &/or tour with?

Broadcast. I've loved them for years. I always get in arguments with people that compare them to Stereolab. It's really very different. Each record is so unique and way ahead of everyone else. Trish's voice is perfection. I think they've gone thru a lot of drummers. I'm not sure who they're using now, but...

If you were to be a piece of equipment on your stage, which would you be?

I would be the stage monitors. I'm always complaining about how they're never loud enough. I'd like to see just how loud I could get and honestly know that the sound person couldn't make me any louder.

August 17, 2009

Obama Proves Once Again That He Needs To Grow A Pair

As per usual, Matt Taibbi articulates my opinion to a tee

the public option was not a cure-all. In fact, the Democrats had in reality already managed to kill the public option by watering it down to the point of near-meaninglessness. But the notion that our president not only does not have any use anymore for a public option, but in fact “will be satisfied” if there is merely “choice and competition” in the market is, well, disgusting.

I’ll say this for George Bush: you’d never have caught him frantically negotiating against himself to take the meat out of a signature legislative initiative just because his approval ratings had a bad summer. Can you imagine Bush and Karl Rove allowing themselves to be paraded through Washington on a leash by some dimwit Republican Senator of a state with six people in it the way the Obama White House this summer is allowing Max Baucus (favorite son of the mighty state of Montana) to frog-march them to a one-term presidency?

To quote Method Man’s Calvin “Cheese” Wagstaff character from The Wire, “This is some shameless shit right here.”

NYC's Cool New Backyard Farms: Growing More Than Just Produce

Urban NYC farmers have set their eyes on a new prize: transforming privately owned backyards into lush, fruitful farmlands.

By signing up to share your yard with a urban farmer, you can eat fresh from your own personal farm during the harvest months, and even sell produce to your neighbors - growing a community built around fresh local food. The best part is, you don't even have to lift a finger, BK Farmyards does all the farming for you...

Find out more at bkfarmyards.com

Shot & Edited by Liza de Guia.

August 16, 2009

Waterfront Party Pics 8/16/2009

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Del the Funky Homosapien | Prince Paul (DJ set) | DD/MM/YYYY | Gravytrain!!! | Kenan Bell*

SOOOOO much more after the jump!

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It Came from Brooklyn: August 14, 2009

Last Friday was the first of a new series It came from Brooklyn music shows at the Guggenheim museum. The event was packed with loyal Brooklynites who trekked out to support their neighbors including: The Brooklyn Steppers Marching Band, High Places, The Walkmen, Colson Whitehead and Leo Allen. For more information on the event and future shows, click here.
More photos after the jump.


August 14, 2009

TONIGHT: Alela Diane & Sharon Van Etten @ Union Hall

Tonight at Union Hall, supporting the lovely Alela Diane, is Bushwick's own Sharon Van Etten. Her hauntingly subtle video for "For You", the first single off of debut album, Beacuse I Was In Love, has been running in a loop through my head for the last few months. Shortly after being first dumbstruck, I was blown away by her live performance at Union Pool for the Northside Festival.

We got a chance to catch up with Sharon in her 'hood about Richard Brautigan, love in the past tense, and good coffee. Take a look at the interview after the jump.

Don't be dumb, this is a show you don't want to pass up.

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Sharon Van Etten at Uncensored Interview's Northside Festival showcase

The album is called Because I Was In Love, tell me why you decided on this title, and who &/or what it is about?

The title was based on a Richard Brautigan line and the songs are all 'because i was in love' past tense. As silly and cliche, it's true. Oh well...

As the first single, "For You" does a haunting job of encapsulating the feel of the album-- where did you write this song?

In a car on my friends kids guitar. I was on tour with Corbi Wright. That way we wouldn't hit each other in the face when we wanted to play and didn't have to drive.

Do you like being on the road? How was your first tour different from those since then?

Well... the first tour was LITERALLY the craziest tour I ever went on. The person I was with was bipolar, on top of getting my car broken into and having to sell it in order to get back to NJ... after my tour mate disappeared to a spa in California...

Since then, it has been relatively easy. I have been lucky, surrounded by beautiful people that are full of love and support. From Meg Baird to Festival to Noa Babayof and Great Lake Swimmers, I have NO complaints.

Of all the musicians you have played with, either as a solo artist or singing backup, who has been your favorite performer thus far?

That's tough. Kyp Malone and Jessica Larrabee (of She Keeps Bees) tie for me. They have these amazing voices that ring through your body while they exhude such light and positive energy outside of their music and they are the most supportive friends. I have a lot to learn from them both.

Did you grow up in a musical household? Who have been some of the biggest influences on your musical career?

My parents played me records and took me to shows. My dad is BIG into rock n roll and my mom is into folk and musicals. My mom and I took trips to the city a lot to see Broadway plays all the time. Neil Young, The Kinks, Carol King, The Carpenters, and Peter Pan.

What initiated your move to Bushwick? What are some of your favorite local hangs?

The pace and the price. The taco place by the Jefferson stop is great. The Northeast Kingdom is a great restaurant and bar around the corner. Really good comfort food. Cafe Orwell has my favorite coffee off the Morgan stop.

It's my understanding that you have a hand in what will become of the space that used to be the Black Betty-- can you tell us details?

Not yet...

Is there an album you currently can't stop listening to?

Speck Mountain, Summer Above

What is the last great book you read?

True Tales of American Life by Paul Auster

If you could have any other name other than Sharon, what would it be?

Carin'

The Daily Footprint 08/14/09


The Levee

Gentlemen Broncos Trailer

It's the latest from the directors of Napoleon Dynamite, Jared and Jerusha Hess, and if it's as awesome as it looks, we'll forgive them for releasing Nacho Libre. Gentlemen Broncos stars Sam Rockwell and Jemaine Clement—both major pluses—and has a pretty hilarious premise:

Gentlemen Broncos tells the story of a homeschooled teenage outcast and aspiring fantasy writer. He attends a fantasy convention to show off his work and finds his idea, Yeast Lords, becomes ripped off by acclaimed novelist Ronald Chevalier, who has turned desperate for ideas.
Now we don't know which comedy to be more excited about, Gentlemen Broncos or Mike Judge's upcoming film Extract.

Check out the Extract trailer after the jump.

Tonight: Bushwick Film Festival Pre-Party

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With the 2009 Bushwick Film Festival just two weeks out, its organizers are throwing a fun fun fundraiser tonight at Brooklyn Fireproof (119 Ingraham St., off the Morgan L) with DJs, a BBQ, and live music by Jupiter One, The Naked Heroes (which my brain keeps reading as The Naked Horses, oops), Russian Vogue, Nobody Can Dance, and Abby Rock. It kicks off at 8pm and goes late. Last year's festival was a success, with sold out screenings at Goodbye Blue Monday, Lumenhouse, and Market Hotel, so let's arm these guys with more ammo to top that.

This year's Bushwick Film Festival is August 28th - 30th at Lumenhouse. Stay tuned to BushwickFilmFestival.com for more info.

This Sunday's Pool Party: Del the Funky Homosapien


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He doesn't perform very frequently on this coast, so seeing Del the Funky Homosapien perform this weekend should be a treat. Doors open at 2. See you there.

Del the Funky Homosapien | Prince Paul (DJ set) | DD/MM/YYYY | Gravytrain!!! | Kenan Bell

More information at http://www.freewilliamsburg.com/h2oshows.

August 13, 2009

Friday Night @ The Guggenheim: We'll Come From Brooklyn

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In it's 50th year, world renowned Upper East Side arts institution, the Guggenheim, is kicking off a monthly concert series lasting through December-- and with a name like It Came From Brooklyn, it's not hard to deduce where the inspiration of the featured musicians/authors/artists comes from.

The first installment, on Friday August 14th, sets off a borough-centric bang with the Brooklyn Steppers Marching Band, the experimental DIY duo High Places, and FREEwilly favorites The Walkmen. Colson Whitehead, who's 2008 NY Times article I Write In Brooklyn. Get Over It. hit a little too close to home, will be reading excerpts of the great Walt Whitman, not to mention the comedic MC skills of Leo Allen.

And who better to backbone such an event than co-producers Bronwyn Keenan and Sam Brumbaugh? With long standing ties in our 'hood, I have no problem with their crowns of curatorial representation of "our" New York. Ok, maybe one-- why not get Todd P involved? Ok, I'm kidding-- but if you know me, experimental and DIY (i.e. High Places) is right up my alley, and I do wish the boundaries were stretched a little bit further beyond. But with that said, this is the Frank Lloyd Wright rotunda, and not a Bushwick rooftop, we're talking about here.

I got a chance to catch up with the minds behind Brooklyn to debunk some Brooklyn-Manhattan borders, specifically on the arts creation and appreciation plane. Brumbaugh, when asked about the invisible lines along the Hudson, said it best-- "A museum on the Upper East is not a big leap from three stops in on the L." So get out your Metrocards and head uptown, this is a party you don't want to miss!

Tickets for sale here.

For more from co-producers Keenan and Brumbaugh on the event, the future of the Brooklyn Renaissance, and how the Guggenheim plans to keep up... check out the rest of the interview after the jump.

First things first, how did the idea for It Came From Brooklyn arise?

Sam Brumbaugh: The title references Peter Guralnick's book about Elvis and the original rock and roll scene "It Came From Memphis". It's not, as some places seem to believe, a sci-fi reference. In regards to the idea, it just seemed to us, more and more, half the time you hear something you like, or begin to read something you like, you look further and there's some mention of Brooklyn. And it just keeps coming. Just recently there's Rachel Sherman's new novel, The Antlers, Mountains, Javelin, the NYRB re-issue of L.J. Davis' "A Meaningful Life", and The Fiery Furnaces new record is really good. Brooklyn has obviously changed a lot over the past decade, these are great things that have come out of these changes. The name of the band "Endless Boogie" is a sort of funny but real way to quantify the vibe of what's been going on.

Bronwyn Keenan: I should also note that Matthew Friedberger (of the Fiery Furnaces) is collaborating with the artist Rob Pruitt on the upcoming Art Awards on October 29. He is creating the original score and all additional music. Stay tuned for that since the creative exchange typified by ‘It Came from Brooklyn’ is continuing through much of the events programming this fall.

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Bronwyn Keenan, Assoc. Director of Special Events and Sam Brumbaugh, Author co-produce It Came From Brooklyn

Bronwyn, since your transition from gallery to Guggenheim, you've brought a certain edge to the events department. Why do you believe that openings, galas, etc. are important for the museum community?

BK: Glad to hear you think that! Events are crucial for the purposes of community-building and fundraising, all the more so during an economic downturn. I hope that programming such as It Came from Brooklyn will appeal to a wide audience—uptown, downtown, outer boroughs. Come one, come all! Aside from my gallery experience, I think my involvement with the organization Downtown for Democracy also strongly informed my approach to events programming here at the museum. I’m interested in casting wider nets all the time.

Sam, why is the incorporation of music in these events important? And if you could answer the age old dilemma-- is music art?

SB: These days, in regards to ‘is it art’, that's more a question you'd gear toward fashion designers. I might, you know, give Ben Cho the nod. Not a lot of others. But also really, to me it’s not a matter of categorization, it’s a matter of doing something well, to an effect. High Places and The Brooklyn Steppers do a specific thing very well, generate a certain kind of reaction. I guarantee you most of their distant relatives or grandmother or whoever certainly believe that they, as musicians, are artists by nature. The Cramps insisted they weren't art. But they were, they couldn't help it. Neither could Elvis.

The Guggenheim's website refers to a sort of Brooklyn Renaissance, do you believe from your literary and arts perspectives that creative types of future generations will feel the same about the current Brooklyn artistic explosion? Or has it always been here, and just now getting more media play?

BK: Williamsburg probably first entered my consciousness a short time after I moved to New York—sometime around 1990. I remember visiting an artist’s studio around this time for a show I curated at Max Fish. I’m pretty sure I saw a tumbleweed blow down Bedford Avenue.
Just a few years later Pierogi 2000 opened and quickly established itself as vital to the local visual arts community. I think it took a venue like Pierogi to harness the explosion and give it a more prominent voice. The Flat Files have been an ingenious and democratic way to provide a platform for local artists. The Files have traveled all over the world. In fact, I bought my first serious work of art in 1995 out of the Pierogi Flat Files--a small ink drawing for $200.

SB: I think that is more determined by the way music, and even now books, are released. Music in particular these days, simply by the way it is released and listened to, will be much harder in the future to remember in terms of a scene--a time and place. So I don't think it’s a scene that will be revered in retrospect--like "no wave" downtown in the 70's. I don't think that's possible anywhere anymore. But Brooklyn now, for a long time, will be a place to move to if you have a serious artistic determination. A place you can learn a lot by immersing yourself in the quality and variability of a lot of the stuff coming out of there. You know, having high standards around to work up to. Colette, this girl who baby sits my son, is at Cooper Union. But she already doesn't want to live in the dorm downtown, she's looking to find a cheap room in Brooklyn somewhere.

With such an eclectic mix of talent at the opening show on August 14th, where was your curatorial starting point? And how do you plan on a seamless transition from marching band, to rock concert, to Walt Whitman reading?

SB: Well the Walkmen are going to have a horn section, so that will echo the Steppers. Whitman reads like hymns. He's a musical writer. Plus I have the Mighty Flashlight (Mike Fellows) helping out. He shines a seamless assurance on all proceedings.

BK: Leo Allen as emcee will also lend a lot of structure to the evening by creating natural transitions.

More than just being from &/or living in Brooklyn, what are some prerequisites of the artists/musicians/writers showcased in the series?

SB: Well, relating to what I said before, it just has to be good art. And the connection to Brooklyn just has to be real. They don't need to have lived there. Paul Banks (who is performing in September as Julian Plenti) had a practice space with Interpol in North Williamsburg for a long time. They were there, for years, working. That, to me, is a serious connection.

BK: Mike Pare, who made the artwork of the lion that represents the series, is someone who we naturally reached out to participate in the project. Mike’s artwork tends to draw on the 60s and 70s counterculture -- he’s also known for his graphite drawings depicting scenes from the Altamont free concert in 1969, some of which I showed at my gallery back in the day. We loosely described the idea to Mike and he came back with the esoteric, lo-fi approach of the lion in repose, which we immediately connected with.

Do you feel the series, which is representing the museum in its 50th year, is a step towards a more competitive future for the Guggenheim, in an ever changing world of more Downtown-y arts establishments such as the New Museum?

BK: The Guggenheim is known in the art community as an entrepreneurial place, willing to take risks and respond to new ideas quickly. I think events programming is part and parcel of that approach. The Guggenheim’s majestic rotunda almost begs artists of all stripes to transform the space with their work. It Came from Brooklyn is in the spirit of recent performances by Marina Abramovic (“Seven Easy Pieces”) and Meredith Monk (“Ascension Variations”), performances that the museum has a long history of showcasing.

As a native New Yorker who lives in Brooklyn, I often cross paths with the "Brooklyn? I don't go there." mentality. Why do you believe this stigma exists in the Manhattanite community and do you have hopes of altering this ideology by bringing Brooklyn to Guggenheim's Upper East Side?

SB: Yes, but I think it’s also the opposite. A lot of young people in Brooklyn are becoming very Borough-centric--maybe more like it used to be, and look at Manhattan as another city, a kind of overpriced Oz. But Brooklyn and Manhattan are part of the same city. One of the purposes of this series was to try to loosen up those "I don't go there" perceptions--on both sides. A museum on the Upper East is not a big leap from three stops in on the L.

BK: I haven’t come up against that mentality all that much in recent years. I think the barrier between Manhattan and Brooklyn fell some time ago as “Upper East Siders” made regular treks to Brooklyn for studio visits. I imagine most have grown accustomed to crossing over the bridge and now visit more frequently, not only for the art but for the music and the food. All these scenes are thriving and what makes them all the more exciting is the way they intersect.

Who do you think is creating the most compelling art/music coming out of Brooklyn these days?

SB: Rivka Galchen. DJ Rupture. Blank Dogs. Yeasayer. I love Growing. Hackamore Brick were Brooklyn. Be nice to see them come out thirty years later with a follow up.

What are some other projects you currently have in the woodwork? Can we expect more collaboration between you two in the future?

SB: Well next year we might try "It Came Back From Brooklyn". Or we could move on with the series. "It Came From Philly." "It Came From Baltimore". "Denton, Texas". Like a kind of slow unfolding annual travelogue of art scenes.

BK: I’m working on the first-ever awards ceremony for the art community, scheduled for October 29. It’s called Rob Pruitt Presents: The First Annual Art Awards. It’s a performance-based artwork by Pruitt and also a fundraising event for the Guggenheim, White Columns, and Studio in a School. A new model for fundraising, with an emphasis on community.

And finally, what is your favorite Brooklyn Neighborhood? Describe your perfect day there.

SB: Well I've always loved the still somewhat Italian area around Manhattan/Withers. But mostly I've lived in North Williamsburg. Kent. 11th St. Now I'm in lower Manhattan but have had an office on Hope St. My day these days would be to walk my son to school, walk over the bridge to the tennis courts on Bedford and N 12th, play a good set--play a lot of aggressive angles at net, shower at the water fountain and change my shirt, get some lunch at Roebling Tea room, a large coffee at Oslo, and go to work just behind there in my crappy office with the hall that smells like cat piss, and then walk home at the end of the day, back over the bridge to put my son to sleep. I like to walk.

BK: Hard to choose a favorite neighborhood though I’d say a perfect day might involve breakfast or lunch at Roberta’s or Marlow & Sons, followed by a few hours of sailing (a few friends purchased a sailboat that they dock in Brooklyn), an hour or two at The Flea, then head up to the roof of my building in Williamsburg to watch the sunset and listen to my beau Michael strum guitar, and later cook dinner for friends and family.

Again, It Came From Brooklyn starts at 8pm on Friday August 14th. And be sure to mark your calendar for the next installment on September 25th with Julian Plenti (aka Paul Banks of Interpol), I'm In You, readings from Rivka Galchen and Hampton Fancher, and... drumroll please... Eugene Mirman!

Mugison Project - 5 Boroughs 1 Day

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Next week Icelandic musician Mugison will be performing in all of the NYC boroughs in one day (a record breaking event). The undertaking is a partnership with Amnesty International’s Music for Human Rights.

His shows are known for being rife with boozed-infused sentimental rowdiness, and no doubt this marathon will be worth checking out (Mugison blew us away when we saw him last September at Union Pool). But just in case you won’t be in the Bronx on Tuesday, we’ve got good news: two of Mugi’s sets will be in our area, one at Silent Barn, and the other at Pete’s Candy Store.


Schedule for Tuesday, August 18:
12:00pm : Staten Island | Museum of Tibetan Art
2:00pm : Queens | The Silent Barn
5:00pm : Bronx | Bronx River Art Center
8:30pm : Manhattan | City Winery
11:00pm : Brooklyn | Pete's Candy Store

The Farmer Dave Zone

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Check out Farmer Dave's video invite here!

And you know you love MySpace.

A Capella Pet Sounds

Hear 'em all. Wow. We love Brian Wilson.

Who Is Dick Chicken?

We ask because he/she is suddenly everywhere. I can't remember the first time I saw the tag (late last year?) but in recent days there seems to be a Dick Chicken tag on every block in Williamsburg and Bushwick. He even has a girlfriend who's making the rounds: Pussy Ham.

Now, in our favorite appearance yet, an homage to Dick Chicken by Justin Mair just made an appearance in our inbox. It's a long exposure photo, shot in McCarren Park Pool. Mair says he uses flashlights to draw his "light graffiti" and didn't use Photoshop to embellish:

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Check out more light graffiti by Mair here and a gaggle of Dick Chickens after the jump.

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Whole Foods CEO Opposes So-Called ObamaCare

And we thought he was a liberal. Looks like we'll be skipping our trip to Whole Foods tonight.

the last thing our country needs is a massive new health-care entitlement that will create hundreds of billions of dollars of new unfunded deficits and move us much closer to a government takeover of our health-care system. Instead, we should be trying to achieve reforms by moving in the opposite direction -- toward less government control

RIP Les Paul

Christ.... who else is going to die this summer?

From Wikipedia:

Lester William Polfuss, known as Les Paul (June 9, 1915 — August 13, 2009) was an American jazz guitarist and inventor. He was a pioneer in the development of the solid-body electric guitar which "made the sound of rock and roll possible." His many recording innovations included overdubbing, delay effects such as "sound on sound" and tape delay, phasing effects, and multitrack recording. He is often credited as being the 'father of modern music'.

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Subway Flasher's a Jerk-Off

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So the media is in full sha-wing over this subway flasher story, with headlines ranging from the Village Voice's Have You Seen... Stroker on the #3, the Post's Lazy Cop Is A Jerk, and 1010 Win's Woman Jerked Around By Cop?. Who comes up with these things, and why isn't there a reality show competition yet? Luckily for us, HuffPo threw them into a poll gauntlet so we all can happily vote for the best ourselves...no need for Survivor: New York Post Headline Dept. yet.

Store Front New York

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As we lament the ongoing transformation of New York into a giant collection of Chipotles, Pinkberrys, and board-run mini-chains, we were delighted to discover that the husband and wife duo of James & Karla Murray are doing their part to record its vanishing history. They recently published a great book called "Store Front — The Disappearing Face of New York" featuring hundreds of photos of New York's vanishing storefront facades.

Store Front – The Disappearing Face of New York is a visual guide to New York City’s timeworn storefronts, a collection of powerful images that capture the neighborhood spirit, familiarity, comfort and warmth that these shops once embodied. Almost all of these businesses are a reflection of New York’s early immigrant population, a wild mix of Irish, Germans, Jews, Italians, Poles, Eastern Europeans and later Hispanics and Chinese.
The variety is immense from Manhattan’s Yonah Schimmel Knish Bakery and Katz’s Delicatessen to the Jackson Heights Florist in Queens, Court Street Pastry in Brooklyn, D. D’Auria and Sons Pork Store in the Bronx and the De Luca General Store on Staten Island. And as the Murray’s stunning, large format photographs make patently clear, the face of New York is etched in their facades.
You can pick up the book here. And to get a taste of their amazing project, check out this great documentary below. Thanks James & Karla. We appreciate your work. [hat tip Rumproast]

Coming Soon To A TV Near You: The Hipster Grifter Law & Order Episode

Oh how we've missed her. From Gawker:

The show is said to be seeking Asian females, 25-29, to play a character who mirrors Ferrell's penchant for using sex and faked medical conditions to elicit sympathy and cash from gullible guys. [Note: we took out the specifics from the description because our tipster is afraid that revealing details might cost them their job] ....

there's "no word yet on whether or not she will be giving Jack McCoy a hand job with her mouth."

image: The Hipster Grifter paper foldable

The Daily Footprint 08/13/09


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August 12, 2009

Ticket Giveaway: Cale Parks @ Santos Party House

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Cale Parks, the genius drummer boy behind indie faves Aloha and White Williams, has been doing the solo thing and we just can't get enough. The newest EP, To Swift Mars, has been playing soundtrack to our dreamy (read: make believe) summertime love affairs with bike messengers. I got a chance to catch up with Greenpoint's own Parks about his love for synth sound, Broadcast, and Brooklyn-- so keep your eye out for the interview in the next few days.

Recently coming off tour with Passion Pit, Cale kicks off his next tour with Lemonade at Santos Party House on August 18th, and we've got a pair of tickets for one lucky reader!

You know the drill, follow @freedubya on Twitter, and RT the contest tweet or hit us up with a #freedubyaCP hashtag.

La Superior, One Year

Check out this interview with La Superior where they talk an outdoor area (next summer), their favorite New Yorkers, and NYPD chill pills.

A Cure for the Condos

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So the only way to sell condos these days and beat back that impending feeling of Condo Shame (noun; "a toxic combination of desire and repulsion toward reasonably priced postwar creature comforts.") might be to put sweaty handprints all over the bathroom mirrors, so when the new buyers steam it up for the first time they'll see what might have been one lesbian couple's Valentine's Day bang sesh. Or, throw some Amniotic Fluid around.

From the Observer article about "condo shame," a quote on the state of what a buyer might want:

“I have a deeply rooted dislike of expedient, cookie-cutter, pseudo-luxury condo developments and would almost rather blow money renting something ‘real’ with history, a story, the possibility that some woman once gave birth in my bedroom with or without a midwife or a lesbian couple had V-Day sex in the bathroom."

Hell, if that'll sell these monstrosities it's just a matter of time before the open houses come with a free seven minutes in heaven with the middle-aged real estate agent in the master bedroom, just to stain things up a bit and give it that lived-in feeling. And you thought free iPods might get these yupsters through the doors? Try harder.

Get On The New Obsession Train, And Ride It

[Thanks Pomp! xoxo]

August 11, 2009

Radiohead: Making Another Record Would "Kill Us"

From The Guardian

"None of us want to go into that creative hoo-ha of a long-play record again," he said. "Not straight off ... It worked with In Rainbows because we had a real fixed idea about where we were going. But we've all said that we can't possibly dive into that again. It'll kill us."

The problem isn't the format – "obviously, there's still something great about the album," Yorke said – but with the scale and consistency of vision that is required. "In Rainbows was a particular aesthetic and I can't bear the idea of doing that again. Not that it's not good, I just can't ... bear ... that."

Town Hall Lunatics Getting Even Lunatic-ier

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Evidently, this lunatic is nowhere near where the president will be conducting his town hall address, but he is legally allowed to carry the pistol in New Hampshire. Live Free or Die indeed. Also worth noting:

the gun-toting protester was holding a sign referencing the Jefferson quote: "The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time, with the blood of patriots and tyrants."
Needless to say, if this were a liberal protester, he'd be in jail now. The hard right just keeps getting creepier.


"The mood is sort of festive," says this MSNBC talking head. Evidently hand guns, just like pinatas and pony rides, can turn any dull event into a party.

The Daily Footprint 08/11/09

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Sports Bar, Bro

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Shawn Muholland, co-owner of Williamsburg's lone sports bar Muholland's, spoke with Gothamist about gettin' drunk with hipsters, gettin' drunk on Saturdays in the rain, and the one time he saw a drunk chick shit on a bar.

It was packed, I mean you couldn't move at all, and a female customer took a shit... while standing at the bar. True story!

Natch this wasn't at Muholland's, but at another bar, probably the one featured in Michael Cera's Infinite Stroll Around New York. But, Muholland's really does deserve some credit as the lone outpost of testosterone in a battlefield of irony-plagued liquor establishments. It's too literal of a sports bar for non-sports loving hipsters to go there to hilariously wear Yankees shirts, only to ironically get drunk and then get wings just to smile and laugh at the fact that they're drunk and getting wings at a sports bar. So Muholland's, hats off to ya. It takes a bro to stand amongst the brahs.

August 10, 2009

Brooklyn's Urban Beekeepers


from SkeeterNYC on Vimeo.

Sometimes laws are meant to be broken. Meet a passionate crew of illegal urban beekeepers in Brooklyn, New York working on their very first honey harvest for their restaurants. Find out why raising bees on NYC rooftops is important for Mother Earth. And be inspired to get into the illegal "bees"ness of urban beekeeping in your own backyard or rooftop. It's not only fun, but dangerous, especially if you don't like wearing bee suits! Set in a secret location in East Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
Thanks Liza.

Lecture: Forbidden Playgrounds

Tonight's free lecture at Pete's Candy Store is intriguing.

From hidden subway tunnels to the tops of bridges, New York City is a playground of epic scale and drama. For the members of a growing class of urban thrill-seekers, the walls and fences that surround these jungle-gyms are as inviting as the velvet ropes outside a nightclub are to a drunken Jersey Girl. Join Urban Explorer/photographer Steve Duncan as he shares slides and tales of intrepid acts of trespassing and discovery in NYC and elsewhere, and learn about the hidden world that lies all around us.

It's at 7:30 at Pete's (709 Lorimer St.)

August 07, 2009

Bob Dylan Recording Christmas Album

This can't be a good idea.

He might be the last person you'd expect to pull a stunt like this, but Billboard reports that Bob Dylan is recording a Christmas album. The man is currently hard at work in Jackson Browne's recording studio in Santa Monica, and he's laid to wax at least four yuletide classics: "Must Be Santa", "Here Comes Santa Claus", "I'll Be Home for Christmas", and "O Little Town of Bethlehem". If the album hits record stores in time for the holiday season, it'll be Dylan's second full-length this year, following the sort of middling Together Through Life.
Really? Is he going to record "Rudolph" and "Grandma Got Run Over By a Reindeer" too?

Needless to say, this seems almost as ill-conceived as the Tarzan, Tonto, and Frankenstein holiday record:

[thanks Rumproast]

Is It Just Us, Or Is This Video Oddly Addictive

Captain Kirk is climbing a mountain.... why is he climbing the mountain?

Pool Party This Sunday With Fiery Furnaces


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We're pretty excited about Sunday's show. Fiery Furnaces are playing and their latest, I'm Going Away, is the strongest of their career. Hopefully the weather will hold. Last week's Dan Deacon show had to be moved to Brooklyn Bowl, so we're keeping our fingers crossed. Doors open at 2. See you there.

Simian Mobile Disco (DJ set) | Fiery Furnaces | Dark Meat | The Netherlands


More information at http://www.freewilliamsburg.com/h2oshows/.

August 06, 2009

Butt Out, Baghdad: Cig Laws Coming To Iraq

The AP is reporting that extensive smoking regulations may soon be enforced in Iraq, where packs run as little as 50 cents. If passed, there would be no lighting up in "government buildings, schools, movie theaters, sports facilities and on public transportation. It also bans the sale of cigarettes to anyone under the age of 18."

Come again? Freakin' Wyoming can't even pass a statewide ban on smoking in your enclosed workplace, and last I checked there was no threat of federal schism, Iranian manipulation, bombed out infrastructure, and/or murderous insurgency in its last throes or otherwise anywhere near Pappa Cheney's huntin' grounds. If al-Maliki and co. think they can enforce a law this Giuliani, Broken Windows-esque even in Iraq, perhaps it's time for Barack, or at least Petraeus, to start printing up some "Mission Accomplished" banners of his own.

Next up on Wheel Of Priorities, pooper-scooper crackdown in Kabul.

Album Giveaway: tUnE-yArDs Limited Screen Printed Edition of BiRd-BrAiNs

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Debut album BiRd-BrAiNs, out August 18th on 4AD, is the singular musical project of New England native Merrill Garbus, a.k.a tUnE-yArDs. Merril's ukulele brings forth a timid quality that can only be captured by the word endearing. In a Kimya Dawson-esque language, her somewhat awkward femininity blazes forward with a lonesome confidence.

The work is best described by Garbus herself as “a patchwork of sound snippets, of history in a present tense. It is a composer’s commitment to the preservation of stories, however small and unassuming.”-- self recorded on a handheld digital voice recorder and produced on free mixing software, with echoing drum loops and siren vocals.

We've got a copy of this Limited Edition Screen Printed DIY gem for TWO LUCKY READERS! Simply comment on the tUnE-yArDs thread on our Facebook page and you can become just as obsessed as I have...

Recently coming off tour with sound pioneers Micachu & The Shapes, tUnE-yArDs will be making a pit stop at Music Hall of Williamsburg on Sept 5th with troubadour Phosphorescent, before hitting up the UK with the lovely Dirty Projectors.

GO COMMENT IT UP ON OUR FACEBOOK TO WIN!

Plushy Tryouts

plushy-freaks.jpgThe pervy creepy bouncing plushies are looking for a few good men pervy creepy bouncing plushies. From our mailbag:

Club Animals attempts to see the world through the eye of a child, and with the other eye, an adult. To experience this logic, call the Candy Crack Delivery Service for a delivery of a 100% sugar crack rock (multi-colored and multi-flavored with snow cone syrup). In this twisted, childhood, role-playing experiment, expect a 7-foot tall man in a plush, blue fish mascot head, white gloves and a tuxedo to come knocking soon after you call or text for delivery. You can purchase a few candy crack rocks for $1 a pop in a 1" x 1" crack bag.

Furthermore, we're looking for a few good animals to expand our group. We are a daring, hard working performance group (best known for Free Bouncy Rides) looking for people with like-minded ideas to contribute.

Saturday, August 8th:
Club Animals Tryouts
440 Studios
440 Lafayette St, Manhattan
2-3pm sharp
Rooms: 4J, 4K
RSVP to clubanimalsnyc@gmail.com

Saturday, August 8th:
Candy Crack Delivery Service
Call or Text 347-742-2293 for delivery
10p-2am
*Serving Williamsburg and Greenpoint ONLY*
http://clubanimalsnyc.blogspot.com

Previously: Creepy, Lap-Bouncey, Pervy Plushies Now Delivering Crack.

Williamsburg Condo Developers Try Desperate Viral Marketing Campaign

As we've reported before, developers in Williamsburg are getting pretty desperate. Units remain unsold, construction plans are on hold. Crusty-ass gutter punks are squatting in abandoned lots originally intended for "luxury apartments." Still, the latest ploy by JMH Development to attract attention to their condos on 184 Kent Ave is nothing short of embarrassing. They're promoting a video for a satirical dating site exclusively for Williamsburg residents:

Can anyone say FAIL. Apparently the message of this video is that if you're a pasty, dullard from Wisconsin who sometimes gets mistaken for Jared the Subway dude, fear not. Buy a luxury condo on the Williamsburg waterfront and you'll be fucking braindead hipster hotties in no time. And like the poster behind Jared's brother, "Branston," informs us, you don't even have to be Jewish.

"Love is all about location," Branston tells us, forgetting that other age-old adage: effective advertising is all about not being a fucking imbecile.

If you click through to the website, www.williamsburglove.com set up by the developer, things don't get much better:

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Ugh. We're assuming they plan on pumping out more of these, since they've introduced some new characters on the website so stay tuned. Maybe the next episode can focus on Lenora cougaring it up with some young hipster dudes at a Deer Tick show at Market Hotel.

Berry Park or Where you will find me on the regular

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Berry Park has been in the making for months now and according to a post on Urban Daddy, this Friday was suppose to be the big day. I just called, however, and the grand opening has been moved to the 17th. Woo is me.
With 15 (!!) beers on tap, "beer-infused menu items," and a 3000 ft rooftop with a view over McCarren Park, Spuyten Duyvil might have some new competition for my favorite beer garden.

August 05, 2009

Best Music Site We've Found In A While...

portada.jpgSure, we love Pitchfork, Stereogum, and Brooklyn Vegan but sometimes it's nice to find a great blog that specializes in the vintage. El Diablo Tun Tun has been blowing us away. Lots of great album and cd rips for fans of vintage Country, Blues, Old Time, Calypso, Rag Time, Bluegrass, and much more.

Our favorite finds thus far are Scat Singing - The Art of Vocal Jazz (1927-1949) and Voodoo Blues - Hoodoo & Magical Practices . But there are hundreds more to choose from. Check out the full list at El Diablo Tun Tun. [via WFMU]

The Daily Footprint 08/05/09


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Blind Item: "What Pitchfork-magazine indie-music darling..."

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A blind item! From CDaN, via Defamer "What Pitchfork-magazine indie-music darling swears he doesn't drink, but was seen in Brooklyn Friday night downing martini after martini? Of course, he's also said he's following up his 2005 hit album with 48 albums more along the same theme and that hasn't exactly come to pass either."

Well, here's Pitchfork's top 50 albums of 2005, so have at it...

Commenters think his initials are SS because of the whole "50 states project" thing, which seems like a good guess to us. Any other candidates?

August 04, 2009

Biking Rules! (And So Does Winning Four Grand)

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We're so happy that NY is finally becoming a biker-friendly city. Help make it more so and qualify to win some hard cold cash:

Transportation Alternatives, NYC's leading advocates for cycling, announces the Biking Rules PSA Competition!

Submit PSAs (moving or still images ) with creative messages cyclists can follow for Rules of the Road and/or Why Biking Rules! to encourage new and old riders alike to get out and ride.

Grand Prize is $4000 cash and other prizes include a free Kona Bike, a consumer camera, and tons of cycling gear! Go to www.bikingrules.org/psa to submit and learn more about the Competition. Deadline to enter is August 31, 2009!

Still Images: including photography, poster art, graphic design, illustrations...

Videos: including narratives, documentaries, animations, and any other moving image. Entrants can submit both Do-It-Yourself Videos made with cell phones or consumer grade cameras or High-Definition Videos made with professional HD or HDV Cameras

Sign up and/or find our more here. [image via]

"If it's more than three lesions, that's too many..."

This is why our health care system is an epic fail. via cbs5.com

In late April, Shelly Andrews-Buta was scheduled to undergo treatment for breast cancer that had spread to her brain, threatening her life.... But instead of having doctors working to remove her brain tumors on the day the surgery was scheduled, she sat in a San Francisco hotel room... Blue Shield, decided it wasn't going to pay for the treatment her doctors at UCSF Medical Center had recommended.

Andrews-Buta was stunned. "I mean this is my life, this is my life, this isn't, gee, if we don't do it you're just going to have a cut that doesn't heal, this is you're going to die," she said.

Without treatment, her doctor told her she in fact would die: tumors had invaded 15 separate areas in her brain.... But the doctor said when it came to getting Blue Shield's approval for the procedure; she was surprised to learn that the company's policy lays out that a patient who has more than three brain tumors, what doctors call lesions, would not be covered for the gamma knife procedure.

Dr. Sneed felt the policy was unreasonable. "What I was up against was just a rule: 'Well, if it's more than three lesions, that's too many,'" Sneed said.

Meanwhile, Congress continues to pander to the insurers.

Glass Half Empty: Rise of the $4 Iced Coffee

dunkin.jpgLike many of the newly employed-ish, I am always searching for ways save a little cash. I have expanded my definition of the acceptably soft avocado, abstained from fancy imports such as Olde English, and I make my own coffee as often as my days allow. However, on torpid summer nights, I usually lack the foresight and/or sobriety to brew a pot and refrigerate it. As such, I am generally willing to drop a couple of bucks on a large iced coffee to make an inexplicable 15 minute wait for an L that much more pleasurable.

But I mean a few dollars. When the L Stop Cafe opened last Saturday at 490 Metropolitan, I had hopes that anyone heading to Lorimer from the west would have an efficient, affordable alternative to Sunac, and their occasionally hot-to-the-touch iced offerings and limited counter space. But at $4, L Stop's large iced is 60 percent more expensive than that at Sunac, Atlas, and almost any other shop nearby, where the going rate is $2.50. Even at Oslo, Grumpy, and your other ethos-included joe slingers, you're talking $2.75 or so. (Smaller maximum size, perhaps, but a darn sight better.) At the chains, you'll pay up to $3.03 at Starbucks, $2.65 at Cafe Europa, and about $3 for a large at Dunkin' which, I believe, is roughly equal in volume to your recommended daily intake of oxygen. In fact, the only other place I've ever seen a $4 iced is Espresso 77 in Jackson Heights. As the lone upmarket coffee shop in that 'hood, I was willing to chalk that up to supply and demand, but the L Stop, with plenty of competition nearby, has no such excuse. So is this the way the world is headed? Seems like only yesterday, before Neapolitan pies, people ate slices of pizza and the ever-rising cost of those had the city all worked up, talking inflation this, income disparity that. Is our ritualized, warm-weather caffeine boost any less important? Why get mad when our newly-arrived street urchins ask for our change if we're willing to throw it away on such grossly overpriced refreshments? And does anyone have any other examples of the $4 and up large brewed iced from around town to add to my nascent blacklist?

(Bonus: If someone can explain to me how the refrigerator space and ice require the huge markup on iced coffee to begin with, I'll buy you one myself. The $2.50 kind, that is.)

Auto-Tune the News #7

I love that Katie Couric is a recurring character and just hope Buchanan becomes one too. Best moment: Buchanan's fleeting guitar solo.

Rural Alberta Advantage Free at Music Hall Tonight

The Rural Alberta Advantage (or the RAA, if you're into acronyms) is playing a free show at the Music Hall tonight. Doors are at 8. The RAA are in town following the successful official release of Hometowns in July, their full-length debut that's been making the rounds at their shows since 2008.

August 03, 2009

Girls and Los Campesinos! Secret Show Tonight

Girls and Los Campesinos! are playing Union Pool tonight before kicking off their tour at Webster Hall tomorrow. $10 at the 8pm doors...Girls at 8:30.

All Points West '09, Recap

It already feels like APW happened a week ago. Three days of getting simultaneously sunburned and rain soaked, traveling home on the L train at peak weekend sexy hours covered in mud, and funnel cakes topped with meat and cheese. Moral of the story-- my body hurts and brain won't work, but for all the right reasons.

If you'd like actual commentary on the Liberty State Park festivities, check out our Twitter page. But if you're being lazy, like me, just take a look at the pretty pictures after the jump.

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The Cool Kids

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Kool Keith

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Ice-T making a cameo for his man Kool Keith

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Arctic Monkeys

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St. Vincent

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Gogol Bordello

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Neko Case

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Tokyo Police Club

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The Ting Tings

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Silversun Pickups

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We Are Scientists

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Mogwai

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Lykke Li

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Ghostland Observatory

[Special Thanks to Jessi Hofman and Rachel Stoewer for Photo Contributions]

Stupid Ass Prank

I realize that my IQ dropped about 20 points the moment I posted this, but I still kinda love it. Reminds me of the 'futuristic' TV programs in Mike Judge's Idiocracy. And you've got to respect the execution.

[via]

August 02, 2009

Pool Party Moved To Brooklyn Bowl

The sun just came out, but the music has been moved to Brooklyn Bowl at 6pm. Bands start at 7pm.

Jay-Z Dedicates APW Set To Adam "MCA" Yauch

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after a large countdown clock played out, Jay-Z launched on stage with a cover of the Beastie Boys' classic Licensed To Ill track, "No Sleep 'Til Brooklyn." He's now the first rapper to headline a major American rock festival, and maybe the first rapper to cover the first act to open up hip hop for white guys. He dedicated his entire set to Yuach

August 01, 2009

It's Over

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Tonight's the night

To quote the words of FREE DANGER:

"We would like to invite you to our last party for a long long time. We understand this is short notice but you don't want to miss this. Ear Pwr and Toro y Moi will be performing live. If you have been to our parties in the past, you know how much of a jam Ear Pwr are and we are super super excited for Toro y Moi to be playing as well considering his jams are on point.

Our great friend Alfredo will also be on hand mixing up a huge batch of his out of control tequila Sangria too.

Sara G will be DJing before and in between the bands.

If this wasn't enough we will also be unveiling our L.A. STORY installation.

Party starts promptly at ten. $5 donation for bands.
435 Broadway #406

We hope you can make it out.
Bring your friends, lets make this one count!"

All Points West '09, Day One

The rain, which began as an epic mood setter for the crooning Fleet Foxes, seemed to have something to prove on our first day at Liberty State Park. And although my shoes, purse, camera, and so on were basically ruined, my ears were not in the least bit disappointed-- a pleasant surprise from a festival that I was, quite honestly, meh about.

We'll try our best to live tweet it up tomorrow (if the weather complys), as the highlights of the day now seem to have happened days (not just hours) ago. Personal fave was definitely Jay-Z opening with a "No Sleep 'Til Brooklyn" cover, not to mention the Get Well MCA band around Karen O's arm. And in case you didn't get the memo, APW has announced that anyone with ticket stubs from Friday can enjoy an extra day of musical festivities, since that heavenly downpour was such a pain in our water logged fingers.

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Lots more photos after the jump...

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Ra Ra Riot

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The National

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Vampire Weekend

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Pharcyde

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Yeah Yeah Yeahs

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Is this how we throw our diamonds up?

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Jay-Z

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