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December 31, 2009

Don't Have Plans For NYE? Now You Do!!

So it's time to say goodbye to the year that brought us a million celebrity deaths, a huge money shaped hole in our hearts, and the swine flu. It's time to raise our champagne glasses, spot your closest sexy stranger and say "Hey 2009... FUCK YOU!" Here's a list of some of our recommended shitshows:

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Of course there's the Ohio Party and the bittersweet Monkeytown chilled out NYE

I'll be getting my free drink on from 10-11pm at K&M while the Rude Dudes drop some hits I can shake my ass to.

For "people who want to do awesome ass shit", Team Robespierre are playing a midnight show at Bruar Falls.

Bring in the Y2K V2.0 with the lovely folks at Bushwick's hottest restaurant, Roberta's-- there are rumors of a hot tub sauna so you can get your Real World on!

Shea Stadium's New Fears Party promises bands all night long and a 8am breakfast to bring in 2010 with-- the perfect way to avoid that January 1st hangover.

$29 will get you into two parties with TheDanger crew! In addition to the address listed on the New Lost City website, it'll be going on at 341 Scholes St. as well. Two parties for the price of one!

If you like pretending you're in Manhattan, Brooklyn Bowl will probably have some sort of epic 30 TV screen countdown going... Q Tip might also be there.

Also, if you only wanna spend $1 tonight, head on over to the Passion Pit afterparty

Those are our picks, let us know what else is up in the comments! Happy 2010, bitches!!

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YOU SHOULD DO THIS TONIGHT!

Celebrate New Years Eve with The Ohio Party DJ’s


"40 Bucks for an open bar starting at 10 that goes till 12:30 and includes free champagne and fake money so you can make it rainman like Pacman Jones at midnight."
check out the pics from their last party

December 30, 2009

Monkeytown New Year's Eve Performance Equals Total Victory

This New Year's Eve is, of course, a special affair for Monkeytown. As many of you have heard, Monkeytown will be closing its doors at the end of January. For their last intimate New Year's bash, they have picked a special family version of an Excepter performance. Over the course of the last four years, the Excepter takeovers of Monkeytown have been my favorite for their utilization of the backroom's space and their sometimes unpredictable choice of sound and visual aesthetics.

In October Excepter released the album and short film Black Beach on Paw Tracks. Shot on a brief vacation in California, Black Beach finds Excepter mining more chilled-out (sometimes microhouse) sonic territory.

December 29, 2009

I Love Ortego Taco Sauce it Makes My Taco Pop

It's time you clicked over to this wonderful remix: Taco Sauce vs. Peaches, compliments of the YTMND community.

December 23, 2009

FREEwilliamsburg's Best in Music 2009


In Brooklyn, 2009 will be remembered as the year that musicians got naked in videos, hipsters continued growing their beards, bloggers overused the term "glo-fi" — 297,000 hits in Google — and every person in Williamsburg and Bushwick transformed their loft into a DIY music club. It will also be remembered as the year music really got interesting again in New York. FREEwilliamsburg opened our doors in 1999 and ten years later we've never been more excited about the music scene in this city.

With so much great music available, compiling our annual 'best of' was a daunting task this year. These things are always pretty damn subjective, but we've done our best to put together a definitive list documenting all of tastes over here at the FREEdubya headquarters in Cripplebush. It's amazing how many of the below bands call Brooklyn their home. It's a great time for music in New York, and there's no better place to be than Brooklyn — the official epicenter of today's indie music scene. Let us know what you think in our comments section (like we need to ask) and keep on making music ya'll.

Happy Holidays. Check out our picks after the jump.

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THE TOP 40 — OUR FAVORITE ALBUMS OF 2009
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desire_lp_cover-1.jpg 40. Desire
II
(Italians Do It Better)
fanfarlo.jpg 39. Fanfarlo
Reservoir
(Topspin)
monolithsanddimensions.jpg 38. Sunn O)))
Monoliths & Dimensions
(Southern Lord)
waitingforyou200.jpg 37. King Midas Sound
Waiting for You
(Hyperdub)
cass.jpg 36. Cass McCombs
Catacombs
(Domino Recording Company USA)
2dancers.jpg 35. Wild Beasts
Two Dancers
(Domino Recording Co.)
seekmagic.jpg 34. Memory Tapes
Seek Magic
(Sincerely Yours)
m37871o8oly.jpg 33. Dan Deacon
Bromst
(Carpark Records)
here-we-go-magic.jpg 32. Here We Go Magic
Here We Go Magic
(Western Vinyl)
vibert.jpg 31. Luke Vibert
We Hear You
(Planet Mu)
lovelanguage.jpg 30. The Love Language
The Love Language
(Bladen County)
mymaudlincareer.jpg 29. Camera Obscura
My Maudlin Career
(4AD)
nasa.jpg 28. N.A.S.A.
The Spirit of Apollo
(Anti)
27. Woods
Songs of Shame
(Shrimper/Woodsist)
drift.jpg 26. Nosaj Thing
Drift
(Alpha Pup)
toeachizown.jpg 25. Dâm-Funk
Toeachizown
(Stones Throw)
24. Califone
All My Friends Are Funeral Singers
(Dead Oceans Records)
23. Raekwon
Only Built for Cuban Linx... Pt. II
(H2O/EMI)
22. Neon Indian
Psychic Chasms
(Lefse)
21. Cold Cave
Love Comes Close
(Matador)
20. Bat for Lashes
Two Suns
(Astralwerks/Parlophone)
19. Fiery Furnaces
I'm Going Away
(Thrill Jockey)
18. Allen Toussaint
The Bright Mississippi
(NoneSuch)
17. Yeah Yeah Yeahs
It's Blitz!
(Interscope)
16. Phoenix
Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix
(Loyauté/Glassnote)
post-nothing.jpg 15. Japandroids
Post-Nothing
(Unfamiliar/Polyvinyl)
14. Fever Ray
Fever Ray
(Mute/Rabid)
13. Pains of Being Pure at Heart
The Pains of Being Pure at Heart
(Slumberland)
12. Passion Pit
Manners
(Columbia/Frenchkiss)
11. Micachu & the Shapes
Jewellery
(Rough Trade)
10. M. Ward
Hold Time
(Merge Records)

M. Ward is so consistently good, most people overlooked Hold Time this year. Ashame, because it ranks among M. Ward's best work. We look forward to his upcoming release with Zooey Deschanel (swoon) in 2010, She & Him, Volume 2.
9. The Antlers
Hospice
(Frenchkiss)

Interesting back story notwithstanding, Hospice resonates because of the delicate beauty of Peter Silberman's voice juxtaposed with the swelling and contracting of the music. A brilliantly rich and dynamic album.
8. Atlas Sound
Logos
(Kranky)

We fell in like with this record the second we heard the single "Walkabout", featuring Panda Bear. Then, we fell in love with it when we heard "Quick Canal" with Stereolab's Lætitia Sadier. Keep up the amazing work Bradford Cox!
7. The xx
The xx
(Young Turks)

Sure, its sexuality and whispery vocals are calculated, but get the fuck out of those pants. Give this CD one listen you'll be ready to get it on.
6. Real Estate
Real Estate
(Woodsist)

And to think they played our 10 year annivesary party! Don't we feel lucky.
5. Julian Plenti
Julian Plenti... is Skyscraper
(Matador)

We've said it before, and we'll say it again Julian Plenti... is Skypscraper is the Turn On the Bright Lights of 2009. And although this is the solo debut of frontman Paul Banks, Skyscraper is basically the Interpol album we've been waiting for since 2002.
4. Dirty Projectors
Bitte Orca
(Domino)

Accessibility is key and it's what opened up Bitte Orca to so many new listeners. Audiences finally "got" Dave Longstreth's epic musical visions. And come on, those harmonies are like a glee club doing math rock.
3. Girls
Album
(True Panther/Matador)

We're the first to admit that Girls' debut isn't groundbreaking, but that's beside the point. Album is all about emotion, plain and simple. A gorgeous, surprisingly sophisticated record (listen with headphones) from start to finish. This is the best break-up record of the decade.
2. Grizzly Bear
Veckatimest
(Warp)

Some of us over here liked Yellow House better. We're looking at you Nicole. But that didn't stop us all from agreeing that Veckatimest was amazing. And we didn't even know we liked chamber pop. One of 2009's essential releases.
1. Animal Collective
Merriweather Post Pavilion
(Domino)

A predictable choice? Perhaps. But placing Merriweather Post Pavilion in the number one slot is only predicable because this was, hands-down, the stand-out album of the year. Every contributor on our staff placed it in their top ten. When we look back on 2009 in years to come, we'll all be humming "I don't mean to seem like I care about material things," an apt refrain for the year the economy went to the shitter.


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THE MOST DISAPPOINTING RELEASES OF THE YEAR
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Flaming Lips - Embryonic

What the what? This self-indulgent, overly long record pretty much sucked. And did we really need to see Wayne's man parts on display in the 'Watching the Planets' video?

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Mastodon - Crack the Skye

We love you Mastodon, so why'd you have to go and get all proggy on us?!

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OUR FAVORITE EPS RELEASED IN 2009
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1. Best Coast - Make You Mine
2. Animal Collective - Fall Be Kind
3. Small Black - Small Black
4. Beirut - March of the Zapotec
5. Blank Dogs - Under and Under & The Fields
6. Washed Out - Life of Leisure
7. Bon Iver - Blood Bank
8. No Age - Losing Feeling
9. Delorean - Ayrton Senna
10. Olof Arnalds - Vio og Vio
11. Kurt Vile - Constant Hitmaker & God Is Saying This to You
12. Memory Cassette - Call & Response

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OUR FAVORITE SINGLES NOT BY PHOENIX,
GIRLS, DIRTY PROJECTORS, ANIMAL COLLECTIVE,
AND/OR GRIZZLY BEAR

[in no particular order]
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das-racist.jpg"In For The Kill" by La Roux
"Beach Comber" by Real Estate
"Lips" by Micachu and the Shapes
"Control" by Kid Sister
"Deadbeat Summer"by Neon Indian
"Catholic Pagans" by Surfer Blood
"Marrow" by St. Vincent
"Easy Answers" by These Are Powers
"You Saved My Life" by Cass McCombs
"Lindsay Brohan" by Javelin
"Kettering" by The Antlers
"Moth's Wings" by Passion Pit
"Cosmic Love" by Florence and the Machine
Feel it All Around by "Washed Out"
"Blood Bank" by Bon Iver
"Best I Ever Had" by Drake
"Die Slow" by HEALTH
"Daylight" by Matt & Kim
"Rave On" by M. Ward
"You Do You" by Bear in Heaven
"Lalita" by The Love Language
"Seasun" by Delorean
"Madagascar" by Lake
"Quitters Raga" by Gold Panda
"Seven" by Fever Ray
"My Boys" by Taken By Trees
"Walkabout" by Atlas Sound
"Hip Hop" by N.A.S.A.
"We Hear You" by Luke Vibert
"Apollo and the Buffalo and Anna Anna Anna Oh!" by Sunset Rubdown
"Combination Pizza Hut And Taco Bell (Wallpaper Remix)" by Das Racist

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RECORDS WE'RE THE MOST EXCITED ABOUT IN 2010
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Beach House - Teen Dream
[advance single "Norway"]

Toro Y Moi - Causers Of This
[advance single "Blessa"]

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OUR TOP FIVE VIDEOS OF 2009 [in no particular order]
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"Two Weeks" by Grizzly Bear


"Audacity of Huge" by Simian Mobile Disco


"Feel it All Around" by Washed Out


"Kids" by MGMT


"Pon de Flor" by Major Lazor


"Lessons Learned" by Matt & Kim


Vote!

Go forth and vote for Hipster of the Decade. Carles of Hipster Runoff is totally killing it right now. Kari the Hipster Grifter is not doin' so hot.

December 22, 2009

Hipster Foldables: The Nutcracker

nutcracker_illus.jpg It's our holiday gift to you: The Hipster Nutcracker. Just what you've always wanted, right! Just cut, fold and tape as instructed here and you'll have the perfect gift for all your skinny jeans-wearing friends.

Thanks again to Bryan. And remember, send us photos/suggestions for future foldables!

DOWNLOAD THE HIPSTER NUTCRACKER PDF HERE.

Instructions on assembling here.

Previously:
Mr. Skinny Jeans
The Gutter Punk
The Hipster Grifter
Hip Kyp Malone

My Jeans Are Tighter Than Yall’s

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Dogs Electrocuted at 335 Union Avenue

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Two dogs in the past week have been zapped by electricity flowing through the sidewalks in front of 335 Union Avenue, due to a landlord's faulty wiring job.

Yesterday morning 80-year-old Matthew Voto asked a friend to take his 7-year-old dog Princess for a walk in his East Williamsburg neighborhood, and the poor pup was shocked right there on the sidewalk of 335 Union Avenue. Voto said his friend "ran up, he said your dog got sort of electrocuted, something went wrong."

Don't be another Princess! Keep your dogs off Union (for now).

Inside the Bushwick Trailer Park (Video)

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A small crew out in Bushwick have taken to living in a "artist community/trailer park" warehouse, which they lovingly call "The Nut Factory," and yes, they're looking for new tenants just like you!

For just $590/month, one gets access to a one-bedroom camper, a darkroom, recording studio, performance stage, gym, storage screen printing room and workshops for ceramics, metal and woodworking.

They say it'll be non-smoking and pet-free, but community overlords Hayden Cummings and his two business partners have already broken that rule with their dog Murray and cat Buddy. Socialism is never fair! (I kid, this isn't socialism. There's nothing more American than people living in trailers, in a warehouse, in Brooklyn, communally, with a limit on dogs, and a monthly fee, and overlords.)

From Craigslist:

Here's the story: A few individuals with a rooted commitment to providing affordable studio space for artists have signed a lease on a 6,500ft2 space with access to a huge backyard. The indoor space will accommodate a number of shared facilities (darkroom, recording studio, screen printing room and workshops for ceramics, metal, woodworking, etc.). The backyard will have 25 campers that will be rented out as private artist studios. Imagine your own mini-building with windows on all sides! Rent for a private camper will include access to all shared facilities. Located just off the Montrose [L] stop, it's in the middle of the East Williamsburg/Bushwick hotbed of creativity.

And here, a look inside:

Further class reading: Rented Spaces, h/t Gawker

December 21, 2009

FREEwilliamsburg Headquarters Is In Cripplebush

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It's not a very glamorous name, but we still kinda like it:

Did you know that Brooklyn was originally made up of six seperate towns? Five of them Dutch, and one English. They were called: Bushwick, Flatlands, Flatbush, Brooklyn, New Utrecht, and the English town of Gravesend. The Brooklyn town was made up of Wallabout, Cripplebush, Brooklyn Village or Breukelen, Bedford and Gowanus. Cripplebush?

Cripplebush Road is now long gone, and ForgottenNY points out that it "ran NE from the colonial village of Bedford Corners (at about today's Bedford and Fulton) to Long Island City, passing through the old village of Cripplebush, now a part of Williamsburg."

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Green Fitness Grand Opening Today!

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SPONSORED POST


Ticket Giveaway: Ring In the New Year with Titus Andronicus

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FREEwilly has got a pair of tickets to see Titus Andronicus, along with the So So Glos, late on New Year's Eve. So after you pop your champagne and kiss the closest stranger, you and your lucky new friend can head on over to the Mercury Lounge where you can slam dance the loneliness of 2009 away.

Along with the tickets, one lucky reader will receive the exclusive Live In London LP, The Innocents Abroad! The band's second full-length, The Monitor, is expected out on March 9th on XL Recordings.

Just head on over to our Facebook page and comment on the contest thread, and you could start 2010 off right!

December 18, 2009

Savoir Adore & French Horn Rebellion

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Electro-pop dance duo French Horn Rebellion and Indie lit pop-rock darlings Savoir Adore are a creatively incestuous band — jumbling band members for live performances, recordings, mixings and music video cameos. Deciphering who is a full-time member in what band can only be done with a web/flow chart and a retractable pointer for emphasis.

Whether these musical acts are playing together or apart, each group is heralded for their success in their respective genre. Savoir Adore has been steadily building its buzz after releasing their highly anticipated full length album, In the Wooded Forest earlier this year. French Horn Rebellion meanwhile has been developing a strong reputation for their monthly Brass Magic dance parties and their single, "Beaches Friends" has been remixed by the likes of the Twelves, Hey Champ and Database.

The familiarity between the two bands' members translates to an impressive high energy party and live performance punctuated with fist pumping and book ended with unabashed dancing. If you had a long week or are bracing yourself for a game, "Family Patronizing Bombardment" this holiday season, just "dance it out" like an a-hole Friday, December 18th at 11PM at Cameo Gallery where Savoir Adore and French Horn Rebellion are co-headling.

SAVOIR ADORE

1. What is your relationship with French Horn Rebellion?

Best friends! David plays keyboard and guitar in Savoir Adore. Deidre sings in FHR. Paul plays drums in FHR. David Perlick-Molinari is dating Deidre Muro. Robert Perlick-Molinari dates Paul Hammer's sister. An inspiring tangled web...

2. When Savoir Adore performs, you play as a five piece but when you record, Savoir Adore is just a duo. How does the dynamic of your live band differ given the additional band mates?

It's definitely different. Given the nature of our recording process, we always knew our songs were going to sound and feel different live, especially because Deidre and I would no longer be in control of every element. This dynamic is exciting though — and to have [bassist Sasha, drummer Timmy and David] add their own touch makes our live performances feel fresh and spontaneous.

3. Earlier this year, Savoir Adore released their full length album In The Wooded Forest which naturally included some gems you'd already been performing prior. How do you keep your set fresh and new to your more loyal fans?

It's difficult for sure. We try and mix up sets with segues, new intros and instrumental transitions so it's a different experience ever time. We also try to incorporate "nuggets" from our ever-expanding catalog, as transitions or mini-pieces. It's definitely important to keep our sets fresh, for ourselves and for our fans.

4. Savoir Adore is critically praised for its impressive live musicianship which from an audience perspective looks both sweaty and draining. How do you physically feel after a show? Emotionally feel?

Thrilled, exhausted yet energized. Paul often needs some kind of refueling... usually in the form of tacos. It'll be especially intense Friday night; back to back sets = a very sweaty event.


FRENCH HORN REBELLION

1. What is your relationship with Savoir Adore?

We are partners in international music making and crime fighting.

2. It's an undisputed fact that New York crowds are especially critical of live Indie acts. How do you motivate your audience to dance (or at very least smile while shifting their weight)?

Well, New York crowds, I think, are great. We are the same people everywhere we go and have tons of fun. I think fun may be contagious.

3. Your latest single, "Beaches and Friends" (and its onslaught of remixes from the Twelves, Hey Champ and Database) sounds like it should be everyone's spring break anthem. Does it feel out of place to perform this song in the middle of a New York December?

No because the song is about the mysterious and elusive ways that your muse plays with you. I feel like in the winter your muse just gets more mysterious and elusive. It doesn't matter the season, we keep saying, "We gotta get back to the shore" and it reminds us of where we should be creatively.

4. French Horn Rebellion just wrapped a mini-tour with Tigercity and remixed their song, "Ancient Lover." Have you guys received any guidance from Tigercity — be it direct or indirect advice?

Yes. I believe they agreed with me that Paul Hammer and Jane Hammer in fact do look alike... I mean they are siblings. And I think indirectly [Tigercity has] encouraged us to continue to be ourselves. They thought we were nuts when we took a pit stop in Orlando to go to Disney world but they said it was a good kind of nuts.

-- by Janice Chou

December 17, 2009

TONIGHT! Free Danger Record Release Party!!

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Tonight at Death By Audio, come celebrate the second release from our homies Free Danger-- a 12" of Future Islands remixes by some of our favorite musical friends.

Performing live tonight will be those aforementioned talents-- Pictureplane, Javelin, Jones, and Moss of Aura (which is the very talented Victoria of Beach House), not to mention Future Islands themselves.

Post Office Wave Chapel will be available hot off the presses on the Free Danger website in early January 2010. Show starts at 8pm, $7 at the door. See y'all there!!

Hello, Do You Play Kickball?

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Because if so, tonight is your big glorious kickball party! It starts in a little over an hour at Berry Park, and there will be dancing, prancing, and probably cross-team fucking in the bathrooms. Ladies and gentlemen, your info:

This year, McCarren's newest and classiest booze hall, Berry Park, is proudly hosting our 4th Annual Christmas Party! Please spread the word, as we are collaborating with Greenpoint's Lighthouse Church to provide toys for kids otherwise not getting one. I ask you all to bring a toy to put under Berry Park's gorgeous 12 foot tree (I sold it to them). I also am collaborating with the other leagues, so no kid feels like they've been bad.

If giving isn't enough, I have arranged for the best and most appropriate music in town, with the jolly Reverend Vince Anderson to rock us out! We have "Coin Flip" happy hours from 7-9, where you buy a beer, and then flip a coin to see if you get a free one! Lastly, Berry Park has just opened their kitchen, and I can assure you, it's fucking delish. The smell of it just kisses you when you enter this candlelit haven.

Have fun, send pictures, call your mother.

Monkeytown Closing Due to "Landlord Issues"

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Total bummer. Brooklyn Based has the news that Monkeytown will be shutting down on January 24th, 2010 due to "landlord issues."

Sad news comes by way of Monkeytown’s owner Montgomery Knott, who tells us that due to landlord issues the space will close on January 24, 2010. The venue brought dinner and a movie to next levels (like this week’s 6-course ski lodge meal with vintage ski movies projected on the four screens).

Great. There goes Williamsburg's best place for mushroom tripping. Now what, f'n Hugs again?! The park's too cold these days. I guess there's always Barcade or something but you'd have to do this on a weeknight, as Saturday's crowds might sent you into a very uncomfortable downward spiral. Kellogg's could be nice?

(photo of the Monkeytown couches and sleepies by cameronfactor)

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December 16, 2009

Highway Gimps Are Back, Organs Are Awesome

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Forget your holiday party!

The Brooklyn What

Highway Gimps

Organs

The Sleepies

December 15, 2009

Golden Globe Nominations Announced, Lieberman to Filibuster

Please, make Lieberman go away. I've got a new one up on Huffington Post satirizing the whole debacle.

Just hours after the nominations for the 67th annual Golden Globe Awards were announced, Senator Joe Lieberman of Connecticut threatened to filibuster the ceremony should key concessions fail to be met.

"Unless Vince Vaughn gets a nod for his excellent work in Couples Retreat," said Lieberman, "I just cannot support the nominations. Sure, the American people love George Clooney and he was great in Up in the Air," continued Lieberman. "But if Vaughn is overlooked in the Best Actor category, I will have no choice but to filibuster."

Read it all.

Free Section of Williamsburg's Craigslist

For the love of God, someone please claim this.

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Hi,

I made this Towelie costume for Halloween and have no further use for it. Please come and take it if you need it!! I can leave the cardboard I used to keep the shoulders up in if you want, but I can't garauntee if will be in the best shape. Also please note this only includes the blue towel part, not the shirt or socks underneath.

Let me know if you want it! Otherwise it will just be thrown out!

December 14, 2009

'Tis The Season

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Secret Adam Green Show at Lit Lounge Tonight

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Here's the info from the man himself:

GOOD NEWz!!!
I am PLayingk a Surprise Full-BANd Showe at LiT LOUNGE (2nd Ave. and 5th st.)
ON MoNDAY The 14th
With THe SHinIng Twins
and Delilah
Its ONLY SIX DOLLARZ
THE SHINING TWINS Go on at 9:56pm
DELILAH Goez on at 10:49pm
and I (ADAM GREEN) Go on at 11:27pm
This Seems like a good idea!
KOme!

Keep a lookout in the next few weeks, as we'll be talking to Adam about his upcoming album, Minor Love, out on February 16th, 2010.

Biker Struck And Tragically Killed In Greenpoint

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This is devastating:

A British-born Brooklyn DJ died yesterday when she was sideswiped by a truck as she rode her bike in Greenpoint.

Solange Raulston, 33, known as DJ Reverend Soul, had been set to play a gig just hours after the noon tragedy.

"She's the life of the party, a real bright star," said her heartbroken pal and fellow musician Jesse Graham. "She's known as a dancer and a socialite in London and Israel."

Raulston, who moved to New York five years ago, was riding her mountain bike on Nassau Avenue to her day job at a florist when she was hit.

The truck driver was not charged.

"Solange was an outrageously kind, genuine and a very creative person," said her distraught roommate, who asked that her name not be printed.

Raulston, who toured in Tel Aviv and London, was a huge fan of '60s and '70s funk acts.

"If you came to her requesting something else, she would tell you to move," said pal Ethan Shorter. "All she wanted to play was that or the Ray Charles Christmas album. That was her favorite."

Last night, one of her bands, Soul Survivor, played a tribute to her at the Williamsburg music club Bembe.

Of course the elephant in the room is that New York can be an incredibly dangerous place to bike. Be careful out there!


hat tip Gawker

Author Jonathan Safran Foer Doesn't Just Have Sex Whenever He Feels Like It

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The Park Slope author of “Eating Animals" sat down with Gersh Kuntzman of The Brooklyn Paper (who shamelessly ordered a chicken sandwich), to talk about the "fecal soup" baths at factory farms, famous people reading his books, and yep, the parallels of sex and steak.

Yes, Jonathan Safran Foer misses a good steak. He said it. But for him, the key for the future of humanity is to simply stop seeking to gratify all of our worst cravings just because we can.

“I love having sex, and I love it a lot more than I like having a steak,” he said. “But I curtail that craving. I don’t act on it whenever I feel like it.”

Everybody loves a good piece of meat from time to time, but you'll help save the planet if don't just go and hump it. Park Slope, you're so sexy these days!

December 13, 2009

The Life Magazine Photo Archive of Santa School

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This is truly a fantastic waste of time. [via WFMU]

December 12, 2009

Saturday Night Happenings Worth Checking Out

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If you've been drinking at Brooklyn Bowl all day, or if you're looking to start your night, here are a few things to check out on your drunken romp through the 'hood in the bitter cold...

First, one of our favorite new local bands, Steel Phantoms, is playing at Glasslands with Calypso, The Chairs, and No Place-- and now they have merch!

Dirty Nerdy Dance Party at Beauty Bar tonight, bringing you "the sweaty smart fun your nasty-ass craves..."-- no cover with drink specials all night.


Vivian Girls playing with Yellow Fever and Happy Birthday at Death By Audio

Here's a party that looks like it'll probably get shut down.

And, there's also a Danger "Sugar Rum Cherry" Holiday Party going on, put on with the help of the 3rd Ward folks we all love so much:

Explore twelve thousand square feet of debauched festivities that somehow mixes the best elements of all holiday traditions while respecting none. With dirty Santas, seductive elves, Rockette(ish) dance troupes, flaming circus acts, all-night dance floors, live brass bands, cheap drinks, mistletoe and an abundance of whip-cream and cherries.

TOMORROW, assemble in the name of Bedford Ave Bike Lanes!

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December 11, 2009

O'Death Playing The Music Slut's Party @ Brooklyn Bowl

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From The Music Slut's Twitter...surprise!

O'DEATH are playing a surprise show at our party tomorrow at your venue! Settime, 6pm, FREE! RETWEET!

Go forth and retweet this communication, for this show shall rock your pretty little faces off! This is a free show from a great local music blogger. So, naturally, go party. Doors are at 12:00, show starts at 1.

Kill Yourself or Die Trying's First Last and Only Show

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Kill Yourself or Die Trying, a collaborative performance art piece by Brooklyn painter Kevin Fey and musician Pablo Douzoglou (Sigmund Droid, Apes and Androids), has released a few EPs written in one day sessions over the past few years. Tonight, they are playing their first, last, and only show at Coco 66 with The Falling of the Bright. There is indeed an emo-y dress code of black or blue jeans for boys and a red top for girls.

Ólöf Arnalds Covers Johnny Cash

From La Blogotheque's Take Away Shows:

Flight Of The Conchords Will Not Return For Third Season

We're going to miss you Bret and Jemaine

Bret, Jemaine and James (co-creator/director) said “we’ve noticed the less we say about the future of the show, the more people want to talk about it, so in an effort to reverse this trend we are today announcing that we won’t be returning for a 3rd season. We’re very proud of the two seasons we made and we like the way the show ended. We’d like to thank everyone who helped make the show and also everyone who watched it. While the characters Bret and Jemaine will no longer be around, the real Bret and Jemaine will continue to exist.

German Techno Chicken

Best Believe: This is happening tonight!

Ohio Party 10
"$1 Colt 45’s that come with a hangover so bad you won’t even remember the nasty human that you tongue kissed the previous evening."

ALWAYS FREE!
ALWAYS OUTRAGEOUS
ALWAYS WWW.OHIOPARTY.COM

December 10, 2009

Ticket Giveaway: Shilpa Ray & Fiery Furnaces at MHoW 12/11

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Tomorrow night, Shilpa Ray and Her Happy Hookers will take the stage at Music Hall of Williamsburg, followed by the Fiery Furnaces, to rock your socks off. Don't you love it when your socks get rocked off? Don't you wish you could go to the show to do just that? Don't wanna spend any of that recession money you've saved up to buy your mom a scarf for the holidays?

Well, you're in luck, dear reader!-- because we're giving away a pair of tickets to see Shilpa, and the Furnaces, and Private Income all on one stage at our favorite N 6th venue. That's right! All you have to do is Facebook/Twitter ego stroke us and you could win!

Comment on the thread here or RT this and your socks may be rocked off by some fabulous ladies for free....

Williamsburg Openings

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There's a couple of great new places in the hood. First off, if you haven't been to The Manhattan Inn, drop everything and go tonight. Great drinks, great food and live piano jazz and ragtime music. As our friend Kate said, the vibe is a little "Deadwoodish," but in a good way.

The Woods opened a few weeks ago and has quickly become a staff favorite for cheap drinks and tacos. Also, we just tried M Noodle Shop and loved their noodles. If you like M Shanghai Bistro you'll be happy because it's run by the same people.

In other news, according to Brooklyn Based the rumors are true... there will be a Freemans Williamsburg, which of course should come as no surprise.

Mountain Man / Alex Bleeker

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On Friday December 11th, Mountain Man, Alex Bleeker, Liam the Younger, and Luka (No Demons Here) will descend upon the majestic Lutheran Church of the Messiah in sleepy Greenpoint, Brooklyn for a night of quiet, unamplified ballads and hymns. It's a real pleasure to host this show in the amazing Church, which has previously been host to performances by Mt. Eerie, Marissa Nadler, Calvin Johnson, and Kria Brekkan, among others. The intimate venue, along with a heaping of blankets, should make the Church basement feel more like a coffee house, or house show, which, in my opinion, is the only way to absorb real, honest to god Folk music.

Here's a good feel of what Mountain Man will be like live:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sz4MFJlT_LY

BYOB (The B stands for Blankets, and Bourbon).
There'll be cider, but you'll have to bourbon it up yourself on the down-low.
It is a show at a church, ya know.

====| FRIDAY 12/11 @ GREENPOINT LUTHERAN CHURCH |====

|| Mountain Man
|||| Alex Bleeker
|||||| Liam the Younger
|||||||| No Demons Here

| GREENPOINT LUTHERAN CHURCH OF THE MESSIAH |
129 Russell St | Greenpoint, Brooklyn | Next to McGolrick Park
G-Nassau, L-Graham | 8pm | all ages | BYOB

Williamsburg's Fatty 'Cue

Usually when you think of BBQ, you think of richly sauced, sweet, slathered meats dripping with barbecue sauce. But not this place. Not Fatty ‘Cue — where mostly what’s dripping is fat. Deliciously cured and intensely smoked meat fat…

Meet Andrew Pressler, the Chef de Cuisine at the soon-to-launch Fatty ‘Cue in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. He’s showcasing a new concept for delivering high quality, heritage breed meats on the barbie. Introducing the unique spices and flavors from all over Malaysia and Thailand to the bbq lover’s palettes, a passion set in motion by the Fatty ‘Cue founders, Executive Chef Zac Pellaccio and BBQ Pitmaster Robbie Richter. These are flavors they’ve come to master through years of testing and perfecting. A menu full of new ideas that they say, “Americans are ready for”.

So, get ready to get your hands greased up on animal lard, because this, my friends, is their specialty…

by Liza deGuia

Paper Heart DVD Contest

Paper Heart, the adorable fakeumentary that tells a tale of awkward love between comedy sweethearts Charlyne Yi and Michael Cera, was released on DVD last week-- and we've got a little prize package for one lucky reader. Comment on our Facebook thread OR head on over to Twitter and RT the following:

RT @freedubya loves me so much, they're giving me the chance to win a Paper Heart DVD prize package! RT to enter! http://bit.ly/64jH9j

With the holidays upon us, it's a great gift for the one you're pretending not to love. So go social network it up!

Toro y Moi live on Public Access TV


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Neon Indian's Alan Palomo

by Janice Chou

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Neon Indian is the musical side project of Alan Palomo from the 80's inspired synth-pop band VEGA. Despite sharing a key component (namely, composer Alan Palomo) Neon Indian is a musical deviation from VEGA. Neon Indian's sound blurs grinding guitars and synths and old samples underneath somber lyrics with a dance hook.

What started as an apology song astutely titled, "Should Have Taken Acid With You," Neon Indian has flourished into an audio/visual wonder as Palomo partnered with video artist Alicia Scardetta to contribute to Neon Indian's live visuals. Neon Indian attempted to remain anonymous and successfully alluded the public before their popularity caught up to them.

Since then Neon Indian has received the prestigious, "Best New Music" merit badge from Pitchfork and has gained serious notoriety for two Grizzly Bear, "Cheerleader" remixes dubbed: Sega Genesis P-Orridge and Studio 6669.

Alan Paomo discusses with Free Williamsburg both VEGA and Neon Indian and his artistic plans to stimulate and fascinate (the drug addled and sober alike) New York crowd at his upcoming shows. Neon Indian will be playing at Brooklyn Bowl on Thursday, December 17th with openers Tigercity and Awesome New Republic. Doors at 6PM, show at 9PM. Cover is $5.

1. Does your music with VEGA influence your music as Neon Indian? And vice versa?

It definitely takes a bit of coordination. The initial desire to conceive separate projects tends to be kind of compulsive to begin with so most of the planning and distribution of time happens after the fact. I'll get majority stoked about the concept behind it, write some songs and make a band page for it before having that realization of, "Oh shit! I gotta play this live." That definitely happened with Neon Indian.

I initially didn't have any particular expectations and just wanted to write these songs in rapid procession as kind of a creative exercise. In terms of musical influence though, I'd say they only really bleed into each other on rare occasion. And I think much of it is just dictated by the fact that at times, I can be a bit unconscious of my isms and idiosyncrasies when it comes to writing music.

Overall though, they seem to come from such separate places that I find it pretty easy to keep them on their own creative paradigms.

2. With both of your musical projects being so popular in their own respects, do you find it difficult to balance the two — especially with your tour this fall and winter?

Weighing the tours and writing is definitely a challenge. I'll finish a Neon Indian remix and then immediately get two for VEGA so I'll be forced to shift gears all the while packing gear onto a van, airplane, etc. Keeps me on my toes for sure. And next year when the VEGA LP unfolds it'll be even more so delirium inducing.

I like working like that though. Lets me stay in my head for a while and not internalize any of the exposure. Being conscious of where I'm at on a given tour or fresh from releasing some music gets to be creatively arresting. I'd rather just keep writing till I find a good stopping point and the only thing I'll want to do is disappear in a
mysterious boating accident only to re-immerge six months later with no recollection of my travels and a penance to write mod jams. I day-dream about having a mod band quite often.

3. As people began connecting the dots and realized you were in both Neon Indian and VEGA, did you want to keep the musical projects separate?

Well my initial desire to preserve anonymity for Neon Indian was based on the notion that I didn't want people to judge the project preemptively. I figured I'd just let it develop on its own and see what kind of impression it would garner over time.

4. If you could have it your way, would people have ever noticed the connection?

Eventually it became more of a nuisance to do that once I started doing interviews, playing live, and overall just exposing myself to my audience. These days I guess I don't mind it so much though.

It seems like people are equally supportive of both and the projects tend to just reflect on me as a song writer, through whichever incarnation that might be. That in particular has been a new thing to deal with; when someone associates a name rather than just an ambiguous entity with a musical project.

My only desire to really keep them that separate in terms of associations would be to let the personalized aesthetic of the band sink in, or to not have them be described in comparison to each other as a, "trippy-er VEGA' or a, "dance-ier Neon Indian."

5. When Neon Indian first gained notoriety for its music and piqued curiosity among bloggers and listeners, how did you feel to remain anonymous as everyone applauded your music?

It was definitely weird in a fun way. I'd walk around Austin and randomly hear a conversation pop up at a restaurant, "I think they live in Austin but it's tough to say, I think brother met them at a party."

It almost became an inside joke amongst friends as the speculations became more absurd. I'd read blog posts saying things like MGMT, Gang Gang Dance, and at some point I think I read the, "Brooklyn girl was St. Vincent." I almost wanted to put out a fake press statement saying it was Jonathan Taylor Thomas or someone completely arbitrary like that to blow people's minds.

But to even have people draw comparisons to bands like was a very flattering thing. I had my fair share of fun with it but it was also nice to reveal myself and start talking about the music first hand.

6. What was your reaction to the shout out by Grizzly Bear? Did you have any connection to Grizzly Bear's music before Ed Droste pointed Neon Indian out? Did you have any music inclinations to remix Grizzly Bear prior?

I was tremendously humbled. I think that was the first real moment of realization that people were really responding to the songs. To have a peer like Ed in a musical community I've followed since I heavily got into music early on in high school even acknowledge the fact that its floating around out there and that he's diggin' it was a really great push of encouragement.

I was actually in Melbourne hanging out with Ben [Vanguarde of Miami Horror] doing some vocals for his album when it happened. We were eating breakfast and I saw like 20 re-Tweets pop up about it. I messaged Ed shortly after and the idea to remix some stuff with both Neon Indian and VEGA just popped up. I knew then I'd have my work cut out for me when I got back.

The remix thing happened shortly after that. It didn't start off as two remixes of the same song which is kind of funny. I finished a rough cut of the '6669' version and decided I wanted to tweak a few things. I ended up pushing it so far that what I got was a different song entirely. 'Sega Genesis P-Orridge' version was kind of just a happy accident in that way. Overall though I was happy with the results. There's just so much to that song that it was pretty easy for it to inspire musical tangents to build off of.

7. Do you collaborate in any way on Alicia's visuals? Does Alicia provide you with any musical feedback?

Well, when I initially invited her on to work on Neon Indian, we had the idea of making it a feedback process in which we'd send each other tidbits of content and just random media in general to fuel the writing process.

It was a bit pre-emptive on my part given that she's heavily involved in school and that unfortunately our schedules don't really intersect very well. It might be something that happens more actively in the future but for the time being I'm focusing on just the music.

I have about 3 music videos in production for Psychic Chasms that are slated for release early next year in collaborate with a few filmmaker friends I've always wanted to work with though.

For the upcoming New York shows in particular one of them is coming up with us to do visuals for the live performances. He recently built his own video synthesizer amongst a few other crazy toys so that'll be a pretty unique show. If it goes over pretty well we'll hopefully make it a regular thing for the shows. The kind of stuff he pulls of kind of looks like what a Commodore 64 being dipped in sulfuric acid would give you if you patched some burnt RCA cables to it: lots of geometric static patterns and nauseating saturations. I remember when we did it at Fun Fun Fun Fest I'd periodically get stuck staring at it during the songs instead of facing the audience. Definitely fun to look at. Hopefully I'll stay focused this time around.

December 09, 2009

There Will Be Pool Parties!

via Brooklyn Paper

At ease, hipsters, it now looks like the “pool parties” will be back this summer.

The state Department of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation has backtracked from its announcement six weeks ago that East River State Park would not be able to accommodate Jelly NYC’s concert series for a second year, paving the way to a summer of outdoor music and dance.
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“There’s still some paperwork, but as far as state parks is concerned, there will be concerts,” said Rachel Gordon, the regional director for state parks.

It’s unclear what the sticking point was, but the prospect of a concert-less summer prompted community groups and Sen. Chuck Schumer — an apparent “pool party” fan — to rally for another year in East River State Park, the default location after the parties were booted in 2008 from McCarren Park Pool so that space could be restored as an actual swimming hole.

Jonathan Coulton at MHoW Tonight

Geek rock icon Jonathan Coulton is playing his last show of the year tonight at the Music Hall. He is the man. You should probably go see his show if you aren't already planning on going.

Here's arguably his most famous single, Code Monkey, in which he sings about a "code monkey," (dev guy who writes code) trying to get a girl. It's cute, catchy, and all that. He's also friends with John Hodgman!

Ticket are still avail for $24, but maybe if you hit JonathanCoultonhim up on Twitter he'll guest list you in. Or maybe he'll just say hello. No promises.

Rachel Tears Crazy Homophobe New Asshole

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December 08, 2009

Another Tuesday, another remix

I always respect a download link so I don't have to go hunt for the track.

Hipsters Repaint Bike Lanes


But Baruch Herzfeld, who has tried to bridge the gap between hipsters and Hasids with a bike-rental program, said safety is not the issue so much as xenophobia.

"They don't want the hipsters in their neighborhood," he said. "It's like in Howard Beach back in the day when they didn't want black people in the neighborhood."

In case you haven't been following the story, you can find out more here.

December 07, 2009

Obama to Let Congress Decide If White House Card Should Say "Happy Holidays" or "Merry Christmas"

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I've got a new piece over at The Huffington Post. Here's a taste:

Determined to avoid mistakes made by previous administrations, Obama announced on Friday that he'd let Congress be responsible for the language used on the White House's annual holiday card.

"War on Christmas reform is one of the most important issues facing our nation today," said Press Secretary Robert Gibbs. "Should the president send out a card that says 'Merry Christmas?' Should it say 'Happy Holidays?' Does using an image of Frosty the Snowman on the cover become more inclusive if Frosty's wearing a colorful Kwanzaa vest and lighting a Menorah? These are all important questions for Congress to consider," said Gibbs. [...]

Though the war on Christmas debate is far-reaching, the public's attention has culminated around the White House card controversy. Fox News commentator Glenn Beck alleged that Obama is "passing the buck" about the card for religious reasons

"Wake up people, he's a Muslim," said Beck on Fox News, adorned in a hand-knit sweater with a large Santa stitched into its front (pictured).

"I don't even know if they have Christmas in Kenya," said Beck. "If Obama had his way, the White House card would read 'Happy Ramadan' and feature a picture of Santa driving a sleigh strapped with explosives."

Read it all here.

Milk Is Sweet, Bro


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December 06, 2009

The Daily Footprint 12/06/09


Hope st. and Driggs

December 04, 2009

Rockwood Revival's First Show TONIGHT

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Come out to Northeast Kingdom and enjoy Brooklyn's new Rockwood Revival-- one part Organs and one part Feather and Folly, these kids sure won't disappoint. Seriously, its their first show and you should be super excited.

Oh and, local faves Old Hat and Frank Hoier will be there too!

The Art & Craft Fair At The Night Owl

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Looking for something to do December 5th? Come to an Awesome Art & Craft Fair in Williamsburg! Tell your friends! Handmade items by local artists. Great Gifts for everyone on your list. Grab a drink and shop. I would love to see you all! We'll be there from Noon to 7 pm.

The Night Owl is a bar located 3 blocks from the Bedford Ave L stop and 6 or so blocks from the Metropolitan Ave G stop. Grab some Brunch in the Area before or after shopping. The Night Owl also has foosball and Skiball. It will be a fun day.

Support The Night Owl for hosting our event. They'll have Spiced Cider and Drink Specials for shoppers.

The Night Owl / Noon- 7 pm
170 N. 4th St between Bedford Ave and Driggs.
Bedford Ave L stop Or Metropolitan Ave G stop.

December 03, 2009

The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret

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Arrested Development fans will rejoice at the first glimpse of The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret, a show written exclusively for Channel 4 UK by comedian David Cross. The show, which aired its pilot for British eyes only on November 27th, stars AD alums Will Arnett and Cross as well as wild thing Spike Jonze. From what we gather, the show is based on Todd Margaret (Cross), a class-A wiener who, by yelling obscenities about banana stands in Kazakhstan, fumbles his way from measly temp at a U.S. office to class-A wiener with a company credit card across the pond. All he has to do is hawk several thousand Thunder Muscle Energy Drinks before his psychotic, potty-mouthed boss (Arnett) shows up to collect in a week’s time.

The December 2009 Movie Preview

by Dave Thomas

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Brothers

While nothing this month stands out as an awards season frontrunner, there's lots of potential Oscar suitors to choose from, and isn't it more interesting that way?

DECEMBER 4

Wide

ARMORED

WHAT'S THE PITCH?
Armored truck guard (Columbus Short) agrees to inside heist with his co-workers (Matt Dillon, Laurence Fishburne, Jean Reno, Skeet Ulrich), but changes his mind when someone (Milo Ventimiglia) gets hurt.

WILL IT SUCK?
All eyes on Kontroll director Nimrod Antal, who failed to impress with his American debut, Vacancy. Also not encouraging, the let's-reveal-everything trailer. A little more pressure added since Antal's directing Predators, until you remember that Predators probably isn't a good idea to begin with.

HOW WELL WILL IT DO?
Not much action to compete with. $57mil.

WILL ANYBODY REMEMBER IT AT OSCAR TIME?
Maybe if Sidney Lumet directed.

BROTHERS

WHAT'S THE PITCH?
Guy (Jake Gyllenhaal) comforts his recently widowed sister-in-law (Natalie Portman) like, you know, Biblically. Then his brother (Tobey Maguire) returns from the war. Turns out he wasn't dead after all. Awk-ward.

WILL IT SUCK?

Jim Sheridan (My Left Foot, In the Name of the Father, In America) gives great movie (Get Rich or Die Tryin' notwithstanding). Writing is a little more iffy. David Benioff wrote The 25th Hour, but he also wrote Wolverine. Maybe he's better with drama? Cast also includes Clifton Collins Jr. and Sam Shepherd.

Early buzz is good.

HOW WELL WILL IT DO?
Sheridan does not usually give good box office. Though this is the biggest cast he's had to work with thus far. $31mil.

WILL ANYBODY REMEMBER IT AT OSCAR TIME?
Sheridan's usually good for a few. Look at Actor, Actress, Screenplay, maaaaaybe Director.

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TRANSYLMANIA

WHAT'S THE PITCH?
Eurotrip meets Transylvania 6-500.

WILL IT SUCK?
Improbably, early buzz is good. I say improbably because this is basically the team that put together National Lampoon Presents Dorm Daze and with very few exceptions anything National Lampoon presents these days is crap. Trailer also looks like crap.

HOW WELL WILL IT DO?
Maybe if they called it Vampire Movie. $11mil.

WILL ANYBODY REMEMBER IT AT OSCAR TIME?
No.

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EVERYBODY'S FINE

WHAT'S THE PITCH?
Dad (Robert DeNiro) takes a road trip to visit his grown kids at Christmas.

WILL IT SUCK?
Early buzz is mostly positive. Writer/director Kirk Jones helmed Nanny McPhee and wrote and directed Waking Ned Devine so you've got a good pedigree there. Based on the 1990 Italian film of the same name (except, you know, in Italian) with Marcello Mastroianni in the lead role. This version co-stars Kate Beckinsale, Sam Rockwell, Drew Barrymore, and Melissa Leo.

HOW WELL WILL IT DO?
Seems more like a wide-release kind of film. $11mil.

WILL ANYBODY REMEMBER IT AT OSCAR TIME?
Haven't heard that kind of buzz.

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UP IN THE AIR

WHAT'S THE PITCH?
Character study of a downsizing expert (George Clooney) who spends most of his life acquiring frequent flyer miles.

WILL IT SUCK?
Early buzz is outstanding. Looks like writer/director Jason Reitman (Thank You For Smoking, Juno) might go 3 for 3. Cast includes Vera Farmiga, Jason Bateman, Danny McBride, and Anna Kendrick, whom you might remember from such films as Twilight but should remember from such films as Rocket Science. Seriously, go see that movie.

HOW WELL WILL IT DO?
A lot of product will flood the market by the time this goes wide on Christmas Day, but between now and then buzz should put butts in seats. $50mil.

WILL ANYBODY REMEMBER IT AT OSCAR TIME?
I get the feeling this will be one of the sweep nods: Picture, Director, Actor, Actress, Screenplay (and maybe a supporting nod for Kendrick).

SERIOUS MOONLIGHT

WHAT'S THE PITCH?
Woman (Meg Ryan) holds philandering husband (Timothy Hutton) hostage until burglars (led by Justin Long) complicate matters.

WILL IT SUCK?
The directorial debut of Cheryl Hines, who helms the screenplay of her late friend and Waitress co-star Adrienne Shelly. Early buzz is good. Oh, and Kristen Bell plays the mistress.

HOW WELL WILL IT DO?
Has to get over the no-one's-liked-Meg-Ryan-in-anything-for-a-while impediment. $7mil.

WILL ANYBODY REMEMBER IT AT OSCAR TIME?
If they didn't remember Waitress...

THE LAST STATION

WHAT'S THE PITCH?
A year in the life of Tolstoy (Christopher Plummer). The last one, actually.

WILL IT SUCK?
Audiences seem more in love than critics, although it's already managed to tie Precious for Indie Spirit nods. Co-starring Helen Mirren (who won a Best Actress award at the Rome Film Festival), James McAvoy, and Paul Giamatti.

HOW WELL WILL IT DO?
Probably better once it goes into wide release in January. $9mil.

WILL ANYBODY REMEMBER IT AT OSCAR TIME?
Look at Plummer for Actor and Mirren for Actress.

DECEMBER 11

Wide

INVICTUS

WHAT'S THE PITCH?
True story of how Nelson Mandela (Morgan Freeman) tried to unite his country after becoming president by convincing a rugby player (Matt Damon) to lead his team to try to win the World Cup for South Africa.

WILL IT SUCK?
Clint Eastwood directs, so you're in good hands. From the writer of Don't Say a Word, so I'm a little nervous (especially because he also wrote Sherlock Holmes). Can't complain about the cast, tho. Early buzz is good.

HOW WELL WILL IT DO?
With Princess and the Frog opening wide this week after its earlier limited run, don't know that there's room for a movie that on any other day would be a limited release. On the other hand, it's hard to bet against Eastwood when he's got stars. $75mil.

WILL ANYBODY REMEMBER IT AT OSCAR TIME?
Would have to actively suck to not make the shortlist for Picture, Director, Actor, Supporting Actor (depending on how Freeman and Damon divvy it up) and Adapted Screenplay.

Limited

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THE LOVELY BONES

WHAT'S THE PITCH?
A murdered young girl watches life unfold without her.

WILL IT SUCK?
My faith in Peter Jackson is pretty unwavering. Co-writing again with Fran Walsh and Philippa Boyens, adapting the best-selling novel by Alice Sebold. I'll be honest, the move from Ryan Gosling to Mark Wahlberg was a bit of a letdown, although it's not like after The Departed I don't think the man can act. Rest of the cast is strong, Rachel Weisz, Stanley Tucci, Susan Sarandon, Saoirse Ronan, and Michael Imperioli. And original music by Brian Eno (!?)

Early buzz is mixed with passionate proponents and detractors.

HOW WELL WILL IT DO?
Gonna go wide the following week a few days before Avatar comes out. Yeah, we won't be hearing from this movie again. $51mil.

WILL ANYBODY REMEMBER IT AT OSCAR TIME?
Even with mixed reviews it's got a shot. Look at all the majors to be in play: Picture, Director, Screenplay, Actor, Actress, Supporting Actor, Supporting Actress, maybe even FX.

A SINGLE MAN

WHAT'S THE PITCH?
A day in the 1960's Los Angeles life of an English professor (Colin Firth) who's just lost his male lover.

WILL IT SUCK?
The writing/directing debut of designer Tom Ford, who took home the Queer Lion (awarded to best GLBT-themed film) at Venice. Colin Firth also took home an award from that fest, Best Actor, which he also won at Santa Barbara.

Good casting doesn't end there. We've got Julianne Moore, Ginnifer Goodwin, Nicholas Hoult (all grown up from About a Boy), Matthew Goode, Lee Pace, and the uncredited voice of Jon Hamm.

Early buzz is outstanding.

HOW WELL WILL IT DO?
This is where the art house competition gets thick. $7mil.

WILL ANYBODY REMEMBER IT AT OSCAR TIME?
Biggest buzz is for Firth, but look for Moore to make a run for Best Supporting Actress. Maybe some love Ford's way if the stars align.

DECEMBER 18

Wide

DID YOU HEAR ABOUT THE MORGANS?

WHAT'S THE PITCH?
Estranged couple (Hugh Grant, Sarah Jessica Parker) witness a murder and are forced to relocate to Wyoming, cos' they're from New York and the FBI thought it would be funnier that way.

WILL IT SUCK?
From the writer/director of Two Weeks Notice and Music and Lyrics. I've actually heard some good things about Music and Lyrics. But he also wrote The Out of Towners remake, Forces of Nature and Miss Congeniality. Now, I've heard good things about Miss Congeniality, but he also wrote Miss Congeniality 2. It's not looking good is what I'm saying.

Nice to see Elisabeth Moss get some exposure, tho.

HOW WELL WILL IT DO?
On the one hand, this is smart counterprogramming to Avatar. On the other hand, fucking Avatar. $51mil.

WILL ANYBODY REMEMBER IT AT OSCAR TIME?
No, but I'm convinced Grant has an Oscar-worthy performance in him somewhere.

AVATAR

WHAT'S THE PITCH?
Dances With Aliens

WILL IT SUCK?
There are two James Camerons. There's the one that made Terminator and Aliens. Vicious little bites of groundbreaking sci-fi that make your heart race. Then there's the one that made The Abyss and Titanic. Big, expensive, and weepy. You can generally track these by whether or not the military are good guys or bad guys. I'm thinking this is going to be more like The Abyss than anything else he's done. You'll be impressed visually, and some scenes will make your heart race, but you'll be left with a distinctly cheesy taste in your mouth by the end.

HOW WELL WILL IT DO?
Will it be a high grosser? Absolutely. I'll be shocked if it makes anything less than $200 million, and expect it to vie for one of the top spots on the year-end top ten. Will it make a profit? A Fox chairman is saying that $500 million is a ridiculous budget estimate, but even if that ain't the production budget, after prints and advertising you bet your ass it's a half-bil spent so far. Will it make a dime over $500 million? Worldwide, probably, especially after home video. Will it make as much pure profit as, say, Paranormal Activity? After you factor in back-end deals and the like, it'll be close. $300mil.

WILL ANYBODY REMEMBER IT AT OSCAR TIME?
We'll know more once it finally screens for critics, but right now it's on the medium list for Picture, Director. Certainly a tech nod favorite.

Limited

A TOWN CALLED PANIC

(DECEMBER 16)

WHAT'S THE PITCH?
Wes Anderson's not the only one who can do hip indie stop-motion animation.

WILL IT SUCK?
Early buzz is good. Won the Audience Award at Fantastic Fest 2009 and was the first stop-motion feature selected to Cannes. Looks funny.

HOW WELL WILL IT DO?
Indie animated fare usually has a rough go of it. $3mil.

WILL ANYBODY REMEMBER IT AT OSCAR TIME?
An Animated nod isn't out of the question.

NINE

WHAT'S THE PITCH?
Film adaptation of the Tony Award-winning musical adaptation of Fellini's 81?2, in which an Italian film director (Daniel Day Lewis) goes through a midlife crisis in an apocalyptic hellscape populated by nine robots who, wait, that last part might be off.

WILL IT SUCK?
Director Rob Marshall knows how to do a dark musical with a mostly female cast. He also has the visual flair to at least emulate Fellini's dreamlike aesthetic (which is the interesting challenge of a film adaptation here - how do you avoid simply remaking 81?2 with musical numbers?). From screenwriters Michael Tolkin (The Player, Deep Cover, Changing Lanes) and the late Anthony Minghella (Cold Mountain, The English Patient, The Talented Mr. Ripley), so I'd say the odds are good.

Oh, did I mention the rest of the cast? Joining Day Lewis, we have Marion Cotillard, Nicole Kidman, Penelope Cruz, Judi Dench, Sophia Loren, Fergie, Kate Hudson (one of those names was not like the others) and a bunch of people who, like Loren, are actually Italian.

HOW WELL WILL IT DO?
While the waters could get choppy leading up to and during a wide Christmas release, a cast like that makes good box office seem plausible. $75mil.

WILL ANYBODY REMEMBER IT AT OSCAR TIME?
Likely. Marshall will shoot for another nod. With ten slots, Best Picture seems reasonable. It's hard for Day Lews to not get nominated. The only problem is how to parse the wealth of female talent among a limited number of Actress and Supporting Actress slots, but expect at least a couple to get in.

THE YOUNG VICTORIA

WHAT'S THE PITCH?
That would be Queen Victoria (Emily Blunt).

WILL IT SUCK?
Early buzz is good. From the guy who wrote Gosford Park. Paul Bettany, Miranda Richardson, Jim Broadbent, Thomas Kretschmann, Mark Strong, and Julian Glover co-star.

HOW WELL WILL IT DO?
Going to be overshadowed by higher-profile indies. $4mil.

WILL ANYBODY REMEMBER IT AT OSCAR TIME?
Blunt is supposed to be outstanding, but I haven't heard any Oscar buzz surrounding her yet. Consider her a dark horse.

CRAZY HEART

WHAT'S THE PITCH?
The Country Singer

WILL IT SUCK?
Early buzz is good. Jeff Bridges stars with Maggie Gyllenhaal, Robert Duvall, and Colin Farrell in supporting roles.

HOW WELL WILL IT DO?
A little late getting its buzz on, but Fox Searchlight is good at this. $13mil.

WILL ANYBODY REMEMBER IT AT OSCAR TIME?
Will be for this year's Oscar race what The Wrestler was for last year's, with Jeff Bridges as Mickey Rourke.

DECEMBER 25

Wide

IT'S COMPLICATED

WHAT'S THE PITCH?
Divorcee (Meryl Streep) meets someone new (Steve Martin) but starts sleeping with her ex-husband (Alec Baldwin) again.

WILL IT SUCK?
I usually give writer/director Nancy Meyers (What Women Want, Something's Gotta Give) the benefit of the doubt. And the cast doesn't exactly suck. John Krasinski is up in here, too.

HOW WELL WILL IT DO?
While there's no direct competition, it's going to be hard to get noticed. $64mil.

WILL ANYBODY REMEMBER IT AT OSCAR TIME?
Maybe. Depending upon the critical reception, any of the stars could be looking at a nod.

SHERLOCK HOLMES

WHAT'S THE PITCH?
Kicky-punchy-bawdy take on the classic detective.

WILL IT SUCK?
Guy Ritchie directs, and while Rocknrolla was good, I'm still wary after Revolver (not to mention Swept Away). On the other hand, he only directs, so it'll look great. Writers are a mixed bag and, on their best day, have stuff like Mr. and Mrs. Smith to their credit which, while not exactly brilliant, was at least entertaining, which is kind of what I expect here. Plus, it's Robert Downey Jr., so I'd be hard pressed not to watch.

HOW WELL WILL IT DO?
This has been marketed almost as well as Avatar. Mabye better. $111mil.

WILL ANYBODY REMEMBER IT AT OSCAR TIME?
This is getting Oscar buzz. I'm not sure why.

ALVIN AND THE CHIPMUNKS: THE SQUEAKUEL

WHAT'S THE PITCH?
Chipmunks go back to school and meet their female counterparts, the Chipettes.

WILL IT SUCK?
They brought on a couple of writers from Monsters vs. Aliens and Kung Fu Panda, so it might be a little better. And while I'm happy to see Zachary Levi (Chuck) get some work, sigh.

HOW WELL WILL IT DO?
However much money you think the first one made, it made more. $162mil.

WILL ANYBODY REMEMBER IT AT OSCAR TIME?
There will probably be five nominees this year, not twenty.

Limited

POLICE, ADJECTIVE

(DECEMBER 23)

WHAT'S THE PITCH?
Police officer is reluctant to bust a kid he's been tailing for offering weed to a couple of other kids.

WILL IT SUCK?
Early buzz is good. From 12:08 East of Bucharest writer/director Corneliu Porumboiu. Like that film, this is supposed to be fairly Jarmusch-y. Took home the FIPRESCI and Jury Un Certain Regard prizes at Cannes.

HOW WELL WILL IT DO?
Has a little more buzz going for it than 12:08 did. $1mil.

WILL ANYBODY REMEMBER IT AT OSCAR TIME?
Romania's official submission for Best Foreign. I can see it making the final five.

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THE IMAGINARIUM OF DR. PARNASSUS

WHAT'S THE PITCH?
Guy makes deal with the Devil, then tries to keep his daughter from paying the price.

WILL IT SUCK?
Early buzz is good. The last work of Heath Ledger, supplemented by Colin Farrell, Johnny Depp, and Jude Law who each took over his role after he died. Visually, writer/director Terry Gilliam appears to be in full-on Dali mode here.

HOW WELL WILL IT DO?
One of the most anticipated indie titles of the year. $18mil.

WILL ANYBODY REMEMBER IT AT OSCAR TIME?
Hard to say. Academy probably feels it's already given Heath his due, so unless he shows them something completely different here... On the other hand, Christopher Plummer has the lead as Parnassus, and could be up for a career Oscar.

DECEMBER 30

Limited

THE LOSS OF A TEARDROP DIAMOND

WHAT'S THE PITCH?
Based on a lost Tennessee Williams screenplay about...wait for it...a strong-willed Southern belle.

WILL IT SUCK?
Early buzz is not so good. Trailer looks kind of Lifetime/Hallmark-y.

HOW WELL WILL IT DO?
Gonna get lost. $1mil.

WILL ANYBODY REMEMBER IT AT OSCAR TIME?
Gonna get lost here, too.

THE WHITE RIBBON

WHAT'S THE PITCH?
Strange goings on in a small German village just prior to WWI.

WILL IT SUCK?
Early buzz is fantastic. Highest rated film on IMDb by writer/director Michael Haneke, who already has plenty of highly rated films to his credit. Won three awards at Cannes, including the Palme d'Or.

HOW WELL WILL IT DO?
Might have done better to release closer to the announcement of Best Foreign Picture nominees. $3mil.

WILL ANYBODY REMEMBER IT AT OSCAR TIME?
Germany has submitted it for Best Foreign. I'd just about call it a lock for a nod.

Next Month: Three visions of our apocalyptic future. And Mel Gibson returns to the front of the camera. I'm sure that's just a coincidence.

December 02, 2009

NY Votes No On Same-Sex Marriage

As expected, our state Senate is filled with a bunch of cowards pandering to a backwards constituency. Thankfully, we have Senator Savino, one of the few not afraid to speak the truth. [via]

These are the Democrats, many of whom have received gay money, who voted Nay on equality: Carl Kruger, Bill Stachowski, Ruben Diaz Sr., Joe Addabbo, Darrel Aubertine, Hiram Monserrate, Shirley Huntley and George Onorato. [via]

3rd Ward Specials

Just got an e-mail from 3rd Ward with their specials for this month and there are some doozies.

Introduction to MIG Welding // In this workshop each student will create an imaginative sculpture in steel. While making the sculpture, students will learn the fundamentals of how to mig weld, fabricate, and use other shop equipment and tools. All materials and safety gear will be provided. This class comes with a two day shop pass to work on your projects outside of class time.

Class Duration: 3 Sessions ◊ Time: 7-10p ◊ Wednesdays December 2, 9 & 16 ◊ Register by Nov 27
NOW // Member Price: $180 Nonmember Price: $200 Equipment Fee: $35


After Effects Intro // Open a veritable Pandora's Box for enhancing artistic projects across any digital medium. Create dynamic text, composite imagery and animate photographs and still imagery. You leave class with an original Quicktime movie for your portfolio.

Class Duration: 3 Sessions ◊ Time: 7-10p ◊ Wednesdays December 9, 16 & 23 ◊ Register by Dec 6
NOW // Member Price: $150 Nonmember Price: $180


Intro to Dreamweaver // You will learn the basics of web design using Dreamweaver; the industry standard software for web design. You will build your own website by the end of the class.

Class Duration: 6 Sessions ◊ Time: Noon-3p ◊ Sundays December 13, 20 & January 10, 17, 24 & 31 ◊ Register by Dec 10
NOW // Member Price: $295 Nonmember Price: $360

December 01, 2009

Liars Debut Sisterworld

It may be too late by now, but...

Seminal Brooklyn band Liars will release their next record Sisterworld in early 2010. Are you in New York and want to catch a sneak preview of the record tomorrow evening? You’re in luck: We’re giving away 25 tickets courtesy of Mute Records.

The first ones to e-mail win; just drop us a line at rsvp@dt-mag.com with “Liars Contest” in the subject heading and we shall provide, granted you were quick enough on the draw. (We’ll let you know the location if you're a winner.) Go for it!

One man's take. Good luck! Let us know how it was.

Schumer: You Gotta Fight For The Right To Pool Party


(image c/o Michael Rusch)

Senator Schumer is fighting hard for the hipster vote to ensure that the Williamsburg Pool Parties return in 2010. Here's the latest press release from his office:

Schumer: The FREE Jelly NYC Pool Parties Are A Big Part of Why Summers in NYC are So Great And I Will Do Everything In My Power to See They Return

Today, United States Senator Charles E. Schumer announced he is pressing officials to iron out remaining concerns to see that the JELLY Pool Parties are saved from being shut down. Schumer is meeting with state and park officials and organizations to get the ball rolling on a permanent solution. The JELLY Pool Parties, a very successful free summer concert series started in 2005, were held at East River State Park in 2009. Unfortunately, the New York State Parks Department and the Open Space Alliance (OSA) indicated that the Jelly Pool Parties may not return for a 2010 season. No final schedule has been set for the 2010 season and Schumer is committed to seeing the JELLY Pool Parties remain a fixture for next summer and beyond. Schumer, a Brooklyn native who attended two of the Pool Parties this past summer, was struck by the quality and popularity of the concerts and the enthusiasm of the crowd. Schumer has already met with the NYS Parks Department and OSA and has pledged to do whatever it takes to see the Pool Parties return 2010.

“Summer in Brooklyn without the JELLY Pool Parties simply would not be the same and I will do everything in my power to see that they return in 2010,” Schumer said. “As I was riding my bike through Williamsburg this summer, I came upon the Pool Parties and was inspired and energized by the huge crowds who came to see the concerts. People came from far and wide to enjoy the Brooklyn concert series, and when I heard they were in danger I just could not sit idly by and let the JELLY Parties get cancelled. Events such as the JELLY Pool Parties are what New York’s parks are made for – they are lively and exciting and build energy and enthusiasm for people to stay and live and play in NYC – and I will fight to ensure they are back in action in 2010.”

"The Brooklyn music scene exploded over the last decade, drawing hordes of new bands and artists to the borough and making Williamsburg the epicenter of some of the best new music in the world. The recent East River events have been the culmination of it all, showcasing VICE bands and other artists to thousands of music junkies across New York. VICE salutes Brooklyn native Chuck Schumer – a man who clearly knows his music – for going to bat for countless New York City concert -goers," said VICE founder Suroosh Alvi.

JELLY NYC is the biggest summer concert series to hit New York City in decades. The Pool Parties were originally held at the McCarren Park Pool but were recently moved to the East River State Park due to construction. Within just a few years, the concert series experienced a huge jump in popularity, with audience traveling from across the country, and even the world, to attend the concerts. The 2009 season featured 8 weeks of free performances featuring Mission of Burma, Dirty Projectors, Grizzly Bear, Dan Deacon, Deerhunter, Simian Mobile Disco, The Black Lips, and Girl Talk.

But the future of the concerts was put in jeopardy as the New York State Parks Department and the Open Space Alliance indicated that the East River State Park may not be available for the 2010 season. In August, Schumer, took the stage on the last night of the Pool Parties and pledged to the cheering crowd that they would be back on the waterfront in 2010.

Since Schumer spoke to the excited audience, he has led the fight to save the JELLY Pool Parties. Schumer is meeting with the New York State Parks Department, the Open Space Alliance, and local elected officials to work on a deal to ensure the Pool Parties return to the East River State Park next year. Schumer and JELLY NYC hope to have all the necessary papers signed in the near future so the Pool Parties will be back in Brooklyn for a 5th year.

Schumer’s office has received over 200 e-mails from concerned constituents urging him to help bring back the JELLY Pool Parties.

Bike Lanes 86ed On Bedford

Needless to say, this is bullshit:

Just when it seemed like the hoopla over bike lanes in Williamsburg had come to a close, Gothamist has learned that the Department of Transportation is planning to remove a 14-block section of the Bedford Avenue cycling route.

A spokesman said that the agency will remove the "small portion" of the bike lane between Flushing and Division avenues in South Williamsburg "as part of ongoing bike network adjustments in the area." The agency will install new signage directing bikers two blocks west to the bike lane on Kent Avenue, which earlier this year became an issue of contention particularly in South Williamsburg's Hasidic community.

Some Williamsburg residents protested the Kent Avenue lane over concerns it took away parking spaces, hurt local businesses, and was used by badly-behaving bikers who purportedly fail to yield to stopped school buses. The city then reconfigured Kent Avenue, prompting complaints about truck traffic being diverted onto residential streets.

2009_11_bedfordbike.jpg While the dispute over the cycling route on Kent Avenue turned heated, the bike path on Bedford Avenue has been relatively noncontroversial -- though some have called for its removal due to the number of "schools, stores and religious institutions" on the street. The Bedford Avenue lane was also one of the cycling paths where scantily clad cyclists were first spotted.

The Department of Transportation's decision to eliminate a section of bike lane from the borough's longest street is a surprising move, considering the agency's recent efforts to bolster the city's cycling network under the leadership of bike-loving Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan.

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