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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:


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!!

Flyer by Behold The Destroyer


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.


desire_lp_cover-1.jpg 40. Desire
(Italians Do It Better)
fanfarlo.jpg 39. Fanfarlo
monolithsanddimensions.jpg 38. Sunn O)))
Monoliths & Dimensions
(Southern Lord)
waitingforyou200.jpg 37. King Midas Sound
Waiting for You
cass.jpg 36. Cass McCombs
(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
(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
nasa.jpg 28. N.A.S.A.
The Spirit of Apollo
27. Woods
Songs of Shame
drift.jpg 26. Nosaj Thing
(Alpha Pup)
toeachizown.jpg 25. Dâm-Funk
(Stones Throw)
24. Califone
All My Friends Are Funeral Singers
(Dead Oceans Records)
23. Raekwon
Only Built for Cuban Linx... Pt. II
22. Neon Indian
Psychic Chasms
21. Cold Cave
Love Comes Close
20. Bat for Lashes
Two Suns
19. Fiery Furnaces
I'm Going Away
(Thrill Jockey)
18. Allen Toussaint
The Bright Mississippi
17. Yeah Yeah Yeahs
It's Blitz!
16. Phoenix
Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix
post-nothing.jpg 15. Japandroids
14. Fever Ray
Fever Ray
13. Pains of Being Pure at Heart
The Pains of Being Pure at Heart
12. Passion Pit
11. Micachu & the Shapes
(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

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

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

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

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

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
(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

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

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.


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?

Mastodon - Crack the Skye

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



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


[in no particular order]

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


Beach House - Teen Dream
[advance single "Norway"]

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

OUR TOP FIVE VIDEOS OF 2009 [in no particular order]

"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


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!


Instructions on assembling here.

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

My Jeans Are Tighter Than Yall’s


Dogs Electrocuted at 335 Union Avenue


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)


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


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."


Green Fitness Grand Opening Today!



Ticket Giveaway: Ring In the New Year with Titus Andronicus


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


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.


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 ins