Musician and Baltimore scene figurehead Dan Deacon’s latest tribute to his adopted hometown (he has released several) comes in the form of this GIF-packed video for “Konono Ripoff N°1,” starring a host of luminaries from Baltimore’s ridiculously vibrant art and music scene–including Ed Schraeder, Dina Kelberman, Jimmy Joe Roche, Nolen Strals of Post Typography and Double Dagger, Robby Rackleff AKA Blue Leader, and of course, Dan himself.
A reunion 15 years in the making, Jeff Mangum and the rest of Neutral Milk Hotel have announced live dates. Let’s hope we get an NYC date soon. Ticket info to be announced. Dates are below:
10/22 – Athens, GA @ 40 Watt Club (with Elf Power)
10/23 – Athens, GA @ 40 Watt Club (with Half Japanese)
10/25 – Asheville, NC @ Thomas Wolfe Auditorium (with Half Japanese, Daniel Johnston)
11/28 – Taipei, Taiwan @ Hostess Club Festival
12/01 – Tokyo, Japan @ Hostess Club Festival
It’s hard to believe Cinco de Mayo is almost upon us (this Sunday!), and to celebrate Thrillist is hosting a “Taco Knockout” at Villain located in our very own Williamsbug. The event will include 10 taco stands with offerings from El Perro Meximus from Los Perros Locos: a deep-fried tortilla stuffed with a hot dog (of course), grilled corn kernels, crushed Fritos, and crumbled chorizo, NY Sushi Ko, another to-come joint on the LES, will let you preview their work with a taco created solely from Japanese flavors including a crispy wonton shell, uni, myoga, cukes, and smashed wasabi peas on top, and even a pizza taco from Best Pizza which has chopped-up bits of meatball which are cooked to resemble the texture of chorizo, then topped with mozz and red sauce, and plopped in a pizza dough tortilla, and many more. If it’s booze you’re after, there’s a build-your-own Michelada bar, and beer pushcarts plying you with unlimited brews.
Tickets are $45 general admission which includes unlimited cervezas, unlimited micheladas, & five tacos.
The special admission is $75 and includes ten tacos, unlimited booze, and a specialty margarita bar. Buy your tickets here.
We have a pair of two general admission tickets to giveaway to our readers. Comment below and we’ll pick a winner at random by Thursday at 6PM.
Everyone knows the G Train sucks. But is it keeping people from getting together? The above video by Brooklyn Date is hilarious and, well, pretty spot-on. From DNA:
“I’d never like to ride the G train.”
Walsh and some other Brooklynites say the G train’s slow and unpredictable service has sabotaged relationships — and some have even sworn off G-train dating altogether.
“I had to make a rule that was, literally, if you live off the G you’re not for me,” said Bedford-Stuyvesant resident Mutale Nkonde, 26, who lives off the A and C trains, and said getting anywhere off the G involved a nightmarish array of transfers and usually getting lost. “To get to the G is such a monumental hike, it’s two buses plus a long walk.”
“The thing about the G is it comes middle of platform so if you’re dressed in high heels you have to run what feels like 7 miles to catch the train,” she said of the line’s short length. “When you get there [to the Myrtle-Willoughby station] it looks ‘Law and Order’-ish.
“It looks like a crime scene.”
A representative for the MTA declined to comment for the story.
The strong sentiment of straphangers like Nkonde has even prompted a local comedian to make a video about a young man’s horror when he learns his date lives off the G train.
“The Brooklyn Date,” which Tyler Fischer created after “hearing people talk badly about the G train all the time,” follows a couple on their first magical date — which comes crashing to a halt when the woman asks the man back to her apartment.
“I did date somebody who lived off the G and I was worried, but I have a car so I always just drove there,” Fischer said. “I’ve just been afraid of [the train].”
As for Clinton Hill resident Alexis Saba, she and her boyfriend do rely on the subway since he lives in Greenpoint, she said — but the G has prevented them from having “casual get-togethers.”
I was over my buddy Jerry’s(nycgrind.com owner) place in the East Village and he asked me If I wanted to go to a show. Me being me, of course I said yes. Or maybe it had something to do with Alison Fischer being there. Whatever the reason, I went.
We arrived, touched based with Alison and her friends, grabbed a few drinks, grabbed Alison a zillion Hall & Oates pins until she got the one she wanted, and then finally it was time for the show! The all girl 4 piece Barren Girls coming by way of Raleigh, NC definitely gave NYC a taste of their medicine! I had such a great time.
Read the rest of this entry »
The guys in Isadora invited team blaqbook over to check out their set at Glasslands a few weeks ago. So I grabbed some good then met my boy Layton(Courtesy Tier Drummer) at the venue. A bunch of cool bands were on the bill. I caught ANML and Isadora then made my way back to my apartment.
By the time Isadora’s set started the place was packed and they definitely delivered. The crowd was definitely focused during their set. Isadora takes you high, then low, then trips you out a bit, and then rock back out. Never really a dull momment. They keep you on your feet and they’re impossible to predict. Great set guys.
The guys of NYC based band Isadora invited me to Glasslands to catch their set. Before there set this dude ANML was playing. He was pretty cool. He would loop a bunch of instruments then pick a primary one to play while singing. With Glasslands lighting and effects this video came out really cool. Check it out and let me know what you think.
Before heading to Europe today for a string of shows, Into Another played a sold out warm up gig at Saint Vitus. Watch the last two songs of their hourlong set below, “May I” and “Running Into Walls”.
The Endless Summer taco truck, a Williamsburg staple for the past half decade has been mysteriously absent from Bedford Ave. It turns out the owners are auctioning off the truck on eBay. Bids start at $45,000, or you can buy the whole operation including permits for $60,000. From the auction:
The globally renown Endless Summer Taco Truck is now for sale. The enterprise that started the vending trend in Williamsburg, Brooklyn (and arguably ignited the worldwide food truck craze) has nourished literally hundreds of thousands of satisfied customers and established itself as a landmark in the NYC food-culture landscape.
After 5 years, both owners are relocating from NYC and have decided to sell. This is a perfect opportunity to maintain a well-established moneymaking operation or re-brand it to satisfy your own culinary vision. Either way the Bedford Ave. location and circumstances are ideal.
Anyone want to chip in to buy this and travel cross-country all summer handing out free tacos while filming a documentary about it? Ok good, me neither.