Posted in comedy | music | venues on January 28, 2009

Los Campesinos! @ Sound Fix Records (more by Kyle Dean Reinford)
Los Campesinos

After "Anonymous" posted "soundfix closing at the end of FEB???? true or rumor??" in the comments yesterday, I investigated, and sadly one person that would know did get back to me with a simple "True". Free Williamsburg called Sound Fix "and they confirmed that they were indeed shutting down, 'just the bar,'"

This sucks for the free shows, and this is especially unfortunate for comedy. As we were just pointing out, Sound Fix has filled the gap left after Rififi closed. The Williamsburg bar has in fact become one of NYC's most consistent weekly (free) comedy show locations. The comic's comic writes...

If it seems like only a year ago that live comedy shows were beginning to find a new happy home behind the Sound Fix record store, that's because it was only a year ago, as Max Silvestri started hosting shows then and I was pitching the venue as a potential full-on replacement for the East Village's Rififi, which closed last summer, in part, because that club's owner gave up a similar battle with the neighbors. Gabe & Jenny joined up with Max for weekly Big Terrific shows that have lived up to the name, and other shows soon followed suit, making for lively lineups and large audiences just about every weeknight.
As we've pointed out many times, Sound Fix has been battling neighbors and the city over noise and other violations practically since they expanded into being more than just a record store. At least the record store isn't also leaving with them.

In the meantime, go check out a show at the venue during its final days. A few of them are listed below...

This week for free @ Sound Fix
January 28 8:00pm - Comedy Free Williamsburg
January 28 9:30pm - Totally J/K w. Joe and Noah
January 29 8:00pm - Big Terriffic w/ Max, Gabe & Jenny
January 30 8:00pm - Forewords
January 31 4:00pm - Loney Dear

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Comments (54)

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Posted by Anonymous | January 28, 2009 10:44 AM

shit.

Posted by Anonymous | January 28, 2009 10:45 AM

Is Sound Fix presents at Rooftop Films still happening?

Posted by Anonymous | January 28, 2009 10:45 AM

If the lion's share of the tight-jeaned clientele weren't 2 beer queers, this wouldn't be happening.

Posted by Anonymous | January 28, 2009 10:49 AM

If Woody had gone straight to the police, this would never had happened.

Posted by Anonymous | January 28, 2009 10:54 AM

i am poor. where am i supposed to see cheap or free entertainment NOW?

Posted by Anonymous | January 28, 2009 11:06 AM

this city is so hostile to the arts, it's embarassing.

Posted by Anonymous | January 28, 2009 11:14 AM

they werent even really doing music any more. what gives?

Posted by Anonymous | January 28, 2009 11:18 AM

Typical: go back to any post about actual events at Sound Fix and all you'll see in the comments section is whining from the Peanut Gallery about the space, the crowds, etc. Now the place is closing (which disappoints me greatly, because the shows I've seen there have been awesome), and suddenly it's a tragedy.

Fare thee well, Sound Fix; now the hipsters will have to find something else great to complain about.

Posted by Anonymous | January 28, 2009 11:18 AM

Los Campesinos is music. Loney Dear is music.

Posted by Anonymous | January 28, 2009 11:19 AM

Anon @ 11:14= Post of the Day

Posted by Anonymous | January 28, 2009 11:20 AM

sound fix lounge is def the best bar in wburg. this sucks balls.

Posted by Anonymous | January 28, 2009 11:23 AM

North Williamsburg is so lame nowadays. yuppie central

Posted by Secession | January 28, 2009 11:27 AM

glad they're keeping the successful record shop open...that looks like a real money generator.

Posted by Anonymous | January 28, 2009 11:29 AM

Thank god! Those asshole door people whenever they had free shows there were complete morons especially the red-hair girl. Anyone know who I'm talking about? She would say no more people than let whoever her friends are later.

Posted by Anonymous | January 28, 2009 11:30 AM

hoity toity w'boig bourgie douchie neighbors!

Posted by Sacred Absolute Hipster Cow | January 28, 2009 11:34 AM

North Williamsburg is great!! More members only high end cocktail bars please!!!

Posted by Man With Job | January 28, 2009 11:55 AM

Neighborhood blows. Expensive. Full of stupid, rich assholes and euro trash with strollers, pea coats, and obnoxious tiny dogs. A lot of ego and looking down ones nose. Nothing hip, cool, or appealing about it. Unless your rich and uninteresting, that part of williamsburg is a wasteland

Posted by Anonymous | January 28, 2009 12:03 PM

I got laid a lot because of this place. This is really bad news for my used condom collection.

Posted by Anonymous | January 28, 2009 12:03 PM

Sound Fix was a relic of Wburg of old. It was low-key, fun, inclusive. This town is going in the wrong direction baby, and fast.

Posted by Anonymous | January 28, 2009 12:14 PM

Wow @Anon 12:14, Williamsburg of old? Somebody's got a real short memory. SF hasn't been around that long.

Posted by Anonymouse | January 28, 2009 12:27 PM

turnover rates in this city are fast, surviving 5 years in Wburg is long. i mean, yeah.

Posted by Anonymous | January 28, 2009 12:31 PM

BON JOVI

Posted by Anonymous | January 28, 2009 12:36 PM

Teddys, Brooklyn Ale house, Muggs, are still around and have been for a very long time.

Posted by Anonymous | January 28, 2009 12:50 PM

"Teddys, Brooklyn Ale house, Muggs, are still around and have been for a very long time."

So what? Look at the people who go there. It's like being in Boston

Posted by Anonymous | January 28, 2009 12:57 PM

sound fix wasn't williamsburg of old, but fix cafe was.

my guess is that it's going to become another asian fusion place. or maybe thai. any takers?

Posted by Anonymous | January 28, 2009 12:59 PM

its gonna become an organic grocery store

Posted by Anonymous | January 28, 2009 1:05 PM

i heard they're putting a starbucks in it's place.

Posted by andrew. | January 28, 2009 1:40 PM

this sucks, but it makes sense. the Amanda Palmer show got shut down early thanks to the complaints of neighbors. i mean, a girl singing with a piano was enough to piss people off? please.

Posted by Isfet | January 28, 2009 1:58 PM

it was personal. those ass-hole neighbors were on a mission to shut the place down for a while.

Posted by Anonymous | January 28, 2009 2:12 PM

To be totally fair, a lot of the residents that far up north in Williamsburg are old-timers and many probably pre-date Sound Fix. I mean Sound Fix has not be open that long--it came after Earwax. I love the place and it sucks that this happened, but to characterize all of that area as being the newer yuppie set is sort of inaccurate.

Posted by will | January 28, 2009 2:22 PM

Will is right. BUT Sound Fix was more than just a bar. It was a cultural event center, with live music, comedy, theater, film. It was a great resource for the community.

Posted by Anonymous | January 28, 2009 2:31 PM

it's the old beacon's closet for those of you around long enough!

Posted by Anonymous | January 28, 2009 2:48 PM

no, yuppies like nightlife, just bad nightlife. the people complaining about the noise are the olds who should just move to the suburbs already.

Posted by Anonymous | January 28, 2009 2:52 PM

"the Amanda Palmer show got shut down early thanks to the complaints of neighbors. i mean, a girl singing with a piano was enough to piss people off?"

It wasn't the volume that bothered them, it was her irritating voice.

Posted by Anonymous | January 28, 2009 3:19 PM

oh no! please dont go!

Posted by Anonymous | January 28, 2009 3:54 PM

re comedy night: go to Sweet on Tuesday nights @ The Slipper Room in the lower east side (orchard/stanton). seth herzog MCs and he's funny.

Posted by Dan | January 28, 2009 5:21 PM

or srsly lol at metropolitan in williamsburg. every other tuesday from 9-1015. free! $3 well drinks! fabulous prizes!
funny comix!

Posted by Anonymous | January 28, 2009 5:53 PM

williamsburg has strollers? damn that hood has changed. haven't been there in a couple years. what a shame it seems to have become.

Posted by Anonymous | January 28, 2009 7:47 PM

it wasn't the music from the cafe that bothered anyone, it was all of you morons with the big headphones around your neck standing around outside, yelling and smoking and talking on your cell phone and parking your cars badly and doing all the things you do without thinking "someone lives here, I should act like I would want someone to act in front of MY house".

But you guys never learn.

the next time you see someone being a douche in front of a bar or a club or a cafe you like, say something.

Posted by Anonymous | January 28, 2009 8:26 PM

the Sound Fix crowd was respectful- especially once they chilled down their shows.

Posted by Anonymous | January 28, 2009 9:14 PM

2:48, oh yes I've been around since it was a beacon's closet. Vintage bitch here.


Posted by Anonymous | January 28, 2009 9:49 PM

Where else am I going to find $1 PBR's without getting my ass kicked by going to Duff's? Fuckkkkkkkkkkk

Posted by Anonymous | January 29, 2009 8:30 AM

jena friedman brought an amazing lineup everyweek.

it will be missed and hopefully resurrected somewhere close by

Posted by anion | January 30, 2009 11:37 AM

poop and balls

Posted by Anonymous | January 30, 2009 12:01 PM

jena is the sexiest jew in brooklyn.

that is saying something.

because brooklyn is full of jews.

i mean how many more can we handle. seriously people, stop being so jewish.

Posted by ilovejenafriedman | January 31, 2009 12:26 AM

this place is closing because it was poorly managed and poorly run, not making enough money, and the owner is a well-known a-hole. also, their sound-proofing was ridiculous.

i'm glad it's closing. yes, there need to be more free shows in the city, but i hate everything about this place and i've been waiting for it to close for a long time.

Posted by Anonymous | February 2, 2009 7:43 PM

Entertaining the Bartender with Jena Friedman is moving to Public Assembly on 70 N 6 starting Mondays at 8 pm in March... it's no sound fix but should be interesting... and it's still free

Posted by gitmo | February 9, 2009 4:58 PM

Just one more reason to hate George W. Bush.

Posted by Benjamin Clayton | February 17, 2009 1:04 AM

Threw some great shows there back in the day. Scritti Politti, Doug Martsch, etc.. Gonna miss the place. The record store is the best in town so good luck to the staff for many many more years ahead!

Posted by Ryan | February 26, 2009 8:02 AM

Boo! You shouldn't live on Bedford ave if you're going to complain about noise. Double boo.

But I liked the space better when it was a coffee shop / cafe anyway.

Posted by Anonymous | March 17, 2009 1:33 AM

Those will be some great shows to see for free! Awesome news guys.

Posted by Acai Berry | September 15, 2009 7:00 PM

I know this happened a while ago but it really sucks. If people could just get on with their lives and not join all these action groups. I shake my head and wonder where the world is heading sometimes.
Nerissa.

Posted by Nerissa | March 9, 2013 6:52 PM

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