Posted in movies | music | venues on April 1, 2014

Deafheaven at one of 285 Kent's last shows (more by PSquared)
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As you probably know by now, Brooklyn DIY venue 285 Kent is closed for good. As the venue was hosting its final shows, Pitchfork filmed a documentary about the venue called "RIP 285 Kent." The description reads:

The film features interviews with the personalities that pushed 285 forward, including founder Todd P., booker/manager Ric Leichtung, and managers Kaitlin Browne and Siobhan McDonald, among others. It also includes discussion with local bookers Edan Wilbur, John Jacobson, John Barclay, and Pitchfork photographer Erez Avissar, plus interview and performance footage from Deafheaven, Fucked Up, DIIV, Dan Deacon, Pictureplane, Lodro, Wolf Eyes, DUST, and more.
Check it out below...

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Comments (61)

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fuck you dont tell me what to do - especially watch a documentary about an overrated dump by the corniest music website ever

Posted by Anonymous | April 1, 2014 6:08 PM

Who the hell is the intended audience for the documentary?

Posted by Anonymous | April 1, 2014 6:11 PM

FUCK THIS

Posted by Anonymous | April 1, 2014 6:12 PM

brooklyn vegan commenters are the intended audience obviously. ever heard of troll bait stupid?

Posted by Anonymous | April 1, 2014 6:12 PM

@6:11 your mom

Posted by Anonymous | April 1, 2014 6:13 PM

not bad.

Posted by Anonymous | April 1, 2014 6:19 PM

285 Kent closed? Where was the local media? I didn't hear anything about this. For shame, media outlets, for shame.

Posted by Anonymous | April 1, 2014 6:22 PM

So how about that Pussy Riot?

Posted by Anonymous | April 1, 2014 6:22 PM

oh that Pussy's a Riot!

Posted by Anonymous | April 1, 2014 6:26 PM

In a world surrounded by CONDO's...

Posted by Anonymous | April 1, 2014 6:27 PM

THIS PLACE WAS TERRIBLE

Posted by Anonymous | April 1, 2014 6:27 PM

Holy shit, DIIV sounds absolutely awful. Bass guy is playing well but there's this out of tune and off key guitar riff that just completely ruins the song. Wow, that's really bad.

Posted by Anonymous | April 1, 2014 6:27 PM

that place be weak. bring back market hotel

Posted by Anonymous | April 1, 2014 6:31 PM

cool, a documentary by an irrelevant music website about a closed concert venue. pitchfork is the new rolling stone.

Posted by Anonymous | April 1, 2014 6:33 PM

this makes it seem like the fucking place was around for 40 years. Move on.find a new spot. Quit blaming gentrification.

Posted by Anonymous | April 1, 2014 6:38 PM

this place was def in top 5 for THE WORST sound ever!

Posted by Anonymous | April 1, 2014 6:39 PM

This was the type of place I used to dream about back in Iowa. RIP

Posted by Anonymous | April 1, 2014 7:07 PM

Dear 6:11,

The intended audience is a multifaceted concept for this piece of viewing and/or trashing pleasure. One might also contemplate and/or question the intended listening audience of a wonderful radio station that got hijacked by money. I draw a lot of parallels between the home of The Chef's famous Billyburger, and that of Girls adopted home of Greenpoint, with the horrible actions that caused KCMU to be taken over and destroyed by KEXP.

Posted by Anonymous | April 1, 2014 7:21 PM

285 Kent can go shove!

Never even been there, never wanted to go there, glad its closed. Fuck that place!

Posted by Amy-Leigh Fatso | April 1, 2014 7:55 PM

Kinda fucked how Pitchfork is on a media rampage to position 285 Kent as some legendary venue gone before its time just because they're planning to buy it and turn it into "The Pitchfork Club." Also their under-the-table deal with Captured Tracks is pretty obvious considering how much shit from that label gets awesome reviews. Oh, and Ryan Schreiber is a huge cokehead, but that's probably for the best because he needed to lose weight if you've seen pics of him when he was younger.

Posted by Ewald | April 1, 2014 8:09 PM

grimes just released a new song with questlove rapping or something on it!

http://youtu.be/J-Iv7sDqgys

Posted by grimes-claireboucher | April 1, 2014 8:10 PM

ohh man, I had so much fun here. "DIY venues" are like taking a shit, there will always come a time to move on.

Posted by Anonymous | April 1, 2014 8:49 PM

Pitchfork makes a doc about a fucking dump and yet when Maxwell's closes, they do nothing. Well played Pitchfork.

Posted by Anonymous | April 1, 2014 9:04 PM

why does Todd P pronounce cement that way?

Posted by Anonymous | April 1, 2014 9:18 PM

ARE YOU FUCKING KIDDING ME

Posted by Anonymous | April 1, 2014 9:53 PM

pitchfork did not state the obvious in that the real reason todd p dropped out of the lease was because he thought he was going to be audited for tax evasion. add that to the litany of DCA, Dept. of Health, Dept. of Labor regulations he skirted and pissing off the NYPD (they would raid 285 but not death by audio), and a whole slew of other offenses. which begs the question, if the circumstances are such that todd p felt forced to move due to eventual construction of more condos, why didn't dba or glasslands also close up shop as well? after all, theyre in the same building!

the reality is he is a con artist who is constantly exploiting people so that he can make a living. what kind of diy place has "interns?" doesn't that go against the ethos of doing it yourself and developing a subculture community that is self-sufficient, not exploitative? i hope he gets audited for all of his shady businesses and moves the fuck out of ny already.

Posted by todd c | April 1, 2014 10:13 PM

This generation is even more deluded and self-congratualtory than the boomers. This is their Woodstock.

Posted by Anonymous | April 1, 2014 10:56 PM

Too bead it's not their Altmamont
8:09 killin it

Posted by Anonymous | April 1, 2014 11:17 PM

^charming accent

Posted by Anonymous | April 1, 2014 11:18 PM

10:13 are you made you didn't get the internship?

Posted by Anonymous | April 1, 2014 11:29 PM

I'll probably watch this.

Posted by Anonymous | April 1, 2014 11:32 PM

@11:29 interns as todd p's babysitter in ridgewood

Posted by Anonymous | April 1, 2014 11:46 PM

This shit is mad brunch. BAF.

Posted by Anonymous | April 2, 2014 12:38 AM

So many NY'ers don't realize how spoiled you are with riches having places like this. Trust me, if you were in Souix City or Tulsa or ... hell anywhere else, you would not have anything even close to something as amazing as what is going on in this documentary.

People who shit on this seem like that girl who gets a new car for her 16th birthday and disowns her parents because it's not the right color.

Posted by Anonymous | April 2, 2014 1:59 AM

^not quite, if you went to 285 you would know it mostly sucked.

Posted by Anonymous | April 2, 2014 2:39 AM

285 Can't.

Posted by Anonymous | April 2, 2014 3:05 AM

Does anybody really miss that dump?

Posted by Anonymous | April 2, 2014 4:17 AM

enough with this dump already...you could swear it was like winterland closing or something...keep stroking your egos.

Posted by Anonymous | April 2, 2014 7:08 AM

RIP 285 Kent. All my prays.

Posted by Anonymous | April 2, 2014 9:03 AM

too bad phish didn't get to play there

Posted by Anonymous | April 2, 2014 9:12 AM

All this time I was smoking harmless tobacco!

Posted by Anonymous | April 2, 2014 9:15 AM

I'm no fan of Real Estate, but do they really have that much juice to shut down venues. That's relatively gangsta of them.

Posted by Anonymous | April 2, 2014 9:33 AM

The 285 Kent media blitz is the funniest shit I've seen in a long time.

Shit vibe, shit bathrooms, shitty space in general, shitty bands most of the time, full of mongoloids from Iowa who wouldn't know culture if it got lodged up their ruby pink starfruit assholes.

Posted by Anonymous | April 2, 2014 9:39 AM

never forget

Posted by Anonymous | April 2, 2014 9:40 AM

I was going to ponder aloud if there was any band worse than Wolf Eyes in the history of humanity, and then Lodro came screeching in with a resounding "FUCK YES."

Posted by Anonymous | April 2, 2014 9:45 AM

This is like one of those Christopher Guest movies.

Posted by Anonymous | April 2, 2014 9:51 AM

I got a weal wed wagon!

Posted by Anonymous | April 2, 2014 9:57 AM

What's J. Elenidis' take on all of this?

Posted by Anonymous | April 2, 2014 10:01 AM

it's pretty clear the story is not really about 285 kent, its about every DIY space before and after 285 kent and the changing environment that is new york. Yes the sound was bad, yes the vibe was very often shitty, but the reality of the current situation we are in is you can either choose between a flawed DIY space or a "perfected" corporate venue. I'll take a DIY space any day of the week.

Posted by Anonymous | April 2, 2014 10:09 AM

^ April Fools is over, dude. Nice try on the comedy.

Posted by Anonymous | April 2, 2014 10:24 AM

so many old virgins up in this sight

Posted by Anonymous | April 2, 2014 11:30 AM

1:59 you are completely missing the point of, well.....errryting as the kids say. Quit bitching about it and make it happen. Just cuz 285 Kent made a punchline out of "DIY" (w/ corporate sponsors of course hey it's NEW YORK) doesn't mean that you can't get a kick-ass showspace happening. It's not rocket science, although it is hard work and people will talk shit. Fuck em.

Posted by Anonymous | April 2, 2014 1:11 PM

I enjoyed that video. Sorry?

I think it's sort of hopeful that people keep creating and putting on shows and parties despite you vitriolic assholes

Posted by Anonymous | April 2, 2014 8:02 PM

you're right 8:02, but the point that everyone's trying to make here is that this place isn't fucking CBGB or, as mentioned above, Winterland.

The reality of it is that, all over North America (and Europe as well) throughout the '80s and '90s there are easily single pockets of people who live in Bootfuck Nowhere who, in their basements, put on more (and probably better) touring bands for a far longer period of time. None of these people are getting Pitchfork'd all over the YouTubes. And their stories are almost certainly 1000% more interesting than this Kent joint.

This whole thing is a hilarious example of the hype machine and we can all now see that it has still managed to eek out a living in 2014. Propaganda is passed on in the same fashion. You tell people something matters, and then it "matters". You make something out of nothing. I suppose artists do this all of the time, really. Sometimes it's good art, and sometimes it's some poor facsimile.

This thing is like a flashmob that just won't end.

Posted by Anonymous | April 3, 2014 3:30 AM

Here's what Real Estate think about 285 Kent : http://goo.gl/CWHx8z

Posted by whatabouuutt | April 3, 2014 4:14 AM

Too bad there wasn't a Pussy Riot appearance at 285 Kent. Or did I miss out?

Posted by Anonymous | April 3, 2014 12:52 PM

If you say so, Kunal

Posted by Anonymous | April 11, 2014 5:00 PM

Guys, this dream is alive in Portland.

Posted by Ulmer | May 9, 2014 5:06 AM

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