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July 1, 2015
"Confession" by Andrew Savage, 2015 26 X 30″ silkscreen on paper
Parquet Courts frontman and Dull Tools label co-head Andrew Savage is also an artist and will have his first exhibition this summer. Titled "Color Studies," it features silkscreens on paper and will be open at Brooklyn's new-ish venue/bar/motorcycle garage The Shop from July 10 - September 1. Says Savage:
I called the show Color Studies because I wanted to focus on colors that don't appear in my palette often; you'll find a lot of salmon pink and pastel colors -- basically stuff I've been afraid to use because I wasn't quite sure how. I like images that are familiar and ordinary, but hinged on an unsettling emotion.There's an opening reception on July 10 with refreshments provided by Duvel & Ommegang. Check out a few more of Savage's pieces below.
In other news, Parquet Courts recently posted pictures from the studio. New music soon? Stay tuned.
Will Socolov at Brooklyn Vinyl Works
Brooklyn Vinyl Works is a new record pressing plant that's run by Will Socolov, who founded Sleeping Bag Records with Arthur Russell and, more recently, ran pressing plant EKS Manufacturing. They've got a building but launched a Kickstarter to raise funds to refurbish record presses for the plant. Says Socolov:
When a part breaks on a record press, you can't run down to the Vinyl Machinery Superstore. Instead, you need the skill and knowledge to fabricate it yourself. The folks at Brooklyn Vinyl Works have years and years of expertise in the art of making records and are adept in the art of repairing and maintaining these old machines.Their Kickstarter is a little over a quarter of the way towards its $100,000 goal with 11 days to go. There are a wide variety of contributor rewards, including totes and t-shirts, special color runs of DIIV, Mac DeMarco and Widowspeak records, tours of the facility, and having things pressed on vinyl. With demand for vinyl at a 20-year high, there is certainly need for new pressing plants. We wish them the best of luck.
All funds raised from our campaign will first go towards obtaining and upgrading a number of our factory's most vital components: a new boiler, a shrinkwrap machine, grinders and hydraulics equipment. After that infrastructure is complete, additional funds raised will go towards purchasing more presses. These presses are expensive and difficult to find, but with your support, we can obtain and restore them to their original glory.
Barclays Center's roof Atlantic Yards Webcam
The 135,000-square-foot area is in the process of being covered with a layer of sedum, a genus of flowering plants that store water in their leaves. The idea is to capture rainwater, reduce noise output, and provide a more pleasing view for both passers-by and future residents of the Atlantic Yards/Pacific Park highrises being built around it.Brooklyn's Barclays Center just hosted David Byrne's "Contemporary Color" and now the outside of the venue is getting some color of its own -- a green roof -- which should give the rust-colored exterior more of a woodlands feel. That should be a nice selling point for real estate agents looking to move the first condos on the market at Pacific Park Brooklyn, the $4.9 billion project formerly known as The Atlantic Yards.
The Architect's Newspaper recently got an exclusive tour of the roof in construction, and the photos give the otherworldly impression of a park floating above the streets of Brooklyn.
The green roof plan was raised from the dead thanks to a joint venture between Forest City Ratner and Greenland Holdings Group, a real estate development company out of Shanghai. A new roof structure had to be built on the existing roof to support the sedum, which is shipped in from Connecticut and hoisted onto the roof by crane. - [Brownstoner]
June 30, 2015
photos by David Andrako;words by Sadaaf Mamoon
Celebrate Brooklyn! at Prospect Park was celebrating more than just a borough last weekend (6/26), with a free screening of Paris Is Burning. The 1990 documentary chronicling Harlem's thriving late-century ball culture via the queer and trans people of color community (QTPOC) was specially scheduled in honor of Pride Week 2015, and made all the more relevant by Friday morning's Supreme Court ruling granting marriage equality nationwide.
The event almost didn't happen though, with an early contention between Celebrate Brooklyn promoters and the community for not representing any QTPOC on the lineup. In response to the controversy, Friday night's screening featured an introduction by director Jennie Livingston and documentary subjects Junior LaBeija and Dr. Sol Williams Pendavis. Other cast members Grandfather Hector Xtravaganza and Jose Disla Xtravaganza presented The Houses United Ball: Celebrating Brooklyn, a rowdy, gleeful dance-off of sorts, featuring representatives from historic underground ballroom Houses of LaBeija, Ninja, Mizrahi, Khan, Infinity, Milan, Princess and Xtravaganza, all of which are still alive and well. Vijuan Allure DJ'd to palpable excitement, with event-goers (only slightly more colorful than your average Celebrate Brooklyn crowd) barely able to sit still to watch when the film came along. Pictures from the night are in this post and continue below...
June 29, 2015
Independence Day is Saturday and Macy's annual fireworks extravaganza remains on the East River for 2015. This year's 25-minute-long display, which should start around 9 PM, will set off more than 50,000 pyrotechnic shells from the Brooklyn Bridge and barges in the water below and further up the river. Anywhere with an unobstructed view of the sky is a good place to watch -- maybe a friend's roof? -- but there are designated public viewing sections on the elevated portions of FDR Drive with the following entry points:
FROM HOUSTON TO MIDTOWN:You can also watch the fireworks live on NBC, as part of a concert event titled "Brave" that features performances by Kelly Clarkson, Flo Rida, Brad Paisley and more.
FROM LOWER MANHATTAN:
BROAD STREET GROUND LEVEL
OLD SLIP UPPER LEVEL
PEARL & FRANKFORT
ADA / SPECIAL NEEDS VIEWING AREA:
MANHATTAN: FDR DRIVE SOUTHBOUND LANE AT 16TH STREET & AVENUE C OR 34TH STREET (TOP OF RAMP) AND VIETNAM MEMORIAL PARK
BROOKLYN: BROOKLYN BRIDGE PARK AT FURMAN STREET AND OLD FULTON STREET, NEAR PIER #1
QUEENS: CENTER BLVD FROM 48TH AVENUE TO 49TH AVENUE
There are also fireworks at Coney Island.
photos by Amanda Hatfield
"What do we want?"With Friday's historic same sex marriage ruling by the Supreme Court, it was a very very special Pride Weekend in NYC, which culminated with Sunday's annual March down 5th Ave. Pictures from the parade are in this post (some are NSFW), with lots more below.
"When did we get it?"
Two days after the United States Supreme Court affirmed same-sex marriage as a right, well-timed pride parades on Sunday in the country's twin hubs of gay activism, New York City and San Francisco, promised a sort of social catharsis -- a bicoastal toast to the nation's rapid shift on gay rights and an extended curtain call for the movement that drove it.
"All 50 states!" the New York crowd roared at one point. It was no longer a plea, but a celebration.
If even a typical pride parade can blur the lines between friend and stranger, the proceedings on Sunday assumed the feel of a large-scale wedding reception, uniting graying activists, fledgling families and party seekers in a historic moment that all seemed keenly aware they occupied. - [NY Times]
UPDATE: Even more here!
June 26, 2015
Helen Mirren & Chavez's Matt Sweeney (in the Endless Boogie shirt) chowing down
Brooks Headley drumming with UOoA at DBA in 2010 (more by Fred Pessaro)
Brooks Headley has drummed in a bunch of punk bands, including Universal Order of Armageddon and Born Against. Lately, though, he's been known for his cullinary skills. He was Pastry Chef at Mario Batali's fanciest restaurant, Del Posto, where he won the James Beard Award for "Outstanding Pastry Chef" in 2013. Having been a vegetarian on the road with nothing to eat, he began playing around with a veggie burger recipe. He told Wondering Sound last year:
I've eaten a lot of veggie burgers, and they're usually pretty terrible. We were playing around [in the kitchen] one day a couple of years ago, and I ended up figuring out this [recipe], and tweaking it, and then feeding it to the people who worked in the kitchen -- just, "Hey, try this thing I'm making in the back." And we're talking about in the middle of service, you know? We have a five-minute break, so you'll throw some stuff together, throw it on some bread. It was funny, because when the meat cooks started to request veggie burgers, I knew I was onto something. The meat guys are the meat guys. They don't eat any fucking vegetable, period. It kind of developed that way. Now it's this fun thing I get to do every once in a while, if I can convince someone to let me take over their space. That [project] definitely is through music. I mean, I wouldn't be into veggie burgers if it wasn't for punk rock.He opened the Superiority Burger pop-up on Eldridge St. last year which was an instant, line-forming hit. He left Del Post in order to open a permanent Superiority Burger location, at 430 East 9th St between 1st and A, which opened last night. Eater sent their three (omnivore) reviewers, all of which sang its praises. Says Robert Sietsema (himself formerly of NYC indie rock band Mofungo):
As the menu board excitedly proclaims, throwing punctuation to the winds, "Everything is vegetarian a lot is accidentally vegan just ask!" The namesake burger ($6) is quite a different animal than the one that first appeared on the scene two years ago. The present patty looks just like beef and has a nutty and grainy texture and savor. The bun is squishy and the toppings are limited to mustard and dill pickles, making it more Whataburger than White Castle. It is unqualifiedly delicious.Not 100% up to full-speed, Superiority Burger is currently open from 6-10 PM.
Watch a video of Headley making "Vegan Crème Brûlée" with No Age, below...
June 25, 2015
If you've ever wondered what the fourth wall of Jerry Seinfeld's Seinfeld apartment looked like, we now have your answer: floor-to-ceiling glass windows that look out onto 10th Avenue and the Highline. (Also his apartment is street-level. And in Chelsea.) Well at least that's the case with the nearly perfect recreation of the Seinfeld apartment that you can visit at Chelsea's Milk Studios (451 West 14th Street). The "nearly" comes from replacing
Jerry's classic Mac with a PC desktop (UPDATE: they've fixed this egregious error), but nearly every other detail is there. It's to celebrate Hulu getting streaming rights to all nine Seinfeld seasons, and the exhibit also includes some of the diner, props (the Maestro's wand) and more. It's free to visit and will be open now through Sunday (6/28) from 10 AM - 7 PM. But expect lines to be longer than at the Soup Nazi.
You can also take a virtual tour right now. If you go, don't try and burst in like Kramer. Some guy tried that already and broke the set on the exhibit's first day. (Or if you must try it, take off your backpack first.) Video of that (via Vulture) below...
June 24, 2015
by Bill Pearis
In August of 1975, the world's first punk record label was born. Ork Records: New York, New York is a tale of Terry Ork, a film-obsessed fugitive of Warhol's Factory set. Ork's impresario ear would pull damaged, literate new rock music from the pregnant Bowery grime of CBGB, resulting in debut 45s by Television and Richard Hell, as well as landmark recordings by the Feelies and Lester Bangs. It's a tale of Charles Ball, who'd steer Ork Records through solo exploits by Big Star's Alex Chilton and the dBs' Chris Stamey.For Record Store Day, the Numero Group released the Ork Records Complete Singles box set, lovingly repressing the NYC label's 7" output, including early singles from Television (label head Terry Ork was their manager), Richard Hell, Alex Chilton, Chris Stamey and more. There was also what could've been The Feelies' first single, if it had actually been released at the time, offering up decidedly more punk versions of "Fa Ce La" and "Forces at Work" than would appear on debut album Crazy Rhythms. It's an amazing "what if" and, for me, it was almost worth the price of the box for that Feelies single alone. The whole thing is pretty great, though.
You can still pick up the Complete Singles box, but for those who don't like lifting the needle so often, Numero Group will release Ork Records: New York, New York on October 30 which compiles all the singles, plus a whole lot more, on two CDs or four vinyl LPs. All versions include a 190-page book about the label with rarely-seen photographs, liner notes, remembrances and essays, and there's an edition that comes with a bonus 45 with two unreleased Feelies songs. Full tracklist and and a trailer for the comp (which features that version of Feelies' "Fa Ce La") are below. Pre-orders are available now.
Will Ferrell, Letterman's bridge & a wedding on 'TCGS' (via @patrickcotnoir)
When The Late Show with David Letterman closed up shop last month, much of the set was unceremoniously dumped outside the Ed Sullivan theater for garbage pickup. Needless to say, fans picked up on it and grabbed stuff -- including the NYC backdrop. The Brooklyn Bridge and the George Washington Bridge parts of the set were rescued by The Chris Gethard Show staff. Letterman gave his blessing and now they live on as part of TGS' set. The bridges make their debut on this week's episode of TCGS which taped on Tuesday (6/23) and featured three live weddings:
One thing that people like to do when they get married in New York is get married in front of some of our bridges. You see it all the time. So, it's very hard to find a bridge that fits inside a television studio, but luckily, one of my heroes David Letterman, he recently gave us the thumbs-up to use the bridges from his show. So I can think of no better way to debut them on The Chris Gethard Show than to let them serve as the backdrop of your wedding.Best Man for all those weddings was Will Ferrell. The weddings episode of The Chris Gethard Show will air on Thursday (6/25) at 10 PM EDT on the Fusion Network.
P.S. Brooklynites can catch Chris Gethard live at Union Hall twice in July.