Recent Posts in NYC
November 23, 2015
NYC's ARChive of Contemporary Music will hold its annual Holiday Record & CD Sale in the ARC offices in TriBeCa from December 5 - December 20 which happens daily from 11 AM - 6 PM. ARC says its their biggest holiday sale ever (and an extra week long because of it), with over 50,000 items for sale, including:
WINTER specials - The most mint and sealed LPs we've ever offered. Fab group of Punk singles.For those who aren't into buying records and CDs there will also be ARC's "Astroturf Yard Say" featuring vintage kitchen wares and clothing. As always, your first shot at the loot will be the Cocktail Party on December 3 featuring complimentary Two Boots Pizza and beverages from City Winery. You need to be an ARC Member to attend which you can do for as little as $50. It's tax deductible... as is donating records and CDs to ARC. They'll even come to you and pick them up.
PLUS - what? Classical 45s? Yes, and more. Incredible selection of jazz CDs • original vintage '60s psychedelic posters from the Grande Ballroom in Detroit • RARE Fillmore East programs • picture discs • turntables + audio equipment • vintage rock + music magazines • shelves of amazing jazz books • most classical LPs are 2 for $1 • DVDs + VHS (and maybe some LaserDiscs too)
20,000 CDs this year • MANY Out-of-Print! Hundreds @ 2 for $1.00
Mostly pop + rock recordings.
Williamsburg said goodbye to another long-running music venue over the weekend, with N. 6th St. club Cameo Gallery closing its doors for good at some point late Saturday night / Sunday morning. They packed in a lot of music over the last two days with early rock shows and late night dance parties on both Friday (11/20) and Saturday (11/21). Friday had Eternal Summers and more for the early show and Juan Maclean live for the late show. For their last night, Caveman headlined the early show, and they closed down the place with Plastic Plates and DJs St. Lucia. To underline things a little, this came, basically, one year (minus a day) to Death by Audio's farewell. Did you stop by this weekend to say goodbye to Cameo?
Other shows from the final week, included Chairlift who played twice -- first as the secret guests at Wednesday's Mr. Twin Sister show (11/18) and then their own show at Cameo on Thursday (11/19) with Wet.
Williamsburg is less fun without you here, Cameo. You will be missed. More Instagrams below...
November 13, 2015
How many big music festivals can Flushing Meadows Corona Park handle in a year? (Or NYC for that matter?) The potential number keeps growing. First, AEG -- the owners of Goldenvoice, the people behind Coachella -- applied to do a festival called Panorama the same month as Governors Ball. Then Madison Square Garden said they're to do one too. Perhaps fighting back a bit, Founders Entertainment, the company behind Governors Ball, has applied to host a three-day festival in Corona Park from Sept. 30 - Oct. 2, 2016, according to the Queens Chronicle.
This will be interesting to see how it all shakes out.
November 10, 2015
Alex and Sarah talk dating in NYC over brunch.Though the pilot episode was released to YouTube a couple months ago, the Internet discovered The Bedford Stop yesterday. From Free Williamsburg to PAPER to Gawker to Gothamist to Noisey to Brokelyn, the unintentionally funny reality show set in modern day Williamsburg is making the snarky rounds and giving us something to tweet about. For those bemoaning the death of Williamsburg, this is yet another large nail in the coffin. Bedford and Bowery published a bit of the show's backstory this morning, and you can watch five clips released so far
Olena gets a Tinder headshot.
Melissa finds lingerie in a thrift store.
October 6, 2015
Founded in 1995, Tiswas was the Britpop party in NYC for a long time, it's heyday probably the late-'90s/early-'00s period at Don Hill's. Tiswas stopped being a weekly party in the late '00s but has thrown the occasional event since, and will celebrate its 20th Anniversary this Sunday (10/11) at Bowery Electric. On board are Tiswas founder Nick Marc and regular spinners Justine D and Spiky Phil, plus emcee and hosts Michael T., Ultragrrrl, and Omri S. Quire, as well as guest sets from Dee Dee of Dum Dum Girls, Josh Styles, Alix Brown and a "surprise" live performance. (Sadly, Tiswas regular DJ Jess died earlier this year.) There will also be open bars (10:30 - 11 PM & 2:30 - 3 AM) and tickets are on sale now.
Check out a Tiswas' current Spotify playlist and a different flyer for the 20th anniversary party, below...
August 17, 2015
The Starbucks on N. 7th & Bedford, which is the second Williamsburg branch of the coffee mega chain, is the latest to offer the "Starbucks Evenings" menu that features wine, beer and "small plates" like Truffle Mac & Cheese, and Spinach Artichoke Dip with Pita Chips. You may remember the community board was against Starbucks' liquor license application but the SLA granted it nonetheless. The only other Starbucks in NYC to offer alcohol is the one in Macy's. Makes sense for the once bohemian neighborhood that will soon have an Apple Store, a Whole Foods and a Ralph Lauren boutique with in a couple blocks of the L stop. Plus they need to make up for the lack of CD sales. You can watch a USA Today video filmed at the Bedford location below...
photo via @bobbyphobia
As you may know, Showtime's Twin Peaks reboot is set to start filming soon, mostly in Washington State. But there is something happening in Brooklyn right now. Yellow film shoot signs are up all over 5th Ave in Park Slope with "Imperial Woodpecker 'Twin Peaks'" in the project name slot. According to DNA Info, they're shooting at Grand Prospect Hall which is up there with the most David Lynch place in all of NYC ("We make your dreams come true"). Compare an '80s GPH commercial with Twin Peaks, below. Grand Prospect Hall owner Michael Halkias told DNAinfo that "hundreds of people" are at Gph filming, with super-tight security. "We are under total occupation." Whether it's the actual show, or perhaps just a promo/commercial (Imperial Woodpecker is a commercial production company) remains to be seen. Stay tuned.
And in other other news, the GPH folks have opened the 17,000 square foot Brooklyn Bavarian Biergarten right next door and it's open Tuesday - Sunday. Has anybody gone to that yet?
August 6, 2015
photo: The Loft @ Cameo Gallery in May (more by PSquared)
UPDATE: It's official... Cameo will close on November 21.
More changes to the Williamsburg club scene. Though no official announcement has been made (and, update: the club say it's not true), we hear (and have been hearing for a while) that Cameo Gallery will be closing soon. It opened in the back of the Lovin' Cup Cafe on North 6th St in 2008 (who saw Mumford & Sons there in 2009?).
A look at their calendar has nothing booked for September past the 9/19 edition of Mondo!, and only one show for October (Gringo Starr on 10/10). Their streamer-lined ceiling is second only to Glasslands' clouds as iconic Williamsburg club backdrops went. It will be sad to see those go.
UPDATE: Cameo reached out and says this is "all rumors right now! Not true." We hope so!
Also: that 9/19 edition of Mondo! will be the last for the long-running indiepop danceparty which is calling it quits after 11 years of playing "This Charming Man" and other favorites. Before Cameo, Mondo! threw down at Don Hill's. We'll miss ya, Mondo.
Big Terrific, the long-running, weekly comedy show at Cameo, already said goodbye earlier this year.
Check out a few videos from the club, below...
July 22, 2015
While he's been busy with his Four Horseman wine bar/restaurant, James Murphy hasn't given up on his dream to change the sounds subway turnstiles make into something more symphonic. He's even got backing for it now: Heineken, who are producing videos about the "Subway Symphony" project, and they are apparently developing prototype turnstiles.
But what they don't have, is any support whatsoever from the MTA. The Transit Authority's spokesman Adam Lisberg told Gothamist, "I am familiar with James Murphy's proposal, and while I would never refer to him as 'just a musician,' I can say confidently that it is as creative as it is unworkable" and said that when the MTA gave Murphy permission to film one of his promotional videos in the Subway, the agreement included the following language:
Licensee and Agent hereby acknowledge that the MTA has informed the individual depicted in the advertisement that the concept presented in the advertisement involving the turnstiles of the New York City subway system cannot be implemented.Murhpy, however, told Gothamist that Lisberg is "not a policy maker, he's the press guy, so I wouldn't expect him to know what our project is." Lisberg responded, saying the contract's language "seems pretty black and white."
Even if Heineken or some other benefactor was willing to pay for "Subway Symphony" to be fully implemented, the tones actually serve a specific purpose beyond annoying straphangers like Murphy:
"The tones are an ADA element for the visually impaired, and we won't mess with them--much less take turnstiles out of service and risk disabling them for an art project. (It would be a very cool project, don't get me wrong, but we can't mess with turnstiles that handle 6 million customers a day for it.)"Murphy remains politely tenacious, with a new promotional video being released this week which you can watch below.
July 16, 2015
Weird news you may have heard already: As of today, July 15th, The L Magazine will no longer be published as a print magazine. This is neither tragic nor particularly sad nor further proof that everything is fucked. It is rather-and we realize this may seem like a line of bullshit-a decision we've made so that we can focus on and grow our sister publication, Brooklyn Magazine, which, starting in September, will go from being a quarterly publication to a monthly one. This is very exciting.The L, which continues as a website goes through each of its years of existence in print, highlighting notable events, albums, books, openings, and average asking price of an apartment in various neighborhoods. Northside Media Group continues to publish Brooklyn Magazine in print and run the Northside Festival, among other things. RIP, L Magazine print edition.
It's become common to sentimentalize the Brooklyn of the very recent past; it doesn't take much encouragement before people begin to wax nostalgic about the way things used to be before the condos went up, or this bar closed, or that chain store opened, or these people moved out, or these other people moved in. It's an understandable tendency, this need to reflect upon a now-broken past; we do it in order to better understand our present, and to make sense of the decisions we'll need to make to build our future.
Already filling that void is Time Out NY, which turns 20 this year and which became a free weekly back in April.