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June 26, 2015

Helen Mirren & Chavez's Matt Sweeney (in the Endless Boogie shirt) chowing down
Helen Mirren at Superiority Burger
Brooks Headley drumming with UOoA at DBA in 2010 (more by Fred Pessaro)
Universal Order of Armageddon

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...

Continue reading "punk drummer Brooks Headley opened mega-hot, Helen Mirren-approved all-veggie Superiority Burger in the E. Village"

June 25, 2015

Seinfeld Apartment Milk Studios

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...

Continue reading "'Seinfeld' apartment recreated for free pop-up exhibit in NYC; some guy already broke the door pretending to be Kramer"

June 24, 2015

by Bill Pearis

Ork Records: New York, New York

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.

Continue reading "Numero Group releasing punk label Ork Records entire output on new comp feat. Television, Alex Chilton, Feelies & more"

Will Ferrell, Letterman's bridge & a wedding on 'TCGS' (via @patrickcotnoir)
Will Ferrell officiating a wedding on The Chris Gethard Show with pieces of David Letterman set

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.

June 19, 2015

photo: outside The Charleston in 2009 (more by Ryan Muir)
Williamsburg bar The Charleston 2009

Michael Sapp, the man found beaten in Williamsburg bar The Charleston last Saturday night (6/13), died on Monday night (6/15) after being declared brain dead and taken off life support. We know he worked at The Bagel Store on Bedford/S4, but as to what happened that night, there have been conflicting reports. Gothamist has been following this story closely:

Police have not yet identified a suspect and did not respond to a detailed list of questions based on what witnesses have been telling us. Parts of what those witnesses have said are deeply contradictory, a reminder of why eyewitness testimony by itself is considered a shaky basis for criminal convictions. They are also a product of what from all accounts was a chaotic night on that stretch of Bedford Avenue, which was especially crowded because of the Northside Festival. But taken together, witness recollections, combined with the latest police narrative, suggest a basic timeline of events.
Gothmast runs down various witness reports.

June 9, 2015

NYC Pride March 2011 (more by Amanda Hatfield)

Pride Week, the most colorful time of year, is almost upon NYC, happening June 21 - 28. Official festivities are set to begin with Family Movie Night on Tuesday, June 23 at Hudson River Park's Pier 63, with a free screening of Disney/Pixar's Finding Nemo. The week wraps up with the annual Dance on the Pier at Hudson River Park's Pier 26 on Sunday, June 28, featuring a performance by pop princess Ariana Grande and the the world's longest-running LGBT fireworks display. Tickets for Dance on the Pier are on sale now.

Of course the main event is the Sunday afternoon March (6/28) and this year is a star-studded affair, with actors Sir Derek Jacobi and Sir Ian McKellen, Uganda's Kasha Jacqueline Nabagesera, and artist J. Christopher Neal serving as this year's grand marshals. Between the March and the Dance on the Pier, is the Pridefest street fair. Saturday (6/27) night's VIP Rooftop Party and Teaze party for women (formerly Rapture on the River) are pride week staples, and not to be missed.

There are unofficial Pride Week happenings, too. Rapper Azealia Banks tweeted that, like she did last year, she'll be performing at soon-to-close The Westway on June 23 as part of their weekly Tuesday Westgay party. Details and tickets for that are TBA.

Before Pride Week officially starts, SHADE, the queer warehouse party by Ladyfag and Seva Granik is back in business for Saturday (6/20) at 15 Huron St in Greenpoint with headliner Heartthrob. Tickets are still available.

There are also scores of unofficial happenings in the works - be sure to check out NYCpride.org for more info.

Special stuff: in paying homage to Larry Levan's Paradise Garage, a pioneer queer nightclub of the 70s and 80s, DJs Lisa Frank and the NeedIExchange have dropped two mixes of throwback dance music. Stream both below...

Continue reading "NYC Pride Week 2015: Azealia Banks, Ian McKellen, the March, Dance on the Pier, DJ mixes & more events"

June 8, 2015

Murray at Poet's House benefit, 2011 (photo by Arnold Adler via Poet's House)
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The Poet's House annual "Poetry Walk Across the Brooklyn Bridge" benefit happens today (6/8) at 6:30 PM, going from Manhattan to Brooklyn, closing with a reading of Walt Whitman's "Crossing Brooklyn Ferry," followed by a celebratory dinner and more poetry. It's the 20th anniversary of the event and, as Gothamist points out, this year Bill Murray will be leading the walk. It's $250 to participate and you must sign up by 6 PM. More details here.

June 5, 2015

photo: 2014 Mermaid Parage (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Mermaid Parade

The 33rd Annual Coney Island Mermaid Parade happens Saturday, June 20 and this year's King and Queen are husband-and-wife freakshow/burlesque performers Mat Fraser (who was on the last season of American Horror Story) and Julie Atlas Muz (who has, among other things, performed at the Whitney Biennial and has opened for Psychic TV). The Parade starts at 1 PM and goes from West 21st and Surf Avenue, rolling to West 10th Street, then to the Boardwalk and finishing at Steeplechase Plaza. If you'd like to be in it, you can register through June 18. Unfortunately there is no Mermaid Ball afterparty this year. Poster for this year's Parade is below.

June 20 will also have fireworks, happening after the Brooklyn Cyclones season opener which is against the Staten Island Yankees. The night before (Friday, 6/19) will kick off Coney Island's summer fireworks series, which will happen every Friday through September 4. Friday night fireworks start at 9:30 PM and are shot off from the beach. There will also be fireworks after eight Saturday Brooklyn Cyclones games, plus fireworks on Thursday, July 2 which will also be after a Cyclones game. Full 2015 Coney Island fireworks schedule is below.

Continue reading "2015 Coney Island Mermaid Parade details +++ fireworks return to boardwalk every Friday & after 9 Cyclones games"

May 16, 2015

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Today's the Brooklyn Flea Record Fair, presented by Red Bull Music Academy and happening at Smorgasburg will Williamsburg. As mentioned, there will be DJs spinning from 1-5 PM and here's the schedule:

1-1:45pm Matt Werth (RVNG Intl.)
1:45 - 2:30pm Jefre Cantu-Ledesma (Mexican Summer)
2:30 - 3:15pm Jack Tatum (Wild Nothing)
3:15-4pm Justin Miller (Have A Killer Time)
4-5pm Eamon Harkin (Mister Saturday Night)
If you've never been, the Brooklyn Flea Record Fair goes till 6 PM has 50 tables from independent labels (DFA, Mexican Summer, Kanine, and more), record stores (Other Music, Captured Tracks), and used vendors. There's a map of where the tables (and DJs, and the bar) are below.

Continue reading "Brooklyn Flea Record Fair is today: DJ schedule & vendor map"

May 12, 2015

(via @fourhorsemenbk)
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When a prominent chef heard that James Murphy had decided to open a wine bar in Brooklyn, he nudged Mr. Murphy to compose an online journal about the process.

Mr. Murphy mulled it over, at least for a moment.

"I thought I would call it 'the Worst Idea Ever,' " he said the other day with a flick of the self-effacement that became his hallmark as the brain behind the dance-punk band LCD Soundsystem.

No pearls of prose ever materialized, though.

"I've never done it because I'm overwhelmed," he said. - [New York Times]

James Murphy's new wine bar is called Four Horsemen (as in "of the Apocalypse"?) and is located in Williamsburg at 295 Grand Street which some of you maybe remember as the address of vegan fast food spot Foodswings. Of the venture, which he's undertaking with wife Christina Topsoe, Murphy says "I need something with really low margins, high risk, brutal hours and which I have no experience at."

Also helping the couple (who are due to have a child any minute) is Justin Chearno, the onetime Pitchblende/Turing Machine guitarist who has been a fixture at Williamsburg's UVA Wine Shop almost since its inception. There will be food too ("We keep calling it a wine bar because we want to underpromise and overdeliver") and he's worked hard on the acoustics, "mounting noise-soaking burlap on the walls and cedar slats and sound-absorption panels along the ceiling so that conversations can proceed at a civilized cadence." It all sounds very grown up.

Four Horsemen is set to open in early June.
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