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May 30, 2014

street art by Damien Mitchell near the DeKalb Ave stop
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This weekend is Bushwick Open Studios a great chance to see a bunch of art where it's being made, walk through the many studios in the Brooklyn neighborhood, and probably nab a few free drinks along the way. We already told you about most of the music (much of it free) that's happening as part of it, but there's also the 2014 edition of the Bushwick Collective Block Party which happens on Sunday, June 1 on Troutman St between St. Nicholas and Wyckoff Aves from from 11AM to 7PM. This free event features live performances from Twin Strike, No Way, The Montauk Project, Such Hounds, Fletcher C Johnson (who plays tonight too), Tournament, Iron Force, Pampers, and NAAM.

In addition to the music, there will also be live street art happening. It's part of the The Bushwick Collective's first-ever art show which is running now through Sunday (6/1) at 426 Troutman St. The BC and is open from 7 PM - 11 PM and showcases some truly amazing street artists. Check that subway scene at the top of this post which was done by Damien Mitchell for Bushwick Collective. Participating artists include Blek Le Rat, Solus, Rubin415, Chris Stain, Dan Witz, Zimad, Jerkface, Joe Iurato, Sexer, Beau Stanton, Atom, and FKDL. Sounds like something to definitely check out if you're going to be at BOS on Sunday.

The block party is sponsored by Montana's Trail House which is a new restaurant opening today on the block (455 Troutman).

We should note this has nothing to do with the Bushwick Block Party that usually goes down on Moore St. outside of Robertas in late July. No word on whether that's happening this year yet -- last year got a little wild.

Flyers for the Bushwick Collective art show and block party, below...

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May 29, 2014

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One good thing about having a Brooklynite for a mayor is that the annual Macy's 4th of July Fireworks are now back on the East River, after a four-year stretch of being on the Hudson. Said Bill de Blasio:

I'm thrilled that, after years of working with Macy's and my colleagues to make this a reality, the fireworks will return to the East River this year! Now even more New Yorkers will get to take part in this extraordinary celebration, against the backdrop of the Brooklyn Bridge, the harbor and our skyline.
Macy's first moved them to the Hudson in 2009 to commemorate the 400th anniversary of Henry Hudson's voyage up the river, and kept them there.

In other NYC fireworks news, one of the city's other big 4th of July displays -- Coney Island -- is still up in the air for 2014. The city has granted fireworks permits for all the other Fridays this summer EXCEPT Friday, July 4. Does this have anything to do with Macy's move back to the East River? The Department of Parks and Recreation declined to comment when NY1 inquiried. We shall see.

Meanhwhile, the rest of the summer's fireworks at Coney Island are all set. The season kicks off with "Fireworks Week" at Brooklyn Cyclones stadium, with displays going off after the first three home games of the season: Opening Day (Saturday, June 14), then Monday, June 16, and Tuesday, June 17. There will then be fireworks after every Friday game through August 22 (with Fourth of July still a question mark, though they're listed on the Cyclones schedule). There are a few other nights fireworks will happen at Coney Island, all of which are also "theme nights":

Saturday, July 5 (vs. Aberdeen IronBirds) "Seinfeld 25th Anniversary Celebraton"

Saturday, July 19 (vs Williamsport Crosscutters) "Country Music Night"

Saturday, July 26 (vs Vermont Lake Monsters) "Elvis Night"

Saturday, Aug 2 (vs Connecticut Tigers) "Star Wars Night"

Wednesday, Aug 13 (vs Lowell Spinners) "Kosher Kaboom Fireworks"

Saturday, Aug 23 (vs Tri-City Valley Cats) "Princess Night"

Sunday, Aug 27 (vs Staten Island Yankees) last game of the season

And don't forget June 21 is the 2014 Coney Island Mermaid Parade.

May 14, 2014

photos by Gretchen Robinette

Lykke Li @ MoMA Party in the Garden 5/13/2014
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Lykke Li

MoMA held their annual Party in the Garden fundraiser Tuesday night (5/13). One of the big social events of the season, it started with a pricey gala dinner, followed by a not-quite-as-pricey afterparty featuring a live set from Swedish singer Lykke Li and ubiquitous DJ Questlove kept the crowd otherwise entertained. At a fancy, celeb-heavy affair like this, the live music is more of a bonus than the focus. That said, the dressed-up crowd were into her 30-minute set which mixed old favorites with songs from her brand-new album, I Never Learn. Pictures from her set and the MoMA Party in the Garden afterparty are in this post.

Lykke Li plays another tiny NYC venue (relatively speaking) -- the Apollo in Harlem -- on Thursday (5/15) which is sold out and one of a few current live dates for her in North America. More pics from MoMA below...

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May 7, 2014

Adam Scott will talk "Greatest Event in Television History" on Saturday
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New York Magazine's pop culture website Vulture is throwing a two-day festival this weekend (May 10 & 11), titled simply Vulture Festival, featuring a bric-a-brac of panels and events based around movies, TV, music and comedy.

Saturday (5/10) events include: a talk with Deadwood creator David Milch (noon @ Milk Studios);  "The Greatest Panel in Television History" (5/10, 3 PM @ Milk Studios) with Adam Scott (Parks & Rec, Party Down) will discuss '80s TV title sequences (the basis of his Adult Swim series); a sold-out MIA/Solange show on Saturday at Webster Hall (5/10) happening after her Knockdown Center shows this week.

Sunday (5/11) events include: "Brunch with Rufus Wainwright" and Julie Klausner (5/11, 11 AM @ Milk Studios); a pop culture trivia night with the cast of Orange is the New Black (5/11, 5 PM @ Milk Studios); and a sold-out comedy night on Sunday @ The Bell House with Billy "On the Street" Eichner, Chelsea Peretti (Brooklyn Nine Nine), Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer (Broad City) and more.

Tickets to most of the panels are still available and include drink tickets. Full Vulture Festival schedule and details, below...

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May 1, 2014

by Wyatt Marshall

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Perhaps you've seen him at the Bedford L stop, dragging a baby doll attached to a marionette control rod along the platform or shaking something that looks a whole lot like the remnants of a dead animal in the face of an unsuspecting straphanger. His name is Kalan Sherrard, and, as Gothamist's short documentary about him confirms, that that thing probably is, indeed, a dead animal.

Of all the bizarre things you can stumble across in New York's subways, Kalan's performance art is up there in terms of weirdness. It's also pretty fascinating -- I've only ever seen him at the Bedford L, and his act is a creepy, sexualized and nonsensical affair that Kalan describes as a "non-narative, nihilist, anarchist puppet show about literary theory." His performance relies heavily on found items and he makes things out of garbage and dead animals, and there's often contact between Kalan and the crowd that inevitably assembles around him. In the video, a woman pours a drink into his mouth and he makes mention of people making out with him.

The short doc is part of Gothamist's No Your City series and shows Kalan drinking from discarded cups in trashcans and performing his act down in the Bedford station. (Gotta commend him on what looked like a super smooth MetroCard swipe.) If you ever run into Kalan, enjoy the show, but the video provides a valuable piece of information -- Kalan basically hates photography and says he'll harass people who take a snapshot and then walk away.

Gothamist's short video isn't the first time Kalan's gotten press -- he's been on the cover of New York Magazine in the past, has been featured in the Village Voice, and he appeared in coverage of Occupy Wall Street both on The Colbert Report and in Bloomberg. He was also arrested on April 6 in Times Square and charged with disorderly conduct for creating a hazardous condition -- The New York Daily News has an account and video. The News put the arrest in the context of new Police Commissioner Bill Bratton's crackdown on subway performers -- at the time of his arrest, transit police had arrested 416 people for panhandling or peddling so far this year, compared with 154 during the same time period the year before.

Watch the Gothamist video and an older Village Voice video about Kalan below...

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April 30, 2014

by Ian Chainey

Beefcake the Mighty using a vaporizer/Link's recorder
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Today, metal spewers of juices GWAR have announced a collaboration with Mount Baker Vapors to supply the world with GWAR Fluids, a set of custom flavored e-cigarette/vaporizer liquid. Starting May 1, you'll be able to take a deep pull of Jizmoglobin -- "a creamy blueberry blend with notes of nut and custard" -- at your favorite New York bar... hold up.

Actually, no. No, you won't.

In a stroke of bad luck for Mount Baker Vapors, New York City has amended the 2002 Smoke-Free Air Act to ban e-cigarettes from offices, restaurants, parks, bars, and beaches. The change goes in effect today (4/30). So, in public spaces, e-cigarettes are now, well, cigarettes. And, yep, if you're caught sucking on Spew -- "a primarily melon flavor with hints of mixed fruits and berries" -- you'll be tagged with a fine of $100, with the owner of the establishment your smelling-up getting slapped with a $200 to $400 punishment for a first time offense.

Ouch, Mount Baker Vapors. Not even German Chocolate Beefcake -- "a sweet cake flavor with the perfect combination of chocolate, coconut, and caramel" -- is likely to alleviate that headache.

Of course, the NYC ban isn't the only instance of unfortunate/questionable timing in this case, with the sponsorship deal coming a little more than a month after the passing of Dave Murray Brockie, better known as Oderus Urungus. If you missed it, we ran a fitting tribute to the man at Invisible Oranges and here on BV. In addition, you can check out information on the Dave Brockie Foundation, set up in his honor, here. R.I.P.

April 24, 2014

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4/20 was Sunday and now comes more good news for marijuana smokers in one of NYC's five boroughs: The NY Post reports that Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson issued a memo to the NYPD that his office will no long­er prosecute people caught with small amounts of pot, or caught smoking it in public:

In a move that directly bucks the Police Department's own policy and that of other DAs in the city, Brooklyn prosecutors will be directing cops to free the defendants, seal their cases and destroy their fingerprint file, according to a memo sent the NYPD and obtained by The Post.

"The goal of this new policy is to ensure that the resources of this office are allocated in a manner that most enhances public safety, and individuals, especially young people of color, do not become unfairly burdened and stigmatized by involvement in the criminal-justice system...

...Even when the defendant is issued a [desk-appearance ticket] (sparing him or her the daunting holding-cell experience), that defendant still must make sure that he or she appears in court on the DAT arraignment date -- a trip to the courthouse and a wait in the courtroom that may eat up most of a day,'' the memo says. - [NY Post]

This applies to defendants with clean (or mostly clean) criminal records and no outstanding warrants, and if the charge is a Class B misdemeanor pot possession (aka less than 25 grams of weed).

April 21, 2014

(photo via EV Grieve)
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Just as the glow of Record Store Day is wearing off comes sad news (via EV Grieve) from EV mainstay Kim's Video & Music:

As great as #RSD2014 was (thank you all!), sadly we will be closing our store on 1st Ave. No closing date yet but 30% off ALL VIDEO and MUSIC. (all formats and NRs as well). - [Facebook]
The 1st Ave store was the last of a once healthy NYC empire. It was also one of the last (maybe THE last?) places to find cult/foreign/import DVDs and Blu-Rays. Mondo Kim's on St. Mark's Place closed in 2009.

April 16, 2014

by Bill Pearis

the line outside Other Music at RSD 2013 (via @brooklynvegan instagram)
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We're just a few days away from Record Store Day 2014 (April 19) and quite a few of NYC's record stores have special events planned in addition to carrying all the RSD exclusive titles (check out our picks of the top releases). Here's a rundown.

The biggest in-store, probably no surprise, is at Rough Trade which will open at 9 AM and has a full day of musical performances. Hospitality and Perfect Pussy have now been added to the already announced line-up of Amen Dunes, Betty Who, Fear of Men, Mark Mulcahy, Milagres, Nothing, Palehound, and The Rails. There will be DJs too, and they've already announced which RSD exclusive releases they'll have for sale. Band schedule below.

Generation Records in the Village also has a full day of in-stores. The store opens at 10 AM, and performers include Pour The Pirate Sherry, The Golden Grass, and Daddy Long Legs, plus DJ sets from Aaron Cometbus, Doug Gillard, Mr. Fine Wine of Downtown Soulville on WFMU, Zachary Lipez and more.

Other Music, which will turn 20 next year, will open at 10 AM for RSD. It doesn't quite have the room for in-store performances and shopping at the same time (like at Rough Trade), so they have up to this point just booked musicians as DJs. This year's line-up, though, they are doing one actual live performance, with outsider artist Lonnie Holley at 1 PM. The rest of the day is DJs and the lineup includes Pop. 1280, Com Truise, Xeno & Oaklander, Matana Roberts, Pete Swanson and more. Full schedule is listed below.

Over at Kim's Video, the store is opening early at 8 AM with "refreshments" and their own slate of DJs, including Mick Collins of the Dirtbombs, plus members of Psychic Ills, Prince Rupert's Drops, and more. Full Kim's RSD schedule below.

Alex Bleeker @ In Living Stereo, RSD 2013 (via @brooklynvegan)
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Around the block, In Living Stereo will open at 10 AM and have in-store performances from Chaos Chaos, Call of the Wild, and Balancer. Plus, there will be free PBR all day (ID required) and if you spend more than $100 you get a free In Living Stereo beer mug.

East Village store Turntable Lab will be open from 10 AM - 8 PM with a healthy stock of RSD14 titles and guest DJs including Aaron DRM, Alex from Tokyo, Sable, Blue Jemz, Dopeshoes, and more. Full DJ lineup is in a flyer below.

Good Records in the East Village will cary a few RSD exclusives and will be putting out a special batch of vintage vinyl just for the day. They'll be posting a list of what's in that batch on their Facebook at some point.

Greenpoint's Permanent Records will be open at 10 AM with lots of RSD exclusives, plus "plenty of fun gifts and other swag to give away to our first batch of shoppers."

At the new Academy Annex location at 85 Oak St. in Greenpoint, in addition to RSD titles they'll be putting out "a great collection of used rare '90s and '00s indie rock, punk, and a ton of classic titles."

Nearby at the Captured Tracks Shop, they'll have "a bulk of RSD-exclusive titles, including RSD-exclusive titles from Captured Tracks!" Those C/T RSD titles include a live Medicine album, and a cool Flying Nun double-pack 7" with The Chills, The Verlaines and more. Not a RSD thing, but the store will be debuting monthly artist-curated record booths, the first two of which will be from Jeremy and Jarvis from Woods and Mac DeMarco. The store opens at a 11 AM for Record Store Day and will be open until 9 PM.

Bushwick's The Crate -- the storefront for Wrecords By Monkey which makes jewelry, accessories and home products out of old vinyl records -- will have it's Grand Opening on RSD, with $1 used records and new titles from local artists, plus free beer, and DJ sets from APSPDR+ and Silent Rider.

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Earwax Records, in its new N. 9th location in Williamsburg, will be open at 10 AM with a selection of RSD exclusives.

Norman's Sound & Vision, which moved from the East Village to Williamsburg a couple years ago, will have RSD exclusives and is open at 9 AM.

The Record Grouch in Greenpoint will be open regular hours (noon - 8 PM) and, while they won't be carrying any RSD exclusives, they have a stockpile of $1 records they've been holding onto just for the occasion.

Co-op 87 in Greenpoint may or may not be doing their 24-hour RSD marathon this year (they haven't decided yet) but will carry a select batch of independent label RSD exclusives as well as a whole bunch of $1 records they've been hoarding.

Halcyon Records in DUMBO has their biggest selection of RSD exclusives yet. They'll be open at 10 AM.

In the greater NY area, Fords, NJ's great Vintage Vinyl will be open at 8 AM for Record Store Day and are carrying around 300 RSD exclusive titles.

Cake Shop, who has participated in RSD the last three years, is taking this year off. The cafe and venue are still open though.

If you're going to be in the Windy City on Saturday, BV Chicago and Saki Records are teaming up again for a free Record Store Day party with live performances from Their / They're There/ ,Wedding Dress, Minor Characters, Landmarks, Meat Wave and Negative Scanner.

Please note that these stores are open year-round and need your support. In-store schedules and RSD14 flyers below...

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April 14, 2014

by Bill Pearis

J&R's now-closed storefront (photo via @gr1fter)
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More and more Manhattan fixtures seem to be disappearing. The future of Pearl Paint on Canal is shaky, and last week (4/9) J&R Music World shut its doors, though they say not for good:

J & R Music and Computer World, a mainstay music and electronics store in Lower Manhattan for 43 years, closed its doors on Wednesday to redesign its space on Park Row.

The move was foreshadowed in October, when the store scaled back its footprint between Ann and Beekman Streets. Once occupying eight buildings on those blocks totaling 300,000 square feet, the business was resized to five floors each at 1 Park Row and 15 Park Row. Rachelle Friedman, who with her husband, Joseph, opened J & R across from City Hall in 1971, acknowledged at the time that as part of the changes they were laying off some employees. - [NY Times]

While the brick and mortar storefront is closed, you can still order from J&R's website.

J&R's record store was always a good place to go for Record Store Day items and was always my go-to place for tech stuff, though when I went to buy a headphone adapter there last summer the staff looked at me like I was crazy.

In happier news, Wrecords By Monkey, which makes jewelry, accessories and home products out of old vinyl records is opening a storefront, The Crate, at 304 Boerum St. in Bushwick. In addition to wares, they'll sell $1 used records and new vinyl from local musicians. The store has its Grand Opening on Saturday (4/19) which is Record Store Day:

We will be having an opening party for our new storefront The Crate on Saturday, April 19th from 12 to 9pm in East Williamsburg, Brooklyn. The party will have live silkscreening on reclaimed vinyl and a display of our newest collection. FREE beer, as well as DJ sets from APSPDR+ and Silent Rider and an exclusive after party from 7 to 9pm featuring DJ Codes. Limited tickets for the after party are available for free and can be picked up at the store starting at noon that day.
Flyer for the opening party is below.

In other non-RSD record store news, The WFMU Record Fair returns from May 30 - June 1 at the 69th Regiment Armory in Manhattan. No word on special events and DJs yet. Stay tuned.

And before that we'll have the return of the Brooklyn Flea Record Fair on May 10 which this time is part of the Red Bull Music Academy, with DJ sets from Caroline Polachek, Autre Ne Veut, Tanlines and more.

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