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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.

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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 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...

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June 8, 2015

Murray at Poet's House benefit, 2011 (photo by Arnold Adler via Poet's House)

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.

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May 16, 2015


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.

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May 12, 2015

(via @fourhorsemenbk)

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.

April 24, 2015


The Brooklyn Flea Record Fair will be back for its Spring 2015 editions on Saturday, May 16 at East River State Park (90 Kent Ave which is right next to Smorgasburg). Like last year, it will have tables from independent labels, record stores and used record vendors. New to the fair this year are Mister Saturday Night, Mute, Fool's Gold, Hospital Records, Ancient Grease, and Chimera Music who join such BFRF regulars as Captured Tracks, Partisan, Warp, Mexican Summer, Luaka Bop, Matador, Other Music, Cake Shop and more.

Also like last year, the Record Fair is part of the Red Bull Music Academy who have lined up a bunch of cool folks to DJ during the day, including Eamon Harkin (Mister Saturday Night), Jack Tatum (Wild Nothing), Justin Miller (Have A Killer Time), Jefre Cantu-Ledesma (Mexican Summer), and Matt Werth (RVNG Intl.).

Check out the flyer and the full list of vendors below...

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April 16, 2015

the line for Other Music on Record Store Day 2014 (more by PSquared)

Record Store Day 2015 is Saturday (4/18) and, as usual, some stores are doing special events as well. We already posted Rough Trade's events -- which include performances by Dresden Dolls and Sondre Lerche, and signings by Buzzcocks and Kim Gordon (schedule below) -- and here's a rundown of what else is going on in NYC. Remember it won't be quite as easy running around the city this year as the L Train will not be running from 8th Ave - Bedford at all this weekend (and the four weekends after that). With that in mind, here's Here's a rundown:

In Manhattan, Other Music usually has guest DJs for RSD, but this year will feature three in-store performances: 75 Dollar Bill (noon), Mantana Roberts (3 PM), and Laraaji (5 PM). Other Music is open from 10 AM - 8 PM on Record Store Day. More info here.

A block away from OM, In Living Stereo will be open at 8AM and have performances from Flowers of Evil (vintage-style punk rock from members of Crocodiles and A Place to Bury Strangers), as well as 3 Bean Stew and Pisser. There's also free PBR all day long. What RSD titles they ordered is here and schedule is below.

Generation Records on Thompson St in the Village will be open at 10 AM and they'll have in-store performances from sleazy hard rockers Mammal at 2 PM and Brooklyn speed-thrash outfit Iron Force at 3 PM. Flyer is below.

Great little East Village store Turntable Lab will be open at 10 AM and have guest DJs spinning all day, including Nancy Whang, Justin Strauss, Eli Soul Clap, Blue Jems, Eli Escobar, Lloydski, Midnight Magic, Monk One, Nomi Ruiz and more. You can check out what #RSD15 titles they're planning on carrying here, and they'll have a printable checklist for easy ordering available starting Friday (4/17).

Another East Village store, Good Records, will open at the civilized hour of noon on Saturday and will carry a number of RSD15 titles. They add, "As always, we will be putting out a great collection of rarities and classics culled for the day from our last few months of buying. Weather permitting, we will fire up the grill in back once the ruckus dies down. burgers, dogs and adult beverages for a nominal donation."

In Brooklyn, Academy Annex in Greenpoint will be open at 10 AM. There will be a free performance by Steve Gunn at 7 PM and Academy will be providing free coffee for people who line up early. The NYC branch of Academy will be stocking RSD titles as well as putting out a special collectible 45s selection.

Not too far from Academy in Greenpoint, Captured Tracks shop will be open at 10 AM as well, as will Ear Wax in Williamsburg. Norman's Sound & Vision in Williamsburg is open 9 AM to 9 PM on Saturday.

Co-Op 87 in Greenpoint will once again be open for the entirety of Record Store Day 2015, midnight to midnight, and they'll be stocking select RSD titles.

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 20 boxes of unsorted $1 records they've been holding onto just for the occasion.

Permanent Records, which relocated from Greenpoint to South Slope, does not have any in-store performances, but will be stocking lots of RSD15 titles and will be open from 11 AM.

DUMBO's Halcyon Records will be having an all-day RSD celebration:

Free giveaways, drinks, smiles and pleasurable company to spare. We will be carrying a huge selection of Record Store Day titles ranging from Rock to Soul to Pop to Hip-Hop, as well as an excellent batch of special House & Techno RSD releases. Be sure to check out our latest selection of used records as well...we have taken in some serious collectable gems, dancefloor smash hits and classics for days...
There will be Output DJs and Halcyon staff spinning all day. Lineup is listed below.

Over in New Jersey, Vintage Vinyl will be open at 8 AM and stocking over 300 titles.

And if you're shopping on Saturday, check out our guide to Record Store Day 2015 releases.

What else? Flyers and in-store schedules, below...

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