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September 16, 2013

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As mentioned, the annual NYC Village Halloween Parade will be back for its 40th Anniversary this year and is in need of some financial help due to last year's 11th hour cancellation in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. Their Kickstarter went live today which has until October 21 to meet their $50k goal. You can watch the parade's Kickstarter video and read a little bit more about where the money will be going below.

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September 12, 2013

Zombie Shari Lewis & Zombie Lambchop at 2011 's parade (more by Chris La Putt)
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It was canceled, then it was maybe still happening and then finally canceled for real. The 2012 Village Halloween Parade was among the many event casualties of Hurricane Sandy. The parade will be back this year to celebrate its 40th Anniversary. Unfortunately last year's last-minute cancelation took a financial toll on the parade which will launch a Kickstarter to help fund things this year. That launches September 19, so stay tuned for the link when it's live. If you just want to donate to the parade outside of Kickstarter, you can do that too.

Meanwhile, lets all cross our fingers for no hurricane this year.

September 11, 2013

Baby DJ

It's never too soon to teach your child to match beats. Baby DJ School is real and, believe it or not, is not happening in Williamsburg or Bushwick:

Baby DJ School, an eight-week early childhood music program led by acclaimed DJ and musician Natalie Elizabeth Weiss, will soon make its anticipated debut. On September 18, original songs such as "Makin' Our Favorite Beat Drop" and "That's Why Daddy Loves Disco" will transform the ordinary Mommy-and-me sing-along experience into an educational escapade into the wonderful worlds of electro, hip-hop, and house! Through singing, movement and interactive technology, little ones will be introduced to playing and handling records, mixing and matching beats and creating fun and funky samples using modern DJ equipment.Baby DJ Schoolwill encourage babies to love dance music and appreciate the way it's made in a family-friendly, positive environment! Baby DJ School is presented by Cool Pony Crown Heights, Brooklyn's premiere music venue, vinyl haven and vintage clothing store
The eight-week course, which again is a real thing that is happening, for ages 0-3 begins September 18 at Cool Pony in Crown Heights.

Flyer for the class below...

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September 5, 2013

New Yorker Line-Up

As mentioned, the 2013 New Yorker Festival happens October 4, 5, and 6. They just announced this year's line-up which, as usual, is a mix of interviews, talks, screenings, tours and a few live music performances.

On the music tip: Kim Gordon will talk with Alex Halberstadt and perform with her new band, Body/Head on October 5 at SIR Stage 37; actor and all-around cool guy Michael Shannon (Boardwalk Empire) will talk with Burkard Bilger and perform with his indie rock band, Corporal at The Bell House on October 4; country music star Brad Paisley will be in conversation with music writer Kelefa Sanneh at Gramercy Theatre on October 5; and Paul Simon talks with Paul Muldoon at the SIR Stage 37 on October 6.

Other interesting New Yorker Fest happenings: "Without a Script" with Christopher Guest, Rachel Dratch, Aubrey Plaza, and Horatio Sanz; "An Evening with Funny or Die" with new and favorite clips from the website; an advance screening of Aziz Ansari's new Netfix comedy special, Buried Alive;  and "First-Person Filmmaking" with directors Miranda July, Kenneth Lonergan, Terrence Nance, and Alex Karpovsky.

There is, of course, lots more. The full list of events is in this post and head to the New Yorker Fest's website for dates and details.

Tickets will go on sale on Friday, September 13 at noon. Full line-up is below...

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August 30, 2013

Sunny outside Sunny's last night (via @jwgates)
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Ten months after Hurricane Sandy swamped the place, much-loved Red Hook watering hole Sunny's finally reopened last (8/29) after friends, patrons, and neighbors helped raise over $100,000 to repair it. There was a ribbon-cutting ceremony and then the party began (they also celebrated co-owner Sunny Balzano's 79th birthday). which featured a performance from swing band Smokey's Round‑Up and The Secret Family.

Tonight at the bar, you can catch The Xylophone People. Welcome back, Sunny's!

August 27, 2013

Odessa

In another sign of the times, the Odessa Cafe Bar will close its doors for good, its last day being Saturday, August 31st, notes EV Grieve. The bar has been an East Village staple for more than 33 years on Ave A, falling victim, like so many others, to the rising rents and gentrification in the neighborhood. Odessa, the restaurant which is next door, is staying open and you can continue to get your pierogi fix.

Word is that the space will house an brasserie/cafe once the Odessa vacates.

August 23, 2013

Worship

Members of K Holes and Bezoar will open Worship, a new vintage shop in Bushwick (117 Wilson Ave) that will be focused on "artists and musicians influence on fashion through the decades". The opening party will go down on Saturday (8/24) from 4-10PM and feature the art of Seth from Hunx and his Punx, in his first ever art show. The art show is free and open to the public and will be an excellent primer for Hunx's show at Death by Audio with Hunters, Las Rosas, and 2 Pretty later that night.

August 22, 2013

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Boasting and hip hop go hand in hand, but in the case of Neno Best, it backfired in a major way. As you may have heard, NYPD picked up the rapper on Monday and called his arrest one of the biggest gun busts in NYC history after catching wind of his (now inactive) Instagram account that boasted of money, guns and much more. In all, the arrest netted more than 250 firearms, some of which were reported stolen. Best was part of a sting that netted the arrest of nineteen in total:

Those busted included two gun runners who oversaw the pair of loosely organized rings and sold their illicit goods through the same city dealer, officials said.

One of the men, Walter Walker, used a rap studio at 1991 Atlantic Ave. in the Ocean Hill section of Brooklyn as his home base in the city. The undercover police operation had been dubbed "Up on the Hill.''

...[NYPD Commissioner Ray] Kelly also said that last year "detectives learned through an unrelated undercover narcotics investigation that guns were being sold in the Ocean Hill community of Brooklyn."

Above the Country Kitchen restaurant on Atlantic and Saratoga avenues, within the 81st Precinct, they discovered a 26-year-old aspiring rapper, Mathew Best, who lived on Saratoga Avenue. He also used a unit in the same building as a recording studio. -[NY Post]

July 29, 2013

by Bill Pearis

The new Earwax
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Rising rents in Williamsburg is shifting around the neighborhood's retail landscape. Sound Fix closed on Record Store Day and, a few weeks ago, Earwax left its longtime home of Bedford & N. 5th. (They were one of the first residents in the "mini-mall" there.) The store, which had been on Bedford Ave for 22 years (and at least 10 in the N. 5th space), moved to 167 North 9th St. which is just off Bedford and right next to Japanese market Midoriya. It's maybe a little smaller than the old Earwax, but the space is nice and it's mostly vinyl now (though they do still have some CDs.), plus they sell vintage turntables and receivers.

Academy Annex
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Meanwhile, another Williamsburg record store is on the move. in early September, Academy Records Annex will vacate its current N. 6th St. locale and be moving to Greenpoint: specificaly, 83 Oak St. (between Franklin and West St.). Academy owner Mike Davis told Greenpointers the new spot is about the same size as its current locations, with "20 foot ceilings and a ton of windows. It'll actually be a better space when the smoke clears and the dust settles."

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C/T store

Only a few blocks from the new Academy Annex will be, the Captured Tracks Store, which is due to open sometime soon at 195 Calyer. (Hopefully in time for C/T's 5th Anniversary fest.) Label head (and former Academy employee) Mike Sniper spoke with Billboard and what we can expect:

Well it's going to be a legit, good record store. I don't just want it to be Captured Tracks stuff, I want it to be all kinds of things -- tons of off label stuff from all genres and every other prominent indie label out there, plus tons of reissues. I've been going on buying trips and buying lots of collections from London and other places and they're piling and piling up. Having come from a record store background, it was pretty easy for me to do that anyway. I don't want to do in-stores, but there will definitely be artist appearances and signings and stuff like that. There will be some cool things that you can only get in the store and we'll have a good stock of trade publications as well.
In addition to records, the Captured Tracks Store with have "art books and prints and equipment, like vintage pedals, synthesizers and amps." The opening of this does not mean the end of affiliated record store Co-Op 87 (87 Guernsey). It's staying open.

The wild card, of course, is Rough Trade NYC, which is still TBA.

Endless Boogie at Max Fish yesterday (via @Brooklynvegan Instagram)
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Just last month Motor City closed and tonight is the final night for another Ludlow institution: Max Fish. Over the last week, the bar's been having surprise bands come in and play as a send-off. Endless Boogie played last night, as seen in the above Instagram. Who will play this last night?

After closing, Max Fish will reopen in Williamsburg on Metropolitan next to Nitehawk Cinema.