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January 16, 2015
photo: outside Izod Center at Coldplay's 2012 show (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Despite protests from local officials, union members, and members of the state Legislature, NJ did in fact vote to close the Izod Center...
the board that controls the Meadowlands Sports Complex voted Thursday in favor of a Christie administration plan to close the Izod Center, as soon as the end of this month.The American Dream project that the article mentions is the new shopping and entertainment center that's being built next to the location of the Izod Center. NY1 also points out that if lawmakers approve gambling outside of Atlantic City, a casino could open in the Meadowlands as well.
Capping a discussion that went on for nearly four hours, both in public and behind closed doors, the members of the Sports and Exposition Authority voted 10-2 to shutter the 34-year-old indoor arena until at least January of 2017, about the time the American Dream project is expected to open. [NorthJersey.com]
The Izod Center will still host a few more events before its March 31 closure, including wrestling, the circus, Disney live, Chris Brown and Maroon 5. Anything after March 31st is cancelled. RIP Izod Center/Continental Airlines Arena/Brendan Byrne (for now at least).
photo: Marc Ribot's Ceramic Dog
Sugarcube, an inflatable performance space located at Fulton and Front Streets at South Street Seaport, will be hosting a series of free concerts and other events this month into early February. Tonight (1/16) from 7-10 PM, it's Cave In/Mutoid Man's Stephen Brodsky and King Collider, following a 4-7 PM Happy Hour with DJ Club Ted (formerly of EVR's "Gay Beach" show).
An especially notable one is the Northern Spy Records fifth anniversary celebration with two days of free events on January 24 & 31. On January 24 the day features guitarist Marc Ribot with the interactive "How to Jam with Marc Ribot" in the afternoon (2-4 PM) where you're invited to bring an "instrument, an amp, or whatever you need to play along." Then at 7 PM it's a concert with Marc Ribot's Ceramic Dog and Loren Connors' Haunted House.
On January 31 it's a day with the Sun Ra Arkestra. The afternoon event (2-4 PM) is a creative workshop with Maestro Marshall Allen & members of the Arkestra. Then at 7PM the full Sun Ra Arkestra will perform. Again, these events and concerts are free and open to the public. RSVP is encouraged. Flyers for both shows are below.
Other cool free shows happening include Amanda Jo Williams and Batfog on January 23, and then on January 30, it's The Tony Castles and Strange Kids. On Sunday afternoons through February 1 (noon - 5 PM) there's a "Music Market" which is a record fair with Doug Pressman of Record Grouch as DJ.
And for those who have a fond memory for ESPN in the early '80s, there's curling on Tuesday nights from 6 - 9 PM with two separate "learn to curl" sessions.
January 15, 2015
Izod Center hosted Judas Priest again in 2014 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
NJ officials want to close down the Izod Center because no sports happen there, it's losing money, and it can't seem to compete with all the other arenas and stadiums in the area (like Prudential Center in Newark and Barclays Center in Brooklyn). The Jersey Record reported this morning that shut down would likely be approved at a meeting today, but NJ Advance Media reports:
Local officials, union members, and members of the state Legislature assailed proposals today to shut down the Izod Center arena in East Rutherford, calling the plan rash and short-sighted.So, the Izod Center lives on, for now, but its future doesn't look bright (UPDATE: NEVERMIND. They voted to close it!). Read more at NJ.com
The criticism during a meeting of the New Jersey Sports & Exposition Authority came as the board was considering a vote on closing the 34-year-old arena for at least two years, and shifting the events on its schedule to the Prudential Center in Newark.
While the state has been talking publicly for more than a year about getting out of the sports and entertainment business, the proposal to simply turn off the lights at the Izod Center came suddenly and without warning yesterday.
There are currently 16 upcoming ticketed events at the Izod Center including wrestling, the circus, Disney live, Chris Brown and Maroon 5.
MetLife Stadium is right next door, also part of the Meadowlands complex, and is in no danger of closing. It has Taylor Swift and the Electric Daisy Carnival coming up, and is the home stadium for both the Giants and the Jets.
Naturally, Bruce Springsteen, who played the final show at Giants Stadium (which was replaced by Metlife Stadium), played the very first concerts at Brendan Byrne (now the Izod Center). Watch the now-amazing video news reports from 1981, below...
January 8, 2015
Chris Glover @ Sin-e in 2005
NYC music venue Sin-e existed in three different places before shutting down for good. The most notable location is the original cafe/coffeehouse which was on St. Mark's in the East Village. That's where Jeff Buckley got his start. Buckley's first real release was his 1993 4-song EP entitled "Live at Sin-e" which was expanded into a live double album in 2003, which you can stream in full via RDIO below.
In 2000, slightly ahead of its time, Sin-e relocated to Williamsburg, but that location didn't last long. Back in 2007 the NY Times wrote about it:
"everybody kept telling me go to Williamsburg," in Brooklyn, [owner Shane Doyle] said. "I didn't even know where Williamsburg was." He found the neighborhood and built a 380-capacity club, a giant Sin-é, on an otherwise all-residential block of North Eighth Street near Bedford in 2000. But problems with the city and the community kept it from getting a liquor license and forced him to close after only a few months. [I saw two shows there: Alternative TV and Muckafurgason - Bill.] Mr. Doyle had sold Arlene's Grocery to finance the Brooklyn club; when it failed, he was uncharacteristically down. "I'm walking around, thinking to myself: What the hell am I going to do?" he said. "I have no profession. I have no skill."Long story short, he went back to Manhattan and opened the next Sin-e at 150 Attorney (corner of Stanton) on the Lower East Side. According to the same NY Times article, Sin-e LES opened in 2001, Bowery Boogie says 2002, but a New York Magazine from 2003 says it opened that year ("the club is run with the discipline of Manhattan workhorses like the Mercury Lounge--there are four or five bands per night, and you can set your watch to the start times").
One thing we're sure about is that Sin-e closed April 2007. BrooklynVegan put together one of the final shows with Pela, Marissa Nadler, Tim Fite and more. Sharon Van Etten used to play there a lot. I saw Walter Schreifels there (and blogged about it). Frightened Rabbit, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Test Icicles (Dev Hynes included), Ra Ra Riot, The Antlers, The Dresden Dolls (Amanda Palmer included), Man Man, Kayo Dot, Made out of Babies, Ferraby Lionheart, You Say Party We Say Die, Goes Cube, Annuals, Takka Takka, Dawn Landes, The Rakes, We Are Wolves, The Giraffes, Magic Numbers, The Dears, Doveman, Kimya Dawson, Ours, Dean & Britta, Dirty on Purpose, Elefant, and Clap Your Hands Say Yeah all played there. Bill distinctly remembers seeing a great Richard Hawley show there. It's where we caught Chris Glover way before Penguin Prison was a thing. Seeing the Secret Machines there was one of my favorite concerts of 2004, the same year Robyn Hitchcock played a last minute gig there. Other Passengers played one of the final shows there. Their frontman Billy Jones also worked there as a booker before he booked Pianos which was before he became co-owner and music director of Baby's All Right.
ANYWAY, who even knew that over seven years later, the location of Sin-e on the Lower East Side was still sitting empty. Gothamist and Bowery Boogie knew, and now BB points out that "materials submitted to the Department of Buildings suggest that a six-story, mixed-use building is currently planned for the site. The finished product will boast a total of 6,959 square-feet of floor area, most of which is dedicated to five full-floor condos; the remaining 1,375 square-feet is earmarked for retail use (probably three stores).... demolition permits were approved by the DOB back in September. So it's only a matter of time." Rest in Peace again Sin-e!
Stream Jeff Buckley live at (the East Village) Sin-e below. A video of The Diggs playing the LES spot is down there too...
January 7, 2015
view from Market Hotel's stage, 12/23/2014 (via @markethotelnyc)
Ganglians @ Market Hotel, 2009 (more by Leia Jospe)
Silk Rhodes, Ava Luna, Macula Dog, 999Reversus, and Cal Fish were supposed to play Trans Pecos tonight. The bands are still playing but the show has been moved to "961 BROADWAY (ABOVE MR. KIWI'S)," which some of you may recognize as being... Market Hotel! That makes this the "FIRST SHOW AT THE NEW AND IMPROVED LEGENDARY SPOT."
While going just to check out the new and improved venue, which has been closed for nearly five years, is certainly reason enough, it's also Ava Luna's last show for "a long time." $10 at the door, which opens at 8 PM. UPDATE: This show is small and private.
Market Hotel's been tweeting updates (like the pic above) on the re-opening process. If this show means they're officially back or if it's just a one-off while they continue to complete the process remains to be seen.
DOWNLOAD: Cake Shop 2014 End of Year Mixtape (MP3)
photo: Cake Shop in 2009 (more by Tim Griffin)
Lower East Side indie rock fixture Cake Shop turns 10 this year. Unfortunately, despite the successful Pledgemusic campaign that helped them secure a new 10-year lease in 2012, the venue is still having financial problems. They posted a letter on their Facebook today. Here's an excerpt:
The last two years have been a well-documented struggle. If it wasn't for the amazing patrons and bands who supported us through crowd funding site PledgeMusic.com, we would have closed in 2012. Now we are starting to fall behind in rent and other bills as we enter the slow 1st Quarter of cold winter months.Cake Shop is looking for a serious investor and there's lots more details in the full letter which you can read below. Best of luck, Ludow St. would not be the same without you, Cake Shop.
We are not looking for a handout, but we need a like-minded investor to come in and buy 25% to 40% of Cake Shop. Now is your chance to be a part of a special NYC venue/bar/cafe/record store, and save a well-curated stage for talented emerging artist (which include comedians and authors). In addition to increasing sales, we have always wanted to grow Cake Shop into other areas of music discovery, but all these things take money.
In more pleasant news, Cake Shop co-owner/music fiend Andy Bodor recently posted his annual End-of-Year mixtape which contains lots of great music and you can download that above and check out the tracklist below....
December 30, 2014
GOODBYE BLUE MONDAY IS LIQUIDATING ITS REMAINING CONTENTS TODAY 12/30 AND TOMORROW 12/31 BEGINNING AT 1pm EACH DAY. art, tchochkes, thousands of records, books, magazines - everything's got to go and no reasonable offer refused - my friend Tito is overseeing the liquidation. COME AND GET IT!!!They're even selling the metal gates.
The Silent Barn pin...
Baby's All Right has their 2015 Watch which gets you into most of the venue's shows in the coming year, but they're not the only venue to offer such a deal. Silent Barn is offering 2015 Memberships for either $25 a month or $300 for the whole year. What does that get you? A pin (modeled above) that gets you into all of Silent Barn's shows and you can attend and participate in the "omni meeting" with Silent Barn operators. And while it's more expensive than a Baby's watch, it is tax deductible and it helps keep a DIY venue afloat.
"This is one way to subsidize artists programs without having to struggle to sell X amount of tickets every night," said Silent Barn fund-raising coordinator Hillary Reeves.Maybe David Byrne will buy one.
Crying are headlining Silent Barn on New Year's Eve.
December 29, 2014
This year has already seen the closing of 285 Kent, Death by Audio, and Spike Hill and there are just three nights of Glasslands left...and now comes word that another long-running Williamsburg venue, The Trash Bar, will be the next victim of the (seemingly) never-ending real estate boom:
According to the bar's booking agent, Walter Stack, rising rent is, unsurprisingly, the culprit. "We can't afford to stay in Williamsburg," he says. "Our rent is going to quadruple and that's out the question." In the last four years the bar's block on Grand Street has changed, he said, noting nabe newcomers like condominium complexes and a multi-tiered movie theater.Time Out also says the venue has shows booked through March. Before it was Trash Bar (which it has been for 10 years), 256 Grand St was Luxx which, for a brief time, was pretty much the epicenter of the short-lived electroclash scene, and also saw performances by Scissor Sisters, The Libertines, The Decembrists and more. Even if The Trash Bar had become a as known for its tater tots as the bands that played, we're still sad to see it go. May they find a more hospitable locale.
But there's hope: After shuttering in the spring, the beloved dive may relocate. However, with owner Aaron Pierce currently out of the country, it's unclear where that may be--if at all. "We might look at Bushwick, but we'd need to find the right space," Stack says. -[Time Out]
Every few months, it seems, one of the spaces that transformed Williamsburg from warehouse-heavy cultural dead zone to warehouse-heavy primordial soup for the city's creative life finally surrenders to the neighborhood's ongoing condo-fication, literal and metaphorical. At the beginning of the year, it was 285 Kent, which not that long ago was followed into the ether by Death by Audio. Now it's Glasslands's turn.The secret show on New Year's Eve is sold out, but you can still get tickets to see TR/ST at Glasslands TONIGHT (12/29), and to see Cymbals Eat Guitars play the closing club on 12/30. Three more shows, and then Glasslands is closed forever. The full lineups look like this:
Never again will you be able to wait at the top of that staircase behind the bar to go into the questionable bathroom. Never again will you wonder if the art installed on the wall is secure enough to hold up against the sound rumbling from the stage. [NY TIMES]
12/29 TR/ST, Beacon, Klaus, SoftSpot, Big Al (DJ Set) @ Glasslands 7:00pm// $20-$25 // 21+And while you're there, check out the new art. Then look for Rami & Jake and let them know what you think of their favorite albums of the year.
12/30 Cymbals Eat Guitars, Keepaway, Mon Khmer, Air Waves @ Glasslands // $12 ADV / $15 DOS // 7pm // 18+
12/31 New Year's Eve, Goodbye Glasslands! @ Glasslands // $50 // 8pm // 21+