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February 9, 2016

by Andrew Sacher

photo by Mark Simpson
Endless Mike

The Johnstown, PA collective led by "Endless" Mike Miller, Endless Mike & the Beagle Club, have been going at it for over a decade, and their newest album Saint Paul is due out March 4 via Anti-Flag's A-F Records (pre-order). They make nasally folk punk not far removed from Andrew Jackson Jihad, The Mountain Goats or The Weakerthans, as you can hear on the album's latest single "Winter In Westmont." That song premieres below.

The band is also going on tour, including a Brooklyn show on March 4 at Gold Sounds (44 Wilson Ave). It's the same day their album comes out and also opening night for this new bar. The show is with Brook Pridemore, who also celebrate a new album that day, and True Dreams, Teenage Halloween and Kung Fu Crimewave. It's a free show. More info here.

All dates are listed, with the new song, below...

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February 5, 2016

Sunnyvale

Sunnyvale is a new Brooklyn venue, located at 1031 Grand St (that's officially East Williamsburg). They've been in "soft open" mode for the last couple weeks (has anyone gone?) but will have their official Grand Opening Party on Saturday (2/6) featuring live sets from Oberhofer and LODRO, plus Psychic TV's Genesis P-Orridge & Edley O'Dowd, and a late-night DJ set from Cassie Ramone. Tickets are on sale.

They're also going to have a regular comedy night, called "Just a Show," which is hosted by Harris Mayersohn and its inaugural night happens February 17 with Aparna Nancherla, Catherine Cohen, Yedoye Travis, Josh Gondelman, and Drew Michael with videos by Mitra Jouhari (tickets).

Tonight (2/5) at Sunnyvale it's Cole, Angels in America, D. Gookin and Jacob Marley. There's also a free Superbowl party with late night karaoke on Sunday (2/7). More events and shows to be announced.

Flyers below...

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February 3, 2016

Halcyon

Long-running Brooklyn electronic-music record store Halcyon closed its space in DUMBO last year, and now it's set to reopen in WIlliamsburg. Via press release:

Halcyon, intrepid Brooklyn based record purveyor and mainstay of New York's underground electronic music scene for 16 years, awakens in its new North Williamsburg location on Friday, February 5th at noon. This, the fourth incarnation of Halcyon, marks a return to the groundbreaking hybrid record store, coffee shop/café and event space format first popularized when it launched back in 1999 in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn. The new store is set to open 7 days a week from noon to 8pm, with extended hours to coincide with a slate of regular programming and special events to be announced in the coming months.

Inside its intimate new home in the Northeast corner of the grey concrete building that houses Brooklyn's leading underground nightclub, Output, visitors will be treated to an immersive lifestyle-based experience in a split-leveled space vaguely styled after a Stasi-era Eastern European diner car with glazed ceramic brick walls in muted greens and browns, dark mahogany banquette seating and vintage brass lighting fixtures.

With its own direct entrance but accessible from both Output's Main and Panther rooms, Halcyon will curate and host frequent events that span the spectrum of DJ and vinyl culture, complementing Output's powerhouse programming by focusing more on the emerging talents, challenging sounds, and fringe styles.

DJ, producer and long time Halcyon associate DJ Jus-Ed of Underground Quality is scheduled to christen the space in a private reception on opening night.

As you know, Output is always playing host to quality dance parties. Not only does Halcyon open this Friday, but that's the same day as the Modeselektor show at Output (tickets), so that's a doubly good reason to go.

January 27, 2016

photo: Ridgewood Masonic Temple in 2010 (more by Jessica Amaya)
Ridgewood Masonic Temple

Ridgewood Masonic Temple, the Beaux-Arts building at 1052 Bushwick Ave, will become an apartment building, DNA Info reports. The article says, "Another floor will be added to the four story building, and there will be about six apartments on each floor for a total of 28 apartments, according to the plans." The building was built in 1920 and was initially used by a group of Free and Accepted Masons until the 1970s.

As show-goers in NYC may know, Todd P used to throw shows there in the late '00s / early '10s, including Dan Deacon, Sleigh Bells / Cults / Sundelles, Cassie Ramone as Jack White with The Intelligence / Das Racist / Pictureplane / The Beets, and more. Todd stopped throwing shows there, after alcohol sales were blocked at the venue in late 2010. The temple was also put up for sale that year but not purchased until 2014, by 1054 Bushwick Ave. LLC for $2 million.

January 22, 2016

photo by Razberry Photography
Verboten

Williamsburg dance club Verboten opened its doors in early 2014, and now the club's founders (Jen Schiffer and husband John Perez) have been accused of fraud and mismanagement, THUMP reports. Via the article:

In a letter dated January 7, 2016--addressed to "Friends of Verboten," and sent to an undisclosed group of investors and employees--a man named Brian Edward McGuinness states that he and 13 other investors have agreed to take legal action against Schiffer and Perez. According to McGuinness, the conflict began when Schiffer and Perez failed to provide investors with information about the club's finances and operations, raising suspicion as to how their investments were being spent.

"Many of the investors have been forced to organize over the last several months due to what was initially simply a lack of transparency into the operations and financial performance of the business by the operating partners," explains McGuinness in the letter.

According to McGuinness, investors became concerned over time that something fishy was going on with how the club's funds were being handled. "As we dug into this," McGuinness continues in the letter, "we began to perceive financial irregularities regarding the club and have been able to verify that significant mismanagement and outright fraud have occurred (and continue to occur) by at least one of the club's operating partners who is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the club."

The article also points out that THUMP spoke to several current and former employees of Verboten, and verified that some of the staff "have not been paid portions of their salaries due to an overdue payroll." The investors who are accusing Schiffer and Perez want to remove them from the club and "put in place partially new management." Another letter, dated January 13, claims Schiffer and Perez concealed "revenues equaling hundreds of thousands of dollars," charged the club for personal expenses, and more. THUMP spoke to Schiffer, who "vehemently denies" all charges.

January 18, 2016

the new House of Yes (photo via Facebook)
House of Yes

After a long road to finding a new venue, performance collective House of Yes's new space is finally up, running, and legal. After being unable to renew their lease at 342 Maujer Street back in 2013, the collective had been on the hunt for a new location, landing on a spot at 2 Wyckoff/408 Jefferson in Bushwick back in 2014. It now appears that they've finally gotten through all the red tape and are officailly up and running. As Bedford + Bowery writes:

It's been a long time coming, and even though House of Yes officially opened on New Year's Eve, the Bushwick performance collective's brand new (and impressive) space is finally complete, with all the the licenses and permits it ever dreamed of, and it appears to be running on schedule, no less. Kae Burke- the co-founder of House of Yes along with Anya Sapozhnikova- played host last night and, strutting across the stage in impossible heels and sequined bikini number, reminded the audience, "This is our first variety show in two-and-a-half years."
B+B also has some pictures of the new space up at their site. Check out House of Yes' upcoming schedule, including burlesque shows, a Bernie Sanders party, and more, here.

In other Bushwick nightlife news, Brownstoner reports that renderings were recently released for a new nightclub at 599 Johnson. The existing 13,866-square-foot structure is set to expand by 21,815 square feet and include three bars. There's one in the first floor, alongside offices, a restaurant, and performances spaces; one the second floor with a kitchen; and one on the roof. As that article points out, this is just one of a few culture projects planned for the non-residential area.

Felt Forum

New York City governor Andrew Cuomo continues to draw up new plans for the city, one of his newest being a replacement for Penn Station which would also result in the demolition of The Theater at MSG (originally called the Felt Forum). Via Playbill:

At a Jan. 6 press conference Gov. Cuomo unveiled several proposals to convert the former Foley Post Office on the west side of Eighth Avenue at 34th Street into a bright, modernistic new station, which would replace Pennsylvania Station, the main New York City terminal for both the Long Island Railroad and the New Jersey PATH trains--therefore one of the major access points for theatregoers from those two regions. The governor said he has earmarked $3 billion for the project, which includes retail development on neighboring streets. He said the state is seeking developers to carry out the project.

One of the proposals calls for "A friendly, negotiated condemnation and removal of the MSG Paramount Theater [The Theater at Madison Square Garden], creating the opportunity to construct an 8th Avenue grand entrance with concourse, retail and commercial space."

Asked for comment by Playbill.com, an MSG spokesperson responded, "Here is The Madison Square Garden Company's statement on the Governor's plans to transform Penn Station: 'MSG fully supports the Governor's plan and will work to make it happen.'"

It opened as Felt Forum in 1968 and kept that name until the early '90s, when it was renamed The Paramount Theatre. It was eventually renamed once again to the WaMu Theater at Madison Square Garden in 2007, but once Washington Mutual collapsed in 2009, it was changed to The Theater at Madison Square Garden. Tons of classic artists played the venue, including R.E.M., New Order, Grateful Dead, Metallica, Slayer, Guns N Roses, Deep Purple, Simon & Garfunkel, The Kinks, Frank Zappa and more. The Doors' six-disc box set Live in New York was recorded at the Felt Forum in 1970.

Recent shows there include A$AP Rocky and Faith No More (click the links for pictures).

Watch some old live videos from when it was called Felt Forum below...

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Darkside Records

Poughkeepsie, NY record store Darkside Records & Gallery, previously located at 782 Main St, opened over the weekend in its new, larger location at 611 Dutchess Turnpike/Route 44, a building that previously hosted an OTB. One shopper, Lindsay Consiglio, told Poughkeepsie Journal that "it's nice and spacious with a lot more elbow room. It's a much better space for live music." And they did have live music, with eight acts performing on opening day.

More from that article:

Jerry Bailie, 45, of Poughkeepsie, described himself as "not a mainstream (music) guy," but flipping through the records left him with a sense of nostalgia.

"Part of this is about walking down memory lane," Bailie said.

Alex Cimmino, 19, traveled from Albany just for the reopening of Darkside Records. As a huge fan of indie and alternative music, Cimmino said Darkside provides a better variety than many of the record shops in Albany.

"The people that work here are super nice and knowledgeable, and they have a good selection that is all over the place," Cimmino said.

They also (probably not surprisingly) said they very quickly sold out of all their Motorhead and Bowie.

December 23, 2015

Limelight

The church that housed Peter Gatien's iconic 80s/90s NYC club Limelight has been a few different things since the music stopped. There were the new clubs Estate and Avalon. Then the high-end mall called Limelight Marketplace opened in 2010. The shopping center was three floors but then scaled down to one when a David Barton Gym opened there in 2014. Attached to the shops is a Grimaldi's). and now the venue, or more specifically the old Shampoo room, also houses a new upscale Chinese restaurant called the Jue Lan Club (pronounced "You Lan").

More than any other business in the establishment, the new Chinese restaurant is referencing the old club in various ways. That includes The Gatien Room, a Warhol-inspired private dining room named after Limelight owner Peter Gatien (complete with old club kid trading card wallpaper). From a press release:

Named after a 1930s Chinese art society, the bi-level, 275-seat restaurant is located in the historic church on Sixth Avenue in Manhattan and will open Winter 2015.

"I am very excited about my new partnership with The Jue Lan Club and the formation of the brand, which Stratis and I will build together, both in the United States and abroad. Stratis and I have been friends for two decades and have always wanted to work together," says Vikram Chatwal.

Jue Lan Club is from restaurateur Stratis Morfogen, the Founder and former owner of Philippe, along with partners Robert Collins from Lure Fish Bar and Richie Romero. At the helm of the kitchen will be Partner and Executive Chef Oscar Toro, the former executive sous-chef of Buddakan. Chef Toro will introduce one of the first Chinese raw bars, as well as unique a la carte tasting menu options, a dim sum brunch served on rolling carts and a variety of traditional Chinese dishes. The space will feature two beautifully designed dining rooms, an event space, an intimate, private dining room and a spectacular outdoor garden. The restaurant will also incorporate historical details from the legendary Limelight, including a Gatien room, named after the former owner, Peter Gatien.

"Vikram and I have been friends for over 17 years and have been trying to find a way to work together but the timing hasn't been right until now," says Stratis Morfogen. "The Dream's clientele compliments our vision for Jue Lan Club seamlessly. Vikram believes in our concept for the Jue Lan Club and in Chef Oscar Toro's abilities. We're excited to partner with Vikram and Dream Hotels for the expansion of our brands."

Former Gatien employee and club director Steven Lewis turned club designer designed the landscaping of the outdoor seating courtyard, as he confirms on his blog.

December 21, 2015

(via @WFMU)
newark cbgb

Iconic NYC punk rock club CBGB is reopening...as a restaurant in Newark Liberty International Airport? It's true. As reported by Gothamist, the holding company that owns the CBGB name has licensed it to a restaurant in the airport's new Terminal C called CBGB LAB (that's "Lounge and Bar") that promises "American fare in a fun environment recalling the legendary music venue."

Nothing recalls the formative years of punk like "seared togarashi tuna," roasted beet salad, and a "crispy chicken paillard" sandwich. As WPRB DJ Jon Solomon notes, the only music-related item on the menu is Disco Fries. There is also "Harold's World Famous Chili" which is probably not the same recipe as CBGB's owner Hilly Kristal's infamous "Hilly's Chili." Full menu is below.

Wonder what their bathrooms are like?

CBGB LAB is one of a bunch of new high-profile restaurants opening in Newark Liberty International Airport's Terminal C, including ones by restaurant bigwigs like Alain Ducasse, Alex Guarnaschelli, Paul Liebrandt and more.

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