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November 25, 2014
Spike Hill during NYC Popfest 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Death by Audio closed last weekend and New Year's eve will be the last night for Glasslands, both making way for Vice's new offices. And now comes word of another Williamsburg live music venue closing: Spike Hill, which is right by the Bedford Ave. L stop, will likely shutter for good before the end of 2014 reports Gothamist.
The employee, who asked to remain anonymous, was cagey about offering a final date for the closure, but conceded that "early December" was a workable timeline. He wasn't sure about future plans for the space, whether it would be kept intact or torn down, but said he didn't think "the building is worth anywhere near what the real estate is worth." One thing was definitely clear: "The building's under contract for a lot of money."Spike Hill's venue hosted bands most nights, often without cover, and was home to NYC Popfest events for the last few years. The last show currently on Spike Hill's calendar is December 6 with Cold Blood Club, Of Clocks & Clouds, The Highway, Bondage & Discipline and Exiles.
December 6, incidentally, is the same day Glasslands is hosting an event called "A Dance Party Funeral for the neighborhood of Willamsburg." $10 at the door for that one.
November 23, 2014
DbA's Edan Wilbur crowdsurf's during Lightning Bolt / APTBS / aftermath
Brooklyn DIY showspace Death by Audio closed out its seven-year existence on Saturday (11/22) with headliners Lightning Bolt, old pals JEFF the Brotherhood, as well as A Place to Bury Strangers and Grooms. We've got a proper set of pictures from the finale on the way, but a few cameraphone shots and instagrams are in this post.
Death by Audio, you'll really be missed. More pics below...
November 17, 2014
Pawns @ the space now called Aviv on Halloween 2014 (via)
Some of the folks behind now-closed Bushwick venue Emet (and who ran Showpaper for a while) have opened a new place in Greenpoint called Aviv. Located at 496 Morgan Ave, you may have seen a show there on Halloween (it was just called 496 Morgan at the time) with Pop. 1280, Voidvision and Pawns. The all-ages spot has its official Grand Opening on Friday (11/21) with Painted Zeros, Turnip King, Shadow Walker, and Ritual Howls. That's the second-to-last day of Death by Audio -- the circle of DIY venue life.
A couple other shows at Aviv have been announced: Peter Stampfel, The Brooklyn What, the Graveyard Kids, God Tiny, LIAM, and Skinnybones will play "A Funeral for Rock n' Roll" on December 6; and then Sunflower Bean, Larry & Babes, Heeney and Nonsense play December 12. Stay tuned for more details on Aviv, and more shows announced.
November 13, 2014
Williamsburg DIY venue Death By Audio, which closes forever after 10 more shows, is currently hosting an art exhibition called 'Death By Art' to accompany the venue's demise. One of the pieces of art on display is/was a mural that read "Fuck You Shane". It probably isn't a coincidence that the masterpiece in question was up at Death By Audio who are losing their lease to Vice, and that Vice's CEO and co-founder is named Shane Smith.
Construction on the building in preparation for the new tenants has been ongoing. In fact, water came pouring through the venue's ceiling almost a month ago. Today, two workers (pictured above), entered and painted over the mural. "Censorship brought to you by ...rhymes with nice", wrote one in attendance. It's unclear who ordered the new paint job, but apparently the residents of Death By Audio were powerless to stop it.
Meanwhile, Death By Art continues with an even more meaningful display, and Dan Deacon headlines the 10th-to-last show tonight (11/13). Prince Rama performs an exorcism before he plays.
There are only TEN NIGHTS LEFT at Death By Audio, the DIY Williamsburg venue closing to make way for Vice to move in. Eight of those ten nights were explicitly advertising secret guests (until a minute ago). You can browse the full schedule below.
Big names who have already come in to help the venue shut down in style include Parquet Courts, Deerhoof, Woods, Screaming Females, Ted Leo, Speedy Ortiz, Dirty on Purpose, JEFF the Brotherhood, and venue co-founders and residents A Place to Bury Strangers. It is of course possible that any one of them could play again in the next ten days (especially the residents), but it is more likely that Ty Segall, Thee Oh Sees, Future Islands and other bands who have a history with the space will pop in, such as.... DAN DEACON who is now 100% confirmed for tonight's show (11/13). Check out the poster above.
Dan, who recently led a dance contest with "team Death By Audio" while opening for Arcade Fire at Barclays Center, will make people dance after a "special interactive dance performance by Prince Rama who have revealed their set involves an exorcism. Before that is the great Cloud Becomes Your Hand who are known to work in some interpretive dance of their own, and the night opens with performance artist Mr. Transylvania.
Final schedule below...
November 12, 2014
Blue Note Entertaiment Group, the people behind NYC venues Blue Note Jazz Club, BB King Clues Club and Highline Ballroom, will be opening a new venue focusing on Latin and world music in the Meatpacking District. It's called Subrosa (Latin for "under the rose") and is a 120-capacity space located on 63 Gansevoort St. Here's more via press release:
"We are opening Subrosa to provide a new creative hub for eclectic music, with an emphasis on Latin and World music disciplines," says Steven Bensusan, President of Blue Note Entertainment Group. "This space will ultimately serve as a destination for listeners to discover new globally-influenced music in an accessible setting."The first show happens this Friday (11/12) with The Pedro Martinez Group, who will be moving their residency there from Guantanamera. You can get tickets to that show and all other shows at the venue, and check out the current schedule here.
If they ever expand into metal, maybe the band SubRosa can play there.
November 7, 2014
part of CBGB's wall on display at YouTube Space NY (via @idahobob)
When CBGB closed in 2006, owner Hilly Kristal and club talent booker Louise Staley carefully dismantled the interior and have had it in storage ever since. "Hilly wanted them to live on. He saved them for exactly this type of occasion," said Staley in a press release. You may have seen some of that in person last year at the 2013 CBGB Fest. Bedford & Bowery reports that now parts of the famed NYC club's walls, cash register and phone booth are on display as part of YouTube Space NY studios which are on the sixth floor in the Chelsea Market building (also home to NY1, Food Network, Oxygen and more). (They've got their own bathrooms, thanks.) The space, which you can reserve if your YouTube channel has over 5000 subscribers, hosts workshops and other events. No word on how long the relics will remain there, but there is a public happy hour at the studios on November 20 that you can RSVP to.
A few more instagrams of CBGB's stuff in its current home, below...
November 4, 2014
aftermath at N. 9th & Wythe (via)
Earlier today, we pointed out that a shooting went down at Rough Trade NYC in Williamsburg last night after Indiana rapper Freddie Gibbs' show at the venue, and that he was the alleged target. Freddie meanwhile has confirmed tthat like his 2012 record, he's #StillLivin. With other tweets he further confirms he's good and that his tour DJ is too.
The NY Post article we linked to earlier has also since been updated and has more details on the situation:
Cops showed Gibbs pictures of the gunman, and another man seen inside the club with him, but the rapper didn't recognize either man.It hasn't been confirmed who the gunman was yet, but some people on Twitter have speculated that Jeezy, who Freddie had a major fallout with which resulted in death threats, was behind it. The Four Oh Five also said, "This could potentially stem from some beef between Freddie Gibbs and Young Jeezy, although absolutely nothing has been confirmed, of course, and I'm only putting two and two together."
Rough Trade doesn't have metal detectors and doesn't check customers for weapons, police said.
"They don't have metal detectors, they don't use wands," the investigator said, "nothing prevents somebody from bringing in a gun."
The gunman could have shot Gibbs inside, but instead opened fire when they were all outside.
"At one point, he [the shooter] was standing right next to you," the investigator said. "The opportunity was there if he wanted to shoot."
Others have guessed that Dipset's Jim Jones, who Freddie recently called out, saying "he a wanna be blood," was behind it. But when one person suggested that on Twitter, Freddie responded "na I doubt it he too pussy."
Above is a picture of the aftermath via Alex Esguerra, who wrote "Last night two guys got shot outside of #roughtrade literally outside our window. We watched the aftermath out our window." Another instagram via @leopoldof is captioned saying the entire block is closed. As of now, tonight's Noah Gunderson / Owen Beverly show at Rough Trade still appears to be on though. If you go, keep an eye out for the previously mentioned bullet holes that now decorate the venue's door.
Stay tuned for any more updates. Listen to "Still Livin'" below...
"U/D Brooklyn: 128 Wythe Ave Active Crime scene established in regards to 2 people shot, Both Aided in Stable Condition." - NY Scanner
Freddie Gibbs at Governors Ball 2013 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
A shooting went down at last night's (11/3) Freddie Gibbs show at Rough Trade NYC in Williamsburg. Freddie Gibbs told the NY Post that they were going after him while he was sitting in a black GMC Denali outside the club. "They tried to kill Tupac. They tried to kill me. I'm still alive," he said.
The article further reports that a law enforcement source said it was a single gunman who opened fire at 1:13 AM, and that two were shot. Both are believed to be part of Freddie's entourage, but the police have not identified them at this time (update: one was Freddie's tour DJ, DJ Izzo). Freddie told the NY Post that he took cover inside the venue after the shots were fired.
One person at the show posted the following message to Facebook last night: "rap shows,,, someone just shot up rough trade while we were in here. WTF!!! and the guy they were gunning for ran right behind the bar into the closet right near us!". Then: "we're all ok... bullet holes in the front door. someone had it out for Freddy Gibb I tell ya..."
The victims were both brought to Bellevue Hospital and are listed in stable condition.
Instagram video from the show below...
October 31, 2014
the Good Room (via kellythebruce)
A new club called the Good Room is in the process of opening in Greenpoint at 98 Meserole Ave. If that address sounds familiar, it's because it's the location of the Brooklyn venue previously and very recently known as Europa. Their first event was an invite-only party this past Saturday (10/25) with DFA DJs Nancy Whang and The Juan Maclean along with Nomi Ruiz. Club designer/legend Steven Lewis is reportedly the rebranded club's designer. Bedford and Bowery went that night:
The place's operators and handlers are still keeping it very much under wraps, but (oops!) a tweet from one of Saturday's other DJs, "trans superstar of tomorrow" Nomi Ruiz, reveals that veteran club maestro Steve Lewis designed the room, which is actually three rooms located up a flight of stairs. The first consists of a spacious dance floor surrounded by curved banquette seating. That room is outfitted with a bumping sound system that can be heard half a block away, plus the obligatory state-of-the-art lighting, smoke machines and disco ball. It opens onto another room dominated by a projecting rectangular bar. And off to the side is a smaller parlor where, behind the DJ booth, a wall of shelves stocked with vinyl give off a library vibe. On Saturday, techno and electronica dominated the main room while New Order and the like had people pogoing in the side room.A Yelp reviewer also made it in:
Upon entering the door guys and security were very friendly. Once I walked up the stairs and entered the club, immediately I felt like I was in a very cool environment for enjoying house/techno/nudisco music. The dancefloor although not huge is very open, with a raised lounge area extending around the entire perimeter. The room is very dark with rotating blue spotlights on the ceiling beaming down on the dancefloor that make for a pretty awesome vibe on the floor. First thing I noticed was the sound on the floor was great! Perfect separation of the bass and overall very clear sound. The bar had fairly reasonable prices for a club, $6 beers (crappy selection though, Heinekin, Stella, and Amstel), and $8 mixed drinks.Previews continue tonight (Halloween) with a private party from 9pm-12am that includes a "surprise guest", and then a more public party from midnight to 4am with DJs Tommy James, Ray Zuniga, and Modernluv. Both events tonight are hosted by Three Kings Tattoos (who just spent Friday and Saturday with us giving tattoos at Baby's All Right).
There was also an event there last night with another surprise guest (anyone know it was?) (UPDATE: it was Le Youth), and yet another surprise guest plays there on Saturday as part of THIS Dia De Los Muertos celebration.
It's unclear if live shows will be returning to the location. We'll keep you posted.