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December 15, 2014

Glasslands

Glasslands has a little more than two weeks left on Kent Ave, the final night being New Year's Eve. They've just announced that that will be a celebration with four secret bands:

Join the Glasslands family for our venue's final night of music on planet Earth - we're bringing back four very special SECRET guests (TRUST US) from our past to send things off in ass-kicking name-taking style!

Come early for the hour-long vodka open bar and midnight champagne toast, and stick around until the very end. Come share your Kent Ave stories, let's laugh, let's cry, and let's rock.

Thank you to all the artists that made our venue a special place for so many years, and to Brooklyn for making Glasslands your go-to home for good feels. Welcome to 2015, a brave new future!

See you at the finish line!
xoxo
Glasslands

Tickets for the final night of Glasslands go on sale Wednesday (12/17) at 10 AM.

Who do you think the four special secret guests will be? Yeasayer? Bear in Heaven? Das Racist reunion? Neil Diamond? Pearl Jam? Two Live Crew? We shall see.

December 12, 2014

put on a show

As mentioned, Brooklyn's historic, spectacular Loew's Kings Theater has been undergoing a $94 million renovation to bring it back to it's ornate luster. Word is it'll be ready in January and the legendary Diana Ross will play Kings Theatre on February 3, the inaugural concert. Tickets are on sale now. Kings Theatre says:

We are thrilled to welcome New Yorkers back to this historic space and to launch a new era of presenting live entertainment at the Kings with an opening performance by Diana Ross, one of the great living legends of American music
According to Gothamist, leading up to the Diana Ross concert, Kings will be have free events, open houses and tours of the theatre. Kings Theatre, which was modeled on Versailles, was built in 1929 but closed in 1977.

Diana Ross has a few other live dates on either side of the Kings show, and all are listed below...

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Tea Lounge

As Gothamist, Eater and The Daily News pointed out, Park Slope's Tea Lounge is closing for good this weekend:

This is the big Union St. location across from the Park Slope Food Coop that sometimes hosts live music (though The Daily News mentions "live music at night and trivia events did little to lure customers and generate business."). Their cozier 7th Ave & 10th St. location closed in 2008 (and is now a bubble tea place).

The Daily News talked to the owner:

Jonathan Spiel, 45, is closing the Brooklyn java joint Monday after 14 years due to dwindling business caused by customers who plug away on laptops for hours without ordering anything more than a measly cup of joe.

"People take advantage of the space," Spiel said. "I'm running a business, not a community center."

Some people obviously took that the wrong way, so the Tea Lounge since tweeted, "The article in the daily news was crap. I truly appreciate all of the loyal customers."

Goodbye Tea Lounge!

Shop

Last night (12/11) was the soft opening for Bushwick's The Shop (234 Starr St, less than a block from the Jefferson L) which will be "NYC's first legal bar inside an active motorcycle garage" with the goal of bringing together motorcycles and (very non-vegan) BBQ. It's hard to tell from their internet presence how often they also plan to have live music, but last night's opening had bands playing on their stage and the room is big -- we were told it's 500 capacity.

It's definitely not the new DIY spot or anything, it's super professional. The walls are all cleanly painted, there's a real bar, and booths are installed in the back. In terms of decor, the bands played on a stage elevated about three feet with a huge American flag behind them. Actual motorcycles were also on display on the side of the room and behind the bar. In the bathroom there were two stalls, a small one labled "HIPSTER" and a bigger one labeled "BIKER." That will be useful if they do continue booking indie rock. And no word yet on what their beer selection will be (last night they only had Modelo cans), but if the hipsters don't like it, they may also like to know it's directly next door to craft beer bar The Sampler.

It's in an area that's been getting pretty hip in general. Right down the block is hip dive bar Pearl's, and the slightly more upscale hip bar The Bodega Bar, both conveniently located near beloved Bushwick tortilla factory/taqueria Los Hermanos.

The high quality above picture (via the venue's now-successful crowdfunding campaign) was taken of the bar before construction was finished. We took a few (not high quality) cell phone pics last night. Check out more below...

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December 10, 2014

Apple Store

Gothamist reports about an Apple store moving in to the corner of North 3rd Street and Bedford Avenue in Williamsburg, taking over the spaces that were previously the Bagel Store and King's Pharmacy:

The 20,000-square-foot space is currently undergoing a gut renovation. Cuozzo reports that the building will be "getting a whole new look, featuring dramatic, arched windows," and his sources say the store will open in spring of 2015.

The location is conveniently located across from Duane Reade and the future Whole Foods site, and is just a short walk from J. Crew, Starbucks, and Urban Outfitters. A Buy n Large is expected to open soon in the space currently occupied by the Turkey's Nest.

Peeking through the construction barriers reveals it's still mostly in the rubble stage right now. Well, at least you won't have to go all the way to Manhattan to replace your broken screen (oh wait, they don't do that) (actually, I guess they do now).

Oh, and Apple stores in Manhattan regularly host cultural events -- concerts included, so we can say this doubles as the opening of a shiny, new Williamsburg venue, to replace all those dirty ones that will be closed by then.

Tim Harrington @ one of DBA's final shows (more by Alex Olsen)
Vice

Williamsburg DIY venue Death By Audio held its final show on November 22nd, and Glasslands -- a club located in the same building, closes after New Year's Eve (and 285 Kent, also in that building, closed earlier this year). Though nobody knows the FULL story, it's clear that Vice, who is turning 20 and celebrated in a big way in Brooklyn over the weekend, is moving its headquarters into the building. All tenants, including a circus school, need to be out.

Though the story was interesting/sad from day one (beloved venues closing, the irony of Vice being the ones moving in, etc), it grew to be a regular soap opera during Death By Audio's final month. The saga so far includes a Death By Audio co-founder posing with anti-Vice-co-founder art and that art allegedly then censored, musicians expressing anti-Vice sentiment, and Vice magazines being ripped up and thrown around the venue on its final night. The concept of 'Vice vs. DIY' in Williamsburg is officially a thing. Advertising Age even wrote about it.

That brings us to the latest chapter which is an interview Death By Audio booker Edan gave to Bedford and Bowery. Edan, who moved the Florida the day after DBA closed, discusses the possibility of opening a new venue and the challenges he'll face ("I feel like with Bushwick, it's already too late"), and says more about the Vice stuff. For instance, he clarifies that the Vice magazines ripped on the last night were actually his personal collection (that's one way to avoid having to move them!).

About the lease and stuff, Edan says:

Well, we didn't get bought out. At no point did money change between hands, we just waited for our lease to end.
and then:
Our landlord had a meeting with us in September and we thought our lease was going until June, because we thought we'd signed a two-year lease. We've always been good friends with our landlord and we were never really good with the business side of things, and we thought we got a copy of our lease, and we just didn't. That's one of our bads, but we're just not business people.

So they produced our lease and said it was a year and five months, but we had no recourse at that point. We scoured for a copy of our lease, because we think [they showed us] a doctored lease. But we can't say for sure. It's one of those dumb-ass things we never thought would be a problem.

The only time Vice was in touch with us was that day when we had the meeting in September, and we agreed to leave at the end of November. No problem. We didn't want to make waves because we felt that if we gave any shit to Vice they would just squash us like a bug.

But they were like, "What's it going to take to get you out today?" And I was like, look, I've got two months of shows booked and these personal relationships mean a lot to me, and I want to make sure all the shows happen.

Meanwhile, Vice says they didn't kick anyone out and that DBA did take a "buyout". Here's what a Vice spokesperson told us:
We've been quiet throughout the last few months, but facts are facts and they should be made clear. The reality here is that DBA took a buyout from the landlord. No one kicked anyone out.
Hmm. Vice also directed us to the landlord's lawyer who told us this:
Thank you for reaching out to me and giving my client the opportunity to correct several falsehoods conveyed to you by Mr. Edan Wilber from Death By Audio ("DBA"). Here are the facts:

DBA's fully executed lease was dated as of July 1, 2013. It had a term of one (1) year and five (5) months with an expiration date of November 30, 2014. The lease did not contain any right for DBA to extend or renew the term of the lease. The lease was never modified or amended. DBA stopped paying rent in July, 2014. At the time DBA vacated the premises at the end of November it owed my client in excess of Fifty-Five Thousand ($55,000) Dollars. This amount does not include (i) any late fees on any of the rents then due and owing, or (ii) the costs and expenses incurred in connection with repairing the substantial damage DBA did to the premises. In an effort to amicably part ways, DBA and my client entered into a legal agreement, pursuant to which my client agreed to waive all of the rent DBA owed in exchange for DBA agreeing not to hold over in the premises after their lease expired. Throughout the negotiation DBA was represented by a litigation partner from a well-respected law firm.
Vice mentions a" buyout", but the lawyer talks about not having to pay back rent. Are these the same thing? I asked the Vice spokesperson to clarify:
The fact is, Death by Audio took a significant sum of money from the landlord to be bought out of their lease, and then lied about it.
I told you this was a soap opera!

We're reaching out to Edan and Matt to see what their reaction to Vice's reaction is, but meanwhile read Edan's entire interview over at Bedford and Bowery, and check out a show at Glasslands before it's too late.

December 8, 2014

site of the new Detroit Galapagos
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Art space and venue Galapagos was originally in Williamsburg in the space that became Public Assembly and then Black Bear Bar. It moved to DUMBO in 2007 and now rising rents have caused it to move somewhere cheaper: Detroit. Say the owners:

Simply put, New York City has become too expensive to continue incubating young artists. The white-hot real estate market burning through affordable cultural habit is no longer a crisis, it's a conclusion.

You can't paint at night in your kitchen and hope to be a good artist. It doesn't work that way.

The canaries in New York City's real estate gold mine and the basis population of its creative ecosystem - its young artists and thinkers - are no longer talking about the next show they hope to land. They're talking about the next city they can land in once their current lease runs out.

Read more about it here. The last night for Galapagos will be December 18. Gothamist says that property owners Two Trees plan to keep it as an arts space.

The new Galapagos is nine buildings totaling 600,000 square feet, which owner Robert Elmes says he got "for the price of a small apartment in New York City" and includes a 10,000 square foot lake. (You may remember Galapagos' "lake" when it was on N. 6th St.) It will also be the site of the Detroit Biennial in 2016 which they are starting.

December 2, 2014

goodbye, Goodbye Blue Monday (photo by Walter Wlodarczyk via Facebook)
Goodbye Blue Monday

Brooklyn lost two more music venues over the weekend. Bushwick/Bed Stuy club Goodbye Blue Monday which went the crowdfunding route to stay afloat in 2013, said goodbye forever on Sunday (11/30). Reports the Brooklyn Paper:

The venue's last day will be Nov. 30, confirmed former owner Steve Trimboli.

"I, for one, am both saddened and relieved," said Trimboli, who still assists in some aspects of the business.

Goodbye Blue Monday has had a few fits and starts in the past couple of years. The venue held a series of benefit shows and an online fundraising campaign in early 2013 to pay for upgrades to the falling apart facility. And the venue announced earlier this year that it would close down if it did not come up with several thousands dollars to pay fines it owed to the city.

The day before (11/29) was the last night for Bushwick's Body Actualized Center, the yoga center by day, club by night that hosted shows by the likes of Prince Rama and other new age-y free spirits. There is a silver lining though, as:
Continuing the spirit of Body, co-founder Bri Yin Sweetie plans to open a retreat center in upstate New York close to the city where we can all go and be freaks on a regular basis (farm, dance hall, amphitheater, yoga zone, sculpture garden).
To recap: Brooklyn venues that closed or will be closed by the end of 2014 include 285 Kent, Death by Audio, Glasslands, Spike Hill, Goodbye Blue Monday, and Body Actualized Center.

December 1, 2014

ABC No Rio

It's been a few years since NYC venue ABC No Rio began talking about their replacing their current building with a new progressive, energy efficient building, and Bowery Boogie reports that construction may begin in 2015. An update from venue director Steve Englander reads:

Friends, Comrades and Supporters:

Thank you so much for your past support for ABC No Rio. We've shared with you a lot of the ups and downs we've faced with our project to build a new facility. It's been tough and we're glad that you've had our back. Thank you for your ongoing commitment; and now, we have some good news to report.

2014 had a rough beginning, but is ending on a high note, with the exciting prospect of beginning construction on the new building soon. As you've followed so many of the challenges we've faced, here's a quick recap of where we are, and the plans ahead.

Unfortunately, the bids we received when we put the project out to bid in early 2014 came in higher than our available funding; it was a tremendous disappointment. Last spring, however, we began discussing a better and more efficient way to move forward with the Department of Cultural Affairs. We then moved the project over to the Economic Development Corporation (EDC), which allows for much greater flexibility in project management and administration. It's also easier for EDC to incorporate our private funds into the project.

In October, we learned that we received an additional $1.5 million in City capital funding for our project. We're grateful to our City Council representative, Margaret Chin, and to the Mayor and the Department of Cultural Affairs for this support. Everyone -- including EDC and the construction management team they will bring on board -- is enthusiastic about the project getting off the ground. We plan to put the project out to bid again in spring 2015, and begin preparations for the first phase of construction.

As you may remember from last year's update, the end of 2013 also saw some good news -- the New York State Energy Research and Development Agency (NYSERDA) selected our project to participate in their Alternative Buildings Program, and awarded the project over $250,000 to implement our Passive House design. Passive House focuses on achieving deep building energy use reductions. The method features super-insulated thermal envelopes, high performance windows, robust air sealing, energy recovery ventilation, passive heating/shading, and high efficiency lighting and appliances.

As we prepare for construction for this first phase of our project, we are also planning "ABC No Rio in Exile," the continuation of our programming during the construction period. This period will provide a renewed and focused orientation towards collaborative work that brings ABC No Rio back to its roots. We will initiate and participate in projects with other organizations and venues, giving us the opportunity to expand our reach to new audiences and new potential supporters and to increase the involvement of new artists, musicians, poets and performers in ABC No Rio's programming.

This interim period will be challenging. The support we have received from the City has been important, but your support is critical and vital to ensuring we successfully complete construction, transition through our "exile" period and ultimately expand our reach.

As we plan for this dynamic and exciting future, ABC No Rio remains a place where people share resources and ideas in an atmosphere of camaraderie and mutual support.

Your support remains important to us. We trust that you will join us, and that we can count on your contribution to ABC No Rio as the year comes to a close.

As part of this appeal, we are delighted to offer to those contributing $250 or more a limited-edition photograph by Jade Doskow of the ABC No Rio Printshop. Jade was one of several photographers invited to document the building in advance of demolition.

You can contribute here or here, and contributions of $250 or more will include a limited-edition print of Jade Doskow's photo (pictured above) of the venue's printshop.

November 29, 2014

Edan and Josh of DbA on the final night (more by PSquared)
DbA

Chris Gethard wearing DbA tribute on his show this week (photo by Heidi Vanderlee)
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Death by Audio closed last weekend after seven years in existence. We said our goodbyes already, but we thought we'd offer up a roundup of our coverage and other tributes to the space.

Comedian Chris Gethard wore a homemade t-shirt, inspired by the one DbA booker Edan Wilber wore on the showspace's final night, at the taping of the most recent episode of The Chris Gethard Show which you can see above.

This Sunday's New York Times offers a photo feature from DbA's final night.

Writer Noah Kardos-Fein who plays in Yvette and was at most of DbA's final shows (Yvette played one too), wrote a very nice piece for WNYC:

Bands felt like Death By Audio was a second home - indie phenoms Future Islands and wild Canadian rockers METZ both played their first ever New York shows at Death By Audio. It was the kind of place where a small fledgling band had a good chance of playing on the same bill as a much bigger, touring band. And one day, that fledgling band might just become a headliner.
You tended to get just as much as you were willing to put in: if you attended or played shows there regularly, there was a good chance you'd get to know the staff there, as well as other regulars. Those were the people who made up the bulk of the crowd last Saturday night - some of them who since moved to other cities even flew across the country to be there. It's also why there were a lot of tears, hugs, and positive energy going around in the final hours.

Oliver Ackermann on stage (more by P Squared)
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Impose gathered up tributes from a variety of artists, DbA employees and other people in the DIY scene, including manager/booker/soundguy Edan Wilber:

The value of what I have gotten from my experiences here are immeasurable, and leaps and bounds more valuable than any material wealth I could've gained doing something else. I have met people from all around the world just because they heard about this little room that some friend of their's said they just had to play in. It's a shame to lose something like that because it can't be manufactured. We have always run on the best of intentions and it propelled us so far for so long, none of us could've imagined it would've lasted as long as it did and stayed true to its beliefs from day one. I'm happy to go out on such a high note, the past few weeks have been mind-blowingly incredible and I have gotten to see many old friends make their pilgrimage here one last time and I look forward to a few more rad weeks before we are forced out of the only place in NYC thats ever felt like home to me.
Impose also tracked down most of the DbA show flyers from their entire existence. There are also reports from the final night at The Observer, Gothamist, Stereogum, and The Village Voice.

Glasslands, which is right around the corner from DbA and will close at the end of December, offered up


And this was Death by Audio's final word, via Twitter:

Death by Audio's final month of shows was pretty astounding, including performances by Lightning Bolt, METZ, Protomartyr,  Future Islands,Thee Oh Sees (twice), Dan Deacon,  Les Savy FavTy Segall, A Place To Bury Strangers (twiceFuture Punx/Priests, Deerhoof, Woods, Woolen MenScreaming Females, Ted Leo, Speedy Ortiz, Dirty on Purpose, JEFF the Brotherhood (twice), White Mice, Burnt Skull, a reunited Dirty on Purpose, Pampers, Coasting, Guerrila Toss, not to mention the very cool Death by Art installation (which some people didn't like). 

For those who'll be in Washington, DC next weekend, many of the in-house created, super-hard arcade games that you may have played in DbA's back room will be on display at the Smithsonian American Art Museum's courtyard on December 6 as part of an "indie arcade" curated by MAGFest and American University's Game Lab.

We've got all of Death by Audio's last month's shows listed, along with video from many of them, below...

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