Recent Posts in venues
September 8, 2014
by Bill Pearis
Death by Audio in June (more by PSquared)
Well this one hurts. Long-running Williamsburg DIY venue Death by Audio is shutting down in November:
After seven years of operation Death By Audio will close on November 22, 2014. Running this space has been an incredible undertaking and a joy since day one. We have been fortunate enough to host bands from all over the US and the world nearly every night of the week. Amazingly, we've hosted in excess of 1000 acts a year for the past seven years. The effect pedal company will remain open and relocate to a temporary space until we find a more permanent home.Well, damn. It was a good run, but as one of my favorite places to see shows in the neighborhood, it'll be especially sad to see this one go. Glasslands is the last man standing on the block (which will soon include new Vice offices). This one really feels like end of an era.
When we first moved onto south 2nd street the only things on our block were a used police car lot and several empty buildings. Now there are a half dozen expensive restaurants, bars, a daycare center and a new condo building (that was an empty lot when we moved in). All ages DIY music venues are almost by definition temporary, and we feel fortunate to have lasted in this space for this long. We knew from the beginning that it couldn't last forever and we are extremely grateful to everyone who has preformed or attended any of our shows. We are still weighing options about what happens next and will let everyone know more about the future of Death By Audio as soon as we can.
Our closing party starts Wednesday Sept 10 and we will have great programing for these last 75 days. We are looking forward to putting on some really incredible shows to send off what has been one of the greatest undertakings of our lives. We hope to see you there.
Edan and Matt
P.S. If you're in Hot Snakes please get in touch.
Meanwhile the club is still open for two more months. On Thursday (9/11) you can see Shannon & the Clams, Liquor Store, Juniper Rising and Hobocop which should be a fun show. Advance tickets are available.
August 28, 2014
(via Rosa Goldensohn)
Roseland Ballroom shut its gates for good back in April after 56 years on 52nd St. The guts of the club are now being demolished which you can witness six seconds of via a Vine (via Gothamist) below. Do you miss Roseland?
Sad Vine video below...
August 20, 2014
by Wyatt Marshall
Silent Barn backyard, now with legal booze
Bushwick's Silent Barn opened a cafe, serving up coffee from a new espresso machine and sammys and snanks from nearby Your Way Cafe. That's in addition to the standard beer, wine and sake, which you can now legally drink in the yard. One employee told Bedford + Bowery that the venue expects to open a full bar at some point, opening up all kinds of possibilities. The Silent Barn cafe will be open from 4PM through shows. The cafe has plans for zine readings, book clubs, and kid-friendly activities during the day. Also: free wifi. Anyone been? How them sammiches?
As for live shows, tonight (8/19) at Silent Barn it's Chimes, The Love Ways, Lost Boy? and The Veda Rays. Then on Wednesday (8/20) it's Heavens Gate, Weekends, Advaeta, Bueno, and Et Al.
August 18, 2014
The *other* Monty Hall...
WFMU's performance space, located in the ground floor of their Jersey City building, is now open and has a name fitting the radio station's spirt: Monty Hall. It was christened last month with a show featuring Doug Gillard, Pampers, Spectre Folk and Watery Love. Watch some videos below.
Now more shows are beginning to appear. The next performance at Monty Hall is September 7 is the previously mentioned Sir Richard Bishop and Tashi Dorji show which will be recorded for Brian Turner's show on the station:
Tashi Dorji is Bhutan-born guitarist absorbed a childhood full of shortwave radio before moving to the US and discovering Derek Bailey and Albert Ayler and incorporating all his musical loves into a truly varied and forward-thinking vocabulary. In this era some may have chalked up the guitar to have exhausted itself as a means of breaking new boundaries in expression, yet Dorji, now in North Carolina, has wowed such advanced axemen as Bill Orcutt, Ben Chasny, and Sir Richard Bishop of the Sun City Girls who is part two of tonight's bill, making his second appearance on Brian's show.The other upcoming show happens September 13 and features People Like Us (aka Vicki Bennett) who is presenting "two performances of audio and moving image." She'll be first performing solo and then People Like Us will be joined by M.C. Schmidt (Matmos) and Jason Willett for a collaborative performance. Tickets to both shows are on sale now. Flyers below.
The space will also be hosting a quarterly variety series called Prove It All Night. The first installment took place earlier this month with Joe Jack Talcum from the Dead Milkmen, PUNK magazine creator John Holstrom, and stand-up comedian Sean Donnelly. Host/organizer/WFMU DJ Pat Byrne told NJ.com, "We'll eventually be streaming live video of the series to the web...we have four cameras set up in the studio, and it's a theater but everything can be broadcast on the Internet as well as the airwaves."
Show flyers and those videos from the first show, below...
August 15, 2014
It took us a minute to fully realize it, but since losing Webster Hall, Bowery Presents has been booking shows at the similarly sized Manhattan venue Stage 48. You may already realize this. You may not care. Regardless, it's happening. Is it temporary? We don't know. Have you been to the venue? What do you think?
We actually have a pair of tickets to give away for the 9/9 Justin Townes Earle show. Want them? Details on how to enter to win below...
August 7, 2014
by Wyatt Marshall
2 Knickerbocker when it was Living Bread Deli (via Jeannine Ortiz)
Bushwick is getting a 24-hour diner that will double as a music venue and make-out spot. Next month, Amancay's Diner will take over the space at 2 Knickerbocker Ave, which used to be Living Bread Deli, the music venue that hosted Parquet Courts, Nobunny, Black Dice and other shows during its existence.
According to DNAinfo, the diner comes from long-time East Village business owner and self-described "professional party guy" Chang Han, former proprietor of Gama, a Korean restaurant/bar on St. Mark's, and St. Mark's Market. At Gama, Chang, 48, was known for wrestling with much younger patrons in a kiddie pool full of jello, and at St. Mark's market, a deli and grocery store, for bowling with melons. Chang told DNA info he played Spin the Bottle with four college students every Monday at Gama, saying he used to "get drunk with lots of girls." Amancay's Diner is getting a dedicated Spin the Bottle table, which is built Lazy Susan style, with a bottle attached to the table which, Chang claims, is the first of its kind in the world. Chang lives in Bushwick and is married with two college-aged sons.
The food at Amancay's will be "Bushwick-ified," in Chang's words. No word if jello is on the menu.
August 5, 2014
by Wyatt Marshall
"Lady Circus octopus massage" at Fundraiser bash (via @mattxs)
Brooklyn's arts/performance space/circus/venue House of Yes has successfully funded their Kickstarter campaign to pay for a new Bushwick home for the venue, a little over a year after shutting its doors on its old East Williamsburg location. To celebrate, House of Yes threw a party on Friday night (8/1) on a rooftop near the Morgan L (not actually at the new venue spot) with fire-breathers, contortionists (see above) and more..
The new location -- signed to a ten year lease and will be legit -- is at 408 Jefferson Street (at Wyckoff Ave) and is scheduled to open in November. A bit about the new space from House of Yes's Kickstarter page:
The new House of Yes will be a venue where artists can create and present work and audiences can celebrate, socialize and be inspired. The 5,000 sq ft space will have a theater that seats 200, and a standing room of 400!!!House of Yes was asking to raise $60,000 of a projected $105,100 budget, and, having made their initial goal, they have upped their aim to $90,000 to make the "best venue and theater ever." They're well on their way--they've raised nearly $80,000 as of the time of posting.
August 1, 2014
by Wyatt Marshall
Bastard Noise + Anthony Saunders at Babycastles (via @cularspectra)
The videogame design collective Babycastles, whose DIY arcade games you may have played at the old Silent Barn or Death by Audio, have opened a gallery at 137 West 14th St in Manhattan. In addition to functioning as an interactive art gallery -- the current installation, "Assalamualaikum Babycastles," explores a "'Muslim lived expeience,' through the embedded narratives of independent, contemporary video games" -- the space is hosting shows.
The Chondritic Sound tour with Hive Mind, Redrot, Scant and more rolled through on Wednesday. Thursday night, the space hosted a number of electronic acts including Dadras, Alarke ("electronic wondercore") and Justin Hood and OG Van B Boys. A couple of weeks back, Bastard Noise and Anthony Saunders played the space.
In May, Ratking performed as part of a weeklong exhibition exploring underground NYC through video games and hip hop that doubled as a celebration of the release of Ratking's new album and the opening of the space. No further concerts are on the Babycastles schedule as of now, but good to see a space hosting experimental shows in Manhattan. Watch video from that fairly rowdy Ratking performance below.
July 31, 2014
(photo via Lulu's)
And another one goes. One of the original free-pizza-with-beer bars in North Brooklyn (that also hosted free music a lot of nights), Lulu's in Greenpoint, will be shutting it's doors for good on August 9. From the venue's Facebook:
To our amazing customers: It is with a heavy heart that I tell you that the rumors are true. Lulu's will be closing its doors in two weeks; our last day open will be August 9th. We would like to thank all of you for making this such an amazing place to hang out! The customers at this bar are the best ever and I'm not just saying that Please stay tuned as there are a lot of fun shows in the next couple of weeks, with our grand finale show on August 9th to be announced soon. - Lulu'sGreenpointers informs us that Lulu's closing comes over a dispute with the landlord when owners wanted to turn it into a gay bar:
In April of this year Lulu's owner John McGillion took out a lawsuit against his landlord for not allowing him to turn the establishment into a gay bar. According to the New York Post, McGillion stated that he was "barely scraping by on the proceeds of the bar" and felt that he would "be able to make a considerable profit" by making Lulu's a gay venue. The landlord's alleged (and shocking) 'anti-gay clause' stopped this idea from ever coming to fruition.Lulu's, we're sad to see you go, especially under such circumstances. There's still a week still to enjoy the music, drinks and free pizza. Friday (8/1) there's a solid bill of local punk with Ivy, Ajax, and Nandas.
July 25, 2014
by Wyatt Marshall
Sad news for Upper West Siders of the no-collar persuasion: Ding Dong Lounge, the punked-out dive bar and venue at 106th and Columbus, is closing on Thursday, July 31 after 13 years in business. The bar will be relocating to an as-yet undisclosed location.
From an announcement on Ding Dong Lounge's website:
Like so many other unique New York City businesses, the Ding has lost its lease, despite having the highest sales in its 13 year history and being named the Best Cheap Manhattan Dive by both the Village Voice (link added - ed.) and Gothamist.Ding Dong Lounge was a grungy oasis for people looking for a no-frills place for cheap drinks in an otherwise pretty bleak part of town where forgettable, overcrowded bars are the norm. As mentioned above, the bar received accolades for being the best dive in Manhattan -- not bad for a place not much further than a stone's throw from Columbia University. Good music and colorful staff -- which allegedly included a stuntman who was, among other interesting gigs, a weapon specialist in Mortal Kombat (the movie) -- helped make the place great. Ding Dong DJ/doorman Chris should be familiar to patrons of The Acheron, where he also works. Mark, thank you for all the drinks.
This is not the end of the Ding, as we will be relocating & reopening in the near furture (watch this space for details). However, for right now, please come out to show some love and say goodbye to our beloved Ding Dong Lounge during our last days at the Columbus Ave & 106 St. location.
We love you all!
The space played host to hundreds of shows, typically of the somewhat-underground indie/punk variety, and had a number of weekly regular events. One memorable show for me was headlined by the experimental noise rock band White Suns, who just played Summerscreen. The opening band was a three-piece named Bob Crusoe, an absurdist "guitar," drums and off-key trumpet (I think) band that delivered one of the most ridiculous performances I've ever seen -- pure cacophony, with nonsense lyrics/noises that were alternatively spoken and hysterically screamed over one of the worst improv sets of all time. Lots of rolling around on the ground. A+.
It's been a bad week for NYC dives. The Ding Dong Lounge will be missed. Here's to a quick reopening.