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During the cold winter months, Brooklyn Flea and Smorgasburg are set up on weekends in the spacious confines of Sunset Park's Industry City. They're going to be having two Brooklyn Flea "mini" Record Fairs on February 20 & 21 and February 27 & 28 with only vintage vendors. (The outdoor BK Flea Record Fairs also have tables with record labels.) Vendors include Cakeshop/Capeshok, Carolina Soul, Disco De Facto, Trash American Style and more. Hours are 10 AM - 6 PM.

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Nap Eyes

Nap Eyes hail from Halifax, Nova Scotia and make frayed, somewhat shambolic indie rock that, at times, recalls bands like The Clean, The Modern Lovers or even '90s-era Halifax bands like The Inbreds or Jale. The band's 2014 album, Whine of the Mystic, was reissued by Paradise of Bachelors this summer and you can stream the whole thing via Spotify below.

The band are coming down to NYC this weekend for three shows: Sunday afternoon (9/27) at Brooklyn Flea (50 Kent) with Adult Mom and headliners Porches, which is a free show; then later Sunday night at Cake Shop with Tall Juan, and DFONTE; and then Monday (9/28) at Baby's All Right with Mega Bog and Happy You. Tickets for Cake Shop and Baby's are on sale now.

Continue reading "Halifax, NS' Nap Eyes released 'Whine of the Mystic' (stream it), playing 3 NYC shows this week (1 free w/ Porches)"

photo via Brooklyn Flea Facebook
Brooklyn Flea

As previously mentioned, the 2015 fall Brooklyn Flea Record Fair happens Saturday, September 26 at Smorgasburg in Williamsburg. The vendors were already announced (4AD, Warp, XL, Other Music and more) and now the DJ lineup is here. It includes members of Small Black, Yumi Zouma and Lemonade, label reps from Mute, Ghostly International and Beyond Beyond Is Beyond, record store employees from Captured Tracks Shop, and a WFMU DJ. The full lineup of DJs with set times is below.

In related news, the Smorgasburg that was in Brooklyn Bridge Park is now in Prospect Park. It opened at the end of last month, and will stay there every Sunday from 11 AM to 6 PM through October 11. The new location is a spot called Breeze Hill. Via Smorgasburg's site, "Breeze Hill is just north of the LeFrak Center at Lakeside, and just off the main bike/jogging road across from the Lincoln Road entrance to the park. The closest subway is the Q to Prospect Park, but you can also walk from the F to 15th St. or the 2/3 to Grand Army Plaza."

Smorgasburg and Brooklyn Flea will also now have a winter edition at Industry City in Sunset Park. It opens the weekend of October 17 & 18, and runs every weekend through March. Here's what Brooklyn Flea says:

The gigantic market will be held in a 50,000 square-foot space overlooking the Manhattan skyline from the second floor, every weekend through March 2016, from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. The entrance address is 241 37th Street, just two blocks from the 36th Street D/N/R subway station--only two stops from Manhattan on the D train!--and a short walk from the B35, B38 and B70 bus stops. The 39th Street exit off the Gowanus Expressway/BQE also takes you pretty much to our doorstep (and to the second-busiest Costco in America next door.)
The one in Williamsburg runs through Sunday, September 27, the day after the record fair. Record fair DJ lineup below...

Continue reading "Brooklyn Flea Record Fair DJ lineup revealed; Smorgasburg open now in Prospect Park, coming to Sunset Park this winter"

Bent Shapes (photo by Avi Paul Weinstein)
Bent Shapes

We recently mentioned that The Hotelier are going on a big tour that includes a FREE NYC show on Sunday afternoon (8/16) at Brooklyn Flea (50 Kent) with Little Big League singer Michelle Zauner's solo project Japanese Breakfast and special guests. Turns out the guests are Boston indie pop band Bent Shapes. RSVP is still open.

If it surprises you that an indie pop band is opening for an emo/pop punk band, you should read Impose's lengthy, interesting Bent Shapes profile which points out singer Ben Potrykus used to be in Punk Goes Pop contributors Fake ID (with members who formed Boys Like Girls) and was the original lead vocalist in The Receiving End of Sirens. The more you know.

Bent Shapes have other dates coming up too, including a return to NYC on October 11 at Cake Shop. No advance tickets at the moment. All dates are listed below.

The Hotelier's tour also includes a run with Tiny Engines labelmates Runaway Brother, which hits NYC on November 7 at The Studio at Webster Hall with Oso Oso and Spirit of the Beehive. Tickets for that one are still available.

Tour dates and some music from the bands, below...

Continue reading "Bent Shapes added to The Hotelier's free NYC show this weekend, playing other dates too"

photo: Alex G at BV-SXSW 2015 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Alex G

Fresh off last week's sold-out NYC show with Girlpool, Alex G has expanded his tour, including two more shows here.

The first is a free daytime performance on Sunday, August 2 at the Brooklyn Flea (50 Kent). He's on at 4:45 PM, and Snoozer and Pinegrove play too. RSVP is open. After that, he headlines The Studio at Webster Hall on October 3 with TBA openers.

UPDATE: He is not playing The Studio at Webster Hall. That show is the pop singer who also uses the name Alex G.

Alex is also on the Basement / Title Fight / Adventures show in NJ this August. All dates are listed, with a video, below...

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Cake Shop stand at 2014 winter Brooklyn Flea Record Fair

The Brooklyn Flea's indoor space on Dean St. in Crown Heights will have a mini Record Fair the next two weekends (February 7 & 8 and 14 & 15). Like the ones in Williamsburg, it will be a mix of tables from labels, record stores and used vendors, including Captured Tracks, ATO, Rough Trade Shops, Partisan, and Warp. There will also be DJs and a pop-up bar with Dogfish Head beer. It runs 10 AM - 6 PM.

List of vendors for each day, plus the 2/7 and 2/8 DJ schedule, below...

Continue reading "Brooklyn Flea in Crown Heights having mini Record Fairs this month (vendor list, DJ schedule)"


The Brooklyn Flea Record Fair is next Saturday (9/27) at Smorgasburg (90 Kent in Williamsburg) and while you're digging through the crates and the tables of special items from some of the label vendors, a host of DJs will be providing the soundtrack:

1-1:30​pm​ ​ ​Paul Collins (of Beirut)
1:30-2​pm​ ​ ​Matt W (RVNG Intl.)
2-2:30​pm​ ​ ​Kroba ( Archie Pelago)
2:30-3​pm​ ​ Rob Henry (​Disco De Facto​)​
3-3:30​pm​ ​ ​Silent Servant
3:30-4​pm​ ​ Yale (Luaka Bop​)
4-4:30​pm​ ​ ​DFA​ Special Guest​
4:30-5​pm ​ ​ ​Jonathan Toubin​
The Brooklyn Flea Record Fair runs from 11AM - 6 PM and is free to attend.

Speaking of Smorgasburg, their special Summerstage event is tonight (9/19), featuring the Mr. Saturday Night DJs and 30 food vendors -- including a special Shabbos dinner from the folks at Mile End -- from 5 - 9PM at Rumsey Playfield in Central Park. It's free to attend, flyer is below.

And finally, don't forget that the Brooklyn Flea's "Northside Concert Series" kicks off this Sunday (9/21) at 50 Kent. We already knew it'd have a solo performance by Marnie Stern, and now the rest of the lineup was announced including Philly indie rockers Cayetana, Brooklyn electro-funk band Motion Studies and Crazy Pills. Music Starts at 3 PM.

Smorgasburg Summerstage flyer is below...

Continue reading "Brooklyn Flea Record Fair announces DJ lineup; Cayetana, Motion Studies & Crazy Pills added to Marnie Stern show"

Marnie Stern @ The Wick in May (more by Erik Erikson)
Marnie Stern

As you may know, The Brooklyn Flea happens every Sunday at 50 Kent. In addition to the shopping and food and legal beverages, you can now hear some free music too. The "Northside Concert Series" kicks off September 21 with Marnie Stern and continues with Chicago's raucous Twin Peaks on September 28 and Small Black on October 5. There will be openers, still TBA, and the music begins at 3 PM and ends around 6 PM. It's totally free, no tickets or RSVPing necessary.

In related news, the Brooklyn Flea Record Fair returns on September 27 (which is also Cassette Store Day) with tables set up from NYC-based labels, record stores and collectors. It goes from 11 AM to 6 PM, and there are a number of exclusives this year including a colored vinyl version of Mac DeMarco's 2 Demos and Salad Days Demos, a colored vinyl version of Musuem of Love's debut LP (which will be a week ahead of release date), and more. All Brooklyn Flea exclusives and all Record Fair vendors are listed below.

And the Flea's popular Smorgasburg will cross the East River for a special edition at Central Park Summerstage on September 19 with DJs from Mister Saturday Night. It goes from 5 - 9 PM and is free entry.

Flyers for "Northside Concert Series" and Brooklyn Flea Record Fair, plus vendors and special releases lists below...

Continue reading "Marnie Stern, Twin Peaks & more playing free "Northside Concert Series" at BK Flea (who have a Record Fair soon)"


As mentioned, the Brooklyn Flea Record Fair returns as part of Smorgasburg on Saturday, May 10 from 11 AM - 6 PM. This one is also part of the Red Bull Music Academy, with DJ sets from Autre Ne Veut, Caroline Polachek (Chairlift, Ramona Lisa), Tanlines' Jesse Cohen, Optimo and Sandra Electronics to make your crate digging a little more pleasurable. BrooklynVegan is also a proud sponsor.

As in previous editions, the BFRF is a mix of used vendors and independent label booths from the likes of DFA, Captured Tracks, Partisan, Cascine, Warp, Frenchkiss, Famous Class, Minimal Wave (with their now famous MW cupcakes) and more. New vendors for this edition are:

Black Gold
Campers' Rule Records
Chris Carnahan Records
Dais Records
Polyvinyl Record Co.
Rough Trade
The Bunker New York
TPOS Productions
Vin Du Select Qualitite
white columns
There will also be some exclusive items for sale, like an early chance to buy the Sylvan Esso album, otherwise "sold out" 7"s from Famous Class and more. A full list of Brooklyn Flea Record Fair exclusives and full vendor list below.

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50 Kent

As we mentioned, Northside Media Group, the people behind the Northside Fest and The L Magazine, will be booking the concerts at 50 Kent (fka Williamsburg Park) this year, but concerts is not the only thing OSA is putting there as part of the "2014 50 Kent Festival":

OSA is pleased to announce the 2014 50 Kent Festival at the North Brooklyn waterfront - the ninth consecutive season of OSA's outdoor summer programming series. This year's series will have live concerts produced by Northside Media Group, including just-announced performances by The War on Drugs and Beirut on June 13 and 14. Free outdoor movies will be provided by Nitehawk Cinemas and each Sunday will feature an open-air market operated by Brooklyn Flea. Bike New York will install a Community Bike Education Center to offer free learn-to-ride and bike skills classes for children and adults, and Gotham Girls Roller Derby partners with Five Stride Skate Shop to set up a pop-up roller rink to host classes and free public roller skating one evening in July and August. Finally, in September, Renegade Craft Fair will operate a festive weekend-long craft market.

The Festival will operate May through September with programming every Sunday and concerts throughout the season. A full calendar will be available on OSA's website in the coming weeks. Proceeds from the 50 Kent Festival will go towards OSA's mission of maintaining and improving North Brooklyn parks.

Meanwhile, tickets for the two announced concerts are on sale.

Record Fair

As previously mentioned, the bi-annual Brooklyn Flea Record Fair is hosting a miniature version this weekend from 10am-6pm at the indoor Smorgasburg Winter Market in Williamsburg. The number of vendors at this weekend's fair will be substantially smaller than the outdoor event, but there are still lots of crates to dig through. Vendors include DFA Records, Mexican Summer, the Captured Tracks shop, and Other Music, among others. Alongside the vinyl vendors will be various DJs who should keep your vinyl purchasing experience a lot more interesting. Other Music will have about a thousand 7"s to sell, some of which will be spun during Moldymann's DJ set on Saturday.

Label vendors such as DFA are known to sell lots of record fair-exclusive rarities and hard-to-find vinyl such as split singles, white labels, and out of print items. (Also mugs and other merch.) Many vendors at the fair, who are often up for conversation, will also sell exclusive merchandise such as turntable slipmats and t-shirts.

The time and date, as well as the list of vendors and DJ time slots are below. Further info can be found at the Brooklyn Flea website.

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(via Brooklyn Flea's instagram)
Record Fair

The Brooklyn Record Fair happens twice a year in the warmer months at Brooklyn Flea. But now that the Flea has a big indoor locale on N. 5th St. in Williamsburg, they're going to have a mini version of the Record Fair the weekend of February 8 & 9 from 10 AM - 6 PM with tables from the following labels and record stores:

Athan Maroulis/Sepiatone
Captured Tracks Shop
DFA Records
HPRS Records
Mexican Summer / Software Recording Co.
Orivious Records
Other Music
Raelian Raecords
Unbreakable Records
There will be guest DJs and maybe a few exclusive items for sale too, details forthcoming.

by Bill Pearis


Discerning vinyl lovers with disposable income left after taxes and Record Store Day will be pleased to learn that the Brooklyn Flea Record Fair is back this Saturday (5/4) at Smorgasburg in Williamsburg. There are 50 vendors, with tables from labels like Domino, DFA, Captured Tracks, Merge and Warp, and also record stores/vendors like Other Music, Turntable Lab, Kim's Video & Music, and Record Grouch.

There are also a few specialty items available, like Captured Tracks' Cleaners from Venus Vol. 2 Box Set (which isn't official out till 5/14), Cass McCombs/White Magic 7" on clear vinyl, and that PAWS cassette that was only available at their merch table on their North American tour last month. DJs picked by the Red Bull Music Academy folks will be spinning tunes, including sets from Throne of Blood's James Friedman, Dean Bein (True Panther Records), DJ/rupture and more. Hours for the record fair are 11 AM - 6 PM and it's free entry. Smorgasburg gets insanely packed these days, so go early.

Full list of vendors, specialty items and DJ schedule are below.

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by Andrew Sacher

Flying Lotus at Coachella 2012 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Flying Lotus

Flying Lotus is about to welcome his new album, Until the Quiet Comes next week (10/2) via Warp. As the album title implies, it's a "quieter" record than the maximalist Cosmogramma, but it's just as fleshed out and compelling. You can stream the album ahead of its release date at NPR. The video for "Putty Boy Strut" can be watched below.

As mentioned, FlyLo will be supporting the album with a tour that hits NYC on October 7 at Terminal 5 with Thundercat and other Brainfeeder artists. Tickets for that show are still available. That's the first date club date on his tour, but he's since revealed that the tour will kick off with a "take over" of LA and NYC surrounding that date.

In NYC, he'll appear at the Warp booth at the Brooklyn Flea Record Fair on October 6, where he'll be signing copies of his new album. That's free and the booth will be open from 11 AM to 6 PM. The day after the T5 show, he'll play a Red Bull Music Academy Takeover for Boiler Room NYC (10/8) with a great lineup of Questlove, Flatbush Zombies, Just Blaze, Joey Bada$$ & Pro Era, and The Underachievers. That show is guest list only but you can watch it live at boilerroom.tv. On October 9 he'll partake in the "Meet the Musician" series at Apple Store SoHo where he'll give a talk and also perform. That show runs from 6-8 PM and is free but space is very limited.

Lastly, he'll do two events on October 10, including the East Village Radio Takeover, where Flying Lotus and Brainfeeder artists Gaslamp Killer, Martyn, Dorian Concept, Jeremiah Jae, Taylor McFerrin, and The Underachievers will take over two hours of air time on East Village Radio from 2-4 PM to preview their showcase which happens later that night at new Brooklyn venue Villain (50 North 3 St). That show is also presented by the Red Bull Music Academy and features the same lineup (UPDATE: FlyLo is not confirmed) as the radio takeover plus "very special guests." No ticket info for this show at the moment.

An updated list of Flying Lotus dates and the video for "Putty Boy Strut" are below.

Continue reading "Flying Lotus taking over LA & NYC during tour (updated dates & album stream)"

Brooklyn Flea

On October 6, The Brooklyn Flea's Smorgasburg in Williamsburg will move aside the uinoa falafels, huaraches, lobster rolls, and doughnuts to make room for vinyl... it's another edition of the Brooklyn Flea Record Fair. The fall incarnation will play host to 32 vendors including labels like 4AD, Captured Tracks, DFA, Merge, Mexican Summer, XL, Warp, True Panther, and many many more.

In addition, look for private collectors to be on hand to peddle their new and used wares, as well as traditional record stores like Coop 87, Other Music, Halcyon, and Mondo Kim's to set up satellite stores for the day. It all goes down from 11AM to 6PM at 27 North 6th St. (Kent Ave and East River).

More details, including a list of participating labels, are below.

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Brooklyn Flea Record Fair

The Brooklyn Flea Record Fair (previously known as the Superstar DJ Record Fair) is now a bi-annual event, and its next edition will take place on May 19 from 11AM-6PM at Smorgasburg. Here's what Brooklyn Flea has to say about it:

As in past years, we've skimmed the cream of the crop of NYC indie record labels, DJs, and vintage dealers to create a manageable melange of 25 or so vendors, with a nice balance of rare and one-off items, dusty gems, old standbys, and plenty of deals. We'll have music too, and maybe a special performance, which we'll announce later. You'll meet the faces behind your favorite labels, and maybe see an artist or four buying or selling. To top it off, you'll be surrounded by the 75 or so fab food vendors of Smorgasburg--just don't go smearing your greasy Pizza Moto hands on that King Tubby 45!
The fair will feature a variety of labels including Domino, DFA, Sacred Bones, RVNG, True Panther, Captured Tracks, Temporary Residence, Kanine, FatCat, and more. Check out the full list of participating labels below...

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by Bill Pearis


Brooklyn Flea's 4th Annual Superstar DJ Record Fair + Independent Label Market: Brooklyn
Saturday, Oct. 8, 10am-5pm
Smorgasburg, 27 North 6th St. (btw. Kent Ave. + East River), Williamsburg
After having success with the concept in London, they're bringing the Independent Label Market, in association with Brooklyn Flea, to Brooklyn Saturday afternoon -- sharing space with the myriad deliciousness that is Smorgasburg. In London, label bigwigs actually manned the tables. Will James Murphy be working the DFA booth? We shall see. Also, hopefully they'll all be selling at cost, seeing how they're elimnating the middlemen. Pass the savings on to us! There's some ILM exclusives being sold I'm told (like the Portishead 12" from XL), so keep an eye out. There's also album cover face painting. I wonder if they can do any record? So alt-parents, bring your kids so you can later say to old people, "Yes, that is The Dwarves' Blood, Guts and Pussy on my son's face."


This is kind of cool:

All Tomorrow's Parties are returning to the USA at the end of September, hosting the festival in the new location of Asbury Park, New Jersey. This will be the US's first edition of I'll Be Your Mirror, ATP's sister event that has currently been held in Japan and the UK. This edition will be curated and headlined on the Saturday and Sunday by Portishead, who will be playing their first shows on the East Coast since 1998.

From this Saturday 3rd September and every Saturday up to the event itself, tickets for I'll Be Your Mirror USA will be available to buy in person at the Brooklyn Flea at Fort Greene from 10am-5pm at 176 Lafayette Ave. (btw. Clermont + Vanderbilt Ave.). The ATP stall will be near the main entrance.

All ticket types as listed HERE and will be available at the Flea with a $5 booking fee per ticket (cash only). The stall will also be selling ATP merchandise from past ATP New York events including shirts and posters.

What's more, anyone that buys Weekend Passes on the first Saturday 3rd September will go into a draw to win a room at the Berkeley Hotel (where rooms are no longer available) situated directly across from the festival venues for the weekend. Runners up will win ATP prizes including festival merchandise.

ATP recently added Company Flow & Public Enemy to the Asbury Park lineup.

the Brooklyn Flea @ 1 Hanson Place - 6/6/2010 (Dean Keim)
Brooklyn Flea

"Camera Obscura may not be Brooklyn natives, but many of the borough's residents braved the heated Vault inside the Brooklyn Flea to see the Scottish pop band play a free pop-up show on Sunday. The show was the first of many shows the weekly flea market plans to host this summer.

"There's more people [here] than we anticipated, so that's nice," frontwoman Tracyanne Campbell told the crowd as the band got ready to play their set.

In addition to the 30-minute show, local ice cream shop Blue Marble gave away free scoops of "The Sweetest Cream" in honor of the band's song 'The Sweetest Thing.' Camera Obscura got into the flea market spirit by setting up their own shop and selling limited edition t-shirts and tote bags designed especially for the day's event along with typical band merch." [Spinner]

Sunday's show was the first of two that Camera Obscura will play in NYC while they're here. The next is tonight (6/7) at Grand Ballroom with The Love Language. Videos from the Flea, below...

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Camera Obscura @ Coachella (more by Rachel Carr)
Camera Obscura

Camera Obscura will pay a visit to Brooklyn Flea on Sunday, June 6th to play a set at the market one day before their June 7th gig at NYC's Grand Ballroom (for which tickets are still on sale). Their 2pm performance will be the first live music at the Flea's Downstairs in the Vault location (located at One Hanson Place/Williamsburg Savings Bank, near BAM/Atlantic Center) (the same place the recent National BAM after-party was held).

[Camera Obscura] will also set up their very own table and will sell their wares, including some items created especially for this event. Since you can't have an "ice cream social" without ice cream, our friends at Blue Marble Ice Cream will be joining in the fun and have created a special flavor in the band's honor - "The Sweetest Cream" in honor of the band's song "The Sweetest Thing" - available with or without honey - in honor of the band's song "Honey In The Sun"!
Camera Obscura will be on a short tour the US following their Sasquatch Festival appearance on May 31st. The Love Language are opening the Grand Ballroom show and others on the tour (plus their own headlining NYC show on July 15th - tickets are on sale).

Camera Obscura also has a new 7" out.

Released on May 17, 2010, 'The Nights Are Cold' b/w 'The Sweetest Thing' is a release they've put together in honour of Richard Hawley, as he has been one of their favourite artists for years. The A-Side features them covering his 'The Nights Are Cold' while the AA is Richard's own remix of their 'The Sweetest Thing' (taken from their My Maudlin Career album of last year).
The cover art, videos of the band, and tour dates are below...

Continue reading "Camera Obscura playing & setting up @ the Brooklyn Flea"

Record Fair

DFA cancelled. More info on who didn't, below....

Continue reading "Superstar DJ Record Fair @ the Brooklyn Flea Sunday"