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words by Klaus Kinski, photos courtesy of Converse

High on Fire @ MHOW - 8/15/14
HoF

The first-ever Converse Rubber Tracks Live tour roared into NYC on Friday (8/15) at Music Hall of Williamsburg, bringing along with them a whopper of a free showcase featuring metal Gods High on Fire and Brooklyn chaos outfit Blackest.

Unfortunately, for one reason or another your man Klaus completely missed Blackest. As a matter of fact, I got to the venue just as the lights were being dimmed for High On Fire's absolutely crushing set. I really wanted to see Blackest. They are heavy, aggressive, and as musicians they are tighter than a baby rabbit's b-hole. Did you see them? How was their set? Fortunately for me and other New Yorkers, they play ABC No Rio on Saturday (8/23) as part of a hardcore oriented matinee (which is also a stop on Dangers and Graf Orlock's tour).

As usual, High On Fire delivered a flawless and brutal dose of riffcentric sludge that brought the room's humidity and stank level to a solid 100%. Though derivative to a certain extent in their own right (but who isn't), High on Fire are so influential and so often imitated by lesser cretins that when you actually see them live you can't help but immediately come to the realization that they are simply impeccable; Gods of the genre. Throughout the entire set, which consisted of tunes new and old, the crowd was 110% into it. Some shoving, lots of fist pumping, and copious amounts of singing along made this one of the funnest sausage fests I have been to in ages. They bookended the show with classics, "Fury Whip" and "Snakes for the Divine" and included crushers "Baghdad," "Fertile Green," "Mouth of the Architect," "Devilution," "Rumors of War," and "Fireface," among others. If you were a newbie to High on Fire, this show was a perfect orientation. If you were a veteran fan, the show was a great homage to a staggering career. If you were an idiot, you were elsewhere.

High on Fire's Matt Pike will be back in NYC when Sleep's tour hits NYC on August 25 at Stage 48 with Holy Sons (sold out).

More pictures from the show, below...

Continue reading "High on Fire & Blackest played Converse Rubber Tracks Live at Music Hall of Williamsburg (pics, review)"

Converse Black Sabbath

Converse just released a new series of Black Sabbath Chucks, which actually look pretty cool. One side of one is pictured above. All three are at Converse's site. Black Sabbath is playing Brooklyn in March and touring in April. Bill Ward won't be there, but look for him at the next Today is the Day show.

In other music-related Converse news, this weekend is the third edition of the FREE creative workshops they're holding at Rubber Tracks Studio in Williamsburg. Registration is open through 1/9 at midnight for "How to Record Live Instruments" with Benjamin Weinman & Billy Rymer of the Dillinger Escape Plan and "How To Record Using Outboard Effects" with EL-P & producer Nick Hook. As previously mentioned, El-P will also headline a show at Rubber Tracks on 1/24. Details on that are still limited.

Meanwhile, Converse's 'Rubber Tracks Live' series of free shows continues tonight (1/9) in Boston at The Sinclair with Joey Bada$$, Dillon Cooper, and Cavalier, and then January 16 at Glasslands in Brooklyn with The Hood Internet, Pictureplane, and Bearstronaut.

Washed Out at MHOW - 11/18/13 (via Ahnmin Lee)
Washed Out

Washed Out is currently on a tour which brought Ernest Greene & co. back to NYC for a Converse Rubber Tracks Live show at Music Hall of Williamsburg earlier this week (11/18), a much more intimate appearance than his last Terminal 5 show. His next NYC appearance will be when he DJs the J Roddy Walston show at Gramercy Theatre (12/14) (tickets). All upcoming Washed Out dates are listed below.

Speaking of Converse Rubber Tracks, they're launching a new project at the Brooklyn recording studio, CONS Project: BKN, which offers creative workshops for kids. Their "goal is push creativity forward by inspiring kids with creative ambition to unleash their creative spirit through engaging and edifying events." The workshops happen during three weekends, Nov. 23 & 24, Dec. 8 & 9, and Jan. 11 & 12. Select artists will be there, including El-P, Ryan Hemsworth, and more. Plus, El-P will headline an exclusive concert on January 24, following the workshops' final weekend. Registration is open now. More details below.

And speaking of Converse, they just made a behind-the-scenes video on the Ratking/Black Dice collaboration, which you can watch below...

Continue reading "Washed out played MHOW; Converse Rubber Tracks hosting creative workshops (w/ El-P, Ryan Hemsworth & more)"

Quicksand @ Webster Hall recently (more by Rebecca Reed) Quicksand

We get a lot of great free shows here in NYC (like The Walkmen and Solange as part of Northside this weekend) but we have to admit this week of free all-ages shows Converse has lined up at San Francisco club Slim's later this month is pretty crazy (though they may be pretty hard to get into). We'd happily spend the whole week there if we could. The line-ups are:

Converse Represent series in San Francisco

Jun 23 - Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, DIIV, Metz, Tamaryn, The She's

JUN 24 -Deltron 3030, Juicy J, Blackalicious, Angel Haze, Special Guest

JUN 25 - Hot Chip, Tycho, Blackbird Blackbird, Social Studies

JUN 26 - Quicksand, Mastodon, High On Fire, Saviours, Hot Lunch

JUN 27 - Suicidal Tendencies, Rocket From The Crypt, Ceremony, Special Guests

The only way to go is to fill out the entry form before June 18 and "winning ticket holders will be notified via email soon after with instructions on how and when to retrieve their tickets." All events, "which lead up to the grand opening of the Converse San Francisco retail store on June 28", will take place at Slim's in San Francisco.

Meanwhile, for those in the Five Boroughs (and surrounding area) browse our NYC show calendar for more upcoming free shows.

Dillinger Escape Plan at Terminal 5 (more by Greg Cristman)
Dillinger Escape Plan

Good news, bad news, good news. Let's start with the bad and then go to the good.

The RSVP for the Dillinger Escape Plan show at Music Hall of Williamsburg on April 27 with The Faceless and Royal Thunder has run dry. That said, we have a pair to giveaway to a lucky individual, details on how to get into this Converse Rubber Tracks event are below.

In addition, DEP has announced that they will headline the Summer Slaughter festival for 2013, snagging support from Animals As Leaders, Periphery, Norma Jean, Cattle Decapitation, The Ocean, Revocation, AEON, Rings of Saturn and Thy Art is Murder. Though dates as a whole have yet to be revealed, look for that lineup to play House of Blues in Los Angeles on July 20 and Best Buy Theater in NYC on August 7. Tickets for the latter go on sale April 19 at noon.

Contest details and song streams are below.

Continue reading "Dillinger Escape Plan add 2nd NYC show as part of Summer Slaughter tour; win tix to the "sold out" smaller one"

by Fred Pessaro

Dillinger Escape Plan

As discussed, The Dillinger Escape Plan is proclaiming One of Us is the Killer with a brand new LP, celebrating it with a set of new dates with The Faceless and Royal Thunder. Brooklyn's date at Music Hall of Williamsburg on April 27th will also feature a set by Converse Rubber Tracks recording artists Primitive Weapons and a DJ set by yours truly. The Brooklyn show is totally free/open to the public, but you need to RSVP aka grab a free ticket. They become available at noon on Wednesday (4/10),

The Brooklyn show is part of the ongoing Converse Rubber Tracks Live series. The last one was with Vivian Girls, Widowspeak, Heliotropes and Eternal Summers.

DEP recently dropped a new tour promo, as well as a snippet from their forthcoming LP. Check them both out below along with all tour dates and a short documentary on Primitive Weapons and Saint Vitus...

Continue reading "The Dillinger Escape Plan announce RSVP for free Brooklyn show, part of Converse Rubber Tracks Live"

METZ at Knitting Factory earlier this month (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
METZ

The new-ish free bi-monthly Converse Rubber Tracks series at Music Hall of Williamsburg, which began in June with White Rabbits, continued in August with Action Bronson, and again in October with Ghostface Killah and A-Trak, will continue on December 19 at MHOW with its most rockin' edition yet: King Tuff, METZ, Sean Bones, and Devin. The show is free but you can pick up tickets to secure yourself a spot starting today (11/27) at 2 PM.

Like all of these shows go, part of the lineup includes bands who've recorded at Rubber Tracks, and for this one it's Frenchkiss labelmates Sean Bones and Devin. Converse session videos, all King Tuff and METZ dates, and the show flyer, below.

Continue reading "King Tuff, METZ, Sean Bones & Devin playing free Converse Rubber Tracks show at MHOW in Dec (dates)"

photos by PSquared Photography

Chris Cornell at Bowery Ballroom - 11/12/12
Chris Cornell

With the pics we just posted of Pearl Jam side project RNDM, and all of the Soundgarden stuff going on in NYC this week, it's starting to feel a lot like early '90s Seattle around here. Soundgarden began their unofficial NYC week with a Live on Letterman concert at the Ed Sullivan Theater, which was webcasted live and can be watched in full below. Most of their 10-song set came from their new album, King Animal, which is out today (11/13) and can be listened to on Spotify, but they also included earlier cuts, "Beyond the Wheel," "Incessant Mace," and "Fell on Black Days." The band also performed King Animal single, "Been Away Too Long," on the Late Show with David Letterman. You can watch the video of that below too.

After the Letterman stuff went down, Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell made his way over to Bowery Ballroom for a solo show, which doubled as a Hurricane Sandy Relief benefit. It was an acoustic show, but the members of Soundgarden eventually showed up to join Chris for a full band set of Soundgarden songs. They played "Fell On Black Days," "Black Saturday," "Blow Up the Outside World," "Halfway There," "Black Hole Sun," and "Outshined." Pictures from the show are in this post, and a video from Chris' solo set is below.

It all continues tonight (11/13), when Soundgarden play their first of three intimate North American shows at NYC's Irving Plaza. That show is long sold out, but you can also catch the band when their 2013 tour brings them to Hammerstein Ballroom on January 22 and 23. Tickets for those shows go on AmEx/King Animal presale Wednesday (11/14) at 10 AM with a general on-sale starting Friday (11/16) at noon. Fan Club presale began on Monday (11/12).

UPDATE: This also just arrived in the inbox:

Converse announces a limited edition, exclusive collaboration with legendary alternative band Soundgarden in celebration of the band's highly anticipated new album "King Animal" releasing on November 13, 2012. The limited edition Soundgarden Chuck Taylor All Star sneaker will be available exclusively at Converse's Santa Monica store at Third Street Promenade and at Converse.com and will coincide with the band's first release in over 15 years.

Soundgarden Converse Chuck Taylor All Star
Converse's limited edition Soundgarden Chuck Taylor All Star sneaker features album artwork from "King Animal" on a monochromatic black sneaker. The new Sound Garden logo is also highlighted in white on the heel. The Soundgarden Chuck Taylor All Star sneaker is limited to only 60 pairs and will be available in unisex whole
sizes 6-13.

Suggested Retail Price: $65
More pics, video, and the setlist from Bowery Ballroom, and the setlist and video from Letterman are below.

Continue reading "Soundgarden played Live on Letterman, joined Chris Cornell at his solo show at Bowery Ballroom (pics, videos, setlist)"

photos by Gretchen Robinette

"If you aren't already at the Williamsbsurg Music Hall for the free Fool's Gold show, don't bother now. You will never get in. 500+ line up" - Brian Doc Holidae

Fools Gold 5 Year Anniversary
Fools Gold 5 Year Anniversary
Ghostface Killah

A-Trak and Nick Catchdubs' label Fool's Gold turned five and they decided to celebrate, with the help of Converse Rubber Tracks, in a big but but small way on Saturday night at Music Hall of Williamsburg (a Brooklyn venue much smaller than ones A-Trak has charged people to see him in). The free, first-come, first served, during-CMJ show ended up going something this:

09:00 - Ryan Hemsworth
10:00 - Nick Catchdubs
10:45 - Troy Ave (bringing out Chase N Cashe)
11:15 - World's Fair (bringing out Tanboyz + Flatbush Zombies)
12:00 - Donnis
12:30 - Ghostface Killah
01:00 - A-Trak (Chromeo hanging out)
02:00 - Flosstradamus
Those who got on line early experienced this...

Continue reading "Fool's Gold celebrated 5 years in fashion (A-Trak, Ghostface, Flosstradamus, Donnis & more) --- pics & video"

photo by Dana (distortion) Yavin

"The Kills at pier 63 were incredible tonight! Jamie Hince you are the king!" - @gibsondaniel

The Kills on Pier 63 - 8/18/12
The Kills

The Kills wrapped up their tour over the weekend with a free Converse City Carnage show on Pier 63 in NYC with Black Bananas and Viva Viva (which was "sold out") and a show at Montauk's Surf Lodge the next day (8/19). The Kills played material off all four of their full length albums, focusing mainly on 2011's Blood Pressures, and also including a good chunk of their 2003 debut.

More pictures, videos, and the setlist from the show are below.

Continue reading "The Kills played Converse City Carnage on Pier 63 w/ Black Bananas & Viva Viva (pics, videos, setlist)"

photos by Chris La Putt

White Rabbits at Music Hall of Williamsburg - 6/30/12
The White Rabbits

White Rabbits, who have dates coming up with the Shins, played a free show (first come, first served) at Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn on Saturday (6/30) with We Barbarians. The show was part of a new series of free shows presented by Converse Rubber Tracks, Converse's recording studio in Brooklyn (where We Barbarians recently recorded, and that is about to celebrate its one year anniversary in its Williamsburg location). The next free, live show in the series will be announced soon.

The show was an early one, starting at 8pm sharp and ending by about 10:30, and for White Rabbits, it was their second show with new drummer David Scalia who replaced Jamie who is expecting his first kid. David will play the rest of the shows this year with the band while Jamie spends time with his family. Here are some pictures from the night.

The White Rabbits show was happening right next door to the inaugural Martyrdoom Fest (co-presented by BrooklynVegan, Signature Riff, Order of the Serpent, and Catharsis PR), which went down in Public Assembly. This of course lead to a very drastic contrast of crowds on North 6th St. that night. Stay tuned for more on that show.

More pics from the White Rabbits show, below...

Continue reading "White Rabbits played MHOW with We Barbarians (pics)"

Crest Fest

The annual Crest Hardware Art Show runs from June 30 - August 31 and kicks off this Saturday (6/30) with Crest Fest 2012 which goes from 1 - 7PM and features a live music stage, two DJ booths, plus local, creative art, and food vendors. Bands performing include Aabaraki, Grey Sky Appeal, Hard Nips, PitchBlak Brass Band and Workout and DJ sets are by Petey Complex, Lucas Walters, Dom Leon, King Cut, Peter Hale and Krunk Pony. The show is free and all ages.

Crest Hardware is located at 558 Metropolitan Ave Between Lorimer and Union in Williamsburg. This year's Art Show will include "100+ works from various artists of different mediums. The art will be installed contextually throughout 10,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor space, including a 5,000 sq ft urban garden...All art is about/made with/or inspired by hardware." Flyers and posters are at the bottom of this post.

Speaking of things happening on June 30 sponsored by Converse Rubber Tracks (which Crest Fest is), White Rabbits are playing a free show at Music Hall of Williamsburg Saturday night and we're giving away a pair of VIP tickets which guarantees you admission to the otherwise first-come, first-served show, and gets you into the VIP balcony. Details on how to enter are below...

Continue reading "Crest Hardware 2012 Art Show starts Saturday with Crest Fest; win VIP tix to see White Rabbits at MHOW"

Converse City Carnage

Here's the official word on those free Kills & Sleigh Bells shows:

The Converse City Carnage shows are all ages, standing room only, rain or shine, and free to the public. Although these are free shows, you must have a physical ticket in order to enter the venue.

Tickets for the July 21st Sleigh Bells show can be ordered for free via Ticketmaster by visiting www.bowerypresents.com/conversecitycarnagesleighbells anytime after 12:00 PM EST on Friday, June 22nd. There will also be a limited amount of physical tickets available at the following Converse retail stores as of June 22nd at 12:000 PM EST. All tickets are subject to availability.

-Converse SOHO 560 Broadway New York, NY 10012

-Converse GARDEN STATE Westfield Garden State Plaza Mall 1 Garden State Plaza Paramus, NJ 07652

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Tickets for the August 18th The Kills show can be ordered for free via Ticketmaster by visiting www.bowerypresents.com/conversecitycarnagethekills anytime after 12:00 PM EST on Friday, June 22nd. There will also be a limited amount of physical tickets available at the following Converse retail stores as of July 13th at 12:000 PM EST. All tickets are subject to availability.

-Converse SOHO 560 Broadway New York, NY 10012

-Converse GARDEN STATE Westfield Garden State Plaza Mall 1 Garden State Plaza Paramus, NJ 07652

All tickets are subject to availability.

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White Rabbits in Chicago in April (more by Ben Rodig)
White Rabbits

White Rabbits don't have too much planned for this summer. They'll be in Toronto this week for NXNE and will do a few festivals in August, including Lollapalooza (who just announced their schedule). Other than that, they've only got a couple other shows scheduled at the moment -- including a free show in NYC on June 30 at Music Hall of Williamsburg with We Barbarians. The show is the first in a new bi-monthly, free concert series called Converse Rubber Tracks Live and admission is first come first served. Each show in the new series will feature a band who recorded at Converse Rubber Tracks (this time that band is We Barbarians who were also chosen to open by White Rabbits).

A list of all White Rabbits dates and a video below...

Continue reading "White Rabbits playing a free NYC show with We Barbarians (and other dates)"

photos by Chris La Putt

Kimbra @ Mercury Lounge
Kimbra

Like Rostam, Best Coast & Kid Cudi did in 2010, and more recently Gorillaz, James Murphy and Andre 3000, Mark Foster, Kimbra and A-Trak have teamed up, on Converse's tab, to create a new song as part of the shoe company's "3 Artists 1 Song" program. Says a press release:

"I had such a good time diving into the creative process working with two incredible artists to create a sound that is uniquely our own," said Mark Foster of Foster The People. "This project has given me a new found appreciation for the power of collaboration which is something that Converse really understands."

"Warrior" is a new genre-bending collaboration that weaves together Mark Foster, Kimbra and A-Trak's individual musical styles to create 4 minutes of pop perfection. Recorded at Converse Rubber Tracks studios in Brooklyn, NY and remotely while on tour, "Warrior" blends the best parts of each artist's contributions and personalities for the latest Converse Three Artists. One Song collaboration.

The song and video won't be available on Converse's website until April 5th, so we don't know how perfect that pop really is yet, but you can watch the video for the Gorillaz/LCD/Outkast collaboration below.

Last night (3/26), one night after she played with Gotye at Terminal 5, and one night before she plays with Gotye at Webster Hall (tonight), as part of a tour that continues to Coachella, the just-turned-22-today (the crowd sang her Happy Birthday) New Zealander Kimbra headlined her own early show at Mercury Lounge in NYC. An excited 'According 2 G' was there, and says, "She's going to be HUGE!.... One of the songs she performed tonight was 'Plain Gold Ring,' a Nina Simone cover and this girl can SANG, as they say. Wow! She blew the roof off Mercury Lounge and the crowd erupted in screams when the song was finished." Here are some pictures and a video from the small NYC show. More below...

Continue reading "Kimbra played Mercury Lounge (pics), teamed w/ A-Trak & Foster the People dude for Converse song (like James Murphy/Outkast/Gorillaz did)"

photos by Greg Cristman, words by BBG

Trash Talk @ Scoot Inn, Austin, TX
BrooklynVegan/Power of The Riff Day Party

The BrooklynVegan/Power of The Riff day show took over two stages at Scoot Inn on 3/16, and one day of the multi-day Converse/Thrasher Deathmatch at the venue. With a ticket price tag of free and a stacked lineup that included High On Fire, Trash Talk, Off!, Ceremony, Deafheaven, Black Cobra, Full of Hell, Dead In The Dirt, Code Orange Kids, Heartless, and Balaclava, its understandable that there was a line around the block for most of the amazing day.

We already posted one set of photos from the show at BV Austin, including shots of Heartless, Ceremony, Balaclava, Full of Hell, and Code Orange Kids. Here are some pictures & video of High on Fire, and Off!, and more of Balaclava, Trash Talk, and Ceremony. Photos of Dead In The Dirt, Deafheaven, Black Cobra, and others are on the way. More below...

Continue reading "pics & video from the BV/Power of The Riff Deathmatch party at Scoot Inn (part 2)"

by BBG

Black Breath at Santos (more by BBG)
Black Breath

Just to be clear, in addition to many day parties (some at Hotel Vegas), BrooklynVegan is presenting THREE official SXSW showcases in Austin this year. Two are still unannounced (Tuesday and Wednesday night). Here is info on the third...

After the sun goes down on the BrooklynVegan/Power of The Riff day party at Converse/Thrasher Deathmatch (literally and figuratively), BV, POTR, Thrasher and Southern Lord will begin preparations for our OFFICIAL SXSW showcase that Friday night at the same venue! Starting at 7PM, look for appearances from:

Scoot Inn on Friday night (3/16)
Black Breath (their only SXSW appearance!)
Ringworm
All Pigs Must Die
Narrows
KEN Mode
Young and In The Way
Enabler
That's right, the ONLY time you can catch Black Breath during SXSW is at Scoot Inn on Friday night (3/16)! So get to Scoot Inn early and stay all day and into the night for the party! Set times are forthcoming.

Black Breath are currently gearing up to release their new LP Sentenced To Life via Southern Lord on 3/27. Stream a new track, "Mother Abyss" alongside a bunch of video from some of the other bands at the official showcase, and the flyer, below...

Continue reading "Announcing the BrooklynVegan/Power of The Riff/Southern Lord/Thrasher Official Showcase at SXSW 2012"

by BBG

High on Fire at Fun Fun Fun Fest (more by BBG)
High on Fire

March 16th, March 16th, March 16th! If you're going to be in Austin, save the date on your calendar folks! On Friday March 16th, 2012 at Scoot Inn (1308 e4th St), BrooklynVegan, The Power of The Riff, and Southern Lord will combine forces for a MARATHON of events that kickoff at noon and end waaaaay after the sun goes down.

The FREE daytime portion, in conjunction with the four-day Thrasher/Converse "Death Match" event at the venue, is an all-ages shindig that will kick off at noon and feature a skateramp with skaters and bands all day long. Shortly after doors open, expect to see eleven bands across two stages including sets from the following:

March 16, 2012 @ Scoot Inn, Austin, TX (noon-6pm)
* High on Fire
* Off!
* Trash Talk
* Black Cobra
* Ceremony
* Deafheaven
* Full of Hell
* Heartless
* Balaclava
* Dead in The Dirt
* DNF (members of Trash Talk, Touche Amore)
That's right... High on Fire AND Off! AND Trash Talk (playing their FOURTH year of SXSW shows with us) AND Black Cobra AND Ceremony all in the same space, not to mention the awesome undercard of bands like Deafheaven (playing their second year of SXSW shows with BV), new favorites Full of Hell, Balaclava, Heartless and Dead in The Dirt. It is going to be insane, so bring a hard hat.

As the day show comes to a close, we'll get ready for our night show at the same venue... amounting to a total of FOURTEEN HOURS of destruction! Not to mention the food trucks, a full bar, and so much more to keep you fed and hydrated (or buzzed, depending on your poison) during the onslaught. Stay tuned to BrooklynVegan for details regarding the official night showcase (it has been announced), and for more about the day show (or our OTHER day show on Saturday at Lovejoys), including set times. In the meantime, head below for video of some of the bands playing our MEGA-show at Scoot Inn on March 16th!

Continue reading "BrooklynVegan, Southern Lord & Power of The Riff present a back-to-back day show/official SXSW showcase at Scoot Inn"

by BBG

Youth of Today at Chaos in Tejas (more by BBG)
Youth of Today

After many years away from the road, Youth of Today will return to play a free CMJ show at Santos Party House in NYC on Saturday, 10/22. This is the same show that Trash Talk & Kylesa are playing, not to mention AraabMUZIK, Action Bronson, Mr. Motherfuckin eXquire, Main Attrakionz and many others for what will be an eclectic mix of stoner, hardcore, and hip hop. Converse's "True Til Def" will be hosted by the venue's own Andrew WK and is open to the 21+ public, but RSVP is required. Full lineup and flyer for the show is below.

In related news, Primitive Weapons (who are also on the 10/22 show) will support Rwake & Hull at Mercury Lounge on 10/10 as part of Hull's record release party. Tickets are on sale.

Trash Talk also plays at least two other CMJ shows.

Converse lineup and flyers below...

Continue reading "Youth of Today playing Converse CMJ show w/ Kylesa, Action Bronson, eXquire, AraabMUZIK, Primitive Weapons & more"

Live Room at Rubber Tracks
Live Room at Rubber Tracks

Just in time to remind people that Vans is not the only sneaker with a new presence in Brooklyn...

Converse Inc. announced the official opening of Converse Rubber Tracks, a new state-of-the-art recording studio in Brooklyn, NY. Converse Rubber Tracks will provide dedicated artists of all genres the opportunity to record their original music in a high quality studio alongside a team of experienced engineers at no cost. Converse Rubber Tracks is providing a new platform for musicians by helping them overcome one of the biggest hurdles in their career -- affording studio time.

...Converse will support the local New York music scene with the first round of emerging bands set to record at Converse Rubber Tracks. Kicking off today [7/13], five emerging New York area bands including the funk/R&B group Aabaraki (Brooklyn, NY), psychedelic rock group Majuscules (Brooklyn, NY), hip/hop funk group G.I.C & Funk Face (Brooklyn, NY), R&B pop artist Andre Henry (New York, NY) and the pop/punk band Super Rocket Car (New Brunswick, NJ) will begin recording at the space. They will work alongside a team of experienced and professional engineers to lay down original music that the artists themselves will retain all rights for.

That text comes from a press release Converse sent out. An article in the Wall Street Journal mentions that Converse has the lease for 5 years, and reminds us that...
Along with its famous density of music acts, Williamsburg also has a surplus of recording studios. At least four professional studios operate within four blocks of Rubber Tracks. Converse also had reason to worry about riling the locals.

"It's a scary situation to have people give recording time away for free," says Oliver Straus, owner and chief engineer at Mission Sound Recording. He says [the marketing company who helped Converse set up the Studio] Cornerstone approached him a couple years ago with the idea of running the operation out of his studio on Powers Street. But as Rubber Tracks took shape as a stand-alone facility, he says, "there were many assurances that this would not be an adversarial thing."

In fact, Mr. Straus expects to generate some business from Rubber Tracks. Mission Sound is one of the local studios that may be offered overflow work from Rubber Tracks.

More below...

Continue reading "Converse Rubber Tracks studio is now open in Williamsburg"

photos bt Chris La Putt

Ted Leo / Big Freedia
Ted Leo
Big Freedia

Thanks again to everyone for an amazing extended CMJ 2010 weekend that started Thursday night at Music Hall of Williamsburg, continued Friday afternoon at Public Assembly followed by a loft party followed by the free Converse-presented show at Public Assembly on Saturday afternoon, 10/23 (the subject of this post), and which ended on a high, and heavy, note at Union Pool later that night.

Thanks again to Converse who just opened a big store in SoHo, and to our sponsors V-Spot (go eat there for a great vegan meal in Park Slope), Firefly Vodka + Bourbon, Magic Hat, and Raw Revolution.

This second set of pictures from the event continues below...

Continue reading "BV & Converse day party in pics & video - part 2 (Jamie Lidell, Big Freedia, Ted Leo, Titus Andronicus, Wild Nothing, more)"

most photos by Andrew St. Clair, Jamie Lidell photos by Leia Jospe
videos by Bleary Eyed Brooklyn

Jamie Lidell / Marnie Stern
Jamie Lidell
Marnie Stern

"As a sucker for daytime events, I headed to Williamsburg's Public Assembly around noon for a show curated by BrooklynVegan. First up (and by "first", I mean, "the first artist I woke up in time to see") was Ted Leo. Performing skeletal, solo versions of his Pharmacists material, Ted more than compensated for the sparse arrangements with furious strumming and hilarious banter. It was nice to see an older, established artist opening a free show designed to showcase rising stars; it sort of set the tone for the rest of the day. His hit-heavy set spanned the full-duration of career, touching on high-water marks like "The High Party" and "Bottled in Cork", and closing with a cover of Euro-dance phenom Robyn's "With Every Heartbeat". This was a perfect set to open the day, and my only recommendation is that the next synth jam he covers be "Chewing Gum", by Annie...

...Closing the show, metal prodigy Marnie Stern dominated stage two, directly opposite neo-funkster Jamie Lidell headlining the main room. While she reveled in the loose atmosphere, dropping hilariously lewd stage banter and slamming PBR's, Lidell tried a throwback set reflecting his early, robotic Warp Records catalog." [MTV Music Blog]

Thanks again to everyone for an amazing extended CMJ weekend that started Thursday night at Music Hall of Williamsburg, continued Friday afternoon at Public Assembly followed by a loft party followed by the free Converse-presented show at Public Assembly on Saturday afternoon, 10/23 (the subject of this post), and which ended on a high, and heavy, note at Union Pool later that night.

Hopefully you got there early on Saturday to catch Morning Teleportation who went on when we opened the doors around noon. If so, you may have also grabbed one of the free EarPeace earplugs we gave out, and grabbed a free V-Spot empanada. Hopefully you also had your fill of the free Firefly Vodka + Bourbon and Magic Hat beer we were giving out, snacked on free Raw Revolution bars, bought a free t-shirt or poster for charity (email if you still want one - we have more left). If you weren't there, maybe you caught the live stream (if we can ever make it available for podcast, I will let you know).

Thanks to Line 6 and Vinny's Music for providing gear. Thanks to Vinnie's Pizza for helping feed our bands!

Speaking of the bands, hopefully Titus Andronicus's short set didn't bum you out. And if it did, hopefully Big Freedia cheered you right back up.

Like for the Friday party, there are two sets of pictures for this one. The second one is on its way. The first one, along with a bunch of videos, continues below...

Continue reading "BV Saturday day party in pics & video - part 1 (Marnie Stern, Dominique Young Unique, Heavy Cream, No Joy & more)"

flyer

For those keeping count, BrooklynVegan will be at Music Hall of Williamsburg Thursday night, Public Assembly on Friday day, and Sunday night at Union Pool. Add to that list (as previously mentioned): Saturday day at Public Assembly. And for this one we teamed up with Converse to bring you the following stellar 100% FREE SHOW....

The date: Saturday, October 23rd, 2010
The time: noon-6pm
The place: Public Assembly (70 North 6th St)
the bands:

STAGE 1
12:00 Morning Teleportation
01:00 Ted Leo (solo)
01:45 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr.
02:30 Wild Nothing
03:15 Titus Andronicus
04:15 Big Freedia
05:00 Jamie Lidell
DJ sets by SUNCELEb

STAGE 2
12:15 Evan Voytas
01:00 S. Carey
01:45 The Crayon Fields
02:30 Heavy Cream
03:15 Dominique Young Unique
04:00 No Joy
04:45 Reggie Watts
05:05 Marnie Stern

That's sixteen kick ass (yes, Big Freedia is performing) artists (including the DJ) in six free hours (yes, Ted Leo plays at 1pm). But that's not all... We'll have free alcoholic beverages (sorry, this event is 21+) and free food. And free EarPeace ear plugs to the first 50 people through the door (a $14.95 value). Get there for:
* free EarPeace (while supplies last)
* free V-Spot breakfast burritos & empanadas (while supplies last)
* free Firefly Vodka + Bourbon (while supplies last)
* free Magic Hat beer (while supplies last)
* free Raw Revolution bars
No ticket or RSVP necessary. No badges. Just get there early and get inside. You won't need to spend any money, though we will have some schwag for sale to help raise some cash for Music Has Power (The Institute for Music and Neurologic Function). Moby talks more about what that is in a video we posted in our Friday party announcement.

Can't make it? We'll be streaming select sets live on Converse Radio. Tune in.

Converse is doing a lot lately to help support music, and has especially hooked up Brooklyn. You might have heard about this:

"Converse announced details for an unprecedented initiative that directly supports artistic creativity and the music community in a unique way through the opening of a new, state-of-the-art recording studio in Brooklyn, NY later this year. Converse Rubber Tracks will provide emerging artists with the incredible opportunity to record music in a high-quality studio alongside a team of experienced local engineers at no cost. Converse Rubber Tracks will provide a platform for new musicians and directly help them overcome one of the biggest hurdles in their career-affording studio time."
Musicians should apply for free studio time at the Converse Rubber Tracks site.

Stay tuned to @bvCMJ for even more CMJ news and updates than you'll find on BrooklynVegan.com.

Oh, and if you oversleep, you can also catch Ted Leo later that day at the WFMU Record Fair or in December at Terminal 5 with the New Pornographers.

Thanks to: Zach Jaeger of Tonally Dude Productions for the sweet flyer you see above, and to Vinny's Music for providing us with some sweet gear, and to Underground Press (who have their own day party on Thursday) for getting us some merch printed to help raise money for charity including screenprinted versions of the above poster that we'll have available at the show.

Some videos below...

Continue reading "free BrooklynVegan & Converse Saturday day party @ Public Assembly -- lineup (15 bands, free drinks, food & more)"

photos by Alex Reside

Kid Cudi

Pictures and video from last night's Converse party at Music Hall of Williamsburg continue below...

Continue reading "Rostam, Best Coast & Kid Cudi performed "All Summer" (and others songs) @ MHOW (pics & video)"

Vampire Weekend

You may have heard by now that Vampire Weekend, XL Recordings and a photographer named Tod Brody are being sued for 2 million dollars by Contra cover model Kirsten Kennis. She claims that she never gave permission for them to use a picture that was taken of her in 1983 (back when she was actually a model), and that the photographer basically tricked the band and label into thinking they were buying it legally. She says the band and label are also at fault for not doing due diligence when they paid $5000 for the picture from Tod. She thinks she deserves 2 million because her picture was obviously the reason the band's album was so successful... That's basically the info that most sites are posting, but I obtained a copy of the court documents and there's more...

First of all, her full name is Ann Kirsten Kennis, though when she was a model she just went by "Kirsten". She was a "high-fashion model under contract with prestigious agencies in New York City" in the 80's and early 90's. Her picture has appeared in clothing, jewelry, cosmetics and automobile ads, and for that she was "highly compensated" and "enjoyed numerous assignments".

She lives in Fairfield, CT, and most interestingly, she claims Tod didn't even take the picture. Her real last name doesn't even appear in the contract Vampire Weekend signed when they bought it. The allegedly forged/fake contract is with "Kirsten Johnsen" and signed by "Kirsten Johnson" (yes, the document has the last name spelled two different ways).

If Tod didn't take the picture, I'm not sure how he thought he would get away with it since she would obviously eventually see it. Whether he took it or not, it's still displayed in his portfolio (with "kirsten" in the file name), though his page that displayed the Vampire Weekend album cover is now gone.

Not content with all that, I went on a search for another picture of Kirsten, but unfortunately I came up dry though I do think I found a picture of her dog, and what might be her not-quite-operational "Cosmic Cubs" teddy bear website (which would be consistent with the possibility that her family is in the toy business). It's also possible that back before she was married, her name may have been Ann Klendshoj which is the name of someone who had a nasty run in with a creepy doctor in 1994. Speaking of creepy, I'll end this paragraph here.

Rostam from Vampire Weekend, Kid Cudi & Bethany of Best Coast made a new song for Converse. The video for that track, "All Summer", is below...

Continue reading "Who is Ann Kirsten Kennis? (besides the Contra album cover model suing Vampire Weekend, XL & photographer Tod Brody)"

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