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Jackies

Only two days left until Bar4 says goodbye forever, and now comes word that...

It's last call for beloved Park Slope dive bar Jackie's 5th Amendment. The old saloon, which has been owned and operated by the same family since the '50s, will close next month on September 14th, bartender Tony Ferrara tells us. "The owner's health is deteriorating," Ferrara explains. "It's going to be taken over by the pharmacy next door."

Jackie's, known for its cheap drinks and mini beer buckets, was beloved for being a no-frills sanctuary in a sea of all-consuming yupsterfication. (Last November, employees of the bar petitioned President Obama to allow the bar to secede from Park Slope.) "I'm just sad," Ferrara says. "We open up at 8 a.m. for people getting off the night shifts. Back when it was Costello's in the '60s my parents used to come here to drink. It's a shame to see these kind of bars leave the area, because once they're gone they're gone forever."

News of the closing [was] first reported by Brooklyn Magazine" [Gothamist]

Meanwhile, still time for one last drink at Bar 4.

Bar4

South Slope bar and music venue Bar4 closes its doors forever this Thursday, August 15th. That gives you a more few days to catch a show and say your final goodbyes.

They've been celebrating all weekend by hosting the 4th annual Local Correspondents Fest, a packed schedule of bands and singer-songerwriters who have graced the stage over the years. Surprise sets so far have included a reunion by the Undisputed Heavyweights whose singer Casey Shea was also on the schedule. Maybe Furthur drummer Joe Russo and Cass McCombs or Zach Williams of Park Slope success story The Lone Bellow (they met at Dizzy's and recently headlined Prospect Park) will stop in like they have often in the past (note: we have no clue if either really will or already did). Tonight looks like this:

Monday August 12th
7:40 Andy Kirmayer
8:00 Rich Varroney
8:20 Craig Chesler
8:40 Sheryl Cohen
9:00 Jimmy Hoffman (COMEDY)
9:20 Shannon Pelcher
9:40 Matt Singer
10:00 The Bright Silence
10:20 Derek Zimmerman
10:40 pinkwing
11:00 Jeremiah Birnbaum
11:20 SkyMs
Tuesday is Bar4 open mic. Wednesday is the final Motherfuckin Bingo followed by a "dance party with some of our regular DJs from over the years". August 15 currently has nothing listed on the schedule.

Bar 4

Sad news for the South Slope:

Friends and family,

It is with great sadness that we announce that after 14 years as a neighborhood institution, music venue and beloved Slope staple, Bar 4 will be permanently closing its doors on August 15, 2013.

In 1999 President Bill Clinton's impeachment trial ended in acquittal in the Senate, a little file-sharing website called Napster was sued by the RIAA on charges of copyright infringement and a wee Canadian boy named Justin Bieber turned 5.

Oh, and Bar 4 opened its doors at the dusty end of 7th Avenue in a pre-hip Park Slope.

For a decade-and-a-half this venue has been a launching pad for musicians who have gone on to international acclaim and played host to local acts with world class talent. The neighborhood has changed, and so have we. But as one era gives way to another we must face the financial realities that have confronted so many other good, hardworking Brooklynites.

We have been a home and refuge to many and we will be eternally grateful to the wellspring of goodwill, support and love so many of you have provided over the years.

We've hosted your dance parties, queer nights, vinyl DJ's, killer comics, striving musicians (our epic open mic night is surpassed by none), lonely souls, love connections, breakups, burlesque ensembles, baby showers, Food Co-op revues, art shows, strip poker, Halloween freakouts, New Years Eve bonanzas, spontaneous weeknight drinkathons, bingo bouts, karaoke, karaoke, karaoke and did we mention our epic open mic nights?

We'll miss seeing your faces, hanging your posters in our windows, cleaning up your broken glasses, taking your forgotten umbrellas home, looking at your Instagram photos (THAT's something that wouldn't have made any sense 14 years ago), doing shots with you and telling you to keep it down for our neighbors.

The next few weeks will be one long goodbye. Come share it with us. There will be homecomings, hugs, tears, pickle backs, and lots and lots of music. Stay tuned for the specifics as we work out our calendar, but rest assured you are invited to every last minute we have.

With love,
Ted, Larry, Erin, and The Entire Bar4 Family

They survived Hurricane Sandy, but are no match for gentrification. I guess it remains to be seen if someone might take over the space and leave the stage, though that seems doubtful.

Sad to see you go Bar4.

people waiting to get in Sunday morning (via)
GoogaMooga

They really thought they were going to open today. They even announced that more tickets were being released today and that James Murphy, following in Sharon Jones's footsteps, had cancelled his performance today due to a family emergency. But the rain has won, and the second day of the 2nd GoogaMooga is now officially CANCELLED. The people pictured above waiting to get in today are probably especially upset.

Official reason: "NYC Parks Dept, Prospect Park Alliance & #Googamooga have canceled today's event in the interest of safety & prevention of damage to park."

All Sunday VIP ticket purchases will be refunded in full.

Bands and DJS that were supposed to play today included Delicate Steve, Cults, De La Soul, Kool & the Gang (instead of Sharon Jones), Nancy Whang & Pat Mahoney (instead of James Murphy), and M.A.K.U. Sound System.

Stay tuned for our pictures from Friday and Saturday, coming soon. Meanwhile watch a channel 12 video report that was filmed in the park early Saturday (it claims GoogaMooga will be back "bigger and better in 2014"), and a video of the Flaming Lips playing "You Lust" on Friday (you can hear people screaming "Vaseline, Vaseline!"), below...

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Jackie's 5th Amendment (photo via Here's Park Slope)
Jackie's 5th Amendment

That East Williamsburg petition has started a trend:

WE PETITION THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION TO:
Allow the bar Jackie's 5th Amendment to secede from the neighborhood of Park Slope in Brooklyn, NY.

Due to the changing nature of the neighborhood and the fact that we are beginning to take offense when potential customers come into the bar, look around them with disdain, and leave, immediately, we the people of Jackie's 5th Amendment at 404 5th Avenue request the permission of the United States Government to peacefully secede from Park Slope and become our own neighborhood, to be tentatively known as "Brooklyn".

They only need 24,972 more signatures. Not too bad.

DNA Info points out:

Jackie's is one of the few remaining dive bars in the neighborhood, and drinkers who wander in looking for high-priced artisanal cocktails poured by "mixologists" will be disappointed. The bar's specialty is a $10 ice-filled bucket of six "ponies," or 7-ounce domestic beers.

"The neighborhood is changing," [bartender Rebecca McCarthy who started the petition] said. "People walk in and they're like, 'Oh no, not this.' We don't even have vermouth. We couldn't make martinis if we tried."

They should get in touch with the Old Carriage Inn on 7th and make it a movement!

For further reading, check out an interview with Linda the bartender at Here's Park Slope.

YMCA

No more shelter at the Park Slope Amory. DNA Info reports:

The Hurricane Sandy evacuees that were staying at the Park Slope Armory YMCA have moved out of the building and it will reopen soon to YMCA members -- but officials don't know exactly when.

The last of the evacuees -- many of whom were elderly people from senior homes in the Rockaways damaged in the storm -- left on Sunday, according to City Councilman Brad Lander. One group moved back into an adult care facility, and two other groups will stay in "transitional housing" at other assisted living facilities while their buildings are repaired, Lander said in an email.

The Armory, which usually houses a YMCA branch complete with an indoor running track and spinning and yoga classes, will reopen "as soon as possible" to its members, a spokeswoman said, but she declined to speculate on an exact date.

A bit of good news at least (for the shelter residents, and the YMCA members).

Park Slope residents (or anyone) looking to still lend a helping hand can do so via Congregation Beth Elohim who have been posting sign up sheets with jobs ranging from "Food Preparation in the CBE Kitchen" to "Volunteer for Field Work in Coney Island." If you choose the latter, just make sure to stay healthy.

As always, Occupy Sandy (who held a big benefit concert over the weekend) can also use your help.

photo via shaka_lulu
G Train

The MTA reports that "After working around the clock for days and testing systems all night, the first G trains for passengers started rolling at 8:55 am." Still no L though.

The Holland Tunnel is now also open to all traffic again.

tree down near Prospect Park on PPW - 10/30/2012
hurricane

"In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, which left a trail of deadly destruction, devastating power failures and extensive flooding, millions of people in the New York metropolitan region spent Tuesday assessing the damage and preparing for the possibility that it could be days or even weeks before life returned to normal.

Throughout the day on Tuesday, there were reports of daring rescue operations as people began to grasp the magnitude of the damage done by the violent winds and lashing rains that transformed the landscapes of New York City and the wider region into tableaus of destruction both stark and unprecedented..." [NYTimes]

As a quick perusal of our "hurricanes" and "Hurricane Sandy" tags will prove, we've been keeping busy this unprecedented hurricane. One glance at our "pictures" category and you'll see that we also like to post pictures taken by an assortment of BrooklynVegan photographers. Here's another post about the hurricane and some more original pictures. They continue below...

Continue reading "more Hurricane Sandy pics - before, during & after (from Williamsburg, Park Slope & Upper Manhattan)"

UPDATE: The Village Halloween Parade is now cancelled too.

Halloween

As mentioned earlier today, the famous, annual Village Halloween Parade seems determined to happen, but is "awaiting the Mayor's Decision...". Meanwhile, the less famous, more family oriented parade that happens in Park Slope each year (it starts right near the currently damaged Bar 4), is officially not happening...

NYPD and NYC Department of Sanitation are focusing on clean-up and safety efforts, post Hurricane Sandy. Therefore, the annual Park Slope Civic Council Halloween Parade will be cancelled this year. The parade WILL NOT be rescheduled.

Best wishes for your safety during the post storm clean-up, and we'll hope for better luck with the weather next year.

Oh well. More pictures like the above, by Chris La Putt, HERE.

UPDATE: The Village Halloween Parade is now cancelled too.

Mr Bill

And Greenpoint. Luckily for Patrick Stewart, he lives in Park Slope!.

Concerts in the Park

"A beloved New York tradition, Concerts in the Parks returns for its 47th season with five free outdoor concerts throughout the New York City boroughs, plus a free indoor concert in Staten Island. Music Director Alan Gilbert will lead the Philharmonic in concerts at Central Park and Prospect Park and conductor Andrey Boreyko will conduct concerts in Cunningham Park, Van Cortlandt Park and Central Park with violinist James Ehnes as soloist. Music under the stars with family and friends makes for a perfect summer evening. And it's free -- join us!"
The 2012 Concerts in the Parks series begins tonight (7/11) in Prospect Park - probably not at the bandshell where Dirty Projectors played last night, but right behind there in the longer field. Regardless, you can enter at the same place ("Enter at Grand Army Plaza, Prospect Park West at 9th Street or Bartel-Pritchard Circle at the intersection of Prospect Park West, Prospect Park Southwest and 15th Street."). Thursday is Queens, Friday and Monday are Central Park. Full schedule below...

Continue reading "New York Philharmonic kicking off week of free 'Concerts in the Parks'"

Southpaw, July 2009 (more)
Southpaw

And, it's true:

"A long-standing Park Slope concert hall will close and become a tutoring school now that the hood caters more to kiddies than roadies, owners say.

Southpaw -- the legendary music venue that hosted the likes of Patti Smith and Joan Jett -- will close on Fifth Avenue and Sterling Place by the end of February, according to co-owner and music guru Mikey Palms.

"I'm kind of over Park Slope -- it's not a destination for nightlife anymore," said Palms, who also owns Public Assembly NYC in Williamsburg. "It's time to go."

He said a firm called New York City Kids will soon replace the grocery store-sized house of music, offering academic tutoring and rock climbing for tots." [Brooklyn Paper]

PREVIOUSLY: Southpaw closing in February?

Southpaw in 2010 (more by BBG)
Southpaw

According to many with connections to the Park Slope club (some who emailed me and some who are tweeting), Southpaw is closing on February 20 (possibly because "The venue's been sold."). The 5th Avenue Brooklyn venue was getting ready to celebrate their 10th anniversary in a big way too, which would make this news, if confirmed, even sadder.

Home of The Rub, Nuclear Family, numerous soul shows, many hip hop ones (like the upcoming Action Bronson/eXquire gig), and even a lot of indie rock at one time (just off the top of my head I remember seeing Sufjan Stevens, John Vanderslice, Andrew Bird, Mogwai, Davila 666, Mannequin Men, Keren Ann, Metric, Neko Case, Sondre Lerche, Bob Log III, Sharon Jones, and Negative Approach there), Southpaw has been a great piece of the NYC music scene for almost a decade. Unfortunately, possibly due to the increasing popularity and number of Williamsburg venues, and newer competition from Union Hall and the Bell House (not to mention Littlefield), shows have been somewhat less frequent there in the past few years (especially notable indie rock ones).

Stay tuned for more info, and an official confirmation (one way or another). Meanwhile check out their schedule (which at the moment has four shows on it past 2/20).

Royale, RIP
royale

I honestly didn't even realize Brooklyn bar/club Royale closed. Their website is still up even, but a new business is already planning on opening open in the space located at 506 5th Ave in South Park Slope. The new venue ("performance space") is called The Fifth Estate and they have a "grand opening" scheduled for October 1st (they are open already) ("it had a soft opening a month or so ago.")

A press release they just sent me can be read below...

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Rock Shop

The new Skippy-booked, Bowery-associated, Park Slope music venue is selling tickets for (two) shows on Ticketfly.

UPDATE:
They just added a bunch more shows to Ticketfly. The current July schedule is listed below...

Continue reading "the Rock Shop is announcing shows, selling advanced tickets "

Budos Band @ the 5th Ave Street Fair, 2007
Fifth Avenue Record Fair

Park Slope's annual 5th Avenue Street Fair is Sunday, May 16th. It runs from Sterling to 12th Street and starts at noon. Not your typical corn dog and lemonade street fair (though they do have that stuff), the Brooklyn event features multiple stages of live music including two hosted by Southpaw which is also home to the day's Punk & Underground Record Fair (10am-6pm, $5 entry). Southpaw's stages, assuming it doesn't rain, will be in front of Southpaw, and at the Gate (5th Ave & 3rd St). If it rains, music moves inside Southpaw where the record fair will also be taking place.

While on Fifth Ave, you can also stop by Union Hall (season finale of tearing the veil of maya at 7 / indie rock all stars cover tusk by fleetwood mac at 9), and walk a block down to 4th Ave to check out new venue Rock Shop.

Flyers and music lineups (which aren't 100% consistent with the flyers) below...

Continue reading "the 2010 Park Slope 5th Ave Street & Record Fair is Sunday "

The Rock Shop
The Rock Shop

"[Today], Michael Winsch of the Bowery Ballroom will give the bi-level space that once housed Cattyshack a butch makeover. He's teaming up with Brian Harkenrider (a former Bowery manager) to open what you might or might not consider a sports bar -- "we're not necessarily going to call ourselves a sports bar," says Harkenrider, "but we have a bunch of flat-screens." Ten of them, to be exact. But sports won't be the only focus here: With a new stage and soundboard intact, the first floor will eventually host the sort of live bands you'd expect to see at the Bowery Ballroom's sister club, Mercury Lounge (the booker is Diane Perini, who's also responsible for the just-announced lineup of the 2010 Siren Music Festival).

Upstairs, a bar will offer nightly $3 drink specials, and Cattyshack's roof deck remains. In about a month, the Rock Shop will serve "simple bar food" (burgers, pizzas, panini, etc.) -- until then, you can score grub across the street at another newcomer, Oaxaca.

The Rock Shop, 249 Fourth Ave.; 718-230-5740"
[New York Magazine]

The above photo is via NY Magazine who have more like it. As you can sort of see in the picture, the venue is next to a tire shop on 4th Ave. Cattyshack was seen as brave for venturing past 5th Ave which is the prettier and more foot-trafficked avenue with lots of shops and restaurants. Southpaw and Union Hall are both on 5th Ave. Of course, Littlefield and The Bell House are even braver - their locations are even further in the "middle of nowhere".

"Bowery Presents" is a complicated company. Michael Winsch is one of two owners of Bowery Ballroom and Mercury Lounge which are part of Bowery Presents. The Rock Shop will not be part of Bowery Presents. How they coordinate remains to be seen. In the meantime, check out some videos taken inside the space when it was Cattyshack (RIP), below....

Continue reading "new venue opening in Park Slope (where Cattyshack was) "

Cokie the Clown

"The lead singer from the band NOFX is under fire for giving out free shots of Patron during a recent show -- shots that appeared to have been watered down ... with the punk rocker's urine.

The guy accused of pissing everybody off -- Fat Mike -- put on a solo performance as his alter-ego "Cokie the Clown" at last week's South by Southwest festival in Austin ... covered by punk news website DyingScene.com.

Mike began the show by passing out the shots to fans and even downed a couple himself. But after a bizarre half hour in which Mike described his friend hanging himself, smothering his dying mother to death and milking a fan, Mike decided to show the crowd a very, very disturbing video.

The video appears to begin just moments before Mike took the stage and shows the singer urinating into a bottle of tequila ... and then serving it to the audience. The video did not appear edited.

So far, cops are not investigating the situation, but when we called the Austin Health Department to ask if they had taken any action, they told us they were unaware of the incident ... but would be looking into it.

Fat Mike told TMZ, "I confirmed that urine was not classified as a biohazard waste and not subject to the risks of legal ramifications of blood, semen, or feces." [TMZ]

The show took place at Emo's (who reportedly have banned Mike from ever coming back) on Saturday, March 20th (it was the Fat Wreck Chords showcase - 3 days after the BV show at the same place). Check out the TMZ-uploaded video of the incident, and information about the new restaurant Fat Mike is co-opening (yum?) in Park Slope, below....

Continue reading "Hopefully NOFX's Fat Mike doesn't serve pee at his new Park Slope restaurant (like he did dressed as a clown @ SXSW) "

Michael Jackson

It is official: Spike Lee's party in honor of Michael Jackson's birthday will be held in Brooklyn, but in Prospect Park, not in Fort Greene Park.

The party will take place at the Nethermead, a meadow in the center of Prospect Park, according to an e-mail message from a city official on Friday.

The date, Aug. 29, which would have been the singer's 51st birthday, and the time, from noon to 5 p.m., remain unchanged.
[NY Times]

The much larger park was selected in anticipation of the 10,000 people expected for the event. "The Nethermead is most accessible from the 16th Street and Prospect Park Southwest entrance, the Bartel-Pritchard entrance, the 9th Street entrance..." More directions below.

It's a big week for Spike Lee. In addition to being involved with this party, his "Passing Strange" movie just came out, sort of, maybe (you can catch it at the IFC Theater).

Another Michael Jackson birthday tribute show is happening in NYC on August 29th at the Nokia Theatre in Times Square. At that event, Q-Tip (who is DJing) and guests Mark Ronson and DJ Spinna will bring, among other things, "never-before-heard remixes of Michael Jackson hits." Tickets are still on sale.

The biggest show of all scheduled for that date, Michael Jackson's funeral in LA, has been postposted until September 3rd.

Prospect Park WestAnd in other Prospect Park West news...

If Carrie Bradshaw and her "Sex and the City" cohorts ever felt lonely in their single-gal lives, at least it was because they actually lived alone. But in Amy Sohn's new chick-lit tome "Prospect Park West," which hits stores Sept. 1, once-glamorous city lasses still feel abandoned. Only now they're isolated in loveless marriages, raising kids they resent.

The book has already been optioned by HBO and Sarah Jessica Parker's production company. The story, which focuses on four stroller moms, from Brooklyn's Park Slope, is touted as fodder for "SATC: The Next Generation." [NY Post]

I hope that TV show never happens. Directions to Saturday's free park party are below...

Continue reading "Spike Lee's Michael Jackson birthday party happening near Prospect Park West (the possible future HBO show topic)"

Record & Tape Center (Tishon)
Record and Tape Center

It's nearly the day the music died in Park Slope.

The Record and Tape Center, a dusty, cramped record store that has occupied the same spot on Fifth Avenue, near Ninth Street, for the past 38 years, will be shuttered by May 31, the result of an eviction notice that store owner Tony Mignone said came out of the blue.

"The letter just arrived at the beginning of the month," said Mignone, who opened his store on Fifth Avenue and Sixth Street in 1965, and moved to his present location in 1971. "I've never even been late on my rent!"

According to the letter, the landlords, a family that owns several grocery stores in the neighborhood, including the Deli and Smoke Shop next door, do not want to renew the lease and will take Mignone to court if he does not clear out.
Brooklyn Bridge Realty

"If he's still there [on May 31], we'll go to court," said John Wilson, the family's lawyer. [The Brooklyn Paper] (via)

This is the saddest record store closing news I've heard in a while, even if admittedly every time I stop in the Record and Tape Center I think, "how is this place still in business?" I'm always so happy it is though..

I would have probably last stopped in if I had made it to the Park Slope 5th Avenue Street Fair (and Southpaw record fair) that happened on Sunday (but I didn't).

The Virgin Megastore in Union Square will basically be closing the same day.

WNYC's Siddhartha Mitter went NYC record shopping on the recently-passed Record Store Day. Video below...

Continue reading "Park Slope's Record & Tape Center evicted, closing!"

Crowd @ Farrell's (Windsor Terrace) - St Patrick's Day 2009 (Aonghais MacInnes)
Farralls

"Good news for anyone sick of getting off the G at Smith and 9th Street and waiting for an F train just to go a couple more stops: Starting July 5th, the G train will continue on for five more stops into Brooklyn. The additional service is being added because of the massive Culver Viaduct Rehabiliation project, which, according to the Post, will prevent the G train from reversing itself at the next stop (Fourth Avenue). Come summer it will stop at Fourth Avenue-Ninth Street, Seventh Avenue, 15th Street-Prospect Park and Fort Hamilton Parkway before finally reversing course after the Church Avenue stop." [Gothamist]
This means you could go from the new bar opening by one of the owners of Cake Shop in Windsor Terrace (right across the street from Farrell's) to the new bar that was recently opened by another owner of Cake Shop in Williamsburg, without transferring.

Girls

Tickets are on sale (@ noon) for the two Fever Ray shows at Webster Hall. Will they sell right out?

Tickets are on sale (@ noon) for the Dead Weather show at Terminal 5. Will they add another show (like Green Day)?

Tickets are on sale (@ noon) for the four Bouncing Souls shows in NYC and Philly. Each show has different openers. Those include Lifetime and 7 Seconds.

Tickets are on sale (@ noon) for the NY Dolls show at Music Hall of Williamsburg.

Tickets are on sale (@ noon) for the Fatboy Slim show at Terminal 5.

Tickets are on sale (@ noon) for the Bowerbirds show at Bowerbirds.

Tickets are on sale for the James Blackshaw / Marissa Nadler show at Mercury Lounge.

Tickets are on sale (@ noon) for the recently added Handsome Furs show at Music Hall of Williamsburg.

Other tickets also went on sale earlier today.

Don't forget the Park Slope 5th Avenue Street Fair is this Sunday. If it still interests you that is...

IT'S SO BORING IT'S NOT THE SAME AT ALL.
IT'S NOT EVEN WORTH SPENDING MONEY OR WALKING AROUND TO MANY WHITE PPL DATS WHY ITS SO BORING NOW THEY JUST TOOK OVER N MADE IT INTO A LIL VILLAGE HOW WACK IS THAT CRAB. THERE'S NO STORES AT ALL ON EACH BLOCK U GO TO THERES A BAR N FOOD PLACE JUST FOR THE WHITE PPL CUZ THE LOVE THERE BARS AND DRUGS THERE THE NUMBER 1 JUNKIE IN THIS WORLD. SO SAD THEN THERE GOOD TO TALK ABOUT THE BLACKS N SPANISH PPL PLEASE GIVE ME A BREAK. [Anonymous]
Rodirguez plays Bowery Ballroom tonight (5/15). Not sold out.

Flo Rida & Gemini Wolf were reviewed by Breakfast at Sulimays. Video below..

Continue reading "Fever Ray, Dead Weather, NY Dolls, Fatboy Slim, Lifetime, 7 Seconds, Bouncing Souls and other tickets "

The Persuasions
The Persuasions

The annual 5th Avenue Street Fair in Park Slope is not a cookie cutter street fair, and with lots of entertainment along the route, it's always a worthwhile day for music lovers. 5th Avenue also happens to be home to both Union Hall and Southpaw, not to mention lots of good restaurants (like V Spot) and bars (like The Gate). This year the fair takes place on Sunday, May 17th, and runs on 5th Ave. from Sterling to 12th Street.

Southpaw will have outdoor stages at both Southpaw and The Gate. Their lineup is:

The Persuasions / The Nouvellas / Chin Chin / Miss Fairchild / Keys & Crates / Sonia's Party & Everyone's Invited /BeetRoot / Josephine Band / Puppetryarts / Questions for a Super Champion / Blame The Patient / Chances With Wolves DJ's / DJ's PQ & SuZan Z Anthony
entertainment begins at noon & goes to 6pm
Plus, inside Southpaw will the NYC Punk & Underground Record Fair with "30+ tables of punk, hc, power pop, d.i.y, new wave & indee music + A FULL BAR". $5.00 to get in, 10 am doors.

Check out a Nouvellas video below...

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LC Festival

Local Correspondents, an independent music community, is hosting the 3rd Annual LC Fest May 13 - 19, 2009 at Bar4 in Park Slope, Brooklyn. The festival will include short sets from over 60 singer/songwriters and bands located in Brooklyn and New York City. This year the festival also coincides with the 4th anniversary of Local Correspondents. All performances are free to attend.

Local Correspondents is a supportive community for independent artists based in Brooklyn. Weekly showcase series and open mic nights have brought together an extremely talented and diverse group of performers over the last four years. LC offers a helping hand to artists that have just moved to the NYC area with advice, tips, and opportunities to play.

Bar 4 is definitely one of the most under-the-radar venues NYC has to offer. More on the LC Fest with full lineup/schedule, below...

Continue reading "2009 Local Correspondents Festival @ Bar 4 in Brooklyn"

by Black Bubblegum

Walter Schreifels @ Fun Fun Fun Fest (more by Kyle Dean Reinford)
Walter Schreifels

...And the punks will say "Oi To The World"! And by punks, I mean Walter Schreifels during a FREE live set at the Punk Slope "Xmess Party" at Bar 4 (444 7th Ave @ 15th St) in Park Slope on Dec 20th (not the first time Walter played that party). The shindig kicks off at 10PM and along for the ride on the wheels of steel are Chris Daly (ex-Texas Is The Reason, 108 & Jets To Brazil), Jay Gotrian (Eye For An Eye), and Josh Grabelle (Trustkill Records).

Walter recently completed a music video for a cover of Agnostic Front's "Society Suckers" from the hardcore landmark Victim In Pain (viewable below). Why cover a classic track from a classic album? Let the man speak:

Agnostic Front vs. Mozart

Victim In Pain by Agnostic Front is one of my favorite records of all time, it's classical music. If you don't know this album I highly recommend that you get familiar with it. Don't be scared away by the misleading artwork, although that's part of the album's "Power" (title of a song on VIP) AF's music fights against fascism and the attitudes of fascists ("Fascist Attitudes")

I think cavemen would have liked Victim In Pain better than anything Mozart ever came up with, or the Beatles. If you had to get psyched up to kill a Wooly Mammoth, would you listen to The Beatles with Sgt. Pepper on french horn or Victim In Pain with Vinny Stigma on lead? I can almost hear the cave men screaming (if they had developed language) STIGMA!!!

It's timeless music, post apocalypse Mad Max people will be rocking to it in a thousand years. Do you think anyone is gonna give a shit about The Shins when you could be raped, lit on fire, dragged by a motorcycle and killed for a liter of gas (which kind of defeats the purpose)? Shit, Apes from Planet Of The Apes would love AF, though the Chimps and Orangutans maybe not as much.

Anyhoo, it's not a music competition, I like The Shins and there is a place for them too but I think that Victim In Pain is more important and unique in the evolution of music, art, mankind, that it goes beyond indie rock and steps into Smithsonian Institute territory.

For that reason I covered AF's "Society Suckers" from Victim In Pain. My version doesn't approach the aggressive power of the original but I had fun interpreting it, an homage. I think of it as classic folk song like "This Land Is Your Land", I wish Woody Guthrie would do a version in the time/space continuum. -Walter

Word. Walter and Rival Schools recently played Mercury Lounge, Irving Plaza with Bad Brains, Fun Fun Fun Fest, and the Brooklyn Vegan Day Party during CMJ on Oct 25th. Walter also recently played The Studio At Webster Hall with The International Noise Conspiracy. Read part one of our interview with Walter and Sammy from the band, and stay tuned for part two (I swear).

The video and Punk Slope flyer below...

Continue reading "Walter Schreifels covers Agnostic Front, playing Punk Slope"

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