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photos by Gretchen Robinette

Staten Island after Sandy
Hurricane Sandy on Staten Island, 11/3/12

We already posted some of Gretchen Robinette's pictures of Staten Island after Sandy. Here are some more. They're a reminder of how hard the borough got hit, a fact that not only needs to be remembered, but which needs to reach the right people. Like Obama maybe. The Staten Island Advance posted this letter to the president:

There would be no excuse.

When President Obama comes to New York Thursday to view the damage wrought by Hurricane Sandy, his first stop must be the neighborhoods of Staten Island. Not Miller Field.

This borough is the scene of unspeakable devastation and personal tragedy. More than half of the city's storm victims -- 23 -- died here, and another Islander died in Lower Manhattan.

They were fathers, brothers, mothers, sisters -- and two young sons, ages 2 and 4.

Homes were lifted off foundations and deposited yards away, like pool toys. Other homes simply crumbled where they stood, or were smashed to bits by water and debris.

The wrecked remnants of houses, memories and lives line the streets, waiting to be taken away like trash. Some people are struggling to stay warm as they go on more than two weeks without electricity or heat. With 200 homes already declared structurally unsound and unsafe to enter, many here are homeless.

These people need help. They need their president.

Do please Mr. President, make Staten Island the centerpiece of your visit to this storm-weary city.

That said, I think they got their wish.

Speaking of Staten Island, let's not forget (maybe even remind the president who they'll be singing for next year), that it's home to the irresistible and talented kids of the P.S. 22 Chorus (the ones who recently covered Tame Impala). Luckily, as far as we've heard and can tell, the kids, chorus director Gregg Breinberg, and their families, all generally seemed to come out of the ordeal unscathed. Upon returning to school they recorded a version of "Chasing the Sun" by the Wanted, "the perfect choice with which to begin again after the unwanted hiatus." You can watch that below, but only after you vote for Once In a Lullaby in the Gotham Awards (they've already made it to the final round).

Check out a deleted scene from the film (starring Gregg and his parents), the Wanted cover video, and more of Gretchen's pictures, below...

Continue reading "Staten Island still recovering from Sandy, urging Obama to visit; PS 22 Chorus movie up for Gotham Award (vote!)"

photos by Gretchen Robinette

Staten Island - Sunday -- 11/4/2012
Hurricane Sandy's aftermath on Staten Island on 11/4/12

The Staten Island Advance reports:

Tom Lacey has posted a simple message on the front door of his storm-gutted Great Kills home -- "If you are found here tonight, you will be found here tomorrow."
Down the block on Goodall Street, Rocco Rubio has written a similar message on a piece of plywood covering up a window that once faced the waters off Crescent Beach.

Since Hurricane Sandy hit Monday night, the two have seen their share of shady characters -- a man actually entered Lacey's house in broad daylight, as volunteers toiled outside Saturday night, and tried to creep out with a wall-mounted TV on an upper floor.

His wife was home, she screamed, and the man -- a bald, white man, about 6 feet tall, wearing a brown jacket and dungarees -- ran out.

As if those ravaged from the hurricane didn't have it hard enough right now, they have the stupid looters to contend with too (it's only a matter of time before one gets shot).

If you'd like to help out in Staten Island, SILIVE.com has a huge list of ways you can, and volunteers are needed to help clean up parks this Saturday & Sunday.

BrooklynVegan photographer Gretchen Robinette, whose post-Hurricane blackout pictures you saw the other day, visited Staten Island on Sunday. Her pictures from that trip are in this post and continue with some videos below...

Continue reading "photos: Hurricane Sandy aftermath in Staten Island (where thieves & looters continue to lurk, volunteers needed)"

UPDATE: NYC Marathon cancelled.

"News from Staten Island is killing me right now. #Sandy" - @tedleo

"Also? That the NYC marathon starts in Staten Island, which has been devastated & received such paltry aid, is a slap in the face. #CancelIt" - @julieklausner

Grounded tanker (not the Ferry) in Staten Island, post-Sandy (via @jennkud)

NYC is starting, slowly, to come back to life in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. The Staten Island Ferry, the terminals on both ends of its route suffering serious flooding, reopened today (11/2) at noon today with half-hourly service in both directions, which is good news. But that's about the extent of the good news post-Sandy for the NYC borough. The power is still out, and Staten Island railway is still suspended. And many of the residents feel like the borough, which was hit hard by Sandy, is being forgotten about.

This has come to a head with the Mayor's decision to keep the NYC Marathon (which starts in SI) on Sunday as planned, using giant generators to power the tents at the Central Park finish line. (It made the cover of the Post today.) Generators (and the money spent on them) many think could be put to better use, say, in Staten Island.

"Debate over whether to hold the race began soon after Hurricane Sandy hit the region Monday night. Critics have said that it is in poor taste to hold a race through the five boroughs while people are trying to cope with the storm's aftermath and that city services should focus on storm relief, not the marathon. Proponents of the marathon believe the race will provide a needed morale boost, as well as an economic one." [NY Times]
Speaking of the mayor, he just confirmed that NYC is up to 41 deaths due to Sandy. Two of those are the previously missing little boys that got separated from their mother in Staten Island.

In other power news, ConEd is saying that juice will hopefully be restored to Lower Manhattan "early morning Saturday" which means, among other things, that shows continue to be cancelled. Our list of cancelled and not cancelled Friday night shows is HERE.

Subways and buses remain free today (here's the map of where the subway lines are and aren't going), and NY Waterway and Hudson ferry are up and running too.

Some news reports on Staten Island can be watched below...

Continue reading "Staten Island still in bad shape, but the ferry back (the power is not); People want marathon cancelled"

The xx @ Rock Werchter (more by Tim Griffin)
The xx

The xx play a sold-out show at Terminal 5 tonight and if you didn't get tickets but want to see them sooner than later (and smaller than bigger), you might be in luck. The band have just added another NYC date: Monday, August 6 at the 120 year-old Snug Harbor Music Hall in Staten Island (capacity: 686). Tickets for that show (supposedly) go on sale today (8/2) at noon (password = angels) . Good luck!

Check out a video of the band playing a brand new song in LA, along with their full list of tour dates, below.

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Grnadma Lo-Fi

We've all been there. Those big creative dreams we had when we were young fall prey to the practical concerns of student loans, rents, and families. Maybe we loved piano lessons as a kid but our father couldn't afford them. Maybe we fell in love with a sailor but our parents forbid us from seeing him. Maybe we went ahead and saw him anyways. And maybe when his ship sunk and he died, our mother told us: "what you refuse to give up yourself, God will take from you." After that, maybe we ran away to Iceland, where we worked odd jobs for many years until one day, at the tender age of 70, we rediscovered music.

Grandma Lo-Fi, the directorial debut of three Icelandic musicians, tells just such a story. The story of Sigríður Níelsdóttir, who recorded 600 songs in seven years, mixing together the sounds of household items, pets, found toys, and a Casio keyboard, achieving cult status among Icelandic musicians. One of her albums is all Cowboy songs, another has lyrics that are complete gibberish. Her passion and enthusiasm are infectious. Don't be surprised if by the end of the film you want to go out and get a Casio keyboard and hand-whisk and start recording homespun hits in your living room.

Shot mostly on Super-8 and 16mm film, Grandma Lo-Fi uses charming lo-fi animation and a delightfully quirky visual style to celebrate the life of a remarkable woman and her irrepressible creative drive.

Documentary Grandma Lo-Fi will screen as part of Rooftop Films at The Old American Can Factory (232 Third St. at Third Avenue, Brooklyn) on Saturday, July 28. Tickets for that are still available. In addition to the screening, there will be a performance by Kira Kira which is actually Kristín Björk Kristjánsdóttir, one of Grandma Lo-Fi's three directors. There is also a reception in the Can Factory courtyard following the screening with complimentary beverages.

Once in a Lullaby

In other Rooftop Films music documentary news, the PS 22 Chorus documentary Once in a Lullaby will screen for free at Richmond County Bank Ballpark at St. George (home of the Staten Island Yankees) in PS 22's home borough of Staten Island on August 14. (More info here.)

If you haven't heard about this film about internet sensations and Oscar performers -- a big hit at the Tribeca Film Festival (where it premiered) -- here's the synopsis:

Public School 22 in NYC has more than just an amazing chorus, they have an amazing story. These 5th graders went from performing in their school auditorium on Staten Island to closing the show at the 83rd Annual Academy Awards! It all started when their dynamic and caring teacher Gregg Breinberg starting posting videos of their performances on YouTube. The videos went viral captivating viewers from your house to the White House (where they performed for President Obama) with the students' pure love of music. Celebrities and Indie Rockers alike started flocking to the elementary school to visit and perform. Then, at their annual Christmas concert they got a surprise visit from Oscar Co-Host Anne Hathaway who invited them to perform at the 83rd Annual Academy Awards. With unprecedented access our crew follows them from the hallways and streets of Staten Island to the Red Carpet and backstage at the Kodak Theater for their big Oscar performance. Back stage drama combines with homesickness as the 10 year olds navigate the world of the entertainment elite. The drama culminates when the chorus director and the producer of the Oscars broadcast clash over creative differences and half the chorus looses their voices screaming at Disney the day before the big show. This documentary is an inspiring feel-good story that shows us children have a lot to teach about music, and that a talented teacher can teach his students the most important lesson of all; within themselves is the power to do anything.
If you can't make it to Staten Island for the free screening, Once in a Lullaby will also play at the Los Angeles Laemmle NoHo from Aug, 10-16, and IFC Center in Manhattan from Aug. 3 - 9 as part of Docuweeks and tickets for those NYC screenings are on sale now.

Trailers for both Grandma Lo-Fi and Once in a Lullaby are below.

Continue reading "Rooftop Films news: 'Grandma Lo-Fi' screening this Saturday; PS 22 doc screens for free in Staten Island (also at IFC Center)"

Roy Loney of the Flamin' Groovies w/ the A-Bones (more by Jacob Blickenstaff)
A-Bones with Roy Loney

Similar to 2009, Roy Loney & Cyril Jordan of The Flamin' Groovies will reunite on stage with "musical accompaniment" by The A-Bones for two shows in two different countries this week. The first happens TONIGHT (4/21) at the Bell House in Brooklyn where The A-Bones will also play a separate set of their own and share a Norton Records family bill with Los Vigilantes and Daddy Longlegs. Tickets are still available.

Then it's on to a plane and to the UK for the proto-punkers who will play an Easter Sunday show as part of the LeBeat Bespoke Festival in London, England. Also playing that British festival (but today) is Eli 'Paperboy' Reed who also has a Brooklyn show in his future. The soulful guy will share a bill with Lily and The Parlor Tricks at Southpaw on June 6th. Tickets are on sale. All tour dates are listed below.

In other soul news, The Budos Band now have a NYC show scheduled. You can catch the instrumental Daptone ensemble when they play a free Summerstage show in Staten Island's Tappen Park on August 3rd. That's about a month and a half after they play the Dave Matthews Band Caravan Festival in Atlantic City, and a couple of weeks before they head down to North Carolina for the Hopscotch Fest.

Daptone family member Lee Fields plays Summerstage this summer too, but the one in Central Park along with Fitz & the Tantrums. Meanwhile catch him with the Sweet Divines at Southpaw in May.

The A-Bones recently played a benefit at Union Pool in support of relief for Japan. How was that? Sometimes A-Bones member and full time Yo La Tengo member Ira Kaplan recently sat in with Obits at Generation Records on Record Store Day. Last night Obits played a different benefit at Union Pool, and pictures and a review from that one (in honor of Brendan Majewski) are on the way.

Tour dates and some videos below...

Continue reading "The Flamin' Groovies are back (Bell House tonight), Eli 'Paperboy' Reed schedules shows, The Budos band too"

Central Park Summerstage (more by Chris La Putt)
Central Park Summerstage

The schedule for the 2010 SummerStage series, which has music not just at Central Park, is out, and there are some great looking shows to highlight.

At Central Park, the first "rock" show happens on Saturday, June 5th with Living Colour, Ebony Bones!, Pillow Theory and CX KiDTRONiK. Baaba Maal, who just played Irving Plaza, will be at Central Park too on Monday, June 14th The Tinariwen show on Saturday, June 26th also features Syrian beat & mikeman Omar Souleyman. Gil Scott-Heron plays Central Park in June and Marcus Garvey Park in August.

There's also El Guincho, Bostich and Fussible and others in Central Park on July 7th. Reggae legend Jimmy Cliff plays Central Park on Sunday, July 11th. Raphael Saadiq performs there Saturday, July 17 at 3pm. The Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba/Fool's Gold show on Sunday, July 25th will also feature "West African electronica" band Burkina Electric.

On Wednesday, July 21st, there'll be a Comedy Central's The Daily Show and Friends Central Park gig hosted by Lewis Black with John Oliver, Rob Riggle, Wyatt Cenac, Adam Lowitt and Rory Albanese.

There's also music from St. Vincent, Tune-Yards and Basia Bulat on August 1st at Central Park. The xx play with Jack Penate and Chairlift there on August 8th. At the same spot, Public Enemy play an August 15th day show to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Fear of A Black Planet, and the Specials play on August 22nd with Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears and $mall ¢hange.

The borough-wide shows kick off with Jay Electronica in Red Hook Park on June 1st. Also at that park is Dan Deacon on Tuesday, June 15th. White Rabbits play East River Park on August 12th.

There's lots of great jazz too: McCoy Tyner plays with Ravi Coltrane, Esperanza Spalding and Francisco Mela as part of the CareFusion Jazz Festival on June 23rd. He also plays in the Charlie Parker Jazz Fest, which comes at the end of the summer with an incredible lineup. McCoy Tyner, Jimmy Scott, Jason Moran and the Bandwagon and Revive da Live play during the day at Marcus Garvey on Saturday, August 28th. Then the next day, James Moody, Catherine Russell, Vijay Iyer and The JD Allen Trio play at Tompkins Square Park.

The park benefit shows include John Butler Trio and State Radio on June 15th (tickets on sale), The Flaming Lips on July 26th, The Black Keys with the Morning Benders on July 27th and 28th, Hot Chip/Hercules & Love Affair/Holy Ghost on August 4th, Govt' Mule on August 11th (tickets), and one of the four Pavement shows September 21-24. Plus there's a "songbook of Simon & Garfunkel" benefit on June 8th.

Not all "Summerstage" shows are in Central Park anymore which drives home the point even further that the name of the venue in Central Park is actually "Rumsey Playfield" which hosts non-"Summerstage" shows too. Those so far include Coheed/Torche, CAKE, Ween, and Broken Social Scene.

The full Summerstage free show schedule is below...

Continue reading "Summerstage (Central Park & elsewhere) - full 2010 lineup "

Central Park - July 14, 2009 (Noel Y C)
Central Park

One down, five free shows to go.

view from St. Mary's Park in the Bronx (Big Map)
St Marys Park

Man Man and the BCC crews are in great company this summer. The New York City Parks Foundation will again present its annual CityParks Concerts series of free concerts throughout the five boroughs. Those free events include shows by KRS-One, DJ Premier, Pete Rock, Slick Rick, Naughty by Nature, MC Lyte, and even BCC collaborator Raekwon. (By the way... Cuban Links 2 on August 11? I still don't believe it - BB.)

Not every park is covered in this series (like Prospect, Central, and Asser Levy for instance), but I wouldn't be surprised if covers almost every one that doesn't already host its own larger series . Full schedule below...

Continue reading "free shows in NYC parks (2009 schedule includes a lot of hip hop - Raekwon, KRS-One, & Pete Rock included) "

by Andrew Frisicano

"Great Lawn, 15 minutes before the concert" (jamescastle)
New York Philharmonic

This July, the New York Philharmonic will play free outdoor concerts in all five NYC boroughs. Two shows are set for Manhattan, while Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island and the Bronx each gets one... which is one more than Long Island's East Islip. The NY Phil has been performing annual free shows in the town for more than 30 years, but had to cancel its appearance at this year's concert, "cit[ing] the current economic downturn and a resultant loss of sponsors." The Long Island Philharmonic has announced it will take the group's place at the July 18th event.

At least the New York Phiharmonic is doing better than the Brooklyn Philharmonic. The 50+ year old group (vs. the NYP's 150+ years) was less well-equipped to deal with funding losses and recently canceled the remainder of its 2009 season. That's in addition to being sued by a composer who claims the orchestra "'butchered' [his] piece to avoid paying musicians overtime."

Recent Brooklyn Phil shows, that didn't get cancelled, include one with Grizzly Bear and Final Fantasy, and another with Clogs and Bell Orchestre.

The NY Philharmonic also has an upcoming free Memorial Day show. That concert will take place at Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine on Monday, May 25th.

Last year, the NYP ran a photo contest -- the above snapshot was last year's winner in the "Overall Favorite Shot" category.

All free outdoor dates below...

Continue reading "New York Philharmonic's 2009 free summer schedule + cancellations, lawsuits & other orchestra news"

Cymbals Eat Guitars

WE ARE NOT PLAYING AT THE NORTHSIDE FESTIVAL BKLYN!!!
Hey Everyone,

Contrary to the recent press release, Cymbals Eat Guitars are not playing at the Northside Festival in Brooklyn NY. There seems to have been some mistake.

We'll have an update shortly.

Thanks for your patience,

CEG [via MySpace]

Staten Island's Cymbals Eat Guitars's music career was given a jolt on March 16th when Pitchfork delclared their new self-released album, Why There Are Mountains, "Best New Music". You can listen on MySpace.

They may not be playing the Northside Festival, but they are playing Monkeytown Wednesday night, opening for The Walkmen and Beach House at Webster Hall on April 16th, and playing all of the shows listed below...

Continue reading "Cymbals Eat Guitars not playing Northside, other tour dates"

Budos Boat

Tonight (June 10) is your chance to experience The Budos Band on a boat cruise around Manhattan (that is, if you have a ticket...it is sold out!!). There are a lot of shows tonight, but not many are actually on the water.

Saturday (June 14) is your chance to experience The Budos Band in their home-borough of Staten Island - not on the water, but near the water at Snug Harbor. There are a lot of shows this summer, but not many are in the borough known for its landfills.

At currently-172 comments, the Rock The Harbor Festival post turned out to be one of the most controversial event listings on this site in recent history. Do you want to go, but can't justify making the trip to Staten Island AND paying the $15 ticket price? Well, we've got FIVE PAIRS of tickets to give away. Details on how to win (and all Budos Band dates) below...

Continue reading "Budos Band tour dates, tonight, a Staten Island fest contest "

Staten Island

Mahoney Playground
Beechwood Ave., Crescent Ave., Cleveland St. & Jersey St.
Wednesday, July 30th: The Delfonics
Wednesday, August 6th: Chubb Rock
Wednesday, August 13th: Barbara Mason
All three shows are 7-9pm and FREE (and happening Summer 2008).

Chubb Rock (who recently celebrated his birthday) is also playing a free show in Brooklyn on June 28th, but at that one he'll be a member of the Crooklyn Dodgers.

There's also a mini festival happening in Staten Island on June 14th (that isn't free).

Tim Fite & My Brightest Diamond

Tim Fite just completed a tour with My Brightest Diamond. Their second to last show together was Saturday night (Nov 17, 2007) at the Blender Theater at Gramercy in NYC. How was it? Eduardo says "MBD was pure magic".

Catch Tim Fite again this Friday night (Nov 23).....in Staten Island @ Martini Red (you'll find the address on the venue map). Aeroplane Pageant & The Heavenly Tenants are also playing the free show (thx Pat).