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Glasslands

Glasslands has a little more than two weeks left on Kent Ave, the final night being New Year's Eve. They've just announced that that will be a celebration with four secret bands:

Join the Glasslands family for our venue's final night of music on planet Earth - we're bringing back four very special SECRET guests (TRUST US) from our past to send things off in ass-kicking name-taking style!

Come early for the hour-long vodka open bar and midnight champagne toast, and stick around until the very end. Come share your Kent Ave stories, let's laugh, let's cry, and let's rock.

Thank you to all the artists that made our venue a special place for so many years, and to Brooklyn for making Glasslands your go-to home for good feels. Welcome to 2015, a brave new future!

See you at the finish line!
xoxo
Glasslands

Tickets for the final night of Glasslands go on sale Wednesday (12/17) at 10 AM.

Who do you think the four special secret guests will be? Yeasayer? Bear in Heaven? Das Racist reunion? Neil Diamond? Pearl Jam? Two Live Crew? We shall see.

Apple Store

Gothamist reports about an Apple store moving in to the corner of North 3rd Street and Bedford Avenue in Williamsburg, taking over the spaces that were previously the Bagel Store and King's Pharmacy:

The 20,000-square-foot space is currently undergoing a gut renovation. Cuozzo reports that the building will be "getting a whole new look, featuring dramatic, arched windows," and his sources say the store will open in spring of 2015.

The location is conveniently located across from Duane Reade and the future Whole Foods site, and is just a short walk from J. Crew, Starbucks, and Urban Outfitters. A Buy n Large is expected to open soon in the space currently occupied by the Turkey's Nest.

Peeking through the construction barriers reveals it's still mostly in the rubble stage right now. Well, at least you won't have to go all the way to Manhattan to replace your broken screen (oh wait, they don't do that) (actually, I guess they do now).

Oh, and Apple stores in Manhattan regularly host cultural events -- concerts included, so we can say this doubles as the opening of a shiny, new Williamsburg venue, to replace all those dirty ones that will be closed by then.

Tim Harrington @ one of DBA's final shows (more by Alex Olsen)
Vice

Williamsburg DIY venue Death By Audio held its final show on November 22nd, and Glasslands -- a club located in the same building, closes after New Year's Eve (and 285 Kent, also in that building, closed earlier this year). Though nobody knows the FULL story, it's clear that Vice, who is turning 20 and celebrated in a big way in Brooklyn over the weekend, is moving its headquarters into the building. All tenants, including a circus school, need to be out.

Though the story was interesting/sad from day one (beloved venues closing, the irony of Vice being the ones moving in, etc), it grew to be a regular soap opera during Death By Audio's final month. The saga so far includes a Death By Audio co-founder posing with anti-Vice-co-founder art and that art allegedly then censored, musicians expressing anti-Vice sentiment, and Vice magazines being ripped up and thrown around the venue on its final night. The concept of 'Vice vs. DIY' in Williamsburg is officially a thing. Advertising Age even wrote about it.

That brings us to the latest chapter which is an interview Death By Audio booker Edan gave to Bedford and Bowery. Edan, who moved the Florida the day after DBA closed, discusses the possibility of opening a new venue and the challenges he'll face ("I feel like with Bushwick, it's already too late"), and says more about the Vice stuff. For instance, he clarifies that the Vice magazines ripped on the last night were actually his personal collection (that's one way to avoid having to move them!).

About the lease and stuff, Edan says:

Well, we didn't get bought out. At no point did money change between hands, we just waited for our lease to end.
and then:
Our landlord had a meeting with us in September and we thought our lease was going until June, because we thought we'd signed a two-year lease. We've always been good friends with our landlord and we were never really good with the business side of things, and we thought we got a copy of our lease, and we just didn't. That's one of our bads, but we're just not business people.

So they produced our lease and said it was a year and five months, but we had no recourse at that point. We scoured for a copy of our lease, because we think [they showed us] a doctored lease. But we can't say for sure. It's one of those dumb-ass things we never thought would be a problem.

The only time Vice was in touch with us was that day when we had the meeting in September, and we agreed to leave at the end of November. No problem. We didn't want to make waves because we felt that if we gave any shit to Vice they would just squash us like a bug.

But they were like, "What's it going to take to get you out today?" And I was like, look, I've got two months of shows booked and these personal relationships mean a lot to me, and I want to make sure all the shows happen.

Meanwhile, Vice says they didn't kick anyone out and that DBA did take a "buyout". Here's what a Vice spokesperson told us:
We've been quiet throughout the last few months, but facts are facts and they should be made clear. The reality here is that DBA took a buyout from the landlord. No one kicked anyone out.
Hmm. Vice also directed us to the landlord's lawyer who told us this:
Thank you for reaching out to me and giving my client the opportunity to correct several falsehoods conveyed to you by Mr. Edan Wilber from Death By Audio ("DBA"). Here are the facts:

DBA's fully executed lease was dated as of July 1, 2013. It had a term of one (1) year and five (5) months with an expiration date of November 30, 2014. The lease did not contain any right for DBA to extend or renew the term of the lease. The lease was never modified or amended. DBA stopped paying rent in July, 2014. At the time DBA vacated the premises at the end of November it owed my client in excess of Fifty-Five Thousand ($55,000) Dollars. This amount does not include (i) any late fees on any of the rents then due and owing, or (ii) the costs and expenses incurred in connection with repairing the substantial damage DBA did to the premises. In an effort to amicably part ways, DBA and my client entered into a legal agreement, pursuant to which my client agreed to waive all of the rent DBA owed in exchange for DBA agreeing not to hold over in the premises after their lease expired. Throughout the negotiation DBA was represented by a litigation partner from a well-respected law firm.
Vice mentions a" buyout", but the lawyer talks about not having to pay back rent. Are these the same thing? I asked the Vice spokesperson to clarify:
The fact is, Death by Audio took a significant sum of money from the landlord to be bought out of their lease, and then lied about it.
I told you this was a soap opera!

We're reaching out to Edan and Matt to see what their reaction to Vice's reaction is, but meanwhile read Edan's entire interview over at Bedford and Bowery, and check out a show at Glasslands before it's too late.

vegan friendly Tel Aviv
Vegan Friendly

Popular British tabloid the Daily Mail has published an article titled "The hipster guide to the world! The poor inner-city districts that have become achingly cool (beards optional)". They highlight various gentrified areas around the world that are now "hipster" central. Williamsburg, Brooklyn naturally made the list. They write:

If hipsters have a mecca, it's most certainly Williamsburg.

'A world of bow ties, trilby hats, and suede chukka boots, where everyone's an amateur photographer with an unnecessarily expensive DSLR camera', according to lifestyle website Thrillist.com.

The area was once home to working class Puerto Ricans and Latinos during the 1920s when most of the community worked in the textile factories and breweries.

In recent years it has been transformed by a thriving party scene by the influx of young professionals and wealthy apartment owners.

Too bad all those apartment owners will now have to travel to Bushwick more often for good shows.

The only other U.S. neighborhood that made the list is San Francisco's Mission District. Neighborhoods in Latvia, Madrid, Amsterdam, Berlin, Stockholm, London, Melbourne, Copenhagen, Istanbul, Paris, Helsinki, Tokyo, and Tel Aviv are also listed and described.


Tune In Tel Aviv's Jeremy Hulsh explaining that Israel needs to better support music
Jeremy

Speaking of Tel Aviv, I just got back from annual music conference Tune In Tel Aviv and can attest to the city's continuing, overall art scene and general hipness. Despite what you might think from the news, Israel's a place with a very active and interesting music scene spanning multiple genres (with amazing hummus).

While there as a guest of the fest, I caught something like 40 live acts at various venues including The Container in Jaffa and Tel Aviv clubs Papaito, Rothschild 12, Pasaz, The Zone, and the multi-room Kuli Alma. The latter is co-owned by artists including DJ Yarin Lidor who I heard spin there along with a DJ set by Raw Tapes-signed beatmaker/producer Kalimist K Boog, whose recent 'low-rider hip-hop, futuristic Synth groove and Boogie Funk' album you can stream below.

Other artists I saw included powerful, proggy, post-rock powerhouse Tiny Fingers (who played a BV-CMJ show in 2012), and the upbeat rock n roll band of singer-songwriter Alon Landa who shared an amazing drummer with Tiny Fingers.

Tatran played technical, tight and spacey-psychedelic instrumental jazz fusion, Beatles cover included.

Fat Wreck-signed pop punk band Useless ID frontman Yotam Ben Horin did a good job at punk singer going acoustic, Jawbreaker cover included.

"Mediterranean surf rock tuba driven power trio" Boom Pam put on a great show. Their tuba player is named Tuby, and fans of Gogol Bordello and Devotchka should check them out.

Rising, energetic and quirky indie rock band Acollective went from opener to headliner since I saw them at the same fest two years ago, and there was quality indie rock from Bucharest (The Walkmen meets the Strokes meets The Smiths meets The National meets a slew of other indie rock bands).

The Kokoro, pictured below, is an 'art project' band involving tall women in cat suits, a keytar, tribal imagery, multiple drums and infused EDM beats. They're a bit over the top, cheesy even, but thoroughly entertaining, and I couldn't look away. Maybe you caught them at CMJ this year. if not, I heard they're moving to NY.

'Palestinian Rapper for Change' Saz raps and gets people dancing, as does the mutlitalented (and multicolored) singer, songwriter, rapper, and electronic producer Adi Ulmansky (who covers James Blake in her set, and has since opened for Kate Tempest in also-hip Berlin).

Garden City Movement make post-James Blake, Lo Fi Fnk-like, Hot Chip-wave music which is catching on. They're already scoring minor hits abroad with songs like "Move On". "Pont Des Arts" just premiered on FADER. You can see them at SXSW 2015, and listen to a few tracks below.


The Kokoro @ Tune In Tel Aviv
The Kokoro


My week in Tel Aviv ended at a club called Cat & Dog with a late night DJ set by Mute Records founder Daniel Miller who earlier in the week interviewed fellow music industry legend Seymour Stein as part of the festival's keynote speech. Topics included that time Seymour signed the Ramones, that time Seymour introduced Daniel to a young Madonna, when Daniel first told Seymour about Depeche Mode, and the importance of a hit song to an artist hoping to get noticed. One of those artists hoping to get noticed actually busted out in song during the Q&A portion at the end.

The conference didn't include a set by the Burger Records-signed Israeli garage rock band Vaadat Charigim, but they'll also be back in the US for SXSW again. Miss Red didn't play the conference either, but her vocal additions to 3421's set were a major highlight of the fest two years ago, and she has since appeared on on The Bug's new guest-filled LP.

Listen to some of the artists mentioned above, below...

Continue reading "'Hipster Guide To The World', according to Daily Mail --- Dalston, Williamsburg, Tel Aviv (where I just saw 40 acts) & more"

TBA

The same week Williamsburg lost not one DBA, but TWO DBAs, dance club TBA Brooklyn was shut down against its will. The venue, located at 375 Wythe, posted the following message before Thanksgiving:

We at TBA Brooklyn are extraordinarily thankful for all of our friends and family in New York and beyond. We have run into some regulatory issues and are working hard to resolve them. Unfortunately, this means that we will not be open tonight or this weekend. Please check the individual event pages for updates as to locations for upcoming events. Enjoy the turkey and have a happy Thanksgiving!!
Tonight/Friday's 'Night with Madteo' has been moved to Cameo. Wednesday's party went to Lot 45. The night before that went to Kinfolk. This Saturday's party with DJs Joeski, Love & Logic, Mus, and Vinnie, as of this post, still lists TBA as the location (as in the club called TBA, not a to be announced new location due to TBA being closed. Whats on second.)

Someone told us it was the cops who shut them down, possibly the vice squad, but we can't confirm any of that.

Meanwhile, TBD still seems operational!

UPDATE: As of December 8th, TBA remains closed. They posted this message on 12/5:

While we have made significant progress towards opening, we have not received final sign-off and so will not be open for business this weekend. We apologize for any inconvenience and thank you for your support and patience. Please check individual event pages for alternate location information. We hope to have better news early next week.
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DBA

After 5 years of business on North 7th, and just when it finally became the only bar with that name in the hood, Williamsburg bar D.B.A. Brooklyn posted the following message to Facebook this week:

We're very sad to say d.b.a. brooklyn will be closing at the end of the month. It's a special place for so many special people. Please come out and have a drink before we go!
The Saints face the Steelers @1 Sunday 11/30 so the game party will be on as usual & following we will have a send off (drink the inventory and say goodbye) bash...The facebook page will remain active and we will use it to let everyone know next steps (new location if possible??) or next place to meet as a group for a drink (or a few!)
p.s. - We're open Thanksgiving @5pm - George will be behind the bar serving up turkey (wild) & cranberry (juice). It's delicious!
Have a good holiday!
d.b.a. brooklyn crew
Gothamist points out that "The bars stayed open after owner Ray Deter died while bicycling in Manhattan in 2011 and it appears the East Village location will stay that way."

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Death By Art

Williamsburg DIY venue Death By Audio, which closes forever after 10 more shows, is currently hosting an art exhibition called 'Death By Art' to accompany the venue's demise. One of the pieces of art on display is/was a mural that read "Fuck You Shane". It probably isn't a coincidence that the masterpiece in question was up at Death By Audio who are losing their lease to Vice, and that Vice's CEO and co-founder is named Shane Smith.

Construction on the building in preparation for the new tenants has been ongoing. In fact, water came pouring through the venue's ceiling almost a month ago. Today, two workers (pictured above), entered and painted over the mural. "Censorship brought to you by ...rhymes with nice", wrote one in attendance. It's unclear who ordered the new paint job, but apparently the residents of Death By Audio were powerless to stop it.

Meanwhile, Death By Art continues with an even more meaningful display, and Dan Deacon headlines the 10th-to-last show tonight (11/13). Prince Rama performs an exorcism before he plays.

EVR 2.0

It was a sad day when East Village Radio signed off back in May, shutting down their 1st Ave storefront studio, and their many live & recorded radio shows along with it (Invisible Oranges included). But it makes us happy to exclusively announce that EVR will return very soon! The comeback happens via the recently-launched Dash Radio network. The 1st Ave studio is getting a redesign with new equipment and technology. Some EVR programming and DJs will return to EVR 2.0, and there will be new shows and produced specials too. More details and the actual relaunch date will be announced shortly, but the plan right now is for EVR to be on the air before we reach 2015. Stay tuned, as they say in radio-land. Check out the new logos above.

EVR general manager Peter Ferraro, who told us "it feels great to be back!", co-founded Dash Radio with Scott Keeney (DJ Skee), and will also be launching Brooklyn Radio in early 2015 which will be broadcast from an EVR-like, store-front studio on N. 7th and Wythe in Williamsburg. Brooklyn Radio, also on Dash, will be EVR's sister station. More details on that coming soon as well, but meanwhile we have some pictures of the construction you can view below.

In addition, EVR tells us that former hosts of Atlantic Tunnel on EVR, Edward Rogers and Gary (Gaz) Thomas, will have their own station on Dash Radio which will be based around their former EVR show. Other channels already on Dash include Odd Future Radio, Skee 24/7, Dash Indie, XXL, and a SideOneDummy Records presented channel called 'The Basement'.

Glad to have you back, EVR!

Continue reading "East Village Radio returning on Dash Radio (!!), renovated 1st Ave studio included; Brooklyn Radio coming soon too"

"U/D Brooklyn: 128 Wythe Ave Active Crime scene established in regards to 2 people shot, Both Aided in Stable Condition." - NY Scanner

Freddie Gibbs at Governors Ball 2013 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Freddie Gibbs
Rough Trade

A shooting went down at last night's (11/3) Freddie Gibbs show at Rough Trade NYC in Williamsburg. Freddie Gibbs told the NY Post that they were going after him while he was sitting in a black GMC Denali outside the club. "They tried to kill Tupac. They tried to kill me. I'm still alive," he said.

The article further reports that a law enforcement source said it was a single gunman who opened fire at 1:13 AM, and that two were shot. Both are believed to be part of Freddie's entourage, but the police have not identified them at this time (update: one was Freddie's tour DJ, DJ Izzo). Freddie told the NY Post that he took cover inside the venue after the shots were fired.

One person at the show posted the following message to Facebook last night: "rap shows,,, someone just shot up rough trade while we were in here. WTF!!! and the guy they were gunning for ran right behind the bar into the closet right near us!". Then: "we're all ok... bullet holes in the front door. someone had it out for Freddy Gibb I tell ya..."

The victims were both brought to Bellevue Hospital and are listed in stable condition.

Instagram video from the show below...

Continue reading "a shooting at Rough Trade in Williamsburg --- two injured outside last night's Freddie Gibbs show "

The Gutter

Yesterday it was revealed that the doctor with ebola in NYC spent the evening at Williamsburg concert venue and bowling alley The Gutter before realizing he had symptoms. Last night The Gutter was closed as a result. The CMJ show scheduled to take place there was cancelled. Late last night the Gutter issued their first statement. This morning they posted this second one:

We voluntarily decided to close The Gutter yesterday evening as a precautionary measure while we gathered more information. We are working with the NYC Health Department to have the bar cleaned and sanitized under their supervision and expect to be open sometime today after that is completed. Doctors advising the Health Department have told us that our staff and customers were at no risk.
Meanwhile, tonight's CMJ show at the bowling alley is also cancelled, though show presenter Gimme Tinnitus says maybe the show will uncancel itself if they do open. If it does, they're asking for donations to Doctors Without Borders.

The Village Voice recently said The Gutter has the best bowling lanes in NY.

The bands scheduled to play the Gutter tonight were/are Dott, Be Forest, The Flag, Kindling, Night Powers, and Lia Mice. It was/is a $5, no-badges show.

Meanwhile, Brooklyn Bowl continues to spread the word, that "As confirmed by New York City's health commissioner, Dr. Spencer visited another bowling alley and not Brooklyn Bowl."

The Gutter

Despite official confirmation that it was Williamsburg bowling alley and music venue The Gutter, many still think and are reporting (officially or to their friends on Twitter), that the 1st New Yorker to have ebola went to Williamsburg bowling alley and music venue Brooklyn Bowl. Questlove is DJing Brooklyn Bowl tonight and posted this message to Instagram:

Don't believe the hype. We are open. #BowlTrain bowling alley mentioned was another alley not @BrooklynBowl. (Side note on the real we should stop the mindless panic and pray for the brother's recovery and health, we can do better than ignint comments NYC)
Meanhile, the Gutter (where CMJ shows were cancelled tonight), has finally broken its silence with this statement:
To all our customers, we sincerely apologize for any inconvenience.
We've been in constant contact with the health department and they have determined that there was no risk to our customers.
Closing today was simply a precautionary measure.
I'm not sure if there was an event at The Gutter last night, but regardless, as a CNN reporter quickly figured out, bellabellejane was not also there.

UPDATE: The Gutter have issued a 2nd statement, hoping to open Friday night.

UPDATE: NYC officials confirm that The Gutter was the Williamsburg bowling alley the ebola-infected doctor went to last night.

The Gutter




Goodnight Records just sent out the message that "Unfortunately our CMJ show is canceled tonight as The Gutter can't open because of "Unforseen circumstances."" The Gutter is a bowling alley in Williamsburg that is not Brooklyn Bowl, and which matches the description related ot the ebola scare happening in NYC right now, and which has since been 100% confirmed as the bowling alley that Craig Spencer went to. It was not Brooklyn Bowl, which is another bowling alley in the same neighborhood.

Brooklyn Bowl earlier confirmed that no authorities had been in contact with them, and they are open.

Heaven, Big Sleep, Friend Roulette, Heliotropes and Sun Club were the bands scheduled to play the Gutter tonight.

Update: The man's name is Craig Spencer and he has tested positive for ebola.

UPDATE: The Gutter issues a statement.

UPDATE from Brooklyn Bowl:

UPDATE 2: Wiliamsburg's other bowling alley venue, The Gutter is allegedly shutting down tonight due to the ebola scare.

Brooklyn Bowl is open.

fighting for their right to stop booze at Starbucks
Starbucks

Williamsburg's second Starbucks location, set to open at 154 N 7th Street, probably won't be granted its wish to serve beer and wine after all, based on vocal opposition from residents and local business owners at last night's Community Board 1 SLA Review Committee meeting in Brooklyn.

Esther Bell and Sarah Madges, owner and manager of The West coffee house, which is nearby Williamsburg's first Starbucks location on Union Avenue, got 500 signatures in the past three days opposing the license. Madges had previously told Newsweek that The West wasn't intimidated by the Seattle coffee mogul and that "people who want real coffee are going to still come to places like us."

But the threat of a nearby Starbucks serving not only burnt coffee but bad chardonnay was too much for Bell and Madges.

"It really is more about a precedent that opens up to every single Starbucks," Bell said. "They have 255 locations in Manhattan right now, and we would be setting the precedent that Starbucks will not only keep opening up in Brooklyn, block by block, but now take a vital revenue stream from small business. As you know, most restaurants can't survive without alcohol." [Gothamist]

Starbucks has been selling alcohol in select locations since at least 2012. The first Williamsburg Starbucks location opened near the Lorimer L stop, but this second location is N7 right by the Bedford stop (and the Dunkin' Donuts).

Speaking of Starbucks, they're the big sponsor of the upcoming Veterans day mega-concert in DC.

Julian Casablancas at Shea Stadium last night (image via thetourist07)
Julian

Though details about what exactly will be happening at 8pm today (9/23) are limited, "Julian Casablancas + The Voidz spend a night at the [Diesel] pop-up for their record release party. Enjoy complimentary cocktails and the sounds of the new album, Tyranny." That's the album that came out today. Julian and band played a secret show at Shea Stadium last night with Dev Hynes to start the celebration that continues at the Diesel Pop-Up at 101 Bedford today from 8pm-11pm. "You must be 21 with valid ID to enter--no exceptions. Admission is first come, first serve." You also need to RSVP.

Arcade Fire

In case you forgot that 'Funeral' is turning 10 this month, Merge Records posted a reminder on a Brooklyn wall at N. 10th and Driggs in Williamsburg. Is there something more to this mysterious Arcade Fire marketing campaign? Merge Records won't say yet. They have been reissuing classic albums as part of their 25th anniversary. Stay tuned?

Meanwhile, Arcade Fire were just in Brooklyn for three big shows (and Will played one small one). They played some great ones from Funeral, like "Wake Up," as you can watch below...

Continue reading "There's a new Arcade Fire mural in Williamsburg, with Funeral's 10-years-ago release date on it"

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When you walk around Williamsburg you see a lot of these orange signs for movie shoots, they're practically omnipresent. But I did a double-take when I saw this one on N. 6th and Berry today. I have no idea what this is or if it's real (Update: somebody's pranking the neighborhood), but free to offer up a pitch in the comments.

50 Kent

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

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

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

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

verboten-williamsburg-dance-club

Itinerant dance party Verboten opens its permanent Williamsburg home tonight at N 11th St between Kent Ave and Wythe Ave. The space joins an already buzzy area of the neighborhood, around the corner from Output and Brooklyn Bowl. The space opens up with Rebel Rave: Damian Lazarus, Francesca Lombardo, Fur Coat, Ida Engberg and Pattern Drama. Check out their full schedule here.

Spike Lee

"People want live in Fort Greene. People wanna live in Clinton Hill. The Lower East Side, they move to Williamsburg, they can't even afford fuckin', motherfuckin' Williamsburg now because of motherfuckin' hipsters. What do they call Bushwick now? What's the word? [Audience: East Williamsburg]" - Spike Lee
Listen to Spike Lee say that and much more like it at Pratt last night, below...

Continue reading "Spike Lee talks gentrification, 'motherfucking hipsters' (listen)"

Brooklyn Classic

The Daily News seems to think so:

One of the partners behind the Bowery Ballroom, Terminal 5 and a string of popular music venues plans to open a massive 2,000-capacity venue in Brooklyn's hipster haven.

The gigantic live music space would open as Brooklyn Classic, taking over a red brick factory building currently home to a steel fabricator at 319 Frost St., according a liquor license application to the local community board.

The application from Frobo LLC ties back to Jim Glancy, a veteran of promotional giant Live Nation and partner in The Bowery Presents, a powerhouse in the indie music scene.

If this happens, that would give Bowery Presents Mercury Lounge---> Bowery Ballroom--->Webster Hall (sort of)--->Terminal 5 in Manhattan, and Rough Trade-->Music Hall of Williamsburg--->Brooklyn Classic in North Brooklyn.

(thanks Hiro for the link!)

Yellow Dogs at MHOW in 2012 (more by Greg Cristman)
Yellow Dogs

In the statement from Yellow Dogs' manager (who was previously identified as a publicist) on the murder-suicide that killed "two" of the band's members, it was revealed that the shooter, allegedly Raefe Ahkbar, was not a member of Yellow Dogs, contrary to initial reports. USA Today and many other sources mention that the shooter was actually a former member of Yellow Dogs' "sister band" The Free Keys, who also came over to the US from Iran, and were also featured in Baham Ghobodi's film, No One Knows About Persian Cats. Arash Farazmand, the Yellow Dogs drummer who was murdered, was also once a member of The Free Keys.

Meanwhile, it's still not clear who from the Yellow Dogs was killed. The band's manager's statement said that only two of the victims were in the band, Sourosh "Looloosh" Farazmand (guitarist) and Arash Farazmand (drummer), while the third one Ali Eskandarian was a friend and fellow musician. However, in a March 2013 interview with SO Magazine, Yellow Dogs mention that Ali had been their new singer for four months. He's also pictured with them in this photo on their Facebook, and was with the band when we caught them at Music Hall of Williamsburg in December 2012. Yet, the band's Facebook still only lists the other four members sans Ali. An AltSounds interview from 2011 points out that Ali had been living with Yellow Dogs and The Free Keys in the same Brooklyn loft for years.

Yellow Dogs manager Ali Salehezadeh said the shooter hadn't spoken to the victims in months due to "a very petty conflict." Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said that detectives suspect it was over a money dispute, but that they were still investigating. Update: The NY Times now points out that "There were accusations that [the shooter] had stolen money from the Free Keys, who forced him to leave the band last year, said John J. McCarthy, the Police Department's chief spokesman." Initial versions of the story mentioned he was kicked out of the band, but now it seems it was The Free Keys, and not the Yellow Dogs, he was kicked out of .

In a January 2012 interview with Yellow Dogs' Siavash "Obash" Karampour, Popgun asked:

You've been asked a lot about your Western influences and what sort of American stuff is big in Iran. Which Iranian artists, aside from Yellow Dogs of course, should the US airwaves be expecting, or does the censorship make that impossible?

Although it's censored and there are restrictions with high internet speed, artists still have a chance to get their music heard.  You should definitely look out for our best friends and "sister band" the Free Keys, as they arrived to BK yesterday and will be calling Brooklyn home.  This Glasslands show will be very exciting because it will be the first time for them to see us play since the two shows we did together back in the DIY illegal space we built together in Iran.  Also be on the look out for the talented street artists and skater brothers ICY and SOT.

Many articles, like a feature on the Free Keys Filter did in 2007, bring up the DIY space that the two bands ran together in Iran.

The Free Keys, though Ahkbar was not a member anymore, played as recently as 10/12 at Arlene's Grocery. Yellow Dogs played 10/23 at Brooklyn Bowl.

Earlier today the Black Lips released a statement on the killing

Continue reading "Brooklyn killer was in Free Keys, 'sister band' of Yellow Dogs; Police suspect money was motive ++ more details"

(via ABC-7)
yellow-dogs

A musician furious over being thrown out of a rock band extracted bloody revenge in an early morning attack in Brooklyn Monday -- using a military-style rifle to fatally shoot three people believed to be bandmates, wound another person and then take his own life, law enforcement sources said.

The triple-homicide took place at 318 Maujer St., a Bushwick building where at least some members of the band are believed to live.

The killer, brandishing a Century Sporter .308-caliber semi-automatic weapon with a 20-round magazine, showed up around midnight and opened fire on a person standing outside.
That person was wounded.

Then he stormed into the building and kept firing off round after round...

...The band is made up of Iranians who have been in the country for a while and were seeking asylum here, law enforcement sources.

A neighbor, who identified himself only as Frank, said the building has been hosting boisterous parties.

"During the summer it was ongoing, really loud parties with the street blocked off by gypsy cabs,'' he said.

"It was the usual hipster rave scene.'' [NY Post]

Speculation after the story first broke and has since been confirmed by The New York Times that the band in question was Brooklyn/Iranian band the Yellow Dogs who we recently called "constants in the NYC indie circuit". We last caught them with !!! at the end of last year at Music Hall of Williamsburg.

UPDATE (1:44 PM): Yellow Dogs' manager has released a statement that says the assailant was not in Yellow Dogs but in another Iranian band, and that two of the three victims were in Yellow Dogs:   Sourosh Farazmand (guitarist) and Arash Farazmand (drummer), along with a friend of theirs, fellow musician and author Ali Eskandaria.

UPDATE 2: Actually all three killed may be in Yellow Dogs as originally reported, and the killer was in their sister band The Free Keys.

An ABC news report video is below as is a 2009 interview CNN did with Yellow Dogs on the underground Iran rock scene.

Our thoughts go to the victims' friends and families.

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Gawker has posed the question we've all (or nobody has) been wondering: "What's the Williamsburg of Your City? Responses so far include:

"Isn't Williamsburg just full of non-arty assholes now though? It has douchey thump-thump nightclubs and drunk guys yelling "Greg! Did you fuck her?" at one another down the street."
Another says:
"Chicago. Wicker Park is Williamsburg and Logan Square is Bushwick... Although Logan Square is probably just past the development tipping point and is giving way to places like Pilsen & Avondale for the poor cool kids."
And:
"in Austin, I'd say that Eastside is our Williamsburg. I could of course kill the hipness if I were to move there. :-)"
And:
I'd say in Philly that "Fishtown" is where you will find the most amount of people sporting thick-rimmed glasses and flannel shirts. The Barbary is probably you go to place for a hipster-scum dance party.
and more fun ones like:
Williamsburg is the biggest neighborhood in Brooklyn, it has a lot of different sub types of douche. There's still hipster douche, the burgeoning waterfront banker douche, and even the longstanding Hasidic douche.
Get in on the conversation at Gawker, or just check out the new guest-filled Yoko Ono video, below...

Continue reading "Gawker commenters debating "What's the Williamsburg of Your City?" (and "what's its Bushwick?")"

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Also pictured: music venue Spike Hill, who by the way have a full CMJ schedule.

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