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starbucks-williamsburg

The Starbucks on N. 7th & Bedford, which is the second Williamsburg branch of the coffee mega chain, is the latest to offer the "Starbucks Evenings" menu that features wine, beer and "small plates" like Truffle Mac & Cheese, and Spinach Artichoke Dip with Pita Chips. You may remember the community board was against Starbucks' liquor license application but the SLA granted it nonetheless. The only other Starbucks in NYC to offer alcohol is the one in Macy's. Makes sense for the once bohemian neighborhood that will soon have an Apple Store, a Whole Foods and a Ralph Lauren boutique with in a couple blocks of the L stop. Plus they need to make up for the lack of CD sales. You can watch a USA Today video filmed at the Bedford location below...

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photo: The Loft @ Cameo Gallery in May (more by PSquared)
The loft at Cameo Gallery

More changes to the Williamsburg club scene. Though no official announcement has been made (and, update: the club say it's not true), we hear (and have been hearing for a while) that Cameo Gallery will be closing soon. It opened in the back of the Lovin' Cup Cafe on North 6th St in 2008 (who saw Mumford & Sons there in 2009?).

A look at their calendar has nothing booked for September past the 9/19 edition of Mondo!, and only one show for October (Gringo Starr on 10/10). Their streamer-lined ceiling is second only to Glasslands' clouds as iconic Williamsburg club backdrops went. It will be sad to see those go.

UPDATE: Cameo reached out and says this is "all rumors right now! Not true." We hope so!

In the last year, Williamsburg has lost Death by Audio, Glasslands, Spike Hill, Trash Bar (which closed officially on June 27th), and more.

Also: that 9/19 edition of Mondo! will be the last for the long-running indiepop danceparty which is calling it quits after 11 years of playing "This Charming Man" and other favorites. Before Cameo, Mondo! threw down at Don Hill's. We'll miss ya, Mondo.

Big Terrific, the long-running, weekly comedy show at Cameo, already said goodbye earlier this year.

Check out a few videos from the club, below...

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by Bill Pearis

outside Rough Trade on N. 9th today...
Martin Scorsese Rock N Roll HBO MIck Jagger

The new HBO drama created by Martin Scoresese, Terrence Winter and Mick Jagger, set in the world of the 1970s NYC music industry, is in production and filming in Williamsburg. Today they were filming outside of Rough Trade, where they transformed the store into a mid-'70s Sam Goody. The block of N. 9th St between Wythe and Kent also had half a dozen vintage cars, some old phone booths and a newstand, and there were dozens of extras in Me Decade polyester fashion (surely they were hot in today's near-'90s and very humid weather).

While the show is still untitled, filming signs stapled to street poles simply read "Rock And Roll." I didn't see any famous folk, but the show stars Olivia Wilde, Bobby Cannavale, Ray Romano, Juno Temple, Ken Marino, and more, and also features Saint Rich's Christian Peslak as the New York Dolls' David Johansen and Connor Hanwick (formerly of The Drums) plays Lou Reed. A premiere date has not been set. A few more pictures from the shoot are below.

UPDATE: The show now has a title, VINYL, and will premiere sometime in 2016.

It wasn't that long ago that Rough Trade was turned into Empire Records.

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Four Horsemen's vintage McIntosh soundsystem / wine racks (via @fourhorsemenbk)
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While James Murphy has his hands full with his new wine bar in Williamsburg, he's not letting it completely rule his life. He'll be spinning at Output on June 19, performing back-to-back sets with Eric Duncan which he's done a few times now. Tickets are on sale now.

Returning to that wine bar -- Four Horsemen opened to the public this past Sunday (6/7). Bon Appetit got a first look at the place which features a lot of blonde wood and a vintage soundsystem:

"You can buy $20,000 speakers, but put them in a room that's not right and it sounds terrible," Murphy said. "If you buy $20 speakers and put them in a room that's tuned right, it'll sound great." The acoustics are serious business at The Four Horsemen--and no wonder given Murphy's background. The cedar slats on the ceiling are absorbent, and the burlap on the walls helps, too. "Imagine the wall was a mirror. If you shone a flashlight on it, the light would bounce right back in your face. If that mirror that was a bumpy, chaotic surface like a disco ball, the light would disperse and go all over the place," Murphy explained.

As for what tunes will be blaring through the sound system, which Murphy purchased on eBay, Murphy said it'll be whole albums. There will be no Pandora or Spotify (he "hates that stuff") and no electronic or dance music. Instead, expect feel-good energetic music, anything from The Monks to Van Morrison.

Four Horsemen is open daily at 5:30 PM, with the kitchen open till 11 PM and wine served later than that. Anybody gone already?

Stream his David Bowie cover from earlier this year below...

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When a prominent chef heard that James Murphy had decided to open a wine bar in Brooklyn, he nudged Mr. Murphy to compose an online journal about the process.

Mr. Murphy mulled it over, at least for a moment.

"I thought I would call it 'the Worst Idea Ever,' " he said the other day with a flick of the self-effacement that became his hallmark as the brain behind the dance-punk band LCD Soundsystem.

No pearls of prose ever materialized, though.

"I've never done it because I'm overwhelmed," he said. - [New York Times]

James Murphy's new wine bar is called Four Horsemen (as in "of the Apocalypse"?) and is located in Williamsburg at 295 Grand Street which some of you maybe remember as the address of vegan fast food spot Foodswings. Of the venture, which he's undertaking with wife Christina Topsoe, Murphy says "I need something with really low margins, high risk, brutal hours and which I have no experience at."

Also helping the couple (who are due to have a child any minute) is Justin Chearno, the onetime Pitchblende/Turing Machine guitarist who has been a fixture at Williamsburg's UVA Wine Shop almost since its inception. There will be food too ("We keep calling it a wine bar because we want to underpromise and overdeliver") and he's worked hard on the acoustics, "mounting noise-soaking burlap on the walls and cedar slats and sound-absorption panels along the ceiling so that conversations can proceed at a civilized cadence." It all sounds very grown up.

Four Horsemen is set to open in early June.
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Bazaar
Bazaar
photos: Brooklyn Night Bazaar (more by Greg Cristman)

Brooklyn Night Bazaar's landlord let them know that a new tenant is taking over their Brooklyn space and they need to be out by June 1st. The Greenpoint music venue, food and shopping space, where shows are usually free, still has a few shows coming up though.

RSVP is open for a 5/14 Skaters and Team Spirit show presented by DoNYC and Jack Daniels.

Breakdown Brass Band headline on 5/15.

A Place to Bury Strangers is 5/16.

Priests and Perfect Pussy are 5/22 and 5/23, part of a Time Out presented weekend that you can buy an "Ultimate pass" for.

For just $35, the Ultimate pass provides you and a friend with expedited entry to skip the line, and four beers from the Brooklyn Night Bazaar beer garden (choose from Sixpoint Brewery, Budweiser and Narragansett). Dinner for two is included, consisting of five complimentary tastings from Brooklyn Night Bazaar's standout food trucks and carts, including Oaxaca Taqueria, Crafty 'Cue, Brooklyn Crab, Daly Pie and more.

Plus, receive a free game of black-light mini golf or table tennis, and score access to our VIP area for the Time Out Live music showcase so you can get up close to the bands. Copious eats, free-flowing booze and two bills packed full of cutting-edge rock? Your weekend is made.

The Jeff Rosenstock show for 5/30 is cancelled.

UPDATE: Here's a statement from the venue:

It is with a heavy heart that we announce the Brooklyn Night Bazaar will be vacating its home of almost 2 years as of June 1. The building owner of 29 Norman Avenue has reached a deal with a large multinational company that included an enormous rent increase we could not possibly match. While we are excited to be starting our inaugural summer Riis Park Beach Bazaar this Memorial Day weekend, we are saddened and extremely disappointed to lose a space we built from the ground up and poured our heart and soul into over the years. In the end, the ever skyrocketing cost of Brooklyn real estate was something that made staying at this location an impossibility.

A big shout out and thanks to all the incredible bands, rad vendors, killer food stands, creative artists, great staff, and the hundreds of thousands of visitors that made BKNB a truly unique and special place. We'll miss you all.

We are continuing to look at new spaces for the next incarnation of Brooklyn Night Bazaar. This is the third time since 2011 we've been booted out of somewhere for someone bigger with a shit ton more money. It sucks, but that's what happens when you're a DIY business in 2015 NYC. But we'll come back, we always do.

The last BKNB shows will be May 22 and May 23.

Nice knowing you Brooklyn Night Bazaar, but welcome Riis Park Beach Bazaar by the same people, but in the Rockaways!

UPDATE 2: Apparently BMW is moving in to the space.

real estate

Williamsburg's Salvation Army demolished its N. 7th and Bedford location (aka Hell's Kitchen on Daredevil) two years ago, saying they were rebuilding the store with no plans to sell. But, as being perhaps the hottest vacant corner in all of Williamsburg, plans have now changed. Via Brownstoner:

Thor Equities has struck a deal with Salvation Army to buy its prime corner spot at 176 Bedford Avenue, the developer announced today. The price was not disclosed, but sources tell us it is $36,000,000.

The deal is in contract and has not yet closed. The intersection is perhaps the most heavily trafficked spot in red-hot Williamsburg. It sits over the Bedford Avenue L station.

The site could potentially support 14,400 square feet of "rentable" space, said a press release. It fronts North 7th and Bedford for 120 square feet.

"In addition to undergoing an extraordinary amount of residential and commercial development in recent years, Bedford Avenue in Williamsburg has become a major shopping and dining hub, with strong demand and limited availability of new, high-quality retail space," Thor Equities Joseph Sitt said in a prepared statement.

In-the-works locations of Apple and Whole Foods stores are just a couple blocks away.

Lil B says 'Eat Your Veggies'
Lil B

I wanted to give a big welcome to Little Choc Apothecary, "the first fully vegan crêperie in NYC" located at 141 Havemeyer St. Can't wait to try one of the many crepes on the menu.

In other exciting NYC vegan food news, popular Manhattan restaurant Dirt Candy reopened in a new and bigger spot. Check them out now at 86 Allen Street (corner of Broome and Allen). Reservations are a must.

Meanwhile, Beyonce, who you might remember "went vegan for a bit" in 2013 with husband Jay-Z, is now a spokesperson for the vegan diet program she tried, and its new home delivery service:

The home delivery service was born out of a demand from Borges' friends, colleagues and clients who enjoyed his delicious meals that were naturally low in fat, sugar and salt and filled with flavor from whole-foods such as vegetables, beans, grains, herbs and spices. The home delivery program takes away all the guesswork and makes it easy to adopt the plan.

"I am so grateful that I took the challenge and credit Marco with leading by example," says Beyonce. "He is the most energetic person I know and it's all because of his decision to live a healthy lifestyle. He came up with a great program to get people motivated to make better nutritional choices. All you have to do is try. If I can do it, anyone can. I am excited to partner with him."

The longtime fitness expert, who has been a leader in the field for over 20 years, says it's really not about asking everyone to become a vegan but rather to make simple healthier food choices so they can live a more energetic and productive life.

"I am humbled by this incredible partnership and excited to share the many benefits of a whole-foods plant-based diet," says Borges.

Lil B also recently teamed up with a vegan food company. As Fader reports:
Friend to humans and animals alike, Lil B, has met his match in the food world, a vegan company whose name is Follow Your Heart. Their first order of business together? Creating an emoji app, of course. (Because you can never have too many Lil B emoji apps.) The Based God's latest, dubbed vegEMOJI, consists of animal-friendly takes on Lil B sayings--like "Plant Based 4 Life," "Cool People Are Kind to Animals"--and a locator where you can find your local Follow Your Heart carrier.
Grab the LIL B VEGANAISE app at iTunes.

Catch Lil B live at Coachella this year.

Vice

As Gothamist, Vice themselves and every Vice employee you follow on social media pointed out, Vice President Joe Biden visited the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn today...

During his visit to the company's offices in the neighborhood of Williamsburg, Biden addressed VICE's many journalists, producers, and editors. He discussed the importance of reaching young people and highlighted the role of technology in doing so.

"Thank you for what you do, it's important," Biden said. "You are on the cutting edge of what's happening." [Vice]

Biden's opening line: "I'm a weird guy, I go where the action is."




Sasha Frere Jones

Sasha Frere-Jones, the longtime pop music critic for The New Yorker, has left the magazine to join Genius, a website mounting an ambitious expansion after starting as a forum for annotated rap lyrics online.

Mr. Frere-Jones will be an executive editor at Genius, two of its founders, Ilan Zechory and Tom Lehman, said in an interview, with a focus on annotations of music lyrics. He will start this week.

Genius, which was originally called Rap Genius before changing its name last summer, has received $55 million of venture capital funding and broadened its mission beyond music to include restaurant menus and Shakespeare, among other texts.

Mr. Frere-Jones, 47, said that he chose to leave The New Yorker after 11 years for a variety of reasons. He originally became a critic, he said, because he was frustrated that so many of those who wrote about music were ignorant of its nuances. Genius's tool addresses that, he said, but unlike crowd-sourced information on Twitter or Facebook, which is rapidly superseded, Genius's snippets remain easily visible forever.

"And I'll be honest," he said. "I don't want to stay up until 4 a.m. any more at shows, and you can annotate lyrics during the day." [NY Times]

Look for Sasha walking down Bedford on his way to work. Genius's offices are located inside the 184 Kent condo building in Williamsburg (between N. 3rd & N 4th). In 2013, Business Insider said it was one of the coolest places to work in NY (a lot has happened since 2013 though).

Trash Bar

This year has already seen the closing of 285 Kent, Death by Audio, and Spike Hill and there are just three nights of Glasslands left...and now comes word that another long-running Williamsburg venue, The Trash Bar, will be the next victim of the (seemingly) never-ending real estate boom:

According to the bar's booking agent, Walter Stack, rising rent is, unsurprisingly, the culprit. "We can't afford to stay in Williamsburg," he says. "Our rent is going to quadruple and that's out the question." In the last four years the bar's block on Grand Street has changed, he said, noting nabe newcomers like condominium complexes and a multi-tiered movie theater.

But there's hope: After shuttering in the spring, the beloved dive may relocate. However, with owner Aaron Pierce currently out of the country, it's unclear where that may be--if at all. "We might look at Bushwick, but we'd need to find the right space," Stack says. -[Time Out]

Time Out also says the venue has shows booked through March. Before it was Trash Bar (which it has been for 10 years), 256 Grand St was Luxx which, for a brief time, was pretty much the epicenter of the short-lived electroclash scene, and also saw performances by Scissor Sisters, The Libertines, The Decembrists and more. Even if The Trash Bar had become a as known for its tater tots as the bands that played, we're still sad to see it go. May they find a more hospitable locale.

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

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Death By Art

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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!

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"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...

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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.

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