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the ol' Glasslands clouds (and Parenthetical Girls) (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Glasslands

First Death by Audio, and now their neighbors Glasslands. The venue just posted the following:

Dearest friends -

You're probably getting used to hearing news like this in Williamsburg, so we'll cut right to the chase: this New Year's Eve will be Glasslands' final night of music.

When Glasslands opened in 2006 as an experimental community art space, Kent Avenue felt like a forgotten backwater, scattered with old warehouses playing temporary home to non-profit arts collectives, galleries, and DIY shows. During that time, our single block saw a handful of historically ambitious art & music spaces open: Secret Project Robot/Lives With Animals, Paris London West Nile, Pyramids, Death By Audio, 285 Kent... we're proud to have grown up in this place and time.

It was an awesome blur: there were shows with MGMT, TV On The Radio, Bon Iver, Yeasayer, Disclosure, Alt-J, there were Soul Clap dance competitions, there were aerialists, comedians, theater groups, fashion shows, raves.

Most importantly, the staff, artists, and party people that have been a part of Glasslands for the past 8 years made the venue a special creative home for music, and a joy to run. It's impossible to fully communicate how grateful we are for all your love and support.

We've got a few months left, and we intend for them to be our best ever. Please come by and help us celebrate our final season.

Goodbye for now, but not forever.

Love,
Glasslands

Very sad to have them go, but good to see them promising it's "not forever."

We worried about this when we wrote about DbA closing, but Glasslands assured us at the time that we had nothing to worry about. Maybe because they knew they were at least going to move? Whether this is a direct result of VICE moving in to the building is still unclear, but it's hard to say it isn't at least related.

Meanwhile there's still plenty of shows happening before they close, including many this week for CMJ. Check out their upcoming schedule here.

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And another one goes. One of the original free-pizza-with-beer bars in North Brooklyn (that also hosted free music a lot of nights), Lulu's in Greenpoint, will be shutting it's doors for good on August 9. From the venue's Facebook:

To our amazing customers: It is with a heavy heart that I tell you that the rumors are true. Lulu's will be closing its doors in two weeks; our last day open will be August 9th. We would like to thank all of you for making this such an amazing place to hang out! The customers at this bar are the best ever and I'm not just saying that Please stay tuned as there are a lot of fun shows in the next couple of weeks, with our grand finale show on August 9th to be announced soon. - Lulu's
Greenpointers informs us that Lulu's closing comes over a dispute with the landlord when owners wanted to turn it into a gay bar:
In April of this year Lulu's owner John McGillion took out a lawsuit against his landlord for not allowing him to turn the establishment into a gay bar. According to the New York Post, McGillion stated that he was "barely scraping by on the proceeds of the bar" and felt that he would "be able to make a considerable profit" by making Lulu's a gay venue. The landlord's alleged (and shocking) 'anti-gay clause' stopped this idea from ever coming to fruition.
Lulu's, we're sad to see you go, especially under such circumstances. There's still a week still to enjoy the music, drinks and free pizza. Friday (8/1) there's a solid bill of local punk with Ivy, Ajax, and Nandas.

by Bill Pearis

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My first apartment in NYC was on Third Ave between 27th and 28th, and at the time my friend Jason was in an alt-country band. Between the two, I spent a lot of time at the Rodeo Bar, one of the few places that consistently booked country music in Manhattan. (Rockabilly and folk too.) It was also the filming location of Lou Barlow's infamous interview on MTV's Sex in the '90s which some of you may remember. (You would think a clip of this would be online somewhere.) I haven't been there in a few years, but was sad to hear this:

Dear Rodeo Bar patrons and music lovers,

We are deeply saddened to announce that after 27 years in business, Rodeo Bar and Grill is closing its doors after July 27, 2014.

Here at New York's longest-running honky-tonk, we stayed open during some of the city's toughest times -- Hurricane Sandy, the 2003 blackout, 9/11 -- but recent rent increases, combined with a changing landscape, have made it impossible for us continue.

For the past three decades, Rodeo Bar has been home to thousands of bands, and we're proud to have helped define the country, Americana and rockabilly scene in New York City for all these years. But more than that, we were supported by an incredible community of people from New York and all over the world who helped make this bar great. We can't thank y'all enough.

For the rest of July, we're open every night, and the music schedule is killer -- and free, as it always has been. So come on down and join us for every show, every Shiner, and every moment with the horse trailer we call home. We're going out with our boots on.

Much Love, and Until the Buffalo Sings,

Rodeo Bar

The NYC Real Estate market is no joke these days. As the note mentions, The Rodeo Bar will be open until July 27 with free music every night. Tonight (7/11) it's guitarist Joe Taino. Sorry to see you go, Rodeo Bar. Its remaining live schedule below...

Continue reading "NYC's Rodeo Bar closing at the end of July"

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"The same old Bushwick story," told us the bar manager, Tuck on the phone today confirming that indeed, Wreck Room is closing on Saturday. "Landlord, new lease, rent increase...." Tuck refused to tell us the specific numbers but told us that the owner was over it already. "After nine years...."

An employee whose name we didn't catch on the phone mentioned also constant trouble with the maintenance of the place and the landlord.

Arancini Bros, the famed rice ball maker will be closing too. - [Bushwick Daily]

It's not just Williamsburg that's seeing a makeover happen. Bushwick bar -- and host of many metal and rock shows -- The Wreck Room will close after nine years this weekend. Saturday (6/28) will be last last night to get wrecked there. We'll miss ya.

(via Emet's Facebook, photo by Min Chai Lee)
Emet

Bushwick, Brooklyn venue Emet, which has recently hosted shows from Turnip King, Mannequin Pussy, Grass Is Green, and more, has allegedly been shut down due to legal issues. A Facebook post from Oliver of Ghostpal regarding this Friday's (5/2) show reads:

Hey yawls. Some bad news here, not just for us but for NYC music in general. Emet has been shuttered do to legal hassles. Which means a lot of things, one of which is that we're now short a venue for our freak out on Friday. It may need to be postponed, but for the time being we're trying to see if we can move it somewhere. We're trying some angles but it's hard to knock together on short notice, and we probably need your help. A call to arms! Anyone got ideas/leads/dreams in terms of finding a spot for a bonkers party on Friday night?
That sucks. Meanwhile, the venue has not yet announced this themselves, so details are sparse, but stay tuned for more info.

UPDATE: A statement was posted to Emet's Facebook:

Hey, as you may have heard elsewhere, we have gone dark for the time being because of landlord/neighbor issues. This ain't the last you'll hear from us, though, and we're seeing what we can do to get back on our feet either here or elsewhere as soon as possible. The poetry reading on May 9th is still happening, as will be the Showpaper potlucks and other non-musical events. The love you all have shown us over the last nine months is so fucking wild, thank you. -Stuart, Aaron, Ethan and rest who made Emet happen.
Friday night's show, which still needs a home, is presented by Windsor Terrace recording studio, musician's collective and record label Mama Coco's Funky Kitchen. MCFK bands on the bill are Sons of an Illustrious Father, Ghostpal, The Freaky Baby Daddies, NO ICE, and instrumental Brooklyn via Minneapolis trio Iced Ink whose new album "Television Ears" is streaming at Bandcamp and was recently reviewed by Jersey Beat.

(photo via EV Grieve)
Kim's

Just as the glow of Record Store Day is wearing off comes sad news (via EV Grieve) from EV mainstay Kim's Video & Music:

As great as #RSD2014 was (thank you all!), sadly we will be closing our store on 1st Ave. No closing date yet but 30% off ALL VIDEO and MUSIC. (all formats and NRs as well). - [Facebook]
The 1st Ave store was the last of a once healthy NYC empire. It was also one of the last (maybe THE last?) places to find cult/foreign/import DVDs and Blu-Rays. Mondo Kim's on St. Mark's Place closed in 2009.

Do Stop Believing -- Canal Room is about to be no more (more by Andrew St. Clair)
Tiffany and Debbie Gibson

The Canal Street venue that lately is mostly known for hosting 80s & 90s themed tribute shows (like the one we caught in 2011 with Debbie Gibson and Tiffany), is closing. The final two nights at Canal Room, despite what this 12/20 letter said, are January 10 & 11:

From Canal Room co-owner Marcus Linial

Last Call. Canal Room Closing. It's Bittersweet.

After 15 years in the building and 10 years as Canal Room , My partner Sam and I have sold the club. This was our decision and the timing was right. The space will be a new upscale lounge. Not a live music venue. We wish the new owner all the best.

Our last 2 night's will be Friday Jan 3rd with The Bayside Tigers and Saturday Jan 4th with Jessie's Girl - The Worlds Hottest '80s Tribute Band. Could't think of a better way to go out.

We thank all of our amazing staff over the years you know who you are, all the bands that have performed on our stage. All the customers and clients. Without you..we could not have been in business for so long.

Also excited that both shows Back To The Eighties Show with Jessie's Girl and Saved By The 90s Party with The Bayside Tigers have a new home. More on that soon.
Hope to see you all over the next few weeks and at our final weekend Jan 3 & 4. Happy Holidays to you all.

Tickets for the final two shows on 1/10 & 1/11 are still on sale, and future "Saved by the 90s" and "Back to the Eighties" shows will happen at Le Poisson Rouge.

Our own memories of Canal Room include seeing Patterson Hood of Drive By Truckers there in 2009, ending up there for random CMJ showcases and sponsored parties, watching Jon Brion make magic with Rhett Miller, catching an artsy performance as part of a Fischerspooner residency, and seeing The Go! Team cheer through a show right when they were all the hype. What do you remember about the place?

Goodbye Canal Room!

Fucked Up at 285 Kent in 2011 (more by Keith Marlowe)
Fucked Up

You may have noticed that following last night's Maria Minerva show (12/19) at Brooklyn's 285 Kent, there are no more upcoming shows scheduled at the venue. (The only other one would have been the Don Giovanni showcase, which has since been taken off-sale.) We've heard the rumor, but 285 Kent representatives have not officially confirmed that the Williamsburg DIY venue is closing. Todd P did say though, that despite a claim by Gothamist, "last night was not the last show ever at 285." One of the venue's reps, Ric Leichtung, also tweeted "Beyond tonight, we have not announced any other events at 285 Kent, though there may be others in the future."

If the venue does close for good, it'd be a sad loss for the Brooklyn music scene. It's been home to many great local shows, some especially exciting surprises like the one where A$AP Rocky and Grimes showed up, the Trash Talk show where Odd Future showed up, and just a number of wild shows by everyone from Fucked Up to Thee Oh Sees (who also unfortunately are going on hiatus).

Outside of Roseland in April (more by Robert Altamn)

Whether you actually liked seeing shows there or not, Roseland is one of NYC's classic venues. So sad news from Billboard:

New York City's famed Roseland Ballroom will close its doors in April, according to an internal e-mail obtained by Billboard, though no official announcement has been made.

The venerable venue, owned by developer Larry Ginsberg and booked by Live Nation, opened at its 52nd street location, a converted skating rink, in 1958 and is a sentimental favorite for many bands. The history of the venue in New York dates back to 1919, when it was located at 51st and Broadway, and prior to that in Philadelphia.

Evolving from ballroom dancing in the '20s to popular music, Roseland has for years been a favored New York play for a wide range of bands from the early days of rock, through disco, grunge, modern rock, jam, pop, urban and EDM. The venue found a new gear with a $1 million production/rigging renovation in the early '90s, funded by Ginsberg, which led to more high profile bookings of multiple dates on bands like Red Hot Chili Peppers, Nirvana, and other hot acts when competition in that cap range was not as fierce. - [Billboard]

Danzig played the venue last night. We'll miss ya, Roseland!

Odessa

In another sign of the times, the Odessa Cafe Bar will close its doors for good, its last day being Saturday, August 31st, notes EV Grieve. The bar has been an East Village staple for more than 33 years on Ave A, falling victim, like so many others, to the rising rents and gentrification in the neighborhood. Odessa, the restaurant which is next door, is staying open and you can continue to get your pierogi fix.

Word is that the space will house an brasserie/cafe once the Odessa vacates.

Jackies

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

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

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

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

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

Bar4

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

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

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

Lee Ranaldo & The Dust / Single Dynamite (via @countfeed / @everydayanothersong)
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This is it, the last day for iconic Hoboken rock club, Maxwell's which is shutting it's doors tonight (or the wee hours of Thursday) after 35 years. Last night's penultimate show at Maxwell's was headlined by Lee Ranaldo & The Dust. One of the openers was a mystery group, Single Dynamite, which turned out to include Yo La Tengo's Ira Kaplan and Quasi drummer Janet Weiss. Did anyone go last night? How was it?

UPDATE: Check out a full set of pictures from the Lee Ranaldo/Single Dynamite show.

Meanwhile, today's Maxwell's closing block party starts at 4 PM on the street outside the club. In addition to the already-announced line-up of The Bongos, The Individuals and "a", Delicate Steve has been added to the bill. NJ.com reports that thing may be broken up into two separate shows inside the club: Delicate Steve and The Individuals at 6 PM; and then The Bongos and "a" at 9 PM.

The block party is free but the shows are notTickets ($10) for those final two shows (Individuals, Delicate Steve and The Bongos and "a") go on sale at 2 PM today.

Bar 4

Sad news for the South Slope:

Friends and family,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sad to see you go Bar4.

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It was a rough week for Bushwick DIY venue Big Snow Buffalo Lodge. Though no statement was released, apparently there was a shooting at the club on Wednesday night (7/17). Whether it was inside or outside Big Snow is unclear, but someone, possibly a doorman, was rushed to the hospital and the night's show was canceled. The space, which opened back in 2011, had also recently suffered setbacks due to flooding.

UPDATE: Big Snow originally refused to give us any information for this post, but venue co-owner Yoni David has since confirmed in the comments of this post that he was the one shot. We wish him a full recovery soon!

We'll miss you, Big Snow.

outside Public Assembly at BV-CMJ 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Public Assembly

North 6th Williamsburg 2-stage venue Public Assembly (formerly Galapagos) recently closed their front room for renovations and are about to do the same in the back. That means there are literally only about two weeks of shows scheduled at the club at the moment. Krallice is playing the final show, and one of the others will be Bunker, which also may be Bunker's last at that venue according to to this message they sent out:

Four and a half years after founding The Bunker at subTonic, we moved the party to 70 North 6th Street (then called Galapagos) in July of 2007. We immediately found it to be the perfect space for the party, and have hosted the majority of our events there ever since. By our rough count, we've done about 150 parties in the back room over the past 6 years. Many of you have been there for most of those events, discovered every nook and cranny of the space, and know the bartenders and security staff by name.

As of now the front room is under renovations and is never to reopen as a music venue. The back room closes for a few months of renovation starting in mid-July. We're not really sure what shape it will take or if it will be appropriate for The Bunker when it reopens in September.

We wanted to have one more party to say a proper goodbye to the back room as we know it. The night will start with a deep, heady set from Borne (aka Scott Vizioli) and end with some late night haus from our good friend Atomly. Both of these guys have probably been to 140+ of the 150 events at Public Assembly. Shawn O'Sullivan, who has appeared at The Bunker solo and with his band Led Er Est, will treat us to one of his mindbending live sets. Resident DJs Bryan and Servito fill in the gaps. NikSound will of course be in the house. Goodbye for now, PA.

Meanwhile the Bunker will continue to throw parties at new Williamsburg club Output. Their current upcoming schedule and flyer for the Public Assembly show are below.

And what really caught our eye in that message above was the part about the front room never reopening for shows. That would definitely stink, especially since we've gotten kind of comfortable with the space as the home of our BrooklynVegan CMJ parties lately. Stay tuned for more info!

Continue reading "Public Assembly front room may not reopen for shows; back closing for renovations soon (but first the final PA Bunker?)"

Yo La Tengo @ Maxwell's, Hanukah 2012 (more by PSquared Photography)
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Maxwell's, the Hoboken corner restaurant and rock club with an international reputation, is closing its doors at the end of July.

The lease to Maxwell's, which has been at the heart of the rock scene in Hudson County for decades, is up at the end of July. But the decision to close the club at 1039 Washington St. isn't the landlord's.

"We were offered a renewal with rates that weren't necessarily onerous," says Todd Abramson, the club's booking agent and co-owner. "But after much thought, given the changing nature of Hoboken and the difficulties of trying to run a business in this town, we decided it was time."

Maxwell's, says Abramson, will invite back some old friends to finish its remarkable run.

"On July 31, I think we're going to go out the way we came in -- with the band 'a'." a, which featured members of the Bongos and Glenn Morrow, who'd later found Hoboken's Bar/None Records, was the first act to ever take the stage in the restaurant's back room. - [NJ.com]

Bummer, bummer news. The U.S. is losing one of its legendary small rock venues (co-owned by Sonic Youth's Steve Shelley), home to Yo La Tengo's Hanukah shows, The Feelies' 4th of July shows and where Bruce Springsteen shot the "Glory Days" video. Titus Andronicus have three shows coming up there. The Bats play tonight with Wild Carnation. Yo La Tengo (as Condo Fucks) will open for The Pastels next week.

This one hits hard. We're gonna miss you, Maxwell's.

Continue reading "Maxwell's closing at the end of July (Noooooooooo!)"

Bleeker Bobs

It's been over a year since we reported that West Village record store Bleecker Bob's was closing, but they're still open. That will change soon though, or so they say. As NYU Local points out, the store posted this on Facebook:

STORE UPDATE:: 3/6/13

looks like the new tenant has signed the lease. we've heard they want to be open by June 1. it will take probably around 2 months to get work permits for the massive remodeling job they'll need to do so we're figuring we should be open until May 2013!!
---get ready for another chain of self serve yogurt/coffee/hot chocolate cafes NYC!!

It was sad in 2012 and it's still sad now. Meanwhile, Sound Fix Records in Brooklyn is also not long for this world.

Motor City

Time Out commenter Jukebox Jodi writes:

Been bartending at Motor City since the doors opened almost 17 years ago! We play all kinds of Rock'n'Roll, R&B, Soul, Garage, from the 50's and 60's to Punk to Rock to now. We have set the standard for the best Music on the Lower East Side and everyone has tried to copy us,but we always manage to stay one step ahead of them! Wednesday Happy Hour and Friday Nights are my nights in which the above mentioned music is showcased! Weds. I do gourmet cocktails for 2 for 1 Happy Hour, and Friday Nights we have the amazing Go-Go Goddess, "Anna Copa Cabana" shaking her shimmy to the 60's grooves dance party! Stop by for some fun!
That comment, which sums up what it was like at the LES mainstay, was written in October. Now comes word that the around-18 year old bar is closing soon. According to a long-time DJ there, one of the owners sent out an email yesterday letting people know that the lease is up on February 28th, and that they'll be closed by June.

Head over to 127 Ludlow Street for one last drink while you have the chance, and leave your Motor City experiences here in the comments.

HMV

"Music and DVD retailer HMV said it was calling in the administrators after a last-ditch attempt to secure funding failed, bringing the curtain down on one of Britain's best-known high street retail stores.

The accounting firm Deloitte has been named as the administrator and intends to keep the business running while it seeks a potential buyer, HMV said in a statement late on Monday." [Reuters]

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Dope Jams

NYC record store Dope Jams, which is located at 580 Myrtle Ave in Brooklyn and has been home to a great collection of electronic music for the last 7 years, has announced via a statement that they will close its doors on January 26, 7 years to the day since opening. They will also be throwing a closing party that night from 8 PM until the store closes for good. The statement begins:

At the end of this month, 7 years to the day since it opened, Dope Jams will be closing its doors for good.

Rattling off a bunch of positive hyperbole or sentimental cliches without taking a good, hard look at the past would be a mistake. The truth is, we've made a lot of mistakes. Opening and holding down Dope Jams, however, was definitely not one of them. When we started working on the space at 580 Myrtle Avenue, well before it was the polished and finished form that you all know, dance music record shops were already jumping ship like the fucking Titanic. We knew exactly what kind of a logistical and financial shitstorm we were getting into. But ultimately, we wanted to devote ourselves, to put every ounce of energy and every dime saved into the perpetuation and expansion of dope music. We threw ourselves into installing the sound and the aesthetics to situate our project and our philosophy, and with that set in place, we proceeded to push music we thought was worthwhile, music that was beautiful and pure and capable of wading past the massive expanses of mediocrity and opportunism that we saw as gaining the upper hand. And along the way we did a lot of things that set us back, whether out of economics, ignorance, or idealism. We did our best to push past that, because we truly believed in what we were doing, we believed in the music we were championing, and we believed in creating a space and a community to allow that music to flourish. We gave enough of a shit then, and have continued to give a shit for 7 long years struggling through dwindling sales, personal loss, and daily disappointments. If only for the barage of weirdos, freaks and outcasts walking through that door every day, it was absolutely worth it.

You can read the rest of the statement (which includes streams of 15 songs that "will forever remind [them] of 580 Myrtle Ave") and check out the flyer for the closing party below.

Continue reading "Brooklyn record store Dope Jams closing its doors"

Dead Herring

Broolyn DIY house show space Dead Herring will be no more soon. They announced:

Hey everybody, we're very sad to announce that January is gonna be our last month at Dead Herring. They're raising the rent on us and we can't afford to live here anymore so we're moving on. We're super bummed but also very grateful to everyone who's ever performed here and hung out with us and made the last 6 years here so awesome. Rest assured, we're going out big and we have a ton shows lined up for January. Dead Herring is dead! Viva Dead Herring!
There are just two shows left. January 26th will be the final night (lineup TBA). Tonight (1/5) is the 2nd to last show. Head over and wish them goodbye! That's the flyer above.

outside of the Living Room (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Living Room

At the end of January, The Living Room will be closing the doors at its 154 Ludlow St location (right next door to Pianos and Cake Shop), where they've been for the past ten years since moving from their original Stanton St location. In a press release, owners Jennifer GIlson and Steve Rosenthal mention that higher rent costs have made it too difficult to keep the Ludlow St location, but they're promising to move to a new space, and are asking for your help to fund the move and construction. To help out, you can donate to their PledgeMusic campaign.

In terms of the current location, LES blog The Lo-Down reports that their neighbors Pianos have filed documents with Community Board 3 to take over the space. What they'll do with it is unclear, though the documents mention the possibility of "live/world music similar to the current method of operation." Time will tell. CB3's SLA Committee will be considering the proposal on January 7 at 6:30 PM at the JASA/Green building (200 E 5th St).

In a Columbia University student publication, Living Room co-founder Jennifer GIlson was interviewed about the damages done during Hurricane Sandy and mentioned that they lost at least $15,000 and were applying to the LES Business Improvement District for a small grant. As The Lo-Down article points out, the ownership change was probably in process before Hurricane Sandy though.

Meanwhile check Living Room's calendar for their list of upcoming shows at the current location. They'll have a few bands and karaoke at midnight at New Year's Eve.

Head to Pianos on New Year's Eve to catch Spirit Family Reunion.

by Bill Pearis

people at Zebulon for an El Guincho show in 2010 (more by Erez Avissar)
Zebulon

Rumors have been floating around for a while, but now it's official: Williamsburg venue Zebulon, which has always been a great place for world music and jazz, as well as local and touring bands (including being the home of Grizzly Bear's first show in 2004) for about a decade (and almost never charged admission), will be closing its doors for good after their show this Sunday (12/9). The press release (via Zebulon's facebook) reads:

On Sunday, Dec 9 Zebulon will be closing its doors after ten exciting years of pioneering music and arts. Williamsburg has changed significantly since we opened, and unfortunately it is no longer possible today to continue the business in the manner in which it was conceived. Nevertheless, it's been a great run. We are proud to have given many celebrated artists a chance to play in an intimate setting or develop their sound in readiness for a larger audience. Zebulon has employed and supported struggling artists and their families, connected them to a wider musical community in New York and given them a stage on which to experiment. This is our final week so if you haven't been down in a while, please come and say hello/wave goodbye, and pay your respects to this gem of an institution. Thank you for your support and stay tuned for news of our next endeavors and adventures!
Major bummer for the neighborhood. The block Zebulon is on (Wythe between Metropolitan and N. 3rd) has changed drastically in the last two years: the bike club/repair shop, such a fixture for longer than I've lived in the neighborhood ('98),  is now a surf shop, and long-running diner Relish is now an very busy (and overpriced) Mexican place. Zebulon was the last holdout on the block from the early '00s Williamsburg expansion and will be sincerely missed.

The schedule of upcoming shows for Zebulon's final week (including Mike Wexler, Colin Stetson, Hubble and more) is below.

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Castaways

The sound system forever went silent Monday night at a famed Greenwich Village club that had provided a stage to struggling artists and superstar musicians over a storied [45] years.

Adoring fans had packed Kenny's Castaways on Bleecker Street to hear singer-songwriter Willie Nile and garage rockers The Smithereens blister through a pair of last sets inside the closing music Mecca.

"We started playing here in July of 1980. We were just starting out," said Jim Babjak, lead guitarist for The Smithereens. "A lot of people wanted you to play cover songs. This was one of the few places that let us play our own stuff."

Former neighborhood resident Steve Simels was in awe seeing his idols play one last time at the club.

"I used to live across the street and this was my clubhouse. Willie Nile and The Smithereens were like gods to us," said Simels. [NY Post]

As advertised, The Smithereens and Willie Nile played the final show at Kenny's Castaways in NYC last night (10/1), a show that was apparently free of special guests, but full of emotion for many. Were you there?

A few videos from the show, below...

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