photos by Eric M. Townsend

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Nick Diamonds/Thorburn of Islands put together a NY Cares benefit at Knitting Factory in NYC. It happened back on December 8th. The three floor event featured experimental music, art and someone on LSD in a cage on the bottom floor (Old Office), comedy (Eugene Mirman, Dave Hill, Tim Harrington of Les Savy Fav, God's Pottery, Jessie Klein, etc...) followed by Street Carnage (Gavin McInnes showing funny pictures and telling really dirty stories about them) on the second flooor (Tap Bar), and music (Conrad Keely, Leona Naess, Marnie Stern, Despot and Nick Diamonds) and comedy (Eugene Mirman and Fred Armisen) on the main stage. More pictures below...

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Amazing Baby didn't actually play.

Marnie Stern pics HERE. Conrad Keely pics HERE.

The Gummies happened at Music Hall of Williamsburg this same night. I acutally stopped by and saw some of Conrad, some of the comedy/Street Carnage, some of Leoa Naess, all of Despot (he was fun, tight, funny, had iPod technical difficulties, and was the the only rapper on the bill), and some of Nick before leaving to catch part of Violens and all of Deerhunter at Music Hall.

David Cross and Eugene Mirman also played the Tearing the Veil of Maya holiday party at Union Hall one night before this.

This event happened before the episode of SNL that got Fred Armisen on the front page of the papers for his offensive take on Governor Paterson, and that episode of SNL was one night before Fred played the private Onion Holiday party at The Bell House with Matt & Kim (this past Sunday).

Marnie Stern is playing Knitting Factory again this Saturday.