Graffiti artist Xerorocks tagging Bushwick Collective’s murals, blames them for gentrifying

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In the last several weeks, Xerorocks has been tagging — and sometimes painting over — many of Bushwick Collective’s murals:

ZEXOR, a graffiti writer born and bred in NYC, has been on a rampage lately, defacing (or beautifying, depending on who you talk to) one mural after another with spray paint. His main target? The Bushwick Collective, an ongoing street art project that facilitates the painting of scores of walls by urban artists. [Read more...]

Video: Here’s what the Greenpoint/Williamsburg waterfront looked like in 1992

williamsburg1992Check out this short video that was recently uploaded to YouTube by photographer Roland Andrijauskas of the Greenpoint/Williamsburg waterfront in 1992. The clip shows the rawness of the early 90′s waterfront (try to ignore the weird alien transmissions in the audio) when the twin towers were visible behind smoke stacks. Watch below:

- @joshmorrissey

Related: Zach Galifianakis’ 1993 student film set in Williamsburg

Top 5 shows of the weekend

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I’ll be taking over this column from Coleman, who has admirably been handing you better plans than you had for the weekend for quite some time now. Your ears might get a bit more of a break from time to time (please, always bring earplugs), but as someone who goes to 150-odd shows a year, I’m hoping you will find the quality of recommendations remain high.

5) Dave Gorman at Subculture
I’m throwing a bit of a curveball to start things off, with a comedy show at Subculture. Dave Gorman is a British comic, and I’m always a bit wary of our humour getting lost in translation (as the saying goes, “a common language separated by two countries”), but Gorman is nerdy and niche enough to hopefully pull in more than just an expat crowd. I went last night and thought he was hilarious. There will be a powerpoint presentation…

Friday and Saturday, 7pm and 9pm both nights (and another 6 performances at the same venue next week).

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A sad songs dance party is coming to Williamsburg next week

wineHave you ever wanted to cry and dance at the same time in a public setting? Next week you’ll have your chance at Passenger Bar‘s “Cry and Wine: A Party For Your Feelings” featuring Alicia Kennedy on the decks starting at 8pm on 1/28. From Brooklyn Paper:

“I want to play the kind of music that makes you get into your feelings. You’ll feel something different than a normal dance party.”

Cry and Wine: A Party for Your Feelings is Kennedy’s first solo set, a departure from her usual collaboration as part of the Teenage Guide to Popularity, a monthly music video party with pal Douglas Bleggi.

Kennedy said she plans to play a mix of tearjerkers, including dancey-but-depressing classics from Joy Division and the Smiths, along with newer sensitive kids, such as Drake and Lana Del Rey.

Preview:

- @joshmorrissey

Rudy’s Barbershop – on Williamsburg, drug-induced freak-outs, and wasted beauty

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Rudy’s Barbershop officially opened its doors to Williamsburg last month, offering quality haircuts and a dedicated pop-up shop from leather goods manufacturer and retailer, Tanner Goods. The ten-chair barbershop is also home to a stunning wall mural by New York-based artist, Romon Yang.

Rudy’s Director of Store Design and native of Brooklyn, Marshall Ryan, had this to say about the beautiful building that now houses our shop, “There’s a strange grime on the façade that I want to believe is some byproduct of the millions of pounds of sugar that was refined daily by our late neighbor, the Domino Sugar Factory. Under all of that soot is an unusual 1890s Neogothic structure that stands out from the bulk of building types in the neighborhood. 33 Grand Street was originally Northside Bank, later a chemicals storage warehouse, followed by an assortment of tenants from the 70s to now. I’ve been told that one tenant, in the 90s, ran something kind of like a speakeasy, but for hard drugs and prostitution – that tenancy allegedly ended in a drug-induced rampage in which all the original 1800s casework was destroyed and left on the curb for collection. We’re going to throw some pretty cool parties… but maybe not that cool.” [Read more...]

We’re stuck with MetroCards until 2022

metrocardRemember when the MTA said they were going to replace the MetroCard with futuristic EZ-Pass-like technology? Of course you do. Anyone who’s ever been stuck in a line behind some idiot who can’t swipe their card correctly while the train is entering the station and AHHH you’re gonna be late (or worse, have been the red-faced idiot who can’t get the swipy thing to work – DeKalb stop people STAND UP) rejoiced. So in a word… everyone. This magical dreamworld where you don’t have to juggle your wallet, keys, coffee and iPod to fish out a little card while doing an irritated powerwalk to the turnstile didn’t even seem to be that far off in the future: 2019. Unfortunately, the MTA announced that plans have changed and it looks like the new tech won’t be rolled out until 2022. [Read more...]

Over the Counter: This Week in New and Interesting Music

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“Over the Counter” is a column by our music editor Peter Rittweger which focuses on new and interesting music that isn’t featured prominently on the blog-o-sphere. This edition examines new releases from Title Fight and Sick Feeling, plus an old record from The Men’s Ben Greenberg and an upcoming show from Couch Slut. [Read more...]

This One Goes To Eleven: Weekly metal roundup

nslcoverprenew2Happy belated MLK day, everyone. If you’re coming off a three-day weekend, welcome back to earth. If not, hopefully there’s something here to help. Before we begin, however, let’s just take a second to remember that metal, and it’s diverse, globe-spanning constituency—despite what a bigoted minority of artists and fans might spew—probably wouldn’t exist without the efforts of Dr. King. So next time you feel like vibing someone at a show or sneering at a subset other than your own, table it. Metal might not be for everyone, but it doesn’t belong to anyone, either.

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