Food For Thought: Pitchfork Music Festival 2014

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The trend in music festivals these days seems to be “all you can eat”. A hungry fan shopping for an experience would be pleased to see a former Beatle playing alongside a long broken-up, and now-reunited rap crew from the 90s. If your tastes are more progressive, here are 30 bands that you’ve never heard of – try a taste of each. In the mood for something more contemporary? Then you won’t want to miss this DJ we booked all the way from Europe – he comes with a fireworks show too!

Leave it to Pitchfork to buck the trend. The décor here can be best described as no frills, with only three stages marked by green, blue, and red banners. The menu is simple if not sparse; a lean mix of acknowledged prodigies and obscure names. Pacing is steady and reliable; when one course ends another begins, that is if you can make it through such a packed house. The mise-en-place could use some work.

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Ahh, the critics will be debate this one endlessly. “It was an unambitious lineup”, the first will say, “full of lightly-spaced words of the same size and font.”

Another pundit, this one more curt in his assessment, chimes in. “A breakfast combo at Denny’s has more grand slams than a day spent at Pitchfork.”

“Touche,” nods the first. “As if your plate arrives with only a single egg, strip of bacon, and sausage link. Savor it! It’s a tasting menu, not a buffet.”

A third critic, presumably a Pitchfork staff writer, is unimpressed with this depth of insight. “A meager portion, perhaps, but these are no ordinary eggs. Free range, organic hens. Thick-cut bacon, heirloom breed. Small-batch artisan sausages, hand-made in a former carriage factory in Brooklyn”.

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The Chicago-style hot dog vendor nearby overhears the exchange, his lifelong profession providing insight into the matter. “You’re all wrong! It’s not about the quality of the meat, it’s about the toppings!” He reaches into a jar and plucks out pickle. “Say this pickle represents St. Vincent. It’s a half-sour, not so great on its own.” Pointing to a sausage and a bun, he continues. “…but serve it between Beck and Tune-Yards, and you’ve got a darn tasty sammy, Chicagah style.”

Nearby, a concertgoer collides mid-crowd with a plate full of overtopped frankfurters, cheesy fries, and Souvlaki with Tzatziki sauce. “You idiot!” she scolds at the gourmand. “Who the hell brings a 7 course picnic into a crowd like this! You’ve ruined it for everyone!”

The fourth critic, watching all of this from afar with self-possessed amusement, quietly takes notes, plotting his story, the smirk on his face the only thing betraying the angle he’ll pursue.

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Verboten August 2014 Lineup

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I’ll be hitting Verboten this Thursday, July 31st for Goldroom’s DJ set. What better way to close out July than with some groovy west coast vibes? Josh Legg’s warm tones and lush vocal overlays ensure a kickin’ dance party. Tickets are only $10-$15, and they’re still available HERE.

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Cherry Izakaya now open in Williamsburg

It’s designed by hOme (the team behind Paulie Gees and Donna) and we hear good things about the food. We can’t wait to try it:

Restaurateurs Jonathan Morr (BONDST, Republic) and Eugene Morimoto, along with Chef Jun Hiroshima (Morimoto Napa, BONDST), translate Cherry’s playful riffs on contemporary Japanese fare to an Izakaya-style menu as they bring Cherry Izakaya to the vibrant Williamsburg neighborhood.

Offering small and large plates intended for sharing, the menu includes dishes like Stuffed Calamari with chorizo and black rice, Short Rib with Suntory-whiskey glaze, Escargot Donburi with miso béchamel, and Pork Ramen with brown butter miso and charred corn to satiate all cravings. A selection of gyoza includes Duck Kumquat and Shiitake Confit, while skewers span varieties like Pork Belly with ginger-soy, Chicken Meatballs with tomato shiso and parmesan to a delicate Eggplant Miso with fried capers. Cherry signatures like the Tuna Tart with creamy ponzu and white truffle oil and Short Rib Foie Gras Gyoza with a cherry glaze will also be served.

Inspired by 1970s Tokyo, the restaurant was designed by local designer studio hOme, whose projects include a number of Brooklyn restaurants. Upon entering Cherry Izakaya, guests are greeted by a vintage 1970s Pachinko machine, nestled into the foyer’s wall. A large bar, the heart of the izakaya, is decorated in handmade tiles and sits at the front of the restaurant beneath majestic reclaimed-wood arched ceilings, beckoning passersby from the street. In the warmer months, the front bar area overflows with sunlight from ceiling-height windows that open the restaurant to the street, allowing for an indoor-yet-outdoor feel.

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Uber offering a free ride for commuters f*cked by the G

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We’re saving this for a sweaty day:

Whether you’re a weekday commuter, Greenpoint or LIC resident, or frequent neighborhood visitor, we’re sending some Uber Love your way for the next five weeks. While the MTA does their thing, we’re here to bridge the gap with one free transfer between the Nassau Av and Court Sq G train stops.

Enter promo code FREETRANSFER – Then ride anywhere between the Nassau Av and Court Sq stops from July 25 through August 31 and get one free trip (up to $30)

In other commuter news, thankfully, the ferry is back too!

Electric Zoo 2014

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Last week, Electric Zoo announced that they will be debuting a sixth Sunday School Vinyl Only stage. Daily lineups will be hosted by Behrouz, Frank & Tony, and Josh Wink (some of whom you may have caught at the vinyl only stage at this year’s first Mysteryland festival).

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REVIEW: Capital Cities Played the Bounce Boat

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Friday night was the perfect evening for a boat ride on the Hudson. Plus it was the beginning of the weekend, so dancing was just a given. The Hornblower Inifinity yacht picked up at Pier 40, and was already blasting EDM music by 7 PM. There were a few things I noticed immediately: the sound system was kicking, the drinks were slightly less expensive than club prices ($11.50 for a mixed drink or $15 for a LIT if you really wanted to hate yourself the next day) and there were shit ton of people from New Jersey. I later found out that Groupon had been offering a $30 ticket attracting our friends from across the river.

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Taste Talks comes to Williamsburg in September

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For the second year, Northside Media Group’s Taste Talks brings together some of the top foodies for three days of learning, sharing and eating. The three-day food festival is hosted by Mario Batali right here in Williamsburg and curated by James Beard Award-winning chef Danny Bowien, of Mission Chinese and Mission Cantina.

I’m already having mouthwatering daydreams about the upcoming events, including “Mother of Pearl,” an Island Creek Oysters and Champagne pairing cocktail hour and sit-down dinner at Villain, and “Taste Talks All-Star BBQ,” a day of showing down on star chefs’ signature dishes at East River State Park.

The festival brings the top minds in the culinary world to talk about the future of taste. Founders see Brooklyn as the ultimate testing ground for restaurants, partly due to the range in real estate prices.

“A restaurant starts with its monthly rent, and in so many ways, that defines the things that a restaurant can and cannot do. Williamsburg is so evocative of this, as the rents have gone from cheap to very high,” said Daniel Stedman, founder of Northside Media Group. [Read more...]

Weekend Movie Screenings: 7/25-7/27

mad-max-vault-dwellerPut on your fedoras, grab your gimp suits, and fire up that DeLorean to 88 to prepare for this weekend’s midnight movies. You can head over to Nitehawk Cinema, grab a drink, and choose between Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior and Dead Man.  Or don’t choose, they’re both playing on Friday and Saturday. 1995’s Dead Man starring Johnny Depp is technically a Western, but saying that it’s a Jim Jarmusch film is a much more helpful descriptor. The film is great and a nice reminder of what Johnny Depp was pre-Pirates, but as it’s playing as part of Nitehawk’s Summer of Surrealism series, be aware that you’re in for restless sleep and probably some weird dreams after. Or you can head over to Road Warrior, part of their July Brunch & Midnite: Burn N’ Rubber series, to see the greatest car movie ever made on the big screen. Plus, you can witness Lord Humungus’s fabulous fashion sense as it was meant to be seen.

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