Brooklyn Pour: Then and Now

bkpour1One of my favorite events of the year, Village Voice’s Brooklyn Pour festival returned to the old savings bank at One Hanson Place in Fort Greene this past Saturday. More than one hundred and twenty beers were available for tasting between 2 and 6 PM, from the likes of Sixpoint, Kelso, Bronx Brewery and more. It was first time back at the fest since it’s first year back in 2011, and it’s grown up a bit since then. And so have I. I think. [Read more...]

TOKiMONSTA Will Play LPR on Saturday

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If the booming sounds of Bassnectar at MSG sound like the second ring of hell to you, but you still wanna groove it this weekend, consider checking out TOKiMONSTA at the intimate and electic Le Poisson Rouge. Get your complete dance fix without getting asked by 9,000 teenagers, “Can you buy me a beer?”

Jennifer Lee is killin’ it right now! The LA-based glitch hop artist is currently supporting dubmaster Skrillex on a number of tour dates, she just launched her own label titled Young Art and her newest LP Desiderium is getting killer reviews. GET.IT.GIRL.

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REVIEW: Fehrplay Played Output

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Output’s main room was filled with raver kids and house lovers alike as Pryda Friend Fehrplay took the stage for an all-night, solo set this past Sunday. Bright blue wristbands were plentiful, indicative of a crowd that was still chasing the party after Eric Prydz EPIC live show which took place at Madison Square Garden on Saturday (a show where Fehrply. The set-up and space were far more dialed down than in the arena, which gave guests the opportunity to get up close and personal with one of house’s most promising newcomers.

Fehrplay took the stage at 10 PM, starting with low-key tracks, blending seamlessly into one another. This cultivated a comfortable vibe for the sparse crowd to grab some drinks, catch up with friends and mellow-out before his set went from slow burn to inferno.

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Muchmore’s is suing NYC for the right to dance

muchmoresWilliamsburg bar Muchmore’s is suing New York City for the right of patrons to dance on their premises. Many New Yorkers are familiar with the prohibition era law that prohibits dancing without a hard to obtain caberet license and forces bars throughout the city to post comical “NO DANCING” signs. Owner Andrew Muchmore is an attorney and hopes to change the law so as to be able to book more [Read more...]

This One Goes To Eleven: Weekly metal roundup

WitchMountain-2A wild upcoming week at the real office means an abbreviated intro this week. Apologies to those of you still sticking with this. May the heap of new heaviness provide you the necessary condolences and requisite skull crushing.

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Esme – now open in Greenpoint

Esme, credit: Greenpointers

Esme, credit: Greenpointers
999 Manhattan Avenue

We miss the margaritas and chips at Papacitos which shuttered last year. Thankfully, a new bistro called Esme is now open:

Following months of renovations, Esme opened softly last Tuesday on the former site of Papacitos (999 Manhattan Avenue). The venue has been totally transformed and now offers a bright sunny welcome by day and a cozy low-lit intimacy by night. Long wooden pews accompany individual tables along one side of the restaurant, whilst tables on a raised platform at the front of the space look out onto Manhattan Avenue through two huge picture windows.

The mouth-watering modern American menu is devised by executive chef Paul Myers, whose impressive career includes time under Wylie Dufresne at wd~50 and a James Beard nomination for his Montana restaurant 515. In creating the dishes, Myers collaborated with Adam Volk of Williamsburg’s Gwynnett Street (now Lachlan), who will run the kitchen on a daily basis.

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White Castle, Lokal and Sel De Mer close, Maison Premiere to expand

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It’s not much of a shock — it’s been listed on Trulia for months — but Graham Avenue’s popular fish shack Sel De Mer closed last week. It will be missed.

Just around the corner another “restaurant,” White Castle closed too. We’d be happy to see it go if it weren’t being replaced by more bullshit condos.

The terribly mediocre Lokal shut down too. In it’s place, Greenpointers will soon have an Maison Premier outpost, which is NOT a bad trade-off:

The many, many fans of Maison Premiere’s oysters and absinthe will be excited to learn that owners Joshua Boissy and Krystof Zizka are opening a new restaurant in 2015, at 905 Lorimer Street in Williamsburg. Details are scarce, but considering the success of their first project, this is a big deal. [Read more...]

Interview: Justin Currie

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Justin Currie‘s current US tour just took in his first ever Brooklyn show, at Rough Trade in Williamsburg (20th of September), and also included a stop at City Winery (23rd of September). As singer/songwriter in Del Amitri and now into his third album as a solo artist, Currie has ran the gauntlet in a 30-year career.

A slight mix-up means we end up talking before the show at City Winery on Varick Street instead of Rough Trade, it’s my first time to the venue and while I tend to prefer beer stained walls and sticky floors to refined wooden decor and expensive wine, it’s readily apparent that the venue treats the artists well.

Del Amitri’s self-titled debut album, released in 1985, is begging to be rediscovered by a new generation hungry for arty indie-pop (think Orange Juice meets The Smiths meets Television. I know, I hate lazy reference points too, but it’s as good as all those band’s best moments). If that pricks your interest, at the bottom of this post you can listen to the band’s John Peel session from 1985.

After the debut, Del Amitri’s sound moved in a more traditional direction and they scored a string of top-40 hits in the UK over the course of 5 albums (1989-2002) including Nothing Ever Happens, Always the Last to Know and Tell Her This. In the US, Justin is mostly known for Del Amitri’s top-ten radio hit, Roll To Me; it’s one of those time-old examples of “this song is not really representative of the band’s output”. Regardless, let’s not downplay the beauty of a good pop song, however throwaway it may be. There are three certainties in life: death, taxes, and Justin Currie’s ability to write moving lyrics for the lonely, heartbroken, misanthropic and disenfranchised; sprinkled with just enough hope for us all to carry on.

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