Little Racer celebrates Foreign Tongues EP

“Garage rockers without garages. Surf rockers who can’t swim.” That’s how local band Little Racer describes themselves, and as strange as it seems, it’s pretty accurate. For the past few years, the group has been blasting loud yet shimmery guitar riffs and groovy bass around the boroughs and up and down the East Coast. Little Racer celebrated their new EP, Foreign Tongues, earlier this month with a release party bringing together some of Brooklyn’s other borderline surf rock bands, including New Myths, Surf Rock is Dead and New Life.

Dressed in printed button downs, Little Racer filled up Union Pool with enough elbow room to move with the breezy tunes. Edger than your average surf rock band, Elliot Michaud, Ish Nazmi and Wade Michael make music that can survive a few miles off the sand in a back room in Brooklyn. The set was a mix of familiar and new, keeping a typically standstill NYC crowd dancing.

The short, but oh so sweet Foreign Tongues opens with “Montevideo”, capturing the angst you feel wanting more than your present situation. The recently released music video shows the bandmates smoking lots of cigarettes in jackets and ties chasing around the streets. Next in the mix, “Jack Knife” is more of a bear hug from an old friend. The lyrics go deep on loyalty, but the song still feels as light and airy as a boardwalk stroll. The catchy “Dreamers” slows things down a little and the EP ends with the dirty streets of Tijuana where it’s “half the price, everything’s half nice.”

Catch Little Racer for yourself for free next Thursday, August 6 at Niagara.

Photo Credit Andrew Segreti

 

This One Goes To Eleven: Weekly metal roundup

YggHuurIt’s a slower week here at the metal lake house, so grab your finest pair of black cut-offs, double bass kick back, and enjoy the late 3rd quarter calm before the 4th quarter storm. Oh, and if you’re thirsty, the beer is in the fridge, as always.

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Top 5 shows of the weekend

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Is today the grossest day of the year? It just might be, it’s almost like you need a machete to cut through the humidity, hopefully tonight’s storms will help. Anyway, let’s not beat about the bush as you have weekend plans to make…

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No Window Shopping tonight at The Yard

NoWindowShoppingA new group exhibition, No Window Shopping, opens Thursday evening at The Yard. Featuring a variety of works on wood and canvas from BEAU, Sam Kirk, and URNY, Phase ii of No Window Shopping aims to highlight current events and local affairs including affordable housing, quality of life, normalizing relations with Cuba and the purpose that respectively defines – and ultimately connects -those relationships.

Continuing a rotating program of local artists exhibited at The Yard’s Brooklyn location, No Window Shopping will be on display through September 18th.

No Window Shopping
Phase ii f/ BEAU, Sam Kirk & URNY
July 30 – September 18, 2015
at
The Yard: Space to Work
33 Nassau Ave. 2nd floor.

RSVP for July 30th, 6-8pm, opening reception.

Have you seen this Judy Blume book? This dude is in some serious trouble!

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Someone is totally in the dog house for giving this Judy Blume book away. Spotted all over Greenpoint:

I accidentally gave this book away on Saturday July 25th in a box on the corner of Green & Franklin. This book is extremely important to my wife. It was a keepsake from her mother and is irreplaceable. On the inside cover is a note that reads “Christmas 1991.” If you happened to pick up this book can you please get in touch with me.

Out In The Streets Festival returns with Mr. Twin Sister, Total Slacker and more

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Ridgewood’s Onderdonk House is the kind of place you’d visit on an elementary school field trip. Historical lectures, pumpkin picking, craft classes and guided tours hosted by the local historical society are some of the activities typically provided by the space’s curators; save for one August weekend each year when the folks behind the Out In The Streets fest move in with craft beers, food vendors and all of your favorite local indie rock bands.

This year’s fest, which starts on Saturday, August 1, has a great lineup, headlined by dream-pop vets Mr. Twin Sister, slack punks Total Slacker, and Slumberland-devotees Air Waves. Local vendors curated by Ridgewood Market will he hocking their wares, plus food and drink from Archie’s, Montana’s Trailhouse, The Doe Foundation, Wyckoff Starr and Strangeways will be available.

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Some asshole cut down a tree to steal a bike in Williamsburg

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Grand Street between Driggs and Roebling; credit: DNA

We’re not sure how no one saw this happening, but talk about persistence!

A thief sawed down a 25-foot tree to steal a bicycle locked to its trunk last week, according to locals.

Christopher Ryan said his friend locked a bike to a tree in front of 242 Grand St., between Driggs Avenue and Roebling Street, overnight last week — a move Ryan acknowledged was illegal and carries a $1,000 fine.

Ralph Lauren is joining J. Crew on Wythe Ave.

Photo via Jason Ritcher on Twitter

Photo via Jason Ritcher on Twitter

Jason Richter spotted this sign going up on North 3rd and Wythe in Williamsburg near the J. Crew. Oh well.

(h/t Gothamist)