Reviewer channels his angst for Brooklyn’s preciousness on ‘morally insidious’ Montana’s Trail House

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Sure, Montana’s Trail House feels a bit like a theme restaurant, but is it really “morally insidious?”  Joshua David Stein over at the New York Observer thinks so. He gave the restaurant zero stars and quite the rant [emphasis our own]:

Last month, a young New Yorker named Montana Masback opened a restaurant in Bushwick called Montana’s Trail House. In articles about the restaurant’s opening, Mr. Masback referred to the cuisine as “Appalachian East coast country food.” The chef, Nate Courtland, meanwhile, described it as “Appalachian black magic comfort food.” To transform what was once an auto repair shop into a mountain hut, Mr. Masback purchased a dilapidated barn from Kentucky, deconstructed it and reassembled the pieces in Brooklyn. Among other archly rural accouterments are a taxidermied deer head, a Betsy Ross flag, framed old timey photographs, an axe and, in the bathrooms, decoupage of mid-century nudie magazines. The waitstaff had that new antiquated look adopted by so-many seventh-stoppers—the restaurant is off the Jefferson Street stop on the L train—which combines a youthful complexion with old mountain beards for the gentlemen and Walker Evans frocks with tattooed arms and septum piercings for the waitresses.

Montana’s Trail House is a very bad place. Its rottenness is both inherent and cosmetic; it is culinarily insipid and morally insidious. It’s bad to the last splinter of its Kentucky wood. Parceling off generic objections to the ridiculous fantasia Bushwick has become, there is a deeply toxic relationship with history and with America embodied at Montana’s Trail House. [Read more...]

High On Fire to play free Converse show at Music Hall of Williamsburg

high-on-fire-4As anyone who has ever seen High on Fire live can attest, it’s a vaguely religious, albeit thoroughly pagan, experience; a medulla oblongata-snapping, Dio-horn dotted 90-plus-minute almsgiving to anti-lord and semi-savior Matt Pike, whose ageless (and shirtless) Les Paul rippage has earned the Bay Area thrashers their righteous legion of sweat-and-beer slicked apostles and the in-awe reverence of metal nerds the scorched earth over.

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‘Brooklyn Boys’ – someone made a ‘Brooklyn Girls’ parody

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TV On the Radio Announce New Record “Seeds”

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TV on the Radio were the band that reignited my passion with current music when Desperate Youth, Blood Thirsty Babes was released in 2004 and I believe that they have been the best and most consistent band of this millennium, so I was elated with the announcement this morning that they will be releasing a new album.

Seeds will be released this fall/autumn on Harvest Records and was recorded at Federal Prism in Los Angeles and was produced, as always, by guitarist David Andrew Sitek. Further information and a brief trailer are below the jump.

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Kings County Saloon – now open in Bushwick

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Kings County Saloon, 1 Knickerbocker Avenue, 347-987-3751, credit: Bushwick Daily

If you miss Bushwick’s short-lived 1 Knickerbocker or the former staple Kings County Bar, they’re BOTH back. Well, sort of:

Kings County Bar was a beloved watering hole for Bushwick locals since its inception in 2004. A rent-hike forced owner Jesse Levitt and general Manager Aimee Arciuolo to re-locate and it was then that idea for Kings County Saloon was born. The duo sought to keep the former bar’s one-of-a-kind vibe while also utilizing the new surroundings and larger setting to foster an element of novelty. All the while, they will aim to harness the same local attitude and lack of pretense that had helped make Kings County Bar a part of the neighborhood fabric for the last decade. “We like to think of it as the ultimate beer and shot bar,” Levitt said. “No frills, just fun.” Home to the celebrated “Smallest Penis in Brooklyn Pageant,” the rebirth of this local favorite will offer patrons snack-able bar bites along side familiar refreshing cocktails with the promise of an unforgettable good time.

high quality comfort food that pairs perfectly with booze including, melted ham and cheese bites served with house-made mustard; Buffalo-style wings; a ground brisket and beef short rib burger stuffed with sharp New York cheddar cheese on a sesame bun served with hand cut fries and house-made pickles; two flavors of hummus–olive and sun-dried tomato and tahini-based lemon and zucchini; a kale salad for the more health-conscious made with an almond-curry dressing, apples, rye berries, dried sour cherries and carrots and lastly, homemade ice cream sandwiches with alcohol flavored ice cream. [Read more...]

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. [Read more...]

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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