INTERVIEW: Eliot Lipp of Pretty Lights Music

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It was a big week for Brooklyn based electronic DJ and producer, Eliot Lipp. Lipp’s in the middle of a national tour and just celebrated the release of his newest LP out on Pretty Lights Music, Watch the Shadows, which is a deliciously diverse collection that fuses hip-hop sounds, synth beats and vocals for tracks that keep you guessing, “what’s next?”

Even though I caught Eliot while he was getting over a cold, it didn’t stop the ambitious artist from sharing his excitement about recent collaborations, his most anticipated tour stops and tips for staying healthy on the road.

Megan Venzin: Where do you feel like you get most of your influences for producing music?

Eliot Lipp: Probably from listening to my friends music and listening to stuff with other producers that I hang out with. I’m influenced a lot by them, also from playing live and recently kind of starting to make me want to make more club and dance music.

MV: And this your something like your 7th or 8th release!

EL: Something like that, I can’t really remember but it’s getting up there. (Laughs)

MV: How do you feel like your sound has evolved over time, and how have you grown as a performer?

EL: There’s a lot more layers. I’m trying to make it so musically there’s more depth to it, but I don’t know I’m also trying to get better at the engineering side of it. I took a mixing and mastering class at Dubspot in New York and that helped me quite a bit, just learning the technical aspects of being a producer.

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Midnight Movies 10/17-10/19 Include Psycho and Texas Chainsaw Massacre

After a break for New York Comic Con last week, midnight movie coverage is back and it’s filled to the brim with chainsaws, stabbings, and a whole lot of fake blood. This weekend features some of the most important and influential horror films of all time, so break out those night lights folks. [Read more...]

More FREEwilliamsburg at CMJ: Fame School, Turbogeist, Ski Lodge, Big Muff Radio and more

freewillycmjA couple days ago, we announced our first of FOUR Official CMJ showcases with Porcelain Raft, Darkside’s (RIP) Dave Harrington, Excepter, Lydia Ainsworth and Buscabulla at Cameo Gallery. What’s that you say? Four CMJ showcases? That’s right… we got three more for ya.

We’re getting things started as early as humanly possible with a free day show at Pianos on the first day of CMJ, Tuesday, October 21. Doors are at 1 PM for the indie rock-heavy bill featuring Small Death, QuadGreen Gerry, Glass Gang, Little Racer and Big Muff Radio. After that, head across the Williamsburg Bridge with us for more buzzable indie rock at The Flat. Turbogeist (James Jagger’s band – as in MICK JAGGER’S SON) have flown in all the way from London to headline the Hooper Street stage with Ski Lodge and support from HITS, Life Size Maps, Honduras, Lazyeyes, Journalism and DJ’s Kristina Tequila and Danny Brooklyn. Entry is free with a CMJ badge or $5 otherwise. Doors are at 6 PM.

As you’ll note from the above poster, we’ve also taken over The Flat on Saturday night for what is easily the dopest hip-hop showcase at CMJ this year with Fame School, International Scumbags, Loyal Duce, Weekend Money, Skip Rage, Big Breakfast, Estiee, Leek 92 and DJ Neuport. After the sets, stick around because we’ve got the haps on that late night afterparty with Harukasalt and Cobrakrames; the perfect way to shut CMJ down. A badge will get you into the whole rager, other than that, it’s $10 before 8 and $15 thereafter.

Williamsburg and Greenpointers cashing in on Airbnb to the tune $39 million

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The Airbnb controversy continues, but one thing is indisputable. Airbnb hosts in Greenpoint and Williamsburg are cashing in.

During the Review Period, most revenue from private Brooklyn short-term rentals came from Community Districts along the Northern Brooklyn waterfront and in the neighborhoods often collectively called “Brownstone Brooklyn.” As depicted in Figure 12 below, the Williamsburg/Greenpoint Community District had for the largest concentration of private short-term rentals in Brooklyn, generating $39 million for hosts—40 percent of the boroughwide total and nearly 10 percent of the citywide total. Like the Lower East side, the Williamsburg/Greenpoint Community District was one of the most rapidly gentrifying neighborhoods in New York City, as reflected in the disparity between the rents paid by old and new renters in 2012. 14 Other popular community districts included Downtown Brooklyn/Fort Greene ($14.7 million revenue), Prospect Heights/Bedford Stuyvesant ($14.4 million revenue), and Park Slope ($8.67 million revenue).

No one is sure how this is going to all pan out — the Attorney General has made Airbnb his pet project — but for the time being it’s a hot market for hosts in North Brooklyn.

Our can’t miss artists at CMJ 2014

cmjIt doesn’t matter how many times you’ve been to the dance – CMJ Music Marathon is always a wild week of musical excess. This year’s fest (the 34th installment!) which begins next Tuesday, October 21, will be no different, with over 1,300 artists playing sets in 80 of the city’s venues. I know what you’re thinking… where the hell do I begin? I dunno man, but we’re here to give it a shot. Without shilling our own showcases (too much), here’s our can’t miss artists at this year’s non-hyperbolic music marathon: [Read more...]

Top five shows of the weekend

skeletonwitch5) Frankie Cosmos, Porches, Regal Degal, Rivergazer at Baby’s All Right’s 1st birthday party (dawwwwwww)

It’s hard to believe it, but it’s been a full year since South Williamsburg’s finest (well after Death By Audio and Glasslands, of course) venue opened it’s pristine, lacquered doors. Like most “babies,” I suspect the folks who run Baby’s All Right won’t remember much of their first birthday as they celebrate one of the best debut years a music venue has seen in some time. They’re still figuring some things out and finding their niche like any baby, but the indie pop heavy lineup they’ve curated for Friday seems to fit in nicely with the programming we’ve seen from them as the year has gone on. Looks like this lil’ guy is going to be an indie rocker! Friday night gets the nod over Saturday’s Frankie/Porches show because Regal Degal rules. Looking forward to next year’s TODDLER’S ALL RIGHT celebration. Ok. I’m done.

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Slick Willie – now open in Greenpoint

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Slick Willie
179 Meserole Ave in Greenpoint
718-389-0090

A new restaurant has finally opened on a quiet block in Greenpoint called Slick Willie. Named for a Greenpoint-born bank robber, Willie Sutton, the cafe boasts menu categories like Solitary Confinement, Hiding Out For a While and On the Run. We can’t wait to try the Contraband burger. For now, they’re only open for lunch and dinner, but as a chalkboard above the bar boasts: “Dinner and bar when prohibition is over: Full liquor, beer coming soon…” [Read more...]

OFFICIAL CMJ SHOWCASE OCT 25th: car2go, doNYC, FreeWilliamsburg and Cameo present… Porcelain Raft, Dave Harrington Group, more

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It’s that time again, October is halfway through and CMJ 2014 starts next week. In honor of this week of new music, we’ve joined on as a media sponsor with the good people at car 2 go and doNYC who are bringing a whole host of awesome bands to Cameo FREE of charge with RSVP.  Mauro Remiddi of the fantastic Porcelain Raft will headline the night with his brand of gauzy pop music, and DARKSIDE’s Dave Harrington will play some of his new solo material with a full backing band too. The whole night starts at 7PM and you can also catch Excepter, Buscabulla, and Lydia Ainsworth who round out the support acts.