If the weather permits….

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Friday, July 15th, 2005
ROOFTOP FILMS in Williamsburg:
8:30 – Live music by Honeychild (details below)
9:00 – Communities on the Edge
On the lawn at Automotive High School
50 Bedford Avenue, Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
In the event of rain the show is indoors at the same location.
Click here for the schedule
Saturday, July 15th, 2005
Siren Festival is hot, crowded, and the sound always sucks. Plus the Voice is run by a bunch of douchebags. This year’s line-up sucks too. We recommend this FREE event at Summerstage instead.
Celebrate New Orleans
3pm at Central Park SummerStage (Rumsey Field at 72nd St)

From Flavorpill:
The glory of New Orleans’ music is on display today, beginning with a brass band that cranks to 11 ‚Äî tubist Phil Frazier and headliner Kermit Ruffins co-founded the wily and playful ReBirth Brass Band, so when ReBirth turn the party out with their contemporary sousa-funk, don’t be surprised if Ruffins joins in. A favorite son of the Crescent City, he’s a trumpet-playing superman, a professional barbeque entertainer whose group swings like there’s no tomorrow. The underappreciated Donald Harrison is also on hand ‚Äî as comfortable in the fantastical garb of a Mardi Gras Indian as he is playing alto with Art Blakey ‚Äî as are the crowd-riling, high-stepping Lady Buckjumpers. Perfect for everyone who isn’t hearing the Siren song

And if you aren’t burned out on music and as drunk as we plan on being, check out Ruins at a Todd P event in Bed Sty.

Clap Your Hands Say Yeah

Interview by Monte Holman
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You’ve heard their name sprinkled across blogs and music nerd sites like rainbow sprinkles on soft-serve for months now. But until recently Clap Your Hands Say Yeah was still mailing CDs to record stores from Alec Ounsworth’s home in Philadelphia. Now, they’re shopping for a label after selling out of their original pressing of their self-titled debut.
We’re taught to be skeptical of bands that receive as much hype as quickly as these guys have—they’ve only been playing altogether for about a year. But after hearing the album, and especially after having the chance to converse with Ounsworth about real music icons like Axl and Tool, we’re completely drained of skepticism.
They’ve been branded by Pitchfork’s steaming hot prongs as this year’s Arcade Fire. And for good reason. Clap Your Hands Say Yeah backs that shit up.
We talked to them about their music, Philly, and and found out about Alec’s first concert and rumors about a Guns and Roses tribute band.
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah are Alec Ounsworth (vocals, guitars), Tyler Sargent (bass), Robbie Geurtin (guitar, keyboard), Lee Sargent (guitar, keyboard), and Sean Greenhalgh (drums)
MP3s
In This Home On Ice
Upon This Tidal Wave of Young Blood
Over and Over Again (Lost & Found)
Some rarites at Philebrity
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FREEwilliamsburg: Area code 215, where am I calling?
Philadelphia, that’s where I live.
FREEwilliamsburg: Does everyone else live up here in New York?
Yeah, everybody else lives up in Brooklyn.
FREEwilliamsburg: How does that work for practice?
It’s, uh, you know. (laughs) It’s good for them, bad for me.
FREEwilliamsburg: I really, really like the first song on the record. Why’d you choose that one to kick things off?
I don’t know-I like the idea of trying to challenge people a little bit on an album, and it seemed like that was the only place we could put that one. I wrote it as an introduction to the whole idea of the band, so it seemed like the ideal place to put it.
FREEwilliamsburg: Have you been playing the songs from the album live long? How old are they?
I wrote a few five or six years ago. Some are pretty old, and I’ve rearranged them a bunch of times over the years and rearranged them while the band was working on them. Yeah, most of them are pretty old.

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The Roots "secret show"

Check them tonight at 7pm at Pier 54. This is the first of ten free shows to be put on by Fusion Flash.
Pier 54 is located at West Street and 13th Street.

The Heat is On Turd Flower

From Drudge: White House Should Suspend Deputy Chief of Staff’s Security Clearance Information While Investigation is Pending, Until Plame Leak Is Resolved
In Light Of Time Reporter Matt Cooper’s Confirmation That Rove Was a Source In the Leak of CIA Agent Valerie Plame’s Identity, Schumer and Wilson Call For Suspension of Rove’s Security Clearance
U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer and Ambassador Joseph Wilson will hold a press conference at 3:00pm TODAY, July 14, 2005 in the Mansfield Room of the U.S. Capitol to call for the suspension of White House Deputy Chief of Staff Karl Rove’ security clearance until the investigation of the leak of CIA Agent Valerie Plame’s identity is resolved.

Spanking the Donkey: Dispatches from the Dumb Season

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We were glad to see our friend Matt Taibbi on John Stewart last night. He’s a funny, articulate guy and was a great guest. His book, Spanking the Donkey is in stores now. Check it out. It’s a hilarious gonzo-style documentation of his journey on the 2004 campaign trail. A great read. Click here to get a copy.

New Williamsburg Restaurants: My Moon and Lodge

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There are two new restaurants in Williamsburg. My Moon and Lodge. The former has a beautiful, spacious garden. We’re too cheap to visit them this week so please add your own reviews. Let us know if they are worthwhile.

NY Times finally gets tough on Rove

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From NY Times:
The White House is suddenly facing damaging evidence that it misled the public by insisting for two years that presidential adviser Karl Rove wasn’t involved in leaking the identity of a female CIA officer.
President Bush, at an Oval Office photo opportunity Tuesday, was asked directly whether he would fire Rove — in keeping with a pledge in June, 2004, to dismiss any leakers in the case. The president did not respond.
For the second day, White House press secretary Scott McClellan refused to answer questions about Rove.

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July 2005 Movie Preview

by Dave Thomas
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The second half of July actually looks promising; a Townes Van Zadt flick, The Aristocrats, and Lollapalooza with cum shots. Here’s the full rundown:
OPENING JULY 15
• CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY
WHAT’S THE PITCH?
Tim Burton and Johnny Depp’s Michael Jackson-esque take on “Willy Wonka.”
WILL IT SUCK?
Well, they’ve got screenwriter John August on board, and the last time he worked with Burton, they ended up with one of either’s best works, “Big Fish.” This, on the other hand, is a remake, and Burton’s luck with remakes hasn’t always been spot on (“Planet of the Apes.”) However, if you look at this strictly as an adaptation, we’re back to “Big Fish,” which was a novel. Indeed, word on the street is that this sticks much more closely to the book than “Willy Wonka,” and the fact that they’re keeping the original title shows you that they’re keepin’ it rea’.
Johnny Depp should be fun regardless and honestly, Burton rarely missteps.
HOW WELL WILL IT DO?
A lot of indirect competition (“Fantastic Four’s” second frame, “Bad News Bears” the next week) but nothing in their face. Anticipation is pretty high, and Depp has proven he can open a summer flick. $121mil.
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• WEDDING CRASHERS
WHAT’S THE PITCH?
Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughan crash weddings to get laid. What more do you need to know?
WILL IT SUCK?
There’s a new clique in town. The Wilson Brothers, Ben Stiller, Will Ferrell, Vince Vaughan, and every now and then the Steve’s from The Daily Show and maybe Jason Bateman. It’s turning out quite well, actually, with more “Dodgeball’s,” “Anchorman’s” and “Old School’s” than “Kicking and Screaming’s” or “Bewitched’s”. (Okay, maybe just Ferrell ain’t pullin’ his weight lately).

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