THIS WEEKEND: Bushwick Film Festival, The Last Pool Party & More

Grand Archives

  • The Bushwick Film Festival begins. More information and the full schedule here.
  • Grand Archives at South Street Seaport
    7pm, FREE
    more information here
    From Flavorpill
    Grand Archives sound like summer (the drowsy front-porch afternoons, not the oppressively hot dog days). The Seattle five blend sunny, multi-part harmonies, lazily strummed acoustic guitars, cheerily whistled melodies, and laid-back hooks with ease. Equal parts Beach Boys’ Pet Sounds and the Shins’ Oh, Inverted World, Grand Archives’ self-titled Sub Pop debut is a study in the joys of easy, breezy baroque pop. Although the band fronted by Band of Horses’ Mat Brooke — has only been together for about a year, they’ve enjoyed fawning press and opened for indie icons Modest Mouse.

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  • End of the Weak 8 Year Anniversary Party
    East River Amphitheater (Grand Street and East River)
    6:30pm – 10:00pm, FREE
    more information here
    From FREENYC
    Today marks the 8 year anniversary of New York’s most venerated weekly hip hop show, End of the Weak. That’s 416 consecutive weeks of New York’s best live hip hop show. To commemorate this milestone EOW will be celebrating with a free outdoor concert on Manhattan’s East River water front. The all day free outdoor concert will feature “hip-hop up and comers as well as respected Hip Hop legends” such as Scram Jones, SOUL Purpose, EODub All-stars, and many many more. Check the flyer for full line-up. All Ages.

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    Yo La Tengo

  • The Last Pool Party: Yo La Tengo w/ Titus Andronicus and Ebony Bones
    McCarren Park Pool, 2–8pm, FREE
    more information at
    From Flavorpill
    Sports and indie rock are pretty wary companions, but, in the case of Hoboken’s Yo La Tengo, action is everything (mimicking the call of a baseball player, the band’s name translates literally to “I’ve got it!”). The group has been an indie-rock centerpiece since 1984, releasing more than 11 full-length albums and a variety of covers (Cat Stevens, the Kinks, Daniel Johnston). In that time, the band’s sound has spanned everything from affable pop to the reflective garage-rock ballads of its 2006 effort, I Am Not Afraid of You, and I Will Beat Your Ass. This afternoon, YLT take the stage, along with lo-fi punks Titus Andronicus and wacked-out chanteuse Ebony Bones, for what is purportedly the last. Pool Party. ever

  • 25th Annual Roots of American Music Festival
    Damrosch Park (at Lincoln Center)
    62nd St (between Amsterdam and Columbus Aves)
    begins at 4pm, FREE
    more information and directions here
    From TimeOut
    Lincoln Center celebrates a quarter century of its awesome, far-reaching roots series with a fascinating show featuring punks, jazzers, hillbillies and more. The always entertaining Patti Smith finishes things off, but the vital set might come from the Haden Family–a country and bluegrass ensemble starring Charlie Haden and his talented family, along with some of Nashville’s finest players. (These include Sam Bush, Jerry Douglas, Stuart Duncan, Bryan Sutton and Dan Tyminski.) It will most likely not return to New York. And don’t dare forget the Knitters–X’s folksy spin-ff band–and the big opening Blues Revue.

  • As Requested…

    previously…. John “Ordinary Joe” McCain Unsure How Many Houses He Owns

    From 88BoaDrum to Power 2

    Nick Lesley is a video artist and a drummer for the band Necking. He most recently occupied drum set #43 at the Boredom’s 8/8/08 drumming event (known as 88BoaDrum) on the Williamsburg waterfront. His fellow Necking band mate Dong-Ping Wong was at #44, and after only 20 minutes of practice time the normally improv Brooklyn band joined 86 other drummers in a structured performance that can only be described as “massive”.
    Next week, Nick is doing a live-feed, generative video project that incorporates choreographed dancers and sound as part of the one-night Power 2 show at the Issue Project Room (232 3rd Street, 3rd Floor). I shot a few questions via email to Nick earlier this week to get an idea of what it was like preparing for a crazy event like 88Boadrum, and what we can expect from him in Power 2.
    You can catch Power 2 at Issue Project Room next week. Doors are at 8:30, show’s at 9pm; $10 suggested donation; on Saturday, August 30th. The following video is a *test video* for Power 2, shot w/o sound but gives you an idea how the dancers affect the generative video on screen. The actual show will of course feature a sound element, more screens, and that sense of real-world interactivity that never fully comes across in web video.
    After the video, click on through the jump to get behind the scenes at 88BoaDrum, Necking, and Power 2 in our e-interview with Nick Lesley.

    Power 2- rehearsal pt. 2 Aug. 17 from Power Series on Vimeo.

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    John "Ordinary Joe" McCain Unsure How Many Houses He Owns

    Does this mean the gloves are off for the senility jokes? If not, we’ll just use the old fallback of he’s an elitist. Wait… are you allowed to say that about GOP candidates or does it just work with Democrats? From Politico:

    Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said in an interview Wednesday that he was uncertain how many houses he and his wife, Cindy, own.
    “I think — I’ll have my staff get to you,” McCain told Politico in Las Cruces, N.M. “It’s condominiums where — I’ll have them get to you.”
    The correct answer is at least four, located in Arizona, California and Virginia, according to his staff. Newsweek estimated this summer that the couple owns at least seven properties.

    Now we can only hope the Dems will run with this. We need an ad now. You know Rove would do be all over this if the tables were turned. He’s already tried to smear Obama with this doosy:

    “He’s the guy at the country club with the beautiful date, holding a martini and a cigarette that stands against the wall and makes snide comments about everyone who passes by.”

    Who’s the real elitist? This video does a solid job of answering that question.

    Cat Chiropractor with Zach Galifianakis

    Since we feel it our duty to bring you all things related to Zach Galifianakis:

    See more Bobby Tisdale videos at Funny or Die

    Panda Charges Dropped

    photo via pandamonium
    The Brooklyn Paper is reporting that charges were dropped against the caged Pandas arrested Saturday night, and also that Pandamonium is already planning another party! Oh, and there was a “message” to that whole mess. It was, “to retake space and transform it in a way that suits us”. They report:

    The four caged pandas were arrested and charged with misdemeanors including unlawful assembly, disorderly conduct, and inciting a riot, Fulton said. Despite the police presence — which included an NYPD helicopter — another panda party is already in the works.

    Read the rest at The Brooklyn Paper.

    When Misha Met Lola

    photo via flickr user skimaskprod
    Fate, in Williamsburg, works in funny ways. Last week when we posted about Misha Calvert of ‘Mr and Miss Williamsburg’ fame, and Lola Wakefield, of Stuff Hipsters Don’t Like, we had no idea that their post proximity on FREEwilliamsburg would equate to real world conversational relations and a potential publicity allegiance between the two rising stars of Brooklyn Internet. But, it happened. From Stuff Hipsters Don’t Like:

    I e-met this hipSTAR after our pet projects were featured 2 posts away from each other on, which I’m sure you all check daily, if not by having the page perpetually open and refreshing the screen every few minutes or so. (ed: thank you lola) …. One day, Misha said, ‚”I’d love to do an interview.” My narcissistic inclinations shining through, I asked when she wanted to interview me. Her narcissistic inclinations trumping mine tenfold, she explained that she was asking me to interview her.

    In the publicity stunt…er, interview that follows, Misha and Lola exchange questions, compliments, and comparisons as they explore the pretentiousness of the New York media to the reality of Facebook stalkers. I’ll let The Allegiance take it from here.
    FREEwilliamsburg presents: The Misha & Lola Interview

    The Muslims At Union Pool

    The Muslims
    This evening’s show at Union Pool will be a splendid one, headlined by The Muslims. The San Diego-based group plays likable, stripped down garage-punk, in the tradition of Iggy or Richard Hell, with even a touch of Jonathan Richman or Dinosaur Jr. here and there.
    While they spent the past 2 nights opening for The Walkmen at the Bowery Ballroom, tonight The Muslims are playing with Howlies from Georgia, and Brooklyn’s The Gang. The three acts compliment each other perfectly, and I’m predicting a rowdy, rock ‘n roll Wednesday involving lots of and PBR and sweaty people.
    8 pm, $8.