Pinback at Music Hall of Williamsburg

Pinback‘s music is a blend of chilled out, dusky melodies that echo and weave together gracefully with a minimalist feel. Last night was certainly mellow and sedate, as Rob Crow and Zach Smith exchanged their signature vocals and laid back stage presences.
Kylesa jumped the night off with a blistering set of death metal, complete with male/female screams, severe headbanging, finger tapping, and frequent guitar solos. The group’s dual lead singers, guitarists, and double drummers generated a booming and somewhat disorienting set.
Pinback’s execution of their material got off to a bumpy start, with some sound problems and even voices cracking. The issues were no doubt in part due to the recent departure of their keyboardist Terrin Durfey, who has unfortunately been fighting cancer (for more information or to help donate $, please click here!). In his stead was a new keyboard guy, Braden, who had only a week or so joined on.
After nearly a 1/2 hour of weaker playing, the group did tighten up and engaged some fan favorites for the audience, including ‚”Tripoli,” ‚”Loro,” and ‚”Fortress” in a more potent manner. All throughout the set, a screen setup behind the musicians played a montage of video from the film ‚”Dark Star” (from which Pinback took their name), trippy underwater scenes, and Pinback’s own music videos ‚Äì and I’m convinced that the footage did a great deal to augment the set and make it somewhat less, well, boring.
All criticisms aside, Pinback played for the better part of 90 minutes, and they did an excellent job of throwing in fan favorites like ‚”Penelope” and ‚”Bloods on Fire.” It’s possible that the lineup problems circulating around them distracted them a bit, or maybe we’re just spoiled here in NYC and we’re used to seeing bands give 150% energy and enthusiasm for having the opportunity to play here. Whatever the case, the show was distinctively relaxed, yet also extensive in terms of Pinback’s musical catalogue and their unpretentious relationships with their fans and each other.

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Tonight – Pissed Jeans

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Pissed Jeans, c/o KEXP
If campfires, acoustic guitar, and comedic storytelling aren’t going to suit you tonight (see our previous post about Campfire on the Canal), then we’re recommending tonight’s show at The Market Hotel. The lil’ venue under the J/M/Z train at Myrtle Avenue is hosting Pissed Jeans, a noisy punk from Allentown, PA. The boys are also playing next weekend (Oct. 4th, to be precise) at Glasslands.
With openers Crystal Stilts, we’re forecasting a brilliant night, with lots of sweat and potential tinnitus.
8 pm, $8

Tomorrow Night – Campfire on the Canal

The Yard, c/o Yelp
New York Magazine’s 40th b-day celebrations continue into the fall tomorrow night, with their Campfire on the Canal event. Jose Gonzalez and the Upright Citizens Brigade will be performing, with free booze as well!
According to the NY Mag peeps:
“No group push-ups, map making or log carving will be required for you to feel the love at this special campfire celebration. Renowned singer-songwriter Jos√© Gonz√°lez will set the fireside mood playing a full set in what will be his last New York solo show this year, and members of the Upright Citizens Brigade will perform their favorite stories of sleepaway camp, spooky campfire tales and jokes so funny you’ll shoot bug juice out of your nose. FREE BEER will be served. A night in the wilderness (of Brooklyn) isn’t that scary after all.”
Tickets (which included a 46-issue subscription to the mag) are sold out…..
Sunday, 5-9 pm
388-400 Carroll Street

Seriously, go watch the debate!

As mentioned earlier

KCDC is Keepin' It Real

Our world-famous Brooklyn skateshop, KCDC, is currently featured on the Mark Ecko owned It’s spotlighted in the newest episode of “Keepin’ It Real”, and features KCDC owner Owner Amy Gunther as she talks about growing up in Long Island, opening KCDC around 9/11, and the ever-changing neighborhood of Williamsburg. Check it out, and here’s the official description from Complex:

Amy Gunther takes us through the racks of Brooklyn-based skate shop KCDC and talks about the store’s first collaborative shoe with NECKFACE.

Trumors: Apple Opening up Store in W'burg

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Is Steve Jobs eyeing the most picked over thrift store in the world for his new Apple store location? That’s what tipsters to Gothamist think, which notes:

Our sources are telling us that Apple has purchased the building that currently houses the Salvation Army located at 176 Bedford Avenue (on the corner of Bedford and North 7th) in Williamsburg. Rumors have been floating around for a year as to where the company may set up shop in Brooklyn (with most guessing it would be Downtown), and more recently it’s been rumored that it would be in the new Edge complex. In the past there have been mumblings that the Salvation Army building would become a McDonald’s…so if this goes through, consider it a good thing, Williamsburg.

Discussion over at our local internet bathroom wall Williamsboard seems to think this is either A. no big deal, or B. doubtful. One user says, “Yeah, I don’t buy this. I mean, apple stores aren’t just ANY store, they make every opening seem like a big deal and there aren’t enough people in n. brooklyn who would actually buy anything there to justify a new one.” They then start to talk about how nobody cares, then one user wonders if they live in the same bedroom as another, then my head started to spin until jennytull posted, “theres some multi level shit goin on in this here thread.”, reminding me that this is why I don’t frequent Williamsboard in the first place.
So what’s the deal, Steve? Are you bringing your iEverything into my neighborhood? I bet you are, you sneaky devil. Somebody, talk to me.

Now That Mighty Mouse Is Gonna Show Up….

Here’s a list of places you can watch the debate in New York.

Rooftop Films Closing Night with Chairlift! Tonight!

Leave work early tonight, head home, put on your prettiest dress, slacks, summer hats, and lipstick, and come on out to kiss summer goodbye at Rooftop Film’s last show, taking place tonight on the roof of the Open Road Rooftop at 350 Grand Street @ Essex (Lower East Side).
To add to the building excitement, prior to the films, Sound Fix presents live music by Brooklyn based trio Chairlift! These guys are about to go on tour with Yeasayer and you might even recognize their sweet beats from the newest Apple commercial, which features “Bruises” off their debut album.
Tickets are $9 on Going, and this includes ALL-YOU-CAN-POSSIBLY-CONSUME beverages courtesy of Radeberger Pilsner.
Here’s the official info:

Venue: on the roof of the Open Road Rooftop
Address: 350 Grand Street @ Essex (Lower East Side)
Directions: F/J/M/Z to Essex / Delancey
8:00: Doors Open
8:30PM: Sound Fix presents live music by Chairlift
9:00 PM: Films
11:30 PM: Open bar at Fontana’s with complimentary beer courtesy of Radeberger Pilsner