New Venue for Dillinger 4's record Release Party

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Todd P’s breaking in a new venue tonight out in the outskirts of Williamsburg and the inskirts of Bushwick, in my former village of East Williamsburg Industrial Park. The venue, the DANBRO STUDIOS WAREHOUSE is set in an old Brooklyn beer brewery, long defunct.
Todd explains, “Shows happen in an ancient, dramatic vaulted room that used to house stores of grain for the building’s original incarnation: the Goldenrod Brewery, a once famous Brooklyn brewery that folded after the 1930s due to Prohibition.” Tonight’s show is for the Dillinger 4‘s record release party and the beloved Ergs last NYC show. There are still about 25 tickets or so at Academy Records, where you can grab them pre-show until 5:30. Then, they’ll be selling $9 tix at the doors, which open at 7. Location is 268 Meserole St @ Bushwick Pl, off the Montrose L stop.
The line-up via ToddP:
:::: the Measure
:::::: the Ergs —————-> LAST NY SHOW EVER!
:::::::: Carnal Knowledge
Click through the jump for some shots of the new venue, or go here!

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Paper Rad's Send to a Friend :)

Paper Rad is arguably one of the most influential art collectives to come out of this decade. If you are not familiar with them, they have their hands in many different projects from music to animated videos. And whether you know it or not, designers seem to love to rip off their aesthetic. See MIA’s website.
Recently, Rhizome posted an oldy but goody of theirs. It’s essentially “get well soon” cards informed with the Paper Rad sense of humor.
Get the full effect at their site.

Phoebes Cafe Welcomes Musicians Every Night of the Week

I stopped in Phoebe’s Cafe last for a beer and some WiFi and just-so-happened to catch an amazingly talented jazz trio rocking the back half of the store. As it turns out, the Ron Petrides trio was kicking off the first of many live music nights here at Phoebe’s, which is set to go an incredible seven days a week as the fall and winter season starts creeping into Brooklyn.
When Phoebe’s owner Christian Pala bought the place about five months ago, he had the vision of turning this gentle coffee shop with a sprawling backyard into a lunchtime vegetarian cafe, a coffee house, a bar, and a reliable low-scale music venue. Being a musician himself (Brazilian guitar’s his specialty), he knew musicians needed consistent booking to stay sane and make money, so the majority of the acts he’s brought in are essentially residencies. And which such a wide range, you can stop in a few different days during the next week or so and find your routine night-of-the-week band.
With the first night in the books, it certainly seems that he’s already well on the path to envisioning his dream. He’s already booked solid for the next two weeks, hosting a wide variety of musical acts – from the jazzy trio that played tonight to open mic blues jams, with a healthy mix of solo guitar players, rock bands, and genuine folk rock in between. As for the trio last night, they’re awesome. I absolutely recommend them if you’re looking for a dizzying mix of smooth jazz classics with the occasional regular-person (me) favorite, like Salt Peanuts! They’re friendly guys too, so feel free to say hi or ask some questions in between sets.
For more info on who’s playing and when, visit Phoebe’s Cafe’s website or myspace, orrrrr just be a real person and stop by any night of the week for live music. They’re at 323 Graham Ave, just a block from the L.
Oh! Here’s their current schedule for the next couple weeks:
Upcoming Shows
Oct 14 2008 8:00P – Uri Gurvich
Oct 15 2008 8:00P – Mike Clifford
Oct 16 2008 8:00P – Vito Chiavuzzo
Oct 17 2008 8:00P – The Tollywood Allstars
Oct 18 2008 9:00P – Thierno Camara / afro beat
Oct 19 2008 8:00P – Brother dave show and open blues jam
Oct 20 2008 8:00P – Ron Petrides
Oct 21 2008 8:00P – Uri Gurvich
Oct 22 2008 8:00P – Gabriel Miller-Phillips
Oct 23 2008 8:00P – Aaron McLendon Trio + Jam session
Oct 25 2008 9:00P – Abdoulaye Diabate / word music / afro beat
Oct 26 2008 8:00P – Brother dave show and open blues jam
Oct 29 2008 8:00P – Dan Fishback
Oct 30 2008 8:00P – HAPPY HALLOWEEN / Aaron McLendon Trio + Jam session

OBAMARAMA – Friday Night

Friday night there will be a party and silent auction to benefit Barack Obama, presented by Create Change NYC. It starts at 7 pm at The Bell House (149 7th Ave in Brooklyn), and the goal is to raise $20,000 for the campaign as Election Day closes in.
With DJ sets from the French Kicks and Cassettes Won’t Listen, and performances by Dirty on Purpose and others, it sounds like fun to us! There’s a $25 minimum donation which should be submitted online at – once you pay up, you print your receipt for admission to the party, and you’re also automatically entered in a grab bag raffle. But cash/credit will also be accepted at the door, so last-minute attendees never fear!

The Great Schlep is Working!

According to CNN:

How much do we LOVE Kenny and Selma?!?!?
(ed: How much do we HATE CNN’s embedded video player???)

Watch Out For The Pretty Ones

Oh snap! We’ve got gangs in the neighborhood. It turns out those machete-wielding kids may be part of the Pretty Boy Goonies, a “new offshoot of the notorious Bloods gang” that’s been poking around the hood in the past few months. They’re vicious too! From the Post:

“This is not fist-fighting we are talking about. They are using machetes to stab and slash, and screwdrivers. There are brawls in the streets, in broad daylight, stopping traffic.

So, that’s what this was! Their playground is the park under the Williamsburg Bridge, where the NYPD has installed one of their tree forts. I guess it’s working, last week cops arrested 14 gang members. More at the Post.

The Big McCain: Mark it Zero

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Our friends at And I Am Not Lying realized something the other day. The current “disgruntled Vietnam Vet with a foul mouth and a serious anger management problem” who’s trying to get a grasp on the news cycle these days has a number of similarities with another “disgruntled Vietnam Vet with a foul mouth and a serious anger management problem”. Of course, we’re talking McCain. The other guy is Walter Sobchak from The Big Lebowski, and the following video helps you imagine just how similar these two really are. So shut the fuck up Donny, and check out The Big McCain:

The Biggest Party Ever

Hot Chip, c/o Mark Iantosca
5,000 people + 3 bars = a bad idea in my book, but the clusterfuck scene on Saturday night at Pier 3 proved to be a successful affair. Diesel threw themselves an over-the-top 30th birthday party, which spanned the globe starting in Tokyo, and rippled across time zones to culminate in Brooklyn. An inordinate concentration of chic, quasi-famous, and excitable people swamped the party and clamored for free booze as circus performers and musicians entertained all the night through.
It’s not every day that you get to see Chaka Khan mashing it up with Hot Chip, or acrobats segueing into a surprise performance by T.I., or Franz Ferdinand citing FDNY regulations and yelling at a massive crowd, or Juliette Lewis slurring her words — er, wait, we’ve spotted that one before. But without a doubt, the queen of ceremonies was M.I.A., who sauntered onto stage at 1 am with a huge rock on her finger and a blatant bun in the oven. Mazel, mazel to her! And grazie to Diesel for a great evening.
For some video clips, click here.


Chaka Khan


Flexible, daring women

Franz Ferdinand

All photos c/o Mark Iantosca