CMJ Preview, Part I

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Just when you thought autumn was here and you were gonna slow it down some, go to bed early, stop drinking and re-commence going for early morning jogs, I have to remind you that CMJ will be here next week. It’s always an overwhelming and absorbing experience for music fans and their livers alike. And since it’s genuinely impossible to fit in every show/band that you might want to see, we hope that our CMJ Preview will alleviate any anxiety you may have.
Part I of our recommendations is here for you today, and I’ll reveal Part II later this week. It should highlight some of the exciting artists that are heading to New Yawk Citay from October 21st-26th, and give you an idea of what to expect….
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 21st
1. Brooklyn Vegan Showcase @ Music Hall of Williamsburg, 6 pm — Passion Pit, Jens Lekman, Ponytail, The Sammies, Emmy the Great
2. DC Hardcore Records Showcase @ Crash Mansion, 8 pm — These Arms, Goes Cube, Team Robespierre, HR (Bad Brains), Die!Die!Die!
3. 10 pm @ Spiegeltent — Deerhoof, Nymph, Fat Worm of Error
4. Manimal Vinyl Showcase @ Cake Shop, 7 pm — Hecuba, Gangi, Rio En Medio, We Are The World, Rainbow Arabia

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 22nd
1. Car Park/Pawtracks Showcase @ Le Poisson Rouge, 7 pm — Adventure, Beach House, Ecstatic Sunshine, Lesser Gonzalez Alvarez, WZT Hearts, Dent May and His Magnificent Ukelele, Excepter, Kria Brekkan, Rings, Tickley Feather
2. Bar/None Records Showcase @ The Delancey, 8 pm— Starling Electric, Shannon McArdle, Hotel Lights, Greg Camp, Hot Lava
3. 12 pm ‚Äì 2 am @ Crash Mansion— Continental Divide, Battle Crisis, Naked Hearts, Look Mexico, Starfucker, Pretty Good Dance Moves, PWRFL Power, Feral Children, Terrordactyls, Photo Atlas, Bang Bang Eche, Pomegranates, Shackeltons, Oxford Collapse, Voyager One

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 23rd
1. Force Field PR Showcase @ Pianos, 8 pm— Crystal Stilts, Cause Co-Motion, Au, Duchess Says, Bell
2. Rhapsody Rocks NYC Showcase @ Music Hall of Williamsburg, 7:30 pm— Mission of Burma, The King Khan & BBQ Show, Jay Reatard, The Dutchess & The Duke
3. 7 pm @ Webster Hall— Crystal Castles, Fujiya & Miyagi, Who Made Who, Lymbyc System
4. NYC Taper Showcase @ Cake Shop, 3 pm — Bearsuit, Bloodsugars, Bridges and Powerlines, Best Friends Forever, Sharon Van Etten, The Loom, Naked Hearts

Today – Oktoberfest @ The Habitat

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It’s gorgeous out today, so I highly recommend hitting The Habitat. It’s one of the best bars in Greenpoint, and all day long they are celebrating Oktoberfest with German beers, food, and even polka music. Wunderbar!
The Habitat is located at 988 Greenpoint Ave.

NY Mag Party Tonight

Still looking for something to do tonight? Well heck, NY Mag’s hosting a big throwdown with The National, Grizzly Bear, and Stella Comedy at the Hammerstein. Tickets might still be available here: http://nymag.com/nyxny/40th/.

Soft Focus with the Great Kathleen Hanna and Ted Leo (RSVP)

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So one of my favorites Ian Svenonius will be interviewing one of my other favorites Kathleen Hanna tomorrow at Cooper-Union’s Great Hall. You can watch in awe with me too. The details are below:

VBS.TV & Dewar’s Humbly Present
Soft Focus with Ian Svenonius
A live taping of interviews with eminent musicians Ted Leo and Kathleen Hanna
Saturday, October 11, 1pm – 4:30pm
at Cooper Union, The Great Hall, 7 East 7th Street at 3rd Avenue
Followed by a Soft Focus Afterparty
At which Ian Svenonius will select and play records from his extensive collection of dusty 45s
at Lit, 93 2nd Avenue
5pm – 8pm

RSVP HERE

Sarah Palin Remix: "Doggone it, Darn Right, You Betcha"

Here’s a nasty little Sarah Palin breakbeat remix to get your weekend started. From dariencomp:

Sarah Palin explains her qualifications to be VP through the power of breakbeat.


via buzzfeed

Quality of Life opening at Factory Fresh

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This should be really, really cool. Opening runs from 6-10pm tonight. Animal reports:

An array of relentless shutterbugs and explorers of “forgotten and under-appreciated places” are showcasing lots of photos tonight at Brooklyn gallery Factory Fresh. The group show, Quality of Life, features new work by ANIMAL ally and premiere devil’s advocate Jake Dobkin, along with Luna Park, Sam Horine“>Sam Horine & Street Stars.

Factory Fresh is located at 1053 Flushing Avenue between Morgan and Knickerbocker, off the L train Morgan Stop.

Mark Wahlberg Talks To Animals

Hey Williamsburg, say hi to your mother for me!

Video of Man Sleeping with Cat

If you’re a cat lover, watch this video and uncover what you already know….your cat is crazy! They’re f’n hypocrites too. They sleep all day, but when you try and catch a wink, the little buggers just don’t understand why you are just lying there, not playing with them, and forgetting about that oh-so-delicious bag of food sitting in the inaccesible-to-cats closet. Enjoy!