French Horn Rebellion Brings Me Joy

These guys are a fun little duo who, based on their MySpace names at least, are brothers. They’re from Milwaukee and now live in Brooklyn but forget all that, it doesn’t matter. What matters is their music is fun to bop too, and more importantly, they’re great dancers who shoot their videos around Williamsburg!
This first one was shot last year at the corner of Kent and S. 5th, just about under the bridge, and the second one is by that wall where people jerk-off with picnic condiments. French Horn Rebellion, i like you.
They’re playing tomorrow night at the Delancey at 8, and then New Years Eve at the Lit Lounge.


(via CrapWeLike)

The Return of Yes

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‘The House of Yes’ is back in business (officially?) in their new location, on Maujer St. just off Morgan Ave.. BushwickBK hung out at their new digs, watching two of the girls hang out on the silk rope like the acrobats they are. A few months ago, the original House of Yes was destroyed in a rather gnarly fire, so it’s nice to see they’re back, doing the things they love.
From BushwickBK:

After the Fugs-like Banned Rehearsal’s rollicking musical set, I talked for a few minutes with Anya, one of the ringleaders of House of Yes. This intriguing and charismatic personality told me of her group’s ambitious plans, which include cabaret-style aerial theater and acrobatic workshops. I’m not quite sure they are 100% open for business, but they should be very soon. It’s an incredibly groovy space, with a 30-foot high ceiling and a hardcore-looking circus-style scaffolding set up. I’m eager to see what happens here ‚Äî no doubt it will be impressive.

Click here for a Flickr set of the fire destruction, and here for the story.

Tomorrow Night at The Mercury Lounge

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Tomorrow is December 4th, which means that:
-it is Jay Z’s birthday
-it has been 54 years since the first Burger King opened
-AND, there will be an awesome live music bonanza featuring excellent NYC-based bands at the Mercury Lounge.
My friends in A Million Years are playing alongside The King Left, and The Kiss Off. Atlanta’s Howlies will also grace the stage. This is gonna be sweet time, buy your tickets aqui!!!
$10 advance, $12 day of show
7:30 pm

Prop 8 – The Musical

Folk Icon Odetta Holmes Dies

R.I.P. Odetta

From the LA Times

Odetta, the classically trained folk, blues and gospel singer who used her powerfully rich and dusky voice to champion African American music and civil rights issues for more than half a century starting in the folk revival of the 1950s, has died. She was 77. She was admitted to Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City for a checkup in mid-November but went into kidney failure. She died there Tuesday of heart disease, her manager, Doug Yeager, told the Associated Press.
With a repertoire that included 19th century slave songs and spirituals as well as the topical ballads of such 20th century folk icons as Woody Guthrie and Pete Seeger, Odetta became one of the most beloved figures in folk music. She was said to have influenced the emergence of artists as varied as Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, Janis Joplin and Tracy Chapman.
“The first thing that turned me on to folk singing was Odetta,” Dylan once said. “From Odetta, I went to Harry Belafonte, the Kingston Trio, little by little uncovering more as I went along.”
Her affinity for traditional African American folk songs was a hallmark of her long career, along with a voice that could easily sweep from dark, husky low notes to delicate yet goose bump-inducing high register tones.
“The first time I heard Odetta sing,” Seeger once said, “she sang Leadbelly’s ‘Take This Hammer’ and I went and told her how I wish Leadbelly was still alive so he could have heard her.”

Your LOLhipsters are Awesome

I asked for LOLhipsters, and you talented and devoted readers delivered. Thanks for sending in your LOLhipsters, and now, here are the winners:
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(Thanks Hayley!)
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(Thanks Travis and his roommate!)
If you feel like contributing, give it a try and send it in. Or, learn a bit more on the LOLhipster meme at BuzzFeed.

Filmmakers: Get Famous This Summer

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Hey filmmakers! Rooftop Films wants you to know that you’ve got about a month to get your submissions in for the “early bird” fees ($9) to be considered for their 2009 Summer Series. Submit online at RooftopFilms.com.
From them:

Submit your movies! We are currently accepting submissions for the 2009 Summer Series. In May 2009 we will begin celebrating our 13th year of bringing the best underground films in the world outdoors and to the rooftops of New York. Submit your films and videos now and participate in one of the most unforgettable, unique, filmmaker-friendly, independent film events in the world!

Rooftop Films

Announcing Our Brian Eno DVD Contest!

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image via Scott Beale / Laughing Squid
FREEwilliamsburg and Insound spent the night together last night, snuggling like lovers in a warm, musical rainstorm. This morning, we’re happy to announce our love child – a Brian Eno DVD contest! Enter by December 10th at Insound and you can win the 77 Million Paintings dvd by Brian Eno. We’ve seen it, it’s really awesome, and is just one tiny piece in Insound’s Holiday Gift Guide. Here’s a more formal description of the DVD, and if you think you’ll win, click through to enter!
From Insound:

The Limited Edition 77 Million Paintings features an exclusive interview DVD in which Brian Eno discusses his creation of the 77 Million Paintings software, the next evolutionary stage of his exploration into light as an artist’s medium and the aesthetic possibilities of “generative software.” This program creates a constantly evolving, slowly changing “light painting” on the screen of your computer or TV with a virtually infinite number of variations accompanied by the music of Brian Eno. This deluxe package also includes a 52-page book featuring an extensive essay by Eno. PLAYABLE on Mac or PC.

Here’s the gift guide, here’s our contest, and here’s the DVD itself if you’re not feeling lucky and would rather buy it. Oh, and if you’ve got an iPhone, Brian Eno’s application is rather awesome. Here’s a bit more on that.