Brooklyn Needs A New Slogan

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Earlier this evening, Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz sent out a tweet, saying, “I need to think up some new slogans for Brooklyn. Does anyone have ideas?” Well, do we? Let’s help him out! Throw your best ideas in the comments and we’ll publish ’em in a memo to Marty.
update: oh dear. could this be an imposter? Brooklyn Based just wrote: “Just learned from a trusted source that @MartyMarkowitz isn’t really Marty. Who’s behind it? Fess up!”
update2: my my my the account is now deleted. twitter sez “That page doesn’t exist!” what’s going on marty man?

Jindal's Response "Disaster For the Republican Party," "Nihilism," "Insane"

Speaking of Obama’s budget, we’re not usually huge fans of David Brooks, but holy Christ did he nail it here:

We’re waiting for a Kenny the Page mash-up [UPDATE: this is close]. Until then, this will do. Leave Bobby Jindal Alone:

Obama's Budget

Here’s a link to Obama’s new budget, in all its PDF glory. Enjoy!

Been Had Movies

Ya’ll remember snap music? 2005 was heady days. The stocks were maximal and the hip hop was minimal cuz Atlanta’s ringtone beats ruled every playlist. One of the most successful salesmen of languid, snare-less jams was D4L, whose member, Ju, is currently embroiled in one of the most pointless, enjoyably petty beefs to hit youtube. Starts back in ’08 when Ju dropped this video bragging about his ends:

Which, like most releases from the D4L camp since 2006, was pretty much ignored. Turns out that months later Ju would get shit thrown back in his face thanks to the perennial hero of youtube… some dude in his basement:

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Well-Connected Session Drummer Will Do Anything For $75K

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You ever heard of Josh Freese? No? Neither had I until I stumbled across this site. Mr. Freese, who plays or has played dums with Nine Inch Nails, Devo, The Vandals, A Perfect Circle, etc. etc. etc. is releasing a solo album called Since 1972 on March 24. And as his site explains, you can “subscribe” to this album for editions that range in price from $7 to $75,000. The $7 is a simple digital download of the record, with things getting gradually more interesting as the price goes up (at the $5K level, for example, Josh offers to “Get drunk together. If you don’t drink we can go to my Dads place and hang out under the ‘Tuba tree,'” and as part of the $20K package, “Josh writes 2 songs about you and it’s made available on iTunes and appears on his next record”).
The full $75,000 package warrants quoting in full:

-Signed CD/DVD and digital download -T-shirt -Go on tour with Josh for a few days. -Have Josh write, record and release a 5 song EP about you and your life story. -Take home any of his drumsets (only one but you can choose which one.) -Take shrooms and cruise Hollywood in Danny from TOOL’s Lamborgini OR play quarters and then hop on the Ouija board for a while. -Josh will join your band for a month…play shows, record, party with groupies, etc…. -If you don’t have a band he’ll be your personal assistant for a month (4 day work weeks, 10 am to 4 pm) -Take a limo down to Tijuana and he’ll show you how it’s done (what that means exactly we can’t legally get into here) -If you don’t live in Southern California (but are a US resident) he’ll come to you and be your personal assistant/cabana boy for 2 weeks. -Take a flying trapeze lesson with Josh and Robin from NIN, go back to Robin’s place afterwards and his wife will make you raw lasagna.

Hell, I know it’s it a recession, but if I were some shit-out-of-luck golden-parachuted Lehman’s douchebag, I might be willing to toss the money at the dude who co-wrote that sonic shitwhale “Chinese Democracy” (check out Freese’s Wikipedia page) to be my personal assistant. You know, because asshole bankers are probably the only people who dug “Chinese Democracy” in the first place.

Bep Restaurant: Yes, There's Pho in Williamsburg

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photograph by Tam Ngo
Since people have been asking about the mysterious Vietnamese restaurant on the Southside, it’s called Bep and it’s only open on Mondays. Inside the Simple Cafe. More information in our restaurant guide.

Can't We All Just Blog Along?

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European discount airline RyanAir (and it’s PR people, apparently) have got their panties in a twist after one blogger’s discovery of a supposed free flight bug. Check out the angry staffers comments on Jason Roe‘s blog:

“It is Ryanair policy not to waste time and energy corresponding with idiot bloggers and Ryanair can confirm that it won’t be happening again.”
“Lunatic bloggers can have the blog sphere all to themselves as our people are far too busy driving down the cost of air travel”
“…what self respecting developer uses a crappy CMS such as word press anyway AND puts they’re mobile ph number online, i suppose even a prank call is better than nothing on a lonely sat evening!!”

Hat tip, Consumerist.

Ticket Giveaway: U2 on Letterman

We’ve got 2 tickets to next Tuesday’s David Letterman show. U2 will be performing. Their new record No Line On The Horizon drops March 3. It’s their 12th studio album and if you’re the 12th person to email us at mail | at | freewilliamsburg.com (with ‘U2 Giveaway’ in the subject line) the tickets are yours. WE HAVE A WINNER. SORRY
Here’s their new single: