The Daily Footprint 02/25/09


Kent Ave

Hipstavores

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Grub Street coined it. And the New York Times has a great story on the growing culinary movement in Brooklyn:

Gabrielle Langholtz, the editor of Edible Brooklyn, which chronicles the borough’s food scene, said it has grown along with the arrival of what she calls the ‚”new demographic.”
‚”It’s that guy in the band with the big plastic glasses who’s already asking for grass-fed steak and knows about nibs,” Ms. Langholtz said.
‚”Ten years ago all of these people hadn’t moved to Brooklyn yet,” she added, comparing Brooklyn today to Berkeley in the 1970s. ‚”There’s a relationship to food that comes with that approach to the universe,” Ms. Langholtz said. ‚”Every person you pass has read Michael Pollan, every person has thought about joining a raw milk club, and if they haven’t made ricotta, they want to.”

Here’s the article: Brooklyn’s New Culinary Movement.

Grizzly Bear—Can Somebody Please Find Ed Droste Some Decent Pho?!

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Grizzly Bear [left to right]: Christopher Bear, Ed Droste, Daniel Rossen, Chris Taylor
Back in January of 2004, we found a promo CD dropped in our mailbox. There was no postage, just a CD crudely wrapped in thick paper with a note attached from Kanine Records. Their studios were just around the corner on Powers Street, just a few blocks from FREEwilliamsburg. The CD had some nondescript scribbling on the front and was called Horn of Plenty—an exceptionally low-key, moody record with haunting vocals drenched in reverb. It was recorded by some locals who called themselves Grizzly Bear. Horn of Plenty became our soundtrack for the winter.
Soon after receiving the CD, we saw the band play Glass House Gallery. They killed.
Of course, Grizzly Bear became indie A-listers in 2006 with their masterpiece Yellow House, which was on everybody’s shortlist for record of the year. Their latest, Veckatimest (their website explains that it’s “a small, uninhabited island off the coast of Massachusetts”) will be released on May 26. It’s among the most anticipated records of the year.
Ed Droste (guitar, vocals) wrote us a few weeks ago, inquiring about the lack of Pho in the neighborhood. He’d heard rumors of a new Vietnamese restaurant opening on the Southside, that we haven’t been able to substantiate. (Anyone?) Ed was kind enough to answer a few questions about Brooklyn and Grizzly Bear’s upcoming record.
1. How long have you lived in Williamsburg?
If you include Greenpoint (some people do and some people don’t) I’ve lived in the area since 2003. If you don’t count Greenpoint, since 2006.
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2. Where do you eat & drink? Any favorite local haunts?
Chris Bear’s girlfriend works at Marlow and Sons and everyone that works there is so friendly and the food is insanely amazing so I ultimately always end up there. Other than that I’ve been cooking a lot at home. I would like to publicly say I would KILL for a good Vietnamese Pho joint in the hood, so please somebody open one!!!
3. Is the rest of the band out here?
They are. Chris Bear lives off the Graham stop, myself off Lorimer. Chris Taylor off of Bedford and Dan in Greenpoint.
4. Culturally speaking, what’s your take on New York these days?

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Bikes In The Kitchen and JellyNYC Present…

This Saturday at The Shank in Greenpoint (98 Bayard Street — map). From MyOpenBar

I know, I know—this sounds too good to be true, and it probably is if you look at it like a sane person: NinjaSonik, Team Robespierre, Juiceboxxx, Wild Yaks, Cerebral Ballzy, MNDR, Dre Skull, DJ C.lo and a secret guest (Spank Rock again? Whoops!) with 500 16oz cans of PBR going fast at 11pm. Oh and hey, it’s all-ages, too. Also, Santa to pop out of the fireplace with a big bag of dicks for everybody. (PBR, $6 cover / 11am till gone)

Sounds like a great show, even without the bag of dicks.

The Daily Footprint 02/24/09

Recession Status
L Platform, Union Square

Poster Boy and Aakash Nihalani rework Monet, Smells of Appropriation and Publicity Stunt

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C/O Dan Gould
My initial reaction to the MoMA installation at Atlantic Ave. was mixed. I concede that people are inundated with advertising, and this was an opportunity to offer people something more cultured. Still, the motivation seemed a little suspect.
Seeing Poster Boy and Aakash Nihalani, however, remix the works made me very excited about the installation. While the public display makes the work vulnerable to vandalism, it also provides for the images to be appropriated and enter the larger cultural dialogue. It, therefore, brings a new life to the pieces and provides for more social commentary.
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C/O Doug Jaeger
What I don’t quite understand in this story is why Doug Jaeger, the advertising brains behind the original campaign, was photographed participating in the vandalism? The move reduces Poster Boy’s street art to a publicity stunt. This makes the project seem calculated and doesn’t bode well for the MoMA or Poster Boy.
Update: NY Mag has the scoop. MoMA denies authorizing the vandalism. CBS Outdoors believes otherwise.
Update: MoMA is now lashing out. Police are seeking Doug Jaeger for questioning.
Hat Tips: Vulture, PSFK

Animal Collective Facebook Lyricing

Thanks for playing along, Cornelius.

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Related: Animal Collective is a Band Created By/For/On the Internet

Brother Can You Spare Some Rent?

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img c/o the city reliquary
The City Reliquary (370 Metropolitan Ave.) is bringing it back to the 30’s this Friday night for their Depression-Era Fundraiser, featuring all sorts “historical diversions and entertainments.” They wrote in, saying, “Times are tough all around ‚Äì rollercoaster stock markets, job losses by the hundreds of thousands, bipartisan bickering with no relief in sight. It’s even tougher for 501 (c) (3) non-profit Community Museums.” So in honor or these tough times, they’ll have on hand:

Pie the Landlord!
Madame LuLu LoLo, Fortune Teller Extraordinaire
Hobo Photos a Go-Go
Depression-era movies
Oil drum fires
DIY Fingerless Gloves Table!
Prohibition-era Beer provided by the Brooklyn Brewery
DJ Stacher playing hits from the economically challenged 1930s (Harlem Jazz) and 1970s (early Rap); as well as Big Money tracks from the 1980s (disco) and 2000s (electro).

The Reliquary is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization with all sorts of vintage NYC collections, meaning your fortuneteller fees will be tax deductible! The door minimum is $10 and will help pay this and last’s month rent.
Here’s your post soundtrack:

Lets Lynch The Landlord – Dead Kennedys