Matt & Kim Debut "Lessons Learned" Video

Matt & Kim debuted their video for Lessons Learned today and you’ll see they really bare it all for you.
Also, I’m not too sure the Village Voice liked it:

If there was anything you could do to “push away” the cute factor, the above video for “Lessons Learned” that premiered today on MTV is it. Streaking in Times Square, ogling the tall buildings like you’re newborn aliens, and then having a cop throw Matt to the ground and wail on him–you win. You’re not cute, you’re law-breaking exhibitionists, and you will go down in history as the nudist Bonnie and Clyde. Can’t say this is going to help with the dirty fantasies, but from now they’re just going to involve Kim in knee socks.

via The Music Slut & the Village Voice

Green In BKLYN

Since Earth Day is tomorrow, I wanted to give y’all some ideas about how to live a greener life in BK. And although I’m too lazy to do most of these things (yes, I know, I’m a hypocrite– comment away), I’m hoping that I’m cleansing my green karma by spreading the word a bit. So here’s your little To-Do list for tomorrow:
1. Go to the Grand Opening of Green in BKLYN and buy some environmentally healthy supplies.
2. Start community composting with the help of North Brooklyn Compost Project in McCarren Park.
3. Or start composting at home with your own pet worms. Via Brooklyn Based:

If you’re not daunted yet, you can also buy worms and start (indoor) composting yourself. A pound of these fuglies runs about $20, which you can order through The Brooklyn Kitchen until the end of the month ‚Äî the first spot in Brooklyn to offer them. Otherwise, they’re available at the LESEC, along with worm ‚”condos.” Jo Micek, also of the North Brooklyn Composting Project, estimates it takes a week for her worms to plow through 2 to 3 pounds of food waste, and 3 months for them to turn it into compost, which she uses on her indoor plants and gives to friends with yards.

4. Pick up one of these super cute reusable grocery bags (which double as beach bags! &/or any other kind of bag), and in doing so you’ll be supporting one of Brooklyn’s own entrepreneurs.
5. That’s all I got for now, but please feel free to add your green ideas in the comments section.
C’mon, guys! Green is the New Beard!

Internet-Age Writing Syllabus and Course Overview

Robert Lanham has a new piece over at McSweeney’s. Here’s a taste:

Course Description
As print takes its place alongside smoke signals, cuneiform, and hollering, there has emerged a new literary age, one in which writers no longer need to feel encumbered by the paper cuts, reading, and excessive use of words traditionally associated with the writing trade. Writing for Nonreaders in the Postprint Era focuses on the creation of short-form prose that is not intended to be reproduced on pulp fibers.
Instant messaging. Twittering. Facebook updates. These 21st-century literary genres are defining a new “Lost Generation” of minimalists who would much rather watch Lost on their iPhones than toil over long-winded articles and short stories. Students will acquire the tools needed to make their tweets glimmer with a complete lack of forethought, their Facebook updates ring with self-importance, and their blog entries shimmer with literary pithiness. All without the restraints of writing in complete sentences. w00t! w00t! Throughout the course, a further paring down of the Hemingway/Stein school of minimalism will be emphasized, limiting the superfluous use of nouns, verbs, adverbs, adjectives, conjunctions, gerunds, and other literary pitfalls.
Students must have completed at least two of the following.
ENG: 232WR—Advanced Tweeting: The Elements of Droll
LIT: 223—Early-21st-Century Literature: 140 Characters or Less
ENG: 301—Advanced Blog and Book Skimming
ENG: 231WR—Facebook Wall Alliteration and Assonance
LIT: 202—The Literary Merits of Lolcats
LIT: 209—Internet-Age Surrealistic Narcissism and Self-Absorption
Week 6:
140 Characters or Less

Students will acquire the tools needed to make their tweets come alive with shallow wit. They’ll learn how to construct Facebook status updates that glitter with irony, absurdity, and dramatic glibness. When tweeting, for instance, that “John is enjoying a buttery English muffin,” why not add a link to an image of a muffin with butter oozing from its nooks and crannies? Or why not exaggerate a tad and say that there’s bacon on that muffin, even if there’s not? It’s called poetic license when writers do it! Students will be encouraged to show honesty and vulnerability in their tweets: “Lydia is lounging about in her underwear at 401 Park Street apartment #2, feeling guilty about telling her boss that her uncle died but enjoying the day off.” There’s no such thing as oversharing when you’re a writer.

Read it all here.

Vote Out 'Brain Bubble' Larry Summers

Over at the Washington Post, Naomi Klein has started a campaign to vote out Wall Street coddler, Larry Summers. We couldn’t agree more and are still perplexed by Obama’s faith in Summers and Geithner. Here’s the case she makes (below) and don’t forget to vote. vote out Summers here.

The criticisms of President Obama’s chief economic adviser are well known. He’s too close to Wall Street. And he’s a frightful bully, of both people and countries. Still, we’re told we shouldn’t care about such minor infractions. Why? Because Summers is brilliant, and the world needs his big brain.
And this brings us to a central and often overlooked cause of the global financial crisis: Brain Bubbles. This is the process wherein the intelligence of an inarguably intelligent person is inflated and valued beyond all reason, creating a dangerous accumulation of unhedged risk. Larry Summers is the biggest Brain Bubble we’ve got.
Brain Bubbles start with an innocuous “whiz kid” moniker in undergrad, which later escalates to “wunderkind.” Next comes the requisite foray as an economic adviser to a small crisis-wracked country, where the kid is declared a “savior.” By 30, our Bubble Boy is tenured and officially a “genius.” By 40, he’s a “guru,” by 50 an “oracle.” After a few drinks: “messiah.”
The superhuman powers bestowed upon these men — and yes, they are all men — shield them from the scrutiny that might have prevented the current crisis. Alan Greenspan’s Brain Bubble allowed him to put the economy at great risk: When he made no sense, people assumed that it was their own fault. Brain Bubbles also formed the key argument Greenspan and Summers used to explain why lawmakers couldn’t regulate the derivatives market: The wizards on Wall Street were too brilliant, their models too complex, for mere mortals to understand.

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Hey Gossip Girl

Suck it. You’ll be canceled by the end of the year.

Sayeth the gurlz: “…you should move your gallery to the city. williamsburg is over.”

XoXo, Williamsburg

Spuyten Duyvil Expanded

Photo by Keith Wagstaff, The Feedbag
So what if you can barely pronounce it. Spuyten Duyvil is still expanding! They recently opened up the backyard garden and The Feedbag reports it’s twice the size.

Beer nerds, rejoice! The Williamsburg beer Mecca known as Spuyten Duyvil recently unveiled a patio roughly double its original size. The bar took over the backyard of the adjacent building and revealed it as part of their own back garden Wednesday of last week.

That is great news for myself and hopefully some of you as well. Once this rainstorm passes, the weather’s looking to be 70 and sunny – beer weather.

Spinning Faile Piece on No. 6th

Gothamist points us to this wooden Faile piece with a spinning top currently located on North 6th. Unless you keep a watchful eye out, its days might be numbered:

The international (and Brooklyn-based) artist collective Faile piece has put up a new piece on North 6th Street in Williamsburg. The carved wooden post has a spinning top, and chances are someone will try to steal it before long—after all, similar pieces were going for $100,000 at a show last year in London.

Srsly don’t steal that shit you guys or FW will find you and brucify your ass (brucify = blog + crucify).

Lou Reed

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As the posters slowly peel off the infamous Bedford Berlin Wall, our brains are still full of a coy Lou Reed smirking at us thru his shades, badass-ness perfectly intune. How can you not be a fan of this man? In my book, he’s timeless, and although Metal Machine Trio kinda confuses my taste for Reed, I think I get it. Seems like I’m not the only one– via NYTimes:

When Lou Reed released ‚”Metal Machine Music,” his 1975 double album mostly (exclusively?) consisting- of guitar feedback, critics and fans were dumbfounded ‚Äî was it a joke, a smirking way to get out a sour record deal? Or was it a harbinger of the industrial and noise music that would flourish decades later? Now, Mr. Reed is again revisiting the experiment, teaming with the composer and saxophonist Ulrich Krieger and the multi-instrumentalist Sarth Calhoun to create ‚”a night of deep noise.”

Download some of the “noise” here.
If you like what you’re hearing, take a walk on the wild side, grab some tix (50% off with valid student ID), and witness one of the greats doing his anti- do do do do do do.
For more things Lou Reed, you can find the BEST thing ever after the jump…

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