What Sank the Shank?

Blame it all on the youth.

‚”I could handle 250 of what were mostly my friends, but the crowd kept getting younger and rowdier,” O’Brien said. ‚”There were discussions of how to keep making money without letting in undesirable people.” According to him, however, ‚”a steady flow of mismanagement” ensured this never came to fruition. There were also issues of delegation. ‚”Nobody could ever agree who was really in charge,” explained O’Brien.

Jamie Peck chronicles The Shank’s rise and fall at the New York Press.

Wild Light Fan Video Contest

I’ve been missing California a bit lately (i.e. here, and here), but all it took was a little Northeast quartet called Wild Light to remind me how I really feel.

Currently on tour with Stellastarr* (although mostly in California!?), the guys are giving you a chance to show them how you feel via a fan uploaded music vido contest. Details after the jump…

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Boyfriend Criteria (You're All Doomed)

A lovely young thing compiled this list of her notable boyfriend criteria. Among the desired characteristics: smart, funny, likes comics, art and good shoes.
Among the negatives: annoying, tight pants, bad tattoos, “think you’re soooo smart,” bad hair, and bad music.
In other words, the majority of our neighborhood males are undesirable boyfriends! It’s time to start looking elsewhere, ladies.
[via buzzfeed]

Ticket Giveaway: Tickets to Animation Block Party

Rooftop is screening a night of animated films for the Animation Block Party this Friday at 8pm on the lawn of Automotive High School (next to McCarren).

Venue: On the lawn of Automotive High School
Address: 50 Bedford Ave. @ North 13th St. (Williamsburg, Brooklyn)
Directions: L to Bedford Ave. or G to Nassau Ave.
Rain: In the event of rain the show will be held indoors at the same location
8:00PM: Doors open
8:30PM: Live music by Teengirl Fantasy, presented by Sound Fix Records
9:00PM: Film
10:30PM: Filmmaker Q & A
11:30PM-1:00AM: After-party: Open Bar at Matchless (557 Manhattan Ave. @ Driggs) Courtesy of Radeberger Pilsner
Tickets: $9 at the door or online
Presented in partnership with: 5 Gum ® , Cinereach, New York magazine, City Council Member David Yassky & Automotive High School

You can get tickets here, or just head over and comment on this facebook status for a chance at winning two tickets to the screening!

Video: Deer Tick

Deer Tick‘s in town on the heels of the release of their fantastically gruffy sophomore album, Born On Flag Day, playing at the Ballroom this Friday ($13/15). Time-straddling musicians like front man John McCauley III only come around so often. Clear your schedule and grab a ticket. Here’s a great little video session shot recently in Houston, TX:

Via Laundro Matinee, which also has full mp3 downloads of the session.

Ticket Giveaway: Foreign Born @ Bell House

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Foreign Born, with vocals often compared to young Bono’s range, cranked out a collection of sleepy sunshine melodies shimmering with California summer fun on their newest LP, Person To Person, released late last month. “Winter Games”, the first single of the band’s sophmore full-length, with it’s clap along pop sound and cloudy distortion, is perfect for a drive along the coast. Those of us stuck riding the subway here in the city that never sleeps, don’t worry– this album doubles as a drunken sunset soundtrack. These are hot weather anthems just the way we like ’em, with visions of busted fire hydrants and beach-geared babes on bicycles.
Well, if you’re in the mood to daydream, we’ve got a pair of tickets to see these LA swoonsters with The Veils on August 3rd @ Bell House… Excited!? Well, all you’ve gotta do is follow us on Twitter and RT this post.
And just because we love you, you can check out the psych-pop video for “Winter Games” after the jump!

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Williamsburg Waterfront: Pool Party Two; Also Flyswatter Dude

If you weren’t at yesterday’s Pool Party, you could have fooled us. It was packed. It was a great time all around with Dirty Projectors proving they warrant the hype and Magnolia Electric Co. demonstrating why they’re one of the best alt country acts to come along since Son Volt. Next week, And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead, The Black Lips, Health, and Grupo Fantasmo.
Hopefully, that dancing dude with the fly swatter in his shorts will be there too (check him out after the jump).

Dirty Projectors

Magnolia Electric Co.

It was packed!
LOTS of pix after the jump

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Pat Buchanan Says "Lesbian Coalition of America Discriminates Against White Males"

I’ve got a new piece over at The Huffington Post. The jokes write themselves with these crazy rightwingers:

While appearing on the Rachel Maddow Show last night in the recurring segment “It’s Pat,” MSNBC pundit Pat Buchanan accused the Lesbian Coalition of America (LCA) of discriminating against him.
“I’m as qualified as anyone to head this organization, and for them to not consider my nomination to head the executive board is reverse discrimination against white males,” said Buchanan.
Buchanan was nominated by the group’s senior board member, Alexandra Tillman, who suffers from dementia and assumed Buchanan was a lesbian after seeing him several times on Maddow’s show. The nomination was quickly blocked by a majority vote.
Buchanan was outraged by the rejection. “No one is more qualified to head this lesbian group than me. I’d enliven the LCA and help them move in a new direction,” wrote Buchanan in the New Republic.
He talked about the LCA’s decision with Maddow on MSNBC last night.
“I’ve long felt kinship with the lesbian community,” Buchanon told Maddow. “Why do you think I’m always on your show, Rachel? I pride myself in being a bit of a hag.”

Read it all here. And if you missed the video I’m satirizing, I’ve posted it after the jump.

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