Is It Just Us, Or Is This Video Oddly Addictive

Captain Kirk is climbing a mountain…. why is he climbing the mountain?

Pool Party This Sunday With Fiery Furnaces

The Fiery Furnaces – Charmaine Champagne
We’re pretty excited about Sunday’s show. Fiery Furnaces are playing and their latest, I’m Going Away, is the strongest of their career. Hopefully the weather will hold. Last week’s Dan Deacon show had to be moved to Brooklyn Bowl, so we’re keeping our fingers crossed. Doors open at 2. See you there.
Simian Mobile Disco (DJ set) | Fiery Furnaces | Dark Meat | The Netherlands
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Butt Out, Baghdad: Cig Laws Coming To Iraq

The AP is reporting that extensive smoking regulations may soon be enforced in Iraq, where packs run as little as 50 cents. If passed, there would be no lighting up in “government buildings, schools, movie theaters, sports facilities and on public transportation. It also bans the sale of cigarettes to anyone under the age of 18.”
Come again? Freakin’ Wyoming can’t even pass a statewide ban on smoking in your enclosed workplace, and last I checked there was no threat of federal schism, Iranian manipulation, bombed out infrastructure, and/or murderous insurgency in its last throes or otherwise anywhere near Pappa Cheney’s huntin’ grounds. If al-Maliki and co. think they can enforce a law this Giuliani, Broken Windows-esque even in Iraq, perhaps it’s time for Barack, or at least Petraeus, to start printing up some “Mission Accomplished” banners of his own.
Next up on Wheel Of Priorities, pooper-scooper crackdown in Kabul.

Album Giveaway: tUnE-yArDs Limited Screen Printed Edition of BiRd-BrAiNs

Debut album BiRd-BrAiNs, out August 18th on 4AD, is the singular musical project of New England native Merrill Garbus, a.k.a tUnE-yArDs. Merril’s ukulele brings forth a timid quality that can only be captured by the word endearing. In a Kimya Dawson-esque language, her somewhat awkward femininity blazes forward with a lonesome confidence.
The work is best described by Garbus herself as ‚”a patchwork of sound snippets, of history in a present tense. It is a composer’s commitment to the preservation of stories, however small and unassuming.”– self recorded on a handheld digital voice recorder and produced on free mixing software, with echoing drum loops and siren vocals.
We’ve got a copy of this Limited Edition Screen Printed DIY gem for TWO LUCKY READERS! Simply comment on the tUnE-yArDs thread on our Facebook page and you can become just as obsessed as I have…
Recently coming off tour with sound pioneers Micachu & The Shapes, tUnE-yArDs will be making a pit stop at Music Hall of Williamsburg on Sept 5th with troubadour Phosphorescent, before hitting up the UK with the lovely Dirty Projectors.

Plushy Tryouts

plushy-freaks.jpgThe pervy creepy bouncing plushies are looking for a few good men pervy creepy bouncing plushies. From our mailbag:

Club Animals attempts to see the world through the eye of a child, and with the other eye, an adult. To experience this logic, call the Candy Crack Delivery Service for a delivery of a 100% sugar crack rock (multi-colored and multi-flavored with snow cone syrup). In this twisted, childhood, role-playing experiment, expect a 7-foot tall man in a plush, blue fish mascot head, white gloves and a tuxedo to come knocking soon after you call or text for delivery. You can purchase a few candy crack rocks for $1 a pop in a 1″ x 1″ crack bag.
Furthermore, we’re looking for a few good animals to expand our group. We are a daring, hard working performance group (best known for Free Bouncy Rides) looking for people with like-minded ideas to contribute.
Saturday, August 8th:
Club Animals Tryouts
440 Studios
440 Lafayette St, Manhattan
2-3pm sharp
Rooms: 4J, 4K
Saturday, August 8th:
Candy Crack Delivery Service
Call or Text 347-742-2293 for delivery
*Serving Williamsburg and Greenpoint ONLY*

Previously: Creepy, Lap-Bouncey, Pervy Plushies Now Delivering Crack.

Williamsburg Condo Developers Try Desperate Viral Marketing Campaign

As we’ve reported before, developers in Williamsburg are getting pretty desperate. Units remain unsold, construction plans are on hold. Crusty-ass gutter punks are squatting in abandoned lots originally intended for “luxury apartments.” Still, the latest ploy by JMH Development to attract attention to their condos on 184 Kent Ave is nothing short of embarrassing. They’re promoting a video for a satirical dating site exclusively for Williamsburg residents:

Can anyone say FAIL. Apparently the message of this video is that if you’re a pasty, dullard from Wisconsin who sometimes gets mistaken for Jared the Subway dude, fear not. Buy a luxury condo on the Williamsburg waterfront and you’ll be fucking braindead hipster hotties in no time. And like the poster behind Jared’s brother, “Branston,” informs us, you don’t even have to be Jewish.
“Love is all about location,” Branston tells us, forgetting that other age-old adage: effective advertising is all about not being a fucking imbecile.
If you click through to the website, set up by the developer, things don’t get much better:
Ugh. We’re assuming they plan on pumping out more of these, since they’ve introduced some new characters on the website so stay tuned. Maybe the next episode can focus on Lenora cougaring it up with some young hipster dudes at a Deer Tick show at Market Hotel.

Berry Park or Where you will find me on the regular

Image via Urban Daddy
Berry Park has been in the making for months now and according to a post on Urban Daddy, this Friday was suppose to be the big day. I just called, however, and the grand opening has been moved to the 17th. Woo is me.
With 15 (!!) beers on tap, “beer-infused menu items,” and a 3000 ft rooftop with a view over McCarren Park, Spuyten Duyvil might have some new competition for my favorite beer garden.

Best Music Site We've Found In A While…

portada.jpgSure, we love Pitchfork, Stereogum, and Brooklyn Vegan but sometimes it’s nice to find a great blog that specializes in the vintage. El Diablo Tun Tun has been blowing us away. Lots of great album and cd rips for fans of vintage Country, Blues, Old Time, Calypso, Rag Time, Bluegrass, and much more.
Our favorite finds thus far are Scat Singing – The Art of Vocal Jazz (1927-1949) and Voodoo Blues – Hoodoo & Magical Practices . But there are hundreds more to choose from. Check out the full list at El Diablo Tun Tun. [via WFMU]