TONIGHT: Cale Parks & Lemonade @ Santos Party House


By now you know that we’re loving Cale Parks. And you’ve probably been chipping your manicure just waiting for the interview with the man himself. You’re also probably really excited for TONIGHT’s show at Santos Party House, which kicks off his next US tour with Lemonade. I know I am. Especially since I just realized that the first single, “One at a Time” reminds me a lot of this guy, and that can’t be bad.

See below for what Cale had to say about stage moniters, Brooklyn, and the new album, To Swift Mars, out on Polyvinyl now. Also, check out the video premiere of “One at a Time” HERE.

FREEburg: There’s a certain satisfaction that comes with wailing on an instrument, like playing drums with Aloha and White Williams for instance. How do you describe the transition to drum machines and synth?

Cale Parks: There was no transition, just a simple logistical issue that I couldn’t play the drums and make the music I wanted to make. I love drum machines and synths. There’s a specific type of satisfaction you experience when you tweak a drum sample or synth chord in the perfect way that you just can’t compare to getting all choppy on the drumset and vice versa. I’ve been doing the solo thing exclusively for almost a year now, but I’m really, really missing sitting behind a kit. I guess this is why Phil Collins jumps behind a second drumset for a solo or two on every solo show.

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Obama Proves Once Again That He Needs To Grow A Pair

As per usual, Matt Taibbi articulates my opinion to a tee

the public option was not a cure-all. In fact, the Democrats had in reality already managed to kill the public option by watering it down to the point of near-meaninglessness. But the notion that our president not only does not have any use anymore for a public option, but in fact ‚”will be satisfied” if there is merely ‚”choice and competition” in the market is, well, disgusting.
I’ll say this for George Bush: you’d never have caught him frantically negotiating against himself to take the meat out of a signature legislative initiative just because his approval ratings had a bad summer. Can you imagine Bush and Karl Rove allowing themselves to be paraded through Washington on a leash by some dimwit Republican Senator of a state with six people in it the way the Obama White House this summer is allowing Max Baucus (favorite son of the mighty state of Montana) to frog-march them to a one-term presidency?
To quote Method Man’s Calvin ‚”Cheese” Wagstaff character from The Wire, ‚”This is some shameless shit right here.”

NYC's Cool New Backyard Farms: Growing More Than Just Produce

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Shot & Edited by Liza de Guia.

Waterfront Party Pics 8/16/2009

Del the Funky Homosapien | Prince Paul (DJ set) | DD/MM/YYYY | Gravytrain!!! | Kenan Bell*
SOOOOO much more after the jump!

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It Came from Brooklyn: August 14, 2009

Last Friday was the first of a new series It came from Brooklyn music shows at the Guggenheim museum. The event was packed with loyal Brooklynites who trekked out to support their neighbors including: The Brooklyn Steppers Marching Band, High Places, The Walkmen, Colson Whitehead and Leo Allen. For more information on the event and future shows, click here.
More photos after the jump.

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TONIGHT: Alela Diane & Sharon Van Etten @ Union Hall

Tonight at Union Hall, supporting the lovely Alela Diane, is Bushwick’s own Sharon Van Etten. Her hauntingly subtle video for “For You”, the first single off of debut album, Beacuse I Was In Love, has been running in a loop through my head for the last few months. Shortly after being first dumbstruck, I was blown away by her live performance at Union Pool for the Northside Festival.

We got a chance to catch up with Sharon in her ‘hood about Richard Brautigan, love in the past tense, and good coffee. Take a look at the interview after the jump.

Don’t be dumb, this is a show you don’t want to pass up.

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The Daily Footprint 08/14/09

The Levee

Gentlemen Broncos Trailer

It’s the latest from the directors of Napoleon Dynamite, Jared and Jerusha Hess, and if it’s as awesome as it looks, we’ll forgive them for releasing Nacho Libre. Gentlemen Broncos stars Sam Rockwell and Jemaine Clement—both major pluses—and has a pretty hilarious premise:

Gentlemen Broncos tells the story of a homeschooled teenage outcast and aspiring fantasy writer. He attends a fantasy convention to show off his work and finds his idea, Yeast Lords, becomes ripped off by acclaimed novelist Ronald Chevalier, who has turned desperate for ideas.

Now we don’t know which comedy to be more excited about, Gentlemen Broncos or Mike Judge’s upcoming film Extract.

Check out the Extract trailer after the jump.

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