Williamsburg circa 1992 photos

Over on Melodie McDaniel’s portfolio I found a photo essay of Williamsburg in 1992. The black and white photos are of the Hasidic community, making the ‘burg look like one of the old European Jewish quarters. I’d guess that the same type of photo essay could be done today easily with similar results, those crazy kids have just not picked up the iphone craze.

New Washed Out video for "Hold Out"

This new Washed Out video is a like high school yearbook for someone who partied way harder and was way cooler than you in high school. It’s a montage of clips from live shows, touring throughout the country, chilling in lakes and living in hotel rooms.

Release Party for Magic Kids "Memphis"

Let’s all get dolled up and head to the sock hop! The Fader and True Panther are throwing a party to celebrate Magic Kids’ debut release Memphis. With the serious oldies-sounding vibes that the kids are making, you can only imagine the number of poodle skirts and varsity jackets that people are going to be wearing. (OK, probably tank tops and colorful tights, but we’ll still take it!)

The event is at Stanton Public starting at 6:30 and going until 8:30, because, you know, it’s a school night and you probably have studying to do. Promises include giveaways, limited edition tape copies of Memphis, and free beer and pizza. And if you’re lucky, you just might get that final slow dance with the special someone you’ve been eying all summer.

If you haven’t heard Memphis yet, you can head over to Magic Kids’ MySpace, where it is streaming.

Updated – Free Screening of The Sternberg Project

UPDATED: Due to rain, the free screening of The Sternberg Project will be held next Monday, August 30 at 8pm.

Zena Bibler of The Dance Film Lab will be screening (for free) her newest site-specific film, The Sternberg Project, at the Sternberg Handball Court on Monday, August 30 at 8pm. The event will also include a short live performance and dance film by Itziar Barrio.

The Sternberg Project will be an interactive, crowd-sourced, multi-media time capsule of July in Sternberg Park and its surrounding area. The project is an assemblage of short videos made on anything from an HD camcorder to a camera phone that capture and create the movement of the park including dances, conversations, home runs, images, narratives, stills, sounds for the month of July 2010.

[More at moviehouse]

Brooklyn Musician Sells More Records Than Heidi Montag

Local recording artist, The Zax, met his long time goal of selling more records that Heidi Montag did in her first week at his aptly named website, HelpMeSellMoreRecordsThanHeidiMontag.com— sounds tough, huh? Well, turns out the plastic MTV reality star only sold 658 copies in those first seven days. Ouch.

As of today, The Zax has sold 659 records. And for that, we salute him… it only took him approximately two months.

We caught up with the man behind the campaign via email to figure out, well, what exactly was the point.

What came first- the music or the need to out sell Heidi? The music came first. Released my first record “Sheepshearing” in 2007. My new record is called “LOVE”, been working on it for 2 years in my bedroom in Brooklyn. It’s self produced.

When/where did you first come up with the campaign?
Read on some blog somewhere in like January about Heidi only selling 658 copies of her album in the first week of release. Felt sort of bad about this, but thought it was kind of funny/fitting. The idea for the website hit me ~3 months ago when I was thinking “How the hell am I going to sell any records with no marketing budget.” I remembered “Heidi” and thought it would be a ‘funny’, ‘self-deprecating’ way to maybe market the record. So I bought the domain, pitted myself against Heidi Montag and started blogging about my ‘experience’.

Why do you hate Heidi?
I don’t. Feel bad for her in some ways. I like that she’s putting herself out there, making music and stuff. I respect that. Sort of sad about all the plastic surgery though, thought she was pretty before.

What’s The Zax all about? What’s your mantra?

Why should we buy the record now that you’ve won?
Don’t know. Maybe you’ll actually like it. Seems reasonable.

Is It Your Birthday?

We couldn’t resist. [h/t The Culture of Me]

Smells Like Neat Spirit

Apparently smelling like you’ve been on a three-day bender is now socially acceptable, sophisticated even. Portland General Store have released this Whisky Eau De Toilette, claiming its ‘powerfully masculine’ aroma is like ‘old oaken casks, deep amber and rich spice’. Furthermore, there’s a Tobacco Wet Shave Soap to complete your debauchery-steez beauty regime. Both available at Hickorees.

New Northside Hotel Opening in April 2011

Aptsandlofts.com via NY Times

HotelChatter and the Post clued us in on a new opening up next year in the ‘Burg — and Hotel Le Jolie better gear up for some serious competition. Graves World Hospitality is in the process of building the Williamsburg Hotel and Residences on N. 12th Street. Just when you thought the Northside couldn’t change at a quicker pace, prepare to have a boutique-ish sized hotel (with an adjoining apartment complex) charging $300 a night for a room.

After Albany passed a bill last month cracking down on illegal hotels and hostels in the city, the Williamsburg Hotel and Residences aim to fill the void — and this certainly ain’t no Hotel Toshi. HotelChatter mentions “plans for a rooftop bar (with wooden planks reminiscent of the Brooklyn Bridge), the ground-floor pool, and the street-food-style restaurant.”

The Post spoke to the developer:

“The one thing we’re trying not to be is a nightclub,” said Graves. “We will have some nice lounges and bars, but they will be approachable. You can build the nicest four walls, but if you don’t have the service to back it up, people won’t come back.”

This vision begins from its rooftop, whose wooden floor planks resemble the walking path of the Brooklyn Bridge, to its restaurant, “Streets,” which will offer a variety of improvised Third World delicacies such as pork banh mi and tripe satay, albeit at First World prices.

Tripe, pool access and cocktails? Not sure if we’re 100% charmed, but we have a feeling that wealthy relatives and European tourists alike will be flocking by next summer.