Video: MGMT's "Congratulations" Tearjerker

Toro Y Moi "Low Shoulder"

When you shut your eyes and listen, this tune by FREEwilliamsburg favorite Toro y Moi is all skippy, bouncy, and happy squelchy-ness. When you open them it’s all roofies, stabbing and satanic rituals. An interesting video by Elisha Smith-Leverock and Chris Murdoch.

Film Review: The Tillman Story

In 2002, Pat Tillman left the NFL and a contract worth millions of dollars to join the US Army along with his brother, Kevin. By April 2004, he was dead. Though initial reports claimed Tillman was killed by hostile forces, it was eventually revealed that the bullets came from US soldiers. Pat Tillman was a victim of fratricide – friendly fire. With great intensity and surprising restraint, Amir Bar-Lev’s The Tillman Story argues that everyone, from those on the scene to George W. Bush, covered up the actual events surrounding Tillman’s death as a way of improving public opinion of the war.

Throughout the initial reports and eventual revelation of fratricide, Tillman’s death was a top story covered daily by major news outlets. Despite this, Bar-Lev methodically unravels the story as if it had never been told before. And in a way, it hasn’t. The key difference between the story we’ve heard for six years and the one told here? Pat Tillman’s family – particularly his mother, Mary. She spent years scouring military documents to uncover the truth about her son’s death and serves as the driving force behind the film.

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The Rap Map

A useful tool for road-tripping hip hop nerds, the Rap Map pin-points such notable locations as the George Westinghouse Institute of Technology, where Biggie, Jay Z and Busta all went to school in the 80s and honed their skills in the hallways. You can also locate spots name-checked in songs, such as the charming Greenleaf Boulevard where ‘bodies be found..with their fucking heads cut off’ –from ‘Let Me Ride’ by Dr. Dre, or Lil Wayne’s condo in Miami (or Rikers Island, the jail Lil Wayne is serving time for weapons charges).

Those less interested in hip hop history and more in meeting a nice lady should instead refer to this helpful map of places.

over and out,
— captain blyth.

The Bike Crusader Offers Clues To Identity

Here’s a fun question. Who has lived here for 10 years, sent letters to Marty Markowitz about bikes on Bedford Avenue, called the police, and “put forward an idea for bike depots, which would be built in McCarren Park and along Kent Avenue and charge cyclists a $1 fee to park there”?

C’mon, somebody go scour some public records or something.

Also, we now know why the Brooklyn Paper is protecting their bike-gluing source: “because our reporters have not actually witnessed him committing a crime.” Total crock of shit.

Who should be our next make-believe villainous superhero?! Help name him in the comments! Maybe the Paper will publish your story next week.

[h/t to Animal]

Champs Vegan Bakery Opens

Earlier in June we posted about the all-vegan bakery Champs  owned by Megan Blackburn and Brad Baker (best name ever) of Boneshakers that was scheduled to open later in the summer. Vegans rejoice-it’s finally open and ready for business! The interior of Champs is fairly bare bones right now-three pictures are hung on the wall, and there aren’t any table and chairs, but they’ll be arriving soon. Taking inspiration from the Italian bakeries in the area, Baker and Blackburn wanted to offer everything one would find at a normal bakery, but made with strictly vegan ingredients. A variety of cookies, cupcakes, scones, brownies, and Gimmie! Coffee Drinks are served. We tried the chocolate, peanut butter brownie and it was delicious. Typically vegan treats taste chalky, but that wasn’t the case here. The Discerning Brute got the details on the tasty vegan treats:

Eighty-five percent of the ingredients they’re using are organic, their shortenings are healthy oils that are  non-hydrogenated, and, in addition to being 100% vegan, they’ll soon be offering gluten-free and sugar-free options. The most exciting news happened when Megan spilled the beans about the croissants. That’s right… they will be offering the only vegan croissants in New York.

Champs. 176 Ainslie Street. Brooklyn, NY 11211. (718) 599-2743

New Real Estate Single: 'Out Of Tune'

From TruePanther:

New single from Real Estate. Two brand new songs, “Out of Tune” and “Reservoir”. “Out of Tune” was recorded by Jarvis Taveniere and features some synthwork by Daniel Lopatin (aka Oneohtrix Point Never). Greater fidelity and more sophisticated songwriting than we’ve heard from Real Estate before. Available on 7″ and Digital Single 10/12/10.

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New Ted Leo Video "Bottled In Cork"

I can’t tell if this new Ted Leo and the Pharmacists video is a spoof of American Idiot or a feel-good look at the goofiness of the “punk rock ethos.” (Whatever that means.) What I can tell is that this Tom Scharpling-directed video is star-studded! It’s got Paul F. Tompkins, John Hodgman, Julie Klausner and punks!