Secret Science Screening: "Parallel Worlds, Parallel Lives"

Growing up, playing in rock bands, we never really wanted to admit that our dads were cool. Probably because of so many t-shirts tucked into jeans, so many too-revealing conversations with waitresses at restaurants, and so much pushing you to play sports on the weekends. Our dads, it is safe to say, were not like Hugh Everett, the father of Eels songwriter Mike Everett.

Mike Everett (or simply just E) did not know his dad was a genius. A for real genius! He died when E was 18, and later Hugh’s theories about parallel universes became a hit in the happening world of quantum physics. The BBC documentary Parallel Worlds, Parallel Lives follows E as he tries to basically understand what his old man was talking about. Hopefully he will clue us in on what parallel worlds are all about, so we can both stop being freaked out by the concept, and hold conversations with our friends who took smarter classes than us in college.

The film is being shown Tuesday night as part of the Secret Science Club at the Bell House. The group isn’t that secret anymore, as every month the events are packed to the gills and standing room only. But although the cat’s out of the bag, a good time is still ensured. When else do you get to feel so smart while drinking with your friends? Check out the trailer below.

Not Blood, Paint: band most likely to start a cult

Long before you arrive at a Not Blood, Paint show the rumours reach you. They are music, they are spectacle, they are hit ’n run theater, car crash club night, they are a disorientating re-imagining of what four men, five coats of make-up and accomplished musicality can do with a six by ten space.

Once Abe Lincoln showed up to assassinate an impostor Lincoln on stage, there was a duel, it was 1865. At Bizcon 2009, posing as businessmen sprinkling the secret to their success, the band were removed from the stage and cussed-out by an irate venue owner, suspicious that they weren’t really a band.

And it can be confusing, casual observers leave tonight not sure what just happened, some feeling like NBP have been inside their heads moving around the furniture, others wondering aloud: “have I just been punk’d?”

Tonight begins with sacramental wine, occult chanting and a swelling audience. Before long we are guided on laundromat flirtations, pantyhose washing one-liners, we get a how-to on histrionic four-part harmonies, witty interplay and languorous bass-lines and that’s just in “Watch Your Mouth”.

Beyond the immersive physical theater, beyond the site-specific improv and pageantry NBP sound as much post-punk as post-prog, as much pastiche as parody, they are a guided tour through a minefield of ambitious, dynamic melodies and assorted guilty pleasures. Not since the Horrors pillaged krautrock and post-punk has a band’s Vinyl collection been a subject of such insatiable scrutiny.

Tonight there is no need to preface your secret love of King Crimson’s “House of the Crimson King” with qualifiers, tonight you need not defend your “Mr Blue Sky” ringtone to indignant friends, tonight even Toto’s ‘Africa’ is welcome. Tonight is post-irony, let the chips fall where they may.

Following a directive from the band the NBP faithful, the so-called Not Fans, Painters or Paintbuckets, dance their asses off in glam, in glitter, in various metallics, in fur, in jewels, face-paint and masks. Rumor has it that a Bomb Squad producer is here tonight as a precursor to what one can only imagine would be a show-stopping future recording.

Somehow, behind the costuming, the breathtaking four part harmonies, beyond lead vocalists Joe Stratton and George Frye’s assured stage manner, the band manage to share the dynamic time-changes and dueling harmonies of the Dirty Projectors, the spastic inventiveness of neo-prog acts Yeasayer and Of Montreal, and the bombastic histrionics of MUSE or Queen all without falling into knowing clever-clever Pitchfork revisionism.

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Cee-Lo — "Fuck You"

We weren’t going to post this, since it’s already getting lots of attention. But on second thought…. we wouldn’t want any one to miss out.

Secret Greenpoint Rooftop Party: Janka Nabay & Ski Beatz

Last night the Less Artists More Condos crew hosted a quasi secret rooftop party at a spectacular location in Greenpoint. It felt like those Waterfront shows in 2009, but on a very intimate roof. If this becomes a more regular location for shows, then we are all in for some very special treats. Below is footage from performers like Janka Nabay and Ski Beatz w/Nesby Phips.

Reversal: Final Pool Party (Next Week) Will Happen!

Next week’s show is back on. Yahoo. As far as we know, today’s Chromeo show has not been canceled either. We’ll keep you posted. [via]

Five days after abruptly canceling the last installment of the Pool Parties concert series at East River State Park in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, because the promoter of the shows had not paid its bills, the nonprofit group that helps administer the park has reinstated that show, which is set for next Sunday.

The Open Space Alliance for North Brooklyn said on Sunday morning that Jelly NYC, the promoter, had paid most of the money it owed for use of the park, and that two adjacent businesses to the park — a small strip along the waterfront with striking views of Midtown Manhattan — chipped in to make up the difference. Those donors were Norman and Elaine Brodsky, who are among the owners of CitiStorage; and Douglaston Development, which is building the Edge, a large luxury apartment building.

“We are pleased that Jelly was able to meet most of its obligations,” said Steve Hindy, the alliance’s chairman and the president of Brooklyn Brewery.

Jaydiohead Mos Def Doublechecks Your Head

Following in the footsteps of Wait What‘s XX/notorious B.I.G. mash-up album, Max Tannone gets busy mixing up and merging some of music’s big-hitters. His Jaydiohead album is available for download here, as well as a collision of Beastie Boys vs Beastie Boys and a Mos Def reggae face-off. Grab these now before the labels get on the blower to their legal department.
over and out,
— captain blyth
Following in the footsteps of Wait What‘s XX/notorious B.I.G. mash-up album, Max Tannone gets busy mixing up and merging some of music’s big-hitters. His Jaydiohead album is available for download here, as well as a collision of Beastie Boys vs Beastie Boys and a Mos Def reggae face-off. Grab these now before the labels get on the blower to their legal department.
over and out,
captain blyth.

Summer Is Coming To A Close, BBQ It Up

There are only two Finger On The Pulse BBQs left. Choose wisely– and by that I mean go to both.

$5 Fatty Cue plates tonight. Yum!

Next week, Good Co. (formerly Hope Lounge) welcomes Andrew W.K. on the ones-and-twos.

Sufjan Stevens: 'All Delighted People' EP

You can listen to a stream of the 5 song EP below, or buy it for 5 bucks here.

<a href="http://sufjanstevens.bandcamp.com/album/all-delighted-people-ep">All Delighted People (Original Version) by Sufjan Stevens</a>