Belle & Sebastian Tomorrow At The Williamsburg Waterfront

Since so many of you have written to find out about tomorrow’s show, YES, it’s still scheduled to go on, despite the impending monsoon. It will only be canceled if there’s thunder & lightning — since neither of which are even remotely twee.

Doors open at 5:30 and set times are as follows:

Teenage Fan Club 7 -745
Belle and Sebastian 8:15 – 9:45

More information at www.freewilliamsburg.com/h2oshows

We're Not #1! We're Not #1!

With rent being due at the end of the week, new figures from the U.S. Census Bureau may help you feel better about handing over your hard earned loot.  Contrary to what many New Yorkers might think, our rent is not the most expensive in the country. Alright, it is the sixth most, but that’s still reason to celebrate, or at the very least, not complain as much.  The 2009 American Community Survey released this week shows rent to be the highest in San Jose, CA.  San Francisco follows in second, and Washington D.C. comes in third.  Just barely less expensive than the New York City area is Boston. From Crain’s:

The New York metro area, which includes northern New Jersey and Long Island, was sixth. Median gross rent was $1,125 a month. The median rent in the city alone was $1,086.

Numbers like that are intimidating. More interesting figures should come out when the 2010 Census, which counts how many people are jammed into this city, comes out in the next few months.  If you’re really hurting for a new place, having worn out your welcome on your friend’s couch, and worried about a winter sleeping in McCarren Park, here is an idea for a cheap room in Greenpoint.

Grass Widow Was Here – Monster Island Video

After having played a crowded Old Firehouse in Manhattan the night before, Grass Widow destroyed at Brooklyn’s packed and fairly muggy Monster Island Basement on Tuesday. Apparently the A/C had died just before the show, setting a toasty sauna vibe throughout the night. My two cents on this: Air conditioning is for old people anyway. Some things just have to be earned the hard way, especially when it comes to Brooklyn warehouse shows. They have always been sweltering affairs. Last night, promoter ToddP, took it back to the basics if you will. And in all honesty, the heat wasn’t even half as bad as at the infamous Erykah Badu show earlier this year.
Below is a video edit of Grass Widow’s “Celebrate the Mundane”.

New Violens Video Is Pretty Sexy, Huh?

Remember that Chris Isaak video for “Wicked Game” that pretty much changed your life and made you sexually aware at the tender age of 5? Other than dripping pure sex, the reason why those shots worked were because of the complete inclusion into an intimacy that usually isn’t shared with strangers. In Violens newest video for “Acid Reign (‘In The Trees’ Mix)” we get a glimpse into another intimacy, but this time it’s the teary eyed Jorge Elbrecht “doing his best George Michael“. Or maybe he’s just sweaty… either way, we’re into it.

Brooklyn Bowl App

There’s just about an app for everything these days, isn’t there?

Brooklyn Bowl is the latest to join ranks with their app that lets you do everything from check out their schedule to use the app as a digital lighter to wave at concerts. AND from tonight to Friday, the first 50 people to show off their shiny iphone with the Brooklyn Bowl app get in free. That means you can possible see for zero dollars: Talib Kweli, Carney, Questlove, and Eliot Lipp. No love for the Android users yet, huh? Download is here.

(via Brokelyn)

Band Members Wanted For Best New NYC Band…

OK, maybe that’s not true. [via Village Voice]

Jason Schwartzman shills for The New Yorker

See Jason Schwartzman in various states of undress in this Roman Coppola directed viral ad for The New Yorker‘s new iPad app. I’m trying to hate on the obvious demographic skewing (at one point he answers his iPhone with a cigarette hanging out of his mouth while a cup of organic coffee sits in front of him) but I have a (very) soft spot for Schwartzman. You got me, Don Draper.

Fire breathing. Chocolate debauchery. The legendary ghost pepper.

We love any excuse to visit Brooklyn Botanic Garden which is why we were super excited to hear about the Chile Pepper Fiesta happening this Saturday, October 2nd from Noon-6pm. The Chile Pepper Fiesta is a one-day culinary & musical celebration of the chile pepper and chile-loving cultures. Awesome chefs from Brooklyn will be in attendance including Corwin Kave (Fatty Crab, Fatty ‘Cue), Dave Schuttenberg (Cabrito), Karthik Kumar (Brick Lane Curry House) and Simon Glenn (Tchoup Shop at d.b.a.) give tastings of their spicy creations. Local chocolatiers The Chocolate Room, Liddabit Sweets, Mast Brothers and Taza will also be sampling chile-chocolate sweets. Tickets are $15 and also include admission to the gardens.