Avey Tare designed some sweet shoes

Attention all sneakerheads! Animal Collective’s Avey Tare has designed a shoe! And you know what? It’s pretty dope.

This design comes as part of Animal Collective’s collaboration with Keep apparel company. And of course this is not just a labor of love of fashion and freshness, it is also for a cause. All proceeds are going to the Socorro Island conservation fund,  a non-profit helping to preserve a region off Baja in California, the Revillagigedo Archipelago. It was a place where the guys would go scuba diving together and marvel at some cool ass fishes. BUT THAT’S NOT ALL! The shoes also come packaged with a cassette of unreleased Animal Collective tunes. Bonus!

Pre-order these sneaks over at KEEP. They won’t come til March, but that doesn’t mean you have to wait til then to brag about having these.


Film Screening TONIGHT at Willifest: The Vanishing City

If you’re in Williamsburg this evening – and even if you’re not – make you’re way to the Knitting Factory at 10:00PM for a screening of Jen Senko and Fiore DeRosa’s new documentary, The Vanishing City. It chronicles the recent transformation of New York into a city dominated by luxurious property development – a trend that has left smaller, local business and property owners suffering.

From the website:

Told through the eyes of tenants, city planners, business owners, scholars, and politicians, The Vanishing City exposes the real politic behind the alarming disappearance of New York’s beloved neighborhoods, the truth about its finance-dominated economy, and the myth of “inevitable change.” Artfully documented through interviews, hearings, demonstrations, and archival footage, the film takes a sober look at the city’s “luxury” policies and high-end development, the power role of the elite, and accusations of corruption surrounding land use and rezoning. The film also links New York trends to other global cities where multinational corporations continue to victimize the middle and working classes.

For tickets, head to Willifest’s website.

Blank Dogs kick off Tortillas on the creek – A benefit for Newton Creek

“Tortillas On The Creek” is a monthly series of benefit shows to support the clean up of Newton Creek, promoted by Newton Radio and hosted by Tortilleria Mexicana Los Hermanos at 271 Starr Street. Last night’s performers included Snakes Say Hisss, I’m Turning Into, Sweet Bulbs and Blank Dogs. A 2 song video montage of the latter can be found below, as well as upcoming ‘creek dates’.

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This weekend: go see some art!

What are you doing this weekend? Why not go see some art shows?

A piece from "SeenoEvil..." opening at Factory Fresh on Friday

Friday Night: At FactoryFresh the crazy/weird/surreal show “seenoevilseenoevilsee evil” is opening – featuring work by Jeremiah Maddock, Daniel Trocchio and Amanda Wong. All three are showing crazy hypnotic and colorful pieces, ranging from drawings to paintings to video.

And then, Saturday! Artist-run gallery Pandemic is opening their latest show,”Split Personality,” with a Pabst-Blue-Ribbon sponsored party. Split Personality is the first solo show by Laos-born artist Vilaykorn Sayaphet and features work split between two sides – an impressionist/painterly body of work and a more serious collection of illustrations.

seenoevilseenoevilsee evil” opens Friday September 24 from 7-10pm, and is running from September 24-October 24 at Factory Fresh, at 1053 Flushing Avenue between Morgan and Knickerbocker, off the L train Morgan Stop.

Split Personality opens on Saturday, September 25th, 2010, from 7-11 PM, and runs through October 10th at Pandemic Gallery, on 37 Broadway (between Wythe and Kent) off the Marcy stop on the J/M/Z.


A piece from the Split Personality show opening Saturday night at Pandemic

Ticket Giveaway: Here We Go Magic at Bowery Ballroom

Earlier this summer, Here We Go Magic released Pigeons— a record heavy in a certain new wave dreaminess and experimental twang, like the opening line of the album’s first single, “Collector”, which succeeds in almost fooling us into believing we’re listening to a Fiery Furnaces song until, of course, a third syllable breaks loose.

It’s a bit of a different sound from what we’re used to hearing from the folk-infused orchestral pop favorites, but we’re not disappointed. And considering the first LP was recorded by Luke Temple all on his own before setting a full band in concrete, we’re not surprised either. Here We Go Magic are on a road to discovery, holding hands united down a path of decisions that will surely lead to a sound which grows with each release. Personally, we’re excited for them, not to mention ourselves as we reap the benefits of a band that’s nothing less than extraordinarily capable.

Besides, everyone I know is still pretty obsessed with “Fangela” so at least there’s a worst scenario.

Here We Go Magic will be playing with The Love Language at Bowery Ballroom on October 13th and we’ve got a pair of tickets for one lucky reader! Just comment below for your chance to win, and be sure to check out the video for “Collector” after the jump…

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Punk, Billionaire, Genius…Devil?

Spotted on the west-bound L train Lorimer St. platform.

Film Review: Never Let Me Go

Based on the 2005 novel by Kazuo Ishiguro, Mark Romanek’s Never Let Me Go follows the lives of three friends from their childhood at Hailsham, a mysterious boarding school, to their adulthood as “donors.” Set in Great Britain in the 60s and 70s, the story is part sci-fi and part romantic drama. In the language of movie pitches, much like people called SpeedDie Hard on a bus,” one could call Never Let Me GoCan’t Hardly Wait in a creepy, ethically-questionable alternate reality where clones are created for the purpose of harvesting their organs.” It’s a thoughtful movie, but ultimately lacking in the emotional depth needed to gain our empathy.
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ITW WTF: An Experimental Film Experience with Will Oldham, Rosie Perez, and Moby?

In the Woods (ITW) is a mysterious, experimental new film so mysterious and experimental that there’s not much known about it other than a vague description, the cast, composer, and tiny bits of footage found on its nightmare-inducing website. Let’s start with the description:

No one knows what the experience is about.  Each person agreed to walk into the unknown. The journey will unfold over time.  The messages will become clear to the informed viewer.  This is unprecedented online journey that will unleash an episodic film experience.  The delivery will be as unconventional as the experience itself.

Confused? Take a look at the cast.

Terrence Howard, Temple Grandin, Rufus Wainwright,  Famke Janssen, Will Shortz,  Moby, Kent Cullers, Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson, Jorgen Leth,  Dave Matthews, Alan Cumming, Rosie Perez, Aimee Mullins, Bob Mankoff and Will Oldham

If that makes less sense, wait until you see the person in charge of the film’s score:

Original music by Yoko Ono

This is definitely an experimental film experience worth keeping an eye on.

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