Hipster Holiday Gifts

Hey slackers!

X-Mass is just days away and we know you’re lazy like us and probably haven’t event begun to start accumulating your mandatory gifts for your parentals, siblings and besties.

Check out Nicky Digital’s 2010 Hipster Holiday Gift Guide and get your credit card ready to pull the trigger on some overnight shipping!

Die Antwoord: "Evil Boy"

This is highly entertaining, but definitely NSFW:

Real Estate played a free show at Brooklyn Bowl

It’s good, I’m these cold winter times, to get a taste of the beach. And even if you are taken to a cold grey New Jersey shore, it still has the impact of taking you out of the season. Maybe more sulk than surf. Like maybe wearing a sweater on the beach and skipping stones into the ocean. That was part of the appeal of seeing Real Estate for free at the Local X Local show at Brooklyn Bowl last night.

The other part is the pure stylistic precision. Surfy lo-fi rock – whatever you want to call it. If you think of it like a scene it’s like we’re in Seattle in 1994, except now we’re living large on reverb and jammed out verses. The style is trending from suburban New Jersey to hipster-centric Brooklyn. In their plaid shirts and worn jeans, these dudes are sonically swimming out into the crowd through a see of sopping we guitar tones. I mean this in the best way.

The first song they played as a standout hit from their self-titled debut was “Suburban Beverage.” The band harmonizes and repeats the line “Budweiser, Sprite, do you feel alright?” over a plinking guitar line. It’s perfect. And a great representation of why we love Real Estate so much: With those six words, our hearts are endeared and anyone who has migrated to New York is suddenly transported  back to the town they grew up in and the family gatherings they once went to there.

They touched on a lot of the best songs from their record. “Beach Comber” was in there, as were “Suburban Dogs” and “Fake Blues”  and “Out of Time.” This is a band who can recreate the sound on their album stunningly. Although some sounds get slightly lost in the big room of Brooklyn Bowl, they still sound really on point.

And while the hits were great, it was nice to hear a lot of new material mixed in with the tracks from the record. You never want to see a band rest on their laurels after releasing a great record, and Real Estate are certainly not doing that. The new stuff follows the same suburban trajectory that they have been on.

If you’re heading home for the holidays, say hello to the suburbs for those of us who can’t make it. But if you’re staying here, let’s rock the beach!


Due to overwhelming, popular demand (shout outs to Amanda and Anonymous Poster!) here’s another completely biased rundown of concerts worth going to in the next seven days. Pick up my slack and add any I’ve missed in the comments or shoot me an email at katrin@freewilliamsburg.com.

This Week:

12/17: Bear Hands, Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. and The Tony Castles  up your indie cred tonight at Bowery Ballroom.

12/17: Twin Shadow and his epic hair plays the Terrible Records  Holiday Party at (the terrible to get to) Don Hill’s for only 8 bucks!

12/17:  Citizens Arrest, an NYHC band from the early days of ABC No Rio, reunites at Knitting Factory with Ted Leo and Mind Eraser. Pro-tip: get drunk and rowdy.

12/17:  Or chill out with Twin Sister, Blair and others at Live With Animals Gallery. $2 off admission with a canned good. Love that karma.

12/17: A benefit for Showpaper at Monster Island populated by bands you’ll be hearing a lot about six months from now, I’m sure: Dinowalrus, Tickle Machine, Sweet Bulbs, Parquet Courts (members of Fergus & Geronimo, Woods, The Keepsies) and Fables.

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Video – Idiot Glee "Happy Day" (Live at Glasslands)

On a brick ass night on Kent Ave last week, we found a surplus of warmth at the always excessively hot Saudi sweatbox known as Glasslands Gallery, where we caught Kentucky native Idiot Glee perform his last NYC show of the year. We haven’t heard anything quite like Idiot Glee, the solo project of Lexington resident James Friley, whose music draws from sounds as varied as Brian Wilson, Bobby Vinton, Grizzly Bear, and Summer Camp. Check out our gorgeous video of “Happy Day” below, and check our review of the show at Big Ass Lens. Idiot Glee will be releasing his first full length album in early 2011, but in the meantime, head to his bandcamp page to listen to his EP, released earlier this year.

Idiot Glee – “Happy Day” (Live at Glasslands)

Caroling at the Knitting Factory

Get together with your friends, musicians, singers, former choir members, people who like to sing in the shower, etc. We will have a festive party with holiday music, spiked egg nog (or hot chocolate) and social networking.

Amateur singing? Spiked nogs? Santa hats? A room filled with fucking holiday cheer? Check all, please! Monday night the Knitting Factory will host a night of group caroling and live music. Despite the fact that the Christmas creep has made the holiday basically in effect since September, we are still going to soak up this opportunity to embrace the seasonal merriment.

There is a discounted cover if you wear a Santa hat, and the cover already pays for your first cocktail and holiday cookies. Who’s bringing the mistletoe? (Everyone, bring mistletoe.)

Doesn't a truffle burger sound delicious right now?

Photo: The Feast

A warm welcome to the newest addition to the Williamsburg food & drink scene: The Feast reports that Juniper, a local burger joint located on Berry (btn. 7th and 8th) opens at 4pm for dinner today.

A quick look at the menu for the tiny spot reveals carnivorous standbys — burgers, barbecue, fries — but we’re kind of pumped to see a few variations on the classics, including a chorizo burger and truffle burger, both $13.

After today, the restaurant will be open for lunch and dinner, 11am-11pm. You won’t get to wash down those rib-sticking delights with a cold one just yet, though — the restaurant’s still waiting on a beer and wine license, which should be coming in the near future.

People love Beyonce covers

Remember that point in time when every pop-punk band would cover top 40 hits and speed them up three times as fast? (I remember The Vandals covering “My Heart Will Go On.”) Or being impressed when nerdy indie bands learned all the words to rap songs? (Dynamite Hack’s “Boyz in da Hood.”) Out of genre covers are a gift from the pop music gods to the indie rock fans.

Apparently we are all still really into this. But the new hotness is Beyonce covers (obviously). The first one that blew me away was Antony Hegarty’s cover of “Crazy in Love” as the B-side to “Aeon.” Today, we get ceo’s cover of “Halo.” It just makes sense. These covers are all artsy and so weirdly serious and great. Basically, they’re great. Listen to it below.