Last Night Vol06: Altaar & Deathcrush

Williamsburg, meet the grand ol’ awesomeness that hit the Silent Barn like a growling tornado last night: Deathcrush and Altaar.

Tonight: Deerhoof and friends at Le Poisson Rouge

As a part of Carnegie Hall’s JapanNYC Festival presented by the awesome people at Wordless Music present a night of modern Japanese-inspired fun at Le Poisson Rouge. Deerhoof will headsline, supported by Ichi, a one-man band “combining steel-drum with ping-pong balls, tape-loops with double bass and trumpet with bongos, all in the space of one short set,” as well as If By Yes, a duo of Petra Haden and Yuka Honda, creating avante-pop jams.

Fresh of the tails of their latest Deerhoof vs. Evil, Deerhoof are one of the greatest cases for going to see live music in this day and age. They combine all the classic great elements of seeing a live band – the instrumentation, and even to some extent the song structures – with the crazed spazzery of noise bands. After seeing them at Europa last month, I can’t imagine not going back for more. If you have ever enjoyed seeing live music, you will enjoy seeing Deerhoof.

Below, check out the cool video for Deerhoof’s “The Merry Barracks,” where people’s heads start exploding. Metaphoric!

Beware the Hipster Traps

This alleged “hipster trap,” which includes a bear clamp fit with all the earthly pleasures a hipster would wish for, comes to us via gigaface on Reddit, who notes, “Just met this guy setting up ‘hipster traps’ in NYC, baited with PBR and American Spirits. Awesome work.”

[UPDATE: Meet the Urban Hunters Who Created the ‘Hipster Traps’]

Last Night Vol05: Deathcrush & Altaar

On their way to SxSW in Austin, TX, Norwegian drone-doomsters Altaar made a pit stop in Brooklyn at The Acheron last night. Fellow Norwegians Deathcrush in tow, the two bands will make another appearance at the Silent Barn in Queens tonight.

Northside Festival 2011

Ah, Northside Festival is all grown up and proved it with a very professional press event today at Bourough Hall. They even had Borough President Marty Markowitz there, who seem extra excited about the event.

“There is a new sheriff in town,” Markowitz said, talking shit on SXSW before handing out pins that spelled out “Brooklyn,” Dodgers style.

Among the 10398403 announcements, they confirmed Beirut, Sharon Van Etten, Deer Tick, Twin Sister and Javelin will be playing the four day fest this June 16-19. More bands should be announced in the coming weeks.

Beyond the music scene, there is also the first DIY film competition and Northside Open Studios going down. L Magazine (the people behind this whole she-bang) also managed to slip in a magazine launch, appropriately called Brooklyn Magazine, a quarterly debuting next week. Everything you could possibly want to know can be found at their Northside site.

Free Williamsburg will be taking part again with a musical showcase. Have a band that you think would be a good fit? Email us then.

Yuck – “Get Away”

Yuck continues to be in heavy rotation over here at the FREEwilliamsburg offices. Here’s their latest video.

Stupid Alien Hipsters

Phil DePaolo, a Williamsburg resident for 32 years, filmed this unidentified glowing thingamajig around 11pm Monday night over the streets of the neighborhood. He said it vanished within 15 minutes. Rumor has it they came to Earth for brunch around 1pm, had one too many bloody marys and stayed all day. DePaolo caught their escape. They’ll be back for St. Patty’s day parties. Maybe its just some schmuck’s art project. Annoying footage from FoxNY

UFO Over Brooklyn?: MyFoxNY.com

R.I.P. B.I.G.

On this day in 1997 Brooklyn lost a famous son, and Hip Hop lost a legend. Christopher George Latore Wallace, aka Biggie Smalls, The Notorious B.I.G., and Big Poppa died after being shot in California; the victim of a much debated unsolved drive-by case. We all know the story. Avoid the west coast, pour some out for Biggie and Bed-Stuy, and enjoy this clip.