Good Vibrations Truck Tour Titillates Williamsburg Tonight

image c/o Trojan Facebook page

Sidling up all sexy and shit to the waterfront food trucks tonight will be Trojan’s Good Vibrations Truck.

The tour which kicked off with a Midtown “nooner” yesterday is a new campaign to dispense sexual health do-gooding and promote the new Trojan Vibrating Twister – Trojan’s most powerful vibrator to date! Holla!

Sexual health expert Dr. Logan Levkoff and brand spokespeople will display the new product, talk about the mainstreaming of vibrators and share interesting data on usage and purchase in the US.  In addition, there will be free samples (condoms) and giveaways (sex instruments).

[Now insert a really good orgasm joke that was already taken by the other blogs. Blerg.]

The Good Vibrations Truck hits the Williamsburg Waterfront from 8pm to 10pm tonight, July 29.  And, well, face it – you might as well have a back-up plan when you fail at that last call scramble at Union Pool.

Animation Block Party 2011

The Animation Block Party 2011 kicks off its eighth year today right in our hood!

Tonight, Rooftop Films will host outdoor screenings at Automotive High, located at 50 Bedford Ave and N. 13th. Doors open at 8pm for live music and cartoons start around 9pm. Tickets can be purchased at the door or in advance. And in the event of rain (cuz it lookin’ kinda thunderstormy), screenings will simply go indoors.

After your first day of cartoon fun, kick back with some free beer courtesy of Radeberger at tonight’s after party at Matchless, located at 557 Manhattan Avenue.

Alas, the festival then moves further down the borough to BAMcinématek (Peter Sharp Building, 30 Lafayette Avenue) for its Saturday and Sunday run. But with award winning independent shorts, studio animation and a first ever FREE animation trade show and art gallery exhibition, it’s totally worth waiting for the G.

For more information and a complete schedule, visit Animation Block Party 2011.

TV Baby, Weekends & PLAINS play secret Chinatown show TONIGHT

TONIGHT New York’s own TV Baby, Baltimore’s Weekends and Miami’s PLAINS will share a bill at a secret show in Chinatown.  The party, FUZZ, is the last Thursday of every month at SWAT. FUZZ is devoted to showcasing up and coming rock bands and the likes of Dirty Fences, Sea Monsters, Indian Rebound, Bleeding Knees Club, Quilty and Fort Lean have played thus far. FUZZ keeps a very limited online presence, sending out invitations by mail. To gain information about upcoming FUZZ shows send your mailing address to [email protected].  Check out their tumblr for this month’s flier and some NSFW imagery .”

pop-up animal adoption stand this weekend at Antoinette Vintage

A couple of weeks ago we posted about the fantastic new vintage store Antoinette and if you haven’t yet indulged you should do so this Saturday for a great cause. Antoinette will be teaming up with Williamsburg based Animal Shelter BARC to raise money and awareness–Lexi Oliveri, owner of Antoinette, had this to say about the event:

“On Saturday, July 30th from 12-4pm, Antoinette is hosting a charity event by teaming up with BARC Animal Shelter, which is also located here in Williamsburg.  BARC will be setting up a pop-up adoption stand right in front of the shop & you’re invited to come by to find out more about your furry adoptable NYC neighbors! In addition, Antoinette will be donating 10% of sales that day to BARC!”

So get to Antoinette this Saturday for both the clothes AND the critters.  Peep the poster for more info.

Washed Out – Before

Brookland, Oregon

c/o The New York Observer

Turns out Brooklyn hipsters aren’t as unique as they’d like to believe. This week’s Observer features an article by Adrianne Jeffries comparing and criticizing Brooklyn and its ever growing DIY, organic-living lifestyle as being a carbon copy of the Northwest hipster haven Portland, Oregon.

Jeffries notes that the similarities between the two areas include local interest in an arts and music scene, environmentally friendly DIY products sold auspiciously at markets like the Brooklyn Flea (just a few examples from the article include “rings glued to typewriter keys, handmade, vegetable-dyed, vintage Oriental rugs,” and homemade chocolate bars wrapped in packaging, “printer with soy inks on 100 percent postconsumer-recycled, chlorine-free, processed paper that was made from wind-generated energy”), an affinity for food trucks and the preferred mode of transpiration as bicycles.

These examples and more lead Jeffries to rebrand the borough, Brooklandia, after Portlandia the IFC comedy show starring Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein that makes fun of the West Coast hipsters.

This negative comparison to Portland is only one of many jibes Jeffries manages to get into the article as he writes off Brooklyn’s creative, environmentally conscious community as hackneyed and pretentious. Check out some choice Brooklyn-bashing quotes below:

  • “Brooklyn’s overwrought mustaches and handmade ice cream in upcycled cups are now well-established facts of life. It’s as if the tumor of hipster culture that formed when the cool kids moved to Williamsburg had metastasized into a cluster of cysts pressing down on parts of the borough’s brain.”
  • “One of the things I’ve found is that as a reporter it’s getting harder for me to pitch Brooklyn stories that start like, ‘Hey, there’s a group of guys in Brooklyn or a group of young people in Brooklyn who—’” Mr. Smith said. “You can sort of feel the eye-roll of the editor, like, yeah, there’s a bunch of people in Brooklyn who, you name it, are constructing a huge skyscraper out of used coffee cups! They’re learning how to butcher pigs in their own kitchen!”

-Robert Smith, NPR Reporter

  • “Williamsburg is just becoming like a circus,” he said. “When I’m there, I hear the circus music in my head. Mustaches were like 2010. We’re on to mutton chops. Everyone is walking around like the Satorialist is about to take a picture of them. That’s not a healthy way to live.“It’s all just becoming so precious,” he reflected. “And Brooklyn is not supposed to be a precious place.”

– Jake Dobkin, Gothamist publisher

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The Most Blogged About Shows Of The Week

Twin Sister

Twin Sister (via Paste)

The trifecta of Flaming Lips, Weezer and Yeasayer at Jones Beach handily leads our list of the most blogged-about shows this week. Toss in Sufjan Stevens, Lykke Li and Death Cab for Cutie and you’ve got seven days dominated by indie rock. Tickets for these shows may be $30+, but it’s hard not to enjoy a little late-nineties/early-aughts nostalgia.

Beyond the old faves, we hope you’re checking out some of the great free shows this weekend: Fucked Up, Cro-Mags, Screaming Females and Pissed Jeans is one of the best lineups of the summer — and free entry plus free Heineken at the House of Vans will almost guarantee you a great hardcore evening. You also don’t want to miss the Mad Decent Block Party at South Street Seaport. Diplo may not show up, but Gang Gang Dance, Zeds Dead and others will certainly do their best to make up for it.

Still want more options? Check out My Social List’s database of FREE & OUTDOOR concerts.


10. Sufjan Stevens @ Prospect Park Bandshell w/ My Brightest Diamond
Tuesday, August 2nd at 6pm – All Ages, $35 -> tickets

9. Summerscreen @ McCarren Park w/ Twin Sister and Your Youth
Wednesday, July 27th at 6pm – All Ages, FREE!

8. Students from So Percussion’s Summer Institute (SOSI) play the music of Dan Deacon
Monday, August 1st at 7pm – All Ages -> tickets

7. Warm Up @ Glasslands Gallery w/ Prince Language, Das Racist DJ Set, Vockah Redu, Holy Other and XXXY
Saturday, July 30th at 2pm – All Ages, $15 -> tickets at the door

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