it’s official

Its only 9AM and the deal starved masses are home by now with their bounty, bruises, and a little less dignity than the day before. Happy Black Friday y’all, grab your pepper spray.

Thanksgiving Cocktail

Someone close to me once said, “Don’t end sentences with prepositions and be thankful for your friends.” Make this Thanksgiving cocktail for a friend and think about all you can be thankful for.

Burnt Turkey
1 oz Wild Turkey Bourbon
1 oz cinnamon schnapps
3-4 fresh mint leaves

Fill a chilled glass with crushed ice and 3-4 fresh mint leaves. Combine the bourbon and cinnamon schnapps in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake, then strain over ice into a rocks glass, mason jar, or coffee cup . Listen to Big Star on the fire escape with your friends.

Nicolas Jaar: “Wouh” (Unofficial Music Video)

Shot in Williamsburg:

Tears in Heaven: Official Music Video

[thanks Kevin]

New Fleet Foxes video

Fleet Foxes premiered this beautiful animated video for “The Shrine/An Argument” today, directed by Sean Pecknold, brother of Fleet Foxes’ Robin Pecknold. The beast hand strumming the strings – so good.

The Shrine / An Argument from Sean Pecknold on Vimeo.

What’s in a name

Band names can subconsciously carry a lot of weight. I try to ignore their influence but sadly…sometimes they can just make it or break it when it comes to my opinion of a band. When I first heard about Pizza!, a band name that not only includes one of my favorite vegetables…but one that also utilizes the exclamation point perfectly, I was immediately in love. It only gets better that their former name, The New Motherfuckers, is pretty good too. LA’s Pizza! just premiered a video from Greenpoint (and former Los Angelenos) director, Caitlin Craggs, who also stars in the video. Appropriate for a song entitled “Big Mammoth Skull,” Craggs can be seen dancing in the video in a gigantic skull which she fabricated out of paper mache. Read an interview with the band and director and download the track for free here.

Pizza! — Big Mammoth Skull from Caitlin Craggs on Vimeo.

Where to Pick Up What You Need for a Last Minute Thanksgiving Feast

image c/o Miss Retro's Blog

Well folks, it’s that time of year again, and if you’re like me, you won’t be visiting family for Thanksgiving but you still want to gorge yourself with an exorbitant amount of good old fashioned home cookin’. If you’re even more like me, you haven’t had time to think much about foraging for food and supplies in advance. Fear not, turkey-lovers! Although the deadline to order turkeys and elaborate pre-made Thanksgiving meals from most restaurants and stores has passed, here’s the scoop on what’s still available at some of Williamsburg’s best food spots. Whether you want to impress your friends with some mad turkey-cooking skills or drink beer on the couch while you re-heat some delicious pre-made food, there is still have time to make it happen.

The Meat Hook

Local antibiotic and hormone free turkeys raised specifically for the shop have been available for pre-order since early October. They aren’t taking any more orders in advance, but there’s a small selection of 14-19 pound birds still available first come, first serve.  When these sell out, you can still get a delicious spiral ham or any other of their specialty meats to fill your belly. A few feet from the meat counter you can find gravy, stuffing mix, cornbread, and other necessary sides for your Thanksgiving spread as well as apples, potatoes, and smallish pumpkins for the specific purpose of making a homemade pie. (Perfect for those who don’t trust anything from a can.) For those who truly wait until the last minute, note that the meat shop, along with the rest of The Brooklyn Kitchen, will be closed on Thanksgiving and only open until 6pm the night before. 100 Frost Street, Brooklyn, NY 11211 (718) 389-2982

Marlow & Daughters

This beloved butcher shop also had locally raised, antibiotic and hormone free turkeys available for pre-order, but word on the street is that they will still have a few extra birds available from now until the big day. They will also be serving up other holiday items including cranberry sauce, homemade pie crust, their signature country pâté, and smoked tofu that is said to delight vegetarians AND meat-lovers alike. The shop will be open from 10am-3pm on Turkey day, but definitely come sooner than later if you hope to grab one of those extra birds. 95 Broadway, Brooklyn, NY 11211

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