Viva Con Agua Fundraiser w/live bands

Tomorrow, Saturday 19th, the East River Pirates and East River Bar host a charity auction for Viva con Agua. Viva con Agua de Sankt Pauli is a charitable organisation based in St. Pauli, Hamburg, Germany, campaigning for clean drinking water worldwide. Aside from amazing items like an all inclusive trip (air fare, hotel, VIP match tickets) to a FC St.Pauli soccer game in Hamburg  for 2 people in April 2012, there will be live music and a soccer match viewing.

FC St.Pauli plays arch enemy Hansa Rostock  and the match will be shown  on the big screen at East River Bar. The shindig starts at 7pm sharp. Please come out and support Viva con Agua. Make a difference while getting shitfaced with New York City’s St.Pauli supporters club. A flyer with detailed info is below.

Saturday 19 | 7PM | East River Bar | Brooklyn | 97 South 6th St | FREE

The Most Blogged About Shows of the Week

Real Estate

Real Estate

After spending last weekend dancing our pants off at the Brooklyn Electronic Music Festival, TMBASTWT (The Most Blogged About Shows This Week Team) is still recovering. Highlights included a great set by Diamond Rings on Friday night and some awesome dance music by a whole team of DJ’s at Public Assembly on Saturday. Life moves pretty fast, and the next seven days are pretty full.

If you aren’t busy occupying something, get your ass to Jersey to see Lykke Li and First Aid Kit at the Wellmont Theatre tonight. This may be your last chance to see First Aid Kit as the undercard—they just scheduled their own headlining gig at the end of March. (See on-sale information for the show below.) Although it’s not on our top 10 list, we’ll personally be checking out Nyle vs the Naysayers, Osekre, The Press and Dollar Coffee at Cameo Gallery.

This weekend, you’ll have your chance to see the appropriately named metal band Mastodon with Dillinger Escape Plan and Red Fang. Unfortunately, their Saturday night show is sold out, so you may want to check out a nice lineup—Woodsman, Dive, Holiday Shores, Hear Hums and Flower Orgy—at Shea Stadium. [Read more…]

Ticket Giveaway: Spanish Prisoners at Pianos TOMORROW Night

From Bushwick’s grey industrial streets, rose Spanish Prisoners’ strangely uplifting sound — a perfect blend of cloudy density and pop-y guitar riffs that brings to mind The Beach Boys on the verge of a heroin overdose. But don’t be fooled by the analogy, surf rock is nowhere to be found here — rather, a heap of perfectly listless waves crash over emotionally charged yet stoic lyrics.

Spanish Prisoners “Know No Violence” off of the band’s newest release, Gold Fools, carefully careens between dreamy layered vocals and lucid instrumental precision, a habit the band luckily doesn’t kick through the entirety of the album. We got to chat with songwriter Leo Maymind and singing drummer Mike DiSanto about finding the perfect amount of reverb, the influence of drunk douchebags and New Order on the album, and how, apparently, Nas’ Illmatic is totally timeless.

Oh and did I mention we have  a pair of tickets to check out Spanish Prisoners tomorrow night at Pianos with Ski Lodge, Wolff and more!? So check out the rest of the interview after the jump and leave a comment below for your chance to win and be sure to grab Gold Fools for the current price of whatever you want to pay for it.

First and foremost, where does the name Spanish Prisoners come from?

Leo Maymind: The name came from the David Mamet film “the Spanish Prisoner,” which I think is a classic con-artist movie. Mamet kind of has a cult following. I’m not even sure the rest of the band has seen it.
Mike DiSanto: I haven’t seen it and people always seem vaguely disappointed in me when I tell them that.
Leo Maymind: We’ve been talking about setting up a movie night and all watching it, but it hasn’t happened yet.

Tell me a little about the writing process of Gold Fools. How does it differ from the band’s previous releases?

M: The writing process was very much the same as the recording and mixing process.  It was all kind of happening at the same time as Leo and I would pass tracks back and forth with a pile of USB keys. I bought a new keyboard at the time and every time Leo gave me a song he was working on I would delete some of his tracks and recreate them with the keyboard, which was maybe a little annoying but I regret nothing.
L: Mike would also incrementally decrease the level of reverb without telling me. And then I would just increase it even more the next time around, hoping he wouldn’t notice. So it was mostly this long process of just sending things back and forth and sort of carving out something that was pleasing to the two of us and our other two bandmates. Suffice to say it took a pretty long time to arrive where we are now.
M: That’s true, at least 40% of our discussions on the album involved reverb.
L: It was more like 70-80%. We would start talking about reverb and end up talking about New Order for an hour.

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Join Antoinette’s canned food drive and Thanksgiving Party!

With Thanksgiving almost upon us, one of our favorite local vintage shops, Antoinette, is giving back with a canned food drive that will reward for good your good deeds,  from Antoinette–
“The week of November 13th thru the 20th we are collecting cans for City Harvest. Come in with 3 can goods & we’ll give you 10% off your ENTIRE purchase. And on Sunday, November 20th from 12pm-6pm we’ll be throwing our Thanksgiving party serving Hors devours, Wine & from 3-4pm there will be an intimate performance by Brooklyn’s own Noir-pop lady Deidre!”
Give a little, get a little, sip on some wine and sway to the tunes of the lovely Deidre (you might also recognize as the front woman from Brooklyn’s pop outfit Savoir Adore!) peep the the event’s flier after the jump. HAPPY HARVESTING.

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Let loose

Looking for something to do tonight? If you feel like getting your end of week started with a pretty sweet show and/or generally like fun, head over to Union Hall tonight to party with Psychic Teens, Carved Up, Hannibal Montana (amazing band name,) and Zula. Psychic Teens describe themselves as “regular adults from Philadelphia that sound like that time you spotted your creepy metalhead brother at 80s night.” What about that doesn’t say fun. Carved Up, who just added a vocalist for the first time, will supply the face melting. All of the bands bring something a little different to the bill. This is no chillwaveshoegaze-a-thon, come prepared to let loose…real loose.

Buy tickets here.

Nitehawk Cinema & Brooklyn Brewery Team Up For Brooklyn Brewery: The Director’s Cut Event

Nitehawk Cinema is one of the best things to come to Williamsburg in a LONG time. We love the food, the ability to see movies without having to take a subway, and the awesome events that they hold on a regular basis. On Tuesday, December 6th at 7:30PM Nitehawk will be teaming up with Brooklyn Brewery for “The Directors Cut” event. Below is a summary of the event from the official website:

A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away (Boston), Garrett Oliver wanted to direct for the silver screen. He went to film school, and then started working for HBO and making independent films. But he soon discovered that the pursuit of a life in independent film would require his maxing out 150 credit cards. Or, worse, moving to Los Angeles. It was not to be, but he soon discovered a new calling….beer! Now, together with our old pals the film buff John Woods and the acclaimed chef Saul Bolton, we bring you “Brooklyn Brewery, The Director’s Cut”, a never-before-seen compendium of our favorite beers matched to both great food and brilliant film clips.

Here’s the full menu for the night:

Reception in the Lobby Bar
Sorachi Ace

Dinner in the Theater

First Course
“Sweetness and Light”
Brooklyner Weisse
Tartar of Local Albacore Tuna
Citrus, chili, cilantro, Evo

Second Course
“I’m An American, Goddammit!”
Brooklyn Lager
Roasted Goode Dirt Garlic and Potato Soup

Third Course
“Here Come Da Funk”
Wild Sauteed Maine Skate Wing
Braised red cabbage and apples, Wild emulsion

Fourth Course
“I’m Feeling a Bit Bitter”
Brooklyn BLAST!
Braised Beef Short ribs
Mashed potatoes, broccoli rabe, garlic

Fifth Course
“The Power and The Glory”
Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout
Marscapone Cheese Cake
Winter red fruit, ginger cookie

Tickets are $90 advance sale, $105 the day of, and there’s limited seating. Purchase tickets here:

Awesome new music podcast: Low Times

Coming from a world of fanzines and hanging out with your favorite musicians for hours on end and moving into a decade-long stint as a host on a free form radiok station, it was really only a matter of time before Tom Scharpling created this: Low Times. The new podcast is all about long conversations with musicians. There’s the freedom of zines and the vast frontier of podcastlandia, which means gives the creators (Tom is joined by Daniel Ralston and Maggie Serotaand)   a great creative freedom. Says Tom:
There’s an elasticity to what this podcast is going to be that really excites me. I have no idea what episode ten of this thing will be. But I do know that episode one is pretty awesome and it’s only going to go up from here.

There’s no puppets or weirdo call-ins (sorry Best Show fans), but don’t think that means there’s not going to be a flood of content different from any podcast you currently subscribe to.

Check out episode one with Janet Weiss of Wild Flag, Owen Ashworth of Advance Base & Casiotome for the Painfully Alone, and Catherine Popper of Grace Potter and the Nocturnals. And starting tomorrow, the site will feature original columns, news and will probably turn into your new Safari homepage. Go there now!

Second Annual Williamsburg Film Festival

image c/o Williamsburg Film FestivalStarting tomorrow, the Williamsburg Film Festival will once again bring new independent full length features, short films and documentaries to the waterfront.

Find some potential faves from the schedule, and bask in some cinematic pleasure with film industry professionals, filmmakers and fans.

The 2nd Annual Williamsburg Independent Film Festival
November 17th to 20th
285 Kent at S. 2nd