Goths Up Trees

There certainly are a lot of goths up trees on the internet. I love the singular focus of this site.

This girl says “I love this tree”. I say “we all need something to love, don’t we?” I think she looks a bit cold. I would say “I love my cardigan” instead but then again I don’t take photos of myself sitting on cardigans. At least, not on purpose. Now there’s an idea for a blog! Goths sitting on cardigans!

Anyway, I admire her pluck for posing for this shot sans cardy when it’s clearly about 10°C. At least her neck is warm with her lolita neck thingy. Nice pentagram there. Boots appear to be Demonias. The nude lip is interesting. It’s daylight. Gah. I’m guessing she’s new to this game.

Givers and Yellow Ostrich Played Music Hall of Williamsburg

If one were to listen to either Givers or Yellow Ostrich’s 2011 debut they’d expect a very different live show from both bands than what occurred last night. Both on their records lean towards the pop end of indie pop but live bring an energy that can only to be described as youthful. Together they played the Musical Hall of Williamsburg to a sold out crowd that reflected the bands’ ages and enthusiasm.

Brooklyn’s own Yellow Ostrich opened. They gain a lot live because since recording the record singer/guitarist Alex Schaaf filled his band out with ringers—Michael Tapper (We are Scientists, Bishop Allen) and Jon Natchez (Beirut, basically anyone who needs some horns or woodwinds). Schaaf’s brand of vocal-laden indie pop becomes more dynamic, and well louder, with Trapper’s snareless drumming and Natchez ability to make a three-piece sound like a thirteen-piece.

Still, most of the crowd was there to see Givers who play a version of Louisiana Cajun music if it were shaken inside a Diet Coke with Mentos. They bounced through their songs at a frenetic pace to a crowd that was legitimately louder than any I’ve ever heard at the Music Hall.

It was a great show. It looked like this:


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who wants cake

Brooklyn’s Keepaway make a video for “Cake,” featuring so much man love.

Keepaway “Cake” from Max Goldblatt on Vimeo.

Remember When WU LYF Absolutely Destroyed on Letterman?

It was last night and woof. Rarely do such frightening noises come out of a man in such nice clothes.

“Push It” Portlandia style

As part of the Portlandia live tour, Carrie Brownstein and Fred Armisen teamed up with Thao & Mirah to perform Salt-N-Pepa’s “Push It.” Because…of course they did.

Season two of the show premiers tomorrow night on IFC. So look for a friend with cable and have a Portlandia party!

Music meet art

Blue Station from Noah Wall on Vimeo.

In October, Brooklyn’s own Noah Wall hid 38 LPs across Manhattan in a constellation like configuration, spelling out HÈLOÏSE, the name of his mother and his new record. The project was called “38 Figures Hiding.” Wall has just debuted a new project for 2012, called “Colormind,” a video series that uses “SOUND, SHAPE, HEAT and subliminal COL☯R to condense TIME and bind EMOTIONAL RESPONSE.” The first video squishes the classic Paul Newman film Hud into 2 1/2 minutes, set to his track “Blue Station.”

Police Hunting for Williamsburg Sex Assault Suspect

And now, a break from our usual indie music musings and breaking brunch news to share some more serious info:

Police are searching for a man who sexually assaulted a woman around 4:20AM the night of New Year’s Eve on Maspeth Avenue (near the Graham Avenue L).

Crime sketch provided by the NYPD.

The woman was walking alone in the early morning hours when a man grabbed her and pulled her into a parking garage adjacent to a modern condo building. He indicated he had a gun, told the woman to stay quiet, and sexually assaulted her before fleeing the scene.

Cops say they’re looking for a man 20-25 years old, about 5’8” and 150 pounds, wearing a gray hoodie and a dark baseball hat. (What’s that, you say? That could fit the description of almost any guy you see on the street? Yeah, us too.)

If you have any information, please call CrimeStoppers: (800) 577-TIPS, or submit tips at or by texting CRIMES (274637) then entering TIP577.

And in the meantime, please, let’s all stay extra-vigilant on our late-night walks home.

The Best Bad-Good A Capella YouTube Video of 2012

Are you sitting down? Because this solo a capella version of Snow Patrol’s “Chasing Cars” might break your legs with how amazingly insane it is. Yes, each vocal part gets its own After Effects background. No, he doesn’t have a mental problem and he isn’t deaf, that’s actually his tone of voice. Try to look away—go ahead, try—because you never will be able to…EVER.