Black Lips – “Noc-A-Homa”

Brooklyn DIY Oral History Story

Photo by Benjamin Lozovsky

How long have you stayed or played in North Brooklyn? For many of us the years can be counted on one hand. We missed the halcyon days when Bedford was a frontier and rent was actually cheaper than Manhattan. For anyone interested in our (very) recent history, the cover story for The Williamsburg/Greenpoint News and Arts has an oral history of Ten Years of Music 2002-2012. Beyond interesting tid bits about the beginnings of now big bands (TV on the Radio, Yeah Yeah Yeahs) the piece also puts the whole scene into perspective. Like this gem:

These events occurred during the advent and rise of the Internet. These early shows, shows in the early 2000s, were not covered in the media. These shows didn’t have photographers with digital cameras in the audience. To put it into a larger context, it was January 2001 when iTunes launched. And it would be another 10 months before we had iPods. This was not only the beginning of a new era of music, music out of Brooklyn, but also the beginning of the end of the music industry as it existed then.

The writer is looking to talk to more people if you’re experienced.

Wburg Tagged With “McCarren Park Pool Fight Club” Posters

via Gothamist:

The tipster who sent us these photos says, “They were everywhere in Williamsburg” last night. For those who don’t see the humor in this, the joke is that people have been assaulted, injured and robbed in a series of violent incidents in and around the pool, which taxpayers paid $50 million to renovate.

Mac Demarco – “Baby’s Wearing Blue Jeans” and “European Vegas”

We don’t understand why people aren’t paying attention to Mac Demarco’s record, Rock and Roll Night Club. It’s great, sleazy fun. Here’s the first two singles:

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Blood Diamonds x Grimes: “Phone Sex (Jensen Sportag Remix)”

Jensen Sportag keeps it smooth:


New Mountain Goats MP3: ‘Cry For Judas’

From the new album, Transcendental Youth, out 10/2 on Merge.

MP3: Mountain Goats: Cry For Judas

The Most Blogged About Shows This Week

Catalpa Festival

Another week, another festival in New York.  Randall’s Island is getting quite the workout this summer, and this weekend the tri-boro island hosts the inaugural Catalpa Music Festival.  The two-day festival (Saturday and Sunday) has an admirable concept, to create “a truly authentic, fresh and unique musical experience featuring over 50 artists that traverse many styles and genres from rock and indie to hip-hop, reggae and the world of electronic music.”

And they do accomplish that to some degree.  The lineup is eclectic and bloggable enough to be our MOST BLOGGED show for the week; thanks in no small part to the two mammothly huge headliners: The Black Keys and Snoop Dogg.  Also worth mentioning: TV on the Radio, a newly non-Hasidic Matisyahu, Girl Talk, Araabmuzik and Zola Jesus.

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Captured live at the Northside Festival: Quiet Loudly

Justin Little, June 17, 2012
Quiet Loudly always delivers, so what makes anyone think this would be any different? Good stage presence, great sound, and fans singing word for word is a great recipe for a fiesta! Great set guys! Other than Tony’s nonexistent rat tail I really enjoyed the set.

via: blaqbook