‘Luxury’ Williamsburg building formerly owned by murdered slumlord issued order to vacate


Landlord Menachem Stark was murdered earlier this year

What terrible news for the tenants, delivered just before Thanksgiving:

The residents of a pricey Williamsburg apartment building with a history of unpermitted construction were forced out last week after the Department of Buildings found that the building “has questionable structural integrity.” The Bedford Lofts complex was taken over in 2014 by the brother-in-law of landlord and developer Menachem Stark, after Stark was kidnapped and his burned body was found in a dumpster in Long Island. A studio in the building at South Fourth Street and Bedford Avenue was listed for $5,250 until this afternoon. [Read more...]

REVIEW: Time Warp US Brought Techno and International Talent Back to Brooklyn


Photos by Steve Liskiewicz

Techno fans had plenty to be thankful for when Time Warp US returned to the sprawling 39th Street Pier for its second installment over the weekend. On November 20 and 21st, an excess of 10,000 attendees and 30 artists came together to experience more than just music. Starting at 10 PM each night, thousands of the genre’s most devoted fans made the lengthy trek to CELEBRATE – and mind you, this was a celebration that pulsed well into the break of sunlight each day. The seamless audio/visual experience delivered by Time Warp’s German production company went off without a hitch as techno’s biggest names brought their most driving sets to Brooklyn.

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Video: Eagles of Death Metal talk to Vice about Paris attack


Last week the band published a touching statement on Facebook about the tragedy:

While the band is now home safe, we are horrified and still trying to come to terms with what happened in France. Our thoughts and hearts are first and foremost with our brother Nick Alexander, our record company comrades Thomas Ayad, Marie Mosser, and Manu Perez, and all the friends and fans whose lives were taken in Paris, as well as their friends, families, and loved ones.

Although bonded in grief with the victims, the fans, the families, the citizens of Paris, and all those affected by terrorism, we are proud to stand together, with our new family, now united by a common goal of love and compassion. [Read more...]

Top 5 shows of the weekend

Okkervil River

You’ve still got a few days to figure out Thanksgiving plans, which you’ll need because there are plenty of spectacular shows to catch this weekend. Be thankful for all the great music you can see, family plans can wait!

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Gawker shifting focus to become political site, unclear if they will be ’20% nicer’


Nick Denton, and Heather Dietrick
Credit Jesse Dittmar for The New York Times

Perhaps this is penance for outing that Conde Nast exec a few months ago, but whatever the reason THIS is shocking. We’re not sure if covering politics will prove to be “20% nicer” than what they normally do, but we’re going to miss their potpourri of snark. That said, Alex Pareene is an ALWAYS entertaining political writer and we sure were sick of those 500 Days of Kristin posts showing up in their feed:

Gawker.com, a site that pioneered the knowing and snarky tone that has come to define web journalism, will switch from covering New York and the media world, as it has done since its founding in 2003, to focus on politics.

The change, which comes as part of a broad reorganization of the site’s parent company, Gawker Media, was announced in a memo to the staff on Tuesday. The site, wrote Gawker’s founder, Nick Denton, “will ride the circus of the 2016 campaign cycle, seizing the opportunity to reorient its editorial scope on political news, commentary and satire.” [Read more...]

This One Goes To Eleven: Weekly metal roundup

Sorni-Nai1600-560x560Happy Friday the 13th, everyone. Let us celebrate in style.

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Top 5 shows of the weekend

Nada Surf

There has been somewhat of a dry spell for shows recently, perhaps a post-CMJ  hangover, but that gets completely turned around this weekend with 5 outstanding options, so be a decent human being and ignore all the far-too-early christmas decorations and go to some shows!

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Anna Lunoe Brings Hyper House to Webster Hall on Friday

Hyper House

This Friday night you could stay in and make some kind of weird marshmallow covered disaster for that “Friendsgiving” you got invited to on Saturday afternoon, OR you can say, F*CK IT, and go to Hyper House instead, featuring performances from Rezz, Wuki, San Holo and ultimate rave Bae of all time ever and forever and ever . . .  and ever, Anna Lunoe (don’t tell her I said that).

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