Between global economic collapse, whispers of war in Korea, and other assorted chaos and destruction, this week began like it might just be the last. And although it now looks we will live to see another one, below lies a fitting soundtrack to apocalypse, should you want to keep one on hand. Plug in and enjoy.
It is with great sadness that I must report that after 10 years my beloved bar Boulevard Tavern will close its doors for the last time on Aug 30th 2015.
I could site many reasons for this, but suffice to say, a changing demographic in the neighborhood, increased competition, and increased costs are about as good a reason as any. Let’s just say its tough being a small business in NYC right now.
It’s really hard to write this right now because it sounds like someone in my building is loudly producing a bad chillwave record. It normally wouldn’t be so distracting, but their contribution to the genre is breaking up the meditative, astral groove with a tom tom drop every 15 seconds or so that sounds like a fat baby tumbling down a flight of stairs. Plus it sounds like all of the vocals are being run through that Queen-style flange filter. So, if I go wild recommending Memory Tapes and Saint Pepsi shows this week, you’ll know why… [Read more...]
It’s almost that time of the year again, friends! Brooklyn Pour, the Village Voice’s craft brew festival is almost upon us, and it’s found a new, more convenient (for us North Brooklyners) home this year: Greenpoint’s Brooklyn Expo Center at 72 Noble Street.
This year’s fest boasts samples of over one hundred seasonal, micro and reserve brews from New York and beyond and will take place on Saturday, September 26th from 2:00PM – 6:00PM. It’s always one of my favorite events of the year.
Participating breweries include Aspall, Austin Eastciders, Braven Brewing Company, Brooklyn Brew Shop, Crabbies Ginger Beer, Downeast Cider House, Fentimans, Greenport Harbor Brewing Co., Harpoon Brewery, Kronenbourg Brewery, McKenzie’s Hard Cider, Rockaway Brewing Company, Singha Beer, Singlecut Beersmiths, Sixpoint Brewery, St. Feuilliens, Victory Brewing Company, War Flag Brewing Company with many more to be announced.
VIP, early entry and general admission tickets are available now.
Brooklyn’s back in action this weekend with plentiful parties in the open air and beyond. This week brought some much needed relief from the extreme heat and it’s the perfect time to bounce around the neighborhood and take in the variety of venues. Starting tonight at Bossa Nova, JACK DEPT continues their residency with a Live modular synth performance from Mark Verbos. Nearby, at Bushwick’s Palisades Vancouver’s buzzworthy 1080p label presents a showcase with synth-pop producer CFCF who has just released an LP on their imprint. As Saturday’s sun brings new light, enjoy the day listening to German Dub Techno pioneer Moritz von Oswald as he plays a heady set al fresco in the PS1 plaza. Or maybe head deeper down the L line to the newly opened Brooklyn Mirage, where they’ll be showcasing a Live A/V performance from global Techno star Stephan Bodzin, alongside legends like Doc Martin and Danny Howells playing well into the morning. Lastly, CAMEO flies in a rare treat for the evening, mule musiq’s deep and discofied crate digging champion KZA from Japan who is a sure bet to finishing off your weekend with extra positive vibes.
In case you missed the news, Citi Bike is coming to North Brooklyn and Long Island City this month.
Citi Bike expansion will begin in August with a first wave of new stations including the first Queens stations, in Long Island City, along with expansion further into Brooklyn with new stations in Williamsburg, Greenpoint and Bedford-Stuyvesant. The announcement is the first phase of a dramatic expansion plan that will double the size of the popular bike share network from 6,000 to 12,000 bikes over the course of two years as it grows across New York City… [Read more...]