Something Wicked Festival 2014


Next up on my list of out of town festivals is Something Wicked in Houston, TX. After traveling for Forecastle, I figured why not keep the “party down south” thing going? Besides, in Texas it’s festival weather year round. When I saw the opportunity, I broke out in the words of Matthew Mcconaughey, “Alright, Alright, Alright.”

Something Wicked (presented by Disco Donnie Presents and NightCulture) takes place at the Sam Houston Race Park Oct. 25-26th and packs a serious punch in terms of lineup. The headliners are hot: BassNectar and Dillon Francis on Saturday (initiate fangirl sequence NOW). Martin Garrix and Kaskade take the stage on Sunday. If that’s not enough to get you rearin’ up to go, they just dropped the rest of the lineup last week. Spoiler alert: it’s cray.

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Bushwick real estate undergoes the largest increase in the city in 2014


In fact, median home value increased by a staggering 30% in the last year. To be precise, Crain’s has the numbers:

June 2013: $427, 200
June 2014: 560,500
a change of 31.2% in median home value

We guess this explains why Zosia Mamet spent over a million on the pink monstrosity pictured above.

Smorgasburg has been immortalized in a children’s book

photo via DNAinfo

photo via DNAinfo

Thanks to Lisa McKeon’s new book Brooklyn Baby, Smorgasburg and other BK staples will live forever in hardcover and paperback form. From [Read more...]

This One Goes To Eleven: Weekly metal update

pallbearer-0414Hello and welcome to This One Goes To Eleven loyal pawns, hooded torch-bearers, fallen apostles, and mildly curious passerby. It needn’t take a hot-air balloon diatribe on the recent explosion of extreme music into the indie-verse for you to quickly glean why we are here. The reason is simple and the purpose is clear: We are gathered today, and each Tuesday for the foreseeable future, to pay pilgrimage to the coming week in metal, and–with the world headed to hell in a hurry–assemble a soundtrack for the ensuing roadtrip. Eyes front and Dio horns up. Now someone, count me in.

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The story behind the creepy Bedford gorilla

Photo via E.K. Buckley

Photo via E.K. Buckley

Many of us have been startled to see someone out of the corner of our eye sitting in a lot on Bedford and North 1st only to realize it is a big stuffed gorilla. It turns out that gorilla is named Coco and the lot may be sold for upwards of $8 million soon. The owner of the lot passed away a few years ago and while his family decide when to sell, the lot is kept as an urban jungle by his friend Carmen Bonilla. NY Times spoke to the spunky Carmen who is in her eighties:

“I put this here for the kids, because the kids, they enjoy,” Ms. Bonilla said, stepping sure-footedly through the weeds in a flounce yellow skirt, a billowy white blouse, an elegant ivory hat and bright pink lipstick. “That’s the way you’ve got to live — because I’m no better than nobody. Love each other, help each other.”

Read the full story at NY Times.

- @joshmorrissey

Permanent Records closing due to the over-inflated rent crisis that’s pummeling New York


We just lost Lulu’s and Brooklyn Ale House is closing soon. Now this!

The main reason for the record store’s closing has nothing to do with being analog in a digital world, unfortunately it has to do with Real Estate. Like many businesses in Greenpoint, Permanent Records has fallen victim to an over-inflated, hyper-speculative, bullish market where astronomical rents and lost leases are becoming the norm. Cool folks like Permanent Records, who found love in Greenpoint, are now priced out of the neighborhood that once welcomed them with open arms.

“Permanent Records will close the Franklin St. location not because we’re not doing well, but simply because we’ve lost our lease. None of you reading this will be shocked to hear that after months of looking for an affordable suitable store front, we’re now priced out of the neighborhood we helped to shape. It’s an all too common story in the NYC retail / small business landscape.”

Body found floating in East River by Williamsburg’s Giando on the Water

From Broooklyn Paper:

The East River view of a tony Williamsburg restaurant turned grisly all of a sudden on Thursday morning when a man’s body floated to the water’s surface, cops said.

A 911 caller reported the corpse bobbing along the rocks lining the shore in front of Giando on the Water’s wraparound windows at the end of Broadway at 8 am, officers stated.

Police are still trying to determine the identity of the dead man, how he died, and how he got into the water, according to the NYPD.

The restaurant does not serve breakfast, according to its online menu.

This is of course horrible news. Oh, and what’s up with that odd “does not serve breakfast” line?

AM NY has more:

The man, who was partially clothed and appeared to be in his 30s or 40s, was spotted against the rocks near the Williamsburg Bridge and behind Giando On The Water, a Kent Avenue waterfront restaurant, the official said. He was found at about 8 a.m., police said.

A delivery person spotted the body, said a man who worked at the restaurant and declined to give his full name.

Photos: There’s snow on the ground in Williamsburg right now

kenanThe area around Bedford and South 2nd is a winter wonderland right now thanks to none other than GIRLS filming in the neighborhood. Rami even noticed they made South Williamsburg seem like Greenpoint by [Read more...]