Death By Audio is closed – a tribute plus video footage of its final shows

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Death By Audio hosted its last ever show on the 22nd of November with the final set being played by Lightning Bolt, we have some great video from the final two nights below.

As the saying goes, you don’t know what you’ve got ’til it’s gone, but for some, Vice media paved paradise to put up an office block. The narrative of change in the area is a well trodden one, as is the temptation for hyperbole when it comes to ones own personal preferences. The story of Death By Audio is shared with the likes of The Fillmore East, Maxwells, 285 Kent, CBGBs, it doesn’t matter; the constant is how a place can have such a positive impact on so many people, and it will be told again, it is not a means to compare one to another.

The first time I went to DBA the power went out multiple times, it was about 200 degrees, the bathrooms would cause a lutropublicaphobe to implode and I wondered what I had done to deserve such punishment, but there was something about it that made me want to go back. The ramshackle appearance and occasional blip masked what was actually an incredibly well-ran machine that almost all of the time ran like clockwork, and even the bathrooms became endearing!

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This Girl F$@KING Loves Dillon Francis


I’m assuming, you already know that I’m madly in love with Producer/DJ/Comedian/Viral Sensation/Drunken Chef Dillon Francis. I can’t help it. The cats. The pizza. The multiple alter egos ranging from Becky, the basic bitch girlfriend of DJ Rich as Fuck (another alter ego) to Rave Dad, a papa so PLUR he named his daughter Molly. As much as I hate saying it . . . I CAN’T EVEN. Just visit Dillon Francis’ Merch Table and you will immediately understand that the  universe crafted us perfectly for each other. For $20,000 he will ruin your step dad’s Christmas. WORTH IT.

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“Chick Chick” – the weirdest thing we saw all week

Um, watch this. “Chick Chick” by the Chinese pop group Wang Rong Rollin. You’re welcome.

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Tim and Eric’s really bizarre Totino’s Pizza Rolls video


We love Tim and Eric and clearly they’ve outdone themselves with this new Totino’s Pizza Rolls video. The ad is even stranger than the one they did for Absolut Vodka featuring Zach Galifianakis.

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Psychodrama’s Second Session: a web series you should be watching

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It’s rather serendipitous: 3 aspiring actors befriend each other in the same class at the William Esper Studio in NYC. They (Kimmy Foskett, Liza Renzulli and Luisa Fidalgo) slowly come to realize that intense hangovers, cute hipster boys and aspirations aren’t the only thing they have in common; they have the same therapist! They realize… hey, guys. This could be something?

Thus begins the brainstorm for the first season of Psychodramaa web series of short themed clips, each involving events and conversations that have really happened to these 3 ladies in their time here in NYC as 20-somethings. And with titles like Indecision, Sex, Jealousy, Motivation and Communication, these episodes connect with the viewer, no matter how much acting you’ve done or therapy you’ve been to. The writing is sharp and smart and perfectly relatable (props to Kimmy and Liza).

The show is not just relatable, either. The production and direction of this show are incredibly professional, especially for these CHIX on a budget (they’ve used crowd-funding sites for both seasons). I’ve been consistently impressed by the quality and content, so I was really happy to hear that there would be a Second Session this winter (watch the entire first session here). [Read more...]

Video: Colin Meloy debuted some new The Decemberists tracks on Bedford Ave.


As mentioned, Colin Meloy of The Decemberists was on Bedford Avenue over the weekend playing a few new songs from his just-announced record with The Decemberists What A Terrible World, What A Beautiful World. In addition to a Morrissey cover and some older Decemberist tracks, he debuted ‘Make Me Better’ and ‘Lake Song’ from the new album:

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Williamsburg busker gets arrested even after NYPD officer reads law permitting the performance

musicThis weekend musician Andrew Kalleen was arrested by the NYPD for while performing at the Lorimer/Metropolitan subway stop. In the below video the NYPD officer is clearly heard reading the law that allows for this type of performance but that appears to [Read more...]

Devo and Jane’s Addiction played CBGB Fest – full set videos


Jane’s Addiction headlined the CBGB festival this weekend in Times Square, which also included the legitimately legendary, Devo. I squeezed in to a packed crowd for Devo’s 4:30pm set before heading off to see Jeff the Brotherhood and Diarrhea Planet at Death By Audio. We have full video sets from both bands below, courtesy of (((unartig))).

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