This One Goes To Eleven: Weekly metal roundup

oozing-wound-joe-martinez-640Alright, time to level with you guys: With a week full of CMJ insanity in front of me and a month’s worth of half-listened to records sitting in my inbox, the feeling today’s bare-bones metal line-up has kindled deep in the pit of my being is one of relief, not disappointment. String my cred up by the lamp posts, hurl your disdain down from on high. Do your worst. Ill just be here catching my breath…

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Roberta’s new takeout restaurant now serving breakfast to go

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Credit: Adam Kuban

Morgan stoppers are gonna be blissed out about this. Now they can grab bagels in the AM and still stop by later for a pizza on the run:

The bakers are offering everything bagels schmeared with cream cheese, plus parfaits, off-menu bialys, and an egg sandwich similar to the one on offer in the restaurant. Back in the days when Melissa Weller was baking for Roberta’s, the restaurant was offering some standout bagels, but they disappeared when Weller left to work on her own project with the Torrisi boys. It’s unclear if these newbies are made from the same recipe. [Read more...]

Live Review: La Hell Gang played Glasslands

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La Hell Gang recently signed to Brooklyn’s Mexican Summer label and played their first ever US show on Wednesday night at Glasslands.

Having followed Chilean pyschedelic rock extensively over the last couple of years, it is always a rare but essential opportunity when a band rolls in to town. Given that La Hell Gang’s new album, Thru Me Again, is only their second in close to 5 years, it was definitely not a show to miss.

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INTERVIEW: Eliot Lipp of Pretty Lights Music

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It was a big week for Brooklyn based electronic DJ and producer, Eliot Lipp. Lipp’s in the middle of a national tour and just celebrated the release of his newest LP out on Pretty Lights Music, Watch the Shadows, which is a deliciously diverse collection that fuses hip-hop sounds, synth beats and vocals for tracks that keep you guessing, “what’s next?”

Even though I caught Eliot while he was getting over a cold, it didn’t stop the ambitious artist from sharing his excitement about recent collaborations, his most anticipated tour stops and tips for staying healthy on the road.

Megan Venzin: Where do you feel like you get most of your influences for producing music?

Eliot Lipp: Probably from listening to my friends music and listening to stuff with other producers that I hang out with. I’m influenced a lot by them, also from playing live and recently kind of starting to make me want to make more club and dance music.

MV: And this your something like your 7th or 8th release!

EL: Something like that, I can’t really remember but it’s getting up there. (Laughs)

MV: How do you feel like your sound has evolved over time, and how have you grown as a performer?

EL: There’s a lot more layers. I’m trying to make it so musically there’s more depth to it, but I don’t know I’m also trying to get better at the engineering side of it. I took a mixing and mastering class at Dubspot in New York and that helped me quite a bit, just learning the technical aspects of being a producer.

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Midnight Movies 10/17-10/19 Include Psycho and Texas Chainsaw Massacre

After a break for New York Comic Con last week, midnight movie coverage is back and it’s filled to the brim with chainsaws, stabbings, and a whole lot of fake blood. This weekend features some of the most important and influential horror films of all time, so break out those night lights folks. [Read more...]

More FREEwilliamsburg at CMJ: Fame School, Turbogeist, Ski Lodge, Big Muff Radio and more

freewillycmjA couple days ago, we announced our first of FOUR Official CMJ showcases with Porcelain Raft, Darkside’s (RIP) Dave Harrington, Excepter, Lydia Ainsworth and Buscabulla at Cameo Gallery. What’s that you say? Four CMJ showcases? That’s right… we got three more for ya.

We’re getting things started as early as humanly possible with a free day show at Pianos on the first day of CMJ, Tuesday, October 21. Doors are at 1 PM for the indie rock-heavy bill featuring Small Death, QuadGreen Gerry, Glass Gang, Little Racer and Big Muff Radio. After that, head across the Williamsburg Bridge with us for more buzzable indie rock at The Flat. Turbogeist (James Jagger’s band – as in MICK JAGGER’S SON) have flown in all the way from London to headline the Hooper Street stage with Ski Lodge and support from HITS, Life Size Maps, Honduras, Lazyeyes, Journalism and DJ’s Kristina Tequila and Danny Brooklyn. Entry is free with a CMJ badge or $5 otherwise. Doors are at 6 PM.

As you’ll note from the above poster, we’ve also taken over The Flat on Saturday night for what is easily the dopest hip-hop showcase at CMJ this year with Fame School, International Scumbags, Loyal Duce, Weekend Money, Skip Rage, Big Breakfast, Estiee, Leek 92 and DJ Neuport. After the sets, stick around because we’ve got the haps on that late night afterparty with Harukasalt and Cobrakrames; the perfect way to shut CMJ down. A badge will get you into the whole rager, other than that, it’s $10 before 8 and $15 thereafter.

Williamsburg and Greenpointers cashing in on Airbnb to the tune $39 million

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The Airbnb controversy continues, but one thing is indisputable. Airbnb hosts in Greenpoint and Williamsburg are cashing in.

During the Review Period, most revenue from private Brooklyn short-term rentals came from Community Districts along the Northern Brooklyn waterfront and in the neighborhoods often collectively called “Brownstone Brooklyn.” As depicted in Figure 12 below, the Williamsburg/Greenpoint Community District had for the largest concentration of private short-term rentals in Brooklyn, generating $39 million for hosts—40 percent of the boroughwide total and nearly 10 percent of the citywide total. Like the Lower East side, the Williamsburg/Greenpoint Community District was one of the most rapidly gentrifying neighborhoods in New York City, as reflected in the disparity between the rents paid by old and new renters in 2012. 14 Other popular community districts included Downtown Brooklyn/Fort Greene ($14.7 million revenue), Prospect Heights/Bedford Stuyvesant ($14.4 million revenue), and Park Slope ($8.67 million revenue).

No one is sure how this is going to all pan out — the Attorney General has made Airbnb his pet project — but for the time being it’s a hot market for hosts in North Brooklyn.

Our can’t miss artists at CMJ 2014

cmjIt doesn’t matter how many times you’ve been to the dance – CMJ Music Marathon is always a wild week of musical excess. This year’s fest (the 34th installment!) which begins next Tuesday, October 21, will be no different, with over 1,300 artists playing sets in 80 of the city’s venues. I know what you’re thinking… where the hell do I begin? I dunno man, but we’re here to give it a shot. Without shilling our own showcases (too much), here’s our can’t miss artists at this year’s non-hyperbolic music marathon: [Read more...]