“Saturday Night Live” parodies Bushwick


Artisanal mayonnaise, dog walkers, pretentious artists painting landscapes, gelato… damn is Bushwick edgy these days: [Read more...]

Watch Zach Galifianakis’ 1993 film debut ‘How I Stopped Worrying and Learned to Love Williamsburg’

zachBack in 1993 Zach Galifianakis starred in a short film about Williamsburg that according to the director Al Roman (a then New School student) marked Zach’s film debut. The 21-year-old film surfaced a few years ago but was pulled from YouTube due to a copyright claim by CBS. As of this week the film has reappeared [Read more...]

Yotel Williamsburg: another butt-ugly hotel coming to Williamsburg


Look at that fucking thing. Wow. Williamsburg is becoming Miami:

The 14-story hotel, a collaboration between Yotel and Synapse, will be located at 646 Lorimer Street, near Meeker Avenue and the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway. The street level of the building will host retail, with a roof garden at the level of the BQE and the hotel rising above that. The top levels of the structure will house six to eight condos with views of the East River and Manhattan. “Williamsburg is an amazing community — it deserves architecture that strives to match its richness and vibrancy,” said Marc Kushner, HWKN principal.

Another HWKN principal, Matthias Hollwich, said “We felt it was important to create a distinct and modern design that would establish Yotel Williamsburg as a destination for global travelers, while the sculptural qualities of the building also connects with Williamsburg’s artistic bent.”

This godawful thing is set to open in 2017.

Gnarly bacteria-spreading rug-rats giving Williamsburg residents diarrhea


It’s mostly affecting kids thus far, but wash your hands! Kids ruin EVERYTHING:

Children have been sick and highly contagious by an infection caused by the Shigella bacterium, which has been spreading across Brooklyn.

As CBS2’s Ilana Gold reported, the bacterial infection has been a particularly big problem in Borough Park and Williamsburg. Eighty cases have been reported since November – most in children – and the number has been growing…. [Read more...]

Over the Counter: Five albums you may have missed last year

ultramantisblackStarting a new column is always sort of awkward, because it doesn’t have its voice yet; so the best thing I can do is try to provide some context. A couple of weeks ago, I was reading an essay by Zadie Smith about her experience reading Their Eyes Were Watching God, and it struck a chord with me. She describes how its author, Zora Neale Hurston, went from being a “well-kept, well-loved secret” to an “entire literary industry,” and ultimately reduced to an “avatar of black woman-ness.” The same thing happened to “indie” over the past decade or so. It has become more of an “industry” than just “music.” It has become an avatar for prevailing trends; branded, marketed and sold in album streams and music video teasers. Somewhere amidst all of the white noise, there’s still great music being made. That’s what I hope to focus on. [Read more...]

This One Goes To Eleven: Weekly metal roundup

EinherjerWith a barrage of killer new releases, more Brent Hinds weirdness, and a huge show announcement from This One Goes To Eleven, this week is by far 2015’s biggest yet. So sit down, strap in, and get ready for some whiplash, it’s going to be a good one.

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Listen to “Air,” the first single off the new Waxahatchee album


2015 means big things for Katie Crutchfield. The artist better known as Waxahatchee has signed to a big indie, Merge Records (home to Arcade Fire, Dinosaur Jr., Neutral Milk Hotel and other alt.legends) for the release of her third LP, Ivy Tripp, which is due out on April 7. It’ll be supported by the a spring tour with the much hyped Jenny Lewis disciples, Girlpool. Crutchfield just played one of the final Glasslands shows, so there’s no New York date listed, but I wouldn’t rule out a show at Music Hall or Bowery Ballroom sometime this summer.

Check out the crisp new single, “Air,” which earnestly channels the same confessional vibes as 2013′s Cerulean Salt, but with 87% less tape hiss. [Read more...]

Review: Future Islands spoiled, uplifted Terminal 5


As their secret set during Death By Audio’s final week was well worth the freezing cold wait around the block, so too was the freezing cold walk to Terminal 5 for Future Island’s second sold out show this past Friday. The sheer charisma and dedication of the band, specifically lead singer Samuel T Herring, is astounding. And while following such an intimate, emotional show at Death By Audio should be a difficult feat, Future Islands really only one-upped themselves. These guys have been playing together for 8 years and the emotion they still bring to their live show is uncanny.

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