Brooklyn Electronic Music Festival – Coming Aug. 8

From their press release. [Juan Maclean image via]:

Building in the inaugural success of 2008, Famous Friends, a New York-based promotion company, in conjunction with Noise Problem, a leading multi-faceted music agency, are pleased to announce the line up for The Second Annual Brooklyn Electronic Music Festival (BEMF). Spanning two stages, indoor and out, BEMF will be headlined by The Juan Maclean (live) and also feature Young Love, Jupiter One, Adventure, Shy Child, Home Video, Free Blood, Awesome New Republic as well as dozens of other DJs and performers.
Famous Friends will be announcing a very special surprise guest headliner via twitter on the day of the show. Follow them at to receive the latest news in advance. The line up is listed below.
BEMF is an all-day event for emerging and established dance artists celebrating the vibrant music scene found in the city of New York. The festival will bring together New York’s veterans and up-and-coming talent, along with some special out of town guests, and will be held on Saturday, August 8th at Old American Can Factory, located at 232 3rd Street in Brooklyn from 4PM to 4AM.
Adding fuel to the fire, the festival will offer a free open bar courtesy of Pabst Blue Ribbon from 4PM – 6PM. Advance tickets are $25 and can be purchased at RJD2 will not be performing as previously announced.
We are holding back the announcement of the co-headliner until the day of show where we’ll announce them via twitter.

Line-up after the jump.

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Ticket Giveaway: Chris Garneau's CD Release Party TONIGHT

Tonight at Le Poisson Rouge, Chris Garneau celebrates the release of his highly anticipated sophomore album, El Radio– and we’ve got a pair of tickets for one lucky reader to join in the fun!
Much like Michigan has Sufjan Stevens, Brooklyn’s Garneau holds up his melodic quirkiness like a flag against a windy sea current. His trembling heartfelt lyrics had me at 2007′s Music for Tourists. Some of the gloom from the previous album has lifted, and been replaced with a sort of playfulness. The seamless transition of these two sounds is best showcased between the meloncholy Cat Power-esque piano of “Hands on the Radio” to the sweeping horns and marching drums on “No More Pirates”. Rarely do you see this kind of talent have fun with their work, and you can feel the sentiment in the tapping of your own toes– or in the obsessive repeat cycle I currently have ballad “Hometown Girls” in.
Navigate your way to our Facebook page and comment on the contest thread for your chance to score a pair of tickets to the show tonight. And if you see Chris, be sure to thank him for bringing forth some honest melodies for us to set our heart’s ticking to.
Winner announced at 4pm, so hurry up and get some! Winner, winner, chicken dinner!

Important PSA: Don’t Kill Coney! Fix the Plan!

Coney Island needs your help. At the end of this month, politicians will be voting on a controversial measure to stick a number of large, sun-sucking hotels right in the heart of Coney Island. But this doesn’t have to happen. Coney Island USA and the ‚”Mayor” of Coney created this friendly but important little PSA to sum things up and show off an alternative plan to save Coney Island:

‚”Politicians DO listen to the public. Make some noise; July is the month,” says Zigun, who rallied on the steps of City Hall last month with the grassroots group Save Coney Island.‚”The future of Coney Island is being decided now. It’s an American treasure; let’s develop it the right way, the good way.”

If you feel like getting involved and speaking out, you can find your City Councilmember by typing in your street address and borough on the City Council’s About page.
For more reading, visit Amusing the Zillion.

Green Canteen Restaurant: Our Very Own Green Zone

Green Canteen.jpgSurrounded by some of the loudest, sidewalk-hogging-est places in the neighborhood—Zabloski’s, Sea, Hugs—it’s not a huge surprise that the nearly month-old Green Canteen, on North 6th between Berry and Wythe, has flown a bit under the locals’ restaurant radar. But, like a too timid carbon cap-and-trade bill (I’m looking at you, House of Representatives) the place has something going for it that will either finally get the eco-ball rolling or deter future attempts, depending on its success: the state’s first silver-LEED certification granted to a restaurant.

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NJ's Ducktails + Julian Lynch Split 7"

Underwater Peoples, the folks who got us longing for the sunshine with the perfect summer mix, will be releasing a split 7″ record on Monday, July 13th. And who will be delivering the musical goods, you ask? Well none other than New Jersey’s finest– on Side A, Ducktails‘ tour de force, “Parasailing” and on Side B, the 7″ debut of hometown pal, Julian Lynch, bringing the mystical lo-fi sound one could only expect from this crew, with “Topi” and “Garden 2.” Plus, the cover art was made possible by fellow Real Estater Martin Courtney.
And that’s not all! With your $7 purchase of the record, you’ll get a DVD including two Richard Law videos that will be making their way to YouTube shortly. So email the guys at to get your copy– before they’re all sold out!!
The best marketing tactic ever, after the jump…

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Dumpster Diving (literally)

Image via MACROSEA
‚”We heard about dumpster pools—one was done by Curtis Crowe of the band Pylon in Athens, Georgia a few years ago, and others have done it, but usually smaller—and decided we wanted to do it this summer in Brooklyn as a test site/prototype. We (David Belt, Alix Feinkind, and myself, who are Macro-Sea) heard about in late February. In late May we found the location, and from the time we got the dumpsters to the opening on July 4th was 12 days. We would like to do them in the parking lots of the strip malls and show people that with not too much expense you can creatively reuse what is basically considered urban detritus and make something really cool and fun and also fairly easy to put together.” — Jocko Weyland
If anyone sees any of the dumpster pools in the neighborhood, let us know!
Source: Ready Made

Old Made Vintage Grand Opening

Check out the Grand Opening of Williamsburg’s newest Vintage Boutique– Old Made. More than just a clever name, owners Leah Kroll and Frances Pezik are bringing you some of the cutest vintage clothing and accessories the ‘hood has to offer.
In addition to all the cuteness, they’ve recruited some awesome local talent for this Friday’s opening including music from Drew Citron, Beeping Sleauty, Unsolved Mysteries, Graffiti Monsters; and local arists Ethan Cook, Chelsea Harris, Ivy Weinglass, Eric Von Massey and Morgan Silver-Greenberg.
And the fun doesn’t stop after opening night, expect revolving art shows, live music, and maybe even some store front BBQs in the future. Make an appearance on Friday between 7pm and Midnight for a celebratory cocktail off the Lorimer stop, or at least to peep the killer MJ memorial in the window.