No Age, Gang Gang Dance, The National Inspire Apparel Collection

Soundscreen Design, a Bklyn-based design company, asked three “prominent designers” to create art for indie bands that inspired them. The end result, which is Soundscreen’s first apparel collection, is now for sale, printed on organic t-shirts, hoodies and totes. Those inspirational bands are:

No Age,
Gang Gang Dance,
Handsome Furs,
Fucked Up,
The National and

But first, a party! Members of The National and Gang Gang Dance are DJing the release of Soundscreen’s Summer 2009 Collection at Glasslands Gallery this Thursday, June 4th @ 8:00pm. It costs no monies. Flyer posted after the jump.

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LANDy – yes please

The girls are kinda creepy man but boy is Adam hot!
Wow I think there is finally a celebrity foray into music that isn’t a complete joke – (a la Honey Brothers, DOGSTAR and Scarlett Johansson) – featuring the backing band talents of members of Earlimart and The Flaming Lips – LANDy is writer, director, actor and all around HOTTIE Adam Goldberg’s new band. OK maybe I’m biased since my mom spotted him at Balthazar last year and said something along the lines of “WOW – isn’t that the hot guy from Saving Private Ryan?” And yes, yes it was.
His debut album Eros and Omissions comes out June 23rd – in the meantime peep the new video for “BFF!” Yes maybe it’s pretentious as fuck featuring girls that remind me of The Shining twins, apples, lemons, strings and over- sized sexy playing cards but it’s actually dare I say – excellent!

Landlord to Black Betty: Drop Dead

The Brooklyn Paper has already done a stellar job reporting on the real estate-related undoing of neighborhood founding father Black Betty, but there are still a few pertinent details that mourners must know. First, some bittersweet news: closing ceremonies kick off tomorrow night, June 3rd, with Hype of the States, Orion Experience, and DJ Chris Rob, starting at 10:30pm. After that, look for Chin Chin on June 4, the eighth anniversary of Brazilian Beat on June 7, Jonah Smith on June 10, the Pimps of Joytime on June 11, and, for their June 15 finale, the Reverend Vince Anderson. (More details here.) After that sad, sad day, look for their ‚”Make Love, Not War” parties to move to Rose and Vince Anderson to take up residence at Union Pool. Of course, neither of these venues serves chicken tagine or chickpeas with basmati rice, but they will have to do.
Now, the just plain bitter stuff:

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Brooklyn Brat Pack Mashup

What does one long weekend and the best rooftop in Williamsburg get you? A summer kickoff music video to end all. A tribute to a tribute, inspired by the Youtube bratpack mashup video set to the tune of Phoenix’s Lisztomania, the soon to be omnipresent (if not already) summer jam.

The Original Mashup

I think director Ian Parker explained the reasoning behind the tribute to the tribute best: We did it for the summer, for friends, sunsets, and social propaganda experiments, for the sake of global cultural education. and pop music.


My friend Clint took some amazing photos of the zombies roaming McCarren Park and the rest of Williamsburg on Sunday, including this (paid?) participant having a tug of war contest via the hooks in his and his competitor’s back. I get the whole appeal to dress up and shuffle around en masse, but can someone explain where this fits in?

The Daily Footprint 5/31/09

Zombie Pub Crawl – The Charleston

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Grizzly Bear Nitemares

Last night, I saw Chris Taylor of Grizzly Bear fame out at Spuyten Duyvil, taking advantage of the weather to enjoy the garden and impressive beer selection. Alas, I did not have the courage to tell him how much I love the new album. Not because I’m scared to approach people generally, but because the new video for “Two Weeks” has seriously creeped me the fuck out.

Real Estate Live Video – "Beach Comber"

Needless to say we’re pretty psyched to have Real Estate as part of our showcase on June 12. Here they are at the Annex on May 27th. [via Stereogum]

Real Estate – Beach Comber [Live] from Ray C. on Vimeo.