FREEWilliamsburg Hosts Northside Showcase with Keepaway and Hooray for Earth and more!

Last night FREEWilliamsburg hosted its Northside Showcase at Brooklyn Bowl featuring Keepaway, Hooray for Earth, Oh Land, Glass Ghost and The Babies! Thanks so much to everyone who came out to celebrate Northside with FREEWilliamsburg and hope you had as much fun as we all did!

Woods and Vivian Girls side project The Babies kicked off jam packed night with their retro-pop and lo-fi sound. Duo Glass Ghost played an engrossing and mildly ambient set and even poked of their sound juxtaposed with the bowling alley setting.

The gorgeous Oh Land danced around on stage in a Christopher Kane for Topshop crocodile printed crop top and a wolf hat (worn especially for the occasion) and enchanted the audience with her catchy electronic drum hooks.

Hooray for Earth (who were recently touring with Indie sweethearts The Pains of Being Pure at Heart and lo-fi Surfer Blood) launched into a killer set that rocked plain and simple. To close the night, Keepaway fresh from opening for Yeasayer at the Gone to Governor’s showcase played an upbeat set of dance fusion music and teased the crowd with the opening beats of their single, “Yellow Wings”– smirking, “Not yeetttt!”

To learn more about the bands that played last night, read their respective FREEWilliamsburg interviews here: Keepaway, Hooray for Earth, Oh Land, Glass Ghost and The Babies. Also, be sure to check out pictures from the night in the gallery below!

How the Founder of an Indie Film Festival Acted at an Indie Music Festival [UPDATED]

[Updated below w/ response]

It was Saturday evening at Northside Festival headquarters, and Andrea, the Festival’s rather charming young publicist, was merrily working away handing out badges, staffing the tables and so forth, when in entered a “goateed, stringy-haired gentleman” who, she alleges, proceeded to get pissed off and “go on a rant about how we closed too early the previous night.” But they were open for 10 hours? Then, this happened:

Shit devolved from there and I finally asked him to step aside when a Swedish couple came in to ask a question about the festival. As I was speaking with them, he walked towards the Heineken bar in the back, repeatedly kicked at something and grabbed a bottle of Southern Comfort that was on the counter. I screamed “Sir, get the FUCK out of here,” and he basically obeyed, taking the bottle outside and smashing it on the sidewalk before storming northwards up Bedford Avenue. The Swedish couple looked horrified and I had to mouth an apology to them because by then I was already calling the police.

The cops showed up, descriptions were given, but without a name, there wasn’t much the NYPD could do. So they left. Later that night, Andrea realized she had entered his name in her computer while looking for his badge information, and it was still there, right in the browser’s search bar. Bingo! [Read more...]

Recapping the Weekend in Missed Connections: A Lonely Heart, Another Fucking Hipster, and Love at Northside Fest

So many chances at love this past weekend, yet so many missed connections. The past few days have seen a surge in close encounters as Northside Festival-goers met eyes, hipsters bought iPads, and a man with a luscious beard rocked one lucky lady’s world. Here’s a quick recap of your weekend’s missed connections. Go forth and find your loves.

I Was Crying in McCarren, You Approached (WFM)link

It’s warming to see kindness still exists in this sometimes cold-blooded city, as evident by this listing from a 20-year-old girl. She, the poster, found herself sitting alone, crying into her iPod on an otherwise joyful day in McCarren Park, when you approached and simply asked, “Are you alright?” She wasn’t, but your question helped her feel “a little less alone.” Nice job. Best the part is, your buddy answered her ad, writing, “I was sitting in the same group as the guy who approached you. All of us in that group has been in the same situation. We have all felt lost and alone. It’s a painful place to be. Keep your head up.”

“Portland” tattoo at Les Savy Fav (WFM)link

Do you have a tattoo that says “Portland” on your right arm? Do you also work for the Northside Festival or L Magazine? Have you ever considered removing your right arm because of a “Portland” tattoo, which I think you should do? If so, you’re in luck! This poster is a girl who worked the festival as a photographer for an unnamed music publication. She thinks you’re adorable and wishes she said hello. Give her a shout and see what lies beneath the press badge. [Read more...]

Early 'Inception' Review

Christopher Nolan's 'Inception'

Given the steaming pile of shite that’s currently stinking up the multiplexes — is this the worst year ever for film? — we’re excited to see that a leaked Rolling Stone review for Christopher Nolan’s latest, ‘Inception,’ is pretty glowing:

The mind-blowing movie event of the summer arrives just in time to hold back the flow of Hollywood sputum that’s been sliming the multiplex. ‘Inception’… will be called many things, starting with James Bond Meets ‘The Matrix.’ You can feel the vibe of Ridley Scott’s ‘Blade Runner’ in it, and Nolan’s own ‘Memento’ and ‘The Dark Knight.’ But ‘Inception’ glows with a blue-flame intensity all its own. Nolan creates a dream world that he wants us to fill with our own secrets. I can’t think of a better goal for any filmmaker. Of course, trusting the intelligence of the audience can cost Nolan at the box office. We’re so used to being treated like idiots. How to cope with a grand-scale epic, shot in six countries at a reported cost of $160 million, that turns your head around six ways from Sunday? Dive in and drive yourself crazy, that’s how.


Morgan Avenue Station: Best Place in NYC to Fall in Love via Missed Connection

You’ve got the best chance of falling in love based on a Missed Connection at the Morgan Avenue L train station, followed by Bedford Avenue and Lorimer Street, according to a recent Craigslist study.

To rank the stops, the forumla used was “the number of Missed Connections ads mentioning a particular station divided by the annual ridership at that stop.”

Here are a few recent MC posts.

Video: Woods Plays "Blood Dries Darker" at Music Hall During Northside Fest

Woods – Blood Dried Darker (Live at Northside Festival) from Big Ass Lens on Vimeo.

This comes to us via BigAssLens, which has a whole slew of great videos from days one and two of Northside.

Williamsburg Census Interviews "Will Have to be Redone"

Lazy-ass census workers covering Bedford-Stuyvesant, Bushwick, Greenpoint, and Williamsburg had until July 10th to survey approximately 97,000 households in the neighborhood, but they weren’t even cutting it close.

To try and make their numbers, Alvin Aviles and Sonya Merritt decided to use the internet to come up with 10,000 fake or incomplete names — and fudged their census reports. They were caught, fired, but now the U.S. Census Bureau’s all like, “Do over!”

“I want to stress that our highest priority is to get a complete and accurate count in 2010 for Brooklyn,” the bureau’s regional director told the Epoch Times. “While I regret [that] some of the work must be redone, I’m sure the people of Brooklyn share in the goal of getting this right.”

Perhaps the second time’s a charm. Williamsburg ranked dead last in the city earlier this summer for people returning their forms — which kicked off a round of idiotic press reports calling hipsters lazy, when in reality it was the hasidic community which chose not to participate.

Video: Williamsburg Burglary Suspect Caught on Tape

This guy was caught on camera inside a building in the neighborhood (don’t know which one) and later seen exiting with stolen property, according to this description. This was taken Saturday afternoon. As always, if you know something, say something.