Giveaway: Handmade Fanfarlo Box Set

From the studio of Interpol and The National producer Peter Katis, as well as their own bookish depths of musical charm emerge Fanfarlo. This whimsical quartet of string, horn, and backyard folk vocals, is the perfect mix of meloncholy Devotchka with a happier pop core, like local faves Motel Motel. In addition to their already long list of musical talents, they seem to be quite crafty too! From KEXP:

Fanfarlo not only released their debut themselves, but they also handcrafted 500 limited editions of the album ‚Äî housed in special foil-blocked, embossed linen-covered dvd-shaped box, packed with an exclusive set of heavyweight letterpress printed postcards featuring the band’s artwork and lyrics ‚Äî themselves! They set up a production line in their own living room and handpacked each one[...]
The sets were originally available through Rough Trade but are long gone by now

And just when you thought you were out of luck… FREEburg is giving away a Fanfarlo Box Set to one lucky reader! Just follow us on Twitter @freedubya and ReTweet the Fanfarlo contest for a chance to win!
Take a looksy after the jump for photos of the Fanfarlo gang making the Limited Edition Reservoir Box Sets, as well as a download of “Luna”, the first single off the self released debut album.

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Summerscreen Returns

The L’s Summerscreen outdoor film series returns tomorrow (Wed.) night with Reality Bites, and food and drink urges will be tamed by Van Leeuwen Ice Cream, DUB Pies, San Loco, Two Boots, Sixpoint Craft Ales and Wine Australia. The “doors” to the McCarren Park ballfields open at 6:00, and Brooklyn band Wild Yaks will be playing at 6:30. After that, it’s all Ben Stiller and his time capsule of early 90′s deliciousness to wet your whistles.

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Yacht Rock MJ: “How am I supposed to stick my dick in some pussy, when you got me singing like one”

Undoubtedly, you’ve all seen Yacht Rock already. If not, go here and watch them all. They’re a few years old, but they still hold up amazingly well. The Wikipedia summary of the plot, is almost as hilarious as the videos. Check it out after the jump.

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First Annual “Freelancers Put On Your Pants” Day

Hey, freelancers and the unemployed. Sheila over at ASSME thinks its time you liven up and r-e-s-p-e-c-t yourselves:

This Friday, July 10th, let’s all make an effort to all put on pants. Fridays are often a time for a more relaxed dress code in offices. But not for the jobless. This Friday, take a shower in the morning, fix your hair, and put on some nice clothes even if you won’t be leaving the house. Nice shorts and skirts OK too, but NO boxers or pajamas‚Äìyou must wear clothes that you could actually go to a job in. (Send in pics if you want!)

So there you have it. July 10th. Put on your pants. We’ll be making house calls to check up on each and every one of you in support of this ambitious cause. (h/t gawker)

A Walking Art Tour

Go for a Williamsburg art gallery walking tour this Saturday at 2pm with “art critic and art tour guide,” Merrily Kerr. It leaves from the Williamsburg Walks WGA table on Bedford Avenue near N. 5th Street and will last approximately 1.5 hours. The $10 tickets can be bought on the spot or online.

Palin Holds Press Conference to Explain Last Press Conference

2009-07-06-sarahpalin_200908_477x600_1.jpgI just posted a piece on Palin’s insane resignation speech over at the Huffington Post. Here a taste

Responding to criticism that many were confused by her resignation speech on Friday, Governor Palin issued another press conference today to explain her reasons in “plain English” and without the use of sports and/or fish metaphors.
“When I last spoke about the issues at hand here on Friday,” stated Palin, “I was addressing hardworking, average Americans who understand what it means to be a leader. Average Americans also understand sports metaphors and the direction a dead fish will move when in a particular body of water that has a current.” [...]
Critics say that today’s press conference was even more confusing than the one held on Friday, further muddling the governor’s reasons for departure. Still, Palin did manage to shed some light on her ability to make an eight-minute speech without taking a breath.
“They don’t call me the Barracuda just because I’m tough,” she told reporters referring to her uncanny ability to forgo breathing.
“Sometimes, I prefer making speeches without breathing at all. I’m an avid runner and depriving my brain of oxygen sorta feels like having a runner’s high. Plus, I know the First Dude will catch me should I get too dizzy. He’s a deacon at our family’s Pentecostal church and has lots of practice catching fainters who have had demons exorcised.”
Most scientists say that when the brain is deprived of oxygen it can no longer function properly, and that this could explain the governor’s inability to communicate clearly. But fervent Palin supporter, Dick Kristal, contends that the brain can operate just fine without oxygen.
“Excess carbon emissions cause global warming, too little oxygen can cause decreased brain activity, blah blah blah blah blah,” said a visibly agitated Kristal. “These are clearly just theories, pseudo science promoted by liberals.”

You can read it all on The Huffington Post.

Ticket Giveaway: Japandroids at Piano's

Now that you’re all comfortable with our Facebook ticket giveaway platform, we’re switching things up.
Japandroids, the 2-piece garage rock band from Vancouver, will be rolling thru the LES for one night only before they continue off to Boston for the rest of their Post-Nothing tour– and we’ve got a pair of tickets for you.
I’ve got to say that at my initial introduction to Japandroids, I was thouroughly impressed. Listening to the tracks, I would’ve never guessed below a trio. The first track off the August 4th release, “The Boys Are Leaving Town”, is the quintessential summer song– the kind you could walk off into highway heat haze to. Plus, I’m a sucker for angsty dudes that guitar riff for love.
So follow @freedubya on Twitter, and Direct Message us with the best way to beat the NYC heat, and a pair of tickets for the July 11th show at Pianos could be yours. WE HAVE A WINNER!!!

The Wall Street Journal Stumbles Upon A Wacky New Trend: Skinny Jeans

Okay. Now that someone’s grandfather over at the WSJ has discovered this wacky new trend, can we officially agree that skinny jeans are pass√© and start phasing them out?

Explanations abound for why men would want to wear jeans that look so uncomfortable and impractical. Some fashion observers say skinny jeans’ hold on certain men stems in part from the wearers’ desire to show off their gym-sculpted bodies. [...]
The brands also hope the changes will make their skinny jeans appeal beyond the urban hipsters, skater-types, rockers and hip-hop fans who already wear them to men with meatier legs. “I’m an avid cyclist and need to have more room in my jeans because my quads are getting worked on so much,” says Michael Ball, co-founder of premium denim brand Rock & Republic, which late last year added stretch to its men’s skinny jeans [...]
Though the jeans may be getting easier to wear, the look isn’t easy to pull off. The trick is to wear skinny jeans with slim-fitting shirts and pointy-toed dress shoes or dressy boots. Any squarish, loose or, worse still, boxy-fit sweater or shirt can make a man’s proportions look out of whack and his legs way too skinny.