Bushwick's Sharon Van Etten Gives Us Chills

[Thanks Lauren!]

Gimme Butt Crack

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Is this a crack in Gimme Coffee’s armor? An Eater reader sent in a photo of a pants-sagging coffee barista, writing, “Reason 12 why Second Stop is better than Gimme. This is a Gimme barista working while sporting the pants below ass look. Has to be a violation, no?”.
Not sure. But it cracks me up. No, actually that joke doesn’t work because I see no crack. Is this barista buttless? I think the violation lies in the photographer’s pocket, as srsly, who gets someone to make them a latte before snapping an iphone photo of their ass?

Rediscovered: Judee Sill; Daniel Rossen, Bill Callahan, & Marissa Nadler Do Covers

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Although the resurrection of lost and forgotten 1970s sullen folklore seems to have come to a tipping point these days, I’m gonna go ahead and say there’s no such thing as too much of a good thing. Personally, my obsession with Glowing Raw is in a constant state of growth– these are the folks who opened my eyes to Sibylle Baier and Claudine Longet, who I just.. can’t.. stop.. listening to.
Next up on the list of underappreciated in his/her own time is Judee Sill. After the re-release of her two albums on Artista in 2005, this gloomy little songstress captured the like-souled hearts of neo-folk peeps such as Robin Pecknold of Fleet Foxes. And now, we have a tribute album to look forward to. Yesterday, American Dust announced the release of Crayon Angel: A Tribute to the Music of Judee Sill out on September 22nd– which includes two tracks, preiously unrecorded, and interpreted by Beth Orton and Bill Callahan.
Oh, and in case your obscure folk obsessed mouth isn’t watering enough, Callahan’s “Like a Rainbow” happens to have been co-written by Judee’s onetime boyfriend Lal Baum– great-grandson of Wizard of Oz author L. Frank Baum. Sweet, huh?
Check out Fleet Foxes doing a cover of Sill’s “Crayon Angels”, who (sadly) are not a part of the tribute album of the same name, and the full track listing after le jump…

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Summerscreen is Back: Now with Zombies!

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The L Magazine’s Summerscreen film series in McCarren Park announced their lineup today and yup, we’ve got zombies! And Jim Carrey. This year marks the film’s first year out of the pool, and it looks like they’re setting up at the ball fields closest to Turkey’s Nest in McCarren Park.

The films will be shown at dusk on Wednesday nights starting July 8th and area restaurants will be on hand to sell food and beverages. Admittance is absolutely free.
This year’s lineup of films includes:
July 8: Reality Bites
July 15: Evil Dead 2
July 22: 24 Hour Party People
July 29: Wild at Heart
August 5: Fame
August 12: Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

More info at summerscreen.org.
[Photo by the conklins on flickr.]

Tonight: World Record Appreciation Society #6

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Tonight at Crash Mansion [199 Bowery], the Universal Record Database (URDB) is back on stage for their World Record Appreciation Society #6, where folks with long hidden talents hope to set records in categories including, Most Knock Knock Jokes Told In One Minute, Most Trivial Pursuit Questions Answered Incorrectly In One Minute, Most Tweets To @Oprah In 140 Seconds (I have MCHammer) and Most Consecutive People Beaten In Arm Wrestling By A Woman In Her Third Trimester Of Pregnancy. The band Blast Off is kicking things off at 8:00 PM. Get tickets here.

Named Best Oddball Night by New York Magazine, the World Record Appreciation Society is back. On Wednesday, May 20, we’re lining up a mix of new stars and URDB legends for our biggest world record night yet. It’s gonna be insane, I tells ya.
Pianos was getting a bit squishy, so we’ve moved to Crash Mansion a few blocks away. We’ll have tons more seating, a higher stage, a bar menu, video monitors…even a green room where our record setters can hang out to escape paparazzi.

Think you’ve got one of your own? It’s not to late to sign up! Get on the bill and set your own world record by emailing dan@URDB.org.
[photo of Most High Fives During Pledge of Allegiance via urdb on flickr]

PSA: Find The Stolen Gear

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Nobody expected Friday’s No Fun Fest to take on a literal meaning, but for musicians Joe Raglani and Steve Hauschildt, it sucked. Brooklyn Vegan got news that some fun haters broke into their van and stole everything. The tipster wrote:

Just to let you know, after playing No Fun Fest in NYC last night Joe Raglani’s van was broken into and all of his equipment was stolen. This includes the very expensive and rare synth he’s spent years building up from modular parts and many other unique and custom devices. Needless to say, the rest of his tour has been canceled. He’ll likely need encouragement to motivate himself to begin anew. I’d hate our community to lose his output.

The full list of missing equipment is below. If everyone keeps a loose eye on Craigslist and a few area music shops, maybe we’ll get a lead…send along tips.
[photo via raglani's myspace]

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"Candy Pants"

Drop what you’re doing. You must watch this now. [Thanks Rumproast]

33 Stupid Sex Tips From Men's Health

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I’ve got a new piece up at Gavin McInne’s latest site SBTVC. Here’s a taste:

For starters, you may want to avoid referring to a woman’s elbows and knees as ‚”hinges,” as the authors do in number 11. And while I’m on the subject, how in God’s name could anyone think number 15 is a good idea:
‚”Season her belly with a little salt, and then slowly lick it off.”
Salt? WTF? You had two authors and presumably and editor working on this thing. None one of you found the idea of turning your partner into a human salt lick fucking retarded odd?
And these two examples don’t even qualify as the most perplexing tips on the list. In fact, when I got to sex tip number 20, I had to double-check the address bar on my browser to make sure I wasn’t reading The Onion:
20. Blindfold Yourself
Many women who are insecure about their bodies stick to the missionary position because you can’t see their bodies that way. If you really can’t see her because your eyes are covered, she’ll do a lot more with you, to you, and for you.

Um. No. Even if she isn’t insecure about her body, she’s going to be if she thinks you need a blindfold to fuck her. Why not just throw a bag over her head and tape some pornography to the spot where her face used to be? If you blindfold yourself she’s going to think you’re repulsed by the sight of her. So let me repeat: DON’T DO THIS.

You can check out the whole thing here. [Mildly NSFW]