Monument to the monuments…

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The times they are a’ changin’ on Graham Ave.  Infamous Grande Monuments shop (famous more for their window grave markers than the bread they sold) which had been a mainstay of the neighborhood since the early 1950s is officially closing.  As the sign above depicts, Jerry Ragusa is moving the store down to Bayridge.  While I’m sure we’re all curious what’s going in its stead, it’s truly a mournful day indeed for the Via Vespucci strip of Graham.  Goodbye Grande.  I’ll be pouring out a little Fernet Branca while the other local residents spill their PBRs…

For a little more on the history of this spot, check out this interview over at WNYC.org (with Jerry back in 2011).

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TICKET GIVEAWAY: Electric Youth at Music Hall of Williamsburg

Photo credit: Vanessa Heins

Photo credit: Vanessa Heins

In 2011, Drive hit the silver screen and gave us the best soundtrack since Titanic. Retro electro pop sounds filled car stereos everywhere, with Electric Youth’s “A Real Hero” topping the charts. Now, the Canadian duo finally releases a full length album, “Innerworld,” with more transcendent, cinematic tunes perfect for cruising.

We’re giving away two tickets to their upcoming show at Music Hall of Williamsburg Wednesday November 12. Comment below and we’ll pick a lucky winner on Tuesday.

Five best shows of the weekend

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Some Brooklyn Electronic Festival shows would have made the cut this week, but I’m recusing them from this post because our very own glo stick-wielding correspondent Megan Venzin already did a fine job covering that for ya right here. It’s a pretty stacked weekend for live music – I had a tough time whittling this down to just five shows and that’s without even considering BEMF, so that’s really saying something. The fact that a free show from perhaps the best and most important pop-punk band in the game today, The Menzingers comes in at #5 here further echoes that sentiment. The show catches the Scranton, PA quartet at the tail end of their Rented World tour, the admirable follow up to 2012′s genre-redefining On the Impossible Past.

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Tim and Eric’s really bizarre Totino’s Pizza Rolls video

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We love Tim and Eric and clearly they’ve outdone themselves with this new Totino’s Pizza Rolls video. The ad is even stranger than the one they did for Absolut Vodka featuring Zach Galifianakis.

I’m not sure that watching Hard Rock Joe play slap bass makes me want to eat a Totino’s Pizza Roll but, well, I’m not sure anything would. Watch it below: [Read more...]

5 Brooklyn Electronic Music Festival Shows to See

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Friday marks the beginning of the annual Brooklyn Electronic Music Festival, or #BEMF if you plan on being tech savvy this weekend. A wide array of house, trap and experimental artists are coming in from around the world to play a two-day festival taking place at various venues around Williamsburg. Having attended several EDM festivals this summer including Mysteryland, Electric Zoo, Full Moon Fest and Something Wicked, I’m particularly interested in BEMF because it gives me an excuse to see some of my favorites in intimate club settings. Now don’t get me wrong, I LOVE LOVE LOVE an outdoor festival and being surrounded by ridiculously stacked 20 year-old-kids as much as the next person, but there’s something very cool, calm and collected about BEMF. Just because we’re a more refined audience, doesn’t mean we can’t throw down. And on that note, lemme tell you about the shows I plan on hitting this weekend. And maybe we can have a nice, dirty martini together? Because, well, WE CAN.

Remember you can purchase a weekend pass for only $100, a day pass for $55 or just select tickets for individual shows. The full lineup and schedule is available via BEMF’s handy new app. It’s a free download at the app store, so check it out.

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Ridgewood is the new Bushwick which was formerly the new Williamsburg

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Dancing at Gottscheer Hall; credit: NY Times

Well you knew this was coming. The Times discovers Ridgewood. “Artsy types in their 20s and 30s, wearing hoodies and black-frame glasses” are invading Ridgewood. (The ban on saying “hipsters” seems to continue.) Evidently, Quooklyn is filling up with dudes who dance like the guy pictured above, “boozy revelers in cutoffs and ’90s basketball jerseys,” and there are “sexual acts [happening] out in the open:”

Cafes with vegan muffins, yoga studios and destination pizzerias have (naturally) sprouted. Bars with names like Milo’s Yard and Bierleichen are slated to open. Guitar cases, tote bags and shearling coats are increasingly frequent accessories on pedestrians. [Read more...]

This One Goes To Eleven presents Occultation, Kosmodemonic, Mountain God at Palisades

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Poster by WONDERPULP

When, in two months time, we collectively stop and turn our gaze back at the year that was in Brooklyn music, we will find no bigger winners than our thriving metal scene and Bushwick’s newest, coolest 285 Kent surrogate, Palisades. In a year backlit by obituary after obituary, these institutions have turned the ruins into a jungle gym, and on Friday, November 21st, our very own weekly metal rodeo, This One Goes To Eleven, brings both together on a killer bill headlined by local dark rockers Occultation (whose latest full length, Silence In The Ancestral House, is a must hear) and featuring supporting sets from Mountain God, Kosmodemonic, and Think Tank–together some of our borough’s most promising extreme acts.

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INTERVIEW / REVIEW: The Glitch Mob Played Hammerstein Ballroom

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(Photo by Rachel Perlin)

The last time I sat down with LA-based beatscene trio, The Glitch Mob, they were just kicking off the summer festival season. Five months later, they have wrapped up The Blade tour and it’s back to the west coast to decompress before hitting it hard in the studio. I had the pleasure of seeing Ooah, Boreta and EDit tear up Hammerstein Ballroom on Saturday night, with support from New York natives Chrome Sparks and electro-duo The M Machine.

Returning to the city for the first time since Governor’s Ball, The Glitch Mob brought a remarkable amount of energy to their beautifully choreographed live show. The Glitch Mob doesn’t deliver a typical rock show or DJ set, even though their sound may sound like the lovechild of those two genres. Rather, their one-of-a-kind stage show, The Blade, is a fully functional instrument that doubles as a set design. Electronic drum kits and paneling are spread across the machine’s ominous stature, provoking the three artists to move thoughtfully within their respective stations. It’s turbine-like appearance and accompanying fog and light show, give it a futuristic, almost ethereal presence. The Blade is a vehicle, a backdrop that only elevates this truly impressive trio.

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