Dinosaur Feathers on the Big Ugly Yellow Couch

The first time I heard Dinosaur Feathers I couldn’t help but blurt out “these guys kind of sound like if Del Shannon hung out with sweet little robots”– everyone laughed at me. These acoustic sets are proof that I’m right… or totally wrong. [More videos over on Big Ugly Yellow]

Domino Development Passes City Council, Loses 4 Floors & Will Pay "Prevailing Wages"

It’s a go. The 36-floor project, which will create 2,200 apartments (660 of which will actually be affordable), 143,000 sq. feet of community, office, and retail space, keep the iconic sign, and create some new waterfront space, will break ground in one year and take ten years to complete.

Here’s the good:

During last-minute negotiations, the developer agreed to reduce two planned 40-story towers to 36 floors. The lost space from those floors will be added to other buildings on the site. The corporation also agreed that construction, building service and eventual supermarket workers at the New Domino would be paid prevailing wages.

and from before, the bad:

Levin (D-Williamsburg) and his mentor, Brooklyn Democratic boss Vito Lopez (D-Bushwick), had railed against the project, leading rallies against it and charging that thousands of new residents would overwhelm the neighborhood, especially already-packed subways and buses.

The spin cycle is on full throttle…

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Win VIP Passes to the Kahbang Music and Arts Festival in Maine

Bryan Bruchman, Flickr

The Kahbang Music and Arts Festival launched last summer in Bangor, Maine with Matt & Kim and Ra Ra Riot headlining — but it’s still relatively unheard-of. This year Kahbang will be running from August 6-14, and the list of performers includes Ok Go, Biz Markie, The Gay Blades, BoB, Free Energy and more. There will be plenty of art installations and a film festival portion as well.

Kahbang’s concept is to translate some of the live music energy from Brooklyn way up north. And in that spirit, we’re offering two pairs of VIP passes to FreeWilliamsburg readers. Just leave us a comment on our Facebook page, and we’ll randomly select two winners who will each get a pair of VIP passes to the festival. Summer road trip, anyone? And speaking of road trips, Kahbang’s planners are still looking to book more bands and artists, so if you are interested in participating, go ahead and contact them here.

VIP ULTIMATE FESTIVAL PASS

Pass Includes:

  • Entry to festival grounds (2-Day Music pass)
  • Entry to any film screening (Film Pass)
  • Access to all special events (Q/A sessions, Panels, etc.)
  • Access to KahBang VIP events
  • Advanced seating/reserved seating/preferred seating
  • Limited edition 2010 festival T-shirt
  • Limited edition souvenir ticket
  • Complimentary beverages (water, soda, juice)*
  • VIP Bar specials ($2 drafts / $3 well drinks)*

*Music Festival Only

Video: "Keep It Quiet" by Ra Ra Riot (Preview)

The video, directed by Taryn Gould and Emily Kowalczyk, is a preview of “Keep It Quiet,” a song from Ra Ra Riot’s upcoming album The Orchard. The band’s second full-length album releases August 24th on Barsuk.

[PICS] Beach Fossils at Santos Party House

Last night women’s fashion and lifestyle website StyleCaster bolstered its Indie cred by co-hosting a free Beach Fossils show with music website Death + Taxes at Santos Party House.

A more aggressive spin on the lo-fi genre while still maintaining its approachable simplicity, Beach Fossils riled the crowd. A barefoot John Pena lost his mind on the bass– pacing and spinning all over the stage– while lead singer Dustin Payseur howled into his microphone… And that’s when the crowd surfing began… at 10PM… on a Tuesday night… at a fashion event. (Who saw that one coming?) The set ended with Payseur himself leaping onto the crowd, surfing until his song ended when the human pillars supporting him crumbled to the ground.

This weekend Beach Fossils launches into an extensive tour playing alongside Here We Go Magic, Bear in Heaven, and Warpaint throughout the summer. Click here for dates and check out pictures from the night in the gallery below!

More Highlights of the Northside Fest (And Some Upcoming Shows)

I think we all needed a day or two to recover after the Northside Festival, and in addition to the obviously dandy Freewilly showcase there were quite a few fresh new faces that stuck out. Beyond chatting up Michael Pitt and Britt Daniel at Tame Impala and Active Child respectively, here were a few of my highlights:

// ONEOHTRIX POINT NEVER kinda made me feel like I was stuck in a K-hole at a Boards of Canada show in the 90s (in the best possible way). Daniel Lopatin turned Glasslands on Friday into an incredible drone-y sonic playground. And he has some cool videos to boot, so it makes sense that he’s playing in a month with Animal Collective at PS1.

// TAME IMPALA was the weekend’s buzzband, and Glasslands was packed & hot as hell Saturday (I haven’t felt sweat drip on me from the ceiling since I Love Techno 2007) but at least Tame Impala drizzled the crowd with a fairly refreshing dose of fuzzy psychedelia. Video here. Shirtless Aussies, who’da thunk?

// NORTH HIGHLANDS were a surprise gem, really hitting the mark with their sunny psych-pop. Soon these Brooklyners are playing on a boat & something to do with nachos?

// DARLINGS are another bunch of ‘burghers who played a much more polished set at their Public Assembly show than the last time I heard them and feel to finally have gotten the hang of the garage-pop vibe enough to land a Whitney Live show in July.

// ETERNAL SUMMERS and THE FRESH & ONLYS were also pleasant breaths of fresh air for the sweaty weekend.

Here’s to hoping for a nice & breezy summer.

McCarren Park Bathroom Rape: Suspect Still at Large

Eesch:

The victim told cops that she met the perp at the south end of the park, which is at the intersection of Bedford Avenue and N. 12th Street, at about 8:30 pm. She said that the two had been drinking for a while, before the cretin brought her into the bathroom at the north end of the park and forced her to have sex with him.

This occurred this past Saturday evening, June 26th. Surely somebody was around to see something, no?

Request For Information: Fart Bags

What’s with all the fart bags littered throughout McCarren Park? I first came across one of these mysterious little suckers last week and figured, well, that there’s a fart bag, there’s not much else there than just a bag for producing fart stink. But let’s irresponsibly theorize that there’s a more sinister usage for these gaseous gags. Poison? Nah. Can you smoke them? Probably not. Huffing? Yes!

You could totally huff a fart bag.

There’s even a tweet out there that somewhat supports this theory, so I’m going to roll with it. Here are the facts: People are huffing fart bags in McCarren Park. This is a problem that’s on the rise and we are just simply outraged that nobody is doing anything about it.

It’s a cheap high — you can go buy yourself a pack of six fart bags at the all-low price of $1.38 per unit, and by unit, I most certainly mean fart bag. We need to fight back.

I encourage everyone out there to step up and be a responsible citizen and SAVE OUR CHILDREN by writing to your local representatives that we need to keep our kids homes fart bag free. Are you with me?

Let’s do this for America. Let’s do this for Brooklyn.