Last Friday was the first of a new series It came from Brooklyn music shows at the Guggenheim museum. The event was packed with loyal Brooklynites who trekked out to support their neighbors including: The Brooklyn Steppers Marching Band, High Places, The Walkmen, Colson Whitehead and Leo Allen. For more information on the event and future shows, click here.
More photos after the jump.
Tonight at Union Hall, supporting the lovely Alela Diane, is Bushwick’s own Sharon Van Etten. Her hauntingly subtle video for “For You”, the first single off of debut album, Beacuse I Was In Love, has been running in a loop through my head for the last few months. Shortly after being first dumbstruck, I was blown away by her live performance at Union Pool for the Northside Festival.
We got a chance to catch up with Sharon in her ‘hood about Richard Brautigan, love in the past tense, and good coffee. Take a look at the interview after the jump.
Don’t be dumb, this is a show you don’t want to pass up.
It’s the latest from the directors of Napoleon Dynamite, Jared and Jerusha Hess, and if it’s as awesome as it looks, we’ll forgive them for releasing Nacho Libre. Gentlemen Broncos stars Sam Rockwell and Jemaine Clement—both major pluses—and has a pretty hilarious premise:
Gentlemen Broncos tells the story of a homeschooled teenage outcast and aspiring fantasy writer. He attends a fantasy convention to show off his work and finds his idea, Yeast Lords, becomes ripped off by acclaimed novelist Ronald Chevalier, who has turned desperate for ideas.
Now we don’t know which comedy to be more excited about, Gentlemen Broncos or Mike Judge’s upcoming film Extract.
Check out the Extract trailer after the jump.
With the 2009 Bushwick Film Festival just two weeks out, its organizers are throwing a fun fun fundraiser tonight at Brooklyn Fireproof (119 Ingraham St., off the Morgan L) with DJs, a BBQ, and live music by Jupiter One, The Naked Heroes (which my brain keeps reading as The Naked Horses, oops), Russian Vogue, Nobody Can Dance, and Abby Rock. It kicks off at 8pm and goes late. Last year’s festival was a success, with sold out screenings at Goodbye Blue Monday, Lumenhouse, and Market Hotel, so let’s arm these guys with more ammo to top that.
This year’s Bushwick Film Festival is August 28th – 30th at Lumenhouse. Stay tuned to BushwickFilmFestival.com for more info.
Del the Funky Homosapien
He doesn’t perform very frequently on this coast, so seeing Del the Funky Homosapien perform this weekend should be a treat. Doors open at 2. See you there.
Del the Funky Homosapien | Prince Paul (DJ set) | DD/MM/YYYY | Gravytrain!!! | Kenan Bell
More information at http://www.freewilliamsburg.com/h2oshows.
In it’s 50th year, world renowned Upper East Side arts institution, the Guggenheim, is kicking off a monthly concert series lasting through December– and with a name like It Came From Brooklyn, it’s not hard to deduce where the inspiration of the featured musicians/authors/artists comes from.
The first installment, on Friday August 14th, sets off a borough-centric bang with the Brooklyn Steppers Marching Band, the experimental DIY duo High Places, and FREEwilly favorites The Walkmen. Colson Whitehead, who’s 2008 NY Times article I Write In Brooklyn. Get Over It. hit a little too close to home, will be reading excerpts of the great Walt Whitman, not to mention the comedic MC skills of Leo Allen.
And who better to backbone such an event than co-producers Bronwyn Keenan and Sam Brumbaugh? With long standing ties in our ‘hood, I have no problem with their crowns of curatorial representation of “our” New York. Ok, maybe one– why not get Todd P involved? Ok, I’m kidding– but if you know me, experimental and DIY (i.e. High Places) is right up my alley, and I do wish the boundaries were stretched a little bit further beyond. But with that said, this is the Frank Lloyd Wright rotunda, and not a Bushwick rooftop, we’re talking about here.
I got a chance to catch up with the minds behind Brooklyn to debunk some Brooklyn-Manhattan borders, specifically on the arts creation and appreciation plane. Brumbaugh, when asked about the invisible lines along the Hudson, said it best– “A museum on the Upper East is not a big leap from three stops in on the L.” So get out your Metrocards and head uptown, this is a party you don’t want to miss!
Tickets for sale here.
For more from co-producers Keenan and Brumbaugh on the event, the future of the Brooklyn Renaissance, and how the Guggenheim plans to keep up… check out the rest of the interview after the jump.
First things first, how did the idea for It Came From Brooklyn arise?
Sam Brumbaugh: The title references Peter Guralnick’s book about Elvis and the original rock and roll scene “It Came From Memphis”. It’s not, as some places seem to believe, a sci-fi reference. In regards to the idea, it just seemed to us, more and more, half the time you hear something you like, or begin to read something you like, you look further and there’s some mention of Brooklyn. And it just keeps coming. Just recently there’s Rachel Sherman’s new novel, The Antlers, Mountains, Javelin, the NYRB re-issue of L.J. Davis’ “A Meaningful Life”, and The Fiery Furnaces new record is really good. Brooklyn has obviously changed a lot over the past decade, these are great things that have come out of these changes. The name of the band “Endless Boogie” is a sort of funny but real way to quantify the vibe of what’s been going on.
Bronwyn Keenan: I should also note that Matthew Friedberger (of the Fiery Furnaces) is collaborating with the artist Rob Pruitt on the upcoming Art Awards on October 29. He is creating the original score and all additional music. Stay tuned for that since the creative exchange typified by ‘It Came from Brooklyn’ is continuing through much of the events programming this fall.
Next week Icelandic musician Mugison will be performing in all of the NYC boroughs in one day (a record breaking event). The undertaking is a partnership with Amnesty International’s Music for Human Rights.
His shows are known for being rife with boozed-infused sentimental rowdiness, and no doubt this marathon will be worth checking out (Mugison blew us away when we saw him last September at Union Pool). But just in case you won’t be in the Bronx on Tuesday, we’ve got good news: two of Mugi’s sets will be in our area, one at Silent Barn, and the other at Pete’s Candy Store.
Schedule for Tuesday, August 18:
12:00pm : Staten Island | Museum of Tibetan Art
2:00pm : Queens | The Silent Barn
5:00pm : Bronx | Bronx River Art Center
8:30pm : Manhattan | City Winery
11:00pm : Brooklyn | Pete’s Candy Store