Kids Cover Deerhunter's "Nothing Ever Happened" [Video]

Good effort by these budding indie rockers on “Nothing Ever Happened,” who even got noticed by the band they cover, which wrote, “This made all of us really happy.” The solo bit around 4:00 is pretty sick, and the full video pan around 4:20 shows you the entirety of the situation.

L Mag's "Taste of Williamsburg" Video

Footage by the L Magazine’s Emmanuel Cruz.

Interview: Birmingham's Deluka Have Love for Brooklyn

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Last year, the UK’s Deluka came crashing into Brooklyn with local label Vel Records and haven’t been able to stop the momentum since. The indie electronica band has found a special place for themselves with sonic references to anything coming out of Italians Do It Better and fellow UK rockers The Joy Formidable… and like their bio says, 2010 is the year Deluka just may well become your favorite band.
Deluka will be taking over NY for the next few nights with shows starting tomorrow at Ella Lounge followed by performances at Cameo, Piano’s, and Nublu (in that order). We’ve got a pair of tickets for one lucky reader to check them out on 5/20 in Williamsburg at Cameo Gallery, all you have to do is go comment on our Facebook thread for a chance to win.
FREEwilly got Deluka to answer some questions about their Brooklyn faves, how danceable songs can have melancholy lyrics, and that Franz Ferdinand is still kinda cool. Check out the rest of the interview after the jump, as well as the video for Deluka’s “Cascade”
First things first– the band is named after a hooker. Why?
Kris Kovacs: Well, as Bobbie Gillespie once said; ‚”Everyone’s a Prostitute”…and musicians, well they’re the biggest whores out there. Oh, and we needed a band name. One of us had just caught Pretty Woman on the TV, and we’d never noticed before, but Kit De Luca had ‘casually’ spent all the rent money on drugs! I mean, it’s not even made a big deal of, barely even touched on, which we found strange. Plus she had all the best one liners, and was generally more bad-ass than Roberts’ character. Like, who shouts after a friend ‚”work it baby, work it!”? Genius!

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Southside CSA berry shares

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This is my 2nd year with this lovely CSA (only their 2nd year too!) and they still have a few berry shares left.
From the website:
Each week you will receive 4 quarts of blueberries alternated with 4 pints of red and yellow raspberries or blackberries. There are two raspberry seasons, one in early summer and the other in the fall.
Shares are $320 and go for 13 weeks, from July 5th to September 27th.
Email [email protected] for more info or to hand over your money.

He-Man Asks 'What's Going On'

Crif Dogs Opening Location Off Bedford This Summer

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Williamsburg will finally be getting their very own Crif Dogs location later this summer off the Bedford Avenue Stop.
Eater writes:

The only surprise in this story is how long it took them. Last night PDT’s Jim Meehan confirmed to Metromix that the owners of creative hot dog shop and St. Mark’s Place quasi-institution Crif Dogs is expanding to Williamsburg after nine years in business. He doesn’t spill specifics but notes it’s off the Bedford L stop on either Bedford or Driggs and will open in late summer. If it does well, they’ll consider expanding even further.

*Image c/o Flickr

Interview: DFA Rockers Free Energy

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I have to admit when I first heard Free Energy‘s “Dream City” I was enamored by it’s T.Rex-ian opening, and also a bit annoyed by the bubblegum flavor. But after finding itself on almost all of my playlists last summer, I decided my subconscious was trying to tell me that DFA’s Philly-based rocker boys were a crew to keep an eye on.

Since then, the band has released their debut full-length, Stuck on Nothing, and I’ve accepted that I want my classic 70′s rock to come back in a modern way (√† la high-waisted everything). The bottom line is, Free Energy knows who they are and exactly how they want to sound– bringing classic rock hooks and guitar riffs together with the pangs of indie-pop. No summer BBQ or nap in McCarren Park would be complete without them.

I got a chance to chat with two-fifths of Free Energy after they opened for the legendary Iggy Pop at last week’s Ray Ban party at Music Hall of Williamsburg about rock ‘n roll mythology, Bob Seger, and how it’s nice when buzz bands are actually good.

Check out the rest of the interview, as well as Free Energy’s video for “Bang Pop” which premiered on Myspace today, after the jump… And be sure to catch them at Bowery Ballroom with Jukebox the Ghost on 5/29.

If you had to explain your music to someone who has never heard it, what would you say Free Energy is all about?

Paul Sprangers: I just tell people Rock ‘N Roll or Classic Rock, I guess.

Geoff Bucknam: It’s kind of back to the air of Rock ‘N Roll as an expression of joy and lust and love. I think it’s Rock ‘N Roll stripped down to emotional drive. No? [looks at Paul] Is that too much for you?

PS: I mean, it’s pretty slick. It’s pretty composed and thought out, but as far as what we tell people it sounds like or what we describe it as… It’s just Rock ‘N Roll. Like, that’s what I tell my mom. I wanna add, too, that moms really like this band.

GB: And we love moms.

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R.I.P. Dio

Ronnie James Dio, balls-out amazing metal vocalist, passed away after a battle with stomach cancer yesterday May 16th at 7:45am.
We here at FREEwilliamsburg are very saddened by the loss of such an awesome guy to such a terrible illness. So lift up your hand in devil horn salute to Dio, and enjoy this great video of him from 1983 singing Rainbow In The Dark.

Ronald James Padavona was born in 1942 in New Hampshire and raised in Cortland, NY. In an early act of metal bad-assery, he changed his surname to Dio after mobster Johnny Dio and began using it professionally in 1961. He was offered a scholorship to Julliard but passed on it to pursue his true calling: Rock.
While performing with his early band Elf, he caught the attention of Deep Purple’s Richie Blackmore. Blackmore later joined forces with Dio and other members of Elf to form the band Rainbow. Medieval-themed hard rock awesomeness ensued.
After leaving Rainbow Dio famously replaced Ozzy Osbourne as the frontman for Black Sabbath. It was here that he popularized the Devil Horns hand gesture known to metalheads the world over. Dio claimed that the sign came from his old-world Italian grandmother, who often used the symbol to ward off the evil eye.
In 1982, after revitalizing Black Sabbath’s career, Dio spontaneously left the band and formed his solo project, simply entitled Dio. In 1983 they relased their platinum-selling Holy Diver record, featuring one of Metal’s most beautiful songs, Rainbow In the Dark.
Dio continued with his solo endeavors, also founding the heavy metal incarnation of Band Aid/U.S.A. for Africa, called Hear N’ Aid, raising money for starvation in Africa. He briefly rejoined Sabbath for 1992′s Dehumanizer record, but eventually returned to his solo work, which he continued with for the rest of his life.
He is survived by his wife Wendy, who posted the notice of his death on his official website.
We will miss you Dio!
- Amanda Mottur