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The Times Is Tough

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And not just for us… even Hollywood is reeling from the recession. First Shannen Doherty decides to take a second job as art director for a magazine. Then Michael auctions off some classics at Julien’s. And now, Kanye contemplates his roots as a video game designer:

“My game was very sexual,” West told Details Magazine. “The main character was, like, a giant penis. It was like Mario Brothers, but the ghosts were, like, vaginas. Mind you, I’m 12 years old, and this is stuff 30-year-olds are programming. You’d have to draw in and program every little step — it literally took me all night to do a step, ’cause the penis, y’know, had little feet and eyes.”

Well, I guess Kanye is pretty well off at this point and prooooobably doesn’t need to return to his previous *ahem* passion ’cause Kanye, y’know, has his game on.

My friend Andrew, I miss him

Sometimes it’s a Thursday after a goddamn blizzard in March and you’re thinking, “Why am I looking forward to summer? What is so great about it being really hot out and wearing t-shirts?” Then you remember, “Oh yeah, The Gathering of The Juggalos!” I mean, if you were me you’d probably think all that. But after you see this video the “you” won’t be “me,” it’ll be YOU! You will be excited for The Gathering of The Juggalos! Because of Andrew WK! Because he killed it at The Gathering of The Juggalos just last summer and I bet you didn’t know that!

Guy needs to write a book (and you know he’d write one 8 inches thick) about how to turn irrelevancy into irreverance(y) as a freaking career.
I’m just gonna end all my posts with sweet pics.
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Peace & Happiness, & Long Live Eraserhead

[thanks And I Am Not Lying]

New Music Picks: The Antlers and Neko Case

We’ve been enjoying the new record by The Antlers, Hospice, released March 3. All Songs Considered puts it at the top of their best music of 2009 (thus far) list. The project is essentially one person, 23 year old Peter Silberman, but he’ll be playing with his band (Michael Lerner, Darby Cicci) tonight at Union Hall. The entire album is steaming over at Bandcamp and here’s a couple of MP3s:
DOWNLOAD: The Antlers: Bear (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: The Antlers: Two (MP3)
We’ve also been enjoying Neko Case’s latest, Middle Cyclone. It’s her strongest work since Blacklisted and contains some of her best songs to date. We can’t stop listening to “This Tornado Loves You.”
Here’s a great in the studio video of the first single, “People Got a Lot of Nerve:”

DOWNLOAD: Neko Case – People Got a Lot of Nerve (MP3)
After the jump, Neko Case ‘Middle Cyclone’ Making of Documentary EPK- Directed by Ruth Leitman. [Hat tip Rumproast... who also has a link to a cool Harry Nilsson cover by Neko]

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Gowanus Lounge Blogger, Robert Guskind, Found Dead

Robert Guskind, image c/o NYShitty
We’re deeply saddened to report that Robert Guskind, the founder of one of our favorite blogs Gowanus Lounge and frequent Curbed contributor died yesterday. From Brooklyn Paper:

After days of speculation inside and outside the blogosphere, much-liked journalist Robert Guskind died on Wednesday, the city Medical Examiner confirmed this morning.The death of the creative mind behind the Gowanus Lounge blog, whose behavior had been increasingly erratic over the past few months as he has lost several jobs, separated from his wife amid an extra-marital affair, and waged angry crusades against supposed enemies, was first reported by his friend and fellow blogger, Miss Heather, who runs a popular Greenpoint-based Web site.
She reported in a video that he was found dead in his apartment. The medical examiner said an autopsy would be performed on the body, which was found at 7:19 pm on Wednesday.
Guskind’s Gowanus Lounge site had been down for days, and his obsessively regular Twitter blasts also stopped coming on Monday, said friends who expressed their concern to The Brooklyn Paper.

A sad day. You’ll be missed Robert.

Art Fairs in NYC

If you’re into visual arts, then this week’s art fairs are like a second Christmas. Free Williamsburg will have a full roundup next week.
But, if you need a guide, I recommend checking out arguably one of the best New York art blogs/publications Art Fag City for recommendations. Panel discussions can be found here and gallery openings during the week are here.

Sound Fix Tonight: Drink What's Left

I really shouldn’t be telling you this, but My Open Bar already did, so I’d be silly not to. Sound Fix Lounge, the on-again off-again liquor-supplied music spot in the back of the record store is having a “Booze Surplus Party” tonight, where for $10, you get unlimited access to the entire bar. Seriously.
From My Open Bar:

Thanks to the amazingly douchey neighbors, Sound Fix Lounge is seeing its final days. In true DYI fashion, they’re going out with a bang by giving away what’s left of their bar stock at this closing night party. Liquor. Beer. Fun times. All you can drink for $10, all night. That’s it. Oh yeah, and make sure you say “fuck you” to the neighbors before stumbling home.

Now please don’t go so I can drink more. K thx bye.