Tonight: The FREEwilliamsburg Showcase

badgeholder update: since there has been some confusion, here’s the deal: we’ll be letting the allotted number of badges in and then allowing other badge holders entry throughout the night once others leave.
Mark your calendars! Here are the final details for our upcoming Northside Festival showcase.

an ALL AGES show at DEATH BY AUDIO ($10)
49 South Second Street, Williamsburg, Brooklyn [map]
set times: 8:30/9:30/10:30/11:30/12:30
+ With the live debut of These Are Powers’ new video “Easy Answers”
++ FREE Heineken from 7:30-8:30
+++ FREE Ice Cream provided by
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FREEwilliamsburg Showcase Q&A with Javelin

(left to right) Tom van Buskirk, George Langford
Today is our final band Q&A ahead of the Northside festival. We’re having a chat with Javelin, a pair of guys from Providence, RI. The duo make music steeped in the day-glo aesthetic of their hometown, but smooth the edges with summery samples and R&B groove basslines. On jams with self-explanatory titles like “Andean Ocean Tape,” you can practically see dolphins performing synchronized leaps. Javelin is going to be playing tonight at Death By Audio at the FREEwilliamsburg Showcase.
Q&A after the jump:

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Woods Release "To Clean" Video

[Via Pitchfork]
Download the track and check them out on Monday with WAVVES and our beloved Real Estate @ Bowery Ballroom!

FREEwilliamsburg Showcase Q&A with Organs

(left to right) Dan Baranello, Brian Chillemi, Ryan Heil
Next up in our slew of Northside showcase interviews is rockabilly garage trio Organs. Recently signed to self-distributing indie folks Puta! Records (releasing a single and cassette EP by the end of summer), these boys play the kind of songs that let your drunk head sway, or remind you why you were drinking that whiskey in the first place. Their regular appearances at neighborhood favorites Bar Matchless and Don Pedro’s always buzz eery with prohibition era vibes and memories of joyfully simple Rock ‘n Roll taboos.
An emotional drone of harmonica on tracks such as “Don’t Wanna See Me No More” or singer Brian Chillemi’s longing wails on “Need Your Love” present us with why people make music in the first place– to dance and feel and fight and, well, get you to want to take your pants off. If you’re a fan of any combination of those things, read the rest of the interview with Brian after the jump for a little insight on 20th century girls, the importance of good shoes, and Union Square drug dealers.
Get the Organs record here for FREE—->
Your myspace page says you guys sound like “If Hank Williams listened to the Stooges while fucking Little Richard”. How did you land on this style/sound? Or is it just a musical wetdream of yours to get all those dudes in one room?
The Stooges are the sickest rock n roll punk band ever, Hank Williams is the god father of country music and Little Richard is one of most primal performers in the history of rock n roll. We’re striving to integrate those three the best we can… and fucking isn’t a bad way to get people integrated.

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Williamsburg Waterfront Shows

The Williamsburg Waterfront – the new home of the Mcarren Park Pool Parties
Yes, the McCarren Park Pool shows are now just a bygone memory of slip-n-slide bliss. But the good news is that the party will continue this year on the Williamsburg waterfront. We’re particularly excited because FREEwilliamsburg favorite, Beach House, has just been added to the the roster. According to Brooklyn Vegan, they’ll be opening for Grizzly Bear for the affordable, recession-friendly price of, well, FREE!
No word on whether there will be a slip-n-slide this year, but we’ll be keeping you up-to-date on all the Williamsburg waterfront shows at You can check out the full schedule (thus far) here. [image c/o Flickr]
UPDATE from our mailbag:
I have been told by a contact at Jelly that the slip n slide will be back. This is of particular interest to me, as my buddy and I have run the slip n’ slide for the past two summers. I’m excite for the new venue. Even less shade means even more slippers and sliders!

MGMT Remix Violens' Doomed

Last year, MGMT approached Violens frontman Jorge Elbrecht about a “Time To Pretend” remix, now the boys are returning the favor with their version of “Doomed”, staying true to the original track and sans all the seducing industrial synth Violens laid on last summer’s new age Fernando.
Download the remix , and lookout for the free digital remix EP from Cantora, including this track as well as contributions from Lansing-Dreiden, remix collective RAC, and newcomers Subtle People.
Be sure to check out Violens with School of Seven Bells at their favorite NY venue, Bowery Ballroom, this Friday before they kick off their UK tour with White Lies. Also, the “Doomed” video after the jump.

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Anna Barie, Bill Salas and Pat Noecker
May I present, THESE ARE POWERS, the second band interview of four to prepare everyone for the Freewilliamsburg set during the Northside Festival. I’ll admit I chose to interview this trio since they struck me as the most likely to get the dance party started (I’ve been aching for one big time). Besides making me want to be part in a sweaty mass at a show, THESE ARE POWERS are engaging in some forward looking art collaborations, bringing visual art to previously only audio shows. In fact, they will be premiering the video for their song “Easy Answer” during the show. Check them out on Friday along with Real Estate, Javelin, Organs, and Air Waves.
a still from ‘Easy Answers,’ directed by Jacqueline Castel
Can you tell me about this Secret Project Robot you wrote about on your blog?
ANNA: Secret Project Robot’s whole point is to make art fun and community based. So what they’ve done is opened up their space to a bunch of a different events that they curate but also curate with other people. We had an art opening and cd release party for our new album this past Feburary and for that album we asked 12 different artists and a writer to contribute work to our album so that was on display in addition to about 40 other pieces from other artists. Because of that show, some of our friends and others bands have told us they that inspired to have similar events, our friends band had a similar cd release party where they screened a bunch of different films.
PAT: Our friend Paul ended up selling his painting that night for a whole of money and our friend Javelin got offered another show. The idea is to create community around ideas. I feel like you can’t really have a full experience with one form of expression, you should really try and create a group state and by group I mean everyone from the community. It’s limited to think that music is the only art form that you can incorporate into shows.

Do you think this is a more holistic approach to what you are trying to do?

PAT: It’s more interesting. That’s what it boils down to-What’s interesting and fun at the same time? Playing at a club and just setting up and doing sound check and selling your merchandise afterward isn’t nearly as interesting as really making an event out of every show.

Do you have more shows like this coming up?

BILL: August 6th we are playing the X Initiative which is a gallery in Chelsea that is having a set of curators every season put on multimedia shows and we got invited. They’re screening some Bruce Nauman and we are going to perform in front of this film “City Slivers” and a film called “Stations of the Elevated,” which is a grafitti film from the late 70’s. It’s just one more example of cross pollination between “art” and music. It’s just about not drawing distinctions and a lot of it comes down to playing much more interesting events.
What are you looking most forward to doing in Brooklyn?
ANNA: Summer in New York is an awesome time because of all the free outdoors films and concerts. I want to check out the High Line and check out Femi Cutin in Prospect Park. I Just riding your bikes around and hanging out.
BILL: Skateboarding for me, personally. The only summer month we are here for August.
PAT: We were gone last summer so every summer moment we get in the city we’re cherishing.
Get them while you can, THESE ARE POWERS head to Canada on Saturday and then China next month and you won’t get a chance to see them until they play at the Whitney with Vivian Girls on July 31st.
Check out their Myspace and Blog for more musing and jams.
More stills from their new video, which the band will debut on Friday, after the jump:

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Jeff Hanson 1978-2009

The sad news, from Kill Rock Stars:

We are deeply shocked and saddened to report that Jeff Hanson passed away on June 5, 2009 in his home, a victim of a terrible accident. Jeff has been a part of the KRS family since 2003.
Jeff Hanson was an amazing artist, a riotously funny person, and a good friend. Everyone at Kill Rock Stars feels that we were privileged to put out his records. We will miss him tremendously. Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this time.

And a little background from Strangeglue:

Compared to former label-mate Elliott Smith, Hanson was uniquely known across much of America because of his haunting falsetto voice that was often mistaken for that of a woman. Hanson was signed to Kill Rock Stars in 2003, believed to be the first artist signed to the label based on an unsolicited demo. He often joked that the only reason Kill Rock Stars wanted to meet with him was because they wanted to see if he really sang like that.

RIP, here’s “This Time it Will,” directed by Wyatt McDill:

[more at BV]