How did Greenpoint, Williamsburg and Bushwick vote?

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Greenpoint loves Bernie (c/o NY Times)

Bernie Sanders had the largest support in the city from Greenpoint and Bushwick. Or as the NY Times obnoxiously puts it: “Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont fared best with young gentrifiers in Bushwick and Greenpoint.” South Williamsburg on the other hand loves Ted Cruz. See how the North Brooklyn voted below: [Read more…]

More Bernie rallies scheduled; guests include Vampire Weekend, Grizzly Bear, TV on the Radio and more

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In the last few days, Sanders held rallies in Coney Island and Greenpoint. Next up, he’ll be rallying in Washington Square Park, Prospect Park and more with lots of special guests:

Wednesday, April 13 is the Washington Square Park rally: Doors open at 5 p.m. and program begins at 7 p.m; the event is free, but Bernie wants you to RSVP here. Special guests announced are Vampire Weekend, Spike Lee, Rosario Dawson, Shailene Woodley, Linda Sarsour, Tim Robbins and Graham Nash. [Read more…]

Bernie Sanders will be in Greenpoint today

 

He’ll be giving a speech at Transmitter Park at 3pm. Next week, he heads to Washington Square Park for a larger rally.

Brooklyn-born Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Bernie Sanders (I–Vermont) will finally make a public appearance in his hometown on Friday, hosting rallies outside his childhood home in Midwood and in a waterfront park in Greenpoint. [Read more…]

Video: Hold Me Closer, Bernie Sanders

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Whether or not you like Bernie Sanders, this is pretty funny, and well, completely ridiculous:

A musician with Fox Cities roots is feeling the Bern all right.

So much so that Appleton native Mel Flannery and her husband, Danny Sher, who live together in New York, put their talents into “Hold Me Closer, Bernie Sanders,” a song that’s a Sanders-centric take on the Elton John classic “Tiny Dancer.” [Read more…]

Vampire Weekend played a huge rally for Sanders

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First it was Killer Mike. Now Vampire Weekend is pledging their support to Sanders. Well, at least most of the band:

Because Vampire Weekend co-founder Rostam Batmanglij left the band earlier this week, Ezra Koenig is performing with a makeshift band, made up of Vampire Weekend drummer Chris Tomson, Dirty Projectors’ Dave Longstreth, comedic duo the Lucas Bros, and the University of Iowa’s Hawkapellas—an all-female a cappella group. (“Bernie can call that Vampire Weekend if he likes,” he said.)
Prior to the rally, they performed at the Java House in Iowa City. Watch some clips from the event (including “The Star-Spangled Banner” and “This Land Is Your Land” sing-alongs)

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Bernie fundraiser on Tues & Weds with Cass McCombs, Gang Gang Dance and more

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Are you feeling the Bern?! If so, there’s a two-day fundraiser starting tonight at Baby’s All Right. ‘Special Guests’ are billed too. Perhaps Bernie will stop by?

Cass McCombs, Jana Hunter (Lower Dens), Will Sheff (Okkervil River), Gang Gang Dance, Kevin Devine, MAS YSA, Frankie Cosmos, Spirit Family Reunion, [Read more…]

Gawker shifting focus to become political site, unclear if they will be ‘20% nicer’

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Nick Denton, and Heather Dietrick
Credit Jesse Dittmar for The New York Times

Perhaps this is penance for outing that Conde Nast exec a few months ago, but whatever the reason THIS is shocking. We’re not sure if covering politics will prove to be “20% nicer” than what they normally do, but we’re going to miss their potpourri of snark. That said, Alex Pareene is an ALWAYS entertaining political writer and we sure were sick of those 500 Days of Kristin posts showing up in their feed:

Gawker.com, a site that pioneered the knowing and snarky tone that has come to define web journalism, will switch from covering New York and the media world, as it has done since its founding in 2003, to focus on politics.

The change, which comes as part of a broad reorganization of the site’s parent company, Gawker Media, was announced in a memo to the staff on Tuesday. The site, wrote Gawker’s founder, Nick Denton, “will ride the circus of the 2016 campaign cycle, seizing the opportunity to reorient its editorial scope on political news, commentary and satire.” [Read more…]

Interview: Justin Currie

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Justin Currie‘s current US tour just took in his first ever Brooklyn show, at Rough Trade in Williamsburg (20th of September), and also included a stop at City Winery (23rd of September). As singer/songwriter in Del Amitri and now into his third album as a solo artist, Currie has ran the gauntlet in a 30-year career.

A slight mix-up means we end up talking before the show at City Winery on Varick Street instead of Rough Trade, it’s my first time to the venue and while I tend to prefer beer stained walls and sticky floors to refined wooden decor and expensive wine, it’s readily apparent that the venue treats the artists well.

Del Amitri’s self-titled debut album, released in 1985, is begging to be rediscovered by a new generation hungry for arty indie-pop (think Orange Juice meets The Smiths meets Television. I know, I hate lazy reference points too, but it’s as good as all those band’s best moments). If that pricks your interest, at the bottom of this post you can listen to the band’s John Peel session from 1985.

After the debut, Del Amitri’s sound moved in a more traditional direction and they scored a string of top-40 hits in the UK over the course of 5 albums (1989-2002) including Nothing Ever Happens, Always the Last to Know and Tell Her This. In the US, Justin is mostly known for Del Amitri’s top-ten radio hit, Roll To Me; it’s one of those time-old examples of “this song is not really representative of the band’s output”. Regardless, let’s not downplay the beauty of a good pop song, however throwaway it may be. There are three certainties in life: death, taxes, and Justin Currie’s ability to write moving lyrics for the lonely, heartbroken, misanthropic and disenfranchised; sprinkled with just enough hope for us all to carry on.

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