Greetings! I hope everyone had a fabulous July 4th weekend (some of us left the country). With a short working week, everyone should be in good spirits, so let’s get right to it and start making weekend plans.
Love is in the air, or not, this weekend; I’ll be able to help with the latter. Hopefully it’s a long one for all, however, with President’s Day on Monday. Forget about the potential -18 degrees Celsius temperatures (come on people, let’s stop using Fahrenheit, it’s so unbecoming and idiotic), wrap up warm and get out of the yawning chasm of nihilism that has been 2016 so far, we’re better than this.
Ranking the year’s best albums is always a stressful process argued over many beers, and if we’re at it long enough, many whiskeys. This year, there were many whiskeys, and we ended up with a… different list than a lot of the ones you’ve been reading over the past month or so. We’re proud of that. These are the albums we truly enjoyed most in 2015. The entire internet will tell you to check out the new Kendrick, Grimes, Tame Impala and Sufjan records. We’ve got some of those, but not all of those. Some of our omissions may draw the ire our readers. To paraphrase FDR, “We welcome their ire.”
Just kidding. We’re not VICE.
The 35th annual CMJ Music Marathon – aka everyone’s best chance to burn through their remaining sick days by year’s end – took place last week and as always, the FREEwilliamsburg team was on hand taking in the sights and, more importantly, the sounds of the five day festival. Here’s what we took away from it all, aside from raging head colds.
Though sometimes buried in an avalanche of free pizza, promo beer, and press releases, CMJ Music Marathon’s guiding principal has always been the discovery of new music. In that spirit, we decided to kick off coverage of the mega-fest’s 35th year with a countdown of 15 must-see bands you may have not heard, but need to. So even if your fav Tinder hook up’s lo-fi power pop thing didn’t make the list—sorry, we have 75 venues and 1,000 bands to keep track of here—sit down and give it a skim. Who knows, you might even find something worth seeing. [Read more…]
They miraculously cleaned out nearly an entire back trunk floor full of yellow lab’s long hair.
– Some girl on Yelp
My Red 3000gt looks great.
– Some bro on Yelp
Paid for my boyfriend’s detailing cause I had too much to drink at the wedding. Let’s just say the car did not smell too good, so the next day we took it here and they got 95% of the smell out.
– Some waste product on Yelp
If you need to get your car washed or detailed, give Williamsburg Hand Wash & Detail Center located at 646 Lorimer Street (between Jackson and Meeker) a try! 95% is pretty good! They have 4 stars on Yelp!
Established in 2006, Williamsburg Hand Wash & Detail Center’s goal is to offer an alternative to the standard machine wash.
– Williamsburg Hand Wash & Detail Center Mission Statement
The average wash takes about 30 minutes, but for an extra $10 you can get the alternative wash which, on Saturday, October 17, apparently includes sets from basically the best punk bands around: Destruction Unit, Perfect Pussy, Porches, LVL UP, Downtown Boys, Pity Sex, Potty Mouth, Protomartyr, Sheer Mag and Whitney. That bill (brought to you by AdHoc) covers everything from emo to post-punk to bands with friggin saxophones to rockabilly-tinged 70s album rock. In other words, there’s something for everyone, even if your ride is looking tops.
CMJ celebrate their 35th anniversary this year and have just announced their initial lineup for the ‘music marathon’. The festival runs from the 13th until the 17th of October, featuring hundreds of bands and showcases (see our thoughts on last year here).
The full lineup (so far) can be seen on the official site here, and a first run down the lists sees the likes of Destruction Unit, Evans the Death, Ex Hex, Mercury Rev, Panda Bear, Protomartyr, Savak, The Album Leaf and The Men jumping out at me. No need for any competitions for silliest name this year, step forward Ham Sandwich to claim your crown.
Badges can be purchased here.
I can’t say there hasn’t been an air of complete normality this week, but what that really means is stuff like this, businesses treating staff like crap, a new music venue opening and anticipation of sandwiches. I’m going to keep this brief because I had an important exam today (it’s cool, I passed), but it’s the quality of the acts themselves that matter!