Or is the "Just a Friend" crooner in fact a medium, captured in the midst of a trance state, excreting the gauzy physical evidence of his possession by representatives of the spirit world?
Today we hear from Dean Bein in Fort Greene, which, let's be honest, isn't a 'hood often associated with the Brooklyn music scene. After cultivating a roster with Girls, Glasser, Tanlines and other objects of bloggers' affections for his record label — now Matador imprint — True Panther Sounds, he's doing his part to change that though. Find out where he'll go to listen to that new Girls EP come November 22 (there's a new Girls EP out November 22), just after happy-clappy True Panther signees Magic Kids play Silent Barn and Mercury Lounge.
Here's a story, in the event Sexy BRP Rajah Humabon (PF-11) doesn't do it for you.
Halloween fell on a weeknight my senior year of college, so when my roommate (typically lazy and fearful of embarrassment when it came to Halloween costumes) returned from his late-afternoon class to our apartment, in his typical mid-aughts-NYU-undergrad uniform of a scruffy dirty-blond beard and flannel shirt, he didn't have a lot of time before we left for the parade (ie, I had already been listening to Dream Syndicate's "Halloween" on loop, as per tradition, for like an hour by that point).
So, wandering around the apartment, having not previously given a moment's thought to his Halloween costume, not even having time to shave before we went out, and being typically
lazy and/or too cool "minimalist" and/or "conceptual" about the whole holiday, he had an idea. He tucked in his red flannel shirt, and grabbed a roll of paper towels from the kitchen. Ta da:
Hey, it's this week's Fashionable Bystander(s), designers Coco and Breezy! Space twins from Minnesota! They are rad! You must watch this!
Halloween costume crunch-time is upon us, and if you've given up on a creative idea and resolved to grab a wig/fake mustache/funny glasses/last year's costume half an hour before that inevitable costume party, you might take a last minute suggestion from WTF Should I Be For Halloween?. It's a web thingy of simple beauty, pairing randomly selected Wikipedia entries (like, oh, say, German-Libyan Relations) with the word sexy. An even better suggestion: Sexy List of cities in Nevada. That's hot. (TheDailyWhat)
You may have already seen this, on the internet, but it's the three-years-in-the-making headstone for son-of-Manchester Tony Wilson, founder of Factory Records and the Hacienda Club, discoverer of Joy Division and loser of money on the "Blue Monday" single:
I want my headstone to describe me as a "cultural catalyst" almost as much as I want my obituary to describe me as a "vigorous heterosexual."
But what's the quote used as his epitaph say? Well...
Your film follows Kati "with an I" through three tumultuous days at the end of high school. Kati's your half-sister—at what point did she become an inspiration for a feature film?
Well, Kati and I didn't grow up together but she always ended up as the subject of my camera experiments, student films, class projects, etc. (many fragments of which made it to this film). She was even the photo subject of an ex-girlfriend's award-winning stills. She has something the camera likes. So when she was about to graduate, I called my pal, the great cinematographer Sean Price Williams (who had filmed her before as well) and talked him into capturing Kati's graduation and the days leading up to it. We were never sure it was going to be a film. It just as easily could have ended up a graduation gift. A story developed and the film happened, almost like magic. At the time we had no idea how fateful those days were.
The things one finds forgotten between the pages of old books make for a compelling read in their own right, especially on Forgotten Bookmarks, a blog kept by a book-buyer at a used and rare books store. Letters, recipes, postcards and actual bookmarks are fairly common, but pretty regularly there's an artifact like the 1893 family reunion photo (above) found in an 1868 edition of The History of England: Volume IV. (TheDailyWhat)
Yesterday ScoutingNY spotted the odd sculpture above in the tiny triangular Macri Park at Metropolitan and the BQE near the Lorimer stop, a massive monument to... fallen shopping carts? A little research reveals that the cement-embedded Home Depot cart filled with painted six-packs marks the latest iteration of street artist Specter's ongoing Canner Tribute series. Check out another view after the jump.
I am that thirteen year old kid. I may be a bit of a comic book nerd, but I am also now the coolest kid alive. Thanks. Wanna ride?
Best place to people watch?
Tables in front of Verb or Fabians.
Best place to drink?
Daddy's—it's a real clubhouse.
Chris Beckman's cleverly edited "Oops," a short film assembled from found footage people shot when they dropped their cameras, won a Vimeo Award in the experimental category. Predictably, lots of trampolines and poolside slips are involved. (CRBlog)
God bless America, for the earth's favorite machine, smart car, is no longer confined to cobblestone roads in Europe or within the fine constraints of a romantic comedy starring Ashton Kutcher. They've been popping up all over the states recently, and these slickly designed vehicles are on their way to taking over the BQE, not in a Decepticon way, paving the road (PUN INTENDED) to a future with cleaner energy and less crowding.
I am very much aware that it's not currently in style to like bands whose videos feature people walking around wearing giant cardboard heart costumes, that mere mention of the word cute is enough to send people on a quest for something much colder, something less obviously out to please, something that would seem out of place in a Zooey Deschanel movie, and I get it, I really do. But jeez, I don't have it in me to deny the charms of a song with the lines, "See, it's like loving Graceland/It's not allowed to be/But we know it's everybody's favorite/Deep down in the place where music makes you happiest." The song's called "My Heart is a Drummer," and it's by the London-based pop band Allo Darlin', whose debut full-length was released back in June. They're in town for a show at the Rock Shop this Saturday—you should go, and when you're there, ask them to play "Talullah" (streaming on their MySpace page) which contains multiple references to The Go-Betweens. Sigh. Ms. Beck, who's already made quite clear her love for these folks, will be there, so we'll have much more on them come Monday. [Pitchfork.tv]
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