A few other random notes concerning LCD's goodbye: Pitchfork reported today that Arcade Fire-collaborator/SXSW buzzcatcher/extreme saxophonist Colin Stetson will be joining the roster of special guests for the remaining shows this week. Remember that Kickstarter campaign to fund a documentary following a group of friends trekking across the country to watch LCD play one last time? Well, it didn't reach its goal in time. On a more positive note, Pitchfork will be hosting an exclusive live webcast of the final show on Saturday for us ticketless souls, so at least we'll have that.
In an email sent out to the NYU community, J-Sex called NYU Shanghai part of "NYU's evolution from being 'in and of the city' to being 'in and of the world,'" which is basically code for the enormous hard-on he has always had for the best and brightest puffs in the vaportrail of the tilting global balance—beginning with the celebrity-faculty hiring spree that began in the early aughts, and now manifests as this visionary commitment to the class that reads The Economist on frequent flights to exciting new repressive states. But at what cost?
At a press event this morning the New Museum and a team of ten core partner organizations including the Center for Architecture, Storefront for Art and Architecture, and Drawing Center announced preliminary details of their inaugural Festival of Ideas for the New City (May 4-8), including lectures and workshops on progressive urbanism and architecture, performances, exhibitions and a huge street fair on Bowery (between Houston and Spring), Stanton, Rivington and Sarah Roosevelt Park on the 7th that, as the Bowery Poetry Club's Bob Holman put it, "is not a street fest for tube socks and sandwiches." There will be tubes of another sort, though.
Madison International Realty is paying $172 million for their interest in the Ratner properties, which are valued at $852 million and carry $500 million in debt. As if the implications of the sale—the largest possible non-controlling stake in privately owned, healthy income-generating retail developments—weren't clear enough, graf 2 of the WSJ article notes, with killing objectivity, "The sale... comes as Forest City has been hobbled by major development projects that were started at the market's peak, when prices and expectations were far higher than they are today." (One thing they don't mention: this isn't the first time Ratner's sold off assets to keep Atlantic Yards moving. Remember that time he sold his basketball team to the richest man in Russia?)
The Horse Trade Theater Group operates the 45-seat basement theater Under St. Marks at 94 St. Mark's Place, a mainstay of the Downtown experimental theater and performance scene since the 70s, and now a hot real estate opportunity. EV Grieves reports that in response to news that their space could be sold out from under (or above?) them, Horse Trade is launching a campaign to raise funds and buy the building.
On Twitter this morning, the Woodsist Records people shared a link to a high quality stream of a Woods show that took place in Stockholm just a few days ago, and man, it has made this otherwise dreary morning far more enjoyable than it has any business being. They perform as a three piece, so it's nicely stripped down, but thankfully not without some bursts of noise right there next to all those beautiful, aching melodies. Somehow, this band just keeps getting better and better.
Yesterday evening a huge crowd squeezed onto the pedestrian plaza at the northeast corner of Broadway and 17th Street at the north end of Union Square, in front of the building that housed Andy Warhol's legendary Factory studio from 1973 through 1984 (and a few steps from the building where the Factory was between 1967 and 1973), around a figure shrouded in a silvery sheet.
The brainchild of Aaron Brodou, Brooklyn Night Bazaar was envisioned as a flea market slash concert series, where visitors would find vintage duds, local foodstuffs and neighborhood rock bands in a vacant lot on West Street on weekend nights. Brodou raised $8,000 on Kickstarter, and had begun reaching out to concert promoters, the New York Post reports. But the local naysaying kiboshers weren't interested. "The idea [did] not have any real local support," Councilman Steve Levin told the paper, "and would have a serious impact on the surrounding neighborhood.”
Some Days might not be the most feel-good of films, and yeah, we're familiar with how depressed and aimless we twenty-somethings are. But it's so easy to imagine James Mercer owning that sweet, lonely, beardy indie-man role. YACHT's in there too, and Matthew Cooper (Eluvium) composed the soundtrack. If Carrie Brownstein can handle characters like a stodgy, feminist bookstore womyn, a Harajuku girl and an environmentally-OCD free-range advocate, then her role as a heartbroken, reality-TV obsessed animal rights activist in Some Days seems about right on. Check out the trailer, see if you like!
Losing the Army Corps of Engineers to Manhattan, the BP notes, could could bump Fort Hamilton way up the armed forces' list of possible base closures, which'd result a significant economic hit to the area—as well as, possibly, the opening-up of a unique public space previously owned by the federal government.
Reached for comment by the BP, Borough President Marty Markowitz stated, "“To think that they want to leave Fort Hamilton for the outer borough of Manhattan? Fort-geddaboudit!”
**APRIL 5, APRIL 15: BKLYN <3 JAPAN**
In two parts at The Bell House. On Tuesday, April 5, Ra Ra Riot will be headlining a show along with Sean Bones, Dimaond Snake, Todd Barry (Flight of the Conchords), Eugene Mirman, and DJ's Annie Hart (from Au Revoir Simone) and Baio (from Vampire Weekend). Friday, April 15's show includes comedy from Wyatt Cenac (The Daily Show with Jon Stewart) and Kristen Schaal (Flight of the Conchords), along with Tim Harrington (Les Savy Fav), Arden Myrin (Chelsea Lately) and more. Liam McEneaney (Tell Your Friends! The Concert Film!) hosts both nights. Tickets are $15 for each show ($25 for both) and all sales benefit GlobalGiving.
Did you catch Jim Campbell's scintillating light bulb LED installation in Madison Square Park? After a whole slew of sculptors, the high-profile public art program's next artist is another moving image innovator: Kota Ezawa, who turns iconic images from film, television, photography and other mass media into cartoon-like lightboxes and videos. His new video, City of Nature, goes on public view tomorrow.
The biggest hit was $7,000 that State Senator Marty Golden supplied last year, but withheld this year because of cuts in the state budget to community groups. As a result, a third of the usual number of marching bands will participate, there will be half as many portable toilets, there will be no reception to thank donors, and veterans will squeeze into two buses, instead of four, to be carried through the procession.
The Park Slope Patch reports:
Prime 6 owner Akiva Ofshtein agreed to a series of compromises—including sound proofing the backyard and ditching plans for an outdoor bar if the community agrees to his proposed hours of operation. Ofshtein has also retooled the restaurant concept, now aiming to open a restaurant that focuses more on "local meats and lots of vegetables,” opposed to the original concept of a “steakhouse” or “California kitchen.”
Notice how one-sided the bike lane backlash (or "bikelash") has been lately? It's all "Neighbors for Better Bike Lanes this" and "Former DoT Commissioner that," but the city is finally stepping into the fray to fight for their lanes.
It's no secret that, thanks primarily to a series of unbearably disingenuous acceptance speeches, Ms. Taylor Swift lost most of the support she'd once gotten from the rock-crit world, but that was before we came across this video of her dropping a couple lines from Nicki Minaj's "Super Bass" during a radio appearance. It will be difficult, but for your own sake, please try to ignore the horrible DJ guy. Sheesh.
That page doesn’t explain it much better, but does include a sunny video about what CO2 molecules might look like if they had legs and bowler hats. Entertaining, but unhelpful.
Merry Muthafuckin' Christmas - Eazy-E is def my favorite These two dudes hanging Christmas lights…
In my defense, it works either way, & I love your stuff...
Ha - never mind, just re-read it properly for the 1st time (LOL)