Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Yeasayer Rock Smoke Machines, Premier New Song on Conan

Posted By on Tue, May 24, 2011 at 4:00 PM

It's been a while since the release of their last full-length, the mildly disappointing Odd Blood, which, come to think of it, I have not listened to in probably a year, but Yeasayer are making the rounds again, on a fairly extensive North American tour. They also stopped by Conan last night, where they played a brand new song, "Devil and the Deed." It sounds like what we imagine an SNL parody of Brooklyn indie rock might have sounded like a few years back, which we guess isn't actually a bad thing.

Bicycle Fetish Day Rides into Williamsburg on Saturday

Posted By on Tue, May 24, 2011 at 3:08 PM

Pretty much exactly what you expected.
  • Pretty much exactly what you expected.

It's bike season—and bike wars season—which means it's time for the seventh annual Bicycle Fetish Day in Williamsburg. On Saturday, Havemeyer Street between Hope and Grand streets will be car-free for the two-wheeler block party from noon to 6pm.

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What Took So Long? New York Artists Tweet as Public Performance Art

Posted By on Tue, May 24, 2011 at 2:19 PM

Not the Twitter performance art thats beginning tomorrow.
  • Not the Twitter performance art that's beginning tomorrow.

Last year it was the Guggenheim and YouTube harnessing the internet as a platform for public art and this summer, beginning tomorrow, three artists commissioned by Creative Time will be taking to Twitter for public, tweet-augmented performance art pieces in New York City. Creative Time Tweets launches tomorrow at 5pm with a 24-hour performance by Man Bartlett in the Port Authority.

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Literary Upstart! Tomorrow Night! It's a Thing, That's Happening!

Posted By on Tue, May 24, 2011 at 1:30 PM

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So tomorrow night, Wednesday night, at 7pm, we'll be back at Spike Hill for the final semifinal (but not the finals) of Literary Upstart, our short fiction competition and reading series, brought to you by Harper Perennial and the New School.

There, lo: There'll be five (5) short stories, previously unpublished, read by five (5) of the city's best unknown writers, as the vie for the approval of our distinguished and occasionally hilariously petty judging panel comprised of literary insiders. There there shall also be New York City Literary Trivia, in which audience members duped or goaded up onto the stage blow into blowers and fail to answer questions about books and writers. And of course, there will be a super-secret special on Heineken drafts, because—though we do genuinely trust that our readers enjoy taking a chance on short fiction!—we want you to show up.

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Catching Up with Woody Allen's Midnight in Paris

Posted By on Tue, May 24, 2011 at 12:53 PM

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Not that this could have any conceivable relevance to your everyday life, but I noticed this year that a couple of major late-May releases had their press screenings held up to coincide with their Cannes screenings—it made for a nice moment of Twitter synchronicity in re: Tree of Life, but it also meant that the issue of the L currently on newsstands has no review of Woody Allen's new Midnight in Paris. So, now that you've had a chance to see it (everybody just constantly runs out to see Woody Allen movies on opening weekend, still, right?), we've put together two reviews to give you something to think about:

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Watch this video of MEN and Savoir Adore at Audiophile at The Brooklyn Museum

Posted By on Tue, May 24, 2011 at 12:24 PM

A few weeks ago you and I and the rest of Brooklyn attended the second installment of Audiophile, our Spring concert Series at the Brooklyn museum, featuring a night of free Brooklyn Republic Vodka and music from MEN and Savoir Adore. Not only do we have photos of all the pretty people at the event, but we have this amazing video as well! The next and final installment of Audiophile takes place on June 10 and features the beautifully behatted Theophilus London. Until then, Brooklyn.

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Drama Desk Awards Add to Book of Mormon Tonys Momentum

Posted By on Tue, May 24, 2011 at 11:33 AM

2011 Drama Desk Awards

In the final theater awards ceremony before the big one—the Tonys on June 12—the Drama Desk Awards were handed out last night, marking another round of big wins for South Park creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker's Book of Mormon and Anything Goes (five each), as well as the revival of The Normal Heart () and awful, awful War Horse. All the winners (and losers), after the jump.

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Bon Iver Peforms Bonnie Raitt Medley on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon

Posted By on Tue, May 24, 2011 at 10:40 AM

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Wow. Jimmy Fallon has been killing it lately with his choice of guests and performers. This past weekend Fleet Foxes performed a track off of Helplessness Blues, and last night Bon Iver came on the show with a medley of Bonnie Raitt tracks "I Can't Make You Love Me" and "Nick of Time," along with a little bit of "A Song For You" by Donny Hathaway.

The appearance was to promote Bon Iver's new self-titled album Bon Iver (coming out June 21), but Fallon also wanted to clarify some of the mythology behind the recording of Bon Iver's first album, For Emma, Forever Ago. "You lost your mind, and you recorded yourself losing your mind," Fallon asked and/or told Justin Vernon about his reclusive time working on the album in a Wisconsin cabin. "The story has sort of manifested into something different, so let's just keep that as the truth," Vernon replied, all bashful smiles. "It's a little simpler than that."

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Today: Watch the New Video from Shark? and Then Download Their New Album

Posted By on Tue, May 24, 2011 at 9:52 AM

Today, after a successful Kickstarter campaign and about a million shows played around the city, oddly punctuated local quartet Shark? finally release their debut full-length, True Waste, which, it should be noted, is really fantastic—full of hooky, refined post-punk recorded in such a way that it sounds totally pro while still managing to maintain a really enjoyable looseness. It's available for digital purchase here . No word yet on a physical release, but real quick, someone offer them a couple g's to press that shit on vinyl.

As an added treat today, we also get the video for album standout "You Don't Love Me (Anymore)," which was recorded in the basement of Don Pedros. Catch these guys live this Friday at Silent Barn, and then again at the Pop Tarts Suck Toasted showcase during Northside.

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Street Artist Installs New, Firmer MTA Maps at Subway Entrances

Posted By on Tue, May 24, 2011 at 8:58 AM

Beast MTA erection map

Notice any unexpected improvements on your commute yesterday? Like, say, a new, perkier MTA map installed at select subway entrances by street artist Beast parodying the MTA's new "We're making improvements..." campaign. In another variant, after the jump, Manhattan's sudden resurgence is attributed to the death of Osama bin Laden.

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Monday, May 23, 2011

Czech Artist Has Solution for Bike Lane-less Brooklyn Cyclists

Posted By on Mon, May 23, 2011 at 4:28 PM

Projection bike lane.

The Brooklyn bike lane wars have claimed many victims, most notably a section of the Bedford Avenue bike lane in South Williamsburg, planned bike lanes on Lafayette Avenue in Fort Greene and Clinton Hill and a bike lane on Bay Ridge Parkway between Bay Ridge and Bensonhurst, but Czech artists Vladimir Turner and Ondrej Mlady may have a solution for Brooklyn cyclists seeking safety on the road: the Safety First self-projected bike lane.

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Brooklyn Artists Open Their Studios to the Public

Posted By on Mon, May 23, 2011 at 3:39 PM

Northside Open Studios and Bushwick Open Studios

During two weekend-long events in the coming month, North Brooklyn artists will welcome their peers and the public into their work spaces for Northside Open Studios and Bushwick Open Studios. From June 3 to 5, artists in "East Williamsburg," Bushwick and Ridgewood will be showing their stuff, and neighborhood galleries will hold all kinds of special events and exhibition; two weeks later, in conjunction with our own Northside Festival, artists and art spaces in North Williamsburg and Greenpoint will do the same—and registration is still open for both events.

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Focus on the Family Backing Off Marriage Equality Fight?

Posted By on Mon, May 23, 2011 at 2:50 PM

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Is Focus on the Family giving up the fight on gay marriage? Could be. With Gallup polls showing a majority of Americans supporting same-sex marriage for the first time and Governor Cuomo publicly supporting marriage equality, things are looking good, right?

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Come to The Real L Word Season 2 Private Launch Party featuring CREEP and DJ Rekha

Posted on Mon, May 23, 2011 at 2:38 PM

The L Magazine, Showtime and The Human Rights Campaign invite you to The Real L Word Season 2 Private Launch Party on Wednesday, June 1 from 8 to 11pm at The Knitting Factory in beautiful Brooklyn, New York.

The night will feature special live performances by CREEP and DJ Rekha, plus a sneak peak at the upcoming season of the Real L Word, prizes, complimentary wine from San Dominica, and much more.

RSVP to LWORD@thelmagazine.com to get on the list.

See you there!

The L and The Real L Word

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Indie Rock Publications Still Mostly Scared to Death of Vagina: Reactions to the Handsome Furs Album Cover

Posted By on Mon, May 23, 2011 at 2:00 PM

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Last Friday, the Handsome Furs released the cover of their new album Sound Kapital and made its first single, "Repatriated," available to the internet. The cover features a naked woman standing underneath an overpass—her torso, lit from the side, contrasts with the shadows from the highways arching above her. It's a shot with power and presence—the drama of linear perspective highlights the figure's curves and throws them unabashedly into the foreground. If anything, the photograph resembles an illustration by Ayn Rand artist Nick Gaetano—the angle, the contrast, the sharp lines, the industrial background, the humanist bent. And, like much great art, the shot celebrates the female form. But, of course, the internet likes its naked ladies for porn. And music bloggers aren't helping.

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Live: Our Concert Could Be Your Life at Bowery Ballroom

Posted By on Mon, May 23, 2011 at 1:15 PM

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One book. Two MCs. Three jokes about the book’s title. Four and a half hours long. 13 seminal bands of the past covered by 14 groups of the present. That was the scene last night at the Bowery Ballroom, in celebration of the 10th anniversary of Michael Azerrad’s must-read book, Our Band Could Be Your Life, hosted by comedians Eugene Mirman and Janeane Garofalo, both of whom stayed out of the way for the majority of the evening. Over a dozen current indie bands were on the bill, performing songs from the likes of Sonic Youth and the Replacements and the Minutemen and Husker Du and so many of mine, your, our favorite artists of all-time.

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A Brooklyn Guide to the Outdoor Smoking Ban

Posted By on Mon, May 23, 2011 at 12:25 PM

Outdoor smoking used to be sexy
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As of today, a smoking ban goes into effect at New York City parks, beaches and boardwalks, public golf courses, sports stadia grounds, and pedestrian plazas such as those at Times Square and Herald Square. The ban will be enforced by your nieghbors. "We expect that New Yorkers will ask people to follow the law and stop smoking," reads the parks department's website. If someone asks you to stop smoking and you don't, they can call 311 or go get a grown-up, who might have the authority to fine you $50.

There are, though, some exceptions to this smoking ban.

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Artist Projects Ai Weiwei's Face Onto NYC's Chinese Consulate

Posted By on Mon, May 23, 2011 at 11:33 AM

Ai Weiwei takes over the Chinese Consulate in New York.
  • Ai Weiwei takes over the Chinese Consulate in New York.

Chinese dissident artist-activist Ai Weiwei has been held for 50 days now after being apprehended by police at Beijing airport in early April, and only allowed his first visit last week. On Friday night Cuban artist Geandy Pavon joined the many artists who've created work demanding Ai's release by going right at the Chinese Consulate on 42nd Street and Twelfth Avenue.

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Watch Beyoncé's Legitimately Awesome Performance of that Stupid "Rule the World" Song

Posted By on Mon, May 23, 2011 at 10:44 AM

I talked some shit about this song and the recently released video for it last week, on account of them both being incredibly stupid, but after being honored for some sort of lifetime achievement thing at the Billboard Music Awards last night, Beyoncé did it live, and it's certainly, at the very least, the coolest thing that happened on the otherwise miserable show. Pay close attention at 1:20 for the drum roll. So dope.

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Fleet Foxes Perform Helplessness Blues Track "Sim Sala Bim" on Fallon

Posted By on Mon, May 23, 2011 at 9:52 AM

While in town last week for their shows at United Palace Theatre, Fleet Foxes stopped by Late Night With Jimmy Fallon for a performance of "Sim Sala Bim" from their extremely pretty new album, Helplessness Blues. The beards, the flannel, the wool hats, the mandolins... it's all there, just as you'd expect, and it's mighty powerful. I will also note that the vinyl version of the album has some of ths nicest packaging I've seen all year, so you should buy that.

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