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.
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.
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.
There, lo: There'll be five (5) short stories, previously unpublished, read by five (5) of the city's best unknown writers, as the vie for the approval of our distinguished and occasionally hilariously petty judging panel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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
RSVP to LWORD@thelmagazine.com to get on the list.
See you there!
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.
There are, though, some exceptions to this smoking ban.
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.
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.
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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