Friday, August 31, 2012

A Listener's Guide to End of Summer Revelry and/or Depression

Posted By on Fri, Aug 31, 2012 at 1:33 PM

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The realization that this weekend marks the end of summer, if only in our minds (September 21 officially seals the deal), is one that can crush souls or bring ecstatic alleviation, contingent on your affinity for heat, sand, tank tops, the permeating smell of trash baking in the sun, being exposed to people's toes in flip-flops, ice cream and air conditioning. No matter where you fall on the spectrum, though, there's likely a song titled "End of Summer," or some slight variation thereof, that externalizes your exact feelings, because it would seem that every band is required to pen a song titled "End of Summer" or some slight variation thereof. Here's a short-listed guide of which version is the most apt way for you to bid the season farewell.

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A Labor Day Playlist: 13 Songs About Work

Posted By on Fri, Aug 31, 2012 at 11:49 AM

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Ah, Labor Day Weekend: America’s last chance to do summer right: it may have been introduced by labor unions during the Industrial Revolution, but these days the holiday is mostly just an excuse to throw one final barbecue. Here at The L we take barbecues very seriously, and everyone knows a good party needs an even better playlist. So we made this one. Remember, these songs are not just the soundtrack to your day drinking. These are 13 songs that celebrate our working class heroes and to commemorate the blood, sweat and tears that exemplify the working condition. Also, there’s Loverboy and Cam’ron. So go forth! Enjoy your Labor Day. Wear every piece of white clothing you own (before it’s too late!) And above all, don’t work too hard.

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LOLCats Get in a Museum, FINALLY

Posted By on Fri, Aug 31, 2012 at 11:02 AM

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Your Lawless Weekend at the Movies

Posted By on Fri, Aug 31, 2012 at 9:00 AM

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Lawless: In yet another bizarre example of release-date parallelism, the Weinstein Company has decided that vaguely prestigious movies can make $35 million or so if they come out around Labor Day, so in the tradition of The Constant Gardener and The Debt comes Lawless, the newest semi-art thriller to say, "I may not win any Oscars, but I'd be open if it turns out to be a light year!" I wasn't a huge fan of John Hillcoat's grubby, tedious The Proposition, nor his perfunctory adaptation of The Road; I'm hoping Lawless adds some much-needed pulp into his dusty-misery routine.

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Thursday, August 30, 2012

This Story About a Dad Wearing a Skirt to Support His Dress-Wearing Son Is Very Touching

Posted By on Thu, Aug 30, 2012 at 2:33 PM

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It feels right to draw attention to this really nice story about humanity, even if it didn't happen in Brooklyn, or New York or North America, for that matter. Yesterday, a newsbit began making the web rounds detailing the story of Nils Pickert, a dad who started to wear a skirt when his 5-year-old son, who happens to love wearing dresses, showed hesitation when picking out school clothes, fearing he'd be taunted by classmates in their "very traditional, very religious" German town. It's maybe the feel-good read of the summer. Here's a rough translation of the interview with Pickert in German feminist rag EMMA, which got picked up by outlets as varying as Gawker and the International Business Times. So many Internet phenomenons pander to the negative, this one seems worthy of note. Consider it a quick reminder as we head into fall that we're doing somewhat alright as human beings.

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Live: Angel Haze Flashes Some Star Power

Posted By on Thu, Aug 30, 2012 at 2:04 PM

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Last night, at the pretty fancy Manhattan club S.O.B.s, the star-making NYC hip-hop station Hot 97 showcased new talent on a bill headlined by 20-year-old local rapper Angel Haze. Haze has gained lots of steam this year due to the high quality of her debut EP, Reservation, and yeah, probably a little because of ears now opened by the splash Azealia Banks made just a bit earlier. Haze's music is notably darker though, a little mean and sinister in comparison to Banks' giddy, giggling electro. At least that's what I thought going in. She's having a hell of good time, as it turns out.

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Art Picks From Print

Posted By on Thu, Aug 30, 2012 at 1:49 PM

Tornado #4, by Karen Marston. Courtesy Storefront Bushwick.
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Stormfronts and drafting stunts figure into the mix of exhibits recommended in the 8/29 print edition of this fine magazine.

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Slow Club's 5 Favorite Things Right Now

Posted By on Thu, Aug 30, 2012 at 12:15 PM

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Today we're back with another edition of "5 Favorite Things," that recurring feature where we check in with bands en route to New York and ask what five things are helping them cope with the touring life. In the L Mag music department's long tradition of dramatically claiming bands overrated/underrated, we've never once faltered on where we stand with Slow Club. They fall squarely in the latter category, is the short answer. Paired together, the Sheffield duo's two records capture the full spectrum of pop, from wide-eyed giddiness to world-wearied caution, all set against the backdrop of gleaming melody. We suspect this Friday at Glasslands they'll be playing a selection from each (and maybe some new stuff?) during an one-off from supporting Mumford & Sons on their current tour. Until then, let's hear what's been keeping co-singer/guitarist/drummer Rebecca Taylor sane during her time in America.

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Register to Vote—or Brooklyn’s Next Top Artist Will Die Unknown!

Posted By on Thu, Aug 30, 2012 at 12:01 PM

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Get ready for election season by cueing the stars and stripes, dusting off your Obama screensaver—and voting on Brooklyn’s next art star! Well, maybe just do the latter.

All next weekend (September 8 - 9), artists throughout this grand borough will open their studios for the Brooklyn Museum’s GO; visitors get to vote on their favorites and the top 10 will get an exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum. The fate of Brooklyn’s next top artist rests at the tips of your fingers—but you need to register to vote first. Here’s how you do it, after the jump:

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To Dancers' Dismay, GOP Delegates Finally Figure Out How to Do Their Sex Business in Private

Posted By on Thu, Aug 30, 2012 at 10:52 AM

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Sounds like the anticipated Tampa strip club boom has not materialized, and the women who came into town to make some GOP money aren't too happy.

Warren Colazzo, owner of Thee Dollhouse, had predicted that the convention haul would triple the cash brought in during previous Super Bowls hosted in Tampa.

But between 1 a.m. and 2 a.m. Wednesday, his sleek club drew only one extremely drunk conventioneer in an ill-fitting suit who was seen being reprimanded by a burly security guard.

A pair of cocktail waitresses, in skin-tight American flag corsets and barely-there blue thongs, looked bored.

Asked how her week has been, Karen Kennard, an ample-chested blonde, broke into a pained smile.

“Hashtag 2012 RNC money myth,” quipped Kennard. "I've worked four Super Bowls. I was hoping to be inundated financially in Super Bowl proportions, but it definitely hasn't happened yet." [NY Daily News]

Not sure how I feel about verbal hashtags, but okay.

At 4 a.m. Wednesday, a heavily tattooed stripper named Anna surveyed the scene at 2001 Odyssey — where a gaggle of girls were jostling for the attention of three guys in suits — and offered her take on why business was so bad.

“To be honest, I think a lot of them just hired escorts,” she said. “That's more their style.” [NY Daily News]

Heh. Sounds about right. That and cruising airport bathrooms.

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10 Must-See Concerts for Fall 2012

Posted By on Thu, Aug 30, 2012 at 10:00 AM

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While summer isn't officially over until September 22nd, we can all feel the end approaching in our ever-less-sweaty bones. So, we must now look ahead: From free festivals and afternoon cookouts to the sweet, crisp chillines of the coming fall. The album release schedule gets thicker from here, and because we live in the biggest market in the United States and it's pretty much always like this...the concerts do...not...stop. What follows is a list of our 10 most anticipated shows on the current fall calendar. (For our own slightly less scientific mental purposes that runs from about the third week of September to the beginning of December.)

Some notable omissions: The upcoming ATP Fest seems pretty snoozy to us (or, well, me and the general ticket buying public) but your mileage may vary. Bon Iver and Grizzly Bear's respective Radio City dates seem very snoozy. We have no clue at this point what the hot CMJ show is going to be this year, and no one else does either.

That said, we count down...

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Wednesday, August 29, 2012

New Twee-Like Ticketing Service Allows You to Buy Directly From Bands' Facebook Pages

Posted By on Wed, Aug 29, 2012 at 2:57 PM

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Today in our "good ideas" news segment, we have Tikly, a fresh-faced concert ticketing service that allows artists, venues and event producers to sell directly from their Facebook pages rather than rerouting buyers to, say, a Ticketmaster page. Mashable reports that while there are tacked-on fees tacked on for customers purchasing tickets through Tikly, the costs are relatively slight compared to services like Ticketmaster, who's notorious for surplus charges and general sucking. Tikly, currently in beta and being used by 300 clients, comes on the heels of other consumer-friendly sites like Eventbrite and Ticketfly, though it's one of the first of the group to employ set fees: $1 for tickets that cost under $10, 10 percent of the cost for tickets that fall between $10 and $75, and a flat $7.50 for tickets over $75.

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Check Out These Naked British People

Posted By on Wed, Aug 29, 2012 at 12:24 PM

In a show of solidarity? I guess? For Prince Harry's much punned-upon naked pixxx, these staunch supporters of nudity and/or the crown are taking to Facebook with mostly-nude pictures of their own. Let's look at some, shall we?

There are all kinds of coy penis coverings. Like statuette guy:

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Live: So So Glos Say Goodbye to Brooklyn at the Rock Shop

Posted By on Wed, Aug 29, 2012 at 11:55 AM

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The So So Glos have been performing material from their as-yet-unreleased new album Blowout on their home turf, Shea Stadium, all summer. But last night was really the songs' official debut: they not only performed more material—including "Diss Town," the best song on the album with its wordless, arena-ready singalong—but they also performed live as they do on the album: as a five piece, including birthday-boy Adam Reich on backing vocals, keyboard, guitars, and auxiliary percussion. (Full disclosure: Reich is a close friend.)

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Arcade Fire Could Very Likely, or at Least Very Possibly, Be Releasing a New Album in 2013

Posted By on Wed, Aug 29, 2012 at 11:45 AM

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Somehow, in the summer shuffle of absolutely nothing at all, news that Arcade Fire will be releasing an album in 2013 flew under the radar. (They're the indie-rock band that cured cancer won a Grammy that one time so this is a Big Deal.) Word came last month via a fan-operated Twitter feed and a supposed confirmation from the band's UK label Mercury Records, though their U.S. label Merge, remains mum. So, you know, it's probably best to err on the side of caution here. (UPDATE: The aforementioned fan-operated Twitter feed cites this tweet from @MusicWeekNews as a source.)

Falling in line with their habit of releasing an LP every three years, they're due for a follow-up to 2010's The Suburbs within the next 12 months, so that also seems to be working to our favor. There's also an anonymous person/robot/possible-industry-insider on a random message board—obviously the most reliable source out there—who, four months ago, declared the record will see daylight by January. The person/robot/possible-insider's predictions regarding this fall's release cycle have been surprisingly accurate, nailing Grizzly Bear's Shields for September and the St. Vincent and David Byrne collaboration for October (though they're off by a month on that one, still pretty close). To quote the rumormonger, BECAUSE WE'RE EXCITED BY WHAT THEY'RE HINTING AT, here's a look at some other releases possibly in store, maybe, for 2013:

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Tonight at the Final SummerScreen of the Year: Empire Records!

Posted By on Wed, Aug 29, 2012 at 11:03 AM

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We’re going out with a bang. Or no bangs. Better yet, a shaved head. That’s right, we're ending the SummerScreen season with our favorite 90's comedy starring a jar-headed Robin Tunney and an impossibly lovely Liv Tyler. Empire Records!

And get there early for the final SummerScreen set of the summer, brought to you by Todd P and Showpaper. This week’s bands include noise-pop outfit (and electric-cello-wielders), Life Size Maps, local electronic dream poppers La Big Vic and noise makers Fuck Ton with their special guest, Ezekiel Healy.

This one’s gonna be big, so make sure to grab your VIP tickets now. We’ll save you a spot with a great view and set you up with vouchers for our food vendors including V Spot, Cemitas, Little Muenster, Brooklyn Bangers and Pizza Moto. And you’ll get beer courtesy of Sixpoint, as well as a dessert from Coolhaus. You also get to party with us at our SummerScreen after party at the King & Grove rooftop.

As always, we’re raffling off some rad prizes, this time courtesy of our fave bicycle shop, Ride Brooklyn. We’re giving away a gift bag with a Ride Brooklyn t-shirt, water bottle, floor pump and a $30 dollar gift card. Interested? Of course you are. To sign up, just find one of friendly L Mag interns or sign up at our information table at the entrance!

So bring your friends and join us at McCarren Park (the corner of North 12th and Bedford). Doors to the park open at 6, the music will start at 6:30, and we’ll start the movie by sundown. Thanks to everyone who voted! This is the day your life will surely change.

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[SPONSORED] Win 2 Tickets to Sleep No More with MeetMoi!

Posted By on Wed, Aug 29, 2012 at 10:00 AM

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And that's not all—the mobile matchmakers at MeetMoi want to send you and a friend to see Sleep No More at Manhattan's McKittrick Hotel! For L Mag readers, entering to win is easy. Here's how you do it:

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You have until 11:59pm on Tuesday, September 4 to enter. The winner will be notified on Wednesday, September 5. Good luck!

Thoughts on the Williamsburg Domino-Development Documentary that Screens Tonight

Posted By on Wed, Aug 29, 2012 at 9:00 AM

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The Domino Effect, a 50-minute documentary, is a solid primer on the Domino development in Williamsburg—and a harsh critic. More broadly, it seeks to link the death of American industry with the maneuverings of the Bloomberg administration to lay the blame for the displacement of working peoples from neighborhoods throughout New York City—to varying degrees of success.

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Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Silent Barn Prepares to Move Into Its New Brooklyn Home

Posted By on Tue, Aug 28, 2012 at 2:29 PM

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After a successful Kickstarter campaign that raised $40,000 to help offset the incorrigible damages of last year's break-in, the collective behind DIY venue Silent Barn is closing in on signing a 10-year lease on their new digs, and crossing the borough lines from Queens to Brooklyn while at it, the Village Voice reports.

If all goes as planned, they'll be transforming two next-door buildings off the Myrtle-Broadway J and M stop into a multifaceted DIY haven, with space allotted for shows, offices, studios and apartments. The 10,000 square-foot space (which, to compare, is larger than this), boats room outdoors for the "Silent Yard and Garden," which sounds like a place we'd like to hang out. If you, too, want to hang out there, or perhaps live there, or open a place of business there, or are just a person with good ideas of how a huge arts space in Bushwick could be used, you're urged to get in touch here.

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7 Planks for the GOP to Consider Adding, Now That They've Accepted That Their Grandchildren Will Be Ashamed of Them

Posted By on Tue, Aug 28, 2012 at 11:45 AM

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Things are getting even more regressive even faster than anyone thought possible over in Republicanland. Men are letting any fool thing come tumbling out of their mouths during interviews. There's a no abortions, no exceptions plank being added to their platform, and an anti-porn one being considered. (Good luck with that.)

I, for one, am happy to see that everyone is finally speaking their minds. No more dancing around or dog whistles, just straight up "I hope Black and Latino voters stay home on election day." Why stop there, though? While you're laying down planks that history is going to judge you harshly for, why not go all the way with it? Some suggestions:

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