Confirmation of what we've all sort of known to be inevitable: Lower East Side mainstay Max Fish will be shutting down their original Ludlow St. location and moving to Williamsburg this summer, most likely some time in late July.
Do you live in Park Slope?
I've lived in Park Slope off and on since 2002. When I wasn't here, I lived in the East Village. I actually like Park Slope for as much I make fun of it. I'd rather dodge strollers than fixies and sidewalk vomit.
Northside Film is quickly approaching (mark your calendars for June 17-20 if you haven't already) and badges are on sale now. What does a badge get you, you ask? You'll have access to all of Northside Film's screenings on a first-come, first-serve basis, and with over 50 films on this year's lineup, that's a lot of screen time for a really low price; $35 to be exact. But, if you're looking to buy tickets to an individual screening, we've got you covered too. All Northside Film tickets are up for grabs for a mere $10, and you can purchase them here. If there's a better way to escape the June heat and catch a selection of new films, repertory picks, documentaries and more, we haven't heard of it.
Prinzhorn Dance School are a band who feel like a science experiment, set to determine once and for all the bare minimum number of things needed to make badass rock music. Post-punk sounds have come and gone and come again over the past decade, and the British band—an odd, long-standing pillar of the DFA Records roster—have been more interested than anyone in ripping the cold, dark genre apart to see how it works. Their self-titled 2007 debut is as bare-bones as music can get. It's massively underrated follow-up, Clay Class, was one of the best records of 2012 for pulling off the neat trick of fleshing out their sound by adding only a few restrained strokes. The band is one of many on the massive, sold out DFA 12th Anniversary Party at Grand Prospect Hall this Saturday, but before that, they make their actual U.S. live debut at the significantly smaller Williamsburg DIY venue Shea Stadium on Friday as part of a DFA and Golden Ratio Presents show that'll also features a set from label mates YACHT. (You can still get tickets for that here. You are sort of lame if you don't.)
Ahead of those first American shows, we chatted with Suzi Horn and Tobin Prinz about their music via email, getting real fanboy philosophical about their stark music, their surreal lyrics, and how minimal a pop song can even be. (There is a slight difference of opinion about disco, also.)
The L Magazine: Is its bassline the most important component of a Prinzhorn Dance School song? Which part tends to be the starting point when writing?
Suzi Horn: Each element is of equal importance or it wouldn’t be there. A song can start with a bassline, a guitar note, a beat or a lyric. Anything that makes each other’s eyes sparkle.
Tobin Prinz: We try to avoid a set rule or formula or any predetermined stylistic. some things are pretty deep rooted in our approach—like the way we try and present the songs in their simplest form, as Suzi
says, so each element is functional and necessary. but each song, each record, is exactly that—a record of how two people think and feel at a given time.
Now, I know what you're thinking. "There's so much sex on Girls, it's already like a porn! Lol!" Nah. Could be way pornier. And will be, now that Hustler-produced "This Ain't Girls XXX" is wrapped and prepping for release.
Well, this has been sort of an emotional 12 hours or so! Last night, news started circulating that Williamsburg mainstay (and probably the first Brooklyn bar I ever went to regularly) The Levee had closed its doors, never to return. Eater NY reported that "owners Howard Hunt and Susan Surdacki let their liquor license expire last month and stopped operating as of this week without telling anyone why."
If you're single and hating it, leave it to your friends at The L to help. We've teamed up with the minds behind HowAboutWe to create Brooklyn Dating, a service that will (hopefully) help change online dating and find you the Brooklynite of your dreams. If you're trying to go on some dates, instead of spending all of your valuable time filling out compatibility tests, just go on some dates. We know this sounds scary, but we make it easy. Just visit Brooklyn Dating, pick the outing that sounds the most interesting to you (or come up with one of your own), make an account (if you haven't already), and go! Just go.
Every week, we'll post three of our favorite Brooklyn dates to aid you in your search for a soulmate. So get off your laptop, (or your iPad or iPhone or iPod or whatever) and go fall in love. Click here to get started, and you can find the three best Brooklyn dates of the week after the jump.
Matt Freedman's deviled tricks and Matthew Barney's drawing feats factor into these highlighted shows for the coming weeks. From our 5/22 issue.
The countdown to the Northside Festival has officially begun! In less than 30 days, more than 350 bands will descend on Williamsburg and Greenpoint for four long days and even longer nights. But here at Northside HQ, there's no rest for the weary. We're still adding bands to the lineup, and are pleased to announce that come June 13-16, Northside Music will host (among many others) Chance the Rapper, A Place to Bury Strangers, Bleached, Weekend, Ratking, Light Asylum, Young Magic, Wild Cub, Suuns, Alex Bleeker & the Freaks, KEN mode, Twin Peaks, Team Ghost, The Jazz Butcher, Texas Bob Juarez & Mike Stone (of Television Personalities), Body/Head (feat. Kim Gordon & Bill Nace), Young Magic and Majical Cloudz. They'll be joining the likes of The Walkmen, Solange, the reformation of Greg Ginn’s iconic band Black Flag (featuring Jealous Again-era vocalist Ron Reyes), WHY?, Iceage, Mac DeMarco, Swans, Lambchop, Born Ruffians, Merchandise, Rhys Chatham & Oneida, The Gories, Subhumans, Peanut Butter Wolf, Widowspeak and a whole lot more. Over 350 total, to be precise.
Still haven't gotten a badge? Click here to pick one up for a cool $80. And for a look at the Northside Music lineup so far, click here. We'll be adding bands to the lineup until the very last minute, so follow us on Twitter and like us on Facebook to keep up with all of the latest Northside Festival news. See you all so, so soon.
In Noah Baumbach's latest film "Frances Ha," Greta Gerwig (who co-wrote "Frances" with Baumbach) and Mickey Sumner play Frances and Sophie—the closest of close friends. It's the kind of friendship where they fall asleep watching movies in bed together, have the same fantasies of being invited to universities to receive honorary degrees, play-fight in the middle of the street with a loose and intimate physicality, and even pick up each other's phone calls without letting it go to voicemail. They're the best of friends. In real life, Gerwig and Sumner only really met through filming this movie, but have the same easy, familiar way of talking with each other that demonstrates a true connection. I spoke with them recently about the film, whether or not "douche" is the American version of "wanker," and how exactly to interpret mysterious dreams about oboes.
A few months back, we talked you through your options for two different upcoming 90's nostalgia cruises, one held by Summerland ringleader Mark McGrath, and the other with just... Matchbox 20. Well, things move fast, cruises have been getting some shitty (ha!) PR, and all of that advice is now moot.
In the comics of Greenpoint artist Lisa Hanawalt, familiar things get very odd, very fast. The award-winning artist, who's been published in The New York Times, The Believer, VICE, and Vanity Fair (to name a few) draws straight from her own dark Id, yet manages to turn subjects that could be icky into whimsical nonsense that can't help but confuse and delight. In her disturbingly detailed pages, the secret lives of dogs and celebrity chefs are revealed. Dirty daydreams involve miniaturizing the surfing bank robbers from Point Break. Anna Wintour gives birth to fanciful birds. If you sex a lady just right, she might turn into a velociraptor.
Two years in the making, her new book My Dumb Dirty Eyes is released by indie comics powerhouse Drawn & Quarterly next Monday. There's a book launch for it at 7PM tonight at the Power House Arena in DUMBO. Ahead of all this excitement, we talked to Hanawalt about her book, her illustration career, her dirty mind, and the fetish communities just hankering for new drawings of sexy lizard ladies.
The L Magazine: When you are doing commercial illustration for the New York Times or Business Week, is it weird trying to find the line of what it is just absurd enough for that context? Can you tell when something starts to get too unsettling?
Lisa Hanawalt: I think art directors like me because I know what’s appropriate but I’ll push it just a little bit. Like, in the New York Times I had a comic about Thanksgiving and it had kid's drawn turkeys. Like a hand turkey, a foot turkey, and then a “bottom turkey.” I originally wrote “butt turkey” and they said, “That’s just a tiny bit too blunt, so let’s switch it to bottom.” I actually think that’s funnier.
Art song doesn't seem like the most popular style these days. Why art song?
Art song is an intimate way to get words across. I'm interested in it because the song form is so popular these days, and most pop-music listeners don't realize that the song form has roots in classical music. It's also really challenging to fit something like a political speech into song form; it forced me to be really concise and straightforward about my message.
Finally a good break from hectic weekdays..
I would normally agree with the other comments on this board. Or I'd simply stop…