I made a last-minute decision to catch the first night of Kanye West's Yeezus tour stop in New York at Brooklyn's Barclays Center last night. The tickets, as with most mega star arena shows in 2013, were prohibitively expensive. But as the date grew closer, it began gnawing at me that I was going to pass on this, this guy, at this moment of peak power and controversy and insane ambition. I couldn't shake the feeling that, as much as $60 bucks for top section seats seemed sort of crazy, seeing the Tweets roll in from home would sting more. So, I caved, crawling to Craigslist over the weekend. Oh man, it was so worth it. With the technical craft of a major Broadway show and a sense of control-freak perfectionism that's vitally on par with West's hot air balloon of hubris and self-regard, the show was one of the best pieces of pure entertainment pageantry I think I've ever seen. (If you're on the fence about trying to get into the three remaining dates, and you have the means, you should probably do it.)
The photo at the top of the post was the semi-mysterious, but still effective view from the not-that-cheap top rows. From the floor, it looked more like this:
A sad update from the already terrible story of a cyclist killed in an apparent hit-and-run under the BQE early Monday morning, as Greepointers reports that the victim was 32-year-old Christopher Meyer, an avid cyclist and longtime local record store fixture, first at Sound Fix and more recently at Permanent Records.
Last week, Death Grips released their fourth album, Government Plates, directly to the Internet with no advance warning. It’s latest sudden move from the experimental Sacramento rap group, who spent the summer increasing their infamy by refusing to show up for scheduled shows, canceling others, and claiming it all as an art piece on the nature of performance and audience expectation. It fit the band’s quickly built brand—agents of mayhem, who won’t conform to the established rules of the music business. But while Death Grips’ records and persona scream chaos, their fast rise has been all about careful control and wily media savvy.
Typhoon Haiyan, which hit the Philippines on November 7, left thousands dead, tens of thousands homeless, and large swaths of the country completely devastated. It's easy enough to feel helpless during a natural disaster that happens in your own backyard, but when tragedy strikes on the other side of the world, it's even easier to feel like there's little that you can do to help.
IFC Films and The L Magazine invite you to a special advance screening of The Punk Singer on Wednesday, November 20 at the Knitting Factory Brooklyn. The screening will begin at 7 p.m. Come to enjoy a great documentary and a free beer on us! RSVP details after the jump!
We've shown you some great places to take photos in Williamsburg and Greenpoint, and now we're heading east to explore Bushwick. When you get off the L train, the first things you'll notice are the industrial warehouses and lofts. However, Bushwick has a rapidly growing artist community and with it come the design-conscious bars, restaurants and cafés. If you're looking for a sleek and shiny backdrop for a photoshoot, you'll be hard pressed to find it here, but we think Bushwick's gritty charm is better anyway.
After seven years in New York, I finally had a romantic dalliance with a bartender. I know, I know...how could I have made it through almost all of my twenties without having mixed it up with the most ubiquitous of romantic animals in this urban jungle? The answer? I don't know! Most of the time I'm in bars I guess I'm there with a date, or wind up meeting one of my fellow patrons. No matter the reason, I've never done a bartender—that is until last Sunday night. Except, ok. You caught me. We didn't even have sex! So now you're wondering, well, then, what did we do? Well, hang on to your hats...
Thor: The Dark World: Marvel's Thor movie was a nice (if mild) surprise back in 2011, probably because to that point Marvel Studios had only really worked on one non-Iron Man movie of their own, and that was The Underwhelming Hulk. So the fact that Thor's trademark Marvel penny-pinching (a lot of it is set in a small town in New Mexico) turned into advantage—Thor as a fish out of water is funny! His romance with Natalie Portman is actually pretty charming!—and that Chris Hemsworth made a credible alien-god-thing all contributed to a feeling that it could have been much worse (despite the clunky Avengers set-up section in the middle where Hawkeye is dropped into the movie without connection to anyone else on screen, like Usher in She's All That). But then later that summer, Captain America: The First Avenger came out, and it was even more surefooted and sprightly than Thor; and then the next year there was The Avengers (in which Thor was probably the least-used team member), and then this summer brought a surprisingly robust Iron Man 3. All of this adds up to me being super-excited for the upcoming Captain America sequel and pretty much back to square one with ol' hammer-man. That said, you (assuming "you" are someone who hasn't immediately stopped reading this because it's about a comic-book character named Thor) might as well get excited about Thor: The Dark World for the same reason it's going to make a ton of money this weekend and next weekend: there hasn't been a big comic-book movie since The Wolverine! Three-plus months! Obviously, there are too many superhero movies in general, but I think a big part of the problem is just how many of them stake out summer spots, stacked on top of one another, so I'm grateful that Marvel ventured into Thanksgiving territory with this one. Like the Pierce Brosnan James Bond movies and the Next Generation Star Trek movies during the nineties, it's a blockbuster-in-waiting that seems a bit more exciting given the dearth of big, splashy, fantastical action movies around it (this is also why it will be slammed by Catching Fire when it comes out two weekends hence). I'm now thinking that maybe The Wolverine—a relatively quiet and intimate blockbuster comics movie—should have taken a fall date despite the X-Men summer tradition. Maybe they can try that with the just-announced (and unexpected-by-me) Wolverine sequel. Anyway, I started off talking about Thor but drifted over to Wolverine; yeah, that seems about right.
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