Haim, demonstrating what their music does to the author. via Facebook
The thing about new Brooklyn being flooded with new people and getting more expensive was that it was at least supposed to be because Brooklyn was cool. But have we overstated that coolness? It’s not just about getting chased out of Philadelphia, it’s about Brooklyn making choices as a borough that are just bafflingly uncool. For instance, Spotify shared New York City’s Top 10 songs played on their service, broken down by borough. Brooklyn’s number one? The bland, vanilla shlock is that Haim’s “The Wire.” (more…)
Fun fact: This is how the Arcade Fire look when they’re exploding with joy. via Facebook
Need a little more Canada in your life? Well, probably not, since secret Canadian mole Ted Cruz is dominating our news cycle by destroying the government. But if for some reason you do want some more Canada, we’ve got some good news: the Arcade Fire, polar opposites of Senator Cruz, are probably definitely playing not one, but two shows in this very borough of Brooklyn this week. (more…)
This could be you! The beard already is. via Flickr user Carlos Lorenzo
Trying to become more interesting still, but birdwatching isn’t really your thing? Understandable. After all, why should the birds get to have all the fun making music when you’ve totally got a Lumineers/Mumford and Sons inside you? Sorry, that was mean, we’re sure your band will be better than them. You just need to learn to play a folk-y instrument, and lucky for you, cheap violin classes have come to Williamsburg. Wait, sorry. Cheap violin classes that come with free beers. And before you ask, no, sadly, it’s not called the Kirin Ichiban Method. (more…)
Pity poor Grizzly Bear, who can barely pay the rent, right? Of course, that means even worse things for you, the average schmuck with the great band that no one has ever heard of. No, you’ll never make it in this dog eat guitar world, so you may as well give up. Or actually, don’t do that. FreeWilliamsburg talked to a music industry vet who claims that musicians can make money and pay the rent, and he even wrote a whole book about it. (more…)
Face painting at last year’s Red Hook Fest (via flickr user DTETC
Red Hook is home to more than wonderful bars and street hockey and maritime toughs who coulda been contenders. It’s also home to a thriving arts scene, and that suffered along with everyone else during Sandy. The recovery effort has been underway for a little while, but there are still plenty of people in the neighborhood that are struggling to get back on their feet. All the more reason, then, to come out and celebrate all the neighborhood has to offer at this year’s upcoming Red Hook Fest. (more…)
Richie Havens, who was born in Brooklyn in 1941 and grew up in Bed-Stuy, died today at the age of 72. He famously opened the Woodstock festival (the 1969 one, not those 90s style biters), and gave a gritty, folky gravitas to many pop tunes he covered. Here’s a video of him singing “Wonder Child” from Sesame Street (yes, it is Sesame Street, despite the lack of Muppets) in 1975. The sky was a nicer shade of blue because of you, Richie. (more…)
Don’t worry, we won’t tell. Photo via Flickr user disloyalorderof.
You know that collection of abandoned CDs hanging out on your top shelf growing lonely from disuse? It’s okay, we all have one. Growing up in the 80s and 90s, as most of us did, not only did we witness the transition from cassettes to CDs, we also survived the great migration from CDs to MP3s. But that only raised the great question of our generation: what are we supposed to do with all these damn CDs we bought in the last 15 years? Amazon knows your plight, and they want to help you out, with free CD to MP3 conversion.
Indie rock vets Yo La Tengo have been heading to their home state of New Jersey to do shows on the eight days of Hanukkah for years now, and despite the ravages of Sandy, this year was no different. There were special guest (including Brooklyn’s own El-P one night), tickets for it sold out in minutes and if your friends went and you didn’t, you hated them briefly. So, same as every year. This year though, they set out to raise money for Sandy victims, through ticket sales and merchandise, including a mix made by two members of the group, that benefits Brooklyn-based Norton Records. Now even if you weren’t there, you can download the mix. (more…)
So yeah, it’s December and it’s like 60 degrees out, but just imagine that it’s 40. There, now you really want a taste of summer back, don’t you? Fortunately for you, perfect summer soundtrack dudes Real Estate are going to be providing it for you, at a so far undisclosed location. (more…)
Soundtrack this injury and you can start your road to the Grammys. via HitFix
“My roommate” was watching Teen Mom the other day and there was one song that played on loop throughout the episode and I thought, “Damn, if I was this band I’d be kinda pissed at my manager.” But I also had never heard of the band before so it was cool that they were getting play in a show that exposes them to a (sadly) huge number of viewers. Find out how to get your songs featured in teen dramas and into the ear holes of the youth of America at a Music Industry Secrets event at Knitting Factory on Tuesday, Dec. 4. (more…)