Williamsburg has a Santa Claus, and its name is Rubber Tracks. Not only does Converse’s Williamsburg recording studio exist just to offer free sessions to up-and-coming bands on a year-round basis, but it’s really getting into the giving spirit these next weeks — with free shows, music workshops, and beer.
Dec. 17, there’s a free show and release party for Workout's new album, Rockit Science (a nod to the old record store on St. Marks?), which drops Dec. 10. “There will be lots of free beer and craziness,” bassist Jason Langdon assures us (just RSVP here). Over the summer, the Brooklyn band released a video for one of the album’s anthems, “If You Touch Me You Might As Well Kill Me,” and we dare say Kanye might’ve stolen the idea for “Bound 2” from it (see above). A video for “Bon Voyage,” recorded at Rubber Tracks and also on the LP, dropped about a year ago. And at the release party, you’ll get to see their latest vid, for “Life Is a Nightmare.”
Meanwhile, to make life less of a nightmare, Rubber Tracks is hosting a series of weekend workshops for local youth, in which musicians like El-P, Ryan Hemsworth, Creative Control, and Weird Days will teach teenagers how to make beats, shoot music videos, and even cut an album.
Sign-ups are closed, alas — but wait! Rubber Tracks has more in its bag of goodies. Tonight, NYU student label 194 Recordings has a showcase there, and you guessed it, it’s free. Just register here for a night of “hip-hop, indie folk, and pop-rock love explosions.”