About Daniel Maurer

Daniel Maurer is the editor of Bedford + Bowery and a Visiting Assistant Professor at NYU's Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute. You can reach him at editor(at)bedfordandbowery.com.

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These North Brooklyn Writers Agree: Stop Talking Shit About Williamsburg

After spieling with a pair of downtown memoirists about changes in the East Village and Lower East Side over the years, we brought together to talk North Brooklyn. Yesterday, before their reading at Pete’s Candy Store, we spoke to Mike DeCapite and Bradley Spinelli, who both live in Williamsburg, as well as Jacob Tomsky, a Bushwick novelist whose hotel memoir, Heads in Beds, hit the New York Times bestseller list (again! this time as a paperback) earlier this month.
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‘Rent Is Too Damn High’ Guy Has Released a Funky Little Housing Court Jam

Now that Jimmy McMillan, founder of the Rent Is Too Damn High party, has achieved even more fame as a music video star, why wouldn’t he put his eviction fight to music? The East Village resident’s new tune, “Order in the Court,” is basically a primer (Jimmy McMillan style) on landlord-tenant law, and contains theories like “the judges that sit on the bench have been appointed by the landlord’s attorney who represent the landlord.” This may be the only time a scathing indictment of Article 31, Section 3120 has been put to funk music (unless George Clinton did it?).

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Hit This Open Bar and Check Out Lit Lounge’s New Back Room

openingFlyerAfter Fuse Gallery closed behind Lit Lounge, owner Erik Foss gave us a preview glimpse into the new back room, which will now hold a pool table, games, seating, and rotating installations on the wall (unlike when the space was a gallery, the artwork won’t be for sale and will be covered over by each new artist). Now the space has a name (Fuse Room) and an opening date (Wednesday, Oct. 16). The launch party for “Rollers” (the debut installation from Ivory Serra, BÄST, and Lance De Los Reyes) looks like a blast (a BLÄST?): there’s an open vodka bar from 9 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. and DJs include Steve Lewis, Jonathan Toubin, and Prince Terrence.

For the serious part, we go over to Foss: “We at Fuse and Lit felt that making a change was the best way to ensure our place in downtown culture and keep our vision of exposing the masses to things they would probably not normally get to see in person,” he writes in the invite, “and also to continue to help artists.”

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Would You Get One of These Memorial CBGB Tattoos?

tumblr_muh5artsdU1qbr14ko1_1280Okay, so Glenn Branca thinks CBGB was “just a shithole where bands got up on stage and played,” but others think the place was pretty special. And many of those folks are likely to converge on Greenpoint today, because Three Kings Tattoo is giving away one of these memorial tattoos between 2 p.m. and 10 p.m. It’s first come, first serve, but don’t expect quite the kind of line those $13 tats got: these are going for $100 to $300.

When you’re done getting inked, head over the the B+B Newsroom to hear Rayya Elias, who played at CBGB back in the day, read from Harley Loco, her memoir about her rough-and-tumble life in the ’80s East Village, followed by Brendan Jay Sullivan reading from Rivington Was Ours and sharing his memories of running with Lady Gaga on the Lower East Side. The free reading and discussion starts at 7 p.m., at 155 Grand Street, off of Bedford Ave., in Williamsburg.

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Watch Glenn Branca Hold Forth On Bowie, Byrne, CBGB, Sonic Youth + His Own Bad Self

As excited as we were to celebrate Glenn Branca’s 65th birthday at the B+B Newsroom last week, we didn’t expect our discussion with the trailblazing composer to be as epic as, say, the time in 2001 that we were blown away by his 100-guitar symphony beneath the Twin Towers, and (more recently, in 2010) the debut of his 15th symphony at Le Poisson Rouge. How wrong we were: the master rolled into 155 Grand with a bottle of whiskey and, just like when New York spoke to him in 2004, immediately lit up a cig. We weren’t about to tell him to put it out.
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Watch the House Videographers at CBGB Call Richard Hell a Crybaby

As you may have read over at Rolling Stone, Pat Ivers and Emily Armstrong — in what’s sure to be one of the highlights of the CBGB Festival — are screening some of their rare late-70s and early-80s concert footage at Bowery Electric tonight, between performances by Cheetah Chrome of the Dead Boys, Syl Sylvain of the New York Dolls, and Glen Matlock of the Sex Pistols. We were lucky enough to have the authors of our weekly Nightclubbing column into the B+B Newsroom last Friday, along with Richard Boch, who’s working on a memoir of his time manning the door of the Mudd Club, and Pat Irwin, the guitarist for the Raybeats, 8 Eyed Spy and the B-52s, who spoke about his recently unearthed collaboration with Philip Glass.

If you missed Friday’s discussion, watch the replay above. Here’s what the gang had to say about Suicide (we spoke to Martin Rev of that band back in June) and the evolution of the Ramones.
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Greg Barris and Dennis McKenna Will Drop Some, Er, Knowledge About Psychedelics Tomorrow

311152011_640The Horizons: Perspectives on Psychedelics conference kicks off Friday at Judson Memorial Church in the Village, but what about Brooklynites who don’t want to take the, er, trip into Manhattan to hear about the role of psychedelics in science, healing, culture and just plain feeling groovy? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered, man: tomorrow evening at the B+B Newsroom, East Village comedian Greg Barris interviews scientist and psychedelic journeyman Dennis McKenna.
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Watch Sock Puppets Down Booze and Pills in ‘Psycho’ By The Shining Twins

If you caught our screening of How to Act Bad last week, then you know some of the documentary’s most memorable moments were Adam Green’s steamy liaisons with The Shining Twins, Alex Weiss and Marisa Kreiss. The punk-pop duo just put out a video for their old song “Pyscho,” originally recorded by Loren “Ted” Humphrey (of Guards) at his studio in Bushwick. The depiction of the rock-n-roll life, by puppet maker Amber B Dianda and filmmaker Kirk Dianda, is short and sweet, and features a disturbing amount of spaghetti vom. Enjoy!

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The Country’s Finest Chefs Are Stinting in the East Village This Next Month

Sean Brock (Courtesy of Husk)

Sean Brock (Courtesy of Husk)

Between Wylie Dufresne, Michael White, and David Chang you’d think East Villagers had more than enough Michelin-starred and James Beard Award-winning chefs to choose from, but the neighborhood is now importing them just for giggles.

First Grub Street brought word that Alex Stupak was bringing Grant Achatz of Alinea (one of the top 15 restaurants in the world) to Empellon Cocina for a one-night-only 12-course meal. And now the folks at Hearth tell Bedford + Bowery that chef Marco Canora is teaming up with esteemed out-of-town chefs Sean Brock (of Charleston’s seriously awesome Husk and McCrady’s), Michael Tusk (of San Francisco’s Quince), and Hugh Acheson (of Five & Ten and The National in Athens, Georgia) for a series of epic dinners celebrating Hearth’s 10th anniversary. Not only that, but Canora is bringing some local giants — like the aforementioned David Chang — into his kitchen as well. Here are the details from team Hearth.
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