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Brooklyn Brewery Wants You to Experience Its Experiments

(Courtesy Brooklyn Brewery)

The Brooklyn Brewery is busy as ever. First, the Williamsburg brewmasters just announced the Brooklyn Quarterly Experiment, a new series of limited-edition bottles dedicated to the brewery’s one-off experiments, which heretofore they’ve mostly kept to themselves. According to a blog post, these are bottle-conditioned specialty brews, requiring a “little more incubation and a whole lot of tender love and care.” You’re unlikely to see them too often on shelves.
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Want to Go Dogsledding and Gondola Tripping With Some Indie Bands?

Last week Coachella announced its 2014 lineup; yesterday, Governor’s Ball did the same. It’s January and we’re only a few days out from single-digit temperatures, but the summer festival season already seems upon us. With it comes a live music experience that eschews such luxuries as sound quality, intimacy and sight lines so that bros can fist pump hundreds of yards from where Muse are playing. Sometimes it’s fun. But sometimes a smaller, more intimate experience is even better.
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Todd P’s ‘New Music’ Venue, Trans-Pecos, Is Up and Running

(Photo: Kristin Leigh Knoll)

(Photo: Kristin Leigh Knoll)

Todd Patrick’s latest all-ages venture, Trans-Pecos, opened last night in the old Silent Barn space on the Bushwick/Ridgewood border. There wasn’t an overabundance of fanfare at the “preview show,” maybe because of an unforeseen pause in L train service. A decent-sized crowd came out to watch Gnaw, Notekillers and Psalm Zero, a lineup curated by Northern Spy Records. But the unknowing visitor might not have guessed that the occasion was semi-momentous, or, more likely, he or she wouldn’t have even known about it at all.
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Wednesday: Talk to the Label Heads of Fool’s Gold, Captured Tracks + More

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North Brooklyn is rife with indie record labels–as Mike Sniper, the founder of Captured Tracks, told us when we spoke to him about that label’s five-year anniversary, “It’s crazy. I don’t even think people realize how many there are.”

Last month, we attempted to provide a comprehensive listening guide to all the indies in Greenpoint. That’s the what of record label culture in Brooklyn — but what’s the how, and the why? Wednesday, at the Newsroom, we’ll attempt to answer those questions. We’ve organized a panel that includes Sniper; Jeff Bratton, who owns and operates the boutique pop label Cascine; Adam Farrell, the creative director for Loma Vista and previously the marketing and creative director for Beggars Group; and Nick Catchdubs, the co-founder of the indie hip-hop label Fool’s Gold.We’ll see you Wednesday at 7 p.m., at 155 Grand Street, off of Bedford Ave, in Williamsburg. As always, the event is free.

Upcoming: Blouse in the House, It’s Diarrhea Planet’s World

FIVE YEARS FOR CAPTURED TRACKS

As a prelude to the two-day anniversary festival this weekend, Captured Tracks records will have a kick-off party tonight at Glasslands, headlined by Blouse. The show will double as the Portland trio’s album release show for their sophomore effort, Imperium; fans of the ethereal, smeared art-pop of Blouse’s debut (full of warped synth lines, coiled guitar melodies and Charlie Hilton’s detached, Broadcast-leaning vocals) will find more to love here. Singer-songwriter Donovan Blanc and unpolished, fractured-racket makers Writer will open. Glasslands, 289 Kent Ave, Williamsburg, Friday, doors at 8 p.m., $10.
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Captured Tracks Celebrates Five Years With a Record Store and Festival

Captured Tracks, at 195 Calyer St. (Photos by Phillip Pantuso)

Captured Tracks, at 195 Calyer St. (Photos by Phillip Pantuso)

Captured Tracks

Captured Tracks

Captured Tracks

Captured Tracks

One of the two curations booths.

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Captured Tracks

The other curation booth.

Captured Tracks

Captured Tracks

Captured Tracks, at 195 Calyer St. (Photos by Phillip Pantuso)Captured TracksOne of the two curations booths.The other curation booth.Captured Tracks

Of all the record labels in Brooklyn, no one’s captured our ears quite like Captured Tracks has over its five-year run so far. The Greenpoint-based label has bolstered an already stout roster (which includes Wild Nothing, DIIV, and Beach Fossils) with a series of reissues of influential indie bands, including The Clean, Medicine and Wake, whose records used to be nearly impossible to find.
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Crime in Greenpoint; Art and Porn Intersect in Bushwick

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Photo: Scott Lynch’s Flickr.

Assemblyman Joe Lentol organized a public forum on community crime in Greenpoint; over 100 people showed up, including Councilman Stephen Levin and the Commander of the 94th Precinct, James Ryan. [Brooklyn Paper]

Over the weekend, Bushwick DIY space Morgan Avenue Underground ran a two-day show entitled “Explicit,” asking the ever-pressing question: can art and porn intersect? [The Cut]

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Boozehounds and Bookworms, Mark Your Calendars for Lit Crawl

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Henry Chang reading from a planter box on Bleecker, during a previous Lit Crawl. (Photo courtesy of Lit Crawl)

New York City has a long, amazing, storied literary scene — the East Village, in particular, has nursed writers like Allen Ginsberg, William Burroughs, and Bob Holman. New York City also has a long, amazing, different-kind-of-storied history of extensive drinking. It only makes sense to willfully combine these two traditions, and that’s exactly what Lit Crawl NYC has done.
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Bob Holman Is Fighting the ‘Blazing, Blanding Branding’ of the Scene

Howl! Festival, Bob Holman

Holman is also an organizer of Howl! Festival. (Photo: Chris O. Cook)

Given his involvement with the No 7-Eleven campaign and the relaunch of the Bowery Poetry Club in a new location, the poet Bob Holman occupies the crossroads of several vectors of change on the Bowery. Not that that’s anything new for him: since the ’70s, in his various roles as coordinator of the St. Mark’s Poetry Project, director of the Nuyorican Poets Café, founder of the Bowery Poetry Club, author, editor, emcee and archivist (among other things), Holman has perhaps done more than anybody else to foster and grow the Bowery’s long and storied oral poetry tradition.
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Free Shows in Parks This Weekend, Joan of Arc Next Week

Thanks to our summer weekends guide, you already know that the Charlie Parker Jazz Festival is taking over Tompkins Square Park on Sunday. Here’s what else is coming up this weekend and beyond. Afropunk-2013-Line-up
AFROPUNK FEST
For nearly a decade now, the two-day Afropunk Festival, held at Commodore Barry Park in Fort Greene, has symbolically marked the end of the summer festival circuit with bonkers lineups that are blessedly (at this point) bereft of white twenty-something indie rock bands.
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Another Mural Disappears, But Only Temporarily; and Brooklyn’s Hasidim Get More Politically Active

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(Photo: Scott Lynch)

Vanity Projects, a nail salon/art gallery that began as a pop-up installation, opened a permanent home base at 99 Chrystie Street. [Bowery Boogie]

The Department of Transportation temporarily removed Mosaic Man’s installation on a traffic-light pole at Astor Place, which was installed as a tribute to firefighters who died on 9/11. The DOT plans to reinstall it after utility work is complete. [DNAinfo]
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