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Don’t Worry, Deer Tick Won’t Botch Your Favorite Records When It Celebrates 10 Years

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Rhode Island’s favorite finger-pickin,’ acoustic-guitar-wielding, non-country act Deer Tick is ten years old — to celebrate, the band is setting up shop at the Brooklyn Bowl for five nights and playing a slew of cover sets drawn from classic albums like Lou Reed’s Transformer and Elvis Costello’s My Aim Is True.
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Exploding in Sound: An Indie Label That’s Blowing Up, You Hear?

1658497_10152336345711746_687692639765391456_oEven with our handy-dandy guide to CMJ, it’s hard to know where to head this week — but one thing’s for sure: we’ll be at Silent Barn on Saturday to celebrate the third anniversary of Exploding in Sound.

Dan Goldin started the label in 2011 with money saved up from a desk job at the Newtown Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant. “I didn’t, like, enjoy it,” the Greenpoint resident said of the gig he fell into after college. “But I didn’t hate going in either — it was one of those things where when my day ended, I didn’t have to think about it again.”
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Scahill, Greenwald, and Poitras On Obama, ISIS and New Snowden Doc CITIZENFOUR

Scahill, Pointras and Greenwald. (Photos: Sam Blum)

Scahill, Poitras and Greenwald. (Photos: Sam Blum)

We don’t often see Pulitzer-winning cavaliers of press freedom infiltrate the depths of Bushwick, but last night the infamous trio behind The Intercept — Jeremy Scahill, Laura Poitras and Glenn Greenwald — were at Mayday space to promote the paperback edition of Scahill’s New York Times bestseller, Dirty Wars.
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At His Record Release, Lee Fields Will Put Some ‘Healthy Stuff in Your Mind’

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Lee Fields brings a certain versatility to the genre of soul that’s been lost in the deluge of modern R&B and hip-hop. The song “Faithful Man” delivers a seething dose of intense vocal arrangements and frantic rhythm, whereas a song like “Magnolia” taps into a more introspective and lovelorn mindset.
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Will Jesus Lizard Tour Again? ‘I Hope Not, But Probably,’ Says David Yow at Word

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Left to right: David Yow, Mac McNeilly and David Wm Sims. (Photo: Word’s Tumblr)

Rock and roll and coffee table books aren’t the most likely combination, but, as promised, three members of The Jesus Lizard appeared at Word bookstore in Greenpoint last night to promote The Jesus Lizard Book — a wild history of a band known for abrasive music and relentless energy.
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Eco-Friendly Affordable Housing? It’s Actually Happening in Bushwick

Rendering of Knickerbocker Commons.

Rendering of Knickerbocker Commons.

The last thing you’d expect from affordable housing is energy efficiency and forward-thinking design, but two new buildings in Brooklyn are aiming to reduce the cost (monetary and environmental) of things like heat and gas.

Knickerbocker Commons, in Bushwick, and a yet-to-be-named building on the Ridgewood border will employ an eco-friendly design that has become increasingly common in Europe but is relatively untried here.
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Help This Man Realize His Trippy Dream Of Staging ‘Wizard Of Oz’ in Bushwick

Somewhere over in Bushwick the L train rides; artists and Hasids, poets and dreamers, ride their bikes.

So goes a dreamy, surreal version of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” that may some day appear in “Bushwick the Musical the Movie,” an in-the-works film set in the neighborhood and modeled almost entirely on “The Wizard of Oz.” John Martino, a 55 year-old former IT specialist, is trying to raise a staggering $2.5 million to get the movie made.
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