Earlier today, Governor Cuomo hyped the opening of camping season, this weekend, by announcing that the state has added some new facilities to its 119 campgrounds. Among them are six new cabins at Moreau Lake State Park, in the foothills of the Adirondacks, and– yes– two new yurts, located right off of Lake Eerie at Evangola State Park. Now, that park is located some seven hours from the city, so it’s not the most viable weekend trip. But, hey, it’s good to know the state is invested in #yurtlife. The wood-floor, fabric-walled yurts come equipped with cots, a refrigerator, and a microwave, so bust out the Hot Pockets. You can book them for about $84 a night.
It’s been a while since we saw something worthy of This Is Why You’re Fat, but the blog may just have to relaunch for this one. This weekend, West Village bakery The Doughnut Project is serving up a Maple Bourbon Tabasco Glazed doughnut, which is curious enough on its own. But here’s the blechtacular part: At the same time, Root & Bone will be using the orbs for fried chicken sandwiches.
Output has one undeniable advantage over its Greenpoint clubbing counterpart, Good Room. It has a roof, which this year has been redesigned to resemble an “enchanted forest.” But, wait: Not to be outdone, Good Room has announced a series of parties over at Dobbin St, the neighboring events space that has been hosting man markets, movie screenings and the like.
In an excerpt from Lizzy Goodman’s new oral history of New York’s rock scene during the aughts, James Murphy of LCD Soundsystem calls Is This It, by the Strokes, his “record of the decade.” That’s high praise coming from “Mr. Soundsystem.” If you want to call him on it, he’ll be at Strand tomorrow, May 23, talking about the book with Goodman and with another star of the scene, Nick Zinner of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs.
The excerpt from Meet Me in the Bathroom: Rebirth and Rock and Roll in New York City, 2001–2011, posted by Vulture last week, deals with the Strokes and their drama with Ryan Adams, Albert Hammond Jr’s heroin habit, and that $600,000 Heineken ad they turned down. As you can guess from the title, the Strokes factor heavily into the book, but the oral history also delves into The Yeah Yeah Yeahs, LCD Soundsystem, TV on the Radio, Interpol, The White Stripes, Kings of Leon, The National, The Moldy Peaches, Mooney Suzuki, Vampire Weekend, Fischerspooner, Franz Ferdinand, MGMT, The Hives, The Kills, The Vines, and all those other The bands that were, at various times, said to be “the next Strokes.” According to the selling copy, the book touches not just on the New York scene, but also “the cultural forces that shaped it, from the Internet to a booming real estate market that forced artists out of the Lower East Side to Williamsburg.”
With Sunshine Cinema closing, NYC’s cinephiles need all the good news they can get. Here’s a little ray of, er, sunshine: Alamo Drafthouse Brooklyn is adding brunch service.
Alamo isn’t the first NYC theater to do brunch–in fact, on May 27, Nitehawk is hosting an E.T. themed one to celebrate 35 years of phoning home. But we’re happy to see an addition to the brunch bunch.
As we mentioned a couple of weeks ago, this year’s food vendors at the mural-dotted lot near the Thunderbolt rollercoaster include chicken-and-waffles truck Chick-N-Cone, tacos-and-dogs truck Coney Shack, mobile pizzeria Neapolitan Express, Staten Island gastropub The Hop Shoppe, ane Lower East Side favorite Patacon Pisao. Events will include the annual Unicorn Carnival on July 8 and the Burger Records Beach Bash on July 22.
Two icons of the Cinema of Transgression have new work out. The sultans of sleaze in question are Richard Kern and Nick Zedd, outre photographers and filmmakers whose work is connected to Sonic Youth and the ’80s downtown underground.
Last month we sent word that electro act Collapsing Scenery was premiering a new music video, directed by Richard Kern, at Cafe Henrie. Now the band has released the clip online, and you can watch it above. I can’t really describe it because after about 30 seconds of watching it on the train into work, I started to feel like a subway perv and had to turn it off. Not that I was surprised: again, the video was directed by Richard Kern, who is basically carrying the torch for softcore hipster porn now that American Apparel is out of commission. (Not to mention, Carlos Danger’s days seem to be numbered.)
If you make the mistake of watching the video for “Straight World Problems” at work and you’re forced to explain yourself to HR, you can use this verbiage from Reggie Debris of Collapsing Scenery. Apparently the track is about “the awful frequency with which new regimes and new systems mimic the worst qualities of those they replace.” Ah, so that’s why half-naked ladies are making out.
Meanwhile, Nick Zedd, who coined the term Cinema of Transgression to describe the gritty, experimental work of Kern, Annie Sprinkle, and others, just finished two new shorts. According to an announcement from Brooklyn Fire Proof, which produced them, they were filmed at the company’s Bushwick soundstage.
Here’s a description, from their Tumblr:
“The Death of Muffinhead” was inspired by the elaborate costumes designed and fabricated by New York-based artist Muffinhead. The film stars Muffinhead and artist Anaïs Djin performing all of the roles. The film also includes cinematography by Kyle Parsons and the song “Lost Illusions” by Exploded View. “Attack of the Particle Disruptors” animates three of Mr. Zedd’s original paintings. It features dialogue written and voiced by the band Sisyphus Autopsy, and by Jonathan Mittiga with voice acting by Nick Zedd. Michael Slatky provided the music.
Zedd is calling The Death of Muffinhead his “best film ever,” but it’s uncertain where or when it’ll screen next.
Chris Cornell died at the age of 52 on Wednesday, of what the Detroit medical examiner said was a hanging by suicide (his wife now says prescription drugs may have played a role.) His unexpected departure into the superunknown prompted eulogies from fellow musicians and tributes from other admirers around town.
Irving Plaza, where Cornell last performed with Soundgarden in 2012, changed its marquee in memorium, as you can see above.
Gone are the summers of Mister Sunday parties at Industry City– nowadays, you can find them over at Nowadays, in Ridgewood. But don’t start penning your “Queens Is the New Brooklyn” trend piece just yet. The folks at Industry City are doing their best to ensure that this summer is fully turnt. On May 20, the sprawling Sunset Park maker hub is launching a fun-packed events series called Summer Spree.
Consider Governor Andrew Cuomo your new drinking buddy. As we recently noted, he signed legislation exempting small-time breweries from brand label registration fees, resulting in more than $2.2 million in savings. In addition, a beer-production credit launched in 2012 has saved craft beverage producers $12 million, according to Cuomo’s office. Since the State created a Farm Brewery license in 2013, some 150 farm breweries and 28 farm cider businesses have been established.
When the Gilbert Gottfried documentary, Gilbert, premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival, we learned more than we ever wanted to about the potty-mouthed comedian’s bathroom habits. Namely, that he hoards the travel-sized toiletries that he pinches from hotels. You can expect a lot more of that when the Lower East Side Film Festival comes to the neighborhood next month. The fest just announced the lineup for its seventh annual edition and its closing night feature, Poop Talk, will feature a lot of turd talk from comedians.
Lower East Siders are getting a serious education in Italian street sandos. Back in February, the Roman pizza pocket operation, Trapizzino, opened on Orchard Street. Now Tramezzini, a Smorgasburg vendor specializing in Venetian sandwiches, is opening just a handful of blocks away, on Houston Street.