Funny that we recently mentioned “Range Life” after noting that Parquet Courts is the closest thing we’ll get to a new Pavement album. Today, Parquet Courts drops a video for a new song off the forthcoming album, Wide Awake, that at first heavily evokes “Range Life” and ends up being a great little number in its own right.
When Susanna Nicchiarelli made up her mind to take on the story of Christa Päffgen, better known by her stage name Nico, she wasn’t interested in depicting all yesterday’s parties. Best known for her psychedelic heyday as a Chelsea Girl and Velvet Underground muse, Nico lived out her later, tamer days as a solo musician in Europe. This is the era captured in Nico, 1988, which, according to Nicchiarelli, is structured more like a vinyl album than a conventional biopic.
Muchmore’s, the coffee house and bar in Williamsburg, looks more like your grandma’s living room than a place for a hip hop showcase. But during the $3 Rap Show, Mike Judd can be seen working the soundboard as rappers shuffle around on stage and in mosh pits with the crowd. Once they exhaust their time, Judd steps on stage and transforms from sound guy to rapper, NAHreally.
Protesters drowned out members of the Rent Guidelines Board last night following the defeat of a proposed rent freeze on rent-stabilized apartments across the city. Instead the board settled on proposed increases between .75 percent and 2.75 percent for one-year leases and between 1.75 percent and 3.75 percent for two-year leases, before leaving the stage to chanting and boos.
Hot on the heels of rooftop programming announcements from Output and Our Wicked Lady, East Williamsburg venue Elsewhere just dropped the lineup for its own rooftop, which will open for the first time on Memorial Day weekend. The club, which opened in November and may or may not have an orgasmic stage, is promising rooftop “happy hours, frozen drinks, local DJs, art programming, weekend food pop-ups, and much more.”
Luxury apartment amenities tend toward the ridiculous, as if a wine tasting room is going to justify paying $3,000 for a studio. (And what exactly is an “arts and crafts atelier,” anyway?) But this one is admittedly pretty sweet. Residents of Williamsburg’s Level bk tower are getting access to e-cars. Hey, at least someone will survive the impending L-pocalypse.
Jaassoon the Williamsburg Waiter Wants to Tell You About the Bipolar Broccoli Rabe in a Conflict-Diamond Gastrique
How many times have you had to keep from laughing as a Brooklyn server unloaded a mouthful of pretentious banter about some overpriced specials? Well, feel free to LOL as Jaassoon the Williamsburg waiter tell you about tonight’s “appie speshiez.” The psyched server is the creation of Gary DeNoia, an improv and sketch comic who does a hilarious impression of Adam Driver trying to shop for Doc Martens at Two Boots Pizza (get it? Two Boots?). Jaassoon seems like he’s high on his own supply as he tells you about the Car Key Bump Lime Pie.
If you’d prefer to forage for food on a converted barge rather than wait in one more hellish line at Trader Joe’s, you’re in luck: Swale, the floating food forest founded by Mary Mattingly, will land at the Brooklyn Army Terminal in Sunset Park this summer from May through July.
Bell House Brings Summer Concert and Comedy Series to Industry City: Guided By Voices, Luna, and More
After getting a courtyard tugboat bar from the Frying Pan last year, Sunset Park work-play complex Industry City is upgrading with an outdoor bar from the folks behind two of Brooklyn’s hippest venues, The Bell House and Union Hall. The so-called Bell House Outpost will launch June 1 and will be open Wednesday through Sunday through the summer. What’s more, a new Bell House Summer Series will bring performances by indie darlings Guided By Voices, Luna, and lots more.
Pavement frontman Stephen Malkmus just released a new one from his forthcoming album with The Jicks, out May 18. “Refute,” a duet with Kim Gordon, is a country ditty about infidelity. But rather than being the victim of it, as she notoriously was in her marriage with Sonic Youth bandmate Thurston Moore, Gordon narrates the role of “a woman who dared to fall head first for her young au pair.” Malkmus, meanwhile, sings about a “man who dared to fall head over heels for a woman” even though “the world was telling him love is dead.”
We had a hell of a winter, and now it’s going to be a hull of a spring. That’s because two of our favorite floating bars, the Frying Pan and the Grand Banks, have opened for the season.
The folks at the Frying Pan recently shared an old photo taken many years ago, before the former lightship was pulled out of the water and rehabbed. As of this past weekend, she’s back in service at Pier 66 Maritime, at West 26th St and the West Side Highway, and open from noon to sunset on Memorial Day. You can expect the usual long lines after work and on the weekends; photos from the opening weekend festivities show a packed ship o’ fools.
He… is… Iron Man. And he’s coming to a Greenpoint bar tonight.
James Hook, the Greenpoint resident who’s gotten a ton of press by pressing clothing, is bringing his Brooklyn Ironers’ Union, Local 278, to Troost Cafe tonight from 9pm to midnight. So gather up the spring outfits that’ve been pathetically packed into a tupperware container all winter and get them lovingly smoothed over for free.