Ever wondered what orbiting satellites sound like in space?
Ha, trick question, there’s no sound in a vacuum (if you’re still confused/haven’t seen Gravity, that’s what space is.) Fortunately though, thanks to the good folk down at NASA – in collaboration with STUDIOKCA and sound artist Shane Myrbeck – we’re one step closer to answering this unanswerable question, in the form of the NASA Orbit Pavilion. The “interactive sculpture,” which forms part of the 2015 World Science Festival taking place in New York this week, features “sonic interpretations of the actual movements of satellites orbiting Earth” — think 2001: A Space Odyssey turned Burning Man sculpture.
There’s no such thing as a free lunch but there is free dessert. Tomorrow, May 28, the folks at the Full Moon festival are giving away ice cream sandwiches, made by Brooklyn-based caterer Bar de Jar, from a truck that’ll be parked in front of Café Select in Soho from 1pm to 4pm and then outside of Roberta’s in Bushwick from 5pm to 8pm. We’re not sure what the ice cream sandos have to do with the fifth installment of Full Moon – which will bring dancey acts like Wolf + Lamb, Soul Clap, Mothxr, and Yelle to Governor’s Island on August 1 – but we’ll take em.
This month marks the passing of 35 years since, in 1980, influential dork-rock gods Devo dropped their third and only platinum record, Freedom of Choice. Anew 33 1/3 book out by rock critic Evie Nagy describes this brief moment in time when the forces of a conservative shift were gathering in America and the pre-AIDS party was about to hit its peak. At the same time, people were increasingly hopeful when it came to technology and the possibilities it held for the future. Enter Devo, a band of brothers (literally– founding members included Mark and and Bob Mothersbaugh and Gerald “Jerry” and Bob Casale) whose mission was to call out the greater society for being a bunch of sheepish nitwits. The author, who’d interviewed Devo regarding their new album for Billboard back in 2010, was inspired by this unique moment in American history as well as a band that she said “there just isn’t really anything like them.”
Last time B+B faves Dead Stars graced us with a new song, it was via a music video in which they cruised from Williamsburg to Rockaway. Next Saturday you can make that same trip to see them do a free show at the new Riis Park Beach Bazaar. By way of road music, here’s their new single, “Calm Punk.” This one is a little less Lotion/Dino Jr. and little more Weezer. If you can’t catch them next week, the grunge revivalists will also be playing a bevy of local shows in the coming weeks.
For the past two years, the Tarot Society, an occult-leaning faction of the House of Screwball, has bounced around Bushwick, popping up palm reading meet-ups here and tarot divination events there, often landing at DIY galleries and the like. “We started out having house parties, we’d have one big one a month and everything grew out of that,” said Darcey Leonard, who describes herself as “the big mama bear of the House of Screwball, which is a production company with two children, one of which is Circus of Dreams.”
The police are seeking the man shown here, who they suspect robbed a computer and web design business on East Broadway. He also allegedly dumped an “unknown liquid” onto a laptop. That’ll show em who’s boss! Here’s the NYPD’s description of events.
Having just reopened its newly renovated Madison Square Park location with a new ParkBurger on the menu, Shake Shack is already mixing things up with another one of its wildly popular chef collabs. This time Dan Barber, high priest of the potato, will be serving up the “Juice Pulp Cheeseburger” he did at wastED, the three-week pop-up he operated out of his furiously fawned-over Village restaurant Blue Hill.
Rockaway Taco’s temporary replacement, The Summer Shift, isn’t the only change of scenery on Beach 96th Street. Where Veggie Island once stood, a new endeavor is serving up breakfast burritos and a pita/taco hybrid that may just ease the disappointment of those in search of Rockaway Taco’s Baja-style goodness.
Speaking of drones, at least one tried to go AWOL at Internet Week. It happened when a group of seemingly innocent high schoolers from the Flatiron School programmed a couple of drones to do a special little dance to the theme song from Knight Rider.
Is that a baby carrot in your pocket or are you just happy to see the return of The Smallest Penis in Brooklyn?
The pageant started small, but it’s growing (not showing) from a local barroom fiasco to a full-on, raging nationwide debacle. This year, as indicated by the, er, slick promo video above, out-of-towners can achieve innie infamy by mailing in video submissions. That means folks in gun-happy states like Texas can finally show New Yorkers their tiny dicks.
Welcome back from the dream that is Memorial Day weekend. We’ve made it. It’s summer. And now the sweltering temperature and unrelenting sun join the long, long list of things we can officially complain about in unison. But don’t worry, there are plenty of things happening this week to keep the holiday dream alive. The distant future holds of pleasurable romp of a BBQ, more experimental electronic stuff than you can throw a bundle of sticks at, and tons of summery garage rock to keep you going all through this twisted season.