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This Music Collective Breeds ‘Pop at Its Finest’ and Says No to ‘Fame Game’

the studio at MMCFK (Photo courtesy of MMCFK)

the studio at MCFK (Photo courtesy of MCFK)

It’s nearly SXSW time, which means we all have new bands on the mind. But what about the artists who exist outside of the pop-music industrial complex? Mama Coco’s Funky Kitchen, a Brooklyn-born music collective founded by Oliver Ignatius, the seasoned industry vet and recording guru, that boasts a network of around 120 bands that support each other in creating what Ignatius calls “pop music at its finest,” which is to say music that embraces “the shock of the new, the shock of the raw, and often the genuinely weird.”

In light of the release of their seventh MCFK compilation (which we’re premiering below), we thought it was an ideal time to catch up with Oliver Ignatius and hear more about the collective and the bands we’re seeing so much of around the DIY scene.

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Is the Future of Williamsburg Industry Worth Betting for an ‘Experiment’?

Rendering of 25 Kent Avenue, Toby Moskovits's waterfront office complex (Image via Steelblue Consulting / Heritage Equity)

Rendering of 25 Kent Avenue, Toby Moskovits’s waterfront office complex (Image via Steelblue Consulting / Heritage Equity)

Already ground zero for some of the city’s most dramatic rezonings, Williamsburg is facing yet another contentious development: an eight-story, 480,000-square-foot office complex known as the Brooklyn Generator. On Tuesday, Community Board 1 met to vote on whether or not to support the creation of a special mixed-use zone that would allow developers to move forward with the massive project. And they didn’t take the matter lightly. “This is going to affect us for the rest of our lives,” CB1 chairperson Dealice Fuller said of the board’s decision.

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4 Performance Picks: Loft Opera, Brothels, And Hospitals

LoftOpera's "The Rape of Lucretia." (photo: Robert Altman)

LoftOpera’s “The Rape of Lucretia.” (photo: Robert Altman)

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LoftOpera’s Tosca
Continues through March 19 at 198 Randolph Street, Bushwick. Tickets are $30. More info here
If you think opera sounds stuffy and expensive, think again. At LoftOpera, which is pretty much exactly what it sounds like, you don’t even have to leave Brooklyn to get your fill of classic operatic scores, solid performances, and also, beer. The LoftOpera folks have garnered much praise for their past productions, and their Tosca is sure to be of similar quality. Come and experience all the nostalgia of a loft party, but with all the culture of opera.

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Stay Woke With New Gentrification Podcast from WNYC and The Nation

via WNYC

via WNYC

If you’ve lived here more than a second, you know the drill: A bodega closes up, a cocktail bar goes in– you roll your eyes, shrug your shoulders. “Gentrification,” you sigh, staring bleakly into your $10 cocktail.

But Rebecca Carroll, a producer at WNYC and co-creator of a new podcast examining that very phenomenon, says that the bougie coffee shop or new chocolate artisan isn’t exactly worth fixating on– they’re only symbols of the last stage of the process. “At that point, when those markers arrive, that ship has kind of sailed,” she said.  “I think that’s one of the things that people don’t realize. [Gentrification] is a multi-pronged-beast kind of process, that involves a lot of moving parts.”

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LES Targeted in Drug Bust; Pommes Frites Eyes April Comeback

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

Yesterday morning, narcotics raids in the Bronx, Upper Manhattan and on the Lower East Side yielded 14 kilos of heroin, 14 guns, 22 arrests and more. [NY Daily News]

A prospective two-story gastropub called The Flower Shop will try to woo Community Board 3 next week as it hopes to eventually open at 107 Eldridge Street. [Bowery Boogie]

At 198 Johnson Avenue in Williamsburg, plans are underway to build a seven-story, 117-unit mixed-use building. [The Real Deal NY]

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Oh, Balls! Yet Another Bubble Tea Shop Is Opening on St. Marks Place

Bubble tea at Nohohon (Photo courtesy of Nohohon Tea Room)

Bubble tea at Nohohon (Photo courtesy of Nohohon Tea Room)

It’s a popular lament: the Beats, hippies and punks that used to roam St. Marks Place have been replaced by “students, tourists and bubble tea shops.” Stroll down the block between Second and Third Avenues and you’ll count no less than five places that sling balls: TK Kitchen, Spot Dessert BarKung Fu Tea, CoCo Fresh Tea & Juice and Caffé Bene. Sound like a lot? Not for Nanako Mizutani, who on April 9 will tap into the tapioca market with her own takeout tea room at 9 St Marks.

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New Bushwick Arts Festival Responds to Questions About Motives

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via Bushwickartsfestival.com.

The organizer of the Bushwick Arts Festival has stepped up to address the “craaaazy comments on the internet” that arose after it was announced that the fest would fill in for Bushwick Open Studios in June.

A few weeks after Arts in Bushwick announced that it was moving its annual studio crawl to October, a post on Bushwick Bomb announced that another, upstart “Bushwick open studios event” would take its place. A swirl of questions arose from some who’ve participated in Bushwick Open Studios in the past. Arts in Bushwick released a statement saying, “It sounds like whoever is behind [Bushwick Arts Festival] are not willing to respect or work with our established arts community of over 1,200 local artists, but are creating a simulation of our community as a commercial space for outsiders or newcomers in the neighborhood who do not know the decade long history of Bushwick Open Studios.”

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Northside Lineup: Brian Wilson Plays Pet Sounds, Free Wolf Parade Show and More

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Sure, you’re busy practicing your O-face for Obama’s ever-so-controversial appearance at SXSW this week, but that other music, film, and innovation festival wants some attention, too. Northside just announced the initial lineup for its 2016 edition, taking place June 6-12. Among the highlights are a free Wolf Parade show on June 9 and a Brian Wilson show where everyone’s favorite Beach Boy (even if Mike Love did grant us an interview) will play Pet Sounds in its entirety.

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Open Wide, Here’s Your Plate Full of Four Tasty Shows

(Flyer via Trans-Pecos)

(Flyer via Trans-Pecos)

A Pre-Spring Solstice Weekend With Psychic TV 
Saturday March 12 (7 pm) through Sunday March 13 (5 pm) at Trans-Pecos: $20/ night, $35 both days, Saturday after-party entry $10 after midnight, Sunday after-party entry $10 after 10 pm

Genesis P-Orridge has had a busy, well, life– but lately the founder of Psychic TV and Throbbing Gristle has threatened to surpass even h/er own level of hyper-productivity. Just 24 hours after opening h/er new interactive art exhibition, Try to Altar Everything, at the Rubin Museum on Friday, the artist is asking that people bring objects of significance to contribute to the “shamanic space” (stemming from ideas about the universe s/he soaked up during several visits to Nepal over the years). P-Orridge will post up at Trans-Pecos for a two-day vernal equinox party. Sure, it’s about a week ahead of schedule but it’s undeniably spring-like right now, and who wouldn’t want an extended celebration in their lives right now, anyway? Actually, the two-day marathon was originally scheduled for January,  and was cancelled when Jonas hit and ruined literally everything. Ah, sweet revenge on winter.

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Forget Fuller House and Make This Olsen Twins Art Exhibit Happen

(Photo: Courtesy of THNK 1994)

(Photo: Courtesy of THNK 1994)

The Olsen twins-themed art show you never knew you needed may be coming to North Brooklyn before you’ve even had a chance to dust off your crop tops and Urban Outfitter kimonos for the summer. Last year, comedic duo Matt Harkins and Viviana Olen opened the Tonya Harding and Nancy Kerrigan 1994 Museum in the hallway of their Williamsburg apartment. Now the two UCB alumns are looking to go beyond their four walls to show Chicago-based artist Laura Collins‘ series of paintings, “The Olsen Twins Hiding From the Paparazzi.”

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Cheap, Quirky Sanford & Sven Quits W’burg; This Weasel Diorama Is Half Off

(Photo by Sven Wechsler)

(Photo by Sven Wechsler)

It’s the end of the road for Sanford & Sven’s Second Hand. After seven years of feeding the experiments of artists, indie music video directors, restaurant owners and other antique-rummaging creatives at 106 North Third Street, the shop is closing soon. Not that the owner, Sven Wechsler, is surprised. He’s seen the writing on the wall for a while now– the crop of new condos encroaching on his block doesn’t look too friendly to a reasonably-priced antique store.

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Cop Hit By Friendly Fire in Bushwick; Dog Stolen in Greenpoint

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

Early yesterday evening at the corner of Wilson Avenue and Troutman Street in Bushwick, a plainclothes police office was shot in the shoulder by a colleague while attempting to arrest a trio of heroin dealers. [NY Times]

On March 4, a Greenpoint woman’s dog was stolen early in the morning from her Sutton Street apartment. [Brooklyn Paper]

The next day on Williamsburg’s Leonard Street, a gun-wielding man held up a victim for his wallet around 4 a.m. [Brooklyn Paper]

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