Carlos D, former bass player of Interpol, was an integral part of the band — and was once described as its “most infamous” member. As a founder of the heavily bass-driven post-punk outfit that dominated the indie rock scene of the early aughts, his seemingly sudden departure in 2010 after issuing four solid albums, and realizing fame and success beyond what he could have ever imagined, was shocking for many fans. Not only did Carlos D quit the band, he disappeared from the downtown scene he inhabited altogether.
If you’ve seen street artist Flood’s Bill Cosby series—colorful images of iconic Fat Albert cartoon characters that, in an ironic twist, comment on the comedian’s rape scandal—you might be tempted to think they were flippant, sarcastic pieces by a smartass looking to stir up controversy. You’d be wrong: using the characters as mouthpieces for such an ugly topic was one of the hardest things the artist has ever done, and he continues his work despite being arrested earlier this year.
A massive mural on the side of 26 Second Avenue was completed over the weekend by Os Gêmeos, “the twins” known to their mother as Gustavo and Otavio Pandolfo. Described on their Instagram as an “independent project,” the work is dedicated “to the golden era #oldschool #mural #hiphop – Respect to everyone that has made and continues to keep the real Hiphop alive!”
“I’ma slice me some Jedi ass,” was the first of many threats I’d hear walking through Washington Square Park on Saturday night, as almost 2,000 people gathered to wave around glowing plastic tubes from China. In reality, there was very little in the way of actual slicing, but Lightsaber Battle NYC 2015 was not short on imaginative enthusiasm. Fandom and cosplay abounded as New Yorkers gathered in the name of the force and issued gems such as “Chew-bacca on this,” “Your force is weak, son,” and, the crowning of insulting incitations, “You suck Jar Jar Bink dick.”
Last week we tipped you off to a few upcoming Q&As with some of our fave filmmakers (you can watch Friday night’s chat with Greta Gerwig, at Sunshine Cinema, above and on YouTube). Now you can add Alex Ross Perry to the mix, since the cat-loving director of Listen Up Philip will appear at a preview screening of his new one, Queen of Earth, as part of a retrospective at Museum of the Moving Image in Astoria. Elisabeth Moss of Mad Men, who stars in the movie as a woman on the verge, will also be on hand August 25.
A 23-year-old man died from a stab wound sustained at a Bushwick party this weekend. [News 12 Brooklyn]
No one suffered injuries Saturday night when a terrace fire broke out on the second floor of 152 Ludlow Street/149-151 Essex Street. [Bowery Boogie]
In honor of the Coney Island Sand Sculpting Contest celebrating its 25th anniversary, here’s a slideshow of some of the most impressive creations to grace the boardwalk over the last few years. This Saturday, contest organizers are expecting more participants than any previous year, according to a press release sent by Brooklyn Community Services, which hosts the event with Astella Development Corporation.
So far, 175 people have registered, and last year the Parks Department estimated that more than 10,000 people attended the event. Prizes are offered in seven different categories.
The contest starts at noon, but online registrants can arrive at 11 a.m. to begin their sculptures. Judging starts at 3 p.m.. and the winners will be announced at 4:30. All donations support continued rebuilding efforts in Coney Island following Superstorm Sandy.
Sit back and enjoy some mind-rattling films screening this weekend and beyond. A new documentary brings us deep into the complex, overlapping layers of South Sudan’s contemporary social and political developments under the influence of Neo-colonialists, and get a sneak preview of an Austrian thriller rife with horror movie. And of course there’s more. Read on.
“Sticks and stones will break my bones, but names will scar me for life,” reads a framed art installation, the white cursive letters bleached onto a black background with a skull and cross bones underneath. Just below is a larger framed piece, all chalkboard black except for the whites of one eye that looks at you as you read, “Forget who your parents taught you to hate forget forget.”
To celebrate more than two years on the air and the recent move to their new Bushwick studio, Bondfire Radio is hosting a festival/live broadcast marathon this Sunday on the covered roof of the Vazquez Building. Chef Airis Johnson (formerly of The London NYC) will provide the food alongside other beverage, food and dessert vendors, so come check out the amazing rooftop views and, oh yeah, 12 hours of panels, live music, and the most diverse lineup of local radio around.
Bushwick band Best Behavior is already catching attention and touring nationally — even though it only formed in January. A self-described “60s garage rock, surf punk” band, the four guys are preparing for the release of their debut LP, Good Luck Bad Karma, which drops today via Money Fire Records. As is required of any self-respecting garage-rock band, a celebration of the release will ensue at Union Pool on Saturday night. They’ll perform with Haybaby, The Rizzos, and Surf Rock Is Dead, which released a new single today.
Yesterday, while sharing our oral history of Lit Lounge, we reported that Allan Mannarelli, owner of The Cock, was taking over the space. Today he confirms to us that he plans to move his Second Avenue dive a few blocks up into Lit’s currently shuttered home, and hopes to have bands like Scissor Sisters and Peaches play at the new incarnation of the “rock ‘n roll fag bar.” The potential move isn’t sitting well with the East Fifth Street Block Association, aka the “plywood patrol.” Ahead of a Community Board 3 meeting on Monday, the association is circulating a flyer demanding that neighbors “BLOCK THE COCK” and tell the “notorious” Mannarelli to “KEEP HIS COCK WHERE IT IS!!!!!”