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Watch Museum of Love’s Crazy (Clazy?) New Video, Then Sip Free Beer With Them Saturday

Above you’ll find the first video off of Museum of Love’s self-titled album, just out on James Murphy’s DFA Records. It’s kind of amazing: the song, “The Who’s Who of Who Cares,” and the video remind us of Peter Gabriel’s “Sledgehammer,” with shades of David Bowie, East Village underground disco pioneer Arthur Russell, and of course Pat Mahoney’s old band LCD Soundsystem. That’s actually Mahoney sculpting a startling likeness of his bandmate Dennis McNany (aka Jee Day) and then melting it down into a bubbling morass. Yep, in addition to being a drummer-turned-singer and DJ, Mahoney is a sculptor who has even created toys for his DFA labelmates The Juan Maclean.

Anyway! Speaking of Museum of Love, we’re beyond stoked that they’ll be DJing our Bedford + Bowery Bazaar on Saturday. And speaking of The Juan Maclean (which also recently dropped an album via DFA), that band’s Nancy Whang (another LCD Soundsystem alum) will also be DJing. So come out and catch them as you sip free beer lovingly provided by Brooklyn Brewery, yet more beer from Torst, and food from Arrogant Swine, Bunker Vietnamese, and many, many more of our favorites. Plus, shop for vinyl, clothing, home stuff, jewelry, occult items, and much more. You can find all the details here.

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The L.I.S.A. Project Turned a Little Italy Parking Lot Into a Tagger’s Delight

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The week didn’t start out great for Wayne Rada and the L.I.S.A. Project, his non-profit outfit that has brought a ton of world-class street art to Little Italy (of all places) and beyond over the past couple of years. Shepard Fairey, Conor Harrington, Queen Andrea, Lister, Crash and Daze, Stikman, Michael de Feo (aka The Flower Guy), Tristan Eaton… the list of L.I.S.A.-backed artists is long.
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Tonight, An Evening of Scumball Art at Scumbags & Superstars

Everyday is Halloween at this shop (Photo: Scumbags & Superstars)

Everyday is Halloween at this shop (Photo: Scumbags & Superstars)

Scumbags & Superstars is a newish Bushwick storefront that opened up this summer and stocks the brand’s own horror, skate inspired street-wear and other merch. But lately the shop has transformed into something of a gallery space as well. Tonight the shop will host an opening for “Panic Attack,” a solo exhibition curated by local artist Worm Carnevale featuring the work of Keith Caves.
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Tonight: A ‘Scandalous Dance Party’ For a New Book of Sex Club Photos With Text by Nan Goldin

6643c3_1ab760c918264ef1beb4505dededb9f3.jpg_srz_p_404_576_75_22_0.50_1.20_0.00_jpg_srzYesterday the Times assured us that — somehow — live peep shows still exist, calling them “a glimpse of Times Square’s sordid past.” Well, if you want to glimpse the sordid past without being seen going into Playpen, head to Bizarre tonight for a “scandalous dance party” to celebrate Bizarre Publishing’s new book of photos by Jean-Christian Bourcart, with text by Nan Goldin. The champagne-fueled fete will double as the “opening ceremony” to an exhibit of Bourcart’s photos at the Bushwick bar’s Black Box Gallery.
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Terrifying Photos: Russell Brand ‘Basically Took Over’ the Strand Last Night

(Photos courtesy of Strand Book Store)

(Photos courtesy of Strand Book Store)

We have to admit, we steered clear of Russell Brand’s reading at Strand Book Store last night. Had we gone to see the hyperactive, hyperbolic comic-turned-crusader, we probably would’ve been the guy mentioned in this tweet: “Huge line outside the Strand; I ask a man what for, and his voice is noticeably ashamed as he says, ‘it’s for a Russell Brand reading.’”
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Doc NYC Is Bringing a Dizzying Number of Documentaries to Town

unnamedIf you’re the type to get excited about hacker documentaries, then clear your calendar between Nov. 13 to 20, because the Doc NYC festival is once again bringing a slew of true-dat films to Chelsea and the Village.

This year’s fest features 19 world premieres, 7 US premieres and 40 New York City premieres. And that’s just among the 92 features — there will also be 37 shorts and 24 panel discussions and classes.
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Trouble Every Day For Frank Zappa’s Former Flame

335Frank Zappa’s onetime mistress wants to release a new album, but first she’ll have to overcome a failed fundraiser and — worse still — a bureaucratic nightmare of the sort that Zappa surely would’ve lampooned.

Nigey Lennon was 12 when she first discovered Zappa’s Freak Out!. She was 15 when she sent him a demo of her own music and was surprised to receive an invitation to meet with him to discuss it at Bizarre Records. She was 17 when he hired her as a guitarist for his 1971 tour to promote his film, 201 Motels. Lennon was still a minor when Zappa — 30 and married at the time — seduced her in Berkeley, according to her book Being Frank: My Time With Frank Zappa.
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There’s an Astor Place Cube in Michigan, and We Took It For a Spin

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Last week we noted that a gigantic tire that served as a ferris wheel during the ’64 World’s Fair now resides outside of Detroit — turns out, it’s not the only New York monument that can be seen (in slightly altered form) in Michigan.
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On 14th Street, Total Strangers Get a Chance to Slow Dance

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Yesterday around lunch time, four women stood at the intersection of 14th Street and First Avenue, scanning the crowd and timidly making eye contact with the occasional passerby. Their white t-shirts read: “Slow dance with me.”
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Mario Correa On Tail! Spin!, His Raunchy Political Play Starring Rachel Dratch

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Mario Correa (via Twitter)

DC native Mario Correa had never even written a play before Tail! Spin!, but the sexually charged political production starring former SNL funny woman Rachel Dratch is garnering rave reviews from the likes of the New York Times. This isn’t straight-up first-timer’s luck – the co-host of Entertainment Weekly’s “News and Notes” radio show was a staffer on Capitol Hill in the ’90s, which proved to be vivid inspiration for this strain of comedy.

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The Lucas Brothers and ‘Pete and Pete’ Will Literally Bro Down This Friday

Two very different pairs of brothers are making an appearance at the next installment of Late Night Basement, Chris Rose’s monthly live talk show. The Lucas Bros., as you know from reading this site, are the weed-loving twins who recently appeared in 22 Jump Street. Pete and Pete, as you know from watching Nickelodeon in the ’90s, are the main characters of one of the hippest and most beloved kids shows in history (so hip that the music of Stephen Merritt was often featured). As far as we know they weren’t ones for weed — unless you count Little Pete calling people “dillweed” and “jerkweed.”
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