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‘We Have Lost Our Mind’: Clayton Patterson’s Response to Taylor Swift

Just in case Chico’s cheeky memorial doesn’t get the message across to Taylor Swift and the New York trolling tourism board, another LES legend, Clayton Patterson, has come up with a video response to her appointment as the city’s Global Welcome Ambassador. Above, check out Taylor celebrating Patterson’s footage from the ’88 Tompkins Square Park riot, GG Allin’s last show, and drag and hardcore shows at places like The Pyramid (which recently experienced a corporate co-opting of this own). Patterson emailed it to us along with the thoughts below.
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Taylor Gets a Swift Kick in the Ass From La Petite Mort

(Photo: La Petite Mort's Facebook)

(Photo: La Petite Mort’s Facebook)

Taylor Swift’s new role as the Big Cupcake’s “Global Welcome Ambassador” made every New Yorker want to step in and say “Imma let you finish…” But rather than merely festering in outrage, Lower East Side boutique La Petite Mort went ahead and conscripted the legendary Chico to do a memorial mural for the bubbly bopper.
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Mediocrity Is the New Black: Penny Arcade On Making It in ‘The Big Cupcake’

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The performance artist Penny Arcade called us back after getting out of a show that ran late. So, even in the midst of her own show Longing Lasts Longer (Nov. 2, 3, 9, 10 at Joe’s Pub), she’s making time to support the work of other artists. The legendary downtown icon is, wonderfully, still underground and still outraged. The new show and her preoccupations are deeply intertwined, as her work is primarily autobiographical, and our conversation ranged from why New York is now “the Big Cupcake,” to what makes Lena Dunham so special, to the young “creative soul” in the Times paying $3,700 rent.
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Harry Shearer, aka Mr. Burns, Is Bringing Richard Nixon to Hell Square

Harry Shearer, who made his name on Saturday Night Live and as a writer and star of This Is Spinal Tap, plays the ultimate villain – Mr. Burns — on The Simpsons (he’s also the voice of Ned Flanders, among others). But tomorrow at the Slipper Room in the heart of Hell Square, he’ll discuss a still greater villain, President Richard Nixon, whom he plays on a series that you can now watch online.
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A Traveling Artist Wants You to Meet Her Pet Rocks

(Courtesy of Denny Gallery)

(Courtesy of Denny Gallery)

Despite the name of the exhibit now up at Denny Gallery, Rock Shop III is less shop and more laboratory: large images of rocks surround receptacles in which salt chemically reacts to pigment, resin, or steel with the aid of sunlight pouring through the gallery windows. In one tank, the salt resembles gold dunes.

“I have a scientific, archival interest in my work,” says German artist Nadja Frank, whose brother is a geologist. She acquired all the rocks in this collection from traveling across the United States by car and accruing fifty to sixty boxes of stones that best captured the essence of the places she visited. The rock prints have titles like “Rock #9 (Orderville, Utah)” or “Rock #2 (Granite Quarry, New York).”
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Photos + Video: Wild Wheels and Trippy Trikes at Black Label’s Cycle-delic Bike Kill

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There were some concerns last week that Bike Kill, the Black Label Bike Club’s annual block party/festival of debauchery, might not happen this year. Officials had rejected their permit request for the usual spot in Bed-Stuy, on the dead end behind the Home Depot parking lot. At the last minute, though, the club secured a block on Gardner Street just off Flatbush in Bushwick, and man was it ON.
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Exploding in Sound: An Indie Label That’s Blowing Up, You Hear?

1658497_10152336345711746_687692639765391456_oEven with our handy-dandy guide to CMJ, it’s hard to know where to head this week — but one thing’s for sure: we’ll be at Silent Barn on Saturday to celebrate the third anniversary of Exploding in Sound.

Dan Goldin started the label in 2011 with money saved up from a desk job at the Newtown Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant. “I didn’t, like, enjoy it,” the Greenpoint resident said of the gig he fell into after college. “But I didn’t hate going in either — it was one of those things where when my day ended, I didn’t have to think about it again.”
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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.

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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