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Take A Day Off With A-Trak and the Fool’s Gold Gang

A-Trak (Photo: A-Trak Official Facebook Page)

A-Trak (Photo: A-Trak Official Facebook Page)

Traditionally, “fool’s gold” was associated, as its name suggests, with a yellow-tinged mineral, typically mistaken for its more valuable doppelgänger. But there’s no confusion about Fool’s Gold Records.

From the label’s distinctive image to its dynamic, hard-to-pin down roster of artists, since 2007 “Fool’s Gold” has come to stand for originality and a damn good time. Having discovered Kid Cudi, re-discovered Danny Brown and introduced the delectable Duck Sauce to the world, the label’s success can largely be attributed to its musical prospectors/co-founders, Nick Catchdubs and Alain “A-Trak” Macklovitch.

In the run-up to the return of their annual Labor Day flagship party, Day Off, taking place at Brooklyn Live at the Inlet, we caught up with A-Trak to find out a bit more about what to expect from this year’s event, whether laptops killed the turntablism star and what exactly the deal is with his label’s preoccupation with ducks.

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Niagara’s Jesse Malin On Bar Life: ‘There’s Still Trouble and Decadence and Darkness’

Jesse Malin (Photo: Joseph Quever)

Jesse Malin (Photo: Joseph Quever)

Jesse Malin talks about the East Village like a wayward old friend, something he’s definitely earned having seen the neighborhood shift and transform since the early ’80s when, as a 12-year-old kid, he fronted a hardcore band called Heart Attack. And you better believe what was maybe, probably the youngest band playing shows in the city at the time recorded a song titled “Toxic Lullaby.” Malin grew up in Queens, but would steal away from the burbs whenever he could to hang out at CBGB and other Lower East Side haunts. Though he tours regularly, and like most city veterans, laments the sterilization of his former haunts and the neighborhood as a whole, he still very much identifies downtown as home.

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Stoops is the Skateboard Magazine New York Has Been Waiting For

Dave Willis doing ollie up, backside 180 kickflip. Manhattan, New York, 2009. (Photo: Allen Ying)

Dave Willis doing ollie up, backside 180 kickflip. Manhattan, 2009. (Photo: Allen Ying)

California may get the most shine when it comes to skateboarding, but that’s all about to change. A proposed new magazine plans to focus solely on the culture of skating in New York City. It’s name, Stoops, is a throwback to a time when Supreme was just getting started and New York skate coverage was sparse. The quarterly publication aims to give the unique culture of NYC skating the steady voice it has long deserved.
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