Last night at Strand Book Store, Lizzy Goodman said she considered her new oral history, Meet Me in the Bathroom: Rebirth and Rock and Roll in New York City 2001-2011, a “dirty high school reunion.” Which was weird, because I don’t remember going to high school with Aziz Ansari and Seth Meyers, who were in the audience.
Still planning your Parisian summer getaway? You’re just tying up some loose strings before you can split town, right? Something something about misplacing your suitcase again, huh? Yeah, us too. Even if you’re sending out one more search party for your passport holder (never leave home without it!) and are pretty sure you’ll find it eventually– relax, stop making excuses and let Paris come to you!
Sprung on us just last week, LCD Soundsystem’s instantly sold-out shows at Webster Hall on Sunday and Monday were warmups for their much-hyped reunion appearances at festivals like Coachella, Bonnarroo, and Panorama. But last night, the band didn’t warm up so much as it blazed through crowdpleasers like “Daft Punk Is Playing at My House” and “Us v Them.” Frontman James Murphy announced in January that a new record was forthcoming “sometime this year,” but they didn’t play anything off of it, instead choosing to, well, shut up and play the hits.
While the Lowline drums up money for a research center and exhibition space that would essentially serve as a prototype of the subterranean park it’s trying to bring to an abandoned trolley terminal (they’ve raised over $53,000 with 22 days to go), James Murphy of LCD Soundsystem is pushing his own underground project forward.
James Murphy’s wine bar, The Four Horsemen, has announced that it’s opening in Williamsburg this Sunday (we hear there’s a friends-and-family tasting happening tonight). If you’re still smarting from not being able to snag tickets to LCD Soundsystem’s final shows, at least there’s this: as of this posting (but probably not for long) there are still tables available for the LCD frontman’s debut as a restaurateur.
For the most part, the influx of proper dance clubs into Williamsburg hasn’t yet seeped north into Greenpoint — but that will change when Good Room opens early next month.
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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.
Brooklyn Brewery giveaway at 2pm, Nancy Whang at 2:30, and Museum of Love at 4.
Strap on the party hat: it’s time again for the Bedford + Bowery Bazaar, our outdoor extravaganza of food, shopping and muzak. This Saturday, Oct. 25, we’re once again bringing our fave-most North Brooklyn and downtown Manhattan restaurants, makers, and vendors to the Hester Street Fair in the LES. To make it a party, there’ll be free beer lovingly provided by Brooklyn Brewery. Plus beats by Nancy Whang (LCD Soundsystem, The Juan Maclean) as well as Museum of Love, the deliriously danceable DFA Records outfit featuring Pat Mahoney (also of LCD Soundsystem) and Dennis McNany (Jee Day). (The Juan Maclean’s new album dropped last month and MoL’s new video, off of their just-released self-titled album, is up today.)
In addition to the free Brooklyn Brewery while it lasts, Tørst will be pouring bitching beers by Evil Twin Brewing and serving duck sandwiches, plus there’ll be Carolina whole-hog BBQ from Arrogant Swine, good pho-king Vietnamese food from Bún-Ker, southern grub from Empire Biscuit, Korean-American fried bird from Seoul Chicken, classic NYC dogs from Papaya King, Malay and Indonesian fare from Pasar Malam, Icelandic lamb stew from Skál, Japanese rice burgers (yep, rice burgers) from Yonekichi, and still more grub from Vendy Award winners Zha and Khao Man Gai NY. And more!
Good eats are just the start of it: Papercut Press is bringing indie books, Creeps Annual is hawking zines, iMakr is showing off 3D-printed toys, and there’ll be used vinyl from The Punk Guy as well as new vinyl from Greenpoint indie label Captured Tracks. To help you nail that Halloween outfit, Catland will add a pinch of occult weirdness, and there’ll be tons of vintage and artisan jewelry, clothing, crafts, home wares and art from vendors like Etsy NY, Fair Folks & a Goat and many, many more.
We’ve got more surprises in store (Update: like the return of Billy Leroy’s famed antiques and oddities tent and speed-dating with the “Looking for a Girlfriend” guy), so save the date and stay tuned to @bedbow for some exciting updates.
Join us Saturday, Oct. 25, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Hester Street Fair at Hester and Essex; take the J, M, Z to Delancey or F to East Broadway.