Less than a month after Goodnight Brooklyn: the Story of Death by Audio premiered at SXSW, there’s news of a forthcoming photo book documenting the life and slimes of the beloved Williamsburg DIY venue. Ebru Yildiz, a photographer for Bedford + Bowery’s The Regulars (also being turned into a book!) tells us her debut publication, We’ve Come So Far: The Last Days of Death By Audio comes out in August, and you can preorder it now.
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To celebrate the arrival of Ebru Yildiz’s new book, a hefty collection of black-and-white photos from the final 70 or so days of Death By Audio, the photographer and nearly everyone from the bygone Williamsburg DIY venue’s inner circle descended on Rough Trade on Thursday night for a panel discussion. But really, it was more like a bunch of friends telling great stories from the venue that reigned for seven years, and was known for its wide array of amazing shows with lineups that weren’t so much about making money (uh, tickets were around $7 and a friend who played there several times told me that DBA was known for taking care of its touring bands).
While you wait a year for the next Bushwick Open Studios, here’s something to tide you over. On August 22, Greenpoint’s Morgan Fine Arts Building will, for the thirteenth year, open its doors so you can explore five floors of art studios. This year’s featured artist is Jack Early, who comprised half of the provocative ’80s art duo Pruitt-Early. His partner Rob Pruitt famously went on to lay down a “cocaine buffet” on the floor of an art gallery. So, what’s Early been up to? Find out by viewing “Jack Early’s Life Story in Just Under 20 Minutes,” on display Sunday from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m.
When In God We Trust’s first location opened on Wythe Avenue in 2005, it was a modest shop with a little studio in the back. In that small space, founder Shana Tabor designed original clothes and jewelry with uniquely irreverent touches. For instance: the instant classic, heart-shaped Sweet Nothing necklace with a handwritten inscription reading “kiss me where i pee.” The inaugural shop has since closed but three new stores opened in its place.
A Place to Bury Strangers may have lost its home base when Death By Audio closed in 2014, but it hasn’t lost its mojo, as evidenced by its new single, “Never Coming Back.” The title is somewhat ironic, since the band announced today that it will be coming back with a new album, Pinned, on April 13.
Twelve years ago, when he helped turn a garage behind Union Pool into an informal music venue, J.J. Jenkins couldn’t have imagined that it would end up drawing big names like Sonic Youth’s Kim Gordon, who’ll play there with Body/Head in September.
Jenkins first started going to the Williamsburg bar after moving from Swarthmore, Pennsylvania with his now-defunct country and blues-rock band in ’93. He became such a mainstay that one day he received the ultimate honor: a permanent reserved seat marked by an eponymous brass plaque in the rail of the bar.
Sick of playing the same old Konami games at Barcade? Till March 3, East Williamsburg venue Elsewhere is hosting an arcade of indie games created by local developers. So go on, stop pumping quarters into the Contra machine and try out some Witchball.
Laetitia Tamko, the “one-woman empire” that is musical act Vagabon, prefers being on tour to practicing in her Bushwick studio. For her, the road feels more like home. The 24-year-old fresh face began recording and producing music as Vagabon in 2014 while studying engineering at CUNY, spending most weekend nights working late at the library. At least that’s what she told her parents, while sneaking off to play gigs throughout the city. Tamko didn’t want a “real job,” despite her parents’ failed attempts to push her into a career in engineering. Brooklyn’s underground music scene had pulled her in. “It can be hard, but it’s also all I see myself doing,” she says.
Tinuade Oyelowo spends her days slinging soy lattes at Café Grumpy in Greenpoint and her late Saturday nights sweating on the dance floor at Bembe in Williamsburg. At Grumpy, she does double duty: after four months there, she was tapped to play a barista on HBO’s Girls. The 29-year-old Bed-Stuy resident appeared in two episodes last season and will appear in two more next season – “a very surreal New York experience.”
The bartender at Brooklyn Star doesn’t know Seaton Smith. Perhaps he will someday soon, but not because Seaton’s been a regular for the past several months. Instead, maybe it’ll be because Seaton will be on TV. The 31-year-old comedian and soon-to-be sitcom actor keeps a low profile at the bar-restaurant he visits late at night after hitting the comedy clubs. On this night, he’ll perform two sets in Times Square. Then, he’ll likely do what he usually does: come back to his neighborhood and unwind here with his preferred drink, a Sazerac. Since a kitchen fire took out the original, this Williamsburg location is just over a couple years old. But it has quickly become a favorite go-to for late-night diners and drinkers.