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There’s Something (Max) Fishy Happening at the Katz’s Pop-Up Tonight

IMG_3006Yes, there is still a monstrous, PBR-shaped hole in our hearts since Max Fish closed last summer, but this evening a few of the folks responsible for all things Max Fish have teamed up with Klughaus Gallery and, with the help of Converse, are having a Max Fish party in the Katz’s pop-up space on Houston. Though it’s uncertain what, precisely, makes the party inherently “Max-Fishy,” other than its proximity to the recently shuttered outpost, we imagine the flyer alone is enough to bring out the old familiar faces in an “if you build it, they shall come” sort of way.

Here’s what happened last time the Fish partnered with Klughaus, for a pop-up bar at Art Basel last month.
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Peels Has Closed, and Its Ketchup Will Be Missed

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Photo: Danny Kim

Some loved their biscuits, others hated their unholy wait times but many took to Twitter upon discovering that Peels has unceremoniously closed. For starters, Claire Lobenfeld (@clairevlo) tweeted, “You served the only ketchup that didn’t trigger my mortuusequusphobia” (yes, there’s a word for fear of ketchup). We’ve gone ahead and rounded up some of the most extreme reactions to the loss of this Bowery brunch spot.
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Kay Kasparhauser Of The Prettiots On Ukuleles and Bubble-Gum Fetishists

Rachel Trachtenburg, Lulu Prat & Kay Kasparhauser. Photo: Colin Dodgson

Rachel Trachtenburg, Lulu Prat & Kay Kasparhauser. Photo: Colin Dodgson

Anyone who plays the ukulele and admits to having worn neon bathing suits in high school is fine by us, which is why we’re like, totally 100% behind Kay Kasparhauser, frontwoman of local band The Prettiots. Though Kasparhauser says she “wouldn’t be disappointed or insulted if someone underestimated us and thought we were just some kids making pop,” there’s a sense of charm and self-awareness – particularly to their lyrics – that makes The Prettiots much more than that.
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Caveman Played a ‘Super Secret’ Show Last Night

Caveman playing at R Bar last night, courtesy of Bedford + Bowery's Instagram

Caveman playing at R Bar last night, courtesy of Bedford + Bowery’s Instagram

Local favorites Caveman played a “super secret” free show at R Bar yesterday evening, largely to bid farewell to their pals before heading out on tour with Phosphorescent. It was, in the words of Caveman guitarist Jimmy Carbonetti, “great vibes” all around… perhaps because members of the band had indulged in their invented beverage, The Gauntlet.
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Karley ‘Slutever’ Sciortino and Dev Hynes on Girls: ‘She’s in ConTroll’

Welcome to Girls Talk, in which two of our favorite New Yorkers share the text messages they sent during this week’s episode of Girls.

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Karley Sciortino takes a selfie in her Williamsburg apartment

The text in blue belongs to Karley Sciortino. Based in Williamsburg, Karley is best known for her filter-less blog, Slutever, on which she doles out anecdotes and advice about sex and sexuality. She frequently contributes to Vice and Purple and has recently launched a twice-monthly column for Vogue.com entitled Breathless.
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Alex Da Corte Sees the World Through a Piss-Filled Malt Liquor Bottle

Alex Da Corte, "April Fools," 2014: Rubber, anodized metal frames, VCT tile, wood, foam, garland, ceramic Hershey Kiss, latex witch nose, artificial mushroom, Coca-Cola can, Plexiglas 60.5 x 49 x 64 inches.

Alex Da Corte, “April Fools,” 2014: Rubber, anodized metal frames, VCT tile, wood, foam, garland, ceramic Hershey Kiss, latex witch nose, artificial mushroom, Coca-Cola can, Plexiglas 60.5 x 49 x 64 inches.

“Does the food we eat or the way we clean our toilet reflect if we’re obsessive compulsive or if we’re Virgos?” asked Alex Da Corte yesterday evening outside of American Contemporary gallery in the East Village. These are some of the questions Da Corte and five other artists address in “The Cardboard Lover,” which opened at said gallery yesterday evening. In a broader sense, the show explores the concept of “zaniness” as it applies to modern methods of production and consumerism. “It’s considering ways in which we organize domestic space and how it reflects if we’re cute or funny or serious,” Da Corte said.
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Watch Mr. Throwback Go-Kart Back Through Time

Everyone’s favorite connoisseur of all things retro and nostalgic, Mr. Throwback, gives us his weekly blast from the past.

Whether you’re a Toad, a Peach or a Bowser, most agree that Super Mario Kart is one of if not the best video games of all time (According to Guinness it is. They granted the Super Mario Kart series top billing in their top 50 console games. The rankings were awarded based on “initial impact and lasting legacy”). Launched in Japan on August 27, 1992, the game features Mario, Luigi and their pals fighting for first and deploying red shells at anyone who stands in their way. Watch as Mr. Throwback takes on the classic Mario circuit with his preferred character, Toad.

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After 17 Years, This Spot For LES and East Village Shirts Is Folding

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

In today’s heartbreaking irony, First Avenue’s urban wear institution Burkina, known for its T-shirts saluting the East Village and LES, is closing its doors on Monday. Previously located at 177 East Houston for fifteen years, the shop relocated to its current outpost due to the expansion of the restaurant Preserve 24. Now Burkina is packing up its T-shirts for good, even the ones boasting slogans like “Certified Money Maker” and “Fuck You Pay Me.”
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Do You Know More About The Pixies Than the Shitty Pixies Do?

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Ezra Selove, Jesse Ministero, Evan Flath, Lisha Nadkarni of The Shitty Pixies (photo: Frank Grecco)

An instrumental factor in the success of any cover band (aside from their ability to actually sound like the artists they’re emulating) is their name, and no cover band name is quite as spectacular as The Shitty Pixies. As a bonus, they’re not even shitty! The product of a Pixies obsession shared between friends Evan Flath and Ezra Selove (who take the roles of Shitty Black Francis and Shitty Joey Santiago, respectively), the group is rounded out with Lisha Nadkarni as Shitty Kim Deal and Jesse Ministero as Shitty David Lovering.
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