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There’ll Be a Whole Lotta Soul at Williamsburg Park Tonight

Between the fifth anniversary of Captured Tracks and the upcoming Mexican Summer blowout, North Brooklyn’s record labels have been pumping out a dizzying array of live music lately. Most of it, naturally, has been in the indie rock arena, but Afro-soul fans will have their moment tonight when Bushwick-based label Daptone Records, which makes its home in an actual home on Troutman Street, puts on a free show at Williamsburg Park.
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Don’t Miss These Blockbuster Block Parties Tomorrow

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The East 9th Street block party. (Photo: Jacob Sugarman)

Who said there’s no outdoor fun to be had after Labor Day weekend? Now that the city’s beaches are closed it’s time to keep the fun in the sun hyperlocal by passing through these awesome block parties.
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You’re Probably Going to Blow Your Life Savings On Vinyl in the Next Months

Untitled-4Cassettes are great and all but let’s face it, nothing beats plonking some vinyl onto a turntable and hearing some Hawaiian luau music crackle to life. On the off-chance you didn’t already blow all your walking-around money on the NYPL’s , you’ll probably want to know that two of the city’s bigger record fairs are coming up.
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Sorry Williamsburg, You Can Not Has Cat Cafe; But We’ve Got a Newsroom For You!

A man paws-es to look into the Newsroom.

A man paws-es to look in.

Folks, it’s time to let the cat out of the bag. That Tokyo-style cat cafe that might be coming to Williamsburg? Please don’t curl up into a ball when you hear this, but Purrfect Strangers was all just a crazy little experiment. Allow us to explain.

Bedford + Bowery, a collaboration with New York magazine, is opening an interactive newsroom at 155 Grand Street in Williamsburg, where we’ll have readings, discussions, performances, and who knows, maybe cats (Lil Bub does have a book out).

So why did we put up a poster saying we were opening a cafe with 100% hypoallergenic cats, gourmet coffee, and “nibbles from Brooklyn artisans”? Well, we wanted to find out just how quickly something completely ridiculoso could go viral while also testing the diligence of our local news gatherers. (Actually, our Newsroom will still have gourmet coffee.) Here’s how it went down.
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Another Greenpoint Label Is Celebrating Five Years With a Blowout

Last month Captured Tracks turned five with a weekend of shows and now everyone’s doing it! Another one of our fave Greenpoint indie labels, Mexican Summer, is celebrating the big fiver with a two-day festival in Red Hook — and a hardcover book with a 10″ EP.
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Russ & Daughters Is Totally Slammed With Salmonheads Right Now

photo-76Russ & Daughters is no longer taking pre-orders for Yom Kippur appetizing, so if you’re aiming to break the fast with babka, you’re going to have to hoof it down to Houston. Just one thing: the line for lox is long. Very long. A tipster tells us the person in front of her told her the wait was four hours long, and 114 people took tickets before she took off. When we called to confirm, the following exchanged occurred.
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Yep, De Blasio Celebrated With Food Trucks and LCD Soundsystem

De Blasio and fam.

De Blasio and fam.

If you were following Daily Intel last night, then you know the deal: Joe Lhota beat John Catsimatidis as the Republican mayoral candidate despite Cats’s Tim & Eric-esque campaign; Lena Dunham’s favorite candidate, Scott Stringer, squeaked past Eliott Spitzer in the race for comptroller; Charles Hynes is out as Brooklyn DA, in part because of feelings that he was too soft on child sex abusers in the ultra-Orthodox Jewish community; the public advocate race between Daniel Squadron and Letitia James is headed for a runoff. And, of course, Bill de Blasio, the clear favorite among voters we spoke to yesterday, emerged victorious over Bill Thompson (though there will be a recount to make sure a runoff isn’t necessary) and solidified his place as the hipster candidate du jour by celebrating at the Bell House with “a Smorgasbord-esque assortment of gourmet food trucks” and a playlist that included LCD Soundsystem. Chris Smith wrote about his “full-spectrum victory” and why it further cemented Brooklyn as “the city’s new center of gravity.”
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How the Author of Killing Williamsburg Got Questlove to Do a ‘Suicide Set’

(Photo: Kimberlee Hewitt)

(Photo: Kimberlee Hewitt)

Tomorrow at Trash Bar there’s a book party for Killing Williamsburg, and it won’t be the usual wine-and-cheese affair: starting at 7 p.m., the one and only Questlove will spin songs by musicians who killed themselves. Morbid as it may sound, the night’s “suicide set” is in keeping with the book’s macabre plot: a cynical Williamsburger is jolted from his ennui when a plague of mysterious, gruesome suicides threatens to turn his “hip, hopping, happening” neighborhood into a ghost town.
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