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We Hit Up Starred’s Last Practice/Party Before Their Tour With Courtney Love

Liza Thorn (Photo: Ray Lemoine)

Liza Thorn (Photo: Ray Lemoine)

It’s almost 6 a.m. and Matt Koshak is playing slow melodies on a two-tiered keyboard, in the small studio where he and his girlfriend practice, record, and sometimes live. Liza Thorn, the other half of the shoe-gaze/drone duo known as Starred, lounges on a couch debating with friends whether the two young boys cuddling in the mixing booth are gay or just fucked up.

All around them: beer, wine, liquor, cigarettes, McDonald’s, and a few things we probably shouldn’t mention.
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Welcome to Berry Hill, Where Williamsburg Looks More Like Murray Hill

Welcome to Berry Hill, Where Williamsburg Looks More Like Murray Hill

On the G train to Nassau Avenue, a guy in a backwards baseball cap and a “Most Dope” t-shirt tells his friends, dressed in button-downs and popped collars, that their stop is next.

“I love Brooklyn!” he yells, getting off the train.

Their destination is Berry Park, where on the rooftop strung with Christmas lights there’s a view of the invisible line dividing Williamsburg and Greenpoint.

The night scene around Berry Park doesn’t exactly fit with either of those neighborhoods. In fact, it’s much closer to a certain neighborhood in Manhattan.

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B+B Q+A: Suicide’s Martin Rev Doesn’t Mind Being Hated

Martin Rev (Photo: Divine Enfant)

Martin Rev (Photo: Divine Enfant)

“To hear 15,000 people booing at one time, it’s an incredible sound and it’s an incredible energy to play into.”

Martin Rev — of the proto-punk, 1970s duo Suicide – is talking about opening for the Cars, whose fans didn’t exactly care for his stripped down, repetitive synth riffs and his bandmate Alan Vega’s haunting, spoken vocals.

It’s unlikely Rev (born Martin Reverby) will get trash hurled at him when he performs solo at Bowery Electric tonight — his first New York show in five years. Suicide has influenced untold scores of synth pop, new wave, industrial dance and techno sounds, not to mention The Boss himself.
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Grocery Sells Cheese, Pickles, and Hot Sauce Made By Prisoners

The Campbell sisters. (Photo:)

Alana and Erin Campbell. (Photo: Ryan Robbins)

There’s a shipment of hot sauce on its way to Williamsburg from Angola Prison in Louisiana. Alana Campbell discovered the fiery tobacco-style sauce made by the inmates while filming a television show about the prison in 2011. Now, she and her sister, Erin, will be selling it at Campbell Cheese and Grocery, officially opening on Monday.
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Jimmy McMillan Couldn’t Stop the Rent From Going Even Damn Higher

Jimmy McMillan Couldn’t Stop the Rent From Going Even Damn Higher
(Photo: Anna Silman)

(Photo: Anna Silman)

Whelp, it’s official: the city’s Rent Guidelines Board, as expected, just approved rent hikes of 4 percent for one-year leases and 7.75 percent for two-year leases for rent-stabilized apartments, according to Fox News.

Among the usual protesters who turned up outside of the meeting at Cooper Union’s foundation building was Jimmy “The Rent Is Too Damn High” McMillan.

The mayor of Papaya King wasn’t impressed with last night’s actual-mayoral debate. “They’re talking about stop and frisk, gun control,” he told us. “I’m talking about landlord control.”
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Here’s the Giant Apt. Complex On Tap For Former Home of Rheingold Brewery

Here’s the Giant Apt. Complex On Tap For Former Home of Rheingold Brewery

Rendering of Complex
An expansive new development project may be on its way to Bushwick. Read Property Group, a Borough Park-based developer, is looking to build nearly 1,000 new apartments at the former home of Rheingold Brewery.
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Lil’ Nugs | Massive Meat Smoker Coming to Union Square, Real-Estate News For Really Tall People

Every day at 4:20 p.m. we stuff your pipe with Lil’ Nugs, our late afternoon link dump.

(Photo: Courtesy of History Channel.)

(Photo: Courtesy of History Channel.)

Via the B +B  tip line: next Tuesday, the History Channel’s Cross Country Cookout tour is bringing its 80-foot barbecue smoker and grill to Union Square. There’ll be free food from 11:00 a.m. to 6 p.m. This beast can grill 1,000 hot dogs or 500 burgers at one time, so start fasting now. [Bedford + Bowery]

In other meals-on-wheels news, Red Hook Lobster Pound, a beloved stable of Smorgasburg and the Brooklyn Flea, was voted the best food truck in the U.S by the Daily Meal. [Brooklyn Flea]

Some real-estate news for really tall people: a super-sized East Village home originally built for a 6-foot-9 man hit the market today for a neat $6.5 million. [DNA Info] More →

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Driver Charged in Yesterday’s Car Wreck, Victim Gets a Fundraiser

Driver Charged in Yesterday’s Car Wreck, Victim Gets a Fundraiser
(Photo: Scott Lynch)

(Photo: Scott Lynch)

Some answers are arriving in the aftermath of yesterday’s ugly car crash in the East Village. Police say that three employees at East Village Farm & Grocery, the bodega plowed into by the car, were injured, along with one bicyclist; all are expected to survive.
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Be the 8th Person to Watch This Still Life Still Video and Get Tix to Their Show

The folks who rep Canadian band Still Life Still — which has toured with our own The Hold Steady — use the B+B tipline to point us to a new video for “Revolving Doors,” off the band’s forthcoming album “Mourning Trance,” out August 20. It’s so brand spankin’ new, in fact, that at the time of this posting only 7 people had watched it (most of them us).
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