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These North Brooklyn Writers Agree: Stop Talking Shit About Williamsburg

After spieling with a pair of downtown memoirists about changes in the East Village and Lower East Side over the years, we brought together to talk North Brooklyn. Yesterday, before their reading at Pete’s Candy Store, we spoke to Mike DeCapite and Bradley Spinelli, who both live in Williamsburg, as well as Jacob Tomsky, a Bushwick novelist whose hotel memoir, Heads in Beds, hit the New York Times bestseller list (again! this time as a paperback) earlier this month.
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Watch Sock Puppets Down Booze and Pills in ‘Psycho’ By The Shining Twins

If you caught our screening of How to Act Bad last week, then you know some of the documentary’s most memorable moments were Adam Green’s steamy liaisons with The Shining Twins, Alex Weiss and Marisa Kreiss. The punk-pop duo just put out a video for their old song “Pyscho,” originally recorded by Loren “Ted” Humphrey (of Guards) at his studio in Bushwick. The depiction of the rock-n-roll life, by puppet maker Amber B Dianda and filmmaker Kirk Dianda, is short and sweet, and features a disturbing amount of spaghetti vom. Enjoy!

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Smith Brothers On the Apostrophe Bust: ‘The Whole Thing Was Pretty Dramatic’

Ki and Sei Smith during happier times. (Courtesy of Apostrophe)

Ki and Sei Smith during happier times. (Courtesy of Apostrophe)

It was around 2 a.m. on Saturday, September 21, when a dozen officers — including a smattering of cops, fire men, and building department officials — found their way into Apostrophe. The police had come by before, but owner Ki Smith, 21, knew this wasn’t one of their “normal trips.”
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Bushwick’s Newest Restaurant Wants to Feed You Free Wings

The Rookery opened quietly a couple of weeks ago (last week, Bushwick Daily spoke to Jamie Schmitz, who, along with his wife Shana Bellot, built the handsome British-West Indian gastropub in a former warehouse on Troutman Street). But it’s only now celebrating it’s grand opening, and it’s doing so in style. By “in style” we, of course, mean with free food: Bellot tells B+B that starting at 4 p.m. on Saturday they’ll be offering complimentary sweet-and-spicy chicken wings (a new menu item) along with drink specials: $4 rum punch, $4 well drinks, and $1 off all cans and bottles. Plus, North Brooklyn dub legend Dr. Israel will be preforming in the front yard and then spinning all night.

For a look at the place, check out the promo video above as well as its Facebook page.

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The So So Glos Promise Their ‘Wrecking Ball’ Video Is Better Than Miley’s

Back in June, the So So Glos invited us into their Bushwick HQ, Shea Stadium, and played “House of Glass” off of their newly released LP, “Blowout.” Now they’re back with a cinematic video for “Wrecking Ball” that they promise is better than Miley Cyrus’s “Wrecking Ball” video, even if none of the boys got nekkid for it. But is it better than Bruce Springsteen’s “Wrecking Ball”? Grab a coffee and a donut and find out.

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A Greek Tragedy Unfolded in My Bushwick Backyard

(Photo: Charles Quittner)

(Photo: Charles Quittner)

Last Friday, after a long day’s work, I stumbled into my apartment building at 190 Jefferson Street only to find the Greek tragedy “Electra” being performed on my back porch.

Our little backyard was packed with a few dozen people. Word of the odd production must’ve reached everyone in Bushwick but me.

I texted my next-door neighbor, William Gaffney, and asked him something along the lines of, “Have you noticed the play going on in our backyard?”
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Watch Vensaire Play “See I’m You” in a Bushwick Menagerie

Vensaire has already garnered impressive buzz in the Bushwick scene, though their debut LP, Perdix, has yet to be released. The “cinematic concept album,” which follows last year’s The Vensaire EPwas produced and mixed by Grammy-nominated Scott Colburn (Arcade Fire, Animal Collective, Prince Rama) and should be out soon.

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Apostrophe Got Raided, Exclamation Point

Downstairs at Apostrophe. (Photo: Razberry)

If you read our and thought, “That can’t possibly last,” well, here’s the moment where you say, “Called it.” The brothers who run the Bushwick gallery cum barbershop cum party pad just posted a message on Facebook announcing that the late-late-late-night spot at 440 Irving Avenue got raided on Friday, during its anniversary weekend, and they spent the night in jail. Seems they’ve decided to comply with a , but worry not, they’re “in the process of finding a new space to open a store” and will “continue to throw parties and art shows at clandestine locations all around the city” — with the help of a Kickstarter campaign, natch. We’ll bring you more information as soon as we can get it. In the meantime, here’s the Facebook post.
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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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