If you had a chance to swing by Our Wicked Lady in the hours before their grand opening then maybe you found the loopy singer-songwriter Mac DeMarco throwin down dogs whilst a couple of his new tracks bumped on the boom box. Or perhaps you were stuck behind double-paned office windows, miles from anything resembling summer or fun, let alone new music. Stir not in jealousy, though, for the release of 25-year-old Rockaway resident Mac Demarco’s new “mini-LP” is just on the horizon.
In the coming weeks a flurry of acronyms approacheth the city as CMJ and the CBGB music festival make landfall. Both apparently used to stand for something cool. It’s safe to open your ears now, because we promise our picks have developed a special antibody rendering them resistant to a case of the lames which develops in conjunction with Apple collaborations and/or the advanced stage of Music Industrial Complex infection.
Ben Asbury, a Georgia native living in Asheville, NC, released his debut LP via Greenpoint’s Captured Tracks in March under the name Axxa/Abraxas. The name, Asbury explains, is a two-part homage: “Axxa” is a term used by his father in a poem and “Abraxas” references a gnostic godhead.
The Beets are not dead, says frontman Juan Wauters; they’re just focusing on something new. For one thing, Wauters’s solo LP, North American Poetry (N.A.P), came out last week via Greenpoint label Captured Tracks. He wrote and performed all of the songs on the new record, with some minimal vocal and instrumental help from friends.
North Brooklyn is rife with indie record labels–as Mike Sniper, the founder of Captured Tracks, told us when we spoke to him about that label’s five-year anniversary, “It’s crazy. I don’t even think people realize how many there are.”
Last month, we attempted to provide a comprehensive listening guide to all the indies in Greenpoint. That’s the what of record label culture in Brooklyn — but what’s the how, and the why? Wednesday, at the Newsroom, we’ll attempt to answer those questions. We’ve organized a panel that includes Sniper; Jeff Bratton, who owns and operates the boutique pop label Cascine; Adam Farrell, the creative director for Loma Vista and previously the marketing and creative director for Beggars Group; and Nick Catchdubs, the co-founder of the indie hip-hop label Fool’s Gold.We’ll see you Wednesday at 7 p.m., at 155 Grand Street, off of Bedford Ave, in Williamsburg. As always, the event is free.