You’d think that after a sweltering second-anniversary party during which Courtney Barnett, Widowspeak, Neon Indian, and Porches all took the stage, Baby’s All Right would take a week off or something. But no. Tonight Williamsburg’s buzziest venue unveils a new food menu that’s a result of a collaboration with its Bangkok sister restaurant.
Yesterday we passed this sign, right across from Northern Territory near the Williamsburg-Greenpoint border, and wondered what it was all about. Is this squat building on the corner of Meserole and Franklin the home of FOMO Anonymous? Nope — turns out it’s a stealth marketing campaign aimed at building even more buzz for Aussie songstress Courtney Barnett, aka the Sheryl Crow it’s okay to like. Her people let the cat out of the bag today, with this video of Barnett doing an unannounced live show a couple of days ago on the streets of London.
Ludlow Studios was packed to the brim with people for the private one-night only event to celebrate and ogle Australian singer-songwriter Courtney Barnett’s art work. The crowd included everyone from stylish hip kids furtively scanning the room for Barnett’s messy brown mane to appear somewhere in the crowd, loafers who weren’t sure exactly what all the hoopla and video cameras were all about but knew for certain there were infinite free mezcal cocktails to be guzzled, and the nearing-the-top-of-the-hills sponging around to see what the kids are into these days. I’m not old, but this event made me feel old, particularly because up until I heard word of this event, I had no idea who Courtney Barnett was.