It’s now been pretty much exactly two years since Death By Audio held its last show and left its digs at Kent and South 2nd Street in Williamsburg. Vice Media has made itself right at home in the DIY venue’s old building, complete with its own beer on tap. That’s just the way the vegan, gluten-free Whole Foods cookie crumbles. But Matthew Conboy, co-founder of Death By Audio and director of Goodnight Brooklyn, hasn’t forgotten it all. In fact, he’ll be at Alamo Drafthouse tonight when his film opens there for a week-long run. If you missed the sweat-drenched documentation of the venue’s final days when it screened at SXSW and then at Rooftop Films Summer Series, this is your chance to pop in some earplugs and check it out.
About halfway through Vice’s video about the hallucinogenic-honey harvesters of Nepal, correspondent Abdullah Saeed, dressed in a beekeeper suit, complains to the camera: “There’s bees everywhere. As soon as we got to the top of the hill our camera guy Billy [Voermann] got stuck in the back, so I know he probably hates holding that camera right now.”
Hours after Bill de Blasio kicked off Internet Week, the technorati poured into Cipriani Wall Street last night to see Patton Oswalt host the 18th annual Webby Awards. The comic was quick to poke fun at websites whose founders were in the audience: “Even if I eat it tonight Reddit will find a way to blame it on the wrong person,” he quipped.
Here, now, are the ceremony’s most memorable (or shall we say, Tweetable) moments.
Previewing season two of HBO’s Vice to an audience of NYU students last night, Vice Media co-founder Shane Smith admitted there was a time when “we were concerned about rare denim, cocaine and super models — we weren’t the nicest people.” Of course, times have changed. The HBO show was nominated for an Emmy (“a bunch of dirtbags from Brooklyn finally make good,” Smith said last year) and the Williamburg-based media empire launched Vice News this week.