Saturday, February 27, 2010


Hey guys, it's an events post. Remember those? Things to do in NYC tonight are go:

If I have to explain to you why this will be fun, then I probably have to explain what fun is, too. I'm not up for that, so trust me. RSVP is closed, but $15 for a party like this is no hustle.

The always awesome Mr. Saturday Night (almost) always costs $20, or $15 if you had the good sense to RSVP, which you should make a habit of doing for this weekly. And tonight only that gets you your two esteemed host DJs, plus Larry Heard, an original godfather of Chicago house. Open beer bar 10-11, too. I'm poor this week, can you tell? Anyway, I don't talk about this weekly enough, but that's only because it's too good. Makes me feel small and weak.

Kiss Brooklyn, Ironsides, Free Magic, and Whitney Fierce are asserting that, despite all evidence to the contrary, Brooklyn Can Dance. To drive the point home, the even named their event that. Love it when people stand behind their convictions. A bunch of talented DJs being intentionally eclectic is bound to be a good time, so check it out.

And on a sad note, the last Cave party is happening tonight. This venue has played host to any number of upcoming acts of every variety over the past few years and will be sorely missed by all. Rest in peace, dear basement loft venue.

Thursday, February 25, 2010



Got a nice little email yesterday wondering why I wasn't posting RSVPs to SXSW parties and such. It's a very good question and before I answer it, let me say that if you have an RSVP shaped hole in your life, Austin Is Burning and The Peen Scene are great resources to take advantage of. Obvious fact: if you plan on actually going to an event with an RSVP, RSVPing is always a good idea. I am doing plenty of it myself.

Anyway, the reason why I'm not posting RSVPs yet is that I'm being deliberate. Overly so. Call it choosy, if you want. Call it choosing a niche, definitely.

If you've ever missed the band you want to see because you're stuck in the 30 minute + long free beer/restroom/free burrito that tastes like cat food/"wait what line is this, again?" line, then you know exactly what I'm trying to avoid pointing you towards. To that end, I'm going to dedicate myself to telling you about the shows and parties I think will be worth your time either musically, experientially, free booze-ally, or all 3. From the largest Perez Hilton blowout to the smallest DIY house show, each event will be evaluated by those 3 criteria before being posted on. Heck, I may even do something real fun and arbitrary like giving them letter or # grades.

Doesn't that sound great? A SXSW that doesn't damage your soul and leave you a bitter person? Dear reader, THAT IS MY DREAM FOR YOU.

If you think your event is actually really awesome, TELL ME ABOUT IT NOW. Yes, RIGHT NOW. Odds are, I will, too.

And for all of you who are not fortunate enough to live in Austin, which I guess is most of you now, or will otherwise find yourself unable to attend SXSW or MtyMx this year, I will be doing event wrap ups and live tweeting. Prepare yourself accordingly.

Anyway, now that I've informed you of my intentions, let me hit you with a few things I have realized growing up in and around SXSW. These facts are consequences of the realities of how the festival is organized and purposed. This is NOT meant to be mean spirited or keep you from doing things however you know you work best.

  1. MtyMx is going to be awesome! That was unrelated, sorry. More on MtyMx later.
  2. This is a no-brainer, but non-official SXSW events are awesome, too. That show in South Austin that might seem a little out of the way, but has that one DJ, band, or DJ that is kind of like a band sometimes you want to see could be the best thing that happens to you all week.
  3. Popular DJs will play SXSW parties and after parties under fake names. Happens alot. Once saw MSTRKRFT play to 5 people in a backyard. It was quite educational.
  4. Don't drive drunk. You will die. Or go to jail. Or die in jail. Contrary to all that stuff you've read, none of those things will necessarily make your band more popular.
  5. If you know what you're looking for, SXSW is actually a great way to find new music. Ever listened to a band for a year and a half and finally seen their live show felt a let down, betrayed even? Well SXSW lets you avoid all that hype and heartbreak cycle by putting you there at the show right off the bat.
  6. SXSW is a music festival in Austin, not a music festival for Austin. The festival is for the benefit of the press, the industry, and theoretically the bands playing as well. That being said, the great thing about SXSW is that if you DO miss this year's Vampire Lazer 4 Cutie, they will probably be back in ATX before the next SX rolls around. Not that many places Austin's size can say that, so rejoice! If you live in Austin and don't take advantage of seeing the great bands that come though/live as your neighbors any other time of the year, shame shame shaaaaaame on you.
  7. RSVPing to everything will probably make it harder for you to decide what to actually do. Pick and choose. Calm down. It's fine. See #6.
I'm looking forward to this year! Anyway, here is something cool for you to watch

Wednesday, February 24, 2010


Here are some words to inform you that the fate of Paper Rad's awesome new short entitled NEON KNOME is in your hands. Go (here) and vote for it, because it is the superior choice and will be on TVs across the world if it wins. Make it win. America thanks you


Friday, February 19, 2010







These and many more were the awful puns I considered for this post's headline. In short, absinthe has quickly been growing in popularity the last few months here in New York. Like as in wildfire quickly. Full analysis and highly scientific research results (here)

BONUZ via Bert

Thursday, February 18, 2010


Submitted for your approval: a list of beer centric events in the coming week.

Q: Who loves you?
A: It's me! It's me!



Chloe Sevigny's bro AKA super successful/semi-legendary bar owner Paul Sevigny is opening up his new spot to the public soon. In summation, it's named Kenmare and it's darn fancy. Full write up on what to expect (here)


Before I proceed with today's various postings, I'd like to take a second to send out some warm feelings to everyone in Austin, TX right now. Sure, the system is corrupt, but attacking an office building full of people is cowardly and wrong, no matter who you are or what your rational is. Striking at a system by attacking innocents as a proxy is called terrorism. Plain and simple.

This may be too soon, but the full text of the suicide note left by the obviously disturbed person who carried out this idiotic act is online here. I'm not even making Waco jokes here. That's how serious I am. Hope you and yours are OK.


If you're so hard off, sell your airplane, jerk

Tuesday, February 16, 2010


You may remember a last minute post I made awhile back about Tuesday Nite Disco and how amazed I was that they were breaking in their new weekly at Glasslands with SALEM and GATEKEEPER. Turns out that weekly only kept getting better and better, so naturally I decided I had to talk to these guys about all the great stuff they and the 7-eyed 9-horned beast known as Pendu Org are up to. Todd and DJ Harrison were nice enough to oblige. Enjoy! Full interview (here)

Tonight's live musical guest at TND is EXCEPTER, so you sure don't want to miss that. Bonus video below

Wednesday, February 10, 2010



Rain, sleet, hail, thunderstorm, or earthquake, the stampede of stiletto heels otherwise known as Fashion Week is marching on. The specific aspect in question is last night's ridiculous Interview Magazine 40 year anniversary party that morphs into Svedka Sessions tonight. Both housed at the new Ryan McKinley spot, no less. Full write-up (here)

Tuesday, February 9, 2010


I had the chance Andrew Rigie and Paul Seres of the New York State Restaurant Association (NYSRA) and the New York Nightlife Association (NYNA), respectively. They're two of the guys responsible for shaping policy around nightlife in New York and making sure it stays legendary the full interview is (here). By the way, they also run the Nightlife Preservation Community (NPC).

You'll probably learn something! I did. Also, I want you to know that I'm typing this entry one handed, because I'm eating a bag of chips. You have just seen me multitask

Thursday, February 4, 2010


For the benefit of the members of the influx of people the fair city of Brooklyn/everyone coming into town next week, I thought I would do a repost of one of my first NYC entries. Ah, memories. Also, I'm playing with PHONE TAG tonight at Bruar Falls at 10, if you would care to join us. Brand new songs (as in only a few days old) and a new live set up! Eek! We're a man down, so I'm sure we're going to have alot of fun. You'll get to hear Gram0phone's sexy manbot voice and watch me bang on drum pads. Good times will be had. Anyway, without further ado


The Brooklyn Sore Feet Quick Weight Loss Guide for Autumn 2009 is not intended as serious medical advice. Accordingly, it should not be used in any attempt to diagnose, treat, or prevent a medical condition. That being said, it works.

1st meal (brunch)
Eat at as soon as you can after waking. Ideally this will be sometime between 11 AM and 3 PM. Wander around for 30 minutes calling people to see if they want to "do lunch." Never eat a substantial meal alone, ever. It does not particularly matter what you eat at this point in the day. Most varieties of noodles, sandwiches, and tacos are acceptable. The main point of this meal is to give you the energy to not immediately return to your bed, floor, or pile of bedding on the floor for a nap. Drinking alcohol at this meal is acceptable so long as you keep the previous guideline in mind. Contrary to popular belief, horchata, coffee, kombucha, water, various juices, and tea are all suitable alternatives to many of the more traditional breakfast beverages, such as the mimosa.

Interlude 1
This is an excellent time to do whatever it is you need to do. Wherever you are going, walk there. Walk ceaselessly. If your destination is too far to reach on foot in a reasonable amount of time, take the train. As a general rule, it's important to avoid any form of transportation that does not require you to scale or descend an excessive number of stairs at some point.

Make sure and get lost a few times per day, as this can greatly increase the number of miles you walk in a day. Your iPhone or any other electronic device with a rudimentary form of GPS can aid you to that end. Purposefully limiting your understanding of the subway system can also help.

NOTE: A good way to tell if you're sticking to the program is literally right beneath your feet. Are your socks and shoes in good repair? If you answered "yes," you may not be following the guidelines as well as you should. And your feet themselves, do they hurt? Even when soaked in warm water for 30 minutes? If you answered "no" to either, you may need to be paying more attention.

2nd meal (follow your nose)
This meal should be something you can eat while walking. Try to find something that can fit in one hand. Candy bars, churros, and nuts coated in some mysterious substance are all suitable options. Many other options are readily available from your favorite bodega. Coconut water or beer are common substitutes.

Interlude 2
See interlude 1. Continue to walk around. Finish up whatever you need to in preparation for the evening.

3rd meal (playing for keeps)
This meal ideally occurs between 7 and 9 PM. Its main purpose is to tide you over for the next 12+ hours. If you do not have a crippling cable TV or internet addiction that keeps you at home, this can be especially important. Once again, what you actually eat is immaterial, as long as the portion is sensible. Many express a preference for carbohydrates, as they provide a lasting source of energy for whatever activities the night brings. Others consider this meal totally optional, preferring a more sizable two candy bar/two churros/two whatever snack to the smaller portion described previously.

AN EXTREMELY BRIEF NOTE ON GOING OUT: If you do choose to go out, try not to eat until at least 4 AM. As always, the most important thing here is to remain in a state of constant activity. If you can, try not to stay at any particular location more than two hours. Taking cars or other non-stairs centric forms of transportation is the most acceptable during this time, but do not to overindulge, as you can quickly become dependent on this luxury.

Marvel as your previously fashionably fitting clothes expand around you, even as your body core seems to recede into itself and you find your once familiar limbs replaced with wiry, translucent versions of themselves. To compensate, add layers of clothing until movement begins to become restricted. Noticeable results should appear within 3 weeks. Repeat these steps everyday until completely satisfied with your life.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010


That secret bar that everyone knows about has a new upstairs neighbor. RIP, pizza place. I will miss being able to walk directly down the stairs into such a classy bar with a handful of freshly made pepperoni rolls, but we all knew that was too good to last. Full write-up (here)