the good, the bad, the sheer
Thursday, July 31, 2008
So, I went to The Knitting Factory last night to see the Ariel Pink show, but the highlight of the night was certainly seeing R. Stevie Moore preform. I've been meaning to check him out for a while, and now I think I'm obsessed. He reminds me of my father (plus 50 lbs) on acid, super unkempt, and super angry at Miley Cyrus. CHECK OUT HIS WEBSITE BECAUSE ITS GREAT.
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
I probably don't even need to ask you, because chances are that you were indeed at McCarren Pool on Sunday afternoon, or, er, at least standing outside of McCarren Pool in the drizzle and observing a bevy of hipsters, bridge and tunnel trash, and post-rehab Kiki Dunst wait in line for entrance to the MGMT/Black Moth Super Rainbow/Ting Tings show.
The pool parties are always a blast, and as long as you weren't being a wimp, this was no exception. What could be better then 10,000 drunk and rained-upon 20-somethings smoking soggy cigarettes and drinking $6 pints of flat beer? Answer: NOTHING!
To be honest, the sound was pretty bad - but that's probably just because there were a bazillion people talking the entire time, in a rainy, outdoor, cement pool. We didn't go so much for the music, as much as for the scene. Clustah-fuck 9,000!
(photos by Deb)
Monday, July 21, 2008
For some reason, in the next two weeks I am going to see ample amounts of live music. Psychotically ample amounts of live music. I feel like CMJ week has descended already - but I suppose that's just because in mid-summer it's the peak season for touring and free live shows in NYC.
Let me know if anyone else will be hitting:
ATLAS SOUND - Friday, July 25 @ Seaport
MGMT / BLACK MOTH SUPER RAINBOW - Sunday, July 27th @ McCarren Pool
RUBY SUNS / TILLY AND THE WALL - Tuesday, July 29th @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
ARIEL PINK - Wednesday, July 30th @ The Knitting Factory
WOLF PARADE - Thursday, July 31st @ Terminal 5
THE WAR ON DRUGS - Friday, August 1st @ Union Pool
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
Gawd, being quasi-famous for 12 minutes in the NYC cunty blogosphere is so so so HARD.
I can't say I entirely disagree with this Grub Street article.....
However, just because I have the best nickname ever, doesn't mean I deserve your twat-ish criticism. I didn't write the damn thing! Also, Cara Buckley is my new fave person ever, and SHE wrote the thing, and therefore you are not allowed to hate on her either. HUMPHF.
At least they gave Boozeabeth some extra name-droppings before my monicker fades away with the sun.
My debut in the pillar of journalism and factual news turns out to have been an amazing expose of my drunkness, and my extra-special nickname.
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
Anyway the show's hysterical mockery of mainstream cinema and Hollywood figures, combined with its impeccably New York-ish humor got me thinking about my favorite '80s movies based in New York City. As far back as I can remember, the city that lay 45 minutes from my childhood home seemed dark, dirty, and monolithic - truly in line with what E.B. White would call the "symbolic city." After spending about a quarter of my life here (and my entire adult life, for that matter), I see things quite differently then I did as a lil' baybay in the 'burbs. I'm sure it has an equal amount to do with the way my adult brain perceives reality, as well as the extraordinary ways in which New York has changed in the past 20 years.
But damn, those movies still fill me with the nostalgia and misinterpretations of what I thought NYC meant, and what it meant to live here.
What are some of your favorite New York movies from your childhood? I'm starting the list below, but please feel free to add any suggestions in. There are tons and tons to choose from, but I'm limiting mine to the ones that hit theaters before I turned 7. And honestly, at age 5 I wasn't watching Gordon Gekko ruin lives or Paul Hackett get covered in plaster, so they don't neccessarily have to be kids' films, just movies that made the monolithic impression on you.
2. WORKING GIRL
3. BATTERIES NOT INCLUDED
4. COMING TO AMERICA
5. WHEN HARRY MET SALLY
6. WALL STREET
7. AFTER HOURS
9. FATAL ATTRACTION
10. DESPERATELY SEEKING SUSAN
Saturday, July 12, 2008
I've been listening to a lot of Gary Glitter recently..... specifically, his Greatest Hits, specifically, "I'm the Leader of the Gang."
Hey, I'm in a slump. Truly though, this could be only making said slump even deeper.
At least I'm aiming to quit smoking (again) soon. Perhaps that will make up for listening to this unsavory chi-mo's tunes on repeat this week.
Thursday, July 10, 2008
After living in NYC for six years straight, I've decided to up the ante, bite the bullet, and move out west. I've visited LA 2x in the past few months, and the obsession is in full swing.
However, one thing that has really been bugging me is all the anti-LA sentiments I've been hearing from my supposed "friends" over here in the Big Crapple. One buddy even asked me to make a freakin' list to lay out all of the reasons why I like LA, and then compare it to reasons why we like New York, and then, oh mah my, he thought I'd be convinced to stay.
Look, it's not as though I'm in hate with Brooklyn - I'm just going to cheat on it for a year or two with a cleaner, prettier, skinnier, sunnier place. I will get tan and thin, I will practice my driving skills, and I will take weekend vacays to places I've never been. Meet people I've never met. You know, potentially increase my brain mass for a hot sec instead of letting it dwindle away amongst a cloud of booze and reggaeton.
I've been in New York ever since I graduated high school in 2002. I never spent a summer back home at my parents' house, I never studied abroad. It's time for a change :)
So, yea. Anyone want to rent my apt!?!??!
Wednesday, July 9, 2008
Check out the pics :)
Also a reporter from the NY Times interviewed yours truly, Boozeabeth, for an article about New Yorkers who basically binge drink for entertainment purposes on the weekends (or weekdays, as I eagerly proved to her). Can't wait to read the article, ignore the feelings of mortification, and frame that shit for my kids. ANYWAY, more on that as it develops!
Monday, July 7, 2008
If you know what's good for you, you'll be hitting Summerscreen a few times this summer!
Le grande premiere will occur tomorrow night, with Wet Hot American Summer (and a special appearance by SHOWALTER and RUDD, supposedly). YAH!!! Also, eat lots of San Loco food, because they are my client and they are pretty rad peeps.
See you tomorrow... if not, then C U NexT you cunts!!!!
Check out all the info here at the special website my bosses made. Gosh, they are special.