Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Life is Crazy! (BushwickMusic launches)

Life is going crazy for me right now, so updating will continue to be sporadic.

Here is a quick taste of what I have been listening to recently! Hope you enjoy :)

Also, BushwickBK has announced the official launch of BushwickMusic, a forum where Bushwick artists can upload their own music and anyone can listen, comment, or even DOWNLOAD the songs! I'm really excited for this, and can't wait to see how it will evolve.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Bees, If You Please! ::UPDATE::

Walking to get my lunch today on East 16th street, I passed by my local Anthropologie store (a place that causes my heart to yell, "Yes! Go buy something pretty!" and my wallet to respond, "WHAT?! No, no, no, no...crazy lady..."), and I noticed that their newly crafted window displays were all about bees! And not just pictures of bees, but informative messages letting me know on average how many honey bees were in a colony during the spring (roughly 200,000), and that honey bee hives were dying out at a rate of 20% a year in America (wow). The windows were as gorgeous and artistically crafted as always (and perhaps this is what draws me in the most), but I was very intrigued by the idea that now Anthropologie was trying to inform me of something, not just sell me a product. (Yes, I do see that it could be argued that by informing, they are trying to win over my trust and therefore get me to buy something (like GAP does with RED), but the direct messages, staring me in the face that had nothing to do with the usual "buy a product and therefore donate" sentiment, seemed to out weigh that point). I was intrigued that they were not backing a "popular" cause, too, but rather an environmentally specific message centered around these tiny winged creatures that are so readily associated with childhood storybooks and warm spring days.

Well, Anthro's ad campaign did one thing right: it got my thinking about the plight of the yellow and black fuzzy things that sweeten my yogurt in the morning, and when I returned to my desk later (sandwich in hand), I noticed an email from Anthropologie, titled, "Bees, If You Please!" (almost as if they KNEW what I was doing...) with the following statement enclosed:
"The Honey Bee is responsible for pollinating millions of bushels of fruits, nuts, and vegetables. Sadly, these hard working insects are disappearing at an alarming rate. This Earth Day we turn our attention to their plight in hopes of raising awareness, advancing research and ensuring a sweet future for our children."
Also enclosed was a link to all of the "delicious foods linked to bees," all in an attempted effort to raise awareness and get people thinking. Awesome! I fully support this initiative and effort (and love that they're getting the word out), but a moment later, I noticed one large flaw in their message: they never told us viewers and readers (walkers on the street) how to actively HELP the honey bee! Not once in any of the pages of their website, or their window advertisements did they directly tell me how I could stop the honey bee from going the way of the dodo. LAME, Anthropologie.

SO, I did some of my own research and found some links to help others like me out:
* Haagen- Dazs "Save The Honey Bee" initiative
Anthro should take some notes...
* Carl Hayden Bee Research Center
This was the closest to Anthro linking to a direct site, since their "delicious foods" is housed on a subpage here.
* Wikipedia page on Honey Bees
Fact, fact and more facts!

Anything else? Go help the honey bee! Because if not, spring will never be the same.


Check out Anthro's Flickr account to see the ads that inspired this post! Apparently, all of the new displays for Anthropologie are made from recycled items! Sweet. :)

Monday, April 20, 2009

Brooklyn Half Marathon Course Announced

After months of sketchiness surrounding the date, time and location for this years race, the route for the NYRR Brooklyn Half Marathon (May 30th, 7:30am) has finally been announced today! But, of course the NYRR couldn't just give us a simple map or directions, but rather needed to throw another puzzle into the mix by posting the following directions for the route:
Start: On Wellhouse Drive in Prospect Park. Course: Two full loops of Prospect Park, exiting West Drive onto Prospect Park Southwest to Park Circle; Ft Hamilton Parkway to North Bound Lane of Ocean Parkway travelling south onto Surf Avenue ( East Bound Lane); left turn onto West 2nd entrance ramp onto boardwalk (near handball courts); turn right (west) on boardwalk. Finish: On boardwalk behind Keyspan Field.
So, really, the only thing that messed me up what the "start at Wellhouse Drive" part which is in the middle of the freakin' park, so how do you accurately make two loops of the park after that, only the exit to Park Circle?! I'm still a bit fuzzy on the details, but I DID make this map of what I believe the course will look like (give or take). Enjoy, and I hope I see you there!

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Weekend Highlights + Linkage by Lizzie

Bushwick Rooftop by Elizabeth Fraser Photography


Saturday (4/18): I can't say much more than GET OUTSIDE! It's a beautiful day, and we won't be having another until sometime next Friday, so enjoy it! If you're a runner like me, check out MapMyRun to plot a local course. Also, the Cherry Blossoms are in bloom at the Brooklyn Botanical Garden until May 10th!

Sunday (4/19) : Cinema 16 @ the Bell House ($10)
-- "Recreating the experience of the silent film era, curator Molly Surno programs obscure vintage films and pairs them with contemporary New York musicians. Bands are given one month to compose a musical score in order to modernize the tradition of an live music accompanying films during the 1920s." -- from the about section of
Check out Sarah Lipstate, who will be one of 2 live performers this Sunday.

Some Links:
* No more paper cups at the Park Slope's Red Horse Cafe (it's Earth Month!) {OtBkB}
* Bushwick Cooks: Lemon Coffee Cake {BushwickBK}
* Kings County BBQ Truck @ Brooklyn Flea (yum!) {KingsCountyBBQ}

Friday, April 17, 2009

Fiest's THE WATER music video (featuring Cillian Murphy) : 5 minute clip & Making Of

This is only a 5 minute snippet of the 15 minute long video created for Feist's "The Water", from her 2007 release The Reminder. Really, it's just lovely (I know, I say that a lot, but it's so true for this video). I'm still trying to find the full 15 minute version, but I can't seem to located it on, or anywhere else on the intra-net. Anyone have a clue?

Also, the Making-Of video:

What's Lizzie Linking To? 04/17/09

Church in Rome, Italy. Image courtesy of Elizabeth Fraser Photography.

**NYC Grid stumbled upon images his grandfather had taken in NYC over 40 years ago, and proceeded to trek to each location to take an up-to-date version of the same shot, at the same angle. Check it out! 1961 vs 2009.
*New restaurant Tandem in Bushwick, Brooklyn, is having its grand opening tonight!!!
*Want to know which common processed food are vegan-friendly? Check out I Can't Believe It's Vegan, brought to you by PETA.
*Photosmashing wishes for more hats and gloves, please! Dittos to that.
*FiPS reports on the possibility of Mint coming to Park Slope, stealing business from Zip Car.
*"One of the best things to do in this city as a cartoonist is to get on the subway and draw," - George O'Connor, NYC Graphic Novelists.
*The Anti 9-to-5 reports on the worst possible Freelance Scams out there.
*Who's parent gives them an old childhood psych evaluation 17 years later? This guy's parent does.

From 1967's Hustlers, Beats and Others by Ned Polsky:
[Beats] resent any label whatever, and regard a concern with labelling as basically square. But insofar as they speak of themselves generically and are forced to choose among evils, they prefer the word "beat." Until recently "hipster" meant simply aone who is hip, roughly the equivalent of the beat. Beats recognized that the hipster is more of an "operator"--has a more consciously patterned ifestyle (such as a concern to dress well) and makes more frequent economic raids on the frontiers of the square world--but emphasized their social bonds with hipsters, such as their liking for drugs, for jazz music, and above all, their common scorn for bourgeois career orientations. Among Village beats today, however, "hipster" usually has a pejorative connotation: one who is a mannered showoff regarding his hipness, who "comes on"" too strongly in hiptalk, etc. In their own eyes, beats are hip but are definitely not hipsters.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Roxwel Exclusive Interview: The Calm Blue Sea

Hey guys! Check out this exclusive interview with Austin local band (and lovely gents who I have the pleasure to call friends), The Calm Blue Sea. The "big guy named Danny" is my brother, and "Jeff's living room" was my brother's old house, he shared with many of the band members. I feel very honored to have such a strong past (and present) with such amazing musicians, and I only see better things for them in the future!

If you're in Austin, check out their show on April 19th @ Mohawk's, where they will be opening for The Twilight Sad!!!! I'm so excited for them.

Want more media? Check out these links:
Woxy Session from SxSW

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Annie Clark (St. Vincent): Unannounce FREE show tonight!

Hello fellow music fanatics,

I checked my email just now and saw this announcement through St. Vincent's newsletter:

If you're in New York I have a special unannounced and invitation-only solo show in Manhattan TONIGHT and we've saved a few seats to offer to you. There is only a VERY limited number of seats put aside and we'll give them out on a first come-first served basis until they're gone If you'd like to attend this show at 8:00 PM sharp, email my friend Todd at before 4:00 PM EDT today and he'll let you know if you were quick enough to grab a pair for this special little show. If you don't make it tonight, I'll see you with my full band at Webster Hall on May 20.

Get on it, people! I already have. A small, secret show by Annie sounds like heaven to me :)

Friday, April 10, 2009

VIDEO PREMIERE - "Actor Out of Work" by St. Vincent

Weird, interesting, odd and fun! I'm so glad that St. Vincent is back!


Thursday, April 9, 2009

Bon Iver - Lump Sum (Laundromatinee)

Bon Iver~Lump Sum (Live in-studio at MOKB/WEEM) from LaundroMatinee on Vimeo.

This is exactly what they sounded like live when I saw them in October. Amazing and just so lovely.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Time Out NY 2009 Eat Out Awards (Brooklyn Style)

Nightfall Between Bridges, Brooklyn, NY by Grunik, through the Creative Commons License on Flickr.

Time Out NY has announced their 2009 Eat Out awards, and I've narrowed it down to just our friendly Brooklyn borough! There are some interesting, new and eclectic places to check out, hopefully in your very own 'hood!


Best Coffee - Cafe Grumpy (Greenpoint) (excitement!!)
193 Meserole Ave at Diamond St (718-349-7623)

Best Addition to an Underserved Hood - Vinegar Hill House (Vinegar Hill/DUMBO)
72 Hudson Ave between Front and Water Sts (718-522-1018)

Best New Brooklyn Restaurant -Buttermilk Channel (Carroll Gardens)
524 Court St at Huntington St (718-852-8490)

Best New Ice Cream - Blue Marble (Boerum Hill / Prospect Heights)
420 Atlantic Ave between Bond and Nevins Sts (718-858-1100); 186 Underhill Ave between St. Johns and Sterling Pls (718-399-6926)

Best New 'Hood Joint - The General Greens (Fort Greene)
229 DeKalb Ave at Clermont Ave (718-222-1510)

Best New Cocktail Lounge - Clover Club (Cobble Hill)
210 Smith St between Baltic and Butler Sts (718-855-7939)


Best Place to Cultivate a Beer Belly - Beer Table (Park Slope)
427B Seventh Ave between 14th and 15th Sts (718-965-1196)

Best Case Against Cupcake Backlash - Sweet Revenge (Williamsburg)
62 Carmine St between Seventh Ave South and Bedford St (212-242-2240)

Best New Artisan Pie - Montorino (Williamsburg)
319 Graham Ave between Ainslie and Devoe Sts (718-599-8899)

Most Welcomed Gentrifier - James (Prospect Heights)
605 Carlton Ave at St. Marks Ave, (718-942-4255)

Best Unlikely Marriage - No 7 (Fort Greene)
7 Greene Ave between Cumberland and Fulton Sts (718-522-6370)

Best Reason to Declare Love for BBQ - Char No 4 (Cobble Hill)
196 Smith St between Baltic and Warren Sts (718-643-2106)

Best Nouveau Chophouse - Walter Foods (Williamsburg)
253 Grand St between Driggs Ave and Roebling St (718-387-8783)

Best Bar for a Gin Blossom - Sycamore (Ditmas Park)
1118 Cortelyou Rd between Stratford and Westminster Rds (347-240-5850)

Best New Dumplings - Eton (Carroll Gardens)
205 Sackett St at Henry St (718-222-2999)

Best Comeback of a Vanishing Trade - Marlow & Daughters (Williamsburg)
95 Broadway between Bedford Ave and Berry St (718-388-5700)

All restaurants can be found here on .

Happy eatings! I know I will.

Ben Sollee w/ Daniel Martin Moore - Prettiest Tree On The Mountain

Ben Sollee - Prettiest Tree On The Mountain from LaundroMatinee on Vimeo.

So pretty!

What the full session and interview (w/ free mp3s) at LaundroMatinee.

I have to say, Ben Sollee's cover of Extraordinary Machine by Fiona Apple is pretty freakin' wonderful!

Monday, April 6, 2009

Phoenix - Lisztomania *Brat Pack Mashup*


Earthquake Rocks L'Aquila, Italy - Kills 90+

Photos from flickr by bluecristal85

Coverage on Such insane imagery going on around this disaster.

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Matt & Kim vs Beastie Boys

OMG, this is one of the best remixes I've heard in ages! So much fun to hear the Beastie Boys is a more modern context, but still so raw and them. Click here from I Guess I'm Floating to get the mp3.

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Tallest Man On Earth: covers the traditional song Stepstone (and that good 'ol Fleet Fox cover)

The Tallest Man On Earth: Stepstone (Traditional) from on Vimeo.


And, to reminisce, this is still one of my favorite videos on the internet right now!