Independence Day, The Canadian Way

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What’s the best way to celebrate America’s birthday? Canadian music and pornography, of course. Well, not exactly. But several thousand people did brave heavy rains and even heavier winds yesterday to commemorate our nation’s Independence Day with the Land of Maple Syrup’s most beloved indie-rock act, The New Pornographers, at Battery Park. It seems not [&hellip
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A Benefit For The Drew Goren Memorial Fund

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Langhorne Slim strums his guitar at Luna Lounge

On Saturday night people came out to Luna Lounge in Brooklyn to celebrate the life of local photographer Drew Goren, and to help raise money for the wonderful family (including 5 yr old daughter, Nina) that he left behind when he passed away in December. Langhorne Slim headlined a great roster of bands there to support an old friend whose photography had become a staple in the local music scene. Taking the stage over the long night were The Shrubs, Wooden Hills, Sikamor Rooney, The GoStation, Neckbeard Telecaster, and Langhorne Slim. Each band brought their own distinct sound to the stage, all of them memorable. While the bands played, Drew’s iconic photographs were projected onto one of the walls, displaying his ability to capture the exact essence of his subject’s humanity—a gift that cannot be learned. For those who new Drew, the night acted as a perfect celebration of his life as his friends and family came together for something really magnificent. Those who didn’t know Drew probably felt they did by the time Langhorne Slim played the final note of his sensational set.

Over the short period of time that I knew Drew he was a true inspiration in every form. To me, Drew was more than a friend, he was a mentor and every photo I take is a direct result of his influence on me.

Drew Goren will forever live on in his brilliant photos. Check out his work at subwaysleeper.com.

To find out how you can help via donation, go here.

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Pool Party Madness With Man Man

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The weather in NYC was perfect on Sunday for yet another of JellyNYC’s Pool Parties at McCarren Pool in Brooklyn. This week it was Illinois, Dengue Fever and Man Man providing the tunes, while one dodgeball team totally dominated all day. The pool was as crowded as I’ve ever seen it, with thousands of people out to soak up the sun and enjoy the beautiful weather. Spectators enjoyed game after game of dodgeball, with balls flying out towards spectators at times. One unlucky spectator had her beer explode over her and everyone near when a stray ball bounced quickly out of the dodgeball court, hitting her cup of brew. While the whole day was fun and the bands were all good, it was Man Man’s crazy performance that was most memorable. While performing their raucous set, the Captain Beefheart-influenced Philly band dodged beach balls, and even a g-string worn by this guy.

Next Sunday you can catch Octopus Project, Erase Errata, Dan Deacon, and OCDJ at McCarren Pool.

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June, Jazz and Cognac At Hughes House

Written by Jane Warshaw on . Posted in Music, Posts

Langston Hughes would be happy to know evenings of great jazz take place at his house in Harlem. Lynne Arriale, a remarkable pianist, was just there playing material that moved easily from the upbeat to the contemplative. JAZZIZ magazine described her music as “the synaptic intersection where brain meets heart, where body meets soul.” That [&hellip
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A Supreme Evening

Written by Jane Warshaw on . Posted in Music, Posts

Mary Wilson looks great. It’s hard to believe she’s 63. But as she once told a reporter from the San Francisco Chronicle who asked what her beauty secrets were, “Black don’t crack.” That may be the secret to her life. She’s certainly had a lot of provocations and difficult times. But she’s still as strong [&hellip
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Longwave Rocks Luna Lounge

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Before it closed its extremely popular LES location in 2005, local rockers Longwave were playing regularly at Luna Lounge. On Friday, the band took the stage at the venue’s new recently-opened location in Williamsburg. The set-list contained a slew of very promising new songs, but the band also made sure to play plenty of fan favorites from The Strangest Things and There’s A Fire. The guitars of Steve Schiltz and Shannon Ferguson bursted with delicious sonic energy, especially on the brilliant instrumental “Daysleeper.”

The Picture, Palomar, and Soft, 3 up-and-coming local acts, all preceded Longwave with solid performances.

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Make Music New York

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All day yesterday, there were hundreds of bands all over the streets of over 300 cities worldwide as part of the Make Music Festival, based on France’s 25 year old Fete de la Musique. New York joined cities in countries as diverse as Congo, Chile, Germany, and Mongolia, for its’ first ever Make Music Festival. Throughout all 5 boroughs, musicians set up on street corners and in front of shops, playing a eclectic variety of music from reggae dub to gospel to punk rock to jazz. I was able to catch the children of Tap City tap dancing away on the corner of 27th and 7th in Manhattan. And then after making my way out to Williamsburg, I traveled up and down Bedford Ave., where there seemed to be a different band on every block. A 6pm threat of rain shut things down for about 15 minutes, but the bands came right back out to the sidewalks, and masses of people gathered around to watch them. While Stereo Stereo played catchy rock in front of the Mini Market at N. 4th & Bedford, Subatomic Sound System brought the sounds of reggae dub to the street, only a block away. Even further up the street, hordes of people gathered around Best Fwends, who were performing at the stage set up at N. 7th. On group of musicians refused to remain stationary and played, marching up and down Bedford, scaring any dogs in the vicinity. Passer-bys really seemed to be enjoying the free entertainment,  stopping to watch for at least a minute or two, before moving on. And plenty of skateboarders, who were on their way up to KCDC skate shop for the final festivities of Go Skateboarding Day, stopped to watch the bands. Right before the nasty storm that hit Brooklyn at around 8:30pm, NY PRESS favorites Bling Kong put on an incredible performance in front of the Mini Market. The relatively large crowd that piled up around them really enjoyed their perverse catchy rock tunes. A spectator from an apartment above them even joined in on the rock, playing his own tambourine.  When the rain hit at full force, most bands and spectators called it quits, but I caught one incredibly insane band (The Shemps, I think), braving it out, getting absolutely soaked in front of S&B restaurant on Bedford Ave. Despite the late rain that brought an early end to a bunch of performances, Make Music New York helped to make it a really fun day to spend outside in New York City. Hopefully, this will continue on as an annual event, growing larger every year.

Street Films has some video coverage of a bunch of the performances.

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