Week of Mon., Aug. 17, 2009…this wk is blowing up!
August 17, 2009, 5:41 pm
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<Take advantage knuckleheads…summer is coming to an end.  A lot of things popping this week. -AV>

8/17 – monday august 17th

* Close Encounters of the Third Kind @ Bryant Park 4 FREE (8p-ish)

* The Virgins, The Beets and DJ Set by Animal Collective  @ Santos Party House  (96 Lafayette St.) 4 $20 (all proceeds go to Cinema Nolita) – 8p-11p

* Jay Reatard’s “Watch Me Fall” Listening Party @ (Le) Poisson Rouge (158 Bleecker St) 4 FREE – 6:30p <Don’t know what the hype about this dude is….but, it’s getting almost to the point of maybe finding out. -AV>

siren1* Moviehouse on India Street @ India Street Mural (West Street and India Street, Greenpoint, BK)…The North Brooklyn Public Art Coalition present Moviehouse on India Street beginning on Monday, August 17 and continuing Mondays through September 21st.  The India Street mural will feature projections by filmmakers, animators, and documentarians. Over four nights, the new-painted mural will literally come alive on September 8 when six
local filmmakers present the movies they created to capture the artists as they spent the month of June turning a common white wall into a master work of public art. Today, NYC’s funniest and finest animators will make animals talk, dolls love, and buildings walk. It’s all projected on the mural at the end of India Street in a free interactive environment with a spectacular view of the Manhattan skyline.

8/18 – tuesday august 18th <I’ve been sayin it…Tuesday is the new Friday. -AV>

siren1 * DJ Premier vs Pete Rock @ Red Hook Ball Fields (Clinton St & Bay St) 4 FREE – 7p  <Need I say more. -AV>

<Updat3:  Apparently, I did need to say more.  Like, that Pete Rock was not going to be vs. anyone because he was replaced last minute-ish by DJ Scratch.  Yes, Scratch is tight in the 3 main areas of technical skill, selection and reputation…but he ain’t Pete Rock (I’m not saying he wants to be either, I’m just sayin). Two things that I have come to learn about these city park jams is that 1.) they are dope! (I guess my taxes are going towards something) 2.) they are way off the beaten path…literally.

If you checked my 1st post ever from a year ago, you’d see that it was about a DJ Premiere party that was happening at Hiro Ballroom.  What I failed to mention (or rather too embarrassed) was that I had this crazy idea that I could go out to this meat packing spot with a few friends and just listen to a good night of hip hop (which is actually rarer than one would think here in NYC).  But my insanity was cured when the woman at the door with the clipboard said we would have better luck getting in with a girl or trickling in by ourselves one by one because “our kind” (4 d**kheads – not a direct quote) were not going to get in.  Needless to say, I didn’t stay and was left thinking, “When did I move back to South Beach?”…I digress….

I only mention this to illustrate the fact that I have been looking forward to checking off “seeing DJ Premiere in NYC” from my list of New York must do’s.  Halfway to the park from the last stop off the G train, you could hear the familiar hypings of Preemo over the old school songs that are the foundation (and actual samples) to some of hip hop’s great trax.
The crowd was lovely.  Families, couples and 30 some-things filled the park with a community vibe that was thicker than the 80% humidity.  There were 4 turntables with 2 Mac laptops set up side by side with each DJ in their respective driver’s seat.  As the sun came down and a cooler breeze made its appearance, each DJ would take their turn playing a classic anthem and then ‘throw’ it to the other DJ to pick up the flow.  There were several occasions where the transitions were less than stellar but the improv feel of it all let you know there was no routine here, just 2 dudes doing it for the love. At points, DJ Scratch would get a little flashy (and repetitive) with his above average techniques on the cut, scratch and doubles but, it was actually a great addition to what would have been only the clicks of the mouse and push of a fader.  The one point where Pete Rock was sorely missed was when the opposite DJ would play a track that his “competitor” had produced and vice versa.  This obviously drove the crowd crazy and since Preemo’s resume runs long, hard and deep it was grand to see the architect be able to stand back and just take the love the crowd was giving by honoring some of music’s masterpieces.  Unfortunately, the same couldn’t be said of Scratch.  Yea he’s got hits, and dope songs but if this segment of the set would have been vs. Pete Rock…it would’ve been like the ending of ROCKY 2.  With both heavyweights matching up musically and each delivering that knockout blow.  -AV>

Artist = 3.2/5…Weather = 3/5…Location = 2.8/5

“Hip-Hop, it started out in the park…” [Sic] – MC Shan “The Bridge” circa 1985

<“And that is why  I trekked it way the f88k out there…” -AV, this forum, 8/2009>

* Nat Geo Music Residency with DJ Afro (Los Amigos Invisibles) and Mat Geo @ (Le) Poisson Rouge (158 Bleecker St) 4 FREE – (10p – 1a) 21+

* The Aaliyah Tribute Party @ Home Sweet Home (131 Chrystie St.) – well vodka + admission 4 FREE (12a – 1a)

* Mugison partners with Amnesty International AND Marc Ribot’s Ceramic Dog w/special guest Eszter Balint @ City Winery (155 Varick St.) 4 FREE (5p – 9:30p)

* The Breeders @ The Bowery Ballroom (6 Delancey St.) 4 $25 (8p)

8/19 – wednesday august 19th

* An Argentine Affair @ Water Taxi Bch ( 2 Borden Ave., LIC, NY) 4 $35 pp or $60 per couple (6p – 9p) http://www.anargentineaffair.com/

siren1* Outdoor Cinema @ Socrates Sculpture Park (36-01 35 Avenue, Astoria, NY) : GOMORRAH 4 FREE (7p)

* RiverFlicks for Grown-Ups – Pineapple Express @  Pier 54 (14th St. and the Hudson River) 4 FREE (8:30p)

* Naughty by Nature @ Mahoney Playground, Staten Island, NY (7p – 8:30p)

* The Breeders @ The Bowery Ballroom (6 Delancey St.) 4 $25 (8p)

8/20 – thursday august 20th

* Film: Edward Scissorhands @ Brooklyn Bridge Park (1 Main St) 4 FREE (6p)

* Film: The Cutting Edge @ Gantry Plaza State Park (49th Avenue and Center Blvd, LIC…7 Train to Vernon Blvd./Jackson Blvd, walk 2 blocks east) 4 FREE (8:30p)

* Film: WALL -E @ East River Park  (Kent St btw. N 8th and N 9th Sts on the East River, W’burg) 4 FREE (6p -10p)

siren1* NY Film Industry Cocktail Reception complimentary drinx provided by MODELO @ Mason Dixon (133 Essex St.) 4 $5 w/ RSVP (7:30p – 10p)

* Poetry from the Rooftops @ The Arsenal (Central Park @ E 64th St & 5th Ave) 4 FREE (6:30p)

* Harlem Samba @ Lincoln Center (Outdoors – Damrosch Park Bandshell) 4 FREE (7p)

* N.A.S.A @ The Bowery Ballroom (6 Delancey St.) 4 $15 (8p) <I may get sh*t for this one.  Caught them at the beginning of summer based on the strength of debut release.  I was feeling leaked tracks and collabos were sick (check it here). BUT SHOW WAS AWFUL! One of the worst of season.  Bad sound, tracks were TOO remixed on fly (?) and their stage show was cornier than a taco shell (fake aliens on stage? wtf?!).  But music still bangs (side note: I have yet to cop full release) so I’ll throw them up here…2nd time’s a charm? -AV>

* Adult Swim presents Summer at Santos curated by Christy Karacas with Black Dice, Landed and Chinese Stars. Hosted by Tim Harrington @ Santos Party House (96 Lafayette St) 4 FREE (7p – 11p) <Who doesn’t like Adult Swim?  I’ve never been to one of these parties (this is last one of the season) but the drummer for Black Dice is SICK!  You Tube search SOFT CIRCLE and watch this multi-instrumentalist make a full song in front of your ears.  Not sure if he is actually still with band but at least you learned about him.  Re-cog! -AV>

* DJ Rich Medina’s Afro-dance party “JUMP N FUNK’S” 8 Year Anniversary Party @ (Le) Poisson Rouge (158 Bleecker St) 4 $10 (11p) 21+

* ZERO Film Festival @ Galapagos Art Space (16 Main St, DUMBO, BK) 4 $10 adv / $15 door

8/21 – friday august 21st

siren1* GIANT STEP Melting Pot Global and Giant Step Present Karizma @ Water Taxi Beach At South St. Seaport (Pier 17) 4 $10 after 8p (6p – 3a)

* Dub War Summer Session @ Love (179 MacDougal St.) 4 $15 or $10 before midnight…deets.

8/22 – saturday august 22nd

siren1* Party Warm Up feat. Tim Love Lee w/ Talibam! and the Phenominal Handclap Band @ P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center (22-25 Jackson Ave, LIC, NY) 4 $10

* Rooftop Films and The Fledgling Fund present THE END OF THE LINE @ The Beach at Governor’s Island.  There is a covered tent area and the show goes on rain or shine.   8:00PM: Doors open   8:30PM: Sound Fix presents live music by The Red Hook Ramblers  9:00PM: Film 4 $12 online or at the door

* Nine Inch Nails @ The Bowery Ballroom (6 Delancey St.) 4 $65 (8p)

* The Beach Party w/ Soundstream (Germany) @ Water Taxi Beach LIC (2 Borden Ave at Borden and 2nd St.) 4 $10 or $5 w/ flyer

8/23 – sunday august 23rd

* 26th Annual Roots of American Music @ Lincoln Center (Outdoors – Damrosch Park Bandshell) 4 FREE (2p)

siren1* BK PoP… A PoP Up Experience Shop @ The Dumbo Loft (155 Water St., BK) 4 FREE w/ RSVP to http://www.going.com/BKPoP (2p – 7p)

* Film: Cine-Brunch: Don’t Look Back (Bob Dylan doc) @ (Le) Poisson Rouge (158 Bleecker St.) 4 FREE (12:30p)

* Girl Talk w/ Max Tundra and Wiz Khalifa @ East River Park  (Kent St btw. N 8th and N 9th Sts on the East River, W’burg) 4 FREE (2p)

* Nine Inch Nails @ The Bowery Ballroom (6 Delancey St.) 4 $65 (8p)


** Link to remaining outdoor flicks in NYC for 2009 **


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