staley wise gallery – mary mccartney exhibit (yes THAT mccartney…)
December 21, 2010, 8:47 pm
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560 Broadway NY, NY 10012

Tues – Sat 11a to 5p


the “new” FML…….damnyouautocorrect.com
December 9, 2010, 4:46 pm
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Makes more sense if you use an Iphone because of text layout….but you get the point….go ‘LOL’ a bit…-AV


Flavorpill’s Flavorwire’s 10 Books To Humble You Into Wonderment
December 7, 2010, 4:53 pm
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It’s life’s little worlds that are so interesting.

See…you’re not the only thing on this Earth afterall.

Read deez!


“You should have an open mind….but not so open that your brain falls out.” – Source

Open Mind

PICKS FOR WKEND (12/03/10)
December 3, 2010, 3:10 pm
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ALL WEEKEND – The Last Supper at Park Avenue Armory by artist and filmmaker Peter Greenaway@ Park Ave Armory [643 Park Ave] – showings are on the hour starting at 12 p.m. and last 45 minutes – $15

FRI. (12/3)

* Nosaj Thing, Mary Anne Hobbs, Dirty South Joe, Toro y Moi (DJ Set) @ Music Hall of Williamsburg $20

* PS I Love You, Holiday Shores @ The Rock Shop $10

Cinema Sixteen feat. Soft Circle @ Attic Studios (11-05 44th Road, LIC, NY) $10

* Questlove (DJ Set) @ Webster Hall

* Robert Fripp (of King Crimson) @ WFC Winter Garden 12:30p & 7p  FREE

SAT. (12/4)

* Nosaj Thing, Mary Anne Hobbs, Dirty South Joe @ Good Units (Hudson Hotel) $15

* PS I Love You, Holiday Shores @ Pianos $10

* Robert Fripp (of King Crimson) @ WFC Winter Garden 12:30p & 7p  FREE

SUN. (12/5)

MON. (12/6)

Family-Style Belgian Beer and Food Dinner @ Almond

Pharaoh’s DaughterWFC Winter Garden 12:30p  FREE

DJ Shadow @ Brooklyn Bowl – 11/16/10
December 2, 2010, 2:38 pm
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Ok, so he has gotten a lot of flack for having had such a musical creative gap and subsequent turnaround from what the world was “Endtroduced” to with his (literally) groundbreaking, record setting (he is in Guinness) debut EP and that of his later audible outputs.

I can’t front…I might have just been one of those Silky Johnstons yelling “hate, hate, hate” at the time.

But one line from an interview I read cleared it all up…

“Repeat Endtroducing over and over again? That was never, ever in the game plan. Fuck that. So I think it’s time for certain fans to decide if they are fans of the album, or the artist.” -DJ Shadow

That’s what’s up…ironically, his older/original style may have a leg up on his newer productions but you still have to respect the artist.  Plus, some newer tracks bang like a hammer anyway…so just chill.

BK Bowl is a very cool venue.  The fact that its still spanking new contributes to that by providing a clean and up kept environment while still giving it that barn house vibe.  However, having bowling lanes next to a BBQ restaurant which itself is juxtaposed to the performance space sounds a little more convoluted than necessary.  But…some how it works.  Huh. Go figure.

I wish I hadn’t read a blog post that had reviewed Shadow’s previous day’s performance because they had posted pics and vids of his set up.  I would have loved to have been surprised at game time.  Fortunately, the pictures didn’t do the scenery justice because up close and personal it was about 10 times more impressive.

The name of this mini tour was called ShadowSphere.  Bwahahaha!  And the concept was brilliant!

Shadow’s team had put together a hollowed-out globe 7 feet high made out of some sort of canvas.  This same canvas material was also used as a backdrop whose purpose was to be used as a movie screen with video projections bombing the stage from various angles to create an explosion of sights and sounds on every square inch of the surface.

The concept was fresh in its simplicity.

The success or failure of the presentation however was going to lie on the style, images and flow of moving pictures over the beats.

Amazing!  The timing of the images were completely in sync with what was coming out of the speakers.  It was like a schizoid, Clockwork Orange scene with my senses being overloaded by every frame AND bassline.  From incoherent images, music video clips from official releases to real life images with common spherical themes, I was finding it hard to blink because I didn’t want to miss a sliver of action.

Half way through his run, in true Wizard of Oz style, Shadow spun the globe around to reveal that the circle was actually chopped in almost half.  You could see the man standing inside the cut out sphere surrounded by a plethora of black boxes that were either emitting a blue-ish glow or had more blinking lights than a Christmas tree.

Technically, Shadow was as sharp as a shank.  Even though he kept it all CDJ (no vinyl tonight) he was showing AND proving by cutting and scratching at almost every turn.  He would flawlessly mix BPMs, trigger loops, effects and chop up bars to rearrange the start and stop points to his liking on the fly; demonstrating why he is one of the best sampling musicians on the planet.

All the joints were there:  Organ Grinder, Six Days, Pharcyde remix, a lil D n’ B double step, Enuff (remix)…etc.  His deep knowledge of musical styles, the ability to produce tracks/albums from scratch (no pun intended, <bad um chh>) and his high skill level at DJing allowed him to make tonight’s set a perfect amalgam of what he is about.  It was WELL worth the price of admission.

Yea, he has a chip on his shoulder, can be condescending to fans and critics on occasion but he never apologizes for how he chooses to express himself and in the end that is why we (some of us) love him.

I, for one, am a fan of the ARTIST not just ‘an’ album (but boyyyy do I LOVE me some Entroducing).


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FRI. (10/8)Gorillaz @ Madison Square Garden

<Amazing!  Best show (by ONE act) of the last 2 years!  There are many reviews (plus pics) on the show here and here.  I feel like I have something to say about the event but….I didn’t have the Plastic Beach album before I saw the set so my point of reference was wayyy off because they performed almost the whole LP.

Along with my joints: “Dirty Harry”, “Clint Eastwood”, “Kids with Guns” they dug in the crates to play some of the classic pieces.

The sound was incredible, they vibe fun and the passion was mega-high.  Check this out to get a taste.  They did an intimate 45 min set the day before MSG show at Letterman’s Sullivan Theater.

VERY memorable show!  -AV>

Artist/Event = 5/5       Location = 4.0/5

* UPDATE:  Plastic Beach = Album of the Year!  Not 1 mediocre track (ok – maybe 1 or 2…Bobby Womack and Mos Def..I’m looking at you! NOT on ‘Stylo’ though).  Brilliant!

2nd wind: Faces & Names

SAT. (10/9)Oktoberfest presented by Mean Red @ Governors Island / Colonol’s Row from noon to 5p

pre-party:  Brunch w/ Crowe (?)

2nd wind:  The Pains of Being Pure at Heart (DJ set) @ The Insound Design Store from 7p til

3rd wind:  The Brooklyn Soul Festival @ The Bell House, Brooklyn, NY from 8p til

4th wind:  Primus (Sucks!) @ Wellmont Theatre

<I didn’t know Wellmont is in Jersey!  Ugh. -AV>

SUN. (10/10) –