Art/Music

Why These Guys Are Brooklyn’s Favorite Party Friends: Meet The Super-AOK Team

Chris Parker (left), Peter Simon (center), and Rich Watts (right)
Chris Parker (left), Peter Simon (center), and Rich Watts (right)

Peter Simon, Rich Watts, and Chris Parker are three friends running the Williamsburg-based creative agency Super-AOK, marrying old technology with new ideas. Their latest development is called the A1-Array, which is a camera array system comprised of multiple cameras synced to capture movements from many angles at once. The result is a swiveling, lively 3D image – also known as a motion photographic GIF. Continue reading

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Is Laura and Greg one of the Best Emerging Bands of 2015? We think so!

Laura & Greg at the Fall 2015 Market
Laura & Greg at the Fall 2015 Market

Even before Laura and Greg took Manhattan (Ave), this indie pop duo was no stranger to the neighborhood. And it’s not just because singer Laura O’Neill is one of the people who brought us delicious artisanal ice cream and the flavors of Bali. I first heard of them when they were to play a free show at LOREN Denim, a Greenpoint gem that normally serves as a denim repair and design shop. I listened to their first record release and was pleasantly surprised by its sweet melodic tunes. Their music video for “Muscle Memory” (made by Greg) was mesmerizing. They continued to play at numerous small local businesses in the neighborhood including Academy Record Annex and we invited them to perform live at our Greenpointers Markets last year, starting with the Summer. Back then, I wrote “I have a feeling the days when we can go to a local record store to see them perform live for free are numbered.” So I’m not entirely surprised that they are nominated by Deli Magazine as one of the Best Emerging Bands of 2015.

If you love good music and are an appreciator of DIY, authentic, neighborhood talent, show some love to Laura and Greg! VOTE for them here! Continue reading

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Weekend Music Picks: Chessboxing Edition (2/4 – 2/7)

Walt Whitman, the American poet, essayist and Brooklynite, once nobly argued against being consistent and logical all the time:

Do I contradict myself?

Very well then I contradict myself,

I am large, I contain multitudes.

The music scene this weekend is full of contradiction. It features surf rock and New Orleans funk in the dead of winter, and hardcore punk on a banjo.

Weirdness ensues below.

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Thursday Spotlight: Narayan Lockett

Narayan Lockett (right) in his Sensitive New Age Guy apparel
Narayan Lockett (right) in his Sensitive New Age Guy apparel

Narayan Lockett is an artist expressing a dialogue between popular culture and his personal aesthetic, best described by his Instagram handle, “@postfeminism.” Working out of an independent screen-printing studio in Greenpoint for his t-shirt line Sensitive New Age Guy, his messages intertwine boyhood vulnerability and feminist empowerment. He founded Sensitive New Age Guy in 2014, also starting a music podcast to promote eclecticism and free-spirited fashion. Continue reading

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118 Milton Street: The House of Famous Artists

Milton Street
Milton Street

Many famous people have lived on Milton Street. Former Governor of New York, Secretary of State and Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Charles Evans Hughes once resided on the street. Thomas Smith, the man who ran the Union Porcelain Works became a millionaire by setting up the first financially viable porcelain factory in the United States, also lived on the street, but #118 has not one, but two famous residents: R.A. Blakelock, (1847-1891) the famous painter and Margaret Wise Brown (1910- 1952) who some claim invented the modern children’s book and whose books more than sixty five years after her death still sell millions of copies annually. Continue reading

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Our Valentine’s Market is this Sunday (2/7)!! Preview our Vendors!!

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Poster design by Vivien Lee

So excited for our Valentine’s Market and can’t wait to introduce to our talented vendors!

The Deets: This Sunday, February 7, 2016 from (1-7pm) at Greenpoint Loft (67 West St, 5th Fl).

RSVP on Facebook to stay updated!

Activities (FREE):“Show love, it’s the Greenpoint way!” Photo Booth by Ben Shirai and graffiti backdrop designed by Miss V, Personalized stories by The Roving Typist, Nail Art by @Peenk!, Tarot Card Readings by Lindsay Myers, Henna Tattoos by Miss V, massages by Human@Ease, Face Painting by A Big Silly Guy !

Love jams, hip-hop, and old-timey tunes by DJ T*O*N*Y.

Refreshments: “Super Crush Gin & Juice” courtesy of Brooklyn Gin, Craft Beer by Greenpoint Beer and Ale Company + Coffee from Cafe Grumpy Coffee, and many more vendors serving sweet and savory food!!

More details on what’s in store for Sunday here.

We are proud sponsors of MOFAD (Museum of Food & Drink), who will join us for an educational food experience. GOS (Greenpoint Open Studios) will also be joining because we want to support local artists!

HUGE THANKS TO OUR SPONSORS!!

We love you !
We love you !
Brooklyn Gin
Brooklyn Gin
CAFE GRUMPY
Cafe Grumpy
GP Beer & Ale
GP Beer & Ale
Greenpoint Loft
Greenpoint Loft
Over 60 vendors !
Over 50 vendors !
8.6.4
8.6.4
Adelina's
Adelina’s
Ashby Candles
Ashby Candles
A Women's Thing Magazine
A Women’s Thing Mag
Centavo
Centavo
Chacana
Chacana
Circa Vintage House
Circa Vintage House
Crystal Chimera
Crystal Chimera
Deer Diary Vintage
Deer Diary Vintage
Dirty Mermaid Beauty
Dirty Mermaid Beauty
Elements Truffles
Elements Truffles
Ellude's Belizean Style
Ellude’s Belizean Style
Eir NYC
Eir NYC
Esme
Esme
fishcake design
fishcake design
GIVVVEN
GIVVVEN
The Girl In The Little Red Kitchen Bake Shop
GirlInTheLittleRedKitchen
gspot
gspot
Gustavo's Salsa
Gustavo’s Salsa
H. Eckford Specialty Foods
H.EckfordSpecialtyFoods
Haskieville
Haskieville
Heartell Press
Heartell Press
HORTENSIA HANDMADE
HORTENSIA HANDMADE
JestGreen
JestGreen
Jonathan Castro Designs
Jonathan Castro Designs
knittedbyELLA
knittedbyELLA
Koto
Koto
La Crepe Cest Si Bon
La Crepe Cest Si Bon
LLUBAV
LLUBAV
Libby VanderPloeg
Libby VanderPloeg
Little Treats
Little Treats
Lonewolf Vintage
Lonewolf Vintage
Mm
Mm
Morphologically
Morphologically
Mullein & sparrow
Mullein & sparrow
My Darlin'
My Darlin’
Ninja Bubble Tea
Ninja Bubble Tea
NoDa Design Studio, LLC
NoDa Design Studio, LLC
Pie Corps
Pie Corps
Positive Times
Positive Times
Prepaired
Prepaired
Puffed Sleeves
Puffed Sleeves
purlBknit
purlBknit
Queen Majesty Hot Sauce
QueenMajestyHotSauce
SAH-RAH
SAH-RAH
Samosa Shack
Samosa Shack
Sinclair Candle Co.
Sinclair Candle Co.
Squiddy Shop
Squiddy Shop
Ten 86
Ten 86
The Aspen Tree
The Aspen Tree
Titiluli
Titiluli
virginie millefiori
virginie millefiori
Walk the West
Walk the West
Wild Flower Child NYC
Wild Flower Child NYC
Yeah Dawg!!!
Yeah Dawg!!!
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Cigarettes After Sex: Q & A

No, the headline to this post does not mean we went around having sex with people then interviewed them afterwards. We’ll do that post a different day.

Cigarettes After Sex is a Brooklyn-based ambient pop band that headlined at Baby’s All Right recently in a sold out show. They have had tremendous success, with their song Nothing’s Gonna Hurt You Baby garnering over 6 million plays. Libsyd Read was the opening act at 8 pm.

I had the chance to engage in some online banter with Greg Gonzalez, who writes and performs the band’s tunes. We talked about growing up in West Texas, coming up with band names, and how YouTube offers some really weird suggested videos sometimes. Continue reading

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Spread Love, it’s the Greenpoint Way! Super Crush Gin & Juice, Craft Beer, Henna Tattoos, Massages, The Roving Typist, 50+ Vendors, and more! Valentine’s Market (2/7)

Greenpointers Holiday Market 2015
Greenpointers Holiday Market 2015

If you don’t know, now you know, Greenpoint! Every season, the gorgeous Greenpoint Loft comes alive with FREE fun activities, food & refreshments, music, and epic local shopping. And on Sunday, February 7th (1-7PM) we’re spreading the love the Greenpoint way at our annual Valentine’s Market!

RSVP for Sunday, February 7th from 1-7PM at the Greenpoint Loft (67 West Street, 5th Floor) Continue reading

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Thursday Spotlight: Josh Cochran

Photo source @joshcochran
Photo source @joshcochran

When he’s not working from his studio in Greenpoint, teaching at the School of Visual Arts, or filling in as art director for the New York Times Op-Ed page, Josh Cochran holds his annual Get Nude. Get Drawn exhibitions with fellow artist and friend Mike Perry. This year will be their fifth. The project consists of getting together some of Brooklyn’s most talented illustrators and dedicated day sessions of drawing nude models in their respective styles. The exhibition will show drawings made by the two originators themselves, along with artists Chrissy Angliker, Jon Burgerman, Mario Hugo, Julia Rothman, Edward Ubiera, and Joo Hee Yoon. Anticipating tonight’s show I asked Josh to share a few words about the playful collaboration and what it’s like to delve into the world of nude art.

Exhibition:
Thursday, January 28th
Tictail Market
90 Orchard St
7 – 11 pm

Photo source @joshcochran
Photo source @joshcochran

GP: Can you introduce yourself?
I’m an illustrator for magazines, newspapers and advertising. Sometimes I make murals as well.

GP: I hear you have a studio here at the Pencil Factory. What is your history with the space and what is a typical day in the studio like for you?
I’ve been here off and on for about seven years. It’s this big building with a bunch of other creative people working in various studios. Sort of feels like school, in a good way! Sometimes if I’m working on a project, it’s really nice to lean over and get an opinion of one of my studio mates. I come in around 10am and leave around dinnertime. I try to get my commissioned work out of the way so I have some time to work on personal projects. I try to work during daylight hours but of course if I have a deadline, this gets shifted around a little.

GP: How did the idea for this exhibition come along? How did you and Mike meet?
Mike and I met at the ADC Young Guns awards party. We were both getting an award, and just started talking. The idea for the project came about when we were both talking about how we wished we could draw nudes again but maybe approach it from a different perspective. In art school, drawing the nude was really academic and I wanted to find a fresh, spontaneous way to work. Drawing from normal, non-professional people really changes how you approach drawing. There is a certain amount of awkwardness and honesty that I hope to capture.

GP: Have you worked with any of tonight’s artists before?
I’ve worked with a couple of them before. Edward Ubiera and I did a mural project together last summer. Also I’ve done a few projects with Julia Rothman. This Brooklyn art world is pretty small actually.

Photo source @joshcochran
Photo source @joshcochran

GP: What other kinds of shows do you plan on putting
together in the future?

No immediate plans just yet. Though this is the 5th year of doing nudes and definitely planning on keeping this project going until we’re both very old. It’s been really interesting seeing how the project and work has evolved through the years.

GP: With these drawing sessions, what is the procedure like in order to get people the most comfortable?
We try to keep it as professional as possible. There is a changing area and we usually set up a bunch of props and lights that the models can interact with. Usually we try to chat a little bit with each model to see what kind of poses they want to do or what will make them feel more comfortable. I think one person this year drank half a can of beer, which seemed like it helped!

GP: What are you looking forward to the most with this exhibition?
I’m really looking forward to meeting some of the models. It’s been fascinating hearing the stories from people that have modeled for us. We’ve gotten people who’ve wanted to pose in order to get over a phobia of being naked in public, women who are about to have a baby, my studio mate who wants to embarrass me, etc. It’s always been sort of a crazy experience.

Photo source @joshcochran
Photo source @joshcochran

You can find more on Josh here.

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Weekend Music Picks, or, Nights in Black Satin (1/29 – 1/31)

Lily Virginia; black velvet

 

I’d like to make you feel something and maybe one day you’ll sing a song of mine a little too loudly walking down the street. 

That’s what we’d all want out of life, right? Or at least out of a recent crush.

I grabbed that from Lily Virginia’s Bandcamp page. She plays the Brooklyn Convergence at Muchmore’s on Friday.

Details, and dirty music from Mexico plus Mardi Gras magic below. Continue reading

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