Music

Say it ain’t so! Permanent Records is closing…

One of my fondest memories as a kid was walking into my local record store—Numbers, Records and Tapes, in Jackson Heights, Queens—hard-earned allowance of sweaty dollar bills in one hand, and The Clash’s final LP, Cut the Crap in the other. It was the very first piece of music I bought and took a whole lot of swearing on my grandma’s grave (she was still alive, btw) to convince my mom the album was curse-word free.  Under her watchful eye, I ran home and listened to all 38 minutes of it with glee. After the needle went silent, all I dreamt about that night was running back to the record store to buy more music.

Most of us remember places like these—musical havens where one could get lost in a sea of albums, sample different tunes, talk with knowledgeable people who were passionate about music, and get the scoop on new groups or gigs coming out of the woodworks. At some point every town and every neighborhood had a music store to call their own. For Greenpoint, it was and will be until September 30th, Permanent Records. Continue reading

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Greenpoint Hip Hop: Hand Job Academy Interview + Video

Greenpoint Hip Hop Artists: Hand Job Academy © Fabian Palencia

Hailing from Brooklyn, NY, Hand Job Academy is vivacious trio of MC’s that came together for one common cause: to fuck shit up.  Their Kicktarter campaign to create a music video for their song “Lena Dunham” was successfully funded this past weekend. I recently had a chance to chop it up with them on a rooftop in Greenpoint, where we discussed Hip Hop, having porn actor as fans, E-40 and touring. Continue reading

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06.26.14 Mixtape // Stars & Letters Records

This week Greenpoint-based record label Stars & Letters‘ Mark Roberts pulls together a very borough-centric mix. It represents other BK labels including Triangle Records, Secretly Canadian, Ceremony Records, Ghostly International, Mexican Summer, Captured Tracks and Sacred Bones. All one for and one for all! Ready to get real on the camaraderie?

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Brooklyn Bands You Need To Hear: Northside Festival Recap

Beach Fossils at Warsaw on Friday

As a follow up to our Northside Festival preview, here is a recap of some of the shows we got to catch during the past weekend long festival.
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Join Greenpoint Church’s Hand Bell Choir This Sunday (6/22)

Do you have a voice that clears a bar during karaoke but you always wanted to sing in a church choir? Take a hint and ring some bells instead.

Greenpoint Reformed Church is starting a Greenpoint-style handbell choir. If you’ve always wanted to participate in a musical ensemble playing beautiful music on magical bells – come out on for an informational meeting this Sunday 6/22 at Greenpoint Church (136 Milton St) at 12:3pm0. Beginners welcome – all you need to know is how to ring a bell! They’ll start with easy songs, then work up to THIS….Tchaikovsky – whatever.

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