By Courtney Bassett

About Courtney Bassett

Courtney took a leap of faith across the East River to Greenpoint in 2013, leaving the Village to build a mystery with two gentleman in a sunlit, registered historic antler kingdom. It's been all Transmitter Park moonlight views of the city skyline and bread baked in terra cotta flower pots ever since. [sights: @_rosmarine_; sounds: https://open.spotify.com/user/1227119754]

Bring It Back, Sing It Back: Róisín Murphy Opens 9th Annual Brooklyn Electronic Music Festival

Roisin Murphy at Music Hall of Williamsburg on Friday night. All photos: Zachary Filkoff
Róisín Murphy at Music Hall of Williamsburg on Friday night. Photo: Zachary Filkoff

The Brooklyn Electronic Music Festival (BEMF) kicked off on Friday, and over at Music Hall of Williamsburg (66 N. 6th St.), Róisín Murphy got things started off right with the debut show in her first American tour since 2007, when the Irish singer-songwriter’s second album, Overpowered, was released. From the moment she stepped foot on stage, bedecked in one of the night’s myriad, fantastic costumes, Murphy and her band dazzled and delighted the adoring audience.

I would call the show a nonstop spectacle, but that would seem to diminish the integrity of the music—the pure quality of that infectious beat and Murphy’s vocals, impressively both lyric and percussive. Certainly, the intimate venue and the fact that Murphy changed costumes right on stage during a song or while transitioning from one to the next kept that feeling of authenticity at the forefront. The theatrical production added to, and never took away from, the musical performance. Continue reading

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Stranger Things: FIXED Halloween with S U R V I V E (Live)

halloween16-2-instaDon your Hazmat Suits and Walk through the Nether to the Upside Down…

In celebration of its 2nd anniversary and Halloween, Good Room has curated shows featuring some of the world’s best DJs alongside Brooklyn’s finest artists, and it’s been a rockout all weekend. The weekend’s festivities culminate on Halloween with FIXED, the party series by DJs JDH and Dave P that’s also celebrating its own anniversary – 12 years in November!

For this special show, Greenpoint’s own JDH and Philly’s Dave P are thrilled to be playing once again with Survive, whose Kyle Dixon and Michael Stein are behind the popular 80s nostalgia Stranger Things soundtrack, having played together recently in Joshua Tree and Survive’s hometown of Austin, Texas. According to JDH, he and Dave had been very impressed with the quartet’s live performances and enjoyed their cinematic sound. Obviously, Survive was the ideal partner for their Halloween show. Continue reading

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Greenpoint Solo Dining: Fill Up on Productivity

Editors’ Note: This is our second post in a series about solo dining. Here’s our first post.

Perhaps the most obvious spot that comes to mind when one thinks of restaurants most suitable to the individual is a cafe. Dotted with open chairs opposite a single patron hunched in front of a laptop or over a book, the scene of predominantly lopsided tables is a familiar one in North Brooklyn any day of the week. Here’s my guide for where to go to get your work done by day, and in some cases even linger into the night.

A favorite spot to get work done: counter seat at Eagle Trading Company
A favorite spot to get work done: counter seat at Eagle Trading Company

For the same reasons I think a seat at the bar is the best seat in the house, I frequently find myself at the counter of Eagle Trading Company (258 Franklin Street) where the sweet server knows I’ll be having the Coronation Chicken (mango chutney, raita, arugula $7 as sandwich; or as salad over spinach and arugula $8) as I get work or “life admin” done while enjoying refills of iced green tea and a breeze from the Franklin Street-facing windows. If I’m there for breakfast (served until 4pm daily), it’s the B11 breakfast sandwich (eggs, jack cheese, avocado, jalapeños, tomato, onion, cilantro $7) with lots of hot sauce as I launch into productivity. Continue reading

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Greenpoint Solo Dining: The Best Seat In The House

view of the bar at Anella
view of the bar at Anella

Editors’ Note: This is the first in a series of posts about the art of dining for one. FIRST UP: Comfort staples The Bounty and Anella.

I’m not sure where my penchant for solo dining originated, but it’s brought me many good meals and, perhaps paradoxically, much good conversation. One fateful dinner alone at the bar of my favorite restaurant in my then home of Denver actually landed me my second full-time job. Leaving Copenhagen a day after my friends departed enabled me to drop in for what still stands out as one of the best meals I’ve ever had, complete with a tour of the kitchen thanks to rapport struck up with bartenders and servers over the course of the meal.

Now a New Yorker, my solo dining game seems even more in play whether enjoying solitude amidst the city’s hustle and bustle, finding camaraderie in spite of anonymity, or bypassing the line out the door. One of the things I love most about Greenpoint is the sense of community, so it’s no surprise that so much of the quality local restaurant scene greets the individual diner with open arms. My “locals” are a significant part of what I love about the neighborhood. If I’m not at a concert I’m likely perched at the bar at Anella or The Bounty, my favorite spots for a solo meal. Continue reading

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Breathing New Life into the Grateful Dead

Back in May, I took off my headphones and interrupted the otherwise continual loop of Radiohead’s A Moon Shaped Pool to preview Day of the Dead – the Grateful Dead tribute album curated by The National’s Aaron and Bryce Dessner – at an album release party at Brooklyn Bowl.  May, your new music game was pretty on point.

I’ve now had two “dad knew what he was talking about” moments at Brooklyn Bowl within the last year. The first, during the Grateful Dead’s 50th Anniversary shows in Chicago over last Fourth of July weekend watching Trey Anastasio fill the role of late great Jerry Garcia, and doing it quite well at that (at which moment I couldn’t help but think that Dad would have to think, Courtney was right too). Continue reading

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Electric Bluegrass: Michael Daves Debuts New Album Friday Night (3/4)

To paraphrase a quote ascribed to Austrian composer Gustav Mahler: Tradition is not preserving the ashes, but tending the flame.

Grammy-nominated guitarist and singer Michael Daves recently recorded twelve traditional bluegrass tracks for his album Orchids and Violence (Nonesuch Records), then set down an additional twelve tracks that took those same songs and added the trappings of rock and electric instrumentation.

On Friday night at the Knitting Factory (361 Metropolitan Ave), Daves will be joined by a dazzling roster of the musicians who contributed to the album, as well as a special surprise guest or two. Continue reading

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