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Fall Playlist: Old and New Downer Vibes as Things Turn Towards Cold

Gandalf - Hang On To A Dream (1969)
Gandalf – Hang On To A Dream (1969)

Kicking off our series of local shops pulling together some of their favorite music for us, we have a mostly-vintage, acoustic-twinged and quite moody playlist from local vinyl source Record Grouch (986 Manhattan Avenue).

This is the kind of playlist you want to gently put on for a chilly and drizzly Sunday morning, while you curl up on the couch with a blanked sipping hot tea and reading zines. And by the time the Donna Summer track hits in the last half, your inner fire will truly be lit.

If you haven’t been down to Record Grouch, the cozy little shop’s got an eclectic mix of r&b, punk, metal, rock, kraut, and psych. You’ll find some rarer gems mixed amongst stuff you really should own but probably don’t have yet. This playlist, in addition to being Fall-themed, is a reflection of some of the things you might find there digging through the bins. Continue reading

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Weekend Music Picks: On the Sunny Side of the Street

Actual junkyard (from the movie Slacker)
A junkyard in the sun from the movie Slacker (1991)
This is not a junkyard in the sun. This is former WWF wrestler Junkyard Dog.
This is not a junkyard in the sun. This is former WWF wrestler Junkyard Dog.

“For every graveyard in the moonlight, there’s a junkyard in the sun,” sings the Texan folk-rocker Butch Hancock. Lately, our weekend music picks have been luring you to some dark worlds, like the ascendant hardcore punk scene in North Brooklyn. Today we head to sunnier climes, and recommend some acoustic, intimate, and heartwarming performances around town.

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Lady & West Interview and Bright Soul Album Review

Lady & West is a duo of Greenpointers Jennifer Billiot and Kirk Garrett. It is a beautiful artistic union that has produced a very good debut album called Bright Soul. I enjoy it and I enjoyed even more the chance to hear about the synergy of love and shared creative passion that led Jennifer and Kirk to make the album. Their story is an inspiration on many levels and they are yet another example of the interesting, kind people that call our wonderful neighborhood home. Continue reading

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10.10.13 Mixtape // Tica Douglas

Gracie Pizzo ©Lo-fi singer-songwriter Tica Douglas casts a soft, soothing spell over this week’s playlist. The collection—like her own aural work—balances the sweet with the bitter. And, well, that’s life, isn’t it? Judge for yourself after the jump.

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10.03.13 Mixtape // Wharfer

Folk superman Kyle Wall AKA Wharfer crafts some of the most elegant, haunting acoustic-orgasmic tunes. Today he shares some powerful numbers with his neighbors. Ready for some front porch jams that carry you from your front stoop reality? Giddy up.

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