We profiled local weirdo and musician Brad Cantor a few months ago about his musical project Glass Valley. The vintage-sounding dreampop debut An Intimate Man was co-produced and mixed by Asobi Seksu guitarist James Hanna. It’s well-crafted and worth a listen, especially if you’re in a nostalgic mood and need a soundtrack for your sorrows. Brad stars in the video for instrumental track Psrip, in which you will never be able to get enough of his piercing gaze. Psrip was an homage to folk artist Pete Seeger’s instrumental interludes (hence the name, P.S. RIP). Brad says that he actually wanted to add more versions of himself into the video, but maxed out, limited by the processing power on his computer. If you need a palette cleanser afterward, check out the video below for Glass Valley’s Friction Burns, which does not feature Brad but instead some adorable slow-mo birds lunching in a Manhattan park. Enjoy. Continue reading
Today you probably could use a little distraction from all the election chaos. So here’s a sweet little video sent to us by Greenpointer Sachin Shenolikar. His band Condescending Liberals was playing on Manhattan Avenue during the NYC Marathon this past Sunday, and at one point, he handed his guitar over to a member of the NYPD and the officer jammed along. Awesome!
Had a blast playing with the Condescending Liberals at the NYC marathon today! So, a couple of hours in I noticed one of the cops standing near us smiling and bobbing his head to the music. My hands were cramping up a bit, so I took a break and chatted with him as the band jammed on. He said he was a guitar player too. I asked if he wanted to jump in and play. He was like, “Yeah!” I took off my axe and handed it to him. And that’s when things got really funky…
This week we’re spotlighting two neighborhood artists participating in Greenpoint Open Studios this weekend: A. Brian McDonald and Sara C. Sun. Their styles may be different, but their work is equally captivating.
LA-based DJ Nosaj Thing (Jason Chung; “Nosaj” is “Jason” spelled backwards), and Japanese artist and VJ Daito Manabe threw down an intense collaborative set at Music Hall of Williamsburg this Monday night. I’ve been a peripheral fan of Nosaj Thing for years, seeing him at a festival or two, and been an occasional listener. But this show was proof that he’s an artist with some diverse musical chops. Continue reading
I didn’t want to keep this gem to myself as I drip sweat in front of my computer… enjoy!
In “Places of Residence,” Julie Reiters smartly animates each of her New York apartments, the last and best of which just so happens to be in Greenpoint. The video perfectly encapsulates the little oddities that make renting in NYC such a singular experience, i.e. the joys of paranoid neighborhoods, illogical floor plans, and 6 floor walk-ups.
Julie left her Franklin St. abode to study Media Design at Savannah College of Art & Design. See more of her work here
Makes you think about your own apartment history, doesn’t it?
Did you or does your child have an imaginary friend?
We are doing a documentary about imaginary friends and are looking for people interested in sharing their stories, experiences, drawings, etc. We are particularly excited to talk to kids who have imaginary friends now, as we are hoping to really bring to life the magical and slightly baffling experience that is such a strong part of childhood, but disappears as we get older.
If you have a story, or if your child has an imaginary friend, please get in touch with Hannah Jayanti (our NEON documentary editor!) at frecklessinbrooklyn (at) gmail [dot] com.
This awesome 1 Minute Meals video about Peter Pan Doughnuts from Serious Eats NY stars co-owner Donna Siafakas who says that hipsters are wonderful people and before they settled in Greenpoint it was black and white, but now it is more colorful. The doughnut shots are spectacular, too.
Greenpointer and Comedy Filmmaker Heather Fink sent in this music video she directed and shot in Greenpoint called “Parking Space, I Want You, A Love Song” starring Jack Mulcahy. Heather also wrote the lyrics to this gem.
Duke Riley’s Show See You At The Finish Line is opening tonight from 6-8pm at Magnan Metz Gallery (521 West 26th St) all the way in Manhattan – all the way between 10th and 11th St. The incredible journey documented in this solo show will make the measly trip across the East River and hike to the west side well worth it.
The US governement spends billions of tax payer dollars on high tech surveillance of the waters between the US and Cuba, but one thing their fancy balloons don’t detect – pigeons. As a sort of “FU” to the ridiculous “Trading with the Enemy Act,” Duke trained 50 homing pigeons in Key West to make the 100 mile journey from Cuba to smuggle cigars. Mission accomplished.
In a recent NY Times article Duke said, “I wanted to subvert this billions-of-dollars high-tech system with things that were being used in ancient Sumeria.”
Not only did 11 birds successfully return with cigars, others strapped with cameras filmed the journey. The shaky but unbelievable footage below will be shown in its entirety tonight, as well as the actual birds in their loft, their smuggling “bras,” the cigars and other objects. Plus, a pair of birds is for sale for $100,000 – live pigeons sold as artwork.
See You At The Finish Line is on view through January 14th, 2014.