Two nights this week I trucked out to the Bell House to attend the Chickfactor 20th-anniversary shows, which honored the two-decade-old indiepop fanzine with performances by the likes of Versus, the Softies, and Small Factory. Pinned to some of the Bell House's walls was a sign asking the people in ... More >>
What happens when music's big names want to be rediscovered?
KraftwerkThe machines will always get you in the end. In an effort to "keep up," I follow a lot of New York-based music fans on Twitter. Which means that whenever tickets go on sale for an important show, whether at a venue large or smallPulp at Radio City Music Hall, LCD Soundsystem a ... More >>
And I don't mind as long as you click on my link, genius
At the pinnacle of the social network's success, its critics are busy building its replacements
In other "M.I.A. in a video" news, this morning also marked the premiere of the clip for "Bad Girls," a fleshed-out-by-Danja version of a track from her ViCKi LEEKZ mixtape. In the clip, Maya struts her stuff through a post-apocalyptic tableau where the highways are so empty, drivers can (and do) en ... More >>
According to a recent study from the University of Haifa, your latest friend request on Facebook may be from a terrorist organization, for, like the rest of us, they have shifted their Internet activity focus to...social networks, obvi! "Today, about 90% of organized terrorism on the Internet is bei ... More >>
What do you get for the person who has everything, including a Facebook account? A Facebook "business" card, of course! We're not sure if these are more or less insufferable than the Facebook shower curtain (equally so, perhaps, but different?). On one hand, the point of Facebook is, we suppose, to ... More >>
New British research suggests that junk food companies really don't have kids' best interests in mind, as they knowingly shill unhealthy eats to unsuspecting minors, according to the Daily Telegraph.
A Dutch architecture firm has designed a building in Seoul that has offended some because of its uncomfortable resemblance to the World Trade Center in a cloud of dust and smoke: MVRDV The project, called "The Cloud," is the work of MVRDV, a firm in Rotterdam. It's intended to be luxury hi ... More >>
The increasingly tentacle-extending social-networking site Facebook has released Memology 2011, a quantification of popular topics discussed on the service. Amy Winehouse's death in August was the seventh-most-discussed news topic of 2011, right behind the royal wedding and ahead of the new C ... More >>
Bless Das Racist for always coming along at the right time, right? The group performed on Conan last night, and while the reactions the group was retweeting in the broadcast's wake seemed a little bit confused/outraged/weary, their take on the completely goofy "Michael Jackson" was, I thought, prett ... More >>
Jesse Cohen and Eric Emm of Tanlines. Giving the Best Local Music Twitter award in our Best of NYC issue to @tanlines was pretty much a no-brainer. The account, which is run by the duo's Jesse Cohen, is heavy on the wry observational humor and light on the "come see our band" or "here's someb ... More >>
Julie Dorning Sloan via FacebookThis warning posted by Julie Dorning Sloan of the UK on her Facebook page (if you know who arranged the display and took the picture, please tell us) reminds you that a hangover on November 1st is often worse than an assault by a ghoul.
New York State senator Diane Savino, a Democrat representing Staten Island and Brooklyn, had some important breaking news to share with the media today. Her personal Facebook page has hit the 5,000-friend mark (a "social media milestone," it seems), which is where Facebook cuts you off. Follo ... More >>
LikeHere is some weird news that you can brag about, if you happen to be one of the privileged few with many, many Facebook friends and a giant brain. Actually, you should probably post this information, along with a photo of your brain, on your Facebook wall -- we hear that's the way to get ... More >>
Last night, Lance Bassformer 'N Sync member, aspiring astronaut, and now apparently boy-band guruoffered a tutorial on how to get your probably-jokey, possibly-somewhat-serious musical project noticed by those folks on the Internet who are looking for things to giggle at as they ... More >>
Earlier today we wrote of what appeared to be an Occupy Wall Street-related bank boycott planned for November 5th. We've spoken to Kristen Christian, the 27-year-old creator of the event, who has clarified some things. For one, it's not an Occupy Wall Street-organized event, though members of the Oc ... More >>
Now that Facebook has decided to publish a timeline that includes all of our online goings-on since birth, we wonder what a tangible chronicle of this would look like. Enter the very pregnant performance artist Marni Kotak, who is transforming the Microscope Gallery into a home-birth center where sh ... More >>
The site's foray into music and the act of performative listening
The Odd Future associate/Jay and Kanye co-signed R&B singer is bringing his emo and blues to the Bowery Ballroom on November 6. Tickets are on sale now although they might not be for much longer now that word's out, so, if this is your thing, get clicking. UPDATE (5:42 p.m.): All gone! But do ... More >>
In this day and age, technology has learned to fuck with us. Facebook will change, without seeming to give us any notice whatsoever! The unfailing Gmail may fail, and none of us will be able to communicate! Those of us who are busy "doing things" on the Internet (where else would we do things ... More >>
Prepare to get indignant at a bunch of people you did a summer program with in high school and friends of friends you had the first week of college. They have been unfriending you on Facebook, and thanks to the new Facebook Timeline, you can see exactly which people have unfriended you and wh ... More >>
How about we...arrange a blind date in which we will be watched by an array of other people, media professionals and whatnot, but really, whoever happens to be curious about what other people do on their blind dates (because we're all afraid of failing in this regard, right?). How about we go ... More >>
Comments Of The Week is back! We're resuming our post giving away a free t-shirt to commenters who supplied us with our favorite comments, which range from the helpful to the "we have no idea what's going on here, but it amuses us." Email Web Editor Francesca Stabile (firstname.lastname@example.org ... More >>
Stop backing up your Facebook photos, because hacker collective Anonymous' plot to kill the 'book was all a big misunderstanding. Not a hoax, exactly; there was once a plan by an Anonymous user named Speakeasy and associates to raise awareness about Facebook's privacy policies and start an al ... More >>
Collecting your data to serve you better.If you're on Facebook, you've likely seen the panicky message that's been circulating, warning that the social networking behemoth has started publishing all your phone contacts for everybody to see: "ALL THE PHONE NUMBERS IN YOUR PHONE are now PUBLIS ... More >>
TwitterAnonymous, the shady-yet-principled hacktivist group that has previously hacked into Iran's government emails, the Pentagon, possibly the IMF, News Corp, Anders Breivik's Twitter account, and much more, has a new target in its crosshairs: Facebook. The hackers have set the date for Fac ... More >>
Sungevity/FacebookIce pops, and geese.Even if the city has decided it hates food trucks, the solar industry still loves them.
viaBecause we know you've all been waiting for it, we are happy to report that the World Naked Bike Ride is happening Sunday. Postponed in June because of inclement weather, the ride will depart from East River Park near Houston Street at 4 p.m. The event's Facebook page declares: "Bare as yo ... More >>
Here's why we hate being gay
viaFacebook will be investigated by the European Union's sector on data protection, Bloomberg reports this afternoon, because of new facial recognition technology added to profiles that users have to opt out of through a typically convoluted security settings process. Yes, again. Facebook's l ... More >>
Of the many powers of Facebook, one you might not have guessed is that if your friends are feeling sad or happy or cranky or whatever on Facebook, you will probably feel that way too. This is an argument for only having awesome, happy friends on Facebook, so that you can catch only awesomenes ... More >>
Do you hate your friends and would rather eat with a bunch of strangers instead of them? Would you like to shell out thirty dollars to do so? There's a new application called Grubwithus which is built just for you. Basically, it lists a bunch of meals organized by people using the service, for wh ... More >>
A secretive story has been bubbling in Silicon Valley this week, in which the PR firm Burson-Marsteller pitched anti-Google articles to national newspapers on behalf of some unnamed client. Google, they claimed, has privacy issues that the American people should know about -- but it was far f ... More >>
via FacebookMia Amber Davis, plus-sized model, size-positive blogger, and the underwear-clad full-figured seductress from Road Trip, has passed away. Earlier today, the subject of our recent feature Guys Who Like Fat Chicks chose the actress, model, and producer as one of the Fat Community's most be ... More >>
Robert SietsemaPlentiful and pungent savory lamb noodles.A few months after sending out a Facebook message asking its fans for information on available storefronts in Manhattan and Williamsburg, Xi'an Famous Foods has officially announced the imminent opening of its fifth location.
Here is incontrovertible proof that Mark Zuckerberg is an evil, evil man: Scientists now believe that Facebook triggers oxytocin, also known as the "love" or "cuddle" hormone, which basically makes you feel like you're falling in love and that the world is a beautiful place full of butterflie ... More >>
Everyone giggled a little bit when Paul Ceglia said he was the rightful owner of half of Facebook based on a promise from founder Mark Zuckerberg back in 2003. "If you had invented Facebook, you would've invented Facebook," and all that. The plaintiff waited until 2010 to file his lawsuit and ... More >>
There's an adage about intelligent people changing their minds, so maybe anti-gay activist Louis J. Marinelli is smarter than we thought. He formerly served as the National Organization For Marriage's tour organizer and social media expert, and writes that he "spent the last five years puttin ... More >>
It's a sad day for millionaire identical twin Olympians everywhere: Forbes reports a federal appeals court has ordered Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss to accept their $65 million settlement with Facebook. That means no more suing Mark Zuckerberg. This is the part of the post where we are legally ... More >>
viaHave you heard of the Jolly Rancher Hairdo? This is a hairdo in which Jolly Ranchers are tied to the ends of the hair. How could any kid, or candy fanatic, not love this hairstyle? When a seven-year-old student at a Chicago school excitedly sported it for picture day after seeing the style ... More >>
Being on Facebook can be an exercise in self-punishment, whether that means obsessively spying on your friends' baby pictures and envying their "perfect life" or constantly monitoring your ex's wall. We all know this, and yet no one really talks about it. Until now. There's a survey that has ... More >>
Caroline Wimmer was murdered by Calvin Lawson in her home in 2009. While Lawson was sentenced to 25 years to life this past summer, Wimmer's parents' legal battles continue over the photos of Wimmer's dead body that were posted onto Facebook by the EMT who handled her corpse. Mark Musarella, ... More >>
Mark Zuckerberg's personal mission to sell thing you things is now even more next-level than it was previously, as Facebook has long delivered "targeted ads" to users based on anything you put into the site, from interests to wall posts to status messages. Now testing with 1% of Facebook user ... More >>
After Facebook rapidly pulled stalker app Breakup Notifier, which would notify you whenever the objects of your affection changed their relationship status (i.e., became free to date you), it seems like new Facebook dating apps are popping up all over the place. Once of them, called iWould, a ... More >>
Paul Lowry/FlickrEarlier today, Slice noticed that Di Fara, the Midwood pizzeria whose legendary pies are matched by its legendary lines, had started taking orders over Facebook.