All the way out on the south shore of Staten Island lies a quiet, tucked-away community called the Cedar Grove Beach Club, a "poor man's Bermuda" for the few Staten Islanders who knew about it and summered there. That's all over now, as the city's Parks Department plans to turn the 200-acre p ... More >>
Jamey Johnson: Bon Iver, only good! Photo by James Minchin.In this week's Village Voice, Chuck Eddy on the charms of schizophrenic stoner country guy Jamey Johnson, Jessica Hopper reviews Superchunk's excellent new Majesty Shredding, Ryan Dombal talks with Killers frontman Brandon Flowers, an ... More >>
Beach Fossils prior to the grand, violent finale. Pics by Chris Becker.Beach Fossils/Woven Bones/The Beets
Thursday, July 1
You get to like it, the rudimentary BOOM-BOOM-THWACK, BOOM-BOOM-THWACK of a two-piece stand-up drummer -- no flash, no cymbals, no particular variety ... More >>
Bands like this one just don't play venues as small as the Mercury Lounge. And yet there was Echo and the Bunnymen's Ian McCulloch, a chatty jester clad in black shades and black coat, warming up for a November Hammerstein gig by playing a tiny LES room on a frigid Saturday evening, band in t ... More >>
The New York Times has doctor and expert Perri Klass reassure us (yes, even the childless -- "Certain subjects make self-righteous parents of us all") that all this texting and computing and what-not isn't making children into dumbbells. Adults may not thrive while multitasking -- or, as our ... More >>
Sam HorineIn the week a Brooklyn indie-rock band either did or didn't kick a puppy in Prospect Park (sweat-soaked August news cycle, we see you), we amused ourselves making Rick Ross "Yo Mamma" jokes and watching rap panic take New York as 50 Cent did, and then didn't, shoot your grandmother. ... More >>
Emily Wines talks about her life as a master sommelier. It involves lots of flights, sometimes getting caught with a corkscrew in her purse, and occasionally having to recite transportation security laws to customs agents to get through airport security with all her beloved bottles.
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This, of course, could be really good, or really bad. "An original," in particular, sounds ominous. But it did get us thinking about our dream version of this show. What kind of New York talent is available to do covers of songs from John Hughes soundtracks?
Morbid, but kind of uplifting, too: Movieline's Stu VanAirsdale, convinced that "a shrine was in order," went looking for the spot where 59-year-old film director John Hughes suffered a heart attack last week. "Witnesses at the scene told Movieline he crossed south, stumbled to the water valv ... More >>
Photo of Jim Jones taunting hipsters by Rebecca Smeyne
In the week Jim Jones put ten thousand dollars on a three-on-three basketball tournament sponsored by Converse and barred to the media, we got up in there anyway, and brought you the hilarious play-by-play. Take that, shoe company.
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The actress Molly Ringwald has written a lovely tribute to the deceased filmmaker John Hughes in the Times today, in which she remembers the movies on which they worked together--she calls Sixteen Candles and The Breakfast Club the director's "most deeply personal expressions"--and recalls wh ... More >>
Jim DeRogatis has probably penned the definitive thing so far on John Hughes the music fan, complete with the eye-popping detail that while in Chicago, and "well into his prime years as a filmmaker, he loved nothing more than haunting the racks of vinyl at the old Wax Trax record store on Lin ... More >>
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Well, our week was awful, but apparently we were in good company.
Mayor Bloomberg came up with a wide-ranging, expensive transit plan including crosstown buses that would move slower than ever. He slapped back Bill Thompson's schools charges -- not convincingly to ... More >>
This kind of behavior is really unacceptable. APW photo by Rebecca Smeyne.In the week a shiny pair of crispy white shoes ventured out to New Jersey and All Points West, never to return, we joined the rest of the rainsoaked masses in saluting the Beastie Boys, who weren't there, though they di ... More >>
A lot of folks in their forties will be hauling out their fingerless gloves, vintage hats, taffeta and Simple Minds albums when they hear that John Hughes has died, apparently of a heart attack while walking with his family in New York, at 59. As a director, writer, and producer Hughes create ... More >>
If you haven't had the pleasure of stumbling onto the blog Pukekos, you should. Brooklyn's B.J. Rubin is a meticulous documenter of underground music from the past decade or so, and routinely offers up digital downloads of long lost releases ranging from an SST Sonic Youth CD with no paper trail to ... More >>