• Blogs

    December 24, 2013

    Holiday Sparklers for Under $20

    As festive as shopping and wrapping gifts can be (if battling crowds in search of the perfect gift to present neatly in a beautiful, Martha Stewart-approved package complete with red ribbon can be considered fun), the joy of the season quickly evaporates when the credit card bill comes in January -- ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 25, 2013

    What to Drink on Thanksgiving? Let's Ask the Sommeliers

    More than any other holiday, Thanksgiving receives the brunt of wine pairing coverage: Articles flood the internet filled with musings, deliberations, ruminations, and annoying pontifications over what the heck to drink at the hallowed turkey table. Frankly, if you opt to have a breadth of varieti ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 29, 2013

    Meaty News: FDA Lifting Ban on Italian Cured Pork

    Excellent news: Cured pork from small producers in Lombardy, Emilia-Romagna, Veneto, and Piedmont could soon be available in the U.S. The U.S. Animal and Plant Health Inspection Services announced last week that the FDA plans to lift its ban by the end of May since the regions were found to be fre ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 8, 2010

    The 10 Biggest Music Stories of 2010

    Ah M.I.A., it just wasn't your year, was it? Photo by Rebecca Smeyne.​In 2010, Vampire Weekend and Arcade Fire both had #1 records. LCD Soundsystem, Spoon, MGMT, the National, M.I.A, and Sufjan Stevens all had albums debut in the top ten. Kanye West joined Twitter. Drake started a riot in New ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 29, 2010

    Sweet Bulbs, Midnight Magic, and Mr. Dream Play Columbia For Free This Friday

    ​Our pal Nick Sylvester passes along the info and flyer for a show he's curating with Columbia and Barnard's WBAR radio station, featuring his own band, the Best of New York-garlanded Mr. Dream, along with recent YIMBY honorees (and in-house SOTC favorites) Sweet Bulbs, the ex-Hercules and Lov ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 19, 2010

    Greenpoint Venue Coco66 Reopens Tonight With Live Music and Burnt Sugar

    The door at Coco66, circa October 26th. ​When last we checked in with Greenpoint's Coco66, the club had been raided in the midst of CMJ, shuttered for the crime of having 350 people crammed into a 75 person capacity venue. The venue first told us that "we were misinformed by the NYPD" and that ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 5, 2010

    Week in Review: Weezy Freed

    Welcome to my life, Weezy.​So Lil Wayne is finally a free man. Perhaps a lonely free man, but a free man nonetheless. It's been a hell of a two weeks for the law around here, in all honesty. After last week's barrage of club closings, this week brought news of yet more: 171 Lombardy was raided ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 1, 2010

    Cops Raided Brooklyn Venue 171 Lombardy on Saturday Night, The Third NYC Concert Space to Get Shut Down This Week

    Last Friday night, in the midst of CMJ, cops raided the Greenpoint venue Coco66, shutting the venue down for the weekend and necessitating a hasty week's worth of construction to get the place up to code. On Thursday, the police hit Santos Party House, using months-old drug charges to shutter the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 1, 2010

    Santos Party House, Shuttered Since Thursday Over Drug Charges, Will Reopen Tomorrow

    ​So says the beleaguered club's Twitter account, a statement confirmed by a club spokesman who tells us that, starting tomorrow, "we're officially allowed to be open." Closed Thursday night in a police raid over third party drug charges that date back to June, July, and August, Santos will hav ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 26, 2010

    Download: Sweet Bulbs, "Acid and TV"

    Yes In My Backyard is a semiweekly column showcasing MP3s from new and emerging local talent. ​Brooklyn lo-fi newbies Sweet Bulbs run the sunrise-punk of bands like Hüsker Dü through the modern machinery of dreampop, dreamgaze, and dreamnoise--think your fave Captured Tracks band running st ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 2, 2010

    Knifefight: No Rules, a Micro-Doc about a Crazy-Ass 171 Lombardy Party With Japanther and Ninjasonik, Screens Tonight at the Knitting Factory

    The backing track for the Knifefight: No Rules trailer, posted below, is Murdertronics' "Get 'Em High." In this context, the Get 'em hiiiiiiiiiggggggggh/Get 'em drrrrrrrrrrruuuuuunnnnnk chorus--uttered more times than I can possibly justify counting, in a manner not unlike Yellow's belly-aching di ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 6, 2010

    Hello Kitty Wines? Hello Drunken Kids!

    ​First produced in 2002, early Hello Kitty alcoholic products--like these French wines dubbed "Mariage" and "Bouquet d'Amour"--had rather somber labels. The Hello Kitty empire had its origins in 1974, when designer Ikuko Shimizu invented the character to embellish a coin purse. Snapped up by ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 1, 2010

    New Japanther MP3 (Download: "Spread So Thin"), Album (Rock 'n' Roll Ice Cream), Member!

    ​Seems like just yesterday Japanther were bringing out 2008's Tut Tut Now Shake Ya Butt, staging punk rock operas in the basement of PS122 with Penny Rimbaud from Crass, causing trouble in various Barnes and Nobles, and getting robbed on the A Train. But a new year brings glad tidings--a new r ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 15, 2010

    That Yummy Fur Show Tonight Just Got Moved to the Market Hotel

    ​More info on the switch here. Not a good sign for 171 Lombardy, the sporadically active (and awesomely Google Street Mapped) Greenpoint venue that was originally set to host. Still--Yummy Fur!

  • Blogs

    January 6, 2010

    The Yummy Fur Are Reuniting, Playing Newish DIY Venue 171 Lombardy

    ​The Yummy Fur, the delightfully skuzzy Glasgow indie-pop band, didn't make it across the ocean in their initial 1992-1999 run; college radio love never quite did buy anybody a plane ticket, either then or now. But being in Franz Ferdinand definitely is good for a transatlantic flight, and so ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 15, 2009

    Yes In My Backyard: Download Woman's "When the Wheel's Red"

    Yes In My Backyard is a semiweekly column showcasing MP3s from new and emerging local talent. Woman. Photo by Carsten Fleck​Brooklyn feedback abusers Woman have a sound as bleak as the day is long--the muddy pigfuck lurch of their friends and YIMBY alumni Pop. 1280 mixed with the baroque cham ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 29, 2009

    Last Night's Brunello Tasting at the Hilton

    The tumultuous scene inside one of the Hilton ballrooms at Vino 2009, the Italian wine tasting I almost never accept invitations to promotional events, but when I got a card a few weeks ago admitting me and a friend to a tasting of the newly released 2004 Brunellos, I thought a few seconds and ... More >>

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