New York has no shortage of record collectors. From the aged veteran music archivist to the incoming college freshman looking to put that Bruce Willis album on their dorm walls, we're a city of vinyl. So, when a groundbreaking record discovery is uncovered, word travels fast. Fans have been known to ... More >>
No country for poor men
Perhaps we love Girl Scout cookies so much because they're so hard to find. You practically have to stalk a co-worker's daughter or stake out the checkout line at the grocery store, hoping a troop has set up shop there for the day. All anybody wants is a crispy Thin Mint, a gooey Samoa, or addictive ... More >>
Henry Hill was best known by Ray Liotta's face. An East New York native famously mentored by the Lucchese crime family, Hill was the Lufthansa-heisting mobster whose 1986 memoir, the Nicholas-Pileggi-shaped Wiseguy, served as the inspiration for Martin Scorsese's modern classic Goodfellas. As TMZ re ... More >>
Last week a ton of stories about Record Store Day percolated through blogsFeistodon! The Flaming Lips and Heady Fwends! St. Vincent! Beach House! Holy crap, you gotta get on line at 8 a.m. to get the best picks! On Friday, when I got an email from a store that contained both a list of records ... More >>
Amy BezunarteaJennifer O'Connor released two confessional, emotionally wrenching records on Matador Records, but when all was said and done the Brooklyn indie-folkie had little to show for it besides exhaustion and an empty bank account. She put music on hold to do odd jobs around the city (" ... More >>
Have baseball fans suddenly been struck with an epidemic of good sense? Tuesday night the ball that rolled through Bill Buckner's legs 25 years ago in Game 6 of the World Series failed to get a single bid (bidding on eBay closed at 11:37 p.m. EST, the exact anniversary of the error). Of cours ... More >>
Alex SchaeferPeople really hate banks right now, so much that they are willing to take money out of those banks to buy pictures of those banks on fire. Alex Schaefer, who painted this lovely oil on canvas of a Chase bank on fire and then put it up for sale on eBay -- drawing attention from ea ... More >>
The clip above, which was posted to Viral Viral Videos, Daily Intel and has already amassed over 25,000 views since Saturday, purports to be a visualization of a drunken email meant for a boy named Ryan by a girl named Dominic on an inebriated Friday night, after their first meeting, but accidentall ... More >>
Office of the MayorThere's a tough column today by Mark Green (on Huffington Post and in this week's Observer), a reminder that, no matter how much the ex-candidate sometimes gets on our nerves, he always has something smart to say. Green's subject is the growing trend of mega-millionaires j ... More >>
Law & Order ends its 20-year run tonight. Throughout the show's long reign, phalanxes of honorable detectives have cleaned the New York streets of crime and debris while throwing out witty one-liners and re-enacting plotlines ripped from real-life headlines. Grabbing a cameo on the show has a ... More >>
Life in East Germany, caught on camera
Gaga for Google and every twittle thing that made the Aughts fraught with fakery and fun
Quick refresher: the Decapitator, the street artist lauded for lopping the heads off actresses, Disney kids, rappers in glibly depicted advertisements, is currently in New York City. (Think Poster Boy with frequent-flyer miles and a dark wit.) Already from this visit, a headless Shakira has been s ... More >>
Yes In My Backyard is a semiweekly column showcasing new and emerging MP3s from local talent. Photo of Love Like Deloreans by Doug Olsen The three Tangerine Dreamers in Love Like Deloreans play drummerless krautrock at its warmest and most infectious--the fuzzy-wuzzy stuff of Cluster and early Kr ... More >>
Your Crap Archivist brings you the finest in forgotten and bewildering crap culled from basements, thrift stores, estate sales and flea markets. I do this for one reason: Knowledge is power. The Beanie Baby Handbook Author: Les & Sue Fox Publisher: Scholastic Date: 1998 Discovered at: Thrift st ... More >>
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It's a matter of trust
Trent makes a middling ambient record. So can you, incidentally.
Two vampire classics are back. Unfortunately, this time, they bite.
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Gary Shteyngart sings the blues; Tribeca Film Fest goes Bang Bang
What does the collar on a summer shirt signify? Interpretations go neck and neck.
How to totally blow your tax refund
Nas, Missy Elliot, and the Beasties celebrate the redesign of the Run D.M.C. Adidas
A speech series from Toronto tries its best to make New Yorkers smart
Rotted remains of obscure Middle American metal also-rans dug up, and oh the stench
Like the Sweet Song of a Choir You Light My Morning Sky With Burning Love Like Blood
Michael Chabon's Dime-Store Serenade
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Shopping in the Spirit of May Day
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