Tonight, a Gorillaz “Jukebox Listening Party” at the Greenpoint Tavern (?)


No idea what the marketing rep responsible for this was thinking, but tonight from 7:30 to 9:30 pm, there is a pre-release “jukebox listening party” for the new Gorillaz record Plastic Beach . . . at the Greenpoint Tavern. The Greenpoint Tavern (aka “GPT”) is, for the unitiated, a divey, kitschily decorated clubhouse on Bedford Avenue in Williamsburg that’s been around for more than 50 years; 75 per cent of the bartending staff is older than that. On weekend nights, the place’s proximity to North 7th tends to make it a victim of hipster-tourist “douchebaggery,” which might be the sort of scene a sticker-packing street team would want. But on Mondays, there’re usually 10 to 15 people in the GPT, about three of them are under 40, and they’re all yelling about Wheel of Fortune. So much luck to the music-biz intern who’ll be forced to explain to a room of guys nicknamed Cold Cuts and Fat Anthony and Frankie Chips that they’re listening to music from cartoon characters. Major labels, FTW!

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