It’s Halloween Weekend, and we’re proud to offer both costume ideas (“Dude from Baths” is great if you can hunt down the Pomeranian) and nightlife suggestions, from James Murphy at Le Bain tonight to Oneida’s five-year-old Brahloween institution to the myriad other picks in our comprehensive neighborhood guide (the Rub!). Couple clubs you’d best avoid, unfortunately.
‘Twas a week bookended by a pair of abrupt club shutdowns, starting late last weekend with Coco66 (they swear they’ll be back, and in a roomier, less fire-marshal-antagonizing incarnation) and ending just last night with the still-developing tale of the drug charges that have temporarily darkened Santos Party House. May both rise again soon, just so we have a few more places at which to discuss that ridiculous New York magazine article on The Death of the Hipster.
Plenty of stuff to listen to as we wait for all that to shake out: Christopher R. Weingarten’s fantastic anti-witch-house mixtape, new YIMBY entries from house producer M A N I K and Brooklyn lo-fi rookies Sweet Bulbs, disco warrior Justin V’s special Halloween playlist, and the 10 best posse cuts of 2010 (so far).
Elsewhere, we chatted with Ninja Tune co-founder Matt Black about his adventurous 20-year-old label, clarified that puking-at-Siren rumor with Japandroids, and grilled “The Rent Is Too Damn High” gubernatorial candidate Jimmy McMillan about his nearly 40-year-old attempted career as a soul singer. We also wrapped up and compiled our CMJ Portrait Series, if you’d care to gaze on people way more fashionable than you. (Well, probably.)
Several clubs did not shut down this week, and hosted great live music instead: Corin Tucker stood up for motherhood at Bowery Ballroom, the infectiously giddy Matt & Kim nearly ripped up the floor at Webster Hall, psych-metalheads Kylesa filled up Public Assembly on an otherwise sleepy Monday night, and, well, last weekend’s Waffles and Tits party we figure is self-explanatory. A couple upcoming shows we’re excited about: L.A. hip-hop crew Odd Future at Webster Hall November 8, and international buffet globalFEST 2011 hitting the same place in January.
Of course, what we’ll really remember this week for is some super-uncouth online-sex-scandal action, about which the less said the better right now, though if you insist, feel free to cap it all off by looking at an (alleged) photo of (allegedly) Kanye West’s dick. See you Monday. Let’s do better next week.