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July 2010

Mother India Remix w/DJ Tigerstyle @ Celebrate Brooklyn

DSC06191Last night, Celebrate Brooklyn offered up an impressionistic remix of the 1957 Bollywood classic "Mother India," with a live performance by leading Indian DJ Tigerstyle, along with strings, keys and percussion. The original 3 hour epic was reduced to an hour of silent tableaus, complete with burning haystacks and children thrashing in mud. A feast for the eyes and ears. (More pics below.) DSC06200
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FoM in Deli Magazine

  FoM DeliMy new friend Nora over at i rock i roll included FoM in her lineup of emerging NYC Music Blogs in this quarter's Deli Magazine, available now at finer record stores and dive bars throughout the city. In her intro, Nora says that she did the piece to help educate herself on the current state of the NYC music blogosphere: when she started IRIR back in 2004, there were only a handful of music blogs out there, most of which have since "retired." 

Unfortunately, you can't read the magazine online, but if you go to the Deli Magazine site, there is a link where you can download a pdf of the print edition. 

Some excerpts for those who don't feel like downloading:

  • "There are better classical blogs out there, and more knowledgeable rock bloggers, but I don't know of anyone who covers the range of territory I do."
  • "Everything seems to be converging in NYC, and I just want to be here to document it all."
  • "The Williamsburg scene is too twee and risks extinction from feeding on itself. Bowery is a monopoly, and drink prices are outrageous everywhere. Outside of Todd P's joints, there aren't nearly enough all-ages shows out there. But, hey, nowhere's perfect. Maybe Austin."

The National @ Celebrate Brooklyn

  DSC06164A brilliant evening under the stars tonight at Celebrate Brooklyn, where local heroes The National played to a capacity crowd, rifling through a set filled with hits from both of their highly acclaimed albums The Alligator, The Boxer, and their new release High Violet. In addition to the core unit of lead singer/songwriter Matt Berninger, brothers Bryce and Aaron Dessner and Bryan and Scott Devendorf, the band was joined by brass players Padma Newsome and Colin Steston and percussionist Conrad Doucette. A fantastic night of music, even if there was a baggie in the way. (More pics on Flickr.)


No Age and Cap'n Jazz at Brooklyn Bowl

  DSC06112 A wild scene yesterday at Brooklyn Bowl, where Jelly's weekly Pool Party was transferred after intermittent rain stopped The Death Set's set early. Unfortunately, BBowl could only accommodate 1/10 of the folks who dashed over from the waterfront stage, but those that made it in were treated to high energy sets by L.A.'s No Age and Providence's Lightning Bolt (who I missed.) But the main draw was undoubtedly the reunited Chicago emo band Cap'n Jazz, who tore through a set of 90's classics like "Oh Messy Life" and "Basil's Kite" (feat. lead singer Tim Kinsella on french horn) to an adoring crowd who seemed to know every word by heart. And, of course, the minute we all went outside, it was bright and sunny cool. (More pics on Flickr.)