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Address: 149 Seventh Street
City: Brooklyn
State: NY
Date Time Event Description
Mar-22-18 08:00 PM The Wedding Present with Terry De Castro
'The boy Gedge has written some of the best love songs of the Rock 'n' Roll Era. You may dispute this, but I'm right and you're wrong!' John Peel.The Wedding Present have had eighteen UK Top 40 hit singles... not bad for a band that has, from its inception, stubbornly refused to play the record industry's game. In 1985 David Lewis Gedge boarded a National Express coach in London with 500 records packed into a pair of his mother's suitcases and, in this fashion, the band's debut single GO OUT AND GET 'EM BOY! was delivered to the distribution company, and The Wedding Present was born. That pioneering spirit has been at the core of the band's philosophy ever since. From GEORGE BEST, 'an unmitigated delight' [NME], the first full-length release on their own Reception Records onwards, the band has charted an appealing, if often eccentric, course of its very own.With their early releases The Wedding Present had acquired a reputation for bittersweet, breathtakingly honest love songs immersed in whirlwind guitars, so it was extraordinary that UKRAINSKI VISTUPI V JOHNA PEELA, with the band exploring traditional Eastern European folk music, should be their major label debut on RCA. '(They) carry off what is basically a bold experiment with verve' [NME]. However, this was soon followed by the more traditionally incendiary BIZARRO, 'simply unbeatable' [Melody Maker] which featured their first hit single KENNEDY.The next step, made with characteristically twisted Wedding Present logic, was to enlist noise-mongering [and, at that point, relatively unknown] sound engineer Steve Albini's aid at a time when everyone else was releasing 'Madchester' dance mixes. The resulting SEAMONSTERS, recorded in the snowy wilds of Minnesota in just 11 days, suggested a more thoughtful Wedding Present. The Guardian newspaper noted that: 'Albini has given The Wedding Present considerable weight, with Gedge's voice trickling between banks of scowling guitars'. Indeed, the singing ranged from sensual whispering to feverish screams.The band came up with their next intriguing idea in 1992. By the end of December, The Wedding Present had released twelve singles, one per month, equalled Elvis Presley's 35 year old record for 'most hits in one year', rekindled everyone's interest in that ultimate pop format, the 7' and led the NME to describe the band as 'casually revolutionary and underhandedly unique'. A gang of impressive names, including Ian Broudie from The Lightning Seeds and legendary Rolling Stones producer Jimmy Miller collaborated on the industry-challenging project, ultimately to be compiled on the two HIT PARADE albums and awarded 'record of the week' by Tony Parsons in The Daily Telegraph.WATUSI, produced by Steve Fisk (a prime mover in the celebrated avant-garde scene of Seattle), whisked the band off into another new area with its lo-fi pop, three-part a capella harmonies and Waikiki-ready surf strains. This 'strong, multifaceted album' [Select], sprinkled with 60s and 70s pastiches, was described by critics as their most varied and dynamic to date. 'Watusi is (their) 'White Album', a re-assessment of their sound that finds them doing what they do best' [Melody Maker].The band returned to England to record their next release, the car themed MINI, 'a gem of a record' [Melody Maker] in which Gedge cloaked his tales of love, lust and infidelity with automobile symbolism. To commemorate this release, the band played [with two drummers!] at the BBC's Sound City Event, which was held that year in Leeds. During the concert, the winner of a prize draw was announced, and a lucky Wedding Present fan became the owner of a real life classic Austin Mini motor car provided by the band and delivered by David Gedge himself!The follow-up, self-produced album, SATURNALIA was again released to a flurry of critical approval. The NME exclaimed that 'David Gedge has just written one of the best pop albums of the year' while The Melody Maker noted that in the new recordings, which were completed in the London studios belonging to The Cocteau Twins, you could 'hear an experimentalism that would send half of New York back to the lab'.It was at this point in 1997 that Gedge started work on a new project called CINERAMA in which he indulged his love of film music from John Barry to Ennio Morricone. Cinerama started life as a duo [Gedge and his girlfriend Sally Murrell] together with a shifting line-up of collaborators. 1998's VA VA VOOM 'turbo-driven melodies and bittersweet vignettes taking in everything from John Barry to the Zombies' [The Times] featured The Church's Marty Wilson-Piper and Emma Pollock from The Delgados. Following its release, Gedge recruited the rhythm section of the disbanded Goya Dress (Terry de Castro and Simon Pearson) together with Wedding Present guitarist Simon Cleave for his new band.Cinerama released a clutch of singles in support of their debut LP, as well as a number prior to 2000's Steve Albini-recorded DISCO VOLANTE 'dangerously, seductively sweet' [Melody Maker]. Notable were the heart-rending SUPERMAN (complete with alternative Spanish take) and the six and a half minute epic HEALTH AND EFFICIENCY (also available in French!).The third Cinerama studio album, TORINO (released in 2002), was much darker than the first two, with Gedge returning to a more guitar driven sound and deciding to write predominantly about infidelity. 'Cinerama are escaping the shadow of Gedge's illustrious indie-legend past. Torino is a giant beast of adulterous lyrical fantasies, cult soundtrack flourishes and the screams of Albini-engineered guitars' [Uncut].At the end of 2002, Gedge and Murrell unexpectedly split up, and he decided to leave Leeds, his home for the preceding twenty-four years, and move to Seattle, Washington. Following the end of this fourteen-year relationship, Gedge began writing a collection of songs apparently influenced by his despair over the split. TAKE FOUNTAIN, the resultant album, was recorded in Seattle by Steve Fisk [who also produced The Wedding Present's WATUSI in 1994] and released, perhaps ironically, on St. Valentine's Day 2005. This saw Gedge reviving The Wedding Present name for the first album since 1996's SATURNALIA to a torrent of critical acclaim. TAKE FOUNTAIN 'is as eloquent an emotional discourse as he has mustered.' [Mojo]. 'Fans have long since recognised Gedge as more poet than pop star. Like Byron without the marsh fever, TAKE FOUNTAIN confirms his status as an extraordinary songwriter' [The Times].In the wake of TAKE FOUNTAIN's success, and after almost an eight-year hiatus, The Wedding Present set out on a mammoth twenty month concert tour of Europe and North America which included most of the major festivals and ended in November 2006. The following month Gedge relocated to Hollywood, California but ventured back across the Atlantic in October 2007 when The Wedding Present performed the GEORGE BEST album live as part of a George Best 'Twentieth Anniversary' Tour of Europe.In January 2008 the band assembled in Steve Albini's Chicago studio to record EL REY, which was released in the summer of that year to further critical acclaim. The NME described the album as 'a beauty... some of the funniest, cleverest and most relevant indie you're likely to hear this year' while The Guardian newspaper agreed that 'Gedge has consistently been way ahead of other, more lauded musicians'. At the end of 2008 Gedge fulfilled a long held ambition by releasing a bona fide Christmas song, HOLLY JOLLY HOLLYWOOD, a duet with Los Angeles based chanteuse, Simone White.In April 2009 Gedge collaborated with the BBC Big Band for the biannual Fuse Festival which was held in Leeds. For the event he performed Wedding Present and Cinerama songs backed by eighteen world class musicians including legendary trumpeter Derek Watkins. In what proved to be a busy yet unusual year for Gedge he also made his debut as a radio DJ in Texas, released his bass player's solo album on his own label and launched his own mini-festival, AT THE EDGE OF THE SEA, in Brighton.
Mar-23-18 07:30 PM A Drinking Game NYC
Classic movies shaken, not stirred, and with a twist.What's "A Drinking Game"? Well, take your favorite 80s or 90s flick, mix in a live staged reading, add a dash of your favorite beverage, and you've got one hell of a cocktail.Talented actors perform cult classics for a live audience. One night only. A new show every monthcomedies like The Princess Bride, Back to the Future, and Ghostbusters.Each movie comes with a list of buzzwords and phraseswhen you hear one, a bell rings and everybody drinks! The actors are in on the fun, too. Plus, when someone says a name, the actor playing that character has to drink. So as the evening progresses, the show's bound to get a little wacky."
Mar-24-18 01:00 PM Buffalo City Fair Join us for the Buffalo City Fair at The Bell House in Brooklyn, NY! We’re throwing a party for Buffalo, NY with Labatt USA, Wings, Beef on Weck, Sahlen's Hot Dogs, Garbage Plates, Loganberry cocktails, and more! Come celebrate the spirit of New York’s second most populous city in the Big Apple!Buffalo's Famous restaurant and Baba's Pierogies will be selling their mouthwatering grub along with 26 Shirts who's slinging their infamous limited edition #Buffalo T-shirts.  Featuring performances by Joe Pera and Matt Wayne Music by "Chris and Ronnie" Polka Band and DJ Colleen CrumbcakeFor those hardcore Buffalonians, we're hosting a Buffalo Super Fan contest so come thru rocking your favorite Buff gear!Tag or invite your friends!This is the 1st edition of the City Farm Presents: City Fair Series, so follow us on our socials for exclusive info.Check out www.cityfair.us for more info.21+
Mar-25-18 07:00 PM Persisticon Where COMEDY, ART, and electing FEMINISTS collide. Laugh, listen, dance, and help raise gobs of cash for Emily's List: committed to electing progressive, pro-choice women, and equalizing the representation of all genders in government. Performers + speakers include*: Ophira Eisenberg, Bridget Everett, Negin Farsad, Jo Firestone, Jaclyn Friedman, Jon Glaser, Murray Hill, Sally Kohn, Aparna Nancherla, Angie Pontani, Michelle Buteau, Dawn Drake and ZapOte, and Swune.  Want to help? Have questions? Email: Persisticon@gmail.com _____ PERSISTICON is the passion project of Diana Kane, Theo Kogan, Lynn Harris, and Leslie King, who are here to take ACTION, build COMMUNITY, make IMPACT, and have FUN. PERSISTICON's inaugural event will support EMILY's List and thus ELECT FEMINISTS. Future events will raise money/a ruckus for other key progressive causes. Also on the Persisticon team: Cassandra Alcide, Christina Clare, Melisa Coburn, Martha Corcoran, Ferne Pearlstein, Andrew Wagner *subject to change
Mar-26-18 07:30 PM Ask Me Another
Puzzlemaster Will Shortz and Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me! host Peter Sagal walk into a bar... No, it's not the start of a joke. It's the essence of Ask Me Another, a rambunctious hour that blends brainteasers and local pub trivia night with comedy and music. Host Ophira Eisenberg invites in-studio guests and listeners alike to stretch their noggins, tickle their funny bones, and enjoy witty banter and guitar riffs from house musician Jonathan Coulton.For an hour, listeners can play along as Eisenberg puts questions to a rotating band of puzzle gurus, audience members and special mystery guests, who then takes a turn in the contestant's chair facing trivia games written especially for him or her. What you'll hear resembles the casual intimacy of game night at a friend's house: one where scores are forgotten in favor of hilarious gaffes.Ask Me Another is recorded live at The Bell House in Brooklyn, NY.Ask Me Another is a co-production of NPR and WNYC.
Mar-27-18 07:30 PM The Comedy Resistance, Mike Birbiglia, Hari Kondabolu, Cipha Sounds, Eudora Peterson, NRDC Action Fund
Mar-28-18 08:30 PM Marshall Crenshaw, Bottle Rockets
Mar-30-18 08:00 PM The Lion King Movie Musical Party, SecretFormula
Mar-31-18 10:00 PM The Rub
Theres a reason why The Rub is a New York City institution: its a dance party where people with good taste in music come together, get wasted and shake their asses until the wee hours of the morning. Having garnered praise from the Village Voice (best party in Brooklyn to dance sweatily to smart music) and the New York Press (best party in NYC), The Rub is always about great dance music (hip-hop, disco, funk, house, and reggae), affordable drinks, and real people; no dress code, no bottle service and no celebrity DJs
Apr-02-18 08:00 PM The Moth StorySLAM
The Moth StorySLAMs are story telling competitions where the stage is open to any and all with a story to tell on the evening's theme.