Tuesday, July 28, 2009

After The Jump Fest returns to Brooklyn August 28th-August 30th

Just in time for the tail end of summer is After The Jump Fest starting the night of August 28th and lasting through that weekend. Having personally met some of the organizers, they rock hard. And it's all to benefit the teaching of music to the young'uns. From their press kit:

"After the Jump is the joint effort of 22 New York City music bloggers, writers, djs and
photographers- a coalition whose websites attract over 1.5 million viewers per week and
have won such awards as VH1 Honors, Billboard and NME Best Music Blog. Founded in
2007 with the goal of helping new artists gain exposure while raising money for struggling
school music programs, After the Jump has hosted over 50,000 attendees with media
coverage in The New York Times, The New Yorker, Village Voice, The Guardian
(UK), Spin Magazine, New York Magazine, and many others. The group has planned
and staged concerts in association with the massive South by Southwest Music Festival in
Austin, TX and the CMJ Music Marathon in NYC as well organizing the huge, multi level New
Year's Eve events for The Knitting Factory in 07' and 08'. In addition to these amazing
satellite events, After the Jump's yearly New York Summer music festival completed it's
second year this past June with 36 bands playing on 4 stages in a massive block party that
drew a crowd of over 2,000."

"After the Jump productions is proud to support two New York City based music charities, Education through Music and DonorsChoose.org. • Education through Music was founded to promote the integration of music into the curricula of disadvantaged schools in order to enhance students’ academic performance and general development. Many schools, especially those serving children in low-income communities, provide no music instruction or rely solely on short-term programs that do not serve every student. ETM created a comprehensive program that incorporates music into the education of every child, including those with special needs. ETM forms long-term partnerships with inner-city elementary schools that lack the resources to develop schoolwide music programs. (www.etmonline.org) • DonorsChoose.org connects students in need with the resources that our public schools often lack. On the website, teachers submit project proposals for materials or an experience their students need to learn. These ideas become classroom reality when concerned individuals (known as Citizen Philanthropists at DonorsChoose.org) choose projects to fund. Any individual can search such proposals by areas of interest, learn about classroom needs, and choose to fund the project they find most compelling. In completing a project, donors receive student thank-you notes, classroom photos, and a Teacher Impact Letter. (www.donorschoose.org)"

Talk about grassroots! They need your donations and sponsorship if you're interested in you know, the well being and health of children. If not that's cool, you can still check out a serious amount of performances throughout the weekend. There will be enough non-prescription horn-rimmed glasses for you to either geek out with or smash "accidentally."

Considering it's not Labor Day weekend but I mistakenly took it for Labor Day weekend up until last month, you schedule should be free.

You can check out Littlefield in Gowanus on Yelp here.

Do it for the kids.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Lunchtime Justice: J&R Santa Fight - New York Justice? I THINK SO!!!

I've shopped at J&R many a time, especially when I was living down on Water Street (which I hear is really getting lively around the seaport, in a good way, less tourists, more real establishments other than that number one selling Abercrombie store).

I picked up a lot of good DVDs for cheap, and it's like Sam Ash in that they separate things into different sections and you have to kinda strip mall yourself into different mini-stores. It's still the only DVD section where I've actually found Crime Story Season 1. Anywho, there are computer parts that I've bought that have lasted me to this day, but it's also sort of uncouth, for lack of a better word.

Anywho, as a New York establishment, and since Christmas shopping comes once a year but starts about now, here's a classic Lunchtime Justice commercial from last season. Instead of our God is better than your God, it's our Santa is better than your Santa, because we have an additional elf throwing knee strikes.

Oh and the "spit" at the end is a nice wet touch.

For all your electronics needs and a healthy dose of cramped New York style (but not cramping your style), go to J&R's official site for their latest deals.

Eat It Brooklyn goes camping....

Peekytoe Crab Beignets. Gotta love hot balls filled with crabs.
Photo by Eat It: The Brooklyn Food Blog

The lovely Eat It: The Brooklyn Food Blog has yet another culinary greatness to report on over in Park Slope. I'm always looking for a nice seafood restaurant (Red Lobster totally counts, sorry folks but those cheddar biscuits rule and since they aren't in my neck of the woods I'll settle bitches).

Traversing the Brooklyn Fish Camp on 5th Avenue, here's what she had to say:

"When I asked my Mom the other night what she wanted for dinner, she said, "A salad and a nice piece of fish", so naturally we headed to Brooklyn Fish Camp, (165 5th Avenue, between Douglass & Degraw Streets, 718-783-3264), the BK outpost of Manhattan's Mary's Fish Camp. I'd actually never been there, but was pleasantly surprised and have now added it to the long roster of great Brooklyn restaurants. We were seated in the little backyard courtyard at one of the long communal tables. There were a few red, white & rose wines by the glass, a handful of beer on tap (we got a Pilsner and an IPA that were delicious - Victory and Greenflash), and a selection of specials as well."

"For our entree, my BF & I shared the Grilled Daurade Filet with Yellow Wax Beans,
Cannellini Beans and Radishes. There were two big pieces of fish that was meaty and slightly oily, brightened up by the beans & radishes. It was a satisfying and delicious dish."

For more photos of the meal and general uncensored food arousal, check out Eat It 3 times a week. I do like Victory Pilsner, especially when feeling full at The Spotted Pig on a Sunday afternoon.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Not Doing Anything This Weekend? Free Hip Hop Docs (and happy hour drink prices) from The Kings County Cinema Society

This Sunday July 19th, the friends at the Kings County Cinema Society are blasting serious beats this weekend in Gowanus at the newish performance space Littlefield located on 622 Degraw Street. The double bill includes the Beastie Boys concert documentary at 6pm , Awesome: I Fuckin' Shot That! and at 8:30pm Rock The Bells, which chronicles the reunion of the Wu-Tang Clan for the Rock The Bells concert back in 2004. All Eastern times folks.

In between there will be BBQ for you foodies, as well as happy hour (aka recession era) drink prices, very cheap, very awesome, Gooooooowanus! And, to get you in the groove between, before, and after the par-tay, is DJ empanadamn. Yes that's a combo of two words if you want to think of it as such.

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The Kings County Cinema Society is doing Brooklyn right, check out their site and look for more events every week!

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Resident Film Critic Chris Cabin - Top 10 Movies of the Year So Far

Our resident film critic Chris Cabin weighs in on his top 10 films of the year thus far (since we’re a little over half way, and because awards season seems like it never ends with all that patting on the backing and what not). Here it is, complete with trailers for each. Never heard of these films? Find out more at IMDb and get crackin'! The KCB is particularly interested in Hunger fo sho.

01. The Headless Woman: A work of concentrated discombobulation and exacting mood. A woman runs over something in the road, hits her head and for the rest of the film she doesn't know what's going on. Neither do we really, thanks to the young Argentinean master Lucretia Martel's lean, focused formalism but that's what makes it one of the best films of the year. It's a mystery film where the questions posed by the narrative are engulfed by the provocations made by the filmmaking.

02. Silent Light: Like Martel, Mexican troublemaker Carlos Reygadas holds nothing back on his third masterfully crafted film. An agrarian staging of Dreyer's Ordet? Or just a Mennonite ethnographic study with a script? Reygadas has been cast-off as pretentious but what else would you expect from a filmmaker bold enough to attempt greatness?

03. Hunger: The debut of the year by a country mile. British video artist Steve McQueen's highly photographic retelling of the last weeks of IRA martyr Bobby Sands is brilliantly fragmented, awake with inciting clamor and at war with the clarion beauty of its compositions. A step forward from Paul Greengrass' excellent Bloody Sunday, McQueen has located the fight rather than the folklore of the IRA.

04. Summer Hours: Long past prolific, Olivier Assayas' latest is arguably his most refined and clearly his most personal film to date. Globalization hits home when three siblings decide to sell the family house following the death of the family's matriarch. French to the bone, this surpassingly delicate tale finds Assayas cozy at home after years in techno-espionage and turning his camera into a fluidly expanding family tree.

05. The Hurt Locker: Kathryn Bigelow's monumental Iraq Occupation film has its roots in both action and war but it is devout to both in ways few directors could stomach. For a triptych of bomb-disposal specialists, headed by Jeremy Renner's devastating William James, war may be an addiction, an anesthetic to the complacency of real life or just something they're good at. Crafted in terms of time and clarity of motion rather than spectacle, this is Bigelow's most triumphant moment and, by a wide margin, the best film about the current mental state of our soldiers I've seen.

06. The Limits of Control: Bad-mouthed and labeled monotonous by nearly every critic around, Jim Jarmusch's latest film could be renamed Variations on a Scene. Space is a key factor in Jarmusch's entire oeuvre but here, the movement and position of actors and camera become the focus itself, accompanied by a sea storm of chrome ambience courtesy of Japanese psych-metal outfit Boris. Jarmusch has called his film Point Blank remade by Rivette but his disregard for the constraints of storytelling and devotion to the medium places him in ranks with the greats, if he wasn't there already.

07. Still Walking: The most delicate and lovely of Ozu tributes since Hou Hsiao-hsien's Café Lumiere. Two families converge on the house of their grandparents, played magnificently by Kirin Kiki and Yoshio Harada, for a 24-hour lunch and dinner and all manner of cultural and traditional tectonic plates begin to shift. Very few films have touched so fearlessly on the resentments of age and the ignorance of youth without pandering to either side. The immensely talented Hirokazu Koreeda, who we last saw directing a household of children in the superb Nobody Knows, may now be the most fascinating modern director working in Japan and Still Walking is his most refined film to date.

08. Tulpan: Buster Keaton moves to Kazakhstan? Not really but Sergei Dvortsevoy's astounding, original comedy certainly has invested itself in silence and the physicality of its actors. It's a simple story really: Boy meets girl, gets rejected by girl, falls for girl, gets rejected again and then helps deliver a newborn lamb. Ethnographic immersion played as minimalist romantic comedy, Dvortsevoy has made an exception first narrative feature coming from a life of documentary filmmaking. Life on the steppe becomes tradition's last stand while the titular tulip dreams of life at college, away from her alien birthplace.

09. Beeswax: Far from the portentous expectations of the Mumblecore movement, Bujalski now seems one of the strongest of American indie filmmakers, rightly in the same wheelhouse as Kelly Reichardt, So Yong Kim and other erstwhile Mumbler Aaron Katz. Set in suburban Texas, his latest is about early, sticky fumblings towards adulthood, typified by the social, romantic and economic hamstrings encountered by a pair of twins. Refined and more at ease with its habitats than his last two features, Bujalski's film still enjoys a good awkward moment but the scenes feel less fetishized. Neither softened nor unfocused, Bujalski is maturing while many of his compatriots are stuck in adolescence.

10. 35 Shots of Rum: Has Claire Denis given in and made something resembling a conventional narrative? You bet, but this is in no way a bad thing. In fact, it illuminates the director's most evocative gifts -- compositions of echoing desperation, her precise sense of movement and tone -- and places them in the context of artful melodrama. In this case, it's the story of a father and daughter living in the same rise as his ex-lover and her smoldering, wandering love interest. Feelings are hurt and hearts are broken but there's a harrowing mortality to Denis' world that belies the poetic lilt of the imagery. It is the director's most outwardly inviting film but it also may lay claim as her most transfixing.

10 Honorable Mentions:


Treeless Mountain

Tony Manero

In the Loop


The Beaches of Agnes

24 City



Cargo 200

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Chris Cab-tion Contest 7.14.09 - Guest Appearance by Rip Van Devil

Oh the Tour De France, how I don't care about thee.

For the full story, go here. Winner receives some wonderful swag courtesy of a Spice Girl. No for real, it'll make you work up a hot sweat.

All Ears All Eyes All The Time Fuels A Retrospective of James Bond - Dr. No

My friend at All Ears All Eyes All The Time blog is taking it upon himself to revisit all the James Bond films (we're still looking for odds and ends, but he's starting with the major ones for sure). Personally Quantum of Solace left a funny taste in my mouth, but I still thought it was a solid action flick.

The first two official Bond film reviews are up, starting with Dr. No:

"The recent release of several James Bond films onto high definition Blu-ray discs grabbed my curiosity a few months back and I decided to check out the titles that had been released to nerdily see if the new high definition transfers looked any better than the standard DVDs. As I started doing this, I realized that it had been a while since I watched a few of these Bond movies and in some cases even several years. I decided that I was going to embark on a gigantic undertaking: to re-watch every James Bond film in succession. I’ve been at it for a little over a month now and will be chiming in from time to time to update everyone on my progress and opinions of the films. Let’s begin where else, but the film that started it all..."

To read more on Dr. No, check out his review.

for From Russia With Love, which I think is the best Bond film (my personal favorite being For Your Eyes Only and the Dalton films, yeah so sue me), go here.

Monday, July 6, 2009

Getting Romantic on a Twosday: Notorious screening at Ortine

Needing of a nice dinner and a movie? Why not both at Ortine Cafe on the Prospect Heights/Crown Heights border of Washington Ave. tomorrow night July 7th!

The Kings County Cinema Society (no relation to the KCB other than friendship rings) is hosting a screening of Alfred Hitchcock's Notorious in Ortine's backyard. Get suspicious with your partner over dinner and the Cary Grant/Ingrid Bergman chemistry. Oh and they fight Nazis, something we can all get behind!
Photo from Fanpop.

Speaking of Nazis, you can still catch the outrageous flick Dead Snow at almost everyone's favorite uber-indie movie theater, Cinema Village.

Three Wolf Moon "Official" T-Shirt Review of the Afternoon: Statutory Marriage

From John Sherlock:

5 out of 5 stars

"My life has totally changed since the purchase of this shirt. My cousin/wife always told me that all we needed in life was a Lexus SUV, some hair gel, a gold chain, and designer clothes. However, she's only 9 so what does she know. I being a bit of hellion decided to break from my Irish Traveler roots. Once I put this shirt on I felt the raw power of the wolf travel through my veins.

I've gained a new found confidence that has allowed me to defraud over 200 elderly couples in the past 6 months alone. I even get free biscuits at Red Lobster when I where this baby. Wolf shirts FTMFW IYAM!"

Three Wolf Moon "Official" T-Shirt Review of the Day: How To Gamble Properly

From Ross Kilburn:

"I went to my local casino two days ago to have a drink with a friend. I had an amazing experience I had to share with you.

First of all, I never gamble. I don't like the odds. But, we decided anyway to gamble away $20 dollars.

We looked around trying to decide where to blow the money. We looked at the card tables, the roulette wheel, and finally, the slot machines.

And then I saw it. A slot machine with a big wolf's head on it.

I instantly remembered the power of the wolf t-shirt and confidently walked over to the machine.

We put in our $20 dollars. It was a very complicated machine (to us) and we asked the grizzled woman at the next chair how to bet. She guided us expertly (like a wise elder) and we proceeded to double our money in the first two spins.

She recommended we cash out $20 to bank our winnings. We obediently complied (as if in a trance of wolf spirit and earth mother). We spun a couple of more times, won again, and realized that our glorious moment was complete.

We cashed out, more than doubling our money, and walked out of the casino feeling high. This is my first post on amazon in my entire life. If you can't buy this shirt, do as I did, and let it guide you throughout your life."

You can check out all the reviews here.

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Sunburn in Far Queens

So I traveled to the beach at Neponsit for some noon sun and got a whole lotta deep burn. Still could not get away from those Bushwick hipsters, who somehow found us and decided to give their limited but loudly projected thoughts on the Middle East and cellulite. After they commented on my Midtown shirt.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Lunchtime Justice: Godard vs. Orr - New York Justice? I THINK SO!!!

Eric Godard thinks he's hurting Colton Orr from a Pittsburgh Penguins/New York Rangers hockey game this past season. What Orr realizes is once his hand starts to get numb, it becomes quite the club!

For all your New York Rangers news, you can go to their official site: New York Rangers Official Site for Power Skating

For all your Colton Orr going apeshit needs, go to Hockey Fights.