Happy July 4th!

Saturday, July 04, 2009 | |

Jasper Johns, Flags (1968)

Enjoy the fireworks and friends this July 4th weekend!

Weekender July 3 - July 5

Thursday, July 02, 2009 | |

HAPPY JULY 4th Weekend! There's a lot going on and its finally warming up here in New York so get your dancing shoes on and get ready to party!

Off the Record (NYC)

Freaknic NYC 2009 (Brooklyn)
4th of July Campout (New York State)
4th of July in the Sky (NYC)
American Gothic (London)
Texas Heat Music Festival (Houston)

Oumou Sangare at Summerstage (NYC)
20th Anniversary: Do the Right Thing (Brooklyn)
BLK JKS @ Weeksville Heritage Center (Brooklyn)
Hey Girl Hey (Atlantic City, NJ)

Catch the last weekend of the New York Asian Film Festival. This year's programming has the usual mix of high and low cinema coming out of Asia but the emphasis has been placed on a great selection of Asian gore/zombie/horror films. The NYC premiere of Love Exposure plays tonite at the Japan Society!

6:15PM Showing with the director, Sion Sono in attendance!

‘OFF THE RECORD’ with special guest TKAT

On any other Friday night, you might find David Azzoni (aka TKAT) rocking the decks at Brooklyn’s Black Betty with Monk One, holding down the rhythm section and backup vocals with afro-latin-beat group Chico Mann, or maybe just cruising around Brooklyn on his fixie spreading love.

This Friday, however, you can catch BK’s TKAT as he drops his favorite vinyl selections at OFF THE RECORD. Expect a hot batch of soul, funk, latin, disco, and house hits to keep you dancing all night long.

DJs Snack and Cmish have huge plans and a big goal: They want to make New York City dance on a Friday Night. With their combined passion for spinning choice Boogie, Disco, and House, the upstairs of APT will be transformed into a weekly dance spot dubbed ‘Off The Record’.

Each week, SandC will feature local and emerging DJs from around the country, delivering a taste of a new underground dance scene that is growing, not only within New York, but within major cities throughout the States. By bringing Disco, Funk, and Boogie heat from the 70s and 80s, S&C hope to revive a scene that embraces a pretense-free dance experience in New York City.

12:04am July 4th to 7pm July 5th
luv technologies presents
Freaknic NYC 2009 Peace Festival
Featuring Airborn Audio(ninjatune), Maluca(mad decent), Os Crunc Tesla Vampirekiller Arc(ekler'o'shock/tigerbeat6), Ninjasonik, Follower feat. Bunny Rabbit, No Surrender, dj Empress, Fisheye,dj Duane, The Baddys, Shock Cinema, Rosetta Stoned, dj Jedi, Rig1, Le Le, Omega Moon, dj Gravy, Anton Glamb, Bridget Barkan, K-Swift, Tigga Calore, Ryan Sawyer, Leif, Zack Shadetek, Spazecrafte, Mindbender, Kiryl Olos, Philistine, Moto, Cobra Attack, Zone 3, Monica Sharp, Devang Shah, NARA, Plasticity feat. Windy Hill Mill, Ver6, Oddfellow, White Knights, Antsy, Forest City Band, Mr. Baby, Mr. Andersonic, First City and dj Otomi

:::hosted by Contessa:::...

It's Free! It's an All ages Outdoor Community Event!!
...at a Private Lot in Williamsburg Brooklyn (255 Mckibbin Street) 342 Maujer Street between Waterbury and Morgan Ave
take the L train...
For more info contact the homie Raedawn Here.

No RSVP...No Snobbery!...Just Peace, Love and Food dude.
Look for the kool-aid with portobello mushrooms and citric acid.

Campout on Queens Farm
Escape the city and channel your inner child with this food-centric overnight camping trip ($80) at Queens Farm. By the time you've worked up an appetite from playing capture the flag, Marlow & Daughters' Tom Mylan will have finished spit-roasting a pig for your dinner. Pitch your tent (available for rent) on the orchard grounds to spend the night, then enjoy Sunday's breakfast of fresh fruit and eggs gathered on the property. 73-50 Little Neck Pkwy., Floral Park; tickets available here

Uno Presents:
with fine summer tunes by new york city's finest, and canada import DJs:
ELI ESCOBAR • (Outside Broadcast)
ROK ONE • (The Bangers)
CONTRA • (M.I.A. / Santigold)
GRANDTHEFT • (Team Canada)
4th of July
2-8PM - BAR 13 - ROOFTOP
35 E. 13th St. and University
Breezy Refreshments & Freedom BBQ ON THE GO

FREE w/ RSVP @ http://unonyc.com or pay at the door
Brought to you by The FADER, Red Bull, Lookout, and Reluxe
Lynnette Astaire presents AMERICAN GOTHIC
9:00- 19:00 / Mayfair / Intersection of New Bond and Clifford, directly across from Louis Vuitton. LONDON

Saturday July 4th 2009, come celebrate American Independence in London as Lynnette Astaire releases her new historical documentary "John Monroe" as part of her latest Public Arts Project "American Gothic."

American Gothic Is a Public Works of Art Project based off my photograph "John Monroe," a visual statement intended to symbolize the alleged affair between John F. Kennedy and Marilyn Monroe. The scene “John” shows the assassination of John F. Kennedy. The original Zapruder footage has been dubbed over with coughs, cell phone rings, and other quirks that indicate that the film has been pirated or "bootlegged." The scene “Monroe” features the footage of Marilyn Monroe’s "Happy Birthday Mr. President" presented in the same manner. “John Monroe” will be produced in DVD form, as a limited edition of 99. The cheap production value is intended to mimic the pirated look of movie theater re-recorded video footage commonly used in bootlegged production methods. These types of movies are commonly sold on the sidewalks and subways of urban areas.

The film sells for £99.99, with an extremely limited production run of 99

TEXAS HEAT Music Festival
2 Day Rock & Dance Fest !! Rain or Shine !!!

Saturday & Sunday :: July 4th & 5th
Doors :: 12 Noon – 10pm

JONES PLAZA :: Downtown Houston

:: Saturday 7/4 ::
The Rapture [dj set]
2020 Soundsystem
Drop The Lime
Hot Pink Delorean

Supporting Artists ::
Ceeplus Bad Knives - Rocky Moon & Bolt - Electric Attitude - The Sour Notes - Grandfather Child - Searching For Signal - Shina Rae - Springfield Riots - Workingirls - Tax The Wolf - Female Demand - Grizzly - DJ Dayta - El Roy Boogie - Suraj K - SDFONE - Page - TDBZ - Kung Fu Pimp - DJ Dan-Knee - G-Wizz - The Call Me Jep - Brad Slack Featuring MC Gremlin - Bloxwerth

:: Sunday 7/5 ::
People Under The Stairs
Felix Cartal
Bird Peterson
DJ Mel

Supporting Artists ::
The Button Freak - Satin Hooks - Factory Party - American Sharks - Josh Dupont - DJ Red - Grrrl Parts - Sad Gorilla - Glasnost - The Mathletes - James Reed - Brandon Silva - Alpaca - The Gold Sounds - Ben Wesley - Warbler PL - Bjorn Larsen - Chris Calix - Damon Allen - BMC - Steve Mok - DJ Maximilian

Oumou Sangare and Les Nubians
Summerstage in Central Park

Born to singer Aminata Diakité, Oumou Sangare is a Malian musician known as "The Songbird of Wassoulou.” She writes and composes her songs to bring about social awareness, especially concerning the place of women within society. Since 1990, she has performed at some of the most prestigious venues in the world: the Melbourne Opera, Roskilde festival, Festival d'Essaouira and Opéra de la Monnaie of Brussels. Her 1989 album Moussoulou was an unprecedented West African hit and she has toured with artists such as Baaba Maal, Femi Kuti, and Boukman Eksperyans. Seya (Joy) is Sangare’s first album in six years and for her appearance at Central Park SummerStage she will be performing new songs joined by some very special guests.

Afropunk Festival Celebrates the 20th Anniversary of DO THE RIGHT THING
BAM Cinemetak at 7:30pm

Directed by Spike Lee
With Danny Aiello, Ossie Davis

(1989) 120min

The streets of Bed-Stuy boil in Lee’s tale of tensions running high on the hottest day of the year. Loaded with an amazing supporting cast (including Samuel L. Jackson, Giancarlo Esposito, John Turturro, and Rosie Perez) and music by Public Enemy, Do the Right Thing swings effortlessly from satire to social commentary.

BLK JKS perform at the Weeksville Heritage Center in celebration of the July 5th Emancipation Day. Enslaved African Americans were emancipated on July 4th 1827 but because of threats of violence African Americans in New York celebrate this holiday on the 5th! Come out and hear the first of a 4-part summer salon series at this historic center.
4pm - Lecture
6pm - Show

HEY GIRL HEY: Atlantic City Edition

All Day Pool Party!!!

Music by...
Skeet Skeet
Roxy Cottontail
Ca$$idy and Fabiana

TICKETS click here.

The Chelsea Hotel
Cabana Club
111 South Chelsea Ave
Atlantic City, NJ

for bus tickets from New York www.greyhound.com OR you can also take a train from Penn Station for $29 one way

Cubic Zirconia Record Release Party

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Tiombe Lockhart's powerhouse voice was featured on the first Platinum Pied Pipers album and now her newest project, Cubic Zirconia is set to launch into outerspace tonite! With their first EP out June 23rd, the crew is throwing an all-star celebration tonite with DJ Assault, Dam Funk, Chico Mann, Head Automatica, Kool Hersh, and Mike 2600. It'll be epic. Don't Sleep.

Cubic Zirconia
Fuck Work Record Release
Thursday, July 2nd
Santo's Party House
$12 Advance Tickets
3AM Open Bar

VIBE Magazine Folds

Wednesday, July 01, 2009 | |

Its been a rough week for Quincy -- first Michael passed and now Vibe has gone under. Thanks to a late nite taco run at La Esquina last nite, I was informed that Vibe Magazine, founder Quincy Jones' answer to a black Rolling Stone, has folded. Gawker has the full story here. In an interesting twist, NME.com reported today that Quincy Jones has plans to buy back the magazine he started in 1993.

Nas x Damian "Jr Gong" Marley

Tuesday, June 30, 2009 | |

International Hip-Hop superstar Nas and GRAMMY-winning artist Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley are collaborating on an upcoming release Distant Relatives, an album created by the two artists to celebrate the correlation and deep-rooted connection between reggae music, hip-hop, and Africa. The album features the signature instrumentation and musicianship of Marley with the hard-hitting beats and lyrics of Nas. Throughout the course of their musical careers, the duo has taught each other and always admired one another's styles. Since first meeting in 1996, the two artists have shared a mutual respect and camaraderie that was most recently showcased on "Road to Zion," a standout track from Damian's critically-acclaimed album, Welcome to Jamrock. After having such a positive experience working together, they have now joined forces again for Distant Relatives. Check the below album trailer from Nabil, the music video director behind K'naan's TIA and Kanye's Welcome to Heartbreak.

NAS & DAMIAN "JR GONG" MARLEY DISTANT RELATIVES preview from nabil elderkin on Vimeo.

pretty things

Monday, June 29, 2009 | |

Camille Hempel not only designs jewelry with an androgynous focus but also photographs ugly couches and fixes motorbikes. My kind of gal! I especially like the bear paw and button rings. Above, custom fingerprint wedding bands. Check out her store in Williamsburg (317 Wythe Ave., Brooklyn, NY) or online at http://camillehempel.com.