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Don’t doubt Brooklyn four-piece Shark? despite their unusually punctuated name. They blend scruffy garage-rock and riotous post-punk for music that swerves from catchy lo-fi hooks to wild distorted yelping in the blink of an eye. The band — made up of Kevin Diamond (vocals/guitar), Andy Swerdlow (drums), Andy Kinsey (bass), and Chris Mulligan (guitar) — have toured relentlessly in and around New York City for years and finally, after a successful Kickstarter campaign, were able to release their first full-length album, True Waste, this past summer.
Zoe Boekbinder was born in Ontario, Canada and currently resides in New Orleans. She tours internationally, playing her songs with clever rhymes about love gone awry, backed by live looped vocal harmonies and electronic beats. Her next album will be a collaboration with inmates at New Folsom Prison to benefit arts in prisons. For this special episode of BTR Hear & There, Zoe is joined by her friend and tourmate, Mal Blum, for an intimate performance at Sardine, a project space in Bushwick, Brooklyn.
This week on Art Uncovered I speak with artist Allison Sommers. Her new show, Ellipsis, includes videos, an installation and photographs inspired by her travels in Cypress and Tuscany. The exhibition is on view through December 17th at Microscope Gallery in Brooklyn.
A snapshot of NYC-based entrepreneurs in their twenties making their way in an uncertain economy.
Today’s episode of Spit Take Comedy on BreakThruTV features Reid Faylor, a stand-up comedian with the enthusiasm of an excited – albeit unstable – preschool teacher. In this episode, he touches on the sensitive subjects of dramatic pauses, love, and war.
This week on the show painter and community advocate Peter Krashes joins me to talk about his new exhibition Make It Work In Brooklyn! He tells me some of the stories behind the paintings in his show, talks about the relationship between painting and community organizing, and explains how to make “seed bombs.” His show is on view at Theodore Art in Bushwick through October 14th.
Today’s episode of Spit Take Comedy on BreakThruTV features Narinder Singh, a New York-based comedian known for taking a refreshingly honest and hilarious look at the experience of being different and marginalized. Here he addresses the problems of having sexy lips, shopping with mom, and trying to get a chicken to hug.
Caitlin Kline and Alexis Goldstein are in to discuss the Libor scandal, more ConEd lockout, 1% Tax Dodgers baseball game.
Originally hailing from central Iowa, but now spending plenty of time on the coasts, Coolzey takes inspiration from a wide range of genres, including hip hop and 90s indie rock, and has toured with Raashan Ahmad, Akil of Jurassic 5, Sadat X of Brand Nubian, and Joe Jack Talcum of Dead Milkmen. When he visited us for a performance of his new, yet to be released song, “Want It The Most,” his hip-hop influences were on display. Here, he performs the song at a DIY event and arts space in Bushwick, Brooklyn.
Day 1 of adventures for BTR’s Matt Lehtola at Brooklyn’s Northside Festival
Meryl Meisler has been taking photos of the Bushwick neighborhood of Brooklyn for the last 30 years. Today the neighborhood is a hot bed for artists in New York City, but in the early 80s when Meryl starting coming to the neighborhood to teach art, Bushwick was in disarray. The neighborhood was hit hard by the riots and looting that followed the 1977 black out and never really recovered. When Meryl took at job teaching at one of Bushwick’s public schools, she was confronted on a daily basis with burned out and abandoned buildings, gangs, drugs, all the things that epitomize urban decay. What stood out among all the destruction were the people who continued to thrive and carve out rich communities for themselves and their families. On her walks between the subway and school, Meryl began taking photos of people going about their lives on the streets of Bushwick and continued the practice until 1994 when she left her teaching job.
Bill Stiteler is a New York-based comedian. His credits include “The Newlywed Game” where he was the scoreboard operator for 130 episodes (4real). Here at Spit Take Friday’s 2-year anniversary show at Fort Useless, he jokes about French dads and wanting his own comedic partner, or, as he calls it, his “Garfunkel.”
This week on the show I’m joined by artist Raul Vincent Enriquez. Raul has a solo exhibition on view now at Microscope Gallery here in Bushwick. The show is called PRIMP, and it features works centered around obsessive rituals of grooming. The exhibition was inspired by an ancient Mexican manuscript called the Codex Borgia, which depicts deities performing rituals in ornate costumes.
Jason Sáenz is a New York comedian who can be seen regularly doing stand-up around the city in addition to his work as a performer and writer of sketch comedy. He’s appeared in a number of short films and runs a website called Free Comedy! with his compatriot, Nick Turner, where the duo present their work. Here, Jason discusses a wide range of topics, from frustrations with his texting service to growing up with a stoner dad and getting divorced after marrying young.
Brooklyn-based Gunfight! play rowdy, stomping “post-country” — or what Serious Business’ host Travis Harrison jokingly re-dubs “Creedence-core.” Having formed while attending Boston’s Emerson College, the quartet sticks to rollicking arrangements, completely free of any digital bits and sampling (they claim to even avoid “Applebee’s samplers”). Whatever the genre or instrument preference, the band’s music, with its twangy roughness and whiskey-soaked, barking vocals, sounds like a boisterous brawl.
George Flanagan is a Queens-based comic who performs all over the city. He is the founder and host of the Spit Take Friday comedy showcase that takes place monthly at Fort Useless in Bushwick, Brooklyn, where it began in March of 2010. Also a musician, he often finds the humor in music-related subjects. Here, amongst other topics, he pokes fun at the idea of the perfect lovemaking song, drawing parallels between loud punk rock and quick, noisy sex.
Brooklyn’s Spanish Prisoners play swirling, multi-layered indie rock full of airy, glowing pop melodies tangled up in fuzzy, trembling reverb. The four-piece — made up of Leo Maymind, Mike DiSanto, James Higgs, and Amberly Hungerford — have taken their dreamy psychedelic music on the road with the likes of Foals, The Rosebuds, and John Vanderslice. Gold Fools, their self-released record, was one of NPR’s “Five Best Bandcamp Albums of 2011.”
David Cope is a young, New York City-based comedian known for his offbeat humor and soft delivery. He helps to curate the weekly stand-up show Hot Soup at O’Hanlon’s Bar, and he’s performed at the Bumbershoot Festival and on NBC’s Last Comic Standing. Here he comments on iPad arrogance and outrageous Facebook statuses at Spit Take Friday, a monthly comedy showcase in Bushwick, Brooklyn.

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