Oriana Leckert is a writer based in and extremely focused on Brooklyn. For years, one of her ongoing projects was a website called Brooklyn Spaces that featured interesting spots around brooklyn -- music and event venues, galleries, etc. Eventually, she put together a book in 2015, by the same name that featured fifty of the most interesting spaces she knew from her burgeoning expertise on the subject. Between the website and the book, she knows a lot of DIY spaces and a lot of what goes on around them, so after hearing about the tragedy that occurred at Ghost Ship in Oakland, California, on Friday December 2nd, I asked Oriana if she could come by to talk about DIY culture and the effects that this event has already had and may continue to have going forward. Also, in this episode, we hear a few bands that are playing around NYC in the first week of 2017. Links relative to the conversation: "It Could Have Been Any One of Us" by Gabe Meline // KQED Arts Harm Reduction for DIY Venues // Public Google Doc House of Yes // Brooklyn venue "The Oakland Fire: What Happened Inside the Ghost Ship" // NY Times article that referred to Ghost Ship as "cluttered" Meow Wolf's DIY Fund "Denver Fire shuts down DIY arts space Rhinoceropolis" // Denverite "Market Hotel Closed Temporarily After NYPD Conducted A Surprise Raid During Tricky Permit Process" // Fader "Internet Trolls Launch Campaign to Shut Down Progressive Spaces" // NY Observer
In this episode, we hear a bunch of exclusive live-in-studio versions of songs by artists who we've had into the studio for our shows over the years and are now playing around town in the second half of December, along with a special holiday treat to end the show. Also, some thoughts on the tragedy of the fire at Oakland’s Ghost Ship and DIY culture in general.
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