Fashion’s Night Out, Dumpster Diving, and Bookwormish Cats

Some scenes from my trip home after work today…

This cat was nose-deep in a novel:
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A design firm or fancy apartment dweller ditched some graphic design and architectural magazines and books. Some fashionable passersby did some elegant dumpster diving:
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Stopped by Opening Ceremony on Howard Street to check out the Fashion’s Night Out festivities:
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ANNOUNCED: Ryan Adams and Mary-Louise Parker @ NYPL Live

After reading that headline, did your mind explode? Well it should have, because it’s enough when musical genius Ryan Adams and actress extraordinaire Mary-Louise Parker (aka the insatiable Nancy Botwin from Weeds) are on their own — putting them together in the same room is nearly fatal to the hearts of cool hunters worldwide.

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LIVE1smFor an hour and a half the two Carolina natives (Adams- North, Parker- South) will be discussing poetry and fiction, and Adams’s upcoming book HelloSunshine, at the Celeste Bartos Forum of The New York Public Library at 6PM on September 25th as part of the NYPL Live series. Tickets to this 500 person event will go on sale to the general public on Tuesday, Sept 9th.

I can already see myself sitting there, eyes darting back and forth, my chest beating fast, and the little neurons in my brain completely frizzling out because I’ll be unable to determine who I should be focusing on at any given moment.
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Photo: Dead Trees @ Cake Shop

Last Thursday (8/20), I went to go see The Dead Trees play at Cake Shop. It was a hot and sweaty mess down there, with the tiny spaced comfortably packed, and the band straight in from an epic gig with Little Joy in Brazil.

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I swear, these guys play tunes I describe as “the greatest hits… you’ve never heard before.” Good times.

PHOTOS: Third Man Records NYC Pop-Up Store Gets Going

As of 11:30pm, there were approximately 10 people lined up outside the Third Man Records pop-up store on Chrystie Street. No sleeping bags, no stools, just high spirits and a white battery operated mini boom box. The first person on line got there around 9:30pm.

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Fans waiting outside the Third Man Records pop-up shop. Eerily enough, no one on the line had faces.

Meanwhile, Third Man helpers are still inside the store, putting up posters and setting up the store.

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As you probably know by now, the Dead Weather will be performing a free in-store performance at 12 noon tomorrow (July 16th). Looks like you better start getting on line!

And according to the Dead Weather mailing list: “if you are in NYC, don’t miss the large outdoor projections being done of the “Treat Me Like Your Mother” short at the following locations:

Tomorrow, July 16 – Union Square at 9 pm”

Albert Hammond Jr. Slept Here–and You Can Too!

If you ever tried imagining where Albert Hammond, Jr. rests his pretty little head at night, wonder no more. Today you have a chance to get a first-hand look at the private quarters of The Strokes guitarist. Albert’s two-bedroom East Village apartment has newly re-emerged on the real estate market, on sale for the low low asking price of $899,000.

The co-op pad at 141 East 3rd Street was originally listed for $1.199 million last August, but the buyer dropped out. The apartment was listed again at $999,000, but vanished from real estate sites by January. According to the NY Post, Albert bought the place in 2005 for $770,000.

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With the lone exception of three strategically placed guitars in the foyer, living room, and bedroom as well as a stack of records in the living area, nothing in the photos of the apartment screams “rock musician living quarters.” In fact, the pictures reveal that the 1,200 square foot abode to be nearly obsessive compulsively clean. It’s partly due to some minor restaging by someone… looks as though Albert’s makeshift recording studio has appropriately been converted into a bedroom scene for the opening:

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Little Boots @ Le Poisson Rouge, NYC

Last night the budding British pop diva Little Boots played a rowdy show at Le Poisson Rouge here in NYC. I’ll be updating this space later with more information, but I believe a good time was had by all.

Some photos below. And yes, the stage was set up in the round!!

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Dark Was the Night @ Radio City Music Hall Last Night

Quickly, the charity performance of artists who have appeared on Dark Was the Night compilation was at Radio City Music Hall last night. Amidst rumors of Blonde Redhead and Sufjan Stevens playing, neither group/performer got onstage at the event.

The bands who actually did perform were:

Dirty Projectors
My Brightest Diamond
The National
Dave Sitek (from TV on the Radio)
David Byrne

[Intermission]
Bon Iver
Feist
Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings

[Encore] Tribute to Pete Seeger with all bands (and a random appearance by St. Vincent – aka Annie Clark) singing altogether a song Seeger made famous “This Land Is Your Land,” with Sharon Jones busting out solo into a sassy rendition of the song a quarter of the way through (below).


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Underground Art Party in Chinatown

TMA friend artist Margaret Lee is hosting a series of weekend shows during the month of May in a vacant studio space in NYC’s Chinatown, with the opening scheduled for tonight, Friday, May 1st @ 179 Canal Street with the show “Nobodies New York.”

Organized by Josh Kline, the group show features work by Alisa Baremboym, Antoine Catala, Devon Costello, Josh Kline, Tatiana Kronberg, Margaret Lee, Trevor Shimizu, Allyson Vieira, Amy Yao, Anicka Yi.

Head over to 179 Canal Street and check out what’s going on. Music and party nights TBA at a later date.

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