Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Status Update - Samantha

The Arts Council of Greater New Haven, in collaboration with Haskins Laboratories, presents Status Update at Haskins Laboratories, 300 George St., 9th floor, New Haven. This exhibition will be on display from April 29 to August 1, 2009. Regular viewing hours are Wednesday through Friday, 10 am to 4 pm. An artists’ reception is scheduled for Thursday, May 14, from 5 to 7 pm, with a panel discussion at 5 pm. The public is invited to attend.

Curated by Debbie Hesse and Donna Ruff, Status Update explores the use of emerging social networking technologies in art. Featuring works by Kevin Van Aelst, Cat Balco, Sharon Butler, Heather Freeman, Greg Garvey, Matt Held, Keith Johnson, Katie Ring, Jeremiah Teipen, Lee Walton, Rachel Perry Welty and An Xiao.

As part of the May 14 artists' reception for Status Update, Sharon Butler (Two Coats of Paint) has organized what is sure to be a compelling panel discussion featuring Matt Held, Paddy Johnson, Sharon Kleinman (editor of Displacing Place: Mobile Communication in the Twenty-first Century), An Xiao, and other social networking platforms such as Facebook, MySpace, and Twitter offer artists unique forums for communication and expression.
Be part of the conversation!

Philip Rubin, chief executive officer and senior scientist at Haskins Laboratories, a nonprofit research institute that studies speech, reading, and related technologies, talked about the connection between the research conducted at Haskins Laboratories and Status Update.

“One area of interest to us is … literacy in a digital age,” Rubin said, "Haskins Laboratories always been interested in what exists at the intersection of human communication, literacy, and technology." Rubin also says, "With funding from The Teagle Foundation, Haskins Laboratories is developing plans for a project that will explore the impact of social networking tools, technologies, and practices such as Facebook, hand-held devices, and text messaging on how we read and whether or not the act of reading has changed."

The artists’ reception is Thursday, May 14, 5-7 pm and the panel discussion is at 5 pm.
The exhibition runs from April 29-August 1

Friday, April 24, 2009

108 @ Santos Party House 04.25.09 - Drew

108 is a hardcore band founded in 1991. Their music reflected the Hare
Krishna faith of its members. Their name comes from the number of
beads on the Japa mala, or mantra counting beads.

After splitting from the Zack De La Rocha-fronted band Inside Out,
guitarist and Hare Krishna devotee Vraja Kishor das (aka Vic DiCara)
formed 108 in 1991. While recording an EP, Rasaraja dasa (aka Rob
Fish) joined on vocals. Following in the footsteps of the Cro-Mags and
Antidote, they made sure to place their Krishna Consciousness at the
forefront of their music.

Their first records, Holyname and Songs of Separation, were released
on Equal Vision Records. These releases were followed by their
participation in two documentary films, 108: The Final Tour and

Following a prolonged break-up where DiCara relocated to India to
become a monk, they planned to reform at Hellfest in 2005. Due to
legal issues, that festival was cancelled at the last moment but 108
successfully re-booked special gigs in Philadelphia. They have
remained together since then, self-releasing a collection of demos and
b-sides followed by a new full-length recording entitled "A New Beat
From a Dead Heart" with Deathwish Inc.

Visit 108 here

Wednesday, April 22, 2009


MAY 7, 2009
20 Jay St. 11th Floor
Suite 1100
D.U.M.B.O. Brooklyn, NY 11201
718. 237. 1332

Save the Date!

Spring is the season of luscious colorful rebirth and heavy rains that fertilize the earth and the human spirit. There is something so enchanting about the first spring sunshine and the anticipation of resplendent green all around inspires the sincerest forms of creation. In that spirit, REPUBLIC presents Formations.
If REPUBLIC is the meeting of varied minds that transcend the sum of its parts, then the first stage in harnessing such a unique array of talents is to make a plan for construction. In conjunction with the launch of our new website: http://www.republicbrooklyn.com, Formations presents the idea that throughout Spring the world is focused on building new things out of the remains of what has passed. It is a time to pay special service to those artists who have concentrated their gifts on the idea of building upon the foundations of fundamental ideas that are ripe for reinterpretation by a new eager generation. On May 7th 2009 at the Pochron Gallery in D.U.M.B.O., REPUBLIC brings you an exhibition that will stroke your joy for spring by exciting you with color, form and energy.
The event begins at 6pm, when the website goes live. Drinks, T-shirts, and posters are available and profits will benefit our May 29th collaborative fundraiser with Create for a Cause .

For more information about the artists involved, Create for a Cause, or REPUBLIC, please contact jason@republicbrooklyn.com or call 917. 478. 7513 or visit http://www.republicbrooklyn.com.

Pochron Studios is located at 20 Jay St. 11th Floor, Suite 1100 in D.U.M.B.O. Brooklyn NY. (G-Train to York St. stop)

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Trash Talk: Now On Tour With The Bronx - Drew

East of Eden Ep Out Now: Featuring Keith Morris of Circle Jerks Fame.

Trash Talk is the next great hope, poised to become the next chapter
in essential fast punk/hardcore scene.

They smashed into the scene in 2005, with a seven song demo cassette, released on the Sell Our Souls label from Spain. In 2006, the band
released their debut 7"EP on the same label, as well as a split 7"EP
with Steel Trap on the Spiderghost Pressgang label.

In early 2007, Trash Talk blew minds with the release of their
"Walking Disease" 7"EP/CDEP on the Rumble and Six Feet Under labels.
"Walking Disease" showcased Trash Talk as their most musically frantic
and lyrically dark band to date. They’re taking their hi-speed intensity to awe-inducing levels and conjuring the ghosts of Negative Approach, The Suicide File, early Agnostic Front, and more.

Trash Talk released their 7"EP, "Plagues" on Malfunction in early
2008. A CD version featuring their classic, "Walking Disease" EP and
"Plagues" EP titled, "Plagues...Walking Disease" was released a short
time later. The band now releases these recordings and future
recordings under their Trash Talk Collective label.

4/16/09 - Columbus, OH @ Ravari Room w/ The Bronx
4/17/09 - Baltimore, MD @ The Ottobar w/ The Bronx
4/18/09 - Edison, NJ @ Stelton Baptist Church w/ Let Down, Swamp Thing and Disaster*
4/19/09 - West Chester, PA @ The Note w/ The Bronx
4/20/09 - New York, NY @ The Bowery Ballroom w/ The Bronx
4/21/09 - Dix Hills, NY @ The Doghouse w/ Thieves and Assassins*
4/22/09 - Hoboken, NJ @ Maxwell’s w/ The Bronx
4/23/09 - Boston, MA @ The Great Scott w/ The Bronx
4/24/09 - Providence, RI @ Jerky’s w/ The Bronx

Urban Canvas - Samantha

An evening of art and philanthropy in which guests will have the opportunity to purchase artwork, while meeting some of Ugallery.com’s artists. 20 percent of the proceeds from all sales will benefit UJA-Federation of New York. In addition, guests will learn about the Dignity Through Art program, run by F.E.G.S. Health and Human Services System, a UJA-Federation beneficiary agency. There will be art on display by artists in the Dignity Through Art program, which will be available for purchase, as well. A percentage of the proceeds will go directly to the artists themselves. There is no cost to attend this event. It's from 6:30 to 9 at Openhouse Gallery, on 201 Mulberry Street NY. Space is limited.

Tillie’s of Brooklyn presents: Indoda Entsha Percussion Ensemble - Jay

In the small brightly lit Clinton Hill coffee shop, Tillie's, last Friday night, close to thirty people were moved by the equally bright live sounds of this African rhythm influence percussion group. Indoda Entsha, with their organic and almost improve style, jammed out for almost two hours. There was never a dull moment in the set that included some spoken word and some ad-lib native dancing from one of the three polyrhythmic dance members of the group. The performance finale was a head to head djembe battle between two members. Check out their Myspace for an MP3, it’s killer and makes you want to move. I look forward to having them perform at Le Grand Dakar for REPUBLIC’s Reaching Out: Orphans of Rwanda on May 29th.

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Brooklyn Masonic Temple: Danger Party This Friday 04.17.09 - Drew

It's an old-school underground party brought to you by the Danger List (part of Complacent Nation), which collaborates with art and political collectives to create everything from politically-charged artistic parades to parties.

The party's messages are generally: "Forget about the bad times and consumerism, let's just unite to party." In this one, if you arrive early/dress as a banker, you are eligible for a "stimulus package."

This was the party that paid you back with a half dozen dj's—from Dirty gospel, to brilliant house, to dark techno.

Featuring: King Britt, Justin Carter, Twilight Tone, Reverend Vince,
Derek Plaslaiko, Zemi 17, David Last & Yusuke Yamamoto, and more.

Plus, fire/ice and end-of-the-world performances by: Reverend Billy, The Lady Circus, Josh Kalin, Chika Imagima, Jessi Klien and more...

Wild acts of abandon and low-down dirty bands led up to a late-night surprise that stimulated even the brokest.

The best corporate dressed won the ultimate Bailout Package:
A year’s supply of alcohol was awarded to the "Baddest Banker.”
Attendees dressed/acted the part: naughty, clever, and notoriously nihilistic.

All this was nestled within the cavernous rooms and secret niches of the Brooklyn Masonic Temple, a historic fortress of hidden passageways and lost-world charm.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

6th Annual Slaughterama in Richmond Virgina - Charles

That's right, ladies and gentlemen, I was at the 6th annual Slaughterama! For those of you not in the know, it's Richmond, Virginia's 6th homegrown balls-out, face-wrecking bicycle extravaganza. It was a beautiful day in the Cap City. So beautiful, in fact, that this guy felt that pants were optional.

Bike clubs from as far as Florida, Philly, and New York showed up to ride, drink, and generally throw down at the event hosted by Richmond's own Cutthroats.

The crowd was raucous--throwing cans and beer cases--but there was an air of understanding that nobody wanted to be the guy to push it too far. Really, nobody should get hurt unless he asks for it.

All in all, the day was a beautiful show of raw emotion and camaraderie. Everyone left happily covered in mud, blood, and beer.

Until next year, we will miss you and all your glory, Slaughterama.

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Vesper Bar and Lounge Fools Around - Jay

“Foolin’Around” hosted by U.N.E. was a super sophomore event and lived up to the hype of the first party back on February 27th. We packed over 300 people into little Vesper Bar and Lounge in Clinton Hill last Friday, April 3rd. PBR sponsored the event while our boy DJ RiC pumped hip-hop life into the crowd. Booze and good times were not the only cause though, safe sex was promoted through free NYC condoms and “how to use” pamphlets, a classy touch as only U.N.E. knows how to do. Also friends, keep the date open for our summer jump on May 8th. We will be working with the Breast Cancer Awareness Foundation for an all pink party. More details on that event to come soon.

Napalm Death and other extreme metal bands hit Blender - Drew Kassl

Napalm Death
Toxic Holocaust
Trap Them

Saturday, April 11th at 8pm for $21 (16 and over)

Blender Theatre at Gramercy
127 E 23RD ST

They’re faster than a dive-bombing Superman clichè, more powerful than Slumdog Millionaire, and they’re able to scale lofty political thesis in a single belch। They’re...Napalm Death. Sure, Birmingham, England's finest extreme-metal ensemble hasn't changed too much, sonically, since inventing grind-core on their 1987 debut, Scum—other than the 14 musicians who have passed through their ranks. Front man, Barney Greenway's snarky between-song banter ("You gotta watch for it," he said last year after the band played the one-second song, "You Suffer") and the group's caffeinated rhythm section make for a seriously entertaining gig. Also playing with Napalm Death on Saturday, April 11 is Kataklysm, Toxic Holocaust, Coliseum, and Trap Them. It’s a 16 and over show for $21 and the Blender Theatre doors open at 8.

Thursday, April 2, 2009


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