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Sunday, February 08, 2009

Assmebly

Stupid treehuggers.

Saw this report about a Brooklyn fair for specialty schools on NY1 this morning and had to rewind the DVR to make sure I saw what I thought I saw:

Assmebly

Two questions:
1) How come no one at the skool picked up on the typo and, if they did, why did they still use the sign?
2) When do the NY1 cameraman and editor who worked on this piece get their well-deserved raises?

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Posted by Kevin K. on 02/08/09 at 08:11 AM
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Wednesday, February 04, 2009

I LEGO N.Y.

The only thing missing from this image is my lovely (crazy?) wife Chris trying to swat the plastic bag out of the tree with a couple of long sticks held together with duct tape. Plastic bags caught in trees is what we refer to in our house as “the haunting.”

Check all of the absolutely wonderful NYC-themed LEGO interpretations here.

[hat tip Jerry F.]

Posted by Kevin K. on 02/04/09 at 07:45 PM
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Thursday, December 11, 2008

Reason #48 why I’m glad I don’t live in Williamsburg anymore

Williamsburg hipster to fellow party-goer Bill Murray:

“I think you’re making bad life choices.”

Posted by Kevin K. on 12/11/08 at 12:16 PM
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Monday, December 01, 2008

Give Real World the Red Hook

Those poor bastards in Red Hook, Brooklyn (a neighborhood near the Rumproast HQ)  thought they had it bad when Ikea laid a giant unassembled turd on their turf, but, sweet jeebus, it just doesn’t get any worse that this. My heartfelt condolences. If I lived there I’d be organizing a crew to saw Pier 40 off at its base and push it into the bay.

Posted by Kevin K. on 12/01/08 at 12:20 PM
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Saturday, September 27, 2008

Quick Post-Debate Gumbo

Steve M. spared me the trouble by writing the following...

Seriously, I don’t know who won. Obama was solid, vigorous, knowledgeable, direct, and fearless—but McCain was engaged and scrappy. I guess it’s a question of whether you favor sharp-witted maturity (Obama, the grown-up) or the sneering contempt of a wily old bastard (McCain). My guess: McCain gains a bit, just because he’s been looking like a buffoon lately and he didn’t look like one tonight, but any bounce dissipates soon.

This was my favorite part [hat tip udjo y.], but I think Obama could have used a few more zingers.  It’s too bad this will be the last debate about national security because I think this one that I just wrote for him would have killed...

And, Jim, you know while we’re talking about our current financial crisis and national security in this debate, I think it’s time that we considered saving the taxpayers money by rolling back production of some of the armaments that went out of style with the end of the Cold War. And judging from John’s sleeve length over there, I’d say he’d probably support arms reduction, too.

Okay, now I’m going to encase myself in plastic before I head out to the chile pepper fiesta. Wish me luck.

MORE: What happened to the old Joe Klein and can we make sure the hostage release money is never delivered?

UPDATE: Wow, Luntz’s focus group weighed heavily in favor of Obama. I guess while there were high expectations for Obama (and low ones for McCain), Barack also had to convince a lot of undecideds that he was “presidential” last night and he clearly did that.  Good roundup by the Politico staff here. This pretty much says it all:

Declared Obama the winner: ABC’s George Stephanopoulos, pollster Frank Luntz on Fox, Slate’s John Dickerson, TIME magazine’s Mark Halperin, CBS News instant poll and CNN post-debate poll.

Declared McCain the winner: Politico’s Roger Simon (“The Mac is back”), Fortune magazine’s Nina Easton, The Weekly Standard’s William Kristol and Fred Barnes, Fox News Texting Poll and Drudge online poll.

MORE: Okay, we decided not to go. Too far of a walk in the rain. Just read this great post by Nate Silver.  You should, too. [hat tip Allan in comments]

LOL: “Condescending Bitter Old Coot Afraid to Look Directly at Composed Presidential Black Man”

Posted by Kevin K. on 09/27/08 at 08:43 AM
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Friday, September 05, 2008

This is how it’s done ... Obama / Biden ‘08 [W/ CORRECTION]

CORRECTION: The Williamsburg Obama fundraiser is TOMORROW NIGHT, Saturday the 6th.  I apologize for any confusion.

Don’t like what you saw for the last three days? Cleanse your palette with this video and make a donation. And if you’re an NYC resident, TOMORROW NIGHT’S Obama fundraiser in Williamsburg (featuring one of my favorite new bands La Strada) is worth checking out.  I’ll be there, so if you plan on attending, drop me a line at kevin—at—rumproast.com (or use the contact link in the top right sidebar) so we can say “howdy” and stuff.

Posted by Kevin K. on 09/05/08 at 09:35 AM
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Monday, July 14, 2008

Five things I did yesterday instead of blogging

1) Cleaned my apartment, including dusting my Marty Markowitz bobblehead and my skull mug that holds approximately seventeen writing implements I will never ever use.

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2) Bicycled with my lovely wife Chris out to the last day of the Murakami show at Brooklyn Museum. It was crowded and lots of people were posing for pictures with his art like his paintings were long-lost relatives.  That annoyed me.  I also had no idea what was going on with this “sculpture” (below). It had a vagina and nice boobs, but in the wrong places. That made me uncomfortable.

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3) We came back home and drank a couple of Tito’s vodka & tonics in our garden while Chris kicked my ass in spite & malice (these rules are all wrong!) and backgammon. We listened to the Kinks’ Arthur and Men & Volts’ Cheer Up. We talked about how much we liked our garden, what a great day it was and how much we wish Murakami knew where vaginas belonged.

4) I cooked marinated shark on the grill while Chris prepared fresh green beans I got at the farmers market on Saturday. There’s a vendor who sells bread at the farmers market who really creeps me out because he wears teeny tiny 70’s shorts and little icky tanktops and he looks like he stores yeast in his basement next to cribs with handcuffs attached to them. Aside from that, I really like the farmers market. Oh, yeah, the dinner fucking rocked.

5) We watched The McLaughlin Group and The Next Food Network Star. Susie Fogelson‘s hair looked extra billowy! McLaughlin’s, not so much.

Posted by Kevin K. on 07/14/08 at 05:12 AM
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Thursday, June 26, 2008

Breakfast of Champion

Good Morning America‘s Sam Champion talking about the waterfall art installation underneath the Brooklyn Bridge this morning:

I can’t stand how beautiful this is to me.

Granted, he is right. It did look pretty cool.  I’ll post video if it becomes available.

UPDATE: You can view the video here.

Posted by Kevin K. on 06/26/08 at 06:39 AM
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Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Wanted: Coon Hunter

Oops, sorry, didn’t mean to get the folks at No Quarter and HillaryIs44 all excited by the title of this post, but was wondering if we had any animal tracking or raccoon experts out there. We found what appear to be muddy animal paw prints in our garden this morning and also some markings in the silt at the bottom of a large bucket that had collected rainwater. I wouldn’t be surprised if it was a raccoon because my wife Chris and I once saw one up a tree in Queens and there have been plenty of sightings in this Brooklyn neighborhood. What do you guys think?

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Posted by Kevin K. on 05/14/08 at 07:26 AM
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Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Ticket giveaway for I’m From Barcelona & Thao Nguyen this Thursday at Brooklyn Masonic Temple!!!

“We’re From Barcelona”—I’m From Barcelona

THE GIVEAWAY IS OVER!  THANKS TO ALL WHO PARTICIPATED.

Folks, as promised last week, I have a pair of tickets to give away for the I’m From Barcelona & Thao Nguyen show this Thursday May 1st at the Brooklyn Masonic Temple (317 Clermont Ave, Fort Greene, Brooklyn, NY). I’ve heard and read really great things about I’m From Barcelona’s live show and I can tell you from personal experience that the Masonic Temple is an extremely cool place to catch a show.

If you’d like to enter to win a pair of tix, simply send me an email to “tips (-at-) rumproast.com” (or click on the “Tips” email link in the top right sidebar), write “Barcelona” in the subject and your full name in the body of the email before midnight tonight (4/29 ET). I’ll randomly select a winner and contact you via email if you’ve won.

This giveaway is courtesy of the fine folks at Boost Mobile.

In addition, tickets are still available at TicketWeb as well and you get a free six-month (23 issue) New York magazine subscription with purchase.

Peek below the fold for a few more Barcelona videos and one really cool claymation video from Thao Nguyen…

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Posted by Kevin K. on 04/29/08 at 12:36 PM
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Friday, April 25, 2008

Big Dipper & Great Plains playing at Southpaw in Brooklyn tonight!

“Faith Healer” from Big Dipper’s Boo-Boo, quite possibly the best EP ever released

Thank god I thumbed through the latest Time Out New York this morning or I wouldn’t have known that two of my favorite indie pop bands of the 80’s, Big Dipper & Great Plains, are playing tonight at Southpaw in Park Slope. Boston’s Big Dipper released their first three exceptionally solid pop masterpieces in the late 80’s on the legendary (and long-gone) Homestead Records label and Merge Records was recently kind enough to re-release all of that out-of-print material and a slew of great bonus material on an insanely cheap 3-disc box set called Supercluster: The Big Dipper Anthology. Columbus, OH’s Great Plains were under-appreciated fractured pop masters, churning out smart n’ snarky clingers like “Letter to a Fanzine” (chorus: “Why do punk rock guys go out with new wave girls?”), “Dick Clark” and “Martin Luther King/Martin Luther Drinking”. Old 3C’s wonderful 2-CD retrospective Length of Growth 1981-89 is unfortunately out-of-print and fetches $99 or more online, but you can obtain a CD-R version of it from the label and apparently MP3 downloads are still available via eMusic and iTunes.

MP3s:

MORE: Here’s a review of Big Dipper’s show last night at Maxwell’s.

ATTENTION NYC MUSIC FANS: Might as well shoehorn this in here ... Rumproast will be giving away a pair of tix for the May 1st show featuring I’m From Barcelona & Thao Nguyen at the Masonic Temple in Brooklyn in the very near future.  If you want to go (or know someone who does), keep an eye on this blog for details.

Posted by Kevin K. on 04/25/08 at 02:27 PM
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Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Carolina Chocolate Drops playing at Celebrate Brooklyn

I know I’m easy, but the fact that this video by the Carolina Chocolate Drops already has 37,000 views on YouTube gives me new faith in humanity. These guys are playing Celebrate Brooklyn on June 26th with the Dixie Hummingbirds. I’ll be there.

(via FREEwillemdafoe)

Posted by Kevin K. on 04/23/08 at 10:32 PM
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Sunday, March 16, 2008

The Sunday Selector: March 16th, 2008

The New Pornographers—“Myriad Harbour”

Posted by Kevin K. on 03/16/08 at 08:37 AM
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Friday, March 14, 2008

Elisa Flynn & Dean Wareham—Free & Live in Park Slope!

Elisa Flynn

My wonderful and talented pal Elisa Flynn has been hiding out in the studio lately working on her new album (tentatively titled “Songs about Birds and Ghosts”—Elisa, please remove “tentatively”), but she’s poking her head out to perform a free show at Union Hall in Park Slope this Tuesday at 9PM. Her new live act featuring the fabulous percussive accompaniment of Anders Griffen is a thing of absolute beauty and Tuesday she’s going to unveil some of her eagerly-awaited, freshly-minted songs, so make sure you head on down.

And to further sweeten the pot, Dean Wareham (Galaxie 500, Luna) will be reading from his new book Black Postcards and performing a short acoustic set earlier that evening (7:30PM) at the same venue. If you’re a New Yorker and you’d rather sit on your couch Tuesday watching American Idol or Big Brother than spend an intimate and sure-to-be excellent evening with Elisa and Dean, you really should consider moving to New Hampshire and harvesting honey in your underpants.

Or something like that.

Posted by Kevin K. on 03/14/08 at 09:15 AM
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Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Click! A Crowd-Curated Exhibition

Doof Center
My first submission: “DOOF CENTER,” Greenpoint, Brooklyn, NY, 4/26/01

From my pal Elisa (via email):

The Brooklyn Museum is having an open call until 3/31 for a photography exhibition called “Click,” about the changing face of Brooklyn. Initial submissions are online, and there will be an exhibition at the Museum after the works have been selected. If you know someone who would be interested in participating, please forward this along to them.

“Brooklyn, like most of New York City, is in a constant state of change. Population growth and environmental causes have altered the borough’s terrain, transforming commercial and residential areas and impacting the borough’s residents and activity. Considering Brooklyn’s transformation over the years, its past and its present, please submit a photograph that captures the ‘changing face(s) of Brooklyn.’ We welcome a wide variety of visual interpretations of this topic.”

You can check it out Click! here.

Posted by Kevin K. on 03/05/08 at 11:55 AM
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