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Monday, April 27, 2009

Everything Changed After 4/27 [UPDATED BELOW]

I lived here during 9/11 and I’m surprised folks are still this jumpy (make sure to watch the video at the bottom of page).  Maybe I’m used to low-flying planes living out here in Brooklyn, but I can’t believe that many people got freaked out, even people in Jersey City. Weird.

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Posted by Kevin K. on 04/27/09 at 10:51 AM
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Saturday, February 14, 2009

High Five Escalator

Sometimes I want to give my criminally misunderstood city the biggest hug ever.  This is one of those times. More info here.

Posted by Kevin K. on 02/14/09 at 07:30 PM
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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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Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Real America

Last night in the East Village, NYC:

Posted by Kevin K. on 11/05/08 at 06:55 PM
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Tuesday, July 08, 2008

The Human Mirror

[via FREEwilly]

Posted by Kevin K. on 07/08/08 at 08:50 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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Monday, June 09, 2008

New Yorkers, don’t forget…

Today is the last day to RSVP for this free and sure-to-be-fun event on Wednesday.

Posted by Kevin K. on 06/09/08 at 07:40 AM
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Friday, June 06, 2008

The New Yorker Presents “Politickled”

There’s a great free event (with “cocktails” ... yaaaaaay!) coming up in NYC next Wednesday that I figured a few of you folks may want to attend (I’ll be there).  Our pal Robert Lanham (author of The Hipster HandbookThe Sinner’s Guide to the Evangelical Right and the vastly underrated, funnier-than-hell Food Court Druids…) will be sharing a panel with perhaps the greatest editorial cartoonist ever, David Rees of “Get Your War On” fame, and Scott Dikkers, founder and editor-in-chief of The Onion. Some guy named Andy Borowitz, who I think killed a bunch of people in the 70’s because his neighbor’s dog told him to, will be the moderator. You can get all of the details here. Get on it (and let me know if you’re going).

RELATED: Has there ever been a better and/or more prescient editorial cartoon than this one (from April 2003)? No, that’s right. There hasn’t been.

TONIGHT!!!: Rob just reminded me that Matt Taibbi will be at the Barnes & Noble on Warren St. in NYC tonight (7PM).

Posted by Kevin K. on 06/06/08 at 07:47 AM
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Tuesday, May 13, 2008

New York City news anchor Sue Simmons drops the “F Bomb” in a very big way

My lovely wife Chris just emailed this to me.  Last night in the middle of the broadcast of Medium in New York City WNBC did a live “coming up at 11” spot for their nightly news and the anchor Sue Simmons, out of nowhere, let loose with a loud, “What the fuck are you doing?” My wife watches Medium (don’t ask), so I just checked the DVR and sure enough, it’s real. When they came back for the next news promo, Simmons was noticeably absent.  Not sure what happened at 11 when the news kicked in. I’ll poke around and let you know.

UPDATE: So she did show up for the news and offered a brief apology. Newsday has more as well.

Posted by Kevin K. on 05/13/08 at 12:53 PM
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Thursday, May 08, 2008

“Hillary’s Bitter Victory” by Matt Taibbi

Matt Taibbi

Here’s just a small taste of Matt Taibbi’s latest article for Rolling Stone:

Seldom in American politics has the same side of a single party split into such distinct and acrimonious factions. As virtually identical as the two candidates are in their political positions, there is no longer any common cause left between Hillary lovers and Obama supporters. There is only a culture war of epic proportions, featuring some of the most unlikely and absurd combatants in the history of impassioned conflict. Ordinary suburban Americans, people who consider Tina Fey biting satire and whose only “fighting” experience has usually been against trans fats or hair loss, can now be seen running through the streets, screaming war calls like Maoist guerrillas in the jungles of Nepal.

And that’s not even the best of it.  No one has done a better job of explaining the bug-eyed spit n’ spew anti-Obama lunacy you see on sites like No Quarter and HillaryIs44 than Taibbi does on page two. Just go read it.

RELATED: Taibbi’s new book The Great Derangement is out now. You can learn more about it here and find out if he’s doing a reading in your area (NYC—June 6th—Barnes & Noble Tribeca).

Posted by Kevin K. on 05/08/08 at 09:46 AM
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Sunday, April 27, 2008

Robyn Hitchcock & Gary Lucas perform two Captain Beefheart songs

Sorry for the lack of blogging.  I took a huge and tragic spill on a hill I had no business skateboarding down back when I was in college and, as a result, I occasionally throw my back out, so I’ve been laid out flat for the past two days.  Here’s a quickee post for you to enjoy and then I’m going to crawl back on the couch. 

Guitarist extraordinaire Gary Lucas hosted a “Beefheart Night” back on April 9th at the Knitting Factory here in NYC. Gary played with his fantastic all-instrumental Captain Beefheart cover band Fast ‘N’ Bulbous (their CD Pork Chop Blue Around the Rind is highly recommended) and several fans and friends of Don Van Vliet spoke in between the band’s two sets. David Lynch sent in a cool little video of himself reading “Pena,” too. The highlight was a surprise appearance by the legendary Robyn Hitchcock at the tail end of the evening, who performed three songs with Lucas accompanying him on the steel guitar.  A few weeks ago I uploaded my video of them doing “Sure ‘Nuff ‘N’ Yes I Do” to YouTube and yesterday Lucas contacted me to let me know that both he and Hitchock really enjoyed seeing it, so I uploaded their version of “China Pig” today (unfortunately, I didn’t record their last song “Click Clack”). Enjoy.

“China Pig”

“Sure ‘Nuff ‘N’ Yes I Do”

Posted by Kevin K. on 04/27/08 at 06:19 PM
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Thursday, April 10, 2008

Theater critic makes a funny

From Time Out New York:

We all know that artists see things differently from the rest of us, but how many folks watch a grainy video of hooded captors shouting demands over a shuddering abductee and think, Ah! Romance! It turns out there are at least two: Clay McLeod Chapman and Kyle Jarrow. In their first collaboration, the rock musical Hostage Song, the playwright and lyricist-composer imagine a man and a woman—bound and blindfolded by an unnamed militia—who somehow manage to fall a little bit in love. At first blush, it may sound like an Eli Roth flick with jazz hands, but the result is a devastatingly poignant, strangely philosophical meditation on salvation that just happens to sport a sick downbeat.

Jazz hands jokes just never get old.

Posted by Kevin K. on 04/10/08 at 01:54 PM
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Thursday, March 27, 2008

HillCo finally loses the leftosphere

Everyone knows Hillary and her campaign lost the big daddy of the leftosphere a while ago (Kos), but there have been quite a few respected, high traffic veteran bloggers who have remained fence-sitters during this primary season.  Over the last few days, several of them fell off and they didn’t tumble onto HillCo’s crabgrass and horsehit shit infested lawn. The list includes Duncan Black (aka Atrios), Kevin Drum, and TBogg. In addition, The Atlantic Monthly‘s James Fallows, one of my favorite journalists ever, felt the need to dial in his disgust with the Clinton campaign from China on his blog.

The pathetic wingnut-like antics of Hillary, her campaign staff and her more rabid supporters (I’ve documented plenty of them here) have reached a Scaife-fueled tipping point in the blogosphere and I don’t think there’s any turning back.

Now let’s turn our attention to a few fine bloggers who don’t get the attention they deserve.

First up, the righteously ballsy tas from Sugar Land is Dreaming (crossposted at Comments from Left Field):

Blatant racism and white supremacy has no place on any leftwing blog. None whatsoever. Earlier last week, a group email conversation between leftwing bloggers was launched to try and quell the infighting between Hillary and Obama supporters, to try and reach a truce. For my part, I said that I wouldn’t be able to stay quiet if some of the extreme Hillary supporters used racism and comparisons to Hitler against Obama, because that’s just over the line—and if the same actions were committed against Hillary by an Obama supporter, then I’d take those bloggers to the woodshed, too.

Well, as far as I’m concerned, the truce is dead. Long live its brief existence.

If SusanUnPC had any sense of humiliation, she would apologize for spreading the worst form of racism and retire from blogging. And if Larry Johnson had any honor, he would have booted her from posting on his blog a long time ago. But these Hillary supporters have no scruples. And I don’t want to make any blanket statements against Hillary’s other supporters, most of whom I’m sure aren’t completely insane, but let me just say that when you sleep with the dogs, you wake up with fleas. SusanUnPC and the rest of No Quarter is a flea-infested Great Dane, and it’s time for everyone—no matter what candidate you support—to admonish them; to boot them from discourse in the blogosphere. They no longer deserve to be here.

And even-keeled and thoughtful Riley from Zen Cabin has had enough:

You’ve probably seen the letter that was sent to Nancy Peslosi, by now.  I’ll be honest, it pissed me off.  I know that Hillary’s supporters have worked hard to push her to the top in this Primary and I respect that.  But, as a local campaign coordinator and a local candidate, myself, I know how hard it is to gain support and earn votes.  And Hillary’s recent behavior is a slap in the face to all the Democratic candidates at every level downstream from her.

I could highlight all of the outraged posts I’m stumbling upon all day (and night), but I’d need a few interns (any takers?) and a new hosting plan to help me push all of the tetrabytes out into the ether.

SIDE NOTE: Mayor Michael Bloomberg will be introducing Obama before he delivers a speech on the economy today in Manhattan. Smells like an endorsement to me. Look for Taylor Marsh to be sifting through Bloomberg’s garbage by end of day and for him to be tagged as an anti-Semite by Hillshills within hours.

MORE: It’s bubbling, it’s bubbling...

#  henry Says:
March 27th, 2008 at 9:17 am

isn’t bloomberg jewish?

Posted by Kevin K. on 03/27/08 at 08:18 AM
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Thursday, March 20, 2008

Blitzen Trapper & Fleet Foxes—Bowery Ballroom, NYC—Saturday, March 29th

Blitzen Trapper live at Mercury Lounge, July, 2007 (full concert here)

Blitzen Trapper, whose album Wild Mountain Nation was picked as our best of 2007, will be playing at Bowery Ballroom at the end of this month (the 29th, to be precise). My wife Chris and I caught their live show unexpectedly in Seattle on a layover and they were wonderful. The performance was reminiscent of the high-energy and adorably scattered mid-years Pavement shows.  Highly recommended.  As an added bonus, they’re sharing the bill with their label mates Fleet Foxes, who our pals at FREEwilly dig (us, too) and their new EP “Sun Giant” is sure to litter best-of lists near and far at the tail end of ‘08.  That’s what we call a win-win.  Cash in on it if you’re a big applette.

Posted by Kevin K. on 03/20/08 at 06:16 AM
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Friday, March 14, 2008

Overheard in New York

I heard a woman say this into her cellphone as I was walking to the subway yesterday after work:

Well, I was going to make fun of her but then I found out she had cancer.

Posted by Kevin K. on 03/14/08 at 07:06 AM
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