G.G. Allin Meets Taylor Swift in the Streets of New York

Taylor Swift and G.G. Allin: Their New Yorks are very different.
Taylor Swift's Welcome to New York has been widely criticized in news articles as bullshit, the worst ode to NYC ever, and one of the worst catchy songs ever. Longtime Lower East Side documentarian Clayton Patterson went a step further in a video response that intersperses bits of a bubbly Swift lauding the city, with clips from the 1980s and 1990s showing the Tompkins Square riots and a naked, poop-covered G.G. Allin. But Patterson's retort -- its scenes of chaos, police brutality, and grime -- has left New Yorkers wondering: Is this the comeback we wanted? Did Patterson's attempt at capturing a multi-layered and complex city miss the mark?

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Help a Local Sound Engineer Fund Her Dream

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Dana Wachs/ Vorhees
Dana Wachs is a longtime Brooklyn-based audio engineer who has most likely run the sound for a few concerts you've been to around town. She's also traveled the world running sound for acts like M.I.A., St. Vincent, Cat Power, MGMT, and Lykki Ly. She's good at her job, and also happens to have a band, the beautifully atmospheric Vorhees, her one-woman show. The music she creates as Vorhees is hard to describe, but her soundcloud page gives it an admirable effort:

See also: H. Jon Benjamin's Absurd Kickstarter Illustrates the Absurdity of Most Kickstarters

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Our Picks For Northside Festival

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It's unbelievable that Brooklyn's Northside Festival is just four years old. Since its DIY inception in 2009, the festival now showcases in 50-plus venue spaces for four straight days of interactive events, lectures from digital enterprises, film screenings and music showcases scattered across Brooklyn's finest venues. It's the less-overwhelming but equally hip answer to Austin's South by Southwest, and less scattered than fall's sprawling CMJ. You can either spring a badge for $80 or pay at the door for each show. But it's worth it given the chance to check out full label rosters, veterans (Kim Gordon and Michael Gira!) and rising (Chance the Rapper, Weekend). There's already ample unprecedented surprise headliners, too -- Black Flag AND Kathleen Hanna's revamped band The Julie Ruin, anyone?! Whether you fancy is twee pop, malicious punk or sludge metal, the sprawling festival is sure to satisfy any of your sonic needs. We've hand-picked the weekend's highlights for you that would be a true shame to miss. Music nerds, rejoice!

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Why "World Music" Doesn't Mean Anything Anymore: What I Learned At APAP

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If you ever had any doubts about whether the global pop promotion game was an intellectual enterprise as well as an entrepreneurial movement, this year's 10th pairing of NYC's annual Global Fest with the yearly Association of Professional Arts Presenters' conference would set you straight.

APAP first emerged (as the Association of College and University Concert Managers) in the late 1950s out of a small, visionary network of college arts programmers who wanted to increase and diversify the kinds of cultural enrichment to which mainstream America had access. Being a college-based organization during the red-baiting '50s meant this group was also aware of the political ramifications of promoting every type of music, dance and theater as equal in social value.

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New Asobi Seksu Video, O'Death Mixtape, and Tonight's Brooklyn Vs. Baltimore Show Was Moved

Sound of the City roots for the home team and so does Impose Magazine's Jeremy Krinsley.

Impose is having a birthday party show on Saturday at Cake Shop. It's free if you were born in January.

O'Death mixtape. Unfortunately this doesn't include yodeling diss tracks aimed at Akron/Family. On that note, those other hippies have got some more news about their album and stuff.

Crazy Brooklyn vs. Baltimore blowout tonight! USAISAMONSTER apparently now performs as a four piece, These Are Powers are back from a long tour (and about to embark on another), Blank Dogs just signed to In The Red, and Dan Deacon will be there. The $3 show was recently relocated from Danbro Studios to the 1896, the address of which you'll now find on Todd P's website.

New Asobi Seksu video, "Me & Mary," off their upcoming album Hush, is out. Slow but steady, this will be their third album, released two years after their sophomore Citrus. Like many other bands who began in the earlier half decade, they've pinched up the excess in their pop and now present it clean and dressed for mass acceptance. We'll see where that takes them.

In a similar vein, Ra Ra Riot and Harlem Shakes, the two bands most associated with Vampire Weekend prior to their canonization, have both reinvigorated their indie rock careers. Ra Ra Riot was recently remixed by Passion Pit, and will be opening for Death Cab on their spring tour. Harlem Shakes are sitting on a new album, with a track released this week.

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Home Team Round-Up: Blog Scatology and Animal Collective (Again)

Sound of the City roots for the home team and so does Impose Magazine's Jeremy Krinsley.

This show was last night, but Jeremy's so proud of the ad he made, we're posting it anyway

Ah, the public fantasy that wills a band to stand on a stage together after vowing never to do so again. Eventually there will be enough evidence that people get old, fat, bald and slow and our reunion romance will recede. Or maybe not. Do we blame the Pixies? There's no question that our Bloody Valentines can aptly execute their old songs with aplomb, but will it really amount to what their past work has meant to all of us? So yeah, Pavement might reunite, possibly at ATP NY?

First-wave Merriweather indifference is now bordering on dislike. Though as Mike Powell put it in this week's Voice, "liking every aspect of an Animal Collective album, while a nice prospect, would make me think they'd somehow lost their edge." Then again, if you're not one for reasoned arguments and still hankering for more deeply-seeded, anonymous blog hate, this week's Vegan comment section was burned by tired of loops | January 8, 2009 1:10 PM:

    "comparing Animal Collective to Radiohead is like comparing a turd to a booger. . . Any idiot at guitar center could hook up a delay pedal and float some notes over a loop. hippie bullshit heralded as 'art'. . . If you want a high rating from Pitchfork just run your mix through a reverb plug-in."

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Home Team Round-Up: These Are Powers, 50 Cent, Animal Collective (Of Course)

Sound of the City roots for the home team and so does Impose Magazine's Jeremy Krinsley.

Alia Raza did the above video for Violens, a band that plays soft-heeled indie pop that is not in any way Lansing-Dreiden light, despite the band's frontman being first and foremost a member of that collective. For better... or worse, "Violens are just a good, honest rock band."

What happens when the internet crowns a band like Animal Collective for the umpteenth time? The past coronations for Feels, Sung Tongs and Strawberry Jam (average Pitchfork score: 9.1) would have been enough to secure their critical patronage for a few lifetimes, but isn't it dangerous to throw so much creature worship into the laps of one mild-mannered, thoughtful, potentially brilliant, endlessly engaging and surprising group of musicians? Sigh. Join the bandwagon or get rolled under it! Best of 2009! 9.6! Or the most ebullient (god save Animal Collective), by Uncut, as pointed out by Idolator: "Right now Merriweather Post Pavilion doesn't just seem like one of the first great records of 2009, it feels like one of the landmark American albums of the century so far."

Love, theft and violence as the recession hits New York's mainstream hip-hop full-scale: 50 Cent slashes the price of his mansion, faces a cancelled reality TV show, loses his car deal(?), and bungles another single, while Jay-Z loses bank support for his hotel project, Jim Jones jumps on Jay-Z's best friend (while shopping for high end scarfs), throws self at cops, but not before jumping on an Asher Roth track. (Asher Roth jumps on terrorist? We're still in disbelief.) Queen Latifah's robbed but repping Jenny Craig for another year (keeping those pounds down). Plus, Lil' Kim vows revenge for those who might defile her via Biggy biopics, as more of his demos surface.

DJ Premier wishes it were the '90s, too.

These Are Powers are back in town after a mammoth tour through Europe. Their album is coming out in February, they're playing a lot of upcoming shows, they lit up Cake Shop for New Years, and are receiving some of their first legitimate hate commentary on Vegan. Consequentially, Todd P is waking up from an early winter semi-hibernation of sorts with more regular, larger events, including a big-ass Brooklyn vs. Baltimore faceoff on the 30th (These Are Powers are playing it).

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New Year's Eve 2009: New York Shows, Continued


Since we last checked in, lots more NYE events have been announced. Here's what's going on:

Last Knitting Factory show in its old location. Curated by Akron/Family with Deerhoof, Dirty Projectors, Deer Tick, Megafaun, Talk Normal, Groover's Paradise, "tons more!" (Now with sliding scale: $35, $65, $100)

Santos' Party House, with the biggest hipster blowout. Expect Chloe Sevigny, prescription drugs, hair cuts. Upstairs hosted by the MisShapes and Sophia Lamar, MCed by Bad Brilliance, live sets by Andrew W.K., Gang Gang Dance, Lissy Trullie, Lemonade, Hearts of Darknesses, "very special guest," DJ sets by Manderson, Andrew Kuo, Josh Wildman, Spencer Sweeney, "many more tba." Downstairs performances by Invisible Conga People, Mike Simonetti, Eamon Harkin, James Fucking Friedman. Til 8am. ($50, $65, $20)

Team Robespierre, Burning Angel, Michael T, hot body contest at Trash/Rated X. ($15)

A Place to Bury Strangers, Dirty on Purpose at Mercury Lounge. ($25)

Yo La Tengo, the Feelies and Vivian Girls at the Wellmont Theatre. ($35)

New My Morning Jacket seats at MSG. ($50)

Dresden Dolls' Amanda Palmer two-am show at the Bowery Ballroom. ($25)

Mr. Brownstone (Guns 'N Roses cover band with Clap Your Hands drummer as Axl) play at two am at the Mercury Lounge. $35). They better do some songs from Chinese Democracy.

Patti Smith at the Bowery Ballroom. ($55 pre-scalped)

Covers night at Death by Audio with Necking (Black Flag), Love or Perish (the Misfits), Fiasco (Fugazi & Shellac), Liturgy (Black Sabbath). ($tba)

DJ Skinny, DJ Andy Galkin, Karaoke Killed the Cat at Piano's. ($10)

Pontani Sisters at the Bell House. ($9)

Crystal Castles late night at Music Hall of Williamsburg, still available ($35 doors at 2am)

Blonde Redhead, Islands, Elvis Perkins at Terminal 5. ($35)

Grandmaster Mele Mel of the Furious Five, Mickey Factz, NinjaSonik at Studio B. ($20)

Heartsrevolution, Nick Catchdubs, Bubblyfish at Glasslands. ($25)

Dude Who Is Not Pete or Patrick from Fall Out Boy, hosting Angels & Kings party (running simultaneously in Barcelona and Chicago, too).

Hiro Ballroom has DJ Smooth and Black Tie recommended attire ($45 girls/$65 guys)

The Rub DJs at Southpaw with Certified Bananas ($40), Prince Paul DJs at the Delancey ($25), Caps and Jones DJ at Savalas ($10 after midnight, free before, first 50 to RSVP are in free til 6 AM).

Free toast, Veveritse Brass Band, DJs Alfreako and Mr. Vacation, "hot young ladies and salty gentleman," at Union Pool. ($10)

Joan as Policewoman plays John Zorn's the Stone. ($10.)

Famous Friends is throwing a dancey electro party at Europa with Kill the Noise and AC Slater ($25, or $40, if you are underage).

The Dickies at Bowery Electric ($15), The Damned at Gramercy Theater with Theo & the Skyscrapers and Electric Frankenstein ($100-150)

Weirdest New Year's Eve show at Public Assembly: Lady Gaga, who just played Z100's Jingle Ball teen-girl-fantasy blowout, Semi Precious Weapons and. . . Titus Andronicus? Plus their "24 hour liquor license means party all night into the afternoon the next day!!!" ($70, $35, and $10)

(le) Poisson Rouge has Matthew Dear, Drop the Lime, Michna, and Mike Servito starting at 2:30am ($30) -- Jeremy Krinsley

Great Job MGMT, Vampire Weekend, and TV on the Radio!

Sound of the City roots for the home team and so does Impose Magazine's Jeremy Krinsley.

New Amazing Baby video for "Head Dress." I think these guys are facing the harshest and quickest blow-back of blog hate in the history of the medium. It's not really their fault. This is mainly the blog-reading public angry at getting duped so many times. I'm sure the same person who wrote the comment below really liked Bloc Party until that got lame:

    "I saw these guys by mistake at mercury lounge a few weeks back, and I had never heard of them until then, so i was completely objective. their singer is really awful and portrays himself in a toolish fashion. they have nice amps and stuff, thanks mom and dad!"

Also, Amazing Baby cooks. And live in a Greenpoint crib.

While I remain baffled by the results, I am grateful for NME's "aggregated 'super-list'" because it leaves me off the hook from trying to do something similar. Great job, MGMT, Vampire Weekend, and TV on the Radio. You do New York proud. And even better job NME, for apparently stealing or making up Pitchfork's best of list. That takes style, and class.

Also requiring class: a track Andrew VanWyngarden made to end one he took called "Hazardous Earth: Stuff That Will Kill You."

Yeah Yeah Yeahs got smooshy with a Christmas tune at their MySpace: "All I want for Christmas is to warm you up with kisses and cheer!"

Speaking of kisses, Asobi Seksu is covered in them.

Telepathe loves Lil' Wayne.

Antony album art, tour dates.

Personal fave Social Registry has put out some year-end mix tapes.

Look out for Blank Dogs, friends. Perhaps you already were told that he was "secretive." (He can be found at Academy Records.) I am told he "hates press," so perhaps he will read this and hate some more. He is playing the No Fun Fest, with Sonic Youth. And Noveller and Axlotol. Look out for those three, too. And read more about the fest here- we talked to Carlos Giffoni this week.

Joell Ortiz is for the hipsters. Juelz Santana is for Ballz.

New Jersey counts as the deformed bastard limb of New York, right? Good. Titus Andronicus dude Patrick Stickles shave.

James Murphy, getting all up in yer panel.

Missy Elliot, with different freak-based song.

Closing note

What I Want for Christmas: Brooklyn, Circa 2001

Sound of the City roots for the home team and so does Impose Magazine's Jeremy Krinsley.

Bye, Dirty on Purpose!



- The new Aesop Rock.

- Animal Collective's advanced vinyl release, plus Web Sheriff response tracks, and their on-again-off-again leaks, an endless release cycle in which they record a new album before the previous has been doled out to an increasingly unreasonable and rabid public. (This next one, apparently, is visual.)

- The New York Post's taste in music. (Guns 'n' Roses and Wynton Marsalis.)

- Youthful optimism

- Brooklyn to be 2001 again.

- The Beastie Boys to be snotty teenagers again instead of grey-haired dudes in the midst of goddamn altruistic midlife crises.

- Dirty on Purpose to know they'll be missed. I've come across no major blog eulogies, which I guess is part of the reason they're breaking up, but for what it's worth: Back at SXSW 2004, I saw them for the first time in a sunny backyard BBQ, when they were only about two years old, and that chick from Au Revoir Simone was still shyly playing keyboards. Back then, when I could still be excited by basically anything that plugged in a guitar in public, I quickly put these guys on the top shelf of my running obsession with indie rock. I would blame my own (and, without question, many other people's) waning interest in the genre on the economic-cultural tides that washed corporate endorsements far up on those shores and made, yes, the whole thing "less about the music," but for that one afternoon, with the sun breaking through on a long winter and a new band vigorously launching into one of the many tasteful, ebullient anthems they spit out over the years, I was putty in their hands. They'll play their last show this New Years at Mercury Lounge.

- The former Wu to issue joint-press statements. This is getting too complicated. With the release of Afro Samuari, The Resurrection, RZA will transcend the "soggy" form of music he claims hip hop has become sans-sampling. Ghostface, meanwhile, got remixed, played a show, leaked album art like it's leaking the album, and jumped on the Christmas track bandwagon. A few stragglers, too: GZA is in Holland, Raekwon covers Michael Jackson.

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