What We Lose With the Closing of Death by Audio

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All illustrations Debbie Allen
From spring of 2011 through spring of 2012, my illustrator pal Debbie Allen and I produced a live music column for Sound of the City called Waste of Paint. On the suggestion of former Voice music editor Maura Johnston, we arranged our words and pictures into comic-strip-like dispatches on the music we saw each weekend (and later, every other weekend). Although we covered some big names like Slick Rick and Santigold, we devoted a substantial number of column inches (pages?) to music that wasn't getting covered by many other outlets, both in deference to the Voice's history of hyper-local coverage and because that was simply our favorite stuff to go to.

The trio of clubs at S. 2nd and Kent -- Glasslands, 285 Kent, and Death by Audio -- played an important role in the column, enabling us to hop back and forth and see a bunch of music in one night. More than any of them, DBA felt like home, even if we sometimes had to pay a cover charge, as Edan cared more about paying the bands than getting press for his venue. With its boisterous all-ages crowds, muraled walls, and strong DIY ethos, it was a haven for an extended family of local and touring acts, even as the neighborhood around it grew fancier and fancier.

As we officially close the book on DBA and Williamsburg in general as destinations for grassroots culture, let's mark their passing with some colorful memories. Rest in peace, Death by Audio! I might not remember every night I spent in you, but I'm pretty sure they were the best.

Below you'll find many illustrations of the bands we saw at DBA over the course of Waste of Paint.

See also: With the Coming Closing of Death by Audio, Many NYC DIYs Are Going Legit

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Weekend In New York: Guardian Alien Transcends, Walter Schreifels Solos, And The Beets Get Weird For A Good Cause

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Illustrations by Debbie Allen
The hurricane might be over, but as Waste of Paint spent much of the weekend discovering, the recovery work has only just begun. Thankfully, the people of this city support one another in times of need, and the music community is no exception; two of the three shows we attended benefitted Sandy victims in some way, and there are hopefully many more like them to come.

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- Waste of Paint Archives


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Waste of Paint: King Tuff Goes Retro, Pissed Jeans Get Pissed Off, Slug Guts Spook, and Sky Ferreira Charms

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Illustrations by Debbie Allen

CMJ is great. It's got all the stressful clusterfuckery of SXSW, but with none of the late night hot tub parties or surprise Kanye West performances! Jokes aside, it brings a ton of acts to town all at once, and you can't really get mad at that. In honor of this grand industry tradition, Waste of Paint set out to discover some exciting, new (or at least newly buzzy) acts.

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- Waste of Paint: K-Holes, Thee Oh Sees, and Ty Segall
- Q&A: Pissed Jeans' Matt Korvette On Having Kids, Listening To Techno, And Not Naming His Band "Unrequited Hard-On"


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Waste of Paint: K-Holes, Thee Oh Sees, and Ty Segall - The Well - 9/22/2012

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By Jamie Peck
Illustrations by Debbie Allen

This weekend, we took advantage of Bushwick's ever-advancing gentrification to see a bill of relatively big bands---K-Holes, Thee Oh Sees, Ty Segall---without going more than ten blocks from our house. We got rained on a little in the process, but the stupendous performances made it all worthwhile.


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Live: Sweating Out The Summer With EULA, Sleepies, The Kills, Daytona, And Ice Balloons

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In Waste Of Paint, our writer/artist team of Jamie Peck and Debbie Allen will review goings-on about town in words and images.

As the second half of August wrings the last drops of sweat from us, it's important to make the most of the time we have left before fall makes us feel like we have to go back to school. To that end, Waste of Paint spent the weekend at three archetypical seasonal entertainments: the sweaty loft show, the grandiose riverside concert, and the friendly beach jam.


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The 4Knots Music Festival: A Long, Salty Day With The Drums, Archers Of Loaf, Kid Congo Powers, Black Lips, And Jonathan Toubin

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In Waste Of Paint, our writer/artist team of Jamie Peck and Debbie Allen will review goings-on about town in words and images.

This weekend, the Village Voice's own 4Knots Music Festival (full disclosure: well, you know) invaded the major tourist hub of South Street Seaport with entertainments at least as diverting as the stuff that's always there, if slightly more niche. There were rum drinks, nautical stripes, and many instances of sweaty dancing—and even when things didn't quite go as planned, those in attendance rolled with it like so many boats.

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This Weekend In New York: Wild Yaks, The Death Set, Woods, And Crystal Stilts Get No Sleep In Brooklyn

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In Waste Of Paint, our writer/artist team of Jamie Peck and Debbie Allen will review goings-on about town in words and images.

This weekend, Waste Of Paint caught four rather different bands united by their status as beloved standbys of the Brooklyn DIY scene. It also marked the beginning of uncomfortably sweaty show season.

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This Weekend In New York: Guerilla Toss Weird Out, Cloud Becomes Your Hand Role-Play, And Quintron Turns Brooklyn Into A Swamp

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In Waste Of Paint, our writer/artist team of Jamie Peck and Debbie Allen will review goings-on about town in words and images.

Ain't it grand when some sensory input makes you feel like you're on Mars, even though you're totally sober? We devoted this weekend to the weirder side of the New York music scene, discovering two bands just feeling their way in the world, and re-discovering another that's ridden its twisted take on New Orleans blues to relative indie stardom.


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This Weekend In New York: Zambri, Black Pus, Coasting, And Chain And The Gang Get Frisky

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In Waste Of Paint, our writer/artist team of Jamie Peck and Debbie Allen will review goings-on about town in words and images.

Maybe it was just the warm weather messing with my head, but everyone in New York seemed a little bit friskier this weekend. From the black-clad romantics swaying back and forth to Zambri to the feral nerds who worship Black Pus, bands and fans alike were in it to win it.


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Portraits Of South By Southwest: La Sera, Santigold, Blood Orange, And The Men

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In Waste Of Paint, our writer/artist team of Jamie Peck and Debbie Allen will review goings-on about town in words and images.

This week, we packed up our paint and headed down to Austin for the annual hurricane of musical adventure that is South By Southwest. I feel both like I just got to the jam-packed music festival and like I've been here my whole life, and I'm both bummed and relieved to discover that I do not actually live in a perpetual bubble of free alcohol, loud music, and promotional swag.


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