May 4, 1970 and Chris Butler

Before college rock was a lifestyle, before it was even a cult, before it was even a rumor, there were people like Chris Butler. Throughout the country in the early to mid 1970s, these people comprised an invisible minority shaping the future. They were long-hairs and short-hairs, huddled in university pubs or music and art [...]

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Why Jam Bands Suck and Hawkwind Doesn’t

I was recently revising my Worst Bands of All Time list, and I asked myself, “Why are there no Jam Bands on this list? That seems very odd indeed, Tim, because Jam Bands are to music what Bret Easton Ellis is to Human Beings.” Part of the problem, of course, is that jam bands would [...]

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Brooklyn Bugle Book Club: “Visitation” by Jenny Erpenbeck, translated from the German by Susan Bernofsky

Twentieth century Germany lost two world wars, murdered many of its own citizens, and surrounded part of its former capital with an enclosing wall. Armies, its own and occupying ones, marched across the countryside. A novelist can’t ignore this history, but life has gone on all the same. In her moving and painful novel “Visitation” [...]

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Revisiting My Thoughts on The Replacements and The Captain (Plus Let’s Honor Malcolm Young)

This is not an apology; let’s say that I am reviewing a play on appeal. The Replacements reunion still smells like a money grab to me, and I do think the legitimacy of the whole enterprise is (at least vaguely) debatable. However, the other day when I climbed on my soapbox and waxed asinine about [...]

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L’chaim to Kosher Wine

Some of the most popular and sought after wines in the industry today are kosher. New varietals and fresh, kosher vines are popping up at wineries, young and old. The production of these wines is a burgeoning industry with a product that is becoming more popular every single day. Kosher wines exploded in America with [...]

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The Fauxplacements. Or “What Makes A Reunion A Reunion?”

I was not particularly fond of the Replacements during their initial go-round; I felt they had a disrespect for their audiences that bordered on the offensive, a disregard for their band member’s health that bordered on the criminal, and a disregard for making cohesive recordings that was abusive of their clearly visible skills. So I [...]

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BuzzFeed’s Ben Smith, NYC Digerati Discuss Digital Media at St. Francis

In a midday panel discussion held Monday at St. Francis Brooklyn’s Maroney Forum for Arts, Culture & Education, some of the biggest names in New York City digital media gathered to talk about the risks and rewards of running Internet-based news organizations. New York’s New Digital Media—organized by St. Francis Scholar in Residence Fred Siegel [...]
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The Tyranny of Nostalgia, and How it Could Kill MLB

First of all, let me state that I love that Derek Jeter Gatorade Commercial. I am perfectly happy to disregard the fact that it’s selling something, because it reminds me that what is really important about Derek Jeter is what he means to the fans, what he means to the people of New York, what [...]

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Heights History: A Look Into The Past Of Some Montague Street Restaurants

We recently went on a trip back in time at some of the restaurants in the North Heights. Now it’s time to start doing the same down on Montague Street. What was there before today’s eateries? What do the owners want you to order if you stop by? Let’s find out! Our first stop will [...]
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Brooklyn Bugle Book Club: “The Vacationers” A novel by Emma Straub

No matter how hard we try, we bring ourselves with us when we travel. “The Vacationers” is a completely absorbing novel that follows the attempts of the Post family to recover their better selves during a two-week family vacation on Mallorca. Recent events in the Post family have been challenging. Jim, a youthful 60, has [...]

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Montague Street Summer Space is this Sunday 9/21

Join us this Sunday (9/21) as the Montague BID stages its annual Summer Space Festival. The BHB gang will be there starting at noon (in front of Custom House) and the BHA Dog Show starts at 3pm.

Here’s the official dispatch:
(via Brooklyn Heights Blog)

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The Thomas Edison of College Rock

I’ve been thinking about college rock, indie rock, whatever you want to call it, this thing that defines the listening habits of over-sensitive young white people, this entity that makes us feel superior to the person sitting across from us on the F Train who looks like they listen to Maroon 5. I was reflecting [...]

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Do They Have Sharks in the River Liffey? Because U2 Just Jumped One

I tend to give U2 the benefit of the doubt because, let’s face it, a band that popular could have been a hell of a lot worse. U2 have been the biggest rock band on earth for about 30 years now (only Metallica have even vaguely given them a run for their money), and generally [...]

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“Your Mother Should Know” is a TURD

“Your Mother Should Know” by the Beatles came on the radio. I have heard this song perhaps as many times as there are grains of sand in the River Ganges; yet for the first time I realized THIS SONG IS A TURD.  If a cotton candy machine (hidden in the greasy, cobweb-laced cellar of a [...]

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Brooklyn Book Festival Next Sunday, September 21

The ninth annual Brooklyn Book Festival will be on Sunday, September 21 from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m at Borough Hall and Columbus Park (immediately north of Borough Hall). There will be readings by and discussions with writers, readings and activities for children, and books for sale. There’s more information here. During the coming week [...]
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Brooklyn Bugle Book Club: “Tinderbox” a novel by Lisa Gornick

What makes a home? Myra, a therapist, lives alone in a brownstone in the West 90s. Now that her children are grown, Myra has arranged her large house just the way she likes it: her office is in the basement, she gardens in the back, she loves her kitchen. Her daughter, Caro lives nearby and [...]

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Jo Anne Simon Wins 52nd AD Democratic Primary, Will Face Guitar Playing GOP Challenger in November

Jo Anne Simon won the Democratic nomination in the 52nd Assembly District Tuesday with opponents Pete Sikora coming in second and dark horse candidate/Brooklyn Heights resident Doug Biviano third. Simon was the winner of our Readers’Endorsement poll.
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Brooklyn Bugle Book Club: “Ninety Percent of Everything: Inside Shipping, The Invisible Industry that Puts Clothes on Your Back, Gas in Your Car, and Food on Your Plate” by Rose George

The clothes you are wearing, the iPad you are holding, the computer I’m using to write this review have something important in common: they were, in all likelihood, manufactured someplace far away from where you sit, and they got to you by ship. A big ship. Brooklyn Heights readers need only walk over to the [...]

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