Brooklyn Bugle Book Club: “Gods Behaving Badly” A Novel by Marie Phillips

Eternity is a long time, even for an immortal. Thanks to a good real estate deal in the 1660s the Greek Gods have been living in London for some time, or so the premise of Marie Phillips’ hilarious novel has it. Although they are heartily sick of each other, they avoid mortals to the extent [...]

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Dwell Thinks Its Aviation-Inspired Sheets Are ‘Inappropriate’ for My Daughter

Here’s the thing about getting overly excited by the arrival of a catalog of high-end nursery furnishings: one way or another, you’re going to…
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Tell the Bartender Episode 44: LIVE with Janeane Garofalo, Mara Wilson and Jeffrey Cranor!

Listen to Episode 44: LIVE with Janeane Garofalo, Mara Wilson and Jeffrey Cranor! Download From iTunes Here In this Episode: The Bartender is joined by Janeane Garofalo, Mara Wilson and Jeffrey Cranor for another wonderful live show. PLUS listener shout outs, and we play Craigslist Ad or Casting Notice with Jordan McDonough! Recorded at Union Hall in […]
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Tim’s Favorite Bassists (A GROHL-FREE COLUMN)

Inevitably, after you compose a Best-Of list you remember the one or three or eight names/albums/bands you’ve omitted. But there’s one list that’s always been pretty goddamn stable for me, and that’s the list of my favorite bass players. Now, some caveats: I’m pretty much just talking rock/pop here. God knows there are plenty of [...]

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Footnotes to the Prologue of a Manifesto

I have nothing against Dave Grohl. I’m serious. The Foo Fighters are an incendiary live band, Grohl has a genuine appreciation of the less-obvious edges of hardcore era that semi-spawned me, and even if he made a song that is worthy of G.E. Smith being hired by Toyota to write an Alarm imitation, I am [...]

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Dave Grohl is Killing Rock ‘n’ Roll, Long Live Rock ‘n’ Roll: Prologue to a Manifesto

We need a true form of musical activism. We need artists willing to risk everything to expose the cultural atrocities and mammon-driven careerist lies spread by the wheezing rock’n’roll machine.

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#BroadwayBomb: If You’re Over 16 and Your Last Name is Not Hawk Get Off the Skateboard

The Broadway Bomb happened Saturday. This is an illegal and epic display of douchery and a fine example of the slow death of New York City. At its very best this is an example, like SantaCon or Pants Off Subway Ride, of the groupthink lemming like dig me behavior of that crazy group known as [...]

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October, 1969: The New York Mets Invent Me

Before we believed in Beatles, before we believed in Kinks, before girls made us damp with tears or uselessly electric with desire, before we even dreamed of The City and its’ promise of midnight diners and the perfect glamour of sun-gleamed Pan Am buildings, we had baseball. Before we were swept away by every passion [...]

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Timbits! Billy Idol! The Stranglers! EBOLA!

U.S. NEWS MEDIA:  Ebola! HODOR:  Hodor! U.S. NEWS MEDIA:  Ebola! HODOR:  Hodor! U.S. NEWS MEDIA:  Ebola! U.S. NEWS MEDIA:  Ebola! HODOR:  Hodor! U.S. NEWS MEDIA:  Ebola! HODOR:  Hodor! U.S. NEWS MEDIA:  Ebola! HODOR:  Hodor! U.S. NEWS MEDIA:  Ebola! HODOR:  Hodor! U.S. NEWS MEDIA:  Ebola! HODOR:  Hodor! TIMMY:  Scott Walker and Sunn O)))! NEXT.  My Breakfast [...]

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Pro Football Returns to Brooklyn: Bolts Play Tonight in Coney Island

Professional football will be played tonight in Brooklyn for the first time in 70 years and if it’s successful, the players—all of whom are hoping to catch on with the National Football League—won’t last the season. “The Brooklyn Bolts are bringing professional football back to Brooklyn for the first time since 1949,” proclaimed Borough President [...]

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Kumble Theater Presents: “The Opulence of Integrity” about Muhummad Ali’s Life, Activism

Muhammad Ali, perhaps the world’s most famous living athlete, once boasted that he was so agile he could “float like a butterfly and sting like a bee”. So what might the now 72-year-old former heavyweight boxer say about The Opulence of Integrity, a four-movement dance series inspired by Ali’s life and legacy being performed this [...]

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Zephyr Teachout at St. Joseph College This Tuesday

On Tuesday October 14th at 7:30pm, as part of the Brooklyn Voices Literary Series with Greenlight Bookstore, St. Joseph’s College, Clinton Hill will host Zephyr Teachout in conversation with Ted Hamm, Chair of the St. Joseph’s journalism department. Ms. Teachout, who pulled a surprising 34 percent of the vote in the recent New York State [...]

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In the last few weeks, I have expressed some negative opinions about some very beloved institutions, like Sting, Jam Bands, and the New York Yankees. Now, since today is the 1960th anniversary of the poisoning death of the Emperor Claudius, I find myself in a reflective mood, and I’d like to revisit these topics from [...]

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Brooklyn Bugle Book Club: “Pro: Reclaiming Abortion Rights” by Katha Pollitt

It’s been more than 40 years since the United States Supreme Court, in Roe v. Wade, limited the restrictions that states may place on abortion. For many of us, the fight for legal abortion seemed to be over. But in the intervening years an organized, effective opposition has persuaded several state legislatures, to chip away [...]

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We are from the Suburbs. We are Born in the City. DAVE STEIN 1962 – 2014

All good revolutions start in the suburbs, everyone knows that. Do you think cultural change just emerges, whole and ripe, on the Bowery or London Soho? The grim, groaning years of childhood, formed in towns colored maple rust and tudor brown, create revolution; wide middle school hallways, full of unloving chants and spit and tears, [...]

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Hawkwind and the Hadacol Space-Age Buddy Bolden Dream

Joe Meek’s thumping balls + the Kinks Sacred Riffing + Eddie Cochran’s slippery soul + Krautrock’s endless highway + drugs = the inside of Buddy Bolden’s 21st Century Head cracked open and spilling Bodhisattva blood = Hawkwind ’71 – ’75 = The Greatest Rock Band of All Time. See… Roughly 115 years ago, fueled by [...]

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Paul Revere, Punk Rock Godfather

Don’t let the ridiculous costumes fool you:  Paul Revere & the Raiders were a proto-punk rock act, plain and simple, and should be spoken of with the same awe and admiration we attach to the Troggs, the Monks, the Sonics, the Remains, et fucking al. See, someone had to build the road between Eddie Cochran [...]

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What Happened to Sid’s Ashes? Let’s Ask John Lydon

A long time ago, I sat behind penny-colored pints of too-cool lager at a reasonable pub in Los Angeles called the Cat & Fiddle. I have never found a truly effective faux-British pub in this country, and the Cat & Fiddle was no exception. (I have a theory about that: you can’t find Bitter anywhere [...]

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