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Greenpoint Block Party

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But when I look around these days, at the bars, at rooftop parties, on the streets and avenues of this still-great city, I see an army of young people out there having a good time. They retain all the optimism of youth. Their prospects may be just as grim as everyone else’s, but they don’t let that affect them. They use their relative poverty to their advantage, creating fun through thrift. They are building the very memories that they will look back on a couple of decades from now and think, “Man, that was the greatest summer ever.”

And it will absolutely be true. Two decades from now we will all be bog people living in warring tribes among the marshes of the New Jersey Meadowlands, skinning rats to provide pelts for warmth and eating their chemically-infested flesh for the tiny bits of protein we are able to provide to our bodies. As the kids of today huddle around the tire fires of tomorrow, they will tell stories to their undersized, two-headed children (assuming mankind remains fertile then) about those balmy summer days before the floods and fires when a six pack of beer and a bittorrented rip of the new Arcade Fire were very heaven. It will sound like paradise. [The Awl]


My utter refusal to put words to screen around these parts (or any parts of the Internet, for that matter) can be explained in one word: Summer. Summer, darlings! I forgot to pay much attention to it for the bulk of July and early August, but then suddenly The Awl was already writing eulogies, and my Goddamn Cobra compatriots and I were putting the finishing pre-production touches on the western we’ve been planning since last fall, and tomorrow I set off for two weeks on the west coast, one week in the midwest, and holy September it will already be fall by the time I set foot in my beloved Brooklyn again!

So some summer had to be had these past couple weeks, because like a new acquaintance of mine said recently, re: being A Man, “Eventually you have to know when is the right time to be all schooled in the ways of Cusackian “Say Anything” (i.e. open your fucking mouth and share your feelings and express yourself) and when is the right time to get all caveman and slut it up something rough and proper.” Or, like another new acquaintance of mine said recently, “Shit is way fragile, man.” Now is not the time to get all Cusackian about this summer, because this summer is dissolving, fast! And because when we’re all nursing our 3-eyed cucumber babies and eating rat people, or whatever it is, then —well, I think you get the point.

But what I wanted to say—or what I wanted to show you, rather … hell, maybe it’s best if I just paraphrase Eli Cash: Well, everyone knows the kids in north Brooklyn are capable of this short of audacity to enjoy ourselves, this orgy of flagrant optimism. What this block party footage presupposes is … maybe it isn’t just us … ?

*Note: In my quest to simply show the diversity of ages and ethnicities voraciously enjoying this sunny summer Sutton street day … I may have kept in a lot of gratuitous footage of cute kids dancing to hipster DJs playing Lady GaGa … (also, please pardon my poor editing skills, and the occasional oohs and ahhs from Hugh and I in the background).

* P.S. This was my first-ever block party! Whole-street garage sales were the closest we got to block parties in the suburban Midwest …


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August 26, 2010 at 2:03 pm

Behind the Scenes: Cobra Den Invitational With Wakey! Wakey!

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We shot a lovely two-song session with Wakey! Wakey! this past weekend, in what will hopefully be the first of many for the Goddamn Cobras‘ “Cobra Den Invitational” series. I’m trying to teach myself to use Final Cut Pro, so I shot some footage on my little digital camera while we were setting up, and edited it into a ‘behind the scenes’ clip. Enjoy!

P.S. Lead singer Michael Grubbs and the rest of the band were super nice. When I listen to their music on Wakey! Wakey!’s MySpace page, it doesn’t really grab me, but in person it was just delightful. Goddamn Cobras will be putting out our recording of the shoot sometime in mid-February – just in time to correspond to Grubbs’ next big moment on One Tree Hill, OMG.

[x-posted to brooklyn home companion …]

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January 20, 2010 at 1:53 pm

Happy Thanksgiving!

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For all those of you who are spending the holiday with those you love, even though you may not technically be “home” … Enjoy:

[cross-posted to my other blog, b/c everyone should see this lovely video]

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November 26, 2009 at 4:19 pm

The Internet is a Weird Place, Brat Pack Mashup Edition

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A few months ago, my friends made a tribute to this Brat Pack Mashup of Phoenix’s ‘Listomania’ that was posted on YouTube. Now, a group of Phillipino kids has made a tribute to their tribute, complete with footage from my friends’ video of the New York City skyline spliced in and re-creations of the Brooklyn kids’ mistakes (a hat falling off, one of the boys falling down).

Globalization at its strangest?

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November 4, 2009 at 11:10 am

Sarah Palin: Extreme Culture-Warrior Makeover Edition

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Wow. Via The Confabulum,  some old TV clips of Sarah Palin that present a strikingly different woman:

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October 6, 2008 at 5:16 pm

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