Dining Room Takeover!

Back in October during the annual CMJ Music Festival, viagra 60mg Zach and I had our first house-crashing. In between their showcases at Maxwell’s and Spike Hill, my brother Mark and his band, Capybara, stayed with us for several days. Just when I thought the rock and roll was over, Mark asked me if they could shoot a live session — in my dining room. (!)

Fast forward a few months and I finally got to see footage of their impromptu session, which I am excited to share. Capybara’s new album Dave Drusky was released last week on Amazon & iTunes and they performed and recorded several songs from the new LP IN MY HOUSE. So proud. Enjoy!

CAPYBARA / Neighbor Crimes / CMJ 2011 (Brooklyn, NY)

Being a Big Sister is the BEST job

Back in October during the annual CMJ Music Festival, this site Zach and I had our first house-crashing. In between their showcases at Maxwell’s and Spike Hill, my brother Mark and his band, Capybara, stayed with us for several days. Their new album Dave Drusky is out today and I couldn’t be prouder. [stream it free on AOL’s Spinner blog!]

Naturally, I grabbed my camera while they were here. It was one of those late October Saturdays where the light was perfectly golden, the promises of summer near, the flowers still blooming.

It was warm, just like this music makes me feel.

[P.S. Mark – I’m so proud. Please move back to Brooklyn.]

the garden, in late october

stephen wilkes shares nyc, day to night

Thanks to a great tip from Tricia Vita over at Amusing the Zillion, pills I learned of a recently-opened exhibit at the CLAMPART gallery in Chelsea featuring the work of photographer Stephen Wilkes, pharm whose masterpiece of Coney Island is below.

This photograph is part of Wilkes’ collection called “Day to Night,” and the pieces are impressive: huge composite photographs of iconic New York landscapes capturing the ebb and flow of the human masses — and the ever-changing light. In an interview with the Village Voice, he describes his process:

It dawned on me, I’m studying New York as an emergent life form, and the way you can see the city flow, it’s a form of emergent behavior. You realize that the pedestrians are communicating, the cabs, all these elements are coming together and creating a complex life form. In a way that’s how the city works. And, in a strange way, photographically, it’s almost an emergent form, the concept of a single photo is being changed in this way.

I can’t wait to go check the gallery out and see his large format pieces up close and personal — the exhibition at CLAMPART runs through October 29th.

chris arnade and his barbershop brooklyn

remedy on Flickr”>Tonys Barber Shop:  Sunset Park BrooklynI’ve been a fan of Chris Arnade’s work for quite some time now, symptoms and his NYC portrait series are great testaments to the diverse cultural institutions you find all over the city in spades.

Recently, he’s been adding more fantastic photographs to his barbershop series, which features shops all over the city from Sunset Park to Greenpoint. I reached out to him this week to find out more about his inspiration for shooting this series and his thoughts. Chris elaborates:

“I spend lots of time in the more Latino neighborhoods where the barbershops and hairdressers are a big part of the culture. It’s often where people go to hang out, gossip, catch up on news. Besides being a hub of activity, I find many places are amazingly designed, with a lot of work put into the decoration.

Rarer, but my favorite, are the older places that often are time capsules. I also love people who put a lot of work into looking good, exhibiting their own fashion sense. Mirrors, I love mirrors. It’s rare that I get turned down shooting them; the owners are rightfully proud of both the stores, the design, and the job that they do.”

Check out some of his great barbershop portraits from around Brooklyn below, and click here to see more! Be sure to click on the photos to read more about the shops in Chris’ own words!

Tony the Barber: Sunset Park Brooklyn

Quikuts: Bushwick Brooklyn

Dragos with customer: Williamsburg Brooklyn

Brooklyn's Finest Barber Shop: Bushwick Brooklyn

Barber of Barber's: Sunset Park Brooklyn

Zulfikar and Nasar again