If you’ve been anywhere near the internet the past few weeks, you would know that Banksy has been hanging out in NYC. Or this is all some elaborate prank and he’s paying a bunch of homeless people to create in his name. Either way, New York has graffiti buzz.
One of Banksy’s recent pieces on the back of a truck ended up being the property of I and A Merchandising, run by an Orthodox Jew named Israel. Since this discovery, Israel has hidden his truck from being defaced. He also has received a many phone calls. Some asking to see the piece, others asking to buy the truck. One person offered 70K for just the back door.
My favorite part of this story has nothing to do with Israel and his truck. It has to do with the comment section of the Vos Iz Neias article on this Banksy piece. You would think that the quote:
The grumpier you are, the more assholes you meet…
would get someone to think before they post a comment about the artist or the value of art. But no. Grumpy assholes don’t care to read into anything other than their own thoughts. Especially in the comment section of a Jewish website… So although I don’t care much about Banksy, I run into moments like this where I see the genius in his work.
If you have a business idea, or live in Brooklyn, and need funding, this is probably not the website for you. Clearly the best ideas have been taken. But if you’re looking to LOL at HIPSTERS and how UNORIGINAL their originality is, then this is the perfect website. A Brooklyn Hipster Business Generator. Not gonna lie, I want a slap bracelet.
Everyone loves brunch. You like brunch. Your mom likes brunch. Your g-ma likes brunch. Brunch is the best meal of the day, because it’s breakfast bust just a little later because you’re hungover and a lazy piece of shit. Therefore it is also the perfect meal for Hipsters.
Now you may ask yourself ‘what does this weird rap/white person video have to do with brunch and/or hipsters?’ Beats me! All I know is that the title said ‘Brooklyn’ ‘Hipster’ and ‘Brunch’, and my brain took to it like a moth to a flame. For I am a slave to title-baiting videos.
I’m just glad this is happening. If there’s one thing we need more of in this world, it’s rich white girls making fun of other rich white people. Class warfare, amiright?!?
NYC has renamed a playground after former Beastie Boy Adam Yauch. What does this mean? Your children can one day laugh and frolic near a sign that says ‘Adam Yauch Memorial Park’. You know what would be better, though? If the park was made to honor Adam Yauch, arguably the Beastiest Boy of the bunch. Some new attractions that the Adam Yauch Memorial Park would include:
- Replace all slides with car hoods
- Vendor selling ice cream cones in the shape of 40 ounce bottles
- A brass monkey statue
- A fountain with free children’s brass monkeys (orange juice and cola)
- Whipped cream pies (to be thrown at the squares aka the moms and dads)
- Porn reading rooms (for the dads and the kids who are 16+)
Jew York. The big Jewish apple. The center of the world, both secular and Jewish (yeah I went there Jerusalem, deal with it). Presenting our final installment of our HJs @ SXSW 2013 series – Jew York City.
Self proclaimed ‘negative Jewish girl‘ Marnie Stern is as New York as one can get. Marnie’s Stern tans formation from singer-songwriter to modern day rock and roller…well it can be well summed up in her song ‘Transformer’.
“I never want to become that bitter musician who is pissed but there is a part of me that is just like, Motherfucker! Put some effort into it!” She says. “I want to hear effort. You can tell when something has been slapped together in five minutes.”
Marnie sighs and let’s out an “Oh God” so nasal and drawn-out she sounds like Fran Drescher. “I’m very comfortable in the underdog position,” she sheepishly admits. “I don’t know how to be anything else.”
Up and coming band from Brooklyn. The video below says it all.
Allison Weiss is a five-person band under the moniker of the 25 year old Brooklynite front-woman Allison Weiss. Her best solo credit is when she toured with Lou Reed in Europe this past summer. Listen to her indie-pop below.
This folk-rock duo, comprised of Talia Osteen and Dov Rosenblatt live in LA but were originally from NYC. Their biggest credit to date is a song that played on House, below.
Elizabeth and the Catapult
Elizabeth Ziman is the leader of this musically beautiful group. Below is a soft, sad song ‘Thank You‘, which is the perfect way to end this unpredictable winter. Winter blues, good bye and fuck off!
Michael Gerner hasn’t written a a raucous album since 2007, which is why their next album, An A.merican D.ream, coming out sometime in 2013, should be delightful and should be on your radars. Welcome to My Room, off of their 2007 work, is an indie-rock, foot stomping indie rock anthem.
Ravens and Chimes
Ravens and Chimes are a bunch of NYU grads who decided to form a band in 2005. Asher Lack, the singer, is the son of artist Stephen Lack. They’ve opened for lots of great acts, including The band Dan Deacon, Frightened Rabbit, and Sondre Lerche at SXSW 2011.
Andy Statman, one of his generation’s premier mandolinists and clarinetists, thinks of his compositions and performances as “spontaneous American-roots music and personal, prayerful hasidic music, by way of avant-garde jazz.” This modest man takes for granted that a performer might embody several worlds in his art, and seems humbled by the fact that his music, like his story, is extraordinary.
Andy’s musical journey began early, when he was a child in Queens, not far from his current home in Flatbush, Brooklyn. Born into a family with a long line of cantors and some well-known professional musicians in the family tree, Andy grew up singing hasidic melodies in the afternoon Jewish school his parents sent him to, and listening to show tunes, klezmer, and classics – along with every other variety of music playing within earshot.
Below is Andy Statman playing the Chuppah March. Mazel tov.
Miracles of Modern Science
Miracles of Modern Science formed at Princeton, but is now resides in Brookyln. They play a lot of antique instruments. Below is an awesome video of theirs, covering She Drives Me Crazy. No idea how it doesn’t have tens of thousands of views.
Trummors are from Jew York, but they aren’t city folk. Hailing from West Saugerties, their music reflects their country lifestyle. These folks aint masquerading folksy hipsters. The real deal.
This I discovered whence taking a quiz on da buzzfeed: Indie Rock Frontman or Random Guy in Brooklyn?. 7/14, my incredibly embarrassing score, is the sort of result that keeps people from getting into their top tier school choice.
I was demoralized. Apparently to me, all Brooklyn hipsters look the same whether they be in a band or not. I’m ashamed. But shame excites me. So maybe I’m happy.
And if we’re really thinking about it, these “indie rock” band members are well-known enough that they are on Buzzfeed. So maybe they aren’t hipsters? Confusing.
I’m pretty sure Brooklyn-ites always look like bandmates
Whatever. Let’s see how you assholes do. Then you can come at me.
My Mom keeps telling me I need to find a girlfriend. My mom keeps telling me I should drink less and go back to school and get a grad degree. All this time I kept making excuses; I was too busy, I’m trying to be a comedian, etc etc. Turns out I had the right idea, but the wrong execution. I need to blame my excessive drinking and lazier-than-shit attitude on my Hipster Lifestyle.
Sophia Anderson — who was in the car when ex-beau Daniel Sajewski drove his parents’ Mercedes into the home of an elderly Long Island woman — was granted “conditionally dismissed” charges in Riverhead court.
Now, she needs to stay out of trouble for six months — a task she can achieve if she avoids the borough of booze and sin, said attorney John LoTurco.
“She’s doing great . . . without the negative influences of Daniel and the allure of Brooklyn,” LoTurco said, adding that Anderson is now living safely with her mom in Connecticut.
“The allure of Brooklyn was her boyfriend’s circle of friends and the hipster lifestyle that was going on at that period of time — the drinking, the drugging,” LoTurco added.
See parents? I can be a drunk driving, spoiled fuck up! It’s totally okay. I’ll just blame it on some Hipsters, then move back into Hipster detox aka living at home somewhere in southern New England (that is a requirement, not a suggestion).
Looking at the picture above, one may correctly argue that these two are just rich preppy kids who were looking to score some molly and knew that the Brooklyn Hipster kids had it. But just think of the children! All these violent video games and drugs and Hipsters will influence them to do terrible, terrible things. I’m sure these two were perfect citizens before the entered Sin City.
I’m just glad they made it out alive. Fucking Hipsters.
Adam Sandler, we hardly knew ye. And by that, I mean we used to love you and have since pulled our hair out as you’ve slowly sold yourself to the highest bidder. We know you’re better at making movies – you did it in Funny People (even if most people complained about how long it was).
Sandler is a son of Brooklyn, so just sit back and appreciate his Sandler rendition of Hallelujah: Hurricane Sandy edition.
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Adam Sandler is the best non-frat Jewish frat boy. Maybe after this he’ll host E! The Soup?
I’m just glad to see Sandler is back to his 1998 form.
It’s nice to see religious Jews heckling and being part of the sports atmosphere. Even though I’m rooting for the Celtics and Doc Rivers I can still respect that they’ll talk trash in the great city of Brooklyn.
Two Williamsburg Brooklynites, Jules Laplace and Jack Kalish, decided to share what they see out their window. They installed a camera, built a website, and let the magic start. Unfortunately, the only thing I’ve taken from this website is that Williamsburg is boring (fashion-wise). It’s hoodie after hoodie after hoodie. Everyone is either texting or talking on their phone and it looks dumb. Once in awhile you get a guy in a nice suit and weird ass hair lugging around vinyl. But for the most part, Williamsburg has a lame sense of fashion. I think it’s time we start looking up to other neighborhoods. Better neighborhoods. Maybe a neighborhood where people dress like they have day jobs.
Just kidding, I’m buying my first pair of sweat pants so I can fit in and finally move to Williamsburg. See you suckers later.