For visitors to New York City with a limited time to explore the city that never sleeps (and neither should you if you only have a few days here) is at the Grand Central Terminal I Love NY Tourism booth in the main concourse area where you can get lots of info not just on this historic rail terminal (where they have 35 different eateries and six and a half dozen stores including the recommended MTA store) and on NYC in general, including such spots as the nearby New York Public Library Main Branch, Empire State Building, and the constantly-changing Bryant Park.
Welcome to another installment in the weekly New York State of Mind Amoeblog series on music and other entertainment and happenings in the Big Apple for both visitors and residents of New York. As we head out of the post-Sandy devastation and further into the holiday period, things are looking really good here in New York with a lot of shows coming up in the week ahead as outlined below.
Brooklyn based Outernational's new video "Empty Lives" (2012)
Under the fitting show title of Live to D.I.Y. is killer lineup at the Knitting Factory in Brooklyn on Thursday (11/29) featuring the super-talented, politically outspoken artists Prop Anon (a.k.a. Propaganda Anonymous, who has built a career out of attacking the social injustices in New York City housing, among other social inequalities), conscious rapper Mike Ladd, Rebelmatic, and hometown heroes Outernational (whose attacks on immigration in particular have won them a strong following and who have been written about here on the Amoeblog). Also on this talent-packed bill are Beans (of Anti-Pop Consortium fame), Sarcasmo, and Undeniable. The theme of the show, says Prop Anon, is "Elevation. Every artist on the bill seeks to elevate people's mind states; whether it be politically, aesthetically, or energetically. Thursday's show will elevate people."
The doors open at 8pm and 11pm is when Outernational (see their new video above) hit the stage. The Knitting Factory is in Williamsburg, Brooklyn at 361 Metropolitan Ave (btwn Havemeyer and Roebling near the L and G trains). $12 advance tickets. $15 at the door.
Also on Thursday (11/29), the amazing hip-hop throwback themed Classic Tourfest Revue featuring Public Enemy, X-Clan, Schoolly D, Monie Love, Leaders of the New School (LONS), DJ Johnny Juice, Son of Berzerk & No Self Control, Davy DMX, Wise Intelligent, and Awesome Dre will be at Irving Plaza on Irving Place near 14th Street/Union Square area in downtown Manhattan. This brief 14 city tour, that has just two stops in Cali (Dec 12th at 4th & B in San Diego and at Club Nokia in LA on December 13th) should be off the hook since it features legends of the genre and it would be worth it if only just to catch say Philly and gangsta rap pioneer Schoolly D or LONS alone. I caught some of these same acts (PE, Berzerk) on a bill in Central Park two summers ago and it was a really good show, especially Public Enemy who continue to rock it in concert all these years later. Tickets and more info here.
On Saturday December 1st, Dinosaur Jr. will be playing a special concert at Terminal 5 at 610 West 56th Street in celebration of the 25th anniversary of their album You're Living All Over Me with some very special guests joining them onstage for the event including guitar god Johnny Marr (pictured right). Kurt Vile and the Violators open. Tickets are still available here.
"Yo Gabba Gabba! Live!" has a series of seven live performances coming up at The Theater at Madison Square Garden this weekend beginning Friday, November 30 at 5 p.m. with three shows each each day (December 1st and 2nd). While it is a kids' show with the stars of the TV show in it (former Hollywood Amoebite DJ Lance Rock and OG hip-hop emcee/all round entertainer Biz Markie), parents of any age typically enjoy this show just as much as the young'uns.
This new production is titled "Get the Sillies Out!" and along with the aforementioned stars also features Muno, Foofa, Brobee, Toodee, and Plex. After it showcases in New York the stage production will go out on the road nationally in 2013. For better idea of the show peep the video above and for NYC tickets and more info click here.
One thing I love about being in NYC is how you will be walking down the street and suddenly you will see some famous person or famous landmark. Earlier this week, while walking along 8th Street near Sixth Ave. in the Village, I look to my left and realize I am right outside the famous Electric Lady Studios where Patti Smith recorded her classic debut album Horses (remastered and re-released for Record Store Day this April).
The studio is also where a zillion other great artists recorded too including David Bowie, The Ramones, Jay-Z, John Lennon, AC/DC, Led Zeppelin, The Clash and countless others. Now while there are no official tours of the studios open to the public you can always walk into the street level building at 52 West 8th Street on the chance they might let you have a quick look around their hallowed halls or you can just go to Electric Lady Studios website where they sell T-shirts and other souvenirs.