New York State Of Mind #100 of 100

Posted by Billyjam, October 8, 2014 01:30pm | Post a Comment

Welcome to the final installment in the one hundred part weekly New York State of Mind (NYSOM) Amoeblog series that began two years ago. For this 100th Amoeblog I want to run down some events happening in the coming days/weeks ahead as well as include a random series of NYC themed music videos that I have not yet included in the many NYC music videos already posted to this Amoeblog series. Ongoing events of interest include the Greenpoint, Brooklyn weekly No Lights No Lycra (NLNL) which is happens Tuesday evenings for a little over an hour in a church basement hall is the total antithesis of the overpriced bottle-service night clubs of Manhattan. Founded in New Zealand and with satellite parities like this one in Brooklyn dotted round the globe (Chicago and San Francisco are the other two spots in the US), the rules of NLNL are simple and straightforward and posted by the door upon entry. "No watching, no cell phones, no breakdancing" is what is not allowed. What is allowed/encouraged is to make a dancing and having fun - in near darkness except for a dimly lit ceiling light show that takes your eyes a couple of minutes to adjust to.

On the night I attended NLNL the dance music played by the non-billed DJ (a guy dancing who routinely ran over to hit play for the next song off his iPhone that was plugged into the decent sound system) ranged from trap to deep house to past decades pop hits such as Dexys Midnight Runners' "Come On Eileen," Paul Simon's "You Can Call Me Al," Dr. Dre2Pac's "California Luv," Men Without Hats' "Safety Dance," and The Cardigans' "Love Fool." NLNL, NYC happens every Tuesday from 8.15pm – 9.30pm at 129 Russell St, Brooklyn, NY 11222. No alcohol. All ages. $5 donation. More info here.

Another weekly NYC event in a church is Kurtis Blow's Hip Hop Church, Thursdays at the Greater Hood Memorial AME Zion Church on 146th Street in Harlem where the famed hip-hop pioneer (who became reborn about a decade ago) preaches in a hip-hop fueled church service that includes a DJ, the emcee Blow himself, plus an array of backing singers and support rappers/emcees - all spitting the word of God. Blow describes the church's worship services follow as one following "an order of service consistent with many African-American churches, while always allowing the Holy Spirit to have full reign: Hip Hop is the culture, while Jesus is the Center." The church is located at 160 West 146th Street in Harlem. More info call 212-281-3130.

Meanwhile over in Brooklyn the somewhat controversial drive to have a street corner (Fulton Street and St. James Place in the Clinton Hill area of Brooklyn) is still underway a year have it was begun. With close to 5000 signatures already accrued the hope by organizers is to have the aforementioned street intersection in Brooklyn renamed “Christopher Wallace Way” in honor of the slain Brooklyn, NY rap legend known by the tags The Notorious B.I.G., Biggie Smalls, as well as Big Poppa. One of the reasons why the renaming of the corner, in an area of Brooklyn that has undergone major gentrification in the years since Biggie grew up there, has not taken place is due to opposition by many who say that the B.I.G. is hardly a positive role model worthy of a street naming arguing that his lyrics were violent, misogynistic, and in praise of drug dealing - as was his life, in which he started dealing drugs at age 12, that included a rap sheet of years of arrests for drugs and assault charges. Regardless of the opposition the campaign for Christopher Wallace Way continues. More info here.

Concerts this week in New York City include Jackson Browne at the Beacon Theatre tonight (October 8th at 8pm) with tix ranging from $70 to $185. More info, Thursday, omnipresent Brit pop artist Jessie J at the Gramercy Theatre on East 23r Street tomorrow at 7pm ($30 but officially sold out). Also tomorrow is longtime metal icons Judas Priest at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. 8:00pm show with tix ranging from $47.50 to $100. More info here.  Hard to believe that CMJ Music Marathon time is almost upon us again but the annual music and film (and schmoozing) event takes place in just two weeks from October 21st to October 25th at a wide variety of venues throughout lower Manhattan and Brooklyn with an estimated 1300 artists, including the Cold War Kids, scheduled to perform over the course of the five-day event. Of course not all shows need CMJ badges to attend such as, for example, the October 24th Thursday afternoon free (and no badges) showcase series at Arlene's Grocery on 95 Stanton in the Lower East Side when the schedule is as follows: White Fence [Castle Face / Drag City] at 2pm, Wampire [Polyvinyl] at 3pm, Cymbals [Tough Love] at 4pm, and Concord America [Mad House] at 5pm. More show info. Full CMJ info here.
While the weather is still good and bike riding does not mean bundling up to stay warm a recommended, affordable, fun one-day outdoor excursion is the East River Ferry $12 day unlimited ticket (well $15 with bike but so worth the three extra bucks) on which you can explore and cover a lot of ground on both sides of the East River. More info here for the deal that is only avail via their App.

And finally I leave you with a series of videos for random songs of varying genres from over the decades, in no particular order, that all share a common thread of somehow being related to New York City. They include The Rolling Stones, The Moldy Peaches, Al Kooper, Death Cab For CutieDion, and Bobby Womack.  Thank-you for reading this and any/all of the NYSOM column's one hundred installments here over the past two years.

Moldy Peaches "NYC's Like A Graveyard"

Al Kooper, “New York City (You’re a Woman)”

Death Cab for Cutie, “Coney Island”

Dion "King of the New York Streets (live)"

The Rolling Stones "Shattered"

Bobby Womack, “Across 110th Street (live on Soul Train)"

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