If you’re in town this holiday weekend, good news! We’ve got you covered for July 4th AND July 5th.
For the Fourth we’re doing a back yard barbecue at Nowadays. It’s not a dance party, but it’ll most definitely be a good time. Eamon and Justin are bringing down back-yard-appropriate-LPs from their home listening collections, and they’ll be playing them in full, on vinyl, from noon onward; the Nowadays kitchen crew (who generally keep it all-American) are adding corn dogs and bomb pops(!!!) to the menu for extra America-ness; aaaaaand, finally, Eamon’s organizing a ping pong tournament. Sign up’s first come, first served, and matches start at 2pm. The winner shall be rewarded. Best thing about all that? It’s free. Just come down.
As for July 5th? Well, it’s Mister Sunday, and you know the drill with that: dancing to good tunes in the great outdoors. What could be better? (By the way, it seems like the advance ticket craze is dying down, so don’t stress it too much if you’re trying to figure out your weekend. We’ll let you know from here out if advance tickets seem like a necessity.)
Hope you have a nice mellow week leading up to the holiday. If you’re going out of town, have a great time, and if you’re sticking around, we hope to see you at least once!
July 4th at Nowadays // Saturday, July 4th // at 56-06 Cooper Avenue near Wyckoff, Ridgewood // take the L to Halsey // free // all ages // dogs welcome on a leash // general hours, directions and other info about Nowadays
Mister Sunday // Sunday, July 5th // 3pm – 9pm // at Industry City // 644 2nd Ave, Brooklyn // $15 // advance tickets // all ages
We’ve been plenty excited about our new spot over the past couple weeks. We, of course, haven’t forgotten about the dancing, though. Mister Sunday’s on at Industry City again this weekend, same as it ever was: good tunes, good people and good things to eat and drink.
We’ve posted tickets for the next six parties, and we still think it’s a good idea to get ’em in advance for this Sunday.
Eamon’s opening this weekend’s festivities with a yet-to-be-determined album, but here’s a listening mix from Justin that was recently posted. Enjoy, and we’ll see you Sunday!
This Sunday is a super special one, because, for the very first time ever, we’ll be doing two parties at once – one in London and another back home in Brooklyn. Eamon’s holding it down on the homefront, while Justin brings his oversized record bags to play solo at Oval Space in London.
The party in Brooklyn happens on our regular schedule, and the the party in London starts at 3pm and goes to 11pm. Tickets for Mister Sunday in Brooklyn with Eamon are here, and tickets for Mister Sunday in London with Justin are here.
Every week of this outdoor Mister Sunday season, we’ll be asking Eamon or Justin to highlight an album that they’ll be playing in full at the beginning of the day. This week, it’s Eamon’s turn. He’s chosen MetaL MetaL by the Brazilian band Meta Meta. This is what he has to say about it.
Last year I took a trip to Brazil. One evening in Rio, I met up with my friend Millos Kaiser from Selvagem, and he took us to a favela to see a band I’d never heard of. The favelas in Rio are slowly becoming safer places, and quite a few now see a regular trade in tourism from more adventurous travelers. Heading into one for the first time with a Rio native who has impeccable music taste was a real treat.
The band we saw was called Meta Meta. They were playing in a fairly nondescript warehouse space with pretty bad acoustics, but the night was a special one because they had such an incredible sound, and the crowd watching them was a really great combination of kids from the favela and people from the creative and artistic communities in Rio.
Meta Meta’s music is heavily influenced by a Bahia-based Afro-Brazilian religion that has links back to west Africa and the slavery days. You can hear religious wailing throughout the record underpinned by moments of afro-beat, free jazz and punk. It’s a truly remarkable fusion. (And Tony Allen makes an appearance behind the drum set on a few of the tracks, to boot.)
The record I’ll be playing at 3pm on Sunday was the last LP they had for sale after the gig. I bought it directly from Juçara Marçal the lead singer, a very charismatic and talented lady.
Every week of this outdoor Mister Sunday season, we’ll be asking Eamon or Justin to highlight an album that they’ll be playing in full at the beginning of the day. This week, it’s Justin’s turn. He’s chosen Salvatore’s Tempo album. This is what he has to say about it.
When I got out of college in 2003, I dabbled in music journalism. Those were the days when PR companies would still send out CDs to writers, and it didn’t take long before I would get overwhelmed by piles of CDs. Luckily this album was one of the first I got, when it still felt really special to get new music in the mail for free.
What made it all the more special is how psyched I was on the music. (I quickly discovered that most promos were mediocre, so finding one I loved in the early stages was like hitting a home run at my first at-bat.) Tempo became a staple album for me. It still reminds me of that time in my life, riding back from Beach Five at Robert Moses State Park in my friend Vance’s Jetta with the window open and my best friends in the back seat.
The music is expansive, with large debts to krautrock and post-punk (when I interviewed them, the Salvatore guys told me that they loved Liquid Liquid; it recently dawned on me that they probably named the band after the Liquids’ lead singer and percussionist Salvatore Principato). Beyond the homages to the past, the record also felt very contemporary. You could tell they listened to a lot of sample-based electronic music. I don’t think sampling was involved in the records, but the drummer played repetitive breaks as if they’d been sampled. They were clearly also shoegaze fans. Guitar lines would only be a few notes long, but they’d hang in the air for ages.
I recently pulled the album out, and it sounds as good as ever. I’m really excited to play it for you Sunday.