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Moving to Brooklyn, for me, was a long time coming. I knew of everything that the borough had come to represent—whether that be an expansive and diverse music scene or a wide-spanning cultural palette—and that’s what I was looking for in a place to immerse myself. Alas, my first two post-college years were spent living with my parents in New Jersey and commuting to midtown Manhattan, then in the city, way uptown. At first,...
Wilco! Wilco! Wilco has a new album! OK, well, that’s not exactly breaking news anymore, after Jeff Tweedy and company announced last month that their 10th studio album, Schmilco, would be released on September 9th. The album comes only a bit over a year after the surprise release of Star Wars, the band’s solid record that hit the net and shelves during summer 2015. Why wait for September 9th, though, when you can hear it on...
The new HBO series Vinyl, which is being co-produced by Martin Scorsese and Mick Jagger, has been filming all over New York City, from Midtown to Williamsburg. Yesterday however, film crews were spotted transforming Coney Island into a 1970s summertime haven, replete with all the big Chryslers and goofy signage straight from the era. Vinyl is a cocaine covered look at the wildest years of New York's record industry, when punk and glam were just breaking out...
The art of processing vinyl records requires really specific labor and skills, the downside of which sees many bands and artists waiting for months (or longer), for their albums to be formally released on wax. To aid the growing number of aspirant bands waiting for their vinyl in Brooklyn, Sleeping Bag records co-founder William Socolov is asking for $100,000 in a Kickstarter campaign, so he can ostensibly "make record manufacturing accessible," to anyone who needs it.  Socolov has already...

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