A Look Inside the Bicycle Film Festival with Brendt Barbur

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Born in New York, The Bicycle Film Festival has evolved hand in hand with the unprecedented boom in urban cycling internationally. From its roots in New York City, The BFF has grown into a multi-faceted, global event that will travel to over 25 cities this year, from Milan to Tokyo, Minneapolis to Sydney. In 2001 Brendt Barbur, Founding Director, was compelled to start the Bicycle Film Festival after being hit by a bus while riding his bike in New York City. He was inspired to turn this negative experience into a positive one, and created a festival that celebrates the bicycle through music, art, and film. The festival merges many creative communities, including fashion, music and art, as well as various bicycling communities – road cycling, mountainbiking, fixed gear, BMX, cyclocross – over a shared passion for bike riding. Watch above as Discosalt goes inside The Bicycle Film Festival’s headquarters in New York with its creator Brendt Barbur.

Art Battles Pop-Up Gallery Returns to NYC

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ArtBattles returns to New York after a tour through France and Spain with the ArtBattles Pop Up Gallery NYC. The gallery is open for free to the public for a limited time from Thursday, January 12th through Saturday, January 14th and located at 159 Bleeker St. in the West Village.

This exhibition of one of a kind originals will feature a live and silent auction starting at exclusive pricing that can only be found at the ArtBattles Popup Gallery. ArtBattles will not only showcase large-scale works created by rising stars and painters from the US, France, and Spain, but also Live Art and a video installation. Art enthusiasts will be able to learn about the artists’ process, history and style. This unique collection of work represents a range of painting from fine art to street art that will be showcased in a floor to ceiling exhibition of epic scale.

“We are excited to bring back a collection of work that accurately reflects the unique artistic cultures found all over Europe and the US. These pieces, which were made in a series of battles over a course of 6 months, show the dynamism of live art today. It’s fresh, it’s frenetic, it’s liberating,” said Sean Bono, founder of ArtBattles.

ArtBattles Pop Up Gallery brings famed European artists to the New York stage. All featured works were painted live, on stage, in front of hundreds and sometimes thousands of viewers. ArtBattles curated all 300 pieces from the most innovative artists who participated in these international, competitive, creative presentations in 2010 & 2011.

All pieces are available for sale on site and can also be found in the ArtBattles Gallery.


Thu, 01/12/2012 – 6pm – Sat, 01/14/2012 – 11pm


Pop Up Space NY

159 Bleeker St

New York, NY

See map: Google Maps

US: Andre Trenier, Max (Mega 330) Bode, Zito, Don Rimx, Max Neutra, Michael Pukac, Beast, Ben Angotti, Sean Bono, Lexi Bella, Marthalicia Mattarita, Dirty Duke, Yatika Starr Fields, Kevin Ragnott, Gia Gutierrez, Erin Cadigan, Gregory Siff.
Spain: El Niño de Las Pinturas, Kram, Japon, 3TTMan, Paria,Daniel Thomas, Pichi & Avo, Sakristan.
France: Deuz, MattB, Kouka, Shane, Skio, Titi from Paris, Michael Beerens, Monsta, Move.

Artist canvas will be supplied by Fredrix for Live Art each day of the Art Battles Pop Up Gallery.
Exhibition space has been provided by PopUpSpaceNY.


New York’s Caveman played a sold-out recordless record release party last week (9/15) for the digital release of their debut album “CoCo Beware” on Magic Man! Records (which you can get here).  Packed with psychedelic pop jams from beginning to end, we were ecstatic for the chance to catch these guys live.  Their show contained a visual component which was relatively nondescript, but which worked nicely to light the stage in a beautiful way while not distracting the audience from the focal point of the performance, namely the music. Frontman Matthew Iwanusa’s vocals contain traces of the nostalgia that seems to pervade every fuzzy shoegaze band since 2008…which is, of course, essentially every “new” band since 2009…but only ever so subtly and in hearing them live, I felt as though harmonically the vocals were aimed more at creating a mood than a mentality.  Anyone you speak to will tell you that if you like Grizzly Bear, you’ll like Caveman, however in a live setting, while a great deal of the albums texture does come through that invariably draws the Grizzly Bear references, I found Caveman to provide what was, for me, a significantly more engaging and exciting performance.  Iwanusa alternated between a standing drum and guitar and on songs such as “My Room” and “Great Life” launched into ferociously heavy tribalesque drum tirades turning the otherwise melancholic and hushed songs into truly dance-worthy jams.  It’s rare to find a band with such sweeping and beautiful sounds to also have the pop sensibilities that Caveman has, and perhaps the best example is “Thankful.”

It’s no surprise that Caveman are so quickly generating buzz instantly upon the release of their debut and have gained places opening with the likes of The War on Drugs, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, and the White Rabbits. These guys put on one hell of a good show. Abandoning the sold out crowd with a deafening reverb, Caveman returned to the stage to perform one last unplanned nonalbum song “Wasted Life.” Our recommendation, be sure to catch Caveman at CMJ next month, you won’t be disappointed.




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Nerd Alert: Thursday is the New York Premiere of Robert Greene’s Fake It So Real, followed by a wrestling battle royale featuring wrestlers from the film, Friday is the opening night of the popular Animation Block Party, and Saturday is the Kill Screen Video Game Festival, a night of intellectual and artistic exploration of the question “Why do we play video games?” through short films like Das Racist’s, Who’s That? Broown! and live independent video game play.

Thursday, July 28 2011


Fake It So Real dives head-first into the world of independent pro wrestling. Filmed over a single week leading up to a big show, the film follows a ragtag group of wrestlers in North Carolina, exploring what happens when the over-the-top theatrics of the wrestling ring collide with the realities of the working-class South. The show will include a live wrestling match featuring the film’s subjects after the screening, a stunning blood and sweat example of Rooftop’s commitment to bringing the films we present to life. Filmmaker Robert Greene and subjects of the film will be at the show for a Q&A after the film.

More information at:



Outdoors in the backyard at Crown Vic
60 South 2nd St, Brooklyn, NY 11211


Take the L to Bedford, the G to Metropolitan, or the M to Marcy. The venue is located at the corner of South 2nd and Wythe.

7:30 PM Doors Open

8:00 PM Live Music

8:30 PM Film Begins

10:00 PM Q&A with filmmaker Robert Greene and subjects of the film

10:30 PM Live Wrestling Battle Royale, featuring subjects from the film

11:00 PM After-party at the Crown Vic

Friday, July 29, 2011


Some call it punk rock, some call it grass roots, but labels aside, NYC-based Animation Block Party is dedicated to exhibiting the world’s best independent, professional and student animation.

The summer of 2011 will mark the eighth annual Animation Block Party film festival. ABP has quickly become the premiere animation festival on the East Coast, showcasing the world’s best student, professional and independent shorts of all genres.

For the past six years, the ABP festival has opened at Rooftop Films. The ABP-Rooftop experience offers a big-screen simulcast of animation on both lawns at the Automotive High School.

This year, ABP will open on July 29th at Rooftop Films and then continue on July 30th and 31st at Bam Cinematek. Every evening will feature an awesome after party with free drinks.

The Films:
2011 ABP Intro (Casey Safron / NYC / 30 seconds)
Greetings from the Year 3000 (Barbara Benas / Brooklyn / 1:00 min)
La Plage (Agathe Bray-Bourret / Canada / 1:46 min)
Birdboy (Alberto Vazquez and Pedro Rivero / Bilbao, Spain / 12:36 min)
The Inkwell Shuffle (Christopher Diaz / Concordia University / 2:30 min)
The Girl and the Fox (Tyler J. Kupferer / SCAD / 5:30 min)
All Consuming Love – Man in a Cat (Louis Hudson / United Kingdom / 9:00 min)
Stay Home (Caleb Wood / RISD / 5:36 min)
Xxcuzxme (Aaron Keuter and Ashley Anderson / 2:06 min)
Little Thoughts (Alexander Geifman / Brazil-Israel / 6:16 min)
She Was The One (The Rauch Brothers / Brooklyn / 2:37 min)
Tempestade (Cesar Cabral / Brazil / 10 min)
7th (Sara Pocock / Cal Arts / 5:02 min)
The Leaf Woman and the Centaur (Jordan Bruner / Brooklyn / 3:10 min)
Venus (Tor Fruergaard, Instructor / National Film School of Denmark / 8:09 min)
Notes on Biology (Will and Danny Madden / Alabama / 5:38 min)
2011 ABP Outro (Aaron Hughes / Brooklyn / 30 seconds)

More information at:



On the lawn of Automotive High School, 50 Bedford Ave. (at North 13th St.), Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY 11222
Subway: L to Bedford Ave. or G to Nassau Ave.

8:00PM Doors Open

8:30PM Live Music

9:00PM Films Begin

11:30PM After Party at Matchless (557 Manhattan Ave at Driggs Ave)

Saturday, July 30, 2011


Rooftop Films and Kill Screen present a night of short films, new videogames, and special presentations that showcase the impact that games have on our culture and daily lives. Rooftop Films and Kill Screen present a night of short films, games, and special presentations that showcase the impact that videogames have had on our culture and daily lives. Since 2008, the total worldwide gross income from videogame sales has exceeded worldwide movie theater box office grosses. Yet videogames are still generally treated as second rate entertainment. Kill Screen is a publication devoted to answering the question: “What does it mean to play games?” On July 30th we will explore that question, show some extraordinary work, and play some amazing videogames that might provide some answers.

More information at:



On the roof of The Old American Can Factory, 232 3rd St. (at 3rd Ave.), Gowanus/Park Slope, Brooklyn, NY 11215
Subway: F/G to Carroll St. or M/R to Union

8:00 PM Doors Open

8:30 PM Live Music

9:00 PM Films Begin

11:30 PM Reception in Courtyard with Indie Video Games

The Films:

DAS RACIST: “WHO’S THAT? BROOOWN!” (Thomas DaNapoli | Brooklyn, NY | 4 min.)
GET REAL! (Evert de Beijer | Netherlands | 11 min.)
8 BITS (Valerie Amirault and Sarah Laufer | France | 7 min.)
MINECRAFT: THE STORY OF MOJANG (EXCERPT) (2 Player Productions | Sweden | 8 min.)
MINECRART INTERSTATE (Brett Sanders | Florida | 3 min.)
CLASSIC VIDEO GAME DEATHS (Rob Beschizza | USA | 3 min.)
DEAD ISLAND TRAILER (Deep Silver | Germany | 3 min.)
BEAR UNTITLED (Christen Bach | Berlin | 1 min.)
SUPER THERE WILL BE BLOOD (Tomfoolery | United Kingdom | 1 min.)



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Two great shows coming up this week at Rooftopfilms. On Thursday, check out Sound of Noise, a maniacally funny Swedish comedy about a band of musical anarchists who break into banks, hospitals, and construction sites and perform guerilla style concerts using their surroundings as musical instruments. The film’s musicians and filmmakers will be at the show, facing off in a live, heavyweight drum battle that we hear has been brewing ever since they started shooting the film. Friday is “Dark ‘Toons,” the popular annual collection of enjoyable evil animation. This year’s batch will include a crazy quilt remix of Bill Plympton’s Oscar nominated short Guard Dog.

Show details below:

Thursday, May 19th


A clever and fiercely entertaining Swedish comedy about a group of “musical terrorists” who break into hospitals, banks, and other public places to play compositions using the surroundings as their instruments. The screening will feature a special live performance by the musicians from the film. Presented in partnership with MusicDoc Malmo.

Venue: On the pier at Solar One

2420 FDR Drive (E 23rd Street and the East River)

New York, NY 10010
Subway: R/6 to 23rd St., walk all the way east.

8:00PM        Doors Open

8:30PM        Live Music by Prylf

9:00PM        Film begins

10:30PM      Special LIVE Heavyweight Drum Battle between the Drummers and the Filmmakers!

10:45PM      After Party Onsite

Tickets and more info at: http://rooftopfilms.com/2011/schedule/sound-of-noise/

Friday, May 20, 2011


Venue: On the pier at Solar One, 2420 FDR Drive (E 23rd Street and the East River

New York, NY 10010
Subway: R/6 to 23rd St., walk all the way east.

8:00 PM        Doors Open

8:30 PM        Live Music by Live Footage

9:00 PM        Films Begin

11:00 PM       After Party Onsite

Tickets and more info at: http://rooftopfilms.com/2011/schedule/dark-toons-1/

The Films:

GUARD DOG GLOBAL JAM (Bill Plympton | New York, NY | 5 min.)
75 different artists combined their talents (and styles) for this crazy-quilt remake of an Oscar-nominated short. plymptoons.com

THE HOLY CHICKEN OF LIFE AND MUSIC (Nomint | Greece | 3 min.)
A giant, two-headed chicken is the ultimate false god, in this jaw-droppingly surreal fantasy. theholychicken.com

THE GLOAMING (Niko Nobrain | France | 14 min.)
The last man in his world creates new life that quickly spins out of his control – despite his efforts to play God. An allegory for the ages. nobrain.fr

COSMIC JUNGLE (Marie Ayne, Martin Brunet, Alexander Casals, Sebastien DeOliveira Bispo, Fabrice Fiteni, Mathieu Garcia | France | 5 min.)
Two rambunctious mutts upset the order of a robot-run metropolis in this ultra-kinetic future fantasy.

THE REPLICANTS: USER (Edouardo Salier | France | 4 min.)
Old-school flipbook filmmaking – with an angst-rock soundtrack. Courtesy of Autour De Minuit.

TRIUMPH OF THE WILD (Martha Colburn | New York | 11 min.)
An exploration of the impulses that prompt hunting and the resiliency of people and animals in times of battle during 300 years of American history. [Sundance]

The drudgery of the stock clerk’s day is perfectly encapsulated, in this cheerfully wan vignette.

LGFUAD (Kelsey Stark | Brooklyn, NY | 4 min.)
Sex. Violence. Death. The interior life of the average, alienated suburban teen. riversideflesh.blogspot.com

MOSKITO BRAVO (Emeline Chankamshu, Alexandre Cuegniet, Paul Serrell, Sarah Sutter, Henning Wagenbreth | France | 7 min.)
One dog-eat-dog world is just a speck on the surface of another – which in turn exists inside another. And so on, in a riot of color and ordered chaos.

ENRIQUE WRECKS THE WORLD (David Chai | San Jose, California | 4 min.)
One surly kid with a sling shot accidentally unleashes a cataclysmic chain reaction in this mordant imagining of a whoops apocalypse. houseofchai.net




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Record Store Day might be more fun than Christmas.  Whether you manage to get your paws on some limited-edition wax or get a chance to check out an in-store performance or DJ set, hopefully, you get off the couch this year to show/get some love from your local record shop.  Now in its fourth year, with support from Dylan, Elvis Costello, Neil Young, Leonard Cohen, The Smiths and tons of other great bands and musicians, Record Store Day is becoming a serious holiday for music nerds, vinyl junkies and anyone interested in their record shop community. In honor of the holiday, over 1400 independent record stores all over the country will commemorate the day by selling limited-edition vinyl LPs, Eps and singles  produced specifically for the day, along with dinosaur disc CD’s and other merchandise by participating artists. There are also live in-store performances to make record browsing even more memorable. While itunes and Amazon may have eclipsed record shop sales, there is something infinitely more exciting about hitting up these cultural hubs, bonding with fellow music lovers and strolling the aisles looking for hidden treasure.



Record Store Day Ambassador 2011:

The Oz Man, Ozzy Osbourne

Lower Dens

“Deer Knives”
b/w “Tangiers” SPP 7″ Vinyl
limited edition

UMe 12″ Vinyl limited edition
Sonic Youth

Whore’s Moaning
UMe 12″ vinyl
limited edition
4000 copies
Of Montreal
The Past Is A Grotesque Animal
12″ (w/ MP3) Limited to 1,000 on
180-gram black vinyl
Architecture in Helsinki
Places Like This
Special Edition LP (w/ MP3)
Limited to 500 on
180-gram pink vinyl

Live At The Old Waldorf (2LP)
Rhino 2LP
white Vinyl
limited edition 3000 copies
Mute Records Compilation

Hand-numbered  limited edition
1000 copies orange vinyl
Friend Opportunity
LP (w/ MP3)
Limited to 1,000 on
green vinyl
Bad Brains

“Pay to Cum”
ROIR 7″ vinyl
limited 1500 copies
Bad Brains

God Of Love
Maverick LP + 7″ vinyl
limited 2000 copies
The Rolling Stones

“Brown Sugar”
UMe 7″ Vinyl limited edition
Single 5000 copies
Deerhoof / XIU XIU

Almost Xiu Xiu, Almost Deerhoof
Split 7″ (w/ MP3)
Limited to 2,000 copies  on orange vinyl
Fleet Foxes

Helplessness Blues
b/w Grown Ocean
SPP 12″ vinyl limited edition 3000 copies
13th Floor Elevators

Wait For My Love Snapper Music
7″green vinyl
limited edition 1000 copies
The Cars

“Sad Song”
Concord 7″ vinyl
picture sleeve


Just be smart, and hit the pavement early. I spent a frustrating portion of last years Day, trying to desperately snag copies of the Beck/Sonic Youth split 7″ and The Rolling Stones 7″  “Plundered My Soul ” single featuring unreleased track from Exile on Main St sessions. Both of which had unfortunately disappeared off all the shelves…



  • Beach House:  Zebra, with 2 new tracks and 2 alternate from album “Teen Dream” (12″ vinyl)
  • Black Keys: Tighten Up/Howlin’ For You, 12″ vinyl contains two new songs (12″ vinyl), Julian Casablancas: 11th Dimension (WXRP live recording) b/w “Long Island Blues” (previously unreleased) Strokes founder’s exclusive RSD 7″ ( 7″ vinyl)
  • MGMT: “Siberian Breaks”, single-sided disc with 12 minute track and etched side (12″ vinyl)
  • Modest Mouse: The Moon and Antarctica, Tenth Anniversary Vinyl Edition reissue, Double LP 180 Gram vinyl (12″ Vinyl)
  • Monsters of Folk: Monsters of Folk, double LP set on clear blue vinyl (12″ Vinyl)
  • The National: Sad Songs for Dirty lovers, (12″ Vinyl)
  • Phoenix: Fences, Pink vinyl 12″ single with album track plus remix; first vinyl issue (12″ PINK vinyl)
  • Sonic Youth: Hits Are For Squares, 15 tracks selected by other artists with exclusive new SY track “Slow Revolution”; individually numbered, Double LP (12″ Vinyl)
  • Sound Garden: Hunted Down”/”Nothing To Say”, reiusse of translucent vinyl (7″ vinyl)
  • Surfer Blood/Holiday Shores: “Take It Easy (live”)/”Your Motion Says”, Surfer Blood track features Marnie Stern, Holiday Shores track is an Arthur Russell cover (split 7″ vinyl)
  • Them Crooked Vultures: “Mind Eraser, No Chaser”/”Hwy 1″ (Live from Sydney–exclusive track) B side “Vulture Speak” interview with the band, 10″ Picture Disc includes unreleased track “Highway One” each one is numbered (10″ vinyl)
  • Washed out: Life of Leisure, (12″ Vinyl)


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Discosalt artist Jeffrey Capossela recently added some finishing touches on a rowdy new four panel project which draws influence from the 2nd floor bar window at New York’s live music venue The Bowery Ballroom.  Channeling the work of post-impressionist artists, Jeff creates his familiar aesthetic images by building layer upon layer of acrylic paint in brilliant pure colors to create simplified structures of form, in a ‘dream like’ manner.

Discosalt recently caught up with Jeff in Hells Kitchen to talk about the idea behind his new work “Bowery & Delancey”. Here is what he had to say:

JC: I really came up with the idea from just going to see live music and really loving the venue and how it makes me feel when I’m there. Warm ambient surroundings, amazing sound and just an all around arousing experience every time I step foot inside the venue. The first painting “Bowery & Delancey” is from the second floor bar and is an abstract impression of the inside atmosphere of the second floor and a peak of the downtown New York City street at night, traffic lights, cabs, neon, but all in all a controlled chaos. Below, you can see the actual window Jeff drew his inspiration from, the work in progress and the final painting.



Jónsi (Jon Birgisson) front man of Iceland’s Sigur Rós, played the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York last night (11/10/10), marking an end to the bands North American Tour and treating the audience to a sensory maelstrom. The show set opened with a striped down acoustic “Stars in Still Water”, brandishing Jon’s trademark falsetto croon which permeated every hidden crack and cranny in the room, swooping and soaring through a forest of nature inspired animation projected behind the stage. The musical elements of the show, notably piano, harmonium and Jon’s signature sustained “ooooo” were only heightened by dramatic lighting and graphics that provided just the right stimuli to push the performance into a mesmerizing sensory realm, unearthing a wonderland of magical Icelandic forests, fire, animals, and spirits of the night. The only thing missing… elves.

The set ended on “Around Us”, with Jon alone on his knees fiddling with vocal effects pedals, returning for a ceremonial encore of “Sticks and Stones”, showboating an enormous feathered headdress, spinning around on stage like a mystical shaman.  The final song, “Grow Til Tall” was easily the most moving track from the night; Jonsi’s fragile tenor escalating the dizzying volume of sonic layers and then gliding back down, only to completely take off into a beautiful moody falsetto flight of “You’ll… know,You’ll… know,You’ll… know,You’ll… know!…” Only then, resonating into an intense percussive firework explosion, as bright lights flashed like lightning against a raging snow storm and blowing branches.

You can check out some videos from the show that have made their way onto youtube and a performance from Jonsi which aired last night on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon below:

Keep the party going. Click le links below for some more vids from the show courtesy of our friend Ian Yamey:





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This week is IFP’s annual Independent Film Week. IFP is a non-profit committed to supporting independent filmmakers in a variety of ways. Their annual Independent Film Week consists of a number of initiatives aimed at building industry interest for new work, as well as general audience support for independent film projects. For the fourth year in a row, Rooftop Films is collaborating with IFP on free screenings and forum activities during Independent Film Week. As a part of this collaboration, Rooftop will host three free events in three different outdoor locations, showing films that passed through the No Borders forum and through the IFP Filmmaker Labs.


Monday, September 20

Directed by Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman

Where: Open Road Rooftop, 350 Grand Street (Lower East Side, Manhattan)

James Franco stars as the young Allen Ginsberg–poet, counter-culture adventurer, and chronicler of the Beat Generation. In his famously confessional, leave-nothing-out style, Ginsberg recounts the road trips, love affairs, and search for personal liberation that led to the most timeless and electrifying work of his career: the poem HOWL.

8:00 Doors Open

8:30 Live Music

9:00 Film begins

10:30 Q and A with directors Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman

11:30 After Party with FREE Radeberger Pilsner at Fontana’s (105 Eldridge St.)

More information at:


Tuesday, September 21

Where: On the Pier along the East River at Solar One (Kips Bay, Manhattan)

Short scenes and trailers from each of the documentary and narrative feature works in progress participating in IFP’s 2010 Independent Filmmaker Labs. Catch a sneak preview of next year’s indie festival and theatrical hits.

8:00 Doors Open

8:30 Live Music

9:00 IFP Lab Selections

10:30 Reception Along the Water with Free Open Bar

There is no admission charge for this show. More information at:


Wednesday, September 22

Directed by Anna Farrell
Where: On the High Line (Chelsea, Manhattan)

Amid a rural landscape and disappearing communities, the residents of Allegany County, NY are living the working-class American story. This luscious and intimate cinematic portrait captures the testimonies of life in these small towns.

8:00    Doors Open
8:30    Live Music
9:00    IFP lab clips
10:30  Reception along the water with free drinks.

There is no admission charge for this show. More information at:



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Rooftop has an event coming up this week that you dont want to miss: for one night only Professor Nieto will perform one of his infamous experiments live at this Thursday’s Rooftop Films show!

During his illustrious career as the world’s first mad scientist filmmaker, the Professor has documented the education of filmmaking monkeys, taught Brazilian bugs to play soccer, and created mice that multiply like earth worms when cut in half. Though his ambitious experiments don’t always go as planned, they never fail to amaze and flabbergast.

Now, at Thursday’s Rooftop show, the Professor will attempt to reanimate a chicken… Will it work? Don’t you want to be there to find out?

Following the Professor’s experiment, we will screen Capucine, his fascinating look at the life of a genuine filmmaking monkey.

Learn more about Professor Nieto’s mad experiments here:
Crazy characters who make their own rules, as cake-addicted cranks, Rambo-revering detectives, and an actual filmmaking monkey. Plus a live experiment by mad scientist filmmaker Luis Nieto. In this program of short films, as Sean Sharpstone says, “rules to take a backseat to justice, and justice rides shotgun, ‘cuz that bitch is blind.”

Thursday, July 29th
8:00 p.m. Doors Open
8:30 p.m. Live music by Family Portrait
9:00 Films Begin

On the Roof of Brooklyn Technical High School
29 Fort Greene Place (Fort Greene, Brooklyn)
G to Fulton, C to Lafayette, 2,3,4,5 to Nevins or B,M,Q, R to Dekalb


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No plans for tomorrow night? July 24th, at 8 pm, why not head over to the MOMA to check out a film screening of  the 9 minute Short The Island from Brazillian director Alê Camargo, followed by the full length picture The Tenants(Don’t Like it, Leave) from edgey Brazilian director Sergio Bianchi, starring Fernando Alves Pinto, Zezeh Barbosa and Caio Blat.

Bianchi’s richly detailed excavation of society’s fear of and fascination with violence—from television’s constant stream of near pornographic mayhem to venomous suspicion between neighbors, petty feuds within married couples, and quarreling among children—is an indictment of the lowest human impulses. In Portuguese; English subtitles. 103 min. (moma)

Click HERE for tickets.


The Apples in stereo kick off the first night of the South Street Seaport Music Festival tomorrow night, June 26th.  As always, the show is rain or shine and FREE! The night will feature The Apples in stereo along with members of the Brooklyn Philharmonic Orchestra and The Brooklyn Youth Chorus.  It all starts at 7pm.

And you definitely won’t want to miss the finale of the evening: The Apples in stereo joined by a chorus of beautiful voices along with a full string section, all culminating with the most amazing fireworks you’ve ever seen, from 4 barges on the East River.  Um…what’s better than that?

For more info: Seaport Music Festival


In other awesome news, The Apples are offering a free download of the song “Hey Elevator” from their recently released, and quite futuristic, album Travellers in Space and Time.  Enjoy!


(just click to download)


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[photo credit: Lorenzo Fariello]

With The Bicycle Film Festival celebrating its 10th year on June 16th-June 20th, Discosalt is celebrating the Bicycle all week long. Kicking things off here with a tribute to some of our favorite music videos with bicycles. Check them out below and enjoy! More to come….

The Go Team: For My Funeral

Feel good Bike dancing in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Nada Surf: Whose Authority

Michael C. Maronna, (aka. the elder Pete from The Adventures Of Pete and Pete) sticks it to the man as a NYC bicycle messenger.

Doomtree: Drumsticks

P.O.S., Dessa and their Minneapolis indie hip hop crew ride bikes through town.

The Smiths: Stop me if you’ve heard this one before

Classic 1987 clip. Moz and pals biking around Manchester. The Smiths’ last video and single. It bombed! and by the time the video was released, the band had already split up. Fantastically shot and edited and the end of a chapter in Indie.

Flaming Lips: Watching the Planets

Wayne Coyne inside a man-sized plastic bubble traversing over throngs of naked nymph like cyclists being framed in perpetuity, oh and a giant furry vagina. Boobs, butts,  balls and bikes… and it wasnt filmed in Greenpoint? By the end of the video, Coyne bares Heavy D and the boys just like everyone else in the video.


Bat for Lashes: What’s a girl to do

This might be one of the best music videos in the past 10 years and one for the Furries. Natasha Khan, flanked by a bike gang of animal headed bmx tricksters bike alone on a dark country road…or are they?


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WHAT: Available Space: Aakash Nihalani Artwork Exhibit

WHEN : 5:00 PM February 7th, 2009

WHERE : 525-539 Atlantic Avenue, in Boerum Hill, Brooklyn. Just one block from the Atlantic Center, around the corner from Brooklyn Academy of Music.

“Aakash Nihalani creates street artwork that “consists mostly of isometric rectangles and squares.” He places these unplanned graphics throughout New York City to “highlight the unexpected contours and elegant geometry of the city itself.” His installation “Available Space” is showing at 525 Atlantic Avenue in Brooklyn.”


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More Brainwash along Houston Street…

want more?  Check out Mr. Brainwash’s webs.


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The Lower East side gets brainwashed… stumble down Bowery from the East Village towards the LES, eyes peeled for some new giant billboard sized wheat paste-ups with a sarcastic look at pop culture and politics, complements of eccentric French filmaker/graftiti artist, Mr. Brainwash aka MBW. Want more? Check out:
Mr. Brainwash

Also keep on the lookout for Mr. Brainwash the the T-shirt, Mr. Brainwash the Coloring Book, Mr. Brainwash the Lunch box, Mr. Brainwash the Breakfast Cereal, Mr. Brainwash the Flame Thrower, oh and Mr. Brainwash the doll…the kids love that one.


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No plans Friday night? Feeling abandoned? under-appreciated? neglected? She aint gonna email you… so instead go check out “Quality of Life” @ Factory Fresh and commiserate with some art themes you can relate to. Its an exhibit of urban landscape photography that examines marginalized, forgotten, and neglected spaces in the city…like your bed and your apartment, as well as the graffiti, garbage, decay and people found within these spaces…kind of like your apartment again, except, only more so. You can get out, make some talk and meet some darbs that are as stimulating as you are. The Opening reception starts at 6 and runs until October 31. 1063 Flushing Avenue, Brooklyn, NY. Just take the L to Morgan.

For more details, check out: http://www.factoryfresh.net/index.html


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What: Art Parade

When: September 06, 2008 4:00 PM

Where: West Broadway from Houston to Grand Street
Deitch Projects, Creative Time and Paper Magazine host the fourth annual Art Parade in New York City this Saturday along West Broadway. This year’s parade will include over 90 projects, including those by Jim Drain, Barry McGee, Clare Rojas, Beta Tank, Yoko Ono, Dzine, The Voluptuous Horror of Karen Black and Kenny Scharf, and will involve over 900 participants, making this the largest and most dynamic Art Parade yet.


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NYC Department of Transportation in conjunction with the art gallery PaceWildenstein has installed nine bike racks around the city designed by music guru, Talking Heads front man and bike advocate David Byrne . The racks along with the “Summer Streets” program is designed to promote bicycling as an alternative means of transportation in the city. Spot all nine, discosalt will send you a free unicorn colony kit. To the bikes!
  • The Jersey: Northwest corner of Ninth Avenue and 39th Street, near the Lincoln Tunnel
  • The MoMA: South side of West 54th Street, east of the Avenue of the Americas
  • The Ladies’ Mile: West side of Fifth Avenue, north of 57th Street (in front of Bergdorf’s)
  • The Chelsea: In front of 530 West 25th Street, east of 11th Avenue (in front of PaceWildenstein Gallery)
  • The Hipster: West side of Bedford Avenue, near North Sixth Street, in Williamsburg, Brooklyn
  • The Olde Times Square: South side of West 44th Street, west of Seventh Avenue
  • The Villager: In front of 536 La Guardia Place, between West Third and Bleecker Streets
  • The Wall Street: North side of 82 Wall Street, west of Water Street
  • The Coffee Cup: West side of Amsterdam Avenue, between West 110th and 111th Streets