DO IT YOURSELF *Episode 4* LIGHTS OUT @ MARKET HOTEL

still photo & edit by joe perez / shot by muggsy and koster

We’re up to episode 4 in our ‘Do It Yourself‘ vodcast series and we’re going doco with a portrait of Market Hotel during its infamous “shut down” in February 2010. During a private shoot with QC last year, members of the bands Real Estate and These Are Powers, along with Market Hotel pioneers, broke down the venue and its importance in the Brooklyn music community.

Market Hotel served as a birthright for aspiring indie musicians in NYC and will forever remain a landmark for those who have passed through its walls and frolicked in the sweaty hipster-dancing and cheap beer. Though the venue remains currently shut down, plans have long been in the works to make it a co-opted art space with help from government and private grants. To get more information or to get involved email Markethotelproject@gmail.com. We leave you now to enjoy the piece, and as an added bonus you can check out a live mp3 from These Are Powers’ private Market Hotel session, featured in episode 2 of our series.

Artist: These Are Powers
Song: Powers Engage (Market Hotel Session)

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DO IT YOURSELF *Episode 3* WILDBIRDS & PEACEDRUMS

edited by muggsy

Part 3 of Quiet Color’s ‘Do It Yourself‘ video series takes us to Bushwick, Brooklyn and the living room/art gallery/Brooklyn D.I.Y. venue Fort Useless. It was a cold and gray day in NYC when we met with husband and wife Andreas Werliin and Mariam Wallentin, more aptly known as the Swedish indie duo Wildbirds and Peacedrums. What would follow was an intimate and resplendant performance that transformed Fort Useless into a warm winter sanctum. Quiet Color is blessed to have captured this private live session and we’re thrilled to now share it with all of you. Enjoy the majesty and look out for more D.I.Y. episodes on QC very very soon.

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DO IT YOURSELF *Episode 2* POWERS ENGAGE

edit by joe perez

Episode 2 of our Do It Yourself series is here as we continue our survey of the underground music scene in Bushwick, Brooklyn. We were fortunate to get the inside scoop on the Market Hotel shut down last year (a future episode fyi), but during the process we got Market alumns These Are Powers to rock out a private live session in the Hotel entrance. Check out the cut of “Powers Engage.” More episodes coming very very soon :)

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DO IT YOURSELF *Episode 1* HOUSE OF YES

edit by chris mulligan

We at QC spent a fair chunk of our 2010 creating and producing an 8-episode video series reflecting on Brooklyn’s precious D.I.Y. scene and some of the influential artists that pass through. After almost a whole year of planning and promising, the series is complete and ready for air. We’ll be releasing these videos week by week over the next 2 months to give you a closer look at what we got into over the past 10 months. In episode 1, we visit Bushwick’s legendary House Of Yes for what was truly an epic evening back in February 2010. Quiet Color’s sloppy circus raged with live performances by Javelin, Ava Luna, Dinowalrus, and The Shivers (not to mention aerial acrobats and fire breathers). Enjoy this snapshot of the special venue, wild party, and unique combination of Javelin and aerial acrobats who executed a seamless collaboration during the track  “Moscow.”

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POGO: WISHERY

by brooke liam

Above, London producer Pogo cuts up audio samples from Snow White. That’s just a taste, visit Pogo’s youtube channel for his spin on Alice, Sword In The Stone, and a host of other mod Disney hits. Or rock his Myspace here.

SCIENTIST OF LOVE REMIX

by stew

Fresh from the coast of Brazil we have an extremely smooth remix of Jesse Evan’s “Scientist Of Love” produced by sayhoo! -  Equally entertaining is the accompanying video, seemingly taken from an old film. Who doesn’t love city shoot outs that conclude in avant-garde strip clubs. Beware the original fem bot.

QC VID: DARKNESS SET UPON THY PLAYTIME

by muggsypelly

Political Activist Welch speaks of puppy dust, virgin penguins, and orphan gravel paste in hopes of warding off American Insurgents to Charley Town. “I’ve thought of Eskimos and cups and other things. I’ve thought of giraffes and other horse like creatures that come to me at night..”

ROO: HERE WE GO MAGIC

by lisa

Of course Bonnaroo happened some time ago, June 10-13 to be exact. But this performance by Here We Go Magic is so moving and emotive that I wanted it posted. There’s a seamless transition from “Fangela” to “Tunnelvision” and the energy exuded during the track’s build up is inescapable. The background rumblings of Anything Is Possible moved me onward and upward today, just as it did on that afternoon in June. Here We Go plays Bowery tonight and has a new vid for “Casual” coming out soon.

LITTLE DRAGON ON TOUR WITH GORILLAZ

by luke

Yukimi Nagano and Fredrik Wallin of Little Dragon are currently touring with Gorillaz, including tonight’s show at Madison Square Garden. If you haven’t caught it yet, check out the the above video, featuring the band’s set at this year’s Indie-O fest. Also check out the Little Dragon Daytrotter session here.

THE BOOKS PLAY CARNEGIE 11/13

by leo

The Books are coming to Zankel at Carnegie Hall on Nov 13. Their latest album The Way Out is an audio masterpiece and the result of five years collecting VHS, cassettes, 8-tracks, etc alongside beautifully arranged strings and softly sung vocals. It’s definitely one of the top albums of 2010. Their live show is also impressive, complete with accompanying video assembled by the band.