Gansevoort Rooftop Soirees

If you're looking for an escape from the dreary winter weather, look no further than Gansevoort Park Avenue's amazing rooftop soirees. The rooftop venue is twenty stories high, giving guests prime views of New York City, it has a 40 foot indoor/outdoor heated pool, fireplaces, and terraces, to offer a true oasis amidst the snow and rain. Earlier this month, the rooftop started three new weekly parties that are sure to wet your whistle. Check them out!

From the hotel that brought you New York City’s first indoor/outdoor rooftop pool, distinctive tri-level rooftop, and celebrated summer music series, comes a weekly “Adult Swim” program. Bring your bikini, throw on your shades, order your cocktail, and let go of your worries with a dip in the sizzling 90 degree indoor/outdoor rooftop pool during “Adult Swim” at Gansevoort Park Avenue NYC every Tuesday from 6:00 – 9:00pm. For the first time ever, Gansevoort Park Avenue will open its coveted rooftop pool to bar patrons with no table reservations required – a rare opportunity typically reserved for hotel guests only!

Ragbag of Jollification

The third annual Ragbag of Jollification, the music festival bought to you by the same people behind Adult Swim, has annouced it's tour dates and performers.

The outdoor festival features nine different artists in nine states. Starting the end of this month, March 30th, in Baton Rouge, Ragbag of Jollification ends April 18th in Michigan.

The Tour Dates:

03-30 Curren$y in Baton Rouge, LA - Fred's Bar Parking Lot

04-02 Best Coast in College Station, TX - Dixie Chicken Inc.'s Parking Lot

04-04 Maserati in Albuquerque, NM - Park It Place Lot

Featured Artist Profile: Unknown Hinson

I feel that I need to preface this artist profile by stating that, as many who know me personally can attest, I despise modern country music. There is nothing I hate more than hearing suburban hillbillies with their phony country accents, which mysteriously disappear when they aren’t onstage, sing producer-driven songs of blue-collar sentiments before getting into a multi-million dollar tour bus to drive them to their mansion in Malibu. Seriously, I’d rather punch myself in the face with a rusty cheese-grater than listen to one of these musical abortions.

That being said, why would I even consider featuring an artist who labels himself as the “King of Country Western Troubadours?” Because he feels the same way as I do about modern country music.

Featured Artist Profile: mc chris

White rappers are always taken with a grain of salt, especially when they attempt to personalize the predominantly African-American genre. Since its inception on the streets of South Bronx, many “chalkies” have tried to show their skills where few have actually found respectful recognition. As the hip-hop audience widens even beyond the suburban audience, many white rappers have found their own cult followings of devoted fans through viral videos, myspace fan bases, and the post-technological internet revolution. It is those very people who find little in common with the gun-toting machismo of traditional “gangsta-rap,” that have rallied behind the hip-hop career of Christopher Brendan Ward, better known as mc chris. (As with many hip-hop emcees, what you see is not a typo. As he puts it in the song “Ten Year Old,” “mc chris/ lowercase/ not dots/ rewind!”).

The Dirty South Meets the Hipster Hustle

Can’t decide whether you are a neon-wearing, Nike-polishing, flat-billing, “durty-Sout'” player or a Ray-Ban wearing, skinny-jean cramping, porno-stache sporting, experimental-indie hipster? Well, if you are on-the-ball enough to follow the unlikely quandary I just proposed, put down your “crackberry,” flick those stubby little fingers across your computer keyboard and head over to the Adult Swim website. In their music subcategory, you will find ATL RMX, a specially commissioned album by the Rockstar Games and Timbaland Beaterator music remix video game.

New Pixies Shoes From Vans

Vans Shoes has released two new styles of artist-inspired kicks featuring the alternative/indie band The Pixies. The custom shoes feature an image of a considerably younger Black Francis slumped dazedly on the floor under the phrase “Death to the Pixies.” In typical Vans fashion, the image is featured on two of the skate shoe manufacturer's classic styles; the laceless slip-on and the “Sk8-hi” hi-top.

Aqua Teen Holiday Force

If I were to announce the release of every Christmas album that will be coming out this year, the amassing levels of “holiday spirit” would have a drastic effect on my liver as I would have no choice but to reach out to other types of “spirits” to drown my disgust at the horribly over-commercialized holiday season. But, there is one album coming out this year that definitely won’t have me wrapping a garland noose around my neck. This season, I will be filling my habitually pessimistic holiday with the pomp of Aqua Teen Hunger Force’s Have Yourself a Meaty Little Christmas.

Hip-hop Superheroes Beware!

After rumors of a new album were raised and subsequently disproved, the world will finally bear witness to the regrouping of the Madlib/DOOM partnership known as Madvillain.

Due to be released sometime next year on Stones Throw records (the exact date is uncertain, but a project of this caliber shouldn’t be rushed), the new disk will feature Madlib’s expert productive creativity of every track with tentative input from Dave Sitek, producer for TV on the Radio. It is also rumored that Mos Def will be contributing to the album, but it uncertain whether that will be with regards to vocals or production. The exact details are being kept under closely monitored scrutiny.