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MCA Day 2016 was Beyond Awesome

Today, Littlefield Brooklyn hosted the 5th annual tribute to the late Beastie Boys member Adam ‘MCA’ Yauch. Organizer, Michael Kearney and the rest of the MCA Day crew truly outdid themselves this year.

It was art, it was celebs, it was music, it was a party, it was a touching tribute to the great Adam Yauch.  Cablevision News12 was there covering it.

Jim Shearer (MTV/VH1, The Brouhaha podcast) belted out some major Beastie Boys tunes along with Jeremy Shatan (The Young Aborigines, yes Mike D and Yauch’s first band) on bass and Lyle Preslar (Minor Threat) on guitar.  Side note: It’s pretty interesting that these punk musicians became a director at a hospital (Jeremy) and a lawyer (Lyle).

The legendary Champagne Jerry later came out and did a few songs with them, as well as some on his own.  Jerry is larger-than-life and often performs at Joe’s Pub with Ad-Rock, in the village. I highly recommend going.

Neil Usatan of Oscilloscope wore his lab coat on stage while he recalled fond memories of Adam Yauch.

Surprise guest, Santigold, performed some of her songs.

Beastie Boys artist, Cey Adams, returned this year to thank everyone for coming.  He’s been to every MCA Day, including the first.

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I was Live at the Grand Opening of the Apple Store World Trade Center New York City

At 8am, I arrived at the site of Westfield’s Oculus/World Trade Center mall for both the mall’s grand opening, as well as for the grand opening of the new Apple Store.  All the stores which had finished being constructed were set to open at 12pm.

There were two people standing outside the store (3 including me), creating a makeshift line.  I expected to see a massive line like I had seen two weeks earlier at the opening of Williamsburg, Brooklyn store.  Then again, this is the financial district on a Tuesday.  Everyone in that area is at work.   And the mall was still under major construction.

At 9am, there were 10 people standing in front of the store.  The same awesome security company that Apple always uses was there with the same number of guards.  Apple staffers seemed devastated by the small turnout.

Security relocated us to an official waiting area far, far away from the store front.  We were down a set of stairs, past the Path train.  We stood by a ladder which the mall was using to replace lights.

At 10am, it was like magic.  The line started to grow, not just with mall people, but with diehard Apple fans.  Security handed out paper tickets to make sure people didn’t cut the line.

At 11am, the line was longer than I could see.  Hundreds of people.

At 11:50am, security escorted the first 20 of us closer to the store.  They took our tickets and then carefully led us to the entrance of the Apple store.  The mall was packed.  The Apple store itself was absolutely packed with Apple Store employees.  I’ve never seen so many.

Security was super-concerned about people cutting the line so they created a human wall to protect the integrity of our line.  Note: there were no metal barricades.  They were concerned it wasn’t enough so security asked 50 or so Apple Store employees to help out.  It was like Apple’s own version of hands-across-America.

There were a lot of people eyeing up the line because they wanted to rush it when the doors opened.

Twelve noon came and went because Westfield (the mall’s management company) had execs touring the mall and the CEO had a ribbon-cutting ceremony.  By the way, you’ll notice one of the Westfield execs was wearing a Coke can dress.

At 12:10pm, the CEO finished and Apple started their countdown.  Everyone received a black Apple shirt with pink lettering.  I went to the second floor.  Shortly thereafter, Apple’s Senior Vice President of Apple Retail, Angela Ahrendts, came upstairs.  Most people didn’t recognize her, but once they did, she was surrounded.  She spoke with people for fifteen minutes and was very personable.  When the crowd around her became too much, she exited via a hidden back elevator.

Had a lot of fun, met a lot of great people in line and in the store.  No, I don’t know if anyone was able to penetrate the human wall.

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Rest in Peace Fyvush Finkel

Here are two pix I snuck of Fyvush Finkel when I saw him walking around 3rd ave in 2012.

Rest in Peace.

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Attended Taping of Michael Ian Black’s Debate Wars

Today, I got a chance to see Michael Ian Black’s new show, Debate Wars, in New York City (thanks to Gotham Casting).  Debate Wars is a comedy debate show moderated by Michael Ian Black where two teams of comedians and improvisers enter the “Debatium” to settle, once and for all, the greatest arguments of all time.  It’s exclusive to NBCUniversal-owned Seeso, the newly launched ad-free comedy streaming channel.

The show was really funny.  The taping lasted 90 minutes.  There is so much good material, I don’t know how they’ll be able to edit it down to 30 minutes.  I won’t give any details and ruin it for everyone.

Our panel consisted of Andy Dick, Eugene Mirman (Bob’s Burgers), Janeane Garofalo, Phoebe Robinson.  I was lucky enough to pick some of Andy Dick’s note cards off the floor after the show.  He left the stage so I wasn’t able to get him to autograph the cards.

I spoke to Michael ever-so-briefly after the show.  He’s a really nice guy.  Very intelligent.  I’d love to have dinner or a drink with him.

Future episodes will feature Aparna Nancherla, Todd Barry, Judah Friedlander, Jo Firestone, Connor Ratliff, Guy Branum, Dave Hill and Gilbert Gottfried.

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Everlast and House of Pain in Montclair

Caught Everlast and House of Pain at the Wellmont in Montclair, New Jersey Friday night.  Good show, but ridiculously short.

Hardcore band, Cro Mag, didn’t fit the audience of mostly forty-something husband and wives.  They were on for maybe twenty minutes.

House of Pain came on at 9:05 and were off by 10PM.  I think they may have mis-estimated the time because they added songs the next night in New York’s Irving Plaza.

For the price they charged, there should have been a better opening act and a longer House of Pain set.

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Guy Won’t Stop Scratching Head on NJ Transit Train

Either this guy had bugs, itchy dry scalp or was thinking really hard.  When I first saw him, he was rubbing his ears uncontrollable.  Then, he switched to his head.

The people next to him were mortified.

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I Guess this Guy Doesn’t Like Candy

Last Friday, I was walking back from lunch and I see this nut job (let’s call him Candy Hater) knocking candy all over the 42nd Street sidewalk. The poor Indian owner of the newspaper stand kept yelling “Stop It!,” but he wouldn’t stop.

In the video, you see some woman buy something while all this is going on. It didn’t faze her at all. But hey, this is New York City.

Candy Hater noticed me filming which got him to stop. He started following me. Then, we got face-to-face. Candy Hater repeatedly told me to delete my video, “you faggot ass niggar.”

After a few seconds, he got tired of yelling and walked away…walked away in and out of moving traffic.

There wasn’t a single cop to be found on one of the most tourist-filled spots in the world.

Thanks to Mayor Bill DeBlasio for nothing.

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R.I.P. Lemmy Kilmister (1945-2015) Here’s Motorhead NYC 2012

Saw Motorhead at Megadeth’s Gigantour January 2012 at The Theater at Madison Square Garden, New York City.  Awesome show.  Glad I got to see Lemmy annihilate.



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Crazy Guy Yells at Good Day New York News Crew at Star Wars Opening

This is great. Anna Gilligan and the camera man are in the Fox News Good Day New York van covering the Star Wars release at the AMC Theatre on 42nd Street. Crazy guy starts screaming at them about I don’t know what.

Anna, who was tweeting, waved hello thinking he was a fan. Then she was trying to wave him away. He got more hostile as he was smoking his cigarette. He demanded to be let in the van.

Ultimately, they shut the van door and Anna hid in the back until he left.

There wasn’t a single cop around…even though it’s a popular street and this was a high profile film release.

Welcome to New York City.

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Apple iPhone 6s Fifth Avenue Release

We were at Apple’s Fifth Avenue flagship store Friday morning for the launch of the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus. Massive crowd. Not as much much press as last year because the major networks were covering the pope. Only crazy story is some weird guy was trying to get an Apple Store employee to relay an idea for an invention to Tim Cook.

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