Nathan, Laura, Sarah

Brendan Kirk
Superchief Correspondent

Photos by Mike ‘Fruit Cup’ Gallant

I went up to Greenpoint to check out the Newton Creek Armada. The Newton Nature Walk, right between Brooklyn and Queens, is a strange place. The park is clean; with nice trees, real squirrels, modern looking benches and railings, bushes and shit, accessible garbage bins, not many cigarette butts, and  also some of the filthiest, sludgiest runoff in NYC to muse over. There is a film over the green water and the garbage boats – parked next to scrap metal depositories – are packed high with indistinguishable brown junk. It seems like the type of place where mutant, space junkies rise from the water at night to aimlessly wander North Greenpoint, leaving piles of addictive toxic sludge behind them.

The biggest grease move this park makes is the placing of clean stone bleachers that lead into the water, inviting people to sit and watch all the filth and industrial beauty. I sat and watched as a crab emerged near the shore line. As he sank back down, two plastic bottles floated by. It was real nice.

Grease River gets the Dirt Stick going.

Mike and I decided we wanted to drive some of the motorized boats that limped along through the current. We were confused about how to get our hands on a controller, but then we ran into Nathan Kensinger (artist/ photographer), a solid dude who sat us down and explained everything. This was a good conversation. Check out his website. They had us sign waivers specifically stating not to touch the water, as it was toxic.

We waited in line for about 30 minutes, which wasn’t that bad because most of the people were very friendly, especially Laura and Sarah. To pass time we watched footage from the cameras underneath the boats streaming on screens placed around the Armada site. We only had ten minutes with the boats, and had to stay in a particular area. It would have been cool to pilot the boats a little further out, but all things considered it was still a blast. I felt like a kid again. Mike and I raced, and I kicked the shit out of him both times. He tried to blame it on the boat, but he’s just a pansy mongoloid who likes to take photos in black and white (Friends Forever).

Like true sailors, we got drunk with the old man beer drinkers at Turkey’s Nest. On the way back to the train, I ran into my old t-ball coach, Mr. Pobat. It was a solid day.

Check out the website.

5 dollar big ass beers with real drunks

here.

Double Up on Dirt Patrol

Trash Boat, Scrap Boat, The Digester, Heavy Industry, The Salvager

Nathan, Laura, Sarah

They got water-fountains right by some of the most polluted water in NYC. Dirt Freaks.

 

 

GOOSEBUMPS “SCARED TO SEE A DOCTOR” RECORD RELEASE SHOW AT 538 JOHNSON (FULL SETS FROM GOOSEBUMPS, AJAX, MERCENARY, LIBYANS, AND LA MISMA)

Like an episode of Jerry Springer, but with more fireworks.

FIGHT CLUB: THE BEST OF FRIDAY NIGHT THROWDOWN

Following the news of Throwdown’s return at SXSW this year with a Texas vs. NYC event, it seems only appropriate to take a look back at the history of Friday Night Throwdown, and the coverage we’ve had of it here on Superchief over the years. For the uninitiated; Friday Night Throwdown wasn’t just NYC’s best underground boxing event, it was NYC’s best underground party.

TEXAS VS. NYC: THROWDOWN RETURNS AT SXSW THIS YEAR

The organization that brought Ford models, Marines and Bloods together for New York’s best underground party is bringing their business to Austin, and bringing with them a Texas vs. NYC event…and Superchief will be covering the whole thing, from start to finish.

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From the world of UNSTOPPABLE TOMORROW, Superchief Gallery NYC returns this spring with John Felix Arnold III’s EXCORRIGIA | THE SCOURGE, an exhibition of new works in painting, drawing, mixed media, installation, and sound. The exhibition will run from April 3 through April 13, and there will be an opening reception on Thursday, April 3 from 6-10pm at CultureFix on 9 Clinton Street.

HIGH ON HUNGER: JANE CHARDIET

“High on Hunger” is Jane Chardiet’s new zine, featuring personal essay, photography and interviews with 12 artists, including some of our favorites, about their 2013 and their artistic goals in the new year, along with photographs of each licking fire. It’s good stuff, so I asked Jane about her 2013, because turnabout’s fair play and that’s how the game works.

12 O’ CLOCK BOYS (BALTIMORE STREETBIKE REALNESS)

Whatever your city is doing, what the homies out in B-More are doing is 10x as crazy. 12 O’ Clock Boys is one of the hardest movies we’ve seen in a long time, hands down, exploring a city and a culture that just doesn’t give a fuck (and featuring Baltimore himies like Schwarz on the soundtrack) the film gets more done in it’s 75 minutes than most documentaries do in twice that.

TAPE BAG #1: I HAVEN’T GOTTEN OFF MY COUCH IN DAYS.

Talking shit on random tapes cuz I wanna. Round one: Mongrel, Skinny Puppy, Madonna, Gowanus Mutant Kommandos, Temple of the Dog and MORE.

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Ricky Luanda of the experimental NYC punk band Chain Gang, one of the coolest bands ever, passed away earlier this week from esophogeal cancer. Watch 10 minutes of the bands’ rare, legendary, batshit crazy 1980′s film “MONDO MANHATTAN” right here.

ALWAYS KEEP THE CAMERA RUNNING: MAKS SUSKI’S VIDEOS OF THE NYC MUSIC SCENE

Maks Suski has been hard at work documenting live music in NYC on video for the last 4 years; we asked him to compile a list of some of his favorite videos that he’s shot, a list that includes Japanther, Action Bronson, Death Grips, Culo, Crystal Castles, Limp Wrist, Black Pus and more.

THERE IS A TINY LEG A QUARTER OF AN INCH BELOW YOUR TENTH RIB.

“Although Tiny Leg’s sound owes much of it’s inspiration to the Oakland glucose and thumbtrack scenes of the mid-nineties, and has been called by HotFridge magazine ‘a thumbcore homage to the sound of Velvet Curtis and Taco’ and ‘a slick-stale, neo-juicy, post-hipster alchemy, somewhere in between gluke-wave and puke-base’ by PeckerwoodsToday, those sentences are too journalistic and not souague enough, if one may permit my french.”

DAWN OF HUMANS, HANK WOOD & THE HAMMERHEADS, AND PHARMAKON PLAYED PS1 SATURDAY NIGHT (FULL SETS)

PUNK NOT ART NOISE NOT MUSIC ACK ACK ACK ACK

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Tod Seelie’s book release and photo show at Superchief Gallery at CultureFix was a celebration of the last 15 years of New York’s underground, for sure; but it also kept an eye on the future.

FUCKED UP CLOSED OUT 285 KENT’S LAST SHOW (FULL SET)

285 Kent finished it’s run last Sunday night; check out full video of Fucked Up’s headlining set right here.

SUPERCHIEF GALLERY AT MIAMI ART BASEL 2013: WILL SMITH CAN SUCK IT.

Superchief Gallery’s showing at Select Fair 2013 is even bigger, better and more batshit crazy than our 2012 showing was – check out photos here, and for homies in Miami, we’ll be at the Catalina Hotel all this week!

STACY KRANITZ’S SKATOPIA (50+ Photos From a Burnout’s Paradise)

Photographer Stacy Kranitz recently journeyed to Skatopia, a famed 88 acre skate park/commune in Ohio which was founded in 1995, documented in the 2010 film of the same name, and once described by writer Kevin Duffel as “a demented mess that meets halfway between an anarchistic Mad Maxian Thunderdome and a utopian skateboard society.” Goddamn if it isn’t one of the best things we’ve ever seen.