BYG Actuel

Thanks WKCR for running a program last night on BYG Actuel, a French record label that specialized in free jazz from the late ’60s into the ’70s. I was able to catch some Archie Shepp and Arthur Jones, who I’d never heard of, before heading out last night. Some amazing music I’ll keep coming back to.

Sackett Street Writers’ Workshop Events, 6/6–6/7, 6/26

This comes straight from the newsletter. Glad SSWW is back!

Join SSWW founder & director Julia Fierro (and many Sackett writers!) at the launch party for her new novel The Gypsy Moth Summer at powerHouse Arena bookstore in Dumbo.

June 6th 7pm
powerHouse Arena
28 Adams Street, Brooklyn

FREE, open to the public, and ’90s-themed drinks & treats will be served.
RSVP via the
Facebook Event Page.

Read more about The Gypsy Moth Summer here.

The Sackett Street Literary Series is back with a special event at Housing Works Bookstore Cafe featuring novelists: Hannah Tinti (One Story founder and author of The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley),Rakesh Satyal (author of No One Can Pronounce My Name), Julia Fierro (SSWW founder and author of The Gypsy Moth Summer), andNatalka Burian (Sackett Street alum, founder of The Freya Project, and author of Welcome to the Slipstream).

This conversation will be moderated by Sackett Street Writers’ Workshop alum Chiwoniso Kaitano.

June 7th 7pm
Housingworks Bookstore & Cafe
126 Crosby Street, NYC

FREE, open to the public, and drinks will be served. RSVP via theFacebook Event Page.

The Sackett Street Literary Series is thrilled to have a new home… Books Are Magic, the new indie bookstore in Cobble Hill opened by former SSWW instructor Emma Straub and Michael Fusco, and located only a few blocks from where Sackett Street began 15 years ago!

Join us to celebrate four outstanding writers at Books Are Magic: alums Kathleen Flynn and Adalena Kavanaugh; instructor Sarah Gerard, and special guest Miranda Beverly-Whittemore.

June 26th 7pm
Books Are Magic
225 Smith Street, Brooklyn

FREE, open to the public, and drinks will be served.
RSVP via the Facebook Event Page.

New Cool Web Zine: NO RECESS!


Brought to you by the former editors of Crawdaddy!, here’s the launch of NO RECESS!. From the editor, Jocelyn Hoppa:

You are looking at the first pages of NO RECESS! Magazine.

We will feature neither mindless gossip, clickbait listicles, nor endless briefs on the near-constant churn of typical industry news bits. We are here to write intelligently about music and culture, and we learned these values from the very best…

…As for the music and culture coverage, you can expect long-form journalism on a wide-range of music and ideals we think you should know more about. Subjective, objective and laced with personal experience. That’s the simple explanation.

We’ll keep a toe in the crowded pool of the present-day, but we’re also here to write about the stuff we care about. Each writer and editor here cares about different stuff from different genres and eras, and we’ve built a collective based on that very fact. We will, forever until doom, egg on the notion that a music magazine should be, by turns and varying degrees, both bizarre and unpredictable. That’s the best explanation…