The Bell House. 149 7th Street (Gowanus/Park Slope, BK)
In April of this year some friends and I went to see The Walkmen at The Bell House. This was kind of a small venue and sort of a big deal because we’re all huge fans and we got to see the band in their old stomping grounds. In anticipation of their upcoming new album (9/14/10) they played a few small shows here and there, playing alot of the new stuff and alot of the old stuff we all know and love. The Walkmen have been everywhere lately, including Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. I was lucky enough to win tix for the band bench and got to see them perform from the stage. Check us out here. Thats me, upper right with the white T-shirt and my buddy Andy next to me.
The Bell House is a pretty sweet little venue, despite being kind of out of my way. The cocktails are good and its a good looking space. Andy did me the favor of capturing this bathroom graffiti . Octogenarian humor with attention to detail. Steely Dan would certainly approve.
Do yourself a favor and check out When Did I Download This? where all The Walkmen albums are being discussed, including the upcoming album, Lisbon. Bookmark it and come back.
Tate’s Comics. 4566 North University Drive Lauderhill (Not Even the Decency of Being Miami), Florida. Guest post by Bruno!
Greetings, lavatory devotees, today I have the distinct honor of reporting on behalf of NYC’s most prolific potty propagandist. While I’m sure I will never attain her level of professionalism when it comes to all things toilet related, I sincerely hope I do her no disservice in my own investigative endeavor.
Today’s washroom report comes straight to you from sunny Florida, NYC’s grimy cousin to the south.
More specifically, brave reader, today we venture into the very depths of all things comic related. I had occasion to visit this store a few weeks ago, accompanied by a woman no less, in an attempt to recover a tome most rare. (Something to do with zombies and Batman; this instantly aroused me beyond belief. Also, I am Batman. Shut up.)
Anyway, you can’t just walk up to this thing. You must first find the sage guardian of the bowl and he must deem you worthy of using the facilities.
(Do Not *uck With This Man, He Will Let You *hit Your Pants)
Pass his grueling trails of infinite bowel strength and you will be guided down to a dimly lit path just beneath the stair case that leads to the second floor.
(Past this stuff.)
Anyway, blogadeers, once you do get here, you’ll find that this is the kind of restroom that your merciless blog master hates; the dreaded single stall! It was clean though and did not smell of anything particularly foul. In fact, I would say it was a right decent pot to pop a squat on. (I have too much self respect to say that, actually.) However, where the place really out does the competition is in the decor.
Check out these walls!
It’s plastered with perfectly tile sized stickers! And there’s also an artsy reminder that you should probably make sure to wipe that arse. Classy!
Now, using this blog’s arbitrary rating scale, I’m going to give this thing 3 out of 5 flushes. Sure, the facilities were clean, but having to track down a staff member to use this thing and then needing to have said minion unlock the thing for you can cost your precious time you just may not have available to you. (It’s also kind of embarrassing.) Also, it’s kind of intense to be stared down by Heroes’ Masai Oka while dropping a deuce.
That’s right buddy, you show’em how it’s done.
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