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Daily Show Pokes Fun at Shinnecock Hamptons Monument Fracas

Michael Kosta ended his Daily Show Shinnecock segment by taking an ad out on the monument urging Hamptons-bound drivers to
Michael Kosta ended his Daily Show Shinnecock segment by taking an ad out on the monument urging Hamptons-bound drivers to "relax, and enjoy your stolen land."

The Shinnecock Indian Nation’s recent controversial construction of an electronic monument in Hampton Bays got the Comedy Central treatment in a satirical segment that aired this week on The Daily Show with Trevor Noah.

Comic correspondent Michael Kosta braved Hamptons traffic in August to interview Shinnecock Chairman Bryan Polite, who can’t contain his laughter when told that Hamptonites find the ad-revenue-generating monument on the side of Sunrise Highway to be an attack on their way of life.

“How much of this monument is economic development and how much of it is kind of a f*** you to the people of Southampton?” Kosta asks. Polite replies, “I think it’s a little bit of both.”

The segment isn’t the first time Long Island has become fodder for Comedy Central jokesters. A decade ago, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart made a national laughingstock of Long Island’s proposal to secede from New York State, courtesy of then-correspondent Samantha Bee, who now has her own show on TBS, Full Frontal.

It’s also not the first time Daily Show cameras have turned their attention to the Shinnecock. Also during the Jon Stewart era, in 2005 then-correspondent Rob Corddry traveled to Southampton to “report” on the Shinnecock’s failed bid to build a casino in the Hamptons’ playground for the rich and famous. As we now know 14 years later, the only place Long Island is allowed to have a casino is at an Islandia hotel offering beautiful views of the Long Island Expressway. 

As for the current Shinnecock brouhaha, New York State is suing the Shinnecock, arguing that the not-a-billboard lacked approvals that the tribe claims it didn’t need since the monument was built on tribal land.

The suit is pending. But the recent hearing on the issue in Comedy Central’s court of public opinion resulted in a conviction of man’s laughter.

Plainedge’s Eddie Money Dies at Age 70

Eddie Money (Photo by Kevin Foley Photography‎)

Grammy-nominated rocker Eddie Money, whose hits “Take Me Home Tonight” and “Two Tickets to Paradise” rocketed him to Top 40s fame, died Friday, three weeks after revealing he had stage four esophageal cancer. He was 70.

Fans posted a wave of condolences and memories on social media in response to news of his passing.

“It is with heavy hearts that we say goodbye to our loving husband and father,” his family said in a statement, according you Variety. “We cannot imagine our world without him.”

Money, who last played a show on Long Island in March for his 70th birthday, had recently underwent minor heart valve surgery and postponed in June his tour and the release of his first new album in 26 years.

“I thought I was going in for a check-up and [the doctor] told me I have cancer,” Money last month told Rolling Stone magazine, which first reported the news and that the Sept. 12 episode of his AXS TV reality show, Real Money, will elaborate on the diagnoses as the show enters its second season.

The New York City native grew up in Plainedge before moving to California. Money was inducted into the Long Island Music Hall of Fame in 2008.

Money’s self-titled 1977 breakout debut album included the hits “Two Tickets To Paradise” and “Baby Hold On.” His third album in 1982, No Control, ushered in his first chart-topper, “Think I’m In Love,”

But it was the singer-songwriter’s sixth album in 1986, Can’t Hold Back, featuring “Take Me Home Tonight” in duet with Ronnie Spector, that became his biggest hit and got him a Grammy nod. His most recent album, Unplug It In, dropped in 1993.

He is survived by his wife and three children.

Did A Long Island Couple Catch Video of A Ghost on Their Security Camera?

A still of the video Joey Nolan posted on his YouTube

A Long Island couple believes they may have captured video footage of a ghost and its dog on their home video surveillance camera earlier this month.

Joey Nolan was out with his wife when he remotely logged in to his home video feed so he could check up on their couple’s sick cat around 1 a.m. Aug. 8 when he spotted the apparent phantom, he told the New York Post.

“Our security camera picked up a strange visitor walking through the kitchen,” Nolan wrote in a note when he posted to YouTube the video that’s been viewed more than 500,000 times in two weeks. “Some claim it’s a little boy and their pet. We don’t know for sure, but let us know what you think.”

He told the Post that the incident came shortly after he and his wife both had the same weird dream about dog. Skeptics replied that it was likely a spider or dust on the lens, but some commented that they believe it’s a ghost.

Spirit or not, whatever it was certainly is creepy.

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Roosevelt’s Eddie Murphy to Host SNL In December

Eddie Murphy at Tribeca Film Festival 2010. (Photo by David Shankbone)

Actor and comedian Eddie Murphy, who grew up in Roosevelt, is going to host Saturday Night Live this winter, marking his first appearance on the show since 1984, when he was on cast.

SNL tweeted the news Monday, teasing a snippet of the fall 2019 season lineup, but Murphy, 58, was by far the biggest news of the bunch. Murphy’s hosting may be the longest stretch —35 years — between a former cast member returning to host SNL. Adam Sandler hosting this spring was notable for it being his first time back since being fired in 1995.

SNL also announced that Woody Harrelson will host the Sept. 28 debut of SNL’s 45th season. It was also announced that Phoebe Waller-Bridge will host on Oct. 5, David Harbour on Oct. 12, and Kristen Stewart on Nov. 2.

Three musical guests were also teased: Billie Eilish on Sept. 28, Taylor Swift on Oct. 5, and Camila Cabello on Oct. 12. No musical guest was announced for Murphy’s episode.

Murphy’s many movie credits since leaving SNL includes Beverly Hills Cop, followed by Coming To America, The Nutty Professor, and his role as Donkey in Shrek, to name a few. He stars in Dolemite Is My Name out later this year and Coming 2 America next year.

Plainedge’s Eddie Money Diagnosed With Stage 4 Cancer

Eddie Money (Photo by Kevin Foley Photography‎)

Grammy-nominated rocker Eddie Money, whose hits “Take Me Home Tonight” and “Two Tickets to Paradise” rocketed him to Top 40s fame, is battling stage four esophageal cancer. 

The development comes after Money, who last played a show on Long Island in March for his 70th birthday, after he underwent minor heart valve surgery and postponed in June his tour and the release of his first new album in 26 years.

“I thought I was going in for a check-up and [the doctor] told me I have cancer,” Money told Rolling Stone magazine, which first reported the news and that the Sept. 12 episode of his AXS TV reality show, Real Money, will elaborate on the diagnoses as the show enters its second season.

The New York City native grew up in Plainedge before moving to California. Money was inducted into the Long Island Music Hall of Fame in 2008.

Money’s self-titled 1977 breakout debut album included the hits “Two Tickets To Paradise” and “Baby Hold On.” His third album in 1982, No Control, ushered in his first chart-topper, “Think I’m In Love,”

But it was the singer-songwriter’s sixth album in 1986, Can’t Hold Back, featuring “Take Me Home Tonight” in duet with Ronnie Spector, that became his biggest hit and got him a Grammy nod. His most recent album, Unplug It In, dropped in 1993.

 

Chris Cuomo Balks at Being Called ‘Fredo’ on Shelter Island

CNN journalist Chris Cuomo at the 2016 Democratic National Convention (Chris Coons photo)

CNN is standing by anchor Chris Cuomo after a video surfaced showing him arguing with a man that the newsman said called Cuomo “Fredo” during a confrontation on Shelter Island on Sunday.

Cuomo, the younger brother of Gov. Andrew Cuomo, is heard in the video saying that being called Fredo — as in Fredo Corleone, the incompetent son of mafia don Vito Corleone in The Godfather — is “the N-word” for Italians. Debate over whether being called Fredo is in fact racist spread like wildfire Monday.

“Chris Cuomo defended himself when he was verbally attacked with the use of an ethnic slur in an orchestrated setup,” CNN spokesman Matt Dornic posted on Twitter. “We completely support him.”

Video of the confrontation — in which Cuomo threatens to throw the man down a flight of stairs — at a Shelter Island bar was viewed nearly 5 million times since being posted Monday night on a right-leaning YouTube channel called THAT’S THE POINT with Brandon.

President Donald Trump weighed in on the video, calling Cuomo “nuts,” while Trump ally and Fox News Channel host Sean Hannity said Cuomo deserves an apology. Italian-Americans widely panned the idea of Fredo being a slur, according to The Washington Post.

And The New York Post reported that Cuomo once referred to himself as Fredo in a radio interview.

Bagel Guy To Fight Other Viral Video Stars

Somebody give this man a bagel.

The man who was infamously tackled while heckling customers at Bagel Boss in Bay Shore last week isn’t going away without a fight.

TMZ reports that Chris Morgan, dubbed “Bagel Guy” by the internet, inked a deal with fighting promoter Damon Feldman to box another viral video star at the Showboat Hotel in Atlantic City on Sept. 7. Feldman said Morgan may fight Antoine “Hide Yo Kids, Hide Yo Wives” Dodson.

“If he thinks he’s gonna win, fuggedaboutit,” Morgan told TMZ.

While it’s a good thing that Morgan is channeling his rage for women who think he’s too short to date that he was ranting about in the bagel shop, he’s going to have to back up his tough talk better than he did when he was tackled in the video.

The Twitter video of Bagel Guy ranting and getting beat down has been viewed more than 25 million times since it was posted a week ago.

Bay Shore Bagel Boss Rant Video Goes Viral

Somebody give this man a bagel.

A video of a man who apparently hadn’t had his coffee yet throwing a hissy fit at Bagel Boss in Bay Shore and getting tackled by another man Wednesday morning has gone viral.

The 45-second video that has made Long Island today’s internet punchline picks up mid-rant, with the man spouting off about how women on dating websites make fun of him for being five feet tall. 

“Everywhere I go I get the same f***ing smirk with the biting lip,” the unidentified man said in the video viewed more than 11 million times as of this post since the clip was posted on Twitter at 9 a.m. Wednesday.

As his rage intensifies, he challenges a man on line behind him to attack him. The second man does as he’s told and tackles the star of the video onto the floor in front of a crowd of gawking onlookers wondering aloud how their trip to the friendly local bagel shop for breakfast had gone so horribly wrong.

Although the guy raging about women in the video is clearly an idiot in need of an attitude adjustment, it surely isn’t the first time someone has lost their temper waiting on the ridiculously long lines at Bagel Boss. Have you been there lately for an egg everything with scallion cream cheese on a Sunday morning? Wear comfortable shoes and make sure your phone’s charged. It’s gonna be a while.

 

 

The Pixies Rock The Space at Westbury

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Seminal alt-rock band the Pixies delivered a powerful set at The Space at Westbury on Friday, Sept. 22, 2017 that included newer hits and cult favorites spanning their decades-long career as one of rock's most dynamic and influential hellraisers. (Photo by Christopher Twarowski)

Seminal alt-rock band the Pixies leveled The Space at Westbury on Sept. 22, delivering a seismic barrage of songs spanning their collective two-decade career as one of rock’s most dynamic and influential groups, and proving to all those in attendance and/or reading this post that although most of the music on the radio nowadays may completely suck, rock is not dead.

The Friday night gig also featured an impressive performance by opener Sunflower Bean—a power trio whose guitarist/vocalist Nick Kivlen and drummer Jacob Faber hail from Long Island. Bassist/model Julia Cumming shares vocals with Kivlen, and the band rifled through several tracks, including a handful from their 2016 full-length debut Human Ceremony—among them WFUV staple “Easier Said.”

The Pixies—drummer David Lovering, guitarist Joey Santiago, singer/guitarist Black Francis, and bassist Paz Lenchantin (who replaced Kim Shattuck, who replaced original member Kim Deal)—played for about two hours, delivering a nonstop set packed with classic fan faves and newer numbers, even sprinkling in deeper cuts such as “Havelina” from 1990’s Bossanova and “Motorway to Roswell” off ’91’s Trompe le Monde.

The Westbury stop was one a handful left in the Northeast before the band continued on throughout the Midwest and Western United States—with more than a dozen sold-out gigs in Missouri, Illinois, Minnesota, Colorado, Oregon, Washington and California—supporting 2016’s Head Carrier, their latest drop and sixth studio album.

The Pixies deliver a brand of rock that’s tough to define. There’s some surf guitar in there. There’s their legendary quiet-loud dichotomy admittedly and shamelessly ripped off by more popular bands, including Nirvana. There’s folk, some psych, country, and straight-up punk, for sure.

Francis’ vocals range from long, gorgeously sustained notes to blood-curling screams—most of the time, the latter. Santiago punctuates and obliterates, Lovering runs the spectrum, and the bass pulsates beneath and throughout it all like some cosmic ice dragon lurking just below the surface of a frozen lake, every now and again breaking through and melting ancient walls of magic winter (Game of Thrones reference, yes).

Their tunes’ subject matter spans the Biblical to the extraterrestrial, and many pertain to darker elements of life—putting it mildly. The Pixies are wacky, freaky, and no-nonsense live.

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pixies space at westbury
Seminal alt-rock band the Pixies delivered a powerful set at The Space at Westbury on Friday, Sept. 22, 2017 that included newer hits and cult favorites spanning their decades-long career as one of rock’s most dynamic and influential hellraisers. ( Photo by Christopher Twarowski )

They began their assault with “Wave of Mutilation” off Doolittle, a crushing chronicling of Japanese businessmen’s murder-suicides in the 1980s.

Lightning bolt Jesus and Mary Chain cover “Head On” was somewhere here at the top of their set list, too; because of pit stops at the venue’s various bars, forgive the disorderly and/or incomplete list of songs in this review. (It’s a rock show; get over it.) What’s certain is that by this time, a ton of people in the room were already singing and grooving along, and this would continue pretty much the entire night.

Immersed in kaleidoscopic lights and occasional smokescreens, the band ripped through stellar versions of Doolittle’s “Monkey Gone To Heaven,” “Debaser,” “Dead,” “Tame,” “Crackity Jones,” “Hey” and “Gouge Away”—all cult favorites. They also killed “U-Mass” and the aforementioned “Motorway to Roswell” off Trompe le Monde.

The mass sing-a-long grew louder, with fans in full-on dance mode during Bossanova’s “Velouria,” and some swaying during the dreamy, trance-like, and absolutely gorgeous “Havelina,” one of my personal favorites that I’ve never experienced live until this gig.

The band played “Snakes” off 2014’s Indie Cindy, and Head Carrier’s “Baal’s Back” and “Um Chagga Lagga,” and was that Neil Young’s “Winterlong”!?

Somewhere in here the Pixies unleashed “Caribou,” “Vamos” and “The Holiday Song” from their ’87 debut LP Come On Pilgrim, and the place naturally went wild in response.

There was also plenty of crowd chorus and jiving action during “Cactus” and, of course, perhaps their most infamous track “Where Is My Mind?” off 1988’s Surfer Rosa—the latter, if I remember correctly, highlighted by some chaos upfront in the pit, as bouncers promptly removed three seemingly inebriated women who had some type of altercation, one visibly distraught with makeup streaking down her face from either tears or a beer wash (or a mixture of both) as she pushed past onlookers after the crowd pointed her out to security.

Really wouldn’t be a Pixies gig without at least a little chaos.

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The Pixies’ (L-R) Joey Santiago, Black Francis, Paz Lenchantin and David Lovering thank fans following a monster set at their Sept. 22, 2017 house-raising gig at The Space at Westbury. (Photo by Christopher Twarowski )

After the set, the house erupted in absolutely deafening cheers and applause, and Francis, Santiago, Lovering and Lenchantin left their gear, and side-by-side, stood center stage, waving. They disappeared as a dense white smoke-fog rolled out, cloaking the entire stage and obscuring everything.

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Smoke enveloped the Pixies during their encore performance of “Into The White” at The Space at Westbury on Sept. 22, 2017. (Photo by Christopher Twarowski )

A thick, pulsating bass line soon emanated from behind the haze, above it Lenchantin’s voice. The crowd exploded as backlights illuminated the shadowy silhouettes of the band as they collapsed into old-school B-side “Into The White” as an encore.

The billowing smoke lingered for a while afterward as the house lights came on and most of the audience made for the exits, dissipating just long enough for a roadie to hook me up with one of Black Francis’ guitar picks.

One hell of a show. All hail the Pixies.

For tickets, a calendar of upcoming gigs, and more information about The Space at Westbury, visit thespaceatwestbury.com.

2017 New York Guitar Show & Expo Rocks Freeport This Weekend

2017 New York Guitar Show Expo Freeport

The largest guitar show in the New York metropolitan area is coming to Freeport, Long Island on April 22 & 23 and promises to be an absolutely unforgettable experience for musicians, artists and music lovers of all ages.

The renowned New York Guitar Show & Exposition, now in its sixth year, transforms the Freeport Recreation Center Saturday and Sunday into an endless smorgasbord of guitars of all shapes and sizes, amplifiers, workshops, related sound gear and equipment, and more. It’s also a multimedia networking celebration unrivaled in the region, melding together an eclectic mix of music industry movers and shakers, so-called “gear heads,” musicians, collectors, fans and consumers.

The expo features 10,000 square feet of showcase space and an endless amount of guitar and music-related activities. Sponsors include Taylor Guitars, Homestead Amps, D’Addario & Co., Premier Guitar, and Gbase.com. More than 50 exhibitors from across the region and country will be on hand, ranging from the aforementioned to such guitar and music shops and guitar effects-related gurus as Agape Guitars, Dimo Guitars and Electro-Harmonix to Guitar Center, Michael’s Music and Roland Corp. “The Gibson Bus” will also be rolling into Freeport, with a ton of amazing Gibson guitars, gear and workshops for attendees to check out and participate in.

The renowned Las Paul Exhibit is also back this year, featuring the guitar legend’s own personal guitars and giving attendees the opportunity to plug in and play—along with his amps, gizmos, gadgets and other inventions!

There will be a “Private Amp Room” featuring sole sponsor of the expo’s amp room this year, Homestead Amps, with plenty of models for attendees to drool over and jam out on.

Taylor Guitars will also be at this extraordinary six-string smorgasbord, giving away a guitar both days of the show, including a GS Mini Bass!

Afterwards, attendees, as well as members of the public, will have the chance to rock out at an absolutely insane post-expo open mic and jam on Saturday, April 22 at EB Elliot’s in Freeport. (Contact 516-435-8382 for more information and to join in on making some noise.) This hands-on spectacular will be led by the Rich Johnson Band, with Long Island blues and guitar legend Jim Moran, Grammy Award-winning drummer Rick Shutter, and bassist Pete Puelo. The jam kicks off around 7 p.m., and rocks till about 10:30 p.m. It’s a chance for exhibitors—many of whom world-class players themselves—to unwind and let loose after a full day in their respective booths.

The Sixth Annual New York Guitar Expo rocks the Freeport Recreation Center, located at 130 East Merrick Road, in Freeport, NY on April 22 & 23. For more information, call 516-435-8382, visit nyguitarexpo.com or contact: Rich@nyguitarexpo.com.