City Pulse

By P.J. Gach

So how was your weekend? Mine; well let’s say I feel like I moved into the Mercury Lounge – I was there Saturday and Sunday night checking out bands.

Friday night, I and quite a few other souls braved the rain and wind to celebrate our esteemed Editor in Chief/publisher’s birthday. Miss Kimberly, of the movie star hair was turning 16 (I think) and we all gathered at this great dog friendly bar on the Upper East Side. It’s Bailey’s Pub on the corner of 85th and York, and any pooch is a welcome addition to the bar.

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We had a blast. People were dancing, eating and laughing. The dogs overdosed on cheese. I had the hardest time debating which pooch I would try to make off with, all three were sweet natured, cute and two of the three pooches would have easily fit in my bag. At one point I looked over at a table and there were three people having a conversation, the fourth person in the party, was a dog, sitting quietly in a chair, looking at everyone and smiling.

Saturday day I found the Nine West Outlet at 282 Nicholas Avenue (by 125th Street) and they were having more than one sale going on. There was the buy one pair of shoes, get the second pair 50% off sale; the 30% off boot sale, the back wall 50% off lowest price sale; and an outerwear sale. They’re open Monday through Saturday, 10 AM – 7 PM and Sunday 11AM – 6 PM. Call 212-665-1022 for directions.

I found another dangerous place to shop, Price Mart at 210 West 125th Street. They’re a closeout shop; wander through the racks and you’ll never know what you’ll find – gasoline jeans for under $12.00, sexy tops from Express for $8.00 and shoes! They’ve got great copies of high end shoes for sickeningly cheap prices. I walked out with two pair of shoes, one cute pair of round toe flats in the hot Japanese style and a pair of black stilettos for $7.98. Both pairs of shoes were $3.99 each. And the way I change clothes, I can go funky to posh in a flash now.

Saturday night I grabbed a friend and went to see Your Code Name is Milo. I love the name of the band; it’s funky and subversive. The sound is very hardcore, sorta like early Metallica meets Suicidal Tendencies. Loud, and I couldn’t find a melodic line anywhere. It was the same three chords played at 11 on every tune. I like some hardcore, I love aggro; this just didn’t do much for me. They sounded as flat as my chest, and by flat, I mean no depth in any of the tunes I heard

Sunday night, I caught the end of Exit Clov, an Indie five piece from DC. The band is fronted by Emily and Susan Hsu, twins whose vocal harmonies are ethereal swoops of unified sound. You haven’t seen anything like it when they twins pull out their violins and perform a duet amidst a warm, funky, slightly jazzified and jammy backdrop created by the other members. The music is melodic, dark yet deeply colored power pop with a sharp edge. To learn more about them go to www.exitclov.com.

Next on stage was Mark Mallman. He’s a singer/songwriter out of Minnesota who’ll mesmerize you when he hits the stage. Whether he’s slithering about, climbing on or straddling the piano, you can’t keep your eyes off of him. He combines the energy of a young Roger Daltrey with the vocal pyrotechnics of Meatloaf that’s skewed into his own view of the world. It’s highly melodic, combined with grab you by your throat showmanship and he’s as electric as an eel. He’s frenetic and amazing. Mallman’s brilliant piano playing, strong lyrics and excellent delivery will keep you entranced song after song. Piano rock has never been so alive! Check out www.mallman.com or www.badmanrecordingco.com.

Tomorrow, the 16th is the Sample Sale and Cocktails Party that’s being held at Star Bar, 4 West 22nd Street, between 5th and 6th Avenues. Free admission and you’ll get to buy goodies from Double Happiness Jewelry, Lorelei handbags, Lili low rise panties, Bella Oro Jewelry, Nigel Hamill Knitwear, Sarah Yu Clothing, Julie Brown Clothing, Laura Waldusky Jewels, Rachel Leah Accessories, Lia K Jewelry, Meredith Strauss Clothing, Manadarin Square Accessories, Divine Tribe Leather Goods, Ritual Skincare and may more vendors. It’s on from 5-9 PM.

TRAINS: NR to 23rd St. 6 train to 23rd. More information contact: 917 742 1687 www.cocktailsandsamplesales.com and it’s sponsored by Tarte Cosmetics, Cohoete Rum and Citinaries.

Some really yummy sample sales are happening this Week! And why, not? Today is my birthday and I think a lingerie sale is a better way to kick off a week, don’t you?

La Perla Lingerie, Sleepwear and Swimwear Sale La Perla’s sample sale features its lingerie and sleepwear 50 to 70 percent below retail. Mostly sample sizes will be available–bra sizes 34-38, bathing suits 6-8. Cover-ups start at $50-$75, originally $195-$295; bathing suits are now $65, originally $145-$295; sleepwear is now $50-$95, originally $150-$300. Nov 15-21; Mon-Fri 9am-7pm, Sat 10am-7pm, Sun 11am-7pm
260 5th Ave (Between 28th and 29th Sts)

Anbar Shoes Fall/Winter Clearance Sale Shop more than 12,000 pairs of shoes and boots reduced up to 50 percent. Friends of mine have gone there, and they tell me it’s insane. In a very good way. Shoes are $20-$73, retailing up to $350. Boots are $27-$196, retailing up to $700. Find Blay, Audley, BCBG, Bebe, Nando Muzi, Prevata, Sacha London, Coup d’Etat, Mark Schwartz, D. Pliner, B. Feldman and Nine West. Sizes 5-12 are available, not all sizes in all styles.
Nov 15-27; Mon-Fri 9am-6:20pm, Sat 11am-5:45pm
60 Reade St (Between Broadway and Church St)

Fresh Warehouse Sale It’s a rare warehouse sale; they’re all 50 to 90 percent off retail. Prices start at $2 and go up to $20, so stock up on bath, body, fragrances and makeup favorites,
Nov 18-20; Thu 12pm-6pm, Fri 9am-6pm, Sat 10am-4pm
215 W 40th St, 7th Fl (Between 7th and 8th Aves)
(212) 354-8050

Originally published November 2004
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