Jesse Malin on “Burning the Bowery” and East Village Nightlife [Video]

Posted on: April 13th, 2010 at 6:12 am by

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In the current issue of Billboard Magazine, Jesse Malin, musician and downtown scenester, discusses his nightlife empire in the East Village and his new solo album with the Saint Marks Social. Love it to Life was produced by Ryan Adams and will drop April 27 via Sideonedummy Records.

Per Billboard:

Sitting at a table in his newest restaurant, a dimly lit East Village joint called Black Market, Jesse Malin is attempting to outline his musical history

Malin kept busy DJ’ing at weddings, doing spoken-word performances, working on a documentary about Bad Brains and tending to his small nightlife empire. “I opened Niagara 12 years ago because I wanted a place to drink for free,” he jokes. “I wanted it to be a corner bar that really treated bands well and was a place for touring acts to go.” He also had a club, Coney Island High, that closed in the early part of the decade, the result of an anti-dancing ordinance passed by then-Mayor Rudy Giuliani. More recently, he’s opened another bar, Bowery Electric, and a speakeasy, Cabin Down Below [the staircase of which has irked building residents in the past].

The article champions lead-off single, “Burning the Bowery,” which we feel is strikingly similar to “Bastards of Young” by The Replacements…

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Here is the band performing at Bowery Electric:

The song is available for purchase on iTunes.

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