Photo, video and words by G.
If you aren’t already familiar with the 4 piece band Mainland, here’s a quick primer: Jordan Topf, Corey Mullee, Alex Pitta and Dylan Longstreet have been making a splash on the New York rock scene, releasing two well received EPs, before taking a little break from touring to get signed to a major label and record their first full length album (in Los Angeles). To celebrate the release of their upcoming single, which I am told will be out in about two weeks, Mainland played an intimate set at a pop-up space located in the historic Chelsea Hotel. The scene looked like something out of an Andy Warhol film as the space was half art gallery, half living room and a whole lot of fun. Their 45 minute set included a rockin’ cover of Velvet Underground’s “I Found a Reason,” and the video which you are about to see, the infectious party rock anthem “Leave The Lights On.” Discover all you need to know about Mainland on their official site (link will open in a new window).
Now get ready to party… just by pressing play.
Photos by G.
Hotel Chelsea on 23rd Street in New York.
I’ve been to the Chelsea Hotel in New York many times. There used to be a really fun club in the basement on Friday nights, I’ve had friends stay there and I’ve even done a photo shoot there. I’ve heard so many stories about the incredible things that have taken place at the legendary hotel in New York. To name a few things – Nancy Spungen was murdered in Room 100 (whether or not Sid Vicious of the Sex Pistols killed her is a debate that will probably rage on forever); Arthur C. Clarke wrote 2001 – A Space Odyssey here, Janis Joplin allegedly gave Leonard Cohen head and was immortalized in a song (Chelsea Hotel #2 by Leonard Cohen) here and countless artists and rockers have stayed at the hotel from Jimi Hendrix to Edith Piaf to Bob Dylan and Dylan Thomas to the Happy Famous Artists. You can read all kinds of great information about the hotel and legends of the hotel here. Last night was my first occasion to spend the night at the Chelsea Hotel and what an experience it was!
You definitely have to take a trip to the 10th floor and walk down the staircase to the first floor. Artists that have stayed at the hotel have left behind paintings they’ve made in this building and the hotel has put them up on the walls. To view the Chelsea Hotel art gallery, you have to be a guest, so definitely check in for at least one night for this experience.
Fire Extinguisher that the Happy Famous Artists have visited.
The fire extinguisher pictured above was visited by and possibly used by the Happy Famous Artists as they left behind stickers to commemorate their visit. I know they are big fans of this blog, so perhaps they can share the story of the night they used this fire extinguisher!
Ghosts in the Chelsea Hotel?
As we walked from floor to floor, we were especially drawn in by the cold draft on the 5th floor and walking around that particular floor gave me the creeps in a way that I can’t really describe other than to say if the twin girls from the movie “The Shining” would have walked down the hall, it wouldn’t have shocked me one bit. We also walked by Room 100 and to our surprise the door was open and people were living in there. I did not ask for a private tour, but I did get to sneak a quick peek inside the room and I am happy to report, I didn’t see any heroin usage or blood as I scanned the room. I cannot promise you’ll see ghosts or have crazy dreams or even get the inspiration to create your masterpiece from staying at the Chelsea Hotel, but if you want to connect yourself to some legends in the 6 degrees of separation game, staying at this hotel is a must!