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Chris Cain of We Are Scientists breaks down Brooklyn's best and more


Coney Island. Nathan’s Famous. The Dodgers.

Through the years, Brooklyn, N.Y., has been the home to some pretty notable things. Chris Cain, one half of the Brooklyn-based rock duo We Are Scientists, recently took time from his band’s tour supporting Brain Thrust Mastery (Virgin/Astralwerks) to talk about his beloved borough.

Best Brooklyn bar: “The Levee, in Williamsburg, has [the] Big Buck Hunter Pro, a pool table and good drink specials — although stay away from the Gatorade margarita: Noble experiments do sometimes fail. There are hotdogs, too, and free licorice.”

Best Brooklyn neighborhood: “Park Slope. Everyone likes Park Slope, is the thing. People can get into whiny, self-promoting debates about most neighborhoods in Brooklyn, but people agree: Park Slope is fun and exciting. Babies like it, children like it, teenagers like it, [college students] like it, hipsters like it, young grown-ups like it, hardened professionals like it, retirees go in for it, and it’s a decent place to get buried.”

Best Brooklyn pizza: “Ana Maria in Williamsburg or Pizza Den in Bensonhurst.”
Brooklyn musician you’re mostly likely to bump into on the street: “Most people have the sense that they’re being followed by Annie Marvin of Au Revoir Simone.”

Next Brooklyn band/musician likely to break big: “Well, they had five minutes of deserved fame a couple of years back, but Ambulance Ltd broke up and have been gone a long time. They’re back now, though, and I think the era of Ambulance is about to begin.”

— Introduction and interview by Chris M. Junior

We Are Scientists on tour (schedule subject to change):

* Aug. 5: The Music Mill – Indianapolis
* Aug. 6: High Noon Saloon – Madison, Wis.
* Aug. 7: Varsity Theater – Minneapolis
* Aug. 8: The Abbey – Chicago
* Aug. 9: Grog Shop – Cleveland
* Aug. 10: Southgate House – Newport, Ky.
* Aug. 11: Diesel — Pittsburgh