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Cycling flutist names her band ‘Bike Lane’

The Brooklyn Paper

Meet the first woodwind quartet made from political undertones: Bike Lane, a chamber group named after the ongoing debate between bikers and their mobile nemeses.

Leah Paul — formerly of the flute-rock band, The Bridesmaids (that’s right, flute rock) — started the side project with her own compositions, and gave a killer kick-off show at Barbès in Park Slope earlier this fall.

She’s a virtuoso of a flautist, and she’s an even more avid biker — she’s a scholar in the bike issues covered in this paper.

“Biking is one of the things I love most about Brooklyn — I ride the new Prospect Park West bike lane every day,” Paul said. “In fact, I was stopped by reporters once because I was wearing a short dress while biking, during that whole Hasidic debate over scantily clad women.”

Beyond its zeitgeist-seizing band name, Bike Lane does not make overt support for cycle paths a part of its compositions (it would be hard to do a symphony piece on the city’s abrupt removal of the Bedford Avenue bike lane, for example). Instead, the four-piece group — including a violin, clarinet, bassoon, and Paul on the flute — serenades its audience with deep classical arias that show off Paul’s expertise in harmony and phrasing.

Whatever the band’s rhyme or reason, the fans dig it.

“[The Barbes show] was a rare treat,” said Andy Haynes. “Most of the time, you’ve got some crappy singer/songwriter at these small venues. The chamber music was refreshing.”

This Bike Lane is so good that even Borough President Markowitz won’t be able to oppose it.

Bike Lane at Temple Beth Emeth [83 Marlborough Rd. at Church Avenue in Flatbush, (718) 282-1596]. Feb. 13, 7-10 pm. Free. Check bikelane.bandcamp.com for updates.

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Enough from extinction says:
Get lost you hipster scum ——ers. Take your "culture" and die. We know your fake so —— off already.
Dec. 20, 2010, 1:59 pm
Reno from fort greene says:
Wow. Real creative, Hipster ——. Why not name your ——ty band "Williamsburg", "art" or "organic". I'm tired of these self-absorbed, uncreative ——s.
Dec. 20, 2010, 6:55 pm
OR from Yellow Hook says:
Any hands available to steer? Any for the brakes?
Dec. 20, 2010, 11:03 pm
RichieRich from Kensington says:
I wish she was like the real pied piper and all the hipster rats would follow her back to buffalo or maybe into oncoming traffic. Maybe she'll crash into some fat scragley bearded hipster playing a tuba while riding his 50 year old Pee-Wee herman bike in his flip flops!
Your music sucks and your 15 roomates think you've gone too mainstream since you've made the Brooklyn Paper so why don't you save your parents 2-3 years of rent money and just go back to buffalo before someone in your supposedly cool neighborhood kills you for your IPad!
Dec. 21, 2010, 3:53 am
joe from midwood says:
and all along i thought this site was a pro hipster site lol. good to know its not
Dec. 21, 2010, 3:55 am
Mike from GP says:
You haters are pretty sad.
Dec. 21, 2010, 8:16 am
WW from Bay Ridge says:
Ma!
Look at me!
Look at me!
Look at ME!

(crash)
Dec. 21, 2010, 8:29 am
common sense from bay ridge says:
At least she's cute. She can stay.
Dec. 21, 2010, 1:47 pm
John from Fort Greene says:
Why do these overprivileged, hipster, NON-NEW YORKERS always get press for their frivolous contributions to OUR CITY? Please, please go back to wherever you came from and take your soulless friends, and your single-gear bicycles, and your bad fashion, and your whinny music, and organic coffee shops, and big beards, and your black-rimmed glasses, and your bullsh-t restaurants, and your ugly condos, and your lack of respect for real working class New Yorkers with you. These people (yes, THESE people) are inaccurately and selfishly redefining our great borough.
Dec. 21, 2010, 2:17 pm
Mike from GP says:
John, WW, joe and all the jealous, grumpy men -- listen, some hipsters are certainly annoying, but you guys are way off the mark here.

Just because this talented woman plays the flute and rides a bike, she deserves derision? Why are you so angry and sad?
Dec. 21, 2010, 7:56 pm
BazookaJoe from Park Slope says:
@mike. Ummmm,yeah! She deserves it!!
Dec. 22, 2010, 2:21 am
BazookaJoe from Park Slope says:
Hope her flute falls and gets caught in her spokes!
Maybe the nurses at Methodist will wash her hair with something besides baby oil when she stops in for her stitches? De- lousing specials on Tuesday's!!
Dec. 22, 2010, 2:25 am
BazookaJoe from Park Slope says:
Hope her flute falls and gets caught in her spokes!
Maybe the nurses at Methodist will wash her hair with something besides baby oil when she stops in for her stitches? De- lousing specials on Tuesday's!!
Dec. 22, 2010, 2:25 am
Mike from GP says:
Ah, I get it. It's about the PPW bike lane. So predictable, so pathetic.
Dec. 22, 2010, 7:47 am
JP from Bay Ridge says:
Hey Mike "from" GP, you're obviously part of the problem. This city is has lost has its soul because of these people.
Dec. 22, 2010, 11:19 am
Bazooka Joe says:
The GP must be short for Great Plains.
It's about hipster douches that insist on slowing down all traffic in the super cool city that they came here to be part of and can't seem to stop trying to "fix"! Believ me if they could afford a car, they would have one and use it as much as their neighbors that have been here all their lives!~
I think its because they've never been allowed out without a helmet on growing up so they use the bikes as a cover! Rode a bike in this city for over 30 years never needed a helmet or a bike lane!
Dec. 22, 2010, 12:02 pm
Will X from ORIGINAL BUSHWICK says:
Mike from GP:

How can you or anyone defend these bloodsuckers of our city?
Dec. 22, 2010, 2:25 pm
joe says:
Whats up Gp. you got to chill out man!
Dec. 22, 2010, 8:17 pm
Jay from PSLOPE says:
This woman is breaking the law she is operating a bike without a reflector or without a bell or a light all of which are required on a bike operated within NYC, she should be ticked, not given a photo op.
Dec. 23, 2010, 2:29 pm
Or from Yellow Hook says:
Ow! I fell off my bike and tore my nose ring out, and now I have a bruise on my Che tattoo!
Dec. 24, 2010, 8:49 am
Betty says:
Wow, you all have nothing better to do than make nasty comments about some person you don't know.
Dec. 24, 2010, 9:25 am
Suzanne from Real Williamsburg says:
Hey Betty...NOPE!!
Great Christmas story Yellow Hook, by any chance was said person struck and/or crushed by a double decker tour bus immedietly after? (Talk about a book ya can't put down!!)
Dec. 24, 2010, 11:06 am
Suzanne from Real Williamsburg says:
Hipsters, Can't live with em, can't kill em! (Yet!)
Well, legally anyway!
Dare to dream!!!!
Dec. 24, 2010, 11:12 am

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