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We’re pretty sure “XO,” Beyoncé’s love letter from Coney Island, is going to cause a spike in Coney tourism next season. The full-length version of the new music video shot here in August is now up on her Vevo amid rumors it will be released as a single. According to Billboard, the new self-titled album has become the fastest-selling album ever worldwide in the iTunes Store.

In the Terry Richardson-directed vid, Queen Bey and her crew have a blast riding the landmark Cyclone and Wonder Wheel and the old-school Eldorado “Bump Your Ass off” Bumper Cars. They dance on the Eldorado’s Skee-Ball lanes too! There are gorgeous aerial shots of the parks and beach, and the lights of the Parachute Jump. Amid scenes of Beyoncé being swarmed by fans, you’ll catch a glimpse of Boardwalk legend Tony Disco, 79, as well as a little boy boogying on the Bowery. A week after the shoot, the crew went back to capture the famous “25¢ to Fall in LOVE” dancing doll “Miss Coney Island” (seen at 2:20).

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Beyoncé and XO video director Terry Richardson riding Spook-A-Rama, Coney Island. August 29, 2013. Photo via beyonce-legion.com

When Beyoncé’s album surprise-debuted on Friday with a 30-second preview of the video, some tweeters said Coney looked huge and extravagant and nothing like it does in real life. One called it “the Beyoncé effect.” For those of us who have sand in our shoes, Coney Island is larger than life and extremely fun. This special place is also forever photogenic and a magnet for videographers. Beyoncé’s “XO” is arguably the first music video that shows both the new and the old Coney Island. Some of our fave vids of the past portray a gritty and deserted Coney Island during the off-season like The Heavy’s dark and seedy “Sixteen,” shot in late 2008 or 2009.

Here’s what some twitterers had to say about “XO” and “the Beyoncé effect” in Coney Island. What do you think?

https://twitter.com/S_Evangelina/status/411966459028324353

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August 30, 2013: Beyoncé Shoots New Music Video in Coney Island

July 28, 2013: Video of the Day: Twistin Gorilla with the Pontani Sisters

January 30, 2011: Music Video: The Clash Overpowered by Funk in Coney Island

January 8, 2011: Music Video: Strange Powers by the Magnetic Fields

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The news that Nashville-based string band Old Crow Medicine Show is coming to Brooklyn’s Barclays Center on March 7 reminded us how much we like their carnival-themed music vid for “Wagon Wheel.” Played more than 20 million times on YouTube since its debut in 2006, the video has the band on the bally stage of an old-timey carny girl show, with the girls shimmying up to the musicians as the ticket-seller counts his cash and the Rock-O-Plane whirls on the midway. It was shot in Smyrna, Tennessee, next to Snyder & Metts Amusements, which was owned by Hill Snyder and is now part of carnival history, says a poster on Matt’s Carnival Warehouse.

The band members have roots in Virginia and upstate New York, where fiddle player and vocalist Ketch Secor wrote “Wagon Wheel” as a teen. The song took its inspiration from bootleg tapes of Bob Dylan’s “Rock Me Mama” to which Secor added lyrics about hitchhiking to North Carolina.

According to music writer Peter Cooper, when Secor sought to copyright the song with Dylan for use on an album, he learned that Dylan credited the “Rock me, mama” chorus to bluesman Arthur “Big Boy” Crudup, and Crudup probably borrowed his idea from an early 20th century recording by Big Bill Broonzy. “That song drags a heavy chain,” Secor told Cooper. “In a way, it’s taken something like 85 years to get completed.” Released in 2004, the song went platinum this year and the band was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry.

Tickets for the March 7, 2014 concert at Barclays go on sale Friday, October 18, with pre-sale to fans via OCMS’s website now available. The band’s 2014 tour dates in support of the Avett Brothers also include Boston, Pittsburgh and Fairfax, VA. On December 30 and New Year’s Eve, OCMS will play Nashville’s legendary Ryman Auditorium.

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June 10, 2012: Music Video: Sixteen by The Heavy

January 13, 2012: Music Video: Alan Jackson’s So You Don’t Have to Love Me Anymore

January 8, 2011: Music Video: Strange Powers by the Magnetic Fields

December 7, 2010: New Music Video: Little Silver’s Where We Met

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Let’s twist again like we did in 2006 with the Pontani Sisters–Angie, Helen and Tara! This fun video with music by Los Straitjackets publicized their Twist Party CD/DVD featuring tunes like “The Mad Scientwist” and “Peppermint Twist” and dance instructions by the go-go-booted Pontanis. The vid was shot on Coney Island Beach and in Astroland, where the sisters and the “Twistin Gorilla” go for a spin on Dante’s Inferno, the Bumper Cars and the Astrotower. Sideshow luminaries Todd Robbins and Dick Zigun play cameo roles.

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September 13, 2012: Video: Coney Island Dancing 2012 by Jim McDonnell

January 30, 2011: Music Video: The Clash Overpowered by Funk in Coney Island

December 16, 2010: Blast from the Past: LFO’s Summer Girls Music Video

November 30, 2010: Video: The Wanted’s Lose My Mind at Coney Island’s Wonder Wheel Park

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The music video for this exquisitely elegiac song by Josh Joplin was filmed in 2002, but we just now discovered it on the singer-songwriter’s YouTube channel. In addition to the landmark “Wonder Wheel” that is the song’s namesake and anchor, you’ll catch glimpses of the long vanished Zipper and Astroland and the recently demolished Playland Arcade and Astrotower. The poetic lyrics perfectly capture the mood of something irrecoverably gone. “I’m not sure exactly how I feel,” muses Joplin in this single from the album The Future That Was.

“My friends Ben Niles and Geoffrey O’Brien made this beautiful video for my song Wonder Wheel,” Joplin wrote in 2010. “Coney Island is going to change very soon as developers have bought it up and plan on demolishing much of what gives this magical place its soul. I’m so happy to have footage of it as it was when I first came there as a 13 year old kid.”

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June 10, 2012: Music Video: Sixteen by The Heavy

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January 8, 2011: Music Video: Strange Powers by the Magnetic Fields

April 17, 2010: Our Fave Coney Island Song: Joe McGinty’s Million Dollar Mermaid

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This video of singer-songwriter Antje Duvekot’s “Coney Island” wasn’t shot on Coney’s beach but the dark beauty of the lyrics and the old footage pulled us in:

well the Empire State is gleaming
and it’s a perfect Friday night
hold me down
’cause I am feeling high as a kite
’cause I’m not living for the landing
tonight I’m living for the flight
don’t wanna capture the moment
i just wanna let it go by

’cause in a world so full of troubles
i think we’ve seen enough
and they’ll still be here tomorrow
when the sun comes up

The song is from “The Near Demise of the High Wire Dancer,” voted top album of 2009 by Boston folk station WUMB. Duvekot, a native of Germany, lived in Delaware, New York City and Vermont before becoming popular on Boston’s folk scene. “Her rise to prominence can be attributed to a paper plane voice fluttering through breezes with a reedy Irish lilt and keen lyrical sense of dignity and destruction,” says the Boston Globe in a review of her new album “New Siberia.”

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December 26, 2012: Music Video: Jamaica and the Wishing Shrine by Agent Ribbons

October 9, 2011: Coney Island Winter: Garland Jeffreys Live on Letterman

December 7, 2010: New Music Video: Little Silver’s Where We Met

April 17, 2010: Our Fave Coney Island Song: Joe McGinty’s Million Dollar Mermaid

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Temps in the mid-50s in January coupled with the news that 2012 was the hottest ever in the US has put us in the mood for a little summertime music. “In Summertime Down by the Sea” was sung by the successful early recording artist Dan W. Quinn in 1904, when Dreamland was brand-new and Luna Park was just one year old. “The splendid new summer song. Don’t fail to get it for your act,” said an ad in The New York Dramatic Mirror.

In summertime down by the sea
The only real place boys for me
Take a ride on a trolley get there before dark
Take your sweetheart to Dreamland or to Luna Park
In summertime down by the sea
The place where we all like to be…

The Columbia black wax cylinder record is played on a 1901 Columbia Model AB Graphophone. Both are from the collection of Victrolaman, whose 1920s recording of the Mills Brothers “Coney Island Washboard Roundelay” was previously featured on ATZ. Victrolaman’s YouTube channel features recorded sound from the 1890s up to the mid-1930s played on the original gramophones & phonographs of that era.

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In Summertime Down by the Sea. The Lester S. Levy Collection of Sheet Music, Special Collections at the Milton S. Eisenhower Library of The Johns Hopkins University

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December 8, 2012: Sunday Matinee: Princess Rajah’s Chair Dance (1904)

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This music video for “Jamaica and the Wishing Shrine” from the Let Them Talk EP by Agent Ribbons was shot in Coney Island a few days before Hurricane Sandy. The Austin-based band, who describe themselves as sounding something like Girls in the Garage doing the Three Penny Opera, cavort on the abandoned MegaWhirl and trace their song’s title in the sand on Coney’s fabled shore. It’s a lyrical little gem: “I haven’t seen you since December. It was a long long drive…”

“The idea behind the video was to have sort of a wistful, nostalgic vibe, fitting the song about visiting an old friend,” film-maker Jason Hood of All New York’s a Venue, told ATZ. “Coney Island in the off season turned out to be the perfect place, and shooting it on Super 8 film gave the impression of an older version of New York.”

All New York’s a Venue is a web series featuring bands playing in special places around New York City. Hood did a similar series in Austin before moving to Greenpoint, Brooklyn, and frequently works with bands with Texas roots. “Probably my favorite episode and location I’ve filmed was a moving Rockaway-bound A train, which happened to also feature Agent Ribbons,” says Hood. He’s also shot episodes at Central Park, the High Line, Shea Stadium, in a Bushwick basement, along the East River, and on rooftops in Red Hook.

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