American Apparel Has a "New Standard" of Fashion and Shady Photography-Based Hiring Practices

Gawker’s Hamilton Nolan has been looking into the hiring practices of American Apparel these last couple days that find, of course, they discriminate worse than your high school’s cheerleading squad. Every new employee prospect is photographed from top down and sent up the chain of command.

Also, from a leaked document sent to Gawker, let’s get to know American Apparel’s “New Standard” of fashion.

The “New Standard” is described in a company document as “Classy-Vintage-Chique-Late 80’s-Early 90’s-Ralph Lauren-Vogue-Nautical-High end brand.” What the hell is that? Well I’ll tell you for shoes it most certainly isn’t Uggs, winter boots, flip-flops, gladiators, converses, vans, keds, moccasins, or fucking Dock Martins. It is vintage shoes, heels, booties, boat shoes, sperry’s, and white Keds, “as long as they’re impeccably clean.” Keep your dirty-ass Keds off of AA’s property!

Anybody work at the AA on North 6th? We’ve heard some shady things over there from years past, would love to update our mental catalogue.

From the Front Lines: Loreley Restaurant Williamsburg on Opening Night

Claiborne McDonald, a reader who contributed a review of the Delorean show earlier this week, writes in with a report from the scene at the new Biergarten last night.

On a block otherwise known for… well, nothing; an addition to the family of the Lower East Side biergarten “Loreley” (pronounced Lorelai, named for a Siren of German myth who led boats to crash on the banks of the Rhine) has finally hit the ‘burg, and surprise!: they haven’t changed their prices. Fenced in by a beautiful brick wall (resembling the Storefront for Architecture sculpture on Allen street) Loreley boasts an authentic German beer-garden feeling, replete with a good selection of brews and Essen to match. But at $7 for my Hefe Weiss, the patrons around me agreed– a good happy hour would do the place well. Nonetheless, if you want your German fix and have the cash to spend, this isn’t the worst spot to cool off in this summer (under the shadow of the BQE).

Thanks Claiborne! To the rest of you: if you find yourselves at the front lines of an event, opening, or show, and want to send in a review…do it! You can always find us at [email protected]

Sali: "Toldya" (Featuring M.I.A.)

Here’s a great new track from Sali featuring a sample from M.I.A. Speaking of M.I.A., Christ was that Times profile brutal. If you’re one of the few people on the planet who missed it (and the shitstorm that followed) it’s definitely worth checking out.

MP3:

Sali – “Toldya” (Featuring M.I.A.)

Tonight: First Annual Brokelyn Charity Ball

Brokelyn’s throwing a birthday party for themselves tonight at Night Owl (160 N. 4th St) featuring a major raffle. You can win prizes like $100 at Five Leaves restaurant, $75 at the Meat Hook, $50 at Red Hook Lobster Pound, free class at 3rd Ward, or some arial silk trapeze lessons for two from House of Yes. It starts at 7pm, goes to 11pm, with the raffle kicking off at 8:30. Get details and register for your free tickets on Eventbrite.

Ticket Giveaway: Yeasayer DJ Set at AMNH

We’ve giving away a pair of tickets for the FADER/One Step Beyond party this Friday, June 11, featuring Yeasayer. To enter to win, simply head over to our Facebook page, “like it,” and leave a comment with your favorite Yeasayer song.

This is the world’s way of making it up to all you people who missed the boat to last Saturday’s Governors Island show.

We’ll announce the winner tonight around 7pm. Tickets are for sale for $25 on the museum’s website.

Ticket Giveaway: The Phenomenal Handclap Band, These Are Powers and The Stallions at Music Hall

This Saturday night, The Phenomenal Handclap Band is kicking off their North American tour with a show at Music Hall. With an orchestral approach to electro and disco music, The Phenomenal Handclap Band is a suiting groovy soundtrack for your Saturday night– as if the name alone wasn’t…?

With that said, the very attractive eight-piece is sharing a pair of tickets with a lucky Free Williamsburg reader. If you want to enter the drawing, re-Tweet the following to Free Williamsburg:

I love @freedubya and free Handclap tix!

The ticket winner will be notified on Friday at noon. For those of you who don’t win, sorry… You can buy tickets here for the Music Hall’s Saturday show for $15 here.

Ticket Giveaway: Robbers on High Street, The Bloodsugars, Israel Darling at Knitting Factory

Saturday night Engine Room Recordings is celebrating the release of Robbers on High Street‘s 7″ vinyl single “Electric Eye.” Marking a definitive move for the band’s sound, Electric Eye showcases Robbers’ newfound English rock sound.

As a part of the celebration, Engine Room is giving away a pair of tickets to Saturday’s Knitting Factory show with Robbers on High Street, The Bloodsugars, and Israel Darling. To sweeten the deal, Engine Room is throwing in a copy of the 7″ for you too! Enter the drawing by Tweeting the following at Free Williamsburg:

@freedubya I’ll steal those Robbers’ tix if I don’t win!

The winner will be Tweeted back at Friday at noon! If you don’t hear back from Freedubya, you can still snag tickets to Saturday’s Knitting Factory show for $8 here. And if you miss out on the show this Saturday, you can download the Electric Eye 7″ digitally on June 22nd.

PICS: School of Seven Bells and Maus Haus at Mercury Lounge

Last night School of Seven Bells played their first of two shows at Mercury Lounge with openers Maus Haus.

Named for after a pickpocketing “school” in South America (and a scene in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2: The Secret of the Ooze) that tests students by stealing from mannequins decorated with bells, SVIIB takes a new approach to dream pop and shoe gaze. Comprised of Secret Machines’ Benjamin Curtis and On!Air!Library!’s twin sisters Alejandra and Claudia Deheza, School of Seven Bells writes thoughtfully crafted and arranged electronic songs with tribal touches.

Even though there was a deterring rain, SVIIB packed in a sold out Mercury Lounge. Despite a slow start due to a funky keyboard sound check, SVIIB was welcomed with applause and Alejandra seemed eager to move on with the show. Guitarist Benjamin Curtis swayed and kicked in a little peddle fortress while Alejandra and Claudia remained the constant vocals. With barely any mid-show banter, SVIIB move quickly through their set from one eerie rock song to the next.

School of Seven Bells will be playing a second show at Mercury Lounge tonight with Arp Line and Warm Ghost. Tickets are available here for $12. SVIIB is also releasing a new album Disconnect from Desire on July 13th.