Practically Everyone Who Works at Beacon's Closet Is In a Band

It’s not surprising that fashion-minded job seekers would want to work at Beacon’s Closet, the pricey yet popular second-hand clothing store on North 11th St. featured in the WSJ yesterday.

Employees spend their breaks trying on clothes and getting first pick at the fresh crop of daily imports. Almost everyone who works there is in a band (one manager estimated 70-80%), and managers seem to be sympathetic to the demands of the touring lifestyle.

Still, it’s not easy for managers to recruit and keep people around.

Due to the neighborhood’s talent pool, Ms. Wheeler, who runs the store operation while Ms. Peterson keeps the books, said the challenges of attracting and keeping gifted employees, and especially scheduling work shifts, are somewhat different than they would be at, say, Saks or Bloomingdale’s. Many of her workers’ first commitments are to their musical careers, with retail coming in a distant second.

To land the coveted job one must go through what amounts to an audition, picking through a bag of used clothes and identifying items the store might want to purchase. That process is called a “buy,” and it’s the bread and butter of the entire operation.


Pool Party Highlight: Xiu Xiu and Deerhoof Play "She's Lost Control"

We’re still not sure why singer Jamie Stewart was folding his left wrist like that for the entire set, but Xiu Xiu and Deerhoof’s full rendition of Joy Division’s Unknown Pleasures was a pretty great way to start this summer’s Pool Parties. “She’s Lost Control” was the highlight (thanks for the video unartig) to a fun day in the sun. We were happy to see that Roberta’s and the Meat Hook were added as vendors. And left utterly perplexed by the fact that people seemed to enjoy the band Why? Why indeed! We’re already looking forward to next week’s lineup.

[PIC] Meeting Sen. Chuck Schumer at the Pool Party

Senator Charles Schumer stopped by Sunday’s Pool Party to say, “You’re welcome.” Here’s a photo, via Eric Rex on Flickr, which we’re posting the same day the Senator announced a war on Zombie Sparks (and all booze-filled energy drinks). If this was MySpace, I’d be feeling “conflicted” on my profile.

Complaint Box: "Williamsburg cops are too local!"

A reader writes:

I live on union near the St. Carmel festival. People are parking in front of hydrants, on the sidewalk and in no standing zones. I confronted cops on the street as well as cops in cars from the 94th. I was told by both that because it was a church function they turned a blind eye. How fair is this? When I brought up separation of church and state and reminded them who they worked for I was told my priorities were off. Williamsburg cops are too local! My cat [sic, lol] was towed on Saturday on union because of the farmers market.. It was my fault entirely and I paid my dues. What about everyone else?

Sent from my iPhone

I gotta agree with the cops here, bro. The St. Carmel festival has been going on here in Brooklyn for over 100 years. 123 years to be exact. You can put up with a few misparked cars. To bring up separation of church and state is a tad sillypants. To angrily bang that out on your iPhone is even sillier! The amendment was initially created to keep the government from imposing religion on the populace, and to keep congress from creating any laws requiring one. It wasn’t created to force the NYPD to ticket cars parking illegally during a church festival.

And sorry about your cat being towed but you really gotta keep them indoors. They hate big crowds.

[VIDEO] Fang Island @ East River State Park – "Illinois"

Fang Island rocking “Illinois” at Sunday’s pool party:

F yea, summer.

Lau Nau + Kuupuu at Issue Project Room

This may be a little late for some of you, but the best acts to come out of the Finnish Freak Folk scene are here at Issue Project Room. May I introduce you Lau Nau and Kuupuu? Bringing together signature exploration with space, noise and technology, Laura Naukerinen and Jonna Karanka produce music that will drift in and out of your consciousness.

New Panda Bear 'Tomboy' Tracks Released

2 tracks from Panda Bear AKA Noah Lennox’s new album ‘Tomboy’ have been released by Stereogum. Could this be the album to save indie music in 2k10 as some claim?

He plays 9/11/10 on the Beach @ Governor’s Island for $30, but hopefully a few more shows pop up after Tomboy’s release.

On another note, here’s a music video I just finished for PB-inspired artist Navajo Bixby that has gotten some blog love this week. Sorry for the shameless self-promotion, just thought I’d share.

Phosphorescent Quotes Double Rainbow Guy in Thank You Letter to Fans

The best part of Phosphorescent’s “thank you” letter to fans following the past week’s nightmare scenario is its closure:

Or to quote that awesome guy

from the mountains on the internet [ed: this guy];

Double rainbow!

All the way across the sky

It’s a Double.






Read the full thing below the jump. Looks like the tour’s back on, minus Toronto & Buffalo.

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