Entries tagged with: Urban Outfitters
by Bill Pearis
So that mega Urban Outfitters opened today on North 6th St. in Williamsburg. The five-floor behemoth is called Space Ninetey 8 and contains all the usual UO stuff (clothes, some housewares, books), plus a decent-sized rack of records (Beach House, Janelle Monae, etc all around $20-25), a variety of Crosley turntables, a surf shop, and a pop-up Adidas shop in the basement, complete with working 7" jukebox.
The top floor is the NYC branch of trendy LA restaurant The Gorbals which is run by onetime Top Chef winner Ilan Hall. And after being denied by the community board, The Gorbals looks to be getting its liquor license though delays in that process mean they hope to have booze by May 1. The restaurant will open without it before (it was not open when I was there today).
Basically it's a mall-sized Urban Outfitters. It's right next to American Apparel and you're sure to pass by on your next visit to way to Music Hall of Williamsburg. The next time you need patterened socks, the new Black Keys album, a Joy Division t-shirt and a new shower curtain (and maybe a $15 cocktail), it's all here. On the plus side, Space Ninety 8 does feature a fair ammount of local independent clothing designers.
Williamsburg ain't what it used to be. (This is not news, of course.) A few more pics of Space Ninety 8 for the curious below.
It looks like some people's dreams of being able to shop for vintage leather jackets and throw rugs while soused will probably have to happen somewhere besides the planned new Urban Outfitters in Williamsburg. The chain's liquor license request was denied by the local community board's liquor license committee last night (10/3), reports DNA info:
The chain store, which is proposing a three-story center in a converted North Sixth Street warehouse, was denied its liquor license by the local community board's liquor license committee Thursday night after an hour-long exchange between impassioned Urban Outfitters staff and perturbed local residents.It still comes down to a full board vote next week but they almost always follow committee recommendations. The State Liquor Authority makes the actual decision.
The staff insisted the booze was part of a way to become "an integral part of the community" with a restaurant, pop-up booths and a rooftop space, but the committee didn't buy their pitch.
"I get the kumbaya moment, but why do you have to be blasted to do that?" asked board member Rob Solano. "I go to Ikea and have a sandwich with meatballs, and I don't need a drink. I have no idea where the alcohol fits in." - [DNA Info]
by Bill Pearis
Not so long ago, North 6th Street in Williamsburg was home to a long line of meat processing facilities, Tops grocery store, punk bar Sweetwater, Coyote Recording Studio, and not much else. These days, it's kind of become/becoming the new Meatpacking District, with a glut of foot traffic on Friday and Saturday nights, and bars and clubs opening left and right. (And a few good music venues too.) Retail chains too, with a planned multi-story Urban Outfitters opening at 98 N. 6th, right next to where Coyote used to be. The NY Daily News reports that in addition to fashion and furnishings for young folks, Urban Outfitters wants to sell booze there too:
The chic threads shop is one of a whopping 37 new applicants for a liquor license in North Brooklyn. A total of 106 spirit-slinging establishments were before the community board Monday, most to renew existing permits.Doesn't it risk wine stains from sloppy shoppers?
But the head-turner was Urban Outfitters, which many residents don't even want to open.
"The whole point of bars in this neighborhood is that they are owned by people who live here, they are small local businesses," said Alicia Cantor-Palm, 29. "It doesn't make sense for (Urban Outfitters) to be here anyway."
The store's corporate offices did not respond to repeated requests for comment
Gogol Bordello on 'Fallon'
Gypsy punks Gogol Bordello are releasing their new album, Pura Vida Conspiracy, next week and, as discussed, they'll bring their tour in support of it to NYC for a sold-out show at Music Hall of Williamsburg (7/23) on the day of the album's release. Support at the show comes from A Tribe Called Red, who just produced a new Angel Haze song and were nominated for the Polaris Prize shortlist.
Around that time, they'll also be doing some in-stores in the NYC-area. The first of those happens on Monday (7/22) at one of NJ's greatest record stores, Vintage Vinyl, where we caught Queens of the Stone Age last month. If you pre-order Gogol's new album from Vintage VInyl, you'll get a wristband to gain entry to the performance. They'll also perform in NYC, not a a record store but at the SoHo Urban Outfitters ( on Broadway (7/23), 1 PM) the day of the MHOW show.
In other news, if you haven't heard Pura Vida Conspiracy yet, you can stream it at Pitchfork. And the band just appeared on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon to perform the album's track, "Lost Innocent World." Check out a video of that performance and an updated list of dates, below...
"Black Friday madness isn't just for big box stores: this year overeager Urban Outfitters shoppers wreaked havoc at an "overrated" sale in Santa Monica.Hope you had that much fun on Black Friday too, and by the way, Happy Small Business Saturday!
Shoppers rushing into the store on the Third Street promenade smashed a tall glass door when the store opened around midnight, according to the Los Angeles Times.
The store was briefly shut down while the broken glass was cleaned up. Paramedics responded to the scene where they treated five people for cuts, but no one had to be transported to the hospital." [LAist]
Watch people battle for towels in a Walmart below...
DOWNLOAD: Real Estate - Beach Comber (MP3)
Real Estate @ Brooklyn Bowl in August (more by Oren Loloi)
Real Estate have only been around short time, but it seems like hardly a week goes by without a show from the band or one of its member's solo projects (Ducktails, Predator Vision, etc.). They'll finally get around to releasing their debut LP, a self-titled record, on November 17th on the Woodsist label. The first track from that is posted above and two other "album versions" are up on their Myspace.
Real Estate play a tour send-off/Showpaper benefit on October 14th at Monster Island Basement with Big Troubles and Honeydos. The tour in question is a short jaunt down South, before they return for a slew of CMJ-related shows. The first of those happen October 21st at Pianos and Santos (the later of which is an Oh My Rockness party with The Drums and others). Their other CMJ gigs include an Underwater Peoples showcase at The Delancey, a Death & Taxes show at Glasslands on October 22nd with Japandroids (one of many CMJ gigs for that band) and a Mexican Summer/Kemado Showcase at Music Hall of Williamsburg on October 24th. Joining them at MHOW will be Farmer Dave Scher (his first in NYC since opening for Jenny Lewis in June), Young Prisms, The Smith Westerns who have other CMJ shows TBA), and The Amazing, a Swedish group with members of the Kemado-signed Dungen, Anna Jarvinen and Sagor & Swing (streaming tracks at their MySpace). Tickets for that Music Hall show are on sale.
One artist who's not playing that show or any CMJ shows at all is Washed Out (Georgia's Ernest Greene). He'll play just one NYC show (his second live show ever) one day before CMJ at Santos Party House on October 19th with Restless People. Tickets are on sale. I tried to get him to open the BrooklynVegan CMJ show at Music Hall on October 20th (one day later), but he said he can't even stay in town that long due to personal commitments back home.
Rising, Breaking, Band to Watch vs Bear, Washed Out (the next Neon Indian even), though fairly new to the scene, already appears on a free Outfitters compilation that also includes tracks by Girls, Vivian Girls, A Place to Bury Strangers, No Age, Le Loup, Rain Machine, The xx, The Very Best, Kurt Vile and The Dodos (who have two NYC shows this week). Washed Out's "Life of Leisure" 12" is out on Mexican Summer now.
One day after CMJ (10/25), Real Estate play a 1:00PM NYC show just for kids (Kidrockers) at The Living Room with... Neon Indian. Tickets are on sale ("Adults must be accompanied by a kid and vice versa").
Real Estate will follow up their CMJ with a November tour with Girls. That hits Maxwell's on November 2nd and Bowery Ballroom on November 6th. Real Estate album, tour dates and flyers below...
"If you're in NYC tonight [August 25], stop by our store at 14th St. and 6th Ave. to catch a free, in-store performance by Amanda Blank. The trash-talking Philly rapper is back on the East Coast before she starts touring with Matt & Kim, so you can see her on what's almost her home turf. Show starts at 7pm. Don't be late, or Amanda will be pissed! Kidding, kidding. She won't care, but you'll be mad at yourself." [Urban Outfitters]
Matt & Kim dates below...
by Ryan Barkan
Duffy @ Lollapalooza 2008 (more by Bao Nguyen)
The cola war has been heating up globally in the last couple of months with music as the weapon of choice.
Pepsi's image rebranding campaign, including a new smile-esque logo, launched right after Christmas with a tv commercial featuring The Apples in Stereo song, "Energy". They then went deep during the Super Bowl, dropping a spot featuring Bob Dylan and Will.I.Am singing "Forever Young" as the beverage's new anthem.
Coke counters with a European spot for Diet Coke that features a playful Duffy doing things on her time during an encore break at a concert. In the commercial, she sings a cover of Sammy Davis Jr's "I Gotta Be Me."
When Sara Tate, a senior planner at the London advertising agency Mother, was asked to find a new face for Diet Coke, she knew what she didn't want. "Definitely no rent-a-face," says Tate, whose ad with Duffy will launch on British television, before rolling out across Europe. "We steered clear of yet another glamorous star with a six-figure fee who will promote anything if the price is right. The public is getting smart to that. We wanted someone who is well known, but not hugely famous. Someone who is on the rise, for whom fame is recent enough that they remember what it is like to have a regular life. Duffy was a perfect fit because, although she is extremely successful, she's still incredibly down to earth." [Via Times Online]Duffy has since cleaned up at the Grammys, at the British version of the Grammys, and - per Paul McCartney's request, recorded a cover of his song "Live And Let Die" for the new War Child Heroes comp that is released in the US this week. You may have heard the Beck/Dylan track from the same album, when it was played during the credits of last night's Oscars (more on the Oscars in a second...).
Coke's second attack is from Justice - Coke enlisted the duo along with Ed Banger Records' So_Me to design a glow-in-the-dark bottle and provide the soundtrack, their massive jam "D.A.N.C.E.", to a commercial. The bottle will be available in clubs throughout Europe. See the bottle in the commercial below.
The third assault from the Coke comes in their Full Throttle NHRA spots; three of the five have licensed songs: The Faces has "Blue Moon" by the Mavericks, The Machine kicks it country with Merle Haggard's "Working Man Blues", and Left Behind features Operator Please's "Zero Zero."
The final wave occurred as I was writing this article. A one-two punch during the Oscars with both The Boy Least Likely To's "Be Gentle With Me" and Sea Ray's "Revelry" showing up in Coke spots during the telecast on ABC (no video available yet). For those not familiar with the band, Sea Ray broke up in 2005.
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