in case you couldn’t tell, we here at free people love music festivals. we saw a ton of free people girls at coachella and it definitely got us thinking about ways we can be more involved with festivals in the future. up next is sasquatch, set in a stunningly beautiful gorge in washington state that might have the prettiest stage backdrop i’ve seen yet.
there are always a few select bands making the festival rounds too. this year the XX, the national, phoenix, local natives and black keys seem to be hitting up quite a few. read more for a brief look at what’s coming up this summer and some of the top acts you’ll catch at each festival (although there are really too many to list)!
also make sure you check out our picks for festival fashion right here!
she’s a dreamer, a soul-searcher and a wanderer. drifting along, deep in thought, her eyes tell tales of mysterious adventures. meadow is our bohemian girl who wears loose, flowing tops and dresses that catch the breeze as she roams the earth in search of inspiration. she mixes patterns and prints and piles on jewelry with a handmade, natural touch. on her feet are moccasins or sandals but she’d rather be barefoot. she hears music wherever she goes – at one with nature, she’ll often pause to smell a flower, pet an animal or just to take in the beauty that surrounds her. little trinkets and memorabilia like leaves, stones, a matchbook with thoughts strewn across it, fill her pockets and then the pages of her journals when she eventually returns home.
here are some picks that I could see meadow wearing:
in the wake of both earth day and the oil spill in the gulf of mexico, we wanted to share a few helpful tips for things you can do to cut back on oil usage in your everyday life. sure you might have heard it before, but it never hurts to have it top of mind…
replace your light bulbs with compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) or even cutting-edge light emitting diodes (LEDs). turn off lights and other devices when they’re not needed. candles are great at night!
eliminate electronics that sleep on a standby setting – they continue to pull a current even when “turned off.” AC adapters on many power cables pull current too, so those should be taken out of the wall when not in use. your best bet is a “smart” power strip, or a power strip that can be turned off at night.
when looking for new appliances, seek out the most energy-efficient models, and charge your MP3 player, laptop, PDA, cell phone, and camera with a portable solar charger.
keep your house cool with natural ventilation instead of air conditioning as much as possible. use in-room, ceiling, or whole-house fans to move air throughout the house. blocking sunlight during hot hours of the day can also help.
clothes driers gobble up a lot of power, so line drying can be a great energy saver.
buy locally grown food, or if you have a garden, grow your own. transport uses oil.
whenever you can, walk, bike, use public transportation or carpool. i am guilty of this just as much as anyone, but it is so, so important!
26th April Phoenix live @ the Constitution Hall. We headed there straight after work. A road trip from Philly to Washington to go and see a band that I’ve been lusting over for quite some time now – Phoenix.
An amazing soundtrack was played while driving there as my eyes striped the America land passing by. America is new to me so it doesn’t take much to intrigue me eyes. Both sight and sound senses were tickled during this trip.
Washington is a nice place full of profoundness. The Venue where Phoenix was playing ( DAR Constitution Hall) was to, a place of great character.
We were second row from the front which equals great photo opportunity; I could almost smell Thomas Mars!!!
They played a number of my favorite songs including 1901 and Too Young, which I was reminded, was played in the film Lost in Translation and Shallow Hal
The atmosphere was great and I had a blast, not bad for a Monday night, work night.
The evening finished with everyone being invited onto the stage, yes that’s right the entire hall was crawling forward to join them on the stage.
Phoenix sure knows how to make their fans happy!!!
Stay tuned for more free people gig reviews in the future we plan to go to many during the summer months.
of all the albums coming out this year one of the ones i am most excited about is the national’s high violet. as far as i’m concerned this band can do no wrong – especially led by frontman matt berninger, who’s deep baritone and blue-eyed, sandy-haired good looks are enough to make any girl swoon. i’ve always been fascinated by him, because he’s very private and actually terrified of being on stage, but you’d never know it when you see him perform. their music is slightly melancholy and a good listen when you’re feeling down – and the lyrics are sometimes deeply personal – but i’ve seen them play live and they can rock out and get you dancing during songs like “secret meeting.” their new album comes out may 11th but you can actually stream the entire thing now at nytimes.com. i just listened and now i am itching to get my hands on a copy – it sounds amazing.
i also definitely recommend checking out the documentary about them filmed by vincent moon of la blogotheque, called “a skin, a night.” it’s really beautifully done. in fact, the first music video moon ever filmed was the national’s “daughters of the soho riots,” one of my favorite songs. check it out:
now listen to a couple of their new songs that i’m really digging…
during the 1950s and 1960s, morocco was a refuge for writers and musicians from abroad, including the rolling stones, jack kerouac and william s. burroughs, who wrote the legendary naked lunch while staying at a hotel in tangier. morocco was to the rolling stones what india was to the beatles – they traveled there in the late 1960s in search of musical inspiration and found that and much more. the fusion of berber, african and arabic music had a huge influence on the rolling stones’ sound but they were also enthralled by the atmosphere of the country – especially the somewhat seedy city of tangier – home at the time to spies, smugglers, expatriate aristocrats and writers-in-exile. they arrived in the british mod style and left in billowing shirts, weighed down by bracelets, necklaces and various trinkets. about his experiences in morocco, keith richards said “we enjoyed being transported. you could be sinbad the sailor, one thousand and one nights. we loved it.”
the stones were part of a large crowd of swinging londoners who regularly visited morocco in the 60s. one of the most iconic photos representing morocco and the bohemian culture of the 1960s is of talitha getty, wife of paul getty, shot by patrick lichfield on the roof of their home in marrakech. our team was inspired to recreate this photo when shooting our catalog in morocco- here is our version!
in the spirit of earth day, i wanted to post some amazing artwork made out of items we would normally consider trash. i found these first pieces particularly inspiring because the artist, virgina fleck, took something associated with waste (plastic bags) and created something spiritual and beautiful – mandalas. a mandala is a universal, non-religious tool for meditation that is composed of carefully chosen symbols and imagery with a specific meaning said to provide guidance. upon closer examination of these mandalas you might recognize some familiar symbols from stores you might shop at, but at first glance i would never realize what these were made of. i would absolutely hang one on my wall!
now these are plastic bags you would want to use over and over again! they are created by artist josh blackwell, who carefully weaves thread and other materials into plastic bags to create these “plastic baskets” as he calls them. they definitely take on the characteristics of a pretty basket you could take to the farmer’s market and fill with fresh fruits and vegetables! who would’ve thought a plastic bag could be cute?
ok, this might be considered a bit gross, but i found it so impressive i had to share. artist jesus bubu negron created a rug for an art installation out of cigarette butts. he actually paid street cleaners to collect the stubs, which he unrolled and weaved together. maybe not something you’d want in your home, but amazing nonetheless!
a new rolling stones song??? it must be christmas! i had heard about the reissue of one of the greatest albums of all time, exile on main street, but i completely forgot the release was approaching. as i was driving home yesterday i turned on the radio to hear the familiar sound of the stones singing a song i had never heard- very weird, since i know every single one of their songs by heart! it is called “plundered my soul” and i loved it right off the bat- it’s very catchy and has that raw, grainy sound that permeates the whole exile album (recorded mostly in the basement of a house in the south of france – pictured above). the new/old song was released in celebration of record store day this past saturday, and the reissue of exile will have three other previously unheard tracks along with alternate versions of classics like “soul survivor” and “lovin cup.” i can’t wait! take a listen and let me know what you think!
lou is our guy’s girl – a tomboy with a feminine side who can be sexy without losing her rough and tumble, rock n’ roll edge. she’s the type of girl who can roll out of bed and throw on cutoffs and a t-shirt and walk out the door without any makeup. the key to her style is being ready to hop on her skateboard or bike at a moment’s notice and disappear in a cloud of dust, because she’s always moving – with the wind in her hair and her beat-up sneakers or boots on her feet.
to capture the gritty style and energy that is lou we went to FDR park in philadelphia, a perfect location with its mix of grunge and beauty. it winds around a scenic lake with ducks and blossoming trees and ends under the highway with a skatepark, where the sound of wheels grinding on concrete made our ‘lou’ right at home. here are some of our special shots to give you some insight into the spirit of lou!
the house where our team stayed in essaouira (and shot several images in the book) was so special it deserved its own post. named “atlantic,” the house is located right off of essaouira’s medina and looks so cozy and relaxing i would never want to leave. wooden stairs climb towards the sky and rooftops fade into mountains on the horizon while the atlantic ocean laps against the shore. an opening in the roof allows natural light to flood the space, and even an occasional sprinkle of rain. when the heat of the sun is replaced by a cool evening breeze, there’s a fireplace to curl up next to and a cozy nook awaits to fall asleep and dream about what the next day will hold.
from the rooftop
when you wake up in the morning head to chez driss for some coffee, orange juice and potates! they might look like potatoes and the name sounds like potatoes, but these are potates- one of our team’s favorite things to eat in morocco. these little almond flavored pastries are not easy to find- they are actually unique to essaouira, where you can find them at a bakery located on the place moulay el hassan called chez driss. another neat fact – orson welles filmed several scenes for the 1952 film othello in essaouira, and it is said chez driss is where he would sit and have his morning cup of coffee at a patio table.