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time for another edition of “what are you listening to?”! this is my favorite way to get ideas on new music and good albums :)

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listening to: phish, getting ready for the show in bethel this weekend!
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admiring the village people’s “macho man” album cover :)
last purchase: godspell, at the punk rock flea market!

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(i had to include a photo of her awesome jacket)

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assistant merchandiser
listening to: mumford and sons pandora station
(and rocking the nightcap lace bellbottoms!)

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vintage intern
listening to: anything from “glee”!
last purchase: adele

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senior web merchandiser
listening to: “i can’t stop listening to bob seger’s ‘night moves’! it’s the perfect summer song- and CSNY.”
last purchase: a van morrison live double album on vinyl

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campaign specialist
listening to: wiz khalifa, “black and yellow”

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store ops intern
last purchase: mumford and sons, “sigh no more”

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left: visual merchandising coordinator
listening to/last purchase: thao & mirah, they just released an album and are playing in philly soon!

right: visual merchandising assistant
listening to: foster the people and langhorne slim

your turn readers! what are you listening to?? i need some new music :)

chelsea -May 30, 2011, 11:15PM
Friendly Fires, Two Door Cinema Club, The Civil Wars, Foster The People, Brett Dennen, Royal Bangs, Lykke Li, MNDR, Austra...sorry that's more then one! LOTS! That's what you get having a music/style/lifestyle blog (sticoftheweek.com) AND DJ! :)
-May 26, 2011, 12:01PM
great post! always wonder what you girls are wearing.....keep it up :)

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some images and tunes i can’t get enough of right now :)

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Elayna -May 23, 2011, 12:07PM
i love this post more then anything. i live for these songs <3 and the pictures are god. <3
Aida -May 17, 2011, 10:19PM
***** Fifth... sorry.

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tunesday

brooklyn-based band the antlers got a lot of critical acclaim for their debut album hospice, released in 2009, but it wasn’t until last year when their songs kept popping up on my pandora that i consciously noticed them and started listening.  in reading more about the band, i learned that it started with singer peter silberman, who began writing songs solo in his brooklyn home – these songs would make up hospice, a heavy concept album that was his elegy to a dying friend.  in contrast, their new album burst apart does not have a central concept – silberman describes it as “less like one story and more like a change in a way of thinking over time. it begins in a pretty negative, anxious place, at arm’s length — and as it progresses, it becomes warmer and more trusting.”

that statement could be true about so many things.

but it certainly is an accurate decription for an album that opens with the lines “you wanna climb up the stairs i wanna push you back down,” (titled “i don’t want love”) and ends with the gorgeous “putting the dog to sleep” where he’s changed his tone and sings of not wanting to die alone.

no matter what he’s singing about, i couldn’t stop listening.  i was surprised to learn that the group is a trio – the range of soaring instrumentals and dreamy atmosphere they build is deceptive. i’d love to see what they’re like live!

check out some of the songs from their new album below and let me know if you love them as much as i do.


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prom dresses short -May 17, 2011, 9:24PM
Really good, saw wanted.
christianlouboutin sale -May 12, 2011, 5:12AM
It's good!!!

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inspired by an idea from our office coordinator, for today’s tunesday i decided to ask some people around the office what they’re listening to right now and what the last album they purchased was. it was so fun to see what different tastes in music everyone has!

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listening to: foster the people
last purchase: tv on the radio’s new album

senior graphic designer (right)
listening to: crosby, stills, nash and young
last purchase: kurt vile, “smoke ring for my halo”

interactive web director
listening to: dan black’s “symphonies”
last purchase: the “yes man” soundtrack, because of zoey deschanel!

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graphic designer
listening to: kate bush
last purchase: jonny corndawg, “down on the bikini line”

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senior designer, knits & beach (left)
listening to: guns n’ roses
last purchase: michael jackson’s greatest hits

knits designer (right)
listening to: girl talk
last purchase: “a whole new world” and other various songs from disney movies!

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graphic design assistant
listening to/last purchase: thao & mirah

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martha, model (left)
current favorite: my friend’s band “zambri”!

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last purchase: lcd soundsystem, “sound of silver”

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last purchase: the love language, “libraries”

all three listening to: yeasayer (what was on in the photo studio!)

Octavia Griffiths -May 05, 2011, 11:14AM
This has to be the best blog ever. I check it everyday and what's more I get exited about seeing what's going to be on here teehee
lex -May 04, 2011, 12:08PM
big ups to the stylist on the right of that last picture who bought the love language!! I know these guys from raleigh and it is so awesomely amazing how well-known they're getting. share that music baby!

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Femme Fatal

Its one of those gray kind of days in philly where the sky looks like it’s going to open up at any moment and let loose a downpour.  The best cure for days like this? Good music.

This playlist is a compilation of songs by my favorite female artists of the moment, and  I’ve been listening to it at my desk all morning. Each of the artists have a large repertoire of amazing songs even though I only included one from each. I highly recommend listening to their other tracks if you get the chance. Anyway, I hope the playlist livens up your day and introduces you to some new music. Enjoy!


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Lizzie -May 11, 2011, 9:38PM
LOVE grace potter and the nocturnals!!
Jolynn -May 04, 2011, 1:46AM
Look up Nicole Vaughn!!! Shes an amazing singer/songwriter. new and upcoming! I think everyone would dig her!!

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one of the things that i admire and respect most about musicians, is the fact that they are able to not only write music that is often intensely personal, but they perform it, on stage, in front of crowds – sometimes alone.  that thought terrifies me… but it’s also incredibly inspiring.  geron hoy, today’s featured artist, is not only a talented singer/songwriter but i happen to know him personally and he’s one of the most humble, thoughtful and hilarious people i’ve ever met.   he inspires me because he is accomplishing his dream of putting out an album and because of the passion he shows for his music both on and off the stage.  it definitely comes across when he performs, leaving you with the feeling that you just witnessed something very special.  his debut album came out today on itunes and i have been listening to it all morning – his thoughtful lyrics and skillful guitar playing seem to have a wisdom beyond his years. oh and he also plays the harmonica – my weakness!

read on for an interview with geron to get a better idea of what he’s all about, and as you read, listen to the first single from his album, “lady crow.” it’s addicting!

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when did you write your first song, and what was it called?

oh man… a pretty wretched little ditty called ‘near to you.’ god, it was awful. i knew three chords and i took a complete shot in the dark just to see what would happen. but some of the friends i had back then would sing along to it and ask me to play it. that was enough to get me to write another.

if your music was a place, where would it be?

there’s an image on the back of a record i have. i think it’s james taylor but i can’t be sure.  i’d go look, but all my records are in a storage unit in texas. but it’s of these musicians jamming in a dingy room with a wooden floor, an old beat-up piano with a glass of whiskey on it, speakers hanging from the ceiling, the sunlight battling through the cigarette smoke. it just looks like the perfect environment. where i’d want to spend every day. and i remember pointing the photo out to friends and saying, ‘why cant we be there, right now?’

why did you decide to name your album “soldier”?

there’s a track on the album called ‘soldier.’ i recorded that song with my friends about four years ago in new york before i had a label, and it’s the song that got me signed because one of the owners of the label fell in love with it.  the song itself is about fighting with everything you’ve got for something when you have no control over the end result.

is there a certain song you’re most proud of?

they’re all my babies and i constantly tell them to keep cool…

you’ve lived in a bunch of different places, is there one that has had the most influence on you personally and/or musically?

i went to new york when i was eighteen. that was my songwriting school. i probably wrote at least a hundred songs in the five years i was there. and kept fifteen of them. there was so much inspiration… living in the city was like being on cruise control at 300 mph.

what’s your favorite venue you’ve ever played in? and is there a particular venue you dream of playing in one day?

if i played at the beacon theater in new york i’d die a happy man. and my favorite place so far i think would be this small bar in the upper west side in new york where i used to play every thursday with some of my closest friends. it was in a basement surrounded by stone walls. we’d drink and play all night and the audience always asked for more. it was a great time.

if you could jam with any musician, dead or alive, who would you pick?

well, i automatically start sifting through all my heroes and i’m incredibly intimidated and awestruck by all of them. so i’m not quite sure who i would pick. townes van zandt? but what about neil young?? but what about mozart??!!! would i have to wear a puffy shirt?? i’d be down…

if your life was a movie what would the theme song be?

“changes” or “ziggy stardust”?, “space oddity”? pretty much anything by david bowie.

if you had a time machine where would you go?

2015 so i could ride a hover board with michael j. only four more years! i can’t wait for the self-drying jacket!!!

if you were deserted on an island what three things would you want with you?

a fire-breathing dragon, a saddle, and wilson.

tell me something most people don’t know about you.

i own a fire-breathing dragon named wilson.

mee

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the album, soldier, is available now on itunes – get it here!

and check him out on facebook or his website!

thank you so much geron!

kesha -Apr 27, 2011, 3:56PM
WOW. Love it! Everyone go check it out!
bunny -Apr 27, 2011, 2:20PM
Love is an understatement!

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it has been way too long since the last fleet foxes album came out – going on three years, to be precise.  it’s rare that i fall so hard for a band after only one album, but their debut had me hooked from the opening notes of “sun it rises.” i wore out that album in the summer of ’08… it was the soundtrack to a very transitional time in my life when i moved out to nor cal.  their music lifts my spirits and i still listen to “ragged wood” pretty frequently. well, their new album, “helplessness blues” comes out may third but we can get a taste of it now with this video for the song “grown ocean”! i really like the dreamy feel of this video, check it out and listen to the title track from the new album as well, below.

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Eva @ Four Leaf Clover -Apr 19, 2011, 7:23PM
So great to see Fleet Foxes, one of my very favorite bands, on here! I was wondering when they'd show up. ;)
! -Apr 19, 2011, 2:14PM
That video is sensational! Very excited for the new album. Yip!

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even though we didn’t get to go to coachella this year, we were still there in spirit, and in the form of these lovely ladies rocking free people at the festival!

i am in love with this look! our eyelet crop top looks amazing with a printed skirt, and bare feet are a bonus :)

left – our runaway lace kaftan is perfect for the beach or festivals; right – head to toe fp in the directions in lace maxi skirt and fp-1 bralette from our holiday book.

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lovely lace! the dress on the left is a january item that’s currently unavailable but we will be getting more in june! the maxi on the right is a may catalog item – it has arrived in some of our stores and should be online soon :)

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cute skirts and dresses look awesome paired with converse kicks.

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this is one of my fave fp tops ever – i wore it all last summer! love how it looks with the polka dot shorts.

images via harper’s bazaar, refinery 29 and elle.

Adell -Jun 27, 2012, 10:15PM
I love all of that fashion desins!
honey -Jun 01, 2011, 10:55PM
I feel summer just around the bend!!! great new desktop :) hope I survive the hot Arkansas weekend ahead!

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i feel like i’ve been hearing a lot about stevie nicks lately… maybe its because she’s touring right now so she’s at the forefront of people’s minds.   even my boyfriend has a crush on her- which is totally fine, she’s amazing (the first concert he ever went to was fleetwood mac, isn’t that cute?). one of my friends posted this video on facebook today and watching it, i’ve got a bit of a crush on her too.  so, since we could all use a little stevie every once in a while, here’s that video and some of my fave quotes and pics of her. she will always be one of those inspirations that never, ever goes out of style.

“She is like a cat in the dark
And then she is the darkness”

“Like a heartbeat drives you mad
In the stillness of remembering
What you had
And what you lost…”

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“And it all comes down to you
Well you know that it does, well…
Lightning strikes…maybe once…maybe twice…
Oh and it lights up the night
And you see your gypsy”

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“She broke down and let me in
Made me see where I’ve been
Been down one time
Been down two times
I’m never going back again”

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“rock on, gold dust woman”

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brittany Keating -Apr 14, 2011, 1:53PM
just did a photo project inspired by stevie! love her spirit. she IS everywhere..and i'm lovin' every minute of it! the weather is perfect for some fleetwood mac and buckingham nicks tunes..i can feel that summer is around the corner :) xo
-Apr 14, 2011, 10:43AM
such a beautiful free woman

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who’s going to coachella this weekend?! unfortunately we aren’t going this year but that doesn’t mean we can’t get in the mindset… here’s a look at what i would bring if i were heading to coachella…

i drew most of my inspiration from the two outfits pictured above.  the outfit at far right is PERFECT- our little plaid cropped bralettes can be worn on their own, over a tank, or under some cute overalls like the puddle jumper romper! add the romana fest sandal and gorgeous rio brillante bag to complete the look. then the next day, wear it with some bright blue cutoff shorts and the embroidered mesh crop top like sasha pivovarova from our april catalog :)

packing lightly and being able to mix and match is key for music festivals – the sophia bikini top would look great with the overalls or just with the cutoffs as well! i would also bring a scarf to either sit on or cover up my hair, which would surely be a mess after dancing in the hot sun all day and into the night. the feather straw fedora and sunglasses would also be in my bag to keep the california sun out of my eyes. and in addition to the sandals i’d bring along some comfy kicks like the muddy waters sneakers.

when i’m at a festival, sometimes i don’t want to worry about carrying a bag so the artists and revolutionaries fanny pack would be ideal, and would hold my small journal and some sunblock. and i’m loving these candy-colored shades of nail polish by chanel! finally, i’m obsessed with the bag charms by the 2 bandits and the cute saba feather clips (on the straw hat and in sasha’s hair above)! clip ’em to your bag, hat, belt loop or right into your hair! the perfect festival accessory.

those are my picks,  click here to go to our festival shop for more inspiration :)

Casey -Apr 14, 2011, 2:28AM
Love this idea. Absolutely love. I am doing a give away on my blog- featuring YOUR clothing :-) Love you guys. strawberry freckleface
tala -Apr 13, 2011, 1:26AM
i cant wait!! thanks for the suggestions ;)

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C O A C H E L L A fashion show is finally here!!!

*Fashion show is April 2nd at 1pm sharp

*DJ in stores from 1-4pm

*Exclusive limited edition Free People Gift Bags with every purchase of $100 or more while supplies last (pictured above)

*Free People Feather Hair Extensions with every $50 or more while supplies last

We are so excited to have you attend our Coachella fashion show, it’s going to be a BLAST. Free People models, amazing music, and tons of new product, it doesn’t get better than that!

It’s also our store’s third BIRTHDAY so in celebration we are going to have light refreshments and tons of sweets:)

Don’t be camera shy either, we are going to have a photographer at the event to document the show for our Free People blog

Come early to the event so you don’t miss out!

Can’t wait to see you at the show :)

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last week my friend geron played a short set at the north star bar- it’s been a while since i’ve been to a show there, actually. i think it’s because of the location- it’s a little out of the way, over in the art museum area -but it’s such a great venue to see bands in before they get big.

upon entering the corner pub you’re met with the same bar that has been there since prohibition, mahogany bar top, wooden ceiling fans, tin roof and all.  walk towards the back and go through a door on your right to get to the stage area, a wide open room with wood floors.  the stage is covered with well worn oriental carpets and in front, a staircase leads down to a lounge area with bright green walls that could probably tell some great stories… i thought i’d share a few pics from the other night!

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geron’s first single will be available very soon on itunes!

margarita -Mar 29, 2011, 10:07PM
WOW!!!!!!!!! great song!
amity -Mar 29, 2011, 9:29PM
The first single from Geron's new album is now available on iTunes. Search "Geron Hoy" or "Lady Crow." Enjoy!

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