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i’ve always been a fan of matt pond PA but it wasn’t until this past weekend that i got around to listening to their latest album, the dark leaves. it actually feels appropriate that i’d discover it at this time of the year, because every time i listen to it the soothing melodies and gentle lyrics envelop me like a soft blanket of snow. the song “winter fawn” is like a december evening encapsulated in song, with dreamy lyrics that draw you into a picture he paints with his voice… listen to a few songs from the album below.

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maybekara -Dec 16, 2010, 5:55PM
have you listened to music for winter from the dogs on tour? there's a free download for it on their website. such a good christmas album album!! next best thing to sufjan stevens songs for christmas. heres the link: http://dogsontour.co.cc/?p=676
TGP -Dec 14, 2010, 3:22PM
I agree, this is perfect for this time of year. Great band and a great album.

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if you aren’t familiar with the soundtrack to the film easy rider, it is probably one of the best compilations of classic sixties tunes out there. i couldn’t help myself from including some of the songs from it in this december playlist, inspired by our catalog, easy rider, the open road and freedom.


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tom -Dec 08, 2010, 8:31PM
AWESOME PLAYLIST. You always have the best music on this blog.
Brittany -Dec 08, 2010, 10:11AM
Great songs! XO

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located on the corner of broad and locust in the heart of center city, philadelphia, lies one of the city’s most historic buildings and interesting music venues.  it sits calmly in the shadows of skyscrapers on a street lined with flashy buildings, but don’t let its unassuming exterior deceive you – on the inside it is one of the most breathtaking buildings in philadelphia. built in 1857, the academy of music is the oldest opera house in the united states that is still used for its original purpose.

i can vividly recall my parents dragging me here as a child to see the orchestra… the smell of perfume and lingering cigar smoke as we made our way through the crowds of people in their finest evening wear and were shown to our seats by the usher.  curling up in the red velvet seats, my view obstructed by a column but not minding because my eyes were usually fixed on the massive chandelier hanging from the ceiling. falling asleep with the sound of violins and horns fading in and out of my dreams.

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while i lacked appreciation at my young age i’ve come around now and have a whole new love for the building as a concert venue.  most recently, i saw the monsters of folk there and they completely blew me away.  it’s really cool to hear modern music played in such an old, historic space – and despite the small floor seating area and the multiple balconies that extend towards the ceiling the venue has an unexpected intimacy and leaves you feeling like you were a part of something quite special.

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they don’t have concerts there very often so if you’re able to catch one, do. for more info check out their website.

do you have a favorite or unique venue that you love where you live? i’d love to hear about it!

supergirl -Dec 03, 2010, 4:03AM
Just heard about it, I lived far far away from it. Maybe I will go there next year.
laura -Dec 01, 2010, 12:48AM
I heard Medeski, Martin & Wood play acoustic there several years ago. Amazing show, amazing space!

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good morning! today’s tunesday post comes from our marketing manager :)

photo from the november 7th show at the academy of music in philadelphia.

If you’ve managed to come this far without an introduction to Sufjan Stevens – like me until his tour came through Philadelphia – then you are about to experience a treat. Sufjan is a singer songwriter with a unique grasp on storytelling that pulled me into his labyrinth world that night, and I still haven’t crawled my way out. Instead, I’ve spent the last couple of weeks recounting the concert as I would an enigmatic dream. I was in a beautiful old theater laden with dramatic chandeliers and dim lights. The concert was calm and Sufjan’s Stevens’ voice was melodic and soothing; his lyrics thought provoking and real. Then, a shift in the last 25 minutes. He changed his stage presence, layered his voice with distortion and switched gears into lady gaga style dance music, but with lyrics that looped back themes of abandonment, love, and communication.

Long story, short: this show made an impact. My favorite songs from the new Age of Adz are “Too Much”, “I Walked”, “Vesuvius”, and “Impossible Soul”. Check them out below.


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zoe -Dec 05, 2010, 12:05AM
you've posted about so many artists that i LOVE so i just thought i'd recommend one of my other favorites that most people never really know of... his name is patrick watson. listen to anything off his album "wooden arms"...hopefully anyone reading would love him as much as i do!!
joanna -Nov 30, 2010, 12:13PM
very jealous. seems like a great band. love their new album!

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today’s tunesday post is from fp jemma!

A blend of hazily new wave-tinged pop, Twin Shadow has become a constant play on my ipod.

Swooning tunes with a sweetened distortion, it’s hard not to groove along to this band.

Honey coated lyrics and soft space-like light made my night last Wednesday, when I went to see this band at Johnny Brenda’s.

(a local philly pub where many up and coming artists pass through)

Definitely a band to get in your playlist.

check out some tunes below!

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i dig it! thanks jem :)

NPK -Nov 23, 2010, 3:03PM
looove twin shadow
Stephanie -Nov 23, 2010, 1:22PM
Some great pictures. It feels like I am at the concert while looking at them.

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a couple of people have recommended the tallest man on earth to me, but i only just recently started listening to his music. the tallest man on earth is swedish folk musician kristian mattson, who has one of those voices that doesn’t initially strike you as beautiful, but with the guitar and his songwriting he soon wins you over. he definitely brings to mind bob dylan, and i also hear a little nick drake influence in there as well.  what i love though is that it’s unlike anything i’ve heard in a long time. take a listen to some of his songs below and let me know what you think!

these pics fit right in with our equestrian dreams theme too, huh :)


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hayley -Nov 11, 2010, 9:25PM
on a side note, every time his song "king of spain" comes on in the store (i work at the u-village location) i do a little dance of joy. haha
hayley -Nov 11, 2010, 9:22PM
ah! i've been a huge fan of matsson's for a long time now and he never ceases to amaze me. i had the pleasure of seeing him with a crowd of only 30 max... it was seriously one of the most mind blowing experiences i have ever had. his music is ridiculously beautiful. love love love him.

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there’s a very cool show opening at space 1026 in philly tonight – featuring the work of chrissy piper, an amazing photographer who shot our upcoming december catalog!  the show consists of portraits from her 3 records series, in which she asks the people she photographs to name three records that changed and/or inspired their lives.  i think its such an amazing concept, and makes the portraits so much more personal.

also, two of our very inspiring fp girls were photographed for the 3 records series, so i wanted to share their portraits and their responses with you :)

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and our videographer:

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here’s a preview of the show from the space 1026 website:

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also check out more of chrissy piper’s work on her website – i can’t wait to show you some shots from our december book, she did such an awesome job!

this of course got me thinking about how i would respond to the 3 records question. my answers are probably pretty typical but i think i would have to say…

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bob marley’s legend, not because i think its the best collection of his music, but because that album to me represents my happiest childhood memories, being at the beach with my family. the beatles rubber soul, which my best friend in grade school gave me (on cassette), and sparked my obsession with the band that is still going strong. and bob dylan’s blood on the tracks because it got me through a really difficult time, and still does when i’m having a bad day.

what are three records that changed and/or inspired your life? i’d love to hear :)

Maux -Nov 08, 2010, 3:27AM
1. fleetwood mac, rumours. actually, ALL fleetwood mac 2. "africa" by toto 3. all kings of leon 4. all josh ritter 5. and the song "can't you hear me knocking" by the rolling stones.
Linda -Nov 05, 2010, 10:43PM
Ani difranco changed my life, too ::sigh::! So did Tori Amos' Little Earthquakes and The Cranberries!! It is way too difficult to narrow it down to three :/

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as a scorpio with a november birthday, i think this month really brings out my inner dark side.  the air begins to have that extra bite of cold and i fight the urge to sleep all day.  i’m hoping to decorate my place with twinkling christmas lights, lots of candles and warm scents to keep the winter blues away. for tunesday, here’s a playlist of some songs i’m listening to right now.


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-Nov 21, 2010, 10:44PM
Ohhhh love this playlist! Whenever it becomes chilly I listen to "madeleine-mary" by bonnie prince billy. I think you would like it!
Boho Diva -Nov 04, 2010, 12:07PM
These pictures are AMAZING! So surreal xoxo http://www.bohodivagirl.com/

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the kings of leon released a new album last week called come around sundown.  i have to be honest, i didn’t love their last album – as someone who really appreciated their older music, i felt like they were changing their sound just to appeal to a wider audience.  i have no problem with bands changing up their sound, i’m just not a fan of the new music. that being said, there are a couple of songs on the new album that give me hope that the old kings of leon are still in there somewhere. for example, the song “mary,” which they played at bonnaroo this year, is pretty good. unfortunately the playlist function i usually use isn’t working today so here is a video of them playing the song live.

import chiny -Oct 16, 2011, 11:06PM
Nice post! Thanks
fp julia -Oct 26, 2010, 4:43PM
sure thing!

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our favorite brother and sister duo, angus and julia stone, played a show at xpn on wednesday night. here are some pics one of our fp girls snapped from the front row :)

pssst… also in attendance? isabel lucas!

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here are a few of their songs… nice chill friday music.


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there’s also a quick video of them performing at bonnaroo on our youtube page :)

fp julia -Oct 22, 2010, 1:44PM
she used the iphone shakeit app!
michelle -Oct 22, 2010, 1:26PM
lovely photos!! what camera did you use???

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we had a little surprise show over in building 543 today! the swedish indie-folk band first aid kit stopped by our headquarters for a free set at noon today, giving us a nice little treat for the ears during our lunch break. i wasn’t too familiar with this band before but they sounded great – both girls have really lovely voices.  here are some photos from the show that just took place – they’re also playing at johnny brenda’s tonight if you’re in philly :)

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i really like this song “hard believer” off the album the big black & the blue, out now.


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Zoe -Oct 26, 2010, 3:09AM
They do a great cover of Tiger Mountain Peasant Song by Fleet Foxes! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HMrqBldlqzA :)
Magnolia -Oct 19, 2010, 4:39PM
I hope, for your sake, they played "In the Morning."

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today’s featured album is the new one from belle and sebastian, write about love – their first album since  2006.  it’s an album of love songs “to fall in love to and fall in love with,” ranging from soft and whispered to hopeful and upbeat.  this band makes beautiful music that envelops me in its warm, sunny atmosphere every time i listen to it.  the title track on the album features actress carey mulligan singing the chorus and norah jones sings on the beautiful “little lou, ugly jack, prophet john.”

i also thought this was really cool – when doing the art for the album, frontman stuart murdoch asked fans to submit photos to a flickr page of them writing “write about love” in secret or public places, in the town they live in. some of the photos are so lovely:

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view all of them here.

and now, here are a few songs off the new album!


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ali -Oct 13, 2010, 9:51AM
very chill...sounds a bit like Donavan...thanks for the new music.
anna -Oct 13, 2010, 12:52AM
YES! I've been looking forward to this album for months :)

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