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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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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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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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supergirl -Nov 15, 2010, 9:06AM
Beautiful! Freepeople is really free, very leisure. I love this life style.
LifeAsIShowIt -Oct 11, 2010, 11:26PM
Wish I was there!

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a few from our fp girl down at austin city limits… have a great weekend everyone!

fp julia -Oct 11, 2010, 10:04AM
hi! they're taken using the iphone app called "shake it"
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how did you take those amazing pictures!?

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the last of the season’s big music festivals – austin city limits – takes place this weekend! the lineup is insane… i was this close to going but unfortunately i’m not going to be there :(

here’s a playlist of some of the bands that will be there, and a selection of free people items that i would bring in my bag for ACL!


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items pictured: lace maxi patchwork dress; russel backpack; stacked rings necklace; vintage round toe western boots; with ease slubby tee; earnest sewn harlan cigarette skinny jean; brass buckle belt; ciara hat; levis denim vest; ruffled edges plaid shirt.

Maddie -Oct 06, 2010, 11:19AM
Don't forget about Voodoo Fest! It's the last weekend in October in New Orleans & I'm counting down the days!
joanna -Oct 06, 2010, 10:43AM
wish i could make it to austin city limits. the line up is sick. great playlist!! love the choice of festival clothes. festival clothes rule!!

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hardly strictly bluegrass starts today in san francisco!

with one exception – radiohead’s show at outside lands (first ever nighttime show in golden gate park) – this was the most fun i had when i lived in san francisco. the festival takes place each fall in golden gate park, and consists of three days of live music – FOR FREE. those of you who haven’t been to san fran, october is probably the nicest month out there weather wise and there’s really nothing better than spending a weekend lounging on blankets in spectacular golden gate park with a bunch of friends listening to the plucking of guitar strings. this year’s lineup is sick – including t. bone burnett w/ a special appearance by karen elson, jenny and johnny, steve earle, conor oberst, joan baez, trombone shorty, umphrey’s mcgee, the felice brothers, sharon jones and the dap kings, yonder mountain string band, the avett brothers, railroad earth, elvis costello, patti smith, emmylou harris, and many more.

did i mention its FREE??? check out the website here.

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Michelle -Oct 05, 2010, 2:58PM
I have never been until this year, and I plan to go every year now. I didn't realize how big it was and for something that's free, it's pretty spectacular. It's an overall good time with good people and good music!
nadia -Oct 05, 2010, 12:11AM
IT WAS FAN BLOODY TASTIC!

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this felt appropriate today.

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alison -Sep 30, 2010, 10:59PM
The Tallest Man on Earth is playing in Philly Oct. 2nd. You need to be there. He is the closest thing to Bob Dylan - the Bob of our generation. I promise you will fall in love with his music and everything about him. GO GO GO! You won't be sorry! :D
clothes competition -Sep 30, 2010, 6:28PM
Gr8 timing. We're expecting thunderstorms and flooding during the next few hours...

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tunesday

a new deerhunter album is out today! halcyon digest is the band’s first album since “microcastle” in 2008 – which was one of my favorite albums of that year. i used to listen to it on long car drives, blaring out of my speakers with the windows down and heat turned up (since it was winter around this time). it’s the kind of melodic music that sends you into deep thought, or allows you to reflect on thoughts that may already fill your head. also good for dreary days like today…

npr streamed the album prior to its release so i listened to it at work yesterday and found myself completely wrapped up in my own world for its duration. i love it. take a listen to some new songs and let me know what you think!


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they’re touring right now so check out their myspace page to see if they’re playing near you :)

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