i have a bit of a band crush right now on warpaint. not only will they blow your mind with their music – haunting psychedelic rock sweetened by thoughtful lyrics and ethereal voices, but they will make you want to be a part of their group with their gypsy-rocker style. i can’t stop saving pictures of them on my computer because they are so inspiring! originally formed by childhood friends emily kokal and theresa wayman and sisters jenny lee lindberg and actress shannyn sossamon (who has since left the group) in 2004, they are definitely a group to watch – they will be performing at the coachella and glastonbury music festivals this year, and i’m hoping to catch them in philly at the TLA april 1st!
listen to some of their tunes in the playlist below, and check them out on myspace here.
music festival season is here! the SXSW music festival kicks off today in austin. this festival has always eluded me – there’s always some reason why i don’t go. last year i was supposed to go, but instead i was on the couch recovering from ankle surgery. anyway, i’m kicking myself for not going this year. the lineup is so extensive it can seem a little overwhelming but there are soooo many good bands playing, and it’s a great opportunity to catch them in a small, intimate venue.
i made a playlist below of some of the bands i’m into who will be there, and if i was going to austin, here are the items i would pack!
“raindrops might fall on my head sometimes, but i don’t pay ’em any mind. then again, i guess it ain’t always that way.”
kurt vile may be one of the best artists to come out of philly in a long time. after hearing his newest album, smoke ring for my halo, i feel that i can say that. i thought his last album was great, but it sort of fell into that lo-fi, psychedelic rock category that you hear so much of, it all starts to sound the same (in my opinion). this album has a much cleaner sound and that’s a good thing- it allows vile’s guitar playing and lyrics to shine. in some songs on this album he actually reminds me a lot of richard ashcroft, who i love. you can stream the entire album right now on NPR, or listen to a few of the tracks below!
today’s tunesday post is from our office coordinator! enjoy :)
I consider myself rock and roll. I convey a rock and roll attitude and enjoy rock and roll music. I have been described by my closest friend as “likes to look like she rides motorcycles” and “I think her favorite color is black.” I know it may be a little too early to be divulging secrets, but I’m going to anyway; I do love me some pop music.
Florrie’s “Give Me Your Love” is, in a word, awesomlycatchygetupanddancefun.
After doing a little digging on this soon-to-be pop sensation, all I could think was “GINGER! GINGER! GINGER!” I mean c’monnn look at the two pictures. Not only is she a hot, fun, POP singer, but they rock the same shades!
Florrie is the quintessential FP girl. She believes that her music should be spread as much as possible, so all her music is free to download. She also wants to be able to create music her way, without any constraints that a label might have. Right now she is staying an independent artist even though she has been offered contracts with numerous record companies. She writes and sings her own music and plays her own guitar and drum parts in some songs too! There are many remixes of her songs out there and some she has remixed herself!
I don’t consider myself a Ginger all of the time, but I do think the perfect time to play Ginger is a Friday night. Florrie’s music is definitely a party must-play; or a pre-party-putting-on-your-FP Animal Knit Bodycon-dress must-play!
I recommend her four “Introduction” tracks as well as “You Wanna Start Something” and “Call 911 (Florrie Remix).” Listen to a few of her songs below, including “Give Me Your Love,” which is on our new store playlist!
guys…i am so stoked about this year’s bonnaroo lineup!!!
they seem to be going back to their roots, which makes me very happy. there are some big bands that have had amazing years – arcade fire, black keys, mumford and sons, florence and the machine, there are the jam bands and bonnaroo staples – widespread panic, robert plant & band of joy, my morning jacket, string cheese incident, primus, gregg allman, warren haynes, bela fleck, railroad earth…and then there are the surprises – like buffalo springfield featuring richie furay, stephen stills, neil young, rick rosas & joe vitale, and superjam featuring dan auerbach (of the black keys) and dr. john. check out the full lineup on the website.
here’s a little playlist of some of the bands playing this year! man, listening to widespread takes me back…love those guys. so who’s going with me?
when it comes to videos, having the right song can make all the difference in the world. for me, that’s what really grabs my attention and sucks me in so that i can’t stop watching. one of the reasons i love our videographer’s work so much is that she always picks the perfect song – i don’t know how she does it. the song in our february catalog video is no exception…”throwing hail marys” by gypsy death star. i had never heard of them before and wanted to learn a little bit more about them…
based in ventura, california, gypsy death star is a collaboration between producer cesar augusto and singer/song writer wyatt hull. they combine trance-like electronic beats and haunting lyrics to create a sound that will transport you to a different place in your mind. read on for a brief interview with the band and check out a video of them performing “throwing hail marys” below!
when and how did gypsy death star come about?
i put an add out on craigslist for a beat maker and cesar responded, we started making tracks together through emails, & the rest is history..
how do you guys describe your music?
a cross between dark ambient techno & electronic indie rock
if your music was a color, what color would it be?
is there a certain song you’re most proud of?
some may be slower, some may be more full of wisdom, but were equally proud of all our children.
what’s your favorite venue you’ve played in, and what venue do you dream of someday performing in?
we recently played at the deer lodge in ojai, california & that had a magical ambiance. we both dream of someday playing the conan o’brien show, we’re big fans of his, or perhaps one of those sesame street episodes where they bring musicians on.
what’s your pre-show ritual?
cold high-quality brew.
who are some of your biggest musical influences?
cocorosie, t-rex, q lazzarus, tv on the radio, portishead, syd barrett, the pixies, and david bowie.
if you could see any band, past or present, perform live, who would it be?
kraftwerk’s performances when they used robots and any of the first ziggy stardust shows would have been rad to see.
all-time favorite record?
pink floyd’s “pipers at the gates of dawn” for wyatt. queen’s “game” for cesar.
what’s coming up for gypsy death star? any exciting plans in the works?
we’re looking at doing a small tour in mexico, we have a music video we just finished shooting in which we do some tag team wrestling, and are currently mixing a new full length record do for release soon this year.
what do you guys think of this year’s coachella lineup? i think its pretty solid – even though i’ve never been to coachella they always do a great job just getting such a large variety of artists. even if you don’t like the headliners, you’re sure to find several smaller bands more than worth seeing. here’s a little playlist of some of the bands i’d like to see if i was going (one of them is twin shadow, who we just featured in our january catalog video!).
are any of you planning on going? who are you most excited to see??
i’m the kind of person who, when having a rough time or a lot on my mind, completely loses themself in music. today it’s the new iron and wine album, kiss each other clean. it doesn’t officially come out until next tuesday but you can stream it right here or watch it performed live in its entirety here. this album is a step in a new direction, described as “like the music people heard in their parent’s car growing up… that early-to-mid-’70s FM, radio-friendly music.” while i’ve always been a fan of iron & wine’s quiet, mellow folk, i like this too – sam beam’s sweet voice, the background harmonies and delicate melodies are exactly what i need right now.
listen to a few of the songs below or check out the whole album by clicking one of the links above.
I went to see Sun Airway the other day at a Making Time event right here in Philly where the band originated from and my… it was more than I expected – with the effect of the computer as a compositional tool creating incredibly intricate, dense, churning synths with plastic-y MIDI sounds, blippy beats, and waves of voices. My mind felt like it was being lifted by a balloon into a sweet sound airwave.
They are constantly on my playlist with “your moon” being played about 5 times a day. They are a band you must check out!!!
when jemma sent me this post, i immediately looked up sun airway as i’m not familiar with them- and stumbled upon this video and sweet story on yours truly – it’s actually best explained in the hand written letter from the band:
as someone who also feels a very strong, albeit inexplicable, connection to john lennon, i found it really touching.
have you guys seen this??? our creative director sent it along and oh. my. goodness. one of the sweetest things i’ve ever seen. take a little break from whatever you’re doing and watch…it will make you smile!
you know those days when your head is in the clouds… and no matter how hard you try to ground yourself, part of you just seems to be floating off in a dream? this is the perfect music for those days. the album pictured above is actually from 2007 but has some of my favorite of their songs on it. when i first heard “seeds of night” i listened to it about twenty times. check out some of the cave singers’ songs below and pretend you’re lying in a grassy field on a sunny day with the wind tickling your face or walking barefoot on the beach in a chilly air, the sand cool against your feet.