it’s the last tunesday of 2010! i was thinking back on the new albums that came out this year, and it’s always interesting to me how listening to certain music can bring back such vivid memories of specific moments. for instance, the local natives album gorilla manor – i bought it soon after breaking my ankle — and it reminds me of the first time i was able to drive again after the injury. i had it on in my car, it was sunny and spring was on its way… happy times. lcd soundsystem’s latest album will always remind me of sitting right here at my desk as they soundchecked next door before doing an end-of-summer show at the navy yard.
so many memories of the past year came rushing back as i compiled some of my favorite songs of 2010 for this playlist. i got to go to some great shows this year, and we had fp girls representing at so many festivals – SXSW, coachella, bonnaroo, wanderlust, XPN, lollapalooza and austin city limits…
what was your favorite song or album of the last year? what’s your favorite music memory from 2010?
if you’re in the D.C. area tomorrow afternoon, stop by our store at clarendon commons! singer/songwriter danni rosner will be at the store playing some tunes off both her albums, piano actress and on my way. that’s her in the above right photo, which i posted on the blog a little while back, rocking fp while shooting a video!
i am so excited that our vintage loves line now includes records!!! they are sold in collections that have been carefully hand-picked and include some of the greatest albums of the 60s, 70s and 80s. :)Read More
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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 :)
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 :)
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…
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 :)