benefit concert tonight at the trocadero theater in philly! “philly rocks for haiti,” will feature the West Philadelphia Orchestra, Black Landlord, Zeppelin cover band Get the Led Out, Blood Feathers and Free Energy. doors open at 7pm and tickets are $12 with all proceeds going to the haitian professionals of philadelphia, who will ship much-needed supplies to haiti.
not everyone likes valentines day, and it can especially be a tough time if you’re alone. so for tunesday today, i put together a playlist of some “anti love songs” for anyone out there who just isn’t feeling the love :)
today’s tunesday album is the new one from beach house, called teen dream!
i first heard of the duo when i saw grizzly bear in concert and victoria legrand of beach house was there to sing the backup vocals on “two weeks.” she has a beautiful voice that has drawn comparisons to nico and stevie nicks, and i can definitely see the similarities- especially on songs like “zebra” which sounds like it could be from the 70s. beach house’s music is often described as “dream pop”, their album is called “teen dream,” and it was recorded in a church in upstate new york called dreamland…so it’s hard not to use dreamy when describing their music- but it is just that. it feels like the type of music that would be playing in the background in your dreams, or walking through a field of flowers, or, appropriately enough, taking a stroll on the beach.
now take a listen to some tunes from the new album!
good morning! with today being tunesday, i thought i’d share some videos from la blogotheque. if you’re not familiar with the site, you should definitely check it out. it’s a french site that features new videos each week of an acoustic performance by an artist or group in the street, at a bar, in a park, or any random place in the city. the videos are really amazing…check out these performances by bon iver and phoenix:
the lineup for this year’s coachella music festival was announced yesterday…and man i really wish i could go. but check out this poster…i think they’re getting a little extreme with the varying font sizes, don’t you? yes, i know that the larger bands are “headliners” but still, i had to take a second look to even notice some of the smaller bands that are playing. actually, i’m more interested in some of the ones you can barely see…like les claypool, edward sharpe & the magnetic zeros, girls, beach house, deerhunter and big pink. apparently, fader was on the same wavelength as me…check out their funny article about the poster here.
the lineup still looks amazing though…if you’re having trouble reading it above, check it out here. what do you all think? anyone going to go?
i just posted part two of our new store playlist, which includes the classic INXS song “never tear us apart” …and in an interesting coincidence, the music video for the song was shot in prague! check it out:
when i first saw the photos from our new catalog, i was immediately curious about the graffiti covered wall. i did a little research and found out that it was named the lennon wall following the death of john lennon in 1980. since then it has been covered with graffiti pertaining to lennon and his lyrics, as well as notions of peace. during the period of communist rule in the late 1980′s in prague, western music by artists like lennon was banned. young people would write their grievances on this wall, eventually leading to a clash between them and police on the nearby charles bridge. this movement was referred to by the czech authorities as “lennonism.”
despite attempts to repaint the wall, the graffiti kept coming back and is now tolerated… right on.
i haven’t heard much about the band since their 2006 video was a huge viral success, but recently, they’ve resurfaced with a new album, of the blue color of the sky and a funkier sound. prince was a huge influence on the album, which you’ll hear in the track “skyscrapers”. i’ll be honest, i wasn’t a fan of the band before, but this album has inspired me to give them a second chance — it’s catchy. i also like the album name — taken from an 1876 book called “the influence of the blue ray of the sunlight and of the blue color of the sky” by augustus james pleasonton, on his theory that blue light had the ability to cure all ills.
check out a couple songs from the album below…be warned, the first one contains explicit language so if you’re offended by that, skip to the second one :) we also included the song “back from kathmandu” on our new store playlist, which you can check out here.