so my favorite album of the year so far is without a doubt broken bells. take danger mouse (the grey album, gnarls barkley, black keys producer) and james mercer (the shins) and you’re bound to get something extraordinary. this album hooked me immediately…it doesn’t come out until march 9th but i was able to get a hold of it early and trust me its worth the wait! in the meantime, enjoy a couple of songs off the album and let me know what you think!!
there’s a cool event taking place tonight at space 15 twenty in LA, the location of one of our newest free people stores. they’re having a special “valentine’s fantasy luv spectacular” with a pop-up shop and a performance by sister act pearl harbor. really mellowed out, warm and fuzzy pop – perfect music as you browse for last minute gifts for your sweetie…
fp jemma is snowed in at home today but she sent along this post about one of her favorite artists right now, lykke li!
Lykke Li is slamming my ear drums and has been for the last few months- I love her!
This little swedish Pixie fills me with delight everytime I see a picture of her, everytime I see her cute little dance moves and everytime i stumble across a raw, acoustic video of her performing. The latest being-coming from my addiction with La Blogotheque- her collaboration with Bon Iver on Dance, Dance, Dance, where they both jam around a fountain with tambourines.
I feel like the song “Everybody but me” is my anthem. She gives a dusting of glitter to my everyday, so i just wanted to show some love.
this year’s bonnaroo lineup is being announced today…starting at noon today, they began revealing one artist at a time every 5 minutes on their myspace page. pretty annoying actually…anyway it is going on right now if you want to check it out here. so far, among the performers they’ve announced are the avett brothers, weezer, phoenix, the xx, ok go, jay z, theivery corporation, jimmy cliff and the flaming lips performing “dark side of the moon” with stardeath and white dwarfs.
i know it’s not over yet but i’ll admit, with the exception of jimmy cliff (which is rad), i’m a little disappointed. maybe because i was at the second bonnaroo when the headliners were neil young, widespread panic and the dead. it seems like each year it gets a little more mainstream. what do you guys think?
on a more positive note, i love this photo shoot by dan martensen that was taken at bonnaroo ’08 (i was there that year, too)! as i mentioned yesterday, martensen shot our new february catalog, and our team was very inspired by this photo shoot – i can see why!
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.
for more info, click here.
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 :)
stay tuned for a love song playlist in a couple weeks!
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:
check out more of the videos here.
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?