tunesday

people have been buzzing about jersey-based indie/pop band real estate since the summer, but they’re just releasing their debut self-titled album today. while the songs might seem more summer-appropriate (just look at titles like “beach comber” “pool swimmers” “atlantic city” “lets rock the beach”), it’s a great listen at this time of year, especially if you’re missing warm weather and the shore (like me). the album does have an underlying moodiness that darkens it a little bit, but for the most part it’s simple, light and breezy…great for a lazy sunday. i especially like “suburban beverage” and “black lake”. the band, made up of martin courtney, matthew mondanile, etienne pierre duguay and alex bleeker, list paul mccartney, the doobie brothers, kokomo, the boss and new jersey among their influences. also, they’re touring right now so check out their myspace page for dates and to listen to some tunes!

magnetic

anyone have exciting plans for the weekend? my birthday is on sunday and i get to celebrate by seeing edward sharpe & the magnetic zeros at first unitarian church in philly!
i love, love, love these photos of the band taken by autumn de wilde

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this video for the song “home” is so cute too…

Home – Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros

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if i’m not at work on monday, it’s because i ran off and joined the band… :)

Dwayne Lauer -Apr 29, 2010, 6:51PM
wow, awesome blog.Thanks Again. Much obliged.
Ellie -Nov 15, 2009, 3:00PM
this song just makes me so happy!! i wanna dance and sing, and go hug someone!!

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girls on film on music


cold cave
– death comes close
listening to this with my roommate, she asked me “is this electro?” and i said, “no, this is new wave” and then next song corrected myself – “well this is kind of electro”. truth is, i was wrong both times. cold cave sways between heady, bleached out melody and something more aggressive – it can’t easily be categorized. whatever bucket you put them in, they’re creating songs that deserve to challenge you.
julian casablancas – phrazes for the young
with such a distinctive voice it’s hard to listen to casablancas without making straight up comparisons to the good times that were the strokes albums, but phrazes for the young is a different beast. reviews for this album have been pretty acerbic, but when he’s good he’s very very good; “out of the blue” and “river of brakelights” are both beauties and once you let “glass” warm up you’re going to be happy you gave this the chance to grow on you.
bricolage – bricolage
there’s seems to be a pattern in scottish music which has veins part bitter and part raucous. this glaswegian band has created an album of poppy goodness that every once and a while bites back. i’m trying to avoid using sour patch kids as a reference…
the big pink – a history of love
with vocals that swoon and swell with shards of guitar and drums, this album is a sonic gem. by far one of my favorites of the year, a history of love lives up to its bravado.
patti smith – horses
horses doesn’t prove that smith has an exceptional voice or that she needs to work only with her own material. but it is her real, pure music at its core, and that is rock and roll.
perez prado – havana, 3a.m.
better known as the “mambo king”, prado leads his band in the perfect cuban mix of spanish and african rhythms. he finds himself with a better flow on this record than some of his others . the band is so tight, and yet when sections break way into solos they feel like an entirely different entity.
bonus: following the break up of the clash, paul simonon named his (short-lived) new band after this album!!
various artists – 41 original hits from the soundtrack of american graffiti
this is mostly a mix of rock and doo-wop hits from the late ’50s and early ’60s. george lucas and francis ford coppola spent almost all of the money allotted to music in the film on obtaining the rights to these songs. because of that the film doesn’t have a score – think of what that could have meant for some of their other, less known, films…
the national – alligator
very understated, yet feels a bit rambling. it is amazingly gloomy and catchy all at once. how can you not love a man with that deep baritone?
(side note from the blogger…this is one of my favorite albums…ever.)
and for your listening pleasure, here is a mixtape featuring songs from the above albums!


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new store playlist!

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check out this sweet new playlist of music we’re listening to in our stores…


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enjoy!

Chantelle -Nov 11, 2009, 6:42PM
I love it! Especially the Rapture, Matt & Kim and BoA! All artists I know of but songs I did not, thanks Free People xoxo
Jennifer -Nov 11, 2009, 1:18PM
it is so weird how this new autumn playlist is so entirely different from what i listen to in the autumn time. i start to get all relaxed (i go into hibernation mode or something) and make myself a playlist of vast, massive attack, soft zeppelin, blue oyster cult, zero 7, atmospheric music. this playlist was so pop-fun music, its just interesting to hear what someone else's take on seasonal music is.

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ready, able

grizzly bear, one of my favorite bands right now, just released this awesome video for their song “ready, able” on friday. the video is directed by allison schulnik, a claymation artist that the band likes…if you dig this video, you may also enjoy her short film “hobo clown,” which also features the music of grizzly bear.

mens dress shirts -Nov 11, 2009, 3:51AM
Grizzly Bear, i like the band, actually i had a collection of their shows
Pear Picker -Nov 10, 2009, 3:47PM
I am also quite grizzly bear afficianada and felt the need to share that I saw Grizzly Bear play just a few weeks back (In an Prominante collage chapel might I add). Twas INDUBITABLY SPLEDIFFEROUS.

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my kind of stamps

i have always loved album covers…i think they’re a very special form of art that tends to get lost in all the online sites that allow you to download music these days. having the actual album means something to me, and to a lot of people who still insist on buying them, and when my dad gives me his old record collection one day (i hope…!), a lot of the albums are going in frames and up on my wall.
so i think it’s really cool that next year, britain’s royal mail will launch a new series of stamps that celebrate ten classic british album covers. for the near-impossible task of selecting which ten to use, they did a series of polls and conferred with music editors, designers and writers. the stamps will have the unique shape seen in the images above, allowing for the vinyl disc poking out of the sleeve.
here’s the full list:
the clash – london calling
rolling stones – let it bleed
led zeppelin IV
david bowie – the rise and fall of ziggy stardust and the spiders from mars
pink floyd – division bell
blur – parklife
primal scream – screamadelica
coldplay – a rush of blood to the head
mike oldfield – tubular bells
new order – power, corruption & lies
don’t be too shocked that no beatles albums made the cut…they have already been on stamps.
do you agree with the british choices? if they did this in the US…what classic album covers would you want to see on stamps?
this would be at the top of my list:

ronnie -Nov 11, 2009, 3:09PM
well i know it's not a classic album cover, but it does come in vinyl, and it's one of the best covers ever - Mika's "Life in Cartoon Motion". He's British, and all of the beautiful colours and drawings in it would make for a spectacular stamp! here's a picture of it: http://www.doun.org/wp-content/uploads/2007/04/mika.jpg

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i saw the monsters of folk last night at the academy of music in philly, and i was so impressed that i felt compelled to write about them today. MOF is a “supergroup” consisting of jim james (frontman of my morning jacket), m. ward, conor oberst and mike mogis (brighteyes), all of whom have had great success in their respective careers. so it seems odd then that they’d put their main projects on hold to record an album and tour together, but seeing them live makes it clear why, as they have amazing chemistry together on stage. they each bring something different to the table, and they feed off of each others talents to create a sound that is incredibly unique – sometimes folky, sometimes it rocks out, sometimes you’re not really sure what it is (“dear god”)…but it’s always good. what i also really enjoy is that they don’t lose their individuality, and seeing them live is almost like seeing several shows in one, as they play a mix of their new music along with my morning jacket, conor oberst and m. ward songs.
i highly recommend checking out their album, monsters of folk, which was released this fall, and seeing them if they play in a town near you! in the meantime, you can watch this video for the song “the right place.”

caitlin -Nov 10, 2009, 4:27PM
that show was incredible. the music was phenomenal and the atmosphere couldn't have been more beautiful. the lights! the smoke! the curtains! i was completely enthralled the entire time. worth. every. nickel.
Kate -Nov 10, 2009, 4:08PM
This is such a great album! I saw the show in Phoenix and absolutely loved it. Thanks for posting this! :)

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november mix tape

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i’m home sick today :( …but i made this playlist of songs that feel very november-ish (or have november in the title) and listening to it is making me feel a little bit better…hope you enjoy it!


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chelsea -Nov 03, 2009, 11:43PM
feel better!
Wrecked Stellar -Nov 03, 2009, 3:30PM
Thanks for sharing! Was thinking I'm in the mood to listen to some new music. I'm home sick too :(

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tunesday: lykke li

i was in nyc this weekend and my friend/go-to for new music introduced me to lykke li. she exudes creativity and beauty. so far, “little bit” is my favorite song. hope you enjoy her as much as i do…

-Nov 06, 2009, 11:29AM
yeah i work for fp and she was on our mixes for the in-store playlist months back. loved her so much, went to see her in show. so good!
Technosunshine -Nov 05, 2009, 11:56PM
I love this song! thanks for posting it

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that’s right…it’s girls on film on music, halloween edition! here are some creepy cuts selected by bunny and monkey (a.k.a. the girls of girls on film on music).


the rolling stones
– some girls
easy dress up option for men – be a girl. problem being that even men as pretty as mick make seriously unattractive women…
bananarama – the greatest hits collection
blonde, brunette and redhead – a pick n’ mix for three ladies in need of a group costume pronto. and then you get to walk around and tell everyone you’re being “banaaaah-nah-raaaah-mah”.
kate bush – never forever
this album is kate at her best, both in terms of her songs (“babooshka”, “army dreamer”) and cover art…one musician on this album is credited with playing the harmonica, mandolin, balalaika, sitar, koto, banshee, saw, mando and delius. i have the feeling the “banshee” is the official instrument of hallowe’en…
steve martin – a wild and crazy guy
A SUIT AND BUNNY EARS. a man on the same page as me when it comes to his sartorial approach. and i do mean just every day.
bobby “boris” pickett – monster mash
thriller may be the current “grave yard smash” but i’ve always has a certain affinity for this one. and don’t be surprised if at the holidays i’m suggesting you pick up “monsters’ holiday”…
misfits – walk amoung us*
anything by the misfits on halloween is prime, but i think danzig really knocked it out of the park on this one, zombies, martians, checking with your mom if it’s ok to kill tonight, perfect!
various artists – luxury condos coming to your neighborhood soon
though it never received the attention of athens or seattle, hoboken was one of major players in the ’80s indie scene, and the evanescent coyote records helped document this scene with this 1986 compilation. how is this halloween you ask? “elvis, what happened? what happened was you died” lyrics from the mr. bonus song “elvis, what happened?” proving that if you look, anything can me spooky.
the rocky horror picture show soundtrack
i’ll be magenta, and you can be columbia (in the confetti sequin tunic, perhaps?)
*i would have picked “halloween” but for all intensive purposes, it’s only a single

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tunesday

devendra banhart – what will we be

what will we be is devendra banhart’s seventh studio album, but it is his first major label release, and has drawn mixed reviews from critics and fans who were expecting more of the raw, bohemian weirdness that banhart is known for. the overall sound of what will we be has a clarity unlike his previous albums and the vocals are smooth and relaxed, but the freak-folk moments and international influences are still there. the album starts out strong – the first few songs are like a breath of fresh air and the first single, “baby”, is addicting. “rats” is unexpected but interesting, starting out slow and then rocking out like a zeppelin tune…but for me, towards the end, the album sort of lost its excitement.

listen to the album here and let me know if you agree or disagree!

after 42 years of sports and musical history, this week the beloved philly venue will host its final concerts before being torn down early next year. pearl jam will play tuesday, wednesday, friday and saturday night, and rumors are swirling about possible guest appearances on the final night. the spectrum is known amongst performers for its excellent acoustics, and some of the most legendary musical acts of the ’60s and ’70s have played there- including led zeppelin, the doors, jimi hendrix, pink floyd, the who, eric clapton, bob dylan, neil young, the beach boys, frank sinatra, the jackson five, elvis, the band and bob marley and the wailers. the grateful dead played there 53 times, more than any other musical act.
i’ll be attending all four shows this week and will be sure to report back on the blog!
here are some of the greats who played the spectrum…
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jimi hendrix concert poster…check out those ticket prices!
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top images of the spectrum from remember the spectrum.
so long, spectrum…you will be missed.

Don'tMeanToPush -Oct 29, 2009, 3:48PM
Greatest Philly weekend ever on the horizon! Two more PJ shows, the World Series and Eagles v. Giants on Sunday! Whoo Hoo!!
Shelley -Oct 26, 2009, 6:26PM
So sad, a piece of history going away!

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