the 23rd annual bridge school benefit concert, organized by neil young and his wife pegi, is taking place this saturday and sunday at the shoreline amphitheatre in mountain view california. neil young is the man…if you don’t believe me, watch this video.

benefits from the concert go towards the bridge school, a non-profit organization that helps children with severe speech and physical impairments. for more about the bridge school and the concert click here.

Jonelle -Oct 26, 2009, 3:00AM
I was just at that concert tonight! It was amazing :).
brittney cottrell -Oct 25, 2009, 8:55PM
i love neil young, and this song especially!

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cmj in nyc

the 2009 cmj music marathon and film festival starts today in new york city. cmj spans five days and showcases hundreds of new acts playing small shows at a variety of venues in the city. highlights include atlas sound, who we posted about earlier today, playing two shows (tonight and tomorrow night), and the very best, playing tomorrow night. for a full list of bands, venues and showtimes click here.

also if you haven’t heard of the very best, check out their song warm heart of africa featuring ezra koenig of vampire weekend…i dig it.
you can listen to it on their myspace page here.
if you’re going to any cmj shows tell us how they are and send pics!

indi -Oct 22, 2009, 11:43PM
that song was on the urban outfitters playlist #7...theres a bunch of other goodies on the list but that song is def one of the best!
music -Oct 20, 2009, 7:16PM
i love that song!!!

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tunesday

time for this week’s new music review…

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atlas sound is the solo project of bradford cox, the lead singer of deerhunter (whose album microcastle was one of my favorites of 2008). with atlas sound, he is able to be more experimental than he is with the full band, blending ambience, airy electronics and soft, warm lyrics. you can hear the influence of 60s pop and doo-wop in the undertones of songs like “walkabout”, “my halo” and “shelia”, which when compared to the dreary melancholy of most of cox’s music, sound just like a crisp sunny day. “walkabout” is a collaboration with noah lennox (a.k.a. panda bear/member of animal collective), who also rocks. check out this cute video set to the song.

atlas sound is touring now, so check out the tour dates on myspace to see if he’s coming to a town near you.
the above image is from the deerhunter/atlas sound blog.

Julie -Oct 21, 2009, 11:44PM
i have been listening to walkabout in my car like 17 times a day for the past two weeks, it's great!
music -Oct 20, 2009, 7:19PM
this album is so good.

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hidden treasure

those of you in the san francisco bay area this weekend should check out the treasure island music festival, taking place saturday and sunday. the annual festival typically chooses a lineup of dance-friendly acts for saturday and more low-key acoustic acts to mellow out to on sunday. this year, saturday will feature mgmt, girl talk and passion pit, among others, while sunday has a killer lineup including the flaming lips, grizzly bear, yo la tengo, vetiver and edward sharpe and the magnetic zeros.

not to mention, the scenery is breathtaking.

if any of you go, let us know how it is and send pictures!

Tamil Songs -Aug 22, 2010, 11:02AM
The new designs are Awesome.
fpjulia -Oct 22, 2009, 9:32AM
Hi Sarah- you can send them to me at: jkeim@freepeople.com thanks so much!

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more picks (and pics) from our very own musical experts!

rhythm to the madness – weltschmerz
got this at an amazing record store down the street from our free people chicago store, reckless records (www.reckless.com). if you’re in the mood to start your record collection, they give the best recommendations right on the record, so you don’t have to worry about looking like a dork when you just like the album cover. anyway, this album is rad and features members from rise & fall and justice. rttm’s appearance at the justice release party got kids wanting more than just a cameo, so they put out this album (as if it were that easy…), which has some of the most kickin’ guitar solos around.
bibio – hand cranked
first, forget that you’ve heard stephen wilkinson’s, aka bibio’s, music in commercials for l.l.bean and toyota. now get ready to dance because this album is KILLER.
lily allen – it’s not me, it’s you
brit pop brat maybe, but that doesn’t stop this record from being really good. like, REALLY good.
owen/ the rutabaga – split ep
so this isn’t really new (was re-released 2004), but it’s new to me. owen is the solo project of mike kinsella who also led the band american football, and played in the bands cap’n jazz, joan of arc and owls. the rutabaga is the one man show of joshua wayne hensley. normally a split has a good side and a bad side, but not this one – the sum is definitely greater than the parts.
loudon wainwright III – attempted moustache
loudon knows how to mix the bitter and the sweet. it includes a favorite: swimming song – “salt my wounds, chlorine my eyes, i’m a self destructive fool”. swoon.
madness – one step beyond
one step beyond is all good times. we highly recommend putting this on at a party just as people have lost the momentum – you’re going to have a throng of dancing in your living room before you know it.
leadbelly – huddie ledbetter’s best…
as much as I hate to recommend a compilation, leadbelly is a true legend and there’s no better way to cover the breadth of his work. known for his 12-string guitar, these classic songs are different when touched by his wicked trifecta of talent, heart and soul.
yves montand – aimez-vous yves?
side one is for putting on a frock and pouring yourself a café latte, side two is to talk in your most outrageous french accent and go off to live la rive gauche.
listen to some tunes from these albums here.

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check out the fall 2009 playlist that is now up on fp radio…enjoy!


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jillian -Oct 15, 2009, 11:41AM
awww! i like this playlist even better than the last one!!! hot hot heat, the unicorns, klaxons... mgmt... wunderbar!
g! -Oct 14, 2009, 7:03PM
aw i love the unicorns!

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tunesday

welcome to another new feature on the fp blog! each week we will review a new album coming out that we think you all might enjoy. this week…brooklyn band grooms with rejoicer.

grooms (formerly known as muggabears) is a trio consisting of emily ambruso, travis johnson and jim sykes. grooms might be another indie band based out of brooklyn but they differentiate themselves with their ability to create soundscapes that alternate between noise-pop and clean, smooth guitar and vocals. this unpredictability makes rejoicer an interesting album to listen to, and it’s sure to make for a great live show as well. rejoicer officially comes out on october 20 but is available starting today on itunes. you can listen to some songs from the new album on their myspace page, here.

psst…If you live in new york, you can catch grooms at the knitting factory in brooklyn on thursday night for the rejoicer album release party, and they’re also playing a few shows during next week’s cmj festival (check out the full cmj schedule here).

Eagan -Mar 09, 2010, 8:17PM
great analysis

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yer fave bands!

a few weeks ago, i shared my love of the cure from way back when…
well, a couple of you emailed me with your faves…here’s a sampling. i love all these guys (and gals) too!
guns and roses

nirvana

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pink floyd
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sonic youth
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fall mixtape fun

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we’ve compiled a mixtape playlist of fall-ish songs for all to enjoy!!


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Allison -Sep 30, 2009, 3:01PM
I am so thrilled that "Autumn Walker" by Jets to Brazil is on this playlist! It's one of my favorite songs, especially around this time of year.
Lexy -Sep 30, 2009, 1:09PM
Love it!

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your fave band?

in high school, my favorite band was the cure. i would have DIED for robert smith and simon gallup…

who is/was your fave band when you were in school? send me a picture…cyotter@freepeople.com.
:)

another installment from our very own go-to girls about awesome tunes…

kurt vile – god is saying this to you
this comes under the intimidating genre “psych folk” but really it’s just dreamy guitar loops with dylan-esque charm. and here’s a fact for you – that’s kurt vile’s dad on the cover of this album.
brendan benson – my old familiar friend
have a listen to “tiny spark” and tell me you didn’t do a little jig in your chair.
crystal stilts – crystal stilts
the lo-fi sound and super 8 videos have this brooklyn-based group posed as kings of hipster cool, but in a good way.
tune yards – bird brains
ok, there had to be some serious restraint not to totally gush about this band, this album, and in particular this vinyl. it’s not for everyone, but it will definitely make you sit up and listen.
blondie – parallel lines
though this is the band’s third album, it is their most popular by far. it’s the perfect getting-ready, singing-in-the-hairbrush record.
the blasters – the blasters
once a fixture on the LA punk scene, they can now be heard playing in the background of episodes of true blood. they are a complete dichotomy: LA punks with a heart in the bayou. and come on, they toured with queen!
clash – combat rock
last clash album with its’ original line up, combat rock has the band flirting with rap, funk, and reggae, and it even has a cameo by poet allen ginsberg. plus, MIA’s “paper planes” main riff is sampled from the song “straight to hell”.
ella fitzgerald – sings the cole porter song book
this is the first album in ella’s song book series, and the best rainy sunday music that ever existed. *fun fact – it’s one of only 50 recordings chosen by the Library of Congress to be in the National Recording Registry*.
click here for a sampling of the above…enjoy!

Kathlene -Sep 25, 2009, 3:32AM
I'm listening to "Fiya" by the Tune-Yards right now and I love it!
Dez -Sep 23, 2009, 1:13AM
You gals are RAD! I love all of the songs you picked this time around, especially the Kurt Vile and Crystal Stilts tunes...keep em' comin! xx Dez@We The Free

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girlz

this video from the band girls is awesome…
NOTE: the f word is used a few times in this song…if you’re offended by this word, maybe you might want to wait for the next post. :)

go, san francisco!

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