musicfest

hey you folks in the northwest! in portland, to be exact…
this festival sounds amazing…go!
sooooo many bands, including this one, whose video i love a whole lot.

hey…welcome to a new segment here on the blog… :)
(i love the name so much!!!!)
fp girls merrie and sarah review a few albums for your listening pleasure, and take real cute photos of ‘em, to boot.

1. discovery, LP – it’s a shame you can’t see how colorful this album
cover is here, but good news is the songs are in no way dull. this is rich,
synthy pop that merits an aHa-style video.
2. dum dum girls, self-titled – california lo-fi is becoming way more
prominent and the dum dum girls make this is a seriously good thing. tell
me you don’t shimmy a little during “ship of love.”
3. dead weather, horehound – this year has seen the emergence of many a
super-group, but dead weather may be the leader…with jack white
compositions and alison mosshart attitude, horehound is like a soundtrack for
a movie that hasn’t been written yet.
4. cotton jones, paranoid cocoon –– the cover for this album is a COLLAGE
I TELL YOU! someone out there has amazing elmer’s glue fingers, which is
ok, because cotton jones is very very good inspiration for being laid back
and still for a little while. RELAX ALREADY.
5. hawaii calls – the summer is almost over but these songs always make the
sun come out.
6. george michael, faith – the supermodels of the ‘90s are making a major
comeback right now and this is the soundtrack to celebrate. FASHION WEEK
HERE WE COME!
7. george harrison, all things must pass – george looks like King of the
Countryside on this album cover, sat on his tree stump throne, and this
four-album set is equally regal.
8. sam cooke, the best of sam cooke – there’s something about these songs
that are both completely of their day but fresh-sounding anyway. the right
kind of stuff for the start of fall when you’re just waiting for someone to
light the first bonfire.
and then, you can listen to the music, too!!!! except we couldn’t link up to the dum dum girls, so you have to check out their myspace.

dark circles

this is dark circles. it’s briana’s band, with help sometimes from her sister mikele. and kyle and anthony. they are pretty incredible with a hint of creepy. and are playing at johnny brenda’s in philly on the 15th…with sian alice group and the war on drugs. please go and see them before they become wildly famous.

public domain

cool video made for gold panda using found movie footage…cool. did i say cool?

GOLD PANDA – Back Home from NO-FACE Films on Vimeo.

casey -Sep 02, 2009, 7:31PM
nice find. i always love found footage especially old super 8mm and 16mm film. texture holds up beautifully and has such a haunting effect.
Myra Crandall -Sep 02, 2009, 1:14PM
reminds me of boards of canada music videos

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our we the free team from brooklyn shared a few pics with us from saturday’s cafe days event there.
andy bilinski…

and some refreshments, courtesy of brooklyn’s own maria’s panderia…

follow the events of wtf brooklyn via their very own blog! it’s cute, and great for keeping on top of local events.

where have these folks been all my life?

cool video, too…

Dez -Aug 24, 2009, 11:43PM
WTF Hollywood are HUGE Eddie Sharpe + Magnetic Zero FANS!!!! They recently played a live performance across the street at Amoeba Music! We heart them so...Our favorite song here is "Home" We love playing them in our store :) It's nice representing local L.A. music!

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we the free in brooklyn is hosting a nice little event to kick off their “cafe days”, a series of backyard performances, complete with refreshments! come by and say hi.

where: corner of smith and pacific sts. brooklyn, ny
when: august 22nd 4- 7pm
lineup:
dandy lions. a brother/ sister duet with a guitar and accordion!
4- 4:30
andy bilinski. singer-songwriter
5- 5:30
kim garrison. our headliner! popular east village acoustic artist…
6-6:30
oh, and it’s all free. we the free. :)

Caroline O'Brien -Aug 21, 2009, 6:15PM
Also, tonight the We The Free in Chicago is having an in stroe event featuring singer/songwriter 'Rachele Eve'!

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a rare breed

hey, if you live in ny, go see the breeders tonight!
or tomorrow…
they’re so cute.

at the bowery ballroom.
and, funnily enough, they’re on the same record label as bon iver, who we just posted about today.

Suki -Aug 19, 2009, 9:33AM
Oh I love the Breeders! I had such a phase when I was about 15 and I still listen... but I don't live in NY, ah well. But thanks for making me think of them anyway, I will now go listen to Drivin' on 9! Sx

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bon iver

you know julie, the call center supervisor who was just profiled here yesterday…
well, she was kind enough to write up a little something about one of her favorite musicians, bon iver…
read on, and enjoy.

“Like a quick shot of brandy warming your belly on a cold winter day, Bon Iver sparks a fire in the pit of your stomach and works his way out. His music is layered and reflective, his story-telling frank and selfless. I first found out about him when reading about “Blood Bank”, his latest EP. It was recorded in a remote cabin in Wisconsin, Iver’s home state. The EP is a follow-up to his full length, “For Emma, Forever Ago” which was released in 2008 to much acclaim. Justin Vernon (aka Bon Iver) is building momentum in the US indie charts thanks to a rigorous tour schedule and rave reviews from respected critics.
His music evokes the crisp winter air along with the silence you encounter when you step outside after a brutal snowstorm. He is a single snow flake falling from a white sky, a single voice touching your soul. I encourage everyone to take a listen to Blood Bank and let it captivate you as it did me.”

Jean -Sep 28, 2009, 9:51AM
Bon Iver is amazing. I saw him at Johnny Brenda's as an opening act (for Black Mountain), and he blew me out of the water. Ever since, I've been hooked. Loved this guest spot--do you often collaborate with other bloggers? If so, I'd surely be interested! xo Jean
B -Aug 18, 2009, 10:47PM
skinny love skinny love <333

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woodstock forever

happy 40th…

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from shelly rusten and robert altman.

Jamie -Aug 15, 2009, 1:50PM
I love the atmosphere, the attire, the attitude of it all. Wouldn't it be neat to live there, even if it were just for one day?
Megan -Aug 14, 2009, 11:38AM
Love this post, can't wait for the new movie...

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If you’re in NYC and looking for something fun and free to do tonight, check out the Alberta Cross show in Brooklyn! It’s taking place at Brooklyn Bowl at 8pm, and they are playing with another cool band, Phonograph, so it should be a great show! And free! You can’t beat that!

Alberta Cross and Phonograph
Tonight, August 5th, 8pm
Brooklyn Bowl
61 Wythe Ave
Brooklyn NY

If you are in the Chicago area this weekend, you should check out the Wicker Park Festival going on this Saturday and Sunday! This a cool music and arts festival that the Wicker Park & Bucktown area put on every year, with this year’s festival including something like 40 musicians! It starts tomorrow at 12pm, and runs through Sunday evening! Located at the intersection of Milwaukee & North Streets, it’ll be right across the street from our Free People store and our We The Free store! The word is that those stores will be having a big sale this weekend as well! Check out this site or this site for all the details!
Saturday July 25th & Sunday July 26th, 12pm-10pm
Milwaukee at North Street
Chicago IL
Special thanks to commenter Caroline for the heads-up!

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