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You all are going to love our summer playlist! I’ve been enjoying it all morning, it’s got a great mood! Enjoy!


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B -Jul 03, 2009, 11:31PM
Aw, Kate Voegle...I saw her open for Hanson a year or so ago...she's cute
laura -Jul 02, 2009, 4:33PM
Great playlist!!!

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“In a world filled with hate, we must still dare to hope. In a world filled with anger, we must still dare to comfort. In a world filled with despair, we must still dare to dream. And in a world filled with distrust, we must still dare to believe.”
I’ve been really into this blog Artist Quote of the Day. The quotes are typically from visual artists, and the entries feature images of their work and some brief brographical information. But today was Michael.

flash -Jul 05, 2009, 1:37AM
Nice!
lil -Jun 26, 2009, 9:07PM
thanks for posting this. I love you Michael. I hope you will be happy always.

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hecuba video

Hecuba “Suffering” [Official Video] HD from Hecuba on Vimeo.

This video makes me want to find a boy with greased hair and a dirty motorcycle!
by Hecuba

Allyson -Jun 26, 2009, 6:39PM
Awesome. Totally straight out of Grease. :)

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hammer time

This will wake you up right! A group of dancers wearing hammer pants rush into a random store and surprise everyone with an awesome dance!

Sara -Jun 18, 2009, 8:13AM
That made my morning, thanks! I am old enough to have worn a pair of 'hammer pants' (well, in grade 8). Some of the customers at the beginning look scared!

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hey joe

Ah! I love finding treasures like this on YouTube! Here’s some footage of The Jimi Hendrix Experience playing Hey Joe and Sunshine of Your Love on the old British television show It’s Lulu. It’s pretty clear for being old and on YouTube, and it’s absolutely mesmerizing. Enjoy!

leslie -Jun 11, 2009, 11:12AM
I love the cover Michael Pitt did in the movie The Dreamers too.
Debbie Schramer -Jun 11, 2009, 11:03AM
I really love visiting your blog.....you share such great things!! I thought you might like to see our video clips on Youtube......my husband and I make fantastic Fairy Treehouses and little Fairy Furniture. Our site on Youtube is natureartists. I thought you might like to post something about our art on your blog.....it's pretty unusual! You can also see our Nature Art on my website and my blog: http://beautiful-art.blogspot.com. We also have a gallery, too, called "Marcel & Florette's Curious Menagerie!! Thanks for sharing so many fantastic things......your blog is great!! Debbie

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Here is the next installment of our video from the Company of Thieves show last weekend at We The Free! This song is called The Fire Song. See the first video here, and our fun interview with them here! Enjoy!

heidi -Jun 13, 2009, 12:50AM
this is my favourite song of theirs!! thanks for posting! i'm so excited you guys are featuring them. i got to see these lovely people at compass:north music festival a few weeks ago and it was AMAZING!

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As many of you know, we were delighted to have Company of Thieves play at our We The Free store in Brooklyn this past weekend! Our Assistant Art Director Carrie popped up to see the show, and she took some great video of it! Here’s one of the songs below – they sounded great! Check back later this week for more video of the show!

Thank you Company of Thieves! And thank you Carrie!

Jen -Jun 09, 2009, 9:32PM
shes so awesome, i think i look to her as an influence cuz i sing in a band too. shes got so much balls though! she wore or a great outfit, especially that cameo belt
katie -Jun 08, 2009, 5:31PM
I love the end with the autograph through the glass!!!

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Don’t forget – tomorrow at our We The Free store in Brooklyn, Company of Thieves will be doing an intimate acoustic set at 5pm! This is free! Come check it out if you’re in the area, it’s sure to be a blast!
Here’s the address of the We The Free store in Brooklyn:
We The Free
113 Smith Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201
(718) 250 – 0050
Click here to Google map it!
Click here to read our recent interview with Company of Thieves!
See you in Brooklyn!

emily -Jun 05, 2009, 1:45PM
this sounds so fun! i wish i still lived in brooklyn!!! :( you should plan something for chicago! :)

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Good morning! This song, Melody Day, by Caribou is the perfect way to start the day! If you haven’t heard Caribou I bet you will like them! The video is pretty neat too! Enjoy!

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Give our newest store playlist a spin! It’s really upbeat and fun! Enjoy!


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You might recall a while back when I posted the video for Oscar Wilde by Company of Thieves. We got such a fabulous response from you all! We were psyched that you guys are into Company of Thieves too – so when we were able to catch the lovely lead singer Genevieve Schatz for a quick chat before their appearance in Indianapolis, we went nuts!
Meredith (who works for FP) and Genevieve talked about the band’s new album, Ordinary Riches, fashion, traveling, and peanut butter! And, as if that weren’t enough, we are pumped to announce that the band are going to do an intimate acoustic set in our We The Free store in Brooklyn this very Saturday at 5pm! Don’t miss it!
Until then, check out the interview below!
So how is the tour going?
Actually we just got home from a west coast run. We are about to leave in a few days for about a month and a half (tour) so I hope it’s going to be fabulous!
Did you have a very steady tour schedule so far this year?
Definitely. We left at the end of January and went out for about two and a half months with Thriving Ivory, came back for about a week. Then we went to the west coast to have our own run of headlining shows and it was just amazing to be out there. I’d never been out to Seattle or Portland or San Diego and places like that. It’s been a really wild ride. I’ve gotten to the point that I’m more comfortable on the road than I am when I come home!
Better with dirty laundry than clean clothes?!
Yeah! You become part of the earth! It’s a totally different rhythm that you sink into.
I love the webcasts you did on Youtube from the road! They’re so cute and they made me feel like one of your friends, watching you bopping around while you traveled.
Haha! That’s awesome! That’s the whole point! We want to always include our fans, our friends in what we’re doing. We just always want to share it.
Were you happy to share when your van got broken into at SXSW (a music festival)?
Well, it’s cool to show all sides of the game because a lot of people are under the impression that, you know, it’s always a very glamorous lifestyle. You have your ups and downs just like anything.
Your latest album, Ordinary Riches, is clearly very influenced by Oscar Wilde. Are you often influenced by other arts than music when you write songs?
I always have been. It’s something that isn’t really sought out for me, I kind of always end up in the middle of… I don’t know! A lot of things open my eyes constantly. I’ve always been very aware and conscious of what’s going on around me. It’s always been hard for me to keep it out, I always let me fill me up! And so the whole album is really based on personal experiences and also sometimes being in the center of a lot of commotion just by the nature of living in a major city and being in a lot of crowded areas and coming into contact with other people and relating to them and things like that. It’s kind of an album about a coming of age.
Have you been writing on the road?
Absolutely! Every day!
Are you getting a different tone with being out of the city and in these new places?
Yes yes! I would say… How do I explain it… It’s much darker but much more focused.
The thing I find interesting about this album is the lyrics are fairly dark and introspective but the melodies, though not necessarily “pop”, are definitely accessible and often upbeat. I found it weird to find myself happily bopping along to a song and then realize what I’m singing along to.
I think that’s something that I’ve come to really embrace is the fact that, for me, I feel like the painful things in life and the joyful things in life have a lot of similarities and the physical effects of feeling overjoyed or feeling deeply deeply hurt are very similar to me – just the weight of the world. That’s kind of what our songs, even our new ones, have that tone where there’s a contrast going on with a shared vein.

So what is the dynamic between you and your bandmates on the road?
As far as the three of us go, I feel like Marc (Walloch, guitarist) is the guy who is the problem solver and will just bulldoze through anything and be a soldier. Mike (Ortiz, drummer) is the guy that makes sure everyone keeps calm. He seems impervious to disasters. It’s really funny – he has this energy level that’s super calm of just “It’s all ok. We’re going to get through this.” And I’m the person who… well everyone jokes that they see the little girl in me all the time. It’s because I’m definitely the explorer. I’ll be like, “Let’s go on this adventure! What’s this?! Let’s do this thing!” They’ll turn around and I’ll be climbing a tree or something, shouting “Come here! You guys have to see this!”
What is some of the stuff you’ve discovered while you’ve been traveling that’s been exciting for you?
Honestly, one of the coolest things was a town in Tennessee called Tallulah. We just wrote a song about it. It was a town that has been almost completely abandoned and every single building, the school house, the post office, the homes and store fronts, were completely left. There were a only a few human beings in the whole town. You know, at first I was really scared and I couldn’t believe that this happens. But when I realized that this is what happens when people leave, nature just comes in, I had this glee. When I looked closer there were vines coming up from the earth and wrapping around buildings and taking them back in. It was almost like nature trying to say that nature prevails and things change. I found that comforting.
I’m really excited that you guys are going to be able to do an in-store set for us. But you also recently did a set for another “store” of sorts- Etsy.
Yes! Oh my gosh!
How did that come about?
Well, a few months ago I was talking to the band saying that I feel that we’re at a time in this industry where independent arts really does have a huge window of opportunity and there’s a lot of presence. I’m really into supporting other independent artists so I was like, why don’t I incorporate pieces in my wardrobe that are very personal to people that they’ve spent a lot of time and put a lot of heart into? That’s what I do with my life so I should have a full circle representation of that. I started getting into Etsy because there’s a local artist in Chicago that I buy a lot from, dresses that no one in the world has but me and it feels so cool to wear them on stage! So basically we contacted Etsy about it and talked about different things we liked and performed for the creative people on Etsy. It was so cool to be able to do that!
Yeah, Etsy really is a great platform for a marketplace. It’s amazing how quickly it’s taken off and all the talent on there.
Definitely, and also a lot of unexpected surprises. I found this person who makes these wooden peg figures of casts from Wes Anderson films. It’s so hilarious! It’s like a child’s toy but who would ever have thought that someone would think to spend their time doing that, and it’s great that they do and it makes them happy.
Are you a fan of fashion? Do you look out for trend or do you have your own vibe?
I definitely have my own style but I’m a huge fan of fashion! It’s obviously a representation of the greater picture of the world that at least can be broken down into personal perspective and I’ve always loved that. I really believe in expressing yourself through fashion. I do believe it’s an art.
And your song was on Gossip Girl
That was crazy! I didn’t get to see the excerpt because I don’t really watch television but I heard about it the day it was happening and I was kind of blown away! To start off I didn’t know how I felt about it to be honest but it was a very cool opportunity for us to get exposure.
I always think it must be quite surreal the first time you hear yourself on the radio or on TV.
I still haven’t heard us on the radio! I hope that if it ever happens it will be like the That Thing You Do moment when we’re all screaming and running from different parts of the city and meeting up just as the song ends.
Now I have all my stupid questions…
Crunchy or smooth peanut butter?

Wait what? Oh, crunchy.
Innie or outie?
Hmmmmm… innie?
Pink or black?
Black.
Spots or stripes?
Stripes definitely.
Ocean or country?
Oooooh ocean.
Winter or summer?
Summer!
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Wow! What an awesome interview! Thank you Genevieve! And thank you Meredith for your interviewer skills! I couldn’t have even imagined a better interview than that!
Check out more from Company of Thieves on their Myspace – and don’t miss their in-store appearance, this coming Saturday afternoon at 5pm at We The Free in Brooklyn!

Karen -Jun 04, 2009, 3:00PM
What a great interview! CoT are an incredibly talented group of people! They are unbelievably sweet and also amazing performers. We are lucky to be able to listen to their beautiful musical creations. I can't wait for new material either!
Nathan -Jun 04, 2009, 3:20AM
Great interview! CoT is amazing and after hearing Tallulah I can't wait for new material!

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dance piano

This video is really fun! I’ve seen these giant pianos for dancing before, but I’ve sure never seen anyone playing it with such skill! These folks do a little routine and play Bach’s Toccata and Fugue in D minor on it! Sweet!

Fiona -Jun 01, 2009, 5:32AM
Warm nostalgic flashback to watching Big when I was ten...
Amy -May 30, 2009, 3:31PM
SUPER COOL

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