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a new rolling stones song??? it must be christmas! i had heard about the reissue of one of the greatest albums of all time, exile on main street, but i completely forgot the release was approaching. as i was driving home yesterday i turned on the radio to hear the familiar sound of the stones singing a song i had never heard- very weird, since i know every single one of their songs by heart! it is called “plundered my soul” and i loved it right off the bat- it’s very catchy and has that raw, grainy sound that permeates the whole exile album (recorded mostly in the basement of a house in the south of france – pictured above). the new/old song was released in celebration of record store day this past saturday, and the reissue of exile will have three other previously unheard tracks along with alternate versions of classics like “soul survivor” and “lovin cup.” i can’t wait! take a listen and let me know what you think!
i picked the photos above specifically because i think they give you a little bit of the feeling of caribou’s music… like a watercolor painting of greens, purples, pinks and blues swirling around in a pool of sunlight. his first album, andorra, was recommended by a staff member at amoeba in san francisco and the second i pressed play i was mesmerized by the soaring melodies and daniel snaith’s dreamy, angelic voice. it’s hard to believe he created all the beauty of the album on his own (although he does perform with a live band on tour). the new album, swim, was recorded while snaith was learning to swim, which influenced him to experiment with different sounds to create the feeling of being under water. the music has a more electronic feel and i actually think it sort of loses a little bit of the atmospheric dreaminess that made the last album so relaxing, but it still has some standouts, like the first song “odessa.” check out the playlist for a few songs from the new album, along with some of my favorite tracks from andorra (“eli”, “melody day”, “she’s the one”). let me know what you think!
check out caribou’s myspace here.
we’re so glad you all enjoyed the coachella coverage on the blog this weekend! for tunesday i wanted to share a few videos of some of the festival highlights, including performances by muse, jay-z and my love, thom yorke. he is a genius.
the absence of the rest of radiohead is almost made up for by the presence of flea. almost.
were any of you at coachella? what was your favorite performance of the weekend?
Coachella is done and dusted and yes I am so sad. Nothing beats the epic adventure of a Festival, it’s like you morph into another world for a couple of days then your transported right back into reality.
Our last day started off again, with another amazing cooked breakfast – french toast!
A guy was staying with us who was out of this world ( he’s the one that has been making us 5* feasts every morning) - A nut bag at night/incredible host by day ( he’s the one dancing like a crazy fool above with the head band on).
We tend to take it easy in the day and head into the festival @ 4 because we know for sure alot of energy is going to be needed. So yep Yogo and lazing by the pool were the activities that took up most of our afternoon.
We got dressed up and headed to soak up the last evening of Coachella. The girls of Sunday were very relaxed, denim shorts, cute tops and loose dresses. My favourite looks of the day were the two girls wearing dresses, wayfarers, Dr Martins and Converses and yep there was hundred girls wearing Free People again.
Headliners of the night Thom Yorke and aaaahhhhhhhhh GORILLAZ!!! didn’t disappoint, as you can expect from Gorillaz the animations were on another level and Thom Yorke really made us dance our souls away.
At the end of the evening everyone stampeded to the exit, cheering with little sad faces as Coachellla has yet again proved to be an awesome festival.
Coachella I want you every year!!!
Thanks for following my news feeds and I hope Free People can bring to you more Festivals in the future.
“maybe it’s good to put things in perspective, but sometimes, i think that the only perspective is to really be there.”
“even if somebody else has it much worse, that doesn’t really change the fact that you have what you have.”
“so, this is my life. and i want you to know that i am both happy and sad and i’m still trying to figure out how that could be.”
lou is our guy’s girl – a tomboy with a feminine side who can be sexy without losing her rough and tumble, rock n’ roll edge. she’s the type of girl who can roll out of bed and throw on cutoffs and a t-shirt and walk out the door without any makeup. the key to her style is being ready to hop on her skateboard or bike at a moment’s notice and disappear in a cloud of dust, because she’s always moving – with the wind in her hair and her beat-up sneakers or boots on her feet.
to capture the gritty style and energy that is lou we went to FDR park in philadelphia, a perfect location with its mix of grunge and beauty. it winds around a scenic lake with ducks and blossoming trees and ends under the highway with a skatepark, where the sound of wheels grinding on concrete made our ‘lou’ right at home. here are some of our special shots to give you some insight into the spirit of lou!
more photos below!
She grew up building dams in rivers and climbing trees. She’s been nurtured into one of the boys. She’s adventurous and not afraid of the outdoors. Spontaneity calls to her and Skate parks are where you’d find her, swinging on bars, teasing the air around her. This girl likes to twist her favorite classics – fedoras, cargos, pinstripes and retro sneakers until they are out lived. Say hello to Lou…
I’ve been trying to get into this mindset ever since I watched the Lords of Dog town film starring Heath Ledger and Emile Hirsch (2005) however I don’t think I have the attitude!
As soon as I heard about this trend I jumped straight to Erin Wasson for inspiration (who wouldn’t… right?)
She’s at the top of the hierarchy when it come to skater cool. I take a note out of her book when it comes to styling.
“Bring your spirit into your style”
items pictured above: 1. pucker up corset cami, levis lvc 1933 baggy 501; 2. short sleeve voluminous v-neck tee; 3. we the free collectors tee; 4. leopard bralette; 5. reed runner by frye; 6. old english boot.
shop twisted classics!
Only one more day left, and im already feeling a little blue, its going to be hard to leave this fun land.
Saturday was one of our Fp girl’s birthdays and of course we celebrated in style. Woke up to a champagne breakfast, which after a night of heavy dancing was the best thing ever!
We chilled out on the patio soaking in the sun rays then headed into the festival giggling to cheesy pop in the car. Parked in VIP then snap happy me got to work. The look for Saturday was definitely long dresses (the Meadows were out in full force) loads of girls were wearing feathers tied in their hair too, which i thought was pretty cute.
An inspirational idea i had from the girls here was to wear the cute lingerie slips with denim shirts an idea i might just steal!
It was so nice to see a lot of people recycling their Free People shopping bag too and using it as a great festival bag, i was also choked to see a guy sporting one and still managing to look cool!
The music of the night made me so proud to be British…
Hot Chip, The XX ( oh oh oh Jay-Z came on and collaborated with them, which was beyond amazing) and headliner of the night MUSE. Geeeezzzzz Louise the MUSE was incredible – a great performance that blow me off the face of the earth. A visual masterpiece with the sickest light show ever!
Got back to the villa feeling pretty dazed – an amazing day!