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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film fix

if you’re a fan of jack kerouac, a new documentary came out today called one fast move or i’m gone, which focuses on the phase of kerouac’s life chronicled in the novel big sur. one of my favorite jack kerouac books, it is set mostly in a cabin owned by lawrence ferlinghetti in the scenic section of the northern california coast called big sur. kerouac stayed in the cabin for several weeks as he struggled with alcoholism and depression after publishing his famous novel on the road. the documentary tells the stories behind big sur through voice-overs paired with high-def imagery and interviews with people who knew kerouac or were influenced by his work, including ferlinghetti, tom waits and patti smith.

bixby bridge at big sur, which kerouac wrote about in the novel. i was lucky enough to go there and it’s incredible.
click here for a list of theaters where the film is playing.

amy -Oct 20, 2009, 7:17PM
loooove jack kerouac.

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tunesday

time for this week’s new music review…

atlas sound – logos
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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time to get creative…send us your costume ideas and photos!

i have a feeling the max costume will be big this year…
(the photo is of a max costume by christian joy, on display and for sale at space 15 twenty).
you can send your ideas and images to me, jkeim@freepeople.com, or upload your photos to our new flickr page!

Alyssa -Oct 21, 2009, 12:06PM
My boyfriend and I are going as Peace and Quiet: I'll be a hippie and he'll be a mime!
-Oct 20, 2009, 10:04PM
im being a star trek geek! :o)

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are you a fan of our zip cardi wrap?

did you know it can be worn more than one way?

check out this video for tips on how to wear it:

in case you’re wondering, the song in the background is “sugarbaby” by crystal stilts.

steve the builder -Oct 27, 2009, 4:14AM
how-to style: zip cardi wrap You look great in that cardi!
loopy -Oct 20, 2009, 10:08AM
I love all your clothes and designs. Have you guys thought about opening a store in London, England?

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we love hearing from our fans and readers, and we’d like to give you all a chance to share your passion and creativity with us. we’ve created a free people flickr page where we will post pictures from around the office as well as images that inspire us, and we want you to share your images with us as well! check out the new page here.
furthermore, in a new feature on the blog called fp photo hunt, we will introduce a new theme or subject and invite you to send us a photo displaying that theme/subject in a fun and creative way. our favorites will be selected at the end of the week and posted on the blog the following monday.
this week…what is the strangest object in your home?

this is by far the weirdest thing in my apartment.

introducing another new feature on the fp blog…employee profiles! tune in to meet fp girls who work in the home office and hear about some of their own personal passions.

check out more fp videos on youtube.

fpjulia -Oct 22, 2009, 1:23PM
Hil- the girl in the video has a bachelor of science in psychology and physiology, and a background in statistics. hope that helps!
Hil -Oct 21, 2009, 5:01PM
I am a college student. What do you major in to become a business analyst for retail?

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some lovely photos of our facebook fans in international locations…

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can you guess the location in each of the above?

*girl in bath -Oct 27, 2009, 11:50AM
Thanks for calling me gorgeous, ciaociao! I'm going to start campaigning to be in the catalogue asap! haha
fahad -Oct 21, 2009, 6:03PM
hi

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monday quote

“be not the slave of your own past. plunge into the sublime seas, dive deep and swim far, so you shall come back with self-respect, with new power, with an advanced experience that shall explain and overlook the old.”
- ralph waldo emerson

image via ffffound.

-Oct 19, 2009, 10:06PM
this is very relevant for me now... good monday quote. thanks! xo
lovefp -Oct 19, 2009, 8:31PM
awesome.

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pumpkin pancakes

a friend told me about these pumpkin pancakes and they sound like an awesome breakfast for a fall morning!
prep time – 20 min
cook time – 20 min
recipe makes approx. 12 pancakes
ingredients:
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 3 tablespoons brown sugar
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon ground allspice
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 1/2 cups milk
- 1 cup pumpkin puree
- 1 egg
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 2 tablespoons vinegar
directions:
- In a separate bowl, mix together the milk, pumpkin, egg, oil and vinegar. combine the flour, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda, allspice, cinnamon, ginger and salt, stir into the pumpkin mixture just enough to combine.
- heat a lightly oiled griddle or frying pan over medium high heat. pour or scoop the batter onto the griddle, using approximately 1/4 cup for each pancake. brown on both sides and serve hot.
enjoy!

gloria -Nov 01, 2009, 9:08AM
just got your pumkin pancake recipe BUT dont know what kind of vinegar to use. It looks yummy but I don't want to skrew it up .I'm quite new to blogging . A much interested senior******
fpjulia -Oct 19, 2009, 9:50AM
Hi Jaime- you can send them to me! JKeim@freepeople.com...thanks!

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gimme shelter

yesterday we told you about a show taking place at johnny brenda’s to benefit the philadelphia independent artist collective vox populi.
i went to their website to check out some of the artists and I was inspired by these paintings by local artist kate stewart, who’s work explores notions of escape and shelter.

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DOA.jpg
Outbreak.jpg
Palindrome.jpg
check out her website and more of her work here.

crazy good news today…free people has added 33…33!!!….new countries to the list of places we can deliver to!
new additions include japan, south korea, mexico, south america, central america and some caribbean locations…see the full list here.

heather -Oct 19, 2009, 9:49AM
Hi! South Africa is coming soon! xoxo
Kristin -Oct 16, 2009, 8:03PM
Any hope for shipping to South Africa anytime soon???

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