ENDLESS SUMMER: TAMARYN’S PLAYLIST

Posted on August 20, 2015

Who better than one of our favourite new female fronted artists to pick her favourite new female-fronted acts? We asked Tamaryn, the New Zealand vocalist who now calls New York her home, to select a couple of tracks by ladies she’s currently loving in the music world for some serious Thursday inspiration…

(Want to listen to some of Tamaryn’s own tunes? Don’t miss her new album Cranekiss, coming out August 28th!)

The Black Ryder – Let Me Be Your Light:

“One of my favourite bands around. This song is heartbreakingly gorgeous.”

No Joy – Hollywood Teeth: 

“I like all of No Joy’s records but the last two are my favourites. They were also produced by Jorge Elbrecht who produced my new album. I love Jasamine’s voice so much!”

Them Are Us Too – Eudaemonia: 

“A new band I recently got into. They’re doing something really special. This song and video are gorgeous.”

Wax Idols – Lonely You:

“Heather Fortune and her band Wax Idols have a killer new album dropping this Fall. This is the first single and it’s pretty great.”

Samantha Urbani – 1-2-3-4:

“Samantha is amazing. She’s been making freestyle pop music for a long time since her band Friends and also in collaboration with Dev Hynes/Blood Orange. Her new solo work is really exciting.”

Best Coast – Feeling OK: 

“Bethany Cosentino is the ultimate babe boss. She writes honest pop songs that speak to people on huge level and is fearless and unapologetic about what she is about. I find her very inspiring.”

Jennie Vee – Spying: 

“Jennie has played with me live recently as well as Courtney Love and is a great songwriter in her own right. I helped her on set of this video that just came out.”

Your Young Body – Hypomania:

“This band opened for us on a recent tour and I was captivated by them. This came out a year ago but i’m really looking forward to the new stuff they are about to release.”

Want to see Tamaryn for yourself? She’ll be DJ-ing at this weekend’s Endless Summer music event in Brooklyn – grab your free ticket at our Soho or 5th Avenue store. 

ENDLESS SUMMER SERIES: HANNAH COHEN

Posted on August 19, 2015

 
As part of our Endless Summer music event series we’ve been tapping up the hottest talent to host and play to our local fans. Enter Hannah Cohen, the seriously cool singer songwriter who has been on our radar since we fell for her music video Child Bride, and who will be taking the stage this weekend at our New York show at The Freehold in Brooklyn. The starlet, who has recently released her gorgeous new album Pleasure Boy, took some time to chat with the beautiful songstress on her year of touring and hanging out with her cats…
You’ve been working in music for a number of years – how has your music changed and evolved?

I was originally writing on guitar. I now have been writing on keyboards, autoharp and also trying out different instruments which affect my voice and songwriting. I think it’s always going to be evolving, I don’t want to  do the same thing on every record.

What’s been the single biggest influence on your music?

Its hard to pinpoint just one thing. I guess my relationships. I reflect on what’s going in my life, what’s happening with me. I tend to write pretty personal songs so I guess my happiness and my surroundings really affect my music.

What’s been your best moment of 2015 so far?

I think touring, playing as much as possible, and just being on the road – I’ve really enjoyed that. I guess maybe going to the Dominican Republic to shoot a music video. That was fun! We were down there for just a few days but it was pretty magical. But traveling, meeting new people, and getting to play music – it’s been a good year for that. Also  playing at the Music Hall of Williamsburg. I was opening for Paul Weller and that was the end of a two week East Coast tour. That show just felt really great.

What musical artist has been the most influential?

I listen to a wide variety of music. A lot of brazilian groups, soul, blues, old country, experimental music and new wave. I think I take bits a pieces of all of that. I grew up listening to Billie Holiday religiously so I’m sure her phrasing and her tone has definitely rubbed of on me.
How does living in NY inspire your music?
By the musicians that I work with and people that I’m able to be in touch with. There’s a really great music community. There’s so much to New York. Sometimes I forget that I live here. I get stuck in my apartment writing or working. You forget that you’re in this incredible city.
How does style and fashion come into your music, if at all?
I’m eclectic all around. Musically and style wise. I really love to dress up especially on stage. When you feel good in an outfit you can project even more. I love dressing up, wearing costumes and make up. I think it affects how good you feel on stage. It’s always changing for me. I kind of just wear what I’m into at the moment.
How would you describe your performance style?
Moody, witchy! I’m still figuring out what my on stage style is. My music is always changing so with that the performance will change as well.
What’s your favourite thing to do on your day off in New York?
I like to walk around the city, listen to music. Hang out with my cats, that’s number one. I like to cook. The usual, nothing too outlandish.
What can we expect from you set?
I’m going to be playing guitar and having some accompaniment on keyboards.  Its going to be a little more simple than the usual since we won’t have a drummer. Getting back to my roots, my guitar which I haven’t been playing as much of lately while performing – I’m going back to basics!
 Get free entry to Hannah Cohen’s gig at our Endless Summer music series this weekend right, here.

ON OUR PLAYLIST: PAPER TOWNS SOUNDTRACK

Posted on August 18, 2015

It feels like we’ve been waiting for Cara’s latest movie, Paper Towns, to be released forever. Yesterday, it landed in UK cinemas, bringing with it the best soundtrack we’ve heard in a long time. The story follows adorable geek Quentin (Nat Wolff) as he embarks on a mission to find his childhood friend – and potential love of his life – Margo (Cara Delevingne) after she disappears after a night of playing pranks on her ex-friends. Cue loads of amazing high school/road trip/party moments featuring tracks from Haim, Kindness and Santigold – seriously feel good vibes. Listen to ten of our favourites from the soundtrack below.

KINDNESS – SWINGIN’ PARTY

TWIN SHADOW – TO THE TOP

VANCE JOY – GREAT SUMMER

SAM BRUNO – SEARCH PARTY

SON LUX – LOST IT TO TRYING

HAIM – FALLING

SANTIGOLD – RADIO

GROUPLOVE – NO DRAMA QUEEN

THE WAR ON DRUGS – BURNING

BON IVER – RE: STACKS

Paper Towns is out now. © 2015 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation. All rights reserved.

THE ULTIMATE SUMMER PLAYLIST

Posted on August 6, 2015

From BBQs and garden parties to lazing around in the sunshine, these are our top tracks to see you through the summer. Get into the late summer spirit with our forever summer shoot.

THE BEATLES – NORWEGIAN WOOD

GRIMES – REALITI

BIBIO – LOVERS’ CARVINGS

BEIRUT – NO NO NO

TAME IMPALA – THE LESS I KNOW THE BETTER

THUNDERCAT – THEM CHANGES

LUCA – BEST ON (FT. TEI SHI)

CARIBOU – CAN’T DO WTHOUT YOU

ALEXANDER – TRUTH

 

ENDLESS SUMMER: Q&A WITH EMPRESS OF

Posted on August 5, 2015

Our Endless Summer series is coming back to LA this Saturday with a music session from the dreamy Empress Of. (Find out how to get your free tickets here!) We nabbed some time with the in-demand, up-and-coming electro queen to ask a few key questions before her show at Monte de Leo Polito Park this weekend.

Where does the name Empress Of come from?

From a tarot card reading a friend gave me. The first card he laid out was the Empress but I couldn’t call myself just Empress of one thing so I decided to go by Empress Of.

What’s your earliest musical memory?

A Beatles cassette tape I played over and over again as a kid.

What musical artist has been the most influential?

Kanye. He is absolutely crazy but also an absolute genius and I love his albums. He keeps pushing himself creatively whether it’s commercially successful or not, he just wants to make good art. That’s what I want to do.

How does living in Brooklyn inspire your music?

Being surrounded by so many incredible artists inspires me. I met one of my favorite visual artists Johnny Abrahms on the L train. I was reading a book and he asked me about it and I’ve been in love with his paintings ever since.

How does style and fashion come into your music if at all?

I love flowy dresses and skirts. I think it’s mostly because I love to dance and I want my motions to be magnified by the swish of a skirt.

How would you describe your performance style?

Sparkly sporty.

What’s your favourite thing to do on your day off in New York?

Eat an ice cream cone in the park with a really nice person.

What do you love about LA?

I love my mom, tacos, in-n-out [burger], the ocean and palm trees.

Head down to our store at LA’s The Grove to pick up your free wristband to party with us at Montecillo de Leo Polito Park on Saturday for free food, drinks and to see Empress Of play!

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