Fashion Week: Background Noise

our fall 2012 collection sound track
We just got our hands on the playlist that our men’s stylist, Jack, and our resident music buff, Nichole, assembled to set the tone for our fall presentation. (These cool collaborators also happen to select the tunes you find yourself humming along to in all our retail stores.) From artists like Carla Bruni to bands like Vacationer, there’s a toe-tapping ditty in the below compilation for everyone. Enjoy the beat…

1. Aphex Twin, “Avril 14th
2. Chilly Gonzales, “Dot”
3. Carla Bruni, “Those Little Things (Ces Petits Riens)
4. Gotye feat. Kimbra, “Somebody that I Used to Know
5. M83, “Midnight City
6. Chad Valley, “Fast Challenges
7. The Antlers, “French Exit” (studio version)
8. Atlas Sound, “Mona Lisa
9. Chilly Gonzales, “Knight Moves
10. The 2 Bears, “The Birds & the Bees
11. Vacationer, “Gone

From the Desk of: Nichole

after getting caught listening to the American Idol
soundtrack one too many times, we begged Nichole,
our resident music buff, for a playlist that won’t get us ridiculed.
she went above and beyond the call of duty…
THE TRIP
My new tradition is to spend the week before Memorial Day in Barcelona for the Primavera Sound Festival. Friends fly in from all over the world and we spend a week basking in the sun, eating the most delicious food, drinking cava, gawking at architect Antoni Gaudí’s works and watching our favorite bands play right on the edge of the Mediterranean.

THE TOUR
I spend about 90 percent of my vacation time following the All Tomorrow’s Parties Festival around the world. The ATP Festival is truly unique in that it’s independent and closely curated by a band or an artist who is involved with every aspect of the festival. In addition, ATP is always based somewhere with an abundance of proper accommodations—no camping necessary! This past year, I’ve visited London, Tokyo, Minehead (in the United Kingdom) and Barcelona, all while following ATP around like a lost puppy. Most recently, I spent a weekend at ATP curated by Portishead in Asbury Park, New Jersey. At every festival, I always meet a band member or an entire band that loves J.Crew.

THE TUNES
My musical taste varies a lot, and most of the bands I love stopped being great (or being together) in the ’90s. Here’s a short list of songs that are either always in rotation or have been in rotation recently, in no particular order:

“In the Aeroplane Over the Sea,” Neutral Milk Hotel
“The Sweat Descends,” Les Savy Fav
“Don’t Cry No Tears,” Neil Young
“It’s Real,” Real Estate
“Incinerate,” Sonic Youth
“Gold Soundz,” Pavement
“Good Fortune,” PJ Harvey
“Te Amo,” Atlas Sound
“Believe,” CANT
“Lovely Day,” Bill Withers
“Trouble (Chad Valley Remix),” Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs
“My Love for You,” ESG
“Real Love,” Factory Floor

As for my karaoke playlist—that’s a completely different ball game!

(British) Music to Our Ears

you may have noticed our office has had a touch of Anglomania this month
since we started shipping UK-side (check out our British Things We Love post for details).
well, our across-the-pond passion didn’t end there. we enlisted
Sara and Nadia of the London-based label Young & Lost Club—known
for launching indie sensations like Noah and the Whale—to compile their
ultimate UK playlist and show us how to rock out Brit style.
1. “Tomorrow,” Being There
A brand-new London band—their sound is an amalgamation of lo-fi ’90s guitars and wry, bittersweet lyricism.

2. “Modern Love,” David Bowie
This or “Let’s Dance” is always guaranteed to jump-start a dance floor.

3. “Give It All Back” (Live from RAK Studios), Noah and the Whale
Taken from their new album, The Last Night On Earth, it’s an exuberant piece of nostalgia.

4. “Stutter,” Elastica
The most effortlessly cool band of girls, ever.

5. “All Day and All of the Night,” The Kinks
Probably the most staunchly English of their ’60s contemporaries. This has been covered to death but the original is still best.

6. “Moon Crooner,” Egyptian Hip Hop
A ridiculously young Mancunian quartet that is the culmination of a whole host of English influences.

7. “Babies,” Pulp
Currently wowing the festival circuit with reunion shows, Jarvis Cocker of Pulp has now achieved English national treasure status.

8. “The Magnificent Seven,” The Clash
No playlist could possibly be complete without The Clash; “The Magnificent Seven” was influenced by old-school hip-hop.

9. “Set Fire to the Rain,” Adele
The musical phenomenon of the past year and such a London girl!

10. “Just Decided,” Hudson Mohawke
At the absolute forefront of music, Hudson Mohawke is influencing everything from clubs to Chris Brown.

11. “The Look,” Metronomy
Off the album of the summer for many—The English Riviera—it’s a tribute to the Devonshire coast.

12. “Don’t Bring Me Down,” ELO
A 1979 rock classic from the man who also wrote Olivia Newton John’s “Xanadu.”

13. “Shuffle,” Bombay Bicycle Club
Only five years after forming (when they were only 15), they’re already on their impressive third album.

14. “More Than This,” Roxy Music
Years later and Bryan Ferry is still infinitely chic. This song also features in the memorable karaoke scene in Lost In Translation.

15. “Cruel Summer,” Bananarama
Lifelong girlfriends who started by performing impromptu backing vocals for punk acts like Iggy Pop.

16. “I Wanna Be Your Man,” The Rolling Stones
The Rolling Stones released this Beatles cover a few weeks before The Beatles themselves did. A perfect snapshot of “Swinging ’60s” London!

17. “Moth-Eaten Memories,” ExLovers
Hailing from all over England, ExLovers now reside in London and are the epitome of laid-back, grungy cool.

18. “Tell Me a Tale,” Michael Kiwanuka
Michael Kiwanuka is a formidable new talent, with an exciting take on retro soul.

(illustration by Jim Datz, special thanks to Young & Lost Club)

Fall 2011 Playlist

OK, enough about the spring collection (for now at least).
here are the tunes that Jack, our men’s stylist, played on repeat during
the presentation of our current fall collection. and yes, we actually saved
his playlist until now so we could unveil it on—dum-diddy-dum—the
first day of fall (call us sentimental).
“Airwalker” by Jeremy Jay
“Anything New” by Bibio
“At My Heels” by Twin Shadow
“Devils Hearts Grow Gold” by La Sera
“Freddie and the Trojan Horse” by The Radio Dept.
“Greenleaf” by Generationals
“I Remember” (Printed Palms Remix) by Yeasayer
“Internvales Theme” by Javelin
“Je T’aime Moi Non Plus” by Serge Gainsbourg & Jane Birkin
“Kites” by Geographer
“Leave Everywhere” by Toro Y Moi
“Seeing Is Believing” by The Superimposers
“Still Sound” by Toro Y Moi
“Ten-Twenty-Ten” by Generationals
“Verona” by Geographer

End-of-Summer Playlist

our top tunes for savoring the last days of summer
1. Frank, men’s designer: “Rosemary” by Scott Walker
2. Jenna, creative director: “I’ve Been Thinking” by Handsome Boy Modeling School,
featuring Cat Power
3. Marissa, women’s designer: “Boys of Summer” by Don Henley
4. Tom, wedding designer: “Metronomy” by The Look
5. Jack, men’s stylist: “African Lady” by Jonathan Richman and The Modern Lovers
6. Laura, crewcuts designer: “Mr. Blue Sky” by ELO

(post by Matt Pastorius, photo by Katie Boiano)

Summer Playlist

our intern’s 12 summer tunes to
keep you cool throughout the season.
Our IT intern refilled our blog with refreshing new tracks that are sure to carry you through summer—whether you’re shopping downtown or taming the surf. As always, this list was made as much for Monday mornings as it was for summer Fridays.

“Death to Los Campesinos!” Los Campesinos!
“NYC Girl,” The Orion Experience
“Eyes Be Closed,” Washed Out
“East Harlem,” Beirut
“Sister Golden Hair,” America
“Go Outside,” Cults
“If Looks Could Kill,” Camera Obscura
“Stormy Weather,” Reigning Sound
“Surfer’s Hymn,” Panda Bear
“The Boy with the Arab Strap,” Belle and Sebastian
“That’s Not Me,” The Beach Boys
*And in memory of Clarence Clemons:
“Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out,” Bruce Springsteen

(post by Matt Pastorius, photo credit)

Summer Playlist

the 10* tunes that have us dreaming
of summer days and tapping our
ballet-flat, and MacAlister-clad feet
Here are a few songs that are going to get us through the summer—in and out of 770.
This list was made as much for Monday mornings as it was for summer Fridays.

“Pumped Up Kicks” by Foster The People
“Pacific Theme” by Broken Social Scene
“I Got” by Young The Giant
“This Must Be the Place” by Talking Heads
“Marathon” by Tennis
“Second Chance” by Peter Bjorn and John
“Stone Rollin’” by Raphael Saadiq
“The Girl from Ipanema” by Astrud Gilberto
“Now That I’m Real (How Does it Feel)” by Chad Valley feat. Rose Dagul
“This Charming Man” by The Smiths
*Bonus Track: Jenna’s current favorite song
“Bang Bang Bang” by Mark Ronson & The Business Intl feat. Q-Tip and MNDR

(post by Lauren Petty and Nichole Benavente)

When he’s not designing, Billy Reid can likely be found hosting a rock ’n’ roll jamboree in his Florence, Alabama-based headquarters, strumming a guitar on his front porch or hitting the road for a musical festival or two. So we couldn’t resist asking him to tell us what has caught his ear lately. Here’s his highly recommended playlist of current faves…

(post by Alison Griffin)

When he’s not designing, Billy Reid can likely be found hosting a rock ’n’ roll jamboree in his Florence, Alabama-based headquarters, strumming a guitar on his front porch or hitting the road for a musical festival or two. So we couldn’t resist asking him to tell us what has caught his ear lately. Here’s his highly recommended playlist of current faves…
 
(post by Alison Griffin) When he’s not designing, Billy Reid can likely be found hosting a rock ’n’ roll jamboree in his Florence, Alabama-based headquarters, strumming a guitar on his front porch or hitting the road for a musical festival or two. So we couldn’t resist asking him to tell us what has caught his ear lately. Here’s his highly recommended playlist of current faves…
 
(post by Alison Griffin)

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