Monday, April 30, 2012

Silversun Pickups Release Neck Of The Woods On May 8th

Silversun Pickups

LA alt-rock quartet, Silversun Pickups, is set to release their latest album after three years Neck Of The Woods, due out May 8. The band saw massive success with their 2009 album Swoon with radio hits like "The Royal We" and "Panic Switch" which also appeared in several popular video games. Silversun Pickups is set to perform from the Jimmy Kimmel Live! outdoor stage on their upcoming records release date, May 8. Their new single "Bloody Mary (Nerve Endings)" from the new album is a cocktail of modern and retro sound, but still retains the same style that we grew to love with their first single "Lazy Eye" in 2006. This Summer Silversun Pickups will make appearances at festivals such as Sasquatch and have announced various tour dates along the West Coast for 2012 and 2013. 







May 25: Sasquatch Festival - Gorge Amphitheater (George WA)
June 1: Kjee Summer Round-Up - Santa Barbara Bowl (Santa Barbara CA)
July 14: Edgefest 2012 (Toronto ON)

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Friday, April 27, 2012

Tweets of the Week

You can fit a lot of love into 140 characters. Here is some love our customers have given us the past week:










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Thursday, April 26, 2012

Employee Profiles: Footwear Buyer Laura K.

Have you checked out AE.com's footwear section lately? If you haven't, you are definitely missing out. AE.com's footwear offerings have been completely overhauled in recent months by Men's & Women's Footwear and Accessories Buyer for online, Laura K. and her fabulous team. We spoke with Laura about her background at AE, her favorite shoe trends, and more.

Laura K., Men's and Women's Footwear and Accessories Buyer


How did you get your start as a buyer?
I actually started at American Eagle allocating skirts and dresses to all the stores. After a year I switched over to the AE.com team and started as an assistant buyer for Aerie. Then I moved to Women's AE and 77kids for a couple years. I most recently got moved to Men's and Women's Footwear & Accessories to start growing the online exclusive footwear assortment with AE branded footwear and really cool additional brands [Minnetonka, BC Footwear, and Timberland for example] that complement American Eagle clothes. Basically I’ve worked in every department across all brands except for Men’s apparel which I am going to have to do so I can say I've done it all! I have been at AE since I graduated college, so six years...time flies when you’re having fun!

What is a typical day for you like?
No day is like any other day. We manage all four seasons at once, so that can sometimes be tricky!  Right now it’s about to be summer and we are buying our Holiday assortment, crazy right?  I meet with my team to see how business is doing and react to sales, and I go to loads of marketing and merchandising meetings.

What is your go-to, everyday shoe?
I feel like I wear booties year round, so that is my go-to shoe. You can wear them with jeans, skirts, dresses, shorts  - you name it. When we were in New York earlier this week, so many girls walking the streets had booties on. They are the most easy to wear trend right now.

AE Western Heeled Bootie, one of Laura's top picks.

Have you always loved shoes?
I’ve always loved shoes but being in this position has made me want to buy more shoes than I ever could have imagined. I used to have just one footwear organizer in my closet and now it has tripled. When you spend all your time looking at trend in a particular category, it opens your eyes to all of the amazing style that is out there.

If you weren’t a shoe buyer, what would you be doing?
I would want to be an interior designer. My passion outside of work is making my space at home the most comfortable and inviting place for me. When you travel all the time, it’s good to have a great space to come home to.

Laura's passion - decorating her home!

Besides fashion, what are your other hobbies or interests?
Probably trying new restaurants. Pittsburgh has a top 25 restaurant list and I have a goal to hit up all those different places by the end of the year. When I travel, I always look at where the best places to go and try different restaurants. If one of my friends was visiting Pittsburgh, I would take them to Dish, Avenue B, Salt of the Earth, Girasole, Seviche, Kaya, or The Porch.

Where are you headed to for vacation this summer?
Actually, Friday (tomorrow) I am headed to Vegas for my friend’s bachelorette party. From there I am going to LA, road trippin’it up the California coast to see Big Sur. Then we will be in San Fransisco on Thursday and more of my friends are flying in from all over for another bachelorette party. After that we are going to Napa for the weekend. It’s a total girls getaway and I’m going to need to pack some 5-hour energy, Advil and some killer shoes to make for an epic trip!

Scissor Sisters: New Record And A Tour To Match

Scissor Sisters

Scissor Sisters are gearing up to embark on a North American tour to support their forthcoming album, Magic Hour. Set for a May 29 release on Casablanca Records, Magic Hour is the follow-up to 2010's Night Work, which debuted at No. 1 on Billboard's Top Independent Albums Chart.

Ranging from the first single, "Only The Horses," a full-on hands-in-the-air rave-pop banger, to "Shady Love," an exuberant rap-pop number featuring guest vocals by Harlem-based rapper/singer Azealia Banks, Magic Hour is supremely diverse. Recorded in New York and London, the album also finds Scissor Sisters teaming up with Calvin Harris, Stuart Price, Pharrell Williams, Diplo and Alex Rihda, the German electronic music producer and DJ behind BoysNoize.

Scissor Sisters - North American Tour Dates

5/6    New York, NY                 Bowery Ballroom
6/15   Las Vegas, NV                House of Blues
6/16   Los Angeles, CA             Hollywood Palladium
6/17   Oakland, CA                           Fox Theater
6/19   Seattle, WA                   Paramount Ballroom
6/20   Vancouver, BC               Commodore Ballroom
6/23   St. Paul, MN                   Harriet Island Regional Park River's Edge Music Festival
6/24   Chicago, IL                    Vic Theatre
6/25   Kansas City, MO             Crossroads KC
6/27   Royal Oak, MI                Royal Oak Music Theatre
6/28   Toronto, ON                   Sound Academy
6/29   Montreal, QC                 Olympia De Montreal
6/30   Boston, MA                    House of Blues
7/2    Washington, DC             9:30 Club
7/5    Philadelphia, PA             Electric Factory
7/6    New York, NY                 Terminal 5
7/7    New York, NY                 Terminal 5

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Passion Pit Are Coming To A City Near You!

Passion Pit

It's been three years since the electro-pop outfit, Passion Pit, released their debut album, Manners and finally, the band has announced they will release their sophomoric attempt, Gossamer, on July 24th via Columbia.

No album art or track list have been released, but they have announced a few tour dates, which you can catch below.

Catch a live, acoustic performance of "Moth's Wings" by two members of the band.
Tour Dates:
May
1, Geneva, NY - Smith Opera House
4, West Palm Beach, FL - SunFest

June
2, Dallas, TX - Meltdown Music Festival
22, Boston, MA - Bank of America Pavilion
23, New York, NY - The Governors Ball Music Festival

July
15, Cincinnati, OH - Bunbury Music Festival
20, Dover, DE - Firefly Music Festival

August
3, Chicago, IL - Lollapalooza
5, Montreal, Quebec - Osheaga Music Festival
7, Morrison, CO - Red Rocks &
10, San Francisco, CA - Outside Lands Music Festival
18, Tokyo, Japan - Summer Sonic
19, Osaka, Japan - Summer Sonic
21, Esplanade, Singapore - Esplanade Concert
24, Reading, England - Reading Festival
25, Leeds, England - Leeds Festival

September
9, Los Angeles, CA - Hollywood Bowl *


* with Hot Chip
& with Justice

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Where Has Your AE Been - Israel & Egypt

Loren S. from Greenville, NC took some time off from his job at his local American Eagle store last year to photograph his old band, Eddie James Ministries, touring throughout Israel and Egypt. Loren rocked AE everywhere he went! See his amazing photos below.

Loren wore his AE Slim Jeans, AE Flannel, and AE waffle Henley at the Jezreel Valley in Israel

Loren wore his AE Aviator Sunglasses and AE Slim Jeans at the Great Pyramids at Giza


Loren rode a camel around the Great Pyramids at Giza wearing his AE Slim Jeans


Loren wore his AE Slim Jeans, AE Flannel, and AE waffle Henley at the Jezreel Valley in Israel

Have you taken your AE on a once-in-a-lifetime trip? E-mail your photos to social@ae.com and you could be featured on our blog.

Ash Koley - "Mary The Inventor" (American Eagle Outfitters Exclusive Premier)

Ash Koley
AE is excited to premier the video for "Mary The Inventor" from their debut album 'Inventions.' The Canadian Alt-Pop duo Ash Koley are set to release their debut album, Inventions, on May 8th. Check out the video below.



Singer Ash Koley and producer/songwriter Phil Deschambault began their musical collaboration in 2004, when the two self-proclaimed nerds from Winnipeg were introduced by a mutual acquaintance. Phil was looking for a singer who could relate to his sound, and Ash’s velvety voice did just that. Together, their sound is an amalgamation of diverse influences, from Abba to the Eurythmics, and from Peter Gabriel to Radiohead. The result is a band that is a full embodiment of what they each bring to the duo – quirky charm and upbeat classic pop music.

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Monday, April 23, 2012

Listen to "Heartbreaker" by The Walkmen

Only a few days ago, The Walkmen released the first single, "Heaven," from their upcoming album of the same name. We now have a second song from Heaven, titled "Heartbreaker."

"Heartbreaker" premiered during Lauren Laverne's BBC program. Listen to the radio version of the song below.

The Walkmen's Heaven is scheduled to arrive June 5 via Fat Possum Records.

Get Inspired: AE at Coachella

We spotted tons of festival attendees at Coachella rocking AE! See some of our favorites below and the rest of the photos on the AE Facebook.







Friday, April 20, 2012

Win a Signed Guitar From Neon Trees





Neon Trees

Alternative rock band Neon Trees just released  their sophomore album, Picture Show, on April 17th. To celebrate, we're partnering with Island Def Jam to give away a guitar signed by the members of Neon Trees.

Enter to win a guitar signed by Neon Trees.

Check out the video for the first single from Picture Show, "Everybody Talks", below:


Tweets of the Week

We love all the awesome Tweets we receive from our fans... here are our favorites of the past week!







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Thursday, April 19, 2012

MP3 Download: Dragonette

Dragonette

Canadian electro-pop trio Dragonette burst onto the music scene with their infectious hit “Hello,” a collaboration with Martin Solveig. An energetic pop anthem with a pulsing beat, Dragonette unleashed the Let It Go single earlier this month complete with remixes by Laidback Luke, The Knocks and Faustix & Imanos. The band just premiered “Let It Go” (Faustix & Imanos remix) MP3.

 Download "Let It Go" (Faustix & Imanos remix).

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Hot Chip Releases New Track


Hot Chip

Night And Day - the first single from Hot Chip’s forthcoming fifth LP, In Our Heads – is out today as single track download and June 4th on 12inch vinyl + digital bundle.  The single is a piece of classic Hot Chip weird, superfunk disco, driven by a menacing yet supremely danceable rubberized bassline.  It's the sound Prince would be making had he grown up just south of the Thames.  It's Zapp not Zappa. 

The 12inch + digital download bundle will come with a remix from the 2 Bears featuring Trim as well as an exclusive b-side track entitled “Jelly Babies”.


Full worldwide live dates with ticket links are as follows: 











Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Video of The Day: Pond - 'You Broke My Cool'

Psych rock warriors Pond have released the video for album standout, 'You Broke My Cool'. The video was shot by the band and their friends over the two weeks they spent in the Perth countryside recording Beard, Wives, Denim.




 POND TOUR DATES
Thu April 19 - The Standard, Sydney, Australia
Fri April 20 - Alhambra Lounge, Brisbane, Australia
Sat April 21 - Great Northern, Byron Bay, Australia
Sun April 22 - Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, Australia (SOLD OUT)
Mon April 23 - Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, Australia
Tue April 24 - Ed Castle, Adelaide, Australia
Sat April 28 - The Bakery, Perth, Australia
Thurs May 5 - The Great Escape, Brighton, England
Fri May 6 - The Great Escape, Brighton, England
Sat May 12 - Walk The Line Festival, Den Haag, Holland
Sun May 13 - Vera, Groningen, Holland
Mon May 14 - Indiestad Festival, Amsterdam, Holland
Tues May 15 - Doornroosje, Nlijmegen, Holland
Thurs May 17 - Rockhal Cafe, Luxembourg
Fri May 18 - Sound City, Liverpool, England
Sat May 19 - Cockpit, Leeds, England
Sun May 20 - Hare and Hounds, Birmingham, England
Tues May 22 - Cargo, London, England
Wed May 23 - Craufurd Arms, Milton Keyes, England
Fri May 25 - Arches, Glasgow, Scotland
Sat May 26 - Soup Kitchen, Manchester, England
Tues May 29 - Blue Shell, Cologne, Germany
Wed May 30 - Molotow, Cologne, Germany
Fri June 1 - Trix, Antwerp, Belgium
Sat June 2 - Field Day, London, England
Sat June 2 - Dot To Dot, Bristol, England
Sun June 3 - Dot To Dot, Nottingham, England
Mon June 4 - Dot To Dot, Manchester, England

Where Has Your AE Been - Uganda

Mikala P., originally from Northern California but is currently living in Germany, took a missions trip in March 2011 to Uganda. While in Uganda, her group helped build a new classroom at a school that had just opened, as well as taught English to the students. Mikala rocked her AE Polo all around Uganda!

Mikala P. (middle) poses with two friends in her AE Polo by the Nile River in Uganda.


Mikala stops for a photo with a student in Mbale, Uganda.


Have you packed your AE clothes for an amazing trip? Submit your photos to social@ae.com and you could be featured on our blog.

Monday, April 16, 2012

Right the Stars Releases 'Hello Yes OK'

Hello Yes OK by Right the Stars



Right The Stars are like Phoenix meeting Keene backstage at a Paul Simon concert.

The band, a collaborative project with Rich Jacques as the centerpiece, brings together some of Los Angeles' most talented musicians to create an unabashedly feel-good indie-pop record.  The collaborative project was born with the track "We Got It All", a song co-written with Rob Giles and Guy Erez. The track lead Jacques to dive into a fuller and more band-centric pop sound which was starkly different from the troubadour mold he had been performing in for most of his career.  "I wanted to stretch beyond the limitations of just a guy with an acoustic guitar" says Jacques.
 
The self-titled debut for Right The Stars was released in 2010, however the project realizes its full potential with Hello Yes OK.  Drawing its title from three words which are universally understood throughout the world, Hello Yes OK is a delightful record with hooks piled upon hooks.  Creating a musical language which shares the same universality.

The mission of Right The Stars, Cousteau Records and New Power Media is to create a unique cutting edge music company which channels a portion of profits to support and sustain causes which empower children to reach their full potential in life.

Download “Give It All



Buy Hello Yes OK on iTunes

Buy Hello Yes OK on Amazon

Friday, April 13, 2012

Enter for your chance to win a prize pack from DJ/Producer Morgan Page

Morgan Page - In The Air

On April 3rd, Grammy–nominated Morgan Page released his third studio album, In The Air – a brilliant balance between kinetic house music and radio-ready pop. For the album, Page assembled an all-star cast of guests to appear on the original tracks including Tegan and Sara, Greg Laswell, BT and more.

Previously nominated for “Best Breakthrough Artist (Solo)”, page earned two nominations at the 2012 International Dance Music Awards. Page received his first nod on the prestigious “Best American DJ (North America)” category alongside Skrillex, Deadmau5 and Kaskade.

Check out the record below and enter for your chance to win a copy of In The Air with a pair of sunglasses and a water canister.

Tweets of the Week

See the Tweets that made us smile this week!









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Thursday, April 12, 2012

Our Stuff, My Style Winners - The Girls

Our AE associates are seriously stylish and we wanted to give them the opportunity to show off their personal fashion sense. With that in mind, the Our Stuff, My Style contest was born. 

Jenn H. and Rachel H., two of the winners from Our Stuff, My Style

This winter, we featured our 8 finalists. Four winners were voted on by AE employees. In February, the winners traveled to the AE Home Office in Pittsburgh for a photo shoot and to film an episode of AE TV (shown to AE store associates). This week we are featuring Jenn H. & Rachel H. Check back next Thursday for the guys!


Rachel H. from Redding, CA

Why did you decide to enter Our Stuff, My Style?
I've always wanted to be a model. It was a chance to win a modeling contest!      

What is the best part of working at AE?
The lively, upbeat atmosphere. I've been working at AE since March 2011 - it's such a fun place to work. I really love the discounts and the clothes, too.

What is your dream job after AE?
I want to do something in the medical field - maybe physical therapy. But I would take being an AE model over that any day!

What are your favorite pieces from the Spring line and what is your favorite way to style them?
I love layering all the knit tops in bright colors.

What is your favorite fit of AE jeans?
Skinny jeans.

What is one thing you never leave the house without?
My cell phone and camera - I'm always taking pictures.




Jenn H. from Brighton, MI

Why did you decide to enter Our Stuff, My Style?
I was at a store meeting and the managers picked two names - one of them was mine!      
 
What is the best part of working at AE?
The environment: the people are so friendly, it's like a family. It's just good energy. I've been working at AE since August 2011.

What is your dream job after AE?
I want to work for NASA. I'm going to college in the fall for Aerospace Engineering.

What are your favorite pieces from the Spring line and what is your favorite way to style them?
I love the neon trend. I like contrasting neons with neutral colors like grey or white.

What is your favorite fit of AE jeans?
I love the Jeggings. It's so rainy and salty because of the snow in Michigan so other jeans will drag on the ground.

What is one thing you never leave the house without?
My smile!

Housse De Racket Covers 'Till I Die' by The Beach Boys

Electropop, French-duo, Housse De Racket cover The Beach Boys’ “Till I Die” and release a video to accompany their version of the classic.



“This song’s always been a mystery to us,” the duo says. “The chord progression is a symphony in itself. Brian Wilson at his best! …Two French guys from the suburb of Paris dreaming of California, landscapes & reverberation.” – Housse De Racket

Housse De Racket wrap up their six week North American tour at Coachella, playing Sundays 4/15 & 4/22 at 1:10pm on the Gobi Stage.  The band also added more West Coast dates playing with The Rapture, Neon Indian, and The Hives.  (see dates below)

Housse De Racket Tour Dates:
4/10: San Diego, CA @ The Casbah
4/12: Tucson, AZ @ Opti Club
4/14: San Francisco, CA @ Velvet Room at Clift Hotel
4/15: Indio, CA @ Coachella (1:10pm @ Gobi Stage)
4/16: Pomona, CA @ The Glass House ** w/ The Rapture + The Hives
4/17: Los Angeles, CA @ Echoplex ** w/ Neon Indian
4/18: Santa Cruz, CA @ Rio Theatre
4/19: San Francisco, CA @ Rickshaw Stop
4/22: Indio, CA @ Coachella (1:10pm @ Gobi Stage)

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Video Of The Day: Ladyhawke

The second single off Ladyhawke's forthcoming sophomore album Anxiety is called 'Sunday Drive' and the video just premiered! The 'Sunday Drive' single, with remixes by the Scissor Sisters, Villa, and more, will be available via iTunes on May 22nd in the United States.

 Ladyhawke's ANXIETY will be out in the US on May 29th via Modular / Casablanca.



Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Where Has Your AE Been: The Azores

Airman First Class (A1C) Matthew B. of the United States Air Force is currently stationed at Lajes Field, Azores, Portugal. Azores is made up of nine major archipelago islands in the North Atlantic, about 1,000 miles west of Portugal. Azores also made National Geographic's List of 'Top 10 Summer Trips' last year. 


Matthew B. wears his AE jeans and AE T-shirt in Azores.


Where has your AE been? Submit your photos to social@ae.com for a chance to be on our blog.

Fiona Apple Is Back With A New Record And Summer Tour

Fiona Apple - The Idle Wheel...


After 7 long years, Fiona Apple will finally drop some new music on our ears. Like Apple's 1999 record, When the Pawn..., the new album's title is a poem:

The Idler Wheel is wiser
than the Driver of the Screw
and Whipping Cords will serve you more
than Ropes will ever do.

"Every Single Night," the collection's first single, will be available beginning Tuesday, April 24, on the iTunes Store, where fans will also be able to pre-order the album. The cover for THE IDLER WHEEL... will feature an illustration by Apple. You can check out Apple performing "Every Single Night" and "Anything We Want," another track from her upcoming album, at: http://www.fiona-apple.com.

Fiona Apple - Summer Tour

Date    City/State/Province  Venue                                                 On Sale Date/Time 
6/19     Ithaca, NY                   State Theatre                                       4/20, 10 AM
6/20     Baltimore, MD            Lyric Opera House                               4/20, 10 AM
6/22     Mashantucket, CT       MGM Grand Theater at Foxwoods       4/20, 10 AM
6/23     Holyoke, MA               Mountain Park                                     4/20, 10 AM
6/24     New York, NY            Randall's Island                                                on sale now
The Governors Ball Music Festival
6/26     Washington, DC          Warner Theatre                                    4/13, 10 AM
6/27     Upper Darby, PA         Tower Theatre                                     4/13, 10 AM
6/29     Danbury, CT                Ives Concert Park                                4/20, 10 AM
6/30     Boston, MA                 Citi Performing Arts Center                 4/14, 10 AM
7/1       Portland, ME               State Theatre                                       4/20, 10 AM
7/3       Montreal, QC               Olympia Theatre                                 4/21, 12 PM
7/4       Toronto, ON               The Sound Academy                            4/20, 10 AM
7/6       Cleveland Hts., OH      Cain Park                                             4/21, 10 AM
7/7       Detroit, MI                  The Fillmore Detroit                           4/27, 10 AM
7/10     Chicago, IL                  Chicago Theatre                                  4/21, 10 AM
7/11     Indianapolis, IN            Murat Theatre                                     4/20, 10 AM
7/13     Nashville, TN              Ryman Auditorium                               4/21, 10 AM
7/14     St. Louis, MO               Peabody Opera House                          4/20, 10 AM
7/16     Minneapolis, MN         Orpheum Theatre                                4/14, 12 PM
7/17     Kansas City, MO          The Midland by AMC                          4/20, 10 AM
7/20     Denver, CO                  Paramount Theatre                              4/20, 10 AM
7/21     Salt Lake City, UT       Kingsbury Hall - University of Utah     4/21, 10 AM
7/24     Vancouver, BC             Orpheum                                              4/20, 10 AM
7/25     Seattle, WA                 Paramount Theatre                              4/20, 10 AM
7/26     Portland, OR                Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall              4/20, 10 AM
7/28     Oakland, CA                Fox Theater                                         4/15, 10 AM
7/29     Hollywood, CA            Hollywood Palladium                          4/27, 10 AM

Monday, April 9, 2012

Video Pick of the Day: Imaginary Cities - Temporary Resident

Imaginary Cities are a vintage Mo-town influenced pop-rock band from Winnipeg, Canada. Formed in late 2009 by Rusty Matyas and Marti Sarbit after meeting by chance. They are renown for their captivating melodic songs and Marti’s extraordinary voice. The music video for their song "Temporary Resident" has been nominated for MTVU's Best Freshmen video of the week and also for SiriusXM indies' Emerging Artist Award 2012.   Imaginary Cities - Temporary Resident [Official Video]



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Friday, April 6, 2012

Enter to Win a Prize Pack From the Jezabels

The Jezabels - Prisoner


At long last, Prisoner, the full-length from Aussie imports The Jezabels, is available to hold in your hands. The record was released digitally last year, but now you can get your copy from your local record store or online. And don’t forget, the band will be gracing American audiences with a run of dates later this month. To celebrate the release and the bands US jaunt, we’re giving away Prisoner in both double gatefold vinyl and CD formats.

Enter for your chance to win a prize pack from The Jezabels.




Upcoming Tour Dates:
04/10 New York, NY, The Bowery Ballroom*^
04/12 Pittsburgh, PA, Brillobox*^
04/13 Philadelphia, PA, Johnny Brendas*^
04/14 Washington DC, Red Palace*^
04/16 Boston, MA, Brighton Music Hall*^
04/17 Montreal, QC, Divan Orange*
04/18 Toronto, ON, The Mod Club*
04/20 Chicago, IL, Lincoln Hall*^
04/21 Minneapolis, MN, Triple Rock Social Club*^
04/23 Winnipeg, MB, West End Cultural Centre*
04/24 Saskatoon, SK, Amigos Cantina*
04/26 Edmonton, AB, The Starlite Room*
04/27 Calgary, AB, The Gateway Bar*
04/28 Nelson, BC, The Royal*
04/30 Whistler, BC, The Langhorn Saloon*
05/01 Vancouver, BC, Venue Nightclub*
05/03 Seattle, WA, Crocodile*^
05/04 Portland, OR, Mississippi Studios*^
05/08 San Francisco, CA, The Independent*^
05/11 Los Angeles, CA, The Troubadour*^
05/12 San Diego, CA, Casbah*

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Who Makes the AE Store Playlists?

Ever wonder who creates the awesome playlists you hear while shopping in AE Stores? Today we have the answer for you. We sat down with Brad S., who manages the music program, to learn about how an in-store playlist is made.

Brad S. creates all the AE in-store playlists and the AE Pandora station.

What goes into making a playlist for AE?
I spend time looking at music blogs and music magazines to see what’s new that sounds like it will work for us. I also look at the Billboard charts to see what is popular and incorporate music that people will know. Our music partner also sends over lists each season of their recommendations. We go through a few rounds of edits to get it where we want it.

What is your background in music?
I’ve just always really liked music. I knew the guy who used to do this job. We had another girl, too. When she left, I jumped on it right away.

What is the coolest thing you have ever done with your job?
Just getting to travel – going to SXSW and Coachella this year. That’s probably the coolest part about it. I also work on seasonal brand videos and putting a song to that, so I work on getting suggestions and putting songs to the video.

What is the best concert you have ever been to?
I saw Paul McCartney a few years ago. Even though he’s older now, it was still pretty awesome. He played a lot of Wings and Beatles songs. SXSW is just a ton of fun and I’ve seen bands there before they’ve gotten big. This year I’m going to Coachella, which I’ve never been to. I saw this band Real Estate in a really small, dirty building a few months ago and they’re starting to get attention and they’re really good, so that’s cool.

What are some of your favorite songs?
This year:
Dirty Gold – California Sunrise
Lana Del Rey – Video Games
tUnE-yArDs – Gangsta
Guineafowl - Botanist
Arcade Fire – The Suburbs (how could you not?)

All-Time:
Talking Heads – This Must Be The Place (Na├»ve Melody)
Arrested Development – Everyday People
The Beatles – Norwegian Wood
LCD Soundsystem – All My Friends
MGMT – Time To Pretend

Besides music, what are your other hobbies?
I do some screen printing t-shirts. I have a small little line that I sell at a local store (Decade). I home brew beer in my kitchen. I made a great Christmas ale called “Santa’s Little Helper”. And I snowboard.

One of Brad's Screen-Printed shirts, available at Decade.

Where are you headed for vacation this summer?
I’ve been wanting to go to Burlington and Montreal, but those are probably better Winter trips. I want to try and start going to places I’ve never been before – maybe New Mexico or some islands. I love going to the beach anytime I can – down to Carolina.

What is your must-see spot in Pittsburgh?
If someone is coming to Pittsburgh, I would probably recommend Round Corner Cantina. They have really refreshing cocktails and great Mexican food, plus you can sit outside.

You have a really cute dog.
My dog’s name is Dugan. He’s half Dalmatian, half German Short-Haired Pointer. I wasn’t sure what he was when I got him because he was a rescue, so I got his DNA tested. Someone found him and tried to find the owner for a few months and couldn’t find it. I found him on Craigslist. He’s real friendly and laid back. He’s taking on his owner’s personality.

Dugan, Brad's dog.