Music Monday: AEO Up Next: Tijuana Panthers

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For the first installment of the AEO Up Next Series, we called up Phil Shaheen of Cali based Tijuana Panthers to learn where his musical inspiration stems from; chat about how mowing the lawn can inspire inspiration and how cool cassettes still are. Stop into AEO to hear a playlist curated by the Tijuana Panthers. And be sure to head over to their website to buy their latest record, which, of course comes on cassette.

AEO:  Thanks for taking the time to chat with us. Where are the other Panthers though?

Phil from Tijuana Panthers:  Ha! We’re sorta spread out. We’re still close enough where we can drive like a half hour for practice in LA. Dan lives there so we just practice either in the Silver Lake area or Echo Park or Glendale.

AEO:  How has the landscape or just the vibes of California affected the sound of your music?

Phil:  I think because of the 60’s there’s a lot of these garage surf bands that came up. And of course there’s the Beach Boys and all that. There was a lot of surf music going on back then. So I guess, the environment affected those people and we are influenced by those sounds for some guitar riffs and things like that. I think, overall, the landscape didn’t really affect us that much. But it affected us in that manner, I guess.

AEO:  So you were affected by the Cali sounds that came before you more so than the space itself.

Phil:  Yeah, we just grew up playing punk music. And a lot of punk music was influenced by surfing so there was a lot of influences that come from that.

AEO:  Can you narrow your influences down to one album or artist that really affected your path in music?

Phil:  For me it would be the Dead Milkmen. “Big Lizard in My Backyard” is the name of the record. I heard that record when I was in junior high, from a friend’s older brother. He gave us the tape to listen to, a cassette tape. We wore it out. I even buried it in my yard because it meant that much to me. It was like the best thing ever as a junior high kid. I mean, it’s the best thing ever now still. I still enjoy all those records that they put out. And we got to play with them.

AEO:  Oh, you did?!

Phil:  Yeah, we got to play with them at FYF in 2011. And then someone from FYF hooked up a show on Long Beach where the Dead Milkmen came and we got to open for them.

AEO:  That’s very cool.

Phil:  Yeah, it’s insane! The heros, who maybe aren’t heros to most people, but I had them up on this pedestal, we got to hang with them and play. So it was pretty cool.

AEO:  How was that show for you? Do you remember much of it or were you just awe-struck?

Phil:  It was fun. I geeked out a bit but it was a more memorable show. We’ve gotten to play with a lot of old punk bands that I never thought we’d ever meet or play with. Like, hanging out with Keith Morris, from Black Flag and Circle Jerks, asked us to come do his radio show. So that was crazy.

AEO:  So you first heard that Dead Milkmen record on a cassette tape. And you sell your music on cassette and vinyl. How does a physical release, as opposed to a digital one, change your perception of a record?

Phil:  I think its personal preference. Some people really like the sound of analog. They love the sound of the hiss, pops and cracks on records. I never stopped collecting records from when I started listening to music. I think that maybe that’s the area that I grew up in. Long Beach, it’s pretty easy to get records. And it wasn’t even like my parents kept listening to records. It was my friends. When we were growing up tapes were what the medium was. Digital is great. I love it. I’m definitely not one to go either way. I like ‘em both. With digital, you can get music out to everyone, for free too a lot of the time.

AEO:  So, what’s the songwriting process like for you guys?

Phil:  We work on everything by ourselves. And then we come together and just hash stuff out. That’s just something we’ve always done, even when we first started out. We kind of jammed a little but we were never like a jam band. We’d never really get into it like that and just have a jam session. There are moments of inspiration, like I’ll be mowing my lawn and I’ll have this moment of, “Oh, I got some lyrics now.” It’s not about mowing my lawn. It’s just doing that mundane task helps me write stuff. Dan is different. Chad is different. Everyone has their own way of doing things but I kinda just zone out on some stupid task. Things come to me that way. I can’t just sit down and write anything.

Now that you’ve gotten to know more about Phil and the Tijuana Panthers, channel the band’s Punk rock style below:

Get The Look: Tijuana Panthers

Photo Credit: paleyontology

Shop the look: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8

1: Signature Graphic T-Shirt
2: Global Print Paneled Hat
3: Reverse Belt
4: Skinny Jean
5: Plaid Button Down Shirt
6: Skinny Jean in True Black
7: Canvas Sneaker
8: Dark Denim Jacket

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Celebs and Bloggers Show Off Their #AEOSTYLE

We find styling inspiration everywhere: the streets, our travels, our amazing associates and of course, celebrities and bloggers. Check out a few celebs and bloggers wearing their favorite AEO pieces below!

Jessica Alba wears our Aloha Tank.

Jessica Alba wears our Aloha Tank.

Get Jessica’s look:
Aloha Graphic Tank (similar)

Miranda Lambert wore our Sleeveless Button Down Tank and Jeggings.

Miranda Lambert wore our Sleeveless Button Down Tank and Jeggings.

Get Miranda’s look:
Sleeveless Button Down Tank (similar color)
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Wendy from Wendy's Lookbook wore our Denim Jacket.

Wendy from Wendy’s Lookbook wore our Denim Jacket.

Get Wendy’s look:
Faded Denim Jacket

We want to be inspired by your style! Use #AEOSTYLE on Twitter, Tumblr and Instagram for the chance to see your photo on our AE.com Style Gallery or on our blog!

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#AEOSTYLE Challenge Denim Edition: Favorite Boyfriend

We believe in one-of-a-kind fits, not one size fits all… so we put our blood, sweat and tears into designing the best fits for you. This season, we’re highlighting real bloggers in each of our denim fits to give you styling inspiration.

Our first blogger is Ashlyn from Let it Be Beautiful wearing our Favorite Boyfriend Jean. Every girl needs that one relaxed jean. Take casual to the next level with the fit that’s great for class or long, lazy weekends.

What inspired Ashlyn’s look:
“Summer is half way over & before we know it, fall will be making its infamous debut. That means it will be time to head back to school, crack down at work and say hello to cooler weather! To be honest, I am ready for cooler weather so that I can pull out my comfy jeans, cozy cardigans & darker hues like navy & brown. I am not wishing summer away by any means, but fall weather is one of my favorite times of the year. I know skinny jeans have been the fad for some time, but the Favorite Boyfriend fit is certainly becoming my new favorite. They are super casual, really comfy and they go great with this peep-toe bootie or a knee high riding boot. Pairing them with this floral and lace top along with the white ribbed over-sized cardigan helps keep the summer breezes at bay & welcomes the cooler temps as they start to arise.”

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Shop Ashlyn’s look:
Favorite Boyfriend (Clean Dark Wash)
Ribbed Dolman Cardigan
Print Paneled T-Shirt
Leather Belt
BC Away We Go Peep Toe Bootie
Woven Chain Link Bracelet
Gemstone Cuff
Gemstone Stacking Ring Set
Ombre Tortoise Shell Sunglasses

About Ashlyn:
Ashlyn is a twenty-something currently living in Washington, D.C. with her better half and English Bulldog, Tinsley. She is a physician assistant by day and a beauty, fashion and lifestyle blogger + part-time graphic designer for Let It Be Beautiful by night. Let It Be Beautiful was originally created as a personal outlet where she could share her life as a physician assistant student. Quickly, her blog evolved into a place to share her inspiration with others. Let It Be Beautiful offers a daily dose of style, design and prettiness!

Show us how you wear our Favorite Boyfriend fit with #AEOSTYLE and #AEOJEANS for the chance to be featured on our blog or AE.com style gallery.

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Denim Try On Event- What’s the best fit for you?

This July, we’re celebrating denim in a BIG way. With over 22 fits, 81 washes and 84 sizes, it’s hard not to spread the love on America’s #1 favorite denim brand. We sat down with Manager of Styling, Lauren R. to get the deets on her favorite fits this season and what works best for every body type.  Check out her denim picks below and don’t forget to try on our jeans in store from July 10th -23rd for your chance to win amazing prizes which include, a Macbook computer, AEO gift cards and more!

Body Type: Athletic. Jean Fit: Sky High Jegging
This super Hi-Rise and ultra tight fit will create and accentuate your beautiful curves.

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Body Type: Full-Figured. Jean Fit: Kick Boot
This fit really flatters full-figured body types. Clean lines will slim those problem areas and our stretch fabric will help create comfortable and elongated silhouettes.

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Body Type: Petite. Jean Fit: Jegging
The Jegging fit is perfect for a petite frame. Super stretch fabric, low rise and a hem that hits right at the ankle ensures a great fit and mimics the appearance of longer legs.

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Guys: No matter if you like Original Straight, Loose or Classic Bootcut, we’ve got styles and washes that match your personality. Bonus to these awesome jeans… try on a pair in stores for your chance to win one of the awesome prizes below!

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Click here for the AEO BTS 2014 Denim Try On Event Official Rules.

 

 

 

 

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#AEOSTYLE Challenge: Hi-Rise Jegging Crop

Fashion blogger Ashlyn from Let It Be Beautiful is featuring a different fit of American Eagle Outfitters jeans on her blog for the next several months. Read on to see how she chose to outfit our Hi-Rise Jegging Crop.

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Ashlyn wears our Hi-Rise Jegging Crop and Don’t Ask Why Button Tank.

Meet Ashlyn:
Ashlyn is a twenty-something currently living in Washington, D.C. with her better half & English Bulldog, Tinsley. She is a physician assistant by day and a beauty, fashion and lifestyle blogger + part-time graphic designer for Let It Be Beautiful by night. Let It Be Beautiful was originally created as a personal outlet where she could share her life as a physician assistant student. Quickly, her blog evolved into a place to share her inspiration with others. Let It Be Beautiful offers a daily dose of style, design and prettiness!

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We love how Ashlyn paired blue on blue.

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Add pretty details with metallic sandals.

What inspired Ashlyn’s look:
Easy breezy style is what summer is all about. When the temps start rising, why not wear clothes that are light weight to help keep things comfy & cool? This ice blue button down tank is perfect for mixing, matching and layering with your favorite pair of shorts or denim during the summer months. I have never worn Jeggings until now and this pair is a super soft light weight denim that is easy to wear during the hot summer months. The high-rise waist is becoming my new favorite style! You will find me in these all summer long.

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The destroyed details on our Hi-Rise Jegging Crop are on trend for summer.

Get Ashlyn’s look:
Hi-Rise Jegging Crop
Don’t Ask Why Button Tank
Triple Strap Wedge Sandal (similar)

Show us how you wear Hi-Rise Jegging Crop with #AEOSTYLE for the chance to be featured on our blog or AE.com style gallery.

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