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

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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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#AEOStyle Roundup

American Eagle Outfitters is all about expressing your individual style. Show us your original style with #AEOStyle on Instagram and Twitter for the chance to be featured on our blog so we can show the world how you take what we make and make it your own. Check out our favorite looks from this week below!

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Hi-Rise Festival Shorties
Boho Embroidered Top (Shop similar)

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Original Straight Jean
Photo Real Graphic Tank
Plaid Button Down Shirt
Clarks Originals Desert Boot
Glory Hats by Goorin Jackson Fedora
Men’s Accessories

 

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Hi-Rise Denim Shortie
Lace Paneled Top (Shop similar)
Drawstring Cargo Vest (Shop similar)

 

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Acid Washed Girlfriend Shirt (Shop similar)
Real Soft Favorite Scoop T-Shirt
Mid-Rise Super Skinny Jean

 

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Hi-Rise Denim Shortie
Real Soft Favorite V-Neck T-Shirt
Real Soft Mix Stripe Cardigan (Shop similar)

 

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Denim Shortall
Tropic Graphic Muscle Tank (Shop similar)

 

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#AEOSTYLE Challenge Denim Edition: Slim

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.

Ryan Charchian from The Fashionisto Diaries is wearing our Slim Jean this season. Our Slim Jean is about to be your new favorite fit… lean, versatile and perfect for someone who prefers slim but not skinny.

What inspired Ryan’s look:
American Eagle Outfitters has a ton of great pieces to go back to school with. I paired this tribal print baseball tee with light wash slim jeans to show the contrast of the pieces. The slim jeans are also very comfortable if you aren’t in a skinny jean kind of mood for class. This backpack is really big and I’ll be able to carry my laptop and textbooks with me no problem.

At school, shoes make a statement. These camo-like New Balances really stand out with the bright “N,” which also matches the baseball tee.

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Shop Ryan’s look:
Slim Jean (Light Vintage)
Baseball T-Shirt
New Balance Ballistic 501 Sneaker
Canvas Buckled Backpack

About Ryan:
Ryan Charchian is a military brat and started blogging to connect with old friends and show them new things happening in his life. Ryan’s blog turned into something more as he started to feature his style and his adventures in fashion. Fashionisto Diaries became what it is today when Ryan was in high school. Ryan started attending fashion week during his junior year and has attended every season of New York Fashion Week since.

During the Spring/Summer 2014 shows, Ryan was one of the bloggers Tumblr selected to attend fashion week and create content for the platform. This accelerated Ryan’s blog and his passion to create amazing content. During that same season, Ryan started to create YouTube videos. Currently he produces two videos a week: Mansome Mondays, which features men’s skincare and grooming, and Fashion Fridays, which features men’s fashion and style advice.

Ryan lives in New York and attends the Fashion Institute of Technology where he is majoring in Advertising and Marketing Communications.

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

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Now Trending for Men: We Fit America

Ok, ok, we know.. this is not a new trend but it is one that needs to stay on your radar this summer or simply forever.  Head-to-toe outfits inspired by all things Americana are all the craze right now in the fashion world. The ivy league collegiate inspired style has been flooding men’s ready to wear runways all year long.  And to keep the look fresh, we’ve added new updates on key pieces to completely transform this timeless trend.

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The Tipped Polo: Not the polo’s you remember. A collision of street inspiration and electric colors reinvent the iconic staple.

Swap out your cuffed prep short’s for a pair of stylish yet comfortable joggers.  Add a patterned hat and bright sneakers to make a laid back bold statement with a touch of prep.

Shop the look:
Tipped Polo
Fleece Jogger Pant
New Balance 515 Sneaker
Triple Strand Leather Bracelet
Global Print Paneled Cap

From polo’s to button downs and varsity jackets — these are just a few of the many ways to piece together your red, white and blue inspired #AEOStyle.  Watch the video below to learn the multiple ways to reinvent the preppy look and check out our lookbook at ae.com.

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#AEOStyle Roundup

American Eagle Outfitters is all about expressing your individual style. Show us your original style with #AEOStyle on Instagram and Twitter for the chance to be featured on our blog so we can show the world how you take what we make and make it your own. Check out our favorite looks from this week below!

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Plaid Button Down Shirt (Shop similar)
Real Soft Favorite Tank
Hi-Rise Festival Shortie 

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Sky High Shortie
Photo Real Graphic T-Shirt

 

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Signature Graphic T-Shirt (Shop similar)

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Destroyed Denim Shortie

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Printed Button Front Circle Skirt
Jegging T-Shirt
Ribbed Dolman Cardigan

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Current Obsession: The Silky Lace Kimono Jacket

The Kimono Jacket, our current obsession… Why? Because it is the easiest way to add effortless style to your outfit. With an easy open silhouette and flowy short sleeves, this piece is the perfect lightweight layer to elevate your summer wardrobe.  If you are an avid pinterest, instagram or blog crazed follower then we’re pretty sure you have seen this trend pop up in your feeds over and over again.

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This delicate top is perfect with a bralette and denim shorties

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Silky Lace Kimono Top
Cutout Bralette
Longhorn Charm Necklace
Vintage Hi-Rise Shortie
Studded Belt Hipsack
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The kimono has been spotted countless times at beaches across the globe and all over festival grounds at this year’s hottest shows. Take your kimono from the sand and grass to your everyday activities. Whether you are spending your summer days lounging by the pool, doing some retail therapy at the mall or meeting friends for coffee, grab this trendy extra layer and your #AEOStyle has just been launched to the next level.

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 The crocheted lace sleeves add a feminine touch to jeggings and booties

Shop the Look:
Silky Lace Kimono Top
Young Hearts Graphic T-Shirt
Turquoise Pendant Necklace
Jegging
DV by Dolce Vita Clark Bootie

From our favorite fashion bloggers to celebrity style icons including Jessica Alba, Nicole Richie, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, to name a few, all have been spotted wearing their favorite kimono styles. Join the kimono club and challenge yourself to create your perfect look. There are endless ways to outfit the kimono… from mixing with prints and patterns, pairing with skirts and crop tops, wearing over rompers, or just simply with jeans and wedges – basically what we are trying to say is you can wear a kimono with ANYTHING (even your shortalls)!!!

Don’t forget to show us how you styled the kimono trend on Instagram and Twitter with #AEOStyle for a chance to be featured on AE.com.

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