Interview: The Wind and the Wave

Austin, TX is known for live music. In fact, you can’t walk down Sixth Street without being pulled into a bar by the sounds of guitar riffs and kick drums. Trust us, we’ve tried. But that being said, the city is obviously a hotbed for burgeoning talent in the rock and country arena. Enter, The Wind & the Wave – an Austin-based duo that charmed their way into our hearts when they stopped through Pittsburgh on their tour with the Jameston Revival. Get to know more about Patty Lynn and Dwight Baker and listen to a song from their new LP!

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I like your tattoo.

KM:  Oh, thanks. It’s a celtic knot.

Dwight:  Are you Scottish?

KM:  No, I’m a bit Irish.

Dwight:  We played in Ireland.

KM:  That’s so cool, tell me about it!

Patty:  We went on a tour with a band called Stereophonics. They’re huge over there. So we were on their US/Canada tour.

Dwight:  Yeah, we played Ireland, Scotland and mainland Great Britain.

KM:  Tell me about how you found each other and became a band.

Patty:  I was in another band and I was living in Austin. And he came out to see somebody that my band was opening for. And liked what he heard, I guess.

Dwight:  I just thought you were pretty. No, I loved what I heard. She’s got an enchanting voice. It’s magic.

Patty:  And so after that, my band built a relationship with him. He has a really nice studio in Austin. We made a couple records with him. And then through that process, we just became friends. We just enjoyed each other’s company. Definitely more so than I enjoyed the company of my bandmates. It was just kind of a natural thing that happened.

Dwight:  And then she quit her band. And I had a break in my schedule so we started writing together and it became that record very quickly. Then three months after that, we signed to RCA. It was very weird and very quick.

KM:  That is quick. So you’ve been a band for about a year?

Dwight:  Yeah, I think we’re at about 18 months. It’s been fun.

KM:  People usually want to know what any artist’s influences are. But we’re going to make you narrow that down to the one album that truly affected your path in music.

Patty:  Transatlanticism by Death Cab for Cutie just opened my brain. Before that I didn’t really know what I liked in music. Like, I liked whatever my friends liked, or thought I did anyway. And then I heard that record and it’s just in another world.

Dwight:  I’d say that the first record that affected me was Pet Sounds by the Beach Boys. The first one that I went like, “whooooa. I want to sing along with all of this! This is genius!” And I’m like, 6.

KM:  I wanna go back to the topic of touring for a minute. Which place was your favorite to play and why?

Dwight:  I like the Midwest. I like Des Moines and …

Patty:  Like Omaha.

Dwight:  Yeah! There’s something really awesome about the Midwest. Or just out-of-the-way places, Portland’s been great too. When you don’t get a band everytime they come through on tour, like a city doesn’t get every tour, kids are just dying for it.

Patty:  Which is the way it should be all the time. But it’s not. I mean, we’re from Austin and I love Austin. Favorite place to go? Austin. But the people who live there see live music 10 times a day.

Dwight:  We loved European fans too. ‘Cause they just get up on each other’s shoulders and throw a beer in the air.

Patty:  They know how to do it right.

Dwight:  It’s like a working class crowd with Stereophonics and they’re just out for a good time. And it just makes the show more fun. Listening, paying attention but being rowdy too.

Patty:  They’re always in the moment.

Dwight:  American fans these days tend to spend a lot of time on their cell phones.

Patty:  Me included! I’m on my phone all the damn time! But when you go to a show, it’s like, why are you there?

Dwight:  You almost want to give a lecture. Let’s all put our phones on silent like on an airplane and all participate and afterwards, let’s go crazy!

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Pitchfork Packing and Festival Guide

Pitchfork Music Festival is one of Chicago’s best music festivals that the city has to offer. The three day event features musicians with genres from alternative rock to hip hop to jazz and beyond. Check out our list of what to pack, places to explore and who to listen to while in the windy city.

Pack:
Girls:
Keep your festival #AEOStyle city sleek with neutral tones. Add a pop of color to incorporate some extra energy into your outfit.

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Shop the look:
Embroidered Zipper Bag
Don’t Ask Why Strappy Tank
Khaki Boy Bermuda (Similar)
DV by Dolce Vita Clark Bootie
Heart Pendant Necklace

Guys:  Keep your style comfortable and cool for long days at the festival grounds. Tie a button down around your waist for added warmth when the sun goes down. Don’t forget to pack comfortable walking dancing shoes and a duffel bag to carry your festival essentials.

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Canvas Duffel Bag
Canvas Sneakers
Legend Crew T-Shirt
Plaid Button Down Shirt
10″ Classic Length Short

Eat:
Homeslice: Wheel House: 
Pizza, a French Bulldog named Gary, and a fantastic atmosphere to boot. This place rocks.

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Home Slice Wheel House (and Gary the French Bulldog). Photo Credit: @Addie_Perkins

Old Crow Smokehouse:  This country themed bar serves up a mean moonshine with muddled blackberries, lemon sour and topped with a mint sprig. Yeehaw!

Waffles Cafe: bWonuts…a hybrid between a waffle and a doughnut. Need we say more?

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Holy Wonuts! Photo Credit: Thrillist.com

Bobtail Ice Cream:  Homemade creamy goodness with flavors like Cubby Crunch, Peanut Butter Cup and Signature Sunset.

Do: 
John Hancock Observatory:  The best view in town. Treck 1,000 feet above Lake Michigan to enjoy breathtaking views of the city.

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Check out the view! Photo Credit: Fodors.com

Beach Volleyball Bump, set and spike on the shores of Lake Michigan.

Wrigley Field:  Crack open a box of Cracker Jacks, root for the Cubs and celebrate the parks 100th birthday.

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Celebrating 100 Years. Photo Credit: Crownaudio.com

Lincoln Park Zoo:  Enjoy free admission and views of lions, tigers and bears…oh my!

Listen: 
Beck:  This LA born musician is well known for his unique sound which incorporates genres like funk, soul, alternative rock, jazz and psychedelia…to name a few.  We love, Loser and Blue Moon.

Grimes:  This Canadian beauty spits out a synth pop sound so alluring, it will keep you wanting more. We love: Genesis and Go. Ft Blood Diamonds.

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Grimes. Photo Credit: Grimesmusic.com

Real Estate:  This all-american band from New Jersey delivers beachy vibes that meet a hazy indie rock sound. We love: Talking Backwards and Past Lives.

Tune-Yards:  Known for her entertaining stage presence, we can’t get enough of this energetic, world beat, indie pop gal. We love: Water fountain and  Wait for a Minute.

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Tune-Yards photo credit: Thebabybridged.com

 

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Flashback Friday Playlist

This summer, we’ve decided to launch a new music playlist exclusively for our Friday shoppers. We absolutely love a good throwback tune, so much in fact that we’ve decided to create a Flashback Friday playlist! This playlist has everything from TLC to No Doubt to Nirvana and beyond. Check out the full playlist below and be sure to bring your dancing shoes to AEO stores every Friday from here on out.

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4 Non Blondes – What’s Up?
Alanis Morissette – Ironic
Arrested Development – Mr Wendal – 2002 – Remaster
Barenaked Ladies – One Week
Beastie Boys – Intergalactic – 2009 Digital Remaster
Beck – The New Pollution
Better Than Ezra – Good
The Black Crowes – Hard To Handle
Blackstreet – No Diggity (Re-Recorded / Remastered)
Blind Melon – No Rain – 2002 – Remastered
Blink-182 – Dammit
Blink-182 – All The Small Things
Blu Cantrell – Hit ‘Em Up Style (Oops!)
Blues Traveler – Hook
The Breeders – Cannonball
C & C Music Factory – Here We Go, Let’s Rock & Roll
The Cardigans – Lovefool – Radio Edit
Collective Soul – Shine [Radio Edit] (45 Version)
Cornershop – Brimful Of Asha
Cracker – Low
The Cranberries – Linger
Crash Test Dummies – Afternoons & Coffeespoons
Crystal Waters – Gypsy Woman (She’s Homeless) – Radio Mix
The Cure – Friday I’m In Love
The Dandy Warhols – We Used To Be Friends
De La Soul – Me, Myself & I
Deee-Lite – Groove Is In The Heart
Deep Blue Something – Breakfast At Tiffany’s
Del The Funky Homosapien – Mistadobalina
DJ Kool – Let Me Clear My Throat – Old School Reunion Remix ’96
EMF – Unbelievable – LP – EMF
Eve 6 – Inside Out
Everclear – Santa Monica
Fastball – The Way
Fatboy Slim – Praise You – Radio Edit
Fountains Of Wayne – Radiation Vibe
Garbage – When I Grow Up
Gin Blossoms – Hey Jealousy
The Goo Goo Dolls – Broadway
Green Day – When I Come Around
Harvey Danger – Flagpole Sitta
Hole – Celebrity Skin
House Of Pain – Jump Around
Ice Cube – Check Yo Self – feat. Das EFX
Jane’s Addiction – Been Caught Stealing
Jill Sobule – Supermodel
Kris Kross – Jump
Kula Shaker – Hush
The La’s – There She Goes
Len – Steal My Sunshine – Remastered Anniversary Edition
Lenny Kravitz – Fly Away
Marky Mark And The Funky Bunch – Good Vibrations
Meat Puppets – Backwater
The Mighty Mighty Bosstones – The Impression That I Get
Montell Jordan – This Is How We Do It
The Muffs – Kids In America
N.W.A. – Express Yourself
New Radicals – You Get What You Give
Nirvana – Love Buzz
Nirvana – The Man Who Sold The World
No Doubt – Just A Girl
OMC – How Bizarre
Pearl Jam – Alive
The Presidents Of The United States Of America – Lump
The Presidents Of The United States Of America – Video Killed The Radio Star
The Proclaimers – I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)
Republica – Ready to Go
Salt-N-Pepa – Shoop
Semisonic – Closing Time
Skee-Lo – I Wish
Smash Mouth – Walkin’ On The Sun
The Smashing Pumpkins – 1979
Sneaker Pimps – 6 Underground – Nellee Hooper Mix
Soundgarden – Black Hole Sun
Spacehog – In The Meantime
Spin Doctors – Two Princes
Spin Doctors – Little Miss Can’t Be Wrong
The Stone Roses – Fools Gold – Remastered
Stone Temple Pilots – Plush
Sugar Ray – Fly
Supergrass – Alright
Talking Heads – This Must Be The Place (Naive Melody) – Remastered
TLC – No Scrubs
A Tribe Called Quest – Can I Kick It?
Us3 – Cantaloop (Flip Fantasia)
The Verve – Bitter Sweet Symphony – 2004 Digital Remaster
Violent Femmes – Blister In The Sun (Remastered Album Version)
Weezer – Buddy Holly
Will Smith – Miami
Wyclef Jean – Gone Till November
Yellowcard – Ocean Avenue
Red Hot Chili Peppers- Give It Away
Oasis- Wonderwall
Beck- Loser
Oops I Did It Again- Britney Spears
NSync- Bye Bye Bye
What a Girl Wants- Christina Aguilera
Say My Name- Destiny’s Child
Crazytown- Butterfly
Usher- U Remind Me
Brandy and Monica- The Boy Is Mine
Come On Over Baby- Christina Aguilera
Hollaback Girl- Gwen Stefani
Cry Me A River- Justin Timberlake

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Music Monday: Aerie’s Midsummer Playlist

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It feels like just yesterday that we were longing for the heat, sun and summer jams. Now it’s almost the middle of the season! Don’t let those pool parties slip away without having the perfect soundtrack to the splashes.

With this selection of tunes, we mixed up fresh new sounds with a few throwbacks for good measure. Get to know some of our favorite power ladies including Charlie XCX with her song “Boom Clap”; Ellie Goulding with “Goodness Gracious” off her hit record Halcyon Days; and “On a Roll” from the dance pop duo, Icona Pop. Also, take note of newcomer, Elle Eyre. We’ve had our eyes, ahem, ears on her for awhile. Trust, her song “Deeper” is an earworm.

We also reached as far back as 1990 to bring you Bell Biv DeVoe’s “Poison,” ‘cause, let’s face it, that song is timeless. And we jumped forward a whole decade to remember how cool the Dandy Warhols were (and still are) with their song “Bohemian Like You.” Then topped off our trip down memory lane with AlunaGeorge’s cover of “This is How We Do It”.

Go ahead. Slip into your bikini, toss on those sunnies and push play! Listen to our Midsummer Playlist on Spotify here.

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What’s Trending this month? you asked, we tell…

Music with a starter course and a can of paint? Yep, you read that right…

So what’s this all about? First things first: let’s discuss music and how it plays into our everyday lives. Your favorite song that you play over and over again. The song that reminds you of summer nights or your first kiss. The playlist that tells the story of your life. The song that helped you get through your first breakup. If that’s not enough to remind you of the impact that music has on our lives, new research shows that it can impact your food and your personal space too!

How, you ask?

You’re about to move into your new college apartment and the first thing you want to do to claim your space is paint the walls. Now the big question comes into play… how will you choose between that light grey color or the cool mint green?

Kelly-Moore Paints teamed up with researchers at UC Berkeley on The Sound of Color project to help consumers display their feelings through color in their personal space. Check out how they translate music and color correlations into paint palettes!

If you love throwback hits like Nirvana’s Smells like Teen Spirit and want to evoke a sense of nostalgia then light purple is your color. Or maybe Beyoncé’s Crazy In Love has you feeling a little romantic… then swap the purple for pink.

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Check out their Pinterest board for more music and color inspiration

Don’t want to have your feelings on the wall quite yet? Then check out:

(Dis)Play That Song was created by Barcelona-based creative designer Hendrik Hohenstein who developed an app that converts song lyrics into a pattern of graphic elements and color. The project not only allows people to see what their favorite songs look like, but also provides a different medium through which to discover new music.

And to top it all off… studies reveal that sound can affect and even enhance the taste of your food and suggest songs people should play while enjoying them.

Making mac and cheese and need a playlist to go with it?

Supper provides food and drink recipes from notable chefs and mixologists, as well as recommendations for related songs that they curate. Meal recipes come with two playlists: one to listen to while cooking and another to hear when eating.

Would you paint your walls based on your favorite songs? Tell us in the comments below.

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Music Monday: Interview with Aer

For this week’s Music Monday, we called up David von Mering and Carter Schultz of the band Aer to chat about life-changing albums, puppy parties and what kind of jeans they live in. The reggae/hip hoppers just released their first full length album this year and have been on the road a lot. Between the tour bus and the stage, these two have stories to tell. Get to know after the jump!

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AEO:  People usually want to know what any artist’s influences are. But we’re going to make you narrow that down to the one album that truly affected your path in music.

David:  Californication by the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

Carter:  For me, I’d say, The Mixtape “A Kid Named Cudi” by Kid Cudi. It just opened my eyes to the possibilities of genre melding.

AEO:  Being a musician means traveling to a lot of different cities and playing to a lot of different crowds. Which place was your favorite and why?

David:  Dallas, because the crowd showed way too much love for us not being from there.

Carter:  We should say Boston, ‘cause that’s our most love. But besides that, Dallas. Just to clear that up.

AEO:  Where was your first show together and what was it like?

Carter:  The first show we ever played together, we were on Newbury street. My older brother was running a pop up shop on Newbury St, he was selling backpacks. And they were having a launch party one Friday night. So there was probably about 40 people there. And we set up two speakers, plugged in our laptops, pressed play on the instrumentals and performed in front of 40 people there at the party.

So it was awkward. It was fun. It was an icebreaker. And it was definitely a learning experience.

David:  It was a pretty embarrassing, but also like, groundbreaking moment. I’ll never forget that experience

AEO:  If you could bring just three things on tour, other than your equipment, what would they be?

David:  C lean socks. Chapstick. Probably like, I dunno, my money. Yeah, my identity and my money, I guess.

Carter:  Metal chopsticks. Fresh shorts. And my mini plastic skateboard.

AEO:  Anyone who’s seen any movies about rock bands knows that the tour bus can be like an extension of a wild backstage party or a place for band antics. Tell us the craziest or funniest tour bus story to date…

Aer:  After some shows, depending on how we feel, we’ll have a party on the bus afterward. And one night we decided to have a party, and we had a bunch of people on the bus. And this one girl was like, hold on, I’ll be right back. She left, and when she came back she had four puppies with her and she just let them loose on the bus and everyone just lost their minds.

AEO:  Describe a day in your life in five words.

Aer:  Always trying to move forward.

AEO:  At AEO, we love our denim. What’s your favorite fit or wash and how do you style them?

Carter:  Dave, I’d say you’re like a regular fit. And I go for more of that slimmer fit. Preferably, in terms of wash, I like it to be like darker jeans and maybe like waxed. And I don’t like to cuff unless the cuff has something cuff-worthy like sometimes the denim will have a funky patterned cuff. So I’ll cuff that. I really love jeans that just fit really well that you fall in love with and are like, damn, these were made for my body.

AEO:  Mountain Dew or Dr. Pepper?

David:  Dr. Pepper

Carter:  Dr. Pepper

AEO:  Saturday or Sunday?

David:  Saturday

Carter:  Saturday

AEO:  Scrambled or fried?

David:  If he’s making them, scrambled. If I’m making them, fried.

Carter:  Depends on my mood.

AEO:  T-shirts or tanks?

David:  T-shirts

Carter:  T-shirts

AEO:  Sweet or Savory?

David:  Sweet

Carter:  Savory

AEO:  Stones or Beatles?

David:  Beatles

Carter:  Beatles

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