Souvenirs I and II EPs - Swimm

The DIY music-makers of Swimm have the perfect soundtracks for summer with the release of not one, but two EPs, Souvenirs I and II. Swimm’s sound has influences ranging from shoegaze to folk to electronic to dancey-pop and everything in between. Souvenirs I offers special remixes from Keith Sweaty, Big Wild and Derek Suomi and Souvenirs II is set to release August 22. 

So set your feet up on that hammock you’ve been dying to break in this summer and get a taste of Souvenir I by watching the lyric video

Or see the real thing and check out their North American summer tour dates after the jump: 

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“THE DUAL ORIENTEERING EPS” BY SASHASH ULZ

The handmade music site WistRec is featuring a unique disc set from Sashash Ulz including orienteering maps of familiar places, a compass, cartography filmstrips, and personalized routes all encased in recycled kraft boxes. 

This set is perfect for a musically-driven adventure with a friend or for any curious explorer who loves a good music playlist. Listen to some of the tracks on the EPs and check out more of Wistrec’s one-of-a-kind music compilations

#TBT Warped Tour 1998
The 2014 Vans Warped Tour is on it’s final leg of shows, and we’re wrapping up posting our favorite photos from year’s past every Thursday. Today’s throwback is from the 1998 Warped Tour with Blink 182’s Mark Hoppus and our our Vans Skate team legend Steve Caballero hanging casually in the background. If you haven’t been to your Warped stop yet this year, be sure to look out for ‘DECADES: Warped Since 1995 - Through The Lens Of Lisa Johnson Rock Photographer’ a photo exhibit with more rad shots like this vanswarpedtour.com
Photo: Lisa Johnson Rock Photographer

#TBT Warped Tour 1998

The 2014 Vans Warped Tour is on it’s final leg of shows, and we’re wrapping up posting our favorite photos from year’s past every Thursday. Today’s throwback is from the 1998 Warped Tour with Blink 182’s Mark Hoppus and our our Vans Skate team legend Steve Caballero hanging casually in the background. If you haven’t been to your Warped stop yet this year, be sure to look out for ‘DECADES: Warped Since 1995 - Through The Lens Of Lisa Johnson Rock Photographer’ a photo exhibit with more rad shots like this vanswarpedtour.com

Photo: Lisa Johnson Rock Photographer

With today’s technology, it’s easier than ever to make a record right in your own home, but how can you make one that stands out? Berklee Online’s Music Production Analysis course teaches you the ins and outs of key production techniques and arrangements, giving you the skills to analyze the elements that make an effective record.
Course teacher Stephen Webber is a seasoned record producer, musician, DJ, and composer who uses popular examples including The Beatles, Miles Davis, and Bob Marley, and gives access to rare demos that contributed to the final product.
With Berklee Online’s Course Samples, you can test out the first lesson for free. If you want to learn more, sign up for the full 12-week course.
Photo: StephenWebberMusic.com

With today’s technology, it’s easier than ever to make a record right in your own home, but how can you make one that stands out? Berklee Online’s Music Production Analysis course teaches you the ins and outs of key production techniques and arrangements, giving you the skills to analyze the elements that make an effective record.

Course teacher Stephen Webber is a seasoned record producer, musician, DJ, and composer who uses popular examples including The Beatles, Miles Davis, and Bob Marley, and gives access to rare demos that contributed to the final product.

With Berklee Online’s Course Samples, you can test out the first lesson for free. If you want to learn more, sign up for the full 12-week course.

Photo: StephenWebberMusic.com

A Day on Vans Warped Tour with We Are The In Crowd

It seemed like the bus had stopped rolling only minutes ago but when I stretched my legs over the edge and awkwardly climbed my way to the ground from the top bunk I smelled coffee drifting through the cracked door.  We Are The In Crowd’s Tay Jardine was in the front lounge settled over a black mug that read ‘Bad Days’ with a giant yellow smiley face. 

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Miette Hope: Winner of the First Vans Berklee Off The Wall Scholarship

We announced earlier last month that the first winner of the Vans Berklee Off The Wall Scholarship was awarded to Miette Hope-Goldman, a talented 17-year-old singer-songwriter from Colorado Springs, Colorado.

We’ve released an exclusive interview with Hope-Goldman in our Vans Women’s Fall 2014 Zine and to celebrate the release, she will be performing tonight at the Vans store in Chapel Hills Mall at 6pm.

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It takes so much to be in a band that to not fucking get up there and just kill almost ruins the spirit. Like, what fucking right do I have to ask people to pay money to see my show? Not just pay money, but get on the fucking subway, get in the fucking car, like, ruin a whole night of their lives just to see my show. Ask them to pay money to buy my album, T-shirts with my stupid face on it. What right do I have to do all of that, and then not say it’s good enough? More than good enough — to not say it’s special?