Wednesday, August 27, 2014

The Unbearable Lightness of Blogging.








Just a quick post with some stuff I have seen since I got back last week...the nice black and white pics  are from the show we did at the Crumb Gallery in Sauve. Someone took some nice pro pics so I figured I would throw them up here. The top pic is of our new splatter vinyl of Chimpin' the Blues. We have so much new stuff coming out this year and next and that podcast album keeps selling out which is great! Every few months a big check from our distro rolls in right when we need it...so nice! Making money from what you enjoy and create!
Then we have DAVE DAVE DAVE in the dog run with a new shirt on! That's how you know it's still summer! Then some golf clubs and bag propped up in a phone booth on 2nd ave..this seems to be a trend lately Thrown out golf stuff. Good-o!
The bottom pic is a blurry one I took on my way to Reverend Jen's troll museum benefit which I will post about later on this week..some seniors were tap dancing for a big audience on east 4th st with a harmonica player helping them out.
So much stuff happening...and you know how much I like stuff! It is 90 degrees tomorrow and i am so much enjoying this second summer I get to have after my european summer!

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Back in NYC! Here are some pics and videos from gig in France!

I am back in the big, stinky rotten apple! Nice to be back when it's still warm out but feels weird to not be in the little medieval village now. I have to wear shoes and don't have to try and speak french and no one is kissing me 3 times on the cheek every day when I see them. Sniff. Man, I love it there. What a fantastic summer I have had...played music, went to Spain, went on a boat in Marseille to swim in the bluest water ever. Waterfalls, beach, great food...I only gained 4 lbs and I lost 2 already. THIS MAKETH ME HAPPY! Next year it's the Queen Mary 2 to the UK, London visit, south of france for a month and Lisbon in the middle with the Crumbs for sun and flea markets and 78s. I can't wait already!
Here are some pics from the show we played with Sophie's band Les Sauviettes at the amazing Crumb gallery. Some video of all of us too together. Great night! We did 4 podcasts..or maybe 5 with Robert. Recorded a bit...finished our double CD/album podcast. Damn, I am so freaking lucky. Love the Crumbs. Love Sophie and the kids. Love the friends we made there. Such a weird, artsy crazy little scene! I feel like I have two homes now.








Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Francidy France France France!






Well, still in the south of France and still having a blast! There are dozens of unposted videos and pics on my laptop and I since I will post them all eventually and I am lazy I am just picking random ones to put up now. I get back on the 15th and the next day I go straight to a show at Csquat where I get to drink and see everyone at once which will be both surreal and great! I am so used to buying fresh bread every day at the little specialty store here, swimming, beaching, and also not understanding the language that it will be a bit of a culture shock to get back to NY. But some great stuff to look forward to when I return so I expect no depression at all. Still summer and lots of stuff going on to be excited about. After almost six weeks away I am pretty beyond refreshed and inspired to have a productive August and fall.
AnyFrog, first is the flyer for a big gig we have this monday at the Crumb gallery playing with The Sauviettes which is Sophie Crumbs amazing trio. Then we have a few pics of John and Robert during the podcasting. We had some technical issues and have done only three so far...hoping to get some more done before we leave if the parts that were ordered come here in time. I hope I hope!
If not, we have three great ones including the second half of the 2 CD/album release we are putting out early next year. Yay!
A random pic from Marseille..Le Tom Cruise! One of Sauve at night at La Place where all the kids come to play and the parents can hang out and drink. The new lights they put in the village are too bright for my tastes but I have to admit they make form some pretty great photo ops.
And HOW CAN I HAVE NOT PUT UP THE BEST THING EVER??!!!
Aline Crumb painted her friend Dominique with MY MOM ONCE AGAIN! I love it!
It will be part of an art exhibit in September that Aline and Sophie are having in NYC on the 7th. I invited my sisters and my mom of course. It is going to be a crazy mix of people and i can't wait!
Plus, I get to see Sophie and Aline in NYC three weeks after we leave France. How INCROYABLE IS THAT??

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Barcelona! Parc Guell and Las Ramblas.














We are now in Barcelona! Planned this trip while in NYC, booked the hotel and bought train tickets while in France and now having a great time. I love when I plan something out form just a passing thought and suddenly I am here! Hotel is one block off the main strip in the Ramblas so it's quiet at night...has wi-fi, cheap and awesome. Today we went to do one touristy thing and saw Parc Guell and the Gaudi art. Pretty freaking cool! The we walked around the area at night for hours and man is it amazing here. Just as great as I heard if not more so. Roman buildings everywhere next to the best tapas and bars. Street kids and crazies galore and everyone parties all damn night. I posted a ton of pics here cause I have so many more to put up plus tomorrow we hit the famous Encants flea market which i am excited about. Then I made all of John's dreams come true but finding a movie theater we can walk to that plays Planet of the Apes in english. HE IS FOREVER IN MY DEBT!
This is a nice break from Sauve and when we get back there it's all beach, waterfalls and music until we leave on the 15th. What a great summer. I love traveling and seeing new countries if only one small part of it. Then i get to run wild in NYC and make up for all my sobriety here by getting wasted for a month straight!

Friday, July 25, 2014

Some pics from Marseille boating and street art!










Oops! Shark art came out twice!
Quick post to put up some pics from our trip to Marseille with Aline. It was amazingly amazing!
Went on a boat two days to hit some great gorgeous spots for swimming. Turquoise water, free of crowds...saw fish and dove off rocks. What can I say? It was like paradise.
Then wandered the city and saw some cool weird shops and I LOVE the graffiti and murals that cover Marseille. Such a great city. Mix of tourists, slums and traveling kids. Hippies and crusties. Punk bars and antique shops. I have a lot more pics from my real camera I need to find time to upload but these are some from my phone.
John took some great ones too I need to get from him. The streets there are so incredible. Second time I have been there and I liked it even more this time around. Pics are a jumble and I don't have time to fix it so I will just keep posting more pics I have next time. Going to Barcelona monday with John until Augsut 1st then we switch to a new apt in Sauve where we will do music and podcasts until we leave on the 15th. And we have some gigs and some recording to do too of course. Trip is half over and I am so so glad to not out of NYC right now!
I feel inspired already and when I come back I have so many plans for the rest of the year.

Friday, July 18, 2014

First post from France! Paris and Sauve pics, yo.








Le blog! Le blog! Well, I am now in he land of freedom frites and having a great time!
Went to Paris for a few days and found the crazy Museum of Anatomical Oddities that is on one floor of a vet school. Got to see many gross things in jars of formaldehyde and lots of two headed animals. Top pic is of a flayed man on a freaking horse. I love going to places and finding all the weird stuff to do.
Then there are some pics of the big waterfall we go to in Ganges which is popular and crowded but beautiful. There are lots of others where no one is there at all but we like sitting underneath the waterfall which you can do if you crawl around the rocks and get behind the water coming down. That is Le Vis, which is the cleanest water in France apparently.
Then that shot of the SUPERMOON or whatever people were calling it does not do justice to how amazing it looked here when that huge red moon was out. It looked surreal, like I was looking at a painting of the moon.
Then there is Sophie and I hanging out in La Place the small center of the village where people come and drink and watch bands in the evening.
And then there's John and Crumb listening to 78s in Crumb's room for hours and hours and hours.
We will be doing a lot of podcasts from that room soon and recording stuff for out new album too.
Heading to Marseille to go out on a boat and swim this week then will be hitting Barcelona just to walk around and see the city. And I can sort of speak Spanish so that will be something kind of cool. My french is pretty much a mix of Spanglish and made up words.