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.

Friday, July 4, 2014

Important questions! Plus my mom and I drawn by R. Crumb!

What a great last week I have been having in NYC! The weather was awesome and I needed a few rainy days as I am behind in packing and getting ready to go to France for the summer. So much stuff going on I would leave my place to go out for an hour and come back at 5am as the sun came up. 
But I caught up the last few days and I will be ready to leave July 7th. So excited! We will be recording and doing lots of podcasts with Crumb, two of which we are putting out as a CD and vinyl album. We will be playing some gigs of course and most likely will hit Barcelona for kayaking and snorkeling. Thinking about hitting Amsterdam or London but they are expensive trips and man do I want to snorkel and kayak! I have an invite to see Budapest from a friend who is in a film that is being shot there but that too is a big trip though that would be insanely fun too! 
AnyDurp, the top 3 pics are from yahoo answers I think..people are actually paid to answer insane questions like this! I am going to apply for that job when i get settled in Sauve. They have tons of different writing jobs on this website, it's freelance and it pays well. And you can work from anywhere in the world which I would LOVE as I travel a lot. 
The next two pics are of my mom when she was young and did some modeling. She is the one with the big hoop earrings on and the high necked blouse. Bottom pic is a drawing R Crumb did of us from a photo Aline Crumb took at Veselka's. My moms already crazy brain is EXPLODING from all of this attention lately though she said her boobs are NOT THAT BIG IN REAL LIFE.
I have had enough partying, drinking and running around like a maniac in the heat for now and am ready to go to France and get some fun work done and see more of Europe. 
John's official book proposal to Abrams Comic Arts publishing goes in this week and will be in consideration after the 10th of July. If this goes through I will be helping John put this postcard book/sheet music book together and it will be out by spring and man I do hope it goes through! Pitching limited edition hardcovers of this book too with a real 78 of our music pressed and included in it. Fingers crossed!
So many good and impressive things happening for us lately starting with the gigs with Crumb in April and the NPR appearance and it feels great. 
And I CANNOT WAIT until Art and Beauty comes out next year with this drawing in it! 

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Some Summery Stuff and LIQUID WEED.

MEIN GOTT! I leave NYC for much of the summer one week from tomorrow! I can't wait! I have the hot weather I wanted the last few weeks and the week ahead and I am running around every night seeing friends and making merry. In between buying stuff I need for Europe and getting all loose ends tied up. Everything is working out perfectly including the fact that I not only have a TAN now but I am back to my regular weight after working hard all winter and spring to lose what I gained. In fact, some guy just told me i am too skinny now and my head is too big for my body and they miss my giant butt. Yay!
Wow, that pic that is first is HUGE and it is of my mom who was stopped on the street to pose for some Advanced Modeling site. She is upset it is older women but was happy about all the comments saying how hot she looks. Sigh...
I have video from the rent freeze rally at Cooper...and pics and video from the Drag Parade at Tompkins but just don't have the time to upload it now. Hopefully before I go I will get around to it.
In the meantime here are some summer pics for you, constant readers of my shit.
A guy with a hotdog stand was across from Ray's the other night but he was nice and when I screamed at him he said he loved Ray and went there when he was a kid and he would probably move to another corner. Then we made sweet sweet love amongst the summer sausages. Okay, that part didn't happen. I think. I was drunk so who knows.
Then all these weird "stunt cars" were lined up by Crif Dogs. They said I could get in one but that didn't sound NOT TERRIFYING so I just took a pic. There were maybe ten of the things.
Someone threw out their EDIBLE ARRANGEMENT plant thingy. And someone else scored a puppy calendar to cuddle with.
There is a sign to be careful of the baby hawks that may be flying around the park up at the dog run and best of all there is now a Cannabis Energy drink! Now who would laugh at that buxom young stoned beauty? She just wants to chillax and drink liquid weed. Is that a sin? I cannot wait until weed is really legal and the crazy ads are everywhere. I am sure the companies got them raring to go.
Great taste, half the calories and twice the paranoia!

Thursday, June 19, 2014

NYC has Big Thing!

Look at all these lovely photos! Who doesn't want to eat a burger from a half priced sushi place with ramen noodles on top of it? That is at Zen sushi on St Marks whose cheap prices just went up by quite a bit so they are not so cheap anymore. This is a sad day. I want my dead raw fish half off dammit!
I won't be in NYC on Sunday to see the Strawberry Shortcake eating contest but I am sure it is going to be a swell time! That is at the Avenue A Farmer's Market.
At Tompkins, that guy in stilts went to play basketball with some kids and was not welcomed so he stilted his way out of the park. Now that the grass is open he should have just layed out in the sun and tanned his wooden legs to a fine oak brown.
The bottom pic is of some art that was being sold on 2nd ave and 1st st the other day. Seems like vendors are just setting up shop in random places now which is nice to see. Above that is who knows what. Someone ripped that dolls head off and tied it around that pole and it wasn't me. Weird!
And well...that lonely sign is up all down 2nd ave and I have no idea if it is real or not but I think it is a joke/prank sort of thing. If it's not..well that is pretty sad. And strange. And please let this person not have my phone number!

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Summer Summer Summer! And the Mystery Trail of Donuts.

Fuck spring! It's 85 degrees all week, I am already tan, I dropped about 20lbs since January and I am ready for ONE BILLION DEGREE WEATHER. You read that right. No rest until we are all on fire!
Of course, as soon as it gets hot in NYC the number of crazies on the streets multiplies ten fold leaving me to wonder where were all these people over the winter? Did they vacation in the virgin islands? Did they see the weather forecast here, drop their drinks with the umbrellas in them and hop on a plane so they could be here and run down the street with their pants down screaming? I hope so!
AnySpooge, that pic on the bottom is a book about 78rpm collectors and John is the entire first chapter. Haven't read the whole thing yet but kinda fun to see us described in print with a mention of our band and everything. It comes out July 8th-this is an advance copy. She KEENLY OBSERVES that I am "striking" looking and have a 90210 pencil case and lots of vintage clothing. So basically this is the best book in the world and the most truthful! Well, it is the best book except for the book John is going to be writing which Abrams Publishing is putting out. So excited! Its going to have two CD inserts too. One of us and one of the random old time bands from his 78 collection. Probsbly no Crumb cover but Robert may do the intro. So John and I will both be writing at the same time all summer, fall and winter and into next year. Plus, his literary agent likes my stuff too!
Then we have the Ribbon Man of union square above that. He is there every day usually with a big ribbon blanket set up doing who knows what with all those ribbons. I suppose this is what is called a Ribbon Rager. He enjoys spinning around in circles a lot too. Also, he is my hero.
THEN last week I saw a mysterious thing happening by the 9th precinct. This person ran over with a box, took some items out of the box, strewed them about and left the entire thing in front of the cop shop.
When I walked over to see what it all was about LO AND BEHOLD they had left a trail of bagels and donuts leading up to the entrance of the police station. I think this is a pretty nice thing to do in case people can't find the entrance and need some help.
The donuts looked freshly made and the bagels were plentiful. Sesame, onion, plain...I was so excited and confused by all the choices that I didn't eat any of it. It was simply overwhelming and I had to go lay down with a cool compress on my head for the rest of the night.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Alexis Karl's Darwin's Nightmare show in Brooklyn.

A few weeks ago I went to see my friend spin fire at a warehouse on bergen street in brooklyn. It turned out to be a great gallery exhibit featuring the works of Alexis Karl who also plays in the band Ondyne's Demise who performed there AND makes perfume! A multi-talented gal, the space was full of human/animal hybrid paintings, crystal skull sculptures with antlers and girls dancing around to ambient music twirling scarves as they writhed around the artwork. This was the closing night but more info about Alexis can be found here:

Here are some pics of the paintings, sculptures and a video of Erin fire spinning for the crowd. I ended up at some rooftop party later that night and then on Avenue A until the sun came up. So yes, it is finally summer!