Tuesday, June 28, 2016

The Dismantling of Rev Jen's Troll Museum












So LES icon Reverend Jen was forcibly AND illegally evicted from her apartment today which was also the home of the Troll Museum which had hundreds of troll dolls in it that she has been collecting for decades now. I went over there at around 2pm and things were already getting bagged up and brought down the 6th floor walkup by many of her friends. I helped out and also grabbed a few things I will hold for her as she goes to court July 20th to fight this insanity.
Vanishing New York has the story up so I am just going to link to that and let these photos speak for themselves. I uploaded one video of people helping her decide what to take and bringing it to the streets. Since it's the Rev we managed to have some fun as she told us stories about parties and things that happened there throughout the years but all in all it was extremely sad. More of our hood bites the dust. 
Here is the OFFICIAL STORY.

The Dismantling of Rev Jen's Troll Museum










https://youtu.be/E3qGGDNF7Ns


So LES icon Reverend Jen was forcibly AND illegally evicted from her apartment today which was also the home of the Troll Museum which had hundreds of troll dolls in it that she has been collecting for decades now. I went over there at around 2pm and things were already getting bagged up and brought down the 6th floor walkup by many of her friends. I helped out and also grabbed a few things I will hold for her as she goes to court July 20th to fight this insanity.
Vanishing New York has the story up so I am just going to link to that and let these photos speak for themselves. I uploaded one video of friends helping her pack and bring her stuff down to the streets. Since it's the Rev we had some fun hearing about crazy parties she had had there but for the most part it was very sad. Another part of the LES is gone today. 
Here is the OFFICIAL STORY.

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Show in the Park ONE MILLION EONS AGO








Okay my countdown to leaving NYC for the summer(about 6 weeks) has begun and I am busy as fuck. John went to visit his bro and nieces in Sweden for almost two weeks and while he was gone I went out just about every night...mainly because it's summer finally and I just can't be inside when it's this nice out every day. Also there's shows, parties, event and all kinds of shit going on before I leave and since life in the south of France is VERY different than here I want to hit as much as I can before John and I split. Will it be crazy in Europe? Probably. But the south of France is mellow as can be.
I am uploading every pic on my computer this week and these are from a show in Tompkins that was about two weeks ago. Purple Pam played and was singing to her bandmates kid which was adorable. Eak the geek and Angel were there and so was Jessie Camp that old MTV VJ who is like 7 feet tall hanging out with his ex bandmate Spike and others. The purple Prince piano is gone from the park but when it was there that guy was playing it every day and asking people to have sing-a-longs around the piano which sort of happened at times. I have more pics from this show that are far crazier but there was another show after it Folk the Park that was about 8 hours long and it's just sort of the same pics really. Good stuff going on lately in my own personal little piece of the world so that is always swell. I am excited to go back to Freedom France to see the Crumbs and finish recording our new album with Robert too along with hanging out with Aline and my pal Sophie and her three, yes THREE kids she has now. Last year I was the first one to hold her newborn and I nearly had a heart attack. So tiny and fragile! Me that is! What if I slipped on a banana peel and dropped it?? I slip on them all the time!
Sauve has a whole cast of characters who live there now and it's like the Crumb empire of weirdness and I am so happy to be a part of it that this may be the year John and I put down money on a place. We will certainly be looking at apartments and houses so we can be there more often and you never know what will open up there. It's the weirdest little medieval village and I love it! We have so many friends there now it is really a second home but one we don't see as much of as we would like to.

Saturday, June 11, 2016

The Last Days of ABC No Rio.

So ABC No Rio which has been around forever as first a squat then an art space that also had punks shows is closing in a few weeks. Well, it won't be where it is now anymore the way it is now which is really sad news. I started going there when I was 16 I think and had some crazy times in that basement seeing some old school NYC punk and grind bands. They also had a darkroom which many put to use and a room for making stencils, mainly political ones.
I hit the opening of the last days of art shows last night and knew just about everyone there. It was super packed and I did not shoot video but I did try to get some photos so I will post some here. There was a room of all CDs with a DJ, A rocket ship made solely out of old cassette tapes, a zine room and much more. Worth checking out for sure and there are several last punk shows happening there at the end of the month with some big names.
The punk venue The Grand Victory is closing too in the new two weeks another place I really liked. Sigh...If Trump wins this election France is looking better and better.


http://www.nytimes.com/2016/05/17/arts/design/abc-no-rio-building-to-be-razed.html?_r=0

















Sunday, June 5, 2016

Crumb pics and recording at Jalopy!






Ahh so busy before we leave! Crumb and Aline just left and I was asked to post some music pics and stuff...I tried to upload a video from my iPhone so we will see if that comes out. We recorded live at Jalopy and it was fun as hell. So nerve wracking for me! One mistake we all start over...however it was so relaxed and fun it was no problem. We will finish our new album Coney Island Baby by the end of the year...some we will record with Crumb in France in July and some will be another session at Jalopy clean it up.
Great weekend full of music, friends, an INSANE show in the park I have many pics of  I will post soon and much more. I also got tipsy for the first time in well over a year and man that was fun but going to bed at 5am and getting up five hours later hungover was not so fun! Drinking is good in moderation really as I need to be able to get stuff done.  My sister Robyn is here from Burbank and we will be at the outdoor fest at Mccarran Park backstage with the Brian Wilson Band so that should be fun...and it better not rain! Life is short gotta get to writing and music and guitar...writing a TON lately as I have so many crazy stories and more keep happening. And travel of course. This year we try to buy an apt in France and we will also be going to Portugal too. Cannot wait! Life is good friend-o's!

Monday, May 23, 2016

My favorite annual event! The NYC Dance Parade!

So happy that friends came into town and so much fun stuff was going on and it did not get rained out! It's totally summer this week! FUCK YEAH FUCK YEAH FUCK YEAH!
The main thing was the FUN AS FUCK Dance Parade on Saturday and I took so many videos and pics! But not sure how to get videos off my phone to this site so I will just post the pics. Also, I can't be on my phone all the time as I took a dance class there and got down for over two hours with my friends! Lots of crazy costumes there of course and some really incredible dancers. I just shake my big booty and add in a coochie pop once in a while for good measure. Or I just jump up and down and swing my hair around. My redhead companion was my good friend Syd who lives for dancing too so we had a great time. What a scene! Saw so many old school freaks there I was in heaven.











                                    
Where to begin? The Toad floats were there blasting music we all got down to...salsa dancers, samba, girls with Prince shaved into their heads on skates, a little kids dance off which was so great, the stilt people walking around, the Dance Police gave me a citation for not dancing while I was walking around..the crazy regulars from the park danced to Love Shack by the fountain...Crazy Dave was even there! And the pros who took the main stage who were so so good. I really needed my video camera but I just can't film much at an event like this one which is almost made for me.
Anyway, tomorrow my friend Liam has a comedy album release show at Housing Works I was supposed to do a few tunes at but John got called in to work on Maya and Marty which is his dream job so we backed out but I will be there for the show. Housing Works Bookshop at 7pm come see Carla Rhodes a Rock and Roll ventriloquist, Joe Garden from the Onion, Frank Conniff from Mystery Science Theatre and much more!
Wednesday is 88 degrees and I am hitting the beach with John. Then soon after the Crumbs come in to town and I need to record with Robert for our new album plus my sis who now lives with the drummer from the Brian Wilson Band is coming in from LA to visit. Two weeks of insane fun and it is going to be like summer out! If you want to hang out with me and we are buds now is the time! I feel like I haven't been home in days now except to get some sleep!