Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Busy as all hell get out! I MEAN SERIOUSLY GET OUT.

What does that saying even mean? Busy as all hell get out? Everyone used it when I lived in Ohio and sometime i heard it on the west coast. Anyway, that describes my life right now! As my eyes are still healing from the Lasik I have two blog posts I have been meaning to do...but I am a student right now so I am going to be good and study for my quiz tomorrow...BUT I cannot resist posting this INSANE artwork by Robert Crumb that came today! I look awful but how can I not love this? He did warn me I would not be happy with his cartooning of me this time but I freaking love this. I looked super buff and tan in the real pic he worked from but..sigh...alas...CARTOONISTS. What can ya do?
This is John's side project The Hen Pecked Husbands. They don't play out...John just had a ton of songs I don't love as  much as he does so I told him to do a "solo" project with friends from Jalopy which he did. They just record together once in a while. But he still suckered me into playing on some songs on this so here I am on the cover...it's going to be a great album and I am really excited! This will be out in the fall like all our other stuff...after we get back from France! We got asked to play in Dublin again too! The Ukulele Hooley is this amazing festival we played two years ago with incredible musicians! We had a blast so I am really happy about this!
We had planned to take the Queen Mary2 to the UK and see some friends in London but this is way way better. Ship is 6 days and London cannot compare to Ireland and music gigs. Sophie is pregnant again, her THIRD kid! So we don't want to waste any time. She is due when we are there in August and I may get to see my friends new baby! I want to film it coming out of her vajajay! So we fly to France, hang out for 5 weeks or so...then get flown to Dublin for 4-5 days to play and hang out with free airfare back!
John is from Ireland so this is so so cool...we wanted to go back but it's pricey...now we got that all covered thanks to the fest covering air fare and hotel. What a grand thing to be paid for doing what you love to do...travel, see the world and make music. So happy! It all came together so well! So glad we did not buy the ship tickets yet!
Well, admire this piece of craziness! Coming fall of this year!

Thursday, February 19, 2015

I CAN SEE! Plus, Old time Radio Show album art!

This week has been nuts! I had planned to make some of the Sidewalk Anti-Folk shows to see friends playing but I got Lasik eye surgery monday afternoon and was sort of blind for a few days. I have to wear dark sunglasses when I go out even at night to protect my eyeballs from wind and dirt and dust. And I wear goggles at night to sleep in so I don't rub or touch my eyes in my sleep because when they heal they itch and burn like a MOTHERFUCKER let me tell you!
The actual surgery was pretty neat. They prop your eye open, put your head in a vise and suction it out then make a small cut which is called a flap. Then they laser you and you get to smell and sort of feel your eye burning! They do numb you though. My left eye hurt more than the right and also has been healing slower and has been very blurry. But today I woke up and fuck! I can see better than with contacts and though I put drops in until Sunday I feel great! John has been amazing through all this. Waiting on me, putting me in cabs, taking off work to come with me to my doc appts. Not to mention he paid for this surgery as a Valentine's Day gift for me. Dang!
So here are a few pics of me and my cool shades BUT more importantly the new cover art for our next release is almost done! It's a double CD/Album with two podcasts of us and Crumb. One is in NYC at our home and John plays his 78's and we talk about music and other weird crap...the second part is us all in France in Robert's record room listening to HIS 78's while we talk about sex, aliens, and everything else under the sun in between the music. These were so much fun to do and I cant wait until this is out in the fall! It's pretty much done but we are saving for our usual trip to France to hang with the Crumbs so it will have to wait for a fall release. While in France we will do more podcasts with Crumb for a SECOND album of The Old Time Radio Show! This year is going to be a great one for us and i cannot wait! This cover cracks me up...John took about 200 pics of Robert and I being silly and we chose this one for the cover. Him showing me a 78 and I am bored as hell. LIKE REAL LIFE!
News about a gig with Crumb in NYC TBA soon to add to it all! I am so happy and lucky lately! And soon spring will be springing!


Sunday, February 15, 2015

ALL MY NICE THINGS!








Just uploaded a bunch of random pics for a quick post cause I am at the Bean studying French for my class at the New School which is hard and awesome! So glad i enrolled! Lots going on and the cold won't stop me from going out and enjoying it. But for now I am taking it easy since I have Lasik Eye Surgery tomorrow! Yay! Ive been dying to get this for about 8 years now and it's part of my valentines day gift from John who also bought me a $200 antique locket to put my pic of Junior in with a lock of his hair. The old one that I wore for years finally broke. He is such a great husband I am so fucking lucky to have him! We went to The Palm for fancy dinner last night then watched bad movies all night and played music.
The top pic is Rhiannon Geddis from the Carolina Chocolate Drops, the band our friend Dom Flemons was in. Now he is solo and she is sort of too but that is our other friend Hubby Jenkins performing with her on Letterman this week! I swear, whenever I turn on the TV or open a paper lately someone I know is being written about or performing. I love it! John and I have a huge gig with Crumb in April plus all kinds of albums coming out this year and soon we will be written up too. I am lucky to know so many talented people it's just inspiring as hell. Our own album will likely come out in early 2016 but we have a double podcast album almost done, John's "solo" project which he talked me into being part of which Crumb just finished doing the artwork for, and John's 3 CD comp too of his 78's. All 3 projects are done we just have to put them together and get the dough to put them out. Should all happen in 2015. SO EXCITED!
Then a fan drew that cute pic of us.....and that weird phone thing was at the Eugene Lang building at New School where my class is. How artsy!
 I have stopped doing the extra BG work for TV now with it so cold...holding never has heat and its just torure really for $300 a day. In April I will begin again. With class and practice and writing and recording I have enough going on really..,plus we get checks from RedEye for our sales ever month. But here is a pic of I just added in staggering by in Gotham the worst show ever. Just funny how I always get shown at least for a second whenever I am an extra. Whoever edits that show is retarded though. They wrecked that scene but good. Funny how it just looks like they are all looking at me in this still.
Then we have my new vulcanite mourning locket. Going to get it all fixed up so I can wear it every day just like the old one. Happy to have it back soon. Junior dog is never out of my thoughts still.
I added a heart to that beautifully drawn snow penis last night. Many think I drew that penis but I just don't have the skills for that level of artistry. Kanye probably drew it. Then that note is up in my building and some is pissed about their paper being stolen! It is lame actually as our building is full go people who know each other somewhat and don't take anyone else's stuff...DO NOT LET THEM STEAL ALL MY NICE THINGS FOR FUCKS SAKE!

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Some new original Crumb artwork of me for Art & Beauty plus gigs!


Well, now there are four count 'em four drawings of me by Robert Crumb that will be in the upcoming issue of Art & Beauty magazine! It will be the last issue I think but then they are putting out a big book of all three issues after at some point. These are from photos my friend Erin took when we were in Marseille pigging out on seafood and burgers. Look at the freaking detail. Unreal! My mom will be sad she only was drawn once but what can I say...Robert must draw what captures his fancy which is me stuffing my face apparently. I am always happy when I am not drawn as a hairy amazon with gigantic legs. Just in general. 
So excited for the next few months! I start French class next week, then I get Lasik eye surgery on the 16th. No more contacts! 
And it's a ways away but Aline and Robert are coming to NYC in April during the week of Mocca Fest. Aline is being honored at the Society of Illustrators and we are playing a private show there on April 9th with Robert. Fun! There will probably be another show for the public that week which we will announce right before it happens so the crowd is not too crazy. Life is goody good good! 
The SOI is an old, amazing place! Check it out! Aline's work will be on display there in April.

http://www.societyillustrators.org

Monday, February 2, 2015

Elegant Elliot Offen sighting!

I rarely shop at chains like Kmart or Duane Reade but about a week ago I had to get cat food in bulk and some hand weights for my new workout schedule which is nuts so i wandered in to the Kmart on Astor. I have to admit that for people watching it's pretty amazing. When I walked in freaking Elegant Elliot Often from Howard Stern show was there completely flipping out on some of the workers and demanding some kind of refund for something he claims to have bought in 2012. I could not believe my luck! I love the wack pack though he is a pretty horrifying person really. I wanted to get a pic with him but he was too busy calling them all names and wishing cancer on them to bother with me.
However I did manage to snap a pic and a short video which is fun though it does not nearly capture the full breakdown he had until he jogged out of the store screaming about how they hate him because he had on a "vagina high negligee." Yup!


Wednesday, January 28, 2015

A few videos of the burlesque dancers at Ray's Candy Store.

It's short but I did catch part of Ray spinning one of the propeller tassels on one of the dancers nipples! Ray was reluctant but everyone insisted he give it a spin.
A few videos FOR YOUR VIEWING PLEASURE.






Pics from Ray's birthday party last night!

Last night was Ray's birthday party and once again there were burlesque dancers, cake and this time Matt Rosen made Ray an amazing scrapbook full of old photos and articles about Ray through the years. So much love in those pages! You can go by and sign it at night when Ray is there. He had the biggest smile on his face as dancer after dancer took off their clothes on the counter and danced for him. Always one of my favorite events of the year! I will be posting a few videos I took in a few hours because this party deserves two posts. Here are my cell and camera pics...more to come! One girl had propeller tassels on her nipples when she shed her stewardess outfit and Ray spun one around. I have a very short five second clip of that!