Wednesday, October 22, 2014

So far I do not hate the fact that WINTER IS COMING!

I have no "seasonal depression" or whatever it is people call it when I can't stand to be freezing my ass off when I am outside and the air is actually painful on my face. I really hate winter and it's not actually winter nor is it cold out yet really but usually right after Halloween I begin buying lotto tickets dreaming about spending 3 months in Maui...John and I spent one month there years ago and we loved it.
AnySnot, my point is there is lots of good shit going on for me this fall and winter so I hope the good feeling lasts. Been going to a lot of parties and mics and shows which is why my head is killing me right now. Have vague memories of grabbing my friend Emleigh's boob and then dancing around at Coal Yard Bar. Ow.
The top pic is part of that NYC 30 years ago project and is a pic of 7th and Avenue A hanging on a pole by 7th and A. How is that for meta? Then there is a rally for the neighborhood gardens going on in Tompkins. John had that day off work so we did jokingly celebrate The Sweetest Day and I think we are the only people in NYC who did. Further down you can admire John TRYING to play Ms. Pacman at Barcade on St Marks that night...and the wonderful hobo clown I bought for him.
The middle pics are of my friend JR Helton reading from his new book The Jugheads at Cakeshop on Sunday night. I love his stuff. Below the Line, which is about working in the scenic arts for film and TV, is my favorite by him with his novel Drugs coming in at a close second. He encourages me to work on my own book which I happily have been.
John's book, a huge coffee table one full of old band pics with a CD insert of some of the old bands music and our music as well is set to be proposed to Abrams Comic Arts Publishing next week and that is fucking huge. Charlie Kochman, who put out The Diary of a Wimpy Kid books and My Friend Dahmer and so much more is going over John's proposal to try to sell it to Abrams soon and if this goes through I will die from joy. It's a great book John put together and he was set to put it out himself but Abrams is awesome and huge. His book could wind up everywhere with our music in it. Holy shit. HOLY SHIT! Well, fingers crossed! Life is exciting and I guess thats why I don't care about winter this year. YET.
I only hope it sells as well as that Little House cookbook did! What a bargain!
All kinds of Halloween fun coming up soon...starting with my friend Erin spinning fire at a show in BK this weekend. I love this time of year. Halloween is going to last four freaking days. Yip!

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Oy Vey!

Fuck a bunch of fall! I got my SEXY EBOLA Halloween costume all ready for my favorite holiday! But first there is The Sweetest Day this Saturday and since it's John's only weekend off up until December we are actually celebrating this dumb fake holiday! I really don't think those cards have been selling at all.
I meant to post a review of Bayside the Musical along with my snap bracelets from the night and that pic of Screech but well...I am busy and just go see the damn play it's hilarious, okay? Theater 80 on St Marks Place!
That bottom pic is for John's side project The Hen Pecked Husbands. R Crumb is going to draw his album cover and I am on half the songs despite it being John's side string band project so they wanted me on the cover. I could be on all the songs but I want to concentrate on playing my new guitar and the fiddle and banjo stuff is something John loves a lot more than I do so I just play and sing on the songs I like the most. Robert loves this kind of photo stuff. My tiny yet amazon self ready to beat on everyone.
I have been really working on the Slumgoddess book the past few days... one chapter is finally getting done and edited and finished with since I unraveled the mystery of one of the craziest people I ever had the bad luck of meeting. The 50 Crays chapter is both sad and depressing. Sometimes researching a really mentally ill person makes you feel like you have crawled into their skin and into their twisted brain and I feel like I need a shower after writing sometimes. I have a private blog that is password protected I have been using. I suppose once more stuff is edited I will give more people the password but for now it's not going super public. Some pretty detailed stuff on there about all kinds of crap that has happened to me and as hard as some of it was to write most of it is humorous and just weird. Well, ALL of it is weird but the chapter I just finished...Man, some people you are just better off not knowing the truth about. And some people REALLY should never have kids. It is scary the crazies that breed...well, it's all almost online now so that is a relief. Because poop stories are my favorite so far. Ones where I am stuck pooping in various awful places. On a freight train while kids throw rocks at the dark at a rainbow gathering into a fire pit i thought was a shitter...and while hitching rides through Quebec while I had a bad stomach and had to jump out of the cars every five minutes screaming. About poop. LOUDLY.
I love writing and am getting a lot of encouragement from many to keep going. I start to tell someone what I am writing about which just seems normal and sort of dull to me and they are all, "I WOULD READ THAT SO FUCKING HARD SO YOU BETTER FINISH" which is a good sign. I guess what I consider normal life stuff makes for good reading to some.
 My friend JR Helton is doing a reading from his new book The Jugheads this weekend at Cakeshop and I look forward to discussing writing autobiographical stuff with him. It can be hard knowing how much to put in about people and what to leave out. Deciding what matters to you to get down on paper and what a reader would find long winded or uninteresting. I am finding my voice and it feels great.
I also pay my damn SAG dues this Friday which means I can register to get my FYC freebies!
Free movies and voting all through December! I do have pics from all kinds of shows and stuff I have gone to in the past two weeks but I am just distracted by the book lately which is a good thing. That and some new recordings John and I have to do for our own new album. I think John's new comp is coming out first. And it is a fucking doozy. 3 CD's, and vinyl of course...and crumb artwork of course of course of course! And some amazing music both wonderful and rare. I get excited thinking about promoting so much stuff coming out in 2015 that I am ALMOST looking forward to winter. I hang out within a ten block radius of where I live so who cares if I have to throw on another layer or ten.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Pigs in Space!

Goodbye summer...sob! Well, it is now fall and I am dreading winter but I have all kinds of stuff going on including taking a uncredited French class at The New School over the winter, working on Slumgoddess the Book, finishing our new album and other assorted fun projects. I pay my SAG-AFTRA dues this week so I can start with the BG extra work again soley for cash. Probably will hit up some auditions too and see if anything comes of it. They are kinda fun to go to...
BUT not as much fun as the Drone Guy of Tompkins! He s out several times a week with that drone statue thing and flyer. Even during Circus Amok and the Bendy Tree stuff he was there with it.
Then I took a pic of Ed my favorite Ray's regular. Kevin McGlynn long time regular of Ray's was arrested in Juily for stalking Rhianna and I am trying to find out if he is in jail still or a mental ward. He was remanded and deemed unfit to stand trial which he. I know Kevin pretty well and he was never violent and I don't believe he is violent but he does believe he is Jesus Christ and that Rhianna, Jay Z and Kanye stole material from him and are sending him messages through their songs. Crazy, yes. But violent, no. It is kinda sad he lost his shit and stalked her because he will never stop unless he is locked up I suppose.
Then someone REALLY cares about you getting your hat back! And in keeping with signs that try to be clever here is the sandwich board from Organic Grill on 1st ave. Oh the laughter!
Some super exciting band news coming soon...until then we now play at least once a month at Jalopy's Roots and Ruckus.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Washington Square Park Folk Fest and Fare thee to Bendy Tree.

I feel like I have been up for days now trying to enjoy the last of summer and hit every single thing that has been going on. AND BY THAT I MEAN HIT EVERY SINGLE DIVE BAR TIL 5AM. Just kidding. Sort of! Today, Sunday, I went to the folk fest at Washington Square Park...I missed the beginning of it but did catch the last 2 bands and the insane square dancing that happened at the end! The best part was the look on everyone's face who was just walking by when about 100 people began to attempt to square dance. Then I went to Tompkins for the Blessing and Goodbye to the Bendy tree in there they are cutting down this week. It's next to the "krishna tree" and it is so old and huge I feel really sad about this. Also, a mama rat has been living in there with her babies and I don't know where she went. No one has seen her for days now.
Here is some square dancing...

And here is a 10 second video of Rev Billy hands on the sacred tree of rat babies. I got there just in time for this cause I went home to work out as I have become a fitness fanatic somehow.

And Eak the Geek hugging the tree goodbye.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Sophie and Aline Crumb's Art Opening last Sunday!

Last Sunday the 7th, Sophie and Aline Crumb had a art opening at the DCKT Contemporary Art Gallery on Orchard Street. The each and about 10 pieces in the show on two separate walls. This is the first time I have ever been to a mother/daughter art exhibit and it was as crazy as you can imagine it was! So many different walks of life there...people from Csquat, art dealers and managers, old friends of Aline's from the 60's, my damn parents came even as a painting of my mom was sort of part of the exhibit in the back. My sister came too with her hubby and her son. I felt overwhelmed by the people that showed up so I can imagine how Sophie and Aline felt! I think Sophie sold five pieces by the next day as the show will be up for about a month. Here is the link to the gallery with a summary of the work and some pics I took and/or stole off of other people who were there. Whee!
Some exciting band news for John and I is in the works as this continues to be the year of Getting Shit Done for us. Whoop whoop! Their show had a mention on Gothamist too with Sophie's pic!
Pics from the DCKT opening:

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Heaps of Crap!

There is HEAPS OF CRAP happening every day since I got back to NYC and the next few posts are going to be a jumble of me getting stuff off my desktop that has been on there for weeks in no particular order I JUST WANT IT UP HERE ALREADY DAMMIT! I have been running around like a maniac enjoying the end of summer...I never got around to uploading some funny videos from the Troll Museum Benefit from two weeks ago...Hell, I have video from France and Spain I still want to post...but it's 90 degrees out every day and I cannot be online long. Too much happening out of the doors!
So here the top pics are from Derek Berg...who took them of me with one of the three giant rats that are now at Social Tees. Plague, Pestilence and Bubonic. Awww....he sent these to not realizing grieve knows me. Heh! So grieve passed them on to me! Further down you can see the rat selfies I took...trying to make the rat look as huge as possible. Plus, my pal Holly showed up from Waggytail dog rescue to get that pic of Robert holding the rat and her tiny chihuahua Kiwi.
Then Fly snapped a pic of me at Csquat reading the new issue of Peops! that I am in...Page 1! Aline Crumb is also in that issue with many other cool interesting folks. Love it!
I stopped by to see Ray when I was wasted and was shocked that there is now fruit there!
And the bottom pic is a painting Aline Crumb did of Joan Rivers...RIP to that wonderful crazy bitch Joan! Next post is about Aline and Sophie Crumb's art opening in soho which was chock full of hilarity and madness.

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 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!