Monday, November 23, 2015

Brian Wilson in NJ

Had a great night this past Saturday with my sis in freaking NJ no less! Brian Wilson and all his mental issues and whatnot have always been fascinating to me. I have loved the Beach Boys since I was about 8 years old and listened to the oldies station 24/7 right before I became a full on hippie at the age of 14. My sister Robyn is a big fan of Wilson too and we both loved the movie Love and Mercy which was actually pretty accurate which made me happy.
Robyn won an Instagram contest and we got VIP passes for a meet and greet with Wilson, Blondie Chaplin and Al Jardine. Brian even sort of smiled for the pic as you can see! Somehow through a fuck up with the contest and seating we ended up watching the show from backstage and hanging out with the band and crew some of which Robyn already knew from going to previous shows and all of whom were really fucking nice. At one point Wilson was in a chair next to me asking for a third of a candy bar because he needs to lose 30lbs apparently. I was content to just sit there quietly next to a musician I have admired for decades now. He had to be helped on stage and off stage but they sounded great. Nice people, went out of their way to make sure we were having fun and Wilson's personal assistant pulled us on stage to dance during Surfing' USA. When Robyn and I go to shows we seem to always end up having some crazy shit happen and it's always a blast. She took some great pics but here are a few I have. Did I mention I gave everyone in his band my bands CDs too? Brian could be laying in a  bed right now wincing at our rendition of Last Kind Words as I type this!
I have a shot of the band huddling up for a pep talk before the show and then a nice one of Brian waiting backstage about to go back out for an encore. That great night and waking up to about $200 in CD sales today has put me in a great mood! Going out to see some comedy at No Fun in an hour. Gotta love a bar called No Fun!

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

John's New 3 CD comp is up on Ebay now!

Was up late last night watching the Paris Raid which started at 4am there...I know many people who are near the main areas there where the attacks happened and they are all safe. When I go to Paris we stay near the Pere Lachaise Cemetery which is right by that cambodian restaurant. I am still watching the Raid going on and it's all gunfire and explosions live on TV now. Someone across from the club where the hostages were held set up their phone to livestream the situation and it was horrible. Just hearing screams and gunshots for hours.
I went to two "NYC IS PARIS" vigils and I have pics from them but this post is just for promoting East River Records new comp. Paris is still an ongoing situation and I will be keeping up with it and checking on friends there all day today. John and I are going to London now in January and again April and I hope to see France then along with the usual summer trip there. France is my second home and I can't take my eyes away from this tragedy.
On a happy lighter note, my post for R Crumb on here was big..bigger than I hoped when he asked me to share it for him and I am damn proud of the almost 100,000 hits on it and counting. So many big blogs and site shared it for me and I am satisfied it got seen by many. I have never gotten that many hits on this blog before. Not even when Gothamist linked my post about being locked in the bathroom at Tompkins Square Park! I had thought the hits I got on this site were huge when my stalker looked at his post about 400 times until the cops told him to stop but nothing compares to that Crumb post!
AnyOui, not sure if this link will post correctly but John's new comp is out now. It will be up on Amazon and in stores everywhere next month but right now we have it up on Ebay. It's a great comp...78s from John's collection along with Robert Crumb's and the late Don Kents. Some rare gems too that have never been released before and lettering by Crumb of course.
Buy buy buy because the holidays are coming and both Jews and Gentiles need this CD!
Here is the cover art and the link to buy it:


Monday, November 9, 2015

R. Crumb Doesn’t Hate “You.” R. Crumb Hates The New York Observer.

So a few weeks ago the newspaper the Observer which is owned by real estate developer Jared Kushner who is also Donald Trump's son-in-law, published an article/interview with Robert Crumb who is a good friend and bandmate of mine in East River String Band. The journalist showed up in France three days after John and I left for England so I never got to meet him but Robert is VERY unhappy about what they published. We emailed about it and he asked me to post his response to the article on my blog as he feels the need to set the record straight about all this. Hopefully this will get a lot of traffic and other blogs will link to it. He asked me to get some publicity if I can. He wants as many people to read this as possible. Feel free to link it if you are a blogger, tweet it, post it around facebook..the works!

This is what was sent to me a few days ago from Robert Crumb:

In mid-October The New York Observer ran a big article called “R. Crumb Hates You.”  This article was quite distressing to me and I feel a somewhat urgent need to tell the reading public some of what’s wrong with it and why.  Hopefully, I won’t go on too long about it.  I’ll try to restrain myself. My friend Eden has kindly agreed to get this posted for me.
The most urgent thing I need to do is to rectify the remark quoted in the article where I say, “We should still bomb motherfucking banks.”  Mostly I just want to say I don’t really believe we should “bomb the motherfucking banks.”  Honest!  I don’t!  Okay?  I was just shooting off my mouth!  Okay?  I LOVE banks!  I really do!  I keep my money in them, just like most people!  Two of them!  I do not advocate violence of any kind!  I’m a man of peace, okay?
A lot of things in this poorly written article I’m sure I never actually said.  I never said Tim Leary was a “big phony.”  In fact I think he was quite sincere, though perhaps a man with a big ego.  I know I absolutely never said “I like to be sucked while I’m sitting on a chair with the woman kneeling…” I swear, Hyzagi just made that up.  I know because I would certainly remember if I ever did that in my life and I can say absolutely that I never, ever had a woman kneel in front of me and perform oral sex on me while I sat in a chair.  I might’ve told him that I like to have the woman lay on her tummy in front of me and suck it while I spank her, but that is an entirely different thing.
I believe The New York Observer WANTED to make me look bad.  Just the name of the article, “Robert Crumb Hates You,” over a photo they carefully chose of me at some art opening somewhere scowling miserably at the camera.  “Robert Crumb Hates You.”  What does that even mean?  I don’t hate “you.”  How can I hate “you” when I don’t even know “you”?  What is this meant to convey?  Obviously, the message is, this is a nasty, mean-spirited old crank.  Sure, I hate a lot of what goes on in the world.  A lot of what people do is hateful.  But I try to hate the sin, not the sinner.  It’s a mistake to focus one’s hatred on persons, on individuals.  It’s the fucked up things they do that one’s outrage should be focused on.  I’ve always felt that way.
I regret that I ever consented to give this interview, that I let the journalist, Jacques Hyzagi, come to my home and hang around for two days talking to me.  I should’ve known better.  I was warned about this paper, that it was owned by the ruthless real estate developer, Jared Kushner, that the editor, Ken Kurson, was an old friend of Kushner’s who was once “deputy director for communications at Giuliani Partners,” that Jared Kushner is married to Donald Trump’s daughter and that they pal around with Rupert Murdoch.  You’d think I would know better than allow myself to be had by these people, having received this information.
It’s hard to say how much the distortions and words put in my mouth by Hyzagi were deliberate.  He taped the interview but as English is not his first language it’s possible that he simply misunderstood some things and put his own interpretation on them.  That’s possible.  He sent me a first draft which was so bad that I rewrote some of it but was reluctant to mess with it too much for fear of offending him.  He was “pissed off” anyway, accused me of being “manipulative” and trying to “control my image.”  He did leave in most of my rewrites but he also put some things back in that I had taken out and even added things and did not send me a final draft before going to press.  I didn’t even know the article was out until a friend told me he read it on the Internet.  I regret now that I didn’t just rewrite the whole thing.  It was badly written.  It’s still not very good.
But I’m afraid.  I’m afraid of the consequences.  The media is very powerful.  I’m even afraid of angering the gang at The New York Observer, Kushner, Kurson and Hyzagi.  It’s that awful feeling of, oh God, what have I gotten myself into?! I don’t want the government or anyone else deciding that I need to be punished for saying that banks should be blown up.  A remark like that is taken very seriously in some quarters if it’s reported in a public media venue, by anybody, but particularly by a well-known person whose opinions and ideas might influence people’s behavior.  The “powers that be” have monitoring agents that do nothing but scan the media for such things.
It’s my own fault.  I’m not good at dealing with the media.  I talked to Hyzagi like I would chat with a friend.  I tend to forget that I’m talking to a journalist and that it all might end up in print.  To blurt out to someone in private conversation that you think they oughta still bomb the motherfucking banks is not the same thing as advocating it in public print.  I seem to forget that.  And then on top of that I was dealing with people who have some kind of agenda, some way they want to use you to promote some ideology of their own.  And I felt horribly used by them.
Hyzagi got me to talk about sex pretty openly, asking me what my favorite positions were, and I naively described to him some favorite positions.  What a fool!  I have only my own giant ego to blame.  It was only afterward that I realized, wait a minute!  What am I doing, telling an interviewer what my favorite positions are?!  How did I get sucked into doing that?? What a vain ass I am!  After he sent me the first draft I wrote back to him and urged him strongly to take out what I said about my favorite sexual positions, and I wrote that whole thing about giggling nervously and shifting in my chair and saying, “Is that something I really have to…” in the article.  He kept that in the article, but then he added in that whole thing about sitting on a chair with a woman kneeling, etc.  I believe they were trying hard to make me look like a nasty pervert.  Okay, it’s all in the comics, but, you know, I control what I put in the comics.  It’s my own slant, my own take on my crazy sexuality.
I should’ve been more guarded with Hyzagi.  Plus, I was truly dismayed by the sloppy patch job he did, taking bits and pieces from different conversations and tossing them together very carelessly.  A lot of the rewriting I did was just trying to make it readable, coherent.  I spent way too much time on that frickin’ article.  I had to do it as it was by then too late to stop them from running it. 
Of course you’re right.  I should have said no right from the start, when they first contacted me, but Hyzagi was very assertive.  I’m too soft, that’s my trouble.  It’s not like I want or seek publicity.  Why did I say yes?  To be nice?? Was there any vanity on my part involved?  I must seriously cross-examine myself in this regard.  Do I like to hear the sound of my own voice? Do I think I have some great wisdom to impart to the public?  What the FUCK was I thinking?
It’s EGO… Let’s face it… It’s all about EGO
I shoulda’ known when I learned of the character of Kushner, the owner of the paper, and that he had brought in his old friend Ken Kurson to be editor-in-chief.  I didn’t listen closely enough to my inner paranoia.  As it turns out, Hyzagi greatly admires the editor, Ken Kurson.  Kurson seems to be a charismatic, persuasive person.  He will go far in this world.
Just to set the record straight, it was Hyzagi who said that he went to Zuccotti Park to check out Occupy Wall Street, and opined that the people were fools, but it’s not at all clear the way it’s written that it was him saying that.  It doesn’t say who’s saying it.  Am I paranoid for thinking this might be deliberate on the part of the editor, Ken Kurson?  Kurson, this “close and trusted friend” of the owner, Jared Kushner, this former deputy-director of communications for Giuliani Partners, this employee of Jamestown Associates, a Republican political consulting firm based in New Jersey.  What do these men want with this newspaper?  They are money men.  How do they mean to use this media venue?  Do they mean to influence how the public thinks about politics, economics, culture?  Did Kushner receive advice on the usefulness of owning a newspaper from his friend Rupert Murdoch?
Okay, enough dwelling on this miserable blunder.  I just want to say to any left-liberal media personality or writer, artist, musician, whatever, be very wary if you are approached for an interview by anyone working for The New York Observer.  They are out to skewer you.

Monday, November 2, 2015

Halloween plus Avenue D Squat lives!

How do ya do pals and gals? I am doing quite well myself thanks for asking! Between the spring weather and some good news going on November is going pretty well so far! I had a great weekend and did all kinds of fun shit but why post pics of costumes or the parade when there are so many amazing ones already all over the place? So this is just a MONTAGE of pics from different stuff I found funny or cool. Or CrazySexyCool. 
The top two pics are stills from a horrible movie called 10,000 Saints that had squats in it and the Tompkins riots. They wanted to film at Csquat but when turned down they just copied the outside of Csquat and called it D Squat. HAHAHA! Oh, was that film an utter piece of crap. Thank fuck I watch most movies for free between friends passwords and free passes I get from SAG.
Then I thought it was amusing that kids were trick or treating at the porn place on 1st Ave. But I guess they were giving out candy cause no one came out looking pissed off, shocked, or scarred for life. I went to La Plaza for their kids party during the day and man, some of the kids out were really going mental on the stores that had no treats for them. It was really fucking funny! Whenever they yelled at a store for not having candy I would run up and scream, "YEAH YOU HEARD THEM!" really loud and the kids would cheer for me. This is why I am so well loved by youngsters!
Everyday is like Halloween for me and I just got over the flu so I did not dress up really. Just wore my favorite pair of black wings with a fairy dress I wear all the time anyway. SLUTTY FAIRY DRESS I MEAN. I walked all over and hung out with tons of people at the Theatre for the New City party, all over Avenue A, a few bars and just all over the place wherever shenanigans were happening. 
The last set of pics are from the Halloween show in Tompkins on Sunday which was really good. Perfect weather, good music and tons of friends and people I haven't seen in years. A very nice end to the month of October and now I am looking forward to what the next two months will bring. No winter depression at all yet even on the days it was 40 and cold. I am hoping to keep busy enough with all the stuff I plan to work on to not let the weather effect me too much. After all, I can still dress slutty everyday, throw a coat on and run around as most things I do are within a ten block radius from my apartment. What a spoiled gal I am!

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Artwork that Robert Crumb has done for our band and various projects etc etc(etcetera)etc...

Since my blog is going to get a lot of traffic soon from all over I am posting some band promo today as I am sick with the flu and indoors. John miraculously has the day off so we are listening to our next release the Old Time Radio Show Podcast double album and it's great! That will be out in February and we are making sure it's all correct and good to go. So much good music on it and amusing chit chat, gossip, and shit talking in between the tunes from Crumb, John and I. I will include the fun cover for that in the pics I am uploading here. Some of this is older stuff he drew for us going back to 2009. Some is stuff that has not yet been released, some is going to be out soon in the next(and last) issue of Art & Beauty coming out in April. Those are the drawings of me eating the burger and one with THE MOM and I which caused her to have a breakdown as she thinks she is famous now. Some stuff is just lettering he has done for our various projects old and new. Chimpin' the Blues he just colored as that art was already done for Jerry Zolten decades ago but it's so great I will include it here.
Our band page is getting way more hits than usual lately which makes me wonder if we were written up somewhere. I can't keep track of that stuff really but it's nice when it happens. We have been lucky with press starting with Rolling Stone reviewing our first album Some Cold Rainy Day.
I am going to have a VERY interesting blog post up here soon that is a rebuttal of sorts by R. Crumb to the Observer newspaper who just published an interview with Robert that is chock full of things that Robert never said so he is pissed to say the least. So my blog is going to see a lot of action when that comes out as I already contacted the bigger blogs asking them to link the rebuttal for me(and Robert). My job is to get that out there so I will try my best to do just that!

In the meantime...enjoy seeing me drawn like an amazon and such! The last is a drawing Crumb did of Skip James for John which has been framed and hangs on our wall as most of the art is. Hen Pecked Husbands is John's solo album project which will be out next year as well. Wait for Me is coming out December 11th of this year and will be up for pre-order online next month. Yip yip!

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Annual Tompkins Square Dog Run Halloween Parade!

Well, my pics are not the greatest but I am getting them up first! I win I win! Went to the Dog Run "Howloween" parade today as I do every year and it just gets bigger and bigger and more and more packed. I think they said 10,000 people were there. It felt like it! I hung out with one of the volunteers by the gate and got a look at every dog there I think. The Bark to the Future costume took first prize. I fed so many dogs Beggin' Strips® that the company keeps tweeting at me and I see some diarrhea in some dogs futures tonight! Those things were so addicting to my golden Junior who died years ago. It's like the fast food of the dog world. I have to say as much as I admire the elaborate get ups I have a soft spot for the simple Box of Wine and Hostess Cupcake pups.
I came home to put on layers for tonight and to practice for the recording of our new album Coney Island Baby we are working on next week but here are some fun pics to enjoy before the pros post ones that are a million times better. should have some up soon I am sure.
It was a circus in there from about noon until 4pm and was hilarious as always.

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Lower East Side Girl's Club GIRL CON plus Honk Fest!

Hello friends, lovers and others! A quick post before I head out again because I promised I would hit the Lower East Side Girls Club and take a few pics! This is the first time I have been in their new location and it was for their mini Comic Con for the great kids who are part of this amazing place. So much press for these ladies lately and I am happy for them. John and I had a gig at their old location a few years ago which was fun and they want to take my pic for their female artists of the hood soon.
The top pics are just John and I out drinking tuesday night. A rarity for John to have the time to do this with his crazy work schedule but that is letting up a bit now. Ain't we cute?
Then we have the  some of the costumed performers for the Honk Festival at La Plaza leaving from the girls club..lots of crazy costumes and some great bands played...
There is Fly's table with the comics her student made displayed and Sarah next to her. The Quit Draggin' Dragon at La Plaza and the dance party going on while marching bands played until the sun went down. That is when i realized that I was freezing in my cute outfit and my phone was dying so I came home to get some less cute layers to wear before I head out again for a celebration of sorts at Mona's Bar.
Was a good good good-o week for me with some big stresses finally ending and some good stuff happening soon like a trip to Canada and our new 3CD comp release which is coming out on December 11th. It is uploaded, edited and done! Finally finished it all up last night.
I guess i don't mind the FUCKING COLD with all the exciting stuff going on every week.
Busy next few days but have some more stuff to post mid-week or sooner. I am VERY excited about our two cd/album coming out in February The Old Time Radio Show podcast with Robert Crumb. It's a doozy floozies! Both will be available for pre-order soon(ish)!