Thursday, March 26, 2015

Tragic fire at 121 2nd avenue today.

I was at home getting dressed and practicing some music before I went out to do some errands on 2nd  Ave when I heard a muffled bang outside my window. I peeked out and it was eerily quiet and then suddenly insanely loud and the 9th precinct came to life. Fire trucks came screeching down the street and I smelled gas and smoke so I texted my friend i was going to check it out. Turned out it was a gas line explosion at 121 2nd Ave...that spread to 123 and 119 is STILL on fire after over 7 hours now.
It is international news and i took a ton of photos and some video. Not sure my iPhone video shows up on this blog platform so I am going to just post the pics I took throughout the day starting at around 4pm to 10pm. Besides burning eyes and a wicked headache I am fine. Just feel bad about the shops and the people who lost their home. www.evgrieve.com has all kinds of information and footage of the day and is the best place to go to for up to date news. But I will post the pics i took here. There are about 15 of them in all..maybe more. I am really sad about this. I woke up and was scrambling to do french homework and practice and do a million things at once but once this happened I spent the day following it. Smoke is still all over my block and people have masks on or shirts tied around their faces. I think The Standard Hotel is putting people up for free for three nights who lived in one of those buildings. I always worry about the pets too. So far no deaths have been reported which is really amazing.















Monday, March 23, 2015

Crap that's been on my desktop forever. YES, LITERALLY FOREVER.









Just posting the last of some old pics that i've had on my laptop for weeks now but have been too busy to put up. Beginning with the Los Crudos show at C this Sunday life gets nuts for me in a good way. My friend Ashley Thayer's book Kill City is having it's release party on April 2nd followed by a show the next night in BK...it's going to be a real squatter reunion! So many old friends are coming into town. It marks the end of my three months sober working on all my shit over the winter phase and begins my GET WARM OUT SOON BECAUSE I LEAVE IN JULY FOR EUROPE AND I WANT TO BE OUT ALL NIGHT EVERY NIGHT DAMMIT! In between working on music, writing and learning french of course. I am pretty addicted to my responsible schedule at this point and would feel badly if i didn't work on my shit every day. Feel great to see all the progress I've made since January. Actually pretty proud of myself! I just cannot go hang out all day now...I feel bad if i don't accomplish something. Which is good! I am on a roll. And of course MOCCA fest starts the week after! Can't wait!
AnyBloop, there is a cute pic a fan drew of John and I. I look so thin! yay! I love fan art! Then what am I to do with the 200 unsharpened knives I hauled across town? A TRAVESTY I TELLS YA.
THE CRUSADES have begun in Union Square! There is so much wrong with that pic I don't even know where to begin. So I will not begin. Just look at it. WTF.
A snowy day in Tompkins...WaggyTail small dog rescue meeting at the Bean my favorite place to study and chat with nut jobs....Some art from someone who was NOT happy about springing forward...the last of the Tompkins Igloo...some new ad art by Theater 80...and lastly the new Crumb artwork hung up in my apt. We have so much now...those will be in Art & Beauty magazine coming out sometime this year. SO MANY THINGS are coming out this year...including a possible book/cd project from John...waiting to hear back about it this week. It will all be after we get back from Europe though. So far we got south of France as usual..Sophie is having a baby and we will be there for it! Then we hit Italy and then the UK. YES. Gotta save that dough to put everything out but once it IS out it will just be bringing in the checks...nothing better than making a little bit of money doing what you love and would do anyway!

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Jumping the fires for spring at La Plaza

I am so backed up with my blogging...trying to catch up here this week and then talk about the SAVE NYC campaign that Jeremiah started about a month ago over at Vanishing NY. John and I have been asked to make a video for the website and the campaign which we will be doing shortly...sucks that it's cold out but lately my main concerns are working out, practicing for our big gig with Crumb in April and studying French for my class so all of that is easier for me when it's cold out. As soon as it hits 70 I turn into a maniac and stay out until 5am every night so I suppose the cold is good for me right now. I love summer and it's hard to study french verbs inside when it's gorgeous out so I can wait a few more weeks...
I have been going out here and there though to stuff that is close to me and La Plaza had a strange event that was a celebration of the arrival of spring...three fires were made and jumped over by everyone there especially the kids who were having a blast...food was served and the cops came to see what was happening, looked extremely confused and then left without a word. That was pretty damn funny! Here are some pics from that event..more news about all kinds of stuff to come later this week!





Saturday, March 7, 2015

Tompkins Igloo and paper thief!





Just a quick post with some old pics I have on my laptop...the infamous igloo that was in Tompkins for weeks...and my building has a newspaper thief which is making some people very angry. This was the third sign someone put up about it I think!
That igloo had empty beer bottles in it, a half filled cup of either beer or pee and it was awesome!
It's still cold out but I think 50 is the norm for March and we are almost going to hit that this week so I am happy.
Lately by schedule is basically, work out at home, study French, practice music with John for our gig in April and for our next album, and go out

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Karl Pilkington and MOI??

AHHHH! Got some crazy funny news today of something hilarious that just MIGHT be happening in a few months involving my FUCKING HERO from the Ricky Gervais Show Karl Pilkington! Well, he is from Idiot Abroad more recently and Derek but I love him from the RGShow best. They are filming his new show in NYC soon and they want him to interact with some squatter types and when I met the scout for the show at Csquat I told them I was a huge fan. They remembered this and have sort of been in touch and...well it's all I can say but man...if I am in a show with Karl my life is really complete! John and I are obsessed with him and this is just too funny...I hope this happens!!!
Last few days have been full of emails about possible out of town gigs and gigs in Europe and now this...always something hilarious going on. I love it.  I don't even mind the cold...I made a resolution that from Jan-March I would concentrate on French class, learning guitar and would be sober and I have kept it. When I do go out I enjoy it more knowing I have been working on everything I made a vow to work on in 2015. So it's more fun as it's a treat and no feeling like I should be doing something else. But soon it will be warm and the Crumbs are coming in for Mocca in April and to me that is the start of my spring of crazy fun shit!
Over two months of really buckling down has paid off too. My guitar is coming along well enough that I can officially say I play two instruments now(uke and guitar) and KAZOO of course! And I love my French class. Love it. It just really pays off to stick to what you want to do and go for it. I improve a little every week and it being cold and snowy just makes me not feel like getting wasted until 4am. Plenty of time for that soon enough. Plus I lost about 8 lbs since January from my new workout regime.
But I must complain about ONE THING. Look! It has happened! A fucking awful movie with A list celebs about old time music, busking and train hopping. IS NOTHING SACRED? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY?

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!