Sunday, September 30, 2012

Labradoodly doos!

I have no idea why i am thinking about Labradoodles..I think I am hyper because I had to get surgery on my gums which was fine and I am feeling better already..which is good good as John took this whole week off of work so we can finish our new album..take photos for it..cover will be a mix of funny pics and Crumb artwork and lettering..John works in TV so we borrowed a backdrop, professional lights..the works..thought about hiring someone but Crumb is very specific about what he wants..(shoot LOW emphasis on REAR AND LEGS!) so we are doing it ourselves. John knows what he is doing and I assume this cover will embarrass me to no end but there it is..It's two against one and I am liking this new album the best so..sexy funny Crumb-esque pics it is!
AnyYOLO, here are some things I have saved on my desktop and i am damn busy so I don't know how old they are but well..Here they are!
Lots of band news and projects coming up that i will be sure to post about!




There is a new podcast with Crumb out now..I will link it this week but it's up on itunes already..John's Old Time Radio Show..but for now..TAPE for her pleasure! Bathroom graffiti, me as the "hurricane" rolled in a few weeks ago..A view of Governor's Island where we played the Jalopy Fest..some unicorn meat..and Steampunk halloween costumes are everywhere!

Monday, September 24, 2012

The novel "Drugs" by J.R. Helton.

I Just read the book Drugs by J.R. Helton and I decided to blog about it as I feel like it is a must-read for anyone who has taken drugs, wants to take drugs, or knows people that have taken drugs which is basically EVERYONE IN THE ENTIRE WORLD. Including myself. The narrator, Jake, has taken just about every drug that exists in an effort to find himself, feel good, or just feel SOMETHING. He is a part of society, has a good job and functions just fine..all the while constantly searching for the pill or substance that will bring happiness and lasting enlightenment. Sometimes it works out for him..other times it doesn't.
This is a no holds barred realistic view of the "drug world" and though it made me wince and cringe many times..and feel some of the paranoia that Jake himself has felt when high, I recommend this book to anyone who is a fan of Jerry Stahl(who calls it "truly riveting"), Jonathan Ames, and all the other authors and essayists whose words have an unmistakeable ring of truth to them and brings you effortlessly into their world-like it or not!
Drugs can be found at your local bookstore and also on at Amazon at http://www.amazon.com/Drugs-A-Novel-J-R-Helton/dp/1609804015/ref=sr_1_sc_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1348506220&sr=1-1-spell&keywords=drugs+jelton
Blurbs by Stahl. Harvey Pekar and Robert Crumb who also illustrated the cover.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Occupy Wall Street turns one.

Went to the OWS anniversary at Zuccotti Park on the 17th..I missed the actions and marches in the morning where I heard over 100 people were arrested..then let out by the afternoon. The park was cleared at about 1am sort of..people were told to leave. Some did and some didn't but it slowly emptied out. It was a pretty big turn out though especially for a monday. Unlike the news would have people believe..people involved with OWS do have jobs and many were tired and had stayed up all night to join in the protests. Here are a mess of videos I took while walking around the park from about 3pm-1am..nothing too exciting..just a few glimpses of what the park was like. I regret missing the marches but there is footage of those and the arrests on the OWS twitter and on youtube as well!









Saturday, September 15, 2012

Kill the Band and their new album!

This post is about a "mock" rock band who I have been going to see play live around town at clubs and at comedy/music shows I go to and at times play at...A fun, crazy, silly band and hilarious when they play live..which I recommend you do soon! They have just put on an album which is available for download on ITunes, Amazon and can be heard on Pandora (featured on the Comedy Music Station) and Spotify. For more info about Kill the Band you can visit their site at www.KILLYTHEKID.com.

Their next gigs are playing as the house band at Alter Ego Vaudeville Surreal THIS Sunday(tomorrow)  at Fontanas at 8pm and Sidewalk Cafe on Avenue A and east 6th st on Oct. 6th.


Founded in 2009 by front-stunt woman, Killer Killy Dwyer in the underground scene of the Lower East Side of NYC, KILL THE BAND started as a mock band for a performance art piece created for a run in the NYC Frigid Festival. Killy carefully chose talented, like-minded, experimental musicians to fill out her concept comedy band. She brought in artists she could trust creatively and personally with arranging the songs she had been doing as a solo musician for the last year or so and they became KILL THE BAND. As the theater piece, music and relationship between the band developed, so did the band OUTSIDE the world of the theater. KILL THE BAND progressed quickly to playing clubs and festivals yet they kept all the theatrics of the mock band they had so lovingly created in the original festival show. KILL THE BAND is continues to be a NYC based shock-mock-rock and comedy band. Combining satire and slapstick, theatrics, costumes, and music from almost every genre, KTB is accessible avant garde and punk cabaret comedy performance art with soul. KTB played the mainstage 3 times at Figment (The world's largest interactive arts festival) won the Audience Choice Award for their 2010 Frigid Festival show, is the house band for NYC's #1 monthly alternative variety show "Alter Ego - Vaudeville Surreal", Headlined the Happiest Medium NY Anniversary Show, and plays consistently throughout the NYC area at venues like Fontanas, Pianos, Galapagos, The Delancey, National Underground, Bowery Electric. Killy recently was named "Top 10 Women Who Rock Comedy" by www.funnynotslutty.com and received the award for "Most Magical Moment in the Fest" at the NY Funny Songs Festival.
KILL THE BAND IS: MIKE MILAZZO - Guitar, Mandolin, backups 
JOE YOGA - Bass, Uke, backups
 BLAIR FROWNER - Sax, organ, tambo
 NICK FOX - Human Drum Machine
Reviews: St. Mark's Theater rocked with laughter" New York Press "The spirit is one that celebrates uniqueness and captures the best parts of the New York fringe music and art scene" Broadway World "A tiny blonde powerhouse…had the audience in full-body laughter!" Village Voice "Killy Dwyer (does) an incredible job of balancing smart with funny with catchy" The Happiest Medium "The spirit is one that celebrates uniqueness and captures the best parts of the New York fringe music and art scene" Broadway World "Fun times for all. It has the essence of punk cabaret performance art and it's easy to get into. It's packed with quirky songs and lots of laughs from out of nowhere." NYTheater.com "Leading the whole is Killer Killy Dwyer, comedian, performance artist, and all around rock star. If you could tap into a fraction of her energy you could powerVegas for a week." NYTheater.com "A fun fringe show with sharp satire and a healthy dose of goofiness." TheaterIsEasy.com "They're [Kill The Band] like Zappa on acid." Frank Wood "Kill the Band has something that few acts I’ve seen in today’s music or comedy scene possesses: A classic, almost vaudevillian quality which lets you know that after the lights have gone down and the laughs died to chuckles, you’ve seen something special—no kidding.” (The Examiner)
They have tons o' videos online and here are a few samples!
More videos can be found here too!

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Local artist whose stuff I love!








These bedbug pillows and paintings of hybrid animals are some of the things that Al Benkin makes and sells and displays at Tribe gallery and other places around town. I went to a party/show at the Yippie Museum cafe which is still up and running thank the goddesses in this city that loves to push out the places I love..I thought her stuff was so great i took some pics of it and also bought a goat/snail painting I now have hanging on my wall next to my buddy Mangina's portrait of my crazy cat Delgado. Looks great together!
Her work and more info can be found HERE..http://albenkin.com/

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Everything is crazy so I truly am back!

Well now I feel truly back in my city as all kinds of crazy shit has been going on with everyone I know pretty much..thankfully I am uninvolved with the madness except as a sympathizer of friends that are having a tough time..I got that flu bug for over a week after I got back and just recently made it out to the park and all that stuff since I feel a lot better now..took some pics and videos of random stuff the past few days for my first post about NYC in months now..
I saw Porchetta Hog is "closed temporarily" today..Hmm..business has been dead in there from what I have seen..wonder if they are done for good? This block is just not that great for businesses generally..Unless someone is into eating or drinking 100 feet away from dozens of cops who just hang out in front of the 9th precinct 24/7..not to be an asshole but a donut/coffee shop is the only thing I can doing well there. They would not even need any other customers than the cops from the 9th.



So lets see what I have here..Dave in the dog run with on eof his t-shirts..my friends dog posing all sexy with matching purse..the African-Brazilian dance people that have been in Tompkins lately drumming and dancing..They are from the Capoeira Angola Center and have classes you can take there..and last but not least some crazy car doing stunts with more crazy cars behind it on 2nd ave the other night by Houston..only caught a second if it dammit!