Watch out Filmore it’s The Julie Ruin with The Younger Lovers
SF. Saturday night. Can’t wait.
SF. Saturday night. Can’t wait.
I played a bass Melodica live onstage for the first time at the Joan Jett tribute concert. I also made a maybe too long speech about how one time some creep threw a bottle at Joan’s head and she got knocked down, flat out on the stage, and then got back up and finished the fucking song. A person could say “That is soooo badass” but to me it is so much more than some cliche’ phrase. I like to think that when she got up and continued, she didn’t just get up and play the song, she “got up” for the first woman who walked onto an all male construction crew, for the boy with the beautiful high pitched voice in choir class who everyone makes fun of but he just keeps on singing because it is his favorite thing in the world, and she got up for me, a feminist musician who has often wanted to just fucking give up. I am so honored to have played the benefit for “kids Rock” that honored Joan. It’s about all kids having access to music, and the kids there were so kind and enthusiastic, it just felt good.
A great night. And Roger Clark from NY1 was there (that’s our local news station that Adam and I are obssessed with). You can’t see it too well in the above picture but Adam actually has Roger and his co-anchor Pat Kiernan ON HIS GUITAR STRAP. So they are always close to his heart when he plays!
Fresh off a mini festival tour of Mexico City (okay it was only one show), my band is now gearing up for our first West Coast show in a VERY VERY LONG TIME. So, all my San Fran friends, please come out and see us play on November 1st at The Filmore! So excited to play SF again. TIX HERE IF YA WANT EM
Besides NY, my two favorite places are Rome and Mexico City. I’ve been lucky enough to play Rome a few times but never Mexico City and finally that day has come. SO, if you live there please come see my band The Julie Ruin play at The Capital Music Festival on Oct 11th and, if you are visitung from somewhere else, may I suggest touring Casa Luis Barragan? It was his private home for many years and is fun if you’re a fan of his architecture, or just someone looking from something totally interesting to do. Like walking around in someone’s vacant house…..a house so expressive it feels like rooms were parts of his mind.
My band is playing in NC!!!!!!
Larry Krone does it all. Fine art, set design, installations made out of mylar, songwriting and one off fashion masterpieces made from thrown away bits of quilts. He is currently collaborating with the ever so wonderful Todd Oldham on a LOOKBOOK of his fashion work. The profits are going to The Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls. I posed for the book because I fucking love Larry’s work. Whether he’s singing country songs in a homemade red, white and blue striped pantsuit or sewing together his famous cape of many colors, Larry is always on. I don’t think I have EVER EVER had more fun on a shoot than when Larry and Todd shot me for this project….I left feeling totally inspired. Mainly because both Todd and Larry are people who are bursting with creativity like a faucet you can’t shut off and you don’t wanna shut it off cuz the water has fucking gold sequins coming out of it. Todd made fucking crayons shaped like gems. Todd designs clothes. He makes books. Difficult books that no one else would make, gorgeous books that fill in historical gaps and make sure that nearly forgotten artists get to blow the minds of future generations. My Mom looked at the book Todd made about Charley Harper and it was like she was on acid. This guy not only cares sooooo much about his own work but about supporting and sharing the work of other artists and did I mention, he is also a great photographer? The two of these guys together are just like an artistic tornado of love. And no I am not stoned. So this is why I forced my way into the book. The real star/inspiration behind it though is Bridget Everett (Larry’s muse) who Larry started making costumes for awhile back and she wears the shit out of them. SEE ABOVE. Anyways to fund the book Larry is selling some of the portraits from the book on ebay. I saw them in person last night. They are framed, almost square shaped like a record album which I love, and they look even better in person than on screen if that is even possible. And Todd signed them. I am gonna cry.