Would You Still Hit It? Random Men of Music

Focusing on the ’80s and early ’90s, but really, just guys I had a crush on when I was younger.

Bobby Gillespie (Primal Scream)

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Greg Dulli (Afghan Whigs)

Evan Dando (The Lemonheads)

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Henry Rollins (does he need an intro?)

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Daniel Ash (Bauhaus, Love and Rockets, Tones on Tail, solo)

Ian Astbury (The Cult)

Morten Harket (A-Ha!)

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Damon Albarn (Blur)

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Mike Ness (Social Distortion)

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Alan Wilder (Depeche Mode)

I also had a thing for the young Ron Asheton — but now he’s dead — as well as Kurt Ralske of Ultra Vivid Scene and a few others, but now I’m getting ahead of myself.

So what do you think?

Music Never Forgotten

Five years ago this week, Christopher Tucker passed away. I think about it a lot. It was a year I lost two other friends as well, and it doesn’t feel like it was that long ago.

Christopher and I met because my record label signed his band, The Situation, back in 2002 and we released an EP as well as full-length album. Somewhere in-between there was a trip to Philly where my husband and I got to meet his son, and a few trips to Cleveland and Detroit — where the band did some gigs. My last conversation with him was when he called me sounding lonely, and I was being curt and irritated with him (for both business and personal reasons). How he died was an awful freak incident that none of us could have imagined, and so of course I feel terrible that my last time talking with him was me being annoyed and trying to end that rambling phone call at every turn. All he really wanted was to know how my husband and I were doing. I know he’s in a fabulous place now, and he did visit me a couple times in dreams, but I still wish it hadn’t all gone down like it did.

He was a great song writer and lyricist.

Rhinebeck Recap and O+

I’m a bit delayed in posting photos from this trip, but I went to NOLA a few days after I got back and only today started looking at photos!

The weekend of O+ Festival turned into a wonderful lady’s weekend with my friends. I didn’t get to see much in the way of musical acts during the festival because we were all running around and causing trouble — a little bit. Shannon and I had booked a room at the Super 8 in Kingston and after dealing with it for one night (do I even go down the list, no, go read my TripAdvisor for that), our friends came and sprung us after seeing it, and let us crash in their suite at Beekman Arms. It was like an adult slumber party! Because of the festival, I was able to get a dental cleaning (it was good I went it appears!) and got a chiropractic session for the 1st time ever (frankly, it’s not helpful in my case) and the festival organizers and volunteers were so nice! We saw some semi TV celebs walking around, had some micro brews, lots of coffee, brandy, yelling at people, and amazing meals at Rhinebeck restaurants. The area around the Hudson can go from being totally cute and affluent, to totally depressing and full of meth heads. Driving around was an adventure in itself. So, with that, here are a bunch of photos….

And here is a crowd sourced video of the weekend…

Resurrecting the Record Label

So the scoop is that the record label is coming off super-duper-mega hiatus. Reissues and licensing only, no new bands, but still. Things have changed with our distributor, production costs haven’t really gone down much, and really bands have no reason for labels anymore; so let’s see if the business can avoid being in the red! Thankfully we had used the opposite structure/method of major labels, finding ourselves in the black when all was said and done. There were some reissues I wanted to do while on hiatus that other labels snatched up; we’ll see about the rest I had in mind. Things won’t be as active as they were, but Elephant Stone will at least have a faint and steady pulse when it comes to new stuff — if you know what I mean.

We finally joined the 21st Century and you can find Elephant Stone on Facebook

And as always, Elephant Stone on LastFm (some free downloads there)

I’ve also started screwing around with iMovie made my first few videos! Well, slideshows really, but I’ll be getting myself an HD iFlip this weekend. Now I just have to figure out how or if I should transfer all of my footage from college that is stuck on Super8, hi8, Beta, 3/4″ tapes and so forth. For those who didn’t know, I went to art school to study film mainly because I wanted to be a film editor. Why? Because it comes easy to me, I find it fun, and I’m actually really good at it. However, during time spent in an internship at a production company I saw how little control an editor has over anything, and really, it is the orders of the director you have to follow. At least collaborations with other students gave me some amount of freedom in school. This was also in the days when FinalCutPro had barely come out, and everything was still analog or on an Avid; not to mention 20+ students all using the same Avid caused it to crash often. I bagged the whole film thing, after seeing how the production side really was, and how unhappy most editors seemed to be as a rule. Technology has changed so fast too, just about every program or piece of equipment I know how to use is obsolete.

In any event, here are my first two little videos I screwed around with. One is for the band New Planet Trampoline who broke up long ago sadly, but were one of the Cleveland bands the label had signed when we were still based in Los Angeles. I decided to use my photos from a shitty area on the westside in Cleveland. The other was my first attempt at playing with iMovie using my photos from this trip, and I happened to throw on my favorite band, Singapore Sling. It fit the images so well, I decided to keep it. I think it highlights how both beautiful and violent the imagery of the Catholic church can be.

I think they turned out rather well considering I had never used this program before, and it took me little effort and less than 15 minutes to put them both together.

My Douchebag Band

I’m starting a band, it is called Black Wolf Vietnam Fuck Mountain — a name that is very now don’t you think?
It is just me and a gal pal so far; anytime a chick band pops up people pay attention because it is oh-so rare you know. Especially a female bass player or drummer. But if you are a guy with a scuzzy half-grown beard, you can join too, and maybe write some songs about how you’d rather knit than get laid. Maybe you’d rather write songs about how you’re actually sort of scared of girls, or how bummed you are the indie-tastic chick at Starbucks didn’t give you as much foam on your latte this time because she’s got her eye on the new bike messenger dude.

See, this band is already built and designed for a purpose from the get-go: to make it baby! You’ll see us at CMJ and Pitchfork Fest in no time. All we need now are t-shirts with an 80s retro twist, and some limited edition cheap crappy CDRs to sell at shows; the hidden track can be the sounds of my air conditioner turning on and off, or my cat crying on loop, which ever.

My husband is going to be our manager, so already that creates “conflict” and tension when on tour which is what all young bands today need. His job as manager of course will be to buy our chicken sandwiches at Wendy’s, and negotiate how much free beer we get at each venue for playing.

I don’t know why I left Hollywood sometimes; I’d make a great junior VP hack at any network, Development chick, or reality show producer.