My husband and I went out to L.A. again for the book party for “Wivenhoe Park“. We had some time to go to Palm Springs and Joshua Tree as well. I’m a little late on posting photos but I got sick in the desert, and still am! How I could go from -7 winter weather in the midwest to 74 degrees in Palm Springs and get ill is beyond me.
Random things I remember:
Ian Astbury in sweatpants waddling past me and thus ruining all illusions I’d held from my teen years. Driving a Dodge Charger through the desert and up steep hills. Lots of music gigs and time spent in Echo Park. Getting drunk at The Dresden Room and going to Jack in the Box for late night food (basically not much has changed in 11 years for me). Amazing Mai Tai drinks at Bootlegger Tiki. The Autry Museum with my friend Charity who was like a personal guide. So many cocktails — so many. The Juxtapoz Magazine 20th Anniversary show, which I liked, but — I was a tad disappointed in because of glaring omissions and odd inclusions that to me didn’t reflect the actual history or issues I have read since 1994. I didn’t make it to the John Currin show, but the Laura Krifka one more than made up for it; I think she is exceeding him if not on the same level! Record shopping in Highland Park. Drunk girls in West Hollywood crying in a restaurant bathroom about boys who hasn’t texted them. A $1,000 omelet on the menu at my hotel (it had caviar on it). Visiting shops in Joshua Tree opened by Ohioans. Smash Mouth being promoted on the marquee outside one of the casino resorts. Leaving my iPhone in a coffee shop for over an hour to find it had been untouched! Nights by the fire pit, lots of friends and parties and dogs and wine. Oh, and traffic! More and more every time I go back to visit I swear! I mean…Jeeeeez. And that means a special thanks to those of you who drove in from SF and the OC for Ben’s book party and other shenanigans, because my God that traffic is just unreal!
As much as I debate about it, I think this trip really squashed any question I had about moving back to Los Angeles. Just can’t do it. Things have changed (yet haven’t) and unless I devoted myself to the desert, the eastside, or had the money to purchase a house, it just stressed me out so much being there and all the memories of why I left came flooding back. I think the reason I went to so many art and music gigs when I lived there was to make it worth the stress and general anxiety I felt. The weather never made it worth it for me. So, I think I’ll stick to visits. I like being a tourist.
Make with the clicky for descriptions….
Ben and Lenora Claire with little Nomi
Charity shooting me
Ben and Dan
The Black Ryder
tiny art by Miso.
Ben and #1 Elephant Stone fan Ryan.
Aida, Me, Andrea. My OC ladies.
Ben being a rock star
Robert Williams show
Annie Oakley owned these.
I used to live in Newhall!
I Can’t Quit You! on display at the Autry Museum
Ben, Hunter, Lance
Before the Tiny House movement was the Jackrabbit Homstead movement.
Flaamingos at The Echo
on the way to Palm Springs
absinthe in my suite
This thing is so UGLY!
Kime Buzzeli artworks
A portrait by Kime
George Nemeth being shot by Charity
Hotel Suite Life
Ben with his dragon by Ai Weiwei
Palm Springs Art Museum
Hung Liu exhibit at the Palm Springs Museum
entrance to our hotel
Me and Kime
photo by Charity Baker
photo by Charity Baker
photo by Charity Baker
Focusing on the ’80s and early ’90s, but really, just guys I had a crush on when I was younger.
Bobby Gillespie (Primal Scream)
Greg Dulli (Afghan Whigs)
Evan Dando (The Lemonheads)
Henry Rollins (does he need an intro?)
Daniel Ash (Bauhaus, Love and Rockets, Tones on Tail, solo)
Ian Astbury (The Cult)
Morten Harket (A-Ha!)
Damon Albarn (Blur)
Mike Ness (Social Distortion)
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?
If you like shoegaze, indie, straight-up rock, psychedelia and all those things in-between, then here are some of the various bands and songs I’m liking right now. Some are current, some not.
The Soundtrack of Our Lives
Have I mentioned lately that you should purchase the novel “Wivenhoe Park”? Because you really should. Just look at all the reviews! You don’t need to take my word for it just because I did the cover and he’s my husband.
But, also, if you want to try a crack at winning on of three copies, the amazing music site Slicing Up Eyeballs is having a contest
that ends on Friday!
Saturday, December 7th from 2 to 4pm is a book signing with Mr. Vendetta at my favorite place for books in Cleveland, Loganberry Books.
We’re plotting a book tour from Chapel Hill down through New Orleans in the spring. These won’t all be at bookstores necessarily, but at cool venues where a DJ and beers will be involved, so stay tuned (and if you would like to host a party or know a place that sounds perfect, fill me in!)
My husband’s novel is out! So go buy it here.
Kindle edition is available on there, but since I did the artwork you probably want the real deal, don’t you? Have fun guessing which character is based on me, and I can give you a hint: I’m not the goth. Sure I’m a grown-up goth now, but in 1985 I was seven years old, so it hadn’t hit me yet.
If you’d like to try your chance at winning a copy, be on the look out over at the Goodreads.com Giveaway, there are 10 copies available.
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.
I made a book trailer for my husband’s debut novel coming out in the fall!
More info here.
Welp, the book cover I designed for my husband, Ben Vendetta, has been chosen. It takes place in 1985 and has a lot of music references throughout during that period. He wanted something that looked a bit post-punk, and I included some hints to Spacemen 3 and Essex University in the design…
It is being out through layout right now, but I will of course let everyone know when he does a mini book tour and it is available on Kindle, Amazon, and paperback. Thank Cooperative Press! Did I mention he has already started the sequel?
My more recent rotation…
It may not be for everybody, but it suits my needs. The only band I couldn’t find was Seven Percent Solution, which is a shame.
My “Blind Deviant” painting will be the artwork for the upcoming The Lucid Dream reissue/compilation put out on Elephant Stone!
The CD called “Object of Reality” will be a limited edition of 200, so fans of original art, as well as fans of psychedelic/post-punk bands like Echo and The Bunnymen and Teardrop Explodes will want to grab this up. Release date hasn’t been set, but looks like mid spring.