Penelope Spheeris–Rock and Roll Anthroplogist

Penelope Spheeris–Rock and Roll Anthroplogist

Feb 20, 2018

Back in the 80’s there was no internet which means no YouTube. Back then a large part of learning about punk rock was swapping homemade cassettes and VHS tapes. Two very important movies in my circle of friends were The Decline of Western Civilization and Suburbia. These movies heavily influenced what bands we listened to, but more importantly they portrayed...

Janis Joplin, A Woman Left Lonely

Janis Joplin, A Woman Left Lonely

Oct 4, 2017

I’ve always felt an undeniable connection to Janis Joplin. I’ve been drawn to her music; her raw yet powerful vocals and beyond expressive performances. But there’s something beyond the music that I feel a connection to; a strange combination between strength and loneliness. Today, on Janis Joplin’s 47th anniversary of death, I want to...

A Sexy Sunday Morning: Lydia Lunch and Jonnine Standish with Rowland S. Howard

A Sexy Sunday Morning: Lydia Lunch and Jonnine Standish with Rowland S. Howard

Nov 20, 2016

  It’s pretty obvious I’m obsessed with duets right now. I’ve been pretty deep into Rowland S. Howard‘s library this past month and two of my favorite songs are made totally sexy and beyond cool by Lydia Lunch and Jonnine Standish. In 1982, Lydia Lunch and Rowland S. Howard released a single that included “Some Velvet...

The Collected Lives of Patti Smith

The Collected Lives of Patti Smith

Sep 3, 2016

Someone asked if I would consider Woolgathering a fairy tale. I have always adored such tales but I am afraid it does not qualify. Everything contained in this little book is true, and written just like it was. ~Patti Smith Two years ago, a dear friend gifted me a signed copy of Patti Smith’s little book, Woolgathering. Published in 1992 — nearly two...

Getting to Know The Pretenders

Getting to Know The Pretenders

Aug 18, 2016

One of the great things about being in a band is sitting around listening to records together. That’s what got me on this Pretenders kick in the first place. I walked out of the basement and grabbed a beer from the fridge. Jenny and Sara were already on the futon, Roxie was stationed in one of the day-glow 70’s kitchen chairs by the end table and Todd was...

7 Best Lines of Hole’s Live Through This

7 Best Lines of Hole’s Live Through This

Jul 11, 2016

There is a lot surrounding Hole‘s second album, Live Through This that came out in 1994. A lot of history, a lot of controversy and so many great lines. It came out a week after Kurt Cobain died and just a few months before bassist, Kristen Pfaff’s death in June. While still a strong rock album, it was less abrasive than Hole’s first album...