I did a special lounge set at the Anacortes Unknown Music Series Vol. III. I played covers, instrumentals, and occasional requests of originals. People who wandered in were encouraged to make requests, mingle, and relax.
I will go home feeling empowered to tell people when I feel uncomfortable with boundaries or words of oppression. (I am also going to try out asking people if I can hug them instead of going in for the hug right away.)
I also feel inspired to play guitar again. The girls work so hard to learn new instruments or be able to play a new song in a week. I can do it too!
You can watch all of the videos I made to promote my new solo album, Colours, on the K records Youtube Channel. I made these videos with my husband and collaborator, Eli Moore, and a team of friends helping with particular videos.
Thank you for working on this project:
Eric Williger, River Nason, Mariella, Grant Fairbrother, Marit Schmidt, and Adam Oelsner.
This is an album by friends of mine, Lindsay Schief and Greg Olin, that they made as a reflection of being roommates in Portland. I sincerely recommend it to someone looking to match the vibe of a quiet summer afternoon with the doors and windows open. Did you remember to water the plants?
Had a dream about utopian urban farmer fashion last night. I think it was satirical...
Here's the idea. Pants that, somehow, maintain enough soil on them so that people can buy fresh plants/produce from the store, and keep them fresh all the way home to their apartment 5 blocks away. On their pants. Pants/Plants.
Eli and I visited Cartoon Network last Wednesday while we were in the LA area. It was really exciting to see how the building was arranged to encourage creativity and workflow. Something I found of particular interest was a deluxe touch-screen soda machine with 60? 80 drink options? Pictured left, you can see me looking at my options for diet ginger-ale. Woah.
Unfortunately, I didn't get to see people/old friends that I knew from back in their college days (I say "their" college days because they were in college--I was just hanging around.) But it was still super-awesome that Adam Muto met with us and showed us around. He is very nice. We are very grateful.
Karl Blau is doing grunge-style covers of female songwriters of the West Coast. The song of mine that he chose to do a rendition of is unreleased, so here it is in mp3 format for you to listen to and contemplate.
It's always amazing to see the beauty and precision of Genevieve's drawings in person. I took just enough ibuprofen at just the right time to keep it together for this whole event (my back has been out.) My housemate and I drove up from Olympia. The description on the Fantagraphics website says that I'm an Anacortes resident. This is not true, however, my husband and I have certainly considered living there many times.
Our R. Stevie Moore tour was fun. He has so many amazing songs. And there are still so many more to discover. The last night in San Diego was quite avant-garde. They played for two hours.
Health-wise, the trip was was almost healthy. We enjoyed sun and beach-healing. My back pooped a couple days before we got home and I've been struggling ever since. Darn. Must have been those heels I was wearing all week...
Just got this sweet picture from Katherine Paul of my performance at Rock n' Roll Camp for Girls last summer.
In this picture, you can see that the girls are sitting on the floor in the multi-purpose room eating their lunch while I'm performing for them. Every day at the camp, there is a show at lunch time from a group that is comprised of at least 50% ladies. My band, LAKE, is only 25% female, so we would not meet the cut. I think this is a good standard, at least for the rock camp performances. I could see making an exception every once in a while for a band if their message is particularly empowering. Maybe.
It's such a regular occurrence to have to deal with sexual harassment or discrimination while working as a professional musician/performer, so I really appreciate that RNRCG is not only a safe haven from this, but teaches girls how to deal with these issues.