June 29, 2006
Let Your Body Decide
Last night me and Pete went to Bowery to see The Ark, an over the top glam rock band from Sweden. They were absolutely AWESOME! They were so much fun! The lead singer came out in a leopard leotard and later on (after a costume change!!) made 'reference to his outfit. Since he is from Sweden, he said there were some things about the english language that he didn't understand. Since leopard and leotard are spelled the same way, why are they pronounced differently? He wondered who decides those kinds of things and then he said 'that person must be a reo-tard.' hahahaha. We were also laughing at the people in the front row groping the singer's leg and at one point, the guitarist had a solo and came out front and this guy would not stop rubbing his hand up and down the guitarist's leg. Hysterical! We both also liked the bass player and his sex doll toy mouth.
Anyway, I didn't get to take many pictures before 'security' told me to put my camera away. At least that's what I think he said since I didn't really hear him. At least I didn't get kicked out but my peeve was that there were plenty of other people in the audience taking pictures throughout the whole evening and some with flash too! So just because these people were in the middle of the audience, they are allowed to take pics? Security too lazy to move through the crowd and tell those people to stop taking pictures? If you're going to enforce the rule, enforce the rule for everyone! Sheesh! Later on I thought that maybe he thought I was taking video since I didn't use flash. But then he must be a reo-tard. hahaha!
Baby Dayliner opened up, a sort of rocky crooner. I liked him but Pete wasn't a fan of his stage presence, or lack of it. We also ran into Allison, who was there with her man, who went to high school with BD's bass player.
Also, Tuesday night me and Pete went to check out the The Brazilian Girl's free show at Hudson Pier. Well, we left just as they were starting their set. We weren't feeling the vibe of the pier or the audience and they were having sound problems and it sounded very bassy. Granted, we didn't give it much of a chance but Pete was hungry and craving Bubby's. Who am I to argue? We shared their sour cherry pie and homemade banana ice cream. YUM!
June 27, 2006
Ain't Yo Momma's
Last night was the June mixer at d.b.a. and we scored a table outside. It was a beautiful night for drinking and exchanging music. I made a mix of covers.
June 26, 2006
Later on Saturday I met up with Tammy, Mark and Joy to check out DevotchKa at Bowery. I've read good things about their show and been wanting to see them since last summer when I went to see CYHSY at the Seaport. They were opening for Dev. but I left before they came on to go get dinner and on the way home later, ran into a random guy who was also at the show and said Dev. were really great. The show was fun, I was expecting great but that was my fault. Plus it's really annoying to have a girl behind you talking really loud to her friends during the show. What a way to ruin the mood. But other than her, the show was interesting, they have a romantic gypsy like sound. If you can imagine that. The opener, Norfolk and Western, were pretty good too.
My pictures suck but you can't win them all.
June 25, 2006
Mermaids and Photographers
Went to the Mermaid Parade on Saturday. With the rain, there were less people there than normal (although it didn't really rain during the parade, maybe a few drops). I swear, though, I really think there are more photographers there than actual mermaids/floats. It was actually really annoying. I had to do a lot of cropping in my shots and I also had a ton of blurry shots too. I'm not the type of photographer to run along the parade or jump in front of the crowd to get 'the picture' but it's not my job either and I'm snapping for fun.
I really do want to be in a float and have my picture floating around the internet. Perhaps one year I will meet enough people that will go in on this with me. I really admire the gals that can parade around with just pasties on and skimpy skirts. My favorites are the ones that are actually doing something while walking, like the hulas.
I know this shot is blurry but I really enjoyed the red against the blue.
And although I did see some guys with skimpy outfits (I really think the roman men weren't wearing underwear!), I don't think I really needed to see this guy!
And an Elvis sighting! I love the expression of the little girl!
June 23, 2006
My niece the graduate!
My niece graduated from preschool yesterday. She will soon start kindergarten!! She won the award for Social Studies. Here's a video grab.
So many kids! Screaming and running around. Wow.
June 21, 2006
Some recent swaps I participated in via swap-bot:
Better Rome CD mix swap, make a mix with music not in the mainstream. Most of my collection of music is not in the mainstream so it was actually kinda hard for me to pick! I had to make 2 different mixes but I'm just showing one here.
The Flood in Your Old Town Candy Bars
Charlie says Jude
Blow My Mind Davíd Garza
Cold World The Electric Soft Parade
Cha Cha Cha Little Ones
Just Dreams Tapes N Tapes
Raised By Wolves Voxtrot
Mount Wroclai (Idle Days) Beirut
Nine Forward, Russia
Lounger Dogs Die In Hot Cars
Brakelights Man in Gray
Break The Cinematics
Skeleton Key Margot & The Nuclear So And So's I so love this song!
mayday Elvis Perkins
Some bottlecap magnets I made for a magnet swap. I have to take a picture of the magnets my swap partner sent me. Super cute!
The awesome stash of unmounted rubber I got from Holly and Ashley. I clearly made out like a bandit!
June 19, 2006
SierraGrannie Challenge #1
I'm in the SGC on Kat's pad and every 2 weeks in June and July, 1 member takes turns sending out a packet to the other members containing enough stuff to make 1 card. It's fun to see what different things everyone comes up with. Here's the content:
And here's what I did:
June 18, 2006
Happy Dad's day
This is me and dad at a Mets game a couple of years ago. I get my laid back, easy going demeanor from Dad and am a Mets fan because of him (well, as much of a baseball fan as I can get-which is not much). Thanks dad. All my bitchiness comes from Mom. And she's a Yankees fan.
Happy Father's day!
June 17, 2006
That's Karen Duffy being interviewed.
Went to the Renegade Craft Fair with Brenda and Pete. Me and Brenda got there around 12:15 and they ran out of goody bags already! wow! I was able to resist buying the ton of cute stuff until I got to the Repro Depot. They had scrap fabric, $16 for a pound. I ended up spending $23 and the scraps were actually pretty big.
Then I couldn't resist these skull and crossbone charms and kissing charm from Sacred Kitsch Studio.
Then we found these awesome first aid buttons from Scraps of Paper. The woman said she found this Better Homes and Garden First Aid book from the 70's. Pete bought like 10 buttons (including a Nancy Drew one) and bought the last one of a guy giving a piggyback ride to another guy. The crabby button is from Fishcakes.
Then I couldn't resist this laughing bunny pouch from Sewing Stars.
It was fun to walk around and see what everyone had. Some things were hard to resist but then I ran out of cash and was getting hungry. Pete took me to this polish place called Raymund's Place.
Museum Fridays-Natural History
This week's museum was the American Museum of Natural History. It's a huge museum so we barely made a dent in it so we will definitely be back. We got salads at EJ's on Amsterdam for lunch. A typical coffee shop.
We paid to get into the Darwin exhibit. I have to say, I wasn't all that impressed with it. They repeated a lot of information about him. Yes,he thought of 'natural selection', yes, he didn't like school, yes, he was really into nature, yes, he was constantly sick. I guess I was expecting the exhibit to be a bit more dynamic but that was my fault.
We also entertained ourselves quite well in the other exhibits.
Later on that evening, I met up with Yves to go see Bill Burr at Caroline's. He was really funny.
June 13, 2006
Super Uber Music Geek
Me with Darren Jesse and my big cheesy grin. That's his drink I'm holding!
I discovered today, via the many music blogs I read, that Darren Jesse has a new band called Hotel Lights! He was the drummer in Ben Folds Five, one of my favorite bands and he was my favorite. So this prompted me to pull out some photos from back in '99 when I saw a few of their East Coast shows while they were touring with Jude, another favorite. I made a t-shirt using the Charlie'sAngel's logo with each of them either holding drumsticks, a microphone and a guitar. The bottom I turned into a piano. I managed to get all 3 to sign my shirt and it's hanging on my wall. Just walking down memory lane with the pictures.
my grin isn't as big and cheesy as with Darren.
June 12, 2006
1 Joshua Tree holga shot
I manage to scan 1 of the 4 holga rolls of Joshua Tree pictures I have. I thought this a cool shot and can't remember if I saw how the clouds were over the rocks or if I was just lucky.
June 10, 2006
Hip Hop Chow!
After the Guggenheim on Friday, I went to the East Village to have dinner with the bumblebees in celebration of Ruthie's birthday. And if I don't make this post this weekend, I won't hear the end of it from DeeDee!
We went to Hip Hop Chow. The food was wonderful! Everything we had was delicious!
The appetizers were scallops and fried shrimp. The scallops were cooked perfectly and the fried shrimp was light and crispy.
DeeDee got Oxtail although that wasn't her first choice. She didn't regret it
Ruthie got catfish made 2 ways
Joy got the fried chicken
I got the Five Spice Duck. YUM!
For dessert we shared homemade coconut puff. It was perfect, not too sweet.
DeeDee asked the waiter if we could meet the chef and he was kind enough to take a picture with us.
The restaurant wasn't very busy for a Friday night and while it's too bad they are still a secret, I kinda like it a secret! But you should definitely go!
Nate says with the scaffolding, the Guggenheim looks like an old wooden roller coaster
Pete has half day Fridays AND could get into some select museums at discount/free admission. So Friday we went to the Guggenheim with Nate and checked out Zaha Hadid's work. She's an architect that definitely thinks outside the box. Most of her stuff is pretty amazing. You could only take pictures on the ground floor and since I was a good girl and obeyed, I can't show what I saw. There was also some Pollocks and Kandiskys on exhibit. And this pretty amazing, huge 9 panel (I think it was 9) painting of a male nude from the 60's. I forgot the artist but he/she painted it for his boyfriend even though the model was Sal Mineo. Well, Sal Mineo was uncircumsized, in case you wanted to know.
June 03, 2006
More crafty goodness
I swear, I will scan some holga shots this weekend!!
But in the meantime, here is a wooden frame I decorated in a Spring theme for a swap on Kat's Pad. I made it for Dana and she got it so it's safe to post.
And some cool mail art from Barb!
June 02, 2006
Hello I'm a Craft-a-holic
I have 4 rolls of Holga pics from Joshua Tree that I need to scan but I've just been a craftaholic lately and haven't taken much pictures. Plus I got called into a job 2 days this week. Plus I have BBQs on my mind. And I'm home today waiting for the carpet guys to finish putting in the carpet. But I've been keeping busy doing mail art and ATC swaps. Here are some recent pieces:
For Lorra in PA. Background done with Alcohol Inks and then stamped on. I'm still experimenting with these inks. I don't think the scan shows all that well.
Some ATCs from a swap with the Kat's Pad girls. My theme was Fe-Mail Art
ATCs for the 'Pay It Forward' section of nervousness.org. I used the postcards that my friend Pete was sending me.