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Amanda Palmer’s Leonard Cohen

December 22, 2016


Amanda Palmer recorded my favorite Leonard Coen masterpiece Everybody Knows, and the lyrics are timeless and relevant in a eerie way. That’s Cohen. The string arrangement is by Jherek Bischoff. Art by Vladimir Zimako Advertisements

The Julie Ruin Returns

May 27, 2016


  Holy Hanna! The Julie Ruin has a new record out on July 8th – Hit Reset. We are so lucky. Watch and listen to 2 new tracks!  

Good As Hell

May 11, 2016


Lizzo is good as ALL hell.

Other Music – Another Time

May 10, 2016


Other Music is closing on June 25th. So long dear friend. What am I gonna do without you? Photo courtesy of Other Music.

Lizzo Music – Humanize

October 18, 2015


Lizzo Music

Inside Paul’s Boutique

September 22, 2015


KEXP has made their amazingly detailed and gleefully entertaining 12 hour dissection of the Beastie Boys’ record Paul’s Boutique (1989) available for streaming! The show includes over 100 sampled tracks played in full, the 15 album tracks plus demos and interviews. 12 hours well spent! KEXP Steps Inside Paul’s Boutique

Let Em Say

April 6, 2015


Lizzo and Caroline Smith… Listen… Watch… Lizzobangers on Totally Gross National Product.

Read anything punk in a while?

January 26, 2015


I am reading Viv Albertine’s memoir, Clothes, Clothes, Clothes. Music, Music, Music. Boys, Boys, Boys. I realized how important and relevant her story is about half way through. It’s a story of the working class, a lost generation, creative anxiety and gutsy feminism all wrapped up in punk. “I Heard It Through the Grapevine” by The Slits, […]

Bury Our Friends

October 22, 2014


On Sub Pop January 20, 2015. Featured image band photo by Brigitte Sire courtesy of Sub Pop.

Ex Hex Rips

October 7, 2014


Rips by Ex Hex is ready to buy today! Listen to “Beast”…

La Sera

May 22, 2014


La Sera from the latest release, Hour of the Dawn “Running Wild” Photo by Jake Michaels Buy from Hardly Art.

Courtney Barnett’s Avant Goodness

April 22, 2014


Courtney Barnett & The Courtney Barnetts perform their single, “Avant Gardener”. Click HERE to watch. And you can buy the digital version of the double EP: A Sea of Split Peas now. © Lisa Sorgini (she is an awesome photographer)

Bhindi Bhagee

January 19, 2014


This song gives me goose bumps for its folky-electric power sound and lyrics. World music gone wild. Joe Strummer & The Mescaleros live at The 100 Club performing “Bhindi Bhagee” from the Global a Go-Go LP. Read this Punk Magazine interview with Strummer by Judy McGuire.

The Space Lady!

January 17, 2014


If you were lucky enough to be traipsing around fancy free in San Francisco sometime in the 80’s, you may have seen her. Shiny alien space helmet, Casio under hand, perched on a street corner – she was a marvel for anyone to see and most of all for a farm girl from back east. […]


September 24, 2013


The new record, Pure Heroine, is out in November. Her September show is sold out in New York. The girl is bringin’ it. Here is the video for her hit from earlier this year, “Royals” from The Love Club EP. It is pure pop grandness for the thoughtful set.

I’d be your boyfriend, Neko.

September 22, 2013


“I’m sure my boyfriend is out there somewhere. I’m sure he’s fantastic. I can’t wait to meet him.” (quote by Neko Case from “Who’s the Man?” by John Seabrook in the New Yorker, Sept. 23, 2013). Neko Case‘s recent album, The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love […]

The Julie Ruin Make It Official

June 10, 2013


Oh! Here is the new single by The Julie Ruin, “Oh Come On”. The full album, Run Fast is set to release on September 3rd on the band’s own label and distributed by Dischord.

Where Have I Been?

May 29, 2013


It’s f-in’ summer already! Here are some pop wonders to get you through the heat. “Open” by Rhye from their latest release, Woman. A new mixtape from Chance The Rapper! What?! Here is “Good Ass Intro” from Acid Rap. And what would a hot summer be without Charli XCX? Her recent official and proper full-length record, True Romance includes […]

Pop Girls Are Real

March 10, 2013


Here is Tegan and Sara with their candy flavored realness spreading the word that we are all the same inside. Sweet! “Closer” from Tegan and Sara’s 2013 album, Heartthrob.


February 26, 2013


Not new news, but new to me thanks to Mr. Troy Collins. Here is “Legs, Pt. 1” from Darondo’s album Let My People Go on Ubiquity Records.

The Professionals

February 4, 2013


There have been crazy amounts of hype, but it’s here – My Bloody Valentine’s first release since 1991, mbv! Listen to “Who Sees You”. And here is My Bloody Valentine at their most ecstatic poppy drone in the early 90’s. This is “Soon” from the record that we all call one of our top 5 […]

Blessings all over, seen…

January 27, 2013


A WordPress shout to Brian Jahn’s beautiful photography tribute to Jamaican culture and music. I had the pleasure of working with Mr. Jahn on a recent book project. So I can promise that it’s totally worth your time to wonder through his blog archives. Blessing all over, seen… Jamming by Brian Jahn, 2010

The Worst Is Behind Us

January 14, 2013


Now that we have last year out of the way, we can make plenty of room for another year. Throw the crap you don’t want anymore out the door and move along. I will start the 2013 season of GFP with what I liked best today. This morning around 10:12 AM as I stopped at […]

High by Hungry Ghost

December 21, 2012


Hungry Ghost is Sara Lund on drums, Andrew Price on guitar, and Lorca Wood on bass. Buy the record here or here. Seeing them live is LOUD and powerfully hypnotizing. “You can tell (or at least I can tell) when a band is playing together for the joy of it, for the love of rocking; where all other […]

Stop Having Fun Right Now

December 15, 2012


Here is Seattle’s Wimps live on KEXP earlier this year performing “Stop Having Fun”. You can download 5 free songs by Wimps on Bandcamp! It’s well seasoned sarcastic slap-happy punk. The way I like it. Repeat LP will be out in January.

Oh My!

November 12, 2012


“Do It With a Rockstar” from Amanda Palmer & The Grand Theft Orchestra! Click still below…

Rock and Roll Fun

October 8, 2012


So good! Go get Amanda Palmer & The Grand Theft Orchestra‘s latest release, Theatre Is Evil. Do you have anything to say on the subject of this new record or Amanda Palmer? Just curious since I am an AFP latecomer. Photo by Shervin Lainez

New York, I Loved You – Part IV

August 29, 2012


These are the days I missed and never found when I arrived. Nothing says New York City more than Blondie. “X Offender” live at CBGB – 1977.

New York, I Love you – Part III

August 28, 2012


The trailer for the 1980 film Times Square…yes that’s Tim Curry as DJ Johnny LaGuardia.

New York, I Love You – Part II

August 27, 2012


To continue my end of summer New York City drama, here is “Let’s Get Rid of New York” by the Randoms. This is the b-side of the 1977 single “ABCD” on Dangerhouse Records. LA punk underrated. Sleeve and vinyl image courtesy of break my face.

New York, I Love You – Part I

August 26, 2012


My love and hate relationship with New York is at its most intense during the hottest and quietest month of the year – August. “A Hare Grows in Manhattan” directed by Fritz Freleng, 1947 © Warner Bros.

Summer Lull With 4AD

August 14, 2012


Here is Purity Ring’s video for “Fineshrine” from their new album, Shrines. Sparkly. This video is from Twin Shadow’s summer release, Confess. The track is “Patient” and the bike is a Triumph. Last but never least – tUnE-yArDs with “My Country” from w h o k i l l. It’s not new this summer but it seems like summertime […]

Art Pop Fun – Micachu and the Shapes

August 1, 2012


Click HERE and watch all the videos by Micachu and the Shapes for their 2012 album Never. There are 16 of them in all. Photo from Rough Trade Records

Grass Widow for a Hazy Monday

July 30, 2012


A kaleidoscopic track from Grass Widow’s 2012 album Internal Logic.


July 25, 2012


The British beat band, The Liverbirds (with a long i sound), hailed from Liverpool. The all girl rock and roll act was part of the Merseybeat sound…bands from Liverpool next to the Mersey River. And looking fairly 2010’s Brooklyn lesbian via 1960’s beat music hip – it’s clear why they were off the hook in […]

TGIF for Tuesday

June 19, 2012


For all of the office dwellers – here’s to your 40 fucking hours. “TGIF” from Le Tigre’s 2001 album, Feminist Sweepstakes. Photo by Scott Sommers via Le Tigre’s My Space page.

Pop Sucker

June 2, 2012


M.I.A., Santigold, Amanda Blank all reference the 80’s in sound and sight, but they do it with a visionary glimpse into where we’re headed. Where we are? Just havin’ fun? Here are recent music videos by M.I.A. and Santigold. I want my MTV.  

Death – Spiritual-Mental-Physical

April 27, 2012


I know I’m late jumping on the Death bandwagon. But it often takes time for me to get to all of it. Throwing a brick through my window helps. Or just plain old circumstance – right place and right time. The Detroit band Death was formed by the Hackney brothers in 1971. Everyone was all […]

Mo-dettes – White Mice

April 26, 2012


A short-lived Raincoats’ band member named Kate Korris was also a Mo-dette. Kate was in The Slits too. Here is an incredibly entertaining Mo-dettes video for “White Mice.” The video quality is VHS home recording at its finest. Punk? New Wave? Neither? Both? You decide. “White Mice” was released in 1979 on Mode Records.

Early Punk

April 25, 2012


I am giving a shout to a couple of my fave women music photographers. Here are links to their sites – the early punk galleries. Ebet Roberts is a New York transplant from Memphis. She shot punk rock CBGB like no one else. Dead Boys at CBGB, 1977 © Ebet Roberts Janette Beckman hails from London and her early […]

I Hate the Rich – The Dils

April 20, 2012


A freely associated response to my last post. Here is “I Hate the Rich” by The Dils. It was originally released in 1977 on What? Records.  I think this version is from a 1980 live recording.  “I Hate The Rich” 7 inch sleeve – What? Records, 1977 For more punk images from the west coast […]

Wild Flag in New York

April 5, 2012


I saw ’em at Webster Hall on Sunday and they played their rock and roll guts out. With psychedelic guitar feedback and a Fugazi cover, I felt like I was transported to another time and place that is the past but also the future. These women have put together a band that knows how to […]

Janet Weiss and Sara Lund – Battle It

March 26, 2012


Part 1 Part 2 This is not a new video (2010) but I go back to it quite often because of the jaw-dropping energy and talent that these women have. I was thinking about girl groups, fuzzed out sound – and that led me to Sleater-Kinney’s last record, The Woods. And that led me to Janet. […]

Kim Weston – Helpless

March 26, 2012


Here is Kim Weston’s amazing single “Helpless” from 1966. It’s the fuzzed out production and her open and clear vocals that get me every time.

Exit Art – Ends

March 25, 2012


The place of art in NYC where everything seemed possible. The space (their 3rd physical location) closes at the end of May. Co-founder, Jeanette Ingberman passed on last year. Ms. Ingerman and Papo Colo’s creative center for culture, art, and inclusive mindfulness will evaporate from our city. Many of the exhibits I saw at the […]

They Don’t Know

March 13, 2012


Seeing the subway poster for MoMA’s Cindy Sherman retrospective and later hearing Kirsty MacColl’s, “They Don’t Know” made me think about Tracey Ullman’s cover and video of MacColl’s girl group homage. Here it is in all of its 80’s gauzy glaze.

!!! – Take Ecstasy with Me

February 24, 2012


!!! cover of Magnetic Fields’ “Take Ecstasy with Me.” It’s on their EP Get Up from 2005.

Smashed Parts On Cover Art

February 21, 2012


Fun Boy Three – Our Lips Are Sealed, Live

February 20, 2012


Jane Weidlin and Terry Hall’s weightless pop beauty revamped by Terry and the boys (and some girls).

Orange Juice – Rip It Up

February 20, 2012


My presence on the Internet begins with posting the almost lost (for me) synthed up soulful single, “Rip It Up,” by Orange Juice. Their entire catalogue was reissued in 2010 by Domino Recording Co.