Saturday, September 16, 2017

EARTH, WIND, AND THE FIREMAN: A yrev, very TWIN PEAKS summer!

Like a lot of TWIN PEAKS fans, I had been eagerly awaiting its return in 2017. However, I hadn't been waiting 25 years. Even though I grew up minutes from North Bend and Snoqualmie, where the fictional town of Twin Peaks is based, the first time I saw the series was in 2006. And yet I was immediately entrenched in the lore and lure of the mysterious Pacific Northwest town and its oddball inhabitants. I thought it was the best television show I had ever seen and was equally baffled and intrigued by the ending of season 2. I can't imaging being left hanging for 25 + years to find out what Special Agent Dale Cooper had been up to all this time.

When I watched in 2006 I was managing social media accounts for some of the cast (like Richard Beymer), as well as the David Lynch Foundation's so I had constant interaction with the fan community. Admittedly, the passion for David and his work is contagious. I already thought he was amazing for his enthusiasm and desire to help others through the Transcendental Meditation Program. But the online discussions and constant interaction with people who loved David's art work helped me appreciate the layered textures of his work on a whole new level.

Naturally, I was ecstatic when season 3 was announced in 2014. Some of the cast and crew have been colleagues, clients, and close friends of mine. To see them all come together again to work their magic under the guidance of David's brilliant mind? I was completely on board. And I had no idea what to expect. 25 years had gone by. Inter-dimensional activity aside, time was sure to have taken its toll on some of the residents of TWIN PEAKS and some crucial characters could no longer be an integral part of the story since the actors who portrayed them had passed. Or so I thought.

As the release date of season 3 drew near, TWIN PEAKS fever had officially set in. I was gearing up for what was going to be a special summer. I had no idea what was coming. Not just in the show, but the overall experience of sharing the viewings, theories, and memes with thousands of fans online, and most unexpectedly, the TWIN PEAKS SINGLES GROUP ON FACEBOOK, and in person via the SoCal Twin Peaks Fans Facebook group. AND OMG THE MEMES HAHA!!! (This is my meme page if you wanna see the ridiculous stuff I came up with these past few months).

I fully entered the vortex in early May when my best friends came with me for a TP themed birthday getaway. We stayed in a cabin that could have been run by Ben Horne himself and the weather was perfectly suited for all of our cosplay photo adventures: see here!

The day we got back from our trip, I began a re-watch of seasons 1 and 2. Actually, my cat and I watched it and with some further analysis and reflection after seeing the whole series to date, she made a "reaction video". For the record, @CAT_VON_DAISY loves it and thinks that part 18 of season 3 is a perfect "cat"alyst for more stories to be told ;)


As the ads for the new season promised: "It is Happening Again!". The mystery and magic of TWIN PEAKS had been fully awakened at this point.

I couldn't imagine watching the new episodes alone so I had a bunch of friends over for a viewing party on May 21st. The cherry pie and donuts were laid out. The coffee was hot and there was no fish in our percolator so it was safe to drink. I had transformed my office into the red room and we sat eagerly awaiting the new content completely unaware of what was about to unfold. While the first 2 episodes introduced us to new characters, new locations, and new stories, we savored every moment.

[WARNING: SEASON 3 SPOILERS AHEAD]

To satiate our desire to know what had become of Dale Cooper all these years, there was a short scene of Cooper in the red room (or black lodge?) with Laura Palmer. As this pivotal and nostalgic scene aired, something unpredictable and magical happened to add to the ambience. 3 fire trucks had stopped outside and their red lights were flooding our viewing party, making it feel like the red room was spilling out of the TV and into the entire building. It was so beautiful. It made the first night an unforgettable experience and was a premonition of many more happy accidents and perfect viewing party experiences.

You can see a clip of that moment in this awesome video Kenneth Thomas edited of all of our viewing parties this season:



What wasn't captured in the video above was us sitting on the edge of our chairs in the most penetratingly beautiful and terrifying hour of entertainment ever. Part 8. The hour that changed it all. It shook me to my core. Level: OBSESSED!!!!!

After Part 8, I was completely inspired and spent nearly every spare moment I had making props and decorations for our future viewing parties, especially the finale which you can see in the video above. Jennifer Koochof and I went all out with the decor for the party. Maybe we even went overboard! Hahaha... but it was worth it. It was a night those who attended will not soon forget. Not just because of the perfect art of the show itself, but also because we had another unforgettable serendipitous moment while watching Part 17 that involved yet again... Firemen. This time it wasn't just local fire trucks, it was actual fire and THE FIREMAN.

We held our finale party in Tujunga, CA, which was host to the largest wildfire in LA County history that weekend. Our viewing location was just clear of the fire and upwind from it, so while we could see the smoke, we weren't in danger and were able to breathe. The party would prevail! But another element was a potential threat. Our party started at 5pm and we were going to start with the viewing at 8pm. There was a big storm predicted for 6pm. We'd spent 2 days setting up decorations and there was electrical gear all over the yard. Our nerves were a little on edge lol. Right on cue, as I was securing the final paper decorations on one of the photo booth backdrops, I felt it. Intense winds rushing all around me, and rain drops falling on my head. I yelled "IT'S RAINING" and we scrambled to get the electronics covered and the food tables sheltered. The storm came and went in less than 20 minutes. THE PARTY WOULD PREVAIL!

Over the next few hours there was zero sign that any storm had just washed through the area. There was no more wind and the warm air was perfect for an outdoor viewing. As we settled into Part 17, we were hyper focused on the screen and in a moment so chilling I still get full body shivers every time I think about it... Carel Struycken's character (who had officially been revealed to be THE FIREMAN by the green garden-gloved Freddie) came on screen as Mr C had found his way to the white lodge. With one whooshing swoop of THE FIREMAN's hand across the screen, we heard not only an [intense whoosh] from the show itself... but a super intense whoosh of wind came billowing in and shook all of the trees in the yard and the screen we were watching the episode on. It was the most insane special effect ever!!!! Seriously. If there had been a crew at the party whose sole job was to create the perfect wind effect, they wouldn't have been able to accomplish it. Every attendee at the party squealed and squirmed in their seats for the next few minutes. It was beyond!


It was one of those moments where the entirety of the TWIN PEAKS and special quality David Lynch brings to his art is summed up in perfect synchronicity. One of the moments I see the profound depth of David's vision, intended or not. As someone whose conscious awareness is so in tune with the field of Being, his art work effects even those of us viewing it and allows us to experience the perfection that is at play. All in one of the most surreal and bizarre and disturbingly beautiful shows we have ever witnessed. One of many moments. But one I will never forget.

To be honest, I have no idea what to make of the season finale. I am still processing it and will be for weeks afterward, like I was with Part 8. And I am not 100% certain of the significance of THE FIREMAN character. With the completely unpredictable nature of TWIN PEAKS, who can ever really be certain about anything?

But, being a meditator and Vedic Science geek and having a background in Vedic (Indian mythology), I see the silent gaps in the series i.e. the awkward yet adorable slow conversations, the long sweeping scenes, the endless driving in silence down dark roads to unknown territory... all as moments of silence in which we can tap into that unbounded awareness where literally anything is possible.

I see THE FIREMAN as a Vishnu like character. One who preserves the good, protects, and brings balance to the world when evil unleashed. In this case the evil rakshasas are BOB and whatever else JOWDAY has spread through her seed over the desert. Vishnu is infinite and all pervasive so the balancing effect will be everywhere it is needed and yet the story of TWIN PEAKS is filled with flawed characters, some of whom may be seeking liberation, or enlightenment, and find themselves in and endless cycle. Literally infinite as symbolized by the ominous figure 8 which appeared in a later part of the season! ∞ ... Since the story was left open ended, we may never know if Cooper/Richard/Linda/Carrie/Laura will move through their own personal hell, their own "black lodge", to heal their trauma and move beyond it to the "white lodge", the point of being free and capable of enjoying their version of "enlightenment" or a peaceful existence as close to it as possible.

This is of course, my interpretation, and my thoughts on it change constantly as I read theories and see things from different points of view. I've used the word "perfect" in this blog a few times. And I really feel season 3 was perfect? Was it what I expected? No! It was so much more. I had no pre-conceived notions of what it should be and I was not expecting anything or anticipating any story or character to be presented in the way they had in the first 2 seasons. So there was nothing to disappoint me. It was just a beautiful ride that we got to experience individually and collectively. It is fascinating to see so many interpretations of the same show we all saw. For every viewer, there is a unique interpretation. Each viewer is their own rishi (or seer), one might say dreamer, seeing the world according to his or her consciousness. As they say "the world is as we are".

And wow bob wow... TWIN PEAKS is a wild, wild world!


THANK YOU DAVID LYNCH, MARK FROST, SABRINA SUTHERLAND, AND EVERYONE INVOLVED IN BRINGING US THIS GREAT GIFT OF SEASON 3! BIG THANKS TO SHOWTIME FOR SUPPORTING TWIN PEAKS ACCORDING TO THE VISION OF ITS CREATORS! KEEP IT COMING!!! ;)










Saturday, September 9, 2017

The Roadhouse Presents....


When the new TWIN PEAKS was announced in 2014, I made a list of Seattle area bands I thought would be a good fit for season 3. The full list is here. None of those bands basked in the glowing light of a blinking Bang Bang Bar sign, but I wouldn't have anticipated that James Hurley would either. And of all the dreamy scenes in season 3 of TWIN PEAKS, James Hurley's epic performance at the Roadhouse was one of the most shocking... and dreamy, up to that point anyway ;)

But then again... did it really happen? Is any of it real? Is it all a dream? Are you real? Am I real? I DON'T EVEN KNOW!!! I AM SO CONFUSED!!!

What I do know is that we had some pretty special moments at the viewing parties this season. Mid way through season 3, I had made a flashing Bang Bang Bar sign so we could feel like we were right there during the performances. It's all in the details! Haha. And everyone bringing their lighters for the re-watch of Part 13 was no exception. SoCal TWIN PEAKS Fans are the best!!!!!










Friday, September 8, 2017

My Boyfriend Randy Marsh Brings Me All My Food

My Boyfriend Brings Me All My Food is one of my favorite Belly Belt songs and it didn't have a music video... so I fan girled out and made one! Lol! What can I say? I love Belly Belt and my boo, South Park's Randy Marsh! And of course, my cat, Daisy :)


Thursday, June 2, 2016

Introducing Karl Blau

It's no secret I am a huge Karl Blau fan. Tucker Martine has produced Introducing Karl Blau, for anyone who has not yet fallen in love with Blau's voice and musical sensibilities. It's an album of country cover songs with Karl on vocals and it's a dreamboat! Listen below and pick it up at Raven Marching Band or Bella Union.

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Narcissism Never Sounded So Good

I can't get enough of this Santigold song...



 
 
Plus the lyrics for Can't Get Enough Of Myself because I couldn't find an accurate version anywhere online.
 
 

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Lavender Mirror - Come To Your Wild Senses



My Love for these two runs deep. 

Allow them to transport you to another dimension.




While you're in their dimension, take a slight detour into the land of Lovers, where Kerby used to reside - Lovers Videos


Friday, February 13, 2015

Coolzey - A Renaissance Man After My Heart




Coolzey (w/ me above) and his super hot girlfriend Belly Belt both albums out this month. Each contributed in their own special ways to the other's projects.

They are my Valentine's Day couple mega crush. Naturally I also have a crush on all the Coolzey's Coolsay collaborators: Soce the Elemental WizardSchaffer the Darklord, and Schaffer's sidekick magician Nelson Lugo.

Coolzey's talents cover a broad scope. He's one of the few people I know who can seamlessly weave between genres so convincingly and without a hitch. In one of his shows you will feel like you've just seen at least 5 different bands each play a couple great songs. He raps, rocks, croons, and can even slay AC/DC's Back In Black in a manner that Brian Johnson would be damned proud of. I was lucky to witness this feat last weekend at our friend's birthday party where I'd been overly ambitious in adding Back In Black to the playlist in hopes of popping my karaoke cherry. Fortunately Coolzey stepped in and if I had closed my eyes I would have thought Angus Young was standing next to him thrashing his head, it was THAT good!

RapReviews.com has a great writeup on Coolzey's album Coolsay which was released Feb 3rd and as of now can be purchased on Bandcamp for a mere $7!

You can also listen to the whole album below. Track #3 Sleight of Hand is some hot s**t!!!!! There's even a Doug Henning reference in it... which you KNOW I love!





A FEW MORE COOLZEY GEMS FROM THE ARCHIVES...


Coolzey - Put Me Away from Public School Records on Vimeo.





Celebrate Bangers' Release February 21st!

Belly Belt (Kate Feldmann) has a swoon-worthy boyfriend and he inspired one of the bestest boyfriend songs ever... just in time for Valentine's Day :)


Belly Belt's album Bangers releases this week on Public School Records.

Order at https://publicschoolrecords.bandcamp.com/album/bangers

She also puts on a ridiculously fun show and will be touring the Southwest - Details HERE


XOXO

Sunday, November 9, 2014

The Curious Mystery of La Luz

Shana Cleveland has put out a lot of great music and art over the years, both as a solo artist and as part of a myriad of bands. I loved catching The Curious Mystery play when I was living in Seattle and was bummed that La Luz formed after I left. Although I have no excuse to not see them live. They do tour, and unlike a lot of my favorite Seattle artists, they actually play shows in LA! Sadly, I haven't made any of them yet.

I love their videos though. This one has that great Twin Peaks vibe, having been shot in the same region and all ;)




MORE LA LUZ VIDEOS:



And of course, there's always these beauties. Both of the Curious Mystery music videos below were made by my good friends at Sospun Wespunwest:



Karl Blau - Uh, I Can't Get Your Lovin'

It is fair to say Karl Blau is so prolific that it is not easy for even a die hard Blauliever to keep up with it all. The nice thing about this is that I'm always discovering "new" Karl Blau music. And occasionally it is actually new. Like the album Maherican Dream which came out this fall.

Right away I fell in love with Seaweed Tea, You're In The Garden, and You Shampoo'd His Beard, but I'm still exploring the entire album and enjoying its riches.



And then there is Songles, another album which I seem to have completely missed when it came out, but it's got some great songs. I am particularly loving Blue As My Name & Uh, I Can't Get Your Lovin'  





Once you've watched that, play it again while watching the video of 
Liam and Ryan McPoyle dancing below. Trust me.


You're welcome!

Monday, November 3, 2014

Damien Jurado Brings It Home

About a year ago a friend of mine gave me some VIP tickets to see Moby at the Fonda Theatre in Los Angeles. While I was standing outside checking in I saw Damien Jurado walk out to talk to the will call table. I was surprised to see him in LA. Hollywood Blvd doesn't seem a likely place for a Damien Jurado spotting. I've seen him perform several times in person. In fact I saw him just this past month at the Bootleg Theater. The time before that was in Seattle. I was living in the White Center neighborhood and he played up the street at Full Tilt Ice Cream with his brother Drake as Hoquiam:


I hadn't read much about Moby's latest album so I didn't realize that he had pulled in folks like Mark Lanegan (Screaming Trees), Wayne Coyne (Flaming Lips), and Damien to collaborate on several of the songs. Upon seeing him, my curiosity and anticipation for the show grew immensely. But I was also a little stumped. 

How the hell would Moby work guys like Mark Lanegan and Damien Jurado into his set? 

I knew Damien was capable of painfully haunting songs and ethereal duets. When Sub Pop released Badlands - A Tribute To Bruce Springsteen's Nebraska in 2000, their head honcho JP had given me a copy and I listened to the Damien Jurado and Rosie Thomas cover of Wages of Sin constantly while I was on a year long retreat deep in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. It was a perfect soundtrack. 

When Moby brought Damien out I was literally sitting on the edge of my seat, and yet I was still completely baffled as to what was about to happen. 


Whatever it was going to be, they had my full attention. 

As soon as Damien sung his first note "IS THIS THE SAME DAMIEN JURADO????" was the only thing running through my mind. If you heard an extra beat, it was my jaw hitting the balcony floor. 

I'd never heard him sing quite like it. He's soulful, but this was from another realm. The whole song is one of the most beautiful things I have ever heard. He is bringing a heightened depth (oxymoron anyone?) and energy that I can only compare to the God/Goddess that is Antony Hegarty of Antony and the Johnsons. And that is about the highest musical compliment that I can give to anyone. 

This song has been on my mind a lot lately. I had surgery recently and spent a few weeks in bed, high on pain medications and for those 3 weeks Almost Home by Moby/Damien Jurado was the only song I could listen to. I am sober so I'm not suggesting that you need to take narcotics to appreciate it. It is a standalone brilliant work of art. However, I will put it this way, it's a great companion piece to something like the Strangler's Golden Brown.

I know it's been out a year now and you may even already own the album Innocents that it was released on, but in case not, give your ears over to this gem for the next 6 minutes:

Vex Ruffin

Just realized I had posted a while back about the Free Vex Ruffin EP Eulogy, but I never got around to posting the link to his self-titled full length album.

The album is pretty perfect in my book:
Vex Ruffin - Vex Ruffin
http://www.stonesthrow.com/store/album/vex/vex-ruffin

Maybe It's A Safety Measure - Bubble Butt For Life!

When my friend and neighbor told me she was working on a Sea Punk scene for a new video I listened with fascination, realized I was too old and perhaps too purist in my definition of "punk" to appreciate such nonsense trends, and then forgot about it.

A few months later someone posted Major Lazer's Bubble Butt (feat Bruno Marsvideo and without irony it became one of my top 5 favorite music videos of all time - a fact I've gotten a lot of s*** for over the past year, so you can save your breath ;). But yeah, it's right up there at the top of my list with Jonathan Narducci's video for Dreamers' Appaloosa. 

When I saw the Sea Punk scene in the beginning I realized it was real. Sea Punk was real and my crotchety old gutter punk-rooted self would just have to accept it. And then it hit me like a booty slap to the face - this Eric Wareheim directed video was the video that my neighbor had been the Production Designer for. I was stoked because it meant I got to geek out and ask her lots of questions.  It turns out that some questions are better left unanswered.

So I'll just continue to enjoy it and be ok with asking myself... "WHY?!?!?!?!?!?"





Eric's music videos are all so good. This one also deserves a shoutout. Because Beach House and Ray Wise. C'mon!

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Dolomites - Japan Years Volume: One

This is an album that has blared over my speakers more than any other Dolomites album, however it hasn't always been so easy to obtain. I was pleased to see an email this week that the the Dolomites - Japan Years Volume: One is now available on Bandcamp.

http://thedolomites.bandcamp.com/album/japan-years-volume-one








Failed Future

This Master Musicians of Bukkake = masterpiece! I've had many days where I put it on repeat for hours. Maybe it had something to do with us losing an hour of sunlight, but today was one of those days where this played all day.




OK. Confession. Failed Future wasn't the only song on heavy rotation in the Skipper household today. It was in alternation with Taylor Swift's Shake It Off . Yes, I am just as confused about that as you (and my neighbors) probably are.

Friday, May 3, 2013

yOya

Alex Pfender of yOya playing a show in my living room, 2011 

yOya have a new EP coming out this summer on New Professor Music, an LA based record label. A small sampling of what's to come - I'll Be The Fire:






And my all time favorite yOya track, which also has fire in the title. Hmmmmm.....


Saturday, April 27, 2013

Yacht

Maybe it's just that most of this video was shot at my local haunts, but this is exactly what life in Los Angeles is really like...





and I love it...


Friday, April 26, 2013

Dreamers

Jonathon Narducci has directed some fantastic videos for Megan & Robbie's bands: Dreamers and We Are The World (read more).  

Appaloosa was released this past summer when I was leisurely doing yoga, meditating, and swimming in the idyllic small town Midwestern ponds. That imagery is still in my mind whenever I listen to it, but damn, I still love watching this video.








Thursday, April 25, 2013

Gettin' On The Bus

I kept seeing Regan Farquhar around my neighborhood and then by chance caught his Physical Forms set when he opened for some friends of mine who were passing through Los Angeles. It was the first show after my move to SoCal that gave me some hope for the local scene. The noise making gloves didn't hurt! I still continue to see him around but unfortunately have missed his recent Busdriver shows with Aesop Rock so I'm just sitting on my front porch soaking up some sunshine and perusing the internets enjoying some of my favorite tracks of his work...





Another slightly unrelated gem is Aesop Rock & Kimya Dawson's recent video for their new band the Uncluded which features my good friends' bright and super sassy red-headed daughter, some tear-jerking verses, and a menagerie of some of the cutest internet-famous animals.





Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Ruffin' It

Did you know you can download Vex Ruffin's EP Eulogoy for FREE? It's true. I did it a year ago and have since listened to it a few thousand times. Go to Stones Throw to get yours.








Monday, April 22, 2013

Fix The System With The Broken Down Rhythm

Been listening non-stop to Arrington De Dionyso's latest project Malaikat Dan Singa since they played LA on their current tour. Got two albums: Suara Naga (produced by Karl Blau) & Open The Crown. Track #2 I Create In The Broken System on repeat, but do catch them live near you to fully appreciate Arrington's otherworldly vocals and the sexy bass(ist).

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Sharp


I waited so long. Too long. And have been denying myself some serious pleasure all this wasted time.

And to add salt to the wounds of my wasted time is the fact that the only reason I hesitated to pick up the album Deep Cuts by The Knife is that I just didn't believe that it would live up to my satisfaction with their song HEARTBEATS and Karin's side project Fever Ray. But I was wrong. So very very wrong.

A few weeks ago I popped into Amoeba Hollywood on my way to see We Are The World & yOya perform up the street and finally caved into temptation and picked up Deep Cuts and Silent Shout so I wouldn't be an idiot who was so excited that they have a new album coming out soon, but I'd never really given their older releases a proper listen. Due to computer issues I hadn't been able to import Silent Shout until this week and it's okay, but it's kind of "meh" in comparison to Deep Cuts in which the brother/sister duo Karin Dreijer Andersson and Olof Dreije have created a timeless and beautiful album full of some serious fucking JAMS like GOT 2 LET U and HANDY MAN.

I can't find an official video for GOT 2 LET U, but this works:

Thursday, July 7, 2011

A Moving Meditation

One thing I have been doing a lot of in LA is driving. Driving to, from and during work... often in traffic. It's par for the course.

Angeleno Patrick Grossi aka Active Child has made the ride so much sweeter with his Curtis Lane EP (featuring I'm In Your Church At Night)..

Saturday, November 20, 2010

We Are The World


Slightly obsessed with Los Angeles based We Are The World who at first glance appear to be a glossier version of one of my favorite live Seattle bands, Master Musicians of Bukkake (pictured at a 2008 Nuemos show), but the similarities are only skin deep.

I almost skimmed right over this We Are The World Video until I noticed that it was made by some Fairfield peeps. Well made... and more importantly, well played:


Sunday, August 22, 2010

Life's Too Short - An Understated Understatement


Recently while holed up with the flu I got a chance to... do absolutely nothing. It was kind of magnificent looking back upon it, even though I was miserable at the time. I did however use my bed-ridden glory days to watch a few classics streaming on Netflix including John Waters' Hairspray and Cry Baby. Of course I really wanted to watch Pink Flamingos and Female Trouble but neither can be viewed instantly.

While in my half-sleep sickly stupor I suppose it didn't really matter what I watched because I was likely to fall doze out during the movie anyway. And I almost did while watching Hairspray... that was until I heard the minimalist yet soulful song that shot me out of bed to find out more about the song that was pulling at my heart strings:



Some bands carry performing decades beyond their expiration date while others disappear into oblivion far too soon. The Lafayettes seem to be one of those that would've done good on the world if they'd stuck around a little longer, but I've had a hard time finding much about them online except for some of the videos like the one above (read: lazy blogger in a hot sauna-like room trying to wrap up this post so she can go for a swim). The instrumentals are beautifully underplayed and the vocals are brilliant.

They kind of remind me of the Animals' Eric Burdon and his raspy, but incredibly sexy delivery in his understated delivery in House of the Rising Sun, a classic in my book which still holds strong even though I've recently come across this video which kind of shattered the dark mysterious air this song has held in my imagination for years. But I also find it incredibly entertaining:

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Still Looking Forward to Tune-Yards

One thing about Los Angeles that I am still getting used to is how many friggin people there are. Every time I go to a show or outdoor cinema I expect that a few hundred people may show up and I anticipate a little line... but my northwest sensibilities underestimate the sheer masses that inevitably make an appearance. This and the fact that it can sometimes take almost an hour to drive a few short miles has caused me to miss a few bands' performances. The latter was my lame excuse for missing Amanda Palmer and Jason Webley's Evelyn Evelyn set.

But every thorn has its rose and sometimes the vast sea of people only adds to the experience like the thousands of enthusiastic people who shared my delight in the outdoor screenings of Purple Rain and Easy Rider at Hollywood Forever Cemetery. The ambiance was worth waiting in line for over an hour to get in damnit!

The combination of long lines and my lack of knowledge about Hollywood venues has unfortunately caused me to miss not one but TWO performances by an artist I have been obsessed with since the first time Kimya Dawson posted the following video of Merrill Garbus (aka tUnE-yArDs) playing at Troubadour:



I missed her once when I showed up tardy to her LA show in January, but that was cool because Lindsay (from LAKE) was touring with her so I got to chat with her for a bit. But I missed her again when I attempted to see her open for Buena Vista Social Club and Goldfrapp at the Hollywood Bowl.

Lesson learned though. When a show at the Hollywood bowl says it's going to start at 7pm... they mean they're going to start at 7pm!!! And instead of running around trying to grab a bite to eat beforehand, I will bring a picnic and enjoy it in the serene setting of this fantastic amphitheater like every other attendee.

Aw well. Fortunately there are loads of great youtube videos ranging from backyard recordings of her signature lo-fi style to finely tuned in-studio performances like the below from her record label 4AD:



Next time I won't be late!

Thursday, January 28, 2010

2009 Musical Crush & Sounds of the Savory Northwest

Having spent the winter months working and playing in sunny sunny SoCal, where I have decided to relocate to, I never got around to doing a re-cap of this year's highlights. Instead of creating a long list, I will stick to the one album that stands out the most in my 2009 retrospection. Sometimes I Wish We Were An Eagle by Bill Callahan (aka Smog). The first time I heard a song from Sometimes I Wish We Were An Eagle, I was driving home from the grocery store and Rococo Zephyr came on. I instantly fell in love. The Cello. The gaps of silence. The vocals. The lyrics. The entire emotion of the song... was pretty much perfect in my book. I had to pull over so I could hear the entire song before I got home. I had no idea who was singing and at first I thought it might be a Karl Blau song, but I looked up the playlist on KEXP to find out who it was and the very next day I picked up the album at Easy Street Records a block away from my office. I have listened to the entire album through and through hundreds of times and have yet to find fault with it. Bill has a feeling reminiscent of Townes Van Zandt. Perhaps it's his voice which is somewhat similar, or the purity of song and composition... I'm not sure. But if you were already a Smog fan you probably agree that whatever the formula is, it's working.

There have been many songs and albums that I've come across this past year, a few of which I have already written about in this blog and some which I may write about soon... or maybe I won't.

I am feeling a sense of sadness, excitement, and closure about leaving Seattle and heading to LA for personal and professional reasons. I wrote a bit about the things that I will miss about the savory Northwest in my DLF.TV blog, but the thing about the Seattle area that really gets me, besides the views of Mt. Rainier, the water, the nature, the people, etc etc... is the music scene.

I have gotten to know a lot of local artists because of doing this Eden's Hour show, and I am so grateful for that. So much good music coming out of the Seattle area (including Olympia, Anacortes, and Bellingham) these days. And Portland for that matter.

This is my Portland playlist, which admittedly is short because I don't live in Portland and am therefore not as familiar with the local scene, and I've thrown in some Oly based artists because there kinda in between SEA & PDX. I should really create an Oly list..... saving this project for a rainy day.

Below is a playlist of a few of Seattle artists I really like:

Panda bokeh

Sunday, January 24, 2010

New Blog for DLF.TV

I have a new blog! It's a staff blog for David Lynch Foundation Television.

Amy, Heather, Bobby and I all have blogs that will be up on the site directory soon. I will continue posting some musical highlights from my radio show here and on the new blog (which is more focused on DLF activity)

erinskipper.wordpress.com

Chrysta Bell header for DLF.TV blog

xoxo

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Free Dolomites Download!

Dig on some GLOBAL MONSTER GYPSY MUZIK! Stefanko is in New York working on his latest Dolomites album MONSTER MACHINE in Balkan Beat Box's recording studio. The album won't be available until March, but he's made this masterpiece track available for FREE DOWNLOAD!

MY FINAL COUNTDOWN... the original hit on VENUS in the year 388. almost 1600 years later a band named EUROPE decided to make it a hit on EARTH....

<a href="http://thedolomites.bandcamp.com/track/my-final-countdown">MY FINAL COUNTDOWN by the DOLOMITES</a>

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Updates

Click HERE for the 10/17/09 Playlist

Click HERE for the 10/24/09 Playlist

Click HERE for the 10/31/09 Playlist

Friday, December 4, 2009

Summer Wasn't That Long Ago... Part 2

A few months ago I headed over to 20/20 Cycle to see a couple Seattle sweethearts perform. Sweet Potatoes and Shenandoah Davis played two beautiful and time warping sets (I mean that in a really good way!).

Playing between them was someone I had never heard of before, but who would unexpectedly take over my ipod for the next few months. Zoe Boekbinder (pic by Beth Hommel) was in town from San Francisco to promote her new album Artichoke Perfume. At the time I was unfamiliar with her other project, Vermillion Lies, with sister Kim Boekbinder so I had no idea what I was in for. Her awkwardness and occasional mistakes were probably given to the fact that this was her first show of the tour, but it didn't matter. It only added to her charm and was quickly overlooked as soon as she started singing. Even with just her guitar and looping vocals she was able to completely captivate the audience. Backed by a full band and featuring songs like Wooden Spoon & Adventures of Turtle and Seahorse (video below), Artichoke Perfume quickly became the most frequently played album in my playlist. And it's been worth every second.



A final word about some of the great new tunes shared on the 10/10 Eden's Hour show ...Kaz Nomura aka PWRFL Power has recently launched his record label, Half Yogurt, with great albums by Dennis Driscoll, Shenandoah Davis, Spencer Moody, Cap Lori and many others who are touring Kaz's homeland Japan. Check out his blog for details.

Summer Wasn't That Long Ago... Part 1

It has been a while ....so where to begin?

I recently spent a couple months in Fairfield, Iowa, home to both KRUU FM & DLF.TV so I was able to do a few live shows in the radio station. First of all, I thought I was only going to be visiting for two weeks and needless to say, the trip was extended so I will be adding a lot of bulk here all of a sudden.

My first choice for the October 10th show was to play song from a few of my favorite new albums I picked up at K Records' annual campout at Helsing Junction, an organic farm just south of Olympia. Let's Build A Roof is the latest album by LAKE (pictured right by Sarah Cass). Now, I'm not gonna lie, I was a little nervous after Ashley and Eli from LAKE dropped me off at my Seattle home and I popped in their new CD ...and no, it wasn't because we shared ghost stories all the way home.

I was nervous to hear their new album because I love its predecessor Oh, The Places We'll Go so much that I could hardly imagine them creating a better record. But I think they did just that. LBAR is a slightly darker and velvety rich album that manages to maintain the catchy pop hooks that drew me into their world in the first place. Golden.

Also contributing on production to LAKE's album is the super talented Karl Blau. Karl has been featured on Eden's Hour many times before so regular listeners and readers (all two of you) will be familiar with him and my love for everything that Karl Blau touches! Fortunately, Karl has a production foot in the door several northwest bands and he has been continuing to expand his personal musical repertoire. Zebra is his latest endeavor, heavily influenced by African music (album cover by Kevin Noonan). Karl has explored and developed new sounds with this album that are funky, bass-heavy, earthy, and totally his own.

And just in case you haven't heard Karl's in-studio performance on Eden's Hour ...allow yourself this one little aural pleasure right here right now.

UPDATE: Karl's music video for Dark Sedan (feat LAKE) debuted on Pitchfork.

Check it...




Click HERE for the 10/10/09 Playlist

Monday, July 27, 2009

Temporary Downtime

Taking a temporary hiatus from the regular weekly shows on KRUUFM.com & Radio23.org to focus on work related projects and DLF.TV

Check back soon for updates on specials and new air times!

xoxo

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Eden's Hour -Chris Jordan Feature

It was only hours after I returned to Seattle that I was on my way to do another Eden's Hour Radio interview with celebrated environmental artist Chris Jordan (Interview aired on 04/25). Chris Jordan has been featured in galleries, museums and science centers around the world. One of his more recognizable series, Running The Numbers I, focused solely on American consumerism, but the impact and significance of his work is relevant to every person in every country as his photo series boldly display statistics illustrating the impact that we have on our environment, both collectively and individually.

One piece from his latest series, Running The Numbers II is Shark Teeth, a 64x94" photoshopped work based on a watercolor painting by Sarah Waller. The photo is comprised of 270,000 shark teeth (see detail below) representing the estimated number of sharks killed around the world each day for their fins.




Whether it's documenting the amounts of garbage that is amassed in a given period of time or displaying sociological issues, Chris' work takes a no holds barred look at difficult concepts to grasp and makes them tangible for each viewer. Check out his website for a detailed look at his incredible body of work.

Click HERE for the complete 04/25/09 playlist

Click HERE for the complete 05/02/09 playlist

Click HERE for the complete 05/09/09 playlist

Eden's Hour Is Catching Up

Been a while since I've posted on here. We had a whirlwind of a good time in NYC for the Change Begins Withing benefit concert and then I had a whirlwind of work to catch up when I got back to Seattle. The concert was amazing! You can see some of the highlights below and several interviews with the artists at http://dlf.tv/category/change-begins-within/



I stayed in NYC for almost a week after the concert to conduct some interviews for DLF TV with fabulous people like Ezra Reich, Laura Dawn (Moby's vocalist and Creative Director for MoveOn.org), Ali Stephens (Elite model), and John Hagelin (Quantum Physicist and President of the David Lynch Foundation). These interviews will be posted to DLF TV soon.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Notes From New York -Shepard Fairey Poster & Webcasts

Woo! Things are going well here in New York. My host, Jeff Simmons, of Radio23 is great and he's taught me all sorts of technological tricks that I look forward to applying to my show. But for now I am focused on the big night coming up this Saturday. I can't believe that after so many months of working with the David Lynch Foundation on this benefit concert that it is almost here. And just in time ...Shepard Fairey's poster design for the April 4th Change Begins Within benefit is in!






UPDATE:
You can purchase a signed print of this poster & the t-shirt at DLF TV

Between now and May 31st you can also enter to win the print!

Friday, March 27, 2009

Showing Photos at Dearborn House! 4/4/09

Bill Wolford will be covering my shows for me during the next three weeks while I am in New York, but he will air at the usual Eden's Hour times and I will be on air on Radio23.org a little bit Monday afternoon. The founder of New York-based Radio 23 invited me to be a DJ for the station which launches April 23rd!




While I am away, my honey photos will play:

GOOD PEOPLE + GOOD MUSIC
+ MY PHOTOS = GOOD TIMES!





Wednesday, March 25, 2009

DLF TV Launch! Enter to Win & Meet David Lynch!

UPDATE: THE CONTEST IS OVER AND WE HAVE SOME WINNERS!
10 PEOPLE WON AUTOGRAPHED COPIES OF DAVID'S BOOK CATCHING THE BIG FISH
& JAMES C. FROM CALIFORNIA WON THE TICKETS SO HE WILL MEET DAVID AT THE CONCERT

CONGRATULATIONS JAMES!


IT'S LIVE

DLF TV launched today!!!! We are kicking off with a ticket giveaway contest. The Grand Prize winner gets to meet David Lynch and can bring a guest to the April 4th, 2009 benefit concert at Radio City Music Hall featuring Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Donovan, Eddie Vedder, Moby, Ben Harper, Sheryl Crow, Betty LaVette, Jim James + special guests!

ENTER TO WIN AT DLF.TV

The DLF TV website is the official production channel of the David Lynch Foundation and will be covering all events including the Change Begins Within benefit concert. I leave for New York in a couple days and will be working with the entire DLF TV crew backstage to bring you live webcasts and Twitter and Flickr updates throughout the concert.

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Eden's Hour 3/21/09

Click HERE for the complete 03/21/09 playlist

...more details coming soon.

Monday, March 16, 2009

All of the 2008 Submissions

When I started doing Eden's Hour Radio a little over a year ago, I wasn't entirely sure where it was going to go. We were planning on doing more benefit concerts for the David Lynch Foundation so I thought doing radio would be a fun way integrate the expanding network of musicians that I was speaking with at the time. The show has been an organic process largely driven and inspired by the musicians who have contributed so a huge thanks to everyone who has sent in music. I have a couple volunteers helping me now to upload all of that music to the station's vault so that all the DJ's can spin the tracks.

It's been a great way for me to hear (sometimes really bizarre) music that I wouldn't otherwise get a chance to hear and share it with others. And in regards to sharing music with others ...I am particularly stoked about 2009. In addition to broadcasting on KRUU FM (twice a week), Eden's Hour will soon be airing on Radio 23 (weekly) and Hollow Earth Radio (monthly).

During the first few months of preparing for the show, we received a ton of music from Friends of the David Lynch Foundation Myspace page. I have played a lot of that music on Eden's Hour, but there is definitely more that I haven't had a chance to listen to yet ...so if you sent me music and your band is not listed in one of the playlists below feel free to nudge me.

LISTEN TO ALL OF THE SONGS THAT I RECEIVED & AIRED IN 2008, LISTED IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER BY BAND NAME.


A-D





E-M





N-S





T-Z




LISTEN TO MORE SONGS HERE.

P.S. If you are looking for a band that sometimes has a "The" in front of the name, check the listings in the "T" section as well. If I played your music but your band does not have music on Myspace, I could not add your song(s) to the lists. Sorry buds. Shoot me an email if you upload tunes to Myspace.

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Eden's Hour Dreams of Caterpillars 03/14/09

There is a box which sits on the counter at my office and in that box is the latest batch of CDs that have been mailed to Eden's Hour. It has been awaiting my ears for some time now, but I finally had a chance to dig through it this week and in the process I uncovered a couple nifty gems. One was Via Katalin by The Grams.

Another song that I played tonight was Caterpillar Dreams from a CD by Minotaure which I listened to months ago then promptly hung it on my bulletin board because it was so colorful. And of course sound doesn't come out of CDs when they're hanging on the wall so I had completely forgotten what the music sounded like until yesterday. Caterpillar Dreams has a very whimsical, bird-like quality that kinda takes you on an imaginary journey through a Central American rainforest. In addition to the music, he also has a vast collection of paintings and drawings and video projects posted to his blog, like the Baby Ghost Teeth video below. Check em out ...and if you happen to have a cat or two in the room, play Circular Joy really loud. They'll love it ;-)


Baby Ghost Teeth from Minotaure on Vimeo


Click HERE for the complete playlist for 03/14/09

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Eden's Hour Gets Dreamy 03/07/09

Every time I look in the mirror I find more gray hairs ...does this mean I can get all nostalgic for my youth now? Well, if it does I can say that ten years ago, when I was a bright eyed 20 year old, I had a big dream (perhaps more of an obsession really) to organize rock benefit concerts that would help support peace-creating meditation groups being established to help raise the level of collective consciousness. My inspiration came mostly from my own experiences with Transcendental Meditation, but I was also highly inspired by some of the scientific research documenting the positive effects of group practice of the TM Program in war torn areas like this study documenting results in Lebanon.

This has been going through my mind a lot again lately as the entire David Lynch Foundation team is swimming in preparation for our biggest benefit concert yet. I realized that all things that are meant to happen will eventually happen ...even if it takes years. Nature organizes in seemingly bizarre, yet perfect ways.

And I have to laugh at all of the things that I have tried to do that failed miserably. One of these ideas was in 1999. At the time I lived in New England and I had written a proposal to Ben & Jerry's to see if they would consider sponsoring a music festival to support a group meditation project. I even suggested that they create an ice cream flavor combining two of my favorite lassi flavors, rose & cardamom, and they could call it Totally Blissed and the proceeds could support a specific peace project. They kindly wrote back and ...well, I was DENIED!

Not one to give up on weird idea, I also recommended this flavor to a unique ice cream shop that opened up in my neighborhood recently. And to my surprise, I popped in to pick up a pint of ice cream for a dinner party a few weeks ago and voila! They had the cardamom/rose flavor that I had long dreamed about :). You too can custom design your own flavor. They have all the classics, but they also have more unusual flavors like ube, mamey, black licorice, Mexican chili, and even bacon ice cream!

To top that off, Full Tilt Ice Cream (and arcade) fills another void in my hood, by providing a venue space for some great live shows.

The first show that I went to there was during Weird Fest. The only show that I caught was Calvin Johnson! That's right, THE Calvin Johnson, rock n' roll legend and K Records' big cheese. Right there in our little local ice cream shop. And I was one of just a few people there to enjoy it. I have had a few K Records artists as guests on my show and one of them, Dennis Driscoll, happens to live in my neighborhood so he came down for the show as well. Afterwards Calvin, Dennis, Gary, Chris and I set out on a long and unfruitful search for a late night meal.

Just last week, I caught another great show at Full Tilt Ice Cream. Spencer Moody and Corey Brewer were the original two members of the band Triumph of Lethargy Skinned Alive to Death (consisting of a few members of Murder City Devils). Triumph of Lethargy has grown into a 5 person band, but Spencer and Corey performed an AWESOME and intimate two person set. Personally, I favor Triumph of Lethargy over Murder City Devils, but that's not to say that I don't like them both. The MCD song I'll Come Running is one of my all time favorite songs by any band. I'm just really into the overall sound of TOLSATD. And Andrea Zollo (of Pretty Girls Make Graves) rounds out the band's already kickin lineup with some kickin', yet appropriately understated drum beats!

Last weekend I went to yet another show, but sadly it was a little less intimate. I saw Antony & the Johnsons at the Moore Theater. My only regret was that the theater is so big that I had to strain to see Antony, especially since I was in the very back row on the top floor. But maybe someday I'll get to see Antony Hagerty close up and who knows, maybe someday he'll realize that we are soul mates. Okay, maybe not. But in the meantime ...I'll keep dreamin'!




Click HERE for the complete playlist for 03/07/09

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

DLF TV & Change Begins Within Concert Coverage

Whew! Exciting times in DLF TV land as we are gearing up for the BIG David Lynch Foundation benefit concert, April 4th at Radio City Music Hall in NYC. Paul McCartney posted a news update about it on his website.

Premiere ticket packages are already on sale and general tickets go on sale Monday, March 9th at 11am EST! For information visit DavidLynchFoundation.org


DLF TV will be covering a lot of behind the scenes stuff at the benefit concert and Amy and I will be posting things before, during and after the concert so check out Amy & Erin on Twitter. We will also be launching our own blog dedicated to all things DLF TV soon.

In the meantime, follow DLF TV on Twitter for official concert updates!

DLF TV

Monday, March 2, 2009

Eden's Hour Loves Nature's Sense of Humor -playlists

I just stepped outside to enjoy the warm sunny day we're having here in Seattle and to admire the bamboo, koi and honeybees in our backyard. When I was outside, a gorgeous flock of woodpeckers appeared ...and in fact I can still hear the echoey sound of wood being pecked outside my window right now. At the same time that those woodpeckers appeared, I felt a buzz in my pocket as I received a text update from David Lynch's twitter profile about the video below:



Gotta love it.

Anyhow, I just wanted to make a brief post in between shows this week because there are a few new things happening in Eden.

The first new thing is that I am going to be slowly adding links to my freind's arts & crafts stores on the bottom right section of this blog. Because I believe wholeheartedly in supporting local independent artists ...and many of my friends just happen to make BEAUTIFUL THINGS; like Emily's gasket jewelry and Dean's wood jewelry. I will be posting various designers who's work I have picked up along the way as well ...like Faryn's resin art & jewelry and the ridiculously cute hat that I am wearing in the picture to the right ...something that I bought from Muluk at I Heart Rummage.

The second new thing is that I have started creating playlists that you can listen to. Each playlist is from a project I've I've put together while working with the David Lynch Foundation. This includes compilations, radio and concerts ...and will expand to include any other related projects that may blossom in the future. I posted playlists to my Myspace profile and to the David Lynch Foundation Myspace profile.

Click on the links below to hear the musicians involved in the following:


Performing at the April 4th, 2009 Change Begins Within benefit concert -Radio City Music Hall



July 16th, 2008 benefit at The Key Club




November 6th, 2008 Day of the Living benefit at The Viper Room




Some of the musicians who contributed to BRILLIANCE: A Collection of songs and art inspired by David Lynch. Produced in 2006



Eden's Hour interviews, in-studios and LIVE broadcasts




A few of my favorite 2008 submissions to Eden's Hour Radio




Stay tuned! I'll be posting more playlists soon :)