Thursday, December 30, 2010

Inspiring Female Surrealist Artists 2

Elsa Schiaparelli (1890-1973) Italian Surrealist Designer

Lobster Dress and Tear Dress 1937, painted by Salvador Dali

Feather Sunglasses 1930's

Inspiring Female Surrealist Artists

Meret Oppenheim (1913-1985) Swiss surrealist artist

Object 1936
My Nursemaid 1936
Table With Bird Legs 1939

My New Studio

....Too bad its not in NYC area!! I love how literal this is. For the past several years I've been looking at old beauty salons in the hopes of turning one into a guitar shop and moving my teaching studio in the back. It would be a place run by women. Girls and women need a place to try out pedals and instruments where they can feel comfortable. This would be perfect!! Too bad its over the pond. Any leads, please send my way!

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

and the new band is..."The JULIE RUIN"!

We played our first show last Saturday night, December 11th, at the Knitting Factory in Brooklyn, Nyc. The show was being filmed for a documentary about Kathleen. Look for it soon!
Each band/and or performer took on KH song to cover, and truly, they were ALL great. Of course I was kinda jittery since it was our first show (aren't first shows supposed to be for 13 drunk friends in a stupid bar?), and I was nervous because I've become super obsessive and picky about my amp sound and pedals. There was also a camera following Kathleen everywhere, inches from her face, so when I went to ask her if my panty lines were showing or if I had shoveled on so much makeup I looked like Christopher Walken (KH's joke...hehe), I couldn't. And well, thankfully...insecure babble doesn't help anything. Here's some pics that include everyone in the band - KH on vocals, Kenny, Carmine, Kathi :-)

I was mostly impressed and half in love with the MC's. There is something about comedians when they're good....I think its a ying/yang thing - its something that terrifies me more than anything (stand up) so I am drawn to others who have it. Anyway.......

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Christmas Gift Certificates for Guitar, Bass, or Drum Lessons

Okay, so a little promotion...but maybe this will help your xmas shopping load? I give out a lot of GIFT CERTIFICATES for guitar, drum, or bass lessons at Christmas time. Its a great gift for your daughter, mother, girlfriend...etc....and they can just contact me anytime they want to start. Begin with 1, 2 or 4 lessons - or as many as you want. The certificate comes in a neatly addressed handmade card.

Please email me if you are interested! or see WEBSITE.

Friday, November 26, 2010

10 Women in History. By December 31st.

Hannah Hoch (1889-1978), the 2nd woman in my "ten illustrations of women" series, was a German Dada artist, best known for her photomontage work, and being the only female among the Berlin Dadaists in the 1920's. Women and racial discrimination were often themes among her works, as well as political and social messages. The Dadaists were a self labeled anti-art movement which aimed at breaking the bourgeois painting convention typical at the time. She influenced further art styles including constructivism, surrealism, and futurism.

(Illustration by drawing I'll challenge myself with more clothing depicted, my weakness)
And Hannah Hoch's work:

Sunday, October 17, 2010

10 Women in History. By December 31st.

As a challenge to learn more about women in history, and in the process work on my illustration skills, I've decided to put up on my blog 10 women in history I've heard of but no very little about over the course of the rest of 2010. There will be a small explanation of what the particular woman has done, and a sketch by me that I'll spend only 1/2hour or so on. My drawing skills are extremely rusty. I look forward to this challenge and plan to find diverse interesting women in history in the process!


(drawing by me taken from her mugshots)

Emma Goldman was born in 1869 in Russia. She emigrated to the U.S. at age 17 and became a writer, revolutionary, and leading figure in the anarchist movement. She was imprisoned several times for inciting riots, distributing birth control literature, and for being associated with anarchists in a plot to kill President McKinley (she was released on the last one for lack of evidence). She believed drastic and sometimes violent actions were necessary, although distasteful, for the sake of revolution. She was vociferous in her campaign to advocate freedom of expression, equality and independence for women, education, union organization, and worker's rights.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

The Girl Effect

Share. This cause is beyond what us Americans are familiar with. And a perfectly genius simple concept animated.

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Monday, July 5, 2010

Student of the week -8th Grader Webb

Here is 8th grader and long time guitar student Webb playing a Chet Atkins song (!) and a Gene Vincent song "Race with the Devil". She is all lead guitar and I am backing her up on acoustic guitar (rhythm) for the Gene Vincent song. WAY TO GO WEBB.


AND look at the floating bridge on her guitar! Yes, a butterfly AND a heart!! Where did they make those!?

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Songs relating to OUTER SPACE this week

A few classic songs written (sorta....ha) about outerspace.... All these from 70's/80's

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Louise Bourgeois

Inspring artist Louise Bourgeois lived to 98 years old. Always reminds me that there is no such thing as age limit.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Make a Shirt for Julie Ruin!

Friends, fellow artists, and creative folk. The T-Shirt Design Contest for Julie Ruin is coming to an end! Hurry and enter something! Here's the details: make a t-shirt logo for Julie Ruin. Check out examples at and send it to:

I bet you can do better than the Pool Doctor....

Friday, May 21, 2010


Photo by my friend Josh Wertheimer in his photo series titled "Work." Very old spotlight used...

I also do some work at this place, and here's my pictures from the show (not titled "work" since taking photos of pedal boards is not my job description): (to see all the pedals boards, click on the side tab...Sonic Youth, Raveonettes, Melt Banana etc...)

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Tom Tom Magazine, a Magazine about Female Drummers

Tom Tom Magazine, created by Mindy Abovitz, fellow Willie Mae Rock Camp teacher. "Technique Tuesdays" being one of my favorite parts....

Monday, May 17, 2010

Bass Appreciation Week

My friend Matt and I send each other emails called "weekend updates" where we discuss what we did this week and what we've learned (everything from 'there's a conspiracy behind the ipod shuffle' to 'Six Point Sweet Action is not actually sweet" gets more hilarious and intellectual than that, I swear.) This week has turned to Bass Appreciation Week, beginning with seeing Mike Watt play bass with Iggy Pop on Wednesday. I also learned this week that I am the only person who is not a huge Fleetwood Mac, nor Stevie fan (I know, I've lost all my friends now), but I can easily say that John McVie's BASS parts are TRULY my favorite part of those songs! Matt suggested trying the bassline in "Ramble On" and whoa...! Its not so easy... I'm excited about bass appreciation week.

Of course NUMBER 1 bassist is CAROL KAYE. She holds the record of the most recorded bassist, male or female, OF ALL TIME. She's on HUNDREDS of hit songs, in fact there's SO MANY I can't even list them all here or you'd get overwhelmed and just hit something in your menu bar quick to get the hell-outta here. Here's some:

The Beach Boys, Phil Spector, Ritchie Valens, Frank Sinatra, Nancy Sinatra, Glen Campbell, Leon Russel, Sonny & Cher, Joe Cocker, Barbara Streisand, Ray Charles, Frank Zappa, Ike & Tina Turner, Johnny Mathis, Simon & Garfunkle, The Righteous Brothers, Herb Alpert, Paul Revere & the Raiders, The Monkees, Bill Withers, The Crystals, The Temptations, Wayne Newton, Frank Black (!!), Quincy Jones.

TV show bass lines include: Hawaii Five-O, Mission Impossible, Kojak, Love Boat, Peyton Place, ,The Adams Family, Bonanza, Wonder Woman.

Carol Kaye official WEBSITE

Carol Kaye in WIKIPEDIA

And a Dusty Springfield video...just for THAT AMAZING BASS Tommy Cogbill (Elvis, Aretha, Dolly Parton, Kris Kristofferson, Neil Diamond...etc). Listen to how unbelievable the guitar, vocals, and bass play off each other....! (sorry, I'm a teacher, can't help myself.)

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Dio (a stray from female inspiration, but wth)

"Ronnie & the Redcaps", Ronnie James Dio's first band in 1958!! Just goes to show you can change into whoever you want to be, anytime in your life. RIP... singer of Elf and Black Sabbath, yeah.... a notable career.

Ivy and The Cramps

Since I'm getting all emotional today about my favorite musicians, inspiring women, nostalgia, and the things that "saved" my life, here's one more fun clip. Great guitarist Ivy.

Mary Ford with Les Paul

I've watched this clip so many times over the past years and I never get tired of it! Two of my favorite guitarists "duel" it out and Mary Ford outshines the master. I've used her strong image on my guitar lesson flyers and website since I started teaching 8 years ago.

Annie Fischer

I came across a show on Ovation channel last night about classical pianists and discovered Annie Fischer. I wish this clip had better sound.

Friday, April 30, 2010

Depends on how you look at it...

My awesome friend Eddy sent this to me. If this refers to MUSIC GEAR, then I would have to SWITCH the Man side to the Women side.....EASILY. Men love those bells and whistles....

Monday, April 12, 2010

The Go Go's interviews

The Go-Go's are the first and ONLY all female band to get a Number 1 HIT.

Its been 25 years.. Lets do it.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Help Raise $50 K for Girls Rock Camp NYC

Your vote is FREE! Wow!

Click on the vote once per day in April. The contest ends on April 30th.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Monday, March 29, 2010

Holly Golightly

Listen to the new Holly Golightly cd IN FULL free on Spinner this week. GORGEOUS.

Friday, March 26, 2010

Rock Camp stuff

Don't know the artist of this bunny picture, but I assume she plays rock music. This was in Willie Mae Rock Camp's rehearsal room tonight. I'll credit this young painter when I find out!

The Runaways movie

This movie was a fun, dark ride and the excitement was contagious. Friends of mine that know Joan Jett and Kim Fowley said their depictions were SPOT ON. One friend said he fell over laughing at how accurate Michael Shannon's portrayal of Fowley was. Hmmm.... (I did think he came off as a SAINT in this compared to what was said about him in "Edgeplay, a Documentary about the Runaways.") The soundtrack was excellent (clips of "Fujiyama Mama" by Wanda Jackson, "I Wanna Be Your Dog" by the Stooges during a haunting erotic scene, and of course Runaway's music, and my now favorite Joan Jett song "I Want You"...). GLAM ROCK teen bands?? HELL YES, bring them on! I hope this inspires AND sends a message of precaution at the same time. My other prediction, for what its worth, is that Dakota aka Cherie Currie will singlehandedly be bringing the feathered hair look BACK.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

My favorite "punk" album as a kid

From the B52's Self Titled album released in 1979. Sooooo good. One of my favorite songs on this album.

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Paradise Titty - Whiskey Meets Cupcakes

"Paradise Titty" is all female Guns & Roses tribute band located in Austin Tx. Go see them on Sunday at SXSW! And really, don't miss THIS INTERVIEW with the band!!
Paradise T facebook page