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.