I discovered Frenchy & the Punk quite by accident at the 2014 Steampunk World’s Fair. I watched their Sunday afternoon concert and couldn’t believe how amazing they were and wondered why I hadn’t heard of them before that day. I bought their CD “Hey Hey Cabaret” at their merch stand and listened to it almost every day for a month thereafter. I’ve found that a nice way to relive an event such as the SPWF is to purchase some of the music that I listened to (and it supports the artists also).
Their music as described on their website:
Imagine Siouxsie Sioux and Dee Dee Ramone had a duo that was inspired by Django Reinhardt, Edith Piaf, Toulouse Lautrec and Deepak Chopra, this is what it might sound like. One part Dresden Dolls, Sonny and Cher and one part White Stripes. A pixie spirited flexitarian band of tree hugging, gothic, folky, Steam Punks by way of Paris and New York. Doused in red wine, kale and granola, raised on punk rock and ballet, eclectic and uplifting… fun with a capital F!
Samantha Stephenson (Frenchy)
Scott Heland (The Punk)
Photos from Steampunk World’s Fair 2015 performance.
Last weekend I went to the Grand Ball at QXT’s in Newark, New Jersey. Even though I had seen Voltaire at his Necrocomicom last year, this was my first time seeing him perform. He is an incredible performer, and his stories between songs really left an impression on me. As described on his website:
Voltaire (Aurelio Voltaire Hernandez) is often described as a modern day renaissance man. He is a singer/ performer, creator of comic books, animation and toys.
Last weekend I visited the boardwalk in Asbury Park, New Jersey. This is one of my favorite shore spots and each year I discover new interesting spots. We went to see the Promenade of Mermaids, but I stumbled upon a pinup clothing shop, a pirate, and some vintage guitars.
Retro Model at Bettie’s Bombshells
Bettie’s Bombshells is a boardwalk boutique specializing in vintage inspired designer pinup couture. I picked up some sunglasses and a Bettie Page low cut t-shirt. I want to go back though to get a retro bathing suit.
We listened to the “Creepy Bard” (the name he goes by) play guitar on the boardwalk.
We found some amazing vintage guitar. Asbury Park is home to music venues and you can hear music almost every night of the week.
All of the photos in this post were taken with the Hipstmatic app on my iPhone. I used a combination of Tinto 1884 and Louis XIV infrared to get a dreamy, hyper real look.
Happy Valentines Day! Enjoy the day. Eat lots of chocolate. Paint your toenails red. Give a card to your secret crush. Telepathically send messages to your not-so-secret crush. Drink champagne. Send a Selfie to a friend. Hug someone who doesn’t have a someone to hug. Play your favorite love or anti love songs. Here is my playlist for today in no particular order:
Blondie – (I’m always touched by your) presence dear
Lou Reed – Satellite of Love
Nick Drake – Pink Moon
Joni Mitchell – A case of you
Patti Smith – Because the Night
X – True Love
Bob Dylan – I want you; Heart of Mine
Dire Straits – Hand in Hand
David Bowie – Absolute Beginners; Heroes
Cure – Friday I’m in Love
Belle and Sebastian – Step into my office baby
Lloyd Cole – Lost Weekend
Polyphonic Spree – What Would you do?
Neil Young – Only love can break your heart
Lana Del Rey – Burning Desire
PJ Harvey – Sheela-na-gig
Knitters – Wrecking Ball
Do you have any more suggestions or songs to add to the list? Please add them in the comments.
No lie, I’ve been listening to Lou Reed’s Transformer for the last week while painting and it was in my CD player when I found out that he had died over the weekend. Lou Reed was one of my favorite artists since my record store years. I’ve had many great memories over the years, like seeing him at the Matisse show at the MOMA in the 90’s, seeing “Songs for Drella” at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, and seeing him onstage with David Bowie performing “White Light, White Heat”.
I added this photo of myself wearing my Lou Reed t-shirt to Julia Kay’s Portrait Party a couple of years ago and have had several portraits done with Lou’s image looking up at me.
I loved his voice. I loved the way he was such a presence in New York City. I wish I could have seen him sing one last time.
I usually don’t use the Daily Prompt for inspiration for my posts, but this one seemed like fun. While digging through my CDs (yes, I still have CDs) I found this compilation I made a while back. At one time I think I had all of these songs on vinyl or tape. Here are some other songs I would add to my mix tape in no particular order:
Velvet Underground featuring Nico – I’ll be your Mirror
David Bowie – Heroes
Robyn Hitchcock – So you think you’re in Love
Clash – Train in Vain
The Replacements – Kiss me on the Bus
Kinks – Shangri La
Strangler – Skin Deep
Nick Drake – Pink Moon
Iggy Pop – Passenger
The Pretenders – Cuban Slide
The Fratelli’s – Chelsea Dagger
If you have any song suggestions please add them in the comments.