February 22, 2009

the co-op & other stuff

ugh. i am sick. i'm drinking kombucha tea and trying to sleep it off. but as much as my body wants to, i just can't sleep right now. which is why i'm up writing this blog. i had a super (but tiring) time at purchase, my old college, this weekend. i haven't played there since i graduated. luckily though, i found some great girls to put on a show with, and it was totally fun.

the trek up to purchase is a treacherous one, and can take up to two hours if you go by completely by public transport like i do. nevertheless, i like the trip. i settle into my seat on the metro north train, and prepare to get some rest. a few minutes after i do, a guy sits in the seat next to mine. he looks at me sideways and says something sort of mumbly. i ask him to repeat, and he speaks up more clearly, "are you bess rogers?" i laugh hysterically, and ask why he would think that. "you sort of look like her." yeah, i guess we've both got... that... uh... brown hair thing going? it turns out he's from the purchase music program, and we spent the train ride talking of professors and plans to take over the world.

...although for some reason, it kind of bothered me that this person's ideas were a little skewed. they included scoring a major label record contract through his numerous "contacts", and getting on mtv. also, he seemed to think it was all easy peasy, and got offended when i told him that it takes actual work - contacts or not. it was all he talked about. it made me wonder what kind of delusions my former college panders to its students nowadays. oh well.

five hours after i'd left my brooklyn apartment, the eagle finally landed and i was once again at my alma mater (errands, people, errands! eyebrows don't thread themselves.) i had enough time to get a sandwich, fiddle around in the practice rooms, and stumble over to the co-op. i met up with the girls, who were nervous that no one was there at first. but throughout the night, people gradually trickled in.

one of the great things about being a singer-songwriter is getting to play with/ meet other great singer-songwriters, bands, and musicians! hee young kang started it off with her cutsey, whimsical songs. i love her unusual sense of melody.

hee young and mark

laura stevenson and the cans played second. we met at an open mic about two years ago. i was going through some myspace correspondence recently, remembered her, and invited her to come up. she has an amazing, amazing voice, and the guitar and violin players really added to the songs.

laura stevenson & the cans

laura stevenson & the cans

the whole time, a dog named oojie was running around! he even came onstage for part of their set!


"don't pee on the d.i."

at this point it was getting a little late, and page and i were afraid we were going to lose the crowd. so we decided to do a songwriters in the round type of set - perform a song each back and forth - so we both could benefit from the ears in the audience. ps, these pics were taken by laura.

me & page


page's guitar lines/ melodies/ voice make for an otherworldly experience.


the crowd


after it was over and all was said and done, no one had a couch for me to crash on. so... i ended up sleeping in the co-op! i was a little wierded out at first, but it turned out to be really cool. i even started writing a new song there, over illicit cups of hot cocoa and popcorn with butter buds.

my bed that night.
my bed

sunday, i left before noon, so as not to alarm the girl coming in for her shift, and got something to eat. after my meal i decided i was still tired, and brazenly came back like i HADN'T just spent the night, to laze around under the sleeping bag until two. i then met up with danielle to do some mixing. at this point, i was beat and finally did the long trek home. now i'm up with insomnia, telling you all the tale.

also, kind of late to the party are these sick photos, which my friend adam jason took of the bowery poetry club benefit.

bowery benefit

bowery benefit 2

louisa on the backupz.
bowery benefit louisa

ugh. why is it that i always take photos like this when i perform?
by adam jason photography

why can't i take photos like this? (april smith and the great picture show courtesy of adam jason.)
april smith - courtesy adam jason photography

it's not like i look all weird in real life. or at least i don't think i do. maybe my face just moves around a lot when i talk and sing. again, OH WELL.

so there's one last thing to this update, and that's to tell you i had my first interview the other day on eclecticink.org. she asked me a few political-themed questions, which i wasn't expecting, but i did my best to give my honest, no-holds-barred opinions. go check out the site because it is amazing, and the interview because i am amazing.


February 18, 2009

i have not updated in awhile. basically, i fail at remembering to take pictures of my life. or having thoughtful things to say about music. or maybe it's more like i'm a music-drone these days "must... get... gigs..." i've been spending my days researching and emailing more than anything. which has yeilded some okay results. anyway, i'm no good at introductions, so here are some things that have been going on with me:

i played a benefit show at bowery poetry club recently, of which i have no pictures of me (yet.) but i had a great time taking pictures of/ listening to the other acts...

hailey & her band
hailey & band

rachael sage was kind of awesome. she made a comment onstage about my bangs and i was totally flattered.
rachael sage

rachael's cellist
rachael's cellist

there was another band called changing modes, but i did not get their picture due to drunkenness. they were nice people though. and had that brooklyn noise/ indie rock thing going, complete with theremin.

also, i had a design meeting with coley yesterday, and it went well! i'm starting to get more excited about the album as it progresses. here i am "kick'n it with coley."
kick'n it with coley!

designs, designs!

basmati rice with some chicken. and licorice tea.
chinese food but not really

here are some fake song titles that i was changing for her. she put these in because i never gave her the list of songs until now. kira is a hippy is a hit in the making, i swear.
fake song titles

the meeting was good. we were talking... watching this documentary on the helvetica font (very interesting by the way, you would never think a font would be that important)... eating... doing graphic design stuff... it was totally laid back, but we got a lot done. i was right there to mess around with stuff and make changes.

now here are some random things i've come across in my travels...

written on some lady's desk calender - "i am too blessed to be stressed & too annointed to be disapponted!"
this was great...


my friend, louisa, is a fellow musician/ artist and we sing backup vocals for each other's projects. one night at a rehearsal, she opened her drawer, and it was full of glitter and beautiful things.
louisa's wicked amazing glitter drawer thing

out w/ louisa & will.
louisa & will

gorgeous sweets, @ kitchenette on the upper west side. i had one of the cupcakes though, and it was definitively blah.
i had the cupcakes.  not as good as they look.

mad fresh! this sign was near a chinese bakery where i went the other day and came like four times when i had the coconut cream pastry oh god.
mad fresh!

alrighty, i'm no good at goodbyes either, so... fin!
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