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Monday, March 28, 2011

Coachella Fashion Police "We will be watching"

For over the past 12 years, I have been lucky to be part of the Coachella music festival. My husband has had several of the bands bands that he manages play there ever since the very first festival. During the first two years of the festival fashion was never the important of a thing. people came out in shorts, t-shirts, sandals and vintage frocks. Over the years the festival has reached such great heights, that fashion and celebrities became a huge influence on culture of the festival as we know it today.

The years of free and easy dress died with the electroclash movement. Now you find retailers branding swimsuits, shorts, Bags, Sandals, dresses, sun glasses and poser boho fashions as "Coachella Style" I find this quite funny, as one can go on to the Nordstroms website and purchase the Lucky Brand "Coachella Bathing Suit" And then do a search for the rest of your wardrobe for that long weekend.

In the early years, when style came into play with the festival, you saw some really great original styles, much like the ones you would see at Reading to Leads festivals in the UK. But over the years the festival has launched A few major standing styles that have really saturated the polo grounds. I referrer to some these as the YIKES factor, and the other ones are pretty great and original and practical for the desert. Here are some of my dos and don't for Coachella.

1. The Low brow "Bros & Hoes fashion.

Would you really want to bee seen with fools like this!

2. "All I wanted to do was look cool".
This really says a lot
3. The Goths, how I admire them. Staying so true to who they are in that hot weather. And looking smashing.

She looks a little hot, but I bet she is having a good time.

4. I am a Rock Star so I can get away with it. (well maybe)

Har Mar showing is festival side

5. I really wanted to stand out, but I think it was a bit much.

Honey, if you were going for Mod, you got it all wrong!

6. To have good style, you must also have some class.

Great outfit, I give her a ten.

7. I am not here for the party, I am just a music fan.

Cute and comfortable she knows how to do it right!, and you know she has jeans in that big bag she is carrying!
8. Out to Party and Get Fucked!
You know many festival goers are looking for a one night stand, well here you go!

9. Working Class Punk Looking Dashing in the Heat

LCD''s Handsome Fearless Leader James Murphy Dress to Impress.

10. Classic Punk Straight Edge Chic.

Ian MacKaye Wearing his classic DC Punk style works for him every time!

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Powerpop78's 70's Thoughts

When I think about growing up in the 70's these are songs that I remember, for good reasons. I think that this list does not totally represent me, however these are songs I will never forgot, memories so ingrained in my head I often find myself singing some of these songs and bursting out in laughter or tears.

I hope you enjoy this list

1) The RamonesBlitkrieg Bop

2 minutes of sublime noise. Perhaps I like it so much because it has that 60s garage spirit floating through it. Also a band of great presence. They changed the face of Rock music by giving it a gentle tweak.

2) Fórmula V – Eva María
As promised, prime Franco-era bubblegum pop. Formula V.

3) The Who – Amazing Journey

From Tommy, the greatest Rock Opera/Concept album ever written. Amazing Journey tells of a trip to inner space where a young boy escapes his life’s trauma. Awesome drumming by Mr Moon as usual.

4) Lou Reed – Vicious

The whole Transformer album is a joy. A dirty, New York, heroin-addled blow job delivered by Andy Warhol’s most talented man-whore. Oh honey you so vicious…

5) Stiff Little Fingers – Wasted Life
Jake Burns is probably the best vocalist ever. A voice so raw it can scrape the paint off your skirting boards (don’t point your speakers downwards). Here we get pure punk mingled with Northern Irish politics. Fucking A.

6) Hawkwind – Spirit of the Age

Here Hawkwind invent Rap music (probably) after bringing a melding of Moorcockian SF, acid, noise generators and a tenor sax to a boil and adding Bob Calvert’s lyrical genius. If I could I would have included 50 Hawkwind tunes here, but that would break the rules (one song per band only).

7) Blondie – (I’m Always Touched by your) Presence (Dear)

Debbie, Debbie, Debbie… What a perfect little pop song this is.

8) Eater – Outside View

Can’t get this song out of my head. Just a great punk record.

9) Funkadelic – One Nation Under A Groove
George Clinton, Dr Funkenstein from the planet Funk… A radical political agitator bringing revolution to the dance floors of a segregated, racist nation. I’m a late convert to the delights of Funk, this is one of the tracks that sucked me in.

10) Janette – Por Qué Te Vas
The Song title (translation: Why are you leaving?) A great little ballad too. Featured in Carlos Saura’ s great allegorical film ‘Raise Ravens’ about the evils of military dictatorship (the film was released while Franco was still alive. A brave move).

11) Jethro Tull – Jack-In-The-Green

12) Soft Machine – Etika

13) Magazine – Shot By Both Sides

14) David Bowie – Rebel Rebel

15) Bob Marley & The Wailers – Three Little Birds

16) The Stranglers – Ugly

17) Alice Cooper – School’s Out

18) The Sweet – Teenage Rampage

19) Al Green – Let’s Stay Together

20) John Lennon – Imagine

21) The Special AKA – Gangsters

22) The Runaways – Dean and Justice

23) Pink Floyd – Money

24) Thin Lizzy – Whisky in the Jar

25) The New York Dolls – You Can’t Put Your Arms Around a Memory

26) Patrik Fitzgerald – Trendy

27) Jean Michel JarreEquinoxe 4

28) Los DiablosAcalorado

29) The Jam – In a Strange Town

30) The Angelic Upstarts – Murder of Liddle Towers

31) Uriah Heep – Blind Eye

32) 20/20 – Yellow Pills

33) KC & the Sunshine Band – That’s the Way (I Like It)

34) The Dickies – Paranoid

35) Wishbone Ash – The King Will Come

36) Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band – The Floppy Boot Stomp

37) Television – Venus

38) Kirsty McColl – They Don’t Know

39) The Damned – Smash it up

40) Tubeway Army – Are Friends Electric?

41) Fernando Esteso – La Ramona

42) The Rolling Stones – 100 Years Ago

43) Wizard – See My Baby Jive

44) Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers – American Girl

45) The Notsensibles – I’m in Love With Margaret Thatcher

46) The Undertones – Get Over You

47) Silvio Rodriguez – Ojalá

48) Iggy & the Stooges – I Wanna Be Your Dog

49) Led Zeppelin – Black Dog

50) Steve HillageElectrik Gypsies

51) Gil Scott Heron – The Bottle

52) Can – Vitamin C

53) The Ruts – Babylon Burning

54) Spizz Energi – Where’s Captain Kirk?

55) Secret Affair – Time For Action

56) The Buzzcocks – Orgasm Addict

57) Black Sabbath – War Pigs

58) The HawklordsPsy Power

59) Sham 69 – Borstal Breakout

60) The Pink Fairies – The Pigs of Uranus

61) Saxon – Backs To The Wall

62) Abba – Gimme Gimme Gimme (A Man After Midnight)

63) Tyrannosaurus Rex – Ride A White Swan

64) Devo – Mongoloid

65) Ian Dury & the Blockheads – Reasons to be Cheerful (Part 3)

66) Rush – 2112

67) Ten Pole Tudor – Who Killed Bambi?

68) The Sex Pistols – God Save The Queen

69) Slade – Merry Xmas Everybody

70) Vangelis – Dervish D

71) Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young – Woodstock

72) Wire – Mannekin

73) The Doors – LA Woman

74) Wayne County & the Electric Chairs – Fuck Off

75) X Ray Spex – Up Bondage Up Yours

76) John Cooper Clarke – Beasley Street

77) Siouxie & the Banshees – Staircase

78) P.I.L. – This Is Not A Love Song

79) Melanie – Ruby Tuesday

80) Simon & Garfunkel – Bridge Over Troubled Water

81) Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel – Come Up and See Me

82) Gang of Four – At Home He’s a Tourist

83) Hot Chocolate – Everyone’s a Winner

84) Norman Greenbaum – Spirit in the Sky

85) The Adverts – One Chord Wonders

86 Wreckless Eric – Whole Wide World

87) Slaughter & the Dogs – Where Have All the Boot Boys Gone?

88) The Dead Kennedys – Chemical Warfare

89) TrianaLuminosa Mañana

90) The Mekons – Where We You?

91) The Only Ones – Another Girl, Another Planet

92) Motorhead – No Class

93) Lluis Llach – L’Estaca

94) Metal Urbain – Lady Coca Cola

95) Steve Miller Band – Jet Airliner

96) Blue Oyster Cult – (Don’t Fear) The Reaper

97) The Rocky Horror Show – Sweet Transvestite

98) Badfinger – Day After Day

99) Elton John – Saturday Night’s Alright For Fighting

100) Throbbing Gristle – Something Came Over Me

Monday, March 21, 2011

CORNELIUS Video Interview

Alexander Calder performs his "Circus" - Whitney Museum

Everything that I had ever wanted to do in art was because of Calder. I still remember seeing this on 60 Minutes. Though I was just a Small girl I could never get this segment of 60 minutes out of my mind. I would go to sleep at night with these Images would dance in my head.

I guess I owe Calder a lot, he really inspired me in many ways. I Really hope others feel the same way. I just wanted to share this video with others. As it always brings a smile to my face.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Laughing out Loud

The little bruised angel had fallen on the pavement in front of my feet I just looked and laughed...