Blondie’s Parallel Lines

Blondie’s Parallel Lines

May 18, 2018

How we attach ourselves to music is based on how we come across it, and who or where we are when we first hear it. For a long time I didn’t get Blondie. Awhile back I picked up a copy of Parallel Lines. For a few days it was the only record I wanted to hear. It was the right time and the right context. I’d like to take some time to share with Women In Rock...

Simple Machines: The Wheel featuring The Juliana Experience and The Holy Rollers

Simple Machines: The Wheel featuring The Juliana Experience and The Holy Rollers

May 18, 2018

Looking back on my life I feel I was really lucky to be who and where I was in the early nineties. I was in my early twenties and tapped into the D.I.Y. punk scene. I was part of a volunteer run record store called Network in Dayton, Ohio. My life was records, bands and zines. It felt like my friends and I were creating our own culture. It was the time of Riot...

Penelope Spheeris–Rock and Roll Anthroplogist

Penelope Spheeris–Rock and Roll Anthroplogist

Feb 20, 2018

Back in the 80’s there was no internet which means no YouTube. Back then a large part of learning about punk rock was swapping homemade cassettes and VHS tapes. Two very important movies in my circle of friends were The Decline of Western Civilization and Suburbia. These movies heavily influenced what bands we listened to, but more importantly they portrayed...

Janis Joplin, A Woman Left Lonely

Janis Joplin, A Woman Left Lonely

Oct 4, 2017

I’ve always felt an undeniable connection to Janis Joplin. I’ve been drawn to her music; her raw yet powerful vocals and beyond expressive performances. But there’s something beyond the music that I feel a connection to; a strange combination between strength and loneliness. Today, on Janis Joplin’s 47th anniversary of death, I want to...

A Sexy Sunday Morning: Lydia Lunch and Jonnine Standish with Rowland S. Howard

A Sexy Sunday Morning: Lydia Lunch and Jonnine Standish with Rowland S. Howard

Nov 20, 2016

  It’s pretty obvious I’m obsessed with duets right now. I’ve been pretty deep into Rowland S. Howard‘s library this past month and two of my favorite songs are made totally sexy and beyond cool by Lydia Lunch and Jonnine Standish. In 1982, Lydia Lunch and Rowland S. Howard released a single that included “Some Velvet...

The Collected Lives of Patti Smith

The Collected Lives of Patti Smith

Sep 3, 2016

Someone asked if I would consider Woolgathering a fairy tale. I have always adored such tales but I am afraid it does not qualify. Everything contained in this little book is true, and written just like it was. ~Patti Smith Two years ago, a dear friend gifted me a signed copy of Patti Smith’s little book, Woolgathering. Published in 1992 — nearly two...