So thrilled to be performing on HALLOWEEN Night this year at 1015 Folsom with AlunaGeorge and my dear friends Bob Moses!
Costumes and mischief run amok 24-7-365 here anywayyy, so I can only imagine the amount of fun and spun 10/31 will bring this year — watch out SF, it’s about to get chrazee….!
Put on your party wig and join me and many other great artists this Halloween for a killer good time
Oh my, where to even begin with this Mercury Retrograde business?
I can say, I’ve felt this movement like waves crashing inside me. Highly recommend looking at the link below for anyone interested in this stuff.
"Its whole MO of its life is to transform lead into gold, or unconscious psychological burdens into conscious points of power and self-mastery….rising up anew from the ash of its former self."
"We aren’t supposed to be angels. We aren’t supposed to be saints. We aren’t supposed to be clean and neat and tidy. We are messy Muggles and beloved bandits. We are spiritual synchronicity and sophomoric superiority…"
Wowee wow wow, ok this article is looking me dead in the eye. G’nite y’all!
The things that get us excited most in life also carry their weight in fear-based thoughts; after all, it’s that which we love with greatness that presents the most perceived risk should we “lose” it.
That state of excitement manifests physically in the body with a chemical response. For some, depending on where one is mentally/emotionally or because of past conditioning, that same excitement will either translate into stress and anxiety, or a feeling of positive charge, something to be embraced. Take notice how you feel in the moments after receiving some good news. What shape do your thoughts take even 10 minutes later, an hour later, the next day? I find myself guilty of embracing the gifts the universe provides me in one moment, and then handing myself over to fear the next, which doesn’t necessarily look like biting my fingernails, but more so choosing to desensitize my body’s excitement by smoking, eating, or taking a nap. Making myself Chill-Out, before anything else can potentially derail the excitement for me. How silly that sometimes whatever it is I’m being given, a subtle sense comes over me that I’m actually not prepared to receive it….as if god and the Universe provides the message without the tools to follow through. I realize that is a total delusion of the truth (my truth), yet I still create my own sense of push back.
And whether it be creative endeavors, strengthening new and old relationships, exploring my femininity and masculinity, financially gaining, or making choices for my health, I’ve still got a ways to go to ensure that I choose to view these moments after my initial excitement with “embrace mode”. Perhaps I can let myself marinate in gratitude a little bit longer….ok, a lotta bit longer. In fact, the more I stay active in gratitude, the more I feel truthfully connected and grounded in reality.
.: Noticing the ways in which I check in and check out :.
Choosing to stay checked in, even when fear whispers in my ear, is all up to me. I’ve seen and gone down both roads, neither one being more right than the other. But for me, there’s no disputing that the path of embracing all gifts being given, big and tiny — even when my excitement takes a natural dip and the butterflies flutter further off — is way more fruitful for my spirit, my mind, my process, & body.
.: Hear the message of the heart, and you’ll be given the tools for employment :.
And enjoyment. <3
I got to see one of my all time favorite bands this past Thursday: Pinback. Performing their Summer in Abaddon album *in full* to celebrate it being released 10 years ago. Front row, room to move, literally resting my elbows on the stage just a few feet away from my favorite bearded trio. Fangirling out by myself. Eek! It’s safe to say it’s been my favorite show of the year, and here’s why.
Before they started, I couldn’t help but notice that they set up their own gear and did their own line check. (Personally, I loathe checking sound in front of the audience, but hey, you do what you gotta do, right?). I think for a band or artist looking to create a sense of mystique or a particular environment, having the luxury of not hitting the stage until the magic is totally ready to go is fundamental in setting the mood from the beginning.
But alas here they were, Rob Crow and Zach Smith (real name Armistead Burwell Smith IV….) walking around fiddling with their gear and taping down their own foot pedals, choosing to do it their way (the way they trust most) and stripping away any sense of built-up mystery. Instead they just humbled the shit out of everyone, or maybe just me.
Rob was appropriately dressed in gym shorts, mismatched socks, sneaks, a baseball cap and blazer. Zach in simple tee and jeans. You got the feeling that this is how they are at home and everywhere else — really simple, real and simple — and we’re just sitting in their big-ass living room, ditching the earbuds and waiting to hear the songs we all love and know so well to shake us on a real sound system. I. am. so. ready.
To see a band that can match their recordings live is rare, and frankly I had already given them a free-pass in my mind to sound however they wanted — because it’s Pinback. Their recordings are too good, and I’m just lucky to see them play. Plus I had gone a show of theirs once before in 2007 and don’t remember being completely blown away (but also don’t remember most of the show, oops). But this was something different. They were close to immaculate. The sound and energy was unparalleled to anything I had hoped they could do live.
“How did they do that? How are they doing this?”, I’m thinking to myself. And the fact that they made it clear 10 minutes prior that they’re just here to be real and simple with us, and play some music because they like to do it and we love to hear it, made focusing on anything but their instrumental and vocal work impossible. There was nothing else to focus on. Just their insane, on-point talent. Bam! From start to finish.
And here’s the BEST PART. Starting about 30 minutes in, a paper airplane comes gliding onto the stage. Then another, and another. And for the remainder of the show, the stage was littered with 20 or more paper airlines and origami swans with designs drawn on the top. Did I mention Pinback apparently has the cutest fans ever?
And while they were being dodged with these little light gifts from all angles of the stage (who the hell brought the paper and markers? I wanna know — and serious kudos to them for getting the whole place to participate in the idea, wow), they remained professional and undistracted. Then proceeded to pick up the planes to reveal there were actually song titles written on the inside of each one….personal requests from their audience. Because it just wouldn’t be fair if they didn’t play all of our favorite songs, you know? So they did. They played about 6-7 of the songs written on the airplanes, on the spot, without hesitation. Are you FOR REAL?! Yes indeed, I heard every one of my favorite songs that night. It was pure pleasure inducing.
Only hang up was the dude tripping out having some serious heady moments with himself, who then proceeded to tape Tarot Cards ON THE STAGE in the shape of pinnacle literally a few feet away from the band while performing. That was literally the most insane thing I’ve ever seen. It took him about 30 seconds before he noticed that I was tapping him on the shoulder asking him if he could please stop as it was distracting everyone around him. He proceeded to take the cards off the stage — again, the band unfazed, staying totally professional — and Rob then politely took the tape away from him when the song was done. Wowzers.
On that note, can I go to another Pinback show right now and forever. Please?
Thom Yorke, you’ve done it again. A true musical hero for me. First song hits straight to the heart, can’t wait to grab this baby on vinyl and listen to the rest <3
"Photographer Walter Schels was terrified of death, so much so he refused to see his mother after she passed away. Upon entering his 70s, Schels finally decided to overcome his fear through a bold, bizarre project – photographing individuals before and directly after their death. The black and white portraits are a clinical confrontation with the the unknown…"
Wow it’s been a while since I’ve posted anything!
Here are a few retro looking photographs capturing my most recent performance at NightLife at the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco (my dream venue!)
Twas a stellar evening to say the least ;)
photos by Dan Newman. Featuring live hooping by Cressie Mae.
it’s good that dove uses people with various body types in their commercials. but when are they going to use ladies with armpit hair in their deodorant commercials?
Do you know what I’m excited for??? Eitch and Alex Kane Music will be taking stage at the Milk Bar SF, Thursday JUNE 19TH, alongside amazing live electronic acts Arswain and goste! AND my set will be at least 50% new, never before performed material. Dayum, das crazy!
Guaranteed to be a night full of lush landscapes, thick beats, and vocal dynamism. So delicious, see you there San Francisco, mwah….xxoo
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Woke up to over 50,000 plays for Let’s Go Outside on ENM Youtube this morning. WOW! This is a first. And some really beautiful comments from listeners to boot. Feeling awesome.xoxoxo
Now for something completely different from me: When I was first offered this track to put vocals on, I was sure there’d be no way I could pull it off. It was a sound so unfamiliar to my own work, it was clear I’d have to be willing to step outside of my comfort zone just to get ideas flowing. So I dusted off my acting chops and set in motion a character that was both crazy fun to play but serious enough (not too serious) to get out a decent recording. And I’m SO happy I did. Thank you Giuseppe for providing the opportunity for me to try something new and embrace this challenge *Here’s to being playful and letting go* With that said, Let’s Go Outside feat. Eitch is on NeZoomie's latest Truthful EP!!! Check it out now, and pay what you want, for some Berlin sunshine rippling through your earbuds. Hearts <3