Archive for December, 2008

Bonnie and Clyde

Posted in film, music with tags , on December 29, 2008 by darcyarts

And which came first? Before The film by Warren Beatty was this pre-cursor music video by Serge Gainsbourg with Brigitte Bardot:

Serge was born on my birthday, April 2. Real name, Lucien Ginsberg, and he was a poet.

Girl Don’t Come

Posted in music with tags , on December 29, 2008 by darcyarts

Here is one of my favorite songs from back in the early days.

Cilla Black “Girl Don’t Come”

Let It Rain

Posted in film, music with tags on December 28, 2008 by darcyarts

Delaney Bramlett died in Los Angeles from complications of gall bladder surgery. He was 69.

News stories are noting that he wrote the song “Let It Rain” with Mr. Eric Clapton and that he was in the houseband on the TV show “Shindig.”

After you pull out your Delaney Bramlett LPs and let that sweet soul music flow all over you get yourself over to youtube and check out the crusty Shindig gems. Oh, those crazy kids.

I still want a time machine so I can go back to the sixties and marry Mark Volman.

Miss Jessica this one’s for you:

Hang in there for the first minute. There’s Rolling Stones:

The Righteous Brothers and maybe . . .

The British Invasion. Yes use it as a search phrase with Shindig. You’ll be glad you did:

I had a crush on John Paul Jones of Manfred Mann (2nd group). This wass not his most stunning outfit.

I hear the Powerpuff Girls music going through my head. I must go fight crime.

Mix Tape Blues

Posted in Art, music with tags , on December 27, 2008 by darcyarts

I tried my hand at making a mix tape as I had promised to create one for some lovely young hipster relatives of mine.

They sent me a beautiful specimen to cheer me through Christmas and beyond.

I got through side one of my project and screwed up the last song which was too long.

I haven’t listened to the bungled side one, but somehow, in the very beginning the thing got away from me.

I’d selected about 10 tapes to blend a song or two from but started with a different first song than I had planned and it all went to hell from there.

I’m sure the thing sounds like the work of a drunken psycho killer and not in a good way. Am I rusty. It was kind of fun but I think half of me is in a dark place.

I started with Elvis Costello’s “I’m Not Angry” and followed that with John Doe’s “I’d Hate to F*@# up World-wide Brotherhood.”

Dude, I messed up.

I’ll try again when I’m done with my custom Dragons and Deluxe super giant squid special orders!

Zohar and Dragons

Posted in Art, etsy, music with tags , , , on December 23, 2008 by darcyarts

It’s my day off and I’m listening to a new CD that came in the mail Monday.

zoharcdFresh Air with Terry Gross featured the music of Erran Baron Cohen last week and I really liked it.

EBC wrote the music for his brother’s Borat movie. Both of these men have a calling to question borders and the meaning of culture.

Check them out. Sasha and Erran. They must have some mighty genes in that family. Brilliant.

doyouhaveanyfaithcdErran Baron Cohen was on fresh air because he has a Hanukkah album. It kicks ass, too.

I was contacted via Etsy’s Alchemy special orders set up and asked if I thought I could make two little dragons. I said I’d try it. So my busy season extends by another two weeks. This will be fun.

The dragon comes from the Flight of the Conchords show.

Here is a video:

Atomic Cafe 1980

Posted in Art, music, socialization with tags , , on December 21, 2008 by darcyarts

I remembered an amazing stylie-thing from the late 70’s a few days back.

Imagine if this girl has twice as much volume to her hair, it was slightly teased, or ratted on the top and she lost the cliche jewelry and T-shirt image and had a more authentic rock, thrift store aesthetic. Oh, yeah, and imagine she was a screamingly cool Japanese-American waitress in the late 70’s.

Like most I’ve been super busy so I just had to jot myself a note and trust I’d get back to it. Today’s the day.

For the new year 1980, I’d taken a break from San Francisco and returned to the place I was raised — Orange County, CA.

After finding that there was a whole new music scene rising in the wake of punk I had to inform my OC friend that she really out to check out some of the new clubs.

OC was barren. They eventually turned the old rock/funk venue into a punk place but Orange County, probably because of it’s super white faction, was always overly fond of hard core, dumb-ass nazi-punk.

From the southern district we hit the freeway and drove up to LA where some really interesting music was happening. It was still the home of the music industry and common career think, even for alterna-musicians, included the common wisdom that one must move to L.A. to “make it.”

At that time there were quite a few clubs. The Whiskey had not yet become the pay-to-play venue it was during the hair-band days. The still had the best of cutting edge rock and roll –X, the Blasters, Los Lobos — way early.

They weren’t the most happening. I preferred Club 88. I saw good music there. It was small and funky. And my fave three bands — X, the Blasters, Los Lobos — among many others played there. I saw the Meat Puppets there for the first time. They blew my mind and won my heart. 

The Starwood was happening. It was huge and strange. Always seemed a little sleazy in that peculiar wrecked-Hollywood kind of way. DEBAUCHED in a less creative way that other places that were more sincerely devoted to the music. Hey, but what do I know.

I danced there with my friend Melodie to and “X” song  for a few minutes. I looked over and noticed “X” guitarist Billy Zoom was watching us with his bemused space-alien-dairy-boy smile, his large lake blue eyes shining.

I had a wicked crush on him at the time.

All these things are the flora and fauna that spring from the memory I had of the Atomic Cafe

It’s the one in the top photo. Check out this LA, 1980s site.

That memory was of the of the two Japanese-American, goth-punk waitresses that worked there. Follow that link and read a quick bit about the history of this downtown LA landmark.

This is Atomic Nancy probably later in the 80s. The hairdos I remember were extremely long and ratted at the top. It looked fabulous. No bleached or chopped sections but the bangs.

This is the place everyone went to fill their bellies with noodles after the last great show of the night. The place was smoking hot. Punky fliers everywhere, musicians, freaks, artists, the best waitresses and the best music on the juke box. I loved to play “Adult Books” by X. I don’t even think the album “Wild Gift” had been released yet but the atomic Cafe had a pre-release single, a 45 rpm disc in their sound machine. It was a dream.

Must go sew squid then off to the news shack to slap those items on the internets.

Funky Whale

Posted in Art, dreams with tags , , , on December 18, 2008 by darcyarts


Today may be the last day for making little gifts and taking trips to the post office where I’ve been nearly every day for the last 10 days.

This is my funky navy blue whale.

I’ve gone through my first Etsy Christmas rush. At least I’m assuming it’s about over and I made it just fine but then we’re talking about a modest volume of handmade goods but still, definitely a thrill.

Happy Birthday Keith Richards!! 65 years.