Natasha Schneider

BY Laurie in Music

I was very sad to hear of the passing of Natasha Schneider, the Russian born singer and musician from the band Eleven. I was lucky to meet her once at a photoshoot a few years ago, while she was on tour with Queens of the Stone Age. She died of cancer on July 2nd. Friends of Natasha's,  QOTSA, PJ Harvey, Jack Black + Kyle Gass, Matt Cameron, Brody Dalle, Jesse Hughes, Billy F. Gibbons, Chris Goss, and Alain Johannes will be performing on Aug 16th in LA at the ... Read More

Nico 1938-1988

BY Laurie in General

 20 years ago today, while working at CMJ’s predecessor, the New Music Seminar, the former proprietor of lower east side watering holes, Beauty Bar, Barmacy and No Tell Motel, Deb Parker, casually remarked during lunch “I think Nico just died”. Silence. I stopped in mid chew and a chill went down my spine. “Nico?” I gulped, ‘Really?” I couldn’t believe it. That evening The New York Times ran an obituary on her ... Read More

No Guts No Glory

BY Laurie in DIY

       OK, but I get alot of mail everyday, some of it fun (cds, photography and illustration promos) some not so fun (bills!) and every now and then some random cool shit that I just have to share. Today I recieved a hand made linocut poster and silkscreened neckerchef (or neckerchin as debbie likes to call em) from a gal named Tamara, her company is called No Guts No Glory and she is based in Brooklyn. This particular scarf had ... Read More

Bloody Head Fairy

BY Laurie in General

  Does anyone remember the Bloody Head Fairy from Ren and Stimpy? (god I loved that show). Anyway, I was reminded of my favorite aka for having ones period, as yesterday I braved one of those period cup holder things for the first (and last) time. The nice folks at Instead sent us a box of these disposable diaphragm looking contraptions, so I tried it and it defintiely did not work for me. There was leakage, and when I pulled it out, basically, a blood ... Read More
So I was listening to my favorite radio station this weekend, WFMU.ORG, and Michael Shelly had a fascinating interview with the notoriously crochety Kim Fowley. You can download the archive here, its pretty awesome. Anyway, Mr. Fowley, who was a prolific writer and producer from the 60's onward (he produced everybody, from Kiss to Jonahtan Richman, Blue Oyster Cult, Alice Cooper and the Plastic Ono Band–but is perhaps most famous for being instrumental in ... Read More

I Love Kathy Griffin

BY Laurie in TV

  Did any one catch My Life on the D List last night? It was hilarious as usual, and she was a great presenter on the Bravo Awards. It took me awhile to get with Kathy, I remember when she was getting all that plastic surgery and it kind of creeped me out. But luckily I'm over it. Whether she's telling Jesus to "Suck It' or making fun of Oprah, she's always ... Read More

A lady wins Top Chef!

BY Laurie in TV

Finally someone I was actually gunning for on a reality show wins. Congratulations to Stephanie Izard for winning last night! I was worried they were going to give it to grumpy Lisa, but luckily they came to their senses and voted ... Read More
This friday night at the knitting factory, there will be a special, one time only reuninon of Lydia Lunch's late 70's band Teenage Jesus and the Jerks. Lunch was a seminal spoken word perfromer, punk, poet, and actress of the underground NYC downtown scene in the 80's amd 90's, and her work has always been smart, sarcastic, violent and confrontational. One of my very favorite records that I played incessantly in college in the early 80's was "Queen of ... Read More
Donita Sparks, that crazy lead lady from L7, is back with a new band called the Stellar Moments.  They played Highline Ballroom in NYC Saturday night to promote their new release, Transmiticate. Though it’s been years since she became an onstage legend by throwing a used tampon into the audience at the Reading Festival in ’92 (gross or hilarious—you decide), Sparks was still a total firecracker onstage.  Shimmying like a satanic go-go ... Read More
Those lovable kooky sisters, Coco Rosie are back with another amazingly freak filled video, "God Has a Voice and She Speaks Through Me." Be on the look out for a cool limited-edition picture disc 7" released on 7/8/08 from Touch and ... Read More