Thursday, July 19, 2007

Welcome to Summer

Hi! I just found this photo online. Isn't it awesome?

I do love me some Pee Wee's Playhouse.

Now, I have been receiving all manner of emails inquiring about my life, my dreams, my future and my past; my favorite Muppet, my favorite writers, my favorite flowers, new bands, and cowbell song.

Instead of trying to answer all of them individually, I shall answer them collectively here. Let me preface this by saying that one of the main lessons I have learned in the past three years is that nothing on the Internet matters, or is real.

My favorite cowbell song, for tLinkhe moment, is "Hair of the Dog" by Nazareth.

My favorite Muppet is Snuffy. I believe in invisible, gentle mammoths.

My favorite flower is lavender; second favorite is the gardenia. I am currently reading Gardenias, the most recent novel published by my mother, Faith Sullivan. My mother is a fine writer, and so is my father, Dan Sullivan.

My parents are the reason I am a writer!

My favorite newer bands this week are the Aliens, the Monster Squad, the Fucking Champs, and sometimes Black Bonzo. I am currently going through a stoner rock phase.

Monday, March 12, 2007

Monday, February 26, 2007

Here's my playlist from last week's Super Fun Music Hour. You may also hear a shortened podcast here. (It concludes after Guns 'N Roses.)


1. RACEY---"Boy Oh Boy"
2. DURAN DURAN--"Planet Earth"
4. FOUR FIFTY ONE, "True Love Waits"
5. THE CARAVELLES, "You Don't Have To Be A Baby To Cry"
7. HARRY NILSSON---"Good Old Desk/Don't Leave Me"
8. KIND HEARTS & CORONETS---"Here Comes Fun"
9. TSAR---"Teen Wizards"
10. NICK LOWE--"So It Goes"
11. THE TURTLES---"She'd Rather Be With Me"
12. DAFT PUNK--"Harder Faster Better Stronger"
13. THE BEACH BOYS---"Mama Says"
15. THE BLONDES---"So Far Away"
16. MIKA--"Love Today"
18. GUNS 'N ROSES---"Sweet Child O' Mine"
19. PRINCE---"How Come U Don't Call Me Anymore"
20. RICKY NELSON---"Teenage Idol"
21. BILLY SWAN---"Queen Of My Heart"
22. PARTHENON HUXLEY---"Strange Magic"
24. RICK SPRINGFIELD---"Inside Sylvia"
25. THE WANNADIES---"Love Letter"
26. EMMITT RHODES---"Somebody Made For Me"
27. GARY GLITTER---"I Love You Love Me Love"
29. HERB ALPERT & THE TIJUANA BRASS---"This Guy's In Love With You"
30. THE ROLLING STONES---"Loving Cup"
31. BILLY PRESTON---"You Are So Beautiful To Me"
32. HERMAN'S HERMITS---"For Your Love"
33. NICK GILDER---"Here Comes the Night"
34. DAVID BOWIE---"Here Comes the Night"
35. TOM PETTY & THE HEARTBREAKERS---"Here Comes My Girl"
36. ANDY KIM---"The Foundation of My Soul"
37. BAY CITY ROLLERS---"Rock & Roll Loveletter"

Monday, February 19, 2007


hi guys!

hey, guess what? i was on jonesy's jukebox jury today! that's a show on indie 103-fm here in los angeles.

it was super fun. there is almost nothing funner than sitting around with rock royalty, talkin' mess about crappy new music. it was steve jones (sex pistols), me, john taylor of duran duran, the artist shepard fairy, and a guy named bob lefsetz, who has a rock talk show on 97.1 klsx.

i was the only girl!

it was pretty fun.

Tuesday, February 06, 2007

It's A New Day, Babies.

"When you see me walkin' down the street, don't you notice that proud look in my eyes?"

Just diggin some Lou Rawls today.

Pretty much every day is a good day for some Lou Rawls. Here. You will also hear some Ink Spots, Morrissey, Chiffons, Lemonheads, Pooh Sticks, Prince, Marvellettes, Smiths, Temptations, Mott the Hoople, KISS, the Damned and even Joni Mitchell. She's a sometimes food.

Happy Tuesday.

PS: Prince ruled the Super Bowl. Except for the fireworks, it was the most stripped-down pure-rock & roll halftime show in history (I feel certain). Nothing but him and his guitar doing a strange intuitive medley. Yes.


It's A New Day, Babies.

"When you see me walkin' down the street, don't you notice that proud look in my eyes?"

Just diggin some Lou Rawls today.

Pretty much every day is a good day for some Lou Rawls. Here.

Friday, February 02, 2007

Happy Friday, Y'All!

I have been pretty busy lately. But I wanted to let you know that I have a new article out this week, an interview with Morrissey. I also wrote a column about why Smokey Robinson is outraged by Dreamgirls. I pretty much agree with him. I am going through a Motown phase right now — specifically, early-'70s Motown — and the film's portrayal of the label is unfair.

By the way, I also highly recommend this soulful conversation with Cee-Lo
on songwriting and grief.

The Morrissey interview was a fine time. We talked about ghosts and Ireland quite a lot, and I hadn't really thought about that part of my life in a long, long time. I have a piece of stone from the hut where my family lived in the 19th Century; I keep it in my bedroom.

My sister and I share joint custody of the statue of Mary we found there, in the hut.

The photo above is not our Mary, but somewhat similar. Our Mary is older and chipped and less tight-ass.

Mary likes L.A. a lot because its people are so passionately devoted to her, and it is also much more exciting than Ireland. She needed a change of pace.

More on Mary at the end of this post.

Morrissey is someone who notices if you look down at your notes, and quite often I felt sorry I had done so. As a journalist I know that this gesture has nothing to do with how fascinating the conversation is. The entire conversation was wholly engaging and really fantastic. And even as it was, I didn't get a chance to ask all my questions, of course.

Morrissey also asked me more questions than anyone I have ever interviewed. Contrary to his reputation, he seems to be extremely engaged with his surroundings, and especially with other people. He has said he's a terrible eavesdropper, and that makes sense. He's not a hermit crab.

rock on

PS: About Mary. My parents are both recovering Catholics, and they thought they would spare their children the torture by placing us in an Episcopal grade achool for seven years.

The problem with the Episcopal church is that while they get it right about sex — marriage, divorce, celibacy, priesthood, etc. — they pretty much ignore all the saints, especially Mary. The upshot is that overall it's a much more masculine, unbalanced kind of faith than Catholicism (in my view). You don't get any of the sacred female principle, which is so much a part of Catholicism, and obviously derived from pre-Christian religion. The sacred female element represented in Mary is a kind of counterbalance to the corrosive symbolism of Eve (you, know, woman as the dirty dangerous downfall of man and whatnot).

Fortunately, I got a lifetime's worth of Mary power at Immaculate Heart school for intellectual lesbian nuns. Thank God for the intellectual lesbian nuns.

Wednesday, January 24, 2007

i couldn't believe my ears last night. the president used the phrase "global climate change." i thought he didn't believe in that stuff.

this is funshine bear.

he's my favorite.

he has the sun on his belly.

he has, within himself, the invincible summer.

that's why he's my favorite.

happy invincible summer!


Thursday, January 18, 2007

Idol Chatter

They've cancelled my program, and baseball season is a long way off, but tonight I feel it's going to be OK, for American Idol's new season has begun.

I have not been able to watch it yet; I had to go to a Justin Timberlake dance marathon last night and so forth; however, the shows have been taped, I will be engaging in an Idol gorge-athon this weekend.

It's pretty important.

Yes, indeed it is.

On MLK day, I saw Dreamgirls. Hudson was, obviously, magnificent. I recalled that when she was on Idol, at that point in her life, she had never even been to a live concert before. Here's what I wrote on the blog (March 17 2004) after one fully amazing night..

"By the way, did anyone watch American Idol last last? God, it was impressive. My God, there were some really great people up there... For earth-mother soul, ancient and so damn fertile, I had to go for Jennifer Hudson. I have never heard anyone on this show (or any other?) sing an Aretha Franklin classic and not sound like a complete tosser. You just can't do Aretha--no one can. But she did 'Baby I Love You' and she did it so her own way, I believe Aretha would have been proud.

Jennifer and Fantasia are my favorites. They both come from poor families and neither has ever been to a real concert, yet they both carry within them this insane musical wisdom, as if they had somehow inherited or absorbed the soul of all their ancestors. It's church. That's how it happened."

I was also impressed that — as I remember it, anyway — she sang "Imagine" wearing a white pants suit. I felt this was one of the more stylish moves anyone ever pulled off on Idol.

Hudson's style was almost operatic. Musical theater is perfect for her. I'm so proud and awed by how she has grown.

In other important news, I have huge, outrageous lilies in my room, they opened today. These flowers are bursting with Self. It's astonishing. My house smells of L.A. on a summer night — which is much like the smell of L.A. on a February night, once the mock orange and night-blooming jasmine have begun to rock.

Growing up in L.A., I used to listen at night in winter for a time when the birds, even just a single crazy mockingbird, would start to sing at night. I needed to feel the summer would come again. I would recite in my head a poem I read somewhere.

I heard a bird sing in the dark of December
A magical thing, and sweet to remember
"We are nearer to spring than we were in September."
I heard a bird sing in the dark of December.

I just looked it up; apparently it is by Oliver Herford, a poet, humorist and artist. The illustration of the lady is one of his, inspired by Spring.

He was funny and smart.

rock on,

Thursday, January 11, 2007



Now, wasn't that a good bit of news about the minimum wage (see below)? I never understand why people think such things are bad for the economy. The more money people earn, the more money they will spend — and the more taxes they will pay!

Newsflash: Barry Bonds possibly lies, uses amphetamines, blames other players. I know this one will be a real stunner for you. :)

Listen to my show today at 4 pm PST at!

rock on

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

I got a good email today.

Congress Approves Minimum Wage Increase

Dear Friend:

Today I am happy to report that I, along with 315 of my colleagues, passed H.R. 2, the Fair Minimum Wage Act of 2007. There has not been an increase in the minimum wage in over nine years -- the longest period without an increase in the history of the law. Raising the minimum wage has been long overdue and is well-deserved by the over 13 million Americans who will benefit from this bill.

Last Congress, the Republican leadership failed to bring this issue to the floor as a stand- alone bill. Now, under the new Democratic leadership, the House has been able to pass a bill that will have a positive impact on thousands of families nationwide. ...

As we celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. we must remember his message to Congress in 1966 concerning the minimum wage. He stated, "We know of no more crucial civil rights issue facing Congress today than the need to increase the federal minimum wage and extend its coverage." "A living wage should be the right of all working Americans."

H.R. 2 addresses Dr. King's concerns that are still relevant today. I am very happy with the passage of this bill today and I will continue working with our new House leadership to pass legislation that benefits America's workforce.


Diane E. Watson
Member of Congress

Thursday, January 04, 2007

I don't know if it will mean anything real and good in political terms, but I am happy to finally see a woman leading Congress.

I have grown up at a time when little girls could never dream of being president.

Sometimes I think this fact alone has been one of the greatest psychic obstacles for American girls like me. I can't be president? You telling me I can't be president?

Geez, I guess I can't be president.

But maybe something like this is a small step toward a time when little girls in America not only think they can be president -- but actually CAN be president.

(As a particular fan of the prayer of St. Francis, I liked her speech, in which she quoted that prayer, attributed to the saint who talked to the animals.)

Here's what Wikipedia says:

With her election as Speaker, Nancy Pelosi is the highest-ranking woman in the history of the American Federal government.

Pelosi is the first woman to lead a major political party in either house of Congress.

She is also the first Californian or Italian American to hold the post, and will be the second Speaker from west of the Rockies (behind fellow Democrat Tom Foley of Washington).

As Speaker, she ranks second in the presidential line of succession, behind Dick Cheney, the current Vice President.

Wednesday, January 03, 2007

Automatical Dance Doll


Reader, I'd like you to meet SWAN.

SWAN, this is Reader.

SWAN is an Automatical Dance Doll who usually lives in the cupboard in my kitchen for no reason.

But see, tonight, I am feeling like I need a little SWAN POWER to get through my workload.

So I have taken SWAN out of the cupboard, and he's on the desk now, just rockin' it.

SWAN comes in a package that reads:


Automatical Dance Doll.

*Good for everywhere*

An outstanding singer will perform on the spot for you.

This's very beautiful.

Please view and admire.



1. Take out "SWAN" and rip off paster in the bottom of it.
2.Perpendicularly paste your "SWAN" on your car or table. Made it fix.
3. When you start up your car or shake table, "SWAN" can perform for you!


You see, SWAN is not a bobble-head, but a bobble-body. His torso and arms kind of jiggle.

SWAN looks a lot like Elvis, too. The bottom of his base reads, "God Bless America!"

Billy Swan's "I Can Help" is one of my mom's favorite songs. He sounds like Jeff Lynne quite a bit.

The End.