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.