"Don’t Shred On Me" - my first joke tattoo at 31, thanks to Tron who’s now done about half my tattoos. This kinda wraps around my arm a little bit and was really hard to take a picture of! Almost considered a panorama.
One of my old bands, Carnal Knowledge, took a couple of months in between playing our first show and releasing a demo, so for awhile no one had any access to our music unless they saw us live. We ended up hearing that people thought one of our songs, Just Green Eyes, which was about internalized sexism and girl hate was actually called “Just St. Ides,” “Suck Me Off” and a few other misheard things. This was very funny to us.
We recorded our demo with the instruments live on an 8 track. As the drummer, I had a lot of down time while Jessy and Lauren did vocals, and Diane and Rashida punched in guitar and bass stuff, so I figured I’d write new lyrics with our friends’ misinterpretations of the song. On the last day of mixing, Diane and I took a track of the song we were gonna trash and sang over it, then broke a bunch of glass bottles at the end. And we never officially released it… until now. You can listen to both of them above, lyrics below.
Carnal Knowledge- Carnal Misconceptions
Get your Olde E away from me, I don’t want none of that No Miller High Life, Natty Ice, Coors, Bud Light, or Pabst Drinking with the patron Saint Just St. Ides, just St. Ides Not tomorrow, I can’t wait Just St. Ides, Just St. Ides Get your coochie away from me, I don’t want none of that No finger bangs or stinky wangs, I’d rather take a bath Gettin’ head’s my favorite yet Suck me off, suck me off Can’t take it dry, only take it wet Suck me off, suck me off
Since January I’ve been planning a bike ride from Brooklyn to Philadelphia, but my plans have always fell threw. Finally we decided to do it this past weekend, timing it with seeing Aye Nako and Downtown Boys at the 4th Annual Rockers BBQ Weekend. Incidentally, in the interim of planning I’ve decided to move to Philly and would pick up keys from my new house as well. I went with my friend Chris who is a good friend and strong cyclist.
The ride was really pretty. I routed us mostly on bike paths, which had it’s pros and cons—the pros being that we were separate from traffic and immersed in nature, the cons being that much of the path was gravel, which got tiring after 50 miles on a road bike with a small rack. It would be a great ride to do on a CX bike, which I would like to at some point.
We rode about 110 miles in about 12 hours, including a ferry ride across the Hudson and lots of stops to look at animals (a muskrat, a bunny, a weird bird, etc). I hadn’t been feeling great the two weeks prior and Chris had to pull me most of the way towards the end, but we made it. As we rode up and into Philadelphia I made note of all the things I’d like to check out on a later date, lots of curiosities, interesting views and architecture and I didn’t expect to feel so fine about it. I can be resistant, an avid New Yorker through and through, but as scary as this move is I can honestly say I’m looking forward to it.
Fed Up Fest this weekend was amazing and I’m only sad I couldn’t spend more time there and see every show. Our drive on Friday was pretty rough and we ended up staying with Ryan from Delay in Columbus, who I’d only met briefly before but was so nice in offering us a last minute place to crash. He was subletting a house from this woman who’s into horses and had tons of figurines around the place, so I was definitely at home. We arrived in Chicago on Saturday a couple of hours before our set, seeing friends I haven’t seen in months, it all happened so fast. It’s best not to give myself time to think before I play, not like how I did in my previous bands. It’s hard to describe but even though I’m nervous, I realized I’ve been looking forward to each show we play which is something I haven’t really felt before.
Chicago likes hardcore and I knew the crowd was going to be fun. I’m still learning, and for this show I was so excited and jumping around I kept forgetting to breathe and focus on singing, whoops! Lots of people danced and even some we’re singing along, and the crowd was so supportive after I explained songs. Aye Nako, Curmudgeon, In School and Limp Wrist played afterwards, which was the best line up ever. Take me back!