KIM GORDON'S GIRL IN A BAND
My neighbour and good friend Shane is a huuuuge Sonic Youth fan. Mega. He, also, once had his face kicked by Kurt Cobain, so the hardcoreness is for-realness. I don't know a whole lot about Sonic Youth other than their hits - but after reading an excerpt of Kim Gordon's Girl In A Band, I couldn't wait to track down a copy of it and read it as soon as possible. So Shane lent me his copy, and I read it front to back in three days. With this book, you don't necessarily have to be a Sonic Youth fan. Kim tells a story about growing up a teen in California in the early 70's with a feeling of being different but wanting to express herself artistically - she started as a art student and worked her way into live performances and art instillations, working her way through bands and then eventually starting Sonic Youth with her future husband of almost 30 years Thurston Moore. She gets into some really deep, dark places in her life and opens up about almost everything. And whether or not that's necessarily your cup of tea, there are some great rock & roll anecdotes scattered throughout the book. If you love rock & roll tell-alls, I highly suggest you give this book a go!
LA CUBANA TORONTO
This place is the best and I dream about it often. La Cubana recently opened on Ossington Ave, just south of Dundas, Toronto - this cute little cuban eatery makes you feel like you walked through a time warp when you enter! The hand-painted signs and vintage detail to everything made me want to just hang out in the place all day. But the food is killer; the grilled Cuban sandwiches are to die for, the deserts are amazing (try the donuts and key-lime pie). I have yet to try some of their signature Cuban cocktails, but they sure make my mouth water just thinking about them. They're open late on the weekends, too! Give this place a shot, you won't be disappointed!
WHEN JESSE'S HOME
No better feeling than having my better half and my best friend home. He's been a really busy guy, with tons of rehearsals for the upcoming No Warning show in New Jersey, the first one in 10 years. It's gonna be a fucking amazing time next weekend, and I'm very excited and happy to say that I will be tagging along for the ride! Look out for lots of sure-to-be insane footage. In the meantime, after the rehearsals are over, it's so fucking nice to have my man and I under a blanket, on the couch, hitting the bong and cuddling like a bunch of baby Panda bears.
PATIO SEASON IS COMING!
Since I took this photo last week, it's actually warmed up a bit in Toronto! If you don't live in Toronto, you need to know that just like a lot of places in the North East, we had the most fucked up freezing winter of all time. Honestly, I didn't know if I would make it through. But here we are, it's April 3rd and it's 11 degrees celcius today - that's fuckin' HUGE. The sun is out, the patio is almost ready and we're getting ready to make it the most chill zone hangout in the city of Toronto! Almost there!
BORN TO BE WILD: THE GOLDEN AGE OF AMERICAN ROCK DOCUMENTARY
I found this doc on YouTube the other day, and I ended up sitting down and watching all three parts that afternoon - it HOOKS YOU. This is an awesome 3-part doc about American Rock & Roll from the 60's to the 80's. It's a great watch for a rainy day!
March was quite the month for me - after 5 years, I left my job and my life - Bangs & Blush. It wasn't an easy decision, and I definitely did not think that things would end the way they did - but I had to do it for me. And the freedom I feel now is so immense, I still haven't quite grasped that I'm onto a new chapter in my life. I'm working on new projects that will be coming soon, and I will be returning to the Molson Amphitheatre this summer for my 3rd season to bring you tunes in the AMEX Lounge during shows, and I cannot express how excited I am for all of it! There have definitely been highs and lows in my 20's, and now that I'm about to approach the last year of the wildest decade of my life I want to do it right and enjoy it. I will continue to work hard and pump out incredible dance-parties, graphic design and Shirk Magazine - all of my favourite creative outlets. I will surround myself with good, trustworthy and amazing people who are genuine and bring nothing but positivity to my life. I've had my heart run over a few times, but in the end it just makes me stronger. I know who I am, what's right and wrong, and everything I say and do. I never burn bridges, talk shit or screw people over. I'm aware that a person is only as good as their actions, and that's why I strive every day to be a decent human and love those around me. And that kind of person will always succeed, in their own way, somehow. I push you to search and find your own freedom - and to never let anyone hold you down.