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Monday, January 11th 2010

12:10 PM

I got a mention in NY Times for writing a song with the band Care Bears On Fire

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/01/11/arts/music/11carebears.html


Check it out...and the Care Bears will be performing at the Cake Shop in NYC on Feb 6 as part of a monthly matinee series.
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Monday, November 9th 2009

11:33 AM

Tamra Davis Cooking Show

Hey-I just did the music for the Pumpkin Pie episode of Tamra Davis' cooking show on iVillage.com. I am going by the name "Hey Brooklyn" and my song is called "#1 Popcorn".  The show should be up on iVillage in the next few days.

Tamra directed the video for "LADYFINGERS" by Luscious Jackson, as well as our first two videos: "Daughters of the Kaos" (shot by Spike Jonze of "Where the Wild Things Are" fame), as well as "City Song".  Did anyone notice Taylor Swift's rip of the  "Ladyfingers" dancing bus on the MTV Music Awards? Taylor is on a subway but that's the only major difference. I actually like being copied, it's fun.

Tamra is married to Mike D. of the Beastie Boys, and he makes an appearance here and there on her shows, as do their sons. Tamra shoots all of this herself (!) in her house, and stars in the show as well. She has no camera operator-she just sets up the camera and starts cookin'. She also edits it herself. She said she's lucky she can't make music or she would be doing that, too. She has always been an amazing cook and I am so glad I got to participate in her show.




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Thursday, September 3rd 2009

2:33 PM

YrHeartout-THANKS FOR THE MENTION!

My friend Michael Patrick MacDonald sent me this link about my solo album and  Luscious Jackson...YrHeartOut is a great blog.
 
Shameless self promotion follows:

http://yrheartout.blogspot.com/2009/07/put-needle-on-record.html
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Friday, August 28th 2009

11:44 AM

Care Bears On Fire on Letterman

I wrote a song with these girls called Super Teen.  Check them out on Letterman last night at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pnvk8rn_Z9M&feature=related


Come to the show on Saturday, Aug 29th at Irving Plaza 2:30 pm !
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Thursday, June 11th 2009

5:09 AM

WRITING WITH CARE BEARS ON FIRE

I had the pleasure of writing with the Brooklyn teen band Care Bears On Fire.  These girls are all between 14 and 16 and they ROCK.

We wrote a great song called "Superteen" which comes out on their album "Get Over It" on July 14th.  Check them out: Myspace.com/CareBearsOnFire

I was so impressed with them (and their parents are cool, too)!!!

Jill
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Tuesday, May 5th 2009

6:40 AM

Rachel Maddow rocks Luscious Jackson! Rock of Ages gets Tony Award noms!

My favorite news hostess, Rachel Maddow of MSNBC, played Luscious Jackson on her show last week.   Rachel, let us know if you want some new music for your show!

Congratulations to my friend Janet Billig who is one of the producers of Rock of Ages, the musical on Broadway featuring the songs of 80's hair bands and their mainstream rock brethren.  Constantine Maroulis got nominated as Best Male Lead and the show got Best Musical.

I saw the show and it is great. Even if you hated Journey, Poison etc, the show stands on its own celebrating the Sunset Strip. Go see it!



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Sunday, April 19th 2009

8:12 PM

Shawn Mortensen RIP

Shawn was a photographer of music, art, politics. He passed away this week. He was an artist taking pictures of artists. He documented the 90's LA and NY art, fashion and music scene in all its beauty, glory, excess, positivity and negativity.  He also traveled the world and documented poverty and struggle.

Memory: he was the only person on the set of the Luscious Jackson video "Here" who got me laughing (all laughs on camera are his doing-he was the still photographer right on the other side of the film camera). That was a tough video to shoot involving roller derby. He stood there and made really silly faces and it cracked me up.

Following is an obituary of sorts written by Shawn himself last year.

http://drewtewksbury.com/2009/04/17/the-final-draft-of-shawn-mortensen/
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Tuesday, December 16th 2008

2:29 PM

Let It Snow

Luscious Jackson recorded a version of the song "Let It Snow" for a Gap commercial in the late 1990's. We ended up making a video for the song. Enjoy...





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Wednesday, November 26th 2008

6:08 AM

Be Creative...

What am I doing these days? I am busy writing music with Jenan, a sixteen year old soul singer from Brooklyn. We are working with Singh Birdsong, who is co-producing with me.  Singh has played guitar live with me since the Luscious Jackson days.  We are blown away by Jenan, who I don't want to hype too much cause she is the real thing.

I will be posting music and video here for Jenan in the coming weeks and months as she moves ahead into performing live around NYC.  She just did a concert at my house which was beautiful. 

Other news includes Gabby Glaser of Luscious Jackson having a baby a couple weeks back. Mom, son and dad are all happy and healthy.  The other Luscious Jackson ladies have small children as well so that is why we have not performed together for a reunion, though the intent is there. You never know!  It would be sweet and fun to get back together for some shows at some point.

Brooklyn continues to be a great place to raise kids, our public school is great (except for the No Child Left Behind stuff which involves masses of data collection and testing, but all US public schools have to deal with that).  Our teachers do an amazing job of keeping the kids interested and having fun despite the paperwork they as teachers are stuck with.

Quick rant: I hope the new US government puts someone in charge of education who is a true educator, not a corporate bureaucrat. We don't need to waste millions of dollars as we do in NYC paying for data crunching. That money should be in the classroom where teachers need supplies and children need enrichments.  Let's remember to foster creativity in our children, not just test them for literacy and math skills.  Creativity will be valuable in the coming decades!

Celebrate ideas and art,

Jill




My friend Johanna sent this to me. Give him a chance to get going





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Monday, October 6th 2008

1:54 PM

The Last Summer Disco Download 4 Free

Hey Party People, Rainbow Posse, Disco Daddies and Move-a-liscious Mamas,

I've just put up a free download (a dance mix of the song The Last Summer). It's on my website, JillCunniff.com. I love this version, which is called the Sparkle Mix in honor of my friends Gabriel and Jeffrey at Sparkle Beauty Studio in New York City. Gabriel made a special request for this one, so here it is!

The Last Summer: written by Jill Cunniff, Sam Hollander and David Schommer. Produced by Duke Mushroom, S*A*M and Jill Cunniff.

Keep on dancin',

Jill
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