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