Marcel with Sam France and Jonathan Rado of Foxygen, following his recent interview with them:
Marcel just underwent spinal fusion surgery, leading Sam to share his own list of "heavy metal" instrumentation: he has rods in his leg, a screw in his arm, can't remember what else...and Marcel has rods, screws, hooks and wires in his back now. See here:
He's fit-as-a-fiddle now! Which reminds me, I shared one of my favorite jokes with Marcel upon his release from the hospital. I learned it from a Bazooka Joe comic about 45 years ago (!): "Hey doc, will I be able to play the piano after my surgery?" The doc says, "Of course you will." And Bazooka Joe says, "That's swell. I never could before!"
Well, he doesn't play piano yet, but he is 11/2" taller immediately following the surgery.
We had the pleasure of meeting them in San Jose at the C2SV Festival (9-28-13), held at a series of downtown clubs, cafes, parks and bars. We were late, trying to run from one venue to the next, and by the time we arrived at Cafe Stritch for Onward, Etc. they had wrapped up their set. When Marcel told them that he was disappointed he missed them, they swept him away to an upstairs room and did a private performance for him! I caught up with them just in time to record the song "Kings and Queens":
I cut the camera off right when marcel was saying, "You have an amazing voice. " Amen. I'll second that. The camera work is not the best, I admit. I was trying to navigate around the wrinkled up Persian rug, the furniture and not get poked by the violin bow, all while looking through the viewfinder alone. Trickier than it would seem. I wish we had a better camera and mic. This is one of the best performances I've heard them do of this song. Brilliant as a full moon. Merci fellas.
Rosco Wuestewald (singer Onward, Etc.) and Michael Jirkovsky (drummer, SF band Social Studies):
At Cafe Stritch, watching Curious Quail, from San Jose.
Sadly the festival didn't return this year. We had such a great time, meeting new people (including Iggy Pop, Keith Morris, Jessica Paré, John Kastner, Jello Biafra, Deafheaven, to name a few) and discovering new venues. And of course, discovering Onward, Etc.!
I've always felt that traditional kitchen design and decor is far too limiting. I loathe built-ins and bristle at steel sufaces. In my barn conversion project I outfitted my kitchen with a moveable feast of storage and work surfaces -- on casters. My chrome shelving units are on casters and my island is on casters. I like to be able to reconfigure the layout and the furnishings as my moods and needs change. In that same spirit of breaking with tradition I decoupaged my refrigerator with plywood patterned paper:
Fridge before (I will be putting the skirt back on the sink cabinet):
This particular fridge purchased on Craig's List for $30, although brand new, was missing its handles. I drilled holes and attached leather straps for handles. I used a vintage policeman's belt with a stylish tooling pattern on it. I had enough to also make a handle for the drawer on my island.
The island was a work bench in the barn. It had a barrel lock on the drawer that I removed. I then cut a piece of wine cork (just happened to be the perfect diameter) with a hacksaw and glued it into the hole:
The belt handle, attached with vintage brass screws and nuts:
[Note to self: shape ends of fridge straps the same as these]
If you like "portable" furniture, you might like to see the record cabinet on wheels that I made HERE.