I have always been lucky to have tons of talented, awesome people out there who listen to my music. This is not lost on me for a second…and I especially love it when those people do cool things with my songs in return.
A few months back when I was Lena Dunham and Carrie Brownstein’s guest at their Portland gig for Lena’s book release, I had the pleasure of experiencing the genius of Portland Actress and Comedian JoAnn Schinderle, who opened the show with a short set of stand-up.
I knew immediately that I wanted to work with this talented woman on something, so when it was time to cast the new web series I was developing to help combat stigma and change narratives around mental and behavioral health with Trillium Family Services, JoAnn was the first and only person who came to mind.
In the months since, I have worked closely with Portland’s Hippodrome Media (who also created my “Tramp Stamps and Birthmarks” video in 2013) to develop the web series, and we just finished shooting the first 4 episodes this past week. It has been such a pleasure to bring this dream to life with such a talented cast and crew, and I can’t wait for you all to see it when it premieres in May for Mental Health Awareness Month!
In the meantime, check out some behind-the-scenes photos from the shoot days below:
My undying love for Austin’s drag-punk-terror powerhouse Christeene is no secret. It takes a lot to shock me, but every time I find myself in the presence of this magical creature, she manages to take me there (and, more often than not, way beyond there).
This past year she also won the heart of Boy George, who, after watching her tear up the stage across the pond, tweeted, “What a fucking awesome hip hop, Beyonce, Evil Dead, queercore, unapologetic, sick show…KILL FOR A TICKET!”
The brainchild of performance artist and musician Paul Soileau, Christeene Vale is a self-described “human pissoire of raw unabashed sexuality; a gender-blending, booty-pounding, perversion of punk fully equipped with an arsenal of ferocious music intertwined with raw moments of strained intimacy and fiery stank” — which pretty well sums it up. Read the rest of this entry »
I’m on the cover of the current issue of Proud Times Magazine, on stands now. My 18 page spread and interview about mental health advocacy, queer rights, music, the end of love, and a whole bunch of other stuff starts on page 28.
Read the online version HERE, or click on the cover below. You can also download a .PDF version of the issue HERE.
Their sister site, Loud and Proud Entertainment, is also giving away a bunch of my songs FREE to celebrate the release of the issue. Click HERE to get yours.
My band boys and I have been on a break post-summer tour and I’ve just been writing songs for my new record and throwing myself into mental & behavioral healthcare advocacy full-time. It’s been great to have some much-needed down time, but we are back in the studio next month (January) to dive headfirst into finishing the album.
I hope you all have a killer holiday season. If you are buying gifts for your people, click HERE to stuff your stockings with me and my nonsense. I do love when you give me away…