Wednesday, May 6, 2009


Good lord, have I been MIA or wha? Been almost a month since I last wrote. This is ridic because, obviously, so much has happened since then.

I have been busy, busy, busy with a bunch of shoots and parties to cover. I’ve been spendin’ a ton of time with my beau and other such good friends. I’ve had lots of work to do. It’s just been one crazy month.

As far as shoots go, I had mucho ground to cover. I spent a day with the new band, Tinted Windows. First, I met up with them at the Z100/Clear Channel Radio studios where they were doing a few radio interviews. I took a bunch of shots from behind the scenes, and it was cool to hear everything they had to say since I wasn’t all too familiar with them besides their past projects. In case you didn’t know, the group is made up of Taylor Hanson (vocals, Hanson), James Iha (guitarist, Smashing Pumpkins), Adam Schlesinger (bassist,Fountains of Wayne), and Bun E. Carlos (drummer, Cheap Trick)…obviously all quite the successful pasts. After that I hopped in their van with them to go uptown to their next destination. They were set to film a live studio performance for AOL Sessions. That, in itself, was pretty rad, too, seeing the production behind it all. All the dudes were super nice (my favorite being James Iha). It may seem odd to put them all together, but somehow it just works for them. I hope good things come out of this for them. I’d like to see them perform again. As for my other shoot, it was with Columbia artist, Samuel. That was pretty awesome, too. I felt bad because poor Samuel was sick and could barely speak, but he ended up being a real trooper. We started out fairly early because we were shooting outdoors. I probably should have scheduled it even earlier, though, because by the time we got to the location (Cloisters), the sun was looming overhead. Still, the whole day seemed pretty successful, and we came across a bunch of fun spots to shoot. Once I get approved photos, I’ll be sure to post both shoots here.

Trainwrecking has been fun, too. I’ve been trying to get back in action, but half of the time, something always comes up…which is why I’ve been slacking on these photos. Let me tell you, though, this party has grown even bigger from week to week. That makes me so proud of my Dagger and Mr. Rob Hitt.

My boy has been spending a lot of time doing his own thing for his band, A Great Big Pile Of Leaves, and I’m trying to be in full-on support mode. I’m so proud of him and the other dudes for all their hard work cause everything is turning out so great. I’m sad I missed their video shoot this past weekend, though, cause I have been on-and-off sickies (right now, I am on).

However, somehow I managed to OD on my zinc cough drops and medicines to get me to Bamboozle where I spent the day/night with Nicole, Jac, Crystal, Bramli, and Mandy (Side note: The rain did not help). It was a little bit miserable with the weather, but we had such a fun time.

My favorite part of the day had to be our trip to Chili’s. It was warm, there was yummy real food, and a “Legit” waitress (omg, I didn’t just say that)…oh, and Tropical Sunrises! Nah, but seriously, my highlight of bamboozle might have been Taking Back Sunday. Seriously, that band…amazing (also, don’t hate on me, but I’ve only seen them perform once before and it was from afar. It was a real treat when Adam Lazzara climbed the lighting rig on side of the stage and hung upside down about 20 ft in the air while singing “Make Damn Sure”). Anyways, other bands we watched: The Maine, Rocket to the Moon, and No Doubt. Gwen was obviously amazing. She kinda pulled the “awe” factor in me that I didn’t know I had for her. I am currently beyond stoked to see them perform again this summer repeatedly with Paramore. Rocket to the Moon is definitely a band I haven’t heard of until the girls introduced me to them, but I actually really like them, so write that down on my “Music To Buy” list. I met a ton of cool people, I just wish I had more time (and energy) to hang with them all. JV’s bracelet selling went friggin’ awesome.
Her street team is beyond the bomb.

I could only wish I had fans like hers (if I were to have fans)…not to mention, Mandy’s too! Between those two girls, geez, we couldn’t walk more than 10 feet without someone wanting a picture. It was awesome. By the time we got back to the hotel, I was exhausted. I passed out in the middle of the room, with everyone else around me. I guess that’s what I get for being old.

Annnnnyway, tonight, I’m going out to see the boys of VFactory, but before I do that…I must nap. Peace and love, my homies.

To see more pics from Bamboozle, Click Here.

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