Tuesday, October 28, 2008

We SOLD OUT the Rollins Theater!!

THANK YOU THANK YOU for packing the Rollins Theater in the Long Center last Saturday night!!!

Here are some PHOTOS from the show.

We also need YOUR pictures and short reviews! You can leave comments here or please email them to me:
erin (at) erinivey (dot) com

Thanks again so much for a wonderful night.


Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Thursday, October 09, 2008

Gainsbourg- Mr William

the best part of this might be the dancer (front and center) at 1:35. but it could also be the riding mowers.

Tuesday, September 09, 2008

i love Google Alerts

favorite random finds of late:

Austin - www.keepingaustinfree.com (features GRAND HOTEL)
Atlanta - www.broderickphotographer.com (features "Chocolate")
New York - The Erin Ivey Show

Thursday, August 28, 2008

i TOLD you i was a socialite

... with an unhelpable crush on Michael Barnes

and i just can't hide it (shown there with Marc Fort, who plays bass in one of my favorite austin bands, Schatzi)

and a great review in the Celebrity Gossip column of The El Paso Times. I love it!

Monday, August 18, 2008

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Constantina is my hero.

Romanian Mother, 38, Wins Marathon Gold

oh my gosh, for a minute there i thought i might start training for some sort of footrace.

(which, of course, i will not. but i DID take a yoga class this morning. baby steps...)

Wednesday, August 06, 2008


we are not a people who hold things loosely. but we fool ourselves to think we can hold onto anything when our hands just turn to dust.

Monday, May 12, 2008

Northeast Tour (so far)

A million thanks to everyone coming to shows and spreading the word about my music. I love to sing for you!

On creating

"The work is in the work itself."
-Toni Morrison

Sunday, May 11, 2008

having a 6 year old sister is like...

Megan: I bumped my head.

Mom: On what?

Megan: The bathroom floor.

Friday, April 25, 2008

The Importance of the Subject

"All, In Time" from the Sweet Little E.P. will be in one of the darker scenes in the upcoming film, Ruth's Locket.

(there's a really good explanation of that song in the Mixtank Interview - Track 5 of the Sweet Little E.P.)

Sunday, April 20, 2008

thanks, parties, pix, and existentialism

FIRST of all, let me send out a HUGE thank you for all the love i've been receiving after the recent Perez Hilton shoutout.

and THEN, let me (this is my blog and i do what i want) heave a sigh of relief that the Sweet Little EP release party in Austin is over (i've almost recovered) and was overwhelmingly fantastic. Pictures to come, but here's a teaser...

--UPDATE-- pictures are online HERE!

i heard recently that nothing is worth reading that hasn't been worked on for at least 24 hours. but, that's just one man's opinion and for those of you who are into eating dessert before dinner, i'm all atwitter now. it's another jewel in my crown of self-enshrining dalliances. all these things come in handy, though, since i do not remember most things if they aren't written down somewhere. i wish i'd started blogging, etc. a long time ago (had it been possible in the dark ages of the 'net - aka 1998), because i have pictures of myself in cool places and i have no recollection whatsoever of what i was doing.

so, amidst dreams of hotel rooms surrounded by graveyards, my latest thoughts are of restless impermanence. i'm comforted by the notion that restlessness is appropriate until the spirit is freed from the constraints of its earthly body. somehow, giving myself permission to feel not-entirely-at-home on earth helps a lot.

reminds me of the book, The Van Gogh Blues, about existential depression and meaning. while i don't ascribe to all his assertions, i like Eric Maisel's ideas about creating (rather than seeking) meaning.
"I make my meaning—or else I don’t. All that exists until I actively and mindfully make personal meaning is the possibility of meaning and, while I wait to get started, the experience of emptiness. There is the possibility that I will experience the next hour as meaningful, a possibility that turns into a reality only if I make a certain kind of decision and a certain kind of investment."

Sunday, March 30, 2008

Knockout Bash - April 12, 2008

Birth of the Sweet Little EP

Authentic replicas of these very tickets are now available for pre-sale online... and they even come with a show!

This is Conan (the Barbarian). He was our translator and also very helpful in addressing envelopes.

There were lots of envelopes. They all ended up with an airplane stamped on them.

Renee carved the stamp herself. Her creative spirit is inspiring.

As we finished our 32-hour CD-manufacturing blitz, fireworks started going off downtown in honor of the Sweet Little EP. (They were actually for the opening of the Long Center, but I choose delusion.)

Monday, March 17, 2008

Oh Crap Its SXSW

The "Oh Crap Its SXSW" Mixtape deserves it's own post:


New songs. Live stuff. Banter, even.

Sunday, March 16, 2008

A sunburn is good when...

... it comes from watching great music on a warm, clear Saturday in Austin. Here's a wrap-up of what little I did during SXSW:

Wednesday: Photo shoot with photographer Mathew Sturtevant for upcoming Sweet Little EP album. Mark your calendar for the release party on April 12 at The Scoot Inn!

Thursday: I chauffered Ingrid Michaelson and Allie Moss through an enviable schedule of interviews and performance showcases all around the city. Variety Magazine, VH1, KGSR radio, Waterloo Records, etc. The girls are currently on the Hotel Cafe tour. Here's Ingrid at KGSR studios being interviewed for the Jim Lehrer News Hour:

Friday: I did the final studio recording for the Sweet Little EP in the morning. Then I ran home and recorded/assembled the spankin' new "Oh Crap Its SXSW" Mixtape. You can DOWNLOAD IT FOR FREE RIGHT HERE.

Saturday: checked out The Monocles and my Chicago favorites, Scouts Honor at Monkeywrench Books,

and then played my own set at Love. (Thanks to Cat for the picture!)

Also got to see fantastic performances there by Atash (below), John Pointer, and Shelley King.

That night I dreamed I put my new EP onto floppy disks (the earliest, actually-floppy ones). Then I realized nobody uses floppies anymore, so I'd put all my hard work onto a wasted medium. (Its like my psyche was questioning the relevance and intrinsic value I assign to what I deliver into the world, or the way I share the things I value. Gotta sit with this one for a while.)

Sunday: smothered my maddened shoulders in Lidocaine and hiked Emma Long Park, away from the evaporating mayhem downtown.

Incidentally, if anyone else shares my girlcrush on Zooey Deschanel, she and M. Ward have a band. And they're great!

Thursday, March 06, 2008

on meeting Phil Ramone

Should i ever be so fortunate as to have even a whisper of the success of Phil Ramone, I hope I handle it with as much grace and quiet confidence as the man who makes sure his jacket pockets are big enough to fit the bevy of CDs handed his way wherever he goes.

Monday, February 25, 2008

She's In Love With The Boots

I had the great fortune to meet Trisha Yearwood earlier this month. She was singing for about 30 people crowded into a listening lounge in Austin's Clear Channel offices. While we were talking after the show, I couldn't help but drool over her Old Gringo boots.

Trisha (aka my new BFF) recommends having boots handmade to your own feet at M.L. Leddy's in Fort Worth. Personally, I'd go just to pick up some new chaps. "As stylish as they are functional."

Confession: In my "research" for this post, I might have developed an unhealthy attraction to these OGs because they are great and awful at the same time. Lord, please help me to resist.

Friday, February 22, 2008

The Austin Music Scene

it's all so true:

By Michael Corcoran
Monday, January 28, 2008

At the end of the year, I decided to not rank the nationally acclaimed "Shepherd's Dog" by Iron and Wine as an Austin album. I&W's Sam Beam might live in the area, but he's not truly an Austin musician. Neither is Kina Grannis, the "Crash the Super Bowl" finalist, who moved here after graduating from USC in May. Bill Callahan, who used to call himself Smog, is no more an Austin musician than Bob Mould was in the '90s. It takes more than a ZIP code that starts with 787 to truly be considered a hometown musician. Use this guideline to tell the difference between a musician who lives in Austin and an Austin musician:

Sorry, but you're not an Austin musician until ...

... you've played at either Emo's, the Hole in the Wall or the Continental Club.

... you've been rejected by SXSW.

... you've opened for Guy Forsyth.

... you've been ticketed for double-parking on Sixth Street while unloading your gear.

... you know your order without looking at the menu of the Tamale House No. 3.

... you know who Paul Minor is. (Bonus points if you know exactly what it is that he does.)

... David Cotton won't return your calls.

... you've looked forward to playing out at the airport because at least that gig pays.

... you are a 94-year-old blues legend. (Pinetop Perkins exemption.)

... you've snuck a case of beer out the back door after a gig.

... you've had your name misspelled on the Red Eyed Fly marquee.

... you've worked double shifts at Thundercloud to save money for studio time, put your heart and soul into every track, proudly mailed your first CD, your baby, to critics, then watched Jim Caligiuri give it half a star in the Chronicle.

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Friday, January 18, 2008

6 Songs

In This is Your Brain on Music, Daniel Levitin writes about a scientist friend who was totally disconnected from modern music and asked for a CD of 6 songs that represent rock 'n' roll. He'd heard Elvis Presley, so Elvis was left off the list:

1. Long Tall Sally by Little Richard
2. Roll Over Beethoven by The Beatles
3. All Along the Watchtower by Jimi Hendrix
4. Wonderful Tonight by Eric Clapton
5. Little Red Corvette by Prince
6. Anarchy in the U.K. by the Sex Pistols

What are your 6?

Monday, January 14, 2008

Breaking the Law

"news" item from Mike Adams:
On the heels of the RIAA's recent decision to criminalize consumers who rip songs from albums they've purchased to their computers (or iPods), the association has now gone one step further and declared that "remembering songs" using your brain is criminal copyright infringement. "The brain is a recording device," explained RIAA president Cary Sherman. "The act of listening is an unauthorized act of copying music to that recording device, and the act of recalling or remembering a song is unauthorized playback."
thoughts on the music business from Seth Godin:
A frightened consumer is not a happy consumer.
I shouldn’t have to say this, but here goes: suing people is like going to war. If you’re going to go to war with tens of thousands of your customers every year, don’t be surprised if they start treating you like the enemy.

Sunday, January 13, 2008

Kirsten Dunst Meets Rufus Wainwright

Kirsten Dunst: "Do your best songs come out of pain or happiness?"

Rufus Wainwright: "My catalogue consists of material on a subtle but steady incline of quality which will reach its zenith the moment of my death when, like Beethoven, I try to conduct the sound of distant thunder. Basically, I'm in pain."

from a 2004 conversation published in The Observer