I love finding little Raspy scraps at the bottom of old treasure boxes.
All the kids love cello rock.
Aurelio Voltaire’s 11th studio album is an all-star Gothrock CD featuring members of My Chemical Romance, Dresden Dolls, The Mission UK & The Birthday Massacre
If you like Voltaire, seriously check it out and donate. Please?
Melora Creager played cello on Voltaire’s new album. Help the indiegogo campaign!
Listening to Rasputina on ny lunch break. #dolls #creepydolls #cartoon #art #Rasputina #lyrics
We’re at the Lizzie Borden house in Fall River, Mass.!
You all know that there’s an instrumental called The Ballad of Lizzie Borden on the Rasputina album Great American Gingerbread. Well, our very own Raspie fan, saphroniabreckinridge, just visited the Lizzie Borden house in Massachusets. There are more pictures on her blog. If you stop by, wish her well on her honeymoon. She and her husband are touring cemeteries and historic spots, and taking pictures.
The inimitable Daniel de Jesús performing with #rasputina in #Paris at #laboulenoire @celloeye
Rasputina live at the Purple Turtle in Camden, London
I cannot believe I have not yet told you all of one of the most incredible, special and intimately wonderful moments of my life. I saw Rasputina play their own headline gig in my hometown on Wednesday evening and yet I am only just now writing about it at around 1am on Sunday morning. I’m not quite sure when my life got so hectic and busy…!
The show itself was just completely lovely. I made friends with a lovely couple who had travelled all the way from Ireland to see Rasputina play and got to stand in the front row with them playing Guess-The-Soundtrack-Playing-Oh-My-God-What-The-Hell-Is-It-It’s-Driving-Us-Insane Game (it was later revealed to be the score from Interview With The Vampire). The opening act was Jo Quail - an apparently quite well-known cellist whom I had not heard of before playing an electric cello with a 16 loop pedal. I’ve seen/heard looping before but never like this. So completely amazing — consider me a fan. Jo was followed by the Memepunks who are always entertaining, funny and awesome. I saw them support Voltaire at the Boston Arms back in July.
And then Rasputina… Oh Rasputina…
Show highlights included Barracuda, Momma Was An Opium Smoker, Humankind, As The Sailor (again) and an impromptu request session involving an hilariously halting and absolutely wonderful rendition of The Remnants of Percy Bass (requested by my Irish friends) and The New Zero. I did ask Melora if she would play The Mayor for me, but she told me it was too complex to improv with the new members without practise, which was a shame, but at least I know now why it is never played live anymore and I was more than content with the beautiful songs that were played instead! The crowd were lovely and loving and enthusiastic and sang along merrily - a marked change from the Smoke Fairies’ crowd last week when Rasputina were supporting - so I was just so happy that I could go mental without looking like a fool!
After the show, all the musicians that had performed were all milling about, including Daniel de Jesus, the First Chair, so I went up to him to say thank you for a wonderful show as I strive to do for every musician whose show I have enjoyed. As it turned out, Daniel recognised me from the previous week where I did the same thing and we chatted for quite a bit about the music, the tour, the show in Paris, and their new upcoming project, Fa La La: The Bastardy of Shakespeare’s Madrigals, which sounds really interesting and something to look forward to. After a while I plucked up the courage to ask Daniel if he might pass on a message to Melora for me, as I know that she does not really like to come down and meet people after shows because she is shy… but Daniel was like, “No, no, I think she should come down and meet you!” So he went upstairs and persuaded Melora to come down and see me, led her right over to me past everyone else and introduced me to her! I couldn’t believe it!
It was the most surreal, most wonderful and truly the most special moment of my life… to have one musician whom you love and admire introduce you to another whom I love and admire above all others and who has inspired me so much in my writing, my University essays, my style, my niche, my taste in music… everything! And I thought I would never get to meet her, never get to tell her thank you and how much she has inspired my writing, how her music inspired the stories, the characters, that I named a character after her and I hope she didn’t mind (she didn’t). She asked if she might be able to read my writing… I guess I need to figure out a way to get it over to her at some point - maybe when it’s actually finished?! It was just magical… A magical, magical moment… And she was so lovely and solid and strikingly beautiful and she and Daniel were kind enough to let me have my picture taken with them ♥
The whole evening was wonderful. Just wonderful. It made me realise how irrelevant all the problems I’ve been having lately with work - all the stressing, panic attacks, the sadness, depression and anxiety, the fear, darkness and terrifyingly dangerous thoughts of the last fortnight, the hangups regarding money, the crushing oppression of loneliness, anger and frustration… just all so completely irrelevant. I came out of the Purple Turtle feeling like I had reached my happiest point, and for a while I thought to myself, “What’s the point in carrying on? I can never be this happy again.” But then after a while I began to feel like I could take on anything. I feel able to wipe the slate clean and put the past behind me. Now that I’ve seen my favourite band play and met the individual who has inspired me the most…
Daniel, please, please, please stay in Rasputina forever and thank you so, so, so, so much Melora for taking the time to come down to see me and speak with me and for letting me gush at you like a silly person.
#rasputina @celloeye these beauties! @rasputina1816