Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Holly Ramos

If there was a vote for a Queen of the NYC punk scene, pretty much I'd vote for her. She's so cool, she's got the best fashion sense, as in, she's a trend setter. She's a musician who's recorded with the best, has some pretty amazing stories and all around I'm pretty stoked she even knows my name.

10 essential punk songs by Holly Ramos
singer/song writer
former front woman of FUR
former dj of legendary punk rock and roll dance party greendoornyc (vinyl only).

Cecil, i am a purist. in my mind, punk was a very specific sound for a limited time.

1. oh bondage up yours, x-ray spex
2. piss factory, patti smith
3. x-offender, blondie
4. 20th century boy, siouxie and the banshees
5. so messed up, the damed
6. i need lunch, the dead boys
7. i love you, johnny thunders and the heartbreakers
8. kiss me deadly, generation x
9. 53rd & 3rd, ramones
10. another girl another planet, the only ones

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Sunday, February 11, 2007

Michael Showalter

When I went to NYU, I joined a sketch comedy group started by Mo Willems. It got too big, so a couple of us branched off and started a New Group, and that is where I met the fabulous Michael Showalter. I remember vividly one rehearsal where he did a sketch that was a guy trying to impress a girl on a date to the supermarket produce section, where they lay in the aisle staring up at the veggies. You probably know him from his excellent turns in The State, Stella, Wet Hot American Summer and The Baxter.

He's brilliant, hysterical, multi-talented and if you've seen some of his comedy, you know that he is a big music lover.

I proudly Present Michael's list (and totally want to sit next to him at 5th period lunch)

(A very New Wave'y) Top Ten Punk Songs
by Michael Showalter

1. Wave Of Mutilation - The Pixies

2. 52 Girls - The B-52s

3. What's The Matter With You - Split Enz

4. Away From The Numbers - The Jam

5. Waiting Room - Fugazi

6. Gates of Steel - Devo

7. Straight To Hell - The Clash

8. TV Party - Black Flag

9. Watching The Detectives - Elvis Costello

10. Message In A Bottle - The Police

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Showalter please sit at my lunchtable

Saturday, February 3, 2007

Rachel Cohn

You and I know her as an excellent YA author of such books as Gingerbread, Shrimp and Cupcake and of course as the co-author of one of my fave books of 2006 - Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist. Her list is a little funky-punky and I adore that!!! I am very glad to call her my funky friend.

Miss Rachel Cohn!

Hi Cecil –

I created an iMix for you. This is the text I used to describe the Beige mix:

I freely admit to totally being a poser when it comes to any true punk cred. I grew up in D.C, so I am all about the funk much more than the punk. I chose these tunes as a sort of primer on some funky tunes and artists I liked back in the day, with some political grooves thrown in there, too. (For some great punk/pop/thrasher - and everything in between - playlists created by teen readers, please check out the playlist creator on

Here’s the list: