Friday, December 24, 2004

Feliz Navidad desde Mexico City!

Two days ago, my husband surprised me with an early Christmas gift: a trip for our family to Mexico City to see my beloved Tia (aunt) for the holidays. Mexico is especially festive at this time of year.

We arrived yesterday, unannounced and were welcomed with tears of joy and excitement. My cousins then arranged a spur of the moment "Posadas" celebration. We all held candles and sang songs asking for shelter for the holy family as we walked single file in the courtyard, carrying statues of the expectant parents Mary and Joseph being led by an angel. Out of nowhere appeared a clay pinata with seven "cuernos", or horns, each representing one of the seven deadly sins. One at a time, the participants were blindfolded (to symbolize the virtue of blind faith) and took turns swinging a bat at the clay pinata as it flew up and down on a rope, suspended across the courtyard.

A few well placed hits and the clay pinata broke open, scattering its contents (representing heavenly rewards to those with faith) all over the ground: "cacahuates" (peanuts), persimmons, oranges and raw sugar cane. We all scrambled to gather the treasures with our hands. I spotted a large pile of "nueces" (nuts) and reached for them but my cousins screamed "no!" just in time to stop me from picking up some dried dog droppings. We all broke up in laughter and went inside to toast the holiday with a liquer made from quince, a regional specialty from the state of Chihuahua (and very tasty, I might add)!

Nobody in my family -except for my aunt- is a practicing Catholic. But we are all interested in preserving and passing down the symbols of our heritage and the meaning of those symbols to each new generation.

Here's our last holiday song for you, dear readers. It's my version of Jose Feliciano's Christmas classic, Feliz Navidad, recorded with Goddess 13. Thank you all for your comments and feedback throughout the past six months. It's been a great year for me and having you all by my side has made it even better. Look for changes and additions to the website next month. We'll add more rare L.A. punk stuff and more interviews with women who made the L.A. punk scene happen back in the late seventies.

I'd like to wish each of you the very best for the coming year. And remember...don't pick up any unusual looking "nuts"... I hope that doesn't cut into your dating options for New Years eve!
Feliz Navidad

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Friday, December 17, 2004

Whew...Almost Done!

Almost on vacation! Sorry I haven't posted in so long, the end of the calendar year is especially busy for teachers. We have testing and reports to do before we get to take a break. Here's another Christmas carol done Goddess 13 style for you, sung by Teresa. We hope you enjoy this version of "(Have Yourself) A Merry Little Christmas" by Goddess 13.
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Friday, December 10, 2004

Christmas Is Just Another Day

Here's another cheery holiday song for you. I wrote and recorded this with Goddess 13 several years ago, when my husband-to-be was doing time in prison. It was the saddest Christmas time ever and I tried to capture a little bit of the melancholy I was feeling.
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Sunday, December 05, 2004

Women In L.A. Punk - Dinah Cancer

I am very happy to announce that we have just posted our second in a series of interviews with influential women in the early (mid-late seventies) L.A. punk scene at This time, my interviewee is Ms. Dinah Cancer, whom you may know from her days with the popular and very influential band, 45 Grave. She shares a little bit of her past with us in this interview and lets us know that she's still rocking (and looking terrific, I might add - maybe there is something to all that blood drinking... Countess Bathory = Dinah Cancer?!?).

You can read the interview by clicking the thumbnail below:

For those of you who missed reading our inaugural interview with Ms. Jenny Lens, you can still find it by following the "past interviews" link on the Women In L.A. Punk page. Enjoy!

Thursday, December 02, 2004

HOlidaze Are Here...Redux

Thanks for the positive feedback on last week's song, which is still available below. Here is this week's holiday song by Goddess 13, our arrangement of Christmas Is Coming, sung ever-so-sweetly by Teresa Covarrubias:

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From "The music to Christmas is Coming was composed by Edith Nesbit Bland in the late nineteenth century. The author of the lyrics is unknown but the popularity of this traditional Christmas song is handed down from generation to generation in the form of a nursery rhyme. The words of Christmas is coming reflects the Christmas festival of celebration of being a time of plenty but that charity should be given to the less fortunate according to the giver's means!"

Craig Lee...Found!

Craig Lee's picture tumbled out of a stack of photos I was sorting through last night. It completes the alternate set of Bags photobooth shots (see below) we took for the back of the original Dangerhouse 7" back in 1978. At the bottom of this entry I've posted the alternate photos with the actual Dangerhouse sleeve for comparison.

This record (Survive b/w Babylonian Gorgon) has been out of print for over twenty years and has just been re-released on Artifix Records . If you click on the Artifix link and go to their news page, you'll see a picture of Dix Denney holding the record...YEY!

You should be able to find it in your local punk record store and it will also be available by mail order soon.