the beast.mp3 (3.9MB)
sick of the life.mp3
and design work (Hijinx)
have run on VH1,
Alternative Press, Vice,
Magik as well as multitudes of strange and obscure
zines and websites. Catherine operates her own creative development
out of her home in Brooklyn.
Marisa Handren publishes
an independent magazine the Village Voice dubbed "admirably unsucky," which spotlights some
of the most interesting artists of our time. It has included interviews
with Yoko Ono, Sonic Youth, and Sleater-Kinney. She
also freelances for Women
Who Rock, Venus
If you had to
choose one song to sing kareoke to, what would it be and why ?
I remember being a little disappointed to not find Dylan’s
the Lonesome Death of Hattie Carroll in the
karaoke data banks. I have a little bit of an obsession with TLDOHC—it
was the first song that I learned to play on guitar and sing at the same
time. And though I love the song, it’s not Dylan’s
catchiest tune. I think he wrote it after reading a news article and he
sings the lyrics like he’s...well, reading the paper.
So with lines like “Who carried the dishes and took out the
garbage/And never sat once at the head of the table/ And didn't even talk
to the people at the table/ Who just cleaned up all the food from the
table/And emptied the ashtrays on a whole other level” this
is a song that could clear out even the most rocking party. But by the
time you finished karaokeing the last refrain of but you who philosophize
disgrace and criticize all fears, you can be sure that anyone left in
the room would either love you deeply or share your social outrage.
Though I guess if I didn’t want to kill the party I might pick The
Ballad of Bilbo Baggins by Leonard Nimoy.
Who would you want to sing one of your songs?
Elvis. I may be the King of France but he’s the King.
Which song would you want them to sing?
I could see him singing the KOF song called the
beast, in particular I’d like to see him sing
the lines “I never caught the first wave/ I never made the first
string/ and this lonesome time is our loathsome feast”
Elvis had a gift with confessional songs. He always knew
what distance he had to keep from the material to fully communicate a
song. In a song he could seem to have all these creepy terrible thoughts
but somehow he would still seem like a good guy for being so self-aware.
I would hope that his karaoke version would bring to the beast
what he brought to the Doc Pomus song Suspicion.
Was that really your first time singing
Yes, and if practiced daily maybe someday I can unseat U.S. Attorney General
John Ashcroft as the greatest Karaoke performer ever.