One of my favorite music writers, Tyler Wilcox, reviewed my new single “Song for a Writer” on his Doom and Gloom from the Tomb site. “A mellotron-infused slice of pop perfection” is a pretty cool pull-quote! Check out the rest of the review here.
I just finished a month-long internship at Cal State LA’s Special Archives and Collections where I collected and entered metadata for, and scanned a collection of late 19th and early 20th century designer bookplates – those things that say ex libris that people used to paste inside books they owned. I wrote about a bookplate the artist Mary Crete Crouch designed for herself, and a Masonic bookplate that bookplate collector Winward Prescott designed for himself.
My new single “Song for a Writer” is out today everywhere. It’s a two minute song I’ve been playing live for years and finally made a recording! It’s available for streaming or downloading at these sites:
I’m going on tour with my old friend Jack “Lesser” Lewis/Awkward Energy! Details are on the Rebecca Schiffman Shows page.
In Scott’s new Bob’s Burgers episode, “As I Walk Through the Alley of the Shadow of Ramps,” there’s a scene in an art gallery where you can find some Rebecca Schiffman painting Easter eggs!
I’m opening four shows for Baths and No Joy in early May!
May 2 – The Crescent Ballroom – Phoenix, AZ – tickets
May 3 – Belly Up – Solana Beach, CA – tickets
May 4 – The El Rey – Los Angeles, CA – tickets
May 5 – The Independent – San Francisco – tickets
I’m playing at Bridgetown DIY again in January, this time with Calvin Johnson’s Selector Dub Narcotic, Exploding Flowers, and Doll Klaw.
Saturday, January 27, 2018
1421 Valinda Ave, La Puente, CA 91744
7pm, All Ages
$10, no one turned away for lack of funds.
This Saturday in Los Angeles: I’m performing at a night of readings and music hosted by Character Projects and Deenah Vollmer and Ginger Buswell in Highland Park. $5 suggested donation and all proceeds benefit Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights.
I play Jerry Seinfeld in the new music video for my song “Laura.” The lyrics to the song follow the plot of the pilot episode of “Seinfeld” (also known as The Seinfeld Chronicles) sung from Jerry’s perspective. Alec Coiro directed the video. Raina Hamner guest stars as Laura. Alec also directed the “Tips for Conquering Fear of Flying” video.
My album “Rebecca Schiffman” that came out last year has just recently found its way on to Stanford University’s radio station, spending two weeks in the Top Ten last month! This station review is meant for internal use for DJ’s, but I like the genres they put me in like “European baroque pop” and the mention of “observational comedy” so here it is.
“New Yorker Rebecca Schiffman’s self-titled third long play is produced by Money Mark. It’s a pleasant exercise in 21st century singer-songwriter quirkiness. Similar to Cate Le Bon, Schiffman has managed to construct a peculiar narrative built around elements of traditional folk music, observational comedy, and sophisticated pop music arrangements. I’m particularly a fan of the ridiculously ingenious lyrics. If we can break it into musical categories, the record is a mix of contemporary European baroque pop, 21st century American folk, and 1990s jazz-pop. Pop Neoyorkino con mucho sentido del humor.”
– reviewed by DJ Telepathic Juan
This review is online here.
I’m very excited to be performing alongside Yeardsley Smith, the voice of Lisa Simpson and who I also watched on Herman’s Head growing up!
Sunday, July 23, 2017
Uncabaret at Au Lac
710 West 1st Street, Downtown Los Angeles, CA 90012
There’s a parking garage with validation.
Doors 7:15pm, Show 8pm – 10pm
June 10, 2017, 7pm
1421 N Valinda Ave
La Puente, CA
7p • $5 – 7 • notaflof
I wrote an article about Sakharam Ganesh Pandit, a lawyer, orator, and professor based in Highland Park in the first half of the 20th century for “Out West,” the magazine for Lummis Day. It’s out now. You can find copies all around Northeast Los Angeles. If you would like a digital copy of the article leave a comment and I’ll send it to your e-mail address which only I can see.
I’ll be playing a half-band show on Saturday, April 15.
The Hi-Hat (<— tickets)
5043 York Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90042
8:15pm Rebecca Schiffman
9:45pm Hott MT
10:30pm James V
Sunday, Feburary 19, 2017
Alias Books on Sawtelle is closing. I’ll be performing a few songs, solo, at a farewell night with readings by Deenah Vollmer, Erin Mizrahi, Jennifer Croft, Ginger Buswell, John Searcy, Dani Fine, and music by Rebecca Schiffman and DANyDANY. Refreshments provided. Donations/tips will go to Planned Parenthood.
Facebook Event Page
I’ll be playing a few songs and introducing (and accompanying one song in) Exodus: A Musical, at three performances this weekend. It’s a musical farce written by Alec Coiro, who directed the music video for my song “Tips for Conquering Fear of Flying.” Starring Erin Falls, Caitlin Rider, Alec Coiro, guest appearance by Rhys Coiro, music by Jay Israelson, Abigail Chapin, Rhys Coiro.
Old Style Guitar Shop
510 N Hoover St, Silver Lake, Los Angeles
8pm Rebecca Schiffman (solo)
9pm Adam Schatz (of the band Landlady)
Free! All Ages, BYOB
The vinyl version of my new LP is now available! You can order it online from Fayettenam Records or pick up a copy in Los Angeles or New York at the following stores. Lyrics are printed on the inner sleeve.
Rough Trade – Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY
Gnarburger Records – Cypress Park, Los Angeles, CA
Permanent Records – Highland Park, Los Angeles, CA
Mono Records – Silver Lake, Los Angeles, CA
Mount Analog – Highland Park, Los Angeles, CA
Amoeba Records – Hollywood, Los Angeles, CA
Burger Records – Fullerton, Orange County, CA
Sound Spectrum – Laguna Beach, Orange County, CA
I wrote a Christmas song: “Merry Christmas with an Asterisk.” This is a live recording from 12/15/2016 at Ham and Eggs Tavern, please forgive the audio quality.
Playing a few songs at a fundraiser for Los Angeles Downtown Women’s Center, organized by the O’Shea brothers. The event is free but there will be tons of raffle prizes, and raffle ticket sales benefit DWC. Featuring performances by Laurie Kilmartin, Emily Heller, Will Weldon, Andrés du Bouchet, Kevin Camia, Kate Willet, Rebecca Schiffman, the Blood Sugar Xmas Magik Band (members of Terry Malts, Lemonade, Nite Jewel)
12/18 at Little Joy in Echo Park, Los Angeles, 8pm
I’m playing with my band at this show.
With special guests Dana Gould, Dan Cronin (another CONAN writer/performer), Brandon Wardell, Ed Salazar and singer Rebecca Schiffman! Produced by Adam Spiegelman.”
Tuesday, December 13, 2016
Nerdmelt Showroom at Meltdown Comics
7522 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles CA 90046
Doors 8:45, starts at 9pm
21+ or all ages with parent or guardian.
$10 tickets here.
From the holdmyticket website:
Francisco Guglioni (CONAN writer/performer Andres du Bouchet) is a fictional character, and he knows it. Armed with nothing more than a vague “sketch comedy accent”, and the most minimal of backstories, he has been entertaining crowds here in the states for 15 years with his extravaganza ‘Giant Tuesday Night of Amazing Inventions and Also There is a Game’, a rollicking variety show that is exactly what it sounds like. Now, along with his trusty fictional keyboardist, manager and parrot wrangler Hank Mayonnaise (Adam Felber from Real Time with Bill Maher and NPR’s Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me), Francisco brings his absurdist show to NerdMelt for a rollicking fun holiday-themed time.
I’m opening for Jeffrey Lewis!
Here’s a pic Michael Leviton took of me playing at The Tell at National Sawdust. I also told a story. The whole program, which includes stories from Michael Leviton, Danielle Aykroyd, Rich Benjamin, and Ari Frey, will eventually be released as a podcast.
8pm (Doors 7:30pm)
Tickets $15 – available here.
with Michael Leviton, Rich, Benjamin, Danielle Aykryod, and Avi Frey.
A few weeks ago I was interviewed by Erik Coates for his show “A Face for Radio” on CITR, University of Vancouver’s radio station. We had so much to talk about that it ended up spanning two episodes! You can hear us talk about songwriting and other stuff and hear some of my songs and music picks at the links below.
It’s official, my third LP (which happens to be called “Rebecca Schiffman”) is available today!
You can show extra support by pre-ordering the vinyl
which comes with MP3s at Fayettenam Records
or purchase the digital album at one of the sites below.
My cover of the Squidbillies theme song is now up on youtube along with a behind-the-scenes video of finishing the recording. The episode airs this Sunday at 11:30pm on Adult Swim/Cartoon Network.
SMiLE! presents a show at the Alchemy Castle in Hollywood Hills.
RSVP to herrneilson at gmail dot com for address. Facebook event here.
I’m playing this Tuesday, accompanied by John MF Anderson on guitar.
I’m very proud to have contributed a version of the theme song for the new season of Squidbillies! That’s what I was working on in the previous post with Money Mark and RC. Other theme song artists this season include Sharon Van Etten, The B52’s, Father John Misty, and Kurt Vile.
Will post the song when it’s out!
Last week at Brushfire Records with Money Mark and Robert Carranza, working on a special project coming soon.
Grimes performed in a new custom Rebecca Schiffman Jewelry black-and-white chainmail glovelet. This is really thrilling for me – I can’t imagine a more perfect destination for this design. Grimes’s set was styled by Turner.
pic by Fernando Schlaepfer
with John MF Anderson playing guitar.
with Ethan Glazer on bass, Matt Bogdanow on drums.
I’ve been busy recording my new album with Money Mark producing. We’re just about done tracking. Hopefully 2016 release…
Pic by Charlotte Kidd
I’ll be playing tomorrow at this Robyn Hitchcock tribute show on the West Side of Los Angeles.
September 2, 2014
8pm – Midnight (I play at 9:30pm)
4089 Lincoln, Blvd
Marina Del Ray, CA 90292
Thank you everyone who came to Desert Nights at the Cactus Lounge in the Standard Hotel on Wednesday. It was my first of hopefully many more shows with Ethan Glazer on bass.
Thank you Larisa for the pic.
I’ll be playing a set on August 6th at the Standard Hotel in Los Angeles. Ethan Glazer will accompany me on bass and vocals.
Here are two install shots of my piece in the Last Brucennial that my brother took for me.
I made a triptych called “Woodies #2” which will be on view in the historic LAST BRUCENNIAL exhibition opening tonight.
Opening: March 6, 6pm – 10pm
On view: March 7 – April 4
837 Washington Street, Manhattan, NYC
I just launched a new Kickstarter project called RUNT PARTY.
It’s a collection of necklaces and keychains inspired by our three pets. They are all available as backer rewards for $25 and under and I am also making a very limited number of Rebecca Schiffman Jewelry pieces available for backers at a great discount.
Please check out the project on Kickstarter for the full story:
Scott Jacobson directed this music video for Eleanor Friedberger‘s song “Stare at the Sun” from her upcoming album “Personal Record” out in June on Merge Records. I play my new/old Frankenstein-ed vintage Japanese guitar from Old Style in the video band. We got to wear Vena Cava’s new line Viva Vena. Also, if you like sheep dogs this video has two.
I’m opening for my old friends CHIEF at The Satellite as part of their April residency!
Details are on the SHOWS page.
Here are some pics from the beautiful Besant Lodge in Los Angeles where I performed this past Thursday with John Keith and C.C. Carana.
I moved to LA last week.
I will be playing my first OFFICIAL LA show
February 2, 2013
1623 1/2 N Cahuenga Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028
Rebecca Schiffman 7pm
Blue Tree, the two-story boutique owned by Phoebe Cates on Madison Avenue between 91st Street and 92nd Street has been one of my favorite local spots for years so I’m very excited that they are now carrying pieces from my Upper East Side Jewelry Collection. Please stop by and check it out!
Select pieces from Rebecca Schiffman Jewelry’s Upper East Side Collection are now available at the new Fair Folks Cafe in NYC.
Me with Aurora and Anthony, founders of Fair Folks and a Goat.
Composer, arranger, and vocal coach Ben Toth was a guest on last weeks episode #307 of Bachelor Pad. Here he is attempting to teach a tone deaf contestant to sing Night Ranger’s Sister Christian. He is wearing the Flower Escutcheon Necklace from Rebecca Schiffman jewelry’s Upper East Side Collection.
Thanks to Walter Schreifels for the shout out in last month’s Alternative Press Magazine!
Too bad we never finished the Pearl Harbor album. Here are some pics of Pearl Harbor in action.
That conversation may or may not have taken place, but the enchanting Julia Nasser definitely did meet the President and First Lady!
Listen or download for free:
(Wavin’ Like A) Red Flag by Teddy Blanks (feat. Rebecca Schiffman)
And here’s a review of Red Flag, the movie on IndieWire.
I’m very excited to finally be featured in Carnegie Hill News, the neighborhood newsletter put out by Carnegie Hill Neighbors. I’ve been reading it for years and now my time has come!
Last weekend I performed at a home in Atwater Village, Los Angeles. Scott Jacobson posted video of it HERE. The third song “Song for a Writer” is pretty new, not officially recorded yet.
(That is a paused episode of Bob’s Burgers on the TV)
Yeesh, it’s been awhile. This post is just to announce that I am about to write a real new post!
I am very grateful to my friends, family and the Kickstarter backers whom I did not know, who enabled the project’s success.
Thanks to them I am now busy designing and preparing to order professional custom Rebecca Schiffman Jewelry packaging and business cards, ordering some much needed tools, and preparing their rewards to send to them.
If you missed the Kickstarter deadline, pieces are now available for order on my new online store!
Big News! I have a new collection of jewelry based on UPPER EAST SIDE architectural ornament and now all of my jewelry is at my NEW WEBSITE. www.rebeccaschiffmanjewelry.com
Also, I’ve just launched a KICKSTARTER page to get this new jewelry collection off the ground. Please check out my Kickstarter video and consider supporting by pre-ordering a piece of jewelry or one of the other backer rewards!
Artists choose Artists: A Social Experiment
organized by Charlotte Kidd and James Salomon
Old Stone Boys Club – 938 Montauk Highway, Water Mill
Friday 19 August – Sunday 21 August 2011, open 11am – 8pm
Reception for the artists: Friday 19 August, 6 – 8pm
(This exhibition runs for one weekend only)
Directions: >> www.osbch.com <<
A Social Experiment will present the work of six New York artists
alongside one artist of their choosing:
Hunter Barnes with Rebecca Schiffman
Jamie Diamond with Jeff Fichera
Joey Frank with Dustin Yellin
John Gordon Gauld with Rosalie Stone Morris
Nir Hod with Christina Kruse
Wilmot Kidd with Jesse Langille
Jane Moseley with Paige Mead
IMK Jewelry will be available at Arts & Leisure, a pop-up store in Los Angeles (Aug 6- 28) featuring all New York designers, curated by Erin Krause and Chrissie Miller.
Arts & Leisure, August 6 through 28, at Space 15 Twenty, 1520 N. Cahuenga Blvd., L.A
This is an episode of MIXED TAPES by Michael Melamedoff who I can say from working with him is a very genuine and serious filmmaker.
Check out the gorgeous Taylor Schilling, who is starring opposite Zac Efron in the upcoming movie “The Lucky One,” wearing two IMK Jewelry cuffs in the May issue of Nylon.
Styled by Turner and Erica.
Today I got a REALLY COOL book!!!!!
This book is the catalog for the 2004 exhibtition”Yves Saint Laurent dialogue avec l’Art” at Fondation Pierre Bergé that chronicled YSL’s “dialogs” with art, beginning in 1965 with a collection of dresses based on Piet Mondrian’s compositions.
I had not known that YSL went on to design pieces inspired by Picasso, Matisse, Braque, Bonnard (one of my all-time favs), Léger, and Van Gogh as well as Pop Art and African Art in general.
From a NYTimes article at the time: “But I never compared myself with these artists — that would be pretentious,” said Saint Laurent. “I just tried to be an artist in my own métier.”
Happy with my book and wearing my own Mondrian Cuff.
I got the book at Mast Books on Avenue A and 5th St NYC.
IMK Jewelry is now available at Henri Bendel. It’s on display in the lobby and looks great! They are carrying three cuff styles.
See the IMK Button Bangle in these pics by Matthew Frost, styled by Jennifer Eymere. Buy them here.
So, I went to see Prince at MSG with my friend Jamie a few months ago.
A few things of note happened.
During one song, we saw a couple a few rows in front of us, the man was singing along to the lyrics to his woman. While lip synching he got down on one knee and opened a ring box. Apparently she said yes, because then they were jumping up and down hugging and kissing and we were all clapping.
The most significant thing: I rarely wear high heels, I never learned how to walk in them well, but I once found a pair I love at ARCHE, where my mom and European women buy their shoes. A pair of purple nubuck booties with mirrored wedges. So, I was wearing flats at MSG on this night, but someone else was wearing these very same booties. Prince! I am 99% sure that he was wearing the same ones, and he had a much easier time princing around in them. We both have them in purple, naturally.
I have a one second cameo in The National’s new music video for the song “Conversation 16” directed by Scott Jacobson, who is also a writer for the new show Bob’s Burgers!
So, I’m in a web-commercial for DKNY Intimates. Ry Russo-Young shot me and three other young women in their apartments. Here I am climbing the water tower on my roof. It was scary, in very high heels. In the fourth video still I am playing guitar in my living room but “they”,”dressed” it with their own blankets and put all my parents’ cook books which were neatly shelved in stacks on the ground so it might as well be someone else’s apartment. Oh well. I am wearing all jewelry I made, and my song “Untitled” is the soundtrack.
The fall 2010 issue of TAR Magazine is out now.
Recently, I got to reunite with the main cast of Guild & Greyshkul Gallery (if it had been an office sitcom which ran for five years) to make this fashion photo shoot happen. This spread features six rather mysterious photos but so much work and fun and work that I can’t describe went into them behind the scenes. And I was only there for a portion of the work and fun.
Sara Vanderbeek took the photos. Johannes Vanderbeek made the masks. Anya Kielar did the hair, makeup, body paint, and plaster cast (on me! I was the model) and all three of them built the sets. And, Esme Watanabe produced the shoot and assisted in styling.
She flew in through the valve in a 6″ duct that used to be connected to a clothes dryer and that I had propped open to let in some air. I opened the door so she could fly out through the lobby but instead she flew up the stairs! So Robert, the doorman, opened a bunch of windows in the upper stairwells and she got out.
I think it was a good omen.
I took a break from playing shows this fall to focus on my jewelry line IMK Jewelry. (Wow, I’ve become the character I was playing/sort of making fun of in Alec Coiro’s musical farce Fashion Party– one of my lines was “Can’t I just focus on my handbag line for now??”)
Anyhoo, I’ll be playing shows again soon, but for now, I’ve started a little blog with all my jewelry news! http://www.imkjewelry.com/blog/
And if you or anyone you know is a stylist, fashion blogger, editor or buyer, please send them my way! http://www.imkjewelry.com
Pic from my recent wonderful trip to the Bronx Zoo.
Paco Rabanne‘s iconic linked dresses are (obviously) a big inspiration for me (re: chain mail), so I was extremely pleasantly surprised when I only recently discovered that singer-songwriter Françoise Hardy was featured on the cover of Rabanne’s biography, and was a huge fan of his.
Françoise Hardy was my first, and for a long time, only female influence as a singer-songwriter. I admired her unaffected charm and aspired to her beautiful music and lyrics. So now, having exhaustively google-image-searched her, I am in awe of her personal fashion style throughout her entire career!
Here are a ton of pictures!
I have learned a lot of new techniques and tips from the talented jewelers who work there.
On Halloween I packed up my workspace at Flux because I am setting up a new studio uptown, which I will post about soon!
Also, one day this dog Noah was there.
Wow, so far this blog seems half about jewelry, half about dogs!
The Bex Cuff, a luxuriously heavy weaving of silver and black rubber chainmail, is a staple, perhaps the cornerstone of IMK Jewelry’s collection. But I didn’t name it after myself. It was Rebecca Guinness who, early on when for some reason I had not thought to make plain black cuffs, said she thought it would be really cool to have one that was longer, with just black rubber.
The Bex Cuff was born! I always cringe a little when I meet other Rebecca’s but when I met Rebecca Guinness she quickly became my closest other-Rebecca friend. I usually go by Rebs or Schiffers and call her Rebex or Bex so now I would just like to give credit where credit is due. Thanks Rebex! I miss you!
All through his life- even when he was a great man with the world at his feet- he was to feel this gap: something at the bottom of his heart of which he was aware, and ashamed, but which he did not understand…
He was the eldest son, so he was bound to be knighted, but he would not call himself Sir Lancelot. He would call himself the Chevalier Mal Fet- the Ill-Made Knight…
So far as he could see- and he felt that there must be some reason for it somewhere- the boy’s face was as ugly as a monster’s in the King’s menagerie. He looked like an African ape…
His Word was valuable to him not only because he was good but also because he was bad. It is the bad people who need to have principles to restrain them. For one thing, he liked to hurt people. It was for the strange reason that he was cruel, that the poor fellow never killed a man who asked for mercy, or committed a cruel action which he could have prevented.
-“The Ill-Made Knight” by T.H. White
IMK stands for The Ill-Made Knight, Lancelot’s self-appointed epithet and book three of “The Once and Future King“, T.H. White’s version of the Arthurian legend. For years, I’ve known I wanted to someday have a jewelry line and call it IMK.
I wrote and recorded one new song…called PASSING FANTASY recorded with Jay Israelson.
P.S. I meant to post this September 7 when the song came out, oops!
I don’t know what this says yet (or what I’m quoted as saying!) but will find out soon…I am wearing a Proenza Schouler dress and my own IMK Jewelry Suspension Necklace. And below is a crazy sexy photo of my friend Lily Kwong who suggested me for this.
Just shot the new lookbook for my jewelry line IMK. Photos by Brandon Perlman of Katie Daines and Ruby the dog! The pdf and print version was laid out by CHIPS.
CLICK HERE TO SEE MORE NEW PICS ON THE IMK WEBSITE
(we didn’t even use this picture below, I just think it’s so awesome, I want to make a big poster of it.)