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 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.
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.
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.
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’ll be playing a couple of songs at Andre du Bouchet‘s Giant Tuesday Night of Amazing Inventions and Also There is a Game’s 15th Annual Holiday Special. Tickets available here.
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.
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.
This song is about my very real and intense fear of flying and the chorus is something I say to myself when I’m on a plane. If you’re afraid of flying too, I hope it can help. Also, it’s not a metaphor, like about “flying” and meeting your potential, it is most definitely about flying on airplanes.
It’s from my upcoming self-titled album which was produced by Money Mark(!!!!) and comes out everywhere online August 12 and on vinyl in late September on Fayettenam Records. But, you can pre-order it today on Bandcamp and get instant access to this song and one other.
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.
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 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.
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.
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!
Also, fun fact: Phoebe Cates’s husband the academy award winning actor Kevin Kline does the voice for Mr. Fishoeder on the TV show Bob’s Burgers.
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.
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!
November 10-21, 2011
Opening Reception: Thursday, November 10th 6-9pm
@ Monday Spaces, 2441 Balboa Street, San Francisco, CA 94121
between 25th and 26th avenues
“MAG (Metal Arts Guild) together with Monday Spaces are proud to present Conspicuous, an intimate exhibition that speaks to jewelry and how we can put it on view in our personal settings. This exhibition was a national call juried by Sienna Patti (Sienna Gallery, Lenox, MA) and local design team Joseph Ferriso and Jonathan Anzalone of Anzfer Farms. Conspicuous is a collaborative exhibition with Anzfer Farms who will respond to the featured jewelry by creating interactive, custom displays for showcasing the work in a personal setting, with an interest in exploring these objects as a visual experience, and the role played when they are taken out of a functional context.”
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!
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Here are the two pics which feature pieces I made for my line IMK Jewelry. The IMK Circle Vest goes really well with the Lake & Stars bustier if I do say so myself!
After shlepping the last of my tools from Flux Work Studio back uptown, I opened the door to the new IMK Jewelry Studio to start setting up and was surprised by a sparrow!
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 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??”)
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 feel pretty cool and Françoise Hardy-ish in this photo, about to get a ride home from my friend Nev, wearing a leather jacket from Sammy Davis Vintage.
In the above pic, Hardy reminds me of my friend Katie who has been one of my biggest style influences since we were little and is the IMK lookbook model.
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 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.
Erin Krause directed this music video for my song “I Have Really Loved You” (track one on my second album “To Be Good for a Day.” )
The ballet dancer is Elysia Dawn. Other contributors to the video are Matthew Lenski, Katie Bergstrom, Teddy Blanks, Ariel Schulman and Maayan Zilberman who provided the sexy red bathing suit from her lingerie line The Lake & Stars.