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.)
I wrote a new post for the literary website The Nervous Breakdown for the first time in over half a year. If you would like to read about me taking the bus to the library, please click HERE.
Tiny Furniture, Lena Dunham’s second feature film, just won Best Picture at the SXSW Film Festival!!!
The Tiny Furniture soundtrack features an original score by Teddy Blanks, my song Aaron, a duet I sing with Teddy called When U Come Home which he wrote especially for the movie, and songs by Domino and Sonia’s Party & The Everyone’s Invited!
You can download the entire soundtrack for FREE!
Lena Dunham Finds her Worth in Tiny Furniture [New York Times]
I have four watercolors on view now in:
THIS IS A PERFORMANCE, a group exhibition curated by SAM GORDON
at ARTIST CURATED PROJECTS featuring work by:
JIBZ CAMERON, JAKE EWERT, DANIEL FEINBERG, KELTIE FERRIS, DAPHNE FITZPATRICK, JACOB ROBICHAUX, REBECCA SCHIFFMAN, A.L. STEINER,
This Wednesday, December 2, I will be opening again for Teddy Blanks at my new favorite venue, Bar 9, in Hell’s Kitchen. Special guest Annie Ragz will start the night out at 8pm. No Cover. For more details go to the SHOWS page.
The non-profit, artist-run gallery, The Bas-Fisher Invitational, located in Miami and where Javier Hernandez and I had a two-person show in 2006 called ‘Faster Sleeper,’ has just released its first limited edition portfolio of prints by 12 artists, including me.
Below is my two-color silkscreen print. There are many crazy awesome different prints in this portfolio. Contact the gallery to see more.
“Untitled (iPhone)” 2009
From the BFI website:
The first BFI portfolio celebrates the five year anniversary of the BFI. It includes prints by twelve past artists, keeping the edition size small at 15 with 12 artist proofs. All of the proceeds of this benefit will go towards matching the Knight Arts Challenge Grant awarded to the BFI from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. This “matching” grant provides the BFI funding to maintain year-round programming including exhibitions, lectures and other community events as a zero-profit, non-commercial gallery space.
Artists included in the portfolio edition:
Kevin Arrow, Alejandro Cardenas, Clifton Childree, Jessica Dickinson, Harlan Erskine, Freegums” aka Alvaro Ilizarbe, Federico Nessi, Rebecca Schiffman, Francine Spiegel, Jen Stark, Mike Taylor, Jonathan Thomas
The portfolio set is available for an introductory price of $3800.00.
For purchases and inquiries, write to us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Also, this is what Hal David looks like:
Hal David wrote most of the lyrics for Burt Bacharach’s music including “Alfie,” in my opinion and limited knowledge, one of the world’s most perfect “songs.”
I love Men (with a capital “M”.)
Last night I was honored to perform at Mitchell-Innes & Nash as part of an evening celebrating the launch of Justine Kurland’s newest photography book ‘This Train is Bound for Glory’ (Ecstatic Peace Library, 2009) as well as the closing of her exhibition of the same name.
Justine Kurland, Ghost Town CSX, 2007
Rebecca Schiffman (Photo by Melanie Berliet)
The non-profit Miami-based gallery, The Bas-Fisher Invitational celebrated its 5-year anniversary last night with a benefit and unveiled a limited edition portfolio called ‘Wow We Have Come This Far’ of prints by thirteen artists including myself.
Artists in the portfolio:
Kevin Aaron, Alejandro Cardenas, Clifton Childree, Jessica Dickinson, Harlan Erskine, “Freegums” aka Alvaro Ilizarbe, Frederico Nessi, Rebecca Schiffman, Francine Spiegel, Jen Stark, Mike Taylor, and Jonathan Thomas.
Red Bucket Films has posted the first few episodes of The Talk Show and I am the first musical guest! Check it out. I think it’s very funny.
I have decided to start releasing each song as I finish it, as a digital single.
I wrote and recorded this first single, Me and Katie on the U.E.S. a few years ago, and am sending it out to the ever shrinking world of paying-for-music-customers before I finish up some newer stuff. Because I still love this song!
It’s about my best friend Katie and I growing up on the Upper East Side. We grew up in the same building and were in the same class at Spence. In 2006, some NYU kids e-mailed me asking if I would let them engineer a song of mine at the Clive Davis School of
Photo by Stephen Kosloff of me performing in a Chainmaille dress I just made.
On Saturday, September 26, the Red Hook-based gallery and artist collective Kidd Yellin, where I am an “artist-in-residence,” hosted a benefit concert for ShowPaper, a free bi-monthly print-only newspaper which lists all-ages music and art events in the tri-state area and features a work of art on each cover.
The event was a collaborative mix of musicians and artists. Shilpa Ray (sans all-male “Happy Hookers”) was backed by friends- including Kendrick Strauch (of the recently dissolved Harlem Shakes which featured my fellow Dalton alum, Lexi Benaim). Jason Trachtenburg played keyboard on two of my songs and Rachel Trachtenburg played drums for Kendrick Strauch, before the the Trachtenburg Family Slideshow Players‘ own set, which also featured Tina Trachtenburg playing the slide projector. Sarah and Michelle Cagianese opened the concert with pretty songs using vocal and cello harmonies, and Your Nature closed the evening with a hard rockin’ bang!
Artwork was on view by Charlotte Kidd, myself, Gibby Haynes (Butthole Surfers), Dustin Yellin, and John Gordon Gauld. One hit of the evening was Kidd’s portrait of a former cop turned Elvis impersonator:
‘Scarecrow’ 2007 by Charlotte Kidd
Check out the photos and video of the evening.
The video is part of Flipswitch Films’ Show Capsules series that will lead up to their ShowPaper documentary in the works. Also seen in the video is artist 0H10M1ke doing a “livedraw” during Kendrick’s performance. He gave me the “livedraw” he did during my set and it’s good!
SHOWPAPER, the volunteer-run, free, and one-of-a-kind “DIY” newsprint of concert, art, and film listings, will be feted at a benefit starring indie showstoppers on Saturday, September 26th at 7 p.m. in Red Hook’s jaw-dropping Kidd Yellin Gallery and artist collective at 133 Imlay Street in Red Hook, Brooklyn.
This benefit will immerse its audience in a multimedia blend of art, music and film—just as ShowPaper does. The event will reach out to an extended new audience of arts enthusiasts while preserving the intimate feel of a typical ShowPaper underground show. Artwork by Kidd Yellin resident artists and special guest art curation will be on exhibit along with a projected, rotating “virtual gallery” of ShowPaper cover art—with works by artists (often with music ties) such as Raymond Pettibon,Bjorn Copeland (Black Dice)Ben JonesPaperRadChris JohansonEd Templeton, Mark Mothersbaugh (DEVO), Brian Chippendale (Lightning Bolt) and many other talents. Music videos will be screened between sets, including acts from past ShowPaper concerts and music video screenings. The event will truly represent the symbiosis of high- and low-brow arts.
ShowPaper is known for raw, no-frills, and affordable underground shows (that support its bi-monthly publication) where art is valued above hype. ShowPaper is brought to life by the front-running tastemakers of the NYC music scene, who first introduced such artists as Vivian Girls, Matt and Kim, Dirty Projectors, Dan Deacon,and Vampire Weekend, and who are relied on by countless young people for their next taste of great and interesting music to be experienced up-close-and-personal.
With a circulation of 10,000, ShowPaper is the only publication in the tri-state area to exclusively list all-ages shows, distributed and propagated by a small army of dedicated volunteers. A hub of creative-minded people, it is a community founded on inclusion, meant to inspire the next generation of tastemakers, artists, and musicians. ShowPaper’s poster-sized cover art makes brilliant work by emerging artists accessible, and the offbeat and hilarious horoscopes, classic indie rock dating sidebar, “I Saw U,”and, of course, music listings, make it a coveted item; ShowPaper is known to a few and beloved by those who do.
Admission will be $8 – $25, sliding scale.
Tonight only, I will have paintings here:
X INITIATIVE, 548 West 22nd Street, New York, NY (the former Dia building)
RECEPTION & book release: Wednesday, September 16, 7:00 – 9:00pm.
A colony of geodesic domed tents for temporary colonization, squatting, taking over, and making yourself at home in the San Gabriel Mountains.
“This is a Test” a trial run for “This is a Performance” – organized by Sam Gordon
To workshop the exhibition opening at ACP (Los Angeles, 01.23.2010) in one of the tents, a trial balloon, to gather work, drawings, ephemera….Action Painting vs. Performance Relic – Artifact vs. Document – Jake Ewert, Daniel Feinberg, Keltie Ferris, Daphne Fitzpatrick, Jacob Robichaux, Rebecca Schiffman, A.L. Steiner, and Wesley Willis. artists meeting – video display and sales.
Thank you to everyone who came to the show at The Surf Lodge, and thank you Stephanie Gilmore and Ava Warbrick for inviting me to play.
Photo by Jay Israelson.
Click HERE to read Brandon Kim’s really funny and nice review of my performance at The Studio@Webster Hall on his IFC blog, The Independent Ear.
Pics of me by Ian Mohr:
Hess is More:
The lipstick poll is tied at 44-44! Thank you to everyone who came out to vote. Honestly, when I left for the concert yesterday Red was up by one point, but since Blue had some serious support and was the more exciting option I went for it. It was more of an opinion poll or focus group. I swear if it were a presidential election I would obey the results!
I welcome more costume ideas for performing… Pics from last night coming soon.
Click on the pics to enlarge.
For anyone who is curious, the lipsticks are:
Red- Shu Uemura RD128
Blue- Shu Umerura BL040 with Shu Uemura Me Blue Drawing Pencil
Friday, June 19 – 92Y Tribeca
Hess is More record release party
Visit the shows page for details.