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!
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I’m very excited to finally be featured in the 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!
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!
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.
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 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 Recording for homework. I was saving all my material for my next album (To Be Good for a Day) so I had to come up with something last minute. I wanted to write a song like Stay Free, one of my favorite songs by The Clash, and actually written by lead guitarist Mick Jones. I think (I hope) it ended up sounding a little like The Clash meets Avril Lavigne.
Me and Katie on The U.E.S. credits: Jay Israelson produced and mixed, Ryan Stratton played bass and guitar, Kris King played drums, Rebecca Schiffman wrote words and music and sang and made the little artwork collage, Luke Taylor and Calpin Hoffman engineered.
I’m a pretty slow songwriter, sometimes only writing two a year, so to push myself a little harder, and hopefully improve my songwriting skills, my goal for 2010 is to write, record, and release at least one song every tax quarter. Or, I guess you could say, season.
I’ve felt frustrated and SAD in the past to have sat on some songs for over six years while waiting to have enough material to release a full album. Songs can start to feel stale and by the time the album comes out I no longer want to perform them. I guess I didn’t have to be so tied to it in the first place, but the album for album’s sake format is officially obsolete now that the media on which music is available has totally changed.
So, now I will be able to record each song in its own style, without having to maintain some sort of artificial cohesion with other songs. And each song can have it’s own artwork! Each song will also be the potential ground on which to collaborate with more producers, musicians, and artists.
In the works for the 1st Quarter 2010 release- a collaboration with producers Jay Israelson and Diego Duenas, and artist Michael Q. Shea.
Check out my acting debut in the movie, Fashion Party, a musical farce written and directed by Alec Coiro. Go to the website for the trailer and to RSVP for the premiere.
Last week I took part in a collaborative art installation/performance by the artist Dominique Gonzalez Foerster and the composer Ari Benjamin Meyer at The Solomon R. Guggenheim. Nicolas Ghesquière of Balenciaga custom-made our dresses and I had to take mine off on-stage. Being part of the rehearsals and watching the final pieces of this work […]
I Release My Official Response to George Gurley’s New York Observer Article About Me from My Loftbed Headquarters
Today’s issue of The New York Observer ran an article about me by George Gurley titled “Who’s That Girl? It’s Rebecca Schiffman!” Maybe I’ve been out of school too long because lately I’ve had the urge to write letters to Harper’s Magazine responding to various articles. Once I begin the effort, however, I quickly become […]
I have moved my zine The U.E.S. Journal to uesjournal.blogspot.com to try to make it easier to update and easier for readers to interact with. Please visit!
My zine The U.E.S. Journal is now on the web- all the content is there from the printed version plus lots of new stuff. www.uesjournal.com