Clare Rojas the successful visual artist who performs and writes as Peggy Honeywell the slightly less successful musician has a new album out which you can hear for free here, at Soundcloud I mean. Actually, it may be that she is simplifying and releasing her music now under her art name (God knows what the name is on her passport, or birth certificate).
I met Clare a couple months ago during her Paule Anglim show opening in SF and asked her about her music. It wasn’t until two minutes ago that I heard any of it; the link didn’t work for me at the time, though I tried.
I saw Clare at the Barry McGee show Saturday but did not bother her.
When I met her before she said she wasn’t actively doing music anymore on the account of raising a child but that she had recently recorded a new cd that she was putting out there for free on the internet. The gallery helped it along by linking from their site, thusly.
Jordan Kurland the artist manager (Death Cab for Cutie, formerly Matt Nathanson, Feist) and Noise Pop co-founder collects Clare’s art and commissioned her to do a poster, was at that show, with his buddy Adam Werbach. If Clare ever gets more serious about optimizing her music she could probably get a pow-wow with Jordan. Or tap me here at Plastic Alto I would gladly put my two cents worth forward.
Meanwhile, and I cannot believe I just blew two hours on my stupid blog, I am off to fax my accountant, open a vein and bleed a little for the IRS and get back to my actual obsession for the week and task at hand, working my way through the remaining 150 short treatises of the 618-part manifesto “Reality Hunger” by David Shields. I met David at West Coast Live some time ago and only now have permitted myself to take it all in. Sometimes I fantasize about doing nothing but catching up with my reading.
edit to add now two and a half hours into my day but still on the stupid computer: the song Clare recorded that I chose to link to is actually a cover of a song that was a number one country hit for Kitty Wells and the basis for an album title by Dolly Parton and friend but also was written by a guy who became controversial based on his racist views later in his career. Rojas misspells the word “angel” as “angle” at least on the service site. And that only 18 people have heard it so far speaks to my idea that she needs a manager proper to publicize this. Anybody? I kinda sort mentioned this to the lady doing online pr for the new Stew record. Might have to pass this strangely on to her’m.