Thursday, May 8, 2008

The Scenester




My sister is a scenester. A scenester is defined as one whom is always where the action is and whilst there, on the hunt for more. A friend recently sent a picture with a gal wearing a tee with the words, "I listen to bands that don't even exist yet" emblazoned across the front. A most fitting description of my sis.

Recently, our free alternative weekly, The Willamette Week, featured Portland's top ten local bands as voted by members of the music community. My sister, as one of the town's music bookers gave her two cents. As luck would have it the band she chose, The Builders and the Butchers, was voted number one thus her quote selected:

“The first time I saw the Builders and the Butchers was about a year ago at one of those free afternoon back-patio shows at Rontoms. There were these intense storm clouds above us, and we all knew that it would POUR any second. As soon as they started playing, big fat drops came comin’ down—a warm spring rain. Thunder was crashing, lightning flashing off to the east like a high desert storm. The more soaked all of our bodies became, the louder the chorus of wailing voices became—a religious fervor set in. The crowd flailed around, dancing, shouting along to the chorus, ‘When it rains!’ Truly a rock-’n’-roll baptism.”

The musings of a hipster. Tee hee.

In addition, two other bands were chosen in the top ten, Loch Lomond and Nick Jaina. A few months back I illustrated their CD release promotion concert poster. All the fonts are hand-wrought and the image in a French New Wave style.

Although not a scenester myself, (although I do love to go to the concerts of my favorite bands, I find I usually prefer an evening of Masterpiece Theatre and a pint of ice cream to the bars) I may live vicariously through both my art and my sis.

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15 comments:

heidi said...

yet another gorgeous piece!!

Rosalie said...

ice cream, ice cream!

Nora said...

I'm just like you! give me a pint of ice cream, anytime! I live vicariously too!

High Desert Diva said...

I like her description, especially the ending!

Chucka Stone Designs said...

Your sister & my sister must be friends...which means you and I must be as well lol. I live vicariously through the stories of my sister's vivacious lifestyle -- as long as she shares them before I fall asleep on the sofa at 10:00 on a Friday night after eating that ice cream you speak of.

Rosebud Collection said...

Just enjoy looking at your work..
Doesn't get any better than Masterpiece theater and ice cream.

tangobaby said...

I love that poster. And Masterpiece Theatre and ice cream!

Your sister sounds fascinatingly fabulous so you will have to keep all of us apprised with her exciting life.

LeaKarts said...

I love the red background on that poster. You are so fabulous :)

Dawn said...

Cool poster! And their album title is clever. Love it!

nuvonova said...

I've heard and read 'scenester' quite often but never truly knew what it meant... and as soon as I read its definition, I connected it instantly to my muse, Clara Bow. A notorious scenester!

Mrs.French said...

Aren't "scenester" sisters the best. I somehow hope that her coolness will wear off on me.

design for mankind. said...

Aww, thanks for your sweet comment! The Loch Lomond poster is fabulous!

Ok now I really am going outside... :)

espionage said...

Kind of sounds like me and my hubby. I want to be where the action is, he wants to chill out. I wish it were easier to just "live vicariously" through your spouse. Thing is, it usually doesn't work like that!

Margins. said...

Really beautiful piece.

You and your sister have some crazy writing talent going on. I love that you love music so much!! Yay.

Post Script: I went to New Mexico last weekend and thought of you. Yup, I did.

Octavine Illustration said...

heidi: oh thank you!~

rosalie: my favorite is haagen dazs coffee...mmm...

nora: i also like just plain ol' vanilla bean.

high desert diva: thank you!~

chucka stone designs: ha! they can go out and we'll stay home delighting in PBS.

rosebud collection: agreed.

tangobaby: oh thank you! we share so much....

leakarts: you are fabulous, my dear....

dawn: thank you!~

nuvonova: i think lady scenesters were born in the glorious jazz age. the roaring '20s and clara bow herself were perhaps the creators of the scenester!~

mrs. french: i would never tell my sis that for fear her ego would explode, but i agree....

design for mankind: get outside and enjoy the sunshine!~ and thank you....

espionage: my hubby and i are the same way. he wants to go out, i want to stay in. thus he goes out with my sis and everyone is happy.

margins.: oh thank you my dear...i hope you loved new mexico....so sweet of you to think of me!~