Jan 23, 2016
Jan 21, 2016
Interview with Shannon Shaw
of Shannon and the Clams
Interview by Sam Paul
Photo by Amanda Stosz
More often than not, Shannon Shaw looks timeless. She’s a larger-than-life blonde bombshell with winged eyeliner and perfect bangs. On other days, she wears gold suspenders that match the glitter that’s covering her face, her hair, and her outstretched tongue. She embodies the campy, punky, retro rock and roll that Shannon and the Clams performs.
Shaw isn’t only striking in appearance. She’s got a voice that doesn’t just blow you away—it takes you for a ride. It’s the kind of voice that, like Shaw herself, transcends time and straddles eras. It’s only natural that Shannon and the Clams warps genre and decade. At first you think their gut-wrenching ballads about love lost would be a perfect fit for your cool Aunt’s record collection, nestled between the Ronettes and The Shangri Las, but then someone belts out a scream, or the punk riffs take over. Imagine a doo-wop group in ripped tights playing in a musty Oakland basement. Or imagine the perfect soundtrack to a John Waters’ film.
Shaw, also a member of the famed queercore band Hunx and his Punx, met her original Clams bandmates Cody Blanchard and Ian Anderson at California College of the Arts. Later, Nate Mahan replaced Anderson. They released their first album, I Wanna Go Home, in 2009. The band gained a cult following quickly, charming audiences with their high-energy live shows, and raw and emotional songwriting. They released their fourth and latest album, Gone By the Dawn, this past fall on Hardly Art Records. They’ve been touring heavily since, and GAGC got a chance to see them at one of their sold-out Brooklyn shows.
SP: What was your first cassette tape? What were the kinds of songs that played in the background when you were a kid?
SS: My first cassette was Frizzle Fry by Primus followed by Roy Orbison’s Greatest Hits, No Need To Argue by the Cranberries and Throwing Copper by LIVE. The background music was always oldies top 40 kinda stuff and 80’s country and a lot of Patsy Cline, Slim Whitman, Hank Williams, Roger Miller, The Cars, Willy Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Marty Robbins and Harry Belafonte. My oldest brother who I really looked up to listened to a lot of heavy metal like Iron Maiden, Metallica and Slayer.
Jan 21, 2016
Jan 7, 2016
Dec 26, 2015
Wanted to post about a couple really good exhibitions at the main branch of the library. A great photo exhibit called the Public Eye has some really great work in it and interesting historical shots. And a really interesting exhibit of female printmakers spanning over 300 years up until 1900. There’s also a zoological photo exhibit which I didn’t get to check out but I bet it’s good. Had very limited time to see these so I plan to go back so I can spend more time looking and reading about everything. (at New York Public Library)
Dec 7, 2015
Smelling @eythink’s desire? (at Museum of Sex)
Dec 6, 2015
Nov 25, 2015
Nov 16, 2015
Check out @mtotheegg’s interview with @kat_thek on the blog if you haven’t already! It’s at bit.ly/katthek. My wildest dreams about whoever was behind #cathairpills, #bestfriendtampons and #waxstripfortunetelling were so, so far exceeded when we met up with her at home for the photo shoot. 💁😻🐈💊🔮🎈👯 photos by @mtotheegg, animation be me, music from @childbrrrth (which has been on repeat nonstop since Kat recommended then with breaks for Missy Elliott of course)!
Oct 31, 2015
I give Halloween my all or almost nothing and I’ve been super lazy this year and don’t even know what I’m doing/where I’m going yet and if I’ll make a new costume or pull an old one out of my closet (I save every costume) ¯\_(ツ)_/¯, so here’s my favorite costume I’ve ever made instead. Black metal and a burning church, complete with light up flickering flames and a speaker with a metal playlist.
Oct 29, 2015
Oct 27, 2015
Oct 22, 2015
Look what the post office finally dragged in after holding the package prisoner for a month. Will be officially announced later on and available in the @gotagirlcrush shop online as well as some events coming up. Shout out to Habana Outpost for getting @mtotheegg and I straight up goofy on one frozen mojito each and helping us design these.
Oct 15, 2015