Jan 23, 2016

If you were thinking about going out for a walk to look around, don’t bother, you can’t actually see anything once the wind gets going anyway. (at Clinton Hill Neighborhood)

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Jan 21, 2016

gotagirlcrush:

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.

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Jan 21, 2016

@sampaulsampaul’s interview with Shannon Shaw is up on the @gotagirlcrush blog along with some snaps we took while @shanandtheclams was on tour. 💗💛💚

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Jan 7, 2016

This counts right? @mtotheegg’s and my photos on display at Brooklyn Museum’s Coney Island exhibit, which is awesome and you should check it out. #coneyforfreakingever can’t wait for summer (at Brooklyn Museum)

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Jan 6, 2016

🔮🔺⭐️🌙 (at Wigs and More)

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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)

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Dec 21, 2015

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Dec 19, 2015

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Dec 8, 2015

😝 📷 by @eythink

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Dec 7, 2015

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Smelling @eythink’s desire? (at Museum of Sex)

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Dec 6, 2015

Forgot to post a reminder that this is happening today….like right now. Come out! Bluestockings 172 Allen St, Manhattan (at Bluestockings Bookstore, Café, & Activist Center)

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Nov 25, 2015

Finally getting to try out #googlecardboard. This is how you virtual reality right? (at Northampton, Massachusetts)

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Nov 25, 2015

4-ish hour bus ride commenced. 😒 (at Cross Bronx Exp.)

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Nov 17, 2015

🍌

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Nov 16, 2015

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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)!

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Nov 12, 2015

Way out here

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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.

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Oct 29, 2015

Almost done packing these pins for shipping! Use promo code BREASTFRIENDS4EVA to get 2 for $20. You can get one for you and one for your bestie, or just get them both for yourself! #enamelpin

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Oct 27, 2015

Now you can own one, or both, plus another one for your bosom buddy. Link in profile or go to shop.gotagirlcrush.com #breastfriends #mynameaintbaby

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Oct 24, 2015

#whereswaldo (at Tompkins Square Park)

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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.

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Oct 20, 2015

at Bowery & Houston

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Oct 15, 2015

@eythink @mtotheegg “sunrise over dumpster” inspired by “sunset over log in a parking lot”

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Oct 15, 2015

See ya, Texas. It’s been real nice. 😘@Eythink (at Marfa, Texas)

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Oct 14, 2015

#bathroomselfie (at Austin, Texas)

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Oct 13, 2015

Butt crack of dawn (at Marfa, Texas)

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Oct 12, 2015

Just a peacock in the middle of the desert. (at Cd. Ojinaga, Chih.)

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Oct 12, 2015

at Marfa, Texas

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Oct 12, 2015

#goodjobgawd (at Chihuahuan Desert)

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Oct 12, 2015

“Good job gawd”

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