Archive for 2004

planet earth

well, this touring year is over.
it has been an amazing year!

some of the highlights, which some of you may have shared with me were:
the first tour back in january, which was my very first tour of my very first album, european opening for the great perfect circle!!!! our first and only headlining gig of europe was phenomenal, the album had only been out a month or two and the turn outs and enthusiasm were incredible !! thank you all for coming! (and i am sorry we didn’t make it to portugal ! one of my favorite countries in the world!!!! next year!)

my oh my the curiosa tour, the most romantic tour of the decade! dare to be romantic is what i say, and everyone on that tour does! wow, the euro summer festivals, and my decade reading festival anniversary! then their was the sweet hearts of the detroit brothers and sisters, the von bondies! and last but not least, the beauty of the finns of h.i.m.. which i believe to have been one of the most compatible musical unions of the year. that balance between heavy and romantic, strong et vulnerable, love, but metal. what a way to end the year. thank you everyone who made this possible and shared these moments with us.

now it feels like a free fall, no show to play, no band as my structure, just my unknown future.

i am most excited about getting working on my new material.
i have been feeling inspired in my brain as of late.
lot’s of lyric writing.
in the making of the last album, my biggest concern was to exercise my musicianship. my tools of choice were; bass and guitar and collaboration with the other musicians. for this next one, i am eager to expand in the areas i was avoiding last time; brain, lyrics and vocal experimentation.

i speak of following my gut a lot, which i do with pride and joy, but this time i will let my brain do some translating, for it to not be so abstract and more precise.

what i have learned in this last year, through touring these songs for the first time, is i am there to communicate, not only with the performance and sounds, but with words and my ideas.

by watching people in the audience and speaking to those after the show, the fire to connect has grown. as i have said many times, music is the great connector. it has a beautiful power to bring people together. so we are, and so our music will evolve and the message expand.

so this winter i will hibernate, and build sounds and atmospheres around these ideas i have. where as in the past, i would build ideas around sounds.

i wish you all happy holidays, and most of all a lot of hope for our new year.
2005, coming for us. full of opportunity and possibilities.
hope for the best, in love and health.

thank you for all your support in the past amazing year.
i made these sounds to share, and now i am.
thank you for listening.

Los Angeles

I am so disappointed that the San Francisco show was cancelled. I love that city, but because it is not our tour, I couldn’t rearrange anything. H.I.M., like us, have been on tour for a year, and their singer, Ville, lost his voice, so he had to cancel.

Hopefully he is all rested for the L.A. final shows. I am really excited about these 2 shows. Not only are they the last days to celebrate with our new Finnish friends, but they are our last last two shows of the year, and of this album. A change of pace is coming for me, from touring and connecting with the outside, to returning inside and writing my next album. Wow. New and exciting adventure, I have never written my second album before… but first I must play my last 2 shows of my first album before, something else I have never done before.

Thank you Los Angeles friends for coming out in the next few nights.

It has been an amazing year. I am so happy that I got to share it, through my music, with so many nice and enthusiastic music lovers…

One month left until the turning of a new year! I love new years.

With it, I always feel hope, and most of all the excitement for the unknown future to come… yahoo!! Music, love, friends, knowledge, food, challenge, adventure, confusion, freakiness, and much much more.

Hope you are all well.


Reporting to you from the ultimate Heavy Romantic Love Metal tour

We are into week 2 of the H.I.M – Monster Magnet – Auf der Maur tour, and I LOVE IT!!!!!!!!! The big celebration started day 2 of the tour in Philadelphia! There was some real living life to its fullest times with H.I.M and the BAM/ Bloodhound Gang types. Late night, lot’s of laughs, patient parents, a crazy house with a skate ramp driveway and plenty of Heartagrams to go around. The Philly meets Finland connection is an odd combo, and somehow I connected with both these camps separately in the past year, so in addition to that unlikely pairing, count me in! The Canadian girl is in!!!! Next, two nights at Irving Plaza in NYC came and went, some chaos there, but we made it through with smiles and dancing.

Pittsburgh, the Iron City, home Andy Warhol and a real deal rock town with cool bridges, was last night, I met lots of new ears that discovered my sounds last night. We hadnÕt played Philly proper yet. So friends were made there. Now we are off to the original Rock city, Detroit! We have had the pleasure to play there 3 or more times this year! Every time makes me happy.

Mid West is here. and we played the best show of the tour, so far, in Chicago. One of my musical spiritual homes. The people there were so supportive and wonderful and the beautiful Riviera theatre looked and sounded great! I love Chicago and The Pumpkins……….. Next begin to head West……………. The rest is set in the west….Let me tell you about the phenomenon from Finland called H.I.M; to begin with they are wonderful people. So gracious and enthusiastic to have us in their world. Real music lovers and hailing from northern isolation. Which in addition to their viking nature gives them a slightly out of this world glow. Which is reflected in there dedicated and devoted fan base. I have not seen anything like it before. I saw glimpses when touring with nine inch nails and Marilyn Manson in the 90’s, the romanticism and gothic intensity, but those bands were huge! and every one and their mother had heard of them. H.I.M. are huge in europe, but have close to no support here from radio or magazines. What they do have is the hypnotic symbol as a logo; the Heartagram, (part heart part pentagram, reflecting the duality and ultimate truth in life; heaven and hell together forever), a wild skater and avid supporter called BAM with his own TV show, heavy riffs combined with heavy love songs and a whole lot of LOVE METAL to pass around. This has inspired people across the country to buy every wearable version of this logo (t-shirts, belt buckles, necklaces, scarves, hats…..), one out of five has it tattooed, and in a time of low ticket sale tours, they buy up all the tickets way in advance to our arrival. Now that is Magic. It has been amazing to be apart of this and witness this new emerging subculture come together. Thank you to those new ears we have entered along the way, and it has been great to see the familiar faces at the shows again.

Our year of touring is coming to an end, and I look forward to begin work on my next album this winter……a time of rest is coming, so this H.I.M. tour is the last blow out for awhile!!!!

Live Life to its Fullest, and I will too.


This is the first time I have had a chance to write since the whirlwind end of the Curiosa tour that brought us straight into this European festival run. So here’s what has happened:

Curiosa was very hard to leave, we had grown so close to the music, the people and the amazing opportunity to play in front of like minded people in the U.S.A. but we had fun obligations in Europe.

It began in Belgium at the Pukklepop. Festival. It was a great big festival with a fun diverse line up; the Darkness, the Streets, Chemical Brothers, and us on the big stage and then a great line up in the tent with; Mondo Generator, Mark Lanegan (what a voice!) and Greg Dulli. It was a great way to start it off out here.

The next day was Holland! I love Holland because of how liberal they are. You can feel it even in their attitude towards music, really open minded and enthusiastic. I have had great time on all my tours to Holland this year; they have been extremely supportive of this music. Our show at the Holland Lowlands festival was really great!!!! The crowd response (around 12,000 of them!!!) was amazing. Singing along and made us feel so welcome.

Next stop Austria!!! Another German speaking country who think Auf der Maur is a stage name, It actually means On the Wall in German, and it is only a family name in Switzerland, so in the other parts of Europe they just think it is a silly band name! Nonetheless the Austrians were extremely into the music. We had only been through once this year, opening up for Perfect Circle before the album was even released, so it was amazing to see the evolution since February. It was a fun rainy festival and I got to see great sets by the Distillers, Franz Ferdinand, Supergrass, the silliest band around the Bloodhound gang (Steve and I had tons of laughs with those Philly boys!) and Urge Overkill (that I hadnÍt seen play since 1994!).

Then off we go to the Kerrang!!! Awards! where I presented the award for best British live band to THE DARKNESS. Had I not seen them a few days earlier in Austria I wouldn’t be able to vouch for their abilities, but I must say it is true; these guys are great entertainers in the spirit of Benny Hill (great British comedy TV show from the ’70s about a silly pervert man,). And they are amazing guitar players! So the night was quite silly. There were tons of bands being awarded – Greenday, MC5, Ash, Muse, L.A. heroes Velvet Revolver (winning for best new band, go figure…) and much more. England is the most enthusiastic and music obsessed country – As they should be! Just look at the history of modern music from Britain; it starts with the Beatles and The Stones, then to Zeppelin and Sabbath, then the Sex Pistols and all TRUE punk, then my faves The Cure and The Smiths, then that brings us into the last decade or so were weÍve got the Stone Roses to Radiohead. I am always in awe and aware of that context of music when in England. They have seen everything! That is why I am so excited that the response to my music has been so great there! The support I have felt there has been incredible!

This brings us to the READING AND LEEDS FESTIVAL!!!!!!!!


I am voting via absentee ballot, it is easy! This may be the most important election of our lifetime. The result affects everyone! The whole world is watching. We are in this together. Please DO NOT forget to vote. As you know, your vote does count – and voting is your opportunity to take action. Protect your future by choosing the better option for you and your views.

The last U.S. election in 2000 was a really crucial one, and I made sure to vote (even though I was on tour in Europe! You can vote from abroad! No excuses!). What frustrated me was a lot of my friends (nice AND smart friends) did not vote last time around out of lazyness or worse, a feeling that it wouldn’t make a difference (I think things would be very different right now had a Democrat stayed in power). We don’t want that to happen again – we can’t afford to lose the votes of smart individuals! Please take the opportunity to choose the person and party who best represent you and vote. I know none of the candidates are perfect, but some of them truly are terrible, and we must, at the very least, protect ourselves from them!!

Cross your fingers and vote, hoping for the best!

Greetings from The Maritimes, Canada.

We are 2 weeks into our first full on canadian tour. It has been really relaxing! Funny for a rock tour to be relaxing, but it has been. Everyone involved on the tour from the bands to crew are all really nice and relaxed. I have had time to catch up on sleep, peace of mind AND the Canadain music world in general. You see, although i am a Canadian musician, i have only been in U.S. based bands (with the exception of Tinker, but that was only in Montreal, and for only a year), so i have never really participated in the music scene up here. Now is my time, and i am introducing myself and my sounds to thousands of lovely Canadians!

Thank you to everyone who has come out to the shows, and listened.By the way, have you noticed all the amazing music coming out of Canada lately??

Death from Above 1979, The Stills, Uncut, Feist, Peaches just to name a few! Discover the North! I am and it is great! We are in the very east of Canada right now, and it is legendary for its beauty and hospitality. So far so good, tomorrow i suspect will be one of the highlights, we fly to Newfoundland, an isolated island in the far east and north. Once was a part of Scotland, so i hear it’s as gorgeous. We are playing a street festival, their version of Mardi Gras…..but in the cold ! It is supposed to snow! I have never played in those types of conditions, but it is bound to be a fun adventure.

The bands we are touring with are both long time established Canadian acts; Matthew Good, and Limblifter. So i am getting lots of good stories of the Canadian road. Thank you to my hosts of this tour, and hello to the participaters!

I am trying to get the photo side of this tour diary up and running, but Steve and I have run into tech problems….so we gotta get Kim to the rescue. Hopefully photos coming soon!

Thanks for checking in, I hope the back to school, sentimental season is treating you well.

Hi Ho. Reporting to you from Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada!

We left our sweethearts from Detroit (the Von Bondies) in Ontario. We had a blast at our Toronto show with them, doing a Von der Maur Bondies style encore; “Crazy Horses”, the heaviest rock song ever written by the Osmonds (!?). We also had the pleasure to do those last shows with San Franciscans, The Peels. Another great rock tour came to an end…… then a 50 hour drive west to start another……..

We started our Canadian tour this week. The Matthew Good band and Limblifter are our travel mates, and they are all very friendly. We are going from the very west to the very east (All the way to New Foundland!!! which is basically a chunk of Scotland that fell off and floated our way!) and everything in between. It is going to be a relaxing tour, with many beautiful long drives through the empty spaces of the great white north wilderness!

Yesterday in Vancouver, I spent time with canadian national treasure (as Sir Michael Moore calls him, and i agree!) Narduar the Human Serviette. We giggled and talked about all things past. He gave me dvd’s of his best off interviews for his t.v. show. I watched them today, he has talked to everyone from Nirvana to Snoop Dogg. He is a genuine freak of nature, and we love him.

The next three weeks we will introducing the music to new ears in Canada…..and then; our long year of touring is winding down. We will be returning in November to the U.S. for our final run, with H.I.M. and Monster Magnet. Now that sounds like love-metal-heavy-romantic fun!

Ottawa, October 5th (my little brother’s birthday!)

Hello!!! I am reporting to you from the nation’s capitol of my home and native land: Canada.

We are embarking on a full month tour of Canada, our first full-on tour of this country. However I am writing to remind you to vote in the U.S. Presidential elections on November 2nd. There is still time for you to register, I am voting via absentee ballot, it is easy! This may be the most important election of our lifetime. The result affects everyone! The whole world is watching. We are in this together.

Cross your fingers and vote, hoping for the best!

Jacksonville, Florida

Tour update! Photos and Fun!

We have been on tour with the sweethearts from Detroit for a week now. The Von Bondies are really fun and nice, “C’mom C’mon” is a great song, it makes me happy!

We also have Columbus, Ohio boys the Sun on tour with us. We started in the Midwest and have traveled south, some how avoiding hurricanes and bad weather all the while (lightning is my girl, that’s right, but she comes to visit me in my dreams instead!) still summer out here on tour! Today is our last date in Florida and we begin to head up to the northeast. We hope to see you there!

oklahoma, halfway between chicago and dallas

we are on our last leg of this inspiring curiosa tour. i don’t want it to end!

however the incredible european festivals (the reason why we are leaving this tour early) is the best alternative!!!!

we played a great show in chicago yesterday. it was a real gloomy moody day, but the crowd was great. unfortunately chris from muse (who i call “the best bass player on the tour”) fractured his wrist, and they had to leave the tour. this must have been a big disappointment to all the devoted muse lovers…i have to say that muse are one of the best bands i have seen and heard in a very long time. incredibly passionate and talented musicians.

looks like we are solidifying our fall touring plans in north america soon. we will be doing a lot of touring! i am very happy about this, and will let you all know the details as soon as we confirm them.

it is almost back to school time….that late summer melancholy is starting to set it. it is always a romantic feeling……………..enjoy you summer’s conclusion.