Archive for July, 2010

MAdMTV Meets HEAVY MTL (test!)

MAdMTV – Heavy MTL 2010 from MAdM OOOM on Vimeo.

I was the lone front “woman” on the heaviest music bill in north america this summer. i arrived with bass in hand, camera in the other, and, uh, a beer sometimes in one of them and a couple of pals at my side. in honor of the great magic men in the house, we created MAdMTV! interviews were made and still a lot of editing left to do, but THIS IS A TEST: Melissa Auf der Maur meets HEAVY MTL!

(under looming cranes, a fast hang with robb with two b’s and b hinds)

amazing and unique, exposes, episodes and interviews coming soon!
that was soooooo much FUN!
not to mention comic con at the top of my weekend….
…my leather face man and i had an amazing time!




as a visiting muse to this art nouveau red river of rusty leaves and petals, i declare:


unveiling the fine art achievement of LEE MOYER!
Century Guild of Chicago created this union between myself and famed illustrator Lee Moyer, in a mad dash effort to bring like minded souls together at Comic Con. This Poster was custom made for this event, in less than 3 weeks (applaud lee!) we will be receiving visitors July 22 at 2PM tomorrow at the Century Guild Booth at the Sand Diego Comic Con. I’ll be catching a sneak peek of it all tonight, but i hear you can not miss this booth- it’s the HIGH ART booth of the convention. it’s where the original Poster art of the turn of the last Century is exhibited and sold. An incredible movement in art, that i certainly visited in another life…. we will gather in that fantasy tomorrow!
Looking forward to seeing all the passion and creation in the football field of fantasy madness x

Next Stop….. Montreal all for DOUBLE HEAVY HEAVEN HITTER OF MAdM OOOM!

OOOM Film at FANTASIA FEST Friday night!
He and I will both be at the screening for Q&A

1432 Rue de Bleury
Friday July 23 – 9:35 pm

Parc Jean-Drapeau
Saturday July 24 – 2:30 pm
It’s safe to say, that Montreal hosts North America’s premiere METAL festival.
I’ll be joining the stage with SLAYER, MASTODON, MEGADETH… need I say more?

I’m a lucky lady…. and i used to be a girl, and before that a cat.

Hope to see some of you out there this weekend!


p.s. #MAdMTV questions for the iconic men of HEAVY MTL is building in Twitter land, but i will try to find a moment to explain it more cohesively here tomorrow – in order to be sure to get as many questions and insights rolling. long of the short is, i am at HEAVY MTL all weekend, surrounded by some of the most incredible heart, minds and hands of Heavy Rock- and i feel a responsibility to ask some questions of these inspiring men. the link between magic, myth and rock! where do they access the fantastical story lines of their creations from? what they think the future of mythic music is in this modern world!? where do women and love fit into their intense landscapes… i’m asking you to provide me with questions and hopefully insight or crucial facts i may not know about the bands history etc….

Belgium-Comic Con-Fantasia/Heavy Metal MTL!

Another action packed dream MAdM OOOM week coming for you / me / them / us! x
this time no volcano OR emergency light door! right universe of golden webs!?!

starting this weekend!
Saturday and Sunday of this weekend, we’ve been invited on a Belgium weekend.
first, a festival just outside of Brussels, a 28 year old (congrats!) FREE music festival in a beautiful park x ROCK HERK!
then Sunday, DOUR festival! although i’m so so sad i will be missing the reunion of my long lost favorites Chokebore, who play the day before (remember my friend Troy Von Balthazar? “You could ice skate to this” b-side) it’s great to be part of the festival, honored to be a part of it x

NEXT STOP!… as i’ve mentioned …. i’m GOING!!!!
COMIC CON!: the world’s leading meeting of the fantasy minds! SAN DIEGO comic convention, is way beyond comics, it’s a full on blossomed UNIVERSE! i was lucky to go as my magic writer pal cecil’s date a couple years back. this time i’ve been invited as art nouveau muse! such an honor! my art nouveau friend’s in chicago, connected me and LEE MOYER ( starstruck ! classy tory amos poster below!) and we are coming together for a signing of a yet to be revealed ART NOUVEAU MAdM xxxxxxxxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxo MORE INFO! i was given a sneak peek or art nouveau moi this week… WOW!


carol ann
Friday night FANTASIA FEST – one of the leading, coolest fantasy film festivals in north american, has invited OOOM to screen on a perfect summer friday night! it’s also DIRECTOR TONY STONE’S BIRTHDAY! he and i will both be at the screening for Q&A x
it’s screening at the old downtown montreal movie theater that i first discovered David Lynch films in as a teenager! great to come back in this way. for those who have not yet seen me convert from lost in time secretary to a rip-the-heart-of-a-viking witch, please come! FANTASIA FEST

DOUBLE HEAVEN HEAVY HITTER…. need i say more………….!?!? i don’t even need a photo for that one, in fact i can’t even imagine a photo that can encompass the heavy ness of this bill……. HEAVY MTL: safe to say, that my home town, hosts north america’s premiere METAL festival. SLAYER, MASTODON, MEGADETH,

Thank you universe!
i will surely be seeing some of your like-minded freaks in the coming week!

Montreux Jazz Festival Show Cancelled. DEVASTATED

Due do a Emergency Door Light Malfunction, then an unavailable pilot, my flight to Geneva was cancelled Thursday. Leading to cancellation of my show at the prestigious festival in Switzerland.
I’m heartbroken and apologize for all inconveniences to the Festival and anyone who had planned to attend the show. In my 15 years plus of touring, i’ve never missed a show, with the EXCEPTION of two shows this year due to the Icelandic Volcano. The way i see it, is TWO once in a blue moon flukes like this, makes for SMOOTH sailing from here on out. for the next 150 years, the coast is clear!
I’ll see you again dear Switzerland. our fates are crossed x


If it’s not a Volcano, it’s an Emergency Door light…

Schermafbeelding 2010-07-02 om 06.09.24-1 (dragged)

I sit on my couch, with my sad tail between my legs.
I should be in Montreux Switzerland right now, enjoying one of the most prestigious music festivals in the world, on what would be the day after playing one of my most anticipated shows of 2010. when the invitation came up a few months back to play the Montreux Jazz Festival w/ Roxy Music, i was honored and thrilled. “YES” i said right away. from my family’s swiss roots, to french being my second language, to a feeling of being acknowledged as an established artist in my own right by an important music festival

Due to an Emergency Door Light malfunction, my Air Canada flight from Montreal to Geneva, was delayed hours, then when it was too late to find an alternative route, CANCELLED. heartbroken, i stayed up all night, waiting for morning to come to see if the festival promoters could find another stage or bill to fill the next day… they tried, but as they are such an organized festival with months of preparation, they could not find a way……

DEVASTATED….. in the last 24 hours, i have gone from numb to tears and back again.
my emotion fueled imagination brain kept orbiting around these three major LIFE issues:


i know it’s just a missed show, but the emotional side of me sends me reeling into the big picture symbolic stuff when these disappointments occur…. first of all, last time i was in europe, just a couple of months ago all was stopped due to VIKING VOLCANO. in my 15 years plus of touring around the world, i’ve never missed a show. never run into a volcano or had a flight cancelled. for both things to happen in such a short period of time, is shocking to me. so being held back from playing my swiss show, i got instant flashbacks of watching my oslo and london show pass me by…. that time was due to act of god AKA MOTHER NATURE, IN FORM OF ICELANDIC VOCANO.

so naturally it was again, that feeling of things being out of my hands… but this time was because of a DYSFUNCTIONAL CORPORATION: the failing airline industry that do not have back up planes, parts OR pilots. while my artistic fate sat in a holding pattern in an airport for 6 hours, i learned that there is a PILOT shortage and crisis, with airline pilots making as low as $19,000 a year. the unions in that industry have been destroyed, so there is little protection for pilots. this then leads the mind back to 9/11, when the industry took a huge hit (not to mention the other devastations), then a few years later, the price of fuel went soaring up: ENERGY CRISIS, we find ourselves in a non sustainable way of life, that is not only polluting our planet, but is in dire need for alternative energies systems. scientists have beein warning about both sides of the issue for decades, but corporate greed was only thinking about TODAY> well TODAY, we have a leaking oil rig environmental disaster looming over us. so the least of our worries, but no surprise, is that the airline industry has been tanking …. so flights are overbooked, no back up plans in place etc… that brings up the issue of FAILING CORPORATIONS of the world. not only did these beasts take the power away from individuals and independent companies, but now their greed has caught up with them and has shot them in the foot.. limping along, screwing the people who work for them and the people who depend on them for their work… this is a basic corporate frustration rant…. BUT the volcano flashbacks also lead me to….
THE MOTHER NATURE. when a volcano tells you what to do, you have no choice but to be humble and listen. she does have the final say, and our jet setting modern day ways are weak and ridiculous in the wake of her. which brings us back to the unsustainable way of life that’s been created around us, and the slaves to corporations and the economy we’ve become. then we think there’s no time to think of such small things, but all these issues do bring on a lot of pain to the hearts of ART- not that the ART suffers, because that energy is eternal no matter what the external reality is, but the act of SHARING THE ART INSIDE, with the outside real world, is affected by the rise and fall of technology and the economy.
we may have forgotten by this point of my long rant, but i began talking about my cancelled show at the montreux jazz festival and how an emergency door light on a plane broke my heart. 2010 saw the release of my first independent music and art undertaking. i’ve never worked so hard, and i’ve embraced all the changes and challenges in the landscape, from dying record companies, to volcanos, but truth is, it’s tough out there. most nations and people are struggling in their own ways. however, i do believe the struggle inspires harder work and opportunity for the heart to take over (why must i find that falling down, brings my hopes so high?) – this is when the intangible CREATIVE SURVIVALISM kicks in… the golden web of love, imagination and hope begins to spread. wrapping every struggle and cancelled flight into a poetic song of life. luckily, that source of magic is endless, and in all of us. even still, on my way home from having done all i could to get my self to switzerland, i cried in defeat. it wasn’t a beautiful volcano that stopped me from sharing my heart, it was an emergency light in an aircraft, then a long delay while the humans tried to fix it, then by the time it was fixed, it was too late for the scheduled pilots to fly, and they did not have any pilots on hand to FLY MY HEART TO MONTREUX. my heart aches because of it, and my little brain tries to make sense of it…………………… my brain relies on the magic stuff from the heart to get by. if i did not have that golden web to spin, i guess i’d be depressed and would probably not write songs… or long winded blog entries.
golden web
to get you through your day and your disappointments.
HOPE TO SEE YOU SOON (in particular, the people of french switzerland, i owe you x)
have a great weekend, wherever you are sweet person x





MONTREUX JAZZ FESTIVAL: intimate evening opening for ROXY MUSIC! in my family name’s homeland, only the French part of Switzerland, which is great as i will offer them TASTE YOU in french x

HEAVY MTL: safe to say, that my home town, hosts north america’s premiere METAL festival. SLAYER, MASTODON, MEGADETH,

COMIC CON: worlds leading meeting of the fantasy minds! SAN DIEGO comic convention, is way beyond comics, it’s a full on blossomed UNIVERSE! i was luck to go as my magic writer pal cecil’s date a couple years back. this time i’ve been invited as art nouveau muse! such an honor! my art nouveau friend’s in chicago, connected me and LEE MOYER ( starstruck ! classy tory amos poster below!) and we are coming together for a signing of a yet to be revealed ART NOUVEAU MAdM xxxxxxxxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxo

writing this out in my blog, gives me a clearer perspective….
i think i’ve arrived where i always dreamed of being.
you reading this (and the FIRE DEEP INSIDE) and my family and music peers,
have brought me here,
diverse world of art, travel and inspiration.

i must admit, i am tired sometimes, and it’s been a lot of work,
and i still can’t get EVERYWHERE i want to be and create EVERYTHING i wan to make…
but this gives me hope that i WILL.

need to mention, i just got back from 5 days in a dream of NEWFOUNDLAND.
such a long tale, but it will be shared both via art film and tv episode… here’s hints:
camping off the grid, mythological landscapes, ocean, jagged cliffs, songs of foggy shores an seamen, a battery powered bass and ancient arabic lute.
(and an icelandic man full of tales of old!) quite a one of a kind experience….. again. A DREAM COME TRUE.


late to catch my flight x
we are lucky to be alive