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been a busy working girl gettin’ filthy in ybor, but first a quickie in atlantic city

  

The past month or so has been  extremely therapeutic. I am happier and probably healthier than I have been in a while.  As if my last post wasn’t any indication of how crazy my life was becoming…  But yes things are looking up.  I began daylighting as the multi-media designer for Promo Only.  I like it – it’s good to have a day gig, especially one that keeps me plugged into the music industry.  Since I began working for Promo Only I have no complaints and actually it’s been pretty dope – especially the quick trip to Atlantic City for DJ Expo.  I helped work the convention booth and attended the nightly parties.  Our official party was held at the House Of Blues – MC’d by Clinton Sparks with performances by Sean Paul, Breathe Carolina, Taylor Dayne, Speakers, Shannon, Kat Graham, Nire AllDai, and Julissa Veloz, to name a few.  I had the pleasure of meeting Julissa Veloz and Clinton Sparks and both of them were extremely kind as well as talented.

In other news, I’ve become a regular at Czar in Tampa every Friday night for the Filthy Richard Party.   Picture Friday/Saturday nights at BackBooth + TakeOvr on Tuesdays at Roxy then add music videos and some digital mapping and now you have a Filthy Party.  It also doesn’t hurt that the DJ I’m stalking there is pretty hot, and he doesn’t seem to mind my presence in the booth one bit.  I think secretly he calls me his ‘little party starter’ and I also think he’s in love with me whether or not he knows it yet… but that’s not for here.

If you ever grace the good city of Tampa with your presence over a weekend, I think you should make Filthy Richard part of your “Must do’s”.  Here are the top 5 things you should experience in the Tampa area in order.

FRIDAY

  • Eat a SANDWICH at The Bricks in Ybor (They are all super yum)
  • Dance your ass off in any of the 3 rooms at Czar during Friday night’s Filthy Party

SATURDAY

  • Eat at DATZ – make sure you order at least one pancake (pumpkin if available)
  • Walk around the touristy area near the bay  and share a couple of Alcoholic Slurpees at Wet Willies – no Wet Willies is not unique but you might as well do something touristy and stupid.  Besides it’s a nice view.

SUNDAY

  • “Grow some” and attend Skinny-Dip Sunday at Caliente Resort in Land-O-Lakes (it’s a clothing optional day, so you won’t be required to bare-it-all, but hey if YOLO is still a thing why not embrace it? In any case it’s good music, good food, and awesome people watching.
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just a quickie…. the spring/summer recap.

Schools out – and as for me… I’ve been on summer vacation (from blogging) since May.  No, I haven’t disappeared, gone into protective custody, solitary confinement,  or joined a convent.   My excuse? I’ve been BUSY, and despite all the crazy changes taking place in my life – I haven’t been inspired to Blog.  So for now we’ll leave it at that.   I’ve simply been filling my time… and let’s face it, it’s a difficult and occasionally daunting task to recount 3 months worth of activities.

This is one of those occasions… but because I suffer from severe Catholic Guilt Syndrome (CGS), to the point of feeling guilty about not keeping this thing up-to-date, I have decided to bullet point my highlights since May.

MAY at a glance…

  • May 7: My Cousin’s Weekend Wedding in VEGAS-  It was my first time there, and I liked it even though I went through nearly an entire tube of chap-stick.  It was also a success considering I made it back with my money, dignity, and NO vague memories of getting hitched by a man in an Elvis suit…
  • May 21: I played a killer show at The Social with Andy Matchett and the Minks, Circus, and Soulbirds.
  • Tracked the beginning of my new EP set to drop by the end of this summer.

JUNE- Springing into Summer…
  • Played shows at Firestone Lot, Backbooth, and The Social all within a week of each other – it was insane but quite a rush.
  • June 4: MATT & KIM show @ Firestone Live!!!
  • June 17: Partied (a little too hard) at my little brother’s bar-mitzvah – but had a blast – and I’m so proud of him.
  • June 30: Caught Florence And The Machine at Hard Rock Live – FREAKING AMAZING!
JULY…. so far.
  • 4th of July @ Clearwater Beach with the Family
  • July 7: Attended Animal Collective (very trippy indeed) at The Beacham (My new Favorite Venue)
  • And I am currently in the middle of renovating and decorating my new studio.  – my own little music space…. I’m so happy.  🙂
  • I am also working on new material and re-writes for my EP. Woo hoo!  
Things are certainly taking shape – and I will be adding more show dates to my calendar soon…. This fall is going to be incredible – I can FEEL it.
PS:  shout out to all my DPR friends!  DOG POWERED ROBOT was picked Best Fringe Show – in the Orlando Weekly’s 2011 “Best of” – well deserved guys!
Now back to summer vacay.
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‘spreading the love’… then stomping on it: music is easier.

I had an amazing time at WMC!  The weather was perfect – and the networking was tight.  The highlights are as follows: 1. Attending the 26th Annual International Dance Music Awards (IDMAs)  – DEV & The Cataracts Performed (best bit for sure). 2. Sneaking in a sushi date with my sis.  3. Catching up with my college professor/adviser, Rey Sanchez during the Remixing Panel. 4. Meeting Robin S. vocalist behind the 90’s tune “You’ve got to show me love”. 5. And of course taking in that beautiful South Florida sunny sunshine … with SPF 50 of course.  😉

My BackBooth gig was also amazing because, despite it being a Tuesday night show, the turnout was pretty, pretty good.  HUGE THANK YOU to all of you who came out to support!  Additionally Jacuzzihidive was a ‘fantasmagasmic’ opener with great energy and catchy tunes.  Check them out http://www.jacuzzihidive.com – your ears will thank you.

Yea last week was pretty good.  Things have been pretty good overall, my new EP project is moving along nicely – all songs are in the production phase, Dog Powered Robot rehearsals are well under way with a highly entertaining script, I finished writing the extended version of the DPR theme song, I ‘spread love’ by passing out positive affirmations at the Winter Park Art Festival, had a super cool Sunday FUNday attempting to ride a motorized skateboard and to top it all off I’m surrounded by people who love me.

One would think, “That sounds GREAT Britt, Lucky girl, go get ‘em!”  Well maybe not exactly that – but something along those lines… right?  Well then, WTF is my problem?  What on Earth is making me act like such a brat… complete ‘A-hole’ to the people who care about me the most?  Is it because I think I can, and simply get away with it? Maybe I don’t want to let anyone in or  get to close to me? That’s right, stay where you are, at an arm’s length please… so I can be comfortable.

As I type this I am realizing how tragic and horrible that sounds.  Especially regarding my behavior last night, which was not cute and quite repulsive at best.  I’m not going to go into the awful details because they don’t deserve to be memorialized on the World Wide Web

But I will say this…

Out of a list of lame excuses, (none of them good enough to stand alone) including fear, insecure feelings, and self-sabotaging strategies, I managed to hurt someone I care about.  This person has put a lot on the line emotionally and has been completely open and vulnerable with me.  And here I am stomping out the chance of having something that is truly meaningful and real.

I honestly don’t know if that person will read this, I don’t know what’s going to happen.  I don’t know if I am even ready for this, and judging by my episode last night I would say, I most certainly am not.  But then again, are we ever truly ready when lovely, unexpected, people sneak up on us?

If you are reading this, I am so sorry, and sorry doesn’t even begin to cut it. You don’t deserve this kind of treatment, and honestly you deserve so much more… more than I am giving.   I certainly don’t have it together, and I am confused as hell, but you were right.  I can’t let go that easily – and I would like it if you stuck around.  If you don’t want to, I’ll understand.  It’s like you said, you’ll be fine, and I’ll be fine… but ‘fine’ is bleh.

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a v-day kiss… of sorts, DP Army, and a slide into my own march madness… boy am i a busy girl.

Dear Readers… I haven’t forgotten about you… I’m actually embarrassed that it’s almost been a month since my last post.  FAIL.  But holy wowzers have I been a busy girl.  In fact nothing has slowed down, and for that I’m thankful.  🙂

Let’s start with ‘Single Awareness Day’ or Valentine’s Day whichever you prefer (yes I know it’s nearly St. Patrick’s Day but I must recap). I participated in a performance art concept piece, Kiss Tones, by Brian Feldman.  It was a 2 hour gimmick in which I performed my own original songs, and then upon request and a small $10 fee, I also performed some “evergreens”  (standards) mainly Jazz/ Musical \Theater – esque into the mouths of observers/participants.  Now, you’re probably thinking, WTF?  It wasn’t really kissing it literally was singing into their open mouths, but only after a mouth inspection by Brian Feldman, and a 30 second Scope swishing.  This was a precaution that I was very fond of.  You can watch a clip from the performance HERE (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9w0Ll7rfoZ4).  I’m sure will find it strange and adorably quirky.  Other than publicly sabotaging my career I was asked out on a date by one of the observers, Scott – and of course being the sweet heart I am, I obliged and we’ll simply leave it at that for now… 😉

Ok what else?… Ah yes I did yet another photo shoot with my girl and awesome photographer Rima Nassar!  We ran around Downtown Orlando during the last couple hours of daylight, and after 5 locations, and 5 outfits we called it a wrap.  I can’t wait to see them and from the few shots Rima showed me on her camera, they were lookin’ pretty, pretty good.

In other news, the new DOG POWERED ROBOT production, Dog Powered Robot and the History of the Future, is well underway.  The DPR team or ‘DP Army’ has been working on creating new bots, merch, and video teasers.  It has been one hell of a ride.  We had an entire Saturday dedicated to the creation of new DPR merch for the Thursday, March 10th DOG POWERED ROBOT Fringe Show Fundraiser at Blank Space (which is this week, woop woop!), Thomas Thorspeken even came out to capture the day in his sketch book.  The team made limited edition T-Shirts, buttons, and posters which will be available for purchase.  We also had our first ever cast read through, and hit the Fab Fringe night to promote, promote, promote.  Additionally, Josh Geoghagen (DPR script writer) and I had an interview with Jeremy Seghers, host of Out And About on WPRK 91.5 this past Friday, in which we discussed the creation of Dog Powered Robot and the upcoming Fringe Show this MAY.  You can catch the entire interview HERE (http://outandabout.podbean.com/2011/03/04/dog-powered-robot/).

Also, If you haven’t seen the promo video teasers yet, you simply must check them out.  Click on the following links to view them, I promise you will not regret it.

Other than that I’ve been working feverishly on my Sophomore release coming at you this SPRING 2011 – AWE YEA – I can’t wait! I have 4 of 5 songs finished and Chris has been working his producer magic on them.  I am literally finishing the lyrics/melody to the last song of the project, titled, Out of Control (and it’s going to be sick, sick, sick.)  I’m feeling really good about this new EP, mainly because I think I have a much better sense of what it is I want to do musically and artistically.  This year has been a tremendous year of growth for me.  I am also excited to announce that I will be performing at least 2 new songs at my next show, TUES, MARCH 15 at BackBooth.  It will be an entirely Electronic/Indie/Pop show, with a killer opening act, Jacuzzihidive (Las Vegas).  I think this show will definitely take things to the next level for me.  If you’re local come out, this coming TUES!  I promise NOT to disappoint!  Only sweet sounds and “ear-gasms”!

I’ve been super busy,  but as they say, “Work hard, play hard”  – and I managed to get in a little playtime over the past few weeks including a game of croquet at Lake Eola with my friends of the Orlando Broken Hearts Croquet Club, a birthday bash at Stardust Video & Coffee, and a night of dancing er… geeking it up at Eye Spy and Midnight Mass at BackBooth.

Well Dahlings, that’s all for now.  I’m currently in SOUTH BEACH attending WMC …. and on that note…. I’m peacing out and going for a mojito.  😉

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january =ing INSANE month, but i still stopped to enjoy ‘The Pauses’.

I NEED A HAIRCUT

I would like to start off by saying, EEEEEEEEEEEE GAH!  My schedule this month has become insane!  All of it is wondrous, so I’m not complaining at all, but the craziness of it literally just hit me today as I was going over my mental list, which by the way also includes me getting a haircut… my bangs are driving me bananas.

The first two weeks of 2011 went by incredibly fast and these last two, I guarantee, will probably blow by as well.  “What’s coming up?”  you ask… well I’ll tell ya! With bullet points!

  • Playing a show tomorrow night @Tatáme Sake Lounge, SAT JAN 15 / 9pm
  • Releasing brand NEW SINGLE, Never Done This, week of JAN 17
  • Filming a live performance at FULL SAIL with the BAND on JAN 20
  • Audition in MIAMI JAN 21
  • Interview with ORLANDO LIVE @ City Arts Factory on JAN 27
  • Shoot with Photographer Mark Harmon on JAN 29 …Location TBD
  • And oh yea… the bangs are getting cleaned up on Monday 😉

And on top of all that … I’ll be in the studio writing/recording my sophomore release, and working on several Music Video concepts to be filmed this Spring.

Phew!!!!!

These past couple of weeks have been relatively laid back in comparison to what is to come, but I have been plugging away in the studio… and let me tell you … I am GRINNING EAR TO EAR over these new tracks.  “NEVER DONE THIS”, which was written in just two hours during the Taxi Road Rally with Sergio Ruelas, Machael Hazani, and Duff Watrous, is hands down my new favorite.  Chris and I started  working on the recording in December and it sounds SICK.  I will get the final Mixed/Mastered version on Sunday – and then I’m gonna let it fly!

The other tune we are working on is a fun indie dance tune, titled, “ONE AND ONLY”, nothing serious about it,  just a little something to replace a frown with a big grin. 😀  I keep waiting for Chris to roll his eyes at me in the studio… but he seems to be enjoying himself despite the challenge of getting his head into it. Goal is to have the entire sophomore project released by March!

Other than studio time, rehearsals, and day job stuff – I managed to catch a cold (I’m all better now) and catch The Pauses at Backbooth.  They are a local indie rock band that  delivers some sweet tunes against a colorful, homey backdrop complete with a  “window”  with a brightly animated green grass and blue sky landscape with school buses, bunnies and other random puppet passer-byers.

It was their CD release party and they seemed to bring out a fairly “plugged-in” group of locals, many of whom I’ve met over the past year. It was a good night, lots of laughs and lots of familiar faces.  In fact the lead singer of The Pauses looked very familiar to me – so after the show I stalked her out on Facebook and sent her a message.  It turns out that Tierney Tough and I used to work at the same cafe years ago (small freaking world).  Giving me yet one more good reason to have attended that night.

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hip hip hooray for christmas vacation and a jolly ‘joisey’ new year!

Well friends what a year it has been – I am literally up in the air at 30,000 feet as I type this first post of the New Year.  2011, yikes, not sure if I can wrap my head around that number… but I have a feeling this year will be even better than the last – and I am itching for something incredible to happen.

This Christmas Vacation was one of the best holiday breaks I have had in a long time, complete with holiday parties, chilly weather, tons of food, time spent with loved ones, and play dates with friends.  I have a feeling this blog might seem a little outside my normal tone – but I’m feeling a bit thankful and sentimental – so deal with it.

Before I go into all of the mushy gushy stuff I want to give you the quick and dirty…. In a nice concise, short list of highlights:

1.       SUN: 12/19 – Attended a cookie exchange party with my mom; I made the vegan apricot, cranberry, oatmeal cookies (recipe below).  Then I put on a fancy dress, high heels, and a smile to attend the Full Sail end of the year holiday bash  –  it was massive.  I ran into several friends, including Thomas Thorspecken, Brian Feldman, Chris McCown and even a family friend I hadn’t seen in ten years.  I was invited to the event by a Mr. Krauss – he was my hot date for the evening and he basically snuck me in.

2.       TUE: 12/21 – I dragged (no pun intended) my parents and my close friends Nick and Joey to Bananas – my newest obsession.  It was the first ever “Broadway Night” at Bananas and it was FABULOUS!  Despite a few technical difficulties the show was cute and heartwarming and we laughed A LOT.  It was holiday themed, complete with drag queens and a snow machine outside the front entrance.  After that Nick, Joey and I headed downtown.  We stopped off at my place and spent about an hour on Facebook laughing hysterically about our new venture with Evan Miga, University of College Online.  Evan had just finished creating the site and made the mistake of giving Nick and I admin privileges on the Facebook page… check it out it’s quite amusing.  After we laughed until are tummies ached we headed over to Backbooth to shoot the shit with our mutual friend Aaron.

3.       FRI: 12/24 – Christmas Weekend was spent with my family – we attended Christmas Eve service and had a Christmas Dinner with Terry Olson and family, a very random occurrence but we didn’t have dinner plans that night and it was generous of Terry and Robin to invite us to join in on their family gathering.  That night I upheld my Christmas tradition and made my annual decorated sugar cookies – best batch ever.   The next morning I was spoiled rotten, and my most favorite random gift was an avocado slicer.  My mother requested I make sure to tell EVERYONE that SHE gave me the avocado slicer, just in case there was any confusion.  My other favorite gift is my new SAMSUNG Galaxy Tab, it is pretty freaking sweet and can kick your iPad’s ass.

4.     MON: 12/27 – I had a play date with Nick and Joey, and we built a fort in their living room – and I can honestly say It was the most fun I’ve had in a very long time.

5.       TUES: 12/28 – Tuesday kicked off my five-day retreat to Ocean City New Joisey to be with my family.  Much of the time was spent hanging out at home where it was warm, but we did freeze our asses off in Philly for the Eagles Vs. Vikings game.  Our cousin Thomas is on the Vikings roster, and although he didn’t play, we saw him use his mad clipboard/note taking skills…

6.       FRI: 12/31 – On New Year’s Eve everyone had parties to attend except for my sister Sarah and I so my mom, Art, Sarah and I made plans  of our own and headed to Atlantic City for a lovely dinner at Izakaya, a rather posh Japanese restaurant located in the Borgata Hotel and Casino.   The food was excellent!  Menu items worth mentioning are the Edamame Dumplings, the BBQ Pressed Duck Buns, and the Chilean Sea Bass.  Afterwards we split up, Art and Sarah headed to a late night movie, and my mom and I decided to ring in the New Year Atlantic City style – we enjoyed a couple of cocktails at the swanky Water Club Sunroom – then headed over to Gypsy Bar where we enjoyed a live cover band and lots of sloppy drunks.  We loved every second of it, and laughed until our sides hurt… In fact my abs are still sore.

Now here’s the mushy bit – It’s during the holiday season that we have time to reflect on what truly matters, and in these moments, for me at least, the people I really love come to mind.   I was lucky enough to spend time with my loved ones, well most of them.  I hope you did the same.

Happy New Year.

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turkey, chicken, waffles, gravy and whole lot of bananas

In case you were wondering…

The Cameo Show went really well – the band was super tight, and my producer said it best, “you guys had a pulse – you were driving the music.”  Even our transitions were smooth – so I’ll drink to that and skittles all around for my sweet band.

The gracious new owners of the historic Cameo Theater were also pleased and asked me to come back the next night to open for Beebs and Her Money Makers.  It was too short notice for the band to get on board (I got the call at 5:30pm that night) so I packed up my laptop and keyboard and went it solo for about 25 minutes.  It was still relatively early in the evening and the crowd (if you could call it that) was minimal, so it felt more like a private show for the owners, barkeeper, sound engineer and my favorite asian brothers – Nick and Joey who were kind enough to swing by to hear me bang out a few songs.  “Yous guys are da best!”

I was pretty beat afterwards and Nick and Joey had requested we grab food.  It was at the suggestion of Beebs that we check out Bananasa Modern  American Diner located in the Mills 50 district.  So we shoved my gear into my car and walked a good 5 blocks from the Cameo to Bananas, all the while taking retarded pictures in front of the hardly creative and generic business signs, like ‘Balloons’ – hmmm I wonder what they sell?

We reached our destination and were immediately impressed with the decor and overall friendly and inviting feel of the place.  The menu looked amazing – and I instantly realized this was not the place if you are trying to count calories and watch your waistline, no siree – this was a comfort food lover’s haven.  After we placed our orders and my side order of pancakes (yumma) Nick kicked me – and then said in almost a whisper, “We’re surrounded by drag queens.”  Both Joey and I scanned the room and no doubt, we certainly were.  Funny that it took us so long to notice.

The food was amazing, the wait staff friendly and talented.  We even got a lip sync performance by a very buxom redheaded drag queen, to the tune “The Pussycat Song”  – need I say more.

Our meal was finished off with banana flavored cotton candy and a good 45 minutes of taking retarded photos of our facial features and then taking photos of ourselves holding our phones in front of our faces … with the facial feature being displayed… we really know how to have a good time.  :\

Eating at Bananas last saturday evening got me off to a week of food that included two additional meals at Bananas – YES I am officially obsessed.  I took my mother on Monday night, and my New Yorker friend Rob on Friday.  If you haven’t been yet, do yourself a favor and go!  Your mouths will thank you.  Oh and have the banana bread beer it’s delightful.

Last week as you know was Thanksgiving and of course I stuffed my face with all kinds of traditional eats and experienced the ultimate turkey coma.  It was a wonderful day shared with family , a time to reflect and be greatful for all of the amazing pepole and opportunities this year – and it was a very welcome break from the typical M – F.  The day afterwards, known from coast to coast as “Black Friday”  was awesome – because I spent it doing pretty much nothing, I successfully avoided all retail establishments and had the rent’s house to myself for much of the day.  I gave myself a pedi/mani, went for a 2.5 mile run, did some strength training and then sat around. It was perfect.

That evening I made plans to meet up with my friend Rob who was in town for the holiday.  It was my turn to show Rob around – he hadn’t spent much time in Downtown Orlando since moving away – and he took me out on the town a couple of times in NYC, so I figured I should return the favor.   We hit several downtown bar establishments  including  Vixen, Sky Sixty, and BackBooth and Rob was surprised to see how much had changed.  I told him we may or may not run into some people I know – but sure enough we ran into at least 5 peeps… Orlando, especially the downtown scene, can feel small – and lately seems to feel smaller and smaller.  Is that my cue to exit?
The funniest part of the evening was running into this guy I didn’t know but apparently he recognized me – and sure enough produced a photo of he and I near Pine Street on Halloween night.  I began to vaguely remember him… He said I was the girl in the posters around Downtown – and that I was local celebrity.  Ha ha!  What I’m wondering is what posters he is referring to, and where the hell are they?!
As I mentioned earlier our evening ended at Bananas complete with the perfectly entertaining wait staff, comfort food, and cotton candy.  I went all out and order the chicken & waffles solely based on its name.  It was unreal – two very large fried chicken breasts accompanied by a fluffy buttermilk waffle all covered in country-style, thick, white gravy.   I made a dent in it but it was a classic case of my eyes being a hell of a lot bigger than my stomach.  But it was crazy good and now I can at least say I’ve had it.  As for Rob he had the breakfast burrito and loved every bite.  Thankfully the mile walk back  helped to burn off a few guilty calories.

I’ll be seeing the gym a lot this week.

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