I Heart Heatley
My dear friend Peter Heatley comes from the most amazing family. Peter is is a highly talented designer & editor working from within the castle walls of shredding solos, Guitar World (where they have a black metal colmun, by the way). He designs their cdrom content & he directs a new line of dvds. Also he has been in training for AIDS-ride along with a posse from Guitar World--he's going to be riding 60 or more miles a day down the West Coast & raising money for AIDS research. I love that guy. While I was in NY Peter gave me a copy of his twin brother David Heatley's new comic Deadpan. You might know David's work from the New York Times, Chicago Reader, McSweeney's, This American Life, etc. He is disarmingly emotive through his artfully simplistic style & his comics twist like Amy Bender stories. (David's wife, Rebecca Gopian is also a poet, which is a very good thing to be.) Peter's other brother Raphael used to be in what I consider to be one of the most amazing bands I have ever seen live. Their live shows were like being under a bridge, or putting a check in the mail, or like knocking a stump out of the ground with a sledgehammer. They were called Vitapup & you've probably never heard of them but they still are the only successful blend of hip-hop & punk (& I know that this blend sounds annoying when you read it but they are the only band ever to have made it not only organic but rich.) One day looking around the record store I saw Raphael's face staring out at me from a cd in the Hip Hop section. It turns out his wife's and his band Apsci is on one of my favorite labels, Quannum, home of Blackalicious and the absolutely brilliant Lyrics Born. No real point to this posting, I just marvel sometimes at the amount of creativity & vitality in this one family. Also, all three boys are pretty cute.