Favorite Albums: I’ve been obsessed with The Weeknd’s The Beauty Behind The Madness. It’s phenomenal and inspiring, and strangely, there are a few eerily similar topics/lyrics on my next album. I took that as a very good omen.
Reread a favorite, James Baldwin’s Giovanni’s Room. Just began Douglas Coupland’s Life After God so have a bit of time to determine how it fares within 2015.
Loved Girlhood though I think it was released in 2014. Saw Ex Machina in Hollywood and it was proper mindfuck.
Places you traveled in 2015:
Pretty stationary year for me, spent writing and then recording an album. It was bizarre to finally have a year more or less “home” and realize maybe home is New York City. Did however just visit my lifelong fantasy destination: Hawaii. My dad got married in Kauai and we spent the week prior taking road trips along the coast, hiking, snorkeling, and surfing. I finally gave up the ghost of paleness (established in 1995 when I “went goth”) and embraced my natural skin color. Sunbathed everyday and now have the highly coveted tanlines of a cliche 70s centerfold.
We adopted a tabby-Siamese kitten in June as a companion for our three-year-old Jean-Micheal. My husband named him Henry Miller — to which I was at first opposed but almost immediately realized was spot on, though I typically regard the little one as Henri or Henrietta.
BONUS (from Amy)! Check out “Red Sun” – a collaboration Dum Dum Girls did with Merchandise. I’m excited to see what both bands do next year.
Amy worked in the record business at Enigma, Elektra, Virgin and Sub Pop before she got sucked into the technology vortex. She runs digital marketing for the Los Angeles Philharmonic and The Hollywood Bowl and is not a tall person.