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The Spin I’m In: Seriously, Satellite

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Ah, modern conveniences like cell phones, computers and internet make touring much less isolating, but I still feel out of sorts. Amongst other things, we keep missing the Stewart/ Colbert hour. As some of you know, my band is out on tour with The Donnas. The shows have been fun, but the schedule is pretty grueling especially in a van (even if we do have little video screens to watch DVDs). But I have to say that satellite radio has been one of my favorite modern conveniences on the road. No more dialing in static-y Top 40 or Modern Country from city to city. We’ve been seriously digging Sirius.

The other day on a station called Sirius Disorder we heard an interview with Hilly Kristal, owner of CBGB’s from about two years ago (before his passing). It was interesting to hear his perspective on the club and the early NYC punk scene in his own voice (whilst we were driving through the middle of Minnesota). I don’t think that I’d ever heard his voice before. Then we listened to The David Johansen Mansion of Fun Show. Fantastic Mr Johansen! Thanks for the tunes on the road. You’re a gentleman and a scholar.

 


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Donita Sparks

Donita Sparks

Donita Sparks is a singer/songwriter living in Los Angeles, CA. Her first solo record, Transmiticate, has been released nationwide and a US tour is booked for Spring and Summer 2008. Donita is also the co-founder and front person of the rock band L7 who have released six studio albums.

Her original scores can be heard in the upcoming feature film The Life of Reilly starring Charles Nelson Reilly and in online projects for Activision and Microsoft. In 1991 Sparks and L7 formed Rock For Choice with the Feminist Majority Foundation staging numerous concerts benefiting pro-choice organizations.
Donita has been a contributing writer at Firedoglake since July 2006 with her music column The Spin I’m In.

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