I know it’s only rock and roll, but I like it!

May 28,2013

On Monday May 20th 2013 my boyfriend, Ron and I went and saw the Rolling Stones at the Staples Center here in Los Angeles. When I heard tickets were going on sale a few weeks back I told Ron we needed to get online that morning and try for the cheap seats. This was a case of the cheap seats being $150! The good seats were $650! Ouch is right. No one ever said the Stones (and especially Mick) are not good businessmen. It’s a lot of dough, but since they said it was their last tour (and at their age, how can I not believe that) we got sucked in. We did end up getting two pairs of the um … Cheap Seats so we were able to ask a couple friends to join us.

Pre-show Prep

The Place was Packed!

The show was amazing! Yes, these guys are old, but man, that Mick Jagger did his famous dancey-prance-dance the entire two hours. He is mesmerizing to watch. The energy and charisma that he exudes is fascinating. Keith is amazing on guitar as usual and yes, he is the most weathered of the bunch, but his singing “Happy” and “Gotta walk before they make me run” were my favorites of the show. Ronnie Wood still seems the youngest and was running all over the stage and Charlie Watts … what can I say … that silver fox, holds the whole sound together! Sure, it was nice Mick Taylor was back and he did an amazing guitar solo, Bill Wyman should have been there and we always need to remember pretty boy Brian Jones, who wrote some of their best music back in the early days.

Jumbo-tron always a help


Ronnie Wood

When I first started listening to rock and roll, the Stones were part of quintessential rights of passage soundtrack for 13 year olds, along with Led Zep, The Who, The Beatles , etc. But funny enough it was The Who and The Stones that were the crossover bands when I later got into punk rock music in the early 80’s. The Who had the energy and the rip-it-to-shreds attitude. The Stones had the bad-boy-raw-dirty-sound on their early recordings but also on my favorite Stones album, Exile on Main Street.

Beatles or Stones? I have been known to ask this question. In fact, on first dates, I would often ask this question (Ron got the answer correct). It was a little bit of a test of personality and a little just for fun, because others were confused by the question. Was there a right answer? Not entirely. It’s kind of like the cats or dogs question …

Yes, I like them both but to me the Stones ARE rock and roll. Even in the 60’s the media asked “Would you let your daughter marry a Rolling Stone?” Many parents said they would let their daughter marry a Beatle. The Stones are the dangerous ones, the bad boys and isn’t that rock n’ roll personified? The Beatles were singing, “I Wanna Hold Your Hand” while the Stones were singing “Let’s spend the Night Together”. The Stones were always masters of marketing and they marketed quite well. They are the last ones standing as far as 60’s rock n’ roll bands, and frankly they did “Rip this Joint” up at the Staples Center Monday night. I got my “Satisfaction”!

Rockin' it


The Tongue Pit all Lit

Cicada Club

March 25,2013

Last night my boyfriend and I celebrated our 3 year anniversary at what we think is the swankiest dance & dinner club in Los Angeles, Maxwell DeMille’s Cicada Club.

When you enter you feel that you are stepping back in time and you are … the Cicada Club was a high-end men’s clothing store/haberdashery back in 1928. It is situated in the famed Art Deco Oviatt building in downtown Los Angeles.

They offer fine dining and talented dance orchestras that bring you back to the the golden days of Hollywood. Last night, one of our favorite bands was playing, Janet Klein and her Parlor Boys. They perform lovely, naughty and obscure music from the 1910’s, 1920’s and 1930’s. They play Old Time Jazz, Blues, Ragtime and Novelty songs. Janet is always adorable and a hit on the ukelele!

The Cicada Club is often featured in movies (“Pretty Woman“, “Mr. and Mrs. Smith“, “J. Edgar” & “The Artist“) and television (“Madmen“) and print (Vogue). It is such a rare gem to have such a gorgeous glamorous place in our fine city. If you are in the LA area you should stop by … but don’t forget to overdress!

The Parlor Boys.

Dining and dancing at the Cicada.

Me & my friend Carolyn enjoying the atmosphere.

Ron, Karyn, Carolyn & Greg – celebrating their nine year wedding anniversary.

Janet Klein with a fan in similar chevron dresses.

The deco glamour begins at the entrance.

The details are amazing.

Look what we found! Rusty Frank, swing teacher and tap dancer, wearing Classic Hardware
at the Cicada Club with the likes of William H Macy and Cicada Club owner, Maxwell DeMille. Photo courtest of photoswithclass.com.

Bernie Dexter

February 11,2013

Bernie Dexter is a pin up model who has for modeled for several retro inspired clothing companies and lucky for us … Classic Hardware jewelry as well. Bernie is one of the most recognized pin up models in the rockabilly and retro pin up girl genre.

I first met Bernie years ago at a musicians benefit concert in August 2008. We had several mutual friends so it was nice to get to hang out and get to know each other better. I was familiar with her husband, Levi Dexter, of the band Levi and the Rockats  from many years ago. He was a huge influence in the rockabilly music scene since the 1970s.

In the past few years Bernie has designed her own vintage inspired clothing line. The designs are adorable and we love that it is all American made! She has a great eye for patterns and design and has had great success on popular websites like Modcloth. Her designs are also sought out internationally, especially in England and Australia.

Bernie is a very personable, fun sweet gal and I really enjoy when I get to spend time with her. She has a huge fan following on Facebook where she is often posting new designs and pin ups shots mainly taken by her husband, Levi, who does a great job with the photography. They are a very adorable team!

Check out her website www.berniedexter.com for all the latest.

Hootenanny 2012

July 11,2012

Last weekend we had a booth at the Hootenanny in Orange County, as we do every year. Once again it was a great show with tons of bands and loads of people. It was really nice to meet up with our customers and friends. My fave bands of the day were Old Man Markly, The Supersuckers, The Reverend Horton Heat and of course, Rancid.

The following day we went to Crafted at the Port of Los Angeles. Some great crafts and a cool space. Inspiring stuff! Check it out!


Patchwork Indie Arts and Craft Festival

May 29,2012

This past weekend, Classic Hardware exhibited at Patchwork in Santa Ana. Patchwork is an independent arts and crafts fair created by Nicole Stevenson of Random Nicole and Delilah Snell of A Road Less Traveled They have been having these craft fairs for years and they have only gotten bigger and better.
This weekend was packed with great products, yummy food, good music and wonderful customers! The show is free to attend and is always a fun event. It happens every Spring (May) and Fall (November) and they have it at 3 locations – Long Beach CA, Santa Ana CA and Culver City CA.

The Culver City show is June 10th 2012 and will be held in the ever so cool, Helms Bakery District. The locations are great and it’s really nice to be a part of a growing independent marketplace with all USA and locally made products! Every show is unique as they are always bringing in new vendors. If you haven’t been to a Patchwork show yet this spring … here’s your last chance …

Are you Devo?

May 10,2012

This Friday, May 11th 2012, the band Devo will be performing at the Hollywood Park Racetrack. They are a band that is quite nostalgic to me on a couple of levels. I mean, they are the true trailblazers and weirdo genius of the new wave/punk scene of the 1970’s. I learned about them in my early teens and loved them when I myself was getting into new wave and punk but later found their commercial success annoying when I would go to high school and kids would laugh at my pink colored hair, Black Flag t-shirt and thrift store garb and say, “Are you Devo?”

According to Wikipedia, The name “Devo” comes from their concept of ‘de-evolution’ – the idea that instead of continuing to evolve, mankind has actually begun to regress, as evidenced by the dysfunction and herd mentality of American society. I guess defined here … we are all a bit Devo?

When I was 16, my best friend’s father was working on Toni Basil’s album, “Word of Mouth” with the famous song “Mickey“. The guys from Devo were her back up band and they were at my friends house all the time. Toni’s boyfriend was Spazz Attack. He is the spiky haired guy doing spastic flips in Devo’s video “Satisfaction”. Spazz was around a lot, too. We were fascinated by his flips and the stories that he would entertain us with. Once he had gotten pulled over by the cops and did his famous forward flip for them (landing flat on his back), and they let him go. He later went on to “Spazz” out on David Bowie’s 1987 Glass Spider Tour. A show I got to see with with Siouxsie And The Banshees as the opening act. Check out the videos they are very nostalgic for me and give a good glimpse of 80’s fashion and style. For better or worse!

Their song  “Mongoloid” (the first single) is still one of my favorite songs to dance to! You can’t beat the edgy driving build up on the guitar in the beginning of the track. Genius! Dorky Genius for sure!