Category Archives: Gena Mason

Get ready for the Noise …

Mark your calendar: on Saturday, May 22, at 8:45 pm, Gena Mason & the Noise will perform at the world-famous Cat Club, on Hollywood’s legendary Sunset Strip. Hopefully, the LAPD and others will refrain from interfering this time.

The Cat Club is located at 8911 West Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, CA. Hope to see you there.

Show tomorrow at The Terrace

Gena Mason & the Noise will be playing Thursday, May 6, at Pasadena club/restaurant The Terrace. The Terrace is located at 443 E. Colorado Blvd Pasadena, Ca 91101.

It’s only our second show together, and our bass player can’t make the gig. But we’re just looking forward to having fun, making great music together, and sharing it with you.

Pics from LA JEMM festival

A photo from our very short set on the outdoor stage at LA JEMM’s festival in April  … before we were SO RUDELY INTERRUPTED:

Gena Mason & the Noise


Photo shoot with Lise Sarfati

Saturday I posed for a fun and amazing photo shoot with Parisian photographer Lise Sarfati and her gracious assistant Francois. We tramped through the streets of Hollywood and Koreatown, got chased away by a psychotic motel manager, and generally had a rockin’ good time.

Sarfati’s work is in the permanent collections of New York’s
International Center of Photography (ICP), the Bibliotèque Nationale in Paris, the Museum of Modern Art of San Francisco, and many other museums worldwide. Check it out at lisesarfati.com.

Pro-gun rallies in Washington

The Huffington Post has (rightfully) called today’s NRA gun rally a “PR FAIL,” considering that today is also the 15th anniversary of the Oklahoma City domestic terrorist bombing. So I suppose I’m completely un-PC by proudly posting my NRA certification in basic pistol training (below). But, hey, maybe this will convince the LAPD that I’m not a flaming, card-carrying, pinko-hippie-liberal-communist-terrorist, or something:

Seriously, though, I don’t want to be glib about any of our national tragedies. However, I agree with the Supreme Court’s recent decision affirming gun ownership as a constitutional right, as intended by our nation’s founders. Nonetheless, there need to be some limits. I remember one occasion when an ex-boyfriend took me to the house of married friends of his; the couple had a child — a toddler — and they also kept an AK-47 assault weapon by the front door (“just in case”??)! PARENTING FAIL.

I’ll stick to air guns.

Festival report: the LAPD shut us down!

Three songs into my new band’s first show together, the police shut us down … for being too loud!. Right after we wrapped up my tune “Jihad,” police officers parked in a squad car across the street barked through their bullhorn, letting us know that that Gena Mason & the Noise were making too much … well, noise! Then they shut us down! That, my friends, is what rock and roll is all about. Of course, some suggested that, had we not been playing for a marijuana festival, the cops wouldn’t have given us a problem. Whatevs. We played a pretty good short set, anyway, and are looking forward to our next show. I’ll post photos of our performance here soon.



Rock City news item

I made it into the latest issue of Rock City News magazine. Check out page 7 of the April issue, which is dedicated to previewing LA JEMM‘s Medical Marijuana Awareness Festival on April 18. I share a spread with the great Count Smokula from Smokesylvania. You can view the entire issue online, at the Rock City News website (click the flip-book beneath the image of the new magazine cover), or pick up a copy of the magazine at one of dozens of locations in the L.A. metro area.

1 week from today: LA JEMM’s pop/pot fest!

ONLY ONE WEEK LEFT until LA JEMM’s Medical Marijuana Awareness Expo — an all-day, indoor/outdoor festival featuring booths, vendors, and 2 stages with live bands and speakers! My new band, Gena Mason & the Noise, will perform at 12:30 pm. Other scheduled musical acts include headliner Anthony Aquarius Mystery, Paint It Black (a Rollilng Stones cover band), The Who Revue (a Who tribute band), and many more. Speakers include State Senate candidate Adrian Galysh and medical marijuana pioneers Dennis Peron and Richard Eastman.

The event takes place on Sunday, April 18 at Rock CIty Fairgrounds, 5552 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, CA 90028. Admission only $12! For more info and daily updates, visit lajemm.com.

Rock City News cover story

Several weeks ago Ruben MacBlue, my editor at LA JEMM and Rock City News magazines, gave me the green light to interview Anthony Aquarius Mystery, L.A.’s Jimi Hendrix impersonator extraordinaire. That interview with Mystery became the cover story for the new issue of Rock City News, whose April issue is dedicated to previewing LA JEMM’s Medical Marijuana Awareness Festival. Pick up a copy at a coffeeshop, record store, or other cool location in the L.A. Metro area.

Rough cut of my new music video now online!

I’ve uploaded a rough edit of my new music video, “I’ll Be Your Mirror” (not a VU cover), to YouTube. Check it out at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Gq-B1NZ0Ho.

Keep in mind that the video is still in progress, and the song is a demo version. I still have more work to do on this video and my first music video, “Book 49,” and will release official clips once I finish studio versions/masters of the songs.
Right now I’m functioning on minimal sleep, since I’ve stayed up way late the past several nights, trying to finish this. So I will merely paste the press release below, and wish you goodnight … or good morning … XO

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, 4-8-10:

GENA MASON RELEASES ROUGH CUT OF MUSIC VIDEO “I’LL BE YOUR MIRROR,” RETURNS TO L.A. STAGE AND SCREEN

Bicoastal rocker, writer, and personality Gena Mason has released a rough cut of the music video for her song “I’ll Be Your Mirror.” It’s her second music video, and can be seen online at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Gq-B1NZ0Ho. (Her first video, “Book 49,” is at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2rsu6IsybBw.)

Mason based her original tune “I’ll Be Your Mirror” on Homer’s classic The Odyssey and on her own background working as an exotic dancer (a youthful, three-month stint to pay for art school). Gena’s brief experience in the seamy sex industry led her to relate to the deadly ocean sirens singing in one passage of Homer’s work, and she wrote her own version of their verses. The result is “I’ll Be Your Mirror,” a love song sung from a siren’s perspective.
As with “Book 49,” Gena made the video for “I’ll Be Your Mirror” almost entirely by herself. The sole assistance was provided by her friend Sean Martinez, who helped out on some camerawork while both were living at Karma Triyana Dharmachakra — a Tibetan Buddhist monastery atop Mead’s Mountain in Woodstock, NY. In addition to making the videos for “I’ll Be Your Mirror” and “Book 49,” Gena played all of the instruments and recorded the demo tracks herself. Final cuts of both music videos will issue after Gena has completed studio versions of the tunes.

But Gena will have help onstage when she performs this month in L.A. Various members of her rotating band lineup are slated to appear with her on April 18, at LA JEMM Magazine‘s Medical Marijuana Awareness Festival, and on April 22 at Busby’s Mile High Club. These shows mark Mason’s first live appearances in Los Angeles since she returned to New York City in 2005.

In other recent news, last week L.A. entertainment impresario Robert Hatfield interviewed Gena on his live web-TV program, to rave reviews. Catch the clip here:
http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/5889677