Anda Volley - If I Turn Into a Black Rose
Single from the album Inside the Ghost Machine

Music & lyrics by Anda Volley
Shot & edited by Michael J. Epstein and Sophia Cacciola
Red Rose Maiden - Porcelain Dalya
Black Rose Faerie - Nefertara Hotep

Anda Volley & Black Rose’s make up and crown by Nefertara Hotep of The Church of Vanity

Special thanks to Meghan O’Connell for hosting & helping the crew

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If I Turn Into a Black Rose video released!


Here it is! My video release for “If I Turn Into a Black Rose,” shot and edited by Michael J. Epstein and Sophia Cacciola, two people I trust and hold in high regard for their integrity, professionalism, and their own creative endeavors. It was a great experience working with them and…

"You realize that everything the police are doing in Ferguson is carefully calculated, right? They’re purposely turning peaceful protests into riots. They’re purposely committing violence to incite violence. From saying ‘We won’t be answering 911 calls,’ which is a very clever way to set themselves up to be able to say, ‘We were afraid for our safety - any call could really be an ambush, our lives were in danger’ right down to the camouflage and the military tanks and wearing more body armor than a soldier in a war zone. Its exactly why they’re going for a media blackout - yet allowing certain photos through - they WANT you to see their tanks. They want you to see their riot gear. They WANT you to see a war-zone. They’re trying to sell the world the idea that this community is inherently and constantly a source of violence and turmoil - they want you to think that they [the police] are being attacked daily in a place so vicious they need full body armor. You know why? Because then, at the end of the day, you might just be able to believe the story they’re going to spin. They’re going to tell you that this (white) officer goes to work in this war zone every day - that he spends every working moment in constant fear for his life. They’re going to tell you that Michael Brown attacked this officer. And then they’re going to bring up everything that has happened in the aftermath and try to use it to convince you that he shot that little boy because he was afraid for his life. They’re setting up a defense. You mark my words, they’re trying to set up a defense."
- My mom’s take on what’s going on in Ferguson (via actualbanshee)

Sophia Cacciola and Michael J. Epstein: The Michael J. Epstein Memorial Library plays The Steve Katsos Show Fifth Anniversary Spectacular Jimmy Fund Fundraiser at The Regent Theatre (Arlington) - June 29, 2014

Sunday, June 29 7:30pm - 10:00pm
Regent Theatre Arlington
7 Medford Street, Arlington, Massachusetts 02474
A benefit for The Jimmy Fund
Facebook Event
Tickets: http://www.regenttheatre.com/details/steve_katsos_show_4th_anniversary_spectacula

LIVESTREAM THE SHOW AT: https://new.livestream.com/SteveKatsosShow/5th-Anniversary-Spectacular


I did things in my 30s that were ignored by the world, that could have been quickly labeled a failure. Here’s a classic example; in 1974 I did a movie called Phantom of the Paradise. Phantom of the Paradise, which was a huge flop in this country. There were only two cities in the world where it had any real success: Winnipeg, in Canada, and Paris, France. So, okay, let’s write it off as a failure. Maybe you could do that.

But all of the sudden, I’m in Mexico, and a 16-year-old boy comes up to me at a concert with an album - a Phantom of the Paradise soundtrack- and asks me to sign it. I sign it. Evidently I was nice to him and we had a nice little conversation. I don’t remember the moment, I remember signing the album (I don’t know if I think I remember or if I actually remember). But this little 14 or 16, whatever old this guy was… Well I know who the guy is now because I’m writing a musical based on Pan’s Labyrinth; it’s Guillermo del Toro.

The work that I’ve done with Daft Punk it’s totally related to them seeing Phantom of the Paradise 20 times and deciding they’re going to reach out to this 70-year-old songwriter to get involved in an album called Random Access Memories.

So, what is the lesson in that? The lesson for me is being very careful about what you label a failure in your life. Be careful about throwing something in the round file as garbage because you may find that it’s the headwaters of a relationship that you can’t even imagine it’s coming in your future.

- Paul Williams  (via albinwonderland)

(via ericafailsatlife)

100% of all sales of the song prior to the album release in September will go to Respond. We will also cover the Bandcamp and Paypal fees (for up to the first $500 of sales). http://music.michaeljepstein.com/track/im-the-one-whos-dead


Got your picture on the front page

Two TV films at 9 o’clock

While someone’s buried body’s trapped in concrete around the block

The deep set eyes of Tony Curtis 

Sympathetic and complex

voice of their neighbors, of their teachers not me  I’m the one who’s dead

countless photographs and books

vats of pigment, tons of wax

HV6245, bound in leather, embossed in brass

How were you led astray?

in Rolling Stone, an 8-page spread

Let’s study all your methods, fuck you, I’m the one who’s dead

fuck you, fuck you, I’m the one who’s dead

You ask what makes a person evil

should ask what makes a person good

We’ve never learned a goddamned lesson like you always said we would

10,000 hours in a courtroom. 

expert witness, doctors, friends

Misspell my name twice in the transcript. That’s fine. I’m already dead.

That’s fine. That’s fine. I’m already dead.

We still don’t know how to spot them

Your study just makes more instead

No one will ever learn a thing from me because I’m the one who’s dead

Print their name a million times, that’s fine I’m already dead

Their photographs burned in your mind but I’m the one who’s dead

that’s fine, that’s fine - but I’m the one who’s dead

that’s fine, that’s fine - but I’m the one who’s dead

that’s fine, that’s fine - but I’m the one who’s dead

Video Credits:

The Sexy Strangler: Sophia Cacciola

Victims: Lisa Battiston, Jane Allard, Catherine Capozzi

Reporters: Rachel Leah Blumenthal, Susannah Plaster

Directed/Shot/Edited: Michael J. Epstein

Magazine covers: Sophia Cacciola

Music Credits:

Susannah Plaster - viola, vocals

Rachel Leah Blumenthal - flute, vocals

Jane Allard - Melodica

Lisa Battiston - bass

Catherine Capozzi - electric guitar

Sophia Cacciola - drums

Michael J. Epstein - vocals, acoustic guitar, keyboards