This is has been a long time coming, but before COMPLETELYFULLYREALLY shutting down I wanted to make sure to get this post out there. This is the last 1 of 2 posts I will be writing for THE REAL popolio. Promise!
I intended to post this closer to the date of the event, but things came up and I never was able to get around to it.
These are all the artists and organizations that donated items (CDs, stickers, gift cards, and other goodies; hence the name) for the goodie boxes for THE REAL popolio’s 2nd Year Anniversary B&W Party featuring 1990s pop music by local DJ, HOT BRITCHES!, that went down on Saturday, September 11, 201o at local mediterranean restaurant, Phara’s.
So a boisterousSHOUT OUT and gigantic THANK YOU to (in no particular order):
San Antonio indie band, LEDASWAN; NYC-based collaborative alternative musicians collective, PASSION PROJECT; long-time industry guy, RICH OVERTON and his RJO ARTIST RELATIONS & MANAGEMENT (sent us stuff from multiple artists he reps); Boston pop/R&B girl group, JADA, ATX’s own rockers; THE MIDGETMEN; Dallas musician of many hats, CLAY PENDERGRASS; LA-based singer-songwriter, BILL CURD; also LA-based dance rock diva, DEBBY HOLIDAY; ATX electro hip hoppers, ONE STEP PROGRAM; NYC indie pop/rock outfit, LOVE & LOGIC; Chicago pop rocker, SCOTT WESLEY; NYC-based folk rocker,JON SANDLER; ATX old school soulstress,LISA MARSHALL; ATX power popster, PHIL DUTRA; and local Chinese food restaurant at Dobie Mall,HOA HOA (for donating gift cards).
Click on the logos, pics, and/or album covers BELOW to go to each of their official sites.
Better late than never. I don’t think I’ve forgotten anyone, but if I have, you know who you are and an equally boisterousSHOUT OUT and gigantic THANK YOU to you as well! ‘Nuff said.
Check out Boston-based pop/R&B girl group, JADA’s, latest video, “This Party’s On Fire.” It’s produced by Rio and directed by Vassili Shields. They have a history with THE REAL popolio as they’ve been featured on more than one occasion.
They made MY TOP 30: Year 3 Posts of ALL-TIME! with the Extras Call Out I posted for this very video at Number 9 tied with Dallas/Garland hip pop/R&B artist, B-May’spop quiz interview.
They’re also the only act to give us a video B-Day SHOUT OUT for our September 15, 2011 3rd Year Anniversary. See it here!
10. GOBI 5Q Austin-based, orginally-from-El-Paso band, GOBI, has now trumped the Royalty’s entry on this countdown with this now fourth and highest entry from my special Neon DesertEl Paso Week coverage. The summary post for all the Neon Desert content took the Number 17 spot, BB Gun Johnny’s pop quiz tied at Number 28 with Feedback’s LOTTO Interview, and the aforementioned the Royalty’s 5Q bowed at Number 14.
Neon Desert coverage is ranking higher than SXSW content overall. Not that there should be an El Paso vs. Austin rivalry, it’s just interesting to point out. That said, the whole point of the Neon Desert Music Festival was to connect the musical notes between the two cities with the festival founders hailing from the Sun City and habitating in the Live Music Capital of the World.
Editor’s Note:Zonisphere Media Group, home of the e-zine, Zubterrain, where my weekly music column, Urb’l (Urban Cool) Remedy, lived, continues to undergo a site overhaul, indefinitely. So, my column is currently halted. I finished out my June posts here at THE REAL popolio.
My articles normally went live on Tuesdays. I thought I was done for the meantime, but I have a few outstanding. Since this was in flux and submitted by the artist, I think it deserves to see the light of day. This is the last pending LOTTO Interview. I would have posted this on Tuesday, but there’s been a lot going on in September and I’ve gotten a little behind. See the other LOTTO Interview that was pending featuring the ATX’s SALVO here.
That said, I normally had a Cause of the Month interview that kicked things off the first week of each month. Since, I’m not writing the column for the the whole month, I’m just going to choose what would be my COM and link it here. I choose the Texas Council on Family Violence as the September 2011 Cause of the Month. Click on the link to find out more about the organization and enjoy the interview. +++
The question reads, “Play it Forward: Make a case for an up-and-coming indie artist or act that you’re really into and that you feel more people should be into. Who is it and why should we be into them, too?” Fifth Nationplayed her forward.
The idea is simple. I have a list of questions that are a mixed bag of musical, fun, serious, and silly. Alison Clancy chose ten numbers from 1 through 50 without getting to see the questions. The questions she answered for this interview are the questions that corresponded with the numbers that were chosen. The list is currently holding steady at 100.
Alison Clancy started as a modern dancer and brings that sensibility to her musical expression. Especially her videos. Watch the official video for “Lovin You” by HUFF THIS! Read Alison’s LOTTO Interview below.
UR: Why did you get into music?
AC: Because it feeeeeeeeeeeeels GOOD!
UR: Greatest movie of all-time?
AC: I probably haven’t seen it. Or it hasn’t been made, yet.
UR: What’s your guiltiest pleasure?
AC: Guilt is never pleasurable.
UR: Tell me a secret.
AC: Don’t have many. I’m a pretty open book. Maybe too open. I was kind of in a cult for a while, but that’s not even a secret. I like crazy people and freaks and sometimes I can follow their logic a little too long even when it doesn’t make any sense. Or I let people into my life who maybe I shouldn’t trust so quickly.
UR: What do you hate about the music industry?
AC: In the music industry there is always the slight chance of a song, person, or band garnering money/fame and sometimes this makes people unnecessarily possessive/jealous/competitive. For me, the point of playing music is expression/community/catharsis. Having come from the dance world, where no one is ever expecting fame or glory, it’s all about process and the discipline of training. This was a very foreign and frustrating dynamic for me at first, but now that I understand it I think I’m getting better at dealing with it.
UR: If someone were to play you in a movie of your life, who would it be and why?
AC: I would play me because I’m awesome at being me.
UR: What would the soundtrack to the story of your life sound like?
AC: Grass growing, airplanes crashing, lots of classical ballet music, sexy R&B, and Zach Hill bloodying himself on a drum set.
UR: Does Ghost still make you cry like it does me?
AC: Hmmm. Haven’t seen it in ages. Would probably depend on the context of my life at the moment.
UR: You can get a song remixed in another genre, which of your songs would you remix and in what style?
AC: I would get the HUFF THIS! Song, “My Love,” remixed as a dubstep dance anthem. The cello/synth dance duo, Electric Pussy, might do this. If so, it will be SICK!
UR: Favorite part of your body?
AC: Whatever part is being touched by my lover.
27. Larissa Ness pop quiz
Local pop/dance singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, Larissa Ness, is one of a few artists that have been featured more than once at THE REAL popolio in its different iterations. She is also one of the few true local pop artists who embraces and celebrates that moniker wholeheartedly. She hosts great video premiere premiere parties (where she also performs) at various local clubs.
Taking the Year 3 Number 27 spot is her pop quiz interview that posted last year on Friday, November 19, 2010. Hers was actually the very first pop quiz at THE REAL popolio’s new location at this URL. So, there was only one pop quiz interview for November 2010.
See the original post here — Larissa Ness pop quiz interview – ATX. It includes her song, “Get To It,” and a video of Judy Garland singing “Over the Rainbow” as Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz.
28. BB Gun Johnny pop quiz & Feedback LOTTO Interview The Year 3 Number 28 spot brings us our first tie! As part of my El Paso Week countdown to the inaugural Neon Desert Music Festival, I included BB Gun Johnny’spop quiz interview. They were not one of the Neon Desert Artists, but they are El Paso-based. It was the first pop quiz of April 2011, going live on the 15th, during the week that I was posting daily Neon Desert 5Q interviews.
In Year 3, I started adding “interview” to the pop quiz heading. I had found that in previous years (as told by a few contacts) that the thought was that these were pop quizzes you were supposed to take and people were missing the fact that they were interviews. Not pop quizzes for visitors to the site, but for the artists, themselves. I didn’t think it was a such a big deal as these type of standardized interviews have appeared in magazines for decades; usually on the back page. But, I adjusted things to clarify things.
I noted before that though I feature national and international artists, I do highlight when they are local and regional. In Year 3, another tweak I made was to abbreviate the regional cities in the titles of such posts. So, in BB Gun Johnny’s case it became “EP” instead of “El Paso.” Austin became ATX, Dallas D-Town, Houston H-Town and so on and so forth. In some cases, I don’t know the city’s nickname or whether it has one, so it stays the same.
The Feedback LOTTO Interview is a more recent post. I volunteered to MC Room to Read’s 2nd Annual Room to Rock charity showcase fundraiser on Friday, August 26, 2011. Along with that, I decided to feature interviews with each of the scheduled bands. It all came together kind of fast and we were pressed for time, so I decided to use the LOTTO Interview format from a weekly music column I used to write for another site. The Feedback LOTTO Interview went live on Wednesday, August 24, 2011. More background info and how it all works is broken down in the original post [see below].
Interesting to note, Feedback is the official band of local company Bazaarvoice and normally do covers. So, maybe that’s how they got all these hits to claim the Number 28 spot so quickly. I jest. I jest.
Joey Salinas is a pop singer who has a history with THE REAL popolio. We have featured him many a time in our various incarnations. Speaking of incarnations, his third and latest project is entitled Identity, is actually a series of 3 EPs, and is his most ambitious and conceptual release to-date. Chapter I was just released on Tuesday. And, it is just that, an exploration of the different layers of identity as applied to musicality through the lens of the concept of human variability and sameness.
It’s like the proverbial onion. Layers can be peeled away to reveal different angles and appearances, but at the core you still have an onion. Guess I’m fascinated by the concept of identity. See what Joey Salinas had to say about it all in this EXCLUSIVE 10Q interview!
Listen to the title track from the first part of Joey Salinas’ Identity project!
Click the cover of Identity: Chapter I to go to Joey Salinas’ official site and second pic, at the end of the interview, to get to his Facebook Page.
1. Tell us the concept behind Identity, both creatively and musically. The Identity project is basically a trek through the evolution of the music that has created what people now know as my sound, beginning with Identity: Chapter I. This first chapter is an exploration of the many facets of pop music, from the gritty, dark, and heavy synth bass in the title track to the light, electric, and effervescent melody in a song called “Stomp.” Creatively, I wanted to break apart my initial concept to be able to provide something new and fresh for my fans to look forward to throughout the year.
2. So, it’s a series. How many parts? How will each be different from one another and how will they be connected? When will each be released? Yes, Identity is a series of three (3) chapters that fans can look forward to through this year beginning with Chapter I released earlier this week on Tuesday [August 16th]. Musically, they will each have their own theme that will wrap them into their individual chapters, but each will maintain the overall Identity concept. Fans can also expect a few nice surprises as each chapter is released. Fans can expect Chapters II and III toward the end of 2011/early 2012. 3.How is Identity different than your previous works? Identity: Chapter I is a fusion of all the genres that inspire me. I decided to mix my Pop roots with R&B and Dance, just to name a few, so there is always something for everyone to enjoy! With my last two albums, the concepts weren’t as elaborate as this latest project has become. With In The Beginning… it became a compilation of all the songs I had been working on at that time. They ended up piecing together nicely and I liked how they collectively sounded as an album With the … [And Then There Was] Alexander album, my focus was more on the songwriting and vocals.
But, the Identity project will encompass everything about me as a performer and an artist. This project was put together by a concept based on the idea that in life, we’re all chameleons; we can be something different and take on many facets while still holding true to who we are – just showing different sides to ourselves.
4. You’ve released two singles since the beginning of the year, “My Time/Too Much Going On” and the title track, “Identity.” As you stated, the first set was released on Tuesday, August 16th. Other than that, what’s next for the project? Well, I’ll be looking forward to promoting the first EP with a few performances and just having fun with this project. I’ll also be working on the upcoming chapters of the Identity project so fans can look forward to those. Expect some singles off the upcoming chapters as well and, who knows, maybe even a few remixes.
5. Can we expect any music videos? That is definitely in the realm of possibilities this time around. This project is going to keep me busy for a while.
6. If you could take on any type of identity, who or what would it be and why? Well, I kinda’ like being an entertainer because that way I don’t have to choose. Do I? I love music, I love to sing. I love to dance. I love to act. I love to perform. I love being able to switch it up whenever I want. And, with each of those endeavors, there’s an infinite list of options to choose from. But, in the spirit of the question, if being an entertainer, which gives me that flexibility, wasn’t an option, I’d love to be some type of archeologist or explorer of some kind; searching the world for undiscovered wonders. I think that would be awesome. I clearly watch too much Discovery Channel and Nat [ional] Geo [graphic]!!
7. Share one thing about Joey Salinas that you wish people would get that they don’t. That’s a good one. I’m pretty much an open book, so I guess I’d say that. If people don’t understand that I’m as upfront as can be, then that’s what I’d want them to know. Creatively, I write from past and present experiences and the experiences of those around me as I see them through my eyes. And, personally, I like to put all the cards out on the table. I don’t like surprises. I like knowing what’s going on and I like for others to know where I’m coming from and what my direction is. There’s nothing more frustrating than not knowing what’s going on with a situation and feeling lost.
8. Seems to me that people have trouble accepting that we are multi-dimensional and can be more than one thing. It’s like you can only choose one identifier and that’s it. Along the lines of identity, why do you think we are like this as a society even though we must realize as individuals that we are more than one thing (gender, sexuality, nationality, citizenship, right-handedness vs. left-handedness, passion, history, background, etc.)? I’ll try to answer this in the best way possible, because that was quite wordy. LOL. I think people function fine as the multi-faceted beings that we are. I think the problem lies when someone starts to pluck out individual characteristics and puts them under a microscope. It’s when someone makes it an issue that another is mixed or gay or legal or religious or handicapped that we have to educate and help for there to be an understanding and knowledge of each other’s differences; show the beauties of it and share commonalities. It’s about educating the ignorant. That’s all.
9. You’re working with singer-songwriter, Tom Goss, who I have interviewed for another site. Didn’t think he’d be one to use choreography and dancers. Tell me about that. How did that come together? Yes, he’s a dear friend of mine. I met him at a show another friend of mine was performing at. He was in the basement office getting ready for his set, tuning his guitar. I’m drawn to other singers (when I find them). So, we got to talking and kept in touch and have been friends ever since.
He’s currently promoting his latest album [Turn It Around] and is going to shoot a video for a song off the album. He had some ideas for it and knew he’d be able to reach out to me. So, he did and I said, “Of course,” and that was that. We begin shooting later this month. It’s going to be fun. I know I’ve got tons I’m working on with my own projects, but it’s refreshing and healthy at times to get out of your own little bubble and help enhance someone else’s world.
10. Give me one scoop for THE REAL popolio of something upcoming and exciting that your fans will be reading hear for the first time. Expect [the first] video for the Identity project really soon.