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.
6. Pop Pistol pop quiz
San Antonio’s own psychedelic Latin band, Pop Pistol, were the focus of my second July 2011 pop quiz interview. It posted on Friday, July 22, 2011. The focus of the first was Austin rock & roller, Kevin Brown, on Friday, July 8, 2011.
This is the highest rank by an act from San Antonio, so Pop Pistol is reppin’ for their town. It only posted in July, which is only about two months or so ago. Coming in at Number 6, that’s pretty impressive. There are quite few posts that were posted later in the year that ranked higher than those posts that went live earlier.
29. Girl in a Coma 5Q
The Year 3 29 spot is taken by San Anto’s own, Girl in a Coma. I did a series of interviews for the inaugural Neon Desert Music Festival out of El Paso, my hometown, during what I called El Paso Week. The festival went down on Saturday, April 30, 2011, and this interview went live on Wednesday, April 13, 2011.
Since I’m from there, I wanted to do my own part to represent for this festival. I was really excited that someone was doing this and that it was something that hadn’t been done there before.
I also like the idea of bridging the musical gap between Austin and El Paso. The founders of the festival are from El Paso and based in Austin, like myself. I only wish I could have featured more El Paso Artists through the years.
Though I feature artists from around the country (and sometimes the world), I do highlight when they are regional. I usually include it at the end of the title of the post with a hyphen and the name of the city they are from and/or based in. In the case of an event, I call them a so-and-so event Artist. So, Girl in a Coma were a Neon Desert Artist.
The Questions for feature is a nice alternative to the standardized pop quiz feature as it allows me to tailor my questions to the artist. I also left it open-ended in regard to the number of questions that can be included. There’s no mention of number in the title of this particular feature for that reason. Usually I work with multiples of 5 with no more than 20 questions. Sometimes I break an interview into 2 to 3 parts. I could do a 2-part 20Q interview with 10 questions in each post.
ATX! Pop Pistol just did a show at Trophy’s last night. If you missed it and you don’t know them, read the interview below and if you like ‘em, keep an eye out for when they come back to town from good ole San Anto on August 12th.
July 22, 2011
Name: Pop Pistol
Genre: Psychedelic Latin Dream Pop
Latest Relase: Disappearing Edges EP (Texas is Funny Records)
Release Date: April 1, 2011
This, That, or the Other
1. Underground OR Mainstream? Underground 2. Maintain Artistic Integrity and Vision OR Make a lot of Money? (OR Both)??? Maintain Human Integrity 3.Studio OR Stage? Stage 4. Spirituality OR Hedonism? Hedonism 5. Make Love, Have Sex, OR %$*!? Make Love Always
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6. Music is my way to speak to the world and Listen back in the same breath.
7. I’m musically inspired by Dreams and Hunger and Spaces and Beautiful Human Beings.
8. If I could have made any music video it would have been “Human Behavior” by Björk.
9. If I was a super hero I’d be Bruce Lee.
10. Sex, Drugs, and Rock & Roll should change to Sex, Freedom, and Dancing.
11. I make music because: It is what takes me closest to grace and animal nature in a constant dance. Nothing comes close to that.
12. I want my fans to: Share and bounce around and smile and listen and feel and sing along and close their eyes and forget about what they were thinking before and to jump into our brains and find bands that can take them to that place and support them with any kind of energy they can spare and they will get it back. 13. If I could only share one thing about myself it would be: I love to eat migas and drink coffee and smell cloves. 14. Wild Card! I hope we all think about the future at any point during the day; the future that we want to dream of besides the one that falls into us. We can Change so much of our environment just by being conscious of it. We can change how we see each other just by being conscious of each other, too. 15. I want my musical legacy to be: A reflection of the strange and normal journey we all make, rooted but reaching, always moving and building and destroying. A palimpsest of experiences and sounds and ways of being.
The video Pop Pistol wish they woud have made!
Listen to “Who Needs Forever” from their sophomore EP release, Disappearing Edges. Click on the cover to go to their official site.
Girl in a Coma is Jenn Alva, Phanie Diaz, and Nina Diaz. Phanie is repping GiaC for the purposes of this interview. They are one of the 29+ bands playing one of four stages at the inaugural Neon Desert Music Festival in El Paso on Saturday, April 30, 2011.
For those who don’t know, GiaC is a San Anto indie punk band that’s been making a lot of noise the last few years. Not only in Texas, but beyond its borders. So, if you don’t know, now you know. It’s cool that Neon Desert is getting representation from other Texas cities and not only showcasing El Paso and Austin artists. GiaC will, no doubt, represent San Anto very well.
Watch GiaC perform their cover of Selena’s “Si Una Vez” from their latest release, Adventures in Coverland, available at Amazon.com.
Click the first pic to go to Girl in a Coma’s official site and second, at the end of the interview, to get to their Facebook Page.
Interesting Fact: As you’ll read in Question 2, Girl in a Coma is signed to Joan Jett’s label, Blackheart Records. That’s not the only heavy hitter they’re associated with. ATX’s own, Robert Rodriguez, directed their music video for “As The World Turns.”
1. For those who don’t know Girl in a Coma, yet, what should they know about you? We are three Latinas from San Antonio, TX. We’ve been together for 10 years. We love all kinds of music and we love playing live.
2. You’re on Joan Jett’s label, Blackheart Records, and there was a recent film about the band she started with, The Runaways. If you were to get to a point in your careers where a film would be made about Girl in a Coma, who would you want to play each of you and why?
The only reason I say the above for Jenn and I is because we’ve been told that’s who we resemble. So, why not?
3. Why did you decide to play the inaugural Neon Desert Music Festival? It’s pretty cool that El Paso is throwing this kind of a fest. Austin has all kinds of things going on and, of course, there is Coachella. I think it’s about time Texas had something different to offer. There are also some good and diverse bands for the first year!
4. Is it taking a risk to play a new festival like or is it an automatic success because you will always go down in history as one of the bands that helped kick it off? I think it’s definitely a positive thing! Just the idea behind it is great and if it takes off or not, it’s cool to be a part of a great idea.
5. After this festival, what’s next for Girl in a Coma that your fans should keep an eye out for? We have a new record that is due out in fall and then lots and lots of touring!!
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“Échale! [Bomba Estéreo & Nortec Collective Presents Bostich + Fussible] will start at 6pm with Il Sogno and Sandbar chef proprietor, Andrew Weissman, serving hand crafted picnic food on the patio of parkside Sandbar. Chef Johnny Hernandez, whose riverside La Gloria is open on Sunday night, will offer selections from his Mexican street food menu. Beer, wine, sparkling wine, and aguqas fresca will be served as well.
The Pearl amphitheater seats roughly 1,000, but Pearl is inviting latecomers to bring lawn chairs and blankets in case seating is scarce. Feel free to bring snacks and refreshments, but no alcoholic beverages are permitted.
Parking will be available onsite, and please make sure to remember the Kohler garage, which has more than 300 parking spaces.”