Music Video: The Jezabels “Endless Summer”

The Jezabels were one of our SXSW 2011 pop quiz Artists.  Read their interview here and watch their new video (that had its premiere on PopMatters yesterday) below.


Lipstick Letters pic-olio – Lubbock/ATX

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 already scheduled with the artists, I think it deserves to see the light of day.  At Urb’l Remedy, I would have called this a BONUS Photo Pictorial (only to post on the last week of 5-week months like August).  THE REAL popolio version is a pic-olio, that could post any time.

That said, I normally had a Cause of the Month interview that kicked things off the first week of each month.  I had reached out to local R&B songbird, Lisa Marshall, to be my interviewee for August, but then I learned about the hiatus at Zubterrain.  I do know her COM would have been Out Youth Austin.  So, for these two August posts (one posted at the beginning of the month), that’s what it will be.  Click on the link to find out more about the organization and enjoy the pic-olio.

Cause of the Month:  Out Youth Austin

Thank you to Jenni Lord and Tina Turner (yes, that’s her name!), collectively Lipstick Letters, for their openness to the process and patience on waiting for these to post.  We did the photo shoot way back at the beginning of July.  On Ms. Lord’s birthday weekend, no less.  I got the chance to interview Jenni Lord for SXSW earlier this year.  Please check out that interview over at

I’m not going to give away the concepts this time around.  I’ll just leave that to your imagination and interpretation.  It will be Lipstick Letters and my little secret only visible in the traces of their lipstick.  Corny, I know.  Couldn’t resist.  I will say, we had a quite a few set-ups, so I went with 10 final photos.

Shout out to Corey Hurt and Eric Garcia for hosting us and providing the location for the shoot.

Lipstick Letters play the inaugural OUTlander Fall Festival during Austin PRIDE 2011 next weekend, on Saturday, September 10, 2011.  Go  to the OUTlander Facebook Page for deets!

They are also the first September 2011 pop quiz interview Artist.  Read it here.

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Music Video: LCTRISC “Sunbird”

Tuesday Tease

August 30, 2011

A REAL popolio selection of Today’s New Releases.

Beirut The Rip Tide
Blood Orange Coastal Grooves
Glen Campbell Ghost On The Canvas
Cobra Starship Night Shades
Ry Cooder Pull Up Some Dust & Sit Down
Dark Ocean Colors Dark Ocean Colors
Dirty Beaches Badlands EP
Divided By Friday Prove It EP
Sammy Figueroa & His Latin Jazz Explosion Urban Nature
David Guetta Nothing but the Beat
Hella Tripper
Kittie I’ve Failed You
Lenny Kravitz Black and White America
The Latebirds Last of the Good Ol’ Days
Lil Wayne Tha Carter IV
Male Bonding Endless Now
Tom Morello The Nightwatchman World Wide Rebel Songs
Puddle of Mudd Re:(disc)overed
Red Hot Chili Peppers I’m With You
The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus Am I The Enemy
The Static Jacks If You’re Young
Ume Phantoms
Butch Walker and the Black Widows The Spade
Astrid Williamson Pulse

Music Video: Tom Goss “Lover”

I got to interview Tom Goss for in May.  Come to find, he is friends with Joey Salinas, who has become a bit of a fixture (or I guess I could call him a mainstay), at THE REAL popolio.  This is “Lover” from Tom Goss’ third release, Back to Love  Tom and Joey are working a new music video for a song from Tom’s latest release, Turn it Around.  Can’t wait to see it!

Music Video: Dinner At The Thompson’s “Running”

LOTTO Interview: The Shears – Room to Rock Artist

Editor’s Note:   The LOTTO Interview was one of the features for my weekly music column, Urb’l (Urban Cool) Remedy, that was part of Zubterrain, the e-zine of the Zonisphere Media Group.  That site is undergoing an indefinite overhaul; so, my column is currently on hiatus.  For the purpose of this series of interviews, I’ve decided to use the LOTTO Interview format here at THE REAL popolio.

I will be MCing Room to Read’s 2nd Annual Room to Rock music showcase and fundraiser event TONIGHT at Peckerheads on Sixth (6th and Trinity).  Doors open at 7:30PM.  Show starts at 8PM.

On Monday I started counting down to tonight’s event by featuring a daily LOTTO Interview with each of the featured bands –  The Blistering Speeds, Feedback, The Shears, and Day vs. Night ( BTW, that is the order they perform in, but was not the order of the interviews).  There was a bit of a delay in getting the Shear interview, so that is why nothing posted yesterday.  But, better late than never, here it is!

Get the 411 here, RSVP at the Facebook Event Page, and learn more about the organization at the official site.

The Blistering Speeds kicked things off on Monday.  Day vs. Night kept it going on Tuesday.  Feedback held it down on Wednesday.   Read each of their LOTTO Interviews here, here, and here, respectively.   Last, but not least, in our series of Room to Rock LOTTO Interviews are the Shears, who will be playing second-to-last after Feedback and before Day vs. Night.

The idea is simple.  I have a list of questions that are a mixed bag of musical, fun, serious, and silly.  The Shears chose five numbers from 1 through 100 without getting to see the questions. The questions they answered for this interview are the questions that corresponded with the numbers that were chosen.  The list is currently holding steady at 100.

Watch the Shears play “Air Balloon” from a Club 1808 show captured by Austin Music Weekly.  Read their LOTTO Interview below.

UR:  Anyone you would pattern your career after?  
TS:  Well, any road to success would be the pattern we would want to follow, but all roads are different.  We wanna’ get there anyway we can.  John Mayer, Jason Mraz, Bruno Mars, maybe.

UR:  What are you trying to achieve when you perform live?
TS:  To inspire some sort of positive emotion…While rocking the shit out of the stage.  We want to put on a great show!  Inspire the audience anyway we can, whether it be to dance, be creative, musically or just to have a damn good time.

UR:  What would the soundtrack to the story of your lives sound like?
TS:  Like this!

UR:  Put the super-baddest vocal group together by voice.  Any living (This sucks.  We wanted Ella Fitzgerald.) singer/vocalist from any group.   Name them, the vocal role they’d play, and what group they’re from.  [2 to 5 members only.]


David Bowie
Mariah Carey
Sameer Gadhia        
Bruno Mars

Not sure what roles they would play, but the name of the band would be the Eargasms.

UR:  Why did you get into music?
TS:  It’s one of the few things we love to do and will never get tired of.  Music is great.  Music is Beautiful.  Music is inspirational.  Music is creative.  It is all that and more.  Emotions, feelings we cannot describe.   Music is the pure language of the soul.

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