MY TOP 30: Year 3 Posts of ALL-TIME! Links – 15-1 & OUTRO

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15. Boy + Kite 101X Win
10. GOBI 5Q
 
5. The Blistering Speeds LOTTO
  
14. The Royalty 5Q
9. JADA Call & B-May pop quiz
4.The Lusitania 5Q
13. Sariah 10Q
8. Zach Paul 5Q
3. Roach Gigz pop quiz
12. SALVO LOTTO
7. Cigarettes After Sex 5Q
2. Sophie B. Hawkins 20Q Part 1
11. Day vs. Night LOTTO
6. Pop Pistol pop quiz
 
1. Sophie B. Hawkins 20Q Part 2

 

OUTRO

MY TOP 30: Year 1 Posts of ALL-TIME! Links – 15-1 & OUTRO

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15. TLC
“What About Your Friends”  
10. Foxy Brown F Jay-Z
“I’ll Be”
5. Left Eye INTRO
 
14. Robyn
MY TOP 2008 Album

9. Paul Simon
“You Can Call Me Al”
4.  Bruce Springsteen
“Streets of Philadelphia”
13. Moulin Rouge! Girls
“Lady Marmalade”
8. Bobby Pulido pop quiz

3. Makano pop quiz
 
12. Puff Daddy & The Family F B.I.G. & Ma$e “Been Around The World”
7. Destiny’s Child
“Independent Women Pt. 1”

2. The Proclaimers
“I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)”

11. Mary J. Blige
“Not Gon’ Cry” 
6. Left Eye Legacy podcast with Ron Lopes
1. Donnell Jones F Left Eye
“U Know What’s Up”

OUTRO

MY TOP 30: Year 3 Posts of ALL-TIME! Links – INTRO & 30-16

INTRO

30.BRAIDS pop quiz
25. Kaydean pop quiz
 
20. Quiet Company pop quiz
29. Girl in a Coma 5Q
24. The Shondes Call
19. She’s a Tease pop quiz
28. BB Gun Johnny pop quiz
& Feedback LOTTO

 
23. The Jezabels pop quiz

18. Jon Sandler pop quiz

27. Larissa Ness pop quiz

22. TsuShiMaMiRe 10Q
& Elephant Sky pop quiz
17. Neon Desert Music Festival
El Paso Week
 
26. Medicine Park pop quiz
21. Peelander-Z pop quiz
 
16. Stefani Vara 20Q Part 1

 

MY TOP 30: Year 1 Posts of ALL-TIME! Links – INTRO & 30-16

INTRO

30. Michael Jackson
“Liberian Girl”
 
25. TLC
“Waterfalls”

 
20. Public Enemy
“Fight the Power”
29. Brian Kent pop quiz

24. Scissors For Lefty
[Bryan Garza] pop quiz
 
19. Wayna pop quiz &
BMSR [Tobacco] 5Q

28. Stevie Wonder &
Michael Jackson “Get It”
23. Paula Abdul
“Straight Up”

 
 
18. popolio is…

 

 
27. Los Bad Apples
[Anita Benner] pop quiz
22. George Michael
“Freedom! 90”

 
17. Scissors For Lefty
[Steve Garza] pop quiz
26. Birds Barbershop
[Michael Portman] 20Q Part 1
 
21. TLC
“No Scrubs”

16. Levi Kreis pop quiz

MY TOP 30: Year 1 & Year 3 Posts of ALL-TIME! – OUTRO

MY TOP 30: Year 1 & Year 3 Posts of ALL-TIME! – OUTRO

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As I stated in the INTRO, the point of this was to document the 3 years of popolio from September 15, 2008 to September 15, 2011.  I think it’s important to document and celebrate yourself (in a venture or project like this) especially since in a lot of cases no one is going to do it for you.  I’ve put a lot of time, passion, and fire into this, so I wanted to do these countdowns for myself most of all.  That said, I do hope people were keeping up with, reading, viewing, and revisiting these posts with me.   You don’t do a blog to read it to yourself.  Or at least I don’t.  

I think 3 years is a good place to stop and is a good bulk of work that can speak for itself.  popolio has seen some form or iteration since 2008, so the concept has existed for 3 years and I’ve steadily been working on it all that time.  The first version exists at http://popolio.wordpress.com/, which is still a live site and is where I pulled the posts for the Year 1 countdown from.  Feel free to check out all the other Year 1 posts that were not on the countdown there.

As I also said in the INTRO: 

In Year 2 the site moved to a new server.  I was working with someone through Year 2, but then we hit a wall and experienced some creative differences.  Hence, I have no way to document Year 2.

Because of those creative differences, I created the current site at  https://realpopolio.wordpress.com/  and renamed it THE REAL popolio, for obvious reasons.

So, apologies to all the artists that were featured during Year 2 that would have shown up on a Year 2 countdown.  I do think there is something magical about only focusing on the first year and the last year; the beginning and the end.  There’s some synergy there, I think.  Let me reiterate that rankings were based on internal WordPress.com stats for the popolio sites.  It was about how many hits (visits) each post received; not my personal choices.  

Felt like I bit off more than I could chew with 2 concurrent countdowns and 30 posts each (plus INTRO and OUTRO), but we got through.  Seems like Year 1 was dominated by music videos from the monthly MY TOP 10 countdowns and Year 3 was more about interviews (pop quiz and Questions for features).  In Year 3, I did stop doing the MY TOP 10 feature and did focus more on interviews, so it makes sense.  Austin, El Paso, Texas, and the world were all well-represented.  As were pop, hip hop, R&B, Latin, and dance.  That’s how I like it.  If you go to the about tab, popolio is…, you’ll see popolio was always meant to be a hodgepodge.  Mission accomplished.

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Hope you enjoyed.  There it went!  ‘Nuff said.

freddie beat aka Freddie Rodriguez
THE REAL popolio creator/editor

MY TOP 30: Year 3 Posts of ALL-TIME! 1. Sophie B. Hawkins 20Q Part 2

MY TOP 30: Year 3 Posts of ALL-TIME!

1. Sophie B. Hawkins 20Q Part 2
So, here we are.  Part 2 of this interview actually got more hits than Part 1.  Normally, with multi-part interviews the first part gets read the most and then the numbers dwindle down from there for the other parts.  Hmm?  What does that tell me?  Maybe I shouldn’t have done so many multi-part interviews.

So, here we have SBH, again!  She takes the Year 3 Number 1 and Number 2 spots.  I think what made this Part 2 special was that I got to preview a song from the upcoming release (that had a different name at the time of the interview).  It is now called The CrossingHeart and Soul of a Woman = The Crossing.  SBH was very generous to give me 5  unreleased songs from that upcoming project to listen to and choose one to stream with the interview.  I chose “Georgia.”  

I included that tidbit both on Facebook and Twitter.  The Twitter SBH fans caught wind of it and it spread like wild fire.  I think this interview would have been 1 and 2, regardless.  It was just of matter of the order and “Georgia” pushed Part 2 to Number 1.  It’s a piece of the puzzle of the whole project that fans can listen to, get an idea of what the project might sound like, and come back again and again as they anticipate the full release.

I’d like to point out that SBH did post this interview (both parts) at her official site and it was also retweeted by some of her peeps when originally posted.  That’s part of the reason she has secured the Number 1 and 2 spots and because she’s frickin’ Sophie B. Hawkins.  Let’s be real.  But, artists keep that in mind.  I’m just sayin’.  Make a note (mental or otherwise) to self.  And, with that, Rodriguez out!

Read the original post here – 2oQ for Sophie B. Hawkins Part 2.   Here’s Part 1.

See all 17 Year 3 Questions for interviews here.


MY TOP 30: Year 1 Posts of ALL-TIME! 1. Donell Jones featuring Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes “U Know What’s Up”

MY TOP 30: Year 1 Posts of ALL-TIME!

See the complete MY TOP 10: Left Eye Videos Countdown here.

Never forgotten. Courtesy of Google

1. Donell Jones featuring Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes “U Know What’s Up”
This is the fifth and, obviously, final and highest entry from MY January 2009 TOP 10: Left Eye Videos countdown and of all of Year 1.  First, at Number 25 was TLC’s hugest hit, “Waterfalls.”  Then, at Number 21 was their second hugest hit, “No Scrubs.”  Both of these are from TLC’s junior release, FanMail.  Third was “What About Your Friends” at Number 15 , one of the string of hits from their debut release, Ooooooh… On The TLC Tip.  Fourth, coming in at Number 5, was the INTRODUCTION post to the entire countdown.

Still Champs. Courtesy of Google

Well, there you have it.  Not sure what else to say other than Left Eye Forever!   I love TLC and I love Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes.  Seems like the popolio visitors agree with me by crowning this with the Year 1 Number 1 spot.  This was based on the total hits each post received and this particular post received the most by far.

I will say TLC is not like other girl groups where girls can be replaced and have (not saying any names).  Perhaps, because there were only 3 members and they each had such distinct personalities. I think other TLC fans will agree with me that though you may have your favorite (mine changed through the years), you will still support the other girls’ projects and endeavors.  It’s like extended family.  You may have your fave cousin, but it doesn’t mean your other cousins are chopped liver. 

Frozen in time. Courtesy of Google

The talent and the chemistry were undeniable.  I don’t gravitate to artists that are necessarily the best singers.  You can be the best singer in the world, but be boring and have no personality.  I’m attracted to artists that I find interesting.  It’s about the whole package.  

Great songs to start with.  Everything else has to back the music up.  It always goes back to the music.  That said, you then add a little dance (I love to dance, so I like performers who dance),  a little stage presence, a lot of personality, a lot of attitude, and a great look (a standout trend-setting sense of style is a must).  

Lastly, the sound and the look have to change and evolve through time.  Most of all, they should have a uniqueness and sincerity that sets them apart from whoever else is out there.  TLC had all of that and then some.  In droves.  ‘Nuff said.

I gave this video the Number 3 spot on Saturday, January 24, 2009.  Read the original post here — MY TOP 1o:  Left Eye Videos — 3. Donell Jones featuring Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes “U Know What’s Up” and watch the video below.





See the complete MY TOP 10: Left Eye Videos Countdown here.

TLC Forever. Courtesy of Google

MY TOP 30: Year 3 Posts of ALL-TIME! 2. Sophie B. Hawkins 20Q Part 1

MY TOP 30: Year 3 Posts of ALL-TIME!

2.Sophie B. Hawkins 20Q Part 1
The Year 3 Number 2 spot goes to none other than Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter, Ms. Sophie B. Hawkins, whom from here on out I will refer to as SBH. Only the most esteemed bloggers can refer to her as that.  Okay, that’s not true, but it sounds cool, right? 

Anyway, she’s one of a handful of artists (maybe two handfuls) that I consider myself a true fan of.  By that I mean artists that I’ve followed or enjoyed a project of theirs from way back.  In most cases, I like an artist’s body of work.  In some, it’s only one or two full works.  Usually, if I really like one, then it makes me curious about their other work and I will at some point pursue their other stuff. 

In the case of SBH, it’s her debut release, Tongues and Tails, that I wore out on tape.  Years later, I bought Wilderness, her fourth proper release, on CD.  Most recently, after the interview posted, I ordered her sophomore release, Whaler, on CD, of course.  It was one I had always wanted, but never got around to picking up.  I enjoy all three.

Once I started popolio, I would try to reach for one of these artist to feature every few months  or so. Because of being a true fan, this interview was one those “wish” interviews that I really worked hard to get.  Usually, with this type of established artist it’s a matter of continuing to reach out every few weeks to months.  You have to play it by ear.  With SBH, she had no project to promote when I initially started reaching out, so I believe that is why I was getting no response.   Now she has a forthcoming release and a musical she’s working on, so when I reached out the last time, I did get a response.  We touch on both the new release and the musical in the 2-part interview.

I do love showcasing up-and-coming local and regional indie talent and providing an additional platform that an artist may not otherwise have.  I know what it’s like to feel like you have to fight for every opportunity and if someone only gave you a chance you could show what you can do or at the very least show a kernel of potential that could maybe be fostered and grow into something greater.  So, don’t get me wrong.

But, there is something about being able to connect with and feature an artist that I have history with as a fan, audience member, and music lover.  It’s not like we become best friends or anything like that, but it’s like…how do I even explain it?  I get to mark them off my list of those artists that I love and I got to engage with them in a real and human way.

I try to ask things fans would want to know and, of course, what I want to know.  I also try not to rehash questions that are already out there.  I’ve never wanted to just regurgitate what’s already out there.  I’ve always been more interested in creating original content.  Of course, you have to ask about the music and the projects.  That’s what it’s about.  But, in addition to those questions and fun questions, I hope my questions delve a little deeper than the superficiality of a lot of media that’s out there.  The artists have to be willing to go there with you as well.  SBH was more than willing to do that.

Read the original post here — 20Q for Sophie B. Hawkins Part 1.   Here’s Part 2

See all 17 Year 3 Questions for interviews here.

MY TOP 30: Year 1 Posts of ALL-TIME! 2. The Proclaimers “I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)”

MY TOP 30: Year 1 Posts of ALL-TIME!

See the complete MY TOP 10:  Soundtrack Songs Countdown here.

2. The Proclaimers “I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)”
This is the sixth, highest, and final entry from MY TOP 10:  Soundtrack Songs countdown.  The first was the song that took the Number 1 spot on Saturday, April 30, 2009.  It was “Fight the Power” by Public Enemy from Do The Right Thing.  It was Number 20 on this countdown.  “Lady Marmalade” by all those pop divas from Moulin Rouge! took the Number 4 spot on the original soundtrack countdown on Monday, April 27, 2009 and Number 13 on this countdown.  “Not Gon’ Cry” by Mary J. Blige from Waiting To Exhale was originally Number 6 on Saturday, April 25, 2009 and Number 11 on this countdown.  “Independent Women Pt. 1″ by Destiny’s Child from Charlie’s Angels was Number 7 on this countdown and originally Number 2 on Thursday, April 30, 2009.  “Streets of Philadelphia” from Philadelphia by Bruce Springsteen was Number 4 on this countdown and Number 5 on the original countdown on Sunday, April 26, 2009.

Now the Proclaimers take the Year 1 Number 2 spot with “I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)” from Benny & Joon after appearing at Number 7 on Friday, April 24, 2009 on the original countdown.  Read the original post here — MY TOP 10:  Soundtrack Songs — 7. The Proclaimers “I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)” and watch the video below.

During Year 1 I did a MY TOP 10 countdown every month.  It’s interesting that this particular countdown was so popular and had such a showing with so many videos on this countdown.  And, that this song and video is so well-liked that it takes the overall Year 1 Number 2 spot of ALL-TIME is astounding.  I wonder if the fact that Johnny Depp is in the movie has anything to do with it.





See the complete MY TOP 10:  Soundtrack Songs Countdown here.

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