MY TOP 30: Year 3 Posts of ALL-TIME! 5. The Blistering Speeds LOTTO Interview

MY TOP 30: Year 3 Posts of ALL-TIME! 

5. The Blistering Speeds LOTTO Interview
The Blistering Speeds take the Year 3 Number 5 spot with their Room to Rock LOTTO Interview.  This was part of a series of LOTTO Interviews tied to a local charity event.  As I previously stated in prior posts, 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 do for another site. 

This is the fourth and highest ranking LOTTO Interview (and third from this special Room to Rock series) to make the Year 3 countdown.  The first featured another ATX-based band, Feedback, who tied with a BB Gun Johnny pop quiz at Number 28.  The second  posted at Number 12 and featured SALVO, who is another ATX artist.  The third was yet another Austin band,  Day vs. Night, at Number 11.   The Blistering Speeds, Day vs. Night, and Feedback were all part of the Room to Rock series of  LOTTO Interviews.  That only left one band off this countdown.

See the original post here — LOTTO Interview:  The Blistering Speeds — Room to Rock Artist.  It includes a “Acca of Hexham” performance from a Maggie Mae’s show captured on Balcony TV Austin

See all 4 Room to Rock LOTTO Interviews here.

See all the LOTTO Interviews here.

See all my posts (including the original LOTTO Interviews) at my music column, Urb’l (Urban Cool) Remedy, here.

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MY TOP 30: Year 3 Posts of ALL-TIME! 11. Day vs. Night LOTTO Interview

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

11. Day vs. Night LOTTO Interview
Day vs. Night is another Austin indie band doing their thing and they take the Year 3 Number 11 spot.  This was part of a series of LOTTO Interviews tied to a local charity event.  As I previously stated in a prior 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 do for another site. 

This is the third LOTTO Interview (and second from this special Room to Rock series) to make the Year 3 countdown.  The first featured another ATX-based band, Feedback, who tied with a BB Gun Johnny pop quiz at Number 28 and the second just posted at Number 12 and featured SALVO, who is another artist based in the ATX.  Day vs. Night and Feedback were both part of the Room to Rock series of  LOTTO Interviews.

See the original post here — LOTTO Interview:  Day vs. Night — Room to Rock Artist .  It includes their song, “Caught in the Radio.”

See all 4 Room to Rock LOTTO Interviews here.

See all the LOTTO Interviews here.

See all my posts (including the original LOTTO Interviews) at my music column, Urb’l (Urban Cool) Remedy, here.

MY TOP 30: Year 3 Posts of ALL-TIME! 12. SALVO LOTTO Interview

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

12. SALVO LOTTO Interview
The Year 3 Number 12 spot goes to SALVO.  ATX in the house again!  Represent! Represent!  Like NYC-based Sariah at Number 12 before her, this rank is impressive because this interview only went live on Tuesday, August 9, 2011.

Interesting also because I wasn’t sure if both of our schedules were going to allow this interview to see the light of the day, but SALVO got it to me and I posted it!  And here it is at Number 12.  Not too shabby!  Shows that SALVO’s got mad support from her peeps.

The LOTTO Interview is a variation of THE REAL popolio pop quiz interview.  I created it for a stint as a weekly music columnist at Zubterrain, e-zine of Zonisphere Media Group, based in New York, which is now on a hiatus due to a site overhaul.   I brought my LOTTO format over to popolio and started using it a bit.

I wanted something standardized, but that would allow for more variability in and the interpretation of  those questions, the answers, and the order of the questions.  I also wanted more of a balance in the mix of the type of questions.   As I created my 100 list of questions, I made sure everyone other question was a musical question and tried to balance the fun ones with serious and pop cultural ones.

This is only the second LOTTO Interview to make the Year 3 countdown.  The first featured another ATX-based band, Feedback, who tied with a BB Gun Johnny pop quiz at Number 28.

See the original post here — LOTTO Interview:  SALVO — ATX .  It includes a video of a live  SALVO benefit performance.

See all the LOTTO Interviews here.

See all my posts (including the original LOTTO Interviews) at my music column, Urb’l (Urban Cool) Remedy, here.

MY TOP 30: Year 3 Posts of ALL-TIME! 15. Boy + Kite 101X Win

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

15. Boy + Kite 101X Win


The Year 3 Number 15 spot goes to a post that just went live last month on Thursday, August 18, 2011.  It was an informational post recounting a press release I received regarding ATX band, Boy + Kite.  They won a contest hosted by local radio station, 101X.  They won a spot on the Toadies’ Dia De Los Toadies fest and paid-for production for 3 new songs by the Toadies’ record label, Kirtland Records.  I also included a stream of their song, “Think in Stereo.”  We congratulated them on their win.

Now that we are at the half-way point with both countdowns, I want to reiterate that these are not MY personal TOP 30 posts; they are based on the internal WordPress stats for both site locations.   In other words, rankings are based on how many hits each post received.  So, that’s not about me.  That’s about how many visitors a post got.  Candidly speaking, it’s also about how aggressive an artist and/or their reps were about cross-promoting and cross-linking their particular interview or story.

I also want to say that I’m very excited that so many El Paso and Austin artists have made a showing on both countdowns.  I do pride myself on being a national and international site, but it does mean a little more when they are from Texas.  El Paso is my hometown and I do live in Austin, after all.

You can see the original post here — Boy + Kite Win 101X’s “Your Shot to Rock,” Slot in Dia Del Los Toadies Festival & More! — ATX.

The Long Tangles pop quiz interview – ATX

Need an alternative to ACLThe Long Tangles play the Ditch the Fest Fest 2 (which is a benefit for all Austin-area wildfire victims) tomorrow at the Beauty Bar (617 East 7th Street).  They go on at 2:20PM on the Outside Stage. $5 wristband for all shows or $2 per.

September 16, 2011

Name:   The Long Tangles
Genre:  Matrimony Rock/Indie Pop
Forthcoming Release:  Finer Things (Overhead Records)
Release Date:  October 11, 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)??? Both, please.
3. Studio OR Stage? Stage.  No.  Studio.  No.  Stage.
4. Spirituality OR Hedonism? Agnostic
5. Make Love, Have Sex, OR %$*!? We do it all.

Fill in the Blank
6. Music is my hot hot sex.
7. We’re musically inspired by each other, bike rides, relationships, swimming, culture, fears, music, money, fall.
8. If I could  have made any music video it would have been “Whip My Hair” [Willow cover] by Skull Tape.                                          
9. If I was a super hero I’d be Wolverine.                                                      
10. Sex, Drugs, and Rock & Roll should change to Red Bull, Late Night Tacos, and Gas Money.

Short Answer
11. I make music because:  It’s fun, it feels good, and sometimes you have to.  Also, it’s cathartic – writing, getting frustrated, getting it right, then performing it, and letting your body and mind to memorize it.
12. I want my fans to:   dance and feel connected to what we’ve written like it’s what they meant to say or think.
13. If I could only share one thing about myself it would be:  The Long Tangles are industrious and efficient.
14. Wild Card!  We met in a seedy bar in New Orleans, and Coco was underage.
15. I want my musical legacy to be:  That we worked with other people to make beautiful music and support each other rather than working against anyone.  We’re all in this together, right?

Watch the video the Long Tangles wish they would have made!




Listen to “Drawing Conclusions” from the Long Tangles’ forthcoming release, Finer Things.  Click on the cover to go to their official site.

MY TOP 30: Year 3 Posts of ALL-TIME! 27. Larissa Ness pop quiz

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

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.

See all 28 Year 3 pop quiz interviews here.

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MY TOP 30: Year 3 Posts of ALL-TIME! 28. BB Gun Johnny pop quiz & Feedback LOTTO Interview

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

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’s pop 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.

See the original BB Gun Johnny post here — BB Gun Johnny pop quiz interview – EP.  It includes their song, “Alcohol & Chocolate,” and MSTRKRFT’s video for “Easy Love.”

See all 7 Neon Desert interviews and more here.


See the original Feedback post here — LOTTO Interview:  Feedback — Room to Rock Artist.  It includes a live performance video of their cover of Kanye West’s “Love Lockdown.”

See all 4 Room to Rock LOTTO Interviews here.

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