LOTTO Interview: Alison Clancy

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.

Cause of the Month:  Texas Council on Family Violence

Alison Clancy is a Brooklyn artist who fronts two bands.  HUFF THIS! and Electric Child.  She was actually the answer to on of the questions in a previous LOTTO 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 Nation played 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.


MY TOP 30: Year 1 Posts of ALL-TIME! 27. Los Bad Apples [Anita Benner] pop quiz

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

Courtesy of Anita Benner's Facebook Page27. Los Bad Apples [Anita Benner] pop quiz
In June/July of 2009, I was reach out to to cover the, at the time, 5th Annual Univision Premios Texas, that took place on Thursday, August 13, 2009.   I featured pop quiz interviews with 4 of the nominees/performers.

The way I did it  this time around was to post one pop quiz a week as a 4-week countdown to the event.  Guess I had better time-management skills in the beginning.  Go figure!

This was also one of the first times I hosted a giveaway at popolio.  Like MY TOP 10 countdowns, I haven’t done any giveaways in many months, either.  At this time, I hosted not 1, but 2 trivia contests of 3 questions each, for 2 sets of tickets for each winner to attend Premios Texas 2009.

Though Anita Benner is no longer lead vocalist of ATX’s own, Los Bad Apples, and is now focused on her own career, she represented them well in this pop quiz interview that went live on Wednesday, August 5, 2009.  See the original post here — Los Bad Apples [Anita Benner] pop quiz — Premios Texas Artist.  It includes their song, “Pobre Corazon,” and Rob Base and DJ EZ-Rock’s video for “It Takes Two.”

See all 4 Premios Texas Artist pop quiz interviews here.

Courtesy of Google

The Blistering Speeds Play Room to Read’s Room to Rock Charity Fundraiser@Peckerheads 8/26/11 – ATX

August 19, 2011 UPDATE:  Due to a series of fortunate incidents, I will be MCing this Room to Read Room to Rock charity showcase fundraiser NEXT FRIDAY.

For those who do know, please take this as a friendly reminder.

Come by and say hi, check out the bands, and most importantly, support a great cause.  Hope to see you there!

I am in the process getting  interviews with all the featured acts.   Once it comes together, I will post them next week as a countdown to the event.  Stay tuned for those!


freddie beat aka Freddie Rodriguez
THE REAL popolio creator/editor

This in!

The Blistering Speeds are pleased to announce that they have been selected to play Room to Read’s Room to Rock charity fundraiser on Friday, August 26, 2011, at Peckerheads on Sixth Street in Downtown Austin.  The Speeds will be sharing the evening with The Shears, Feedback, and Day vs Night.

About Room to Rock
+Tickets are $8 per person in advance through Room to Read’s official site or $10 at the door
+Doors open at 7:30PM and the music starts at 8PM and continues past midnight
+From 8PM to midnight Peckerheads will be donating $1 per beer to Room to Read 
+From 8PM to midnight Peckerheads will be donating 50¢ per non-beer drink to Room to Read
+RSVP on Room to Read’s Room to Rock Facebook Event Page
+Stay tuned to Room to Read’s official site for ticket and event details

About Room to Read
Room to Read is a global non-profit that seeks to transform the lives of millions of children in Asia and Africa by focusing on literacy and gender equality in education.  100% of funds raised from our event will go directly towards building schools and libraries, publishing books, and providing girls with scholarships.