MY TOP 30: Year 3 Posts of ALL-TIME! 25. Kaydean pop quiz

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

Editor’s Note:  Kaydean is an artist signed to Zonisphere Recordings, part of Zonisphere Media Group, and I used to write a weekly music column, Urb’l (Urban Cool) Remedy, for Zubterrain, the e-zine of the the Zonisphere Media Group.

25. Kaydean pop quiz
I didn’t know too much about Kaydean when this posted and I still don’t.  I do know that he is a producer and has worked in the music industry as such for many, many years.  I also know he’s worked with both Janet and Robyn in the past.  That’s all I need to know.  Ha!

Seriously, though, as an artist, I think he’s exploring interesting territory and not doing what you would expect.  At the time of this pop quiz interview, he was promoting his just released concept double EP, Emerge/Submerge.  You can tell from the songs included with the pop quiz that his brand of ambient electro is richly layered and that, with this particular project, he was exploring the two sides of his musical spectrum and how they met in the middle.

His pop quiz interview, posted on Friday,  June 10, 2011, and takes the Year 3 Number 25 spot.  It was the first pop quiz of June 2011.  The second posted on Friday, June 24, 2011 and featured Elephant Sky.

See the original post here — Kaydean pop quiz interview.  It includes his songs, “Tranquility” and “Daywalker” and 3 Doors Down’s video for “Let Me Be Myself.”

See all 28 Year 3 pop quiz interviews here.

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Lipstick Letters pop quiz interview – Lubbock/ATX

Just by chance you’re getting a double dose of Lipstick Letters this week.  They are both a pic-olio and pop quiz interview Artist.  Their pic-olio posted on the last Tuesday of a 5-week month on August 30, 2001, as regulary scheduled.  They were also set to be the focus of the first of our two monthly pop quizzes, kicking things off nicely for us in September.  See the pic-olio here and read their interview below.

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!

September 2, 2011

Name:   Lipstick Letters
Genre:  Acoustic Rock
Forthcoming Debut Release: TBA (Self-Released)
Release Date:  TBA

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 Artistic Integrity and Vision
3. Studio OR Stage? Stage
4. Spirituality OR Hedonism? Spirituality
5. Make Love, Have Sex, OR %$*!? Make Love

Fill in the Blank
6.Music is my soul.
7. I’m musically inspired by life.
8. If I could have made any music video it would have been “Thriller” by Michael Jackson.
9. If I was a super hero I’d be Batman (because he’s just a regular guy who kicks some a**).
10. Sex, Drugs, and Rock & Roll should change to   __________________, __________________, and __________________. (OR Not)

Short Answer
11. I make music because:  It’s cheaper than going to a therapist. 😉
12. I want my fans to:  Sing along to my songs.
13. If I could only share one thing about myself it would be:  I tattoo my feet with symbols from places I have been.  I call them my “passport” because they take me wherever I want to go. 😀
14. Wild Card!  “May what you choose always be greater than what you lose.” Jenni Lord quote.
15. I want my musical legacy to be:  A songwriter who touched souls.

Watch the video Lipstick Letters wish they would have made!



outtake from popolio pic-olio posted on Tuesday, August 30th

Watch a video of Lipstick Letters performing their original song, “Out of the Blue,” live at Darwin’s Pub here in the ATX.  Click on the pic to go to their official site.

MY TOP 30: Year 3 Posts of ALL-TIME! 30. BRAIDS pop quiz

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

Courtesy of BRAIDS Facebook Page

30.  BRAIDS pop quiz interview
I do 2 pop quiz interviews a month.  It’s my standardized questionnaire interview that showcases a song by the featured artists and a music video of their choice  by way of how they answer question Number 8.

In Year 2, I came up with a totally different questionnaire and called it pop quiz 2.0.  In Year 3, I took it back to the old school and went back to the Year 1 version with a few minor tweaks.

During special times, I may do more in addition to the 2-a-month.  Usually they’re around an event and I feature them as pre-coverage and countdowns to events.

In the case of BRAIDS, they were one of the bands I featured for my SXSW 2011 pop quiz interviews earlier this year.  See the original Tuesday, March 8, 2011 post here — BRAIDS pop quiz interview – SXSW Artist.  It includes their song, “Lemonade,” and Bow Wow Wow’s video for “I Want Candy.”

See all 10 2011 SXSW pop quiz interviews here.

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Chinaski pop quiz interview – ATX

August 19, 2011

Name:   Chinaski
Genre:  Garage Pop/Glam
Upcoming Debut Release:
Chinaski EP (Self-Released)
Release Date:  Early October 2011

This, That, or the Other
1. Underground OR Mainstream? Whatever the kids are buying.
2. Maintain Artistic Integrity and Vision OR Make a lot of Money? (OR Both)??? Integrity, definitely.
3. Studio OR Stage? Studio

4. Spirituality OR Hedonism? Spirituality sounds like a patchouli-scented, tempeh-eating dude with a wispy beard going on about “one-ness,” whilst Hedonism sounds like an oily, weasely dude with a lot of gold chains and a waterbed. So, we’re going to have to go with neither.

5. Make Love, Have Sex, OR %$*!? The last one.

Fill in the Blank
6. Music is my aeroplane (joke).  Actually, music is the only thing that keeps us sane.

7. I’m musically inspired by we’re a band with very disparate tastes, that’s what makes us so interesting to me.  I love the Clash, the Hold Steady, Springsteen (I could go on forever).  Dan, our singer and main songwriter, loves the Stones.  Ross, our drummer, is also in a Brazilian drum group.  We bring in a lot of different influences.

8. If I could have made any music video it would have been one of those old live videos by the Clash that they cut from the movie, Rude Boy. Probably “I Fought the Law.”

9. If I was a super hero I’d be Batman.  Rich, successful, and kick-ass.
10. Sex, Drugs, and Rock & Roll should change to  Girlfriends, Microbrew, and Day Jobs.

Short Answer
11. I make music because:  Be it writing, painting, whatever your bag is, the act of creation is probably one of the most thrilling things in the world.  And, where else but music can you have so much fun doing it?

12. I want my fans to:  Have a damn good time.  Rock and Roll is best when, on the surface it sounds dumb, but when you dive deeper there’s a lot to chew on.
13. If I could only share one thing about myself it would be:  We’re having a hell of a lot of fun.
14. Wild Card!  If you haven’t already, do yourself a favor and go watch The Last Waltz.

15. I want my musical legacy to be:  A glib answer would be something like, “I want us to be as big as the Beatles, the Stones, and U2 combined!”  But, really, if twenty years from now, a couple of friends are talking and one goes, “Hey, remember that band, Chinaski?” And, the other answers, “Oh, YEAH! Those guys were pretty damn cool!”  I’ll be a happy man.

Watch the video Chinaski wish they would have made!

Listen to “Do Do Do” from Chinaski’s forthcoming self-titled EP. Click on the logo to go to their Facebook Page.

Kevin Brown pop quiz interview – ATX

July 8, 2011

Name:   Kevin Brown
Genre:  Rock & Roll/Outlaw Country
Latest Release:  Spirits
Release Date:  October 1, 2008

This, That, or the Other
1. Underground OR Mainstream? Mainstream
2. Maintain Artistic Integrity and Vision OR Make a lot of Money? (OR Both)??? Integrity = Money
3. Studio OR Stage? Both
4. Spirituality OR Hedonism? Spirituality
5. Make Love, Have Sex, OR %$*!?  ?

Fill in the Blank
6. Music is my blood.
7. I’m musically inspired by everything.
8. If I could have made any music video it would have been “Ashes to Ashes” by David Bowie.
9. If I was a super hero I’d be Batman.
10. Sex, Drugs, and Rock & Roll should change to  ??, and ?. (OR Not)

Short Answer
11.  I make music because:   I have always been drawn to it like a magnet.  I could not believe how easy songwriting came to me when I began.  It made the magnet stronger. 
12. I want my fans to:  Be present.
13. If I could only share one thing about myself it would be:  I did something.   
14. Wild Card!  Bob Dylan and John Lennon changed my life at a young age and they continue to do so to this day.
15. I want my musical legacy to be:  There.

The video Kevin Brown wishes he would have made!

Listen to “That One Thing” from Kevin Brown’s 2002 release, Callin’ the Heavens & Closin’ the Bars.  Click on the cover to go to his official site.

Kaydean pop quiz interview

Editor’s Note:  Kaydean is an artist signed to Zonisphere Recordings, part of Zonisphere Media Group, and I write a weekly music column, Urb’l (Urban Cool) Remedy, for Zubterrain, the e-zine of the the Zonisphere Media Group.

June 10, 2011

Name:   Kaydean
Genre:  Dance/Electronica
Latest Release:  Emerge/Submerge [Double EP] (Zonisphere Recordings)
Release Date:  May 17, 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)??? You can’t take the money with you when you go, but Integrity will last forever.
3. Studio OR Stage? I love both, but I’m excited by the fear of the stage. 🙂
4. Spirituality OR Hedonism? Why not Spiritual Hedonism?  I believe in that.
5. Make Love, Have Sex, OR %$*!? LOL.  Everyone knows FUCK is my favorite word. 🙂

Fill in the Blank
6. Music is my church.
7. I’m musically inspired by the love of many things.
8. If I could have made any music video it would have been “Let Me Be Myself” by 3 Doors Down.
9. If I was a super hero I’d be Batman…Definitely.
10. Sex, Drugs, and Rock & Roll should change to Fuck, Fuck, and Fucking Party.

Short Answer
11. I make music because:  It’s the loudest voice I have.
12. I want my fans to:  Learn to listen to music, again.  I mean really learn to listen and love it.  There’s more there than just a beat.
13. Wild Card!  If music is my world then the people are notes and I imprison all of you with bars.  How’s that for random?
14. If I could only share one thing about myself it would be:  Don’t I share enough??
15. I want my musical legacy to be:  To teach people how to love music, again.  We’ve lost that.  And, there is still so much creativity to fall in love with.  I want to be a part of a movement that reintroduces music with substance, not just the flat 2 dimensional substitute that’s gets airplay now – but an actual movement.  I want to be a fan again…a new breed of fanaticism…Not consumers procured by effective marketing, but fans cultivated out of love and admiration for the art and its message.

The video Kaydean wishes he would have made!

Listen to “Tranquility” from Emerge, the first part of Kaydean’s double EPClick on the cover to go to his official site.

Now, listen to “Daywalker” from Submerge, the second part of Kaydean’s EP.  Click on the cover to go to his Facebook Page.

FunkAttack pop quiz interview

Tea Time is one-fourth of FunkAttack and his pop quiz kicked things off for us in May.  Now, we finish things out with the other three-fourths of his group.

May 27, 2011

Name:   FunkAttack
Genre:  Hip Hop/Funk/Soul
Debut Release: El Ritmo (www.bordersessions.com)
Release Date:  June 10, 2010

This, That, or the Other
1. Underground OR Mainstream? Underground
2. Maintain Artistic Integrity and Vision OR Make a lot of Money? (OR Both)??? Artistic Integrity
3. Studio OR Stage? Stage
4. Spirituality OR Hedonism? Spirituality
5. Make Love, Have Sex, OR %$*! Make Love

Fill in the Blank
6. Music is my Life.
7. I’m musically inspired by Red Hot Chili Peppers, James Brown, George Clinton.
8. If I could have made any music video it would have been “Dani California” by Red Hot Chili Peppers.
9. If I was a super hero I’d be Batman.
10. Sex, Drugs, and Rock & Roll should change to Music, Love, and Roll.

Short Answer
11. I make music because:  Music is everything.
12. I want my fans to:  Feel the love through music.
13. If I could only share one thing about myself it would be:  Pass the peace…
14. Wild Card!  Happy music for happy people…
15. I want my musical legacy to be:  Unite the people through music.

The video FunkAttack wishes they would have made!

Listen to “Get Up” from FunkAttack’s debut release, El Ritmo.  Click on the cover to go to their Facebook Page.


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