MY TOP 30: Year 3 Posts of ALL-TIME! 4. The Lusitania 5Q

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

4. The Lusitania 5Q
 El Paso rock & roll band, the Lusitania, take the Neon Desert El Paso Week crown on this countdown with the seventh and highest Neon Desert entry.  It joins the summary post for all the Neon Desert content at  Number 17,  BB Gun Johnny’s pop quiz tied at Number 28 with Feedback’s LOTTO Interview, the the Royalty’s 5Q at Number 14, GOBI’s 5Q at Number 10, Zach Paul’s 5Q at Number 8, and Cigarettes After Sex’s 5Q at Number 7

See the original Thursday, April 14, 2011 post here — 5Q for The Lusitania — Neon Desert Artist.  It includes their song, “Your Existential Hero.” 

See all 7 Neon Desert interviews and more here.

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MY TOP 30: Year 3 Posts of ALL-TIME! 7. Cigarettes After Sex 5Q

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

7. Cigarettes After Sex 5Q
On-off El-Paso band, Cigarettes After Sex (CAS), continue the Neon Desert El Paso Week domination of this countdown. With Number 6, this is now two back-to-back entries from this special content in addition to the other four previous entries. CAS now becomes the sixth and highest Neon Desert entry.  It joins the summary post for all the Neon Desert content at  Number 17,  BB Gun Johnny’s pop quiz tied at Number 28 with Feedback’s LOTTO Interview, the the Royalty’s 5Q at Number 14, GOBI’s 5Q at Number 10, and Zach Paul’s 5Q at Number 8.   

See the original Friday, April 15, 2011 post here — 5Q for Cigarettes After Sex — Neon Desert Artist.  It includes their song, “I Can See You.” 

See all 7 Neon Desert interviews and more here.

MY TOP 30: Year 3 Posts of ALL-TIME! 8. Zach Paul 5Q

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


8. Zach Paul 5Q
Neon Desert Music Festival co-founder and Splendid Sun Productions principle (1 of 3), Zach Paul, has now taken over the top spot of all Neon Desert El Paso Week Artists featured on this countdown.  This is now the fifth entry from that special content joining the summary post for all the Neon Desert content at  Number 17,  BB Gun Johnny’s pop quiz tied at Number 28 with Feedback’s LOTTO Interview, the the Royalty’s 5Q at Number 14, and GOBI’s 5Q at Number 10.

It’s nice that our interview with one of the creators of the festival and behind-the-scenes minds has gotten some attention.  Of course, it’s all about the artists, but artists need people to showcase them whether it be throught a festival like Neon Desert or a music blog like THE REAL popolio.  There are people who love to be on stage and there are those who love to create that “stage” (whatever form it takes) for those people who love to perform on them.

See the original Monday, April 11, 2011 post here — 5Q for Zach Paul — Neon Desert Founder.   

See all 7 Neon Desert interviews and more here.

MY TOP 30: Year 3 Posts of ALL-TIME! 10. GOBI 5Q

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

10. GOBI 5Q
Austin-based, orginally-from-El-Paso band, GOBI, has now trumped the Royalty’s entry on this countdown with this now fourth and highest entry from my special Neon Desert El Paso Week coverage.  The summary post for all the Neon Desert content took the  Number 17 spot,  BB Gun Johnny’s pop quiz tied at Number 28 with Feedback’s LOTTO Interview, and the aforementioned the Royalty’s 5Q bowed at Number 14.

Neon Desert coverage is ranking higher than SXSW content overall.  Not that there should be an El Paso vs. Austin rivalry, it’s just interesting to point out.  That said, the whole point of the Neon Desert Music Festival was to connect the musical notes between the two cities with the festival founders hailing from the Sun City and habitating in the Live Music Capital of the World.

See the original Tuesday, April 12, 2011 post here — 5Q for GOBI— Neon Desert Artist.  It includes their song, “Ain’t Gonna Die.” 

See all 7 Neon Desert interviews and more here.

MY TOP 30: Year 3 Posts of ALL-TIME! 14. The Royalty 5Q

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


14. The Royalty 5Q
This is the third and highest entry from my special Neon Desert El Paso Week coverage.  The summary post for all the Neon Desert content took the  Number 17 spot and BB Gun Johnny’s pop quiz tied at Number 28 with Feedback’s LOTTO Interview.

El Paso is my hometown and I live in Austin, so I really did try to push this content.  So, I’m happy to see that some of the Neon Desert El Paso Week coverage has made the countdown.  Seems like the Royalty is the band with the strongest following or at the least the greatest social network presence.  Either way, they make a fine showing.

See the original Tuesday, April 19, 2011 post here — 5Q for The Royalty — Neon Desert Artist.  It includes their song, “All Alone.” 

See all 7 Neon Desert interviews and more here.

MY TOP 30: Year 3 Posts of ALL-TIME! 17. Neon Desert El Paso Week

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

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17. Neon Desert El Paso Week
The Year 3 Number 3
spot goes to the post were I linked all THE REAL popolio Neon Desert Music Festival content.  Neon Desert was the first music festival of its kind to take place in El Paso on Saturday, April 30, 2011.  It was put on by Splendid Sun Productions, a group of El Pasoans living in Austin and trying to not only bridge the musical gap between the two cities, but create the pathway.

I posted a week’s worth of content dedicated to Neon Desert and I christened it Neon Desert El Paso Week.  This was the summary post with all the content linked in one place after all of the features had already gone live.

The artists that were featured were El Paso’s the Royalty, Cigarettes After Sex, the Lusitania, and BB Gun Johnny; Austin’s GOBI, formerly of El Paso; San Antonio’s Girl in a Coma; and Latin Grammy Winners, Los Amigos Invisibles, from Venezuela.

I also interviewed one of the founders, Zach Paul, as well as posted the official flyer and an introductory post kicking off Neon Desert El Paso Week.

See the original post here — 7 Neon Desert Interviews, 1 pop quiz & more for El Paso Week.

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MY TOP 30: Year 3 Posts of ALL-TIME! 29. Girl in a Coma 5Q

MY TOP 30:  Year 3 Posts of ALL-TIME!

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29. Girl in a Coma 5Q
The Year 3 29 spot
is taken by San Anto’s own, Girl in a Coma.  I did a series of interviews for the inaugural Neon Desert Music Festival out of El Paso, my hometown, during what I called El Paso Week.  The festival went down on Saturday, April 30, 2011, and this interview went live on Wednesday, April 13, 2011.

Since I’m from there, I wanted to do my own part to represent for this festival.   I was really excited that someone was doing this and that it was something that hadn’t been done there before.

I also like the idea of bridging the musical gap between Austin and El Paso.  The founders of the festival are from El Paso and based in Austin, like myself.  I only wish I could have featured more El Paso Artists through the years.

Though I feature artists from around the country (and sometimes the world), I do highlight when they are regional.  I usually include it at the end of the title of the post with a hyphen and the name of the city they are from and/or based in.  In the case of  an event, I call them a so-and-so event Artist.  So, Girl in a Coma were a Neon Desert Artist.

The Questions for feature is a nice alternative to the standardized pop quiz feature as it allows me to tailor my questions to the artist.  I also left it open-ended  in regard to the number of questions that can be included.  There’s no mention of number in the title of this particular feature for that reason.  Usually I work with multiples of 5 with no more than 20 questions.  Sometimes I break an interview into 2 to 3 parts.  I could do a 2-part 20Q interview with 10 questions in each post.

See the original post here — 5Q for Girl in a Coma — Neon Desert Artist.  It includes a performance video of their cover of Selena’s “Si Una Vez” and an interesting fact about them.

See all 7 Neon Desert interviews and more here.

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