Shout Out to Goodie Boxers for REAL popolio 2nd Anniversary Dance Party!

This is has been a long time coming, but before COMPLETELY FULLY REALLY shutting down I wanted to make sure to get this post out there. This is the last 1 of 2 posts I will be writing for THE REAL popolio. Promise! ūüôā

I intended to post this closer to the date of the event, but things came up and I never was able to get around to it.

These are all the artists and organizations that donated items (CDs, stickers,¬†gift cards, and other goodies; hence the name)¬†for the goodie boxes for THE REAL popolio’s 2nd Year Anniversary B&W Party featuring 1990s pop music by local¬†DJ, HOT BRITCHES!,¬†that went down on Saturday,¬†September 11, 201o at local mediterranean restaurant, Phara’s. ¬†

I made 2 versions of the flyer.  See them here and here at my personal Facebook Page. 

So a boisterous SHOUT OUT and gigantic THANK YOU to (in no particular order):

San Antonio indie band, LEDASWAN; NYC-based collaborative alternative¬†musicians collective, PASSION PROJECT; long-time¬†industry guy,¬†RICH OVERTON¬†and his RJO ARTIST RELATIONS & MANAGEMENT (sent us stuff from multiple artists he reps); Boston pop/R&B girl group, JADA, ATX’s own rockers; THE MIDGETMEN; Dallas musician of many hats, CLAY PENDERGRASS;¬†LA-based singer-songwriter, BILL CURD; also¬†LA-based dance rock diva, DEBBY HOLIDAY; ATX electro hip hoppers, ONE STEP PROGRAM; NYC indie¬†pop/rock¬†outfit, LOVE & LOGIC;¬†Chicago pop rocker,¬†SCOTT WESLEY; NYC-based folk rocker, JON SANDLER; ATX old school soulstress, LISA MARSHALL; ATX power popster, PHIL DUTRA; and local Chinese food restaurant at Dobie Mall, HOA HOA (for donating gift cards).¬†

Click on the logos, pics, and/or album covers BELOW to go to each of their official sites.

Better late than never.¬† I don’t think I’ve forgotten anyone, but if I have, you know who you are and an equally boisterous¬†SHOUT OUT and gigantic THANK YOU to you as well!¬† ‘Nuff said.


Music Video: JADA “This Party’s On Fire”

Check out Boston-based pop/R&B girl group, JADA’s, latest video, “This Party’s On Fire.”¬† It’s produced by Rio and directed by Vassili Shields. They have a history with THE REAL popolio as they’ve been featured on more than one occasion.¬†

They made MY TOP 30:¬†¬† Year 3 Posts of ALL-TIME! with the Extras Call Out¬†I posted for this very video at Number 9 tied with Dallas/Garland hip pop/R&B artist, B-May’s pop quiz interview.

They’re also the only act¬†to give us a video¬†B-Day¬†SHOUT OUT¬†for our September 15, 2011 3rd Year Anniversary.¬† See it 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‚Äôs pop quiz tied at Number 28¬†with Feedback‚Äôs 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 ‚ÄĒ 5Q for GOBI‚ÄĒ Neon Desert Artist.¬† It includes their song, ‚ÄúAin’t Gonna Die.‚Ä̬†

See all 7 Neon Desert interviews and more here.

Music Video: Dinner at the Thompson’s featuring Insight “Beat The System”

NSFW! Advisory: Contains adult imagery and explores adult themes.

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‚Äôre 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, ‚ÄúMy Love,‚ÄĚ 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 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 ‚ÄĒ Larissa Ness pop quiz interview – ATX.¬† It includes her song, ‚ÄúGet To It,‚ÄĚ and a video of Judy Garland singing ‚ÄúOver the Rainbow‚ÄĚ as Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz.

See all 28 Year 3 pop quiz interviews here.

Courtesy of Google

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 ‚ÄĒ 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‚Äôs “Love Lockdown.”

See all 4 Room to Rock LOTTO Interviews here.

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