MY TOP 30: Year 3 Posts of ALL-TIME! 1. Sophie B. Hawkins 20Q Part 2

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

1. Sophie B. Hawkins 20Q Part 2
So, here we are.  Part 2 of this interview actually got more hits than Part 1.  Normally, with multi-part interviews the first part gets read the most and then the numbers dwindle down from there for the other parts.  Hmm?  What does that tell me?  Maybe I shouldn’t have done so many multi-part interviews.

So, here we have SBH, again!  She takes the Year 3 Number 1 and Number 2 spots.  I think what made this Part 2 special was that I got to preview a song from the upcoming release (that had a different name at the time of the interview).  It is now called The CrossingHeart and Soul of a Woman = The Crossing.  SBH was very generous to give me 5  unreleased songs from that upcoming project to listen to and choose one to stream with the interview.  I chose “Georgia.”  

I included that tidbit both on Facebook and Twitter.  The Twitter SBH fans caught wind of it and it spread like wild fire.  I think this interview would have been 1 and 2, regardless.  It was just of matter of the order and “Georgia” pushed Part 2 to Number 1.  It’s a piece of the puzzle of the whole project that fans can listen to, get an idea of what the project might sound like, and come back again and again as they anticipate the full release.

I’d like to point out that SBH did post this interview (both parts) at her official site and it was also retweeted by some of her peeps when originally posted.  That’s part of the reason she has secured the Number 1 and 2 spots and because she’s frickin’ Sophie B. Hawkins.  Let’s be real.  But, artists keep that in mind.  I’m just sayin’.  Make a note (mental or otherwise) to self.  And, with that, Rodriguez out!

Read the original post here – 2oQ for Sophie B. Hawkins Part 2.   Here’s Part 1.

See all 17 Year 3 Questions for interviews here.

Music Video: Katy Perry “Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)”

NSFW!  Guest starring Rebecca Black, a couple of Glee Kids, Kenny G, and more!!!

Tuesday Tease

May 24, 2011

A REAL popolio selection of Today’s New Releases.

Aventura 14 + 14 (CD/DVD)
Darwin Deez Darwin Deez
Foster the People Torches
Friendly Fires Pala
Glee Cast Glee: The Music, Volume 6
Robin Guthrie Emeralds
Lady Gaga Born This Way
Thurston Moore Demolished Thoughts
White Denim D

Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes Remembered – 9 Years Later

"No Scrubs" video still from junior release, FanMail

Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes (May 27, 1971 — April 25, 2002).

Those who know me know that Grammy Winners TLC are my favorite group of all-time.    They also  know that when Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes died I took it very hard.

When I first kicked off this blog about three years ago, I sought and landed a popolio podcast interview with Left Eye’s brother, Ron Lopes.  The family was releasing her first posthumous release, Eye Legacy, and that’s what we talked about.

I also did a MY TOP 10:  Left Eye Videos countdown, reviewed the first single, “Let’s Just Do It,” featuring TLC (T-Boz and Chilli), and a few other things.

So, though I have no new Left Eye content, I’d like to re-present that content in memory of  Ms. Lopes.

Remember, these posts are at our first location on the web,  Now, I’m at   I know it can get confusing, but I had to remember Left Eye.  Especially since I didn’t do anything official last year.

ALSO!  Glee will be featuring a TLC song on TOMORROW’S all-new episode.   It will be “Unpretty” mashed up with “I Feel Pretty” from West Side Story.

I’ve had a campaign going on Facebook for Glee to feature an all-TLC episode, that, candidly speaking, hasn’t really gained much traction.  I also proposed an all-girl group episode if a TLC one was more than what they were willing to do.  Now, Lady Gaga has gotten two as this is the Born This Way episode.  And, TLC just the one song, but it’s a start.  Hopefully, more TLC to come on Glee.  Join the Facebook group, In Support of Glee Making a TLC Episode!

Check out THE REAL popolio Year 1 Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes content!

+Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes Remembered  – 7 Years Later
+popolio podcast with Ron Lopes
+MY TOP 10:  Left Eye Videos — intro, ten, nine, eight, seven, six, five, four, three, twoone, and outro.
+Single and Listening (includes review of “Let’s Just Do It” featuring TLC)
+Tuesday Tease (includes listing of Eye Legacy)

Tuesday Tease

April 19, 2011

A REAL popolio selection of Today’s New Releases.

Abandon Control
The Belle Brigade The Belle Brigade
Blackfield Welcome to my DNA
Kimberly Caldwell Without Regret
Cam’ron & Vado Gunz n’ Butta
Del The Funky Homosapien Golden Era (3-CD Set)
DJ Quik Book of David
Eliza Doolittle Eliza Doolittle
Glee Cast Glee:  The Music Presents The Warblers
Gorillaz The Fall
The Head and the Heart The Head and the Heart
Lenka Two
Les Nubians Nü Revolution
Steve Miller Band Let Your Hair Down
Bob Schneider Perfect Day
tUnE-yArDs who kill
The Unthanks Last

EXCLUSIVE: 20 Questions for Sophie B. Hawkins Part 2

Here’s Part 2 of my EXCLUSIVE 20Q interview with Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter, Sophie B. Hawkins.  In addition to discussing her forthcoming release, Heart and Soul of a Woman, we also talk about the musical she’s been working on with some noteworthy folks.  Read more to find out who they are.

I got to preview five tracks from  the new project to pick one to stream with this interview.  I chose “Georgia.”  Listen now. 

Click on the pic to go to her official site.

Part 1


First single, “Betchya Got a Cure,” Cover

11. Tell us about Heart and Soul of a WomanHeart and Soul of a Woman is so emotional and un-self-conscious.  The vocals are like the word Speakeasy.   I like the diversity of style and musicality, and yet, it’s not striving to be interesting or different.   The only real difference in the progression of my song cycles is the fear of being seen has lessened and is, perhaps, gone altogether. 

2. What do you want fans to take away from it?  In a sense, I’m saying to the listener, “Just come in already.”  The masking is over and it’s important in the first album to have fear and masks because people see through them and love you for it.  Then it becomes a game, with yourself.  So, this cycle of songs is without artifice of any kind.   For better or worse.  There is always a new level to get to.

13. Your press materials state, and I quote, “Heart and Soul of a Woman is in many ways the culmination of Sophie B. Hawkins’ life-long apprenticeship in creative transcendence.”  Define and talk about this “life-long apprenticeship” and “creative transcendence.”   Well, I spoke to the writer of that bio or review right after the album was mastered, so the word culmination seemed fitting.   I’m on to the next now and the transcendence is going beyond my identity and finding the truth, which is only relevant to the creative process, not the outcome. 

14. If that was “the culmination,” where do you go from there?  I am being forced to drop any and every old crutch and having to put myself out there as a new artist, basically, which seems to happen every time I’m wanting to get my work out there.  The challenge is about existing at all now, as an artist and, perhaps, for many of us, as humans.  The positive aspect of my career having always been such an uphill battle is that I’m fit!  I’m ready for anything.

15. I’d like to offer my condolences regarding your father’s recent death.  You state that your father’s death and working through that through this project allowed you to finally deal with your parents’ alcoholism.   What, if anything, do you want your fans to know regarding your father’s death and growing up with and finally coming to terms with your parents’ addictions?  Thank you for acknowledging my father’s death.  I have a feeling my fans get a lot from my songs in terms of the self-healing and self-transformation of surviving and creating a self out of an alcoholic-sexually-abusive-family-system.   Many people get more than I know I give, and in that sense, they give me more than I think I deserve.  So, I hope in getting this music out that there is another level of shared strength-building, of laughing and crying, and the sense that no one is really alone, when seeking the truth.

16. So, at the same time that you’ve been working on your latest release, you’ve been working on a musical, a first for you (Congrats!), with your longtime manager and acclaimed filmmaker, Gigi Gaston, Tony and Emmy Award Winner and, more recently, of Glee fame, Kristin Chenoweth, and Tony Award Winner and Broadway Legend, Thomas Meehan.  Tell me about this amazing project.  I am passionately in love with this Broadway musical.  The 29-hour reading was like Olympic training and it was also the intensity I long for, the challenge I live for.  The story is early American, takes place in Pennsylvania, it’s a cross between Pygmalion and Annie Get Your Gun, and yet, it’s an original.

17. Tell us more.  This musical deserves two questions.  It’s both classic and modern.  It’s not trying to be edgy and psychodrama-ish, there is simplicity and a heartfelt quality that may be out of fashion right this minute, although I believe it can be a classic.  It has funny moments, too.  I guess it’s a romantic comedy with balls.  We are climbing Mount Everest, as Thomas Meehan said this December in New York, together.

18. Okay, so the Chenoweth Connection begs the Glee question.  If asked, would you let creator, Ryan Murphy, use your music?  Maybe “DIWIWYL” or “AILMD.”  Would you do a cameo on the show?  Do you even like the show?  I love Glee and want them to use my songs, dammit!  I’d love to be on the show and maybe you can say something to someone so they’ll think of it.

Editor’s Note 1:  Not sure if Sophie is directing this to me.  I don’t have that kind of power and if I did, I’d get myself on the show.  Seriously though, maybe it’s a call out to her fans.  Betty White, anyone?  And Sophie – you’re the one working with the Chenoweth.  You have a direct connection to Glee and Ryan Murphy, himself!  Just sayin’.

19. Back to Heart and Soul of a Woman.  How’s it different than what’s come before and how is it a fine-tuning of it?  Will you listen to the new album and tell me what you think?  Isn’t that more important than what I think?

Editor’s Note 2:   I’d love to listen to the new album and tell you what I think.  Again, I think this is more globally addressed to what you SBH fans out there will think than to me.  I agree that it is more important what fans think.  That said, feel free to comment on Sophie’s new song, “Georgia.”

20.  Will there be videos for Heart and Soul of a WomanI’m releasing a video for “Sinnerman” very soon.

love, Sophie B


What Chilli Wants Season 2 Premieres Tonight on VH1

photo by Derek Blanks

Everyone knows I love me some TLC and I have to support my girls whenever possible.  2011 marks the 20th anniversary of TLC in the business (more on that later).   That said, What Chilli Wants Season 2 premieres tonight on VH1 at 9/8 Central Time. 

Watch a sneak peek of Season 2 below and go to the official site for more.

Join THE REAL popolio Facebook Group to get Glee to make a TLC-centric episode! 

Check it!

Music Video: Keri Hilson “Pretty Girl Rock”

Keri Hilson pays tribute to pretty girl rockers through history including my girls, Janet and T-Boz from TLC.  I wanted to share this to show that some industry folks do have love for TLC and have a clue as to their true greatness.  I think they’re underrated and overlooked and deserve their proper place in pop’s pantheon. Though the pjs are a little off from the original video, Keri’s wig and TLC moves are spot on.   

I have a Facebook campaign going trying to get TLC their own episode of Glee.  Please check it out and join here.  If you run into issues, search for the In Support of Glee Making a TLC Episode! Group on FB.

It’s a cute vid and good look for Ms. Hilson.  Enjoy!

Tuesday Tease

November 30, 2010

A REAL popolio selection of Today’s New Releases.

Eric Benét Lost In Time
Beyoncé I Am…World Tour [Deluxe DVD/CD]
The Black Eyed Peas The Beginning
Cristian Castro Viva el Príncipe
Chrisette Michele Let Freedom Reign
Fefe Dobson Joy
El DeBarge Second Chance
Flo Rida Only One Flo (Part 1)
Glee Cast Glee:   The Music – Volume 4
Benny Ibarra La marcha de la vida
Ron Isley Mr. I
Tim McGraw Number One Hits
Miguel All I Want Is You
 Soulja Boy The DeAndre Way
Jazmine Sullivan Love Me Back

Tuesday Tease

November 16, 2010

A REAL popolio selection of Today’s New Releases.

Bryan Adams Bare Bones
Bombay Bicycle Club Flaws
Lee DeWyze Live It Up
Jackie Evancho O Holy Night (CD/DVD)
Nelly Furtado Best of Nelly Furtado
Glee Cast Glee:  The Music – The Christmas Album
Norah Jones …Featuring Norah Jones
Kid Rock Born Free
La Mission Songs from La Mission
Annie Lennox A Christmas Cornucopia
Nelly 5.0
P!nk Greatest Hits…So Far!!!
Pink Martini Joy To The World
Rascal Flatts Nothing Like This
Rihanna Loud
Alejandro Sanz Canciones Para Un Paraiso En Vivo (CD/DVD)
Bruce Springsteen The Promise
Stereolab Not Music
Keith Urban Get Closer