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! 🙂

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.


Scissors For Lefty pop quiz 2.0 interview

Welcome to the LAST EVER popolio pop quiz interview at THE REAL popolio.  It was nice synergy that the way the September pop quiz scheduling happened there were actually 3 and not the usual 2.  Nice synergy because we’re closing our doors at 3 years and as an aside, I feel 3 (and multiples of) is my lucky number.

That said, I’m very excited that it features San Francisco-based band, Scissors For Lefty, because they were there at the very beginning.  Made up of two sets of brothers and an uncle (that’s 2, 2, and 1), it’s all in the family for SFL, for what’s a fun and interesting indie pop outfit delivering the unexpected.

They were the first band (and second overall artist) to be featured with pop quizzes in the 3 year history of popolio.  popolio debuted in September 2008 and SFL were featured the very next month in October.

In fact, October 2008 was officially Scissors For Lefty Month at popolio with each member of the 5-member band featured with an individual pop quiz interview every Friday of that month.  It was a formula I hoped to exploit with other bands and groups, but I only ended up doing it with these guys.

Since I basically went back to the Year 1 pop quiz format for Year 3, I had the whole group do the Year 2 format that I called the 2.0 version.  Since they had already been there, done that; no need to beat a dead horse.

Two of the original Year 1 SFL pop quizzes made MY TOP 30: Year 1 Posts of  ALL-TIME! based on overall hits per post.  Vocalist, Bryan Garza, got the Number 24 spot and his just married (about a week or so ago to be more exact) bassist brother, Steve Garza, showed up at Number 17.  Nice extra treat — the first featured pic is from the wedding!

Congrats to Steve for his recent nuptials and a HUGE shout out SFL, collectively, for doing this!  I appreciate you being there at the hopeful beginning and popping back up for the bitter ending.  (I jest.  I jest.  I’m not bitter.  Okay, maybe I am, but that’s not what I mean.)  Seriously, guys, I won’t forget this!   Enjoy their collective Year 3 pop quiz 2.0 interview below.

See the original Year 1 SFL pop quizzes:

Bryan Garza (vocals) pop quiz
Steve Garza (bass) pop quiz
Robby Garza (guitar) pop quiz

James Krimmel (drums) pop quiz
Peter Krimmel (piano) pop quiz

September 30, 2011

Name:   Scissors For Lefty
Genre:  Alternative/Pop
Forthcoming Release:  Drugstore Perfume (TBD)
Release Date:  Early 2012

This, That, or the Other
1.Straight-Up Funk or Down-and-Dirty Punk? Hmmm, more like 1983 for Rough Trade Records?  Down-and-Purdy Punk?
2. Lyrics or Beats? Lyrics and Melodies
3. Fan-Favorite or Critics’ Darling? A Homemade Fan-Favorite
4. Closed Fist or Open Hand? It’ll slap you around on a few tracks…but, only, of course, if you’re into that kind of thing.
5. Wall Flower, Life of the Party, or Dancing Your @$$ off?  Life of the Party with a Few Easter Eggs

Fill in the Blank
6. Music keeps me close to my pals.
7. If I wasn’t a musical artist I’d be a good-natured transient.
8.  My favorite all-time music videos are “I Feel It All” by Feist and “Lust For Life” by Girls.
9. If I could have a super power it would be Band Van Transformer because apartment rent would magically appear in the band’s wallets each month.
10. Peace, Love, and Happiness should change to Get, A, and Job.

Short Answer
11. Musicianship means:  On tour, it means connecting with people, whether it be against the stage, at the hotel or at the truck stop.  Off tour, it means keeping vision for the darndest of rough ideas and seeing them through…
12. If I could convey one perfect thought or sentiment through one perfect song it would be:  Naked Mario Party to the Death, Bring It!!!
13. If I could change one thing about myself it would be:  My fear of letting other people drive the band van.
14. Wild Card!  You get me all bothered, cool, then, hot, then, hotter, I’m gonna’ blow midnight screening dollars cuz it’s empty in the back row of your movie adaptation…
15. The most important thing to me RIGHT NOW is:  Finishing the album and singing an Elvis cover song with my mom for my brother’s wedding.

Scissors For Lefty’s favorite all-time videos!

Since SFL is still currently working on their forthcoming release, they have no new stuff to share.  They did share these, though! Not one, but two, unreleased B-Sides, “Hard Times” and “‘Lil Airplane,” to tide you over until then.  Listen below and click on the pic to get to their recently created Facebook Page and ‘like’ it!

MY TOP 30: Year 3 Posts of ALL-TIME! 15. Boy + Kite 101X Win

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

15. Boy + Kite 101X Win

The Year 3 Number 15 spot goes to a post that just went live last month on Thursday, August 18, 2011.  It was an informational post recounting a press release I received regarding ATX band, Boy + Kite.  They won a contest hosted by local radio station, 101X.  They won a spot on the Toadies’ Dia De Los Toadies fest and paid-for production for 3 new songs by the Toadies’ record label, Kirtland Records.  I also included a stream of their song, “Think in Stereo.”  We congratulated them on their win.

Now that we are at the half-way point with both countdowns, I want to reiterate that these are not MY personal TOP 30 posts; they are based on the internal WordPress stats for both site locations.   In other words, rankings are based on how many hits each post received.  So, that’s not about me.  That’s about how many visitors a post got.  Candidly speaking, it’s also about how aggressive an artist and/or their reps were about cross-promoting and cross-linking their particular interview or story.

I also want to say that I’m very excited that so many El Paso and Austin artists have made a showing on both countdowns.  I do pride myself on being a national and international site, but it does mean a little more when they are from Texas.  El Paso is my hometown and I do live in Austin, after all.

You can see the original post here — Boy + Kite Win 101X’s “Your Shot to Rock,” Slot in Dia Del Los Toadies Festival & More! — ATX.

The Long Tangles pop quiz interview – ATX

Need an alternative to ACLThe Long Tangles play the Ditch the Fest Fest 2 (which is a benefit for all Austin-area wildfire victims) tomorrow at the Beauty Bar (617 East 7th Street).  They go on at 2:20PM on the Outside Stage. $5 wristband for all shows or $2 per.

September 16, 2011

Name:   The Long Tangles
Genre:  Matrimony Rock/Indie Pop
Forthcoming Release:  Finer Things (Overhead Records)
Release Date:  October 11, 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)??? Both, please.
3. Studio OR Stage? Stage.  No.  Studio.  No.  Stage.
4. Spirituality OR Hedonism? Agnostic
5. Make Love, Have Sex, OR %$*!? We do it all.

Fill in the Blank
6. Music is my hot hot sex.
7. We’re musically inspired by each other, bike rides, relationships, swimming, culture, fears, music, money, fall.
8. If I could  have made any music video it would have been “Whip My Hair” [Willow cover] by Skull Tape.                                          
9. If I was a super hero I’d be Wolverine.                                                      
10. Sex, Drugs, and Rock & Roll should change to Red Bull, Late Night Tacos, and Gas Money.

Short Answer
11. I make music because:  It’s fun, it feels good, and sometimes you have to.  Also, it’s cathartic – writing, getting frustrated, getting it right, then performing it, and letting your body and mind to memorize it.
12. I want my fans to:   dance and feel connected to what we’ve written like it’s what they meant to say or think.
13. If I could only share one thing about myself it would be:  The Long Tangles are industrious and efficient.
14. Wild Card!  We met in a seedy bar in New Orleans, and Coco was underage.
15. I want my musical legacy to be:  That we worked with other people to make beautiful music and support each other rather than working against anyone.  We’re all in this together, right?

Watch the video the Long Tangles wish they would have made!

Listen to “Drawing Conclusions” from the Long Tangles’ forthcoming release, Finer Things.  Click on the cover to go to their official site.

MY TOP 30: Year 3 Posts of ALL-TIME! 19. She’s a Tease pop quiz

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

19. She’s a Tease pop quiz
The SXSW 2011 popolio pop quiz interview domination on this countdown continues.   This is the fifth overall and third consecutive SXSW 2011 pop quiz entry.  I believe She’s a Tease is our first entry on either countdown by a band from Mexico.  Canada’s BRAIDS took the Number 30 spot with theirs, Australia’s the Jezabels’ Number 23, Japan’s Peelander-Z, Number 21, and ATX’s own, Quiet Company, holds the Number 20 spot.  Keepin’ it international here at THE REAL popolio!

See the original Monday, March 14, 2011 post here — She’s a Tease pop quiz interview – SXSW Artist.  It includes their song, “Why (Does Your Love Hurt So Much)” and its accompanying video.

See all 10 2011 SXSW pop quiz interviews here.

Music Video: Richard In Your Mind “Vision”

MY TOP 30: Year 3 Posts of ALL-TIME! 20. Quiet Company pop quiz

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

20. Quiet Company pop quiz
The SXSW 2011 popolio pop quiz interviews are really making a dent in this countdown.  This is the fourth one and the first to feature an ATX band.  Quiet Company is holding it down at Number 20.  BRAIDS took the Number 30 spot with theirs, the Jezabels’ Number 23, and I just posted Peelander-Z’s at Number 21.

See the original Wednesday, March 9, 2011 post here — Quiet Company pop quiz interview – SXSW Artist.  It includes their song, “How Do You Do It,” and Leona Lewis’ video for “I See You” (Theme from Avatar).

See all 10 2011 SXSW pop quiz interviews here.

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