MY TOP 30: Year 1 Posts of ALL-TIME! Links – 15-1 & OUTRO

Click the pics to get to the posts.

15. TLC
“What About Your Friends”  
10. Foxy Brown F Jay-Z
“I’ll Be”
5. Left Eye INTRO
14. Robyn
MY TOP 2008 Album

9. Paul Simon
“You Can Call Me Al”
4.  Bruce Springsteen
“Streets of Philadelphia”
13. Moulin Rouge! Girls
“Lady Marmalade”
8. Bobby Pulido pop quiz

3. Makano pop quiz
12. Puff Daddy & The Family F B.I.G. & Ma$e “Been Around The World”
7. Destiny’s Child
“Independent Women Pt. 1”

2. The Proclaimers
“I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)”

11. Mary J. Blige
“Not Gon’ Cry” 
6. Left Eye Legacy podcast with Ron Lopes
1. Donnell Jones F Left Eye
“U Know What’s Up”



Music Video: Jay-Z and Kanye West featuring Otis Redding “Otis”

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 1 Posts of ALL-TIME! 10. Foxy Brown & Jay-Z “I’ll Be”

MY TOP 30: Year 1 Posts of ALL-TIME! 

See the complete MY TOP 10:  90s/00s Pop/Hip Hop/R&B Sexiest Videos Countdown here.

Urban Classy. Courtesy of Google

10. Foxy Brown & Jay-Z “I’ll Be”
This is the first entry from MY TOP 10:  90s/00s Pop/Hip Hop/R&B Sexiest Videos countdown and it’s the video that kicked off the countdown at Number 10 on Friday, February 5, 2009.

In tribute to February 2009’s Valentine’s Day, I did this sexiest videos countdown.  I didn’t want to do anything cheesy or expected around the holiday, so I thought a take on ’90s/’00s sexy videos would be the way to go.  This was one of the longer MY TOP 10 titles because I tried to fit in two decades as well as three genres of music.

Read the original post here — MY TOP 10:  90s/00s Pop/Hip Hop/R&B Sexiest Videos — 10. Foxy Brown featuring Jay-Z “I’ll Be” and watch the video below.

See the complete MY TOP 10:  90s/00s Pop/Hip Hop/R&B Sexiest Videos Countdown here.

5Q for GOBI – Neon Desert Artist

GOBI is J. Dillon, D. Dunny, and Chuco Phil.  Chuco Phil is repping GOBI for the purposes of this interview.  They are one of the 29+ bands playing one of four stages at the inaugural Neon Desert Music Festival in El Paso on Saturday, April 30, 2011. 

Chuco Phil is definitely one of those Austin-El Paso people I mention here.  Not sure if  all of GOBI is.  But, they ARE playing Neon Desert and play El Paso often, so, at the least, they are in spirit. 

Listen to “Ain’t Gonna Die” from GOBI’s latest EP, The Late Night, available for name-your-price download at BandCamp.

Click the first pic to go to GOBI’s Facebook Page and second, at the end of the interview, to get to their MySpace Page.


Interesting Fact: GOBI’s logos, pictures, and overall persona fits perfectly with the neon aspect of the Neon Desert Music Festival.  Some interesting synchronicity, indeed.

1. What does GOBI mean? When we first started playing we had a DJ in the group and he lived off of GOBI Drive down in South Austin off of Stassney.  The name looked good on the sign and more than anything we didn’t want a name that defined our music (like Cannibal Corpse or Spinal Tap), instead we wanted our music to give definition to the name.

2. You’re an electro-dance three piece.  What does each of you bring to the table? J. Dillon and I produce all the electronic elements of our sound.  We believe in locking ourselves in a room for hours until we are satisfied with what will be the backbone of our music.  Dunny is a crucial element in providing the complex hypnotic beats and up-tempo tom grooves which fuels the excitement when we play.  He’s one of the best drummers I’ve ever seen and may be the best drummer in electronic music.  Dillon adds guitar, I add vocals, and you have GOBI.

3. Since you thrive on live performance, how is that different than when you compose or produce your music?  Are you thinking about the live aspect when you are in the studio? Our live performance and songwriting go hand-in-hand.  At an early age, Dillon and I would go to tons of shows and the genres varied significantly from one show to the other.  We noticed that no matter what the genre was, whether we were in a club in Juarez listening to a DJ, at Red Rocks dancing to a Jam Band, or checking out Jay-Z at a huge stadium, the theme we needed in a good live show was a beat to dance to and energy from the stage. 

Dillon has always said that dancing is the biggest compliment a crowd can give a band, so when we write our songs, we definitely keep in mind how we want the crowd to feel.  We calculate how much energy we want to produce and at which points of the night we want to release that energy.  This has become a science for us and every night is an experiment.

4. What can El Paso look forward to for your Neon Desert Music Festival show? First of all, we love playing El Paso.  Every time we’ve played in EP the energy has been intense; the after parties, amazing.  We have an entire new album worth of material and I can’t wait for Chuco Town to hear it.  If the only GOBI shows you’ve seen have been in El Paso, you’ll see an entire new band at Neon Desert.

5. In addition to watching GOBI’s performance, why else should folks check out the Neon Desert Music Festival? Neon Desert is just good for El Paso.  The city has so much culture and a feel all its own, it’s time they have a festival all of their own that showcases that.  Neon Desert is the city’s chance to place themselves on the map and it’s an opportunity for people to check out music and bands that rarely play in El Paso.  I’ll definitely be at MSTRKRFT.

Jazz One pop quiz interview – SXSW Artist

Local DJ and poet, Jazz One, creates old school/now school fusion of always danceable party beats.

Jazz One play a 21+ show at Speakeasy Kabaret (412 Congress Avenue) next Thursday, March 17, 2011, starting at 8:45 PM.

March 11, 2011

Name:   Jazz One               
Genre:  DJ/Spoken Word Poet/Actor
Forthcoming Release: MEGA (Self-Released)
Release Date:  March 12, 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. Eventually the cream does rise to the top. If not, you can still look at yourself in the mirror.
3. Studio OR Stage? Stage
4. Spirituality OR Hedonism? Spirituality
5. Make Love, Have Sex, OR %$*!? It depends on how I’m feeling, the chick and the moment.

Fill in the Blank
6. Music is my soul food.
7. I’m musically inspired by Z-Trip, DJ Mel, DJ Orion, Saul Williams, Rakim.
8. If I could have made any music video it would have been “Big Pimpin’” by UGK and Jay-Z.                                               
9. If I was a super hero I’d be KickAss.                                                       
10. Sex, Drugs, and Rock & Roll should change to Bank, Stank, and  Dank & Drank.    

Short Answer
11. I make music because:  Music makes the good times great and it makes the bad times bearable…
12. I want my fans to: 
–Download my iPhone/Android app.
–Download my stuff from iTunes.
–Come out to my SXSW Showcase.
–Lose yourself in the music for a little while.
13.  If I could only share one thing about myself it would be:  I’m like a Weeble.  I may wobble, but I don’t fall down.
14. Wild Card!  Download my new mixtape, MEGA, at
15. I want my musical legacy to be:  My pops worked construction most of his life.  I lost him a few years ago.  His legacy of quality work will last long past his life.  I want my legacy to be quality work, like my pops.  

The video Jazz One wishes he would have made!

Listen to “Bring the Ghostbusting Noise” a mashup of “Ghostbusters” by Ray Parker, Jr., and Public Enemy’s “Bring the Noise” Jazz One did on the turntables one day.  Click on the pic to go to his official site.


Tuesday Tease

Editor’s Note:  This should have posted last week, but I was on a Turkey Hiatus.  I assume because of the holiday, music came out on Monday and not Tuesday last week.  This feature is still called Tuesday Tease and it will stay that way.  Folks still need options for Christmas gifts, so without further ado, here’s last week’s list. 

November 23, 2010

A REAL popolio selection of Today’s New Releases.

Atomic Tom The Moment
Lloyd Banks H.F.M. 2 (The Hunger For More 2)
Burlesque Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Calle 13 Entren Los Que Quieran
Dulce Maria Extranjera Parte 1 EP
Kevin Eubanks Zen Food
Girls Broken Dreams Club EP
Jay-Z The Hits Collection Volume 1
Ke$ha Cannibal EP
Nicki Minaj Pink Friday
My Chemical Romance Danger Days:  The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys
Ne-Yo Libra Scale
Robyn Body Talk
Jessica Simpson Happy Christmas
Sister Sparrow and the Dirty Birds Sister Sparrow and the Dirty Birds
Regina Spektor Live in London (CD/DVD)
KanYe West My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
Yelawolf Trunk Muzik 0-60