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.

 

MY TOP 30: Year 3 Posts of ALL-TIME! 12. SALVO LOTTO Interview

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

12. SALVO LOTTO Interview
The Year 3 Number 12 spot goes to SALVO.  ATX in the house again!  Represent! Represent!  Like NYC-based Sariah at Number 12 before her, this rank is impressive because this interview only went live on Tuesday, August 9, 2011.

Interesting also because I wasn’t sure if both of our schedules were going to allow this interview to see the light of the day, but SALVO got it to me and I posted it!¬† And here it is at Number 12.¬† Not too shabby!¬† Shows that SALVO’s got mad support from her peeps.

The LOTTO Interview is a variation of THE REAL popolio pop quiz interview.  I created it for a stint as a weekly music columnist at Zubterrain, e-zine of Zonisphere Media Group, based in New York, which is now on a hiatus due to a site overhaul.   I brought my LOTTO format over to popolio and started using it a bit.

I wanted something standardized, but that would allow for more variability in and the interpretation of  those questions, the answers, and the order of the questions.  I also wanted more of a balance in the mix of the type of questions.   As I created my 100 list of questions, I made sure everyone other question was a musical question and tried to balance the fun ones with serious and pop cultural ones.

This is only the second LOTTO Interview to make the Year 3 countdown.  The first featured another ATX-based band, Feedback, who tied with a BB Gun Johnny pop quiz at Number 28.

See the original post here ‚ÄĒ LOTTO Interview:¬† SALVO — ATX .¬† It includes a video of a live¬† SALVO benefit performance.

See all the LOTTO Interviews here.

See all my posts (including the original LOTTO Interviews) at my music column, Urb’l (Urban Cool) Remedy, here.

Lipstick Letters pic-olio – Lubbock/ATX

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 already scheduled with the artists, I think it deserves to see the light of day.¬† At Urb’l Remedy, I would have called this a BONUS Photo Pictorial (only to post on the last week of 5-week months like August).¬† THE REAL popolio version is a pic-olio, that could post any time.

That said, I normally had a Cause of the Month interview that kicked things off the first week of each month.  I had reached out to local R&B songbird, Lisa Marshall, to be my interviewee for August, but then I learned about the hiatus at Zubterrain.  I do know her COM would have been Out Youth Austin.  So, for these two August posts (one posted at the beginning of the month), that’s what it will be.  Click on the link to find out more about the organization and enjoy the pic-olio.
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Cause of the Month:  Out Youth Austin

Thank you to Jenni Lord and Tina Turner (yes, that’s her name!), collectively Lipstick Letters, for their openness to the process and patience on waiting for these to post.¬† We did the photo shoot way back at the beginning of July.¬† On Ms. Lord’s birthday weekend, no less.¬† I got the chance to interview¬†Jenni Lord for¬†SXSW¬†earlier this year.¬† Please check out that interview over at therepubliq.com.

I’m not going to give away the concepts this time around.¬† I’ll just leave that to your imagination and interpretation.¬† It will be Lipstick Letters and my little secret only visible in the traces of their lipstick.¬† Corny, I know.¬† Couldn’t resist.¬† I will say, we had a quite a few set-ups, so I went with 10 final photos.

Shout out to Corey Hurt and Eric Garcia for hosting us and providing the location for the shoot.

Lipstick Letters play the inaugural OUTlander Fall Festival during Austin PRIDE 2011 next weekend, on Saturday, September 10, 2011.  Go  to the OUTlander Facebook Page for deets!

They are also the first September 2011 pop quiz interview Artist.  Read it here.

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LOTTO Interview: SALVO – ATX

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.  There is one more LOTTO Interview pending.  Look for that one in September.

That said, I normally had a Cause of the Month interview that kicked things off the first week of each month.  I had reached out to local R&B songbird, Lisa Marshall, to be my interviewee for August, but then I learned about the hiatus at Zubterrain.  I do know her COM would have been Out Youth Austin.  So, for these two August posts (one more coming at the end of the month), that’s what it will be.  Click on the link to find out more about the organization and enjoy the interview.
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Cause of the Month:  Out Youth Austin

SALVO is an Austin-based artist who raps and sings.¬† Mixing hip hop and R&B, her pipes remind me of P!nk‘s.¬† Being perfectly honest, I wouldn‚Äôt be mad at her if she decided to just simply sing. No disrespect to her rap skills, it‚Äôs just that I‚Äôm that taken by her vocal ones.

The idea is simple.  I have a list of questions that are a mixed bag of musical, fun, serious, and silly.  SALVO 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.  Up from the 50 SALVO chose her LOTTO numbers from, it is currently at 100.


Interesting fact about SALVO, she is a hairstylist/makeup artist during the day while she hustles and grinds on her music game the rest of the time.  Watch a YouTube video of SALVO performing at a benefit for Japan at local beauty shop, Sirens Salon, on June 6, 2011.  Read her LOTTO Interview below.


UR: Greatest movie of all-time?
SO:¬† Ooooh, that’s a tough one…I’ll go with Scarface‚Ķit’s a classic.

UR:  Do you believe in God?
SO:¬† I have faith and I tend to think of myself as a spiritual person and all I know for sure………….is that no one knows anything for sure.¬† Undoubtedly, something greater (a higher power so to speak) exists.

UR:  Favorite meal? 
SO:¬† I’m Italian/Puerto Rican and I looove food, but my mom’s pasta and homemade meatballs never disappoints!

UR:  What do you love about the music industry?
SO:¬† Music and the industry have changed so much in the last 20 years in both negative and positive ways and continue to do so.¬† What I love most about the industry is the potential to change someone’s day and make it better by sharing words and notes from my soul and inspiring others.

UR:  How would you describe your sound?
SO:  Soulful Hip Hop/R&B with a twist.

UR:  Is it just me, or does Whoopi Goldberg never get enough respect for being one of those special few artists that has won one of each major award (Grammy, Oscar, Emmy, and Tony)?
SO:¬† LMAO!¬† Honestly…I’ve never thought about it; however, I can say that credit should always be given where it is due.

UR:  Madonna or Lady Gaga?
SO:  Madonna.

UR:  How would you describe your personal fashion style?
SO:¬† Ha!¬† I’m not sure how to explain that…It depends on the day and my mood, but I always keep it fresh and original.¬† I definitely love to shine, but being comfortable is imperative whether it be my Chucks or stilettos.

UR:  Favorite piece of clothing you can’t live without and that you wear all the time?
SO:  My skinny jeans.

UR:  Why do you think that, arguably, music translates better globally than film or television?
SO:  Music has the ability to affect and bring to the surface all of the most intense feelings people experience.  Music understands when no one else does and there is no need for visual aspect in order to convey any message…a few notes speak volumes.

Shout Out to Power Popster, Phil Dutra & R&B/Soulstress, Lisa Marshall – ATX

As January comes to a close and February begins, the official Year 3 of THE REAL popolio continues on.  I wanted to take this time to give a shout out to two special REAL popolio Artists based here in the ATX. 

The first is power pop singer-songwriter, Phil Dutra.  He played both our One Year Anniversary Mixer and opened our first official showcase, pop show, last year.  He was also my very first popolio podcast interviewee at the beginning of Year 1. 

He comes to bat no questions asked and brings it home each and every time.  Thank you, Phil!  Please check him and his music out here.

The second is old school soul vocalist, Lisa Marshall.  I interviewed her for a popolio podcast as well.  What I could tell about Ms. Marshall right off was that she was on her grind.  So, needless to say, this turned into a couple more popolio features.  She became a fast friend of the blog and headlined pop show.  Thank you, Lisa!  Check her and her stuff out here.

I want to thank them both for playing previous popolio events.  Really, just for being open and collaborative.  I consider them both REAL popolio Artists and both are great.  Please support them.

freddie beat aka Freddie Rodriguez
THE REAL popolio creator & editor