MY TOP 30: Year 3 Posts of ALL-TIME! Links – INTRO & 30-16


30.BRAIDS pop quiz
25. Kaydean pop quiz
20. Quiet Company pop quiz
29. Girl in a Coma 5Q
24. The Shondes Call
19. She’s a Tease pop quiz
28. BB Gun Johnny pop quiz
& Feedback LOTTO

23. The Jezabels pop quiz

18. Jon Sandler pop quiz

27. Larissa Ness pop quiz

22. TsuShiMaMiRe 10Q
& Elephant Sky pop quiz
17. Neon Desert Music Festival
El Paso Week
26. Medicine Park pop quiz
21. Peelander-Z pop quiz
16. Stefani Vara 20Q Part 1


MY TOP 30: Year 3 Posts of ALL-TIME! 22. TsuShiMaMiRe 10Q & Elephant Sky pop quiz

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

22. TsuShiMaMiRe 10Q & Elephant Sky pop quiz
This is our second Year 3 tie.  See the first here.  The Number 22 spot is shared by Japanese punk band, TsuShiMaMiRe, and Brooklyn-based folk pop artist, Elephant Sky.

This is the first Questions for post on the countdown not written by myself.  It was written by one-time freelance contributor, Deanna Fierro.  At the time, she was based in El Paso and TsuShiMaMiRe had a gig scheduled there.

She interviewed them the night of that show and even got a photographer to take pictures.  So, there is also a show pic-olio associated with this interview.  See the TsuShiMaMiRe pic-olio shot by Refractive Elements Studio here.  Deanna also reviewed the show here.

My thought with taking on Deanna was that, being from El Paso myself, I wanted to try to feature more El Paso Artists and happenings in the Sun City.  In this case, it worked.

Elephant Sky was the focus of my second June 2011 pop quiz interview.  It posted on Friday, June 24, 2011.  The focus of the first was Kaydean on Friday, June 10, 2011.  That pop quiz interview already made an appearance on this countdown at the Year 3 Number 25 spot.  Perhaps, mentioning Elephant Sky’s pop quiz in that post helped her climb to this spot.

At some point, Brooklyn-based artists became common here at THE REAL popolio.  Not sure why or how that is exactly.  Don’t know if there is just a lot of musical talent in that particular New York borough or if it’s just coincidence.

In some cases, the artists I feature are connected to one another.  I kind of work on referrals sometimes or I refer myself to a related artist.  Or they see what’s come before and they find me.  Either way, I ended up covering Austin, the rest of Texas, Boston a little bit (because I have an affinity for it), and Brooklyn through the years.

See the original Thursday, December 2, 2010 TsuShiMaMiRe post here — EXCLUSIVE 10 Questions for TsuShiMaMiRe — EP.

See all 17 Year 3 Questions for interviews here.

See the original Elephant Sky post here — Elephant Sky pop quiz interview.  It includes her song, “Good Lie,” and Monsters of Folk’s video for “Temazcal.”

See all 28 Year 3 pop quiz interviews here.

Show pic-olio: 11/3/10 TsuShiMaMiRe@The Black Market – EP

photos by Leticia Pena of Refractive Elements Studio

Read Deanna Fierro’s 10Q interview with TsuShiMaMiRe at the show here.
Read THE REAL popolio review of the TsuShiMaMiRe show here.


Show Review: 11/3/10 TsuShiMaMiRe@The Black Market – EP

by Deanna Fierro with photos by Leticia Pena of Refractive Elements Studio

Read Deanna Fierro’s 10Q interview with TsuShiMaMiRe at the show here.
See the TsuShiMaMiRe show pic-olio here.




all over the place

carries a tune

part of the chorus

featured soloist

conducting the choir

Hook 'em Horns, but, no, not really.

The all female Japanese band TsuShiMaMiRe did an excellent job of waking up the crowd before Peelander-Z performed. The band recently released their second full-length album titled Sex on the Beach and on this night in El Paso, TX, while on their Sex on the Beach Tour, they made sure to give their audience an earful of their new tracks.

TsuShiMaMiRe was formed in 1999 when the ex-elementary teacher Mari, law and economy studies graduate Yayoi, and ex-high school music teacher Mizue joined forces.

Mari’s exciting lyrics and vocals over Yayoi’s strong bassline and Mizue’s awesome drum beats made it difficult to keep from dancing along to the band’s punk rock sound.

This Japanese punk rock band gave an impressive performance especially with Yayoi’s high-kicking bass, Marie’s strong guitar skills, and Mizue’s powerful drums. TsuShiMaMiRe is an extremely high energy performing band that shouldn’t be missed.

Their North American tour included twenty shows that kicked off on October 27, 2010, in San Jose, CA, and drew to a close in Boston, MA on November 21, 2010.  The band posts tour updates, photos, and video links of their shows on their Facebook Fan Page and MySpace Page. ♫♫

Rockin' out.

Check out this YouTube video of TsuShiMaMiRe’s performing their songs “Rush Hour” and “Obaachan No Brassiere” at this El Paso gig!

EXCLUSIVE: 10 Questions for TsuShiMaMiRe – EP

Editor’s Note:  This is the first interview by our El Paso, TX-area contributing writer, Deanna Fierro.  Welcome aboard, Deanna.  Check it!

Additionally,  per the flyer below, this show was originally scheduled to take place at a new El Paso venue, Low Brow, that was still being built, so it was moved to Black Market.

~by Deanna Fierro~

All-female Japanese band TsuShiMaMiRe kicked off their North American Tour alongside Japanese punk band Peelander-Z on Wednesday, October 27, 2010 in San Jose, CA to introduce their latest album, Sex on the Beach, stateside.  The album title and tracks are inspired by the cocktail of the same name.  TsuShiMaMiRe is composed of band members Mari on guitar/vocals, Yayoi on bass/chorus, and Mizue on the drums/chorus.  Before performing at their eighth tour stop at El Paso, TX venue, Black Market, on Wednesday, November 3, 2010, I got a chance to talk to TsuShiMaMiRe to ask them about their music, fans, and their Sex on the Beach Tour.Click on the pic to go to their official site (available in English!) and read the 10Q interview after the jump.

Read THE REAL popolio review of the TshuMiMaMiRe show here
See the TsuShiMaMiRe show pic-olio here.


11.03.10 TsuShiMaMiRe at Black Market in El Paso, TX/photo by Leticia Pena of Refractive Elements Studio

1. Your North American Tour just started on October 27,2010.  As of right now, is the tour meeting your expectations? [Yayoi] Yes! Many people were looking forward to seeing us!

Since your previous tours in the U.S., what cities are you ready to visit again? [Yayoi]L.A…. Cherry was in the Sex on the Beach…. [Mari] Yes, it puts the cherry on top.  

2. Does it bother you when people call you punk rock? [Mari] People say many things — punk rock, heavy rock, pop. [We] just play, we decided our style — our three sounds and voice and mix it together.

3. Do you all help write your songs and lyrics? [Yayoi] Lyrics, Mari writes.  [Mari] We think about the title of the song. Then, I think about many things. Like “Chicken Sandwich,” the song. I think about the title, how to make it, and about wanting to go to picnic with my boyfriend.  [That’s] how I wrote the lyrics. Then, she (Yayoi) thinks about the bass line. Everybody thinks about the sound.

4. Yayoi, you seem to be the one who updates your Facebook and MySpace blogs with tour details for your fans.  Is that what you like to do? [Yayoi] Yes, on MySpace. [Mari] MySpace is Yayoi’s, Facebook helps our friend, [Brian Nelson, our tour manager.] Now, I put on some pictures and movies on Facebook, too. Yayoi is [the] MySpace person. [Mizue]  I make and fix [the] Japanese website.

5. How are your American fans different from your Japanese fans? [Yayoi] American fans want [to] wear our T-shirts more tight than Japanese. [Mari] We have too [many] large and extra-large shirts. Most Japanese wear small sizes. Americans come in a lot of sizes.  Extra-large is too big.  Medium girls wear or use large, but too tight.  That is nice.  Clubs have most[ly] guys.  I want to see cute girls. Almost, all long hair guys drink and yell loud.  I want to see young girls.

6.  Do guy or girl fans email you more? [Yayoi] Most girls, lots of girls. [Mizue] Yes, young girls.

7. What do your online fans normally ask you? [Mari] Our biggest fan from Los Angeles now lives in France. She likes Japanese very much.  She is interested in our song lyrics. She asks me so, so many questions [like], “What is the meaning of this lyrics?”

8. I read that one of you was a teacher, is this true? [Mari] Yes, I was a teacher. We formed in 1999 in university. I learned education of elementary school but I wanted to do rock. So, I keep rocking and teaching. Rock and teaching, rock and teaching, but I couldn’t keep teaching because too much rocking. We had many shows. I get tired and sleepy. Children are very important, so I can’t do both things. So, I said to students I want to be rock singer so I retire but I love you guys. So, please cheer.

9. What is the biggest challenge that you have come across while touring? [Mari] My challenge [is that] I’m singing three English songs. I always make the songs in Japanese. I rock Japanese. The lyrics are so interesting I want to tell our Japanese culture.  I want to have more [English] conversation and understand more English.  So, we make two new English songs. My English not so good, but I want to try singing in English.  “Strobo” is a Japanese and English mix song.

10. How would you describe your band and music to new fans? [Yayoi] So much energy and passion. [Mizue] Impressive. I can’t see much on drums but I see audience really rock. So, I want to bring [and] give them our power. [Mari] We are number one rock band in Japan. We want our music all over the world, so come to our shows. [Yayoi] Everybody will be impressed and be happy!