Urb’l Remedy is no more.  For those who remember or even care, that was my music/entertainment blog/site for another company that I was running like a weekly column.  Let’s chalk it up to creative differences, but really it was due to lack of support and communication on the part of the host company.  The focus was higher up and I was on the bottom of the totem pole.  Really like an afterthought.  I wrote all about it at my tumblog, the freddie beat.  If you want to read it and rehash it check it out here.

Since then, I’ve tried to moved on.  One of my dreams has always been to write super hero comic books in the style of Marvel and DC.  Since I don’t draw and only doodle, I cannot draw out my own stories or comics.  Don’t get me wrong, I can doodle a character concept and costume like no other, but, alas, I still need collaborators to make my vision a reality.

My challenge has always been finding those collaborators.  I’ve always been more of a loner and homebody, so I don’t have a collective of friends or associates, with similar interests, that I can pull from.

So, I created Cartwheel Group 3 Comics as an online showcase for aspiring comic creators, like myself, and posted ads on Craigslist across the country (and a couple of other countries) to try to find them.

So, the idea is to feature one stand-alone story a month with different characters, concepts, and creators.  Creators, characters, and concepts can be revisited, but this way it’s not a long-term commitment for anyone.  I’m still looking for artists, but the first 2 scripts are written.  A logo is also in the works.

Please check out, follow, and ‘like’ Cartwheel Group 3 Comics at:

+the official site
+the Facebook Page
+Twitter, and

If you want to check out, ‘like’, or follow my personal social networks you can find me at:

+Twitter, and

If your interested in being featured at CG3 Comics and working with me or have any questions email me at cartwheelgroup3[at]gmail[dot]com.

peace, love & all that jazz,

Freddie Rodriguez aka freddie beat
Cartwheel Group 3 Comics Creator/Editor

Making some ‘urban cool confessions’ about Urb’l Remedy, at my personal Tumblr blog between now & launch on Monday, August 13, 2012.  Includes behind-the-scenes feelings, info & more. Check it out!

+bringing you mostly music features, but style and social causes will also be highlighted.  (music + style + causes)

+all entertainment, no gossip.

+all original, no filler.

Follow Urb’l Remedy on Twitter and tumblr!

Urb’l Remedy debuts next Monday, August 13, 2012!

‘Like’ Urb’l Remedy on Facebook!

Are you on Twitter and tumblr?  Follow me at my personal Twitter and tumblr pages and I’ll follow you back.

Urb’l (Urban Cool) Remedy is coming!!!

I am excited to announce that I’ve decided to give music blogging another whirl.  After closing down THE REAL popolio earlier this year, I was looking to make other projects happen.  I still plan to pursue those, but when opportunity knocks, one must answer.  And, opportunity is a-knocking.  I can’t wait to present my new music site.   It will operate more like a weekly music column, but it will still be a site onto itself.  I am happy to again be taking the plunge and riding this new wave to see what happens next.  I hope you will ride it with me and provide me with feedback along the way.  Stay tuned!

ARTISTS & MUSIC REPS:  If you want to start sending me material for consideration, please email me to get my new contact information for this forthcoming music blog.


freddie beat aka Freddie Rodriguez

Sunday, November 27, 2011
11:12 AM

~I didn’t quite meet my deadline for totally shutting down THE REAL popolio, but here it is, my FINAL POST, better late than never~

To Whom It May Concern:

Just like my very first Letter from the Editor, I have put this final one off.  And, just like then, I don’t know what to say.  I thought going into a long diatribe and hitting all the major highlights of THE REAL popolio’s 3 year history would be the way to go.  Then, I thought short, sweet, and to-the-point would be better.

I probably will lean toward the diatribe because this is my LAST EVER Letter from the Editor.  Instead of hitting all the highlights, though, I think I’ll just share why and how I started this in the first place and what I got out of it.  Maybe, that’s the way to go.

I had come from founding a poetry organization where I hosted open mics and slam competitions.  I don’t like to repeat myself if I can help it, some time had passed, and I was itching to do the next thing.  I knew I liked live venues and wanted to expand on just introducing people to the stage; I wanted to move into live music events where the artist plays, but where I also get to sit down and chit chat with them a bit.  Interview them before their sets.

I envisioned something like Bravo’s Inside The Actors Studio, not where I necessarily have a set list of questions, but where the audience gets to ask a few questions in addition to mine.  A music-based talk show for all intents and purposes.  Something more interactive in a different way than the usual music show.  More in-depth than the usual music interview.  Keeping it short, because obviously, it’s all about the music and that’s what people really want to see.  I still haven’t been able to find a way to manifest this, but I hope this is my next step; my next evolution.

Anyway, I had met my former creative partner on THE REAL popolio and we had been getting to know each other as friends.  I learned that he was an experienced podcaster and had been doing it for years.  I did want to collaborate with him in some way.  As when I meet any creative that I’m intrigued by and being as big on collaboration as I am, I asked if we could work together on something.

I knew nothing of the worlds of podcasting and blogging and that isn’t even necessarily what I thought we’d work on.  I didn’t know what we’d end up doing.  Normally, people don’t take me up on my collaboration suggestions.  He did.  I intimated to him the desire to do the live music/interview shows.  He suggested creating a blog and building a network from that blog and then moving to offline events based on the blog’s branding and that pre-established network.

Though I did a few popolio events, it didn’t quite pan out the way either of us envisioned.  The blog itself is a full-time job as would be organizing any live event.  So, I decided to tackle this thing called blogging and approached my site as an online music magazine ala’ Rolling Stone, MTV, or Vibe.

I’ve always thought of my projects in terms of Studio 54.  Not for the drug use, but for the mix of different classes and types of people.  My poetry group was open to all levels and styles and I think that’s what we got.  Similarly, I wanted to feature established, known, and/or major artists as well as up-and-coming, unknown, and/or underground/indie artists all under my very loosely-defined “pop” umbrella.  I think I achieved that as well.

I wanted to have as many features as I could plug original content into.  I really wanted to have as much original content as possible. Commenting on major music stories relevant to the site was fine, but what’s the point of repeating what everyone else is saying?  I know it means hits and potential advertisers, but I wasn’t really interested in that.

I don’t think you can reinvent the wheel.  Obviously, I wasn’t the first pop music blogger ever in the world, but you can put your own spin on it.  Make it your own.  So, I tried to make my features original, creative, and fun.  For the most part I thought of them in terms of a romantic relationship.  That’s why I had features called Just Picked Up, LTR (Long Term Review), R&R, Single and Listening, and Tuesday Tease.  Then there were the ones that played on “pop,” “pop music,” and “popolio” like the pop quiz interview and the pic-olio.   I even created my own rating scale for the review features. 

I knew my reach would be global on the internet, but where I’m from and where I’ve been has always been important to me.  I think places help shape who you are and who you become.  So, I made a conscious decision to highlight an artist when they were local or regional.   That was done as simply as adding the name of the city the artist is from, lives, or is associated with with a dash to the title of the post featuring them.

So that’s how things got rolling, not so much in a nutshell.  I’d like to close things by sharing my overall regrets and highlights regarding THE REAL popolio.  You can’t have yin without yang, so here goes.

My regrets:   I think when you’re starting you’re so passionate that you bite off more than you can chew and you over-promise. I hate to come off flaky, but there are things I just didn’t get to or where the communication just fell off either on my side or the other.  If I could go back I’d promise less and do everything I set out to do.

I intended to finish pending things off (complete things I hadn’t gotten around to) as I got closer to my self-imposed shut-down date, but then I did those massive end-of-site countdowns and those took a lot of time and effort.  I did that because I feel that most of the time you’re going to have to document and celebrate yourself because no one is going to do it for you.  Not unless you’re considered part of the upper echelons and who decides, that, really?  That’s a whole ‘nother conversation, but I’d been doing it for 3 years, so I felt it deserved a fitting conclusion.  You do this sort of thing partly for yourself but you hope some someones are following you along for the ride.

Yet, on the other hand, at a certain point, you just have to decide that you’re finishing and you get done what you get done and what you don’t you just have to let go of.  You throw it on the wall, see what sticks, and move on to the next thing.

I would have done more full album reviews.  I always felt like I was judging artists and, ultimately, feel music is art and not being a musician, myself, who am I to judge?  So, I would avoid them like the plague and when I was supposed to do one, I’d procrastinate like crazy.  I preferred interviews.  Those are more personal and intimate and made me feel like I really connected with an artist in a special way.

I’d get my act together on live events and not only would I have done more of them, but I would have figured out how to promote them better and get more butts in the seats, if you will, or feet on the floor.  That was always the tricky part.  Putting all this work into something and then not getting the turnout you quite would have hoped for.

My highlights:  I’ve been exposed to so many artists, music, and genres that I otherwise would not have been exposed to that I really enjoy.  I’ve gotten to interview artists I grew up with and that I consider myself a huge fan of.   I’ve met and interacted with so many cool and interesting artists, music reps, and industry people.

I learned so much about blogging, podcasting, Facebooking, and tweeting.  And the promotion (including giveaways and cross-promotions) and professional interactions that come along with all of it.  I have also written for other sites because of my experience with my own and that has just been invaluable to my personal growth as a blogger/music writer.  Though, there is always more to learn.

To the artists:  I hope to have gotten you at least one new fan or listener, but really, more than just the one.  I hope I got you tons of new fans!

To the reps:  It’s been nice working with you.  Thanks for bringing such great artists and neat stuff to my attention and allowing THE REAL popolio to be one of the regular outlets for your artists and their music.

A special SHOUT OUT to those who I developed ongoing relationships with.  I enjoyed the back-and-forth and the continuing collaboration.  Actually, that goes to the artists I developed ongoing relationships with, too!

To the other sites, blogs, and organizations:  Any cross-promotion or collaboration was fun and a learning experience.

To the visitors, listeners, and viewers:  I hope you enjoyed the ride.  Thanks for visiting and reading, listening to, and/or viewing any of our content.  I hope,   that like myself, you were exposed to artists and music you were not familiar with and grew to love.

Check for me at Twitter.  ‘Nuff said.

12:45 PM

peace, love & all that jazz,
Freddie Rodriguez aka freddie beat
THE REAL popolio creator and editor

March 15, 2011 UPDATE:  We’ve moved to a new location!  popolio.com is no longer our url address and that goes to another site that is not affiliated with THE REAL popolio.   Click the logo below to go to THE REAL popolio!  

Email address for creator/editor, Freddie Rodriguez and Twitter and MySpace urls for THE REAL popolio remain the same.

Click on the flyer to go to the Official popolio.com MySpace Page.


Contact:  Freddie Rodriguez

August 10, 2009

popolio.com hosts One Year Anniversary Mixer
An evening of celebration and networking
with live music, appetizers, and wine


AUSTIN, TX  popolio.com, which sits under the umbrella organization of Dallas-based Mandrake Arts & Media that started with MandrakeSocietyRadio.com, announces its One Year Anniversary Mixer.  The Austin-based pop music blog, popolio.com, which debuted on September 15, 2008, features a hodgepodge of local, regional, national, and international content.  The free event takes place on Friday, September 18, 2009, at Phara’s Mediterranean Cuisine at 111 East N. Loop from 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM. The venue is BYOB and, therefore, only those 21 years of age and/or older may attend.  In conjunction, Mandrake Society Radio will be celebrating its Four Year Anniversary the next day in Dallas.  More details will be provided as they become available.

Special Guest, local power pop musician, Phil Dutra, will perform a short acoustic set. Though an open event, guests are asked to RSVP for a headcount.  Appetizers, wine, and cake will be provided.  Guests may order dinner on their own.  A limited amount of goodie boxes including the CDs of Featured popolio.com Artists and other items will be gifted to first attendees.

The evening is set to be an intimate, low-key, informal networking event not only for popolio.com fans but for all Austin-area blog and music enthusiasts and creators.  Background music will set the tone, but conversation will take the forefront.  Mostly, guests are asked to help celebrate popolio.com’s one year existence and anticipate its second year.

popolio.com kicked off last year presenting itself as an online music magazine more than a blog. The blog set itself apart from other pop blogs by dedicating itself to original entertainment content and not gossip and operating on the underground, independent, and mainstream levels.  Creating its own definition for “pop music, ” popolio.com embraces multiple genres such as Latin, R&B, and hip hop as well as pop.  Its features include online and podcast artist interviews, show pictures, streamed songs, music reviews, and music video countdowns highlighting Austin- and Texas-based content.

SXSW, ¡Pachanga! Latino Music Festival, and, more recently, Premios Texas 2009 Artists have been featured on popolio.com pop quiz interviews. These artists include Austin and Texas artists David Garza, Vallejo, Maneja Beto, Los Bad Apples, and Bobby Pulido.  On the national level, Grammy Winner Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes’ posthumous release, Eye Legacy, was featured with a podcast interview with her brother, Ron Lopes, and a MY TOP 10:  Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes Video Countdown.  Maryland-based SXSW Artist and 2009 Grammy Nominee Wayna’s Higher Ground featured with pop quiz and podcast interviews with the artist.  Canadian Jennie Laws and London-based Welsh artist, Bright Light Bright Light (formerly SXSW Artist Rod Thomas) have also been featured.

Singer-Songwriter Phil Dutra was the first artist to be interviewed for the popolio podcast feature at popolio.com on September 24, 2008, at https://popolio.wordpress.com/2008/09/24/interview-with-phil-dutra/.  According to his MySpace Page and Official Site, “Phil sounds like the love child of REM and Barenaked Ladies on a hit of XTC.”  His song “Let Me Be Your Superman” from his latest EP release, Right Behind the Rain, was chosen “Track of the Day” at the influential web site GarageBand.com and “She Walks Away,” another song from the same set, won the National Michael Lloyd Song Contest at the TAXI Road Rally held in Hollywood, California.

For more information or to ask questions please contact Freddie Rodriguez at popolio.com@gmail.com or 512.945.1376.

About Mandrake Arts & Media
Consists of blogs MandrakeSocietyRadio.com and popolio.com.

 About MandrakeSocietyRadio.com
History, poetry, and epiphany about building community.

For more information, visit http://www.mandrakesocietyradio.com/