October 2008

Happy Halloween!  October has been Scissors For Lefty Month at popolio pop quiz and it’s not over just yet.  If you don’t know by now, they’re a band out of San Francisco made up of members from two families.

We featured each of the SFL guys individually on a weekly basis and have one more to go.  Last, but certainly not least, we have the second half of the second set of brothers that are part of SFL.  Peter is the the piano player of the bunch.  Hope you are entertained and that you have enjoyed the series as a whole.

Bryan Garza (vocals) pop quiz
Steve Garza (bass) pop quiz
Robby Garza (guitar) pop quiz
James Krimmel (drums) pop quiz

October 31, 2008

Name:  Peter Krimmel [Scissors For Lefty Piano]
Genre:  Indie Rock
Debut Release:  Bruno (Self-Released)
Release Date:  Late 2005

This, That, or the Other

1. Underground OR Mainstream? Quicksand
2. Maintain Artistic Integrity and Vision OR Make a lot of Money? (or both)??? Artistic integrity plus popularity.  No one makes money anymore
3. Studio or Stage? Stage in the evening, Studio after the show
4. Spirituality OR Hedonism? Both
5. Make Love, Have Sex, OR %$*!? Yes  

Fill in the Blank
6. Music is my balance.
7. I’m musically inspired by great songs.
8. My favorite old school joint is “Here,There and Everywhere” by The Beatles.
9. If I was a super hero I’d be The Six Million Dollar Brain.
10. Sex, Drugs, and Rock & Roll should change to Sex, Drugs, and Rock & Roll is still relevant.  

Short Answer
11. I make music because:  I have to.  I don’t feel complete if I’m not making music.
12. I want my fans to:  Get out and take on the world.
13. If I could share one thing about myself it would be:  I’m an excellent travel companion.
14. Wild Card!  I’m good at Ping Pong.  Not so much at Foosball.
15. I want my musical legacy to be:  Great melodies and cool sounds.

We left the best for last, “More Than The Summer,” from SFL’s debut release, Bruno, because Bryan Garza, himself, told popolio that this is the most played song on their MySpace Page.  Enjoy!

Peter Krimmel’s favorite old school joint!

I’ve been wanting to comment on this for a minute. It was announced earlier this month that TRL would be canceled after being on the air for a little over a decade. Word on the net is that MTV plans to create and debut a new version of the show after TRL ends its run.

What can I say? I spent many a day in my 20s watching TRL. Undergrad days at UT were spent watching debut videos on TRL from time to time. I loved my 90s pop, R&B, and hip hop and I think TRL epitomizes that and was really at its height during that time. It goes without saying and it’s been said over and over that TRL was where the 90s pop princesses and boy bands hosted their coming out parties.

What was nice was that it wasn’t just the new popstarts. The royalty visited, too. A nice cross-section of popular culture graced the halls and cameras of TRL. This hodgepodge made for a now historic little show.

I think Carson Daly was the King of TRL. I don’t think they’ve had a better host since him. I like to joke that

Slightly thicker Carson Daly was juicier.

Slightly thicker Carson Daly was juicier.

it took so many hosts to replace him. They only seemed to go to the multiple host format after he left and seemed to stick to it through the end of its run. Back in the day Carson was holding it down on his own.

The criticism he got is that he spoke differently depending on what kind of guests he had (pop vs. hip hop, etc.). I really didn’t mind this. I think this is what made him a good host. I think he was sincere in all of his guises. This is what made him relatable to his guests and translatable and universal to the TRL audience. I believe he got his start as a radio dj, so the passion for music was there. I think his late night talk show is still on the air, but I don’t think he or his show have the same spark because of this.

A friend was just recently telling me how he remembers when they used to play all the videos all the way through. This is definitely the end of an era and an end to… my youth? I hope not. I’m only 31. A special two-hour TRL finale will air on MTV on Sunday, November 16, 2008, at 8PM ET.

Single and Listening

Single Reviews by Release Date




all over the place

carries a tune

part of the chorus

featured soloist

conducting the choir

 So, I should have posted this last week.  It’s a little late in coming.  I was in Dallas to watch Janet and treat myself to a mini-vacay.  Much needed.  Loved D-Town.  What I saw of it.  Do you blame me?

Anyway, a few pop divas have released some singles in the last month or so and one of them has 2 singles going at the same time.  This time around we have Ciara, Christina Milian, Britney Spears, and Beyoncé.  I’m going to try to keep these short and sweet. 

Before going on, I just wanted to point out that there seems to be a super hero and office worker theme (in some cases the office worker is the alter ego) going on with some of our pop-tarts.  Christina Aguilera had a super hero-themed performance at the VMAs earlier this month (with featured business-attired Clark and Clarka Kents) and so does Ciara in the video for this single.  Both Ciara and Britney are rockin’ the sexy secretary look, too, in their videos.  I am observant, y’all.  Let the reviewing commence.

Ciara featuring T-Pain “Go Girl”  Released:  September 30, 2008
From Forthcoming Release:  Fantasy Ride ♫♪

Didn’t like it on the first listen.  After a few more – it’s hot.  Like the cadence.  Not as strong a kick-off to a new project as “Promise” was, but a club-thumper, nonetheless.

Christina Milian “Us Against The World” Released:  October 6, 2008
From Forthcoming Release:  ??? ♫♪

I want to hate this, but I don’t.  Don’t love it, either.  I’m torn on this one.  You know what it’s like? It’s like she was right there on the edge and could have pushed it through to greatness, but it didn’t quite happen that way.  Makes me want to sing along, but I feel like I need a more bumpin’ track in the background.  Needs a good dance club remix to reinvigorate it. 

Britney Spears “Womanizer”
Released:  October 7, 2008
From Forthcoming Release:  Circus

Sounds like “Toxic” Part 2.  Sure it’s catchy, but it’s boring.  Britney has yet to graduate to that next adult artist level.  “I’m A Slave 4 U” excited me about the prospect, but then came “I’m Not A Girl, Not Yet A Woman.”  The speaking parts are hot, that I’ll give.  Still teeny-bopperish, though.

The next diva has 2 singles going at once.  Beyoncé  is kicking off a double-album with a debut single for each disc.

Beyoncé “Single Ladies (Put A Ring On it)” Released:  October 8, 2008

From Forthcoming Release:  I Am…Sasha Fierce  ♫♪

Sounds like one of ‘dem other songs from B’Day.  One in particular.  Repetitive and uninventive.  This is from the Sasha Fierce CD, which is supposed to be the adventurous side.  Not so adventurous.  A friend had to point it out to me, but, I have to admit, that under-groove is nice.

Beyoncé “If I Were A Boy” Released:  October 8, 2008
From Forthcoming Release:  I Am…Sasha Fierce ♫♫

Now this is the adventurous side, from the I Am CD, though it’s billed as the “more personal” side.  This is hot.  I have to give it to B for this one.   I’m really diggin’ on this.  The video made me like it even more.   Love the Obsession commercial intro.  The gender-twist is clever.  Not the execution you’d expect.  VMA-worthy.  You heard it here first.  Sometimes a simply pretty song is better than the ones with all the bells and whistles.

As I’ve stated before, when referencing the Travis Barker and DJ AM plane crash, I want this to be a music entertainment blog, not a news or gossip blog.  That is why I hesistate to comment on certain stories. 

But, when such a devastating story as Jennifer Hudson’s happens, who is musically relevant to popolio, we have to offer our condolences and our prayers.

J.W. Richard and I offer our deepest sympathies to Jennifer Hudson and her family in this time of crisis.  Our thoughts and prayers are with them.


Freddie Rodriguez
popolio editor

Hailing from Washington, DC, Muhsinah has been lighting the soul and hip-hop underground with her production for a minute now, working with Hezekiah, Oddisee, and even covering Radiohead.

Now her latest work, which according to her website, is in part a re-issue of 2007’s day.break.  Would love to hear your feedback on these two pieces of trip-hop soul called “Discovery,” then “Yiy” from her latest release, The Oscillations: Sine. Yes, I know that the phrase “trip-hop” is quite 90’s, however I think it’s the best description for the soul music you’re about to hear.


If you haven’t purchased day.break, then by ALL means get The Oscillations: Sine at your online music shop of choice.

My friends were feeling Fantasia and Jennifer Hudson.  While that’s more respectable than a Jordin Sparks groove and all, David, I knew you’d come one day.  I knew there would be a voice that would make me believe this American Idol stuff wasn’t just a crock.  I saved myself just for you.

Another friend said that you have big hands and thicker lips that he expected.  Well, I told that friend, “Two out of an unknown third is good for me.”  Ah, bliss!

Even this picture showing you with the cutest little belly and man-tit action confirms you are the real fucking deal.

Yes, David, bring it for me on November 18th.

October 28, 2008

A popolio selection of today’s New Releases.

Ryan Adams & The Cardinals Cardinology
Bloc Party Intimacy
The Cure 4:13 Dream
Kaiser Chiefs Off With Their Heads
Lady Gaga The Fame
John Legend Evolver
P!nk Funhouse
Queen + Paul Rodgers The Cosmos Rock
Snow Patrol A Hundred Million Suns
Susan Tedeschi Back To The River

October is Scissors For Lefty Month at popolio pop quiz.  They’re a little known band out of San Francisco made up of members from two families.

If you haven’t heard of them, they’ve toured with Erasure, The Smashing Pumpkins, and Juliette and the Licks. 

We’re featuring each of the SFL guys individually on a weekly basis.  This week, we have the first of the other set of brothers that make up SFL.  Here’s James, the drums of the operation.  Check it out!

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

October 24, 2008

Name:  James Krimmel [Scissors For Lefty Drums]
Genre:  Indie Rock
Forthcoming Release:  Scissors For Lefty EP
Release Date:  November 18, 2008 (iTunes)/October 24, 2008 (shows)

This, That, or the Other
1. Underground OR Mainstream? Understream
2. Maintain Artistic Integrity and Vision OR Make a lot of Money? (or both)??? Both 
3. Studio or Stage? Stage
4. Spirituality OR Hedonism? Fuck it
5. Make Love, Have Sex, OR %$*!? Sex is lovely

Fill in the Blank
6. Music is my
hot hot sex.
7. I’m musically inspired by wrong notes.
8. My favorite old school joint is “Moonlight Sonata” by Beethoven.
9. If I was a super hero I’d be Supertall.
10. Sex, Drugs, and Rock & Roll should change to Drugs, Rock, and Sexroll.

Short Answer
11. I make music because: 
I rock.
12. I want my fans to:  Come to our shows.
13. If I could share one thing about myself it would be:  One perfect song.
14. Wild Card!  What’s up with people wanting leaders that are just like them?  I want my president to be more smart, charismatic, and certainly more sober than I am.
15. I want my musical legacy to be:  One perfect song.

Here’s another pre-release exclusive! Take a listen to “Ornamental.”

We promised 2 new songs from this EP this week, but we went ahead and placed “Consumption Junction” where it should have been in the first place.  Check out Robby Garza’s pop quiz to listen to this other pre-release exclusive.

James Krimmel’s favorite old school joint!

Posted on my MySpage Blog on January 3, 2007.

“left some faves for last.  i think they’re some of her best videos, anyway.”

1. “That’s The Way Love Goes” & “If” from janet. Released: April 20, 1993 and July 13, 1993

Well, we’ve made it through to Number 1.  And, 2 videos, not 1, hold that spot — the first 2 singles from janet.  I still agree with my 2007 self that these 2 videos are Janet’s best and they are still, definitely, favorites.  What more can I say about the janet. era?  It speaks for itself, but I still have a little more to say.

The laid-back video intro and groove of “That’s The Way Love Goes” and the little nutcracker soldier choreography bit from “If” are the stand-out parts of each.  Can’t forget to mention the bebop flourish on “TTLG” and Supremes sample of “Someday We’ll Be Together” on “If” as well.  The curly brown hair, silver hoop earrings, Native necklace and little black vest (featured in both videos) are also iconic fixtures from this era.  The Jennifer Lopez appearance in “TTWLG” is one for the J. Lo completists and pop trivia buffs.

Well, while you all are enjoying these videos, I’ll be enjoying the real-life LIVE Janet.  Today is the day.  Can’t wait.  So, so, so excited.

Listening to The Velvet Rope (Together Again” is on) while I write this for you all on Saturday, October 18, 2008, 11:45 AM, to refresh myself on Janet’s repetoire.  On tape, you all! I’m telling my age.  Never upgraded to CD on this one.  Got my t-shirt this week.  I’m ready to go.

Peace out.


October 21, 2008

A popolio selection of today’s New Releases.

Calle 13 Los De Atras Vienen Conmigo
Los Cenzontles with David Hidalgo Songs of Wood & Steel
Electric Six Flashy
Gang Gang Dance Saint Dymphna
Gyptian I Can Feel Your Pain
Herman Dune Next Year In Zion
Montell Jordan                    Let It Rain
Labelle Back to Now
Lil Rob Twelve Eighteen, Pt. II
Parts & Labor Receivers
Various Artists Noah’s Arc – Jumping The Broom (Soundtrack)

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