February 2009

Single and Listening

Single Reviews by Release Date




all over the place

carries a tune

part of the chorus

featured soloist

conducting the choir

Today it’s a boys club with reviews of All-American Rejects, The Fray, and Jason Mraz who duets with the only female, Colbie Caillat, on this edition of Single and Listening.  Enjoy the reviews.  Check out the songs.

All-American Rejects “Gives You Hell” Released:  September 30, 2008
From Latest Release:  When The World Comes Down ♫♪
Great sing-along ditty.  Really like the acoustic version. Call-out response refrain works.  Doesn’t bust into the room, but does make its presence known subtly, gets your attention, and keeps it.  And that subtlety is better by far.

The Fray “You Found Me” Released:  November 21, 2008
From Latest Release:  The Fray ♫♫
Melancholic.  Nostalgic. Refreshing.  And makes you feel like you’re safe in a familiar someone’s arms all at the same time.  Nice beginning, middle, and end.

Jason Mraz and Colbie Caillat “Lucky” Released:  January 2009
From Latest Release:   We Sing.  We Dance.  We Steal Things. ♫♪
A sweet, romantic duet.  If I was with someone I think I’d appreciate it more.  But, I’m not so it only gets 3 musical notes.  That’s not a bad thing and I’m not bitter.  I do like the song.  And, I think they pull it off quite nicely.  Echoes of a classic love affair in a period piece.

It’s taken me a little while to post these.  Haydn Vitera did his thing at Maria Maria Restaurant both times I went.  This is a more mellow acoustic show since it is entertainment at a restaurant during folks’ dinner hours.  Haydn does rock out as frontman of his band, VITERA.  Have yet to see one of those shows, but I would like to check one out in the not too distant future.  Seems Mr. Vitera has a bunch of upcoming shows lined up.   Check out the listings at his MySpace Page here and go see him live. 
Maria Maria napkin at my table.

Profile Shot.


Representing Méjico.


Workin' it.


Doin' his thing. Dinner crowd is hard, y'all!



February 24, 2009

A popolio selection of today’s New Releases.

Joe Budden Padded Room
Company of Thieves Ordinary Riches
Shemekia Copeland Never Going Back
Ilegales Hecho en el Patio
Chris Isaak Mr. Lucky
Jonas Brothers Music from the 3D Concert Experience
K’Naan Troubadour
Kool Keith Presents Tashan Dorrsett (CD/DVD)
The Idan Raichel Project Within My Walls
School Boy Humor School Boy Humor
Ursula 1000 Mystics
Steven Wilson Insurgentes

putmWe recently featured Tim’m West, a homohop pioneer, in a pop quiz.  Around that same time our sister site, mandrake FM, featured a homohop mixtape.  There’s also a 2006 documentary on the movement and the artists that have paved the way called Pick Up The Mic

Go check out the pop quiz, the mixtape, and the documentary website.  Get educated on this historic movement!

In this Play it Forward section, either Freddie or I will share some good words on music we like,  helping you spend your good money.  Have a suggestion for us to share?  Write us@popolio[dot]com[at]gmail[dot]com.

If you like your rock music served saucy with hints of David Bowie flavor, make room in your collection for the band, Fires of Rome.  Their new CD, You Kingdom You, brings catchy pop-rock and raw sexual imagery together into songs you’ll be humming for more than a minute.

Take the following track, “It Makes Me Weak,” and tell me you’re not singing throughout the day.   (Also, listen at the end of the song where it does indeed sound as if they’re harmonizing the phrase “I’ve been f–king for days!”)

Find out more about Fires of Rome and listen more tracks at their MySpace Page.

Sunday, February 22, 2009 
6:52 PM

To Whom It May Concern:

Well, it’s February 2009 and I’m about six months into this thing I christened popolio.  I will say I enjoy writing, but it is challenging keeping the content up.  The most challenging for me is trying to forge relationships with artists to have worthwhile content to offer.  I think I’m passionate about this project, but I don’t like the feeling that I may be operating in a vacuum.  WordPress keeps statistics, so I know people are hitting the blog daily, but I suppose I crave more interaction from you nameless web-surfers out there in the great cyber abyss known as the Internet.

I guess next to trying to build my network at the same time that I’m running things my next greatest challenge is keeping up the passion for and dedication to the site.  It is a lot of work for a passion project, but I guess that comes with the territory.

In this time of the month that brings us Valentine’s Day, I guess I have to love myself and popolio enough to keep it going and just hope that my labor will bear fruit in the not too distant future.  Speaking of Valentine’s Day, I hope everyone spent it will.

Anyway, what did February 2009 bring at popolio?  The popolio pop quizzes continued with featured artists Clay Pendergrass and Sascha Gottschalk of the band, Thief.  Clay Pendergrass has a multitude of musical projects going on out of Dallas.  He may very well be the hardest working music man in Dallas.  And he created a collage to answer his pop quiz.  A first here at popolio.  Check out his answers in the form of this very creative response.  Now, the Thief pop quiz is our second international pop quiz with the band hailing from Germany.  Jennie Laws based in Canada was our first international pop quiz artist.  Thief is a favorite of Co-Editor JW Richard’s and the rest of the band is made up of two Jazzanova members, which is a band he included on his MY TOP 10:  Hot Tracks of 2008 last month.  Be sure to check both of those pop quizzes out and that MY TOP 10 Countdown.

MY TOP 10 this month in tribute to Valentine’s Day was Sexiest Videos.  I kept it 1990s/2000s and pop/hip hop/R&B.  I recently introduced two new features which I hope to keep going.  Last month I debuted show pic-olio, which is self-explanatory.  As I get out to more shows I’ll take pictures and post them.  The write-ups may vary, but there will definitely be pics.  Just this weekend I presented Just Picked Up.  I thought it might be fun to post the new music purchases I make as I make them.  And I still purchase CDs, so I thought it might be interesting to provide a closer peak into my personal musical taste.

JW kept up with an older feature that has only had a few postings — Play it Forward.  He played forward the album Baby Disco by artist, Dave Bianchi.  He provided the MP3, “People Are Strange” from that project as the teaser.  Be sure to go download that.  And, yes, it’s FREE and you do get the whole song!  I also reviewed songs by Lily Allen, India.Arie, and Electrik Red in our Single and Listening feature.

And, there’s still one week left in February, so there will be plenty of content to close the month out.

Thanks for reading.


Sincerely,                                                                                                                                                                        Freddie Rodriguez aka freddie beat
popolio editor

ca_ghJust picked this up today at Target — the only place it’s available.  I got the Deluxe Edition which includes a DVD with 10 music videos.  Not too shabby. 

I’m listening to the CD now.  I’ll watch the DVD later.  Skipped “I Turn To You” and “Dirrty,”  but I’ve listened to the rest so far.  I’m on track 6.  Listened to “Come On Over Baby (All I Want Is You)” and “Fighter” more than once as I move through.

Anyway, pick up your copy here.

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