3 month-end sorta’ quickies. Two title tracks; all debut singles for new projects.
Nelly Furtado “Manos Al Aire” Released: June 29, 2009 From Forthcoming Release: Mi Plan ♫♫
Nelly F. doing her Spanish ‘thang. Not bad. Not bad. Love the sped-up fast singing sections. And, to be able to do that in another language… Though, Portuguese may be similar. Lyrically, not so simple, either. This is not the “Hands Up” booty-shaking song it could’ve been, but it works much better this way.
Boys Like Girls “Love Drunk” Released: July 7, 2009
From Forthcoming Release:Love Drunk ♫♪ Me likes. Hey, isn’t that Ashley Tisdale in the video? Uhhh, not that I know about the tween set. Back to the song. Some good punk pop boy band stuff.
Shakira “She Wolf” Released: July 21, 2009 From Forthcoming Release: She Wolf ♫♪ Can’t help but think of “Thriller” for the imagery. Don’t love it right off the bat. Yet, it’s very Shakira-esque even though it’s electro. Catchy? Yes. Dance floor ready? Yes. Classic? Not sure yet.
Darci Monet has a powerful set of lungs and she uses them to full effect on Fusion. A singer-songwriter rock voice in the tradition of Bonnie Raitt and Heart, she sings like she’s got something to prove. Mama’s singing for supper and this is the last meal. No stranger to the business, she’s worked behind the scenes and, most notably, with Levi Kreis and Debby Holiday, who both contribute to this effort. This still is her debut, though. Now that she’s proven she can sing, a more laid-back and relaxed vibe will only improve upon the sophomore set.
“Jezebel” is a sexy and slinky sing-song rockin’ rollercoaster ride. The talking bits hint at the Divinyls’ “I Touch Myself.” Just a fun track that doesn’t take itself too seriously. Parts of “Raging” remind me of Garbage and that’s not a bad thing. Her voice is truly her instrument and she bends it to reflect various rock stylings. It’s almost Heart meets Garbage and it provides a nice alternative sound to the rest of the set. “Smoke and Leather” is a bluesy number that successfully pays homage to a classic tradition and showcases Darci Monet’s voice like the perfect picture frame.
Tinges of rock, pop, folk and gospel reverberate throughout Fusion. Though Monet herself describes the project as being divided into two sides of pop rock/soul and stripped-down acoustic coffeehouse rock, a deeper throughline could have been mined for each side and between the two as well. I say rock it out more and strip it down deeper. It’s her voice that leaves me wanting more and in some ways makes me feel she’s only scratching the surface. There’s more there for sure. Though an uneven set, the talent shines through, undeniably. ♫♪1/2
Standout Track: “Jezebel” Check Out: “Paper Doll,” “Raging,” and “I Should Go”
Name: Semantic Noise
Genre: Experimental/Psychedelic/Hip Hop
Debut Release: Trust The Stars (Self-Released)
Release Date: 2008
This, That, or the Other
1. Underground OR Mainstream? Underground 2. Maintain Artistic Integrity and Vision OR Make a lot of Money? (or both)?? Both, please 3. Studio or Stage? Studio 4. Spirituality or Hedonism? Spirituality 5. Make Love, Have Sex, OR %$*!? Make Love, baby!
Fill in the Blank 6. Music is my sanctuary. 7. I’m musically inspired byenvironmental sounds, visual art, old jazz records.
8. My favorite old school joint isExplorations album by Bill Evans Trio.
9. If I was a super hero I’d be I am a super hero.
10. Sex, Drugs, and Rock & Roll should change to Peace, Love, and Understanding.
Short Answer 11. I make music because: I feel like I don’t have a choice but to create. I’m a channel for the universal energy. 12. I want my fans to: Transcend space and time. 13. If I could share one thing about myself it would be: Sometimes I think too much. 14. Wild Card! It’s time to emancipate sample-based music. Down with greedy copyright police! 15. I want my musical legacy to be: Timeless soul.
Listen to Semantic Noise’s latest track, “Layers Of Layers.” Go to his official site for more.
Semantic Noise’s favorite old school joint!
Editor’s Note: Since Semantic Noise chose Explorations by the Bill Evans Trio, which is a whole work and not a single song, I chose a performance video of “Beautiful Love,” a selection from that 1961 project, performed here in 1965.
Bobby Pulido’s confession in the form of his answer to question Number 13 of his pop quiz below (or click here) that he has celiac disease got me to thinking. I don’t want his answer just hanging out there without trying to do something about it. I don’t know if indirectly he was trying to affect awareness, but, I feel I have the responsibility to try to do something positive about it since his answer appeared here on popolio.
At the very least, I can provide a link to the Celiac Disease Foundation for those who would like more information and/or for those, who like Mr. Pulido himself, have the disease, and are in need of resources. It’s not much, but I think it’s start in the right direction. Hopefully, this helps. Click the logo below to get to the site.
Univision’s 5th annual Premios Texas 2009 take place next Thursday, August 13, 2009, right here in the ATX. In celebration and anticipation of the event popolio is hosting a ticket giveaway (read more about the show and the popolio giveaway here) as well as featuring nominated and/or performing Premios Texas Artist pop quizzes as a weekly countdown to the event EVERY WEDNESDAY.
Second up is the Tejano Grammy Nominee and Edinburg, Texas’ very own hometown guy, Bobby Pulido. Another of the night’s performers, he’s nominated for Best Tejano Artist. You can vote for him here. Not sure if he’s sharing his answer to Number 13 for the first time anywhere or if it’s information that’s already out there. If not, I feel priveleged that he felt comfortable enough to share it here at popolio first. A bit of a shocking “If I could share one thing about myself…” Either way, I wish him well with that and on the music-side, much continued success. Check out the pop quiz NOW.
Name: Bobby Pulido
Latest Release: Enfermo de Amor (South Central)
Release Date: October 11, 2007
This, That, or the Other
1. Underground OR Mainstream? Underground. There’s more loyalty. 2. Maintain Artistic Integrity and Vision OR Make a lot of Money? (or both)?? I always try for both. 3. Studio or Stage? Definitely, Stage. 4. Spirituality or Hedonism? Neither. I prefer realism. 5. Make Love, Have Sex, OR %$*!? %$*!?, if it means what I think it means.
Fill in the Blank 6. Music is my way of inviting you into my world. 7. I’m musically inspired byanything and everything in the universe.
8. My favorite old school joint is“My Way” by Frank Sinatra.
9. If I was a super hero I’d be Superman. I love the x-ray vision.
10. Sex, Drugs, and Rock & Roll should change to Sex, Sex, and More Sex if you can.
Short Answer 11. I make music because: I love to create sounds and ideas that affect people in a positive way. 12. I want my fans to: Know that I’m a real person. Not some fake artist that wants a certain image promoted. If I’m happy, you’ll know it. If I’m not, you will also. 13. If I could share one thing about myself it would be: I have celiac disease. 14. Wild Card! I hate shows like MTV Cribs. They promote everything that is wrong in our society. They’re nothing but a bunch of posers who eventually end up broke. That’s not the “real world.” 15. I want my musical legacy to be: That I always kept my music fresh.
Listen to “Desvelado Acustico” from Bobby Pulido’s latest release, Enfermo de Amor. This is a version of one of his classics and word on the street is that this is what he might be performing. Go to his official site for more.
There’s a more wordy post about our Premios Texas 2009Giveaways and pop quizzeshere. This post is just a breakdown of the popolio trivia giveway going on right now! So, do your reaserch and get the answers to me ASAP and you may be able to attend the prestigious gala on Thursday, August 13, 2009 at the Long Center for Performing Arts at 6PM.
CONTEST*: I’m going to give away2 FREE TICKETS to Premios Texas 2009 to the first person who emails me the correct answers to the following 3 trivia questions. You get 2 weeks to do your research and get me the right answers. But, remember, first correct person wins. The questions are:
1. The Vallejo brothers also occasionally perform as an ’80s rock cover band here in Austin. What is the name of their ’80s cover band?
2. Premios Nominee, Reyli Barba, was the lead singer of what Latin pop rock band in the early ’90s?
3. Which Premios Nominee holds the record as the artist that has won the most Premios Los Nuestros Awards, with a total of 24?
Then, that same day, we’ll announce the winner of this first contest and we’ll ask 3 new trivia questions to give away 2 more FREE tickets. Same person cannot win twice.
*GIVEAWAY DISCLAIMER: Further details regarding pick-up and/or delivery of prize(s), claim deadlines, etc. will be provided to winners. NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Open to residents of Austin and nearby municipalities. Employees of Univision, Premios Texas 2009, and popolio.com and their respective affiliates, subsidiaries, advertising, promotion and internet agencies and their immediate family members and/or those living in the same household of each are not eligible.