This El Paso band has had a busy month.  They’re fresh off an opening spot for a Nico Vega show in their hometown that took place earlier this month.   They’re on the brink of releasing their debut album before month’s end.  And, now they’re featured in a popolio pop quiz.  They have an interesting concept when it comes to their  pseudonym (see Question 13) and they share an interesting old school joint (see music video bel0w) that I hadn’t seen before. I also liked how they tied most of their answers back to their music.  Without further ado,  check it out and enjoy!

May 22, 2009

Name:   Jayden’s Playground
Genre:  Indie/Ambient/Pop/Trip Hop
Forthcoming Release:  All She Knows (Self-Released)
Release Date:   Late May 2009 (tentative)

This, That, or the Other

1. Underground OR Mainstream? Wherever the crowd takes us.

2. Maintain Artistic Integrity and Vision OR Make a lot of Money? (or both)??? We want to be able to support ourselves financially while maintaining our integrity and vision 🙂3. Studio or Stage? Stage!  It paints a picture for the listeners.4. Spirituality OR Hedonism? Both.  Music provides satisfaction for us spiritually by giving us an out of body feeling as we perform for crowds.  It is also the most important aspect of our lives providing us and the audience the utmost listening pleasure.

5. Make Love, Have Sex, OR %$*!? All three!  We have our simple yet delightful love songs accompanied by the sweet melodies played on the piano, our ambient music with sultry lyrics and smooth guitar setting the mood for our listeners, and of course our heavy, overdriven songs with great deep tones and fast beats on the drums to finish the night off!

Fill in the Blank
6. Music is our  inspiration for life.
7. We’re musically inspired by Portishead, Bjork, Blonde Redhead, Sia, Imogen Heap, Massive Attack, and The Roots.
8. Our favorite old school joint is “Teardrop” by Massive Attack.
9. If I was a super hero I’d be Superman (Sal), Catwoman (Jamie), Batman (Erik).
10. Sex, Drugs, and Rock & Roll should change to Sex, Drugs, and Rock & Roll.

Short Answer
11. We make music because:  It’s our drug and nothing can heal a person’s soul better than a rockin’ song with the perfect lyrics, melodies, and beats to fit your every emotion.
12. We want our fans to:  Sing the lyrics at the shows if they know them and dance if they feel like it!
13. If we could share one thing about ourselves it would be:  Each of our songs are written from all 3 of our life experiences, but are told through Jayden (our own fictional character) living those experiences.  The listener will be able to identify him/herself as Jayden.  Jayden’s “Playground” is where she finds serenity and peace and where she finds that is through music…that is her playground.
14. Wild Card! One day we will tour Europe!
15. We want our musical legacy to be:  The small, bass-less, original band that made it out of a town where the music scene is thriving very slowly.


Listen to “Heart Invasion” from the forthcoming Jayden’s Playground debut release, All She Knows.  Go to their MySpace Page for more.   

Jayden’s Playground’s favorite old school joint!


This post kicks off a NEW FEATURE LTR (Long Term Review).  This is my very first full-length album review for popolio.  I’ve reviewed singles before in our Single and Listening feature, but never a full-length project.

Aux.78 was previously featured in a pop quiz here.  In celebration of this new feature, I’ll be reviewing another artist’s album this Thursday.  So, stay tuned for that.   

a78-awbLTR (Long Term Review)
Full Release Review

all over the place

carries a tune


part of the chorus


featured soloist


conducting the choir

Aux. 78 A Worn Ballad
Released:  November 8, 2008 

Aux. 78 is equal parts soundtrack composer, country guitar strummer,  new age guru, and techno DJ.  A Worn Ballad is a solid collection of ambient soundscapes, sparse strings and vocals (there’s some drums in there, too, on “Concrete”), and futuristic effects that doesn’t lose focus. 

“Live Onto Life,” one of the two more traditional tracks, could easily set the tone for a western saloon shootout scene.   The other, “Guns That Smoke,” is a stirring soliloquy that explores the darker side of life.  “Hollowed Out” is reminiscent of an Alfred Hitchcock film.  I can see someone on a motorcycle; after riding for awhile he gets off and starts following a perfect stranger on foot.  It’s late, dark, and wet from a hard rain that has just settled.  When they round the concrete corner of the sidewalk…something ominous will go down.  “Tomorrows Fade To Today’s Light,” the longest track at 10:40, plays like the sountrack to a 1950s flying saucer B movie (to my imagination, anyway).  

Experimental, yes, but with pleasing sounds that leave you with a familiar feel-good feeling at the end of the listening experience.  It’s like leaving a movie (Yes, folks!) that made you laugh and cry with a little comedy, drama,  and some action and suspense thrown in with a lot of heart; all in equal measure. ♫♫

Standout Track:  “Guns That Smoke”
Check Out:  “The Passing,” “Wood,” and “Hollowed Out”

Of the 5 months that we’ve been doing pop quizzes at popolio, this is the most creative interpretation by an artist, period.  Clay Pendergrass answered his pop quiz as an artistic collage that he entitled  MusicAsColorPage.  Maybe future pop quiz artists should take note.  Not saying I’m challenging you all.  Just sayin’, though.


ßClick here to experience it in its sublime entirety.  For Clay Pendergrass’ latest singles and favorite old school video scroll down.

Please note, I’ve transcribed it below.  For all intents and purposes the collage is the pop quiz.  There are all kinds of extra fun delights in the form of  text and imagery that I didn’t capture in the transcription that you’ll miss out on if you don’t check it out.

February 6, 2009morning-elephant1

Name:  Clay Pendergrass
Genre:  Pop/Rock/Soul
Forthcoming Release:  moRning elephanT EP (Self-Released)
Release Date:  April 2009

This, That, or the Other

1. Underground OR Mainstream? Understream
2. Maintain Artistic Integrity and Vision OR Make a lot of Money? (or both)??? A line has two sides/the grass is always greener
3. Studio or Stage? Yes & think of the radio
4. Spirituality OR Hedonism? Spiritonism
5. Make Love, Have Sex, OR %$*!? 2 (Heart to Heart)

Fill in the Blank
6. Music is my unpredictable passion action.
7. I’m musically inspired by the search in progress.
8. My favorite old school joint is “Body and Soul” by Coleman Hawkins.
9. If I was a super hero I’d be Willie Nelson.
10. Sex, Drugs, and Rock & Roll states the problem in words as clearly as possible.

Short Answer
11. Music is my unacceptable color. I make music:  as a release.
12. I want my fans to:  Listen.
13. I want my musical legacy to be:  biodegradable.
14. If I could share one thing about myself it would be:  The most important thing is the thing most easily forgotten.
15. Wild Card!  Editor’s Note:  I take his whole pop quiz to be Clay Pendergrass’ Wild Card.

Here’s two MP3s from two different Clay Pendergrass projects and they’re both available at CD  The first track is from his moRning elephanT project and it’s called “People.”



The second is from the East Dallas Mix Tape, and it’s called, “On Repeat.”


Clay Pendergrass’ favorite old school joint!

aux78showAux.78, whom we featured in a pop quiz in December, participates in a multi-artist showcase next Friday in EP at Zeppelins Underground, with an acoustic set.

Check the flyer for the 411. According to Aux.78 it’s not a genre-set show.  Look up the other artists online or on MySpace to get a feel for what kind of show it will be.

Aux.78 MySpace Page

muekThe December husband-and-wife pop quizzes of ElectroLegs (remember that’s their group project, but we’re presenting their individual personas here) continue this week with, Muekanisms.  Last week we featured her hubby, Aux.78.  Like I previously stated, they’re a little more experimental, but what is “pop” anyway?  Let’s challenge the paradigm!  Anyway, this week, the wife is up.  Straight outta’ El Paso (reppin’ my hometown) — check her out.

Again, much thanks to Fran Santelli for having these guys on her MySpace Page or else these last 2 pop quizzes would never have happened.

Aux.78 pop quiz

December 12, 2008

Name:  Muekanisms
Genre:  Electro/Experimental/Other
Forthcoming Release:  Muekanisms (Self-Released)
Release Date:  January 2009

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
3. Studio or Stage? Both
4. Spirituality OR Hedonism? Both
5. Make Love, Have Sex, OR %$*!? Have Sex

Fill in the Blank
6. Music is my passion, outlet, escape, business.
7. I’m musically inspired by imagination and visuals...
8. My favorite old school joint is “The Power” by Snap!
9. If I was a super hero I’d be Cheetara.
10. Sex, Drugs, and Rock & Roll should change to Soul, Expression, and Aggression.

Short Answer
11. I make music because:  I am addicted to music.
12. I want my fans to: Listen to different shit.
13. If I could share one thing about myself it would be:  My videos and photography.
14. Wild Card!  We need more orginal, creative music “Inventors.”
15. I want my musical legacy to be: Strange, but simple and consistent.

mkbk“Persist” from the upcoming January 2009 self-titled release, Muekanisms.  Enjoy!

Check out her MySpace Pages at:

Muekanisms’ favorite old school joint!


December’s pop quizzes kick-off with a husband-and-wife duo from El Paso, Texas, who do solo work and group work, as well, as ElectroLegs. For pop quiz purposes, we’ll feature them as their individual personas. They’re a little more experimental than what you might expect from popolio.  But, that’s the point.  We don’t want popolio to become too predictable if we can help it, now do we?  I also wanted to rep my hometown of El Paso with some interesting artists.  First up, this week, is the husband, known as Aux.78. Check for his wife, Muekanisms’ pop quiz, next week.

Shout out to Fran Santelli for having them all on her MySpace Page first!

December 5, 2008

Name:  Aux.78
Genre:  Experimental/Electracoustic/Ambient/Hard to Define
Latest Release:  A Worn Ballad (Self-Released)
Release Date:  November 7, 2008

This, That, or the Other

1. Underground OR Mainstream? Underground.  I’m too musically moody to be mainstream.  Mainstream would bore me.  I would try to turn too many corners and want too much artistic freedom.  I am Underground because I’m sure the Mainstream won’t embrace my music.

2. Maintain Artistic Integrity and Vision OR Make a lot of Money? (or both)??? I set me goals to earning enough money to break even or luckily to make a little bit more cash for the next CD’s duplication, promotion costs.

3. Studio or Stage? I love the stage but I get more pleasure and creative freedom in the studio.  The studio can be an open place where the aspect of recreating the work live does not always matter.  That is another aspect of music that I have always loved.  I can pop in a CD and listen to a dead man.  I can listen to a song that was never intended to be performed live.  Is the live audience cheated?  I don’t think so. Aux.78 is mostly a recording project.  Every once and a while I’ll perform solo but the majority of my live work is with ElectroLegs.

4. Spirituality OR Hedonism? Spirituality in creativity.  Seeking inspiration is spirituality in itself.

5. Make Love, Have Sex, OR %$*!? %$*! the daylights out of the one I love!…and war is for past generations.

Fill in the Blank
6. Music is my diary and major source for self expression.  Music is the monkey on my back that I intentionally feed.
7. I’m musically inspired by other music, life, and the tensions between opposites.
8. My favorite old school joint is Like a jam?  Back in the day?  Howz bout. “Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)” by The Eurythmics.
9. If I was a super hero I’d be Dead.
10. Sex, Drugs, and Rock & Roll should change to Originality, Musical Guts, and A Lack of Ego.

Short Answer
11. I make music because: I have to.  Some people write in diaries.  I make songs and tunes. (noise to some)
12. I want my fans to: Expose themselves to all types of music and truly hear what moves them.
13. If I could share one (OR TWO!!!!!) thing about myself it would be:  The fact that I eat few things that had eyes at one time.
14. Wild Card!  I don’t gamble. 🙂
15. I want my musical legacy to be:  An ounce of introverted emotion distilled in the listener.

Aux 78

From Aux.78’s latest, A Worn Ballad, here’s the track, “Live Onto Life.”  Enjoy!

                                                                                                                                                                      Check out his MySpace Pages at:              

Aux.78’s favorite old school joint!