telThese guys were featured not too long ago in the very first popolio show pic-olio.  Actually, I reviewed their very first official show here in Austin.  Check out the pics and the review here.  I’ll say this, they’re definitely bringing something a little different to the popolio pop quiz.  There’s definitely some testosterone and punk attitude up in here.

Name:  THE EXECUTIVE LIFE
Genre:   INDIE-POST-PUNK-PROGRESSIVE-GRIND-NOISE-POWER-CORE-EDGE-ICANA 
Latest Release:  Pick Your Poison EP (SELF-RELEASED)
Release Date:   WHEN UR SISTER’S COMING OVER

This, That, or the Other
1. Underground OR Mainstream? UNDERSTREAM
2. Maintain Artistic Integrity and Vision OR Make a lot of Money? (or both)??? MAINTAIN ARTISTIC MONEY
3. Studio or Stage? STAGE=SEX…STUDIO=BONDAGE
4. Spirituality or Hedonism? YES
5. Make Love, Have Sex, OR %$*!? FUCK IN THE ASS

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6. Music is mydanger:   girlfriend./travy:  anti-drug./gmoney:   bitch./nova:  escape./mr. edo:  everything.
7. I’m musically inspired by METAL, ALL THE TIME.
8. My favorite old school joint is by MARVIN GAYE.
9. If I was a super hero I’d be NAKED ALL THE TIME.
10. Sex, Drugs, and Rock & Roll should change to _______, _______, and _______……….SHUT UP…IT’S FUCKING PERFECT AS IT IS

Short Answer
11. I make music because:  I’M A TERRIBLE WAITER.
12. I want my fans to:  MOSTLY TAKE THEIR SHIRTS OFF.
13. If I could share one thing about myself it would be:  CMON….TOOO EZZZZZZ!!!!!!! 
14. Wild Card!  WE LIKE EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL IN OUR TOSSED SALAD.
15. I want my musical legacy to be:  BROWN SUGAR O.D. IN AN AIRPLANE CRASH FLIP WITH MY UNDERAGE COUSIN.
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Check out “People With Weapons” from their forthcoming EP, Pick Your Poison.  Go to The Executive Life Official MySpace Page to hear more.

The Executive Life’s favorite old school joint!

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With The Scotland Yard Sale, Ghost Mountain, Unawarewolf & nice stiles

Click to go to The Executive Life MySpace Page!

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So, I left the headliners for last.  They are known as The Executive Life.  Lead by Eduardo Fajardo, they’re an indie post-punk rock outfit.  I could tell they were genre-based but there were 2 to 3 stand-outs songs.  That is, I’ve heard what they were doing before, but they do it well and had a couple of more-than-just-good/quality songs.

What was interesting was that the 3 acts were of different genres.  What was the connection?  A Latin connection — believe it or not.  Jeder is what I like to call American-Columbian.  Not really a concept in the world; just my own.  American girl raised in Latin country.  Inverse of me being Panamanian-American.  Her Spanish is beautiful.  Arthur Yoria is Columbian.  And, so is Eduardo Fajardo.  

Jeder and Arthur threw in some Spanish; The Executive Life did not.  But, it was still a Latin show to me by all rights because Fajardo is Latin.  It was nice to attend a music show by Latin folks that was genre-busting.  A nice turn on its ear of what Latin music can be. 

Don’t get me wrong.  I like salsa and merengue like the next person; I grew up with my dad playing those records (literally, records) in my house.  Loudly.  My point is that I’m not less proud to be Latino because I prefer pop/hip-hop/R&B.  We’re multidimensional and come in different shades as clichéd as it sounds.  But, I digress.

You’d think it’d be jarring — the different styles.  But, it wasn’t at all.  It flowed quite nicely.  Arthur’s funky vocal-guitar audio experiment was a nice connect between Jeder’s soulful Spanglish folk and The Executive Life’s melodic indie rock.  Jeder set it off right, Yoria kept it going, and The Executive Life brought it down.  I like all 3 styles of music and all 3 acts were good performers with good music, so it didn’t bother me. 

I heard some complaints about the sound not being the best; but the talent outshone the technical difficulities for me.  Besides, it wasn’t their fault.  And, it wasn’t so bad you wanted to get up, leave, and ask for your money back.  If I had to use my scale for reviewing singles, I’d give this show a “featured soloist” rating of 4 musical notes.

The Executive Life MySpace Page

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The band.

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Justin Nova, guitars.

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G-Money, bass (no close-up).

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Waynie Danger, keys.

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Rapper Avery joined The Executive Life for a rock/hip hop number.

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Eduardo Fajardo, vocals/guitar and Travy Baby, drums with Nova.

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December brings a BONUS pop quiz.  Liz Clark is based in Brooklyn, New York and has performed her brand of folk-pop alongside such amazing talent as Richie Havens, Linda Perry, The Counting Crows, Joe Walsh, and Bob Schneider.  Seems popolio has a Texas-New York connection and that’s just fine with us!  Check it out…

December 19, 2008

Name:  Liz Clark
Genre:  Folk/Folk Rock/Indie
Latest Release:  Pursuit (Pommier Music)
Release Date:  October 28, 2008

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!  I want to have my cake and eat it, too
3. Studio or Stage? Stage, I’m a ham
4. Spirituality OR Hedonism? Both!  I want to have my cake and eat it, too 🙂
5. Make Love, Have Sex, OR %$*!? I’m feeling like a pattern is arising with this quiz…All of the above (plus the cake)

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6. Music is my excuse not to have a “real” job, what I told my parents I was dropping out of college for, my pick up line, my dream job.
7. I’m musically inspired by people who stay true to themselves.
8. My favorite old school joint is “Push It” by  Salt-N-Pepa.
9. If I was a super hero I’d be Crossword Girl (only Will Shortz please).
10. Sex, Drugs, and Rock & Roll should change to Obama, Madonna, and Spring Rolls.

Short Answer
11. I make music because:  I think I was born like this – I didn’t really like school that much and I didn’t want to join my parent’s business.  I love the process of writing and whenever I see someone doing what they love, I feel enriched by that.  I need it to survive.
12. I want my fans to:  Be like me.  Or just not stalk me.
13. If I could share one thing about myself it would be:  My ankle.
14. Wild Card!  Life’s too short to stuff a mushroom.
15. I want my musical legacy to be:  That I went for things without fear.  That I loved well.

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Enjoy the track “Metal Train” from Liz Clark’s latest CD, Pursuit.

Purchase the disc today at iTunes, CD Baby, and Amazon.


Liz Clark’s favorite old school joint!

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  

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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!

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

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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!

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 played San Francisco Gay Pride in June 2007.

We’re featuring each of the SFL guys individually on a weekly basis. This week Bryan’s and Steve’s uncle, Robby, is up.  He’s the guitar player for the band.  He’s a man of fewer words than his nephews, but is just as interesting.  We like variety.  Enjoy.

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

October 17, 2008

Name:  Robby Garza [Scissors For Lefty Guitar]
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? Both!  Although, it’s always great to see an Underground band make the big-time.
2. Maintain Artistic Integrity and Vision OR Make a lot of Money? (or both)??? Make the music you love.  Stay true to yourself and hopefully the money will start rolling in.  I want a house and new car someday.
3. Studio or Stage? I enjoy both.  Although you can’t have a show without great songs you love to play.  Performing on stage and seeing all those smiles can’t be topped.  Ever…
4. Spirituality OR Hedonism? What ever gets you thru the night.
5. Make Love, Have Sex, OR %$*!? Who’s makin’ the first move?

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6. Music is my d
ream that came true.
7. I’m musically inspired by all things past, present & future.
8. My favorite old school joint is “Overpowered By Funk” by The Clash.
9. If I was a super hero I’d be Super Rich.
10. Sex, Drugs, and Rock & Roll should change to Peace and All that.

Short Answer
11. I make music because: 
I truly love it.
12. I want my fans to: Buy all our merch, especially our old merch.
13. If I could share one thing about myself it would be: Always take Twix over a Milky Way.
14. Wild Card! Man, I’m tired, hungry, and horny.
15. I want my musical legacy to be: 18 bastard children from countries nobody can pronounce.

Here’s a pre-release exclusive! Take a listen to “Consumption Junction.”

And, check out Robby’s favorite old school joint and some upcoming SFL shows below.

Robby Garza’s favorite old school joint!

Friday, 10/24/2008: CMJ Talking House Showcase Ace of Clubs Talking House Showcase, New York, New York.

Saturday, 11/01/2008: Rickshaw Stop San Francisco, CA with White Lies and Japanese Motors + Aaron Axelson, 8:30pm, $10 All Ages!

Saturday, 11/08/2008: The Knitting Factory, Los Angeles, CA with Voxhaul Broadcast, Killola and TBA, 8pm, $12 adv, $14 door, All Ages!

Friday, 11/21/2008: Doug Fir Lounge Portland, Oregon with Another Cynthia and Throwback Suburbia 8pm, $8.

Saturday, 11/23/2008: Tractor Tavern, Seattle, Washington with TBA, 8pm, $8 All Ages!

Thursday, 01/01/2009: Popscene, 330 Rich, San Francisco, CA with TBA