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popolio exists under the umbrella organization of Mandrake Arts & Media.  popolio is the latest addition to Mandrake Arts & Media.  Before popolio, Mandrake Arts & Media consisted of  Mandrake FM (which is currently being re-worked) and Mandrake Society Radio.

In conjunction with popolio’s One Year Anniversary Mixer in Austin on Friday September 18, 2009, (see the flyer here and read the press release here), we are celebrating Mandrake Society’s Radio’s 5th Season with an event in Dallas the very next evening, Saturday, September 19, 2009

Part of the idea with the Dallas event is to have it occur in the midst of the Pride festivities in D-Town.  Here are the details for Dallas’ event.

We will have live music at both events.  Austin-based Phil Dutra will be representing in the ATX while NYC artist Tim Dillinger will hold it down in D-Town.  Check Phil’s MySpace Page here and Tim’s here.

All are welcome to both events or to one or the other.  I will be at both.  Hope to see you somewhere.

freddie beat
popolio creator/editor

J. Dub
Mandrake Arts & Media founder
Mandrake Society Radio creator/editor
popolio co-editor


Recently, I made some changes to the Contact Page.  It’s just more streamlined and categorized in how artists and/or their representation can contact me.  This page, like the whole blog, is ever-evolving, though.  I make changes, additions, and/or improvements as I feel they are needed.  I added a ‘music video’ category and added more details in other places especially the ‘press release’ category.  This is how it stands today —

Want to debut your latest video? We’d love to be the first to premiere it online.  Or if it’s already out there, we’d love to act as yet another showcase venue.  Submit your DailyMotion or YouTube link and we’ll post your music video.

We love getting press releases and we know you and your publicist are extremely busy.  So are we.  If at all possible, we’d love to get a pitch along with the press release.  Let us know how you want to plug-in with us and which popolio features interest you.  Just know that we thrive on original content.

Have (an) upcoming show(s) in the Austin, Dallas, El Paso, and/or the Texas area? 
Are you an Austin, Dallas, El Paso, and/or Texas act and have shows elsewhere?  Submit your JPEG flyer and we’ll post it.

Want us to review your latest single and/or full release?  Email MP3s or snail mail us a promotional copy of your CD.  Contact us for our mailing address.

Want to be showcased on popolio in another capacity?  Have ideas for a co-promotion and/or giveaway?  Contact us and inform us of your intent.  Pitch us, even.  We may be open.

Email to: popolio[dot]com[at]gmail[dot]com

2009 Mandrake Arts & Media Listener Survey
If you’ve read popolio.com or listened to even a single popolio podcast or Mandrake Society Radio podcast or Mandrake FM podcast in the last 12 months, JW Richard (Mandrake Arts & Media Guru and popolio.com Co-Editor) and myself would appreciate you taking the time to complete our listener survey for this year so we can make even better products for you, online or offline.  Thank you SO much for your time.  Thank you, thank you!!




Many may not know this, but popolio.com is under the umbrella of Mandrake Arts & Media which consists of mandrake society radio and mandrake FM as well as popolio.com.  The mastermind behind Mandrake Arts & Media and both those sites is J.W. Richard, who co-edits here at popolio.com.  He runs those 2 shows by himself and assists here.

Mandrake Arts & Media is a content partner with Pegasus News in Dallas and they posted an interview TODAY with Mr. J. Dub, who is based in Dallas and works with them there.  Check out the interview here to read his breakdown of Mandrake Arts & Media and to learn more about his work and our sites.


I love how the overall art direction ties to the concept. Helps that he's sexy, too. Check him out in the jumpsuit on the back cover if you don't believe me. Ha Ha! You'll have to pick up the CD to see that pic. album cover photo courtesy of arigold.com

I’ve wanted to Play Forward Ari Gold’s Transport Systems for forever.  Co-Editor J. Dub Played it Forward to me (who has interviewed Ari Gold for mandrake society radio not once but twice; links at the end of this post) around the inception of popolio late last year and now I’m Playing it Forward to all of you.  I’m Playing Forward the whole album, but representing it with these two choice cuts. 

Released in October 2007, the thing of it is that I wasn’t too familiar with gay artists or gay music before meeting J. Dub. 

What I like about this is that, one, it’s a solid effort regardless of Gold’s sexuality.  Secondly, I know he has previous work (which I have not listened to as of yet), but it sounds, to me, like an album by an artist coming into his own, finding his groove, and drawing on his previous musical and life experience and explorations with a clear(er) vision.  It’s cohesive, both sonically and conceptually.  It really comes together.

The reason I picked Track 2, “Transport Me,” is because it really is a clear definition of the album concept and title.  I also like that though he seems to identify as a gay male he doesn’t forget the rest of the lgbt community.  This track and I think the album overall speaks to the fluidity and spectrum of the gender and sexuality of lgbt people.  I also think he doesn’t forget about transgender folks, which I think sometimes can happen with mainstream gay media of any kind. 

Now, I’m praising this aspect, and it may sound like it comes off preachy, but it doesn’t.  The opposite reason is why I like it.  It’s incidental and natural; not forced.  Not that he has a responsibility to be the spokesperson for lgbt people.  That’s just it — this is who he is and he’s being himself, doing him, and having a good time on this album.

I like Track 6, “Mr. Mistress,” because it’s about a realistic life situation that could happen to any gay man and I’m sure is happening to some right as I type this.  And it’s just nice to hear a song about a relationship that isn’t the typical boy-girl thing.  The beat is reminiscent of  “U Know What’s Up” by Donell Jones featuring Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes, which I love and featured on a Left Eye MY TOP 1o in January here.  Just to reiterate, I love that the situation conveyed in the song is not pretty; it’s just real.  Thus is life.

Overall, it has a 1990s hip hop/R&B feel with some electro and dance elements thrown in and if you don’t know by now, I’m a teen of the 90s.  So, I was all about it.

So, without further ado, check out the 2 songs below and pick up the CD at amazon.com, BestBuy.com, or BarnesandNoble.com.  Also available at iTunesBorders.com, and TheOutclub.com.

Transport Me

Mr. Mistress


October 7, 2007 mandrake society radio Ari Gold podcast interview 1

October 19, 2008 mandrake society radio Ari Gold podcast interview 2


Happy Easter from popolio.com.

mbcJoin me in wishing my friend and Co-Editor, J. Dub (J.W. Richard),  a Very Happy Birthday

In addition to being popolio’s technical guru and a soundboard for me he edits and manages 2 other sites in addition to co-editing this one.  I don’t know how he does it all.  It’s enough of challenge for me to keep popolio going.

Truth of the matter is that popolio wouldn’t have existed if we hadn’t met.  He’s the little bird that put the kernel of an idea in my ear.  And here we are.  I thought this turntable cake was fitting since we deal in music (but, don’t count the candles; the number’s off).  Treat yourself to a piece of cake and check out his blogs — mandrake FM and mandrake society radio.