Remember Eduardo Fajardo?  His band was The Executive Lifepopolio was at their debut show back in January which featured guest musician Arthur Yoria.  See the popolio pic-olios for that show here, here, and here.   They also did a pop quiz for us in April here.

Well, alas, The Executive Life is no more.  But, don’t shed too many a tear, Señor Fajardo has teamed up with Señor Yoria and these two Colombianos are now Monoceja.  They have a show next Wednesday right here in downtown ATX’s Beso Cantina.  Click the flyer to go to the so fresh, so clean Monocejo MySpace Page.  

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So, it’s been a year since I started popolio.com and kicked it of with my first MY TOP 10 Countdown in September 2008.  Since popolio.com was jumping off, I kicked it off with MY TOP 10: 90s/00s Pop/R&B Diva Music Video Jump-Offs.  Well, this is the twelfth month, so I thought it would create nice symmetry if I presented the men as a bookend to that very first countdown before Year 2 officially begins.  This time around the Div-Os, or Divos, will get the spotlight.

Some things came up on the weekend, so I wasn’t able to post Number 3 and 2 then.  So, this countdown will end just how it began — with a three-fer.  Sit back, relax, and enjoy.

3. Eminem “My Name Is”
Whether or not you agree with what he has to say in his songs and how he does things, you can’t deny his talent.  His lyricism and dark comedic cynism connected with the masses straight out the gate (though he did have an independent album prior to his first official commercial release, but I’m not counting it).  And, that’s the difference between him and some of the other Divos on this countdown — It wasn’t after being in a boy band or on a sophomore album.  He’s also held off a few strong contenders from the Number 1 spot both on the album and single charts more than on one occasion.  This is why he’s Number 3.  In this video in particular he hinted at character acting chops.  I still want to see what more he can do hosting an episode of SNL or playing a character totally unlike himself.  The BONUS, “Lose Yourself,” from his acting debut, 8 Mile, showed new maturity and growth, both musically and contextually.

***BONUS*** Eminem “Lose Yourself”

Darci Monet was introduced to popolio last month by way of my LTR (Long Term Review) of her latest release, Fusion, here.  Now, she joins us for a pop quiz.

DMAugust 28, 2009

Name:  Darci Monet
Genre:  Pop/Rock
Latest Release:  Fusion (Self-Released)
Release Date:  May 12, 2009  

This, That, or the Other
1. Underground OR Mainstream? How about Mainstream with an Underground edge?
2. Maintain Artistic Integrity and Vision OR Make a lot of Money? (or both)?? I think these days musicians have the opportunity to do both if they choose to.
3. Studio or Stage? Recording sessions are my favorite thing EVAH.
4. Spirituality or Hedonism? Both.  I’m a Taurus.  We like to thank God for the self-indulgence we are about to commit.
5. Make Love, Have Sex, OR %$*!? When I find time for any of those options, I’ll be sure to let you know. 

Fill in the Blank
6. Music is my therapy.
7. I’m musically inspired by my artist friends, random acts of musicality from toddlers & the occasional broken heart.
8. My favorite old school joint is “Have A Good Time” by Rufus & Chaka Khan
9. If I were super hero I’d be The White Oprah.
10. Sex, Drugs, and Rock & Roll should change to Sleep, Cheeseburger, and Ann Wilson.

Short Answer
11. I make music because:  I can’t seem to help it.  I’ve tried to quit many times, but every time it hunts me down and gets in my face.  I’ve finally acquiesced.
12. I want my fans to:  Be moved and blessed by my songs.  And tell their friends to buy my album. 😉
13. If I could share one thing about myself it would be:  I’m as down-to-earth a person as you’ll ever meet…but, I don’t suffer fools gladly.
14. Wild Card!  Here’s a subject:  The baker’s dozen is neither a baker nor a dozen.  Discuss.
15. I want my musical legacy to be:  That I was considered a “modern day poet.”  Perhaps unattainable, but I do try.

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Listen to Darci Monet’s “Raging” from her latest release, Fusion.  Go to her MySpace Page for more.

Darci Monet’s favorite old school joint!


Editor’s Note:  I couldn’t find a video of just “Have A Good Time,” but I found this medley performance on Soul Train.

cllAugust 21, 2009

Name:  Coolooloosh
Genre:  Hip Hop /Funk /World/Rock
Latest Release:  Elements Of Sound (Self-Released)
Release Date:  November 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 – Hopefully.
3. Studio or Stage? Stage – We love the live.
4. Spirituality or Hedonism? Spirituality
5. Make Love, Have Sex, OR %$*!? Make Love 

Fill in the Blank
6. Music is our purpose.
7. We’re musically inspired by life.
8. Our favorite old school joint is “Who Got Da Props” by Black Moon.
9. If we were super heroes we’d be Silver Surfer.
10. Sex, Drugs, and Rock & Roll should change to Sex, Drugs, and Beats.

Short Answer
11. We make music because:  We have no other choice; it is as important as Air to stay alive.
12. We want our fans to:  To grow and duplicate themselves as many times as possible.
13. If we could share one thing about ourselves it would be:  WE stopped drinking Coca-Cola 4 years ago; we can’t promise anything else.
14. Wild Card!  No Answer
15. We want our musical legacy to be:  Remembered for not being scared and for exciting the audience.

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Listen to “People Of The Street ” from Coolooloosh’s latest release, Elements Of Sound.   Go to their MySpace Page for more.

Coolooloosh’s favorite old school joint!

DM_FLTR (Long Term Review)
Full Release Review

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featured soloist

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Darci Monet Fusion
Released:  May 12, 2009

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”

Univision’s 5th annual Premios Texas 2009 take place on 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 starting today.

First up are the accomplished and respected local homeboy band, VALLEJO.  Not only are they the official opening act for the show, they are also nominated for Best Austin Band.  You can vote for them here.  Though un-PC, I’d like to offer the VALLEJO frontman a cigar for his answer to Number 14.  Congratulations to you and yours.

Week 2 Bobby Pulido pop quiz
Week 3 Los Bad Apples pop quiz
Week 4 Makano pop quiz

VallejoJuly 22, 2009

Name:  VALLEJO  
Genre:  Latin/Rock 
Latest Release:  Thicker Than Water (VMG/Quadra Entertainment Group)
Release Date:  March 8, 2008

This, That, or the Other

1. Underground OR Mainstream? Somewhere in between
2. Maintain Artistic Integrity and Vision OR Make a lot of Money? (or both)?? Everything
3. Studio or Stage? Both
4. Spirituality or Hedonism? Family-ism
5. Make Love, Have Sex, OR %$*!? Try to make a difference somehow

Fill in the Blank
6. Music is my life.
7. I’m musically inspired by real life.
8. My favorite old school joint is “Suavecito” by Malo.
9. If I was a super hero I’d be Superman.
10. Sex, Drugs, and Rock & Roll should change to Sex, Love, and Music

Short Answer
11. I make music because:  It’s a blessing and also releases a lot of the everyday things we all go through.  It’s a beautiful thing for everyone involved.
12. I want my fans to:  Leave our shows sweating.
13. If I could share one thing about myself it would be:  Due to contrary belief, I’m not gay.
14. Wild Card!  I’m having a baby girl (Sophia Apollonia) in September.
15. I want my musical legacy to be:  Someone who contributed to the world with his music and helped young people continue to achieve greatness.

V_TTWListen to “Sweet Maria” from VALLEJO’s latest release, Thicker Than Water.  Go to their MySpace Page for more.

VALLEJO’s favorite old school joint!

Vote popolio.com “Best Local Blog”  in The Austin Chronicle’s 2009 Best Of poll here.
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LRJuly 17, 2009

Name:  Lights Resolve
Genre:  Rock
Latest Release:  writing new record now
Release Date:  TBD
Previous Release:  CURRENCY  (Self-Released)
Release Date:  2008

This, That, or the Other
1. Underground OR Mainstream? Whichever lacks the suckage.
2. Maintain Artistic Integrity and Vision OR Make a lot of Money? (or both)?? Complete artistic integrity with food money.
3. Studio or Stage? Stage by far.
4. Spirituality or Hedonism? Don’t the two co-exist lovely together?
5. Make Love, Have Sex, OR %$*!? Love rules all.

Fill in the Blank
6. Music is my passion, downfall, victory.
7. I’m musically inspired by creepy baby commercials from the ’70s and Un Chien Andalou by Dali.
8. My favorite old school joint is “Allison in the Rain” by Jay Breaker House.
9. If I was a super hero I’d be Dave Coulier.
10. Sex, Drugs, and Rock & Roll should change to Work, Work, and More Work.

Short Answer
11. I make music because:   I want to inspire others by making them burn calories as they listen/watch.
12. We want our fans to:  Love us as much as we love them.  Done deal.
13. If I could share one thing about myself it would be:  You have to watch me eat a banana.
14. Wild Card!  Parkways/driveways — What’s the deal?
15. I want my musical legacy to be:  Playing honest music and putting on the best live show anyone has ever seen.


Listen to Lights Resolve’s “Dreaming of Love.”  Go to their MySpace Page for more.

Lights Resolve’s favorite old school joint!

Editor’s Note:  I couldn’t find a video for “Allison in the Rain” out there, so you get a live performance of “Gameface,” instead.  You can go to the Jay Breaker House MySpace Page if you want to hear the track, though.

So, this countdown is about MY TOP 10:  Fictional Bands and what songs best represent those bands.  I’m going to throw in about 5 BONUSES throughout this countdown as well.  It’s a fun one in a different kind a way (MY TOP 10s are always fun, aren’t they?), so I’m going to be a little looser with it.  I’m going to go girl-boy-girl-boy as much as I can, so this time around the men will be on top.  I’ve  let the women lead more than a few times, so turnabout is fair play.


3. The Monkees “I’m a Believer”


The Monkees were created as a television show and the band and the members took on a life of their own.  I remember watching this in syndication when I was a kid on Nick at Night.  Inspired by The Beatles’ A Hard Day’s Night, the producers created this show to feature a fictional rock-n-roll band. What they actually created were, The Monkees, an independent, autonomous band that grew beyond the TV show with records, tours, Beatles-connections and comparisons, and, most importantly, a genuine and real following and fanbase.  So successful were they that members even mounted successful reunion tours into the ’80s and ’90s.





***BONUS*** The Partridge Family “I Think I Love You”


Another fictional TV show band, that maybe didn’t have the success of The Monkees, but still had all kinds of crazy success.


So, this countdown is about MY TOP 10:  Fictional Bands and what songs best represent those bands.  I’m going to throw in about 5 BONUSES throughout this countdown as well.  It’s a fun one in a different kind a way (MY TOP 10s are always fun, aren’t they?), so I’m going to be a little looser with it.  I’m going to go girl-boy-girl-boy as much as I can, so this time around the men will be on top.  I’ve  let the women lead more than a few times, so turnabout is fair play. 

5. Spinal Tap “Hell Hole”

Okay, I’ll admit, I haven’t seen This is Spinal Tap, but I’m very aware of the mock-rockumentary and the band.  Their reputation precedes them. I know they’ve cultivated quite a cult following that includes real albums,  tours, and appearances beyond the initial documentary and music for that project including a new album, Back from the Dead, just released on June 16, 2009.  They had to be on this list.  Spinal Tap is Michael McKean (as David St. Hubbins), Christopher Guest (as Nigel Tufnel) and Harry Shearer (as Derek Smalls).  The recurring gag of drummers who die including two who just spontaneously combust is worth the price of admission alone.

***BONUS*** Spinal Tap “Bitch School”

JUNE 27, 2009 UPDATE:  On second thought, I’m giving so many BONUSES for the cartoon bands.  I figure mockumentary human bands deserve BONUSES, too.

***BONUS*** The Brady Bunch (aka The Brady Kids aka The Silver Platters) “It’s a Sunshine Day”

I know this is a strange one to pair with Spinal Tap, but I want to include as many videos in this countdown as I can.  I just don’t always get a chance to do such a whimisical countdown, so I wanted to really have fun with it.  And we all know about the Brady Bunch’s foray into music both on the show and on actual record.  I think they even toured.  And, “Hell Hole” and “It’s a Sunshine Day” on the same post — How hilarious is that?   Enjoy.

 

I attended the ¡Pachanga! Latino Music Festival last month and took pics of the three acts we featured in pop quizzes as a mini-countdown to the event.  This David Garza show pic-olio is 2 of 3.  (Part 1 Maneja Beto here or scroll down for it.)  Charanga Cakewalk will follow Friday.  Check out the David Garza popolio pop quiz here, enjoy the pic-olio, and stay tuned for part 3.

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