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Pop Shots – Solid Advice
Monday, March 19, 2018

Welcome to your weekly dose of pop world musings. Covering all things pop culture, this week Pop Shots is hitting you with thoughts on everything from where Iggy Azalea’s love life should take her next, to the best way to score tickets to see Beyoncé and Jay-Z, to what Selena Gomez should consider when it comes to designing her clothing line, and since this is Pop Shots you know everything is seasoned with a little bit of attitude.

* During the most recent episode of Tyler Henry’s Hollywood Medium, Iggy Azalea revealed she’s done dating hip-hop artists, saying there’s only room for one rapper in a relationship. OK, cool, soooo what about dating a music journalist? Perhaps a music journalist with a really cool blog who still has no shame in blasting “Fancy” from his car with the windows down? As luck has it, I happen to know someone who fits that exact description! {winks at self in mirror}

* Billboard has discovered that one of the bodyguards in Taylor Swift’s video for “Delicate” is played by a gay porn actor named Kevin Falk. This type of casting is becoming a trend for Swift, as gay porn actor Mike de Marko was briefly featured the the video for “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together.” Who else is suddenly really curious about Taylor’s internet history?

* Billed as The Coverups, Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong and Mike Dirnt, along with touring guitarist Jason White, audio engineer Chris Dugan (drums), and tour manager Bill Schneider (bass), rocked a 90 minute set of covers at the 100-person capacity venue Thee Parkside in San Francisco. In a related story, Creed is performing somewhere under a pseudonym, as well, but mostly because they don’t want anyone to know they’re Creed.

* Beyoncé and Jay-Z are once again hitting the road together, this time for the On The Run II tour. Because clearly the duo are wallowing in poverty, if you want to be anywhere near the stage it will cost you well over $1,000. Your best bet might be to get a doctor to claim it’s a medical necessity, so at least some of the cost will be taken care of by your health insurance.

* Jhene Aiko and Big Sean took to social media to squash the rumors that their relationship is in trouble, with Aiko tweeting, “Sorry, but nothing about you guy's fan fiction stories are true... I still love you tho.” Sean retweeted the post, adding clapping hands emojis for emphasis, because nothing says “healthy, adult, relationship” like emojis. (everyone knows grown ups use gifs)

* Fred Durst is currently filming his third feature film, a thriller titled Moose that stars John Travolta as an obsessed movie fan who stalks his favorite actor, played by Devon Sawa. The story is reportedly based on events from Durst's life, as it’s inspired by a time he had to deal with a stalker. This makes me wonder, exactly how many poor life decisions are wrapped up in the phrase “Fred Durst’s stalker”?

* Dua Lipa was forced to cancel two shows on her current tour of Australia due to wisdom teeth issues that required immediate surgery. Here at Pop Shots we have exclusive footage of Dua immediately following the procedure.

* Juelz Santana was arrested on drug and weapon charges last week, two days after the rapper fled a Newark airport after TSA discovered a loaded gun in his carry-on bag. In other words, Juelz was able to “dip dip,” but he wasn’t “set set” for the repercussions once caught.

* Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds is launching a publishing company with music executive Jason Murray, titled Good Vibes Music Group. Through the company’s website they’re currently accepting applications for their Discovery Song Camps, which will take place in Los Angeles, Atlanta, Nashville, and London, with eight producers and songwriters being selected from each location. Just imagine if someone selected goes on to write for Broadway shows, wins a Tony, and becomes Rich from this Project.

* Selena Gomez, who has been collaborating with Coach since last fall designing handbags and accessories, will now be designing a clothing collection for the company. As a highly fashionable guy I just have one piece of advice for Selena – rip the sleeves off of everything. Hey, you know my motto …

* With “Believer,” “Thunder,” and now “Whatever It Takes,” Imagine Dragons’ Evolve has become the first album of this decade to generate at least three #1 songs on Billboard’s Alternative Songs airplay chart. The band owes a debt of gratitude to whoever placed all those songs in car commercials, and college football promos.

* Evanescence and Lindsey Stirling will be hitting the road together with a full orchestra for a 31-date co-headlining North American tour that kicks off on July 6th in Kansas City, Missouri. Let me just say right now I would love to cover this tour when it hits my city.

* In sad news, rapper Craig Mack passed away at the age of 46. The remix to “Flava In Ya Ear” remains a mainstay in party playlists nearly a quarter century after its release, so it’s safe to say that even though he’s gone, he will never be forgotten.

And with that, my time is up for the week, but I'll be back next week with more shots on all things pop.


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Vid Pick: Fjer – Awesome (Acoustic)
Friday, March 16, 2018

The first time I heard Danish electro-soul-pop artist Fjer I immediately fell in love with her voice. As I've written a number of times, it’s nothing short of angelic.

If you have any doubts, check out this stripped down version of her latest single, “Awesome,” and try to tell me she isn’t hiding wings under her t-shirt.

Wanting to know more about “Awesome,” I caught up with Fjer to ask her about the song, and what qualities she feels makes a person awesome. We also discussed her love of ‘90s fashion, and some of her hidden talents.

What was the inspiration for “Awesome”?

I wrote a note to my self almost two years ago that just said “Awesome.” I was feeling small and unappreciated, and thought to myself, “You have to remember that you’re awesome.”

It took me a while, but I finally sat down and wrote a song about that feeling. Now the song has become an anthem for me and my friends, and I tell them all the time how awesome they are. 

What are the top three qualities a person can have that you would consider awesome?

Many little things can add up to a person being awesome, but I guess if I’m picking just three it would be a person who is strong, funny, and warm. That pretty much sums up the personalities of my best friends.

I have a lot of strong women in my life, and I feel so inspired by them every day.

And of course, being the clown that I am, I need funny people around me to laugh at my dad jokes, and answer with an even dumber joke. {laughs}

What made you want to do an acoustic version of the song?

I feel like the melody and the message of the song is very important.

When you strip all the electronic synths, and the heavy beat, off the original, you're left with a very clean and simple song.

I generally love to make songs that work in many different production settings, and I wanted to make sure everybody could enjoy this song.

In the video you’re wearing a t-shirt featuring labelmate Lucy Camp. I hear there’s more than a little bit of mutual musical love between you two. Any chance you might be working on an EP, or full length album, together?

Oh my God, I freaking love her. That t-shirt I had specially made because I originally wanted to rock one of those throwback shirts that you see everywhere – as you know, I'm stuck in the ‘90s {laughs} – and I thought instead of wearing a generic one with like Destiny's Child, or whatever, I would make my own with an idol I really adore.

Lucy Camp is one of the most inspiring, bad-ass female artists out there, so she ended up on the shirt.

We are always working on new music together, so you'll definitely hear more collabs in the future.

After an extended stay in the US you moved back to Denmark last year. First off, we miss you. Second, how has the move affected your music, your motivation, and your goals?

I miss New York every day, but I will say that the move to Denmark has made me much more focused. There aren't as many distractions here, and I really have been my most productive self these last few months.

I'm seeing it as an opportunity to finish my album. More news on that soon!

I know you’re mildly obsessed with ‘90s fashion, so how much did it hurt when, earlier this year, JNCO announced they were going out of business?

{laughs} You know me too well.

I actually didn't hear that. Now I'm crying inside. Guess I gotta go thrifting.

What are some of your favorite pieces of ‘90s clothing in your closet?

My UFO pants – they were so hard to track down! – my beret collection, and all my crop tops. And of course this new Lucy shirt is something I'll rock a lot this spring.

Finally, tell everyone about a skill you have that people may not know about.

I can sound EXACTLY like a dolphin, and I cook pretty good vegetarian food.

On a more serious note, I do a lot of photography, and video stuff, and I've been busy making visuals for Lucy Camp, Tonedeff, and my friend Emilia James over the last couple of years. You'll see more of that soon.

For more Fjer, check out fjermusic.com.


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NYC Scene Report – The Shacks, Bambara, & more
Wednesday, March 14, 2018

This week’s NYC Scene Report features dream pop outfit The Shacks developing quite a following, indie rockers Bambara singing the story of a man named Jose, a rock tune from Typhoid Rosie that draws inspiration from a Greek epic poem, and hip-hop artist Khary dealing with the idea of feeling “Cursed.”

* As some of you may already know, I have a thing for great dream pop that features breathy vocals. This is why I’m always happy when something new from The Shacks shows up in my inbox. Most recently, the band’s latest single, “Follow Me,” made such an appearance, and while the song’s release has been nearly two years in the making, it was well worth the wait.

“Follow Me,” which was produced by Leon Michels (of El Michels Affair), was one of the first songs The Shacks recorded for their upcoming album, Haze, which is due out March 30th on Big Crown Records.

Shannon Wise’s ethereal vocals have a magical quality to them – some folks may recognize her from last year’s iPhone 8 commercial – and her croons to follow her have a Pied Piper-like effect, as resistance to her musical charms seems futile … and why would you want to resist anyway?

Click play on “Follow Me,” and follow The Shacks.

* Sometimes a singular line in a song sticks with you. Such was the case for me the first time I heard Bambara’s “Jose Tries To Leave,” which features the line, “He’s kind of strange she thinks / Yeah but so is love.”

It felt incredibly poetic, and almost like something you’d read/hear from the Beat Generation. Plus, have truer words ever been spoken?

The song, which vividly tells the story of a man named Jose, is off of the NYC, via Georgia, indie rock trio’s upcoming album, Shadow on Everything, due out April 6th on Wharf Cat Records.

Give the song a spin. I guarantee you won’t try to leave.

* How can you not immediately like a band named Typhoid Rosie? You have to at least be curious about them, right?

Here’s the good news, the Brooklyn-based indie rock band is just as great as their name.

Their latest single is “Sailing On," which is off of their upcoming album, This Is Now. Frontwoman Rosie Rebel explains the song’s origins, saying, “It was inspired by Homer’s The Odyssey. Odysseus is faced with every obstacle, and temptation, but fights as hard as he can to get home. Life is like that – sometimes we have to endure incredible turbulence and storms. I thought about how poor Odysseus had to endure the anger of Poseidon, and all he could do was hold on to a rock while he was being pounded by the waves. He had no shelter to weather the storm, but his memories somehow carried him through those dark times. So when I wrote this song I thought about life, and all the things in it that are worth fighting for. But more than that, the song is about ‘us’ and how we should fight for it together. When we work together, there's nothing humanity can’t accomplish.”

Click play on “Sailing On,” and get inspired by Typhoid Rosie.

* NYC, by way of Rhode Island, hip-hop artist Khary is “Cursed." Don’t worry, he’s not literally cursed, that’s just the title of one of his two new singles, as he released “Cursed” alongside “Wifi” in anticipation of his upcoming project, titled Captain, due out this Spring.

Khary described “Cursed” in a statement, saying, “Sometimes we deny the help that we so desperately need, and find comfort in being alone or in a dark place. ‘Cursed’ is about (how) the fear of vulnerability can make us desire solitude even if we know that’s not what we ultimately want. It’s almost as if we are under a curse of our own creation. This is the first point at which the Captain character that I explore on the project shows weakness. ‘Cursed’ is one of the project’s heavier tracks.”

It’s heavy, and it's really dope. Give “Cursed” a spin, and break through the darkness.

For more of the best of NYC’s indie music scene, come back next Wednesday, and check out the archives for previous columns.


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Pop Shots – Love is a Battlefield
Monday, March 12, 2018

Welcome to your weekly dose of pop world musings. Covering all things pop culture, this week Pop Shots is hitting you with thoughts on everything from Taylor Swift’s heart-y weekend, to Paramore feeling the love from an unlikely source, to Usher falling out of love, and since this is Pop Shots you know everything is seasoned with a little bit of attitude.

* Taylor Swift premiered the video for her latest single, “Delicate,” at last night’s iHeart Radio Music Awards. So for her they were more like the iHeart Easy Promo Awards.

* Elton John heaped heavy praise on Paramore’s latest album, After Laughter, calling it, “Probably one of the most underrated albums of last year.” Upon hearing this, Paramore frontwoman Hayley Williams invited the legendary artist to see the band live. Until this exchange I didn’t realize it, but I need to see Elton John crowd surf to “Misery Business.”

* Last week, Meghan Trainor released a new single titled “No Excuses,” and announced she’s collaborated with the fitness/dance company Zumba to create an official choreography video for the song. This is not the Dance Dance Revolution we asked for, but perhaps it’s the Dance Dance Revolution we deserve.

* Rihanna is reportedly looking to launch her own lingerie collection. I am reportedly interested in seeing the photoshoot.

* In a curious move, the Backstreet Boys' AJ McLean joined the Country Music Association in Nashville. Who knew AJ’s backstreets have been dirt roads all along?

* Speaking of the country music world, for the past 20 years Dolly Parton’s nonprofit, Imagination Library, has been donating books to families in need on a monthly basis. On February 27th she reached an impressive milestone, donating her 100 millionth book. If her donations are anything like the donations for my local library’s book sale, a lot of those 100 million have been returned copies of Fifty Shades of Grey.

* Journey’s Greatest Hits has become just the third album to spend 500 weeks on the Billboard 200 chart, joining Bob Marley and The Wailers’ Legend: The Best Of Bob Marley and The Wailers (510 weeks), and Pink Floyd’s The Dark Side of the Moon (937). In other words, people have, quite literally, not stopped believing.

* Demi Lovato is engaging in a war of words with blogger Perez Hilton. Although she technically hasn’t named him in her tweets, she wrote about enjoying being able to sing “Sorry Not Sorry” at “one of USA’s most notorious bullies,” adding she refused to name the bully “because he doesn’t deserve the relevance that he doesn’t have anymore.” The general feeling is all this stems from Hilton writing a mixed review of a recent concert of Demi’s. Hilton, who has become much more subdued over the years, responded by writing, “Demi Lovato thinks I'm irrelevant and wants to give me a little relevance by tweeting about me … Sorry I'm not sorry I said nothing but nice things about her …” That’s right folks, we live in a world where Perez Hilton is taking the high road. Yes, I’m just as confused as you are.

* Usher and his wife Grace Miguel announced their separation after two years of marriage. This will be the second divorce for Usher, which means he’s only one away from becoming the Ross Geller of R&B.

* In sad news, Tower Records founder Russ Solomon passed away at the age of 92. All of our album collections owe a debt of gratitude to him.

* As some of you may know, The Summer Set were one of my favorite bands. Sadly, they split up in 2017. The good news, however, is that lead singer, and songwriter, Brian Logan Dales has embarked on a solo project, titled DALES, and he’s kept the ‘80s pop-rock vibe The Summer Set were embracing on their final album. His new single, “Chateau,” is a perfect example of this.

And with that, my time is up for the week, but I'll be back next week with more shots on all things pop.


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Vid Pick: Kip Russell – Dumb Sh*t
Friday, March 09, 2018

If you're looking for your first Spring/Summer anthem of 2018, look no further than Kip Russell's "Dumb Sh*t.”

With a laid back vibe, and lyrics about good times with good friends, it’s the perfect soundtrack for fun in the sun.

Wanting to know more about the song, and party-themed video, I caught up with Kip Russell to find out about some of his fondest “Dumb Sh*t” moments, how to get together with friends even though we all have adult responsibilities, and his secret to finding happiness. We also flipped the script on “Dumb Sh*t,” as the Chicago native discussed some of the smartest moves he’s made in life.

First off, how much fun was it filming the video for “Dumb Sh*t”? I’m guessing plenty went on behind the scenes that didn’t make it into the video.

I don't think I've ever been so drunk shooting a music video, but I still wasn't as drunk as Nic Bavetta (guitar player), haha. He may have killed a whole bottle of tequila himself.

We definitely had a blast, and to be honest most of the stuff that made the video was behind the scenes (footage), or outtakes. We basically had fun and filmed it, and director Cody Laplant kept rolling. 

What was your favorite moment from the shoot?

I can't pick a favorite moment because they were all so fun to film. (That said,) I do like the cut when we are laughing at the prank we pulled on my buddy Trevor. You can tell we were just drunk and laughing our asses off.

How much of the “Dumb Sh*t” from the video, and the song, is autobiographical? Did you really, as the lyrics said, have a moment where you did a stage dive and no one caught you?

It's 100% real stories.

I'm definitely not smooth like Jay Z. I tend to think I'm smooth, and then I do something to embarrass myself.

The first time I played a show with Shwayze in Chicago I stage dove and for sure fell flat on my face. I was on stage during their set, drunk, got caught up in the moment, and I went for it. It didn't go well, but I got a sick picture of it in action somewhere. It was a big moment for me since I had just released my single, “Pulaski Day,” with them on their Bananabeat label.

It seems like the world is so serious all the time now, and we could all use more nights of doing some “Dumb Sh*t” with friends. How can we make that happen when, as you note in the video, some folks have wives, kids, etc.?

I don't get to see my best friends that often, but when we do get together it's always special. We usually tell great stories, drink lots of beer, and laugh so hard my cheeks are sore for days after.

Seeing good friends is good for the soul, and helps you recharge your batteries.

The best advice I can give is MAKE AN EFFORT and HAVE NO EXCUSES.

People are busy, so make sure when you have peeps over it’s extra special, and make it so they can truly relax. My wife is great at that. She is an amazing host, and knows how to throw a party.

“Dumb Sh*t” is off of your 2017 album The Sweet Spot of Life. Tell everyone about what you consider to be life’s sweet spot. It sounds like you’ve found happiness.

I think the Sweet Spot of Life is different for everyone. For me it's exactly where I'm at – beautiful wife, a daughter, roof over my head, career I enjoy, fridge full of beer, financially in a good place, and I have the ability to give back.

The journey was bumpy to get here, but I'm finally in the sweet spot.

What’s one thing people can do every day to bring happiness into their lives?

Be grateful for where you’re at. We all want to evolve, and improve our lives, but if you can pause and just be grateful for your current job, (and) that you woke up ... things tend to look a little different.

Finally, flipping the script on “Dumb Sh*t,” tell everyone about three of the SMARTEST moves you’ve made in life.

1. I followed my dream. Music has given me everything in my life! My wife, daughter, career, cars, house, epic experiences, friends, all happened because I followed my dream.

Take the first step towards your dream and I promise no matter how bumpy the ride, the journey will be worth it! 

2. I asked for help. Asking for help when you need it can be super powerful. 

3. I married my wife. I would not be in the sweet spot if I didn't marry wife. 

For more Kip Russell check out thesweetspotoflife.com.


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NYC Scene Report – herMajesty, Jeremy Bass, & more
Wednesday, March 07, 2018

This week’s NYC Scene Report features indie rockers herMajesty feeling “Weightless,” singer-songwriter Jeremy Bass creating some unique videos from his recent tour, a clip from indie rock artist Jeff Rosenstock that is truly smashing, and a genre-bending collaborative effort from ROOS.

* If you've frequented this site there’s no doubt you’re already familiar with the music of herMajesty. Known for their fantastic live shows, the NYC-based indie rock band recently released their latest single, titled “Weightless,” and it's a gem.

“Weightless” features herMajesty’s trademark poetic, poignant, lyrics, and musically the song sounds like R.E.M. meets David Bowie.

In short, “Weightless” is yet another reason why I consider herMajesty NYC indie rock royalty. Click play, and hear for yourself.

* Brooklyn-based singer-songwriter Jeremy Bass did something absolutely brilliant while on his most recent tour – he shot several music videos for songs off of his latest album, The Greatest Fire. These aren’t tour videos in the traditional sense, however, as they don’t chronicle the journey, instead, they utilize individual places from the journey.

The video for “We Will Be You,” for example, was filmed in Joshua Tree, Yosemite, Bodi and Dublin CA, Arizona Highway 40, Anaconda MT, Yellowstone WY, and Brooklyn, NY. The footage was masterfully put together by Annie McCain Engman, who was in charge of concept/direction, filming, and editing.

Check out the clip, and get a very unique, and very cool, view of the country via Jeremy Bass.

* I think we can all recall carefree days singing along to Limp Bizkit’s “Break Stuff.” Wait, was I the only one? Regardless, if you’ve been in the mood for being careless with fragile items, you’re going to love indie rocker Jeff Rosenstock’s video for his latest single, “Melba.”

The clip was co-directed by David Combs and Ben Epstein, and in a statement, the former explained the concept for the video, saying, “Jeff wanted to make a video featuring a character who, consequence free, carelessly destroys everything around them. The idea of such a character reminded me of how often the abuse of power is a thoughtless exercise for those who hold it, so we decided to expand on the idea and make it a commentary on how abusive patterns get replicated, where the effects are passed downward hierarchically, and the people with the least power experience the consequences most intensely. You know, also it's fun to watch people smash shit, so we tried to have a good time with that, too.”

“Melba” is off of Rosenstock’s latest album, POST-, which was released digitally on New Year’s Day, and will get a physical release on March 23rd. Check out the video, just don't get too inspired by it.

* If you're in the mood something radically unique, you’re going to want to check out ROOS. ROOS is a composer, producer, and musician based in California and New York who loves to play with genres.

The first volume of ROOS’ three volume genre bending project titled Standards was released last week, and according to a press release about the project, Standards “uses the forms of the mixtape and the playlist to create a collage of musicians, and musical styles, including gospel, country, shoegaze, R&B, jazz, soft rock, torch songs, trap music, contemporary classical, bossa nova, and free improvisation. The music evokes the emotion of classic pop songwriting with an overarching freedom toward formal experimentation.”

Kinda crazy, right? Well, we like crazy here, because crazy creates dope music, and ROOS has created some dope music with the single “In Praise of Idleness.”

Check out the video for “In Praise of Idleness,” which is a collaborative effort by artist Barbara Signer, musician Kelli Scarr, and ROOS, that ROOS describes, saying, “I am driving counter-clockwise in roundabouts, trying to turn back time, failing to make counter-clockwise pottery, in Yunnan, China, at the edge of the busiest, most populous country in the world, while Kelli Scarr watches, trying to sing along.”

For more of the best of NYC’s indie music scene, come back next Wednesday, and check out the archives for previous columns.


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