Sunday, June 20, 2010

Psychostick: pure concentrated humorcore

Psychostick is a band from Phoenix. Singer Rawrb discusses what is essential to the band's music, the recent tour with Nashville Pussy, and with whom he would like to write and record a song.

Complete the sentence. Psychostick is...

Pure concentrated Humorcore.

What is essential to every Psychostick song? What about every Psychostick show?

The Psychostick song formula goes like this: Song idea + laughter + more ideas + procrastination = GOLD. Well, maybe aluminum. Something like that. As for our shows, we strive to keep things flowing with intensity and humor. This sort of combination I find rare in live shows, and while we're not exactly pioneers in this regard, we hope to bring it up to the next level.

Describe your experience touring with Nashville Pussy.

Our touring experiences with Nashville Pussy was enlightening. We made great buddies with their sound guy Mark. Matter of fact, we even hit up a Barcade for drunken video game adventures.

If you could write and perform a song with one artist, who would you choose? Why?

I'd like to write and record something with Weird Al. There's a ton of great metal artists that I'd like to work with, but I've been listening to Weird Al for a long time and he's such an inspirational guy. Maybe someday!

Is the song "Girl Directions" inspired by a true story?

It's based on a plethora of true stories. I first ask for an address. Then they'll usually start giving directions before I get an address. Afterwards I'll ask, "Can I have the address just in case I screw up your directions?" Works every time.

What would you be doing if you weren't making music?

I'd either be building websites or designing video games. I'm probably going to strive for video game design once we decide touring makes us want to vomit all over our feet.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Fox of the Week (6/16/10): Jessica Marie

Note: Unfortunately, I did not receive any photos of Jessica Marie. Check the links for her pictures. They are definitely worth the time.

Give us a quick course in Jessica Marie 101.

I am Mexican-American, born and raised in Naples, Florida. I am pretty new to the modeling industry but so far I absolutely love it! I hope to get published in magazines soon and be able to inspire someone that is also in this industry. Even though I have a passion for modeling, I am a nurse and plan to gets my Masters degree to become a Physician’s Assistant. I am very persistent, funny and always looking for ways to push me one step further to pursuing my goals.

What has been your favorite modeling job so far?

I have been in a few fashion shows and I would have to say being in front of people and walking down the runway is a great feeling.

In what artist's video would you most like to appear? Why?

I am a big fan of Hip-hop and R & B, so it would kind of hard to choose a few. I would love to be featured in a video with Ne-Yo, his videos always seem to get my attention and I feel that I would be a good match in one of his videos (hint hint, Ne-Yo).

Who are some models you admire? Why?

In my opinion I couldn’t narrow it down to admire just one model or even have a favorite. To me all models inspire each other in their hard work and dedication; we all have something unique about us in every way. There are so many types of models and and all have to put in that extra credit to get where we want to be in their career.

What is the most rewarding aspect of modeling?

One of the most rewarding aspects would have to be people looking up to you not only as just a model but as an individual person and someone that you could possibly be a role model to and set a good positive example for others.

If you could only accomplish one more thing, what would it be?

One thing about me is I love to help others and If could make a difference in someone else’s life than that would mean the world to me. So by opening a charity of some sort that would benefits all types of individuals to help them get a good education, job, counseling to help them get through everyday life. This is something that I hold close to my heart so by giving a piece of me to do good in others is a big accomplishment.

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Sunday, June 13, 2010

Mistah Maj: my motivation is music 100%

Mistah Maj is a hip-hop artist from the Bronx. He discusses his style, his motivation, and artists he admires.

Complete the sentence. Mistah Maj is...

One of a kind, an entrepreneur for generations to come.

Describe your style for someone who has never heard your music.

Versatile, I can adjust my style for all things possible...RnB, Hip-Hop, etc.

What sets you apart from other artists?

I have the drive to make everything I do a hit. My talent is beyond hip-hop. I write songs, act, and I'm in the process of producing. My motivation is music 100%

Who are some artists you admire? Why?

Fabolous because he's a nonstop hitmaker whether it's street or commercial. Drake because he's a breath of fresh air to the industry. Jadakiss because he's an ultimate lyricist. Nas because he makes you think and for me his music drives me to become a better lyricist.

If you could write and perform a song with one artist, who would you choose? Why?

Usher because I feel he's the perfect person to make a hit record with and get the respect and recognition deserved.

What would you be doing if you weren't making music?

Pursuing a career in psychology. I feel nowadays artists tend to forget that it's good to have a back up plan even if you have longevity in this business. It's never too late to go back to school or to finish school: better late than never is the code I live by.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Fox of the Week (6/9/10): Nikkii Na'Shay

Complete the sentence Nikkii Na'shay is...

A loving mother and model with a good head on her shoulders.

What would you say is your best feature?

My body.

Describe how you felt at your first modeling gig.

I was nervous at first but it turned out nice.

Describe a perfectly sexy evening.

Hmm a perfectly sexy evening would be me sipping on some wine enjoying my day with nothing on.

Who are some models you admire? Why?

Elke the Stallion has been doing her thing. Big ups to her killing the urban world. She's saying just because you're thick dosent mean you can't do it & Cassiie Melinda is doing her thing as well.

If you could only accomplish one more thing, what would it be?

Acting has always been a dream of mine as well.

What would be your dream acting job?

To be in a John Singleton film.

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Denver City Saltlicks: sweat, spoons, twang, booze

This is the part where I am supposed to introduce the band to you. However, you don't need me to tell you this four-piece band is from Denver. And frankly, the band members give a much better description of the band than your humble narrator ever could. Ladies and gentlemen, Denver City Saltlicks.

Complete the sentence. Denver City Saltlicks is...

A four-piece band that takes the flavours of yesteryear, electrifies them, shows them a skin mag centerfold and then tells them to melt faces or else they’re getting salt rubbed in yer wound motherfucker!

What is essential to every DCS show?

Electricity, sweat, spoons, twang, cheers, booze, dancing, aggressive dancing, Cate Hate’s bloody splinter filled knuckles, ‘Bama Slim’s Don’t give a Fuck outfits, an electric ukulele, Bullseye's striking good looks, George’s devastating upright bass grooves, booze, an A-Hole attitude, family, friends, drunkards, some guy who hates us, some chick who loves us, flash bulbs, booze, and an olde yellow gas can with Denver City Saltlicks painted on it and the taste of a dirty water hot dog with NO relish.

Describe how your sound is familiar, yet something people have never heard.

Well, all of DCS songs are rooted in Olde Tyme traditional sounds. Be it Bluegrass, Spirituals, Doo-Wop, Classic R & B, Honky Tonk, Surf, Blues and Country. We try to keep to the heart of the band and its focus...classic sounds, but it becomes something new when you factor in that you have a brother/sister vocal duo, electrified ukulele, a home-made Didley Bow, punk’d out washboard, a Rock style drum kit, Upright Bass and a Punk Rock aggression, attitude and treatment. We hope people walk away feeling like they think they knew what was going on but will have to hear it again to really get it.

If you could write and record a song with one artist, who would you choose? Why?

‘Bama Slim: Sweet Sunny South from Paonia, Colorado. This traditional olde tyme Bluegrass band was one of my 1st inspirations to create a sound like ours. Of course they’d have to “amp up,” but their energy, songwriting and style is somewhere I could be and rawk.

Cate: Well, I would love to record with some of my musical idols, but it might be too risky. I mean, I don't want my idea that Greg Graffin is the coolest mother fucker in the world and I sit down with him and he might be a total asshole. I'd be crushed. We just finished recording our first album and I am still high on that because we had so much fun doing it. So, I would have to say the great cats in our band. I can't wait to get back in with them.

Bullseye Dray: It would have to be Johnny Cash. Just hearing the First American Recordings when they did that recording in someone's living room, sounds like a lot of fun. It was just brilliant. And, especially after reading his autobiography, it was like you were sitting across the table from him telling his stories.

George: Buddy Holly. He has been my all time favorite musician since I was a kid.

What would you be doing if you weren't making music?

Music IS our second job seeing as though the band is made up of career-minded family folk, but if we weren’t tied down and we were on the road making it happen and then the Apocalypse descended? Well, we’d probably be cannibalistic road warriors on the hunt while sing a jaunty tune about eatin’ brains…salt cured of course.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Fox of the Week (6/2/10): Yolanda Marie aka Kahlua

Yolanda Marie (5'7", 36-28-34, aka Kahlua) is a model from Rochester, NY. She discusses her first shoot, her best features, and her dream modeling gig.

What was your first modeling gig? Describe how you felt at that first gig.

It was very weak...the photographer wasn't very talented.

What would you say is your best feature?

My legs and skin.

What do you think is the biggest challenge in modeling?

My area doesn't have many paid gigs unless you're nude and I'm not very comfortable doing that.

What is your favorite part of modeling?

Meeting new people and trying new looks.

Who are some models you admire? Why?

Kim Kardashian because she's got curves and she looks better than most size 0 models.

What is your absolute dream modeling job?

Probably Playboy but I wouldn't want to get naked...maybe I could put mud on me like Heidi Montag. (laughs)

Keep up with Kahlua on Stiletto Talk Magazine.