Sunday, August 22, 2010

The Afterdarks: the best thing that ever happened to hot-rodders and beer sales

[Photo of The Afterdarks by Josh Ford.]

The Afterdarks is a band from Quad Cities that I first heard on Radio Free Bakersfield. Papa D discusses what is essential to every Afterdarks song, and why you should have the band's music in your collection.

Complete the sentence. The Afterdarks is...

The best thing that's ever happened to hot-rodders and beer sales

What is essential to every song of The Afterdarks?

We don't really stick to a formula. But, we try to use elements that invoke an emotion that the end of everything is coming, so it might me a damn good idea to get up and dance!

What is essential to every show?

Blood, sweat, beer, and dancing, preferably at night of course.

Why should I have your music in my collection?

Because if you didn't, you'd be kicking yourself 10 years from now for missing out on all the fun.

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

I don't even want to think about how bleak that future would be. I'd probably be pumping gas or teaching physics.

Want some tunes by The Afterdarks? You can hear 29 (that's right, 29 full tracks) of them on ReverbNation.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Fox of the Week (8/18/10): Sativa Blaze

Sativa Blaze is a model originally from northern California now living in Atlanta. She discusses her best feature, the books she is writing, and a perfectly sexy day.

Complete the sentence. Sativa Blaze is...

Sativa Blaze is one of the realest females that you will ever meet.

What would you say is your best feature?

My best feature I would say is my brain, and I am not talking about anything sexual (right now). My mind is the my best feature and that is the second thing I hear the most other than you are beautiful, I hear you are really intelligent.

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

My first modeling gig was a fashion show in Sacramento, CA and I was in a fashion show for crotchet swimsuits. I had never done a fashion show before and I was super nervous. Since I was working at Barbizon I had my walk down pat. After talking myself through it I strutted down the "runway" and did my thing. It was so fun, it was also my first paid gig. I even showed my rap skills after the show.

You are working on two books. Without giving too much away, what are the books about?

The two books that I am working on are urban fiction, both which have a positive message in both. One about 4 teens in their senior year of school, the other about 2 urban young adults in their walk into their Christianity.

What is harder, writing a book or modeling?

Modeling is harder. I am a natural writer and it comes easy. Modeling is harder because it takes much harder work and you are constantly trying to stay relevant in the game.

Describe a perfectly sexy day or evening (including what you would or wouldn't wear).

A perfect sexy day would be waking up to the right guy (or girl) and spending the day eating, enjoying some wine, and going to museums or some type of arts event. I would keep it simple but sexy, my favorite cool out outfit are some dark denim skinny jeans, white tank top, and some banging shoes and accessories to complement my outfit. Oh did I forget shopping?

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

I am a career student who still hasn't gotten that piece of paper to go along with all my years in school, so I know that I need to finish that as soon as possible.

Monday, August 16, 2010

Can I get an amen? The Gospel According to the Barstool Preacher

Once again I turn my attention to the Subculture Collective for a music feature. After discovering the Lonestar Texabilly show, I decided to explore some of the other shows in the collective. The Gospel According to the Barstool Preacher certainly is a name that catches my attention.

I downloaded Episode 72 and the Barstool Preacher played a lot of good stuff: Old 97s, Lucero, Cave Catt Sammy. He also dipped into plenty of classics like Buck Owens, Merle Haggard, and Hank Williams. I didn't hear one song I didn't like. Plus, he played a lot of tunes that I have in my collection already.

That being said, the Barstool Preacher took way too long in between songs, sometimes talking for seven or eight minutes between sets of songs. I know that part of the charm of podcasts is that they are not structured like commercial radio. However, people tune into podcasts more for the music than for the host. I don't say that to be rude or mean. I'm just being honest and making a fair assessment. Still, this podcast is worth checking out because the host plays so much good music.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Fox of the Week (8/11/10): Amber Proffitt

Amber Proffitt (36D-26-40) is a model from West Haven, Connecticut. She discusses a sexy evening, placing fourth in her first modeling competition, and why you can't say no to her.

Complete the sentence. Amber Proffitt is...

An intelligent woman with more than just a face and body. Ambitious and motivated, currently in the process of being a business owner real soon.

What would you say is your best feature?

My round puppy eyes. When you look at them you just can't say no!

Describe a perfectly sexy day or evening.

Well a sexy evening first consist of drinking a glass of wine and running a hot bubble bath, play a little music then maybe masturbate. (laughs) Oh did I say that? We'll just say I like to stay in touch with my feminine side.

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

I was in the Ms EXXXotica competition, and I'm not going to lie. I do not get nervous often but I was extremely nervous. There were so many beautiful women on that stage with me. I did end up getting 4th place but that experience definitely loosened me up.

What makes a "wow"-worthy photo?


Who are some models you admire? Why?

I would probably have to say current model Tammy Torres, she definitely stays humble beyond the scene.

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

To be at the top of the game.

Follow Amber on Twitter.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

First Anniversary Fox (8/4/10): Debra McDonald

Yes, loyal reader, you read that correctly. It was one year ago that this site kicked off, and it all began with a feature of Melissa Irish-Brown. I truly appreciate all the models and musicians that have made this site possible and all the readers who keep coming back.

The First Anniversary Fox is a tremendous model (just as all the Foxes of the Week are). Debra McDonald is a model from Opa-Locka, Florida. I think you'll agree that she is a tremendous way to celebrate a year of models and music. In fact, you know the normal format is a Q&A with the model and 3 photos. Well, for this week, I am going to break format slightly for two reasons. First, one year of Fox Tracks seems like a good reason to give you more photos. Second, this model's photos are so amazing, I couldn't pick only three. And so, without further ado, I present Debra McDonald.

Complete the sentence. Debra McDonald is...

A walking piece of art that enjoys life: a very outgoing, energetic and an all around fun person to be around.

What was your first tattoo and what compelled you to get it?

My first tattoo was a panther on my back. I got it because every one else was getting the panthers and the paw prints. Yes it is covered up now because as I got older and more into art and tattooing I learned to be myself and always decide for me and what I want not on what another has or what the trend is. Hell, I could have been stuck with that mess on me for life---and it was ugly (laughs). But what can you expect when you are stealing ink out of the art room and have your home boy that can draw inking you with a needle, some alcohol and a straight pin. By the way...I got my ass beat when my mom found out! I was 14.

What is your favorite tattoo?

I don't have a "favorite" because everything on me represent some thing different and plays its special role on my body so i guess it would be my entire body because all like one big picture.

Describe a perfectly sexy day or evening, including what you would or wouldn't wear.

A perfectly sexy day: getting tattooed, having some drinks and ________ all night long because the tattooing sensation turns me on! But on a more PG-13 level...I would say that perfectly sexy evening would consist of wearing a spaghetti-strapped silk dress that falls just a little above my ankles with no panties (for no lines of course) and setting a canopy outside in the back yard with flickering candles and twinkling white light. Have a table set for two with champagne or red wine or take it further with some Patron margaritas. Have a specially prepared meal and dessert while listening to a customized playlist on the iPod. After eating, dance together under the lights. After getting both our bodies all worked up take him in the house to a rose petal bath filled with candles that we will share together. I will bathe him but let him watch me sensually bathe myself. Once he can't take any more we ______. (Y’all can use your imagination for the rest.)

Who are some models you admire? Why?

To be completely honest, there are no models that I admire. I take my hat off to those that made it, stayed true to themselves and didn't sell their soul for a publication or a job, those that had to actually work and grind to be called and considered a model.

If you could only be featured in one more publication, which would you want it to be?

I have two - sorry - you know I couldn't just say one (laughs).
Cosmopolitan because it is largest-selling young women's magazine in the world and is famous for its upbeat style, focus on the young career woman and candid discussion of contemporary male/female relationships. Since its founding in 1886, Cosmopolitan has been reporting on modern social trends.
The other one would be Elle because fashion, beauty and entertainment news are found inside Elle magazine. With celebrity stories - not gossip - and guides to finding the best fashion and beauty styles to suit you, Elle brings the superstar look to the average lady and allows you to find your most beautiful self at any age.

What is one thing you hope to accomplish?

The one thing I hope to accomplish is change within the modeling industry. I have had so many doors close in my face because I wasn't your typical model (slim, tall, and cleaned skinned) for the mainstream marketing and for a lot of the more urban markets I wasn't getting naked, spreading my legs or having sex with the photographer or magazine owner or editor. I want to bring light that you are beautiful no matter your size, height, shape, tattooed or not. I want to be the first woman of color, full bodied tattooed that has a cover and a layout in one of those top magazines, on billboards for clothing designers and hopefully having the opportunity to start my own clothing line. I just want people to see that there are more women that look like me and more men that like them than what the industry has tried to portray.