Nicholas Furgiuele of Gringo Star :: Keep Art Alive :: 10 Questions Project

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Nicholas Furgiuele of Gringo Star :: Keep Art Alive :: 10 Questions Project

1. What music (or other art form) inspires you when you create your art?

Allen Ginsberg’s, Bob Dylan produced song, “Vomit Express” and Santo and Johnny.

2. Long distance road trip: what three people do you invite along (fictional or non-fictional, dead or alive)?

Raoul Duke + Dr. Gonzo, Muhamad Ali and Daniel Boone.

3. What is your favorite breakfast cereal?

Grits w/ jalapenos

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4. What is one thing that is hanging on your bedroom wall?

Window air-conditioning unit.

5. What smell/scent evokes strong memories for you?

Peppermint.

6. Coffee or tea?

Coffee, iced, plus a quad shot of espresso.

7. What has been the most impactful compliment, or criticism, you have ever received?

“Bro, you know what? Bro, what you need to do, bro, is move to L.A. and get a bass rig that really hits’em in the chest.”

8. Three words that describe you?

A. Tea. El.

9. What is/was your cartoon character crush?

Popeye the sailor man was and is.

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10. The world is ending in ten minutes and you get to listen to one, and only one, song: Which song?

Skeeter Davis “The End of the World”

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Gringo Star describe themselves as insouciant explorers, tossing the paddles overboard and drifting on the currents of their lackadaisical curiosity across a rippling sonic ocean, out to the far edges of rock & roll. Shots pulsing from  a vintage Leslie speaker, their guitars, keys and vocals create the psychoactive ingredients of their echo-slathered, doo-wop-indebted indie gems; psychedelic garage bangers, gritty R&B shuffles and spaghetti-western weirdness.

To my ears, I feel the flush of a psychedelic flashback stirred up with some first British Invasion sound, a little bit of indie/sonic styling along the lines of Tame Impala, The Black Angels, and even a little of The Black Keys, and something extra that feels like its traveled into my ear drums from the Delta Blues, by way of route rockabilly.

You can learn more about Nicholas Furgiuele and Gringo Star on their website here.

and get your social on with them, here on their Facebook and here on Twitter.

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Heading South :: Gringo Star
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I want to thank Nicholas Furgiuele of Gringo Star for participating in the Keep Art Alive: 10 Questions Project.

Please remember to support the art and artists you enjoy and discover – be a part of what KEEPS ART ALIVE by going to shows, buying what you can, and supporting and promoting what you love. ALWAYS.

Mikey Erg ::Keep Art Alive :: 10 Questions Project

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Keep Art Alive :: Photo by Toni Skotcher

Mikey Erg ::Keep Art Alive :: 10 Questions Project

1. What music (or other art form) inspires you when you create your art?

I listen to a lot of 60 & 70s rock and roll and I take a lot from mid 90’s pop punk. I pretty much listen to all genres. To quote Zappa, music is the best. Lyrically I’m very inspired by Elvis Costello, The Beatles and Andy Partridge from XTC.

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2. Long distance road trip: what three people do you invite along (fictional or non-fictional, dead or alive)?

Joe Jackson, Ade Edmondson & Marc Maron. That would be a cool conversation!

Editor’s note: That would be a cool conversation. I’m such a fan of Marc Maron.

3. What is your favorite breakfast cereal?

Honey Nut Cheerios

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4. What is one thing that is hanging on your bedroom wall?

A picture of Frank Zappa on the toilet.

5. What smell/scent evokes strong memories for you?

I love the smell of recording tape. It reminds me of hanging out at my dad’s recording studio when I was younger.

6. Coffee or tea?

I love both but one of my favorite things to do is kick back with a nice cup of chai tea and watch a movie so I’d have to go with that!

7. What has been the most impactful compliment, or criticism, you have ever received?

Anytime anyone has said my music has gotten them through any sort of hard time. There’s really no greater feeling.

8. Three words that describe you?

Music music music!

Editor’s note: Perfect answer!

9. What is/was your cartoon character crush?

It’s gotta be Jessica rabbit right?

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10. The world is ending in ten minutes and you get to listen to one, and only one, song: Which song?

Ballet for a rainy day by XTC

Ballet for a Rainy Day :: XTC

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Keep Art Alive :: Photo by Toni Skotcher

Faulty Metaphor :: Mikey Erg

You can learn more about Mikey Erg and get social with him, too, at his Facebook here.

You can stream Mikey’s album, “Tentative Decisions”, here.

You can go and order “Tentative Decisions” at Don Giovanni Records here. The album officially releases tomorrow – be sure you get a copy.

If you are in the LA area, you can catch Mikey live at The Troubadour (one of my all-time favorite venues) on July 16. Get tickets here.

If you are in the Orange County area, you can catch Mikey live at The Slide Bar (I’ll be there), in Fullerton, on July 1. Get tickets here.

You can also have a listen to this podcast that Mikey did to discuss the making of the album as well as The Ergs! reunion.

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I want to thank Mikey Erg for participating in the Keep Art Alive: 10 Questions Project.

Please remember to support the art and artists you enjoy and discover – be a part of what KEEPS ART ALIVE by going to shows, buying what you can, and supporting and promoting what you love. ALWAYS.

Becca Roth :: Keep Art Alive :: 10 Questions Project

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Keep Art Alive :: Photo by Faye Nightingale Photography

Becca Roth :: Keep Art Alive :: 10 Questions Project

1. What music (or other art form) inspires you when you create your art?

I take inspiration from all kinds of music, but lately I’ve been listening to a lot of Alanis Morissette. I love music with meaningful lyrics and a killer vocal!

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2. Long distance road trip: what three people do you invite along (fictional or non-fictional, dead or alive)?

My therapist, my best friend, and Lady Gaga. I imagine this scenario all the time when I’m listening to music in my car. 

3. What is your favorite breakfast cereal?

Cap’n Crunch!

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4. What is one thing that is hanging on your bedroom wall?

I have a CD of poetry hanging next to my mirror that was written and signed by my favorite professor and performance poet, Caroline Harvey.

5. What smell/scent evokes strong memories for you?

The smell of freshly mowed grass reminds me of playing outside in my backyard as a child. 

6. Coffee or tea?

Coffee. 

7. What has been the most impactful compliment, or criticism, you have ever received?

Probably when I played a particularly vulnerable song of mine for a class recital during college, and after I sat back down, Paula Cole came and whispered in my ear, “That was stunning.”

8. Three words that describe you?

Passionate, Sensitive, and Creative.

9. What is/was your cartoon character crush?

Johnny Bravo!

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10. The world is ending in ten minutes and you get to listen to one, and only one, song: Which song?

“Hallelujah”, by Leonard Cohen. 

Editor’s note: One of my favorite songs and artists. Amazing choice. Have you ever sung this song yourself?

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Keep Art Alive :: Photo by Joseph Michael Photography

You can learn more about Becca Roth by checking out her website here.

You can get social with Becca at Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Keep an eye and an ear on Becca’s music here and here.

Becca has a new single out TODAY called “No One has to Know”. It is lush and lovely and if you can hear it again/make it your own at bandcamp. It will also be available soon via iTunes, Spotify, Apple Music, and all those usual suspects.

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I want to thank Becca Roth for participating in the Keep Art Alive: 10 Questions Project.

Please remember to support the art and artists you enjoy and discover – be a part of what KEEPS ART ALIVE by going to shows, buying what you can, and supporting and promoting what you love. ALWAYS.

Color The Lion :: Keep Art Alive :: 10 Questions Project

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Keep Art Alive :: Photo by Janel Garza

Color The Lion :: Keep Art Alive :: 10 Questions Project

1. What music (or other art form) inspires you when you create your art?

That’s like asking what food do you like to eat when you eat, lol! There’s no specific type of music that inspires us,  just like there’s two-same moments in time, creating just hits you when it hits you and you either stop everything you’re doing and go with the idea, or let it pass – that decision can lead to your next great record or your next cup of coffee, its up to the artist to decide.

2. Long distance road trip: what three people do you invite along (fictional or non-fictional, dead or alive)?

Plato, Leonardi Da Vinci and Mozart; they each knew something we definitely don’t know now and we have SO many questions lol.

3. What is your favorite breakfast cereal?

Honestly, any cereal that doesn’t include yoga mats or arsenic in it’s ingredients; its hard to find anything to eat nowadays in the US without it being laced with crap.

4. What is one thing that is hanging on your bedroom wall?

A watercolor painting Jesse, our bassist/guitarist painted of a being floating in their aura, fully aligned chakras & such; Jesse is an interesting and complex creature.

5. What smell/scent evokes strong memories for you?

Hmm… each of us are in varied stages of hunger at any point. If you want to evoke happiness and us coming to you, all you need to do is cook something that smells amazing & we’re there!

6. Coffee or tea?

Black coffee, no sugar no cream- just the coffee please!

7. What has been the most impactful compliment, or criticism, you have ever received?

I think for us it’s been that no one can put us into a box. Everyone that’s heard our music says its nothing they’ve ever heard before and they love it since, according to them, everything they have been listening to sounds like itself; we think that’s the best complement you can receive as an artist, incomparable to any other because its unique and stands alone, like each of us do, we are all so complex and different, yet talented and complementary to each other.

8. Three words that describe you?

Awake Aware Ready

9. What is/was your cartoon character crush?

Idk if we had crushes on cartoon characters, but there were definitely favorites:

Julissa: Bugs bunny- hands-down my favorite cartoon character, i once ate so many carrots that my skin pigment started turning orange

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Jesse: Mr. Magoo

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Kevin: Tazmanian Devil

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10. The world is ending in ten minutes and you get to listen to one, and only one, song: Which song?

Any song that our parents sung for us as children would be the only thing we would want to hear before we pass on. We can’t think of anything else that can replace that. The band has an EP that was just released a few weeks ago, and I recommend checking-it out. Their sound reminds me a little of early Metric, Shiny Toy Guns, Tegan And Sara and Foster The People.

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Color The Lion embraces positivity in their music, and their view of the world. Their philosophy is “that music should feel good, that a song can have a message that isn’t putting anybody down, and that celebrates what makes each person unique.” They have also said that their “music centers around attempting to change our piece of the musical landscape for the better.” So much good feeling in all of that, but they walk the walk, not just talk the talk, and you can hear that positive-ness in the songs. You do feel good while listening – I know that I did.
My favorite track of Color The Lion’s EP, 1’s and 3’s, is tied between French Toast (see below) and Planet Earth (see above). There is pop sensibilities in the songs, an effervesence, a danceable feeling that gets into your bloodstream, and that bit of edge that drops this in the indie-pop category versus mainstream pop. You will not be able to sit still when you listen to these songs. You will be compelled to dance.

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You can learn more about Color The Lion, and check out more of Their music, here at the band’s website. You can go and get social with them, too, on Facebook.

You can also listen to more music at Color The Lion’s Soundcloud, Spotify and YouTube.

You also should go and purchase a song, or two, or the EP here at iTunes or Google Music.

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I want to thank Color The Lion, for participating in the Keep Art Alive: 10 Questions Project.

Please remember to support the art and artists you enjoy and discover – be a part of what KEEPS ART ALIVE by going to shows, buying what you can, and supporting and promoting what you love. ALWAYS.

My Sisterhood of the Bloggers Award

Beckettlives nominated me for the “My Sisterhood of the Bloggers Award” – thank you so much! First of all, you should check out her amazing write on her blog here – and also see her 10-questions answers that accompany the award. Second, I will answer the 10-questions that she gave to me, and finally, I will nominate my own 10 female bloggers for the award/to answer 10-questions that I come up with.

Here are my answers to the 10-questions given to me:

1. What would you do with 200 million bucks?

That’s a lot of money.

I’d pay off my debts and my family and friends debts. Pay for university for myself and my kids, and set aside money for them for their lives so money would not be the decision maker for what they did with their lives/careers/paths. TRAVEL, write and learn. Set up grants for artists and musicians and filmmakers, and for schools from low grades through to higher education to allow for the arts to flourish, and be available to everyone to learn. Help support funds for education and opportunity for kids, and adults, with different learning and social issues, help support mental health issues and education, and help create safe places for people to live, seek education, and create no matter what their comfort and/or realities may be (social, emotional, mental).

I’d also see a hell of a lot of concerts and music festivals.

2. What is your favorite color and if you could would you switch it for another?

Blue, with some close runner up colors of black, grey and brown. No, I’m happy with my favorite colors.

3. What’s your favorite character in a book?

Just one? That’s rough.

Beatrice Jordan, God-Shaped Hole (Tiffanie DeBartolo)

4. Your favorite author or poet?

Again, just one?

Francesca Lia Block

5. Your favorite cartoon?

Scooby Doo (ever since I was a little girl)

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6. Your favorite painter or designer or musician?

Ryan Adams

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7. Your favorite pass time, what do you do to fill boredom if you get it?

Reading while listening to music and having a good cup of coffee.

8. What is your favorite word?

Bliss

9. Night or day?

Early morning.

10. Winter or summer?

Autumn. But of the two, Winter.

Here are my 10 nominations of female bloggers for the award (in no particular order):

1. sublunarie

2. cinemafanatic

3. atthelibrary

4. opentilmidnight

5. muruch

6. randomandodd

7. themargaritafiles

8. generationxemptynest

9. teapotsonfire

10. verucasaltseviltwin

Here’s 10-questions for you all (yes, taken from “Keep Art Alive”):

1. What music inspires you when you create your art (writing/blogging counts)?
2. Long distance road trip: what three people do you invite along (fictional or non-fictional, dead or alive?
3. What is your favorite breakfast cereal?
4. What is one thing that is hanging on your bedroom wall?
5. What smell/scent evokes strong memories for you?
6. Coffee or tea?
7. What has been the most impactful compliment, or criticism, you have ever received?
8. Three words that describe you; what are they?
9. Cartoon character crush: who is, or was, yours?
10. The world is ending in ten minutes and you get to listen to one, and only one, song: which song?

Ben Jaffe and Suzanne Santo of Honeyhoney :: Keep Art Alive :: 10 Questions Project

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Ben Jaffe and Suzanne Santo of Honeyhoney :: Keep Art Alive :: 10 Questions Project

  1. What music (or other art form) inspires you when you create your art?

Oh man, anything that’s good and freshhhh – examples: Beastie Boys, Son House,  Beethoven, Punch Brothers, Duke Ellington, Alabama Shakes, LED ZEPPELIN

 

  1. Long distance road trip: what three people do you invite along (fictional or non-fictional, dead or alive)? 

Our band.  

  1. What is your favorite breakfast cereal?

Ezekiel sprouted grain with raisins and fresh blueberries 

 

  1. What is one thing that is hanging on your bedroom wall?

 

A picture of a fierce golden eagle.  

 

  1. What smell/scent evokes strong memories for you?

 

Dog breath brings back a strong sense of childhood and our rural upbringing among the hounds.  

 

  1. Coffee or tea?

 

Tea and also coffee, there are two of us.  

 

  1. What has been the most impactful compliment, or criticism, you have ever received?

 

Hard to say but anytime anyone shares their true feelings about what we’re doing it’s very helpful.  Positive or negative.  

 

  1. Three words that describe you?

 

Hypersexual, wily, indescribable 

 

  1. What is/was your cartoon character crush?

 

Ariel from little mermaid when she had legs, not fish parts.

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  1. The world is ending in ten minutes and you get to listen to one, and only one, song: Which song?

 

Anything by Paul Simon.  

Late in the Evening :: Paul Simon

Editor’s Note: Nice, Paul Simon. What about this song?

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Keep Art Alive :: Photo by Marina Chavez

I discovered Honeyhoney’s music when they opened for Ryan Bingham at the House of Blues a few years past (March of 2013, to be exact). I was blown away by them. This is what I wrote just after the show, about first encountering Honeyhoney:

I would usually take this space to write a brief reaction to the opening act/acts of any artist’s show I am reviewing, but the opening band, Honeyhoney, was so mind-blowing amazing that I will just give a quick shout out here, and post a separate review of their performance following this. I will say that Ryan Bingham seems to have a talent of inviting amazing bands to open up for him, and has exceptional musical taste as both his opening acts, and music played before the show, can attest to. I am more than grateful to have made the acquaintance of Honeyhoney, whose music I know I will be spinning, and waxing poetic and prosaic about, in the days that follow.

I would go on to write about their music, and listen to them, as well, falling hard for songs like Thin Line, LA River, Angel of Death and Sugarcane, and now with their newly released album (reviewed here), 3, I have a new set of songs to obsess over.

Angel of Death :: Honeyhoney

Honeyhoney’s music have become a staple on so many mixes and playlists I’ve made, but more than that, they are AMAZING live.

Yours to Bear (live) :: Honeyhoney

Honeyhoney is currently on tour, and if you can, I encourage you to go check out a show. I’ll be at their Los Angeles stop, at the El Rey, this coming Wednesday (ooh yay, it’s tomorrow!) and if you are in the area you should come and join me. For a full list of tour dates click here, and yes, go and see a show!

Big Man :: Honeyhoney

You can learn more about Honeyhoney, and check out more of their music, here at their website. You can go and get social with them, too, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

You can get your social going with Casey here at his Facebook andTwitter and Instagram.

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I want to thank Ben Jaffe and Suzanne Santo, for participating in the Keep Art Alive: 10 Questions Project.

Please remember to support the art and artists you enjoy and discover – be a part of what KEEPS ART ALIVE by going to shows, buying what you can, and supporting and promoting what you love. ALWAYS.

Pavan Moondi :: Keep Art Alive :: 10 Questions Project

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Pavan Moondi :: Keep Art Alive :: 10 Questions Project

  1. What music (or other art form) inspires you when you create your art?

I generally create a very short playlist of 4-5 songs and listen to them on repeat while writing (sometimes looping a single song over and over again). Usually they’re either songs that inspire a strong emotion that I’m trying to capture within the film – and often, they end up in the film. For scenes that aren’t particularly emotionally significant I’ll generally stick to instrumental music – random Jazz, Sigur Ros, Explosions in the Sky – because it’s hard to write dialogue when you know the lyrics of the music you’re listening to.   

  1. Long distance road trip: what three people do you invite along (fictional or non-fictional, dead or alive)? 

Three strangers I can get to know on the drive.  

Editor’s note: The most unique answer given thus far in this project, although my first thought is “Strangers on a Train“.

  1. What is your favorite breakfast cereal?

Cinnamon Toast Crunch. Haven’t eaten it in years, though. 

  1. What is one thing that is hanging on your bedroom wall?

Edward Hopper’s “New York Movie”. 

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  1. What smell/scent evokes strong memories for you?

When I smell movie popcorn I think of working at a movie theatre in college. Had some fun times at that place. It has since been demolished. 

  1. Coffee or tea?

I’ll usually consume both on a daily basis. Tea at home and coffee when I’m out. 

  1. What has been the most impactful compliment, or criticism, you have ever received?

I’m usually most motivated to succeed by negativity directed my way, but I also try to quickly forget/suppress the specifics, so I couldn’t tell you. 

  1. Three words that describe you?

resourceful; neurotic; driven.

  1. What is/was your cartoon character crush?

Gadget from Chip N’ Dale Rescue Rangers. What a babe. 

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10. The world is ending in ten minutes and you get to listen to one, and only one, song: Which song?
any July Talk song 🙂

Here’s one…

The Garden :: July Talk

Pavan is the writer/director of the amazing film Diamond Tongues (see review here), starring Leah Fay Goldstein (also of July Talk, see above), which I had the privilege of seeing last week. He’s also worked on the TV Series The Seventh Art, as well as the film, Everyday is Like Sunday.
Information, and updates of showings and VOD airings for Diamond Tongues can be found here, or on their Facebook. You can also follow Pavan on Twitter here.
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I want to thank Pavan Moondi, for participating in the Keep Art Alive: 10 Questions Project.

Please remember to support the art and artists you enjoy and discover – be a part of what KEEPS ART ALIVE by going to shows, buying what you can, and supporting and promoting what you love. ALWAYS.

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Peter Dreimanis from July Talk :: Keep Art Alive :: 10 Questions Project

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Peter Dreimanis from July Talk :: Keep Art Alive :: 10 Questions Project

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  1. What music (or other art form) inspires you when you create your art?

Everything from Nick Cave to Michael Jackson to Cold War Kids to By Divine Right to Angel Olsen to Spoon to Lucinda Williams.

  1. Long distance road trip: what three people do you invite along (fictional or non-fictional, dead or alive)? 

Emmy Lou Harris for the road stories.

Lloyd Dobler for the love stories.

Matt Mays for the party.

  1. What is your favorite breakfast cereal?

Homemade Granola.

  1. What is one thing that is hanging on your bedroom wall?

Leah has way cooler things on her walls than I do on mine. My personal favourite in her room is an entire wall covered in black and white photos of boobs.

  1. What smell/scent evokes strong memories for you?

Matches.

  1. Coffee or tea?

Coffee. No wait – tea. I mean coffee makes me feel like garbage but I like drinking it more than tea.

  1. What has been the most impactful compliment, or criticism, you have ever received?

I guess Leah and I spoke a lot about honesty within performance when we first met. It has definitely pushed me to be more present in July Talk shows and see the audience relationship as something that should fluctuate throughout the show. I think I’ve learned to be brave and confront the audience more.

  1. Three words that describe you?

That describe July Talk? Manic, Spontaneous, Fun.

That describe me? Driven, Silly, Superstitious.

  1. What is/was your cartoon character crush?

Ned Flanders.

  1. The world is ending in ten minutes and you get to listen to one, and only one, song: Which song?

A Case of You by Joni Mitchell.

A Case of You :: Joni Mitchell

Editor’s Note: Fantastic choice. This is one of my favorite songs ever, especially lyrically speaking. I was just thinking that hearing you and Leah cover this, stripped down, perhaps with just a piano like the Wilco cover you both did, would be amazing!

A good friend and fellow blogger, who has tremendous music, raved and raved about this band, and was thrilled when I reviewed their EP awhile back (see here). I am excited to finally see them live tomorrow at The Echo in Hollywood, and if you are in Southern California I urge you to come join me. Tickets are available here. For those not in the SoCal area, check for future tour dates here.

Summer Dress :: July Talk

Find out more about July Talk on their website here. You can listen to more music from July Talk, and add some of their songs to your new favorite playlist here at Spotifyand watch and listen at YouTube here. You can buy July Talk music here on iTunes, too.

You can go and get social by “friending” them at Facebook here. Follow their Tweets, and Tweet back at Twitter here.  Check-in with July Talk at Instagram, too.

Guns and Ammunition :: July Talk

I want to thank Peter from July Talk, for participating in the Keep Art Alive: 10 Questions Project.

Please remember to support the art and artists you enjoy and discover – be a part of what KEEPS ART ALIVE by going to shows, buying what you can, and supporting and promoting what you love. ALWAYS.

The Midway :: Keep Art Alive :: 10 Questions Project

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Keep Art Alive :: The 10 Questions Project :: Featuring Mike from The Midway

1. What music (or other art form) inspires you when you create your art?

Individually, we all have similar, yet different musical influences. Mike is heavily influenced by Jimmy Eat World, Yellowcard, and The Goo Goo Dolls. Matt brings some Blink 182 and New Found Glory into his drumming, and Archie is heavily inspired by Brand New and Copeland. Basically, any good Rock music with great hooks and catchy lyrics!

2. Long distance road trip: what three people do you invite along (fictional or non-fictional, dead or alive)? 

First, I think we would have to go with Chris Farley, because we need someone to make us laugh, and he would be so fun to party with. Second, probably Paul McCartney, that way we can sit and listen to him tell amazing stories for hours. Last, probably Peter Griffin from Family Guy. I couldn’t imagine the fun we would have having him tag along. 

3. What is your favorite breakfast cereal?

Waffle Crisp, Honey Comb, and Cinnamon Toast Crunch are our favorites individually.

4. What is one thing that is hanging on your bedroom wall?

Different posters of various shows I have been to. They include the Blink -182 “Self Titled” 10 Year Anniversary show, a Goo Goo Dolls show, Musink art work, etc. 

5. What smell/scent evokes strong memories for you?

The smell of Michael Jordan cologne reminds me of my middle school times. I am pretty sure they still make it too. I used to wear it to my school dances. This could explain why the girls didn’t want to dance with me haha. I think that smell is forever burned into my nostrils.

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6. Coffee or tea?

Coffee. Gotta stay awake!

7. What has been the most impactful compliment, or criticism, you have ever received?

Every time we read a comment on social media, whether positive or negative, we feel motivated to keep playing. Whether it’s “You guys are awesome, I listen to you everyday”, or “You guys suck, stop playing”, we find motivation in it all.

8. Three words that describe you?

Random, Focused, and Motivated.

9. What is/was your cartoon character crush?

Probably Jasmine from Aladdin.

10. The world is ending in ten minutes and you get to listen to one, and only one, song: Which song?

“23” by Jimmy Eat World. Epic way to go out!

23 :: Jimmy Eat World

Editor’s Note: Great song choice, especially the cinematic intro to the song. Have you guys ever covered this song?

I recently discovered The Midway, a local Los Angeles Pop-Punk-Rock band who reminded me quite a bit of Jimmy Eat World and Brand New, with a little Alkaline Trio, thrown in. I encourage everyone to seek out their music and give it a listen. The Midway currently has a 3-song album teaser up on Spotify that will have you itching for Summertime because it is that kind of catchy, movement inducing tunes that seem ready and waiting to be part of your next best Summer playlist.

Stay Tonight 

You can listen to more music from The Midway, and add some of their songs to your new favorite playlist here at Spotifyand watch and listen at YouTube here. You can buy The Midway songs here on iTunes, too.

You can go and get social by “friending” them at Facebook here. Follow their Tweets, and Tweet back at Twitter here.

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I want to thank The Midway, for participating in the Keep Art Alive: 10 Questions Project.

Please remember to support the art and artists you enjoy and discover – be a part of what KEEPS ART ALIVE by going to shows, buying what you can, and supporting and promoting what you love. ALWAYS.

Fort Vine :: Keep Art Alive :: 10 Questions Project

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Keep Art Alive :: Photos by Isaac James

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Keep Art Alive :: The 10 Questions Project :: Featuring Nyna Nelson and Trevor Tunison of Fort Vine

1. What music (or other art form) inspires you when you create your art?

Nyna: I like to draw inspiration from all sorts of genres of music and it’s something that constantly changes so that I never get bored and I am always learning. A lot of my tendencies for my vocal harmonies come from my Dad’s music that I listened to as a kid which includes bands like Styx, Supertramp, Rush, Queen, etc.

Trevor: The music I like to listen to while I draw and paint is definitely classical music. I love Beethoven and Tchaikovsky. and  But some of the musicians that are in my current playlist are: Cloud Control, Half Moon Run, The Kooks, Fleet Foxes, Modest Mouse, Alt-J, Hippo Campus, Tame Impala, James Brown. 

2. Long distance road trip: what three people do you invite along (fictional or non-fictional, dead or alive)? 

Nyna: Trevor Tunison, Mahatma Ghandi and Joan d’Arc.

Trevor: I would invite Nyna Nelson, my better half, my brother Wesley Tunison, who is an actor and I love him to pieces and I would also bring Richard LaFleur, who has a great track record of making me belly laugh every time I see him. That would be a really fun trip!

3. What is your favorite breakfast cereal?

Nyna: I’m really boring and I like to eat granola with almond milk and bananas on top but I’m more of a breakfast sandwich person.

Trevor: Amaranth is an ancient grain that Nyna and I love to eat for breakfast with some apples, chia seeds, walnuts and real maple syrup. 

4. What is one thing that is hanging on your bedroom wall?

Nyna: A collection of the original Fort Vine posters that Trevor created.

Trevor: A hand made wreath from grapevines that grow around my home in upstate New York. My mother made it for me and it is beautiful. My mother has always been a creative inspiration for me.

5. What smell/scent evokes strong memories for you?

Nyna: There is a specific brand of sun screen lotion that every time I smell it reminds me of when my family went to Hawaii in 2006. It was one of the most fun vacations I ever had.

Trevor: Lilacs are my favorite flower to smell. They blossom in May every year where I was raised in the Catskills of New York. They fill the country air with the sweet smell of spring and rebirth. 

6. Coffee or tea?

Nyna: Tea.

Trevor: I love both but my true love is coffee. Tea is the mistress on the side.

7. What has been the most impactful compliment, or criticism, you have ever received?

Nyna: A fan of ours that we’ve never met in person sent us a video of her singing one of our songs and wrote us a letter as well. 

Trevor: Last May I had a lot of friends and fans tell me that they found our “Song a Day in the Month of May” project very inspiring. It is beautiful to be inspired but to inspire another with your own art is a gift.

8. Three words that describe you?

Nyna: Energetic, empathetic, bright.

Trevor: Childlike, patient, driven.

9. What is/was your cartoon character crush?

Nyna: Aladdin.

Trevor: I would have to say Jasmine from Aladdin.

10. The world is ending in ten minutes and you get to listen to one, and only one, song: Which song?

Nyna: Dreamer by Supertramp

Dreamer :: Supertramp

Editor’s Note: Great choice. Have Fort Vine ever covered this song, or any other Supertramp’s music?

Trevor: Beethoven’s 6th Symphony

6th Symphony :: Beethoven

Here at lyriquediscorde.com  I like to do a song of the day post as an (almost) daily feature. The idea of taking a song that has been spinning around in my head and using it as an inspiration for my own writing has been important to me, even before I shared the songs in a blog format. Fort Vine took the idea of song of the day even further with their A Song of the Day in the Month of May, a project that they completed last year, and are in the midst of right now. Fort Vine challenged themselves to write, record, mix, film and release a new song every day for thirty-one days. How impressive, and frankly so cool, is that?

You can view their most recent music videos which they have been creating daily on their YouTube Channel.

You can learn more about Fort Vine via their website, FortVine.com. You can have a listen to their “May” songs here (via bandcamp). And, you can “get social” with them here at their Facebook.

Here are a few favorites from this year’s project:

It Doesn’t Matter (May 11th)

Donneur de Couleur (May 3rd)

Late at Night (May 2nd)

and my favorite (so far, this May):

Love in the 21st Century (May 19th)

I want to thank Nyna and Trevor, from Fort Vine, for participating in the Keep Art Alive: 10 Questions Project.

Please remember to support the art and artists you enjoy and discover – be a part of what KEEPS ART ALIVE by going to shows, buying what you can, and supporting and promoting what you love. ALWAYS.

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