Tuesday, July 28, 2015

"Hip & Accesible" Far In The Maples

Far in the Maples
Regina Conroy & Reshy P.
Turning the celebrated, swingin’ sound of the Jersey Shore inside out, “poetic pop” duo Far In The Maples is poised to cast a new seaside musical legacy built upon the nuances of internal emotion with unexpected soundscapes, unforgettable melodies and the sweetly understated vocals. 

They recently released their album Skywork that showcases song-oriented music that’s both honest and contemporary with a classic timelessness, from an infectious new band driven by songbird Regina Conroy and multi-instrumentalist Reshy P.

Regina Conroy is here to tell us all about it, take it away Regina!

MS: Hey Regina nice to meet you, your musical style is so sophisticated. How did coming from the Jersey Shore influence it?

RC: Living at the Jersey Shore? I grew up around music all the time with my family. my Dad was a musician and so was my older brother. So when I was younger my Dad and my brother would play shows, or we would go to concerts, there was always stuff happening on the boardwalk, all these local shows that I would get to go to. I've loved to sing since I was five years old, anything that was playing in our kitchen when my Dad would turn on the radio...of course growing up on the Jersey Shore people are like: "Ohhhhh, you know Bruce Springsteen and Bon Jovi?" It's like, yes of course I've seen them both at stores and places like that. Maybe their music influenced me subconsciously, but I'm not a die hard fan because they live twenty minutes away from me. (laughs)

MS: To me your music, lyrically has a Bob Dylan vibe.

RC: My Mom is obsessed with Bob Dylan we always had his CD's in the car, I love him. Writing poetry is a passion of mine, I took a poetry class as an after school type thing. My poetry instructor told my Mom at the time: "Wow, she's really good for her age." 

MS: How old were you?

RC: I was eight when I started writing poetry. As I got older I used my poetry as a means to write lyrics. When I was fifteen I got my first guitar so I started teaching myself and molding all of the scales together and started writing music. 

MS: You really started from a young age.

RC: Definitely, I really did a lot of self teaching. I listened to all different types of music, would read the lyric books that came with all of the CD's. My influence was anything I could get my hands on. Some people go to school to learn to perform music or how to play it...for me it was just having it all around me all those years and picking up on all of the different influences. 

MS: You and your band mate Reshy P. really know how to blend them well.

RC: It interesting, we both have different musical influences but we are able to find that balance of a little bit of mine, a little bit of his and make it into our own. 

MS: The fact that you guys do pop music, yet are still artistic is great, a lot of people have lost a sense of that.

RC: I know, I know, it's hard to put a name on it, boil it down when people ask us: "Who do you think you guys sound like?" I don't know.There's lots of pop on the radio, but a most of it is repetitive and one line. It's very dance kind of stuff, ours is a little more poetic. It's still pop, but there is a lot to be said and thought about in it.
Regina & Reshy
MS: So do you always write the lyrics and Reshy always write to music?

RC: For the most part. We started writing together in November of 2013. Basically the first time that we met I brought everything I had as far as things that I was working on lyrically and musically, and some were just lyrics. So we kind of worked from some of my little pieces that I had worked on before meeting Reshy and brought them to music. Basically I bring the lyrics and we work on them together but mostly it's ninety percent my words.

MS: What inspires your poetry?

RC: To inspire myself I put myself in a different place. Go somewhere, tap into how I feel in the moment. Most of it has been putting myself outside my comfort zone for inspiration. Much of what I write about is relationships. But I think the focus of that is writing about the journey of finding yourself. It's very reflective and very personal. 

MS: You guys took the band name Far in the Maples from a Robert Frost poem. What is it you like about his work?

RC: I really haven't read a ton of poetry myself. I just kind of read stuff here and there, or people will show me something, and I'll say: "Hey I really like this!" Reshy actually showed me that poem and it stuck with us. The visualization of far in the maples...it's a beautiful poem. I'm not particularly a Robert Frost fan, but I'm not, not a fan either. (laughs) 

Go "Far in the Maples" at:
https://www.facebook.com/farinthemaples
https://instagram.com/farinthemaples/
https://twitter.com/farinthemaples

Monday, July 27, 2015

If I Were A Pig...

Father/Daughter Time
Alec & Ireland Baldwin

Once upon a time there was a "rude, thoughtless little pig" as the story goes some eight years ago when Alec Baldwin left a message ranting at his model daughter Ireland Baldwin on her phone.

It was during an intense custody battle between Alec and his ex-wife Kim Basinger and was leaked to the press.

So Ireland and her Dad took to Instagram and posted this poking fun at the incident. The back story is Ireland missed one of her scheduled calls from dear old Dad because she did not have her phone on her person at the time and out of the frustration the custody battle was causing him, it triggered the rant.

Ireland captioned the photo: "If I were a pig...I would be rude and thoughtless of course!"

This made me laugh when I saw it, hope it puts some levity in your Monday!

Visit Ireland on Instagramhttps://instagram.com/irelandbbaldwin/?hl=en

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Hey Madonna: Pablo Picasso Was Never Called...

Look, It's a Picasso!
No Bitch It's Madonna!
"Pablo Picasso was never called an asshole" - Burning Sensation

Recently I was reading that Madonna compared herself to Pablo Picasso. Of course the first thing that popped into my head was the song Pablo Picasso by Burning Sensation. It was featured in the cult 1984 film Repo Man starring Emilio Estevez. It's one of my favorite movies of that decade.

While Pablo Picasso most likely was never called an asshole, I am sure Madonna has been called one. So why the comparison?

As her Madgesty put it:  "I like to compare myself to other kinds of artists like Picasso. He kept painting and painting until the day he died. Why? Because I guess he felt inspired to do so. Life inspired him, so he had to keep expressing himself, and that's how I feel."

Now the comparison makes sense!

"Express Yourself" with Madonna on Instgram
https://instagram.com/madonna/

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Caitlyn Jenner Goes Greek

Caitlyn at The Greek
Photo: Ken Phillips

Last night Caitlyn Jenner stepped out to introduce Boy George and the Culture Club at The Greek Theater in Los Angeles, CA

Although I am sorry I missed seeing the band, my friend super publicist, Ken Phillips was there and snapped this photo of Caitlyn doing the honor. 

I must say Caitlyn is way more outgoing and comfortable as her true self than she ever was prior to that.
Boy George and the Culture Club
Photo: Ken Phillips
People should be who they are and do what makes them happy.

 Go do something that makes you happy this weekend everyone!

Caitlyn on Instagramhttps://instagram.com/caitlynjenner/

Friday, July 24, 2015

Frisky Friday With Gerard Butler

Who Let The Dog Out?
Gerard Butler That's Who!

Yipeeeeeee! It's the weekend peeps and I though to celebrate I would post a photo of the yummy Gerard Butler.

Why? Because you can never have enough GB, right author M.E. Franco? I know you are feeling this.

Here is Gerard looking all yummy and perfect walking his widdo doggy Lolita in Beverly Hills, CA. Lucky dog, woof!

It's true the hills really are alive with the Sound of Music!

The Butler did it on IMDBhttp://www.imdb.com/name/nm0124930/?ref_=fn_nm_nm_1

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Boys Just Wanna Have Fun!

They Just Wanna Have Fun! Team HeartBreak & William Belli 
Team HeartBreak Follows Up Their Breakout Hit With “Boys Just Wanna Have Fun" 

...The Second Single From Their New Album, “Sassy Summer Sounds”

It's summertime and the boys are easy...

The fun-loving bro bud duo known as Team HeartBreak returns with the wildest party anthem of the summer. “Boys Just Wanna Have Fun” is the male perspective to Cyndi Lauper’s preeminent girl power track.  It expertly mashes 80’s era guitar riffs with the huge dance drops of today.   “Cyndi Lauper’s song is timeless,” explains Caleb, “one of the best ever made, but what about us? Boys wanna have fun too!” He says he and Brian relate to Cyndi Lauper as an artist: her crazy hair, untamed attitude, and her strong support of the LGBTQ community.   “We wanted to make something even Cyndi would rock out to,” he adds. Team HeartBreak’s "Boys Just Wanna Have Fun" is available now on iTunes along with the entire “Sassy Summer Sounds” album. 

“What happened to fun, happy bands like The Cars, Pet Shop Boys, and Wham?” wonders Brian, the other half of Team HeartBreak. “It doesn’t matter when you were born, I think everyone can appreciate fun, carefree music.”

“We all wanna get loud, dance, down some drinks, turn speakers up, and blow off steam, but at the same time we all want to connect with somebody and share an experience,” continues Caleb. “We created ‘Boys Just Wanna Have Fun’ with the intention to capture the spirit of a super fun pool bash that everyone wanted to be at.  When we say ‘Come and have a drink with us’, we mean it! ‘Boys Just Wanna Have Fun’ is an all inclusive party and you’re invited.”

Boys often get a bad rap for not being very deep and Team HeartBreak pokes fun at the stereotype. “The subtext of the song is definitely boys just wanna f**k…I mean, freaking have fun!” laughs Brian.

The video stars Willam Belli, the breakout star from RuPaul’s Drag Race, along with her girlfriend, the nontraditional beauty GlamourBear, a seasoned San Francisco performer that the boys pulled out of retirement.   The video also features a bevy of party kids soaking up the sun.

“We want everyone to feel a part of our world because, to us, they are,” explains Caleb.   He admits to feeling like an outcast most of his life, until he met Brian. “Somehow, we met and we didn't have to explain ourselves to each other. We just got it.”

The guys describe themselves as “brothers from another mother”. They both enjoy dying their hair rainbow colors.  They also occasionally wear female clothing.  And they sleep with Hello Kitty and My Little Pony dolls. 

“We don’t believe in traditional gender roles. We like poking fun at them any chance we get,” says Brian. “I mean, who needs gender roles when you have pizza rolls? Have you tasted those things? They're seriously bomb!”

Caleb and Brian produce, write, sing and remix all of their music themselves: every song, every note. They play all their own instruments as well, and even do their own sound design from the ground up.  “We will spend hours crafting a synth sound or a kick drum until we think it’s perfect and unique,” explains Caleb. 

“We may not take ourselves seriously, but we take our music very seriously,” confirms Brian. 

                                                 Boys Just Wanna Have Fun!

“Boys Just Wanna Have Fun” follows Team HeartBreak’s hit single release from earlier in the summer, “Do iT Like Miley”.  The track was years in the making.  By the time the guys entered the recording studio with “Boys”, they were raring to knock it out of the ballpark. 

Caleb immediately took off his pants; he prefers to record in his underwear.  All was going smashingly well until he decided to hoist himself onto a stool in front of the mic.  The stool tipped over and Caleb came crashing down. The boys couldn’t stop laughing as Caleb hung upside down in his drawers. “He couldn’t walk for a week,” remembers Brian. 

But he finished all his takes that day. Caleb’s dedicated like that.

Team HeartBreak’s "Boys Just Wanna Have Fun" is available on iTunes now, along with the Sassy Summer Sounds album. The boys love to talk to fans. Say hi and tell them you love their music on their facebook page: facebook.com/thbreak. You can also follow them for sexy and hilarious pics on instagram.com/thbreak and twitter @thbreak.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Bitch, I'm Margaret Cho

Get It! On Showtime!
Photo Credit: Mindy Tucker/SHOWTIME
SHOWTIME® PRESENTS MARGARET CHO: psyCHO
Stand-Up Comedy Event from Emmy® And Grammy® Nominated Comedian Margaret Cho to Premiere
Friday, September 25th At 9 PM ET/PT on SHOWTIME

Come September 25th it will be ChoTime on Showtime - how's that for a titty twister?!

SHOWTIME will debut MARGARET CHO: psyCHO, the latest show from renowned three-time Grammy and Emmy nominated comedian Margaret Cho on September 25th at 9 p.m. ET/PT. Filmed in March at the Gramercy Theater in New York City, Cho returns to the stage in front of a live audience in this provocative and hilarious performance.

Never one to shy away from a difficult or taboo topic, Cho considers nothing off limits. The witty comedian keeps her audience laughing with her notorious observational humor and candid commentary on her personal life. From singlehood to Boko Haram to female empowerment, Cho tackles difficult subjects with sensitivity and razor sharp insight. Part of the show includes touching tributes to her “father in comedy,” Robin Williams and her “mother in comedy,” Joan Rivers. A pioneer in the comedy world, Cho doesn’t take anything for granted in this eclectic stand-up routine.   

“The audience at my shows don’t necessarily consider themselves traditional comedy fans,” says Cho. “I seem to be a secure alternative for people who don’t think they’re being represented in society. They come because my point of view satisfies a lot of what needs to be said out there, and that makes me really proud.”

From Clownery Productions Inc. and Levity Productions, MARGARET CHO: psyCHO is executive produced by Margaret Cho, Judi Brown-Marmel, Norman Aladjem, Neil Sheridan, Reg Tigerman, Sarah J. Martin, Stacy Mark and Heidy Vaquerano.  

Be a Cho Ho at: 

Margaret Cho Official Website http://www.margaretcho.com/
Margaret Cho Twitter: https://twitter.com/margaretcho/
Margaret Cho YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/margaretcho