Vegas Downtown View News
Dec 21, 2010
BAND TOPS ENTRIES IN SPRINGS
PRESERVE'S FIRST YOUTUBE VIDEO CLIP COMPETITION
Local band Poppermost won
the first Las Vegas
Springs Preserve YouTube Video Clip Contest. Band members Alex Oliver
and Roy Rendahl combined "the energetic and hurried Strip activity and
the serenity of the Las Vegas Springs Preserve" to capture two
different sides of Las Vegas.
The group won a Flip video camera,
six general admission tickets to Springs Preserve, a $75 voucher for
the Springs Cafe by Wolfgang Puck and an award certificate.
To view the video, visit www.youtube.com/watch?v= 8a5zppQof0k.
For more information about the band, visit poppermost.com.
Sept 30, 2010
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dominate the lasvegasweekly.com
most downloaded charts. Listen to the band's new tracks
Christmas Tree," "Christine Purple Star," and "Liv Says," and see how
they compare to past chart-toppers.
Wed, Nov 25, 2009
studio, not stages
classic parental torture method “go to your room” is meant to inflict
annoyance and life lessons onto misbehaving children, and it’s a
punishment Alex Oliver admits he was familiar with growing up. However,
for him the chastising might have sparked more than just good manners.
Banished to his bedroom, alone, Oliver would listen to pop music on his
FM radio and watch ‘60s television. He jokes, “When you lock up a kid
like that, something is bound to happen.”
That “something” is Poppermost, which Oliver categorizes as a “creative
musical and visual co-op” rather than simply a band. Consisting of
Oliver and his musical partner Roy Al Rendahl, the project is designed
to combine music with educational live-action and cartoon videos –
though only the former has come fully into fruition. “I envision it as
sort of a combination of Sesame Street and The
Monkees,” Oliver explains.
If the concept seems too Schoolhouse Rock, the
isn't. There are no songs following the process of a bill on Capitol
Hill. Instead, Poppermost is classic sunshine pop music, which often
pulls inspiration from bands like The Mamas and the Papas.
“Popular music cuts a little deeper than a lot of people think,” Oliver
says. “Pop music is a signpost. It shows us where we've been. It shows
us where we are, pretty much where we’re going. It’s not just random
graffiti that happens from decade to decade to decade.”
Oliver believes teaching kids the history of rock ‘n’ roll can be just
as beneficial as teaching them trigonometry. He wants to help children
embrace their creativity. After all, he’s seen the positive influence
music can have. He’s lived it.
“I come from South Central Los Angeles,” he says. “Statistically
speaking, I should either be in jail, or I should be dead, or I should
be somewhere out there just being instead of actually producing
He credits his public school music classes and his mother for fostering
his love for The Beatles with keeping him from a beaten path. He
worries about the effects of budget cuts on state education systems.
Oliver continues, “I wonder sometimes about the kid who doesn't get so
lucky, doesn't have the creative arts classes, doesn't have the music
classes. Where ultimately is he going to go to in order release his
creativity? Chances are it’ll be graffiti on a wall or a bus.”
Photo: Courtesy of Poppermost
Poppermost is Alex Oliver (right) and Roy Al Rendhal.
To spread their message of enlightenment, Poppermost opts to skip live
performances altogether. Instead the band focuses on trying to create a
strong web presence. They believe they've succeeded. The band regularly
makes it onto the Weekly's most downloaded charts.
contest that began in 2008 asked fans to submit short essays on topics,
with the winners receiving a song written by Poppermost. It received
more entries than expected.
The winning songs will collectively form Poppermost’s next album, By
due out early 2010. When it does come out, the band won’t promote with
local shows. They’ll move on to the next song, the next vision.
“It’s so much work (to perform live),” Rendhal says. “I would rather
just make music, make good music.”
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Pattie Noah May 24
Poppermost is one of the finest indy bands that I've heard in a very
long time. The songs are well crafted and the recordings are excellent.
I think everyone needs a little Poppermost in their music collection.
Correction...you need a LOT of Poppermost!!
Kait Perry May 24
They work so hard, and some of the best people I have met in my life! I
am so happy for Alex and everybody. I get excited every time I see
Poppermost in the Las Vegas Weekly!
Nov 19, 2009, page 12
has consistently topped the Weekly's most-downloaded-songs
without having a single live performance. We caught up with
the elusive duo to find out what the fuss over this
Muppets-meets-Monkees group is about. Read more and hear
their sound online.
Poppermost Album Review
[Local] page 57
Bitter Suite Swan Songs
Jeremy Adams Thu, Sep 4, 2008
certainly isn’t short on delusions of grandeur. The band
its music “one gigantic mass [encompassing] pop, rock, country, soul
and classical” in the liner notes of its third LP, Bitter Suite Swan Songs.
But the group’s ambition often exceeds its stylistic
capabilities. “Bitter Suite,” the album’s two-part title
briefly achieves anthemic bliss before collapsing under the weight of
heavy-handed lyrics (“I lock my feelings in a jar until they go away”)
and tinny Weird Al-esque keyboards. “I Will Begin” starts
derivatively — with an a cappella intro à la Queen’s “Bohemian
Rhapsody” — and continues with a set of both clichéd power chords and
unoriginal lyrics (“Everybody wants to win/Instead we’re all set up to
When Poppermost stays within its reach,
however, the results are more pleasant. “Concentrate”
breezy, summer-barbecue vibe reminiscent of the Foo Fighters’ “Big Me,”
while “Kristen” — a short ditty about a town’s resident gossip — exudes
genuine energy. My advice? Start from a seed, boys,
ambition will grow out later.
The bottom line:
Jeremy Adams 9/4/08
Las Vegas Weekly
Poppermost Album Review
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sure what to make of the advice, "Start from a seed, boys, and the
ambition will grow out later." -??? - Musically, this album is JUST
that...ambitious. It's solid, interesting and compelling.
(Awsome drums and bass throughout, too.)
lyrically? So much of what I hear in the Top 40 are songs and
artists competing for
so with "Bitter Suite". Alex Oliver's verse from "Swan" makes the point
best: " Is your reflection just reflections / Of the way that you'd
like to be? / Or is it just another picture / Of the damaged goods you
Poppermost's Bitter Suite Swan Songs is original
art...Not an ugly duck in the lot.
Looking forward to the next CD!
Posted by: jackie_robi on 9/7/08 at 12:12 a.m.
have to agree with Jackie from Stavros Entertainment. This is
music that goes right to your soul and stays. Just like
food but better for you! I am so looking forward to the next
poetic masterpiece from Poppermost.
Post Scrittum: My Rating is 9.5 out
Posted by: ZEISSCONTAX on 9/7/08 at 9:44 a.m.
I must join Jackie in noting the solid, interesting and compelling
music that is Poppermost. Alex Oliver has dazzled audiences
the late 1990s with his musical chops. His music excursions
this album and his previous work have blended genres in a musical stew
that dazzles the listeners’ senses. Poppermost is very
contemporary and yet reminds one of what music has should... it's
clear, concise and to the point. Bitter Suite is highly
Posted by: rdelgadillo on 9/7/08 at 1:48 p.m.
love this album so much! Poppermost has always been known for
great melodies and this album is no exception. In fact, I
this is their best album to date. Alex and Roy have released
brilliantly written, performed, produced and recorded master work.
Stand-out tracks for me are "Isabella Vina," with it's
guitar work and Beach Boys inspired sound as well as "I Will Begin"
which has some of the best vocals I've heard so far on a Poppermost CD.
There's also "Concentrate On Me," which is a portable party
can take with you anywhere. I honestly don't think there's a
track on this album. If you've never heard Poppermost before,
this CD will make you a die-hard addict!!
Posted by: Pattie on 9/7/08 at 4:59 p.m.
has a very honest sound, (kinda hard to describe what that means), but
it just grabs you, and makes you "feel." Bitter Suite is very
well done, and a winner. Nice!!
Posted by: DavePDef on 9/7/08 at 9:34 p.m.
heard a lot of different things about Poppermost over the course of
time, but this review took me by surprise. Misinterpreting
and misquoting liner notes notwithstanding, everyone is entitled to
their opinion. I for one am certainly glad I agree with the
comments posted here instead of the review itself. Great job
Poppermost. You continue to rock my world on a daily basis!
Posted by: debbiedoozies on 9/9/08 at 8:29
Dear Jeremy Adams,
listen to different Top 40 music stations and I also listen to
struggling singer songwriters and bands. If you listen to the
choruses to "Damage" by Danity Kane and "Dangerous" by Kardinal
Offishall (both on the charts right now) you can hear derivative.
In my opinion, the song that you mention, "I Will Begin," is
derivative only because Poppermost is paying homage to Queen, one of
the greatest bands in the world. And nowhere in the album did
hear "tinny" keyboards, as you said for the song "Bitter Suite."
This album is not just one sound, it is very eclectic, unlike
some other artist's albums. The album as a whole is well
produced, well put together, and has great musicianship. I
impressed with it. I would give it 9 out of 10.
Posted by: FantasyCat on 9/9/08 at 9:26 p.m.
certainly isn’t short on delusions of grandeur"??? I will wait while
you get a Q-Tip. I have been a fan of Poppermost for several
years and often pondered the reasons they have not signed with a major
record label. Poppermost takes you to a place and time when
was music, rather than trying to be a bunch of teeny boppers all
tweezing pubic hairs to hit notes to sound like the next tone deaf
"STARRA." And lyrically? Brilliantly written!
Posted by: Mzfrogiestyle on 9/10/08 at 9:41
"Poppermost uniqueness sets them apart from other bands. From
your fans - Please don't change for anyone."
my bottom line: **1/2 out of ***
Posted by: rangreen on 9/14/08 at 8:06 a.m.
matters in music and other parts of life
looking down the barrel of a five-hour drive, but I'm armed with
the new CD Bitter Suite Swan Songs from the pop
band Poppermost. Never heard of Poppermost? Well then, give yourself a
smack on the forehead and come with me.
is the songwriting duo Alex Oliver and Roy Al Rendahl. I
have followed and enjoyed their career for a few years, but Bitter
is like nothing they have ever done. I listen to it three times during
my five-hour drive, and I keep shaking my head and smiling. Melody.
Relentless melody that just takes you apart. Vocal harmony to send
shivers down your back. Lyrics that combine a disarming innocence with
favorite track is "Down," a song that, without irony, lets us
remember the way love draws us like a moth to the flame, illuminating
everything, then tearing us limb from limb: "Love can be as
just like a matchbox / Left beside somebody's birthday cake / And love
can pierce the soul just like an arrow / If it feels at odds with your
opened my e-mail this morning to find yet another story about Britney
Spears. This time she has been busted lip syncing. The fans boo.
Actually, the only thing that surprises me about the story is there
remains any appreciable number of "music fans" in America who
understand such things ought to be booed.
for her, Britney has become, for me, an icon of sorts,
and not the sort of icon you'd want to be. She represents for me all
that is false and empty about the modern music industry. She's not a
musician. She's not a writer. Her singing voice, reasonably ordinary to
begin with, is poured through multiple filters and compressors. Maybe
it's a person. But maybe it's an android escaped from a Stanley Kubrick
herself brought two special gifts to the table to place before
the gods of entertainment whimsy in America. She can dance. Oh my, she
can dance. The bulk of her training as a child was in gymnastics and
dance. And she has a compelling navel.
I'm just sad for her.
going on record right now. You'll never see "Britney Unplugged" on
VH1, and, 50 years from now, nostalgic, aging music fans will not be
buying boxed set anthologies of Britney Spears. Never gonna happen.
I blame the soulless state of the modern music industry on
The Monkees. That's where it all began. In the wake of the peerless
Beatles, the British Invasion sent great pop act after great pop act to
America. ABC and Colgem Records had a brainchild: Why wait for the
emergence of a great American band when we can invent one? The casting
call yielded Mike, Davey, Peter and Mickey. They hired stud songwriters
such as Carole King and Neil Diamond. Ripped off the format from the
movie A Hard Day's Night. One audience of
eager Monkee fans couldn't wait, so they booed the warm-up act off the
stage. Guy named Jimi Hendrix.
you were part of that audience, I urge you to go to rock 'n' roll
confession and clear your conscience.
to be the fundamental job of a disc jockey was not to cue records
and make happy talk, but to listen to listeners. They spent off-air
time combing coffeehouses, bars, street corners, small theaters,
international news services, always on the lookout for brilliance,
talent, poetry. They looked for great songwriters.
disc jockeys play what they are told to play. Guys in suits
gather in boardrooms and decide what you and I are going to like next.
Bob Dylan were 19 today, sitting on a bar stool in a Minnesota
coffeehouse with his hardly above-average guitar skills, using that
wretched-but-real voice of his to launch lyrics that don't happen but
once every 100 years or so ...
we'd never know. Because he'd never stand a chance.
reason you've never heard of Poppermost is because it isn't famous.
I only know the band because I hang out in bars at open mic nights and
listen to gutsy, courageous, sometimes gifted, sometimes not-so-gifted
nobodies (like me) play and sing original music in smoky rooms for an
audience of mostly other songwriters.
listen to Alex and Roy not just because I like them, but because they
are real. Authentic. Loaded with talent. Their craft matters to them.
They risk themselves.
don't buy Britney Spears records for the same reason I will never buy
an artificial Christmas tree.
Kalas is a behavioral health consultant and counselor at Clear
View Counseling and Wellness Center in Las Vegas. His columns appear on
Tuesdays and Sundays. Questions for the Asking Human Matters
column or comments can
be e-mailed to email@example.com.
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Annual Best of Las Vegas 2007
Local R&B Band -- Reader's Pick
March 25, 2007
many R&B bands cite The Clash and Barbra Streisand as
influences, and true to form, Poppermost isn't an obvious fit for this
category: It certainly won't be confused with Pretty Ricky, and for
this, we are eternally grateful. But while not a straight-up
act in the traditional sense of the term, these hot-blooded rockers do
possess a bit more soul than many of their peers, which manifests
itself in a slick, steady groove. They've been described as the
"anti-Hootie fronting The Who," and thankfully, the band's way more
Live At Leeds than Cracked Rear View.
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at Work: Musician finds inspiration between the booths at Denny's
and independent record label owner Alex Oliver says he
fodder for songs in his day job as a Denny's restaurant host.
by Isaac Brekken.
day, Alex Oliver is host at Denny's restaurant on Las Vegas
Boulevard South, near the Stratosphere.
from Denny's, Oliver is lead singer, songwriter and guitarist for
Poppermost, a local pop-rock band that he formed in 2001 with drummer
Phil Kaz and bassist Roy Al Rendahl.
also founder and owner of Suicide Pop! Records, producing the
band's compact discs with the technical assistance of Rendahl.
Poppermost's latest recording, Absolutely Sonic,
released in 2004, is a collection of 12 songs that draw upon Oliver's
experiences at Denny's.
lot of these people are my seeds of inspiration," Oliver said during
an interview at Denny's, where he drank chocolate milk, munched on the
sampler plate and chatted with co-workers. "They were the topics in the
new album. Each of those songs on there was written about someone in
here, their strange habits. It's easier to write about me if I see what
they're doing and what they're up to."
and raised in Los Angeles, Oliver came to Las Vegas in 1998 for a
"change of scenery," to visit his brother and take a vacation. He'd
played in several bands in L.A., took music classes at L.A. City
College that he found boring, earned a degree in psychology at the
University of California, Los Angeles, and taught for two years in the
Los Angeles Unified School District.
just got tired of teaching. It burns you out relatively quickly. You
work with kids and parents who don't know how to raise them because
they're kids themselves," he said.
was the peak of summer when Oliver came to Las Vegas, 115 degrees
outside, and he found that he really liked it.
wasn't Los Angeles. I was also a musician in Los Angeles, but
people don't take it seriously, even though the industry is out there,"
takes its name from a term the Beatles coined in their quest
to become "the toppermost of the poppermost." The band has produced two
CD singles and its self-titled, first full-length CD, Poppermost.
The band's Web site is www.poppermost.com.
Question: You're a singer,
musician and producer. Which do you do best?
Answer: I would have to say
Question: What's your
favorite of the songs
you've written and why?
Answer: My favorite all-time
song, on our
first CD, is
called "Lady in Waiting." That's probably my favorite. I wrote it for
my mom while she was sick (with cancer) and she passed away before she
could hear it. You can tell on the recording that's my favorite. I
worked hard on the guitar and vocals. I just really wanted to capture
that feeling of her not going to be around much longer. There was so
much she wanted to do. Being a nurse and a mom and a student, it took
up so much of her time.
Question: How much does it
cost to produce
Answer: Poppermost is very
fortunate in that
bassist, sound engineer and technical wizard, has his own Trimordial
Studio. Because he and I are the band's chief architects, he fronts the
band studio time. After we've finished recording, he calculates time
spent in his studio and is paid accordingly. With Absolutely
we recorded 35 songs and mixed 15 of those for release at a low cost of
about $2,000. CD sales paid for the studio time about three months
after its initial release, thanks to our faithful homegrown fan base, a
growing European fan base and Internet radio.
Question: What do you like
least about the
Answer: Performing. I've been
doing it since
was 20. I'm
36 now. My knees are starting to give out. There's only so many times I
can fall off the stage and let the music take me over. I'm not Iggy Pop.
Question: What do you like
most about the
Answer: When I write music
and record. I can
pretend to be
any of my heroes. I can pretend to be the Beatles or Led Zeppelin or
Sly Stone. I think that's the reason I got started. When I was a kid, I
got a guitar and pretended to be the star of the moment, like Pete
Townshend and smash my guitar.
Question: What's the worst
job you've ever
Answer: I was a teacher in
Los Angeles. As a
were told there's a certain percentage of kids who just won't make it
and we were told to pass them along, just get them through (school).
It's unfortunate. We're rated No. 46 in education in the whole world
and we're the richest country.
Question: What are some
disadvantages of producing your music on an independent recording label?
Answer: The big disadvantage
is you don't
a lot of
money to promote yourself. You have to be extremely creative in
promoting your music and your band. If I was independently wealthy, I'd
have plenty of ways to get my songs on the radio.
big advantage is I can do whatever the hell I want. I don't have to
follow industry standards. If I want to put out one song, I can. If I
want to put out 12 songs, I can.
Question: How tough is to get
exposure as an
Answer: The Internet makes it
very easy, but
you're put in
there with a lot of other independent labels, so you just keep plugging
away and make sure your music connects with people. So we've actually
had more exposure through the Internet than in Las Vegas. We've been
played a lot more. Once we put stuff on the Internet, people actually
started buying our songs.
Question: What are your
Answer: First off, the
Who. In their day, they were musically the best and they were the best
performers. The thing that pushed me is songwriting and nobody comes
close to the Beatles. They were the best songwriters and their music
touched on everything: rock, folk, R&B, even Indian music.
Question: Do you still have
hope of making
big? If so, what will it take?
Answer: There's being big and
be big, you've got to be in your late teens and early 20s and have
sexual appeal. A lot of bands look really good, but their music is
suspect. Then there's those bands you never see what they look like,
but their music really gets you going. Like Steely Dan. People caught
on to their music rather than the image of those guys. If you want to
be big, look like a rock star. If you want to be successful, write
Question: How are you able to
music and your recording business?
Answer: Being schizophrenic.
There's part of
the day where
I'm creative and I love that. Then there's part of the day where you
shut that out and become a businessman. If you don't take care of the
business of music, the business will take care of you. You have
copyrights, so if anybody wants to use our music, unless you have a
claim on your work, there's no way to get paid for your work and make
sure you actually did it. There are too many robber barons out there.
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pop-rock trio Poppermost return with their
full-length release, a fun collection of garage-style rock that's
reminiscent of Oasis and the poppier moments of bands like Jet and the
Hives. Some of the arrangements could be a little tighter, but songs
like the energetic "Catch Me If I Fall" and the Southern-flavored "Bang
Bang" are catchy, infectious good times.
Josh Bell Las
Vegas Weekly Oct 14, 2004
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Concert Series Draws
Families to Park
An San Sister City Park, 7801 Ducharme Ave.,
off a free series of concerts recently with the Tony Marques Band. The
event also featured activities for children, such as a visit from the
Mad Science Program. The series continues with a concert by Poppermost
on June 25, Ponder on July 2, and Jim Moore and the Animal Band on July
15. The shows run from 7 to 9 p.m.
-- © Las Vegas Review-Journal
Sunday, June 13, 2004
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CD Review, LVLocalMusicScene.com, June 2, 2003
songwriting is solid, the instruments are played
and the vocals are definitely on (key). Credit that all to the
respective members of Poppermost's musical maturity. These guys have
been around the musical world for a while, and it's evident. The track
"This Time Tomorrow" had some toe-tappin' appeal. Give that one a spin
traVis d' interN, LVLocalMusicScene.com
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We Think, Our picks for the best bands (page 26)
Vegas Weekly, The Music Issue, April 25,
With an acoustic pop sound reminiscent
classic '60s rock, Poppermost don't sound like your typical Vegas act,
and they don't act like it, either. You're just as likely to catch them
at Downtown landmark the Iowa Café as at a typical local
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Review, Music Noise: For the Record (page 27)
Vegas Weekly, August 29, 2002
(Suicide Pop! Records)
its self-titled debut, Poppermost pops on through
pleasant, pure, and psychedelic musical licks. This newly formed band
consists of singer/songwriter, guitarist and pianist Alex Oliver and
Roy Al Rendahl, who plays bass.
album's sound could be best described as a mix of the '60s band
America, a little bit of the feel-good band Phish, and the unassuming
charm of Elvis Costello. The easy groove of the acoustics matched with
harmonizing vocals takes you to a different time and place.
disc opens with the upbeat and quirky "Bang Bang." Oliver's
distorted voice is reminiscent of Social Distortion's Mike Ness, and
the song even has that great rockabilly vibe. This is one track that
demands repeated play because of its infectious rhythm and lyrics.
not only offers up happy upbeat songs but lays down some
serious tracks that give the album substance. With "Lady-In-Waiting,"
about a young woman's lost battle with cancer, Poppermost delivers a
beautifully sad song.
new band and its new album are worth lighting the incense,
clearing the mind, and letting the music take you on a magic carpet
Shawna Edge, Las
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from the October 2, 2002 issue of Southeast
View and the September 25, 2002 issue of Green
Valley/Henderson View, published by the Las Vegas Review Journal
having fun on the way up
performs at local restaurants, bars and
Oliver and Roy Al Rendahl are two halves of the local alternative
band Poppermost. Their name comes from The Beatles, who said they'd be
going "to the toppermost of the poppermost."
in restaurants, nightclubs, bars and bookstores, Oliver and
Rendahl have a ways to go to get to the top. But the musical duo is
determined to have fun on the way.
to Oliver's wife Debbie, both Poppermost band members are
multi-talented renaissance men. Rendahl is trained as a mechanical
machine design engineer. He actually holds a patent on a fancy hinge he
designed for a previous employer. In addition to engineering, he works
as a fine and graphic artist, and as a recording studio technician. The
artist has three mixed-media pieces and several photographs on exhibit
in the Cirque du Soleil corporate offices. In Fresno, Calif., he
designed a ceramic tile roadside mural that was eventually built by
has ties to schoolchildren, as well -- he taught elementary
school, junior high and high school in Los Angeles. The singer still
explores teaching when the band volunteers at the Snyder Unit of the
Boys & Girls Club of Las Vegas.
a couple of times over there, they would actually sing our songs
with us," Oliver said. Then we'd play little things for them like the
theme song from 'Scooby Doo.' They really seemed to like that. There's
a lot of kids there who are aspiring singers. They want to grow up to
be the next Brittany Spears."
began with another band, which the Olivers and Rendahl
insist remain nameless.
were the only two communicating musically, so we left that band
behind. They found people to replace us, but they were ultimately fired
at knife-point by the drummer's wife," Oliver said.
Debbie Oliver added. "We heard it second-hand. They got
out just in time."
without their former bandmates is challenging. When they
play live, the duo is just bass and acoustic guitar, punctuated by
Oliver's voice. But when they record, the sound captured in Rendahl's
home music lab is easily mistaken for a whole band.
can play the whole percussion set on the keyboard with his
fingers like he's playing a piano," Rendahl said.
been looking for other singers and musicians to make a full
band, but we decided we couldn't find anybody who fit, so we just
finished our CD and now that that's done, we're looking for musicians
again," Oliver said.
band would like to add a drummer, a second guitarist and another
vocalist or two to add harmonies and contribute to the songwriting.
they need someone to come in who can carry their own weight. These
two do so much that if someone came in and couldn't keep up, they'd be
miserable," Debbie Oliver said.
knows the meaning of musical misery. As a young black man
growing up in a predominantly black and Latino South Central Los
Angeles school, he was frequently teased about the poster of The Who's
Pete Townshend hanging in his locker.
first guitar, when I was three years old, I smashed just like Pete
Townshend," he said. "My mother took one look at it and said, 'There's
only 364 more days 'till next Christmas. You're not getting another
guitar until then.' "
always has loved pop music. He's just grateful none of his
friends knew about his love for Barbra Streisand.
can be heard Friday at the Iowa Cafe, 300 E. Charleston
Blvd., #101, from 7 to 10 p.m.; and Oct. 12 at the grand opening
celebration of the Summerlin Borders Books Music & Cafe, 10950
Charleston Blvd., from 1 to 3 p.m.
GINGER MIKKELSEN, VIEW STAFF WRITER
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Release Party Notice
July 12, 2002 issue (page 35) of Las
Vegas Review-Journal's NEON
Iowa Cafe today, a local, alternative-light-pop
Poppermost, throws its first CD-release party to celebrate the groups's
self-titled album on independent label Suicide Pop! Records.
you're one of those annoying people who always complains that
there's not a big enough platform for Vegas-based bands, well, here's
your chance to toss a little support to the way of a decent, eclectic
shindig runs from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the cafe, 300 E. Charleston
Doug Elfman, NIGHT BEAT
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Release Party Notice
the July 11, 2002 issue (page 24) of Las
made City Picks! -- CityLife's best bets for the week ahead!]
Geisel, aka Dr. Suess, wrote a book called The 500 Hats
of Bartholomew Cubbins.
It's a story about a little boy who has a seemingly unlimited supply of
hats. Every time he removes a hat from his head, a new, bigger, fancier
hat appears in its place. This proves problematic when the king orders
his head chopped off for not removing his hat in his presence, because
one can't be executed with a hat on one's head.
CityLife and assumingly other
around the valley had a similar experience lately. A local band,
Poppermost, is having a release party for their self-titled debut
effort. To spread the word, they mailed out postcard invitations to
each editor at CityLife. And then another. And then
Then another. In fact, it seemed as though the moment we would throw
one in the trash bin, two more would appear in the mailbox. So there's
one thing that can be said about them before even hearing their music:
You've gotta give the Pops props for promo.
will celebrate the release of their first full-length CD
from 6:30 until 8:00 p.m. at the Iowa Cafe, 300 E Charleston Blvd.
Admission: free. Info 366-1882.
from Poppermost: In our own defense, to the best of our knowledge
we only sent one invitation to each appropriate press person, and while
that naturally amounted to a lot of invitations into their office, we
tried not to be negligent with duplications like the article says.]
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