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My Love For Caffeine

I had so much fun with last weeks challenge and performance. The first elimination was really nerve racking and losing Carrel was a big bummer. I am so glad she still played her song because it was BEAUTIFUL.
This week, the challenge is to write a song about what wakes us up. I own a coffee shop with my husband, so my love for caffeine would be an obvious choice, not to mention who the sponsor is for this week. But, when I started my process I went in a more spiritual direction. I used the same exercises I did for last week's challenge and I am super happy with the outcome. Some tweaking and refining over the next couple of days will do this song justice and I can't wait to play it for everyone!
I hope everyone has a wonderful Easter weekend and we will see you on Monday!
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Kitty's Picks for Record Store Day

Vinyl junkies are chomping at the bit for this year's Record Store Day, coming up on Saturday.

Created to draw attention to the cool independent stores that still sell vinyl, Record Store Day has turned into a phenomenon. Bands that are cooler than most are releasing extra special vinyl-only recordings that you can't get at the big box stores.

According to the Record Store Day website, these Madison stores are participating:

B-side 436 State
Earwax Record Shop 254 West Gilman
Mad-city Music Exchange 600 WIlliamson St.
Strictly Discs 1900 Monroe Street
Sugar Shack Records 2301 Atwood Avenue


Not all stores will have all releases, so you might want to do some research beforehand to find out which places will have what you're looking for.

Here are my picks for Record Store Day:

1. R.E.M. "Unplugged: The Complete 1991 and 2001 Sessions." Songs that didn't make it on air during the broadcast of MTV Unplugged. This is a 4 album set! This collection comes out on CD and digital formats May 20.

2. Creedence Clearwater Revival "The 1969 Singles." Most bands would be happy to have one hit a year, but CCR had several, including "Proud Mary," "Fortunate Son," and "Bad Moon Rising."

3. Nirvana "Pennyroyal Tea/I hate Myself and Want to Die" (single). This was going to Nirvana's next single, but because of Kurt Cobain's suicide and the unfortunate name of the flip side, it was shelved.

4. Velvet Underground "Loaded." Lou Reed's last album with the Velvet Underground, on pink black and white splatter vinyl.

5. Ray Parker Jr. "Ghostbusters" 10" picture disc featuring the Ghostbusters logo. Who ya gonna call?

6. Bruce Springsteen "American Beauty." 12" vinyl featuring songs that didn't make the cut for his most recent album "High Hopes."

7. Jimi Hendrix "Live at Monterey." This was the set that made Jimi a star in the United States. Watch the movie, then go buy the 12" vinyl.

8. Dave Matthews Band "Live Trax Volume 4." This 1996 live set features songs from their first performances using a sound system they had just inherited from the Grateful Dead. It includes a nearly 15 minute jam of the song "Jimi Thing."

9. Grateful Dead "Live at Hampton Coliseum." This is the first release of this 1979 show in any format.

10. Green Day "Demolicious" featuring out-takes from their recent Uno! Dos! Tre! albums.
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Challenge 2 Thanks

I just want to say great job everyone and especially Carell. Thanks again to Triple M and all my awesome friends, family and fans.
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Good news for Midwest coach accused of child pornography. ~Stevi

Minnesota State, Mankato coach Todd Hoffner has been living a nightmare since last May, when he was accused of having child pornography on his work phone. If you remember, last May was also around the time Penn State head coach was fired and brought up on charges for the same thing. Hoffner believes the school acted too hastily, and was wrongfully terminated after colleagues reported suspicious pictures of naked children on his company phone. The pictures were later found to be "innocent images of children acting playful after a bath".

Hoffner says the entire experience has been a nightmare, but hasn't jaded him to the school. In fact, his title has been reinstated this week. ""I'm not interested in revenge. ... I'm not a spiteful person," he said, but added that the situation could have been handled differently." - The mark of a true professional.

Read more on this story here. ~Stevi
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World's Worst iPod:Jay Ferguson "Thunder Island"

The late 1970s weren't necessarily a great time for music, but there were a few gems.

This song may or may not have been one of them. We got a lot of love for Jay Ferguson's "Thunder Island" which was a hit in early 1978. It made it up to number 9 on the charts.

He did have one more minor hit in 1979, called "Shakedown Cruise," and that one was truly horrible. Be thankful this is the song that will get stuck in your head, and not that one!

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I think my heart may have stopped beating

Dear Superstars,

During last night's elimination I think my heart may have stopped beating and that would've been it's own "drive-by heartache." This competition is tough but I'm very proud for making it through the first challenge. My level of stress may be heightened but it's a good stress because I feel alive on that stage. I also feel quietly confident about the second challenge from just picking a title out of a hat and then writing a song around it.

DRIVE-BY HEARTACHE

For "Drive-By Heartache" I wanted to showcase a more structured song: verse, chorus, verse, bridge, and chorus. "Drive-By Heartache" has become a love affair for me because I can see me performing this on stage in the future for all my Superstars. I might need to get a band because I was having some Bruce Springsteen moments in my head on stage. The whole song is about the hardships of being a rockstar. There's life and then you get older and we watch our favorite role models sort of lose their way and become more conservative. This song is an anthem to say you never have to let time change who you are, even as you get older you don't have to stop fighting the fight. Don't trade in your leather coat and microphone for a 9 to 5 spot and please burn all briefcases. Ha ha!

I rehearsed this song a lot because I wanted people to hear a fuller piece played on the piano. Last week my song was repetitive and I didn't want to receive that same note from the judges. Honestly, songwriting is more about feelings for me. Even with the pressure of being accused of being repetitive I did what was best for the song in the end. The judges, the crowd, and the other musicians were incredibly sweet. It's hard putting yourself out there and sharing that vulnerability but in the end this was very rewarding. It was cool that Stevi called me a "Pop star." Sigh… Yes I am. A Pop star with substance!

THE OUTFIT/MUSIC VIDEO PREMIERE

The outfit I wore last night complete with the painted gun on my face is a tribute to my music video "Burn the Money." #BTM comes out today on YouTube at 10 PM CT. It's a similar format to Michael Jackson's "Thriller" because it tells a story and the music video itself is a short film, 15 minutes in total length. If you'd like to come and see it tonight we're having the premiere at Inferno Nightclub at 7PM. It's a celebration of independent filmmaking in Madison, WI and one thing you should know about me I love indie art, music, and film. If you can't make it out visit my YouTube link at the top and you'll be sure to see it.

"Burn the Money" Official Premiere link for more information about tonight: http://bit.ly/btm-premiere

Thank you again for all the love and get ready to vote, vote, vote!

XOXO with a dash of glitter,
Joey Broyles
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Songs for Tax Day

So I learned today that if you're getting a refund, there's no penalty for not getting your taxes in by today's deadline. But why would you want the government to keep your money any longer than they already do?

With that question in mind (and a few others) I present my Tax Day 2014 Playlist.

!. Sunny Afternoon by the Kinks (This is a very cute video).



2. 1040 Blues by Robert Cray with the clever line "I hate taxes"



3. Taxman by the Beatles. (Just to mix things up here's Stevie Ray's version!)



4. After Taxes by Johnny Cash. Everything you can't buy because taxes are so high.



5. What if We All Stopped Paying Taxes by Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings. I'm pretty sure I don't advocate this extreme option, but it's a pretty good song!

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'Blood Moon' not as scary as it sounds. ~Stevi

Were you able to catch the 'blood moon' last night? It was a beautiful spectical presented by nature and the atmosphere that caused the moon to change color, ranging from bright orange to blood red. Not sure what it means or why it's such a big deal? Watch the video below, or read Huffington Post's article.

~Stevi

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Believe In The Possibilities Of The Impossible

Dear Superstars,

This is a quick love letter to all of you supporting me during the Project M competition. The response from "Light Blue Sweater" last week was huge and I hope I can make a big splash with "Drive-By Heartache." It means more to me than you'll ever know to have ALL this love and I thank you for it. Who knows who is going home tonight? Ahhh! What I know is every single songwriter up on that stage has inspired me to continue perusing this dream. Maybe I'll still be standing for yet another week in this competition and maybe not. No matter what I'll never stop the fighting the fight. Believe in the possibilities of the impossible and we'll see you tonight!

Xoxo and a dash of glitter,
Joey Broyles
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Blood Moon: reason to stay up late, or end of the world?

There's a preacher in Texas who's a little freaked out about tonight's lunar eclipse, and the three that follow every six months over the next two years.

He thinks it's a signal of the end of the world!, and has even written a book about is theory.

I think it's just a good reason to stay up late (or get up early). Starting at 12:20 tomorrow morning, this astronomical phenomenon will begin.

Here's your new big word for today--"tetrad." That refers to the four "blood moon" eclipses that we can look forward to between now and September of 2015.

Now I don't really go for end of the world prophecies, because if I did, what would prevent me from having a chocolate milk shake every day with lunch?

Meanwhile, I was watching a special on PBS the other night featuring Jason Isbell of the Drive By Truckers. He says when he dies, he doesn't want it to be in a Super 8 Motel. That's also a bad place to be if it's the end of the world. On the other hand, you wouldn't have to worry about being late for check-out time, would you?

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Kitty's Picks for Record Store Day
Vinyl junkies are chomping at the bit for this year's Record Store Day, coming up on Saturday. Created to draw attention to the cool independent stores that still sell vinyl, Record Store Day has turned into a phenomenon. Bands that are cooler...
Read More
Challenge 2 Thanks
I just want to say great job everyone and especially Carell. Thanks again to Triple M and all my awesome friends, family and fans.
Good news for Midwest coach accused of child pornography. ~Stevi
Minnesota State, Mankato coach Todd Hoffner has been living a nightmare since last May, when he was accused of having child pornography on his work phone. If you remember, last May was also around the time Penn State head coach was fired and brought up...
Read More
World's Worst iPod:Jay Ferguson "Thunder Island"
The late 1970s weren't necessarily a great time for music, but there were a few gems. This song may or may not have been one of them. We got a lot of love for Jay Ferguson's "Thunder Island" which was a hit in early 1978. It made it up to...
Read More
I think my heart may have stopped beating
Dear Superstars, During last night's elimination I think my heart may have stopped beating and that would've been it's own "drive-by heartache." This competition is tough but I'm very proud for making it through the first challenge. My level of...
Read More
Songs for Tax Day
So I learned today that if you're getting a refund, there's no penalty for not getting your taxes in by today's deadline. But why would you want the government to keep your money any longer than they already do? With that question in mind...
Read More
'Blood Moon' not as scary as it sounds. ~Stevi
Were you able to catch the 'blood moon' last night? It was a beautiful spectical presented by nature and the atmosphere that caused the moon to change color, ranging from bright orange to blood red. Not sure what it means or why it's such a...
Read More
Believe In The Possibilities Of The Impossible
Dear Superstars, This is a quick love letter to all of you supporting me during the Project M competition. The response from "Light Blue Sweater" last week was huge and I hope I can make a big splash with "Drive-By Heartache." It means more to me...
Read More
 
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