Sunday, October 14, 2012

Pheaturing Holly Elle

Hello, kids, welcome to another entry of the Phile for a Sunday. I am your host, Jason Peverett, star of the new movie Takin' A #2. How are you?  So, do you know today is? It marks the anniversary of something. Okay, I'll tell you... today is the 25th anniversary we moved to Florida from England. I am so glad my parents chose to move to Florida.  If we didn't move to Florida I wouldn't of met my wife. I wonder where I'll be right now if we didn't move here... hmmmm. Anyway, If you are wondering why the logo has a pink sky and the colors are off it's because it's Breast Cancer Awareness Month. I changed this last Wednesday as I got grief through certain e-mails for not talking about Breast Awareness Month.  Okay, let's talk about what has been going on.  Facebook is adding a new thing, which is the "want" button. We've given Facebook so much personal information. At this point, shouldn't it already know what we want before we push that button? What if what I want is to be left alone by Facebook? I think Facebook should stick to doing what they do best, which is letting you know that your friends from high school got fat and bald.  One-fifth of Americans now claim to have no religious affiliation. No one's exactly sure why this is happening. I think a lot of people stopped believing in God when they turned on the TV and saw Honey Boo Boo.  Kris Jenner, matriarch of the Kardashian family, is planning to host her own talk show. If the deal goes through, Fox reportedly would give Mrs. Jenner a six-week test run of shows, which is also the Kardashian trial period for marriages.  Police were called to the home of Lindsay Lohan's mother after an argument got physical. According to TMZ, Lindsay and her mom were at a club in New York until 4 a.m. Usually the only way you leave a club at 4 a.m. with your mom is because your mom drove to the club to drag you out of it. But in the Lohan family, the appletini doesn't fall far from the tree. I feel bad for Lindsay Lohan. But it's time to stop blaming her mother. We should blame her grandmother for the way her mother turned out.  ABC has ordered a new celebrity competition show. It's similar in structure to "Dancing With the Stars" but instead of dancing, celebrities will be diving into a pool. At first I was interested. But then I found out they're planning on putting water in the pool.  Well, I can't get through an entry of the Phile without mentioning the vice-presidential debate between Joe Biden and Paul Ryan. It seemed like someone spiked Biden's Ensure with a five-hour energy drink or something. He was very fired up. We haven't seen Paul Ryan talk much. He's a very serious guy. Paul Ryan seems like the guy you see at the bank who really hates standing in line. Paul Ryan looks like the guy who guards the keg at a frat party. Because President Obama and Mitt Romney went way over their time limits, they put safety measures in place for this debate to make sure it didn't happen again. I think they got this idea from award shows. Biden didn't even have time to thank his agent. Do you know who Ryan looks like? Here, I'll help you.

In the last few entries I mentioned Bob the Builder, asking what happened to him? Yes, I ask some hard questions on the Phile. Anyway, I think I know why we don't see him on TV anymore. This is a clip from his last episode.

Bob cannot fix anything if his vehicle broke down. So, who drinks Red Bull? I tried it but it gives me the shits. Anyway, have you seen the new ad for Red Bull? It kinda surprised me. PETA will be all over this I am sure.

So, as I mentioned, October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and the Phile is a big supporter of it. Remember...

Taco Bell is also sponsoring Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Look at this...

I had many a pink taco in my time. LMAO. Not really.  Well, recently a sex tape surfaced of the Hulkster pinning a very enthusiastic female Hulkamaniac. Sadly, only snippets of the tape have been made available so far... which is where the Phile proudly steps in with some additional, unseen scenes! Just be thankful that Roddy Piper didn’t cream him with a folding chair halfway through!

Well, Halloween is this month, and although we don't celebrate Halloween in the Peverett household, I still like costumes, and wanted to share some cool costumes with you this month, just to give you some ideas if you're planning on dressing up. This hand-made Carnage was crafted head-to-toe by the owner, and only put him back a mere $500.

Okay, and now for some sad news...

Gary Collins
April 30, 1938 - Oct 13, 2012
He hosted the Miss America pageant and then married a former Miss America. Sounds like a conflict of interest to me.

Well, the vice-presidential debate was last week and of course someone from the Democratic party wanted to come on the Phile and talk about it. I am glad that person is Stephanie Cutter, the hottest politician I know. Anyway, please welcome back to the Phile... Stephanie Cutter.

Me: Stephanie, hello, how are you?

Stephanie: Hello, Jason.

Me: So, what do you think about last Thursday's debate? Who do you think won? The media is saying it's a tie.

Stephanie: If you watched Thursday night's debate, I don't need to tell you that Vice President Biden scored a decisive victory.

Me: Really? How so, Stephanie?

Stephanie: The Vice President brought facts and conviction to Danville, Kentucky, and Paul Ryan brought canned lines and empty promises. It turns out, facts and details matter... and it's clear that with their total disregard for both,

Me: Stephanie, what do you think Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan's think their plans for the country in one word?

Stephanie: Indefensible.

Me: Okay... so, you wanted to come here and fill my readers in if they missed the debate, right?

Stephanie: Yes, we'll share some of the highlights with them.

Me: Okay, the first topic I think is the difference on taxes.

Stephanie: Ryan couldn't explain how the Romney-Ryan tax plan wouldn't hurt the middle class. That's because it's mathematically impossible to pay for their $5 trillion tax plan favoring the wealthiest without raising taxes on middle-class families.

Me: Okay, here's a big one...  Medicare.

Stephanie: Joe Biden laid out all the facts about the Obama-Biden plan to strengthen Medicare, and explained how the Romney-Ryan Medicare voucher plan would raise costs for seniors.

Me: Okay, what about the middle class?

Stephanie: After the debate, one reporter called Vice President Biden "a passionate warrior for the middle class."

Me: Alright, there was talk about Afghanistan. Ryan didn't explain anything about their plans for the troops, did he?

Stephanie: Ryan couldn't explain their plan for our troops because they don't have one. The President has a clear plan to end the war in Afghanistan in 2014, while Romney has been all over the map.

Me: In 2014? That's funny, I planned to end the Phile in 2014 as well. We'll see if it happens on both accounts. The next topic is the big one that my wife and I talk about. And that is women's health. What did they both say about this?

Stephanie: When Ryan was asked to ensure women that their right to choose would be protected, he refused to answer because they wouldn't. Vice President Biden, on the other hand, gave a heartfelt explanation of his views on women's health.

Me: Steph, a lot of people don't get Vice President Biden. Can you tell us something good about him?

Stephanie: Joe Biden has spent a lifetime fighting for the middle class, and he and President Obama will continue doing so in their second term.

Me: Uhhh... okay. Stephanie, thanks for spending time on the Phile. We only have a few weeks left until the election, and I appreciate you coming on here and shedding some light on a few matters.

Stephanie: Thanks for doing everything you do, Jason.

Jason: Thanks, Stephanie. I will talk to you soon, I hope.

I have been getting a lot of questions asking me why I don't do the Top Ten List anymore. Well, I thought it got old, and wanted to try different pheatures on the Phile. Also, do you know how hard it is to come up with a Top Ten List? So, I thought, hmmmm... it'd time for a new pheature, one that let's me use a Ph instead of an F because you know how much I love that... I said sarcastically. So, from the home office in Port Jefferson, New York, here is...

Top Phive Things That Went Through Martha Raddatz's Mind During the Vice Presidental Debate
5. Shrewed move by Ryan, proving he cares about the elderly by showing up in his grandfather's suit!
4. Is that Biden's shoeless foot running up my leg? Oh my... yes... yes it is! Sweet gardenias!
3. Gah! The glare from Biden's freakish ceramic teeth! It's burning a hole in my retinas!
2. Hey, I just met you... and this is crazy... but here's my number... so call me, maybe?  Oh shit... what are they talking about?
And the number thing that went through Martha Raddatz's mind during the VP debate...
1. Ryan's chugging water like a madman and there are no bathroom breaks. Oh, God, that's why he has that empty Snapple bottle!

The 26th artist to be pheatured in the Phile's Art Gallery is Timothy Lim, and this is one of his pieces...

Timothy will be a guest on the Phile tomorrow.

Okay, kids, today's pheatured guest is a singer from Canada whose latest EP "Infinitude" is now available on iTunes. Please welcome to the Phile... Holly Elle.

Me: Hello, Holly, welcome to the Phile. How are you?

Holly: I am fantastic, and how are you?

Me: Doing good. Okay, I have to say something, I looked at your name and thought right away you should name your next release "Holy Hell" or start a band called Holly Elle and The Holy Hell. Whatcha think?

Holly: You are a genius. I can’t possibly share the spotlight with a band but I’m always looking for cool album names and that one would make me look delightfully clever.

Me: Holly, where are you from originally?

Holly: CANADA!!!

Me: Okay, I have a tradition on the Phile, which I don't know why, but every musician I interview from Canada I ask them if they are fans of one of my all-time favorite bands... Barenaked Ladies. So, are you a fan of them?

Holly: Fan is a strong word. I celebrate their talent and success. My brother is often told he looks like the dude with the glasses who left the band, does that count?

Me: Steve Page? Yeah, I guess that counts. So, what part of Canada are you from?

Holly: Just outside of Calgary, Alberta. This is the part where most Americans give me a blank stare. And then I say, “It’s above Montana”.

Me: You are now living in America, right? What part?

Holly: Correct. In Nashville, TN.

Me: Your music is more California or New York sounding, not Nashville... am I being narrow-minded?

Holly: Yes, and I’m offended. No, but Nashville is quickly becoming a music Mecca for all genres. Which is very exciting and I’m happy to be a part of it.

Me: What I mean is Nashville is known more for country music. Did you think of going down that route?

Holly: It’s almost impossible not to when you first arrive and you’re surrounded by it. I actually did some gigs singing country songs and wearing cowboy boots and I was like, what the hell am I doing? 

Me: How long have you been singing or want to do this professionally, Holly?

Holly: I always had a song in my little heart but I started to get serious when I was 12.

Me: Who did you listen to growing up? Madonna I am guessing, Britney, Mariah?

Holly: Mariah!!!! She is it for me. But Madonna and Britney and any pop ear candy I could get my hands on, sure. Also a lot of 90’s R&B. And a lot of music from many other genres and eras as well. I’m resisting the urge to write an essay on it right now.

Me: Before you did your solo stuff, you did some other projects. Didn't you sing on a Klaatu tribute album?

Holly: I certainly did. Just to have someone know that is a treat!

Me: How did you get to be a part of that and what song did you do?

Holly: I actually recorded a cover on my own of “Knee Deep In Love”, just because it was always one of my favorite songs. I sent it to Klaatu on a whim and they put it on a compilation tribute album. It was super cool. I also got a handwritten note from one of the songwriters, John Woloschuk, saying that he enjoyed my rendition and I just died.

Me: Klaatu was a prog rock band from Canada, am I right?

Holly: You ARE right. Someone’s been Wikipedia-ing...

Me: Actually, I heard of Klaatu before. Do you know where they get their name from?

Holly: Two can play that game... They named themselves after the extraterrestrial Klaatu portrayed by Michael Rennie in the film The Day the Earth Stood Still.

Me: Very good. Alright, let's talk about your own music, Holly. Your new release is called "Infinitude". Is that a word you made up? What does it mean?

Holly: I wish I made it up. I love that it sounds like a combo of “Infinity” and “Attitude”. But it actually does mean something and the meaning is wonderful: boundlessness, the quality of having no limit.

Me: I listened to the EP and there's one song I have to ask you about that is getting a lot of attention in the gay community. Not that I would know, but I read it. Anyway, I am talking about "Freak". That song has a very important message, Holly. Tell the readers what the message is.

Holly: Let the record show that you are not gay. Understood. The overall message is: Being a freak (different) is awesome sauce, let that freak flag fly!

Me: Or as I say on the Phile, let your phreak phlag phly. So, did you get bullied a lot in school?​

Holly: I think everyone has their experiences with bullying that leave their mark, in school and otherwise. Whether you’re the victim, the perpetrator, or a witness, it has a negative effect. I just did that thing where people don’t really answer the question. I was bullied. I wouldn’t say a lot.

Me: Are you surprised that song is getting a lot of positive attention?

Holly: I always expect and hope for the best so when it happens it’s more of a pleasant confirmation than a surprise. I’ve gotten some negative attention from it as well, and I’m not surprised either way. I do what I do and people take it how they take it.

Me: You had a song on "The Real World", right? I bet that was cool for you. Did you see the episode it was in?

Holly: I did, yes, it was on the season finale. It was incredibly cool. I got to see it when it aired and for me it was just surreal and I calmly watched it unfold. While my best friend damn near peed her pants. 

Me: If you could have your music placed in any TV show, what would it be?

Holly: Oh you just really know how to get me going don’t you? I watch way too much TV and the list is endless. I will narrow it down to 2: "Glee" and "Dexter".

Me: Speaking of "Glee", you tried out for "Glee", am I right? What part did you audition for?

Holly: It was an open call for all the new roles they starting adding after the original cast.

Me: Have you done many auditions?

Holly: Mostly when I was younger, musical theater and whatnot.

Me: A friend of mine also auditioned for "Glee". She's female and the part went to a male. What song did you sing in the audition, Holly?

Holly: I sang "True Colors". It was the best choice for me from a list they had given.

Me: Holly, your music is very dance oriented and poppy. When you play live do you have a band?

Holly: Sometimes it’s me and one acoustic guitar, sometimes it’s a full band, sometimes it’s tracks, and sometimes a combination.

Me: Who plays in the band?

Holly: Hired guns.

Me: Ever play down here in Orlando yet?

Holly: Not yet, but I’d love to and I shall.

Me: So, what's next for you, Holly?

Holly: I just released a second music video from "Infinitude" on October 9th. I’m also in the process of writing and recording my new EP due out in February, which I may very well call “Holy Hell”. Do I have your permission?

Me: Yes, you do. Holly, thanks so much for being here on the Phile. Please come back when "Holy Hell" comes out. Oh, I have to ask you something. That publicity picture of you sitting on the rock in Malibu with your feet in the water... when was that taken? The water looks so cold. You are braver then I am... knowing me, I would of slipped on the rocks and fell into the ocean. Were you worried about that? I hope you're a good swimmer.

Holly: It was taken in September in LA and it was 5 a.m. so it was a little cold, but I’m willing to do whatever I need to get a good shot. I was more concerned that this was the first shot of the day and the cold salty ocean water splashed right up on my vagina, so I had to do the rest of the shoot in soggy wet underwear. First world problems, I know. May I say vagina on your blog?

Me: Yeah, of course you can say vagina. Thanks again, Holly, I hope this interview was fun. Keep doing what you're doing. Is there a website you wanna plug?

Holly: It was super fun! Thanks so much for including me.

Me: Take care, Holly. And remember... name your next release "Holy Hell".

Holly: I am very tempted. Would you require a fee for your input?

Me: Nope, just a thank you in the liner notes, and you back on the Phile. Talk to you next year, Holly.

Well, that about does it for another entry of the Phile. Thanks to my guests Stephanie Cutter and of course Holly Elle. Okay, the Phile will be back tomorrow with artist Timothy Lim then on Wednesday it's the fellas from Reasons Be. Then I will be on vacation, so the Phile will be back again on October 28th with the band The Chocolate Robots. That's a great name. Spread the word, not the turd. Don't let snakes and alligators bite you. Bye, love you, bye.

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