Monday, November 4, 2013

Pheaturing Phile Alum Lila Rose

Hey there, welcome to the Phile, how are you? I am tired, emotional and no, I'm not drunk. Not at 10:30 in the morning. Haha.  Let's start the Phile talking about Justin Bieber fucking his way through Latin America. There's no other way to put it, kids. Bieber, who is currently touring through Central and South America, was seen leaving a brothel in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil a week after reports surfaced that the tween idol had visited a house of ill repute in Panama. The Spanish speaking world prepares itself for an influx of bebés desagradables. Bieber probably pays those prostitutes to watch him piss in a mop bucket.  Delta and JetBlue airlines have announced that they are finally ending the madness and will start allowing passengers to jerk it to porn, or read or whatever, during take-offs and landings. This comes after the FAA's recommendation that travelers be allowed to use electronic devices "from gate to gate", not to be confused with the pornographic performer Gaping Gabe, whose body of work travelers may now sample while awaiting take-off.  During Friday night's Nuggets-Blazers game at Pepsi Center, the limp unmoving body of Denver mascot Rocket was slowly lowered to the arena floor, as what appeared to be some sort of victory sacrifice to the basketball gods... after the man in the costume fell unconscious while wearing a flying harness. The sacramental rite was apparently unsuccessful, as Portland walked away with a 113 - 98 win. You gotta see a picture of this if you haven't already.

That's so sad. Haha. Now Rocket Raccoon would never dangle limp like that.  Senator Chuck Schumer announced his support for the unannounced theoretical campaign of Hillary Clinton against unknown primary and general election candidates in the presidential contest which will not take for another three full years. You know, I was thinking... I bet Hillary Clinton sexts all the time, but we just don't realize that "I'm going to tell you all about Gaza" is a sext.  The magnificently botched roll-out of the Affordable Care Act, Barack Obama's signature piece of legislation, may be achieving a task many skeptics thought impossible. Voters, flabbergasted at the incompetence on display by the executive office and the Democratic Party in general, are starting to think that maybe those Republican guys who torpedoed the government a few weeks back aren't so bad after all.  Little did California teen Max Wade realize it when he ventured to steal celebrity chef and comical-hair pioneer Guy Fieri's Lamborghini two years ago, but he put into effect a chain of events that ultimately resulted in what will likely be remembered as the greatest piece of artwork humanity has ever produced. It is truly sad to think that the name of the courtroom artist responsible may not even be known to future generations. Don't know what I'm talking about?

I met Guy a few years ago at Epcot when I was working. The guy couldn't be any nicer. I actually asked him if eats at Friday's all the time and he said nope.  A man in Texas was arrested for an overdue library book. In Texas you may not hold a book longer than it takes to kill a bug with it. An arrest warrant was issued for Copperas Cove, Texas resident Jory Enck last week after he wantonly refused to return to the library a GED study guide he checked out three years ago. Enck returned the overdue book after being released from jail on a $200 bond. At time of publishing, it appears unlikely that the state will press for capitol punishment.  Here's a bloody good map of America submitted by a Phile reader and drawn by some Australian bloke who has 1: never been here and 2: apparently thinks Comic Sans is an acceptable font choice.

As you can see, he totally nails Texas, Florida, Hawaii and Rectangle... which, you might know know, is the official state name of Wyoming. In any event, here's a response map...

So, have you seen Best Buy's new ad? It kinda is true.

This month is the 50th anniversary of the TV show "Doctor Who" and there's a lot of interesting things coming out. In the 50th anniversary episode the Daleks are gonna appear, but they don't seem to be that scary.

Also this month in less than 20 days is my 45th birthday and if you're thinking of getting me a cake, well, I have an idea of what kinda cake I do not want...

I do want a kick ass birthday though.  Okay, do you kids have Facebook? Well, there's a lot of weird things that happen on and around that social media site, so I thought I would start a new pheature I will call...

Everybody say cheese!! What a beautiful moment for this Missouri family posing for their Christmas card photo. But what they didn't expect is that the photo would end up somewhere else than their living room. Yes, a giant version of the image was spotted by a college friend of them on a food store in Prague, the Czech Republic. The photo was being used as an advertisement without any authorization. Grazie store in Prague's owner, Mario Bertuccio said he took it from the internet and he had no idea it belonged to a real family. Well Mario, say that to the judge.

I love it. Okay, so, a phriend of the Phile wanted to come on and talk about something that is really bothering her so I said why not. So, please welcome back to the Phile...

Me: Hello, Eve, welcome back to the Phile. So, what's bothering you?

Eve: It's too hot with the air conditioner off.

Me: Too hot? Then turn the bloody thing on.

Eve: It's too cold with the air conditioner on.

Me: I don't know what to say. Go outside then.

Eve: Okay, bye.

Me: Eve Rest, everyone. Talking first world problems before that was cool.

Today's guest is a very talented singer and musician whose CD "Heart Machine" is available on iTunes and who a few months ago came out with a very cool video for the title track. Please welcome back to the Phile... Lila Rose.

Me: Hello, Lila, welcome back to the Phile. How have you been?

Lila: Thanks so much! I’ve been quite wonderful, and very hard working. As always…

Me: I just watched your video for the song "Heart Machine", and really liked it. Was it fun to make? 

Lila: Thank you again, I’m glad you liked it. Fun? Ummm, there was definitely fun involved absolutely, but anyone involved in film knows how much work is involved. So yes, there’s fun, and it’s generally equaled out but some elements of not-so-fun also.

Me: Who came up with the concept for it?

Lila: Daniel Garcia, he’s an amazing artist of many trades. Web designer, musician, producer, videographer, etc etc etc. It was mostly his idea with some add ons from myself and the director, Martin Estevez.

Me: It looked like it was a trailer for a big budget sci-fi movie, but kinda dark. I have a screen shot here to give people an idea...

Me: Is that what you were going for?

Lila: Haha. Yeah I can see that. No, it was not really the intention, but it sure is hard to tell how something will turn out until it’s done, and then you pretty much gotta run with it.

Me: You have done some acting in the past, and you act a little in the video. Do you like to act and be on film?

Lila: I did a lot of acting in the past... I actually have spent more years acting that singing professionally but I gave it up years ago. I found through this experience that I am not really very good at it anymore! LOL. I kind of like it, and I kind of don’t also. It’s really weird revisiting an old passion I had stored away, so I’ll let you know in a few years.

Me: You sure like to dress up with different looks, Lila. Do you have fun shopping and choosing what look you wanna have?

Lila: Oh thanks (again, again). I rarely ever shop or spend money on myself honestly. I’m more often thinking of the next art piece, and how to fund THAT rather than my clothes. I also like to donate to good causes whenever I have a lil’ extra flow so shopping is not the number one topic of my life. A lot of my clothes are hand me downs, thrift shop scores, with a bit of fun shopping in between.

Me: You also like changing your hair styles as well, right? You'll never go bald though, right? Please say no.

Lila: Haha. I’ve already done the bald-ish thing (I had a buzz cut when I was 13). I do like changing my hair styles I guess… I just cut off the last of my 12 year dreads so I am just now learning how to have “normal” hair again. I guess I should get a brush one of these days!

Me: Last time you were here I mentioned your tattoos, and you didn't go into what they mean. You can now if you want. Did you get any new ones?

Lila: Hmmmm… not since then, but I have plans for some new ones when the time is right. I want to put some sort of animal energy on there somehow. I haven’t yet figured out how that will look so I’m waiting, but once the new album (coming soon) comes out, you’ll understand why.

Me: You have some on your palms. That I know was painful. Why do you do that?

Lila: After one palm I would of said that is enough. LOL.

Lila: LOL indeed. How’d you know about those? Did I tell you? Hardly anyone knows about those…

Me: I don't know if you told me or not or how I know to be honest. Why get them on your palms? That is a painful spot to have them done.

Lila: I don’t know exactly why we do these suffering types of things to ourselves really, but all I know is we do it... over, and over and over again!

Me: Anyway, last time you were on the Phile you were promoting your album "Heart Machine" which is a great album. You are currently working on a new album?

Lila: Yup.

Me: Do you have a date when it'll be released?

Lila: I think the full album will be out at the end of March, but we will trickle some singles before that.

Me: Are you working with the same people on it?

Lila: Nope!

Me: Last time you collaborated with someone named Lynx and Eric Denniston. Will they be on the new album?

Lila: Nope, but I love them!

Me: Are you doing all the song writing yourself?

Lila: Yes.

Me: You went on tour with the last album, what was your favorite show you played, Lila?

Lila: I would say Seattle was my favorite, which surprised me. It was the last show added by the band we were touring with, SORNE. We were the openers for the whole night so I thought no one would be there but it was packed and awesome. Seattle was a really cool city to explore too!

Me: I have to ask you about your influences, I don't know if I did last time. What music do you listen to?

Lila: It’s changing constantly. Right now I’m listening to a lot of stuff like the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Lykee Li, Temper Trap… I dunno. I honestly changes every day so I’m currently looking at my Pandora play list to know how to answer this question.

Me: So, what do you think of Miley Cyrus? I love that song "Wrecking Ball".

Lila: I think she is a horrible example of a role model, and of the music industry today. She is the epidemy of what went wrong.

Me: That's fair enough. Lila, I didn't know you played guitar until just recently. How long have you been playing and what was the first song you learnt to play?

Lila: I’ve been playing guitar for about 7 years, not too long really, and I’m not really great at it but I do use it to compose most of my music. The first song I learnt to play was likely one of my own… I just started writing songs right away!

Me: Lila, you're from Canada but live in San Francisco, am I right? How is life in California?

Lila: I LOVE California life! It’s sooooo much more awesome than cold Toronto life.

Me: When you're not making music, what do you do for fun?

Lila: Go for hikes, eat yummy vegetarian food, go to live music shows, hang out with my friends, pet my cat, read books, watch movies (mostly documentaries), and mostly geeeeekkkk out!

Me: I know you are a serious activist with LGBT issues, animal rights, and native rights. If you could only choose one to focus on, which one would it be?

Lila: Animals. For sure. I’ve just always had a soft spot for those who cannot speak for themselves.

Me: And is that native Indian rights?

Lila: There is some controversy on titles actually and I believe Native American is the terminology to best describe what you are asking… and yes, I am a supporter.

Me: What kinda LGBT issues do you focus on?

Lila: I don’t focus on the issues... I focus on the solutions to supporting equal rights and treatment for all, including the LGBTQ communities.

Me: And I have to ask you about this, you want to be the first artist to release an album whose artwork is on 100% tree-free kenaf paper? What does that mean?

Lila: Yes, kenaf is a very fast growing plant generally found in Asia whose fiber can be used to make paper products. One of my friends was starting a company in Cambodia making this more sustainable paper which is on hold at the moment so I’m crossing my fingers this comes through soon.

Me: I have a music project myself called Strawberry Blondes Forever. Maybe our first release will be on tree-free kenaf paper... just kidding. I dunno what that is. Anyway, why don't you think anyone did that before?

Lila: Because it won’t make few people as much money.

Me: You must love trees, am I right?

Lila: Of course, who wouldn’t? They allow us to breath, and they are pretty!

Me: Oh... Okay, on the Phile this year I am asking random questions thanks to Tabletopics... are you ready? Oh, this is a good one... what do you wish you were better at saying "no" to?

Lila: My cat, for asking for more food all the time and always getting it!

Me: Lila, thanks for coming back on the Phile. Please come back when the next CD comes out. Go ahead and mention your website and anything else. Take care, talk to you soon.

Lila: Thanks! is me!

There, that does it for another entry. Thanks to Lila for a great interview. Okay, the Phile will be back next Sunday with Phile Alum Shirli McAllen, lead singer for the band Leftover Cuties. Then on Monday it's Greg Radcliffe, guitarist for the English band Kamp David. Spread the word, not the turd. Don't let snakes and alligators bite you. Bye, love you, bye. Strawberry Blondes Forever!

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