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Table Talk w/Lizzie Weber

What happens when you take an oh, so magnetic stage presence, undeniable piano and guitar skills and lay it all underneath a voice that you could get lost in for days? 

You get everything (plus, like, so much more) that the Seattle area’s Lizzie Weber has to offer in all that she dazzles with. Compared to the talented likes of Joan Osbourne and Norah Jones (plus one other bold comparison..keep reading!), Ms. Weber has already taken the West Coast by storm thanks to her debut 2015 freshman E.P., which won everybody over thanks to dreamy ditties like “Falling Like Fools” and her arousing cover of Nirvana’s ’90s rock anthem, “Heart Shaped Box.” 

It also doesn’t hurt that along her path to success, Lizzie has collaborated with Academy Award-winner Marketa Irglova (The Swell Season/Once) and American Idol‘s Crystal Bowersox, which should all make for an interesting journey when Ms. Weber blesses the world with her long-awaited follow-up record later this fall. 

While there’s still much to be spilled about the much-anticipated set, what we do know is that Lizzie was groovy and gracious enough to take over by the Philly Mixtape tea table, where she tipped mugs about, well, it all and then some. 

It’s time to take a seat at the table once again, kids….and when it comes to the fabulous Lizzie Weber, you’ll certainly be glad you did.

First up on the table……spill for everyone a little bit about your background…. I was born and raised in St. Louis, but am now a Pacific Northwesterner and moved out this way in 2016. I sort of float the Puget Sound between Anacortes and Seattle. Anacortes is a small, beautiful seaside town about an hour north of Seattle–it’s also where I recorded my new EP! I’ve been writing and recording music for about seven years now. Excited to be releasing new music for the first time since my move out here!

Moving on to the music, break some fine Lennox mugs about the inspiration behind your dreamy acoustic track, “You.” I wrote the song in response to a painful break-up. For the most part, writing it served as a reminder to myself that I knew it was doomed from the beginning. I wanted to bring out a sort of ‘spaghetti western’ dynamic when recording, hence the sweeping lap steel layers and plucked baritone/telecaster that moves throughout the piece.

Okay….out of all of the influences I hear in your undeniable vocal play, Jewel is the first name that comes to mind. Would you say that’s a fair comparison or am I totally off track here?! I take that as a huge compliment! Growing up, Jewel’s debut was one of my first records. I can remember singing “Foolish Games” at the top of my lungs in my room and being totally enamored with her sound. A friend of mine has gone as far to call me “Jewel Jr..” so all in all I think it’s fair!  

Shout out….your go-to album for anything life throws at you….
That’s so tough! If I had to choose one, it would probably Joni Mitchell’s “Court and Spark.”

Anything you can spill about your future endeavors? Any touring in the near future?
Definitely planning to do some touring! I’m currently preparing my second full-length album and am very excited to share that I’ll be releasing a double-single collaboration with one of my favorite artists this fall. 

One last spill….what words of wisdom would you give to anyone trying to make it in this crazy music and entertainment business? Be kind to one another. Pay it forward, and never succeed at the expense of another person. 
Amen. 
For much more with the fabulous LIzzie Weber, you should absolutely check this and this out. 
For much more with Philly Mixtape, peep this

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A Spot of Tea w/ Aunt Mary Pat

If you reside in the tri-state area and haven’t heard of the name, Aunt Mary Pat DiSabatino, well, then, you might not actually live in the tri-state area because just like f@#king Cheers…everybody knows her name. 

The Delco flavored comedic brainchild of uber-talented local gentleman, Troy David Hendrickson (who also slays it as Philly drag goddess, Miss Troy), Aunt Mary Pat has only been on the scene for a short time now–and it’s now a proven fact that we just can’t get rid of her–so we might as well roll with her fierce comedic punches…and that we certainly have.

Whether it’s been on one of her many, many sold out stops on her Downashore & More Tour (she’ll be at Delaware Pride in Dover this weekend, kids and kweens!) or on the dance floors as her delectable ditty, “Doin’ Good,” werks the system (she does it all…keep reading), Aunt Mary Pat has proven herself to be a staple on the local talent scene that by this point, we just can’t liiiiive without. 

She’s also proven to be quite the tea spiller as well as she recently flipped the Philly Mixtape entertainment tea table, where AMP broke all sorts of mugs about what it’s like to be her, what words of inspiration she would say to the kiddies, and of course, just which summer music is complimenting her Fireball shots this summer. 

And just what would she knock ol’ bitties out of the way for if she won a shopping spree to ACME?? 

All you have to do to find out is take a seat at the table because the one, the only….Aunt Mary Pat DiSabatino is about to spill it all just for you.

Okay….let’s break some Lennox mugs from that cabinet Mom told you not to touch as a kid, shall we? First on the table….spill for everyone about the sacred origins of the now seemingly legendary…..Aunt Mary Pat.   [She]  was born as me making fun of my own mother. So, as the asshole son I am, I uploaded the video and it took off. I know refer to AMP as the love letter to my mom, Susan.

Did you ever in a million god damn years think the character of Aunt Mary Pat would blow up 
up like she did? It must be wild for you…. I never thought my joke would turn into this at all! I am floored by the amount of love and support that I’ve been receiving. It truly gets bigger every single day and I am so grateful.

I also took a gander at the dance music charts and I see you also have a fun single, “Doin’ Good,” slaying it! Now, how in the hell did this all come about? I got approached from a wonderful artist and producer named Kendoll King. He wanted to work on a song together. We put together an awesome beat and have been working hard on it ever since March. We finished the track and it was officially released on[July 6th]. The first weekend the song kept climbing and climbing until it peaked at number 12 on the iTunes dance charts. We were both BLOWN away! 

What other music is rockin’ Aunt Mary Pat’s jukebox this summer? AMP is obviously listening to “Doin’ Good.” Also, new music from Ariana Grande, Kacey Musgraves (“High Horse” anyone?) and without a doubt BON JOVI!

What fonts of wisdom would you personally give to any performer out there who right this very god damn second decided to enter this f@#king crazy entertainment business?? You can’t be scared. You’re going to fail sometimes and that’s okay. You gotta shake it off. Try everything, because you never know which idea will take off or resonate with people. Stay humble. If you’re successful, help others! Don’t take things too seriously. And don’t try too hard. Just be you 🙂

Fuck….marry…..kill …..Ariana……Nicki….Liza. Fuck Nicki, Marry Ariana, and Kill LIZZZZZZAAA with a Z.

One last sip….and it’s an important one here……you’ve won a thousand dollar shopping spree to Acme……what are the first three things that you’re throwin’ elbows for right as you burst through those coveted doors? TOUGH ONE. First, I’m grabbing some Keebler’s Rainbow Chips Deluxe, then a bag of their homemade Tortilla Chips and finally a great big jug of the some pulp Simply Orange Juice!

And there you have it, folks!

For much, much more with Aunt Mary Pat, you should get to werk right here, right now. 

Cover photo courtesy of Troy David Hendrickson. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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5 Ways to Prepare for Britney’s Atlantic City Takeover

Get ready, Atlantic City, because for what’s sure-to-be three spectacular nights…..it’s Britney, bitch.

Yes, that’s right, beginning tonight, July 19th, through this Saturday, July 21st, the legendary Ms. Britney Spears is bringing her Las Vegas owning Piece of Me Vegas spectacle under the spotlights at the Event Center in Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa.

And while indeed, there are many, many ways to prepare for our beloved Princess of Pop and all that her box office destroying show has to offer (and it’s a whole lot, folks, so grab those last few tickets while you still can), here are 5 sure fire ways to get the entire Jersey Shore and beyond more than ready for all things Brit Brit

Let’s go. 

1.Dance to the fact that “…Baby One More Time” is turning 20 this fall…..     You might want to mark October 23rd down on your calendar because it’s sure to be a national holiday as Ms. Spears legendary debut ditty (that opening keyboard riff, tho…priceless) will be celebrating twenty years of still owning our pom-pom wearin’ lives. While it’s easy to feel old at this coveted news (two decades…seriously??), you should waste no time in squeezing into those Catholic School Gurl digs and practicing that choreo because we need to party ’90s Britney-style, um, one more time and celebrate a track that legitimately changed the face of the pop music landscape forever. Like, seriously. Oh, baby, baby indeed. 

2.Watch this “Toxic” performance on repeat….    While we could spill Godney tea all day and burn our corneas out watching each and every one of her earth shattering live performances, for the sake of our general well beings, let’s just say they’re all legendary….yes, even that one. But if there’s one performance that’s sure to get you all sorts of right prior to her AC takeover, it’s this smokin’ hot take of “Toxic” that will certainly do the trick and will always get us thinking of these seven magical little words…in the zone and up all night. Anyone remember? Of course you do. Now, dance. 

3.Show ‘Glory’ a little love……     Let’s face it, you barely listened to Britney’s ninth studio offering when it was released two years ago, and you most likely haven’t listened to it recently..and no, no that certainly isn’t a question. Although it was well received by critics, Britney’s most recent-and quite excellent-set didn’t fare so well on the charts…and it’s a damn shame. Lead single, “Make Me,” still makes for a credible bedroom banger (despite the video drama), and the oh, so underrated “Slumber Party” and its Tinashe co-starring hot-as-f@#k video simply demand repeat viewings. Then you’ve got the bumpin’ “Clumsy,” then there’s, ah, well, just relive it all below and find your Glory-us moment. But by the way, when is that next album dropping, B?? 

4.Watch these slaying clips from Britney’s Vegas show…..   If there’s one thing that Ms. Britney proved to the world while her Piece of Me show was dominating the Vegas trip (besides, well, everything), it’s that she still knows how to throw down her classic choreography. From “Slave” to “Crazy” to “Oops” to “Me Against the Music,” the yaas-worthy compilation video below shows our Queen B displaying that she still knows how to get it, get it….what. Just watch and you better practice those moves before this weekend, bitch. 

5.Listen to “Work Bitch” every day of your Britney lovin’ life……    Now, you betta werk, bitch, and get those tickets to see Godney own Atlantic City this weekend. 

Cover photo courtesy of Britney Spears