Monday, July 30, 2012

Pheaturing Spence Newell From New Hands

So, if the 2012 Olympics are summer games does Australia think they are winter games?  Welcome to the Phile, everybody. How are you? So, I read that Romeny's campaign has raised $10 million in California over the last two days. One million was from a fundraiser while $9 million was from Romney checking a pocket in some old khakis.  It's rumored that Kim Kardashian's mother, Kris Jenner, wants to host her own talk show while Kim's step-dad, Bruce Jenner, just wants to blink. That's right, Kim Kardashian's mother may be getting her own talk show. Of course, most viewers would rather she have a "don't talk" show.  I also read that one of the presidential will have a town hall format where citizens will ask the candidates questions. The most common question: “Are you the only two choices?”  New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said he will think about running for president in 2016 if Obama wins in November. But until then he said he'll just think about pancakes.  Scotland announced that it will legalize gay marriage. I don't know what's bigger news, that Scotland did that or that a country where guys wear plaid skirts didn't already have gay marriage.  Germany has opened a new hotline that lets people call in and yell curse words at strangers on the other end. We have something similar in America. It's called Time Warner customer service.  So, are you still watching the Olympics, everybody? In watched about five hours of Olympics yesterday. I was really getting into that new sport they have this year... motorcycle bowling. It was really exciting. If you didn't see it, here is a screen shot.

Great Britain got really really into the Olympics, spending a lot. They have a special Olympic 50p coin just for the Olympics. Check it out.

Everything is pretty much sponsored. Even Olympic security is sponsored.

Yesterday I showed you what the Olympic mascots look like this year. I was so excited that they put them on an inspirational poster.

Well, all through July I showed you different versions of one of man's greatest inventions... the bikini. Well, a week or so ago I ran out of bikini's to go, but I have the best readers, and they started to send me pictures of some. Here is one that was sent in.

It's another painted on bikini... or bathing suit. I don't think some of my readers got it. Oh, well. Thanks for sending it in. And now for the newest pheature on the Phile...

Well, this might be the last Olympic games if the Mayans were right. They are very smart, those Mayans. To help you through the week with some good advice I thought I would invite back to the Phile our good friend...

Me: Hello, Marvin, do you have any good advice for us today?

Marvin: Nya b’a’n tu’n t-xi tcho’n tkan ecy’, ku’n b’e’x cy-elil xc’ota.

Me: Marvin, that is great, but once again you need to tell us in English, not Mayanese.

Marvin: It is not good to eat hen’s legs or you will become a slow worker.

Me: That's great, Marvin, thank you. I don't eat hen's legs and I am still a slow worker sometimes. Mayan the Modern Day Mayan, everybody.

This past weekend was very important politically wise. I don't know what it is as I was so wrapped in with Olympic Fever. So I thought I would invite a friend of the Phile back to talk about what was so special about the weekend. Please welcome back to the Phile, the Executive Director of the Democratic  National Committee... Patrick Gaspard.

Me: Hello, Patrick, so, what was special about this past weekend?

Patrick: Hello, Jason. It marked 100 days until Election Day.

Me: Oh, yeah. November 6th, the day after my son turns 13. This is a big election this year.

Patrick: The impact of the outcome on November 6th will be felt for decades.

Me: For the readers that have not been paying attention, and I am sure there's one or two, tell them why this is so important. You gotta work hard, Patrick.

Patrick: If we don't work as hard as we can to re-elect President Obama, keep control of the Senate, and win back the House, we could lose Obamacare, see the clock turned back on a woman's right to make her own health decisions, and let Wall Street go back to writing their own rules.

Me: That's why Democrats and the Obama campaign are planning our biggest national weekend of action this year, right?

Patrick: Yes, because to win in November, we need to start registering voters, talking with folks in our communities, and laying the groundwork to win on Election Day.

Me: As I have been told, by you and other Democrats... including the President, the Republicans and Mitt Romney outraised you guys by $35 million last month alone.

Patrick: Which they'll use to blanket the country with attack ads in an attempt to persuade voters against coming out for Democrats on Election Day.

Me: What does that mean if they will outspend you on television?

Patrick: It means our field operations are even more important, the number of voters we register and the people we talk to could make or break the fate of Democrats across the board in November. When you join us, you'll be playing a critical part in our 2012 election efforts.

Me: About four or five years ago when I was part of the Union and a shop steward at Disney I volunteered with people from Acorn to stand outside Publix, which is a supermarket, and try to get people to register to vote. That's freakin' hard work.

Patrick: I can tell you, from my years of knocking doors and calling voters, there is nothing more rewarding than knowing that with every voter you talk to, you're making a difference. If you're an old hand at this, you know what I mean.

Me: Well, good luck, Patrick. Come back soon and keep us informed, my friend.

Patrick: Thanks, Jason.

The 21st artist to be pheatured in the P.P.A.G. is Mad Magazine artist Anton Emdin, and this is one of his pieces.
Anton will be a guest on the Phile next Sunday.

Today's guest is the lead singer for the Canadian band New Hands whose new single "Tulips" is now available on Bandcamp. Please welcome to the Phile... Spence Newell.

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

Spence: I'm doing exceptionally well, thank you.

Me: You guys are from Canada, right? What part?

Spence: We're from Hamilton, a city in southern Ontario not far from Toronto.

Me: I interviewed a shit load of musicians from Canada. Have you heard of Dark Mean?

Spence: I've heard of Dark Mean, our producer actually worked with them on their debut album. We see them around town every so often, they're pretty nice guys.

Me: I always ask musicians I interview if they are fans one of my favorite bands, the Barenaked Ladies. Are you fans of them?

Spence: I don't know if any of us are huge fans of the Barenaked Ladies but I like a few of their tunes, like "Call And Answer" and "One Week". I'm really not too hot on "If I Had A Million Dollars" though.

Me: What bands are you into, Spence?

Spence: The big ones I'm into and have been into for awhile are The Strokes, LCD Soundsystem and The Beatles.

Me: Let's talk about your band, New Hands. Where did the name come from... wait, I wanna guess. You have five guys in the band, and there's five fingers on a hand, am I right?

Spence: That's clever! It would've been neat to call ourselves New Fingers or New Phalanges but neither of those rolls off the tongue as easily as New Hands.

Me: Where did the name come from anyway?

Spence: We came up with the name while we were in the studio recording a single we released last fall called "This I've Heard". It had a b-side called "Through The Woodwork" and one of the lyrics was "some new pair of hands that takes you". Our drummer, Gordy, heard the line while we were playing the track back and thought "New Hands" would be a cool band name, so we went with it.

Me: Who is in the band? And let me guess, there's someone related... a lot of bands from Canada has members who are related, I dunno why.

Spence: The band consists of myself the singer, Ben the guitarist/keyboardist/back up singer, Evan the bassist/occasional keyboardist, Gordy the drummer and Pat the guitarist/drum pad player. That's weird that Canadian bands have a lot of related members but yeah, Gordy and Evan are brothers.

Me: I knew it! Are you the founder of the band, Spence?

Spence: Pat, Ben and I used to play in a high school band together and then Evan joined along and Gordy soon after him. I'd say we all founded New Hands when we picked that name.

Me: Most bands from Canada I have interviewed here have a very acoustic sound, but your band seems more industrial. Is that a fair remark?

Spence: I'd say that's fair. We don't really feature anything acoustic on any of our tracks, minus a cello played by Anna Jarvis on "Tulips". We're an electronic band that also features electric guitars, bass and drums.

Me: I just listened to the single "Tulips". Is that a song from the new album?

Spence: Yes, it's going to be on our debut.

Me: My son Logan has a question for you, Spence.

Logan: The song sounds like it could be on "Adventure Time" or "The Regular Show"... do you know those shows? Has anybody ever told you that?

Spence: Those are both shows on Cartoon Network, right?

Logan: Yup.

Spence: I've never watched them before. No one has ever told us that but we love cartoons so that's an awesome comparison.

Me: Also, Spence, when you are talking about 'tulips' you're not talking about the flower, am I right? If you know what I mean?

Spence: I think I know what you mean? The title might actually be referencing the flower, I'm not too sure. Ben, who writes the music, named the song awhile back when we were first working on it. It's a pretty name. The lyrics, which I write, don't really have anything to do with flowers.

Me: So, when is the album gonna be out?

Spence: The album will be out in early 2013, we'll keep you posted when we know the exact date.

Me: When it does comes out will you please come back on the Phile, Spence? I hope this was fun.

Spence: This was very fun, I will come back for sure.

Me: Go ahead and plug your website and I wish you lots of luck. Take care, and I hope to talk to you soon.

Spence: Thanks! Take it easy. Some sites are:,,,,  You can also download "Tulips" for free at:

There you go, kids, another entry of the Phile done. Thanks to Patrick Gaspard and of course to Spence Newell from New Hands. The Phile will be back with an extra entry this week on Friday where the guest will be Alumni Wishnefsky as we kick off Alumni Month. Then on Sunday it's artist Anton Emdin and on Monday British singer Paul Cox. Then the following week on Sunday it's Alumni Shirli McAllen from Leftover Cuties and the Monday after it's singer Anna Estrada. So, spread the word, not the turd. don't let snakes and alligators bite you. Bye, love you, bye. Now to watch more Olympic stuff.


Sunday, July 29, 2012

Pheaturing Shannon Haley

Hello, everybody, and welcome to another entry of the Phile. I am your host, Jason Peverett, and I'm going for the silver. I'll never get the gold.  Mariah Carey will fill the role of unstable female judge on "American Idol." They always try to have a crazy woman in the box. They started with Paula Abdul and Steven Tyler last year and now Mariah Carey.  The NBA will start advertising on player uniforms. The Celtics will be the Boston Market Celtics. Denver, they will be the Chicken McNuggets. They'll be Land O' Lakers, the Chevy Blazers, Motel 6ers, Burger Kings.  Have you kids been watching the Olympic games? In the spirit of the Olympic Games, they traditionally ask that all fighting and warfare around the world stop. So, there's hope for a ceasefire within the Jackson family. A judge has ruled that Katherine Jackson, Michael’s mother, will no longer have custody of Michael’s kids because of bad decisions. Not only that, but they took down her statue from the Neverland Ranch.  Mitt Romney annoyed the British by saying that London seemed unprepared for the Olympics. You know, putting his foot in his mouth like that is not very presidential. Vice presidential, sure. Yeah, but not presidential.   Did you see the he opening ceremonies? It featured a parade of athletes from 107 bankrupt nations.  A few years ago when they revealed the look of the logo for the 2012 London Olympics I said it looks like Lisa Simpson giving head. I still say that. Check it out.

I always look forward to what the Olympic mascots will look like. For the 2012 Olympics I am not sure what to think. If you haven't seen them, here is a picture of what they look like.

They look like Bomberman got butt-raped by a cyclops. You know, there used to be five Olympic rings, but there's now four. One went missing last night, and here on the Phile, I have proof.

Okay, all July I have been honoring one of man's greatest inventions ever created, and I am talking about the bikini. I ran out of cool bikini's to show off, but luckily some Phile readers came through and sent me some. Like this one for example... I was told this is the coolest painted bikini, bra etc. I am not sure about that, but take a look.

And now for a brand new pheature on the Phile...

That's what I'm talking about.  Alright, so last weekend I invited a friend and Phile reader onto the Phile to talk about his project what he's doing for the Colorado victims. I thought I would invite him back for an update. So, please welcome once again to the Phile... Art Lew.

Me: Art, tell the readers about your project.

Art: My newest guitar project will be donated to charity for auction. A friend of mine hopes it will bring in a lot of money for the victims. To which I responded: To quote the villain, "It's not about the money... it's about sending a message." And that message is, the bad people of the world can keep doing evil, but the greater evil is when good people do nothing about it. The build itself is more a cathartic experence for me than an object I wanted to create. I cannot change what has happened. I can only move foward from where I now am. I cannot bring justice but in a small way I hope to bring peace. One of my better talents is to customize guitars in all sorts of unsual ways. And with that talent I hope to do two things. First, I hope this brings some small relief to those effected by the shootings in Colorado. And secondly, and more importantly, I want to do this a publicly as possible. The police were worried about copy cat crime. Why not inspire copy cat acts of kindness? At this moment, I am staring at the "bat-a-twang" and trying to figure out how to do the blue memorial ribbon. Oddly enough, I have some left-over "Tardis blue" paint that I will use. Till, it's completion in a few days...

Me: Very cool, Art. Here is what the guitar looks like right now.

Me: Art, is it about done?

Art: The logo is painted on. Possibly a few touch ups and putting the hardware back on is all that is left to be done.

Me: Good job, Art. Please come back when it's done. Art Lew, kids!

Well, I don't know if you heard but Mitt Romney was just in Israel and a brand new Phile character wanted to come on and talk about it. So, please welcome to the Phile...

5. Hey, it's a beautiful Saturday afternoon in Jerusalem... why are all the shops closed? Obama ruined the economy here too?
4. I loved my cheezy blintzes... but where can I get a yummy ham sandwich?
3. I'm not sure about this falafel... it looks like it was made at the local Zayen-Yud/Aleph!
2. This old wall could really use a good paint job and a cleaning from all those papers! 1.
1. This conflict can't last forever... aren't all these Jews eventually going to move to Miami?

Ollie Tabooger, Dymanic Democrat, everybody!

The 21st artist to be pheatured in the Peverett Phile Art Gallery is Anton Emdin, and this is one of his pieces.

Anton will be a guest on the Phile a week from today.

Today's guest is a talented singer and songwriter who I have been wanting to interview on the Phile since 2008 or so. Her new album "Send You Some" is coming out soon. She'll next be appearing in Chicago at Uncommon Ground on August 11th. Please welcome to the Phile, the lovely and talented... Shannon Haley.

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

Shannon: Thank you! I'm great, happy to be on the Phile.

Me: Okay, I don't know if you remember but you were originally were supposed to be on the Phile four years ago or so, when I first started interviewing people here. Do you remember that?

Shannon: I'm so happy you reminded me how I was familiar with you. I do remember! Thanks so much for having me here now.

Me: You were a country singer back then, right, Shannon? Are you still considered a country singer?

Shannon: As far as genre goes, I like to focus on writing the best songs I can from an honest place, and producing them the way that I feel is best fit for each song. I try to let the songs lead me to a genre. Right now with my new CD, it seems that there is a strong element of pop and perhaps a little element of country. In the past I had management that was pushing me more specifically in the country direction. However, now I just like to make the best music I can make and let others label it as they feel best.

Me: What bands did you listen to growing up, and what bands do you listen to now?

Shannon: Growing up I listened to a lot of James Taylor, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Sheryl Crow and my select favorite country songs by everyone from Garth Brooks to Wynona Judd. Currently, I still listen to all of these artists, but I also love The Fray, Coldplay and Ingrid Michaelson.

Me: You're originally from California, but spent time in Nashville, am I right? Where are you based now, Shannon?

Shannon: Yes, originally I'm from Northern California and I came to LA when I was 18. I started making trips to Nashville during college and fell in love with the city. I have been really lucky and have found affordable places to live in both cities. So, right now I am splitting my time 50/50 in LA and Nashville.

Me: Where is your favorite place to live?

Shannon: Honestly, I prefer the small town feel and community in Nashville, but I've found my favorite "nooks" in LA and have found a way to make it feel smaller, and I'm sometimes even successful at avoiding the traffic. So, I'm generally pretty happy with both places.

Me: What made you first want to go out to Nashville? Was that for music?

Shannon: Yes. I had a sense that I needed to be there because of the songwriting. I've always loved writing songs more than anything and I had heard that the songwriting community there was one of the strongest in the world. It's true.

Me: You studied music at UCLA, which I didn't know anybody could do. Most interviewees I interviewed studied at Berklee... did you think of going there to study?

Shannon: I actually went to UCLA as an opera singer, believe it or not. I had developed that kind of voice and training during my years in high school where I was involved in an intense choir that toured the world and practiced at least 30 hours a week. After a year in the program at ULCA, I realized that if I were to continue in the major, I would have to dedicate everything to opera. I didn't feel that it was the right fit for me as an artist, and I ultimately made the decision to leave the program and focus on my songwriting and solo artist career.

Me: What did you focus on, songwriting, playing?

Shannon: UCLA didn't offer any type of commercial music program so I worked on the songwriting, guitar, performing, recording etc. Myself.

Me: Did you want to be an opera singer at one time? I am glad you didn't go down that route.

Shannon: Haha, thank you for validating my decision. It really didn't feel like the right fit for me. I have such a respect for opera singers, especially after understanding exactly what kind of intense training is involved. However, I quickly realized that the program's exercises were changing my voice, and I felt that I would have to eventually 'train myself out of my training' if I ever wanted to pursue the kind of music I was passionate about. So, I'm glad I left when I did.

Me: You also got a degree in sociology. What is that exactly?

Shannon: I'm still trying to figure out what sociology is. :) It's technically the study of society. I really wanted to study psychology but my dad said it was a waste of a degree. Ah, the irony. We don't talk about how he feels about sociology. Haha, all of this said, I actually did take a lot of very interesting courses. Imagine psychology on a broader scale. I like to think that it gave me a broader perspective that in some way has helped me grow as an artist. I'll keep you posted on that.

Me: Shannon, how old were you when you first started to learn to play guitar?

Shannon: I started learning guitar when I realized I needed to accompany myself when playing my songs. I usually write all of my lyrics and melody in my head without instruments. But when I was about 20 years old, I finally got sick of not being able to play anything I wrote.

Me: Is that your main instrument you play?

Shannon: Yes, guitar is my main instrument and I also play a little piano.

Me: Okay, let's talk about your new album "Send You Some". Send you some what?

Shannon: "Send You Some" love. The song "Send You Some" is about sending love to people even if they hurt you, cut you down, or make you feel bad about yourself. I've learned that for me, engaging in negativity never accomplishes what I want it to and I've found it extremely helpful to find it inside of myself to send love, compassion or something positive towards the things that feel negative.

Me: How did you decide that song was gonna be the name of the album, Shannon?

Shannon: It's a message that I really believe in. I wanted the album to reflect that. A lot of my songs can easily be interpreted as being about romantic relationships, even though they are usually made of a more complex combination of different aspects of my life. However, I believe that "Send You Some" is more clearly a message song, and as an artist that's the type of song that drives me more than any other. If there's one message on the album that I'd like to put into the world, it would be that one.

Me: I listened to some songs on the album, and really like it. Did you write all thew songs on the album, Shannon?

Shannon: I did write all of the songs on my album, I'm so glad that you like them. Thank you!

Me: I have to congratulate you on being accepted into ASCAP's Lester Still Songwriting Group. How did you get in, and do you know who Lester Still is?

Shannon: Thanks! The Lester Sill Songwriting Group was a really great program and it exposed me to real things that are happening now in this rapidly changing music industry. I had a meeting with Brendan Okrent at ASCAP and after she heard some of my songs, she encouraged me to apply for the program. I'm really honored to have been a part of it. Yes, I believe most people in the program know about Lester Sill, as should most people in the music industry. He was a very influential figure and is very inspiring.

Me: Do you prefer to write by yourself or with somebody else?

Shannon: I usually write songs by myself, but over the last few years I've done a lot of co-writing. Solo writing has always been an emotional process for me that can sometimes be very difficult. When I'm in a flow, it's my favorite feeling in the world. However, I love co-writing when the chemistry is right. I'm lucky to have some truly gifted songwriters in my life. Having creative minds and unique perspectives to feed off of is such a gift. When it's the right fit, it feels like there's something magical happening.

Me: Let's talk about your other project, Haley & Michaels. That's a duet you're in based in Nashville, right?

Shannon: Haley & Michaels is my new duo project that's actually based out of both Nashville and LA. We've been writing, recording and playing shows in both places ever since we started working together.

Me: How did you and Ryan Michaels meet and decide to work together?

Shannon: Ryan and I are coincidentally from the same home town in Northern California, and there was an attempt to introduce us seven years ago by a mutual friend of our mother's but it never happened successfully. I was in LA rehearsing with a guitar player for a show at NAMM and he mentioned that I should meet up with Ryan Michaels in Nashville. It turns out that he was the guitar player in Ryan's band at the time. When Ryan and I finally met in Nashville we discovered all of these coincidences, started talking music, and quickly learned that we had many of the same musical influences, experiences and goals. Moving forward we each sang songs at each other's solo shows. Based on the response and the unusually natural feeling we had on stage, we instantly knew that we wanted to pursue it further. Everything after that has fallen into place very naturally.

Me: I love the version you did of Kings of Leon's "Sex On Fire". Who chose that song to do, you or Ryan?

Shannon: Ryan and I usually build off of each other's ideas and at the end of everything, it's so hard to know who came up with what. This particular song has always been of my favorites and we were both really intrigued by the idea of how singing it as a duet brings a new meaning to the song with a different kind of intensity. Thanks for listening to it!

Me: And well done on getting your name mentioned first, Shannon.

Shannon: Thanks. Ladies first. :)

Me: Will you and Ryan be working on an album together?

Shannon: Yes. We are excited! We started recording with Warren Huart at Swinghouse Studios in LA just days after he finished working on the new Aerosmith record. We also recorded our first single, "The Price I Pay" with Mikal Blue in LA. We are looking forward to finishing it and sharing it with you.

Me: When that comes out, you and Ryan both need to come on the Phile. Whatcha think?

Shannon: We'd love to!

Me: I have to ask you about the video for "Sex On Fire". Wow! You two look like you definitely have some chemistry, Shannon. Are you two just music partners?

Shannon: The video was so much fun. We ended up making it at Ryan's house with some friends. Everything was extremely home made. As far as your question about the nature of our relationship, a lot of people ask us that. We have always been so driven and busy with our music, but still we always enjoy hearing what people think about the rest. It's nice to hear that chemistry is coming across!

Me: Looking at a photo of you two I swear there was chemistry. LOL. Look at this. You two do look good together.

Me: By the way, whose idea was to turn on the sprinkers?

Shannon: Actually, they aren't sprinklers. :) But, all ideas about the that part of it would be credited to Dave Ford, Ryan's roommate.

Me: Shannon, thank you so much for finally being on the Phile. Please come back soon. Go ahead and mention your website and anything else you want to.

Shannon: Thank you so much for having me. I really appreciate your time and support. To hear more updates on my music, please visit me at and to hear more about Haley & Michaels, please visit us at

Me: Take care, and tell Ryan I said hello.

Shannon: Ryan says hello and he looks forward to being on the Phile!

There you go, kids, that's about it. Now to go and watch some Olympics. Thanks to my guests Art Lew and Shannon Haley, and thanks to Robert Moszenberg. The Phile will be back tomorrow with Spence Newell lead singer in the band New Hands. Then there's an extra entry Friday as we kick off Alumni Month with musician Wishnefsky. Next Sunday it's artist Anton Emdin, and on Monday it's British solu/blues singer Paul Cox. So, spread the word, not the turd. Don't let snakes and alligators bite you. Bye, love you, bye.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Pheaturing Tiffany Martin From Dollface

Good afternoon, kids, welcome to Peverett Phile Rises on a Wednesday. Don't make me use my super powers. LOL. I haven't posted on a Wednesday in a few weeks, but with my schedule today it is possible. How are you?  So, who read my interview with President Obama on Monday? I don't know what is sadder for the president, visiting the Colorado shooting victims or being on the Phile. I say the Phile was sadder.  Well, for the first time ever, women are scoring higher than men on IQ tests. Scientists it has something to do with breast implants... not that it makes the women smarter, it just makes the men dumber. I think my wife would definitely win an IQ test between us both. Unless all the questions were about comic books and sci-fi films.  Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke told a congressional committee the economic recovery is weakening. But the good news is most Americans will not be affected because they had no idea there was a recovery.  Jobless claims rose again by 35,000 last week. Not good. But it does show that if you're unsuccessful in this country, you didn't do it on your own. You had help. Thank you, President Obama.  Speaking of my friend the President, the apartment that Barack used to live in when he was a college student in New York is now up for rent for $2,400 a month. Coincidentally, Obama was only there for one four-year term.  A new study published by The British Medical Journal found that inactivity can kill you. I mean, these are the kind of findings that just scare the hell out of Congress.  According to The New York Times, Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez were fired, gone from "American Idol". Charlie Sheen said he would like to be part of the show. He just wants to hang around to see if Paula Abdul left anything in her medicine cabinet.  Okay, after the success this year of The Avengers,  Disney has green lit a new animated movie that might look familiar, if judging by the new poster is any indication. Check it out.

I think Disney, the greatest company to work for in the whole world, has run out of ideas.  So, kids, have you seen the new Barbie doll? It really fits in with the times.

Okay, here on the Phile I make fun of a lot of things. Hell, in a minute I will be making fun of three celebrities who just passed away. I am not being serious most of the time, this blog was never meant to be serious. Yeah, I get politicians on here to talk serious but overall this is a comedy blog. But right now, I am gonna be serious. I have to say kudos to Christian Bale for visiting the shooting victims. He called in advance to make sure there was no media or press. He didn't want it to be a publicity stunt. He just visited and paid respect to the victims of the Colorado shootings. Good job, Christian.  Did you guys see the James Holmes, the nut job did the shooting, inspirational poster? Check this out.

Alright, all through July I celebrated on the Phile one of man's greatest inventions... the bikini. I ran out of bikinis to pheature but a Phile reader sent one in. It's Shark vs Mermaid Swimsuit made by BlackMilk. Technically it's not a bikini but here it is.

And now lets see who kicked the bucket...

Sherman Hemsley
Feb 1, 1938 - July 24, 2012
Here we go again. Please forward your genius suggestion for the ultra-obvious "Movin' on down" obit for this boring one-trick pony to

Chad Everett
June 11, 1936 - July 24, 2012
This man needs a doctor!

Sally Ride
May 26, 1951 - July 23, 2012
Not no more she don't.

Alright, over the last year I had some big time politicians on the Phile, like Obama a few days ago. Today I have a woman who is running for Senate in Massachusetts I think. Please welcome to the Phile... Elizabeth Warren.

Me: Hello, Elizabeth, welcome to the Phile. You wanted to come here and talk about something Mitt Romney said, right? What did he say?

Elizabeth: Hello, Jason. Mitt Romney said that, on the very first day of his presidency, he will fight to repeal all the financial reforms that President Obama signed into law.

Me: I heard that. That's not good, is it?

Elizabeth: No, and that includes the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

Me: For those like me that don't know, can you explain the Consumer Financial Proction Bureau, what it does.

Elizabeth: I holds big financial institutions accountable and clearing out the tricks and traps buried in the fine print of mortgages, credit cards, student loans, and other credit products.

Me: Mitt Romney believes in a whole different world I think. What world do you think he believes in?

Elizabeth: He and the Republicans believe in a world that says, "I've got mine, and the rest of you are on your own."

Me: Okay, so, what does President Obama and the Democrats believe in?

Elizabeth: An America that pays it forward... that puts the conditions in place so that the next kid can get ahead, and the kid after that, and the kid after that.

Me: Elizabeth, you and the President fought and created the the CFPB... what happened then? Zdid you have any grief?

Elizabeth: The big banks poured millions of dollars into lobbying to stop us...

Me: And what did the Republicans do?

Elizabeth: They fought tooth and nail to weaken reform and to protect their friends on Wall Street.

Me: So, what happened?

Elizabeth: We got organized, we made our case, and, in the end, with the President's strong support, we won.

Me: So, you now face a similar challenge in this election, right?

Elizabeth: On Saturday, the new consumer agency celebrated the one-year anniversary of opening its doors. The Republicans are raising money hand over fist to defeat President Obama and Democrats up and down the ballot.

Me: You're running for the Senate race in Massachusetts yourself, have you seen this happen, Elizabeth?

Elizabeth: Yes, Jason, they'll do and say anything to win in November.

Me: Well, you beat them before.

Elizabeth: And by building a powerful grassroots campaign together, we can win again.

Me: well, good luck in your Senate race, and please come back on the Phile anytime. And tell Barack I said hello.

Elizabeth: Thank you, Jason, for being a part of this.

The 21st artist to be pheatured is Mad Magazine artist Anton Emdin, and this is one of his pieces.

Anton will be a guest on the Phile next weekend.

Today's guest is the lead singer for the Orlando based, soon Los Angeles based band Dollface whose self-titled EP is now available on iTunes. Please welcome to the Phile, the lovely and hot... Tiffany Martin.

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

Tiffany: Great!

Me: I have to tell you you are the fourth member from The Monsters in the Morning to be on the Phile. For the Phile readers who don't know, tell the, what the Monsters are and what you do for the show.

Tiffany: I was the girl part timer :)

Me: You wanted to be a singer for most of your life, right? How did the radio thing fall into place? I bet you weren't planning that, were you?

Tiffany: I started singing lessons at 12... but I fell into radio because the bar I was working at had the bartenders promote the bar on the morning show. So when the previous girl left the show then I just kinda stuck around until they started paying me.

Me: Tiffany, how old were you when you decided you wanted to be a singer? You were 12 when you started taking singing lessons, so around that time?

Tiffany: I thought I could do it professionally when I answered an ad for an all girl singing group at the age of 11. It was around the time of the Britney Spears days so younger girls were getting record deals. I thought I had a real chance with my group... I still have old VHS tapes of that!

Me: Did you grow up listening to Madonna and Britney?

Tiffany: Britney really... before that a little Paula Abdul and Disney movies sound tracks to be honest with you.

Me: Okay, I have to ask you about your band Dollface, Tiffany. Before you were in Dollface you were the lead singer for Heroine and the Wolverines. Are they all the same bands as Dollface, but with a different name?

Tiffany: Heroine had 3 of the same members, but a completely different sound. And The Wolverines was just what a producer of a TV show called us once. It never was our band name.

Me: The band has all female members, was that your plan from the beginning?

Tiffany: I have always wanted all girls in my band... they are so hard to come by. Once I got them I was sold. Don't think I could ever work with boys again!

Me: Tell the readers who is in the band, and I have to admit, you are one good looking band, Tiff. You all live together, right?

Tiffany: It's Jessie Covets and sisters Alayna and Kayla Miller and myself. They stay with me 24/7 but don't technically have EVERYTHING moved in or anything.

Me: I purchased Dollface's new EP from iTunes and liked it. I also purchased your solo CD as well which came out a few years ago. How would you describe and compare both Dollface's music and your solo stuff?

Tiffany: My older stuff is a little more pop because I was a solo artist without a band. Now we have a slight bit "rocker" edge. which obviously fits me better.

Me: I am guessing then you prefer to be in a band? Does Dollface do any of your solo stuff in concert?

Tiffany: No, we are a completely different entity than my solo music... and I like the band a lot more! 

Me: I love the song "Let Me Go" from your solo album, Tiff. Did you write that song? Who does the songwriting for Dollface?

Tiffany: I did not write that song. We all write the Dollface stuff :)

Me: I have to ask you about the name, it's the best name for your band's so far. Did you come up with it? I almost called your band Dollhouse by the way. That could be the name of your new album and new place where you all live.

Tiffany: One day Alayna just said, "How 'bout Dollface?" after the 2 other girls quit. So we all looked at each other and said... holy crap that's it! FINALLY a name we all agreed on.

Me: I have to ask you about the song "O". Is that what it's called? What the hell is that song about? Is is what I think it is?

Tiffany: YOU GOT IT!

Me: When you were a kid you were on Nickelodeon, am I right? What show were you on?

Tiffany: I did several commercials for Disney and Nick. I was on a show called "Figure It Out" once... hahaha... its kinda funny :)

Me: And a few years ago your tried out for "American Idol"? I think saw you quickly on a montage spot. Were you disappointed you didn't get shown more on the show? Did you know that was gonna happen?

Tiffany: Did I know they were gonna show the clip?

Me: Yeah.

Tiffany: No, and that wasn't in front of Simon and Paula or anything... just some producers.

Me: They're fools. They should of took you. Ever try out for The American Idol Experience at Disney?

Tiffany: No, I have not.

Me: Tiffany, I interviewed a few musicians who put up websites and such, asking for fans to donate money to help record albums and make videos. You did that kinda thing as well, right? How did it work out?

Tiffany: It didn't work out.

Me: So, now your EP is out, are you planning on recording a full length album, Tiffany? Would it have all new songs on it?

Tiffany: We are recording more songs now. yes. Not for an album but for more hype! iTunes is the way to go.

Me: Well, please come back when your album comes out. I wish you lots of luck in California, and I hope you do well. Go ahead and plug your websites and everything, and tell the other girls in the band I said hello.

Tiffany: thanks!

Me: All the best, and take care.

Well, that about does it for this extra entry of the Phile. Thanks to my guests Elizabeth Warren and of course Tiffany. The Phile will be back on Sunday with singer Shannon Haley and on Monday lead singer for the band New Hands, Spence Newell. Then next Friday we kick off Alumni Month on the Phile with Alumni Wishnefsky. So, spread the words, not the turd. Don't let snakes and alligators bite you. Bye, love you, bye.