Pop Quiz: Lissy Trullie

Only once every decade, at best, does an artist come around who epitomizes the age-old adage, “too cool for school.” Just try and take your eyes off the edgy and alluring front-woman at a Lissy Trullie concert, we dare you. Bringing fans her rock-that-is-not-so-much-rock sound and her new stint touring the States and Europe, audiences around the world will be wiping drool from their gaping mouths once they get a glimpse at this young, waify performer. Here she is taking our pop quiz.

How would you describe your sound? It’s like guitar driven rock with out that much guitar and not so much rock.

How did you get started as a musician? I started with the xylophone (it’s rumored to be a gateway instrument).

What’s your favorite venue? In NYC I really love Santos’ Party House and Williamsburg Music Hall.

When you were in elementary school, what did you want to be when you grew up? For a period I really wanted to be a marine biologist, but then I started playing the xylophone–the devil’s instrument.

Are you superstitious? I have my own paranoid superstitions. (She refrains from sharing what those are).

If you could have any super power, what would you choose? To be able to have any super power I desired.

What restaurant would you eat at every day if you could? I used to eat at Lovely Day everyday, but it closed due to a fire. I’m not home enough anymore to have an everyday spot.

Have you ever been arrested? No! I’m really not that bad ass.

What’s your guilty pleasure? Love Swedish Fish.

Where do you go out in New York City? I don’t really have a regular spot. I still like to go to Sway on Sundays. But since I’ve been gone on tour, lots of new things popped up which I have yet to go to.

How many times a day on average do you think about sex? Um….

When you get good news, who is the first person you tell it to? I usually make a couple phone calls but no one ever picks up so I end up telling my deli guy (I don’t think he cares).

What do you always watch if it’s on TV? Golden Girls.

What do you normally sleep in? I’m never a ‘never-nude,’ if that’s what your wondering.

Where’s the craziest place you’ve had sex? Ear.

What’s on your computer wallpaper? A picture of a piece of clothing I embroidered for a friend… It looks very cult-ish (Waco style).

If you could be any literary character, who would you be? Peter Pan

Where do you really want to be right now? The future.

What’s the first job you ever had? I was a TA for an art class when I was 14.

What’s the best advice you ever got? If you can’t bend you can only be broken.

Pop Quiz: Lucas Silveira of The Cliks

Toronto-based rockers The Cliks have the distinction of being the first transgender band signed to a major label. Lead singer Lucas Silveira has gotten press from the likes of MSNBC and The Boston Globe for his gender-bending lifestyle, and all band members are prominent figures in the LGBT community. Their third LP, Dirty King, was released yesterday. To celebrate, Silveira took the time to answer a few of life’s most pressing questions.

Do you have any tattoos? Yes. Many. I have a full sleeve on my right arm. Tribal stuff on my shoulders and upper back. A sparrow on my left hand. A Mexican Day of the Dead skull on my neck that was done by Kat Von D. The words “Lion Hearted” on the other side of my neck. And one on my leg. Are you superstitious? Extremely. I was raised in a Portuguese household. Comes with the territory.

If you could have any super power, what would you choose? To change gender at will. Obviously!

How many times a day on average do you think about sex? Hmm. Right now … and now … just happened again. A lot. Ever been star struck? Yes. A few times. When I first met Cyndi Lauper and Debbie Harry, and majorly when I met Joan Jett. I thought I was going to pee my pants. Where do you really want to be right now? In Muskoka (northern Ontario) at a cottage looking at Lake Rosseau.

Pop Quiz: Santigold

Here’s why we love Santigold: She used to front a punk band in Philly named Stiffed, she can work out a tiger-print leotard, and she changed her name and you don’t even care why. This week, she and her fiancé Trouble Andrew took over Terminal 5 with Amanda Blank, and this summer Santi does the Euro festival thing, closing it all out at Lollapalooza in Chicago. For a woman this busy to take the time for our humble Pop Quiz, well, it’s an honor.

When you were in elementary school, what did you want to be when you grew up? I remember watching the movie Secret of My Success with Michael J. Fox when I was really young and wanting to own a big company like that. So I guess it’s safe to say I just wanted to be “the boss” when I grew up.

Do you have any tattoos? Nope.

Are you superstitious? A little. Only when it’s convenient.

First album you bought? The Power Station one with “Some Like It Hot.” I was at a record store with my dad when I was seven, and I picked it because I liked the cover.

If you could have any super power, what would you choose? I would like to be able to travel through time.

What restaurant would you eat at every day if you could? I would get bored eating at any restaurant every day. But right now I like this place called Samovar Tea Lounge in San Francisco. They should bring it to New York!

How many times a day on average do you think about sex? It depends on what time of month it is.

Have you ever been arrested? Never.

What’s your guilty pleasure? Watching awkward people.

Do you have a favorite bar in New York? No. I don’t really drink.

Ever been star struck? Not in the sense that I wrote about in my songs, where you try to emulate someone else. But just in awe of a star, yes.

When you get good news, who’s the first person you tell it to? There are about 10 people I tell things to. When I’m excited, it takes that many tellings of a story to get it out of my system.

What do you always watch if it’s on TV? E Hollywood True Stories (if that’s what it’s called), anything about aliens on the History Channel, old Sex and the City episodes, The Office.

What do you normally sleep in? Matching pajama sets.

Where’s the craziest place you’ve had sex? None of yo’ damn business!

What’s on your computer wallpaper? A picture of my fiancée’s “GOLD” tattoo on his chest. It’s so bad it’s good.

If you could be any literary character, who would you be? I’d be a character in a Haruki Murakami novel. I like how his characters see the world. It’s like the world cracks and opens up for them.

Where do you really want to be right now? Hawaii … or just home for a while.

What’s the first job you ever had? I worked at my dad’s law office when I was 12. He fired me.

Favorite Muppets/Sesame Street character? I like Kermit.

What’s the best advice you ever got? To live in the present.

Pop Quiz: Jason Behr, the Next Hollywood Playboy

Jason Behr is often be referred to as the guy from Roswell — you know, that sci-fi UPN cult series. But while his days of alien/human interactions may be over, the female fanbase will never disappear. With Behr’s casual guy-I’d-like-to-introduce-to-my-folks appearance and sultry bad-boy-with-a-good-heart attitude, how could they? As the star of Steve Clark’s directorial debut The Last International Playboy, playing Jack Frost (the playboy), Behr shows audiences that he can act the tortured soul living a life of excess better than most. Catch him next in Oliver Stone’s Pinkville, due out in 2011. Before tonight’s premiere of TLIP, Behr dedicated some good thinking time to our Pop Quiz questions.

Hardest scene to shoot in Last International Playboy? We were shooting this scene in a dog park, and [Mike] Landry had to eat a hot dog. [Steve] Clark and [Thomas] Moffett always had him eating in scenes. So Frost is having this little epiphany in the middle of all these dogs. Two of ’em were “acting dogs” and the rest were just people’s dogs. Fucking everywhere. And this one French bulldog wanted in on Landry’s wiener. Every take, at some point, this massive, smiling, drooling, crazy-faced Frenchie would start eating the hot dog in his hand. It was fucking hilarious, and very hard to keep it together. You just had to laugh. I think Landry must’ve eaten 20 weenies.

Thing you have in common with your character, Jack Frost? A penchant for cursing in front of children. Like a truck driver. It’s an awful habit. And an appreciation for a frosty Singha. If you don’t have Singha … you don’t have beer.

What will you title your memoirs? Great question. I’m not done yet … so I don’t know. Maybe, ACT 1. WORKING TITLE …

Biggest rock star fantasy? Being on stage with thousands of people singing your words with you. A huge shared experience. And a deeply personal one for everyone. All at once. That would be powerful.

Please complete this sentence: Without ________, I would be terrible at _______. Without life, I would be terrible at acting.

Ever been starstruck? Muhammad Ali. He just really is the Greatest.

Most important thing you’ve learned in the last year? Patience.

If you could be any classic film icon? Travis Bickle. You know, something nice for the kiddies. Taxi Driver is one of my favorites, and I know it is a cliché. But I don’t know any actor who wouldn’t want to play that character. You just can’t. DeNiro was perfect.

Book you’ve read the most in your life? Catcher in the Rye. Maybe that’s where I got all that cursing.

Stress-relieving maneuver? Singha.

What’s your talent show talent? Caps. By Royal Permission only. Best birthday? I got a bulldog as a family gift five years ago. My doorbell rang. I opened the door to this tiny little stinkball wrapped in an “I Love NY” t-shirt. Sweetest thing you ever did see.

Favorite Morrissey song? Hmmm … that’s a trick question right?

Mac or PC? That’s like asking Dos Equis or Singha; The Most Interesting Man in the World or The Last International Playboy … And I am going with Jack Fucking Frost. So, um, yeah … Mac.

Oliver Stone or Steve Clark? Both! That would be one hell of an experience. That’s another thing I have in common with Jack Frost. To have your cake and eat it too.

Pop Quiz: Lynda Carter, the Singing Wonder

imageThis one is special, folks. We used our significant pull in the world of “actors who used to play superheroes on TV” to nab the great Lynda Carter, aka Wonder Woman, to answer our Pop Quiz. We got her to answer intimate questions about herself, no truth lasso requited. Granted, the iconic actress has a new album to promote called At Last (that’s right, she sings), but still, it’s pretty good. You’re next, Adam West.

If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be? Wherever my family is.

What’s the last thing you do before going to bed? Read or listen to a book on tape — after all the family is home safely.

If you could have a meal with anyone living or dead, who would it be? Albert Einstein, Abraham Lincoln

What do you want to be when you grow up? Like my dad.

If you could only eat one type of food for the rest of your life, what would it be? Fruits.

What was the strangest date you’ve ever been on? When I took my boyfriend (now husband) to a beauty pageant I was a judge for.

Ever went out with someone you met online? NO.

If you could change one thing about the past, what would it be? To know a man more than four months before marrying him (first husband).

If you could be someone else, who would you be and why? I have worked very hard at understanding myself — warts and all! Why would I start over?

Are you superstitious? No, but pretty keen on the sixth sense.

First album you bought? The Beatles’ Rubber Soul.

If you could have any super power, what would you choose? The lasso of truth and the courage to use it.

Do you think you’re a good dancer? I’m a wannabe.

Who cuts your hair An Israeli named Ofeer at Salon Zohra in Bethesda, MD.

Favorite form of transportation? Private jet.

Last restaurant you ate at? North Beach Café in San Francisco.

Who is your idol? Sophie Altman — my mother-in-law who worked until she died at 95. Hillary Clinton — who makes this world a better place

Ever been star struck? Yes, by Mick Jagger, Barack Obama, and Bette Midler (who rocks).

When you get good news, who’s the first person you tell it to? My husband, Robert Altman.

Pop Quiz: The Thermals’ Kathy Foster

It’s fair to say that the power-punk trio The Thermals have major credibility. It was Ben Gibbard of Death Cab for Cutie that handed their demo to their first label. They just made the move from Sub Pop Records to Kill Rock Stars. They live in Portland. It’s also fair to say that, after seeing The Thermals headline Bowery Ballroom last month, I have a girl crush on bassist Kathy Foster. She’s adorable, her band covers Nirvana, and she has no problem playing in a short dress. Catch Kathy, Hutch, and Westin live as The Thermals are currently on tour in support of their fourth record Now We Can See , and have just been added to the Pitchfork festival in Chicago this summer. But first, check out Kathy’s answers to our Pop Quiz.

What’s the last thing you do before going to bed? Turn off the light. Duh.

If you could take a meal with anyone living or dead, who would it be? Richard Pryor. I would hope he would tell lots of funny stories. I would happily cry and choke on my food.

What do you want to be when you grow up? I’m a grown ass woman and I’m livin’ the dream!

If you could only eat one type of food for the rest of your life, what would it be? Organic Portland cuisine.

How much time do you spend online? Two or three hours a day at home, much less when I’m on tour — I never want to be on my computer.

If you could have any super power, what would you choose? The ability to fall asleep anywhere at any time.

How many times a day on average do you think about sex? A handful. Heh heh.

What’s your guilty pleasure? Watching my Sex and the City DVDs over and over again.

What’s the last restaurant you ate at? Kerbey Lane in Austin. Delicious 2pm breakfast.

Ever been star struck? Kind of, when I met Flaming Lips and walked right by Gwyneth Paltrow on the same day.

When you get good news, who’s the first person you tell it to? Either my boyfriend Mark, or my best friend/bandmate Hutch.

What do you always watch if it’s on TV? Sex and the City, or other sitcoms — Seinfeld, Friends, The Simpsons.

What’s the first thing you think about in the morning? Yeah, like it’s the same thing every morning.

What do you normally sleep in? Depends on the weather — it ranges from thermals to nothing.

Who was your first kiss? Ray Madrigal — my boyfriend when I was 13.

Where’s the craziest place you’ve had sex? Beeeeeeeeeeeeeeeep (I censored myself).

Who was the last person you texted? My boyfriend.

If you could be any literary character, who would you be? Do I have to?

Where do you really want to be right now? In bed with my boyfriend.

What family member do you get along with best? My cousin Cynthia, but I never get to see her. Sigh.

Where’s your favorite place to eat/go out? My friend’s bar, Tiga.

What’s the best advice you ever got? Watch what you’re doing.

Pop Quiz: Lydia Hearst & ‘The Last International Playboy’

Lydia Hearst is the picturesque, partially nude poster girl for the Steve Clark film The Last International Playboy (drops June 12). In the New York-based film, the model/actress/philanthropist/heiress (not to mention former BlackBook intern) plays a bombshell model who meets protagonist Jack Frost (played by Roswell’s Jason Behr) during a hedonistic/self-destructive phase of life. Her topless scene in the flick has been a topic of conversation, and luckily, the media favorite had time to answer our Pop Quiz in between fielding calls.

Thing you have in common with your character, Stella? It’s acting. Stella is a fun-loving girl, but apart from that you need to step outside yourself and take on someone else. Though I do like the styling, especially my green Christian Louboutin shoes. They’re my personal shoes in the film and the posters.

Best pet you’ve ever had? I’ve had a lot of incredible pets over the years, but right now I would have to say my cat, Anubis Tutankhamun.

Favorite scene from The Last International Playboy? The introduction, but I love the whole film.

Most memorable blooper from shooting? The whole experience was memorable, and sometimes bloopers make a scene even better than anyone would have originally envisioned.

If your life were a movie, it would be called … I’m not sure. My life is still a work in progress, but it would certainly be a cult classic.

Best birthday? Like a fine wine, they keep getting better with age.

Song that gets the most play on your iPod? Too many artists to list just one, but I love Wilco — How to Fight Loneliness, Portishead — Glory Box, John Lee Hooker — Annie Mae, Sam Phillips — I Need Love, and I do also like Britney Spears.

Best song in the score of The Last International Playboy? “All My Days” by Alexi Murdoch.

Emotion you hope viewers will leave the film with? There are a lot of underlying variables to the film. It depends on the individual and how they can relate to each character.

Person to whom you’d dedicate an Oscar? I would be so shocked if I were to ever get one that I wouldn’t be able to speak.

If the world was going to end tomorrow, tonight you would … Why wait to find out the world is going to end — live every day as if it were your last because eventually it will be.

Your classic film icon? Grace Kelly.

Are you superstitious? At the moment, no.

Most surprising April Fool’s joke that’s been played on you or that you’ve played on someone else? That’s for amateurs. I visit my parents and celebrate their wedding anniversary.

Most important thing you’ve learned in the last year? I learn something new every day. Besides, this article isn’t big enough for me to go into details about even one life-altering experience.

You get three wishes from a genie — what are they? For three more.

What is your talent-show talent? I can ride a camel pretty well, and I’ve been playing the flute since I was six years old; I can also play a mean bongo.

Rightie or leftie? Rightie.

Basketball or football? Football.

BlackBerry or iPhone? BlackBerry.

Pop Quiz: ‘SNL’ Guitarist Jared Scharff

You may recognize him from his shoulder-length blonde hair when standing front and center in the Saturday Night Live house band every weekend. Jared Scharff is currently the youngest guitarist among the old pros at SNL. In a city filled with posers and talentless, wannabe rock stars, Scharff has taken the music scene by storm with his electrifying sound and sheer ability to tear up his instrument. Guitar hero Scharff was kind enough to put down his axe long enough to answer our Pop Quiz.

When you were in elementary school, what did you want to be when you grew up? Oddly enough, a musician and a hockey player.

Do you have any tattoos? One of the only musicians I know without any.

Are you superstitious? Depends on the moment.

First album you bought? First actual CD I purchased was Extreme’s 3 sides to Every Story.

If you could have any super power, what would you choose? Flying. It would cut out my flight expenses from New York to Los Angeles all the time.

What restaurant would you eat at every day if you could? SEA.

Have you ever been arrested? Was VERY close. But no.

What’s your guilty pleasure? Candy.

Where do you go out in New York City? East Village or Lower East Side pretty much. Have had a birthday party at 2A for seven years in a row!

How many times a day on average do you think about sex? I don’t ever NOT think about sex.

Ever been star struck? Recently, when I spoke to Chris Martin at SNL.

When you get good news, who’s the first person you tell it to? Trying to figure that out. Would typically be a girlfriend, but I am single now.

What do you always watch if it’s on TV? Point Break, Good Will Hunting, and Rounders.

What do you normally sleep in? Just boxer briefs. Where’s the craziest place you’ve had sex? Shit-hole East Village bathrooms.

What’s on your computer wallpaper? The default picture.

If you could be any literary character, who would you be? Harry Potter.

Where do you really want to be right now? Thailand, on a sunny beach, about to order pad Thai.

What’s the first job you ever had? Technically, SNL.

Favorite Muppets/Sesame Street character? Muppets: Animal. Sesame Street: Snuffleupaggus (just for the name alone).

What’s the best advice you ever got? From Chris Martin, “I think about what the people want, and they want confidence. It doesn’t matter how I feel about it. Got to give them what THEY want.”

Does being the new guitarist for SNL get you laid a lot? Starting to.

Pop Quiz: Black Joe Lewis

A little over a year ago, our web designer left New York for Austin and a full time gig as the drummer in garage soul outfit Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears. Since then, they’ve basically played their way onto peoples playlists, with seven shows at SXSW, and a current cross country tour in support of their latest LP Tell ‘Em What Your Name Is!. The devoted troubadours are fronted by Black Joe Lewis, their galvanizing lead singer, guitarist, and stealer of web designers. Here he reveals a possible crush on Beyonce’s lil’ sis and other curiosities in our requisite Pop Quiz.

What’s the last thing you do before going to bed? What’s your first guess?

If you could take a meal with anyone living or dead, who would it be? Michael McDonald. I want to know everything that inspired him to write “I Keep Forgetting”.

What do you want to be when you grow up? I want to deliver fish.

If you could only eat one type of food for the rest of your life, what would it be? Sunflower seeds and Full Throttle.

How much time do you spend online? Not too much. I check the MySpace sometimes.

If you could have any super power, what would you choose? I would smash things like the Hulk

How many times a day on average do you think about sex? All times.

What’s your guilty pleasure? Hall & Oates. We listen to them a lot in the van.

Are you a good dancer? Not at all. I gotta work on that, get more like Michael or Justin.

What’s the last restaurant you ate at? Jimmy John’s Sandwiches up in Nashville. We played across the street from it last weekend.

Ever been star struck? I met Solange Knowles during SXSW.

When you get good news, who’s the first person you tell it to? Nobody, because they will just fuck it all up.

What do you always watch if it’s on TV? Sports, and all the Star Trek series.

What’s the first thing you think about in the morning? What’s your first guess?

What do you normally sleep in? Sleeping bag on the floor. Our bass player snores too loud.

Who was your first kiss? Can’t remember. I think some fat chick in high school.

Where’s the craziest place you’ve had sex? In the butt. It was an accident.

Who was the last person you texted? My tour manager Jack, to tell him he sucks.

If you could be any literary character, who would you be? Batman, he’s pretty bad ass.

Where do you really want to be right now? Booty city. All the girls have big butts in Washington DC.

What’s the best advice you ever got? Don’t talk to strangers, it’ll only do you harm. Don’t write in starlight, because the words may come out real. – Ronnie James Dio

What family member do you get along with best? My mom. She lives in Houston, so I’m going to see her when I play there in a couple weeks.

Where’s your favorite place to eat/go out? McDonald’s. Gotta eat good stuff when you’re on the road.