Inspired by a recent viewing of Chocolat, I have decided the best present I could possibly give you Tadpole-ians/Aural Fixation-ites is a recipe that will make an Irish-accented Johnny Depp fall in love with you. Or impress the luminous Juliette Binoche, if that’s what you’d prefer.
With a mouthful of a name like Jasmine Van Den Bogaerde it’s no surprise that she quickly adopted a stage name, Birdy. Although don’t let the girl with the cute name and equally cute, fifteen-year-old, brace-filled smile (if smiling at all) fool you. There is an incredible maturity to her voice that belies her years, giving the impression of a lifetime of brooding not yet earned. Playing the piano since the early age of four and winning a UK talent contest at the age of 12 contributed to her signing a record deal by 14. Her self-titled debut album was released in the UK only via Atlantic Records in early November.
It’s been a big year both personally and professionally for Tadpole Audio – exciting new content, growth of valuable relationships in the community, revamped logo (you’ll see the full one soon enough) – and I’m just feeling very grateful for all the support we’ve gotten through it all. Thank you to everyone reading this now, and everyone who has ever taken the time to read an interview or listen to a mix featured on this site. I’m confident that 2012 will hold even more exciting new developments and I cannot wait for them to unfurl. So stay tuned for that, but for now please enjoy this tasty Thanksgiving mix – the perfect pairing for that leftover turkey sandwich I know you’re eating.
It seems like Seattle sextet, The Head and The Heart have been everywhere in 2011. In fact, I have it on good authority that by the end of the year they will have played over 250 shows. Pretty mind boggling. After self-releasing their debut album in June 2010, it eventually caught the attention of indie label Sub Pop who signed the band and then re-mastered and re-released it in January with a couple new tracks. Since then they have been all over the world charming audiences with their warm, rowdy alt-country energy, compelling songwriting and rich harmonies. NPR named them as one of “Five Artists You Should Have Known In 2010,” and they made it onto several “Best of 2010” year end lists, including I Am Fuel, You Are Friends and, well, Tadpole Audio, to name a couple. I’ve reviewed their live show twice, once for SXSW 2011 and most recently for the 2011 Treasure Island Music Festival. In the wake of their success, several other 5+ member groups that all excel in resonant, melodic folk have emerged equally deserving of attention.
It seems like every fall some crazy rumor mongering news outlet reports a pumpkin shortage. Can you imagine going through the entire autumn without pumpkin bread? Or pumpkin scones? Or pumpkin pie?! I can’t, so I go into crazy apocalypse mode and stock up on canned pumpkin, mini pumpkins, sugar pumpkins, and any other orangey gourd I can lay my hands on. But you know what? There are always pumpkins available until the bitter end. Oh yeah, when December rolls around, there they are, looking forlorn and dejected.
But it’s October and it’s time to celebrate the king of the gourds. And nothing showcases the mighty pumpkin quite like cinnamon, nutmeg, sugar, and butter. This recipe can be made vegan or non-vegan and is a delicious addition to a lazy fall brunch. (more…)