Music Video Review (Sort of) / The Los Angeles Film Festival Presents Eclectic Mix 2

"Ready, Able" Grizzly Bear, directed by Allison Schulnik

This past weekend I journeyed downtown to check out one of the two music video showcases organized by the Los Angeles Film Festival. This collection was named “Eclectic Mix 2” and featured videos from the likes of Grizzly Bear, The Fiery Furnaces, Hauschka, Astronautalis and Major Lazer to name a few (full program is listed at the end). After screening all the videos we were lucky enough to get a Q&A with most of the directors. And boy, when watching 20 music videos in a row it becomes abundantly clear what works, what doesn’t, what patterns the programmers went with and just how many ways there are to capture a song in music. I picked 10 videos to give my thoughts on….


2 Stage Adaptations of Classic Tales Open This Week

This week the interwebs were abuzz with the premieres of two different and much beloved stories that have been adapted to the stage.

The first one – an opera version of Charlie and The Chocolate Factory titled The Golden Ticket – opened last Sunday June 13 at the Loretto-Hilton Center of Webster University in St. Louis. Not sure yet if I really feel ANOTHER adaptation of the story is truly necessary – this one actually got panned in its first incarnation as a concert performance at the National Theatre.


Guest Mixtape + Interview / Princeton / Road Trippin: On The Road Again (A California Adventure)

Santa Monica Beach

To close out road trip week here on Tadpole Audio, I’m psyched to present a guest mix coming to us from David Kitz, drummer in Los Angeles band Princeton.   Being based in Los Angeles, a city in a state you could drive through and see some of the most varying terrain in the country – I of course jumped at the opportunity to include a mix of specifically Cali style music.   In addition to giving us a stellar mix, David spilled a bit about their recent European tour and Princeton’s next album…


Profound Broccoli: golden roads

by Dorice via Tsururadio

Photography by MamaTepley (circa the 80s)

“I realize that I will never fully understand the millions of bizarre ways that music brings people together.”Rob Sheffield

I remember driving from Winnipeg to Yorkton, SK. A 500km (300m) and approx 8 hour drive. I can only vividly remember doing the trip twice but the journey there & back felt like we could’ve been travelling 20 times over. The one trip I remember the most was when my dad and I went by ourselves (it is his side of the family after all). My mum had a busy summer working at her beauty salon (Tiara Coiffures, with its yellow swirled glass & giant bamboo/wickery chairs to fake wood paneling, her shop was untouched from the 70s till the day she sold it when I was in high school). You could only really make the trip (or so my parents would say), during the summer as the winter drive would have been dangerous. For whatever reason going in the fall or spring was never a logical option either. Since it would be just me and my father on the grand open road for 8 hours (but back then it might as well have been days long the way that time easily slipped through my mind), I had prepared myself with adventuring provisions. In my wee plastic suitcase: Archie and Betty & Veronica comics (Jughead ones too!), Mad Libs, game boy & games (Dr. Mario was my life, also this Kid Icarus game that I never could finish), undoubtedly some little treat my mom would’ve snuck in outside of our healthy road tripping snacks, and my Fisher Price portable tape player.

Photography by purpleplaid

Continue reading the piece on Tsururadio – I highly recommend, it’s a fantastic recollection of childhood roadtrips, and the relationship we all have with the music our parents gave us when we were young.  And to give you a sampling of some of the cruisin’ tunes you can find there…

“Blue Moon” – The Marcels
Blue Moon – The Marcels by purpleplaid

“Oh, What A Night” – The Dells
Oh, What a Night – The Dells by purpleplaid

“Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On” – Jerry Lee Lewis
Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On – Jerry Lee Lewis by purpleplaid

TA Mixtape / Road Trippin: Sing Your Heart Out…Just Keep Your Eyes on the Road

It’s been said over and over again, but music is KEY to any road trip experience.  In my research I found countless blogs, websites and columns citing their own opinion on the best music to drive to – and not all by hip aficionados.  It’s one type of music that everyone has an opinion on (as evidenced by the variety of music you’ll see in the posts this week) – which I think is pretty neat.

I myself have been on several road trips over the last decade – Chicago to Los Angeles (and back), Chicago to Vermont (then Connecticut), and the doozy – Connecticut to Los Angeles.  I could wax poetic about my travels (gorgeous Colorado mountains!) or regale you with ridiculous stories (Julian’s Pizza & Karaoke in Gatlinburg, TN), but instead I’ll just impart you with a few music-related tips that I learned along the way…


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