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TA Mixtape / I Am Grateful For…(Happy Thanksgiving)

By Amanda DK

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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.

Gobble Gobble!

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Roshambo: Knife Would Have Been Scarier Than Scissors

Big surprise: there are not very many songs about scissors.  I was amazed to be able to find two and if you know of others please send them to me to prove me wrong.  However I was inspired by this crazy/haunting/compelling video:

Liars “Scissor” from A Bruntel on Vimeo.

AHHHH I KNOW RIGHT?  I am creeped out.  Thankfully, I have a (mostly) lively playlist to make the impending doom go away.

Roshambo: Knife Would Have Been Scarier by tadpoleFTW

Samantha Crain will be performing with Swedish band First Aid Kit and Kenneth Pattengale at the Bootleg on June 1st.  Tickets here.

And Born Ruffians can be caught at the Echo on June 3 with Young Rival.  Details here.

Lastly, yes I am aware I technically used the same song twice.

America The Beautiful: Cowboys and Native Americans

I would like to start by dispelling the rumor that Los Angeles is 75 degrees at all times. This is absolutely not true. It’s a desert. Deserts get cold. Ask anyone who visits in December or January with only shorts and tank tops in their suitcases.  Future tourist, consider yourself warned.

…And I can’t really hate on the climate beyond that.

The weather here is still – for the most part – GORGEOUS. Even when the temperature drops to a whopping 40 degrees it’s usually bright and sunny without a cloud in the sky. Almost every day I hear that voice in my head that says, “it’s so nice out, you should play outside!” Then I remind myself that tomorrow is probably going to be just as nice, as will the day after that, and so forth. After being in Los Angeles almost three years you’d think the voice would die down, but something about being out here has made it grow instead.

The West has the best of every kind of terrain – ocean, mountains, desert – and from San Diego to Seattle to Salt Lake City every resident seems to know it. What California resident hasn’t hiked and/or surfed? Colorado, Utah and Montana are all known to have some of the best mountains in the world for skiing and snowboarding, not to mention Oregon’s Mt. Hood. The most famous National Parks can be found on this side of the country – Yosemite, Yellowstone, The Grand Canyon.  There are rolling hills full of vineyards in Northern California, and the richly colored painted desert in Northern Arizona.  And if you’re not convinced yet, look at this:

Who could see something like that through their window and not want to be outside?

You can catch Truth & Salvage Co. at the Hotel Café TONIGHT at 9pm. Buy tickets here.

The Ruby Suns will be at The Echo tomorrow, April 14 at 8:30pm. Buy tickets here.

And videos about two guys who want some very different things…

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Kind of funny, all things considered.

Animal Kingdom: Turtle Power!

Although always second to cats and dogs, I have had a special place in my heart for reptiles from a very young age.  My very first obsession that I distinctly remember was (like every kindergarden through 2nd grader in the late 1980’s) the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.  I invited them to my 6th birthday party because that was the only way I could get the boys in my class to come.   A few days after sending my painstakingly handwritten letter I received one back printed on computer paper, apologizing that they were too busy fighting crime to attend.  I was devastated of course, but you can’t really argue with that.  The boys still ended up coming and I appreciated the fact that they even took the time to write me a note.  Now my favorite TMNT is paid homage in my current pet turtle, Leo, who resides in an aquarium on my bookshelf with his counterpart, Kitty (her namesake being harder to explain and much more embarrassing).  I dedicate this playlist to them and scaly creatures everywhere…

Ramblin’ Jack Elliott “Black Snake Moan”

Scout Niblett “Dinosaur Egg”

Grizzly Bear “Alligator”

Sufjan Stevens “Year of the Dragon”

Janis Joplin “Turtle Blues”

Chairlift “Chameleon Closet” ♫

XTC “Crocodile”

And a special treat you never knew you wanted to see.  Happy Monday, y’all – keep it clean and make it ice.

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'Tis The Season: Baby It's Cold Outside

Some songs that will always keep you in the winter mood…

1. Regina Spektor “20 Years of Snow” http://song.ly/2jdl4

2. Badly Drawn Boy “I Love NYE” http://song.ly/2jdkj

3. The Dodos “Winter” http://song.ly/2jdlh

4. Jethro Tull “Skating Away On The Thin Ice Of A New Day” http://song.ly/2jdlp

5. Feist “Mushaboom” http://song.ly/2jdlt

6. Andrew Bird “Not A Robot, But A Ghost” ♫ http://twt.fm/377521

7. Bon Iver “Woods” ♫ http://twt.fm/377538 and “Blood Bank”

8. Bjork “Aurora” http://song.ly/2jdme

9. Aphex Twin “On” http://song.ly/2jdmk

10. Sigur Ros “Untitled 4” or “Staralfur”

11. Sufjan Stevens “Predatory Wasp”

12. Walkmen “We’ve Been Had”

13. Moby “Porcelain”

14. Grizzly Bear “Easy”

15. TV on the Radio “Staring at the Sun”

16. Gang Gang Dance “Dust

17. Choir of Young Believers “We Talk On The Phone” http://bit.ly/a5dpna

18. Pink Floyd “Obscured by Clouds”

19. Foreigner “You’re as Cold as Ice”

Do you agree?

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