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Meet Roy G. Biv: Mellow Yellow

Recently green and yellow have both been in the forefront of my color preferences. I had a green iPod Nano, and now I have a green iPod shuffle. I am attracted to any yellow sundress like a magpie to shiny objects. I don’t understand why sick cartoons are always depicted as turning green. I’ve never seen one person turn green in my entire life, and it’s giving such a wonderful color a terrible connotation. Similarly I feel like yellow is also often considered a “sickly” color because of jaundice. When someone looks “jaundiced” they are faintly yellow. How sad for such bright, lovely colors. In light of such injustice, please enjoy a few tracks celebrating their awesomeness. Enjoy.

Meet Roy G. Biv: Mellow Yellow by colorfultadpole

You can also catch the rainbow live…

Bipolar Bear have a song called “Cape Verde” and will be at Spaceland on April 30.   Listen to the song here, and get your tickets!

So Many Wizards finishes out their residency at the Silverlake Lounge this coming MONDAY, April 26.  Perhaps they’ll play “Yellow Hands,” but if not you can check it out here.  There’s no excuse not to go – it’s free!

And you can catch Spirit Vine at Spaceland on May 6.  Get their new Golden EP here.

Lastly, to send you off into the weekend, a dose of awesome/extremely weird:

Meet Roy G. Biv: Purple People-Eater

Purple is a color that I have always had a very special relationship with.  I blame it on how magical Harold and The Purple Crayon was.  It was my favorite color for a long time (until I just gave up and realized I couldn’t decide on just one).  I even directed a play for a theatre group that is named “The Purple Crayon Players.” The walls of my childhood bedroom are a deep purple.  My school colors in college were purple and white.  It’s an amazing color, and not just because Prince made millions off of it.

Fun Facts About Purple:

  • Purple in a room promotes creativity and imagination.
  • “Porphyrous” is an adjective that means “of or pertaining to the color purple.”
  • When someone is born “in the purple” it’s a way of saying they are of noble birth.
  • The “Forbidden City” in Bejing, China is technically “The Purple Forbidden City,” because of the secret purple area in heaven they believed was located near the north star.

And now some fun purple (and blue, violet, etc…) music!

Meet Roy G. Biv: Purple People Eater by colorfultadpole

Still want more?  Don’t be blue!  You can check out some of these violet-ly awesome tunes live!

Horse Feathers are at the Bootleg Theatre on May 19.  Tickets here.

Check out Trevor O’Neill’s track “Blue Divide” on his myspace, and see him live at the Bootleg Theatre on April 27.  Event info here.

You might see Sister Crayon perform their song “Lavender Liars”  if you hit up Spaceland on April 28…or on myspace.  Show tickets here.

Same for “Violet!”by  Jeremy Messersmith, also appearing at the Bootleg.  Catch him on May 15.  Tickets here.

And lastly, the SCARIEST MOVIE MOMENT OF MY YOUTH:

Meet Roy G. Biv: Caught Red-Handed

After a crazy weekend at Coachella, I thought I would go back to basics.  And by basics I mean something learned in kindergarten: the color wheel.  Who doesn’t fondly remember the discovery of purple?  Green?  Orange?  And the disappointment when it became clear that mixing them all together created not a magical rainbow of color, but gross brown.  So many failed fingerpaintings.

In following with the timeless ROYGBIV, we begin with red, orange and variations thereof.  AND in following with kindergarten-level activities, I shall name all items I can think of in that color spectrum:

Tomatoes

Clifford the Big Red Dog

Doritos

Oranges/Clementines/Tangerines

Kitten noses

Watermelons

Erasers

Sunburns

Meet Roy G. Biv: Caught Red-Handed by tadpolemusic

Upcoming shows…

Spindrift – May 6th at The Echo.  Tickets here.

Pepper Rabbit – April 29th at the Silverlake Lounge.  Tickets here.

Warpaint – May 8th at the Bootleg Theatre.  Tickets here.

To fully launch us into the week – check out this amazing (and colorful) commercial that perfectly marries explosions, paint and music:

Now, orange you glad you came here today?

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.

America The Beautiful: Moonshine and Sweet Tea

While overall I would say that I have the least experience in the South, some of my absolute favorites memories have taken place below the Mason-Dixon Line.  Trips to Disney World, Epcot, Universal Islands of Adventure.  Swimming with dolphins in Key West.  Visiting my grandmother in Tampa.  Witnessing a thrilling Northwestern vs. Auburn game at the 2010 Outback Bowl.  And then there was the Great 2007 Roadtrip: A & A Take American By Storm during which my best friend and I had MULTIPLE unforgettable experiences in Tennessee alone (Memphis, Nashville, Oak Ridge, Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge) – beating out every other state we drove through, in addition to surviving a couple terrifying thunderstorms.  And Cadillac Ranch.  In fact, I’m going to say that the South might be the richest route of roadtrip treasures there is.  And if you don’t believe me, just ask me about Julian’s Pizza and Karaoke.

America The Beautiful: Moonshine and Sweet Tea by TAtunes

Check out Murder by Death at the Troubadour TONIGHT.  Their new album Good Morning, Magpie just dropped on April 6.  Get tickets to the show here and buy the album here

Need more Louisiana?  Check out “Baton Rouge Ballad” by The Dirty Diamond and see him live at The Hotel Cafe on April 15 at 10pm.  Tickets here.

Lastly, for the video of the day here’s a great sequence using one of my favorite songs in a movie with a ton of equally great music.  When it comes to music in film, the Coen Brothers really do it right:

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