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TA Mixtape / Happy Birthday USA: Explosions in the Sky

Ooh! Aah!

There was no question, we were GOING to see fireworks on the 4th of July.

It was 8:45pm on Sunday, and 10 of us were sprawled around my boyfriend’s living room having just finished Wet Hot American Summer. We had been drinking, eating and generally making merry since 2pm and were all in various states of food coma/nap.  Only one thing would get us all mobilized, even at the very last minute: fireworks.  There was no real decision made to go, it just was – a mad dash to all settle on a place, piling into cars and then in just 15 minutes or so we were there.  Even with 5 cars – some coming from other directions – we managed to find each other atop a winding hill in some park off Duquesne with much of the population of Culver City.

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TA Mixtape / Music In Media: TV Dinner

by Andrew Thomas

“It just sort of introduces the idea that you’re in for something pretty idiotic.” – Larry David

I love food. I love eating it. I love making it. I love talking about it. I love hearing people talk about it. I even love watching people make it on competition based television shows. Unfortunately, those shows by nature must leave out one of my favorite elements of food: the smell. When you enter a restaurant owned by a knowledgeable chef, you’ll notice the immediate presence of a powerful, distinct and pleasing aroma. It heightens the anticipation. It lets you know the type of food is on the way. It focuses your senses on the tastes and textures to come.

A good theme song is the television equivalent to a tantalizing aroma before a delicious meal. It whets your appetite for the rest of the show. The tone of the song will let you know if the show will be light, dark, comedic, dramatic, intense, intelligent, unconventional, or any number of things. When you hear the twanging guitars and mournful fiddle of Deadwood’s Opening Sequence, you know you’re not in for a buddy cop comedy. When you hear The Barenaked Ladies prattle off a Brief History of The Universe, you know you’re not watching a show about a rape lawyer.

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The Animal Kingdom: Buggin' Out

Today is the first in a – brace yourself – EIGHT PART PLAYLIST SERIES climbing the food chain.  From bugs to reptiles to mammals large and small we’re covering it all starting with your favorite creepy-crawly many-legged friends…

The Flaming Lips “Buggin'”

Nickel Creek “Ode to a Butterfly”

The Bird And The Bee “Lifespan of a Fly”

Jeffrey Lewis and The Junkyard “Bugs and Flowers”

Rifle Recoil “Seas of Bees”

Owl City “Fireflies”

I acknowledge that the lyrics are ridiculous and make no sense. I know. I get it.

Man Man “Spider Cider”

Passion Pit “Moth’s Wings”

And to trip out your night, first part one of the great Ziggy Stardust’s Spiders from Mars. Yes, you can find the entire motion picture on youtube:

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AsdpGRUTrkM]

Second the CRAZIEST, CREEPIEST COMBINATION OF MUSIC, BUGS AND BLACKLIGHT ON SCREEN EVER.  I challenge you to defy it:

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DOeV3LsgIWw]

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