Party On: Dance Magic Dance

If you get that reference you win a prize.

To tell you the truth it’s hard to make a dance playlist. I know plenty of people who hear dance and immediately think of deadmau5, MSTRKRFT, Tiesto, Paul Van Dyk and so forth. I also know people who will prefer Guns ‘N Roses, Journey, Prince or ‘N SYNC every time. I fall somewhere in the middle (though admittedly closer to Britney Spears than Bassnectar). And I didn’t even talk about the people who are all about Kudi Cudi, Rihanna or Drake. Different backgrounds, places and decades – everyone grooves to something different. Because of this I thought I would do a comparison between the top 10 best dance songs of all time (according to a Slant Magazine article published in 2006)…

1. Donna Summer, “I Feel Love” (1977)
2. Deee-Lite, “Groove Is in the Heart” (1990)
3. Madonna, “Vogue” (1990)
4. Diana Ross, “Love Hangover” (1976)
5. Clivillés & Cole, “A Deeper Love” (1991)
6. Machine, “There But for the Grace of God Go I” (1979)
7. Lil’ Louis, “French Kiss” (1987)
8. Thelma Houston, “Don’t Leave Me This Way” (1976)
9. Zhané, “Hey Mr. DJ” (1993)
10. Donna Summer, “Love to Love You Baby” (1975)

Followed by the top 10 of the most current Billboard Dance / Club Play Songs
1. Rihanna “Rude Boy”
2. Charice feat. Jay-Z “Pyramid”
3. Delerium feat. Kreesha Turner “Dust In Gravity”
4. The Black Eyes Peas “Imma Be”
5. Debi Nova “Drummer Boy”
6. Mary J. Blige “I Am”
7. Goldfrapp “Rocket”
8. Beyonce Feat. Lady Gaga “Video Phone”
9. Bimbo Jones “Freeze”
10. Taio Cruz Feat. Ludacris “Break Your Heart”

Later on the list are The Temper Trap, Blake Lewis and Macy Gray. An American Idol contestant and Ludacris only 5 spots away from each other on the same list. That’s the power of dance!

Upcoming Shows…

The fabulous VV Brown is rocking the Troubadour TONIGHT with Darrelle London.  Get your tickets and go!

1. Donna Summer, “I Feel Love” (1977)

2. Deee-Lite, “Groove Is in the Heart” (1990)

3. Madonna, “Vogue” (1990)

4. Diana Ross, “Love Hangover” (1976)

5. Clivillés & Cole, “A Deeper Love” (1991)

6. Machine, “There But for the Grace of God Go I” (1979)

7. Lil’ Louis, “French Kiss” (1987)

8. Thelma Houston, “Don’t Leave Me This Way” (1976)

9. Zhané, “Hey Mr. DJ” (1993)

10. Donna Summer, “Love to Love You Baby” (1975)

Get your tickets for Dragonette at the Echo just before Memorial Day on May 26 with White Arrows – who also have a fantastic video interview up on Serious Stache.

And Pitchfork darlings Delorean with Wait. Think. Fast at the Echo on June 11.  Tickets here.

Video this week from cute-as-a-button French DJ, Yelle.  Love her music, but mostly love her affinity for crazy colors.  An excellent performer as well (thanks again, Wonderworks!).


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.

Roshambo: Rock Should Beat Everyone

One of the biggest gaming conundrums ever: why does paper beat rock?  Sure, you can wrap a rock in paper – but if you really wanted to get serious try throwing that rock.  I promise you paper will not win that fight.

It looks like 10,500 people have already beaten me in taking a stand against this nonsense, and I think we can really make a difference.  Rock, Dynamite, Scissors forever guys!

Roshambo: Rock Should Beat Everything by tadpolopoly

Nada Surf has TWO shows at the Troubadour this month, on May 25 and 26th.  The 25th is already sold out so get your tickets now!

Olin and The Moon will be at Spaceland with The Parson Red Heads, Or The Whale and Whispering Pines on Friday May 28, so get your fix before fleeing town for the long Memorial Day weekend.  Tickets here.

And you better already have your tickets for this band’s next stop in LA on June 3 and 4.  Tickets are still available for the June 3rd show at the Fonda, but probably won’t be for long…

Roshambo: Paper Beats…Rock?

“Roshambo” or “Rocks, Paper, Scissors” is one of the oldest games in existence.  While the name “roshambo” is Egyptian, most believe the game was actually created in 200 BC Japan before migrating West in the 1700’s to become a favorite of Jean Baptiste Donatien de Vimeur, Comte de Rochambeau.  He may have actually been the one responsible for bringing it to the new world as well – the Count of Rochambeau was the general of the French troops sent in to support George Washington in the American revolution.  Even so, no one is really sure where and how it spread, as there are origin stories from the Scandinavians and the Celts too.  One thing for sure is that from Finland to Ancient Rome EVERYONE knew about it – and the same still holds true to this day.  The game is so ingrained in world culture it has even been used in Federal court, by a Japanese CEO auctioning priceless works of art, and of course, at the official World Series of Rock Paper Scissors.

Roshambo: Paper Beats Rock by tadpolopoly

Upcoming shows…

Acclaimed UK duo The Turin Brakes are doing an acoustic show at The Echo on May 14.  Get your tickets!

Catch 1, 2, 3 at the Silverlake Lounge on May 10 – FREE show with War Tapes, The New Room and Tracy, Dean and Jesus.  Info here.

I’m going to be honest, when I free associated the word “paper” my mind immediately goes to “paper heart” – the phrase, not the movie.  But there is a movie.  And I did find this ADORABLE scene.

Game Night: Oh No, Not The Molasses Swamp!

Candyland is the one game I have loved as long as I could remember.

Princess Tadpole totally works, right?

I’m pretty sure it was because I always wanted to be Queen Frostine.  Even Princess Lolly – she was a princess after all.  To be honest, I’m pretty sure that the last time I played the game was within the past three years.  And thank goodness I had my own version of the game from at least the 1980’s, because there have been some changes made.  No more Plumpy!  Queen Frostine became Princess Frostine…but what of Princess Lolly?  Gone the way of Plumpy?  Battling for the crown?  Either way not good.

I dedicate this playlist to her.

Game Night: Oh No, Not The Molasses Swamp! by tadpolegames

I also wanted to rep two awesome shows at The Echo this week:

Leopold and his Fiction – Thursday, April 29 aka TOMORROW (with Lemon Sun and Red Arrow Messenger)

Heartless Bastards – Friday, April 30 (with Hacienda and Amy Cook)

Click here for details.

P.S. This song and video are both AMAZING.  I’m currently listening on repeat. After (by all accounts) tearing it up at SXSW for Spin, Foxy Shazam is a group you MUST check out – if you like rocking out, of course.

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