The Beach Boys

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.

(more…)

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…

(more…)

Guest Mixtape + Interview / Mystery Claws / Summer Lovin’ : BBQ Days

If you’re an LA denizen and you haven’t heard of Mystery Claws, you will soon. Comprised of rockers Julia Bembenek and Matt Kivel (Princeton) and featuring drummer Stella Mozgawa (Warpaint), the band’s first single, “Flashlights” premiered on Stereogum late April and now their debut album Hydaspia (on Easter Everywhere Records) is on the market.

In the spirit of the season, band member Julia Bembenek was kind enough to throw together a BBQ mixtape for Tadpole Audio. I grabbed a meal with her a few days before their kickin’ record release party this past weekend at Pehrspace to chat about it…

(more…)

'Tis The Season: Summertime And The Livin' Is Easy

Ah, summer – memories of pools, popsicles, sleepaway camp, and lack of homework. What do you groove to when your lounging by the pool with a cool drink and the livin’ is easy…

1. Hockey “Put The Game Down” ♫ http://twt.fm/378357

2. G. Love & Special Sauce “Soft and Sweet (Radio Edit)” ♫ http://twt.fm/378400

3. R.E.M. “Nightswimming”

4. Ted Leo and The Pharmacists “Me and Mia” ♫ http://twt.fm/378407

5. Ted Leo and The Pharmacists “Walking to Do”

6. Feist “I Feel It All”

7. XTC “Summer’s Cauldron” ♫ http://twt.fm/378412

8. Local Natives “Sun Hands” ♫ http://twt.fm/378422

9. Brazos “Day Glo” http://twt.fm/377833

10. Stan Getz “The Girl From Ipanema” ♫ http://twt.fm/378487

11. Regina Spektor “Fidelity” ♫ http://twt.fm/378509

And other artist recommendations are The Beach Boys, Spoon, French Kicks, Television, French Miami, Morning Benders

I personally also just discovered the Morning Benders and LOVE THEM. Great stuff. What summery suggestions do you have?

© 2010-2019 Tadpole Audio All Rights Reserved -- Copyright notice by Blog Copyright