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Guest Mixtape / Children’s Books: TSURURADIO Presents… Come On In, Sit A Spell, Let Me Tell You A Tale Mixtape!!!

For help finishing off the week of children’s books I reached out to one of my favorite bloggers (or should I say, blogging communities) TSURURADIO, and to my delight the mixtape master said yes!  Check out his unique and extremely interesting take on the theme.  If this blog is about different ways to use music in storytelling (hint: it is) then Tsuru nails it:

What is a children’s tale? During my time shooting my Born In A Bottle Rocket series I’ve learned that the sugar & glossed coated world of cute bugs and kids and monkeys having short silly adventures is just some silly modern construct. There was a time when stories were odd, weird, scary, creepy, full of death, evil, serial killers, happy & unhappy endings, many of which were non-sensical & rather pointless. So what does that mean for this mixtape? When you challenged me, I started digging, and the more songs I found, in my own collection and that of others, the mixtape begin telling it’s own tales. Tales of hobos & hobbits, of murder & robots, mountaintops, mountain towns, & transvestites, stories of science fiction & hippie adventures, you know, the stories of our lives.

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Party On: Cannonball!

I know, I know.  This might seem like a random third choice here.  Dance party and cocktail lounge are polar opposites.  There are a plethora of other options I could have gone with.  Bachelorette Party, Office Holiday Party, Sweet Sixteen.  You can dance AND lounge to The Beach Boys so couldn’t they go into either of the other playlists?  How does that classify a separate genre?  So on and so forth.

Cool it.  The answer is easy: POOL PARTIES ARE AWESOME.  Who doesn’t have a wonderful memory from their youth of splashing around with an inflatable whale or inner tube?  Besides, summer is only a month or so away.  Even in LA where it’s temperate year round we can’t wait – 65 degrees is too cold to prance around in a bathing suit no matter where you are.  Now that May is almost halfway over I can almost taste those Arnold Palmers and feel the warm breeze while kicking back on a chaise lounge.  The sweetness made ever so much better by an excellent soundtrack. Ah….

Party On: Cannonball! by comfortadpole1

Upcoming shows…

Don’t miss Voxtrot on their farewell “Goodbye Cruel World Tour” at the Echoplex on May 27, with We Barbarians, The Black, and The Ferocious Few.  Get your tickets!

Young Rival is performing with Born Ruffians at the Echo on June 3.  Tickets here.

The Tijuana Panthers will be at Echo Curio on May 21 with Woah Hunks and Christmas Island, followed by a FREE show at the Echo on the 24 with The Like and Dante vs. Zombies.

And check out Tsururadio’s great interview with Super Desserts (and accompanying mixtape!) here.

Lastly, while it only briefly features a pool – I would definitely play this song at a pool party, and this video is incredible.

The Circle Game: Life Moves Fast

“Life goes by pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.” Ferris Bueller

What makes you a grown-up? At age 24 it’s something I’m constantly wondering these days.  Graduating college?  Getting a “real” job?  Marriage? Babies?  Honestly I’m beginning to think that there is no “a-ha” moment and you just kind of stumble into all of those things and just hope for the best – but I suppose it’s probably different for everyone.  What about you?  And if that “a-ha” moment does exist – what are some songs that reflect on that point in life when you realize that – whatever the trigger – it’s happened?

Sheryl Crow “Can’t Cry Anymore”

Joni Mitchell “The Circle Game”

Don Henley “End of Innocence”

India.Arie “I Choose”

Ben Folds “Still Fighting It”

The Mountain Goats “No Children” 

The Decemberists “The Rake’s Song”

John Mayer “Stop This Train”

The Dismemberment Plan “Come Home” 

Cat Stevens “Father and Son”

Imogen Heap “Bad Body Double”

The Morning Benders “Hand Me Downs”

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