The Echo

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: 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.

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?

Animal Kingdom: The Origin of Man

According to my copious research the thing that separates humans from animals is rational thought, or the ability to control one’s instincts.  I suppose I buy that.  I mean, a lemming doesn’t elect to plunge off a cliff to it’s watery doom with rest of it’s kind.  Nor does a dog decide what tree to pee on based on what’s the most popular poplar.  No, those animals make decisions purely based on instinct and survival.  It is only we humans with the gift of judgement.  We can choose to follow the same trends as our peers, pee on the biggest and best tree we want to, and chase unattainable men/women until they destroy us.  So three cheers for reason and logic – let’s all head to the Cabo Cantina and celebrate the superiority of our species over 10 tequila shots.

Huzzah!

Animal Kingdom: Human by tadpoletunes

Be sure to check out The Deadly Syndrome on March 25 at the Echo for their record release show with Signals and Rabbits, presented by Web In Front and I Promote Good Bands.  Going to be a great show with some kickin’ local talent.

And honestly it’s hard for me to articulate why this particular video came to mind for “humans.”  It’s definitely not a kids movie.  It’s not conventional.  But it is about the evolution of a very distinctly human quality –  the ability to love.  And it’s a heartbreakingly human film and theatrical production.

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