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TA Mixtape / Summer Lovin: Dandelions Are Not Your Friends

At the end of last week I got so obsessed with writing this story, I completely ran out of time to post my other gardening mix last week.

My 12-year-old self is so tempted right now

Who didn’t think the dandelion was the best flower ever when they were little?  They were the best for making flower chains and headbands.  You could use them as crayons.  If you held one under your chin the amount that it glowed on your skin predicted how rich you would be.  And it was insanely fun to blow the all the seeds away into the wind.


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…

Game Night: Do Not Pass Go, Do Not Collect $200

I’m just going to go ahead and ask the question: who DIDN’T cheat at Monopoly?  I never actually even knew how to play the game so I guess I always did.  Though at age eight it was more like fighting for who got the race car and then using the money to play house.

Even so, I still think I grasped the reason why Monopoly is the most commercially successful board game in the world: everyone loves to feel like a millionaire.  Which is of course ironic since the game was created by a Quaker activist who essentially wanted to teach people how bad monopolies are.

From there, as we all know, there are now a million different versions of the game, World Version to McDonald’s Version, plus tons of computer games and even a game show.  A documentary about the game and its ridiculous popularity is coming out Fall 2010 called Under The Boardwalk.

The version that I found the most interesting however was the one used to help WW II prisoners of war escape.  Seriously. The man who had rights to manufacture the game outside of the United States had a special edition made with compasses, maps and real money hidden inside that were gifted to prisoners by fake charities

See?  Everyone cheats at Monopoly in some way or another.

Game Night: Do Not Pass Go, Do Not Collect $200 by tadpolopoly

If you’re not feeling the Atlantic City vibe, check out a couple shows in your own back yard….

Funeral Party will be at the Troubadour this coming Wednesday, May 5 with Two Door Cinema Club before touring with Surfer Blood.  I hope you have a connection because it’s sold out.

And you can catch The Besnard Lakes there on May 13 with Happy Hollows and Infantree.

Information and tickets here.

And keep your eye out on for the debut album by The Dig, Electric Toys – out on June 8th.

This has nothing to do with music, but man, monopoly is some serious stuff!  Listen to that intense commentary…

Game Night: That’s How It Could Have Happened…

To be perfectly honest I think I’ve played this board game less times than I can count on my hand, and if someone asked me to explain the game to you I wouldn’t even know where to start.  I always found it extremely confusing with all the weapons and locations and people and cards and…man, I don’t even know.

I will, however, ALWAYS remember two things that have spawned from this board game.

1)     Murder Mystery Night.  Okay, so I don’t know if Clue was ACTUALLY the basis for this, but the two are intertwined in my mind.  I believe now there are several different brands and websites boasting variations, but the gist is that you gather 8-10 friends for a party and give them each a character in advance of the event.  You could probably create all this on your own, but I did a packaged one with some amazingly punny names (I was “Spence DeMonet” a rich hunter or oil man or something).  Everyone must dress the part.  When the party begins someone is immediately killed off and the rest of the evening is figuring out whodunit.  I know it sounds pretty lame, but is actually really amazing.

2)     The Movie.  Tim Curry.  Madeline Kahn.  Michael McKean.  Christopher Lloyd.  That guy who is in everything, but I can’t ever remember his name.  Leslie Ann Warren, who I remember only because she was in a version of Cinderella (what?! That came out in 1965?!).  I don’t think I need to say any more.

Listen to some music.  Just watch out for the Cook (especially if she has a wrench).

Game Night: That’s how it could have happened…. by tadpolegames

Honeyhoney will be at The Hotel Café TONIGHT for the last night of their residency along with Nina Storey, Jenn Grinels, Ryan Levine and Kris Gruen.  Set time is 10pm, tickets here.

Catch Nico Stai on Saturday night, May 1 at the Bootleg Theatre with Shadow Shadow Shade, and The Black Apples.  Tickets here.

And if you happen to be in WeHo on Tuesday May 18, hit up the Troubadour for Scarlet Grey, performing with Assemble The Skyline, New Years Day, and Vogue In The Movement.  Their new album drops June 1.  Go here for tickets.

P.S. “Village Green Preservation Society” gets a great and very apropo use in Hot Fuzz.  It’s worth seeing for the song use, and the complete awesomeness of the film.

Photo courtesy of Rogue Pictures. Swoon.

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