Friday, April 23, 2010

Accordions On The Rise

What's the range of a guitar? Twenty yards if you've got a good arm!

You may hear jokes along those lines soon , if an article by Seattle University Spectator is right. Accordion playing Seattleites discuss the rise of the accordion & the decline of guitars that overtook music in the 60's through 80's.

Have you noticed a rise in accordions in today's popular music? Team TDA has noticed the familiar sound in lots of T0p 40 bands - The Decemberists recently, Britney Spears years ago, & The Beatles decades ago. Who have you heard bellowing?

Image of Gogol Bordello courtesty of Flickr/Gregor_y

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Spoof Trailer for Weird: The Al Yankovic Story

What made "Weird Al" weird? Modern Accordionist and Accordion Player magazines, according to the spoof trailer for biopic Weird: The Al Yankovic Story.

It's all a joke, but I wish some savvy studio would take the idea and run.

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Friday, March 12, 2010

How To Wear Your Underwear

In these days and times, we've got to make every penny count and stretch our dollars as far as we can. Right? Here's a tune from the upcoming Kid's CD, "The Cul de Sac Kids", that provides instruction on how to get maximum undie "wear".
Listen carefully, there will be a quiz tomorrow!

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Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Bratwurst: Cook 'Em Right!

An excellent article by Bob Currer on how to properly cook a brat. It also gives mention to TDA's "First Bratwurst Of Summer". I'm looking out at the grill and thinking it might be time to attempt a mid-winter fire-up.

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Tuesday, February 02, 2010

Pecking out a Tune with Céleste Boursier-Mougenot

As part of a show later this month at The Curve Gallery in London, artist Céleste Boursier-Mougenot has combined zebra finches with a Les Paul guitar; video embedded above. See more photos of this work & other dadaist pieces here.

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Sunday, January 24, 2010

Happy Birthday, Ray Stevens!

Ray Stevens, writer of great songs like 1974 nudist novelty smash "The Streak" (video above), turns 71 Sunday.

Stevens' other wacky hits over the years have included "Ahab the Arab," "Shriner's Convention" and "Jeremiah Peabody's Polyunsaturated Quick-Dissolving, Fast-Acting Pleasant-Tasting Green and Purple Pills."


Thursday, January 21, 2010

Prince Reveals His "Fight Song" For The Vikings

Prince's fight song for the Vikings might work if they played badminton, but it's WAY too wimpy for football. Then again, if they play this in New Orleans, the Saints might be laughing too hard to play. Brilliant!

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