The Angry Amphibians’ Farewell Tour

New Music

Kronos Quartet – The Dreams and Prayers of Isaac the Blind – Music composed by Osvaldo Golijov.  I liked what I’ve heard of Golijov’s and the Kronos Quartet is brilliant, so I have high hopes for this one.  Not enough listens to offer an opinion just yet, but that’s what I got for you this week.

Random 10 Songs

Erase/Replace – Foo Fighters – Echoes, Silence, Patience, & Grace
All You Ever Wanted – Black Keys – Attack & Release
Over the Hills and Far Away – Led Zeppelin – Houses of the Holy
Gold Heart Mountain Top Queen Directory – AYWKUBT Trail Of Dead – So Divided
Lake of Fire – Meat Puppets – Meat Puppets II
Lounge Act – Nirvana – Nevermind
Where Is Everybody? – Nine Inch Nails – The Fragile
Carry On – Crosby, Stills, Nash, & Young – Deja Vu
Love Dump – Static X – Wisconsin Death Trip
Had To Go – Heartless Bastards – The Mountain

Those first three albums are three of my favorites.

Random 10 Story – How will I follow up ‘Love Dump’ with ‘Had To Go’? Read on.

Ernie did the final erase/replace edit on the new posters and showed me the results.  “Pretty sweet, huh? All you ever wanted was to change the name, but I redesigned the whole graphic.”  Bless his heart, he was embracing this reimagining of the band as best he could, but I knew it killed him.  It was always his dream to take the “Angry Amphibians” out of the backwoods, over the hills and far away.  Ernie wrote the songs, designed the costumes, never flinched at the harshest reviews.  He had a Gold Heart. “Mountain Top Queen Directory”, the revered index of costumed jazz acts, called us “unbelievably odd” and likened us to “being dipped alternately into a lake of fire and beaten against a block of ice.”  Pretty high praise for a country bumpkin’s interpretation of a Vegas lounge act, but all the pretty words of the critics didn’t stop us from playing mostly empty bars, and wondering ‘where is everybody?

Look, no matter how much we both want to carry on doing this, it’s time to realize that the emphasis is on “labor” in this labor of love. Dump the plush frog costumes behind a diner I told Ernie.  It killed me to say it, but they had to go.

The “Two Angry Tadpoles” start their world tour on Friday.

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5 thoughts on “The Angry Amphibians’ Farewell Tour

  1. Friday. Music. Random. Ten.

    “Don’t Answer Me” – Alan Parsons Project, “Ammonia Avenue“
    “Circe” – Ira Stein & Russel Walder, “Transit“
    “Midnight Blue” – Lou Gramm, “Ready or Not“
    “One of These Days” – Pink Floyd, “Echoes: The Best of Pink Floyd“
    “Summer” – Joe Hisaishi, “Kikujiro soundtrack“
    “Trains and Winter Rains” – Enya, “And Winter Came“
    “Warriors [remixed excerpts]” – Synergy, “The Jupiter Menace“
    “Going for the One [instrumental bonus track]” – Yes, “Going for the One“
    “Chameleon” – Herbie Hancock, “Head Hunters“
    “Ancestors” – Lisa Gerrard, “Whale Rider soundtrack“

    Bonus track: “Shangri-La” – ELO, “A New World Record“

  2. Once again, nicely done. Those GBV titles are nasty. I’ll do mine over the weekend. It’s going to be another tough one.

    1. Girl, You’ll be a Woman Soon — Neil Diamond
    2. Serious Bird Woman — Robert Pollard
    3. Length of Love — Interpol
    4. Master of Puppets — Metallica
    5. I Love You So Much It Hurts — Ray Charles
    6. Spirit Road — Neil Young
    7. Return of the Grievous Angel — Gram Parsons
    8. Shakespeare’s Sister — The Smiths
    9. I’m Gonna Make You Mine — Hypstrz
    10. Blue Green Arrow.

    Bonus: Without a Trace — Soul Asylum

  3. Poor, Ernie. What a schmuck. (Another good one, Mak.)

    1. “The Baltimore Sun” The Jayhawks Blue Earth
    2. “Wake Up Everybody” Harold Melvin & The Bluenotes Wake Up Everybody
    3. “Throwing the Election” Game Theory 2 Steps from the Middle Ages
    4. “Penny Lane” The Beatles Magical Mystery Tour
    5. “Goin’ Against Your Mind” Built To Spill You In Reverse
    6. “She’s A Lady” Tom Jones The Definitive Tom Jones
    7. “Spirit in the Night” Bruce Springsteen Greetings from Asbury Park, N.J.
    8. “Wasted Away” Micah P. Hinson The Baby & The Satellite
    9. “1969” The Stooges The Stooges
    10. “Hey Hey What Can I Do” (Led Zep) The Hold Steady Milkcrate Mosh

    bonus “TVC 15” David Bowie Station to Station

  4. 1. No Use for a Name – More Betterness!: “Let It Slide”
    2. Tim McGraw – Greatest Hits, Vol. 2: “She’s My Kind of Rain”
    3. Aerosmith – Aerosmith’s Greatest Hits: “Dream On”
    4. Bloc Party – A Weekend in the City: “Hunting for Witches”
    5. Saves the Day – Can’t Slow Down: “Collision”
    6. The Killers – Sawdust: “Where they White Boys Dance”
    7. Better Than Ezra – Greatest Hits: “King of New Orleans”
    8. Saves the Day – Through Being Cool: “The Last Lie I Told”
    9. Avril Lavigne – Under My Skin: “Nobody’s Home”
    10. Hawthorne Heights – The Silence in Black and White: “Silver Bullet”

  5. Better Late than never…

    Everyone was pretty excited when they heard Bo was coming back to the ranch. But no one was as excited as I was. In his last letter from the Appomattox, Bo wrote, The war’s over and I’ma coming home. Girl, you’ll be a woman soon and I can’t wait to see you. Serious Bird Woman, the Pawnee cook Ma kept around the ranch, saw the look in my eyes as I read Bo’s letter. Bo has no idea of Sue’s length of love she said out loud to no one in particular. He doesn’t know what he’s gettin’ in to does he? Sue here is a regular master of puppets and it looks like she is going to add another one to her collection. I whispered to myself, don’t listen to that old Indian woman Bo, I love you so much it hurts. Nothing’s going to keep us apart.

    A few weeks later as Bo ambled down that old Spirit Road and came into view of the ranch, Pa shouted out “well if it aint the return of the grievous angel.” Bo smiled and said good to see you too Hank. Now help me with my stuff. Bo looked gaunt and definitely lost that sparkle in his eye. Ma noticed too. Goodness Bo, you’re a sight! Come in we’ll get you a some food. Bird Woman, cook up that chicken we’ve been saving! Bo said, thanks but I gotta see Sue first. I came running out of the barn and he looked at me and said my Lord you’re a sight for tired eyes. Just as gorgeous as Shakespeare’s Sister. I ran into his arms and he whispered in my ears, I’m gonna make you mine.”

    For some reason Serious Bird Woman didn’t take to Bo. She would give him side long stares that only I would notice and she kept muttering about visions of a blue green arrow. Bo was oblivious and was a huge help around the ranch. It was great to have another helper and Pa and Ma were grateful for his help. When that Pawnee woman left without a trace a couple of months later, right before it got cold, no one seemed to care. Even the sparkle returned to Bo’s eyes. I thought it was because we were going to have a baby, but sometimes late at night, I would wonder…

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