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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