I’m on the wrong coast to be able to attend, but if anyone is going to be in the Seattle area this weekend and needs something fun to do, you might want to check this out!
Start: Jun 13 2010 – 1:00pm
End: Jun 13 2010 – 3:00pm
Event Description: Artists, scientists, and enthusiasts of all ages come together to celebrate the intelligence and wonder of the cephalopods: octopus, cuttlefish, chambered nautilus, and squid. We’ll share some of our favorite scientific facts, enjoy cephalopod-inspired music, poetry, art, film, fashion, and more - then sit back to watch a cephalopod nature documentary to see these amazing creatures in action. All ages, $5 suggested donation, free stickers!
For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Northwest Film Forum
1515 12th Ave (between Pike & Pine on Capitol Hill)
(Via Artist Trust)
June 6, 2010
I find it a little hard to believe that The Goonies is 25 years old. I am also surprised that I never knew about this deleted scene wherein our heroic band of foul-mouthed adolescents get attacked by a giant octopus!
In this clip, the song used to defeat the octopus is “Eight Arms to Hold You” by Goon Squad. Here’s the original video, full of stop-motiony goodness. It’s a classic tale of Octopus Meets Girl, Octopus Helps Girl Win Band Audition.
Last night I went out to Chapel Hill to see MC Frontalot perform at Local 506. The opening act was singer/songwriter Brandon Patton, who also plays bass for MC Frontalot under the pseudonym BL4k Lotus. It turns out Brandon is a fellow aficionado of squid shirts, and he was sporting this awesome Gama-Go hoodie featuring their classic giant squid design. (Not available anymore, sadly.)
Unfortunately, I only cought the tail end of Brandon’s set, but I did get there in time to hear his rousing cover of The Pogues “Sally MacLennane.” Check out Brandon’s music at www.brandonpatton.com.
The MC Frontalot set was, as usual, nerdcore perfection. His brand new album Zero Day officially came out today, and you should buy it! With money! Go to Frontalot.com to find out how.
If you are not familiar with Front’s brand of intelligent, geeky hip hop, here is a video I took this February at his previous local show. The song is “Bizarro Genius Baby” from his second album Secrects From The Future.
October 31, 2009
Halloween is nearly over, but I think I have time to squeeze in one last post. In case you haven’t noticed, I really like Halloween, and one of my favorite things about the holiday is that it gives me an excuse to make compilations of music about Halloween-themed topics such as horror, death, blood, black magic, and monsters. I try to make at least one a year, and there are eight of them so far. I’m constantly on the look out for new songs, and fortunately I see no signs that I will run out of material for new compilations any time soon! In this year’s mix I was pleased to include a small aquatic-themed section:
- Into the Water by Dethklok
- She-Devils of the Deep by Future Bible Heroes
- The Octopus Is Gonna Get You…Dad by Boss The Big Bit
- Creature From The Black Lagoon by The Happy, Happy Jihads
I also do a Halloween music show every year on my podcast. Today’s Halloween show is the fist episode of Random Signal I’ve recorded since June. I tell myself that this temporary hiatus is because of Kid Indie Kid Squid, but the fact that I started doing daily posts on this blog might also have something to do with it…
In theory, Random Signal is produced bi-monthly (on average) and I either host the show solo or with my wife Ryn Nasser. I usually describe the podcast as equal parts geek talk and indie rock—we talk about comics, movies, TV, books, cephalopods, etc., and each show usually features 3-5 songs by independent musicians. I actually do two Halloween-themed shows every year. One on Halloween proper, and one in April on tax day, which I have declared to be the holiday of Aprilween.
I now want to switch gears entirely and talk about cephalopod-themed jack-o-lanterns. I don’t know exactly why, but there seems to be a strong correlation between cephalopod appreciation and artistic talent (although I seem to buck that particular trend). Case-in-point, the following awesome jack-o-lanterns:
And in case you were wondering, our jack-o-lantern this year was sort of a goblin-bat kind of thing…not a cephalopod at all. I’m not completely single-minded!
October 24, 2009
Underwater Land is a CD of marine-themed children’s songs, and it was Shel Silverstein’s last musical project before his death in 1999. The Silverstein estate has finally released the album as both a CD and MP3 download, and both can be purchased from the Underwater Land project website, where you can also hear samples of several of the songs. The CD comes with a 32 page booklet featuring the lyrics of all 17 songs and previously unpublished Silverstein illustrations, and the download comes with a PDF version.
Underwater Land contains two cephalopod-themed songs: “Cuttlefish” and “Captain Octopus.” On the website you can hear a sample of “Captain Octopus” which is about all the different things an eight-armed sailor could do at once. Here’s excerpt of the lyrics…
And he can…
Raise the flag,
And paint the mast,
And lower the boom,
And polish the brass,
Squeeze the Juice,
And shine the boots,
And iron the captain’s sailor suit,
And still have one hand free
To give a salute.
August 30, 2009
I totally forgot about this animated sequence from Bedknobs and Broomsticks (Disney, 1971)! Not only do we get a short octopus drum solo, but we also see why one should never play poker with a cephalopod.
August 29, 2009
August 7, 2009
August 6, 2009
Timothy Sellers is the core of Artichoke, a band from Highland Park, California which specializes in quirky, rollicking rock music about science and nature. This year saw the release of 26 Animals, an alphabetic assemblage of children’s tunes about various denizens of the animal kingdom. The letter “O,” as you have by now no doubt surmised, is for “Octopus,” and the song celebrates this cephalopod’s unique talent for evasion. A few other marine invertebrates are featured on the album: “J” for “Jellyfish” and “U” for “Sea Urchin.”
The CD is available on its own, or paired with a fully illustrated songbook featuring original watercolor paintings of each animal alongside the lyrics and guitar chords for each song. You can buy it directly from the band at www.artichoketheband.com, as well as at CD Baby. You can also download it from iTunes and Emusic.