Sunday, November 30, 2008

Gift Packs are Here!

Just in time for Cyber Monday, we've created a couple limited-time specials. Don't fight the crowds. Don't waste time in traffic. Shop quickly & comfortably in our store for all the naughty & nice ones on your list.

Gift Set 1
Buy 1 Short Sleeve T-Shirt, Get 1 CD for $10

Gift Set 2
Buy any TDA CD, Get 1 CD Free

In the case that your TDA collection is well stocked, we're offering the "Uncorked" album from Paul's side-project the Christmas Jug Band.

Don't forget, everybody prefers TDA over another pair of socks!

Christmas Songs From Paul

Most of you know that I play with the Christmas Jug Band every year. I've put up 6 songs on my MySpace page for your holiday listening pleasure. A few of them are unreleased live recordings from last year. If any of you are in CA, OR or WA, please try to make a Jug Band show. They are a hoot! Enjoy!

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Thanks Giving

Thanksgiving is just a day away and in lieu of wacky turkey news, Team TDA wanted to share some thoughts of what we're each grateful for. Take a moment to ponder what you're most grateful for & enjoy the holiday!

I'm grateful to be able to ambulate into the day and to have opportunities to bring positive, helpful energy wherever I am. - Michael Messer

I'm thankful that I got to know my brother Buck again and get him involved with TDA. We're all going to miss him this Thanksgiving. - Paul Rogers

I'm grateful for friends, family and freedom -- what else do you need? (Oh yeah -- beer.) - Lewis Wallace

I'm grateful for my extended "family" of friends and relatives who love and trust me. I would do anything for them. - Suzanne Garramone

I´m thankful for snorkles and fishies and my husband´s multiple weeks of paid vacation a year that enabled us to snorkle on the island of Fernando De Noronha in Brazil this month. Life is worth living! - Susie Davis

I am grateful for being able to do what I love with people I love in such a breathtakingly amazing world. - Carri Abrahms

Photo Courtesty: riptheskull/Flickr

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

A Beautiful Mind

This is almost too amazing to believe. It's fascinating to watch savant Stephen Wiltshire draw the ENTIRE city of Rome from memory after only one fly over. I thought I was doing pretty good just remembering what my backyard looked like.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Santa Lost A Ho Light Show

You never know where this Christmas Jug Band tune is going to show up. I found this on the internet and I think it proves that people will pretty much watch anything that's on a screen. I do like the illuminated narrators, especially their reference to the possible energy source for all those lights. Reminds me of a certain TDA tune.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Godzilla vs. Godzilla Tree?

In Japan, a tree has taken on the profile of film legend Godzilla. As seen in the above video, viewing the tree from a specific angle, you can easily make out the profile of the radioactive lizard. I wonder if there's a bonsai somewhere that looks like Son of Godzilla?

Friday, November 14, 2008

Loch Ness Horror

After hearing about the Nessie photo anniverary, we went trolling the waters of the web and came up with this gem! The 1981 horror flick is a masterpiece of classic horror camp. If you're not faint of heart, check out the trailer.

(Via Internet Poster Awards)

Thursday, November 13, 2008

First Nessie Photo Turns 75

The first photo of the so-called Loch Ness Monster was taken 75 years ago today, and BBC News tells the story of the historic image:
"It was this picture, snapped by Hugh Grey on 12 November 1933, that is credited as being the first photographic evidence of the Loch Ness monster. It appeared on the front cover of the Scottish Daily Record on 8 December that year, under the headline 'Monster photograph of the mysterious Loch Ness object.'"

The BBC also has several other historic photos of Nessie, including the "neck" photo, which was taken by the guy described in "Deathbed Confession."

Wild Women of the Accordion

Tonight, Nov 13, at the Cafe du Nord there's a Wild Women of the Accordion show scheduled to entertain you this Mini-Friday. The show features TDA alum Big Lou and her band Polka Casserole, as well as Kugelplex, and Renee de la Prade and Friends.

Visit for more info, including an interview with Lou.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

The End Of TV For Old Folks

This made me laugh. I sent it to my folks, who I think will be able to relate. My favorite line; "Will this bring Jack Benny back?"

How To Yodel

My friend Peter H. sends this vintage performance by Diane Jewett, a queen of the near lost art of yodeling. TDA's own Carri Abrahms does a fine job of it in the Hotsy Totsy Polka. So warm up those vocal cords and let loose!

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Accordion Bus

The Camden Irish Music Festival recently did some ambient advertising on the already accordion looking articulated buses throughout London. I wonder if they need some music piped in for the commuters?

(Via I Believe In Advertising)

Monday, November 10, 2008


This weekend we launched a new version of The focus was to simplify content and navigation. Some highlights are...
- Each product has its own page.
- Each band member has their own biography.
- More active content in the Multimedia section.

And now here's how you can make it even better! Post photos of TDA on your account and tag them ThoseDarnAccordions. Our Multimedia page shows the latest uploads with that tag, giving everyone a chance to share their wonderful pix with other fans! Right now, you can see photos from some Yahoo employees enjoying TDA on their Sunnyvale campus.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Gigantic Salmon Swims No More

An 85-pound chinook salmon carcass was found recently on Battle Creek near Anderson, California.

"We see lots of big ones," biologist Doug Killam (pictured holding the salmon) told the Record Searchlight, "but this one was just bigger than most big ones -- it was just spectacular."

Be sure to check the full-size image on the paper's site. The huge fish really is spectacular.

The paper says this fall's salmon run has been smaller than usual, and I think I know why: That 51-inch giant must have eaten a lot of herring, sardines and other salmon grub. Maybe it was even a cannibal.

P.S. Anderson is the home of the Mosquito Serenade, a great concert series down by the river that we've had the pleasure of playing several times. Maybe that 85-pound monster salmon swam by a TDA show!