While I’m still on the subject of how awesome Phineas and Ferb was, can we talk about how the adults interact with the kids in that show? Especially Dr. Heinz Doofenshmirtz.
We don’t see a lot of him interacting with kids, but when he does it’s gold. For the best example, watch the entirety of the “Across The 2nd Dimension” movie.
He talks to Phineas and Ferb like they’re equals. He doesn’t talk down to them, belittle them, talk over them, or any other nonsense like that. There is not a condescending bone in his entire body.
Lawrence Fletcher is much the same. On top of how respectfully he speaks to his kids, he also has this amazing ability to just roll with whatever happens to be going on at the moment. Monster truck rally in the back yard? Sure, why not. Garage has literally been turned upside down? I guess this is my life now.
Linda’s interactions with Candace might seem like an exception to this, until you take a step back and look at things from her perspective. Imagine getting increasingly frantic and ridiculous phone calls that ALWAYS turn out to be nothing. And yet, Linda comes to investigate every single time. She always comes. Maybe not always immediately, and she clearly doesn’t expect anything to be there, but she still humors Candace every time.
(I took a brief intermission from working on my main fic to do a one-shot; I’ve seen a few people lately craving Bechloe married domestic fluff, and I’ve been feeling the same way, so I couldn’t resist the urge!)
Locking up her studio for the night, Beca pockets the key and heads across the back yard to the house. She comes in through the kitchen, finding it empty and silent this late in the evening. Checking the clock, she feels a slight twinge of guilt when she sees it’s past eight. Usually, despite the temptation of her equipment just a few steps away on the same property, she doesn’t allow herself to go back to work after dinner. (Or rather, Chloe doesn’t allow her to go back to work after dinner.) But with so many deadlines looming this week she’s had to make some exceptions.
She crosses the back hallway and peeks into the family room. Chloe is nowhere in evidence, but their daughter, Violet, is sitting on the plush area rug in the middle of the room, clutching her favorite blanket, staring at the TV and absorbed in what looks like a car insurance commercial featuring a talking monkey.
Beca steps quietly through the doorway and sneaks up closer, then crouches down a few feet behind her, still unnoticed. “Boo,” she says, but in a soft voice so as not to actually scare her.
Monster Rally, aka Ted Feighan has to be one of our personal favorites as of late. Lush, sampled, rhythmic goodness and the visuals to match. We asked Ted to put together our Singles Club Selects Mixtape for the month of May and he hit it out of the park. 60 minutes of tunes to pull you into the weekend.
Be sure to check out the latest Monster Rally release “Sunflower EP” over at Gold Robot Records.
Benny Kalama - Crushed Flowers in My Lei 
Madlib - More Rice
The Shadows - Scotch On The Rocks
Ponderosa Twins Plus One - Bound
William Onyeabor - Heaven & Hell
Joe Beats - Seldom Seen
Alemayno Eshintay - Love is Love
Naomi and The Boys - As Tears Go By
Peanut Butter Wolf - Summer’s End
Laura Lee - Crumbs Off The Table
Yos Alarong - Sora
Dou Ouro Negro - Agora Vou Ser Feliz
Oh No - Starlight
Trigal - Tamara
Royal Flush - Shines (Madlib Remix)
Jungle Fire - Tokuta
Ebo Taylor & Uhurur-Yenzu - Love and Death
J Rocc - Secondhand Sureshots
Singles Club is a subscription record club & digital music journal published quarterly. Every quarter you’ll receive a 45 single featuring an exclusive track for the club along with the B-Side containing an interview with the artist. All paired with a digital journal containing written features, photo, video, and more viewable at singlesclub.fm.