Sunday, June 26, 2011

Hiatus

Our 30 day music rundown will be on hiatus until we can respectfully and lovingly say goodbye to our good friend Angelique, who left us on June 24th.

We love you, Angelique.  You were a beautiful person and we will miss you so much.

Friday, June 24, 2011

30 Day Music Challenge - Day 14

A Song No One Would Think You Love   Song You Wish You Knew All the Words To

This was just like yesterday's.  So I changed it to this companion to an earlier category. 

My answer is pretty much anything by Nelly.  Everyone but me know all the lyrics to his songs.  And they sing them at parties or weddings or whatever.  And I just fake my way through it.  Especially this song:



Chuck's song. Great pick.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

30 Day Music Challenge - Day 13

Song That is a Guilty Pleasure

I don't really feel guilty about liking songs because I have such hit-and-miss taste in music. But I was singing this in the shower the other day, and wondering why I knew all the words. Now all of you can learn the lyrics as well.



Chelsey, I had no idea DMB was an accepable way to refer to Dave Mathews Band.  I also like this song.



Chuck's pick. Inexcusable.



Kent's patriotic drivel.



Wendy, this entry is like being in a job interview and saying that your biggest weakness is that sometimes you work too hard.



Wendy's redemption. Sort of. I happen to love this song as well.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

30 Day Music Challenge - Day 12

Song From a Band You Hate  Song From a Band You Used to Hate

The original category made no sense to me, so I am changing it to Band You Used to Hate

I really want to put some Pink Floyd or Steely Dan on here, but I think I have said the most mean things about Bob Dylan.  I don't love all Bob Dylan, but I love enough to rescind said hate for sure.  I don't know that this video is going to work.  But this is my favorite Dylan song.  It's not the album version, but it will do.


Chuck's song. My friend John Fallon taught me to love Heart. It was a slow, steady process. But he did it.


Chelsey's song. Coincidentally, I also did not care for Smashing Pumpkins until I heard "Today". And Chelsey, I hate to call you out on this, but you used to hate Lady Gaga. Oh, and Arcade Fire put out a video really similar to this one, except all the kids had fake guns and were in a police state. Arcade Fire and their stupid retread of 90's ideas. I swear.



Wendy's song. You might say she "missed the boat" earlier.



Kent's song. I completely agree about this band, but not the reason. Pink Floyd was always a band that people who were in band were talking about. Frat boys were listening to other crap. This song is one of my favorites by them as well.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

2011 Half-Year Music Review

This has actually been a pretty good year for music so far. Lots of good albums (Lykki Li, Okkervil River, Antlers), lots of albums that may turn out to be good, if I ever didicate any time to them (My Morning Jacket, EMA, The Generationals). So here is my list of favorite songs so far.

10) Would You Say Stop - Acid House Kings - Best Belle and Sebastian sound-alike song this year so far.



9) California - EMA - Best song that talks shit about California so far this year.



8) Belong - Pains Of Being Pure At Heart - Best Smashing Pumpkins (circa Siamese Dream) sound-alike sound alike song this year.



7) Every Night My Teeth Are Falling Out - The Antlers - Best disturbing video so far this year.



6) Someone You'd Admire - Fleet Foxes - Best Fleet Foxes song. Ever. Which is not saying much.



5) Lovers Lane - Hunx & His Punx - Best gay Phil Spector retread.



4) Hanging From A Hit - Okkervil River - Best song on the best album so far.



3) Sadness Is A Blessing - Lykki Li - Best uplifting depressing song.



2) Words That Maketh Murder - P.J. Harvey - Best P.J. Harvey song I have ever heard.



1) Rolling In The Deep - Best song of the year. I hear it damn near every day, and I still love it.  One time I asked Chuck how he would describe this song, and he said "Blue Eyed Soul".  That was the first time I'd heard that phrase.

30 Day Music Challenge - Day 11

Song From Your Favorite Band

Sorry for the delay on this.  I believe I suffered my first migraine ever today.  Those are truly awful.  I spent the day in the darkness of my basement trying to put pressure on my eyes and fighting nausea.

But I feel better now.  And I like this category, so the day is looking up.

My favorite band is a four-way race between Okkervil River, Silver Jews, Flaming Lips, and (if you count solo acts) Tom Waits.  I'm throwing out TW since he's not really a band.  Silver Jews because they are no more, and Flaming Lips because they peaked like 10 years ago.  Which leaves Okkervil River.  Which must be a good pick, because I can think of like 10 songs I would like to share with you people.

Here's the one I decided upon. This song came out as a little one-off single. I'm always impressed when an artist can just whip something out and have it be this good.



Chuck's song. This was immediately my favorite song on this album when Chuck got it. Then I decided I didn't like for some reason.



Wendy. It took me forever to like this song. But I like it. And one thing I really like about this list is finding out that Wendy likes New Pornographers as much as I like them. You should really come to Omaha, Wendy. No one here likes them that much.



Kent's song. I have been trying to avoid live recordings, but Kent and I were actually present for this one!

Monday, June 20, 2011

30 Day Music Challenge - Day 10

Song That Makes You Fall Asleep

Music doesn't really help me fall asleep.  It usually has the opposite effect.  But if I had to pick, it would be something really long, with complicated lyrics.  So let's go with this seven minute song about the middle east by Tom Waits.






Kent! 



Chelsey!



Chuck!



Wendy!



I would just like to say that this is the only category that has four picks by you guys that I am not familiar with. So at least it has that going for it.

Friday, June 17, 2011

30 Day Music Challenge - Day 9

Song You Can Dance To

This is so easy.  There is only one song that I dance to with any consistency.



I would also have to consider this song for best combination of lyrics and delivery. It's nearly perfect in that regard. At this point I would also like to thank the makers of Mama Mia for ruining the entire Abba song book for me. Your stupid musical/movie was made up entirely of songs I love, yet was somehow unwatchable.

Kent's song. I was there for some of this summer of dancing. It was awful.



Chelsey's song. I thought she might pick this for her favorite song on day one.



Chuck's song. I know lots of people love this song. I do not get it. I imagine the way I feel about "Be My Little Baby" must be how people like Chuck feel about this song. Like it's too bad it's been played so much, because people take it for granted.



Wendy's song. I remember this song from the summer that Wendy and Chuck both came home from college and worked at Hertz together. Wendy was like "I have to get a new walkman, and I have to get some new music." And I went with her to some store. And we did it.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Re-reading books

I'm IMing with Kent about this, so I thought I would throw it out to you people:  Re-reading books - is it worth it?  I say it's a big fat waste of time.  Kent says otherwise.

30 Day Music Challenge - Day 8

Song You Know All the Words To

I know all the words to a thousand million songs.  So I'm just going to pick one that makes me the most proud.  This one is really hard because there are so many words, and they are put together in such a clever manner, darn you Cole Porter. 

Also, Kent and Paul used to sing it to eachother, and it would make me jealous.  So now I know all the words.  Suck it, Kent and Paul. 



You guys should really see Chelsey do this thing live...



It turns out I know a surprising amount of these lyrics too, Chuck.



Wendy's song.  And yes, I believe the eight tracks burnt this into all our memories.



Kent's song. I used to say I knew all the words to this, until the internet came out and told me I didn't

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Concert Review: Titus Andronicus and Okkervil River

This was an interesting combination.  Once band that speaks to me now, and one that probably would have spoken to me when I was 18 - 20.  Fittingly we sat in the balcony all night and watched from above.  I love sitting at concerts.  Thank you King Edith. 

Titus Andronicus put a a good show.  Lots of energy.  There was a group of like 10 high school boys who were clearly having the time of their lives in the front.  This was enjoyable to watch.  Never has "Your life is over" been celebrated with such wild joy.  They also have this really nerdy girl guitar player who was fun to watch. 

Okkervil River got off to a shaky start.  We were suddenly surrounding by very drunk small-town Nebraskan's who were being very drunk and very loud.  But oddly enough, they were also huge fans.  It was weird.  They became less stupid as the concert went on, and it was really enjoyable.  Will Sheff has always struck me as someone who is a really huge douchbag when he is not writing songs that I love.  And he mostly lived up to that.  But I think his self-absorbtion makes for a good show at times too.  For instance, unless someone really thought they were awesome, they likely wouldn't do a 10-minute, partially acapella, stripped down version of "A Stone".  All alone on the stage.  This was awesome.  A little self indulgent.  But more awesome than anything else.  The second half of the concert was very Black Sheep Boy heavy, which is good for someone who thinks that is the best album produced since Aeroplane Over the Sea.  All the stuff from the new album was well executed too, although "The Valley" seemed a little off somehow.  They ended with Our Life is Not a Film and Lost Coast Lines.  Two winners, but Lost Coastlines suffers from not having the Shearwater guy to sing on it.  We left early because Chelsey was falling asleep at the table.  But it was really great. 

30 Day Music Challenge - Day 7

Song That Reminds You of a Certain Event

Here's a song I listened to over and over when Chuck had his first brain surgery.  What fun!

And what a fine video this is...



Chelsey's Song. I remember that Christine Dougherty was the only one at the wedding who recongnized it.



Chuck's topical association with Kurt Cobain.



Wendy's pick.  They need to start making videos like this again.  Dammit.



Kent's song makes me think of Chuck's basketball team running out before their games to this song.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

30 Day Music Challenge - Day 6

Song That Reminds You of Somewhere

I heard this song and "Pokerface" by Lady Gaga over and over again in The Netherlands. If it wasn't for the Bob Marley that they were playing in the hash bars, I believe we would have heard nothing else for the entire trip. It was just those two songs, alternating, over and over. (song refrain NSFW)



Here is Kent's. I remember Peter destroying people in Pong while listening to this. Good lord. We were such stoners.



Wendy's song. Abba had so much marching-in-place-energy.



Chelsey was all Yeah Yeah Yeah's all the time when I met her...



Chuck's little souvenir of a terrible year.

Monday, June 13, 2011

30 Day Music Challenge - Day 5

Song That Reminds You of Someone

When I met David Purdum, he had Naughty By Nature's tape in his car.  We listened to this song non-stop. It has a hospital sample at the beginning that they use in like 75% of all movie hospital scenes. Check it out sometime. Dr. James Blair gets paged in almost every movie that has a hospital scene.



Kent's pick. I had forgotten all about this song. When he posted it, I had yet to look it up, and I was in a training. Trying to recreate the song in my head look up like 35 minutes of a very boring training. So thank you Kent.



And Chelsey's pick. I have never heard this song before. But the video is awesome.




Wendy's picks have been awesome!



Chuck, I almost picked this one too. But I'm still too embarassed by her dance moves to it.

Saturday, June 11, 2011

30 Day Music Challenge - Day 4

Song That Makes You Sad

I love sad songs.  Which means that finding a sad song that actually makes me sad is challenging.  They mostly make me happy.  My first thought is to pick the entire album "Hospice" by The Antlers, but it's hard to pick just one song from there.  But as a dad to be, this is the song that fills me with the most dread right now.  And I don't think there will be a dread category.



This song is about having a baby, and it not doing well right off the bat. And feeling all alone because you don't really have a relationship with God.  So it's just you and your desperation and whatever faith you have left.

Here is Chelsey's sad song. It's Metal Heart by Cat Power.



This is the song she always listens to when she is sad. It's from Cat Power's most recent covers album. But this is actually her own song, which which re-recorded. Which is a little weird, but the second version is definitely better.

Kent's song. This song was obviously a real hard hitter around Katrina.




And Wendy's song. This is a song I used to sing to a baby that I briefly babysat for... It was the only song I could think of. Little did I know someday I would marry a Chelsey. Now I sing it to her.



Chuck' song.  "You know it's time that we grow old and do some shit."

Friday, June 10, 2011

30 Day Music Challenge - Day 3

Song That Makes You Happy

Also very difficult. I have many to choose from. And it's hard for me to discern happiness from amusement, and I feel confident there's going to to be a "Song that makes you laugh" category at some point. So I will go with Elliott Smith - "Bled White".  There's nothing intrinsic to this song that makes me happy.  But I've been listening to it for as long as I've known Chelsey.  And in that time, I can always count on her to sing the Ah Ah Ah Ah part at the 2:00 mark.  No matter what she's doing.  She always sings along to that part.  We can be in the middle of an argument.  It doesn't matter.  I probably just ruined it for us both, but that's one of my favorite Kosterpelding things. 

It also has an F-bomb in it, which would have to be a prerequisite for any song that makes me happy. 




Kent's song.  I actually considered this song too.  But then I started thinking of other songs on that album and realized that I might enjoy "Bottle of Smoke" more in that way.   And then I was like "Do I even own that album?"  And I decided to look elsewhere.




Chuck's pick.  What I love about this song is that for the longest I had a copy of this album that didn't include this song.  So to find out that there was yet another song on this album that I already loved.  And then to find out that it was the best song on the album.  Well that was a really great feeling. 




Chelsey's song.  Just like with the other three, I have a connection to this song.  Peter Ryan and I used to sing it to eachother with great expresssion back in New Orleans.  Now he's dead.  But that's one of my favorite memories of him.



Wendy's entry.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

30 Day Music Challenge - Day 2

Least Favorite Song

There's no way of know what my least favorite song is, so I am tweaking this to "Most Disappointing". In my case, I will bring everyone back to 2004. Wilco was putting out their follow-up to one of the best albums of my lifetime, "Yankee Hotel Foxtrot". Radiohead had just put out "Hail to the Thief", re-establishing my faith in them. I was on a musical high. I purchased "A Ghost is Born" at Borders or something and put it on as I drove home. And this piece of crap came out. Wilco has sucked ever since.



Kent's is below. I picked "Chillout Tent", because I think it really captures what he's talking about, and it might be the first of many bad turns for them. Plus this is a homemade video for the song, and those are always the worst.



Next is Chuck's



And finally Chelsey's - also with homemade video!



Wendy's pick. What the hell is this?





All good choices, I have to say. With the notable exception of Runaway Train. I agree with Chelsey. That song is awesome.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

30 Day Music Challenge - Day 1

So my friend Jeff Clary is doing this, and I think we should all do it too.  I have no idea what categories lay ahead, as he is only on day 3, but I think this sort of thing is custom made for someone like me.  And since this blog has limited exposure, I don't have to worry about looking like a chump.  Here we go.

Day 1 - Favorite Song

Obviously this is really hard.  There are many candidates, but when I have to think of my favorite all-time songs, there are only a few songs that come to mind regularly.  I feel like these have to be songs that I have been listening to for at least 10 years to qualify, so I have to rule out things like "Doomsday" by Elvis Perkins, and "Buriedfed" by Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson.  Which basically makes me pick between contemporary to my life songs like U2's "One", "Boy With the Arab Strap" by Belle & Sebastian or "100%" by Sonic Youth.  Or older songs like "If You Want Me to Stay" by Sly and the Family Stone, "To Sir With Love" by Lulu, or "If I Can Dream" by Elvis.

But at the end of the day, I went with the first song that jumps in my head when this subject comes up.




I love this song.  I couldn't find a decent album version on youtube, but this is good because it's contemporary to the time it was released.  Before Wayne Coyne started wearing the same suit over and over and smearing blood on his face.

I went ahead and added Chelsey's favorite too, so everyone could listen if they wanted.  Her explanation is below in the comments area.




And Chuck's (also explained below)



And Kent's



And Wendy's! I love this song too. It makes me sad that they don't seem to like it as much as I do. I can't remember if it's this or "High and Dry" but they totally ripped on one of those songs in an interview I read. Which made me mad.

Whose Up for Some Cloud Watching?



Please look at this picture and try to make out some dicernable parts, aside from the massive ear.  It appears we may be having a blob.  We will love her just the same.