Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Goodbye 2008, thanks for These Finds...

2008 had lots of interesting events, and I am sure you can find them all over, top ten's of everything. But there is only one place you can get Peltgrande's best music finds of 2008. Here they are, in no particular order:

Download These:
"Furr" (title track)
"Dark River Killer"
-thanks to Chad Fields for introducing me to these mesmerizing and lyrical geniuses


Download these for a delish taste of Fruit Bats:
"Union Blanket"
"When U Love Somebody"
Mouthfuls actually came out in 2005, I just ran across it a few months ago. They have actually had a hiatus as the main frontman, Eric Johnson, played with The Shins the last couple of years, but now The Fruit Bats are back touring.


Narrow Stairs is Death Cab's 2008 album, and is great, but if you haven't listened to them before start with Plans, also from 2005, which is even better. I just started listening to Death Cab this summer and fell in love quickly. Benjamin Gibbard, lead singer has a great voice and his lyrics keep you interested.
"I Will Follow You into The Dark"
"Carolina" (solo by Benjamin Gibbard)


A little uptempo from some of the above bands, which have been described as a mix of "suave sound that incorporates ska, New Wave and Afro-pop "...ok, I don't even know what Afro-pop is, but I like it. Download these:

"Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa", "Oxford Comma"

Consolers of The Lonely was one of my most listened to albums of 2008. I actually won it by calling into an XM radio station right when it came out. It's hard for me to even pick which songs to tell you to download. It's an album experience. But, if you need just a taste:

"Salute Your Solution", "Old Enough" and "The Switch and the Spur"

Here are a few other songs I recommend downloading:
He Doesn't Know Why by Fleet Foxes
Back in Your Head by Tegan and Sara
27 Jennifers by Mike Doughty
Ghost Town by Shiny Toy Guns
No Sex for Ben by The Rapture
Night Vision Binoculars by Wicked Man's Rest

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

NORAD Santa Tracking

Recent Santa dropoffs shown above. NORAD's official position is that, yes, there is a Santa Claus. "Based on historical data and more than 50 years of NORAD tracking information, we believe that Santa Claus is alive and well in the hearts of children throughout the world," the agency said in a formal statement. Santa Claus was over Japan early Wednesday and heading south toward Guam, the Marshall Islands, New Guinea, and ultimately Australia.

Sunday, December 21, 2008

12 Inches of Snow

BLIZZARD! Ok, I think a little sensationalized by the weatherman, but we did have a foot of snow and lots of winds. Tonight the low is supposed to get to -18. Wind Chills even worse. Welcome back to Iowa Sam and Meredith.

I do love Christmas, and snow. We've been very busy at the Brownell household. Deer hunting in eastern iowa, lotsa working, christmas preparation and chasing Olivia.
Not much time for me and the 'ol blog right now, so I'll see you after Christmas. I really would like to share a couple posts I have in mind, including my favorites of everything of 2008.

My last thought I'll share is a reminder I had about a legendary rapper...

Thanks to mother nature, I was reminded of a mysterious part of junior high where I walked around like a zombie repeating a tune in my head for which I had no idea what the lyrics were...This was before the internet, at least for me and the internet. Tell me you don't remember, "Informer, blah blah blah, licky boom boom down."

Here's the real lyrics:
Informer, you no say daddy me snow me Ill go blame,
A licky boom boom down.

Glad you know, aren't you?


Tuesday, December 02, 2008

Medical Terminology Concerto

I found this video which explains a bit about the first 2 years of medical school, and how primarily it deals with learning a new language. It is presented in a nice concerto format, and will especially appeal to those in the medical field. If you're not, you might just be disgusted and offended. Unless you're Cullen. If you're not up for medical terminology, you can still be rewarded by visiting today by skipping down to watch the strangest musical compilation we have ever seen, an oldie but a goodie, Chocolate Rain by Tay Zonday.