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*Coldplay v. Hot Chelle Rae

This afternoon it occurred to me that I have no idea what’s on the radio in the US right now, and that I was likely a bit out of the loop on the US music scene.  I decided to check out Rick Dees and the Weekly Top 40’s website to see who was on the list.

After scanning the list for just a few seconds, I came to two conclusions:

  1. Five months outside of your own country is longer than I realized, and
  2. I might be a bit lost when I come home next month.  (I mean, “Why are there so many cars, what happened to the sidewalks, why does “hey” mean “hello” and not “yeah”, and who are Jesse J and Andy Grammer (and does Andy know his last name is spelled wrong”)?

I did not recognize a single song on the list until I came to number 29 (thank you Good Life by One Republic for being popular in Europe too), altogether I only knew 3 of the 40 songs, and there were 16 artists on the list who’s names I’d never seen nor heard before in my life.  (But seriously, not to judge a band by it’s name, with names like  “Cobra Starship,” “Bad Meets Evil,” “LMFAO”, and “Hot Chelle Rae,” I can’t be missing much).

It seems like these days my music tastes are a bit more UK-inspired… I’ve actually been listening to Coldplay (usually don’t), Mumford & Sons have still got it, and I’m really looking forward to Snow Patrol’s new album coming out on the 14th!

So, for a taste of Coldplay > Hot Chelle Rae (no offense), check out the video for Every Teardrop is a Waterfall:

(And if you really don’t believe me, YouTube “Tonight Tonight” … You’ll see.  Actually, on the other hand… Don’t; just take my word for it).

*PS: Thank you YouTube and Coldplay for the video/screenshot picture.

Brett Dennen & John Butler Trio.

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My friend Meagan from South Carolina got here Friday night. Saturday morning we went to Tully’s for bagels and coffee. As we were leaving, Meagan noticed a poster advertising a Brett Dennen/John Butler Trio. Meagan studied abroad in Australia during undergrad and apparently John Butler Trio is HUGE there. (According to Megs, JBT : Australia :: DMB : USA, or at least what Dave was five or ten years ago).

After further inspection of the poster we realized we had missed the actual concert, which had been the night before. However, there was a private concert that afternoon for Earth Corp volunteers who came out to plant a tree. Planting a tree in exchange for a free concert sounded like a fair deal to us, so we set off in search of the park. We didn’t have computers with us and I don’t have Internet at my apartment yet, so we stopped by the library to google the park and get directions. The library was closed so we drove to Barnes & Noble long enough to write down directions from a map.

Finally, what turned out to be hours after the tree planting had ended, we arrived at the park just in time to catch the last few Brett Dennen songs. We felt just a little out of place as we noticed everyone else was wearing dirty jeans and hoodies; Meagan was wearing a cute pair of flats and I had on a pink Banana Republic sweater. Obviously, we were there to plant trees.

Luckily, no one seemed to mind, and soon John Butler started playing. The show was great; it was really fun to be at a “private” concert in the park, standing just feet away from Australia’s music icon. The music was also great and I am now a big fan of JBT myself. At the end of the show he thanked everyone from coming and asked anyone who had “just showed up for the music” to grab some of the brochures about Green Seattle. We took a few pamphlets with us, and Meagan even won a box of Clif bars in the after-show raffle. As we were headed back to the apartment we passed a homeless man asking for money. We gave him the box of Clif bars, so even though we didn’t plant a tree, I guess we did our good deed for the day after all!

iTunes.

I deleted my credit card info from my iTunes accounts so I’d stop spending so much money on music. ($0.99 adds up fast)! Anyway, the last song I bought was on June 1 and I haven’t downloaded any new music since then, and I am ready for some! I told myself I would wait until it was time to go to Slovakia before I put my info back in, and then I’d buy an album (or an album’s worth of songs).

Two weeks before I deleted my payment info my car stereo was stolen so I haven’t had the radio for over six weeks now. I’m leaving for Slovakia in less than two weeks so I’m thinking about what music I’m going to buy for the trip, and I’m looking for suggestions. Leave a comment if you know a great song/artist I should check out!