Coffeechug CD Mixtape Challenge: Song #1

Over my spring break last week I was working on cleaning up the Nerd Cave and one of the things that I am still working through is my music. I did organize all official cd’s I have purchased over the years(although I cannot think of the last one I bought!).

I easily have over 700 cd’s. I came up with a challenge where I asked friends on Facebook to randomly select 20 numbers and from those numbers I would find that album and then choose one song from that album.

You can read about the challenge here: http://coffeeforthebrain.blogspot.com/2013/03/coffee-for-brain-mixtape-challenge.html

For the sake of simplicity I counted each album as one despite the number of discs it contained. For example my box set of Nirvana counts as one as does my 9 cd concert box of Dave Matthews Band from a weekend of shows they performed. 

I finally received the 20 random numbers. I thought about sequencing them in a fancy order, but after much thought decided to just go in the order they were selected. And I also decided to share one song at a time or a few clustered together depending on how I feel. I will give a reason for the song choice, perhaps a memory from that time period of the music and why I purchased the album(if I can remember which for almost all of these I do remember), and any interesting information about the band or artist that I feel like sharing.

So………

The first number selected is a beautiful number. The number #34 was selected which if you know of my love for Dave Matthews Band and seeing them close to 20 times in concert and a useless database of knowledge about the band then you would know that #34 is one of songs performed by Dave. A song in which you hope to get in concert or hear a great rendition of on a bootleg. It is not a super popular song unless you are a super fan and live for the little nuisances of a band.

As I counted my cd’s the #34 album was none other than perhaps one of the finest live albums of all time(yes, I do feel this way).

This live performance was from Luther College here in the state of Iowa from 2.6.96.  It was not released until three years later. I would have been a senior in high school. I believe that I fell in love with this album more in college, but in high school I was quickly becoming a fan. My friends from the other high school in my city really were awesome people who opened my eyes to a new world of music and listening styles. They really opened my eyes to a new genre of music. By this point I was loving R&B and rap along with exploring guitar riffs like you wouldn’t believe. However, I fell in love with a song by DMB called “Lie In Our Graves”, mastered it on the guitar and a Dave fan was born. However, it did die off a bit as continued to try and find myself in high school(I was all over the map in high school not really sure what or who I wanted to become). Later in college my buddy Tommy(still one of the best and greatest people ever in my life!) completely sucked me in to Dave when I saw them live at Alpine Valley. The rest is history and continues to write itself with stories that could go on for miles.

Who would have thought that listening to this album in high school was an omen to where I would end up in life? Here in Iowa!

To be honest I had to listen to this album all over again. I never listen to this album. I am sold on listening to every show they perform. I follow every show online in the summer, find a recording of the bootleg, listen and analyze the changes each night, and repeat. It has been years since I have listened to this album.

What strikes me about this album the most is that people are introduced to “Davespeak” in which Dave just talks nonsense and stories between songs. You never know what you will get. This album brings the general public to the awareness of how cool it is to see them play live.

Listening to the album, it was hard to decide on a song. After careful consideration and listening to the album two times I have to go with the legendary song “Warehouse”(thank goodness for a three hour drive to my training). Although not my favorite song on this double disc I have chosen this song for the very reason that this song showcases the talents of Dave Matthews Band. The song has a great opener just creating a tension where the listener is feeling the build up of the song, then the shifts into the verse and of course the chorus changes the whole feel to the song. A great little acoustic guitar solo mixed in and you have none other than a roller coaster of a ride on the Dave Matthews train! So, there you have it. Track one. However, please take time to listen to the whole concert as it is a great one.

Here is the playlist for this challenge

Here is the playlist of all complete albums selected in case you want to explore more from the artists.

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Coffee For The Brain Mixtape Challenge.

Coffee For The Brain Mixtape Challenge. Okay I am cleaning and organizing. I just organized all purchased albums. So here is the mixtape scenario. Give me a number between 1-700. First twenty numbers I will go to that album in the sequence and select one track from album. This will be a 20 song mix. Caution to picture, whole top row is all Dave Matthews so pick accordingly. Here we go
 
I am doing the same thing on Facebook and will share both mixtapes when completed. 
 

Photo: Facebook Mixtape challenge. Okay I am cleaning and organizing. I just organized all purchased albums. So here is the mixtape scenario. Give me a number between 1-700. First twenty numbers I will go to that album in the sequence and select one track from album. This will be a 20 song mix. Caution to picture, whole top row is all Dave Matthews so pick accordingly. Here we go

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Coffeechug Challenge: "Best of 2011" Playlist

Here it is.

You knew this question was coming.

What is your “Best Of 2011” Playlist?

You can playlist by song or by albums.

Yes, my playlist is coming. I am just listening to a few stack of albums that I need to listen to before I finalize(like I just added a Tune Yards track). Send your playlists in the comments or share playlist via Spotify if you have that.

Let’s do this.

Rules
1. Playlist must either be all songs or all albums
2. Songs and albums must be from 2011
3. Yes, you can make two playlists if you wish – 1. Songs  2. Albums

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Still need your voice for my playlist for my 1st marathon…..

Don’t delay.

Record something to spice up my playlist that I will be listening to for hopefully less than 4 hours next Sunday as I attempt to run my first marathon.

There is nothing better than having something unexpected pop up in your headset to keep one fresh on a 26.2 mile course.

Here is the post for more info

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Fellow Readers: A Few Things I Am Looking For Help On

1. I am putting the finishing touches on the latest mixtape covering Sad Songs A-Z. If you have any sad song suggestions please get those in the comments so I can think about using them. I have a few more to go and then I will upload to the blog. Great mixtape them Frankie!

2.I have decided to begin to tackle another challenge/project. I want to trace my family tree. Any suggestions, thoughts, resources, advice,etc. please leave in the comments. Not really sure how to get started on this project.

3. Round 3 judges will be submitting reviews and book selections this week so stay tuned. The winner is getting closer.

4. I will be posting the top 10 songs for the upcoming week as well. Submit to me a random year for me to use.

5. Bellyache book giveaway is coming to a close here on the 14th. Submit your info to be entered. Great book and great author.

6. What is your weather like? Submit photos to coffeechug@posterous.com

7. Last little project. I will be asking you to take a picture of what you are reading this weekend. Take a picture and flip to a random page to submit a line, quote, or passage from that page.

Email it to coffeechug@posterous.com

The title of your email will be your post title. Please include Weekend Reading 2.5.11 in title
Attach a photo of book or you reading or whatever you feel like sharing
In body of email include the passage from your random page. This can be a book or magazine.

I will compile all responses and format them all together.

I thought this would be a great way to share the great stuff we are all reading on this cold weekend.

Alright, 7 things for you to try out this weekend. I look forward to hearing from all of you in one way or another.

Chop Chop

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Snow Day Mixtape: All Bands Start With "P"

I did not have any song suggestions for my Snow Day Mixtape. I had to take matters into my own hands. I needed a challenge so I put in the following rules.

1. Mixtape no longer than 60 minutes.
2. Music had to be clean(for the most part) as students read this blog.
3. Songs had to have a meaning or reason for being part of mixtape.
4. All bands had to start with the letter “P”. I chose “P” because I am currently obsessed with Pearl Jam. I cannot listen to any other band at the moment and listen non-stop to the Pearl Jam channel on Sirius radio. Vedder is a god!!!
5. Music had to reflect moods of a snow day or at least a variety of moods that people could be feeling that I personally don’t know how they feel so I guess this is just really random with no meaning.

Here is the mixtape. Hope you enjoy. If not, then maybe you should have suggested something when you had the time.

Taking topics/themes for a new mixtape. I love doing this.

If you want to know the reason for any of the songs simply ask me on Twitter at @coffeechugbook and use the hashtag #snowdaymixtape

Keep on rocking and rolling people.

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Top Ten Hits from 1.30.1986

Here is a playlist from 1986 from this week. Here are the top ten hits. Two songs were not available on Playlist.com and I have those marked with **. Feel free to listen with pleasure and remember some good old jams. Man, I am getting old.
One more thing, you cannot stop Billy Ocean. He is so underrated. Period.

1. Dionne and Friends – That’s what friends are for
2. Survivor – Burning Heart (yes, from Rocky 4)
3. Wham! – I’m Your Man
4. Stevie Nicks – Talk To Me **
5. Lionel Richie – Say You, Say Me (this song will be stuck with you for the next week, AAGGHHHH!)
6. Bruce Springsteen – My Hometown (probably the only song I don’t like)
7. Billy Ocean – When the Going Gets Tough, The Tough Get Going
8. Paul McCartney – Spies Like Us
9. Dire Straits – Walk of Life
10. Stevie Wonder – Go Home **

Send me another random date and year and I will see what I can find.

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Snow Day Mixtape

How about everyone contributes one song to the #Snowdaymixtape 


I will start: 


Pearl Jam – Elderly Woman Behind The Counter In A Small Town


Tomorrow morning I will gather all suggested tracks into a playlist and post for everyone to enjoy on their day off(fingers crossed).

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Hot Music Debate: Guns N Roses – Use Your Illusion 1 or 2: Which is better?

I just want all of my fellow blog friends and viewers that I have been in a constant mind debate over the last 3 days trying to decided which album is better by Guns N Roses

Use Your Illusion 1

OR
Use Your Illusion 2
I will let you know that as of this posting I have listened to each album at least 3 times and closing in on 4. Before I post my final decision you might want to give both a listen and come up with your own choice and rationale. 
This is serious music talk. I cannot stop thinking about this. When something gets stuck in my mind it does not leave until there is resolution.
I will post my final answer in a day or two. Until then listen to two unbelievable fantastic rock n roll albums and possibly one of the best compilations of music ever assembled in the rock n roll era.
Just as heads up, I am looking for other possible albums by other bands to compare. Do you have a good suggestion? Leave it in the comments. 
I love talking music and have not done so on this blog in quite some time.
Just another heads up. I am also working on a list of the best epic songs of all time. I will be following the guidelines from this post to compile my list. Yes, a few GnR songs are in my consideration pool.
Happy music listening!
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What Do You Think Is The Greatest Album of All Time?

As I was sorting through all my books I came across one that I completely forgot about. It was VH1 100 Greatest Albums. As I was sifting through this book I could not pass up the opportunity to ask my followers, “What do you think the greatest album of all time is in your opinion?” This book had Beatles “Revolver” as #1. I love the Beatles and I sat down and listened to the entire album to find out what was so great about this cd. I could go on and on, but I am curious to know what you the readers of this blog think is the greatest album of all time.

P.S. As I continue my Musical Journey if you have an album that you think I should listen to and review please let me know by posting a comment and I will add it to my list.

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