Happy birthday to me!
Today is my birthday, and last night I saw Augustana at the Summit Music Hall in Denver.
I like to say Augustana is my favorite band that no one has ever heard of.
They have opened for Counting Crows and the Goo Goo Dolls and I think those are pretty good comparisons: smart, poetic, talented bands that straddle the pop-rock border.
Their most famous song is “Boston.” It’s been used on several TV shows, including a recent mention on “The Big Bang Theory” where they described it as a perfect song to include on a mixed tape to accompany a suicide. 😦 Love that show, love Chuck Lorre, but really? Really? “Think I’ll go to Boston/Think I’ll start a new life…” Not a soundtrack for suicide, guys. Just an easy punchline.
Check ’em out:
That was six years ago and they just released their third album, the self-titled (or eponymous*, if you will) Augustana. And in honor of my birthday, and my birthday concert last night, I am giving away a copy of their CD!
The current single from the CD is called “Steal Your Heart” which has a distinctly Tom Petty vibe. It’s the song they’ve played on the late night shows such as Letterman and Jimmy Kimmel. It’s not, however, my favorite song on the CD. Here’s what I imagine will be the second single from the CD, “Shot In The Dark,” performed on Jimmy Kimmel Live:
So what if those clips up there were the first you’ve ever heard them? I promise you they’re great! And it’s free! It’s a prize! C’mon, it’s fun!
All you have to do is leave a comment below between now (June 8th) and 11:59 p.m. (Rocky Mountain time) on Sunday, June 12th and I will randomly select one winner from all the commenters. Here’s some ways you can increase your chances of winning:
1: one extra entry if you tweet the contest (please tell me in your comment)
2: one extra entry if you start following my blog (please tell me – I’m still new to all this)
3: one extra entry if you add me to your own blog roll (it counts if I’m already there – just tell me)
4: if you don’t already follow me on Twitter, one extra entry if you start following me on Twitter
U.S. residents only, please. Much as I love international friends, I don’t love dealing with international postal customs and costs.
This is my very first blog contest so please bear with me. 🙂
I leave you with this: “Sweet and Low” from Augustana’s second album, Can’t Love, Can’t Hurt.
*Raise your hand if you didn’t know what “eponymous” meant until R.E.M. released their album by that name in 1988 and you looked it up. Yep. Anyone else?