Friday, January 13, 2017

Hello again- Top albums 2016

Ha, it's almost becoming a funny side joke with me and some people how I only blog 1 time a year for my top albums list. I will admit that I often find myself with things to say but no time to write them down. As you maybe have seen on here I am not the best writer, but still, have lot's to say. Hmm, maybe 2017 I can be better? This past year had it all for me, Metal, Country, Hip Hop, Punk and everything in between. In fact, this year was a year where I will expand my list to my favorite number of 13. Anyway here is my list and let me know what you think!

13. Sioux Falls- Rot Forever
12. The Record Company- Give it Back to you
11. Radiohead- A Moon Shaped Pool
10. Metallica- Hardwired to Self Destruct
9. Kings of Leon- Walls
8. Wilco- Schmilco
7. Blink 182- California
6. The Avett Brothers- True Sadness
5. Sturgill Simpson- A Sailor's Guide to Earth
4. A Tribe Called Quest- We Got it from Here...
3. Bon Iver- 22, A Million
2. Margo Price- Midwest Farmers Daughter
1. Kaleo- A/B
This band from Iceland brought it with this album. It has power, soul and feeling oozing from it. It was a pleasure to come across this.

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Top 10 of 2015 Kurt list

Wow has a year gone by already? I guess it's that time for my yearly top 10 albums list. So this year for me was a great year for new music. It was very hard for me to just do a top 10 list. What I really liked was that there was so many different styles that moved me this year.  A few albums that missed the cut but I would for sure check out are Noel Gallagher's high flying birds- Chasing Yesterday, Major Lazer- Peace is the Mission, El Vy- Return to the Moon, Leon Bridges- Coming Home, Chris Cornell- Higher Truth. So not to bore you anymore drum roll please...........

10) Muse- Drones : This band always delivers great driving/pounding rock anthems

9) Garry Clark Jr- The story of Sonny Boy Slim : The next great Blues guitarist from Austin. I can almost hear Stevie Ray playing with him. I got to see him live sometime soon.

8) Ryan Adams- 1989 : Who else can take a pop queens songs and make them his own? The answer is no one can. These songs has a new life with him behind the wheel.

7) Alabama Shakes- Sound & Color : My first listen I liked it but with each spin I found I fell more and more in love with the groove of this album.

6) Puscifer- Money Shot : One word.. Maynard. Yes I listen to this and become hypnotized by what I hear and also become more and more excited for the Tool album this year!!

5) Grimes- Art Angels : I will have to admit I did not know much about Grimes before this but man did she deliver. These pop/ dance tracks make you want to move.

4) Jason Isbell- Something more than Free : What more can I say other than great classic singer songwriter americana. Makes you want to get on the road, roll the windows down and see the country.

3) Wilco- Star Wars : This is the Wilco I know and love. I have seen them so many times but would love to hear them play these songs in a dark theater where I could just sit back take the wall of sound and let me mind wonder.

2) Modest Mouse- Strangers to Ourselves : One of my favorites did not disappoint at all. The groves that they bring are second to none. I was so bummed to miss their show in the cities this summer.

1) Chvrches- Every open eye : After the first album I did not know if they could match the intense emotional feel songs but not only did they match it, they took it to another level. This album always is a pick me up so well played Chvrches, well played!!

Sunday, January 4, 2015

My Best Albums of 2014

Like past years I like to list my top 10 albums of the past year. And like last year it has been like a year since my last post, dude am I lame huh. So here you go drum roll please..............

10. Haley Bonar- Last War
9. TV on the Radio- Seeds
8. David Guetta- Listen
7. Trampled by Turtles- Wild Animals
6. Benjamin Booker- Self Titled
5. The New Pornographers- Brill Bruisers
4. Sia- 1000 Forms of Fear
3. Linkin Park- The Hunting Party
2. Alt J- This is all yours
1. Pixies- Indie Cindy

It was such a great year for me in music. There was so many good albums that I could have easily put on my top 10 list. Plus I found myself listening to many different styles of music this year which was fun. In the end I went with the return of the Pixies. These guys like many others have gotten back together after many years away but these guys came back with music that for me was totally on par with the past albums for sure!

Friday, February 28, 2014

Go South Young Man

Wow was that something. As I sit here thinking about my last trip with my buddy Steve and his Marathon Adventures group to Chile and Antarctica I can't help but think about how big this world is and yet also how small it can be.  This was the second year I was lucky to be able to help with this tour. While there I was able to see all the beautiful sights and to meet lot's of amazing people. I saw people who were looking to run two marathon on two continents in 5 days. That was no small feat for anyone but yet they all pushed thru and got it done. On the other hand it was also cool to be able to look around and talk to people who live in the places we were at and see that no matter what language you speak we all have a pride for the places we come from. For me that is Minnesota and all it's glory. 
So while I hope to be able to keep traveling to places like this in the future, it is nice to always know that I will come back and have my love for my home and my people made stronger!

Saturday, January 18, 2014

What a Long Winter its been!!

Man oh man it seems like this winter season just will not let up. Most years it seems like we either have a winter of lot's of snow or lot's of real cold days. This year we have been lucky enough to get both and them seem to never end. On my run yesterday I was thinking to myself that hey it is almost February and after that there is like 4-6 week left of winter for the most part and that does not seem to bad. Well on tonights run I could not stop thinking how I was not sure I could take much more of this. Am I just getting old? Well at least I have been having fun with my week by week pictures of my ice beards!

Most my weeks this month have been so so miles wise. I think I have been hitting between 35-50 miles every week with a good long run of 2.5 hours or so each and every week. While I do not think that is great I also do not think it is bad as well. I hope to be a solid 50-60 miles each week in February so that come March when I hope to really hit it good and get up in that 70 miles each week phase. If I can do that I think it should set me up real nice for my upcoming 3 races for the spring/ early summer season. Black Hills 100 miler I am coming for you.....

As I sit hear tonight I am going over my list for my upcoming trip to Chile and Antarctica for the White Continent marathons. Not sure how I am going to do it bag wise but I am thinking one of two things will have to happen. 1) wear the same base clothing all week 2) find myself a good laundry area down there!!! It seems to be shaping up for a good trip and  look forward to sharing the pictures from it!! Well till next time stay strong and take care!!
Last year's trip!!!

Friday, January 3, 2014

Best of 2013, I am Back!!!

Has it really been a year since I last wrote? Man that is crazy. Well one of my things for 2014 is to get back to blogging some. As I thought about the last year and what all went down with things I thought about how in someways I really missed blogging. So that being said I plan on being much better on putting things on the blog.

To kick off 2014 I will keep with my tradition of putting out there my top 10 albums of the past year. Let me know what you think and what was on your top 10? Happy New Year!!!!

10) Queens of the Stone Age- Like Clockwork
9) Sound City- Real to Reel
8) Avicii- True
7) Atoms for Peace- Amok
6) Chvrches- The Bones of what you Believe
5) Arcade Fire- Reflektor
4) Foals- Holy Fire
3) Volcano Choir- Repave
2) Frightened Rabbit- Dedestrian Verse
1) Pearl Jam- Lighting Bolt

Friday, December 28, 2012

2012 year in review

Holy cow has it been a long time since I have been here. I guess sometime we do not feel like we have much to share or that we just feel like people do not care what we have to say. Either way I am back to review the my 2012 year. Now you might be saying to yourself man that seems like a lot to cover. I will give you the cliff note version.


This year like every year before it has had a soundtrack to it. Music in my life has always been very important, it's fill's the gaps. Cursing in my car, sitting by the computer, or gliding along during my runs. Music is a big part of it. That being said this is my top 10 album list for the year.

10.) Of Monsters and Men-My Head is a Animal
9.) The Avett Brothers- The Carpenter
8.) The Gaslight Anthem- Handwritten
7.) Silversun Pickups- Neck of the Woods
6.) Jack White- Blunderbuss
5.) Django Django
4.) Trampled by Turtles- Stars and Satellites
3.) Alt-J- An Awesome Wave
2.) Snow Patrol- Fallen Empires
1.) Linkin Park- Living Things

What can I say Linkin Park never fails to deliver for me from album to album. That being said it was a great year in music and picking my favorite 10 was no easy task.

Running and Races:

It was another ok year in running for me. I did have some fun and epic type runs but just overall a so so year. I think having my achilles being such a problem all year did put a damper on a lot but that being said all running is good running in my book. Some highlights would be...

*Watching my wife Sonya battle back at Fans 24hr for a great finish
* My winter trail miles with Paul, fun stuff in the snow
* The RV trip with Adam and Paul to Arkansas for Sylamore 50k
* Running solid at Chip 50k even though my foot was on fire
* Fun night run with Nick at Afton then the 40 miler in rain with Paul and Brian
*Pacing my friends Adam and Maria at SHT 100 miler ( Maria's first finish! )

So as I put a cap on 2012 I look forward to 2013 with the hopes of many more miles and experience with my great friends. As simple as it sounds I just need to keep putting one foot in front of the other and good things will happen!!

I will leave you with this fun video about Mike Foote. Man this might be a good way to live huh?