I figured I'd do a Friday post using last week's Stuff I Listened to in High School theme, with the band Guster. Their big gimmick used to be that they used only percussion played by hands - no sticks - but they don't do that exclusively any more since hand percussion is pretty hard on your hands after a while. I think I first heard of them opening for Barenaked Ladies at a show I went to in high school; yeah, when the other dudes I knew were listening to your post-grunge, your pop-punk, and your nü-metal, I was pretty solidly in what seems to me now like the adult-alternative arena. Anyway, they were pretty funny and I still like some of their harmonies. Ryan Miller sings the lead on the verses in this one, at Bonnaroo in 2004.
(There's another one down here...)
When I went to law school, I met a Mormon from California who had gone to school in Massachusetts for a while, and he told me once he was friends with these guys from back then (The band all went to Tufts). At one point while he was going to school in Minneapolis, he apparently stopped into the coffee shop across the street from the law building and ran into another guy from the band, Adam Gardner; they both said to each other "What the f*** are you doing here?" It turned out Adam was in the city to play a show with his other band, the Levees. Adam sings the verse lead on this song about being in a cult, "Airport Song", at Woodstock in 1999.