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The best kept secret in music


"Press for "Highs Highs, Low Lows""

"...one of the best records of 2002." Disclaimer

"'One Day You Too Will Bleed' is perhaps one of the best break-up songs of all time." CMJ New Music Monthly

". . . whimsy, though not kitsch, at ease alongside melancholy." Village Voice

"Particularly addictive." Clamor

". . .examine(s) the disharmonic convergence between reality and bullshit in this 21st century." NY Press

". . .one hell of a new album." Flagpole - Various

"Press for "Oh! Turpentine""

“Strips away all pretense and sounds like he's speaking straight from the soul.”
Nude As The News

“Take time with this one - it gets better with every listen. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.”

“An excellent, spacey folk-rock album.” The Onion

“Stories from the heartland battle the modern heart for attention.” Time Out NY
- various


My Mother the Stereo
Not yet released

The High Highs, The Low Lows
Pitch-a-tent Records 2003

Oh! Turpentine
Pitch-a-tent Records 2001


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The yet to be released My Mother the Stereo is the third CD from Koester. Sonically, it is both innovative and direct. Lyrically, it is damn good, if not better. The songs stake out new musical territory, while echoing the best of American rock music: Bob Dylan & the Meat Puppets, Harry Nilsson & Spoon, Townes Van Zandt & Grandaddy.

Brooklyn based Koester is fronted by singer/ songwriter Steve Koester, formerly of Punchdrunk and currently moonlighting with Maplewood. Alan Weatherhead -- known for his work with Sparklehorse, The Comas & Camper Van Beethoven -- once again produces and plays pedal steel, moog and strings. Miguel Urbiztondo again mans the drum kit, while Tim Buckley handles guitars & backing vocals and John Daniels plays bass.

Koester has released two highly acclaimed CDs on Pitch-a-tent Records, David Lowery’s label out of Athens, GA. Oh! Turpentine (2000) and The High Highs, The Low Lows (2002) both received rave reviews and placed in the top 50 on the CMJ college radio charts. The band has honed its slow-burning live show over the past several years, playing with the likes of Sparklehorse, The Wrens, Crooked Fingers, The Hold Steady and a host of others.