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  • Saturday's Somewhat Useless Post about Some Good Music: Idealizing Life in the City
    Saturday, October 27, 2007


    In my last post, I discussed how Matt Nathanson's music reminds me of an evening in the city. Well, apparently he's not the only one likes to visualize idealistic locales within the confines in a city limits.

    Of course, one has come to expect sad, desolate, lonesome songs to come from the mind of American Music Club leader Mark Eitzel. "Myopic Books" has to be one of the best songs about loneliness, isolation, and wanting to break a self-imposed isolation by visiting an idealistic place within the city. Plus, there's a wonderful reference to Dinosaur Jr, "and that makes me happy," as Mr. Eitzel would say.

    Listen To: Myopic Books (taken from the album Love Songs for Patriots, released on Merge Records)


    Then again, another room-loving boy, Loney, Dear's Emil Svanangen, likes to write about the city. The main single off of his wonderful Sologne (recently issued here in the US), is a beautiful song that has earned him respect and critical acclaim. Easy to see why, too, as it's one heck of a catchy number.

    Listen To: The City, The Airport (taken from the album, Sologne, released on The Rebel Group)

    And, of course, if we're talking about music about cities, there's always the shoulda-been-a-hit-with-the-NPR-crowd "The City," by the late, great Dismemberment Plan. I once wrote a long, rambling rant about how this song really, truly should have been a big hit for the band, as it seemed to be perfect for a world then loving Eagle-Eye Cherry, and soon to love John Mayer. Nearly a decade after its creation, it's still a wonderful song, and I stand by my statements of it being one of the better creations of the 1990s.

    Listen To: The City (taken from the album Emergency & 1, released by Desoto Records)

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