The Definitive Minnesota Playlist (Part III)
What is the Minnesota Music scene? Is it today’s local bands? Is it the memory of yesterday’s greats? Is it the most popular acts or the niche dwellers? If you could create a playlist that would be “Definitively Minnesotan” what songs would you choose? That’s the question we put to our Four Takes contributors for this unique, locally inpsired feature. Every day this week we will be offering a new perspective on the same feature. Here is Ali Elabaddy’s take.
Ali Elabaddy (Background Noise Crew)
With the winter nearing, this is always perfect in any weather. This should only be played at night when the stars are out. Let Sep Sev, Woundwart, Genepoole and Pat Juba guide your night travels.
Yeah, the group Craig Finn and company had. Not that they don’t put out good stuff now, but damn, if this isn’t screaming Minneapolis to the core.
Two of the finer groups that experienced a breakup. Damn shame too, because this was one of their best songs ever. I still remember when they did this at Bon Appetit (RIP). Glad to see the obvious members are still going at it, but this is a sign of their greatness.
An obvious choice, but its one of the best newer songs about the 612. Let the jazzy horns and bass carry you away, while you hear what the 612 is to Analyrical.
The pop alter-ego of Sean Na Na strikes with block rocking beats. Probably some of the most melodic pop to MPLS ever.
Felix stars in this famed song as a normal working-class taxi driver. The results aren’t surprising, but what this song does to you when it comes to Minneapolis and Saint Paul. Espeically in the third verse.
Again, another breakup, but the song itself is perfect for summer nights, which is when this group consisting of Anomaly, Deetalx, Crescent Moon & Nomi travail on stresses, when all they want is to reach the ocean.
This joint doesn’t ever get enough credit, especially the radio freestyle between Eyedea & Carnage.
Dillinger Four is Minneapolis, plain and simple. And this joint was perfect when they did it at the Triple Rock. So go there, and have a bloody mary, while you listen to the selections from the jukebox, which by far is one of the best in the cities.
Tommy & Elaine, taking the wrong route at each turn, and their respective demises. MaD SoN and Big Jess tell the tales, and Abilities drops the needle to conclude.
— Ali Elabaddy