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So, honest opinion: Twin Cities music scene. Golden Age? Everything we’ve ever wanted and more? There are a lot of strong opinions out there, and I’m curious how you weigh in on this one.

I don’t know if the Golden Age of local music ever left the Twin Cities. Being a Minneapolitan at heart, I think we just crave validation. I think we’ve been cool for a while, and I think anyone who’s been involved with music here will tell you that. They’ll tell you that we’ve always had one of the strongest scenes in the country, and now, thanks to the internet or the styles at the moment, groups like Polica and Doomtree kind of take off. There’s nothing that could be lost from local bands getting attention… hopefully we’ll draw more interested people. Is there a lot of buzz right now? Yes. Is there a lot of pressure? Yes. It’s easier to play a song by a band that everyone knows, but I feel like Radio K exists to play the new basement band, and the Current exists to play the new Peter Wolf Crier. It feels really tight, but that’s kind of exciting, where you’re constantly fighting to get attention. Local music has never been easy. The Golden Age? It started back in the ‘60’s, and I don’t think it’s left yet.

City Pages Top 20 Minnesota Songs

City Pages put together a list of their top 20 songs about Minnesota. And since their site makes you click through 6 pages, here is a quick list. Oh, and a Rdio playlist for easy listening (15/20 songs included)

  1. "Shhh" - Atmosphere
  2. "Skyway" - The Replacements
  3. "Your Little Hoodrat Friend" - The Hold Steady
  4. "Rock ‘n’ Roll is Alive (And it Lives in Minneapolis)" - Prince
  5. "Funkytown" - Lipps Inc.
  6. "Mall of America" - Desaparecidos
  7. "Girl From the North Country" - Bob Dylan
  8. "Minneapolis" - Lucinda Williams
  9. "They’re Not Tryin’ on the Dance Floor" - Jonathan Richman
  10. "Christmas Card From A Hooker in Minneapolis" - Tom Waits
  11. “Room With a View” - Brother Ali
  12. “Minneap’lis, Minnesota” - Rufus Lumley
  13. “Seeing Double at the Triple Rock” - NOFX
  14. “Minnesota” - Northern Light
  15. “Escapade” - Janet Jackson
  16. “Math is Money” - Lifter Puller
  17. “Uptown Suckers” - Cows
  18. “10,000 Lakes” - Kid Dakota
  19. “Minnesoter” - The Dandy Warhols
  20. “Minneapolis” - The Ray Charles Singers

First Avenue Shows

I wasn’t at any of the City Pages Top 20 First Ave shows of all time, but I was a few of the Readers Picks, all of which I remember very well.

  • 3. Radiohead, 6/04/95
  • 5. Weezer, 11/15/96
  • 6. The Chemical Brothers, 4/27/97
  • 9. Blur, 6/24/97

Not a bad two year stretch there in my late teens.

Scratch that first point. I was at one show from the City Pages list

  • 10. Basement Jaxx, 10/08/01

And my brother was at some great shows from that list

  • 9. Pavement/ Wilco/ The Dirty Three, 05/26/95
  • 11. Dinosaur Jr./ My Bloody Valentine/ Babes in Toyland, 2/12/92

He wasn’t at the Nirvana show in 1991, but he did plan to, just was surprised when the show sold out. Bummer.

  • 1. Nirvana, 10/14/91

Oh, and I’ll never forget when a HS friend of my brothers stopped over the day after this show.

  • 3. Public Enemy, 12/12/88

Top Albums 2011

Just spent 3 minutes compiling this list, but here it is.

  1. St Vincent - Strange Mercy
  2. The Antlers - Burst Apart
  3. Sims – Bad Time Zoo
  4. Bon Iver - Bon Iver
  5. Dale Earnhardt Jr Jr - It’s A Corporate World
  6. The Heat and The Heart - The Head and The Heart
  7. tUnE-yArDs - W H O K I L L
  8. My Morning Jacket - Circuital
  9. David Bazan - Strange Negotiations
  10. Radiohead - The King of Limbs
  11. Washed Out - Within and Without
  12. Thurston Moore - Demolished Thoughts
  13. The Decemberists - The King is Dead
  14. Fleet Foxes - Helplessness Blues
  15. Iron and Wine - Kiss Each Other Clean
  16. M83 - Hurry Up We’re Dreaming
  17. Mike Doughty - Yes and Also Yes
  18. TV on the Radio - Nine Types of Light
  19. Astronautalis - This Is Our Science
  20. Haley Bonar - Golder