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Old 12-19-2014, 08:42 AM
 
Location: Milwaukee
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I doubt too many people in these forums will be familiar with my selections, but these songs really sum up the vibe of various cities I've lived in.

Los Angeles:
http://youtu.be/wRWunSUmEm4

Houston:
http://youtu.be/hbTX3ZjVUI8

Austin:
http://youtu.be/nzRxBK6XNyE
Except me - thumbs up! I thought you'd go with the more obvious "Los Angeles" for X, but that's a better song. My favorite is "We're Desperate," though that feels more "global." Legionaires Disease "Rather See You Dead" was what I thought would pop up for Houston, but that works just as well or better.

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Bon Iver / Wisconsin
Good god, please no! Dude's the worst!

Wisconsin northwoods is probably a polka...I won't subject anyone to that, even though I have a soft spot. Or Pee Wee King, an early country star who introduced many things (including accordians) to the Nashville sound.

Violent Femmes or Bo Deans or Les Paul make sense for Milwaukee, but I can't think of a signature tune, so I'm going with the biggest local punk band, the Haskels, taking the city (Milwaukee) by storm:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VPXUGKct-gs

Or country/rockabilly legend Larry Lee (Swamp Jumper) Phillipson and "Milwaukee Road":

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lQaSTyZXsJM

Madison is probably some jam band garbage. Or the band Garbage.
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Old 12-19-2014, 01:41 PM
 
Location: Who Cares, USA
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Except me - thumbs up! I thought you'd go with the more obvious "Los Angeles" for X, but that's a better song. My favorite is "We're Desperate," though that feels more "global." Legionaires Disease "Rather See You Dead" was what I thought would pop up for Houston, but that works just as well or better.
I figured you would be the exception.

Yeah, "Rather See You Dead" would have been my 2nd or 3rd choice for Houston... but that AK47 song really encapsulates those times in that city so perfectly for me. Another one that always makes me think of Houston, though it's not a Houston band... is "Dirty Old Town" by the Pogues. Also, "Hurricane Fighter Plane" by the Red Krayola.

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I'm going with the biggest local punk band, the Haskels, taking the city (Milwaukee) by storm:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VPXUGKct-gs
Nice! I never lived in WI, but I always think of Die Kreuzen.
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Old 12-19-2014, 02:00 PM
 
Location: Milwaukee
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Couldn't think of a song that "felt" Milwaukee with DK - their debut to me is the best hardcore album ever, though. Nicest guys, too - Dan and Keith still have bands, still go out to see locals, write about music, etc. Killdozer (Madison) is about as 'sconsin as it gets, too, but you'd kind of have to live here to totally understand why (humor, general attitude):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZljN2Y-9_bQ

For Green Bay, you could take whatever Packers song (there are hundreds) or maybe Boris the Sprinkler's "West of the East," about the area east of the Fox River and west of the East River, where most of the punk shows happened/punk bands played/music & art scene in general back then ("I'll meet you west of the East and east of the Fox tonight"):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y5jKJBlA0yM

For Upper Michigan, it's got to be Da Yoopers:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kb9yhhflmvY
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Old 12-20-2014, 11:28 AM
 
Location: Phoenix, AZ
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Even though most of Bruce Springsteen's music does make me think of gritty northeastern smaller cities -- not NYC or Boston but places like Atlantic City, Newark, etc., his song "Glory Days" reminds me of any small Midwestern hometown. I'm one of countless Midwesterners who now lives in a "cooler"/more exciting place, and that song always makes me think about the people who stayed in my little Illinois hometown.

Someone mentioned Hotel California, one of the best picks for getting the "vibe" of a place right. The little "rattle" sound in the beginning just makes you think of driving west through the Cali desert, on your way to L.A. where you know you'll be eaten alive by the facade of glitz, glamour and easy living but you don't care.
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Old 12-20-2014, 01:59 PM
 
Location: Auburn, New York
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The Replacements bring me back to Minneapolis.

Pavement reminds me of the countless drives I've done between Tucson and Los Angeles.

Mogwai, despite being a Scottish band, reminds of the countless drives I've done between Syracuse and Toronto, particularly buzzing down the QEW late at night.

The Magnetic Fields, despite being a Boston/NYC band, remind me of Chicago.

I associate Dinosaur Jr. with time spent with my cousin in New York City.

The Magnolia Electric Company reminds me of Indiana, both Indianapolis and "The Region."
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Old 12-22-2014, 10:34 AM
 
Location: Milwaukee
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Dinosaur is all Massachusetts to me! From Deep Wound to incredibly loud early Dinosaur shows to the "Jr" to the fights and Lou splitting off and doing Sebadoh/Folk Implosion, it all felt so western Mass...but I can see where bands/songs get tied to life experiences.
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Old 12-22-2014, 02:40 PM
 
Location: Who Cares, USA
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Dinosaur is all Massachusetts to me! From Deep Wound to incredibly loud early Dinosaur shows to the "Jr" to the fights and Lou splitting off and doing Sebadoh/Folk Implosion, it all felt so western Mass...but I can see where bands/songs get tied to life experiences.
Agree about Dinosaur Jr. I was briefly living in Greenfield, MA in 1980-81, and though it was still a couple of years early for anything J. Mascis to show up on the scene... something about their sound always makes me think of that little corner of New England.

One band I do remember seeing a few times in that area back then was a band called October Days, from Connecticut. They were kind of a Surf/Punk hybrid, really weird-sounding for New England, but I always associate them with that time and place.

http://youtu.be/w1v2AiEFCYc
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Old 12-22-2014, 03:31 PM
 
Location: Who Cares, USA
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Others I forgot to mention:

Seattle. So many bands/songs make me think of Seattle. It's kind of hard to pick just one, but the Gits really sum it up for me. Especially this song.
http://youtu.be/nEu8xhU4GSQ

Phoenix. Lived there for 8 years. To me, nobody summed up the vibe of that town better than JFA. The Meat Puppets run a very close 2nd, but this song epitomizes my experience living there, and definitely transports me back to those days.
http://youtu.be/1RGwn6Wppoo

Las Vegas. Though I was already very familiar with this band/song long before I ever lived there, M.I.A. (The punk band, not the more well known MIA from Sri Lanka) really encapsulates my years living there.
http://youtu.be/rsH5CZEQtBA

And one more for Los Angeles. This song, and the entire album it's from, really takes me back there. The Gun Club is almost equally as representative of L.A. as X.
http://youtu.be/QWcWYTDIBEg

Pardon my excessive posting, but I really love this thread! I could do this all day.
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