Musical Geographies: New York Part 2

Well, kids, today finds me in New York City, on a business trip preceded by a fun trip. Please imagine me walking endlessly, drinking too much coffee, eating too much pizza, and probably annoying the hell out of my travel companion with “well, when I lived here…” stories.

“Anyone’s Ghost” – the National

Anyone who’s ever lost themselves in the crowds of a city knows the feeling of this song.

“Detachable Penis” – King Missile

This song was the height of comedy for me when I was twelve. And also maybe when I’m thirty-one. Don’t judge.

“Empire State of Mind” – Jay-Z

The only song on the list glitzy and bold enough to really stand in for the city itself.

“Rockaway Beach” – the Ramones

One of my absolute favorite memories is of being on Rockaway Beach in the middle of the night with no one else around, just staring out and marveling, “There’s nothing out there until France.” I was young and unused to alcohol. Forgive me.

“New York I Love You but You’re Bringing Me Down” – LCD Soundsystem

Sums it all up quite nicely.