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I realize D.C. is not a state, but it would’ve been nice for Paste Magazine to at least mention D.C. in their list of suggested state songs for the 21st century. A simple line stating “We would designate a song for D.C. but it is not a state,” would suffice. But no mention? Uncool, Paste Magazine. Uncool.
The list has some winners including a nice spread from Ryan Adams, M. Ward, Sufjan Stevens, and Ben Folds — but D.C. doesn’t even get mentioned as being in existence.
So let’s play a game in the comments: What would YOU pick as D.C.’s “state” song of today?
My vote goes to the DC remix of the Jay-Z/Alicia Keyes “Empire State of Mind” WLDC author Rebecca found online earlier this year by Eezy Money entitled “Capital Conscience.”
That’s a good one, but I prefer the Magnetic Fields’ “Washington, DC”.
Definitely Magnetic Fields.
The Evens, “Mount Pleasant Isn’t”
Q and Not U, “And the Washington Monument (Blinks) Goodnight”
Oh! Or The Postal Service, “The District Sleeps Alone Tonight”
The obvious answer is Bad Brains’s “Banned in D.C.”
I go with Magnetic Fields, but Tuscadero also had a song about Mount Pleasant:
My immediate thought was “The District Sleeps Alone Tonight.”
I was just about to say Postal Service or Magnetic Fields… man.
It’s a little too negatively-focused to really be the district song, but “Everybody Knows” by The Evens would be great. Alternately, “D.C. Don’t Stand For Dodge City”. Whatever it is, I think it definitely needs to be Dischord hardcore/post-hardcore or go-go.
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i would also say bad brains or postal service, but on the hip hop side of things, capital conscience isn’t bad, but incwell does a GREAT remake of the jayz/alicia keyes song, called dmv state of mind: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bZ1wamEGzdE
Yet another vote for Magnetic Fields. Washington, Baby, DC.
Decemberists’ The Bagman’s Gambit.