366TAS: 6:37 – Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks – Baltimore

With a touch over 8.7 million people, the Washington-Baltimore-Northern Virginia combined statistical area is the fourth largest in the country, trailing only New York, Los Angeles and Chicago. Yesterday was DC’s turn in the sun, musically speaking. Today, let’s take a look at my Baltimore-themed playlist:

1. Baltimore – Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks

… well that was pretty short, wasn’t it? Even though the cities are only about an hour apart by train (and maybe less by car, depending on the time of day), they have never really seemed like part of the same metro area to me. Maybe it’s because there’s not much to do in Baltimore besides get mugged, shot or high. Okay, okay… I hear the aquarium is nice and Camden Yards is a fine ballpark. I did also see the best concert of my life in Baltimore a few years back. But in the eight years I’ve been living in the DC area, that’s the one and only time I’ve been up to the “Charm City”. Maybe that’s because I need more of a life, maybe it’s because Baltimore is a less-than-appealing destination, probably a little of both. Ah well, at least Stephen Malkmus found love with one of the city’s locals.

Baltimore – Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks

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One Response to 366TAS: 6:37 – Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks – Baltimore

  1. James says:

    I think song-wise the “Charm City” doesn’t have the list like New York or L.A. (or even DC), but I don’t think it’s fair to short change it like this. The first most obvious song that comes to mind is the Counting Crows’ “Raining in Baltimore” (4:41) for those of us that lived through the 90s. Then there’s the Tori Amos’ “Baltimore” song (3:31) that she wrote when she was 16 for an Orioles’ Theme Song Contest, which she won. There’s even one by The Extra Glenns (who consist of members of The Mountain Goats, 2:45). Still, that doesn’t cover the most famous “Baltimore” (4:02), written by Randy Newman, then covered by the great Nina Simone who also used it to title her album! FYI.

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