My Nostalgic Minnesota Playlist

by Nicholas Cicale

I’m about to start my drive from Minnesota down to Austin, Texas to start my new job at Community Impact Newspaper. I’ve lived in Mankato and worked as a reported in St. James, Minnesota for the last three years, and have found a lot of really awesome music while I was in the land of 10,000 lakes.  To celebrate, I made a playlist with a lot of the songs I discovered or got into along the way.

It’s definitely not everything I’ve listened to, but the songs that made a big impact, that when I first heard them I listened to over and over again, and that I associate nostalgically with a certain time or place or action in Minnesota.  I tried not to double up on albums too much, so it’s a pretty good mix of indie, rock, Hip-hop and pop songs.

The order is loosely chronological, starting with the first songs I discovered back in July 2013, and ending with the most recent song. Coincidently, the first and last songs are Beck tracks. “Defriended” was the first song I heard on the Current when Melissa and I were looking for apartments in Mankato and I thought it was amazing right away. (“Default” came on right after and I knew it would be a great radio station.)  “Wow” is the song we’ve been singing and joking about the last three weeks. You can trace the kinds of music I listened to, how the styles/tastes kind of change over time, which I thought was neat.

I think it’s pretty cool. Maybe no-one else will, but it’s still a good assortment of music if anyone’s looking for something cool to listen to.

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