Friday, March 17, 2006
Friday Random Ten: The Northern Cities Shift Edition 
by Lenka Reznicek [permalink] 

Northern Cities Shift is the linguistic name for the English dialect spoken around the Great Lakes, from Chicago to Rochester, NY. This is why native Chicawgoans and Raachesterites often sound a little, well, different. I think of it as a "Reverse Boston" accent. What's extremely interesting is that a map of American dialects looks a lot like a weather map: maybe the answer really is blowing in the wind.
  1. Ultravox - "The Man Who Dies Every Day"
  2. Bruce Springsteen - "Downbound Train"
  3. The New Pornographers - "The Mary Martin Song"
  4. Air - "Mike Mills"
  5. Electrolux - "Energiesparlampen"
  6. Edward Bear - "You, Me, And Mexico"
  7. The Primitives - "Crash"
  8. Sarah McLachlan - "Answer"
  9. Interpol - "NYC"
  10. Split Enz - "Hard Act to Follow"
Did you know vibraphonist extraordinaire Cal Tjader once recorded a cover of the Banana Splits "Tra La La Song"? I was listening to his album yesterday, and the melody struck me as oddly familiar.