Monday Photo Blog: Midwest Can Be Alright


November 22nd, 2010 by

I’m from the Midwest and more or less fled to the West Coast as soon as I could. I’ve moved back to the Midwest a few times, but here I am, out in the Bay Area again. When I’m here, I miss the Midwest. When I’m in the Midwest I can’t believe I ever left California. Grass is greener and all that. Despite the many qualms I have with the Midwest (and even because of those qualms), I have a soft spot for the Midwest. So when Bobby Hussy — himself a Bay Area transplant from the Midwest — sent a batch of photos from a recent trip back to Madison for Chopperfest, it caught my eye. I bumped his photos to the top of the queue.

The Midwest Beat @ Mickey's Tavern, Madison, WI, 13 November 2010 (photo by Bobby Hussy)

The Midwest Beat @ Mickey's Tavern, Madison, WI, 13 November 2010 (photo by Bobby Hussy)

The Midwest Beat @ Mickey's Tavern, Madison, WI, 13 November 2010 (photo by Bobby Hussy)

And given the little theme of this week’s photo blog, I thought I’d close with these two gems, both from my native Indiana.

The GIZMOS – The Midwest Can Be Alright

DOW JONES & THE INDUSTRIALS – Can’t Stand the Midwest

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5 responses to “Monday Photo Blog: Midwest Can Be Alright”

22 11 2010
Jd (15:13:42) :

I know the feeling.. Formative years in Chicago but living in Oakland. Contemplating a move bback to chi but not sure about the weather bit. Dive bars in the bay area have nothing on Midwest cities, not to mention rent cost issues!

22 11 2010
vaeringjar (18:55:21) :

Of course I have figured out how to play flash shit, but open source videos would be preferred. But thanks for the post! I hope people continue to hate the Midwest; it’ll save us from Bay area poseurs.

22 11 2010
Blair (20:59:03) :

Quint like both banz, the Midwest’s alrite with meeee

26 11 2010
Nomad (01:48:41) :

lol Real rocknroll. Very good.

8 12 2010
Chris J. (23:08:01) :

This show was some righteous rock. Some of the best bands in WI which puts them high in the running for best bands in Milkyway.

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