Tuesday, April 7, 2009

SING THE STATES #09: New Hampshire

New Hampshire, known as the Granite State, is the 9th state in our countdown, having joined the Union on June 21st, 1788. Notable for being the site of the first primary election for each U.S. presidential election, here are some other fun facts about New Hampshire: their flower is the purple lilac, their highest point is Mt. Washington at 6,288 ft, their state motto is "Live Free or Die", and Robert Frost lived and wrote many of his most famous poems there.

Our song for NH is from the Sonic Youth, who really need no introduction. I've never been incredibly into their music, but it's hard to listen to them and not think of how influential they've been on rock & roll over the last 20 years (they've been playing since 1981!). This song is from 2004's Sonic Nurse, and is just what you'd expect from these guys. And apparently, Sonic Youth will be hitting this year's Twilight Concert Series (according to this guy), along with Bon Iver, Jenny Lewis, The Black Keys, and M. Ward! If that's all true, then I've never been so sad about leaving Utah as I am right now.

Also considered: Matt Pond PA - New Hampshire

Sonic Youth - New Hampshire
from the album Sonic Nurse (Amazon/iTunes)

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Anonymous said...

I dig this entire idea, it's great! Another New Hampshire song to check out, if you haven't already that is, is by Jason Reeves. It's called, well "New Hampshire"


or, high school times - Matt Pond PA... "New Hampshire"

Kristin said...

We can't leave.