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High Above Lake Michigan: Special Platinum Edition

May 27, 2015

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Music, Footnotes & Ephemera

There are two Erik Satie pieces in here: Avant-dernières Pensées 1 & 2. Then you’ve got a little, Rainbow, by Battles. And then at the end, En Gallop, by Joanna Newsom (which I felt lame about looping so heavily because I know it so well and know that it’ll be distracting to those who do. But then I convinced myself that a loop works a little bit like a Ferris Wheel and felt marginally better).
I’m a full-on Columbian Exhibition of 1893 nerd. Have a ticket to it framed on our dining room wall. For all of your Chicago World’s Fair fact-needs, The Devil in the White City is the place to go. For your heartbreak and beauty needs, go to Jimmy Corrigan: the Smartest Kid on Earth, by Chris Ware.

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7 Comments on High Above Lake Michigan: Special Platinum Edition

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  2. Strobe says:

    Can you post the sound score track list for this podcast. The music selected for this episode is truly surreal, and I want to support the artists

  3. admin says:


    And, in general, I’m in the process of making sure all of that stuff is linkable and purchasable for each episode.
    Thanks for writing in!


  4. Music Man says:

    When he talks about the Eiffel Tower, the song playing is by the band Battles.

    The haunting music in the end is the song “Sprout and the Bean”

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  7. Margaret says:

    Hey Nate!

    Longtime Chicagoan here. I was disappointed to hear the episode end where it did, though the entire thing was lovely. I actually shed a tear – I love this city so much. Chicago had a ferris wheel at Navy Pier from 1995 – 2015 and we have a brand new one as of 2016. I know it’s not the same, but I think it was worth mentioning. I still remember my first time riding. Just because we’ve gone ever higher, with skyscrapers and such, doesn’t mean there isn’t something uniquely thrilling about being in/on a ferris wheel!