Will It Play in Peoria?

Collage by the author

“Will it play in Peoria?” Ever since I left the heart of Illinois, this phrase has been a constant rejoinder when I divulge my hometown to new acquaintances.  Strangely enough, during my morning commute from Santa Fe to Los Alamos a few months ago, my own car radio reminded me that not even the sparsely populated mountains of Northern New Mexico can insulate me from that famous idiom:

Will It Play In Peoria?

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The Definitive Ranking of Twin Peaks Rip-Offs, Part 6: Night of the Living Dreams

Like all rational people we here at The Flyover believe Twin Peaks to the single greatest work of art in the history of mankind, not least of which because David Lynch and Mark Frost’s surreal small town murder mystery (due for a Showtime revival in 2016) is set in a vibrant and distinct locale that is not New York or Los Angeles.Read More

Flyover Anthems: “Midwest Coast”

This could be our unofficial (or maybe official?) theme song: “Midwest Coast” by Cincinnati band The Harlequins.

From the video description: “The beach is a state of mind… The Harlequins and friends came out in the dead of winter in January 2011 to the historical Mockbee in Cincinnati, OH to have a rooftop beach party in the snow.” Sounds about right.… Read More

Creative Ambition and Places That Aren’t New York or L.A.

It's My Thing

I saw a band play the other night, enjoyed it, and as I’m wont to do when I enjoy a band live, I moseyed over to the band’s “merch” booth, ready to happily part with some hard-earned cash. (By the way, the band was Columbus’ Psychic Wheels, whose sound, if I were a music critic, I would resort to a facile “Buzzcocks meet Beat Happening” description in an attempt to communicate their awesomeness.) You can usually tell how good or bad a band is by a glance at their “merch” booth.… Read More