23: Florida



Considering how, particularly in an election year, emotions become heated in light of this “red state/blue state” dichotomy that the media have resorted to ingraining in our collective psyche, it is no surprise that certain states catch an unfair amount of flak.

Take Florida: why do people hate it so much? Well, we don’t know, but what we can do is give our 27th State a fair shake on the show. And why not? Not only is Florida the land that gave us plenty of good (Tom Petty, No Idea Records, Space Shuttles, Todd Barry, Oranges and more oranges), but the 2000 election fiasco was 12 whole years ago, and far be it from us to criticize a SOUTHERN STATE (people forget this about Florida) for being politically divided.

Hot Water Music

In fact, we could even venture to say that there are no other states (maybe even nowhere in the world) quite like Florida. You’ve got swamps, Gators, adorable towns, the world’s most ubiquitous theme park and resort, tons of good colleges and the subsequent hipsters, some of the world’s tightest sets of Jewish and Cuban populations. Also, raise your hand if YOUR state can boast the musical contributions of both Gloria Estefan and Chuck Ragan. Didn’t think so.

Enjoy this episode, best taken in with a tall glass of orange juice (what you add to that OJ is up to you).

Sunset in Mayo, FL

Produced by Tyler S. for TDC Productions
Theme Song: “The Face of the Earth” by The Dismemberment Plan
Other Music Included:
Miami Sound Machine – “Conga”
Little League (Tallahassee) – “Hope Go Round” & “Hot Knife”
Torche (Miami) – “UFO”
Rational Anthem (Sarasota) – “Blackout Magic”
Tom Petty (Gainesville) – “Deliver Me”
Merchandise (Tampa) – “I Locked the Door”
Hot Water Music (Gainesville) – “Moonpies for Misfits”
Radon (Gainesville) – “Wasting Time”