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“California”

EMA | 2011

Erika M. Anderson's expletive-laden lament to the Golden State was based on her wanting to explore the state's dark underbelly. "The thing about California that's interesting, [is] it's always been tremendously great at marketing itself," Anderson said. "I wanted to tell the other side of the story. Because my favorite California songs are things like 'Under the Bridge,' not necessarily 'California Dreamin'.' For a while in music, it felt like there was this continuation of this California self-promotion, and I kind of wanted to be like, 'Let me tell you something else.'" In dropping the f-bomb to refer to the Golden State, she certainly did.

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“Stillness Is the Move”

Dirty Projectors | 2009

A Wim Wenders film and a rapper inspired the Dirty Projectors duo David Longstreth and Amber Coffmanto write "sort of a love song." "We rented the movie Wings of Desire from Dave's brother's recommendation, and he had me go through it and just write down some things that I found interesting, and they made it into the song," Coffman said. As for the hip-hop connection, Longstreth explained, "The beat is based on T-Pain. We commissioned a radio mix of the song by the guy who mixes all of Timbaland's records, but the mix we made sounded way better, so we didn't use it."

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