Indie rock legend Liz Phair is currently in the studio with Ryan Adams recording the follow-up to her, um, experimental 2010 LP, Funstyle. This highly anticipated collaboration does not yet have a release date attached to it, and we’re more than fine with that: We’d rather see her take her time and release something worthy of her considerable talents than to rush the creative process. Besides, if she was crashing to get a record out the door, she probably wouldn’t have as much time to experiment with Twitter’s fledgling short-form video service, Vine.
Which is not to say that there are none. Chicagoans need not resort to the Chi-town rework of LMFAO‘s “I’m In Miami, Trick”; there is a small but significant pantheon of Chicago songs, which Stump’s new single joins:
5. Sufjan Stevens, “Chicago”
The centerpiece of Sufjan Stevens‘s 2005 concept album about Illinois, aptly titled Illinois, “Chicago” quickly became a fan favorite that closed out the artist’s live sets, despite never being a “single” as such. Stevens would release three alternate versions of the song on the b-sides collection The Avalanche. The song resonated outside the city as well: Snow Patrol mentioned the song in the lyrics of their own “Hands Open,” Little Miss Sunshine featured the song on its soundtrack, and Chiddy Bang sampled it for “All Things Go.”