What encompasses the Midwest? Like pornography, I can't really describe it but I know it when I see it.
Some basic ground rules: Ohio is not in the Midwest. Any state in the Eastern Time zone is not in the Midwest...I almost want to say the Midwest is west of the Mississippi and East of the Rockies but then you're eliminating Wisconsin and Illinois...Also, any state that fought in the Confederacy isn't in the Midwest...they are in the South. End of discussion. This eliminates Missouri, Oklahoma, and Texas.
I think of this as I listen to my Midwest brothers, Poison Control Center from Ames, Iowa.
They have a great little ditty "Glory Us" which reminds me of Eels vocals vs. Mates of State's organ.
Poison Control Center -- Glory Us
PCC have an album and an EP out on Afternoon Records. Get them here.