271 Festive Fifty 2016 (part 3)

Did you know that this is the thirtieth Contrast Podcast festive fifty episode? That’s 10 years charting the best music each year. Wow!

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Playlist:

17 Joseph – White Flag

Nat from Another Aging Hipster

16 Car Seat Headrest – Fill in the Blank

Ram from Dying Note

15 Polica – Lime Habit

Linda

14 Conor Oberst – Gossamer Thin

Kathy

13 Bitch ‘n Monk – Apocalyptic Fantasies

Chris from Dead Sea Apes

12 Plastic Animals – Colophone

James from Appetite For Distraction

11 Fenne Lily – Top to Toe

Tim from Contrast Podcast

10 The Divine Comedy – To the Rescue

Robert Todd

9 LP – Lost On You

Niels from Sun in Late December

8 Christine & the Queens – Tilted

Kathy

7 Field Music – The Noisy Days Are Over

Robert Todd

6 Radiohead – Identikit

Rachel

5 Regina Spektor – The One Who Stayed and The One Who Left

Tricia from I Sing In the Kitchen

4 Radiohead – Burn the Witch

Chris from Dead Sea Apes

3 Leonard Cohen – You Want It Darker

Kev from Let Me Educate You

2 David Bowie – Blackstar

Jeremy from Fingertips

1 David Bowie – Lazarus

Nat from Another Aging Hipster

The Festive Fifty was curated by James from Appetite For Distraction so please send your thanks to him.

If you would like to take part in the podcast, or would like to suggest a theme for us to explore, you’ll need to start by sending a message to contrastians@gmail.com and we’ll let you know what you need to do to.

270 Festive Fifty 2016 (part 2)

You are all probably trying your best to forget 2016. Here at Contrast Towers we’re still working our way through our top fifty favourite tracks that were released last year. This episode is the middle part of this journey where we stop the car and stretch our legs before continuing on to our final destination. Who ate the last of the sweets?

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Playlist:

33 Japanese Breakfast – In Heaven

Charles from Heartache With Hard Work

32 The Circus – Not Yet Dinosaurs

Ram from Dying Note

31 Foxes – Amazing

Andy from RVA Playlist

30 P.O.S – Sleepdrone/Superposition

James from Appetite For Distraction

29 Astronoid – Up and Atom

Niels from Sun In Late December

28 Margaret Glaspy – You and I

Rick

27 Farfetch’d – Lunar Observatory

Ram from Dying Note

26 Mayer Hawthorne – Love Like That

Nat from Another Aging Hipster

25 Iggy Pop – Gardenia

Jeremy from Fingertips

24 Wye Oak – Watching the Waiting

Charles from Heartache With Hard Work

23 Pkew Pkew Pkew – Mid 20’s Skateboarder

ZB from So the Wind Won’t Blow It All Away

22 The National – Peggy O

Tricia from I Sing In the Kitchen

21 Sturgill Simpson – In Bloom

Andy from RVA Playlist

20 Esondido – Heart is Black

Rick

19 Case Lang Veirs – Best Kept Secret

Marc

18 Mono – Requiem For Hell

John Q

Come back soon to find out who topped our chart.

269 Festive Fifty 2016 (part 1)

This is the tenth time that we have celebrated the best music of the year with our own homage to John Peel’s Festive Fifty. As always you can thank James from Appetite For Distraction for putting it together – he is quite the gentleman and deserves a gigantic eggnog from us all.

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Playlist:

50 Haley Bonar – Hometown

Jeremy from Fingertips

49 Hemlock Smith – County Fair

Tim from Contrast Podcast

48 Mrs. Magician – No More Tears

ZB from So the Wind Won’t Blow It All Away

47 Carly Rae Jepsen – Cry

Marc

46 Gordi – So Here We Are

Charles from Heartache with Hard Work

45 The 1975 – Love Me

Kev from Let Me Educate You

44 Florist – Only a Prayer, Nothing More

Emily from Florist

43 A$AP Mob – Crazy Brazy

ZB from So the Wind Won’t Blow It All Away

42 Jim James – Hide in Plain Sight

Rachel

41 Ólafur Arnalds ft Arnór Dan – Say My Name

Tim from Contrast Podcast

40 The Wedding Present – Santa Monica

John Q

39 Lucy Dacus – I Don’t Wanna Be Funny Anymore

Andy from RVA Playlist

38 Warpaint – So Good

James from Appetite For Distraction

37 Haley Bonar – Stupid Face

Kev from Let Me Educate You

36 You Won’t – Ya Ya Ya

Linda

35 Dessa – Quinine

Dessa

34 Grace – Church on Sunday

Marc

Part 2 will be along presently … be ready.

268 Thankful

Apparently a section of those in our contrasty community have some kind of celebration soon where they stuff themselves silly to somehow say thank you for something that happened a few hundred years ago?

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Playlist:

(0:00) Yo La Tengo – Be Thankful For What You Got

Andrew from RVA Playlist

(5:52) Brideshead – At 45 RPM

John Q from

(10:38) Randy Newman – Laugh And Be Happy

The In Crowd from Learning to Share

(13:50) Tacky Little Hat Shop – Thank You For the Rain

Linda from Speed of Dark

(18:40) The Alan Parsons Project – Old and Wise

Nat from Another Aging Hipster

(24:15) Frightened Rabbit – Keep Yourself Warm

James from Appetite For Distraction

(31:18) Dawes – A Little Bit of Everything

Kev from Let Me Educate You

(39:09) Carole King – Where You Lead I Will Follow

Tricia from I Sing in the Kitchen

(46:22) The Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy – Music and Politics

Niels from Sun in Late December

(51:51) Paper Route – Thank God the Year is Finally Over

Jeremy from Fingertips

(56:00) The Scaffold – Thank U Very Much

Mike from wearedust

This episode was curated by Andrew from RVA Playlist so please send your thanks to him. Next up will be this year’s Festive Fifty … yipee!!
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267 Superheroes

The contributors to this podcast possess the superpower of choosing only the most fantastic music, and for this episode they have picked a supernatural selection of songs about superheroes … and that’s super.

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Playlist:

(0:00) Bono, The Edge and the Cast of “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark” – Boy Falls From the Sky

Andrew from RVA Playlist

(6:26) D.O.S.E. – Crack Man In Bat Den Sex Shock

Chris from Dead Sea Apes

(12:35) Icarus – Fantastic Four

The In Crowd from Learning to Share

(18:13) Cinerama – Superman

(Young) Stuart from The Accies Blog

(23:30) Bob Schneider – Batman

Nat from Another Aging Hipster

(28:27) Elvis Costello – The Invisible Man

Kev from Let Me Educate You

(33:52) Yellowcard – Gifts and Curses

James from Appetite For Distraction

(40:47) XTC – That’s Really Super, Supergirl

Jeremy from Fingertips

(45:08) Superheroes – Someone Else

Tricia from I Sing in the Kitchen

(49:35) Celestial – Pale Blue Eyes

John Q

(54:44) Laurie Anderson – O Superman

Mike from wearedust

(01:04:02) 3 Doors Down – Kryptonite

Ram from DyingNote

(01:08:22) The Tragically Hip – Inevitability of Death

Niels from Sun in Late December

This episode was curated by Andrew from RVA Playlist who has also curated the next one which has the theme of ‘Thankful’.
If you would like to take part in the podcast, or would like to suggest a theme for us to explore, you’ll need to start by sending a message to contrastians@gmail.com and we’ll let you know what you need to do to.

266 No Es

Writing an introduction without the most popular thing which you would normally find living in a ‘d and f’ sandwich is hard. Finding a song which fits that difficult law is also tricky … but it can occur!

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Playlist:

(0:00) U2 – Acrobat

James from Appetite For Distraction

(6:36) M A D – Baxi

John Q

(15:53) Black Sabbath – Iron Man

Chris from Dead Sea Apes

(22:39) Jonathan Richman – At Night

The In Crowd from I’m Learning to Share

(29:00) M.I.A. – What I Got

Eiron from Old Fridges Can Kill

(33:28) Jah Stitch – Cool Down Youthman

ZB from So the Wind Won’t Blow It All Away

(37:19) Howlin’ Wolf – Spoonful

Niels from Sun In Late December

(42:26) Rainbow Arabia – Kabukimono

Linda

(47:21) Ani DiFranco – 32 Flavors

Kymm from The Thirteenth Baby Opossum

(54:31) Kirsty MacColl – Autumngirlsoup

Jeremy from Fingertips

(59:16) Harry Nilsson – Coconut

Mike from wearedust

(1:04:02) Crosby, Stills, and Nash – Shadow Captain

Nat from Another Aging Hipster

(1:08:47) Loch Lomond – Holiday

Tricia from I Sing In the Kitchen

(1:13:08) Aldous Harding – Titus Groan

Tim from Contrast Podcast

(1:19:32) AC/DC – Back in Black

Stuart from The Accies Blog

This episode was curated by James from Appetite For Distraction for curating this episode. The next theme will be Superheroes’ curated by Andrew from the RVA Playlist.
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265 1965

We’ve made a few episodes about particular years before so Nat from Another Aging Hipster thought it would be jolly to add 1965 to the list.

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Playlist:

00:40 The Beatles – Things We Said Today

Linda

(04:56) Smokey Robinson & The Miracles -Tracks Of My Tears

James from Appetite for Distraction

(08:57) Bob Dylan – Like A Rolling Stone

Chris from Dead Sea Apes

(16:19) Nat King Cole – L.O.V.E.

Tricia from I Sing in the Kitchen

(19:11) Ramsey Lewis Trio – The In Crowd

The In Crowd from Learning to Share

(26:11) Zella Day – 1965

Andrew from RVA Playlist

(30:22) The Avalanches – Frankie Sinatra

Eiron from Old Fridges Can Kill

(35:30) France Gall РPoup̩e de Cire, Poup̩e de Son

Mike from wearedust

(39:16) Love – Alone Again Or

Kymm from The Thirteenth Baby Opossum

(45:26) The Monkees – She Makes Me Laugh

Kevin from Let Me Educate You

(49:48) Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass – A Taste of Honey

Jeremy from Fingertips

(55:57) Simon & Garfunkel – The Sound of Silence

Nat from Another Aging Hipster

(59:59) The Beatles – In My Life

Rob

Do send your thanks to Nat from Another Aging Hipster for curating this episode. The next one will be made by James from Appetite for Distraction with the theme of No E’s.

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