277 Festive Fifty 2017 (part 2)

Like a middle child, this episode of the podcast will be keeping the peace between the coolest tunes at the start of the list and the popular ones we will hear next time. Nevertheless it is filled to the brim with some of the best music released last year. Listening hats on, it’s time to carry on counting down!

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Playlist:

33 Archaique Smile – Faraway Salvation

John Q

32 Jens Lekman – How We Met, The Long Version

Katy

31 Juana Molina – Sin Dones

Chris from Dead Sea Apes

30 Tourist – We Stayed Up All Night

Linda from Speed of Dark

29 Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit – If We Were Vampires

Rick

28 Diet Cig – Sixteen

Ram from Dying Note

27 Tashaki Miyaki – Get It Right

John Q

26 Halsey – 100 Letters

Andy from RVA Playlist

25 Kendrick Lamar – DNA

James from Appetite For Distraction

24 MGMT – Little Dark Age

Linda from Speed of Dark

23 The Horrors – Something to Remember Me By

Robert Todd

22 Neil Finn – More Than One of You

Nat from Another Aging Hipster

21 Jeremy Messersmith – Everybody Gets a Kitten

Kev from Let Me Educate You

20 Halsey – Alone

Andy from RVA Playlist

19 Rolling Blackouts Coast Fever – French Press

Shaun from Cold Citrus

18 Sleaford Mods – BHS

Stuart from The Accies Blog

17 The Regrettes – Seashore

Kathy

276 Festive Fifty 2017 (part 1)

Thanks as always to the extraordinary efforts of James from Appetite For Distraction we will be exploring the best music of the last year over the next three episodes. Get some figgy pudding and get listening!

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Playlist:

50 Cat Pierce – Hard to Be a Woman

Andy from RVA Playlist

49 Diet Cig – Tummy Ache

James from Appetite For Distraction

48 Jessie Ware – Midnight

Marc

47 Meursault – Klopfgeist

Shaun from Cold Citrus

46 Flyte – Victoria Falls

Stuart from The Accies Blog

45 Tash Sultana – Jungle

Rick

44 The Luxembourg Signal – Blue Field

John Q

43 Hamish Hawk – Goldenacre

Kathy

42 Kesha – Bastards

Katy

41 Dutch Uncles – Big Balloon

Chris from Dead Sea Apes

40 Temples – I Want to Be Your Mirror

Linda from Speed of Dark

39 P.O.S – Faded

James from Appetite For Distraction

38 Flyte – Faithless

Stuart from The Accies Blog

37 Everything Everything – Desire

Robert Todd

36 Audiolepsia – Rachel

Rick

35 HAIM – Want You Back

Katy

34 Josh Ritter featuring Bob Weir – When Will I Be Changed

Nat from Another Aging Hipster

Come back soon for part two!

275 The Best of Part Ones

What happens when you take something that is already pretty good then distill it into something new? I think that’s what this episode is about, but James from Appetite For Distraction is the best person to explain. Have a listen and he’ll tell you the whole story.

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Playlist:

16 Ida Maria – Oh My God (2008)

Doug from Off Your Radar

15 Gorillaz – Stylo (2010)

Kathy

14 Meursault – Settling (2012)

James from Appetite For Distraction

13 Chvrches – Bury It (2015)

Bella from Let Me Educate You

12 Alvvays – Archie, Marry Me (2014)

Kathy

11 The Head and the Heart – Shake (2013)

Marc

10 Field Music – Measure (2010)

Robert Todd

9 Radiohead – Bodysnatchers (2008)

Linda from Speed of Dark

8 The Pains of Being Pure at Heart – Heart in Your Heartbreak (2011)

Nat from Another Aging Hipster

7 Kendrick Lamar – King Kunte (2015)

Kev from Let Me Educate You

6 Josh Ritter – Right Moves (2007)

James from Appetite For Distraction

5 Half Man Half Biscuit – Totnes Bickering Fair (2008)

John Q

4 Radiohead – Reckoner (2008)

Marc

3 David Bowie – Where are We Now? (2013)

Chris from Dead Sea Apes

2 Lucy Dacus – I Don’t Want to Be Funny Anymore (2016)

Doug from Off Your Radar

1 The Arcade Fire – We Used to Wait (2010)

Tricia from I Sing In the Kitchen

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274 There’s more to life than books (volume 2)

Am I the only one who likes the smell of a new podcast? A long time ago we made an episode where we picked a book and a song to go with it. Thanks to Andrew from RVA Playlist we are doing it again.

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Playlist:

(0:00) Summer Camp – Pink Summer

Andrew from RVA Playlist

(05:36) Blonde Redhead – Maddening Cloud

Jeremy from Fingertips

(10:28) Fred Katz – Four, Five, Six

The In Crowd from Learning to Share

(19:28) Bang Bang Machine – Geek Love

John Q

(29:50) The Rolling Stones – Honky Tonk Woman

James from Appetite For Distraction

(34:33) MayMay – Black Train

Tim from The Contrast Podcast

(39:21) Klaxons – Future Memories

Linda from Speed of Dark

(45:03) Soundgarden – 665

Niels from Sun in Late December

(48:53) Bruce Springsteen – The Ghost of Tom Joad

Kev from Let Me Educate You

(55:05) Shivaree – Goodnight Moon

Andrew from RVA Playlist

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273 Spire Moist Traps

If you are looking for answers then you should probably go elsewhere. If you are looking for a podcast in the true tradition of contrast on which this fine show was founded, then you are in the right place.

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Playlist:

(00:00) theaudience – Une Pessimiste N’est Jamais Decu

Tim from The Contrast Podcast

(04:14) Dada – Dim

Jeremy from Fingertips

(10:36) Public Image Ltd. – Fodderstompf

FiL

(19:04) Negativland – Richard Nixon Died Today

Marcy

(21:56) People – The Lyrics Are Simultaneously About How The Song Starts And What The Lyrics Are About

Chris from Dead Sea Apes

(26:55) Wire – Kidney Bingos

Robert

(31:24) David Bowie – Please Mr. Gravedigger

Mike from wearedust

(34:08) Ace of Base – The Sign

James from Appetite For Distraction

(38:06) Mr Weebl – Magical Trevor

Andrew from RVA Playlist

(41:36) The B-52s – Mesopotamia

Tricia from I Sing in the Kitchen

(47:10) Sergei Leiferkus – Doubt

Niels from Sun in Late December

(53:25) Kurt Schwitters (Eberhard Blum, voice) – Ursonate: 1. Rondo

The In Crowd from I’m Learning to Share

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272 Acapella

No instruments? No problem. This time the contrast podcast is stacked to the ceiling with songs where the voice is king …. or queen … or both.

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Playlist:

(0:00) The Housemartins – Caravan Of Love

Chris from Dead Sea Apes

(8:16) Rockapella & The Persuasions – My Home

James from Appetite For Distraction

(14:37) Björk – Triumph Of A Heart

Jeremy from Fingertips

(20:28) The King’s Singers – Fair Phylis I Saw Sitting All Alone

Mike from wearedust

(22:10) Screaming Divas – Baba O’Reilly

The In Crowd from I’m Learning to Share

(27:42) June Tabor – The Band Played Waltzing Matilda

John Q

(34:20) The Beach Boys – I Just Wasn’t Made For These Times

Niels from Sun in Late December

(39:14) Chris T-T – The M1 song

Kathy

(44:07) Soar Throats – Breezeblocks

Tricia from I Sing in the Kitchen

(50:29) The Flying Pickets – Only You

Tim from The Contrast Podcast

(55:14) The Maccabeats – The Sound Of Silence

Andrew from RVA Playlist

(58:47) Vienna Teng – The Hymn of Acxiom

Eiron from Old Fridges Can Kill

(1:04:04) Sheila Stewart – Blue Bleezing Blind Drunk

Kev from Let Me Educate You

(1:06:11) Take 6 – Mary

Rick

(1:12:26) Petra Haden – Don’t Stop Believin’

Linda from Speed of Dark

This episode was curated by Chris from Dead Sea Apes … I guess we should ‘sing’ his praises? 🙂

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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.

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