242 New York City

If we can make it here we can make it anywhere. It’s up to us and we’ve decided to make an episode of tunes that sum up possibly one of the most song encapsulated cities in the world. Anyone for a big apple??

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(0:00) Me First and the Gimme Gimmes – The Boxer

James from Appetite For Distraction

(3:52) Jesus and Mary Chain – New York City

Kev from Let Me Educate You

(7:14) Like Honey – New York

John Q.

(10:44) Cat Power – New York

Linda from Speed of Dark

(13:46) Bobby Short – I Happen to Like New York

Stuart from The Accies Blog

(18:29) Punch Brothers – New York City

Andrew from Richmond Playlist

(22:33) Serge Gainsbourg – New York USA

Tim from The Contrast Podcast

(24:55) The Brendan Hines – Miss New York

Tricia from I Sing in the Kitchen

(29:20) The Auteurs – Chinese Bakery

Robert T.

(33:04) ELO – Don’t Bring Me Down


(37:17) Babybird – The Xmas God of New York

Eiron from Old Fridges Can Kill

(42:31) Bob Dylan – Talkin’ New York

Chris from Dead Sea Apes

(46:15) Kevn Kinney – MacDougal Blues

Jeremy from Fingertips

(53:23) Ella Fitzgerald – Manhattan

Mike from wearedust

(56:38) Julian Velard – New York, I Love It When You’re Mean

The In Crowd from Learning to Share

(1:00:35) Sara Lov – New York


(1:05:49) The Lovin’ Spoonful – Summer in the City

Kymm from The Thirteenth Baby Opossum

(1:10:22) Duke Ellington – Take the ‘A’ Train

Niels from Sun in Late December

(1:14:51) Kimbra – Settle Down

Pieter from Two Tramps in Mud Time

(1:19:56) The Magnetic Fields – Luckiest Guy on the Lower East Side


This episode was curated by James from Appetite For Distraction – thanks James. The next episode is being organised by Chris from Dead Sea Apes and will have the theme of The Radio.

If you would like to take part in the podcast you’ll need to start by sending a message to our new email address, contrastians@gmail.com, and we’ll let you know what you need to do to get involved.

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Jeremy, thanks for your wonderful intro to “MacDougal Blues,” which was my 2nd choice for this theme. My older daughter introduced me to Kevn Kinney and Drivin’ and Cryin’ many many years ago, and I think they are sadly underrated. Thanks again. 🙂

this was an awesome podcast, start to finish. 🙂

You are very welcome. 🙂 And I agree with Marcy — a most excellent effort by one and all..


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Kate, what a wonderful story. It brought tears to my eyes in the morning train to work. What a way to start the day: I’m the luckiest guy. Thanks. And good luck in Pittsburgh.

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