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Sunday, May 08, 2005
 

Listen To This Playlist #1: NYC

Listen to this Playlist is a new regular irregular feature at Freeway Jam, in conjunction with Rhapsody Radish. Here, we'll look at playlists of an offbeat nature, on a variety of themes. Then, you can go listen to the playlist over at Rhapsody Radish, for the full experience.

Listen To This Playlist #1: NYC

All songs with "NYC" as its title:

1. Interpol: NYC
Interpol: Interpol (2002)
Formed in New York City in 1998, Interpol has released two solid albums of shiny post-punk often compared to Joy Division and the Chameleons, the most recent of which, Antics in 2004, was a bona fide hit at #15. They got a good break in 2001 when they appeared on John Peel's radio show during a brief tour of the U.K. "NYC" is from their 2002 debut, Interpol, and is considered by many to be their best song.

2. Steve Earle: N.Y.C.
Steve Earle: El Corazon (1997)
Maverick country-rock or rock-country (he can wear both hats) singer/guitarist Steve Earle is best known for his rootsy songs like "Copperhead Road" and "Guitar Town". His discography stretches back to 1983; his breakthrough came in 1986 with the album Guitar Town. "N.Y.C." is one of the better tracks from El Corazon, recorded in 1997 a couple of years after Earle had recovered from heroin addiction.

3. The Golden Republic: NYC
The Golden Republic: The Golden Republic (2005)
The Golden Republic, from Lawrence, KS, is an indie band with glam influences, and dance punk rhythms. Their debut was released in 2005, on the Astralworks label. Singer Ben Grimes sings in an affected voice that has been compared to Brandon Flowers of the Killers. Their sound also features an organ; rare enough these days to be noteworthy. "NYC" is from their debut, The Golden Republic.

4. Bryan Ferry: N.Y.C.
Bryan Ferry: Mamouna (1994)
Known for both his years as leader of the cinematic English art-rock group Roxy Music, and for his own solo career, which centered more on lush crooners, Bryan Ferry has been active in music since the late 60's. "N.Y.C." is from his 1994 album Mamouna, notable for the participation of Brian Eno for the first time since he split from Roxy Music in 1973. The album was produced by Robin Trower.

5. The Mayflies USA: NYC
The Mayflies USA: Summertown (1999)
The Mayflies USA (there is no Mayflies UK) come from the fertile Chapel Hill, NC scene, and released their debut in 1997. They specialize in a power-pop inflected jangle pop often thought to be extinct; it strongly recalls the dB's and Big Star. "NYC" is from their 1999 release, Summertown, and was produced by the dB's Chris Stamey. Their best album is Walking in a Straight Line, from 2002.

6. Greg Williams: N.Y.C.
Greg Williams: Asia Maya Zen
Greg Williams is an actor/musician who had bit parts in Men In Black and Best of the Best. His lone solo recording as a musician (he plays drums) is Asia Maya Zen, a jazz-inflected roots rock recording on Orchard records, which includes "N.Y.C.". He also was a member of late 90's-early 00's heartland rock group Nineteen Wheels.

7. The LemonLimeLights: NYC
The LemonLimeLights: If I Ever Get Back - Songs of the Eastbanian Diaspora (2004)
This odd band consists of a lineup of cello, accordion, clarinet, bass, and drums. Their debut album, If I Ever Get Back - Songs of the Eastbanian Diaspora, which contains "NYC" was released in 2004 by the CD Baby label. Fairly unclassifiable, they play a post-indie punk blended with waltz and tango.


8. Penner MacKay: N.Y.C.
Penner MacKay: Rhythm Dust (2001)
A professional drummer for more than thirty years, Penner MacKay not only plays drums, he plays drums he made out of wine and whiskey barrels. MacKay derived his inspiration from Mickey Hart's book "Drumming at the Edge of Magic" and released a drum solo album, Rhythm Dust in 2001 on his own label, which includes "N.Y.C."

9. Neal Schon: NYC
Neal Schon: ELectric World (1997)
Guitarist Neal Schon is best remembered as Journey's founder and long-term guitarist; before Journey, he and Gregg Rolie had been in Santana. After Journey broke up, Schon worked with Carlos Santana again, and his 1997 sophomore solo disc Electric World is a fusion album not unlike Carlos Santana's own work, only on a much smaller scale.

10. Budda-Bang!: NYC
Budda-Bang!: sonic-decayed (2000)
Led by slide guitarist Jefe Sativa, Badda-Bang!'s sonic-decayed album, released in 2000, is full of spacey reverb-laden effects and atmospherics, with a big bass and somewhat mutant garage-band vibe, very hallucinatory atmospherics. "NYC" is present on sonic-decayed, which received a very limited release.

11. Kevlar: NYC
Kevlar: Sky High (2003)
Rapper Kevlar hails from Brooklyn, and released his debut, Sky High in 2003. Originally a member of a trio called The Black Casba, Kevlar remained with his label after the group disbanded, and has since released two albums. Sky High is his first, and contains "NYC". His second album, Independance Day, was released in 2004.

12. Dibiase: NYC
Dibiase: Dibiase, Vol. 1 (2000)
New York rapper Dibiase has only released one album, the optimistically titled Dibiase, Vol. 1 in 2000 on Orchard. Somewhat in a similar vein to Nas and LL Cool J, Dibiase raps mostly about Dibiase. "NYC" is one of the tracks on this disc, which sold poorly.


Listen to this playlist at Rhapsody Radish
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