The NYC playlist

Something I did for In Bed With Maradona who are, at time of writing, having a New York City love-in is a 50-track Spotify playlist. Prompted by a tweet from someone who can’t get Spotify where they are, I figured I’d write a bit about it, but first here’s a track listing.

Sonic Youth – Sugar Kane
Anthony Naples – Tusk
Miss Mobile Home – Phototaxis
Interpol – Untitled
Beverly – Honey Do
Pharmakon – Bestial Burden
New York Dolls – Personality Crisis
The Strokes – New York City Cops
Swans – A Little God In My Heart
Holy Ghost! – Dumb Disco Ideas
Rob Swift – Some Laid Back Cool Shit
LCD Soundsystem – North American Scum
Willy Mason – I Got Gold
The Phenomenal Handclap Band – The Unknown Faces At Father James Park
Schizo Fun Addict – Solon
Tom Tom Club – Downtown Rockers
Friends – Va Fan Gör Du
Ramones – California Sun
Talking Heads – Once In A Lifetime
The Drums – Best Friend
Darwin Deez – You Can’t Be My Girl
Lotion – Famous Redheads
Luna – Sideshow By The Seaside
Richard Hell & The Voidoids – Blank Generation
Cults – I Can Hardly Make You Mine
Phantogram – Nothing But Trouble
Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Heads Will Roll
Scissor Sister – Comfortably Numb
The Velvet Underground – What Goes On
The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart – Higher Than The Stars
Mantronix – Got To Have Your Love
Charlie Parker – Summertime
Buddy Rich – Mexicali Noise
Grandmaster Flash – The Message
KRS-One – Sound Of Da Police
Beastie Boys – Intergalactic
Parquet Courts – Stoned And Starving
Grizzly Bear – Speak In Rounds
Bear In Heaven – The Sun And The Moon And The Stars
Hospitality – I Miss Your Bones
TV On The Radio – Caffeinated Consciousness
Diiv – How Long Have You Known
David Byrne – Dance On Vaseline
Harry Nilsson – Coconut
Kelis – Trick Me
Frankie Knuckles – Your Love
Afrika Bambaataa – Planet Rock
Mos Def ft Slick Rick – Auditorium
A Tribe Called Quest – Can I Kick It
Lou Reed – Vicious

Yeah, Frankie Knuckles. I know he made most of his music after he’d moved to Chicago, but he was a New Yorker and he was also ace, so he’s in on a) a technicality and b) because I made the rules.
No Blondie? Well, I do hate to be a cliché. And I was told 50. And you have to end these things somewhere. In hindsight, maybe I’d have ditched The Strokes or Diiv – one of whom has made a total dick of himself on Twitter this week – instead, but hey ho, decision made and I’ll stand by it.
I don’t have a problem if you stick it on shuffle, but there is some sort of order to it. Then again, I’m not expecting anyone to sit through three and a half hours in order to appreciate that. Just play it and enjoy some belting tunes from just some of New York City’s finest artists.

And if you are in a territory where Spotify isn’t available, feel free to recreate it on a streaming service of your choice and we’ll link to it from the IBWM Twitter.

And the best thing? I’ve already started on the playlist for the next IBWM assignment.

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