New York, the city of dreams; and a musical history that is as diverse as its residents.
From Sinatra to The Wu-Tang Clan, Blondie to Simon & Garfunkel, there’s barely a genre that can’t claim some part of the city as home. Then there’s the songs inspired by the place too. Probably a good thing then that it’s also known as the city that never sleeps!
This month we will be celebrating the best music the city has to offer, with a classic New York album in full, and plenty of time for free-play, so raid your shelves and bring plenty along to spin! The only criteria – that they are somehow related to New York and you have it on vinyl.
So artists or records from there, songs inspired by the city or its residents all are welcome. We don’t like to be strict about these things!
Bart is picking up the reigns for this one and as well as playing a selection of his favourites tracks he has narrowed down the possible albums to play in full down to four.
Vote for the record your would like hear!
Billy Joel – 52nd Street
52nd Street is the sixth studio album by American singer-songwriter Billy Joel, released on Oct 12, 1978. The follow-up to his breakthrough success album, The Stranger, Joel tried to give the album a fresh sound, hiring various jazz musicians to make it feel differentiated from his previous album efforts
Charly Bliss – Young Enough
Throwing a more recent record into the mix, we have last years’ effort from the New York natives. Pitchfork had this to say: The Brooklyn band’s second record is bigger and darker, amplifying their ’80s new-wave sparkle into ecstatic triumph…
The Beastie Boys – Paul’s Boutique
The Beastie Boy’s second studio album regularly places on lists of the greatest albums of all time, and is viewed by many as a landmark album in hip hop.
The album is New York — loud, smart, & opinionated!.
The Velvet Underground – The Velvet Underground & Nico
Widely considered of the most influential records of the 60s if not all time. As Brian Eno’s is credited as saying “It only sold 30,000 copies, but everyone who bought it started a band”.
We’ll be upstairs at The Triangle (47 Bradford Rd., Shipley) from 8pm and usually wind things down around 11.30pm). An amazing range of drinks are available to purchase from downstairs and we’ll try to provide a few free Indian snacks too. Everyone is welcome, those who’ve been before and those who have never come along but keep promising themselves they will. Hope to see you there!