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September 11, 2006: Tribute in Lights

Thanks to Tamar, Charlie, Stork, and Scott for helping to brainstorm the setlist.

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Artist Track Album Comments Approx. start time
Mercury Rev  Empire State   See You on the Other Side 
Interpol  NYC   Turn on the Bright Lights 
0:07:24 )
Joe Bataan  Subway Joe   Latin Funk Brother 
0:11:35 )
Jonathan Richman  Springtime in New York   Her Mystery Not of High Heels and Eye Shadow 
0:14:20 )
T. Rex  New York City   MP3    0:17:13 )
Sex Pistols  New York   Never Mind the Bollocks 
0:20:41 )
MC Shan  The Bridge   Kurtis Blow's History of Rap Vol. 3 
0:23:43 )
David Peel & the Lower East Side  Lower East Side   MP3    0:29:14 )
The Dictators  Avenue A   MP3 
0:32:20 )
Laura Cantrell  14th Street   Humming by the Flowered Vine 
0:35:56 )
Voices of East Harlem  New York Lightning   Soul Gospel 
0:39:06 )
Al Kooper  New York's My Home   Rare & Well Done    0:41:56 )
Lou Reed  Dirty Blvd.   New York 
0:44:27 )
Daddy Warbucks & Friends  NYC   "Annie" 
0:47:49 )
Archie & Edith Bunker  Those Were the Days   "All in the Family" 
0:52:36 )
The Sweet  New York Connection   Hellraisers!    1:03:06 )
King Kong  Kingdom of Kong   Kingdom of Kong 
1:06:32 )
Magnetic Fields  The Luckiest Guy on the Lower East Side   69 Love Songs 
1:09:56 )
Frank Sinatra  Autumn in New York   MP3 
1:13:42 )
Beverly Kenney  Brooklyn Love Song   MP3 
1:16:45 )
Elsa Lanchester  New York Slip   MP3    1:19:37 )
Sonic Youth  The Empty Page   Murray Street 
1:21:49 )
Simon & Garfunkel  The Only Living Boy in New York   Bridge Over Troubled Water 
1:26:07 )
John Carpenter  The 69th Street Bridge   "Escape from New York" 
1:29:56 )
Moondog  New York   Rare Material 2xCD    1:32:39 )
Hounds  Old Man in New York   Stora Popboxen Vol. 3 1967-1069    1:36:03 )
New York Dolls  Subway Train   New York Dolls 
1:38:33 )
Chandra  Subway   Transportation    1:42:48 )
James Brown  Down and Out in NYC   MP3    1:45:33 )
Suicide  Frankie Teardrop   Suicide    1:50:18 )
Run DMC  Here we Go (Live at the Funhouse)   Greatest Hits 
2:11:26 )
Kiss  Back in the New York Groove   Kiss    2:15:29 )
Harry Nilsson  I Guess the Lord Must be In NYC   Nilsson Anthology 
2:18:17 )
Pedestal  On the Subway   MP3    2:20:56 )
Petula Clark  Don't Sleep in the Subway   Petula Clark Collection 
2:23:15 )
Wendy Mae Chambers  New York, New York   Gravikords, Whirlies, & Pyrophones 
2:26:10 )
Ramones  53rd and 3rd   Ramones     
Nikki Sudden  New York   Waiting on Egypt    2:30:39 )
Peter Sellers  New York Girls   A Celebration of Sellers 
2:33:47 )
Lou Reed  Romeo Had Juliette   New York    2:36:46 )
Nico  Chelsea Girls   Chelsea Girl 
2:39:51 )
Duke Ellington  New York City Blues   The Carnegie Hall Concerts: 1947 
2:47:21 )
Joey Ramone  What a Wonderful World    
2:52:25 )
A few listener emails in response to the question: What first made you want to move to New York?
  From Listener Maria: I've got no songs to suggest, but I thought I'd share that I have often thought that I moved to New York because of the years of Sesame Street as a kid.
  From Listener Wendy: I started coming to NYC as a child during the late-1970s, when I was a wee girl. My Mom brought me to Chinatown on a regular basis, usually at night. It was a particularly scummy time for NYC, and in Chinatown, it often smelled terrible. I loved it. I liked the variety of darkness endemic to NYC - dark in a way the suburbs weren't, darker it seemed, but with lots of twinkling, buzzing, flashing lights. But no sky. All the scenes in Taxi Driver where Travis Bickle is driving in his cab at night - that kind of night. I moved to Vermont when I was 17. I liked it there. But as I navigated my way through my 20s, every time I read anything about NYC, especially anything food-related - like Russ & Daughters, Chinatown, Murray's Cheese, The 2nd Avenue Deli (RIP), I got very nostalgic. I moved here for a lot of reasons. The final reason that sent me and the U-Haul here was the knowledge that something bigger than myself, bigger than Vermont, was waiting for me here. And now I'm the Cheese Snob, taking over the world of cheese, in Manhattan and beyond. I moved here because it was the right thing to do. But that Channel 9 Million Dollar Movie thing is pretty awesome, now that you mention it.
  From Listener Jason: Another thing that attracted me to NYC was News 4 New York, especially their coverage of the West Village Halloween Parade at the end of the usual 11 o'clock broadcast on Halloween. It was the creepiest thing I had ever seen, especially being from the suburbs, but it was incredibly attractive as being the place where people were having fun and could do anything they want - bigger, rougher, and scarier than ever - and all at the same time being in as rough and scaray a city as it was in the early 80s.
  From Listener Johnny: I think of it often, it has a yellow banana on the cover: The Velvet Underground's first album was a great advertisment for me to move to NYC back in 1984. I wanted Femme Fatale to break my heart. I wanted to actually SEE what the poor girl would wear [to] all tomorrows parties. I wanted to wear tight black jeans and pointy boots and be an artist. Just like that. Simple. As far as entering the city if you come down the major degan (95?) and you see the confluence of bridges, five or seven, the harlem river parkway connnecting later to the GW bridge, there is what looks like a Roman aquaduct, even.. Where do all those bridges lead, no one knows for sure.. but I never get tired of that feeling of passing under them on the way to the island of Manhattan...
  From Listener Rebecca: Why did I move to New York? Because it was a groovy option, sort of like the Oz thing and the Million Dollar Movie thing, I guess we get to know cities through the sweet lens of the movies; all of it presented to you exactly as someone else sees New York full of music and particular lead charcters that best exemplify New York and of course, street scenes where lots is bound to be seen even by everyday folk-- though this isn't the reason I moved, it was one of the reasons that deep down made it better to move here than to stay in buffalo: the last scene of Arthur where trashy Liza Minelli walked a very pathetic and drunk [Dudley Moore] down the steps of a church and they're laughing and not looking all that together (like how other movies tried to make you think of New Yorkers as fashionable and quickwitted) then everything looked wider the way movies used to do at the end and they drive away to the song "When you get lost between the moon and New York City" a song that always used to scare me because where the hell was between the moon and New York City? And also make me sad because it was obviously a love song but it was in a minor key? Maybe. Not sure.

Either way, I liked that a lot, even as a little girl.
  From Listener Steve: Movies [like] West Side Story, Midnight Cowboy, James Bond too, for some reason, probably the glam factor.
Music [like] Miles Davis, Wes Montgomery and jazz in general, music recorded at Cafe a Go Go like Blues Project w/ Al Kooper, Lovin Spoonful w/ John Sebastian.
  From Listener Andy: Spike Lee movies.
  From Listener Jacob: I'd wanted to move to the city all my life, but I realized exactly why while listening to a late night radio show one night back in Maryland when I was in high school. The now defunct WDCU played a song which I have never heard since and which I've been unable to find despite having looked extensively, entitled "When You Leave New York You're Going Nowhere." Any chance you've heard of it? The singer sounded a bit like Joe Williams.

Listener comments!

  Tue. 9/11/07 2:17pm Chris:

I wonder if I'm the only one listening to this show today, September 11, 2007...
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