Sunday, December 31, 2017

Pop Candy Arcade: The Songs of 2017, Pt. 3 (100-150)

And, at last, the final chunk of the alphabet. Tell me what you loved this year, link to your own lists, let me know if you've found something here you're surprised you like. And again: happy New Year!

The Spotify playlist is at the tail-end of this entry. Click through and scroll on down. 

Saturday, December 30, 2017

Pop Candy Arcade: The Songs of 2017, Pt. 2 (51-100)

And now for Round 2 in the long haul...

Pop Candy Arcade: The Songs of 2017, Pt. 1 (1-50)


Let's do this as quickly as possible, shall we? The annual mixtape is longer than ever. I keep inflating the numbers, and it seems crazy that it ever started with something as contained as a 50 track limitation. Over the years, we've moved from 50 to 100 to 125 to now, well, a 150. Believe me when I tell you that there's a discard playlist with 219 unused tracks on it. Believe me when I tell you that there are so many beloved tracks that wound up outmatched by songs on the same album. Lorde's "Green Light" (a song I like quite a lot) isn't the representative for Melodrama, for example, or "All Things Pass" didn't make the cut from the Jesus and Mary Chain's Damage and Joy, or I swapped song after song from Taylor Swift's Reputation until deciding that I just don't like a single track enough to include on the list at all (even as it's an album I've enjoyed, critics be damned). 

Instead, I'm trying to create a capsule of 2017 sounds that's true - at the end of the day - both to what I wind up listening to the most (there's a lot of work-playlist electronic on here) and to a cataloging of larger sonic trends. The list has inflated in part because it's what would be spread - on sites with real staff or for magazines - across multiple genre lists.

Here's the lot: in alphabetical order and for your binge consumption. The Spotify embed will be at the end of all the lists, and due to the size: the commentary will truly be minimal. Happy New Year.

The Spotify playlist will be posted at the conclusion of the list.

Friday, August 18, 2017

Better Late Than Never pt. 2: Top 25 of 2016

Here's another late list! This one is an alphabetized Top 25 of 2016, with absolutely no commentary for the moment. Pure list, no notes, make of it what you will. Hoping to come back to this and isolate the Top 5 for some explanation. Unlike 2015, 2016 wound up being a surprisingly solid year at the movies, and there are so many good, unusual little gems here that it's hard to believe it came down to a mixed bag like La La Land (which, I should note, almost didn't make the Top 25). More soon!




1. American Honey


2. Arrival


3. A Bigger Splash


4. Cosmos

5. Elle

6. The Fits

7. Hail, Caesar!


8. The Handmaiden


9. Hunt for the Wilderpeople


10. Jackie


11. Kubo and the Two Strings


12. La La Land


13. Lemonade

14. Little Sister


15. The Lobster

16. Love & Friendship

17. The Love Witch


18. Manchester by the Sea



19. Moana

20. Moonlight

21. The Neon Demon


22. Toni Erdmann

23. 20th Century Women

24. The Witch: A New England Folktale

25. Zootopia




Honorable Mentions: 
Things to Come, Evolution, Paterson, Aquarius, The Nice Guys, Edge of Seventeen
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