Sunday, January 1, 2017

Pop Candy Arcade: The 125 Songs of 2016 Mixtape

Between the two formats I believe you'll catch everything (if you're looking for it). Happy New Year.

Friday, December 30, 2016

Pop Candy Arcade Playlist: The 125 Songs of 2016, 101-125

We've reached the end of this list, and while the contents have managed to stay mostly stable for most of the posting this week, there has still been a fair amount of shuffling and indecision on my end. This whole thing is an exercise in a kind of pointless obsession, building up something that will mostly be for my own records that I can go back to time and again and listen to and track my own tastes and the shifts in sounds and larger music trends. Much has changed between my first list (in 2009) and now. Bands and artists have all but disappeared, songs were included that I would never think to put in now, and it's obvious that each year since then I've devoted a little more time to actually tracking down new music, collecting it throughout the year, and trying things beyond initial first impressions.

All that's to say, I'm still making these for myself, but I hope that the readers who browse through them enjoy doing so and that you find a song or two that you might not have heard but wind up liking.  The playlist itself is still to come, but here's the final section of this bloated list...

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Pop Candy Arcade Playlist: The 125 Songs of 2016, 76-100

Let's try getting one of these out during daylight hours, shall we? This is the penultimate chapter of the annual year-end list, and I'm hoping not to have anymore moments of sudden correction between today and tomorrow.  In the meantime, I continue to seat the newcomers next to the veterans, the bubblegum next to electronic discord and distorted guitars, the questionable next to the obvious.

Beginning with...

Pop Candy Arcade Playlist: The 125 Songs of 2016, 51-75

Guess what? I'm afraid that in this section of the list, we are going to have to succumb to some inevitable housekeeping. Namely: the problem with making this thing mostly sort-of alphabetical has occurred. Specifically: I was listening to some of the songs from later on down the line in the car today and I was like, really? Do I want this on here? Why did I take this other thing off? Surely that thing was better than this thing? Even more specifically: I am giving in to the Fifth Harmony exclusion you likely didn't notice in the last post. I have moved them on and off the list so many times that at this point it almost feels like the thing deserves to be there just for constantly showing up. You win, Fifth Harmony. You win.

Here we go. Part III. Late additions first.

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