Well, I'm about a week tardy in dispensing my annual distillation of the creme de la creme of my presentations from the year just passed. If you discount all of the temporary "Mystery Monday" entries, I shared approximately 140 titles in 2016, down a good hundred or so from say, three years ago. I'm getting more slack, and I don't reckon that 2017 will be the year I rebound, but we'll see. No less than eighteen of the 23 selections this hypothetical mix-tape involves came to market in the 1980s, illustrating just what a fertile and rewarding decade that was. I've been hip to some of the names on this roster for what seems like an eternity - the Dangtrippers, Wishniaks and The Ocean Blue, while others like the Water Walk, Grey Parade, Beef People and Gone Daddy Finch made their way onto my sonar a lot more recently.
I sequenced the music from mellow to mid tempo to decidedly heftier and freewheeling, employing a similar build up schematic that I have in years passed. There are going to be fluctuations in volume MP3 bitrates, that I didn't have the opportunity to balance out, so my apologies in advance. I've hyperlinked the artist names to take you directly to the original entries. Enjoy this veritable feast of ones and zeros, and of course, don't be a stranger.