Enter Your Top 5 Favorites of 2016!

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Music hounds! It’s that time of year once again, when we pore over the phenomenal releases or reissues of 2016 (and there were LOTS) to select le creme de la creme.

Enter your top five favorite records with some brief descriptions, and we’ll post your musings here. Let us know about your favorite tracks also for inclusion in what’s sure to be the Awesomist Playlist Of All Time. 2016 itself may not have felt like halcyon days, but the recordings have been undoubtedly wondrous.

Entrants will also be entered for a randomly selected drawing for a Pure Pop gift certificate, so get on that keyboard clackity clack! Submit to [email protected] to share your magic.

Can’t wait to hear from you!

-Your Friends at Pure Pop

Black Friday/Record Store Day 2018

Still plenty of exclusive limited titles are available including the Phish title.  Contact us thru the website album request to inquire about availability of titles and/or purchasing online thru paypal.

Record Store Day/Black Friday is November 23

Check out twitter starting Wednesday morning, #RSDPurePop, for pricing/quantity questions.  Will start pricing stuff at 9am on Wednesday, will try to check in every hour or so.

What goes on at Black Friday/RSD at Pure Pop?

First, there are many exclusive/limited releases, for more info you can check out recordstoreday.com

Second, there is a sale on all other items in the store

10% off new vinyl/new books

15% off used vinyl/new cds/tapes/dvds/etc

20% off used cds/dvd/tapes

So how do I get my hands on my favorite RSD release?

Well, there will be a line. It won’t be as big as the main RSD in April but there is a Phish title, so expect some people. Below is a general explanation of how the day will work.

Pure Pop opens at 10am on Friday the 23rd. We will be collecting wish lists at 9am sharp – make sure to get yours in by then! If there are only a couple of releases you really want, we DO NOT recommend trying to be the first in line – it won’t make a difference if you fill out a wish list. As long as you’re here no later than 8:55am with your wishlist, you have just as much a chance as anyone else to get the one or two releases that you want. If you want 7 things really, really badly, then we suggest getting to Pure Pop early so you can be the first in line to get in. There is usually already a small line around 6:30am or so. Besides the two items on your wishlist, everything else is first come, first serve. WE DO NOT DO PRE-ORDERS OR HOLDS PRIOR TO RSD titles. This is just general nationwide RSD policy.

So, what’s a wish list? In order for us to try to get you the release you want, we have a “wish list” – you fill out up to 8 releases that you want in order of how much you want them (1 being: you’d kill to get it, 8 being: you wouldn’t be torn up if you missed it). We collect the wish lists at 9am sharp and shuffle them. Starting from the random wish list on the top of the pile, we pick out the top 2 items you wrote down that are available and hold it for you, so you’re guaranteed to get at least something on your list. BUT we cannot guarantee everyone will get their #1 and #2 choices. We have a very limited supply of RSD releases! As we go through the lists and things sell out, we move on to the #3, #4, #5 choices and so on.

Here’s an example of how the wish list works: Say we get 10 copies of the Grateful Dead vinyl. Johnny’s wish list is 20th in the pile of randomly shuffled lists and the Grateful Dead vinyl is at the top of his list. Before we get to Johnny’s list however, ten other people had the Grateful Dead on their top 2 and we put them aside for those lucky people, so we are now sold out of the Grateful Dead. Sorry Johnny, but we’ll have to move on to your number 2 and 3 on the list instead. Even though Johnny didn’t get his number 1 pick, at least he got his 2nd and 3rd! and since it was really up to pure chance, he’s not too bummed and didn’t waste time by lining up outside the store at 3am.

 

Printable wishlist here

Pure Pop tries to get as many titles as possible, but we cannot guarantee any title will be here until it arrives. We will have most of the official RSD titles when we open at 10am. Feel free to contact us about a specific item or any other issue by calling 802-658-2652 or email [email protected], twitter #RSDPurePop

See you on Friday at 9am!!!

Pure Pop YearEnders: Ryan Leamy

I found this year to be dominated by just a few albums, with very little new stuff in the mix. Despite this though, the three new artists I picked up this year made my top five list. I’m excited for next year – the return of Thrice is enough to make the entire year in music a plus! – and hopeful for some new acts revitalizing rock music.

Pure Pop YearEnders: Brendan Meryman

Hi. I’m Brendan. I fix bicycles. Here are my closing thoughts:

There was a lot of good music this year. Kurt Vile and Leon Bridges didn’t make my top five probably because I simply didn’t listen to their albums enough. Both of their albums were fantastic and deserve a lot more attention. Listen to music, have fun, and don’t forget to smile at strangers.

Pure Pop YearEnders: Mason Dixon

Thanks for reading. There was a lot of good music this year. Check out my Best of 2015 playlist if you have Spotify.

Other albums I liked:

Bedroom Eyes – Honeysuckle
Infinity Girl – Harm
Cheatahs – Mythologies
Wavves/Cloud Nothings – No Life for Me
Turnover – Peripheral Vision

Pure Pop YearEnders: Willie Strausser

2015 has been one of the best years for music in recent memory. It seems like interesting stuff is being made all across the board in every genre. After a relatively lackluster 2014, it’s been refreshing to say the least.

Honorable mentions:

Beach House – Depression Cherry
Elder – Lore
Hop Along – Painted Shut
Max Richter – Sleep
Misþyrming – Söngvar elds og óreiðu
Mgła – Exercises in Futility
Napalm Death – Apex Predator – Easy Meat
Oneohtrix Point Never – Garden of Delete

Pure Pop YearEnders: Justin Christopher Poulin

I’m Justin. I’m an analyst at Vermont Student Assistance Corporation by day, and a bartender at Four Quarters Brewing by night.

Honorable mentions this year include:
6) Tasseomancy – Palm Wine Revisited
7) Sufjan Stevens – Carrie and Lowell
8) Madaila – The Dance
9) Big Krit – It’s Better This Way
10) Father John Misty – I Love You, Honeybear
11) Deerhunter – Fading Frontier
12)Destroyer – Poison Season
13) Major Lazer – Peace Is The Mission
14) Tame Impala – Currents
15)Hop Along – Painted Shut

Bye for now.

Pure Pop YearEnders: Shawn Beaulieu

My name is Shawn. I’m a master’s candidate in biochemistry/computational biology at McGill University.

Here are some other albums I liked:

– “Platform” by Holly Herndon
– “Poison Season” by Destroyer
– “In Colour” by Jamie xx
– “Carrie & Lowell” by Sufjan Stevens
– “Viet Cong” by Viet Cong
– “Vega INTL. Night School” by Neon Indian
– “Fading Frontier” by Deerhunter
– “Natalie Prass” by Natalie Prass
– “Ivy Tripp” by Waxahatchee
– “Black Messiah” by D’Angelo and the Vanguard (technically released in 2014)
– “Last Forever” by Westkust
– “Currents” by Tame Impala
– “The Powers That B” by Death Grips
– “Abyss” by Chelsea Wolfe
– “A New Place 2 Drown” by Archy Marshall
– “Xe” by Zs
– “Never Were the Way She Was” by Colin Stetson and Sarah Neufeld
– “Blood” by Lianne La Havas
– “B4.DA.$$” by Joey Badass
– “Panda Bear Meets the Grim Reaper” by Panda Bear
– “The Things We Do To Find People Who Feel Like Us” by Beach Slang
– “Angels Rig Hook” by Amnesia Scanner
– “Mutant” by Arca
– “Painted Shut” by Hop Along
– “The Most Lamentable Tragedy” by Titus Andronicus

Pure Pop YearEnders: Annie Russell

By day, I produce All Things Considered for VPR, and at night I tell jokes. You can find me hosting a monthly show called CRINGE!, where I convince people to share their old embarrassing artwork and music.

There were a few other records that I loved this year, Beach House and Carly Rae Jepsen stand out. Also Kendrick Lamar, Grimes, and many others. Listen to them all and have a happy new year, please.