I’ve had a few very polite email inquiries if there was going to be a Popnarcotic Christmas mix this year.
The short answer is “Yes.” I hope to have it available tomorrow.
The longer, more complicated answer is that I finished the mix on Thursday night, December 13th. It was full of bubbly, silly, surpassingly goofy Christmas and holiday-themed songs that really didn’t get introspective until the Pogues kicked in at the end, per tradition.
And then Friday happened. Like a whole lot of you, I was simultaneously glued to TV coverage and disgusted and despairing and depressed beyond belief at the events in Connecticut.
Not only did I not feel like posting that Christmas mix, I have to say that it almost felt inappropriate.
This year, then, I almost gave the Christmas mix a rest.
I scrapped two months of work on it on Sunday morning and started over from scratch. I must’ve been in an awful frame of mind, because I thought I’d cobbled a good mix together…and then upon listening to it Monday night, I realized that I might as well call the mix “Morrissey Presents An Existential Christmas Featuring Emily Dickinson and Ian Curtis.”
Yeah, it was pretty bleak stuff.
I took another stab at it, and I think I found a middle ground between introspection, hope, renewal, nostalgia, and, yeah, even a healthy dose of joy for the holiday season. Give me a day and I’ll share it with you.