We've finally managed to get through the impressive pile of mix CDs we received from you loyal customers, and have come up with a short list of winners, based on the following criteria:
--First and foremost, points were given for great bar songs, that is, songs that were infectiously catchy, fun to listen to in a social setting, and could be enjoyed by a wide range of people.
--Points were taken away for music that was too experimental or brain-destroyingly grating, or music that was too stale or slow and sleep-inducing. (Luckily, there really wasn't much of this--good job, folks.)
--Finally extra points were given for mix CDs that were thoughtfully put together and that held together as a whole CD, rather than just being a collection of songs.
So here is our winner and honorable mentions, with some notes on the CDs, along with the prizes they'll receive:
Winner: Lily Rothman. Her CD was plain ol' the best collection of bar songs in the bunch. There were a lot of great songs we'd never heard before that we look forward to listening to at the bar, as well as some classics that will fill in gaps in our playlist. Every song will have toes tapping. Congratulations! Lily, you get a $20 bar tab, as well as a selection of merchandise from our cellars. Ask a bartender or e-mail us (pacificstandardbrooklyn -at- gmail.com) to set up a time to collect your prize.
Honorable Mention #1: Adam Fedock. This CD gets a "Best Theme" honorable mention because it tickled our A's-loving hearts with its A's lineup of songs. Plus, on their own they're very solid bar standards that will make excellent additions to our playlist. Adam, you get either a $20 tab or a selection of Pacific Standard merchandise (again, ask a bartender or e-mail us at pacificstandardbrooklyn -at- gmail.com to set up a time to collect your prize).
Honorable Mention #2: Sam Neely. This CD gets a "New and Exciting" honorable mention because of the eclectic variety of songs, which kept surprising and pleasing us. Sam, you get either a $20 tab or a selection of Pacific Standard merchandise (again, ask a bartender or e-mail us at pacificstandardbrooklyn -at- gmail.com to set up a time to collect your prize).
This short list of winners excludes many of the other great CDs we got, but we had to make a tough choice. In any case, all the CDs submitted will be imported into our iTunes playlist post-haste so you can hear them while enjoying a microbrew at the bar. Thank you all again for your submissions, and happy listening!