December 15-29, 2017 – 11th Annual Christmas Music Special

Friends, the holiday season is now upon and what better way to celebrate than with our 11th annual Christmas Music Special.  It’s easy to get bored and tired of the same Christmas songs year in and year out, which why we’ve have our noses to the grindstone working hard to dig up some rare gems you won’t hear anywhere else.

On this year’s program, we turn to the world of video games for the first-time ever for some new seasonal favorites from Nights into Dreams, Super Mario 3D World, Blue Stinger, Sonic 3D Blast, Mario Kart 8, and Parasite Eve: The 3rd Birthday.  Yes, you read that right, music from a Parasite Eve game has found its way onto one of our Christmas specials.  From the new, modern art form of video games, we pivot and dabble in the art form of classic comedy from the National Lampoon.  After starting life as a successful comedy publication, the National Lampoon branched out and began a syndicated radio show in the 1970’s.  During its brief run, the National Lampoon Radio Hour gave us two Christmas specials, which we’ll share some of the best clips from.  Cold winter weather got you down?  Don’t frown, because we’ll be giving you warm vibes with a few reggae holiday songs from Yellowman.  Rounding out this year’s program, we turn the show into a drag queen Christmas, because yes, that’s totally a thing.  If you’ve watched any of RuPaul’s Drag Race, you’re likely already familiar with names such as Jackie Beat, Jinkx Monsoon, and Bob the Drag Queen.  But did you know a number of contestants from past seasons of Drag Race have come together to form the Christmas Queens?  And they have released a few, highly entertaining Christmas albums?  Don’t worry, we’ll fill you in on all that you’ve been missing.

As always, we encourage you to follow the iTunes links below to purchase these songs for yourself and add them to your collection.  We hope you this show as much as we’ve enjoyed putting it together, and we wish all of you out there a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays.

What Was Played:
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Dennis’ Nickname:

The Stocking Stuffer

October 27, 2017 – Halloween Music Special

Halloween season is upon us once again, which means that we here at The Arcade are back with our annual Halloween Music Special.  When it comes to this time of year, you always hear Thriller, Monster Mash, and the Ghostbusters theme being played everywhere you go.  Sure, they’re appropriate for the season and all, but sometimes, people are just lazy and fall back to those without a second thought.  Thankfully, we here at The Arcade are anything but lazy and have once again compiled a setlist of music you won’t hear anywhere else this Halloween.

What Was Played:
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Dennis’s Nickname:

The sexy costume

Dec. 16-Dec. 30, 2016 – 10th Annual Christmas Music Special

Around this time of year, everybody has certain traditions that they look forward to and we here at The Arcade are no different, which is why we’re proud to present to you our 10th Annual Christmas Music Special.  Yes, you read that correctly, this is our tenth time doing a special show for the holidays and in all that time, our goal of bringing you Christmas music you’ve never heard before has never changed.  If anything, we’ve learned in these past ten years that the world of Christmas music is almost endless, and the amount we get exposed to each season represents only a small fraction of what’s out there.

As tradition dictates on these shows, we start off with the Ludicrous Leadoffs, those Christmas songs that are just an extra kind of special, and this year, we have Bill Murray and George Clooney crooning, a song about a zombie Christmas, and a ridiculous parody of the overplayed song Do They Know It’s Christmas.  From there, we go to a totally unique genre with dubstep covers of classic Christmas music, before showcasing something special for our friends of the Jewish faith with a collection of songs all about Hanukkah. We end off this year’s program by bookending our Halloween music show.  If you recall, that episode began with silly hip-hop songs which were lacking in street cred.  Well, on this show, we present seasonally-appropriate songs from hip-hop artists with immense street cred, such as Snoop Doggy Dogg, Busta Rhymes, and even Eazy-E himself.  Yes, Eazy-E did a Christmas song, and yes, it’s every bit as explicit as you think it might be.  You’ve been warned.

As always, we encourage you to follow the iTunes links below to purchase these songs for yourself and add them to your collection.  We hope you this show as much as we’ve enjoyed putting it together, and we wish all of you out there a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays.

What Was Played:
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Dennis’ Nickname:

The giver of presents, the taker of souls

October 28, 2016 – Halloween Music Special

It’s Halloween 2016 and The Arcade is back with our annual Halloween Music Special to fill up your auditory pillow case with treats of a musical sort. We strive to present a variety of songs and styles on these shows, and this year is no different.  Our adventure beings with the Ludicrous Leadoffs, which this year, is built around a central theme… haunting horror hip-hop! Did you know the Crypt Keeper did a rap song in the early 90’s?  Or that Will Smith and DJ Jazzy Jeff made a song for A Nightmare on Elm Street 4? Have you ever heard Warwick Davis rap as the Leprechaun in Leprechaun V?  We’ve found all these oddities and play them for you in our opening block.  From there, we class the show up a bit and explore what the world of Creepy Classical and Spooky Symphonies for us.  The class, however, will only last so long as we have to include the obligatory heavy metal group.  What could be more Halloween than the image of blood raining down from the sky as sung by Slayer, or Peter Steele using his bass-baritone vocals to sing an ode to All Hallows Eve?  This Halloween show closes out by paying homage to some of the great musical talents who left their mortal coil and joined the afterlife this year as we’ll play seasonally appropriate selections from Motörhead, David Bowie, and Prince.  So tune in and let us be your soundtrack for this scary season.  As always, we encourage you to follow the iTunes links below to purchase these songs for yourself, to enjoy at Halloween and beyond.

What Was Played:
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Dennis’s Nickname:

The giver of chocolate, the taker of souls

October 30, 2015 – Halloween Music Special

Happy Halloween boils and ghouls! It’s time for us here at The Arcade to celebrate the season of ghosts, goblins, and candy by shelving the video game talk for one week to bring you a hearty helping of Halloween-appropriate songs on our annual Halloween Music Special! Despite what commercial radio would have you believe, there are more Halloween songs out there than Thriller and the Monster Mash, and we’ve brought some of them together on this year’s show.  Our playlist ranges all the way from Elvira to King Diamond, remixes of 90’s kids TV show themes to German power metal about a Stephen King novel, and songs from Broadway musicals to a song about the Great Old One himself, Cthulhu!  So tune in and let us be your soundtrack for this scary season.  As always, we encourage you to follow the iTunes links below to purchase these songs for yourself, to enjoy at Halloween and beyond.

What Was Played:
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Dennis’ Nickname:

The man who will avenge any child stricken with crappy, cheap candies this Halloween.

Blast From The Past:

Are You Afraid of the Dark? (TV Series / Oct. 31, 1990 – Apr. 20, 1996)

April 3, 2015 – “Easter with Al” Music Special

For this week’s episode of The Arcade, we’re doing things a bit differently.  In light of the Easter holiday weekend, we’re holding off on the video game talk and replacing it with the musical stylings of “Weird Al” Yankovic.  Yes friends, it’s time once again for our “Easter with Al” Music Special!  We’ve scoured though his catalogue to bring you songs which explore themes of food, television, and love.  Before we get to any of those, we bring you some of his rarely heard ditties in the “Obscure Originals” group.  As always, we end off the show with our Blast From The Past segment, which this week is the movie Sin City!

What Was Played:
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Dennis’ Nickname:

The man whose anger against religion is amplified by copyright infringement.

Blast From The Past:

Sin City (Movie / April 1, 2005)

December 19 & 26, 2014 – 8th Annual Christmas Music Special

Friends, it’s time once again for us here at The Arcade to celebrate the holiday season in our own special way as we present to you our 8th annual Christmas Music Special!  On the show this year, we bring you four completely unique takes on the holiday favorite, Carol of the Bells.  We also have a group of songs from unlikely Christmas crooners that is sure to surprise you, as will our always popular Ludicrous Leadoffs.  To close out the show, we dug deep and unearthed Christmas instrumental covers of AC/DC, Green Day, and Metallica.  Oh yes, they exist, and they are tremendous.  Like all of our music specials, we encourage you to click the purchase links below and add these songs to your own music collection.  As an added gift to you this week, we have two movies as Blasts From The Past which are sure to cure any seasonal blues you might be suffering.  Listen, enjoy, and all the best to you and yours from us at The Arcade.

What Was Played:
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Dennis’ Nickname:

The frantic last minute holiday shopper

Blasts From The Past:

October 31, 2014 – Halloween Music Special

Friends, this week we continue our tradition of celebrating the spooky season with devilish ditties and bewitching ballads on our Halloween Music Special!  We’ll be jumping all over the musical spectrum to bring you Halloween music that’s outside the standard offerings of Thriller and the Monster Mash.  If you’ve ever wanted to hear songs ranging from 1960’s vocal jazz, to a zombie-tribute of The Beatles, to GWAR, then you’ve come to the right place because we have all that and so much more on this special edition of The Arcade!  As always, we encourage you to follow the iTunes links below to purchase these songs for yourself, to enjoy at Halloween and beyond.

What Was Played:
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Dennis’ Nickname:

The man who is happy that the Count and the Gunslinger won’t ruin the show this year.

Blast From The Past:

Phantom of the Paradise (Movie / Oct. 31, 1974)

July 4, 2014 – Summer Music Special

Friends, this week we’ll be taking a break from our usual video game banter to bask in the warming glow of summertime with our Summer Music Special!  This year, our musical selections are based around one of four summertime themes: summer cars, summer romance, summer jobs, and summer vacation.  As always, we encourage you to click on the links below to purchase these songs from iTunes and add them to your collection.  So kickback with an ice-cold glass of your favorite drink, and enjoy this year’s Summer Music Special!

What Was Played:
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Blasts From The Past:

Dennis’s Nickname:

The man who finally fell victim to his first Summer Steam Sale

April 18, 2014 – Easter With Al Music Special

Hi friends!  We decided to celebrate this Easter weekend the only way we know how; with our third ever “Easter with Al” music special in which we play nothing but great music from the musical icon that is “Weird Al” Yankovic.  Set out another plate, because Al is coming for dinner!

What Was Played:
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Dennis’ Nickname:

The man who doesn’t fully understand the Heartbleed bug, but implores everyone to change all of their passwords and start using a password manager.

Blast From The Past:

Super Metroid (SNES / Apr. 18, 1994)

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