is live, and the games are ON. Hit the image below for the full size or click here for a downloadable pdf.
The current games are on the tabs just above this post: read, listen, and vote! Voting on each game begins at 9am the day of, and closes the next day at 9am (US/Pacific time). Vote and comment on the individual games' pages. Scores are on the ticker at the top. You can also vote and get updates on twitter via @angermonsoon's feed.
We're on the championship game as of 3/30/16. All past games are available archived at the bottom of this page.
The present bracket is here [click for full size]:
THE TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE
The Final: 3/30
(7) Tracy Chapman vs (2) Jeff Buckley
Final Four [winners in bold]:
feat. guest analysis by Pam Houston and Rick Moody
3/24: (1) The Cure vs (2) Radiohead
(1) Neutral Milk Hotel vs (2) Jeff Buckley
3/25: (7) Tracy Chapman vs (1) Elliott Smith
(14) Low vs (1) Joy Division
First Round Games were 3/5-3/12/2016
Sweet Sixteen: 3/18-3/23
3/18: (1) The Cure vs (3) Tori Amos
3/23: Low vs Concrete Blonde
Second Round Games were 3/13-3/16
3/14: Neutral Milk Hotel vs New Order, James vs The Church, Ride vs Sinead O'Connor, Smashing Pumpkins vs Jeff Buckley
3/15: Elliott Smith vs Replacements, Morrissey vs Gary Jules, Kate Bush vs Nirvana, Tracy Chapman vs Eels
All matchups will be decided by popular vote, votes to be informed by discussion here or elsewhere. Songs will be paired off for 24 hours against each other, and the winner (the one with the most votes) advances.
The selection committee would like to share its criteria:
Songs selected needed to be sad (though as you can see there's quite a spectrum of sadness here) and in the orbit of the college rock/MTV 120 Minutes (or its prequels/sequels) world, and released between 1980 and 2001, with a bias toward 1985-1995.
We welcome your naysaying, griping, props, editorializing, recommendations, complaints about the committee's song choices, and other sorts of nerdery in the comments.