Oct 6th Free For All / What's Your Favorite Cool Weather Album?

Instead of limiting comments to albums that I reviewed this week, I want to try to open things up a bit. As always, I welcome agreements and / or criticism on the reviews posted this week, but feel free to comment on albums I should be reviewing or whatever else.

The weather here is just changing to fall from the summer (which I reference in one of the reviews this week), which leads me to ask...

What's your favorite album to listen to in the fall (or whenever the weather starts getting cooler)?

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chrizow
two of my favorite autumn records:

L'Altra - "Music for a Sinking Occasion" (provided you skip track 1).

Tortoise - "s/t" - Tortoise's debut takes me to autumn every time.

Rasmus
almostcool,
Yeah, I've tried mailing them three times in a long period of time (asking what's up and wanting those t-shirts designed while bored) but never received a reply.

And yes, we hope they'll return with some of that sounds of their. Otherwise Return to from Where We Came will be etched in my consciousness for good.

Tommy
The National - Sad Songs for Dirty Lovers
Dirty Three - Whatever You Love, You Are
Ryan Adams - Heartbreaker
My Morning Jacket - At Dawn
Any ASMZ
Stars of the Lid - The Tired Sounds of...

almostcool
Responding to Rasmus below, I have no idea what's up with 1 Mile North. It's funny you mention them because I just went to their website the other day as well and saw that they hadn't updated it in a long, long time.

Unfortunately, it seems that their label site (Ba Da Bing!) is kaput as well, so your guess is as good as mine. Here's to hoping that they're only on an unannounced hiatus and they'll soon unveil another album.

patrick
yay for this question. music has the right to children has always struck me as a fall album (especially turquoise hexagon sun), so i'd have to pick that one. gus gus (their first album) and autechre's amber are both great compliments to cold weather too... khonnor also managed to capture my home state's temperature pretty well on his full-length. oh, and i can't believe nobody's mentioned the cocteau twins yet! c'mon, guys. :)

Norm
Stars of the Lid and Vladislav Delay are two of my favorite cool weather artists

Michael, Toronto
"()" Sigur Ros. Reminds me of glaciers

Moka
I could listen to Debussy's "claire de lune" all autumn...

shoeb
i live in australia and where i live,autumms (fall) are the best time of the year...walking through leaves on the ground is good fun for sure...and i think 'cold house' by hood is a cracker for the season.it's pastoral and sad...but with that glimmer of dusty hope that you want...and if yr too lazy to listen to a whole album...you can't go past 'autumnal' by arab strap...with it's lovely hairs-raised-on-back-of-neck cello melody and quiet riot guitars :)

Elwin Rijken
Well, honestly, when I think about it I don't really change my choise for music for a pecific type of season. My different types of moods (thus types of music I listen to) change in every season from day to day.
I'm thinking really hard about it, but really, I'm the kind of guy that listens to Arvo Pärt's Miserere on a hot sunny day...
Maybe I'm just wierd.
(or I sit too much at home behind the PC making movies and drawing cartoons, ignoring the weather too much; although it does get very cold in the winters here on the top floor)

Anyway, GREAT site Aaron.
And keep those reviews coming up.
Greetings Elwin

Rasmus
Well, to make this short:
1 Mile North - Minor Shadows

Btw, does anyone know if 1 Mile North are currently active with something? They did contribute to the 3-split CD on Music Fellowship for some time ago... But a new record coming out in the future? Their website hasn't been updated in ages...

And yeah, being from Finland this hyped Finnish forest folk -scene thingie is nice in the fall as well (Lau Nau and the rest)!

Josh
Hello there. The new design is great, though it takes a little getting used to, like anything new. As for ambient, I highly recommend you give a listen to an artist who calls himself "Kettel", from the Netherlands, and his album "Volleyed Iron." Available through the label U-Cover. This is ambient music at its best, and I would love to hear your comments about it in a review. Thanks and keep up the good work. Every year I highly anticipate the chance to post my top 10 albums.

Wes
As previously stated, all the ASMZ albums are fantastic as well as any Dirty Three. Hell, most of the melodic Godspeed-related bands work. I also really love Will Oldham and Smog round this time of year. And as it gets more wintery, I get pretty shoegazey.

Has anyone else heard (and I have no idea how old this is; I don't even remember when I heard it) about Will Oldham and Dirty Three recording an album together but scrapping it? If they put some time into that, I think it would pretty much be the best album ever.

Michel
Another good autumn album is George's The Magic Lantern. They've just released a new album on Pickled Egg Records (http://www.pickled-egg.co.uk/george.htm) but I've yet to hear it. "Sepia-hued melancholy" is right.

Michel
I'm currently listening to Brian Eno's The Plateaux of Mirror and it rather matches my mood and the weather (almost to the level of melodramaticism, beware!).

Fantastic work with the new site.

Teresa
oh, and i forgot ratatat- self titled

Teresa
i've begun to associate certain albums with fall. over the last couple years, these were always the albums i reached for while i was on my way to classes taking the el and since i would listen to my music on the platform i got the brunt of chicago fall weather while i was standing there.
metric- old world underground where are you now
modest mouse-the moon and anartica

Michael
Just like to say as a Scotsman living in Toronto. I really like the Constantines new album and i seen 13 and God last month who were excellent

David
Ok, so last night (saturday) it was raining pretty hard, but I decided to go for a walk. I was walking down 6th Ave (I'm in NYC) and its dark, raining, cold, and the tops of the taller buildings were blocked from view by fog and I'm listening to Yanqui U.X.O. by GS!YBE and everything just fit together. I'm not sure if this fits with the subject completly but it was a really good walk, even though I came home soaked and I'm not sure if my shoes will ever dry out.

Hunter
Do Make Say Think's '& Yet & Yet' is my favorite fall album. I also like Cowboy Junkies' 'The Trinity Session'.

Antonis
Hmm...I can't really say much regarding albums, cause I'm mostly a track-oriented listener...still I'll do my best:

* Hungry Ghosts - Alone, Alone: In the same vein like Dirty Three, but quite more melancholic (at least in this album). Australian as well!

* Perry Blake - Still Life: Amazing album and an excellent crooner-ish voice. The song "This Time Is Goodbye" is pure gold.

* Clairvoyants - Your New Boundaries: Slowcore? Sadcore? Whatever...

* Decadence - Leftovers From Another Summer: Great album of -kind of- apocalyptic folk stuff, but hard to find. If World Serpent knew about those guys, they would have made them famous in no time.

Roger Eno & Harmonia Ensemble - In A Room: Beautiful stuff...and quite melancholic as well.

Manos Hadjidakis - Gioconda's Smile: Probably the best instrumental album of the greek contemporary scene by a musical genius. Hadjidakis made a landmark with this record.

Saso - Big Group Hug
Raining Pleasure - Nostalgia
Gnac - Sevens
* Dakota Suite - Navigators Yard
* July Skies - Dreaming Of Spires
* Labradford - Mi Media Naranja
* Tuxedomoon - The Ghost Sonata
* Trespassers William - Different Stars
* Sigmatropic - Sixteen Haiku And Other Stories
* Hilmar Orn Hilmarsson - Children Of Nature
* Sylvain Chauveau - Un Autre Decembre
* The Ophelia's Garden - Blood Wedding

Damn...lots of stuff...and I didn;t even mention bands/artists like Rachel's A Silver Mt Zion, Mazzy Star, Puressence, Quigley etc

PS Congrats for your excellent ezine!

chris
although it's spring here the rain makes the season feel like autumn. colleen 'everyone alive ...', hammock 'stranded under an endless sky' and scatterings of eno align well with the mood.

:k
a great fall album (of the past 10 years) would be Ben Folds Five's <i>The Unauthorized Biography Of Reinhold Messner</i>.

hello.

andreas
paddy mcaloon "i trawl the megahertz"

michelle
its an oldie, but a goodie 'autumn sweater' by yo la tengo. also, withering by vic chestnutt. after hours by velvet underground. indian summer by the doors. oh, there's too many to choose.

Flip
Van Morrison's Moondance
Always conjures up images of a beautiful, warm Autumn evening...

"Well it's a marvelous night for a moondance
With the stars up above in your eyes
A fantabulous night to make romance
'Neath the cover of October skies"

adrian
Beth Gibbons' 'Out of Season'
Archer Prewitt 'Wilderness'

Think I'll try my GYBE and SMZ cds tonite

christophe
black forest/black sea "radiant symmetry"

Aaron
Hmm... off the top of my head.

The Dead Texan "The Dead Texan"
Alva Noto+Ryuichi Sakamoto "Insen"
Vince Guaraldi "A Charlie Brown Christmas"
Bing Crosby "Bing Sings Whilst Bregman Swings"
Junior Boys "Last Exit"
Mark Hollis "Mark Hollis"
Mileece "Formations"
Pet Shop Boys "Behaviour"
U2 "Joshua Tree (Side 2)"

Brent
yes! seefeel! quique! climactic phase!

almostcool
Wow, so many good recommendations. I'm going to have to break out a bunch of the things mentioned below this weekend as I bundle up and look for my breath in the mornings.

Yet more I would add to my list... Tom Waits ("Alice" and "Blood Money") The For Carnation (self-titled album), Colleen ("Everyone Alive Wants Answers" or "The Golden Morning Breaks"), Tape ("Milieu," "Opera"), and Tarentel ("From Bone To Satellite").

Oh, and Tulsa Drone mentioned below reminds me of Ennio Morricone, who also makes good fall music (my fave soundtracks of his are "The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly" and "The Mission"). Okay, I'll stop now for awhile...

NicholasT
Elephant Eyelash is a great album. It has been a constant in my rotation this week. Tunng - Mother's and Daughter's works great with the cooler weather.

Ryan
I'm actually enjoying the Delia & Gavin album reviewed by Aaron this week. While it's not necessarily intrinsically an autumn album, its analog synths sound nice and cool right now (and is hovering in my top 20 for 2005). Cool weather favorites of mine: Kate Bush, Cannibal Ox, John Martyn, and, of course, the aforementioned Sigur Rós.

Jason
Hood's music virtually defines "autumn" for me, especially "The Cycles Of Days And Seasons" and the aptly-titled "Rustic Houses, Forlorn Valleys". Other excellent choices include July Skies, Epic45, Insides ("Euphoria" is a vastly overlooked album), and The Clientele (I've got "The Violet Hour" in the car right now, and it's perfect).

Marshall
I'd go with Didn't it Rain by songs ohia. I've also been listening to the Tulsa Drone album a lot lately. Yet another band I probably would not have found on my own had it not been for this site.

ropo
circulatory system - don't know why but i enJOY it every autumn....

ebenoit
it always ends up being "quique" by seefeel. not a lot of records have ever affected my life quite like "quique" and it always reminds me of the fall, maybe because that is when i bought it or maybe it just feels like this season to me...

valis
Yeah, its hard to say. I went to Sigur Ros a couple weeks ago and ever since I have been pulling out all my Godspeed and Silver Mt. Zion stuff. Probably Angels of Light and Radiohead also.

almostcool
The Dirty Three and His Name Is Alive are both great choices. Oddly enough, I just listened to 'Ocean Songs' yesterday. It did indeed fit the weather nicely.

To answer my own question a little more, I tend to prefer music that's slightly downcast, but not too deeply sad. Stuff like A Silver Mt. Zion and Rachel's is great this time of year. I also think that Sigur Ros works pretty well in the fall (which perhaps they know, given the release date of their latest album).

Ah, who am I kidding, fall is my favorite time of the year. I could name 50 more albums probably...

fruitbat
Despite its more-than-obvious debt to the Beach Boys, I've found that His Name Is Alive's "Stars on E.S.P." provides an excellent soundtrack to the turning of the seasons from warm to cold. From the sleighbells in "The Bees" to the explicitly chilly lyrics in "What are You Wearing Tomorrow" and "The Sand that Holds the Lakes in Place," the album seems built around that shift from sunny exuberance to chilled solitude.

risko
dirty three 'ocean songs' has a very autumnal, super melancholic feel to it,

any album by empress is also very suitable for september nights

at the moment i'm enjoying larsen's 'play', which is totally blowing me away and restoring my faith in post-rock