Oct 13th Free For All / What's Your Preferred Album When Feeling Down?

As with last weeks comments, I'm gonna open this open to whatever people want to talk about (the reviews I posted or whatever else).

Because it was a lot of fun, I'm also going to be asking a weekly question to sort of generate some conversation. The suggestions from last week could be turned into one heck of a cool weather mix, so I'll follow with another...

What album is your favorite to listen to when you're depressed, and why?

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Alex Fontaine
Tom Waits - Nighthawks at the Diner

(not his best, but it hits the perfect balance between humor and melancoly... drunken fun for all)

Ronnie
beatles - hard day's night
arcade fire - funeral

Rob
If I'm going to wallow in depression, I listen to any Belle & Sebastian.

If I'm trying to snap otu of my depression, then it's Ween all the way baby!

If I can't make up my mind then it's Eric's Trip.

Collin A
Paul Simon's Graceland would be my instantaneous answer.

As for this year, Architecture in Helsinki's In Case We Die makes me giddy instantly.

More generally, any classic examples of really well-produced shimmering beautiful indie rock from the last decade like You Forgot it in People or I Can Hear the Heart Beating as One.

Excellent site, by the way. I don't think I've posted here yet.

Michael
When experiencing tough times, the only cure for my blues is Pavement.

Phil
lately it has been The Silver Jews. I don't know why, but it always puts a smile on my face. Especially the new one.

Chris Loades
The Clash - Sandinista!
2 solid hours of genius, with variety that works as a true work of art. Easily their best album.

roman
kaya-bob marley,
i don't even listen to reggae but when this album is on it's impossible to frown.

J Neij
also listened a lot to Loren Mazzacane Connors lately. Pretty-sad-and-lonely-in-the-middle-of-the-night guitarmusic that makes my heart glow of warmth.
Some personal favorites among his 30+ albums:

'Arbovitae' (together w David Grubbs on piano, releaded on the great swedish Hapna-label, as are the great band Tape)
'Hells Kitchen Park'
'1987-1989 w Susanne Langille' Secretly Canadian (THE Blues)

Eric Gen
The Cure's 'Pornography' is like swimming through a swamp full of muck while fighting being sucked down by an undercurrent.

Neil
a selection to wallow in self-pity with:
ARAB STRAP – Philophobia
CODEINE – Frigid Stars LP
THE CURE – Disintegration
EARTH – Earth 2
JESU – Jesu
THOMAS KÖNER – Aubrite (but any of his would do)
NULL – Absolute Heaven
A SILVER MT. ZION – He Has Left Us Alone, But Shafts Of Light Sometimes Grace The Corner Of Our Rooms...
STARS OF THE LID – The Tired Sounds Of...

and to raise the spirits:
BARK PSYCHOSIS – Hex
BASTRO – Sing The Troubled Beast / Diablo Guapo
BOREDOMS – Soul Discharge
COCTEAU TWINS – Heaven Or Las Vegas
MILES DAVIS – Bitches Brew
EXPLOSIONS IN THE SKY – The Earth Is Not A Cold Dead Place
HUGO LARGO – Mettle
KITCHENS OF DISTINCTION – Strange Free World
LIGHTNING BOLT – Wonderful Rainbow
NEU! – Neu! 75
JIM O’ROURKE – Eureka
PIXIES – Doolittle
SHELLEYAN ORPHAN – Century Flower
STEREOLAB – Emperor Tomato Ketchup
TORTOISE – Millions Now Living Will Never Die

Teresa
i've recently have gotten a bit depressed (my boy went off to italy) and i've found myself reaching for songs:ohia (the magnolia electric co.), the gnomes (I), and neutral milk hotel (in the aeroplane over the sea)

Moka
This is out of context here but please, please, please could you make a theme about sexy songs? :)

Moka
Albums as a whole...mmmm...:
Gavin Bryars - the sinking of the titanic
The the - dusk
Nico - The end (this is cold)
Arvo Part - Alina
And your very loved, Mr. Aaron: Gorecki's 3rd.

Sam
Lately when I have been feeling down I stick on a bit of Arvo Pärt's "Cantus in memory of Benjamin Britten", it really hits the spot :)

enkel
to mention a few/

mezzanine - massive attack
dummy - portishead
strange and beautiful - aqualung
any elliott smith

Michael
While both aren't particulary gloomy, I often spin Interpol's debut 'Turn on the Bright Lights' or Calla's "Scavengers". Both usually fit my mood well when I'm feeling down.

Kudos to whoever mentioned Slowdive's "Souvlaki", though I use that one to bring me down. It's very calming.

J Neij
good autumnmusic 2005:
the new Burnt Friedman & Jaki Liebezeit 12inch feat David Sylvain is just sooo beutiful!

trenton
the wrens meadowlands. When i'm depressed i enjoy listening to music that is just as depressed as i am. All the songs are so sly and close to home.
you can't go wrong with ex girl collection

dw
what would compose me than beck's sea change metaphors of driving to the desert. or bowie's ziggy stardust motion picture soundtrack - elevating

debianuser
the god machine: last laugh ...
one of the saddest albums ever. simple music. but effective.

almostcool
Oh geez. How in the heck could I forget Gorecki's Symphony #3. I'd have to rank that up near the top of my list, actually. Totally agreed, Elwin.

Nick Drake is another great suggestion, and I'd also throw in Elliot Smith's "Either/Or." That one is pretty brutal.

Elwin
Henryk Gorecki's Symphonie of Sorrowful Songs.
Because this symphonie is about the tragedies in the world, it's so sad and beautiful at the same time.
It gives me hope.

:!k!:
depressed = GG Allin - FREAKS, FA**OTS, DRUNKS & JUNKIES

lincoln
for sad albums
carissa's wierd-ugly but honest (saddest album ever)
codeine - frigid stars
art of fighting - second storey
early day miners - placer found
slowdive - soulvaki
max richter - memoryhouse
jim yoshii pile up - homemade drugs

those are but a few...

Fredéric
A bit cliché but...

The Cure "Disentegration"

Jonathan
horribly redundant i know, but a *few* choice joy division cuts are good depression buddies, though, like i said, that is terribly redundant.

wind-up bird's "sorry i've become this monster pts 1 and 2" does the trick like few others.

as mentioned below, cat powers "the covers record." "sea of love" had me inches away from cutting the arteries in my left arm wide open.

Philip
SWANS - Public Castration Is A Good Idea because I wanna die.

Michel
Yeah, I also tend to listen to music that will plunge me to the bottom of depression. Cat Power's The Covers Record helps me out there, Julie Doiron, and of course, Low (whatever album that I remember the least at the time).

Wes
Well, mine got stolen right off the bat: I See A Darkness. I love how that album has simply no genre. Will Oldham in general is usually who I turn to. I hit Days in the Wake a lot, too.

If I want to get out of the funk quick, it's always OTC's Dusk at Cubist Castle.

andreas
when i'm feeling sad i usually listen to "it's not up to us" by byard lancaster, i love that record it has such a warm and joyful sound.

marshall
If I'm depressed, which actually isn't very often, I like something that sounds depressing and uplifting at the same time. Godspeed fits that description better than anything else in my collection. It doesn't work to throw on something totally happy sounding like Stars or Starlight Mints (even though some of their lyrics are sad, it still sounds happy).

almostcool
Thanks for suggestion regarding linking label (and artist) websites. The label website linking is something that is close to finished, and should be implemented within the next month or so. Linking artist sites is also something I want to do at some point, and will try to get done at some point down the road as well.

xoriana
Mozart's Requiem if I'm really sad, Rubber Soul if I just need a lil pick-me-up.

Antonis
And another thing, that has nothing to do with the question you put, but I forgot to mention in my last post...

Please consider offering links to official (or other than amazon.com) sites for the bands/artists you review...it would be of much help.

Antonis
Actually I rarely listen to an entire album when I'm feeling depressed...usually I play some pre-made (by me) compilations for these kind of situations. But what the heck...

When I'm feeling depressed I'm listening to stuff that will make me feel even more depressed and melancholic, till I reach the bottom...still I can't mention just one record:

* Craig Armstrong - The Space Between Us
* Bed - The Newton Plum
* Ketil Bjornstad & David Darling - The River
* Pery Blake - Still Life
* Max Richter - Memoryhouse
* Stoa - Porta VIII
* Matt Elliott - The Mess We Made
* Dreamend - As If By Ghosts...
* Current 93 - Some Soft Black Stars Seen Over London

david cloyd
no way i can give one answer. current short list:
nick drake - the way to blue
doves - some cities
sigur ros - blue alien album
maybe some jon spencer
radiohead - kid a
ligeti - ramifications
bartok - string quartets
any mozart

ropo
some old stuff, always a good pick for me if i want to stay depressed, the cure "faith", and one special song: brian eno "by the river" (danger this one is really sad, especially when you know the movie "stanza del figlio " by nanni moretti)

Tapeworm
Great question.

For me, when I am feeling sad, "Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Floating In Space" would have to be the album of choice. Sad, angry, hopeful, hopeless...it is all beautiful. Also, knowing the backstory behind the album just makes it that much better. When "Cool Waves" comes along, I can't help but be moved more than ever. Sad stuff. And I can't get enough of it.

Also should mention Sparklehorse - "It's A Wonderful Life"

almostcool
Although it's hard for me to pick an actual reason, I was a bit down last week and found myself scouring my collection for records that would either augment the mood and "speak to me" in my sad state or alternately pummel my brain with happy thoughts and cheer me up with the power of sound.

In terms of my favorite 'downer' albums, I'd have to go with Bonnie 'Prince' Billy - "I See A Darkness," but if I'm looking to get myself out of the deep blue funk, I'm gonna have to go with something silly and sing-along like "The Gay Parade" by Of Montreal.