Fall Music

Do your music listening habits change by season? If so, I'm curious whether there are certain types of music you gravitate toward in autumn. I'd say I might be likely to listen to heavier, more substantial music in the fall, though I can't claim to have any actual data to support this hypothesis.

13 thoughts on “Fall Music”

  1. 1. Alice Coltrane Turiyasangitananda “Journey in Satchidananda” World Spirituality Classics 1: The Ecstatic Music of Alice Coltrane Turiyasangitananda
    2. Adele “River Lea” 25
    3. Venetian Snares “Hiszékeny” Rossz Csillag Alatt Született
    4. YUI “Again”* Again
    5. Aaron Dilloway “Switch” The Gag File

    6. The KLF “3am Eternal (Live at the SSL)”* The White Room
    7. Monster Magnet “Medicine” Spine of God
    8. Katy B. with Mr. Mitch “Heavy” Honey
    9. Shannon Stephens “In the Summer in the Heat”* The Breadwinner
    T. Horse Lords “Wildcat Strike” Live on WFMU's Transpacific Sound Paradise (1/31/2015)
    E. Solid Doctor “Satchitanda” How About Some More Ether: Collected Works 93-95

    4. Opening theme from season 1 of "Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood"? Is it the best open/close them from the either FMA series? Quite possibly.
    Favorite Lyric, and the closest translation to the show's subtitles as I remember them:
    "Gisei ni natta youna kanashii kao wa yamete yo
    Tsumi no saigo wa namida ja nai yo
    Zutto kurushiku seotte kimi da"

    "Stop making that sad face as though you were a victim.
    Sins don't end with tears,
    You have to carry the pain forever."

    6. The SSL is "Solid State Logic": The brand of the KLF's mixing board. The song was not performed live, but recorded in the studio with sampled crowd noise.

    9. Fitting, even for the autumnal equinox, with the 90F+ forecast. Autumn doesn't "start" until just after 3pm CST today.

  2. I don't notice my tastes/preferences changing with the seasons (Christmas excepted). I do notice that I listen to more music during the 'colder' months as I'm outside so often during Spring->Early fall.


    01. “Down By The River” – Neil YoungEveryone Knows This Is Nowhere
    02. “I’ve Got A Match” – They Might Be GiantsLincoln
    03. “Gun” – CHVRCHESThe Bones Of What You Believe
    04. “Chameleon” – Herbie HancockHead Hunters
    05. “No One Fed Me So I Stayed” – DeerhoofReveille
    06. “No Matter Where We Go” – WhitneyLight Upon The Lake
    07. “Big Fish” – Alex GRockey
    08. “We Will Rock You / Let's Go Crazy / 1999 / Baby, I'm A Star / Proud Mary / All Along The Watchtower / Best Of You / Purple Rain” – Prince Super Bowl XLI Halftime Show
    09. “Loving You” – Al GreenThe Belle Album
    10. “Do That Stuff” – ParliamentThe Clones Of Dr. Funkenstein


    1. I wouldn’t say that my tastes change all that much based on the season. Perhaps more cause for chill/slower stuff in winter months and bouncier stuff in the warmer months, but the disparity isn’t that large.

      Random thought: Belly’s Star always reminds me of autumn. Specifically the beginning of sophomore year of high school. As such, it’s a little too timeandplace-y for me pull out that often, but I’ll spin a track every now and then. A good autumn album for sure.

  4. Summer calls for more "party" music.
    Fall always had the best new album releases, so it's like the "Oscars Season" for music. And certain thing have stuck, like Pearl Jam's Vs. will always be fall.
    Winter, in addition to the holiday music, has closer, fuzzier, more intimate sounds. I just realized the song I was thinking of that epitomizes the style I was thinking of is holiday music: Sarah McLachlan's cover of Gordon Lightfoot's "Song For a Winter's Night".
    And spring has two musical seasons: thaw (which I can recognize but can't describe) and pre-summer.

  5. I spent spring & summer mostly listening to punk and rap. Fall & winter are for more goth, metal, singer/songwriter things for me. I was thinking about the season change and the first thing I reached for was Misery is a Butterly by Blonde Redhead. Others that will get pulled out of the mothballs soon: Black Heart Procession, Guts Club, R.I.P., Sonic Youth, the pAper chAse, etc.

    01. Algiers - "Animals" from The Underside of Power
    02. Two Inch Astronaut - "Colesville" from Can You Please Not Help
    03. Queens of the Stone Age - "Feet Don't Fail Me" from Villains
    04. Rudy Stone - "The Blinking Light" from The Blinking Light
    05. 21 Savage - "FaceTime" from Issa Album
    06. Playboi Carti - "Yah Mean" from Playboi Carti
    07. Great Grandpa - "NO" from Plastic Cough *
    08. Broken Social Scene - "Skyline" from Hug of Thunder
    09. Palehound - "Turning 21" from A Place I'll Always Go
    10. Bryson Tiller - "Blowing Smoke" from True to Self

    BT. Joggers - "Wicked Light Sleeper" from With a Cape and a Cane **

    * RIYL Speedy Ortiz, Weaves
    ** Not sure why I forgot about these guys, but I loooove this album. I'm sad they never did a follow up.

  6. Newbish is really starting to have a taste for music. At present, he likes just about any music we throw on (his couple of favorites are The New Pornographers and Prince). When one song ends, he pipes up "more songs!"

    I've had fun scouring my iPod for things I think he'd like. Less fun with getting halfway through a song and remembering that it's not totally kid-friendly.

    1. Pete(not you)'s favorite recently is definitely Prince. Been sticking to the earlier albums, and yeah, halfway though some of them I remember, oh yeah, gotta skip this one.

      1. Really dug the first 20 seconds of "Darling Nikki", eh?
        Is Diamonds and Pearls "earlier"? (Because maybe I could have made a better joke?)

        Looking into some D&P singles, I found this note on wikipedia:

        In the US, "Cream" hit number 1 for two weeks on the Billboard Hot 100 in November, 1991, keeping "Can't Stop This Thing We Started" by Bryan Adams from reaching the top spot.

        And all of a sudden, I'm back in the church parkinglot in 1991, sitting in my dad's pickup, listening to the end of Shadow Stevens' top 40. So it must have been a Sunday night. I think we must have been returning from a Boy Scout "Campout" (in cabins)... "Father/Son Campout", our troop called it. Cedar Point on Iowa Lake, just south of Fairmont. Maybe it was the beginning of the countdown, Shadow recounting the top-of-the-charts drama from the previous week, because it was still light out.

  7. So that new Hüsker Dü box set, Savage Young Dü, is awesome. It's streaming on NPRs First Listen. Can't wait until I can get my hands on it.

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