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My Fall Music by Barbecue Bros
November 12, 2008, 1:10 pm
Filed under: lists, music

So we’re a month or so into the fall, and its always been one of my favorite seasons for music. For me it’s the perfect time to listen to alt-country or post-rock, but there are many on this particular list for more nostalgic or personal reasons. Any of them are highly recommended though.

The Dismemberment Plan
Emergency & I (1999)
While not really a fall album per se, I first listened to this back in the fall of 2000 during my freshmen year of college – when I first started expanding my music boundaries. Even listening to it now, it still excites me much in the same it did 8 years ago. “You Are Invited” > “Gyroscope” > “The City” still gets me, even to this day.

Ryan Adams
Heartbreaker (2000)
Ryan Adams‘ first solo album is what I’ve always thought to be the essential music to sit in a rocking chair on a patio and drink cheap beer to on a fall evening.

When It’s Dark and It’s Summer (2001)
Despite the wrong season in the album name, opener “All of November, Most of October” sets the tone quite nicely for this collection of hazy bedroom pop.

Things We Lost in the Fire (2001)
LowThe Curtain Hits the Cast (1996)
From the quintessential slow-core band, these albums are sparse, haunting, and perfect for twilight on an October night. Do yourself a favor and listen to “Do You Know How to Waltz” from The Curtain Hits the Cast and bliss out for the next 15 minutes.

Mercury Rev
Deserter’s Songs (1998)
“Godess on the Hiway” might make the top 10 of my favorite songs of all time, and it just feels perfect for the season.

Van Morrison
Veedon Fleece (1974)
Van MorrisonAstral Weeks (1968)
Astral Weeks is a given for this season (or any) but really, any early Van the Man is great for fall listening, including Veedon Fleece.

Downward is Heavenward  (1998)
My favorite band of all time, and this is them at their shoegaze/post-hardcore/space rock peak. “I swear to God tonight it feels like snow” is the perfect lyric for the late falls months when it starts creeping towards winter temperatures.

Being There (1996)
Any great alt-country album is suitable, but I specifically remember driving to a high school weekend trip in the mountains during the changing leaves season while listening to this album.

Dirty Three
Horse Stories (1996)
Dirty Three – Whatever You Love, You Are (2000)
There’s just something about the beautiful violin sound on these albums from the aussie post-rock trio.

Explosions in the Sky
Those Who Tell the Truth Shall Die, Those Who Tell the Truth Shall Live Forever (2001)
Explosions in the SkyThe Earth Is Not a Cold Dead Place (2003)
Even before the Friday Night Lights and football connection, I found these albums from Exiplosions in the Sky to be fall weather favorites. Something about post rock just makes sense in the fall, and these are the ones I consistently go to when I need a fix.


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Do you actually have a rocking chair?

Comment by Susong

It’s a metaphorical rocking chair

Comment by twoguns

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