Tonight in Seattle:  

Songs for an autumn mix

I don't know about anywhere else in the country, but autumn came late to New York this year, and now it's finally here just in time for Halloween.

So, obviously, I had to make an autumn mix. To me, autumn songs are a distinct class -- they aren't as low and pensive as a winter song, but they're still quiet, and maybe just a little more hopeful.

I made a mix that has 53 songs and so far includes (among others) Magnetic Fields, Sufjan, Death Cab, Earlimart, Sea Wolf, The Shins, Arthur & Yu, and Bright Eyes... what would YOU put on an autumn mix? suggestions are welcome!

"Booksmart Devil" by Silversun.

And I'm curious, which Bright Eyes album were you most likely to pull from?

i took Old Soul Song (or song for a new world order?) from I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning

Is it legal to make an autumn mix without Yo La Tengo's "Autumn Sweater" on it?

I think I gravitate toward autumnal music year-round: Califone, Iron & Wine, Jose Gonzalez . . . that sort of thing.

j tillman-jesses not a sleeper, me without you-carrousel, rocky votolato-goldfield, Damien Jurado-abeline, arcade fire-windowsill

dana-can you email your song list. id love to get some suggetions for my fall mixs

I'm a fan of "Songs for a Blue Guitar" when the weather changes. I also anticipate "Autumn Sweater" each Fall like I anticipate "Christmas Wrapping" by the Waitresses each Xmas season.

This Fall I've been super digging new the PJ Harvey record, "White Chald." I think that one is going to be great during the long dark winter.

i meant diana haha

Metric is my Autumn music. The smooth, jazzy-ness of it really goes with the changing of the leaves and cold. Especially "Police and the Private"...

To Kyle: Sure thing.

I wish i could get these songs that everyone is suggesting but I don't download music anymore

"Off You," by The Breeders. From "Title T/K."

There are a few Architecture in Helsinki songs that have always really reminded me of the autumn. Most of everything from Fingers Crossed (especially "The Owls Go") and "It'5" from In Case We Die. Probably some others that I forgot. A bunch of Belle and Sebastian songs are autumn sounding...most of the songs from Dear Catastrophe Waitress, "The Rollercoaster Ride" from The Boy With The Arab Strap and a few songs from Fold Your Hands Child, You Walk Like A Peasant.

Oooh, and I forgot to mention anything by Carissa's Wierd, of course! Perfectly sad stark and beautiful autumnal music...

I tend to break these out when the leaves start falling.

Kings of Convenience
Mojave 3
The Stares
The Sundays
Red House Painters (Songs For A Blue Guitar especially)
The Pacific Ocean
Scud Mountain Boys
Mark Eitzel
The Carter Family
Elliott Smith (RIP)
Galaxie 500

Yep, I got "Scissors Paper Rock" and "Get Me Away From Here, I'm Dying"

'Eve of the fall' by Black Bear / 'Indian Summer' by Beat Happening / 'Good things' by ((Sounder)) / 'Happiest Man on This Plane' by Throw Me the Statue / 'Not to Soon' by Throwing Muses / 'Slow' by My Bloody Valentine / 'Son of a Gun' by The Vaselines.. These songs are all gusts of wind that help me shed my leaves and get ready for winter.

Definitely Jose Gonzales

I seem to lean back to older times and interestingly 4AD artists.....Lately I've been craving Kristin Hersh, Dead Can Dance and Unrest

Love Spit Love

Long Winters, "Ultimatum"
Prefab Sprout, "Two Wheels Good"
The Smiths, "Hatful of Hollow"
Belle & Sebastian, "If You're Feeling Sinister" (BUY Scott Plagenhoef's 33 1/3 book on this album NOW)
Tom Waits, "Rain Dogs"
Karen Dalton, "In My Own Time"
Fred Neil, s/t
Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, "Boatman's Call"

Sera Cahoone! SO fall-tastic. I am gonna second Matthews Breeders pick, but say the whole Title TK record.

And pretty much any Neko Case song fits this bill too...and speaking of, her rarely lauded "backup" singer Kelly Hogan's solo record "Because it Feels Good" is prime for fall listening especially the track "Sugar Bowl"...

Ok, I had to think for a bit, but off the top of my head:

"True Affection" by the Blow
"Day for Night" by Matthew Sweet
"A Minor Incident" by Badly Drawn Boy
"Funeral" by Band of Horses
"Between the Moon & the Ocean" by the Bon Savants
"Let's Not Shit Ourselves" (or "Easy/Lucky/Free") by Bright Eyes
"Trailer Trash" by Modest Mouse
"In the Aeroplane Over the Sea" by Neutral Milk Hotel
"Spectacular Views" by Rilo Kiley

I'm not sure if this list is actually songs that are fall-like as much as songs that remind me of fall. Ah contextual memory!


this album is very lovely in Fall.

any fall mix should start with "We are Gonna be Friends" by the White Stripes :-D

How about mixing in a seasonal selection from the Far From Heaven days?

I'm thinking Julie London's "November Twilight", from Calendar Girl.

"walla walla" sky cries mary
"souvlaki space station" slowdive
"marlene dietrichs favorite poem" peter murphy
"gazebo" the wedding present
"kiss chase" lush
"am i wrong?" love spit love
"sometimes" james
"pantyhose and roses" echobelly
"the dark ages" bedhead
"armageddon days are here (again)" the the
"carlyn's fingers" cocteau twins
"lilies" cranes
"london can you wait?" gene
"shine on" house of love
"die geschichte einer mutter " bel canto

Band of Horses, Cave Singers, Andrew Bird, Iron & Wine, and Simon & Garfunkel are awfully satisfying for fall listening! Also the Long Winters, Death Cab, and Kings of Convenience are long time fall favorites for reals.

definitely anything by band of horses!

Safety Bricks by BSS Presents
Ibi Dreams of Pavement by Broken Social Scene
Objects of My Affection Peter Bjorn and John
ANYTHING BY ROGUE WAVE
ANYTHING BY YOUTH GROUP
The Winning Days by The Vines
ANYTHING BY MATT POND PA(Halloween, New Hampshire, etc)
Gender Bombs by The Stills
Things Are What You Make of Them by Bishop Allen
ANYTHING BY DEVENDRA BANHART
Elliott Smith, JV, Mates of State, Two Gallants, Ray Lamontagne, Bob Dylan...

and everything everyone else is listing! three imaginary girls peoples have such great taste! brilliant fall listening!

totally agreed with 21..."we are gonna be friends" should start of every autumn mix tape/cd

ooh another Stills fan! I agree about Youth Group, i can't believe I didn't think of that. you have interesting taste in fall mix, imaginary Chona ! I would've thought that Objects of My Affection was too in-your-face and loud for the fall

Also -- Kyle, if you're reading this, I need your email address so I can email you the list!

i know this is a year later, but it's almost fall again and any song from The Spill Canvas's album "sunsets and car crashes" would be great for a fall mix. especially "so much" or "the night will go as follows"

I agree with Tonika, though we are probably the only ones to read this...my own favorites:

OHIO by Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young

The First Day of My Life by Bright Eyes

There are a few Her Space Holiday, Band of Horses, Frank Sinatra Youth Group songs that I enjoy as well.

I have all these songs on my myspace player too, if ya wanna hear.

Dashboard Confessional
by Again I go unnoticed

Logan Square
Brilliant Lives

Carbon Leaf
What About Everything

Dashboard Confessional
Saints and Sailors

Jack's Mannequinn
The Mixed Tape

Dashboard Confessional
The Places You Have Come to Fear the Most

Jamisonparker
Best Mistake

Jack's Mannequinn
Dark Blue

Dashboard Confessional
screaming infidelities

Hollow by godsmack.Its not heavy like most of their stuff its very spiritual and reminds me of fall

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