My Autumn Playlist

Because "Autumn" in L.A. is negligible at best, I have to live my seasons vicariously through media. I tend to make music playlists, for example, to play in my car or iPod whenever I want to feel like I'm living in some crisp, fall-like place. I do this for other seasons as well. It works fairly well, I think.

Anyway, the following is my "Autumn 2008" playlist. These songs alternate between a sort of shiftless urban malaise and a midwestern harvest-time sturdiness. It will make more sense if you hear the songs (which are mostly available for mp3 purchase, wherever you purchase your tunes).

"Cold Wind" - Arcade Fire: Songs about cold winds always strike me as quintessentially autumnal.

"Memorial" - Explosions in the Sky: Explosions in the Sky makes music that I will always associate with fall, maybe because I'll always associate them with Friday Night Lights.

"Victoria's Secret" - Quiet Village: The schmaltzy, early-80s-nighttime soap vibe of this track has a strangely nostalgic, haunting effect.

"Sonho Dourado" - Daniel Lanois: Truly one of the great instrumental treasures from Daniel "I produced The Joshua Tree" Lanois.

"Guilty Cubicles" - Broken Social Scene: Aptly used in the film Half Nelson, this song has one of the most curiously appropriate titles ever.

"Closing Scene" - The Radio Dept: A fall mix would not be complete without some neo-shoegazer lamentation from The Radio Dept!

"UK" - Burial: My second favorite song for turning up in my car when I'm driving in L.A. late at night.

"Lemon Tree" - Herb Alpert & Thievery Corporation: A truly gorgeous song I recently discovered featuring Thievery Corporation's treatment of jazz trumpeter Herb Alpert.

"Trials" - Damien Jurado: From his brand new album, this Damien Jurado track finds him sounding remarkably like Nick Drake

"Constants Are Changing" - Boards of Canada: The title says it all.

"Torn Blue Foam Couch" - Grand Archives: I highly suggest this new Sub Pop band. Very easy-listening with a touch of nostalgia.

"Rollercoaster" - M. Ward: My new favorite song from quiet alt-country folkster M. Ward.

"Too Late" - M83: My third favorite song for turning up in my car when I'm driving in L.A. late at night.

"Yardwork in November" - The Actual Tigers: I haven't heard anything from this obscure band since this song, but I really like it. Sounds kinda like Paul Simon-esque folk.

"Long Nights" - Eddie Vedder: One of many great songs from Vedder's spectacular Into the Wild soundtrack.

"Family Tree" - TV on the Radio: From their new album; a brilliant, subtle ballad from an increasingly impressive band.

"Peace of Mind" - Mindy Smith: What I listen to on stressful days.

"Ponytails" - Panda Bear: My favorite song for turning up in my car when I'm driving in L.A. late at night.

"Fljótavík" - Sigur Ros: Simple but devastating.

"Meadowlarks" - Fleet Foxes: Can't get enough of Fleet Foxes' beautiful Appalachian-inspired tunes, which are thoroughly autumnal.

"Auntie's Lock/Infinitum" - Flying Lotus: A solemn beaut from hip hop producer Steve Ellison (aka Flying Lotus).