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on 2 Nov 2010 06:30

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Music for colder temps

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Secrets of Elena's Tomb EP
A short collection of very mellow songs...sounds like the aftermath of a great party, where everyone's exhausted/hungover and trying to recover.

Worlds Apart
A great album any time of the year, but I find myself reaching for it more often during the fall for some reason.

So Divided
All the songs on this album have a common theme of loss, regret, and a lament for better times. If that's not wintry, I don't know what is.
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Average listal rating (139 ratings) 6.2  IMDB Rating
2. AFI
Sing the Sorrow
The pinnacle of AFI's goth-punk output, this one's perfect for fall especially.
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Average listal rating (8 ratings) 7.3  IMDB Rating
3. The Airborne Toxic Event
Their self-titled debut album is full of break-up songs and therefore perfect for the fall/winter seasons. It's an album that's really grown on me, so much that I listen to it on a regular basis year-round. Looking forward to their next one.
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4. Fiona Apple
Tidal and When the Pawn...
Miz Apple's deep, breathy vocals match the colder weather perfectly, and the break-up songs and bluesy melodies on these 2 albums are well-suited for fall/winter.
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Average listal rating (74 ratings) 6.9  IMDB Rating
5. Bauhaus
The godfathers of goth are definitely a band to listen to when it gets cold out. Pick any album and you're set.
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Average listal rating (14 ratings) 8.4  IMDB Rating
6. Between The Buried And Me
I find I appreciate BTBAM's experimental weirdness the most during the winter. They're not for everyone, as their songs can run over 10 minutes long with all kinds of dynamic shifts, but there's just something very cold in their sound.
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So many break-up songs, and the majority of their music is very dark and moody.
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8. Johnny Cash
I can listen to Cash year-round, but I find that I want to listen to him more during colder days & nights. The American Recordings albums are especially well-suited to fall/winter since they were recorded during the last years of his life.
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9. Cat Power
Chan Marshall's voice and her bluesier songs have kept me warm on many cold nights.
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Average listal rating (16 ratings) 8.3  IMDB Rating
10. Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds
Another band that's great year-round, but I listen to them more often when it's colder out.
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Average listal rating (9 ratings) 5.2  IMDB Rating
11. Cave in
Jupiter and Tides of Tomorrow EP
On these releases, Cave In let go of their metal side and ventured into space-rock territory. I like these best of all their material, and the sonic textures contained within sound best in winter.
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Average listal rating (12 ratings) 6.8  IMDB Rating
12. Clinic
Walking With Thee
Evidence:
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13. Cold War Kids
Bluesy rock perfectly suited for colder weather. Both of their albums are pure perfection, so you can't go wrong with either one.
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14. The Cure
This should require no explanations.
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15. Deftones
White Pony
I listen to this a LOT to keep me warm when I need it. It's such a weird, dark album and the best they've ever recorded.
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16. Echo & The Bunnymen
Again, goth-ish bands simply sound better this time of year.
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Average listal rating (80 ratings) 6.7  IMDB Rating
17. Eels
So many bluesy, heartbreaking songs to choose from, all turned into beautiful melodies. E's voice sounds like autumn.
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18. Gnarls Barkley
St. Elsewhere
Lots of darkness in this album, and Cee-Lo's vocals are full of sadness.
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19. Gorillaz
Still haven't got into Plastic Beach, but their other albums are definitely dark and mellow enough for wintry times and colder climes.
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20. Joy Division
Dark, depressing, goth-ish, and Ian Curtis's deep haunting vocals add to it all.
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21. Liars
Another year-round favorite, but I listen to them the most when it gets cold out. I especially recommend They Were Wrong, So We Drowned.
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22. Life of Agony
Ugly is full of pain, regret, and misery. Keith Caputo's deep dark vocals fit in among much of this list.
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Average listal rating (8 ratings) 7.3  IMDB Rating
23. Mewithoutyou
B] Life
Break-up songs, lots of darkness

Catch for Us the Foxes
The whole album plays like an autumn day
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24. Murder By Death
Adam Turla's vocals are reminiscent of Johnny Cash, and MBD's music largely falls on the darker, moodier side. I think they're sonically similar to The Black Heart Procession and Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds.
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25. Nine Inch Nails
The Fragile, Still, and Ghosts I-IV
...all of which have the bulk of NIN's instrumental output, which is perfect mood music for colder weather.
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26. A Perfect Circle
Dark, moody, atmospheric
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Average listal rating (404 ratings) 7.4  IMDB Rating
27. Placebo
Also dark, moody, atmospheric. I rarely listen to Placebo when it's not cold out.
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28. Plexi
Sonically similar to Placebo, with enough use of feedback to make Jesus & Mary Chain proud.
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29. Portishead
This one should require no explanation as well.
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30. Sisters Of Mercy
Dark, goth-ish, etc.
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Average listal rating (42 ratings) 6.2  IMDB Rating
31. Skinny Puppy
SP's sound is all about being cold.
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Average listal rating (7 ratings) 8.6  IMDB Rating
32. Sleepytime Gorilla Museum
They're simply too dark and weird to suit any other time of year.
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33. Stabbing Westward
Industrial-ish band whose albums were full of break-up songs. I recommend any of them except their self-titled release, which is complete crap.
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34. The Tear Garden
There's a member of Skinny Puppy involved, which should partially explain it. All their songs are very dark.
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35. Thursday
Full Collapse and War All the Time
Their best albums, which are great any time of year but sound even better on cold days.
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36. Type O Negative
Dark, goth-ish, depressing lyrics...perfect for fall or winter.

I listen to their song "Red Water (Christmas Mourning)" every December 25th.
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37. Vaux
Beyond Virtue, Beyond Vice
Take At the Drive-In and multiply them by Marilyn Manson's best songs and this is what you might get. It was the band's swan song, and every song drips with pain, sadness, and lament.
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38. The White Stripes
Blues blues blues
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39. Hank Williams
One of the saddest voices in music, period. His lyrics are often heartbreaking, and his whining moan drove the feeling home.
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As the weather grows colder, I thought I'd make a list of bands that I have a stronger desire to listen to during the colder days & nights than any other time of year. If no specific albums are listed under an artist, that means their entire musical output falls under the theme.

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Comments

Posted: 3 years, 10 months ago at Nov 2 23:42
wait for it...wait for it...ah-ha! There's Portishead! Great list, great idea. Very well done sir.
Posted: 3 years, 10 months ago at Nov 3 18:32
Thank you my friend.
Posted: 3 years, 9 months ago at Dec 2 16:15
Awesome list idea, never thought of something like this hahaha
Posted: 2 years, 2 months ago at Jun 17 6:48
A Perfect Circle's cover of "Imagine" is haunting.

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