Autumn Playlist

It’s a surprisingly cool, rainy day in Los Angeles, and fall is in the air. Which means it’s time for my annual autumn playlist–a collection of songs that have been receiving heavy play on my iTunes library this season. The following are songs that are quiet, longing, nostalgic, and unsettled. That is, they are songs that feel appropriate for fall. What are your picks for autumn?

Belle & Sebastian – “I Want the World to Stop”
Animal Collective – “On a Highway”
Ryan Adams – “Please Do Not Let Me Go”
Joanna Newsom – “On a Good Day”
The Radio Dept. – “The Time Around”
Mindy Smith – “Tennessee”
Nick Drake – “From the Morning”
Rilo Kiley – “Silver Lining”
The Walkmen – “Stranded”
Audra Mae – “The River”
Mumford & Sons – “Timshel”
Susan Enan – “Moonlight”
Claire Holley – “Innisfree”
Over the Rhine – “Lucy”
Hem – “Strays”
The Wailin’ Jennies – “Heaven When We’re Home”
Ride – “Vapour Trail”
R.E.M. – “Airportman”
Yo La Tengo – “I Feel Like Going Home”
Jonsi – “Hengilas”

8 responses to “Autumn Playlist

  1. Love “Vapour Trail!”

  2. Nick Drake and B&S are autumnal staples for me. What do you think of ‘Write About Love’?

  3. Caveat: I have an aversion to most ‘indie’ music, although I enjoy your blog very much and don’t mean to offend when I say Nick Drake, Joanna Newsom, and The Walkmen are definitely not my thing (but I love Yo La Tengo and B&S so who knows?). Anyways, here are some of my autumn bands:
    Bob Dylan
    The Byrds
    Flying Burrito Brothers
    Hank Williams Sr.
    The Hollies
    Iris DeMent
    The Left Banke
    Leonard Cohen
    The Long Ryders
    Loudon Wainwright
    Magnetic Fields
    Neil Young
    Procol Harum
    Screaming Trees
    Twilight Sad
    Velvet Underground
    10,000 Maniacs


  4. Cat Power- “Metal Heart”
    Rilo Kiley- “The Good That Won’t Come Out”
    Blonde Redhead- “Misery Is A Butterfly”
    Sia- “Lullaby”
    Bon Iver- “Rosyln”
    Arcade Fire- “Cold Wind”

  5. Midsummer – Wilderness
    Wilco – Pieholden Suite
    bloodthirsty butchers – Goblin
    Hum – Apollo
    Justin King – Paris Morning
    KAREN – Birds And Train
    Luminous Orange – Autumn Song
    M83 – Fields, Shorelines and Hunters
    advantage Lucy – Red Bicycle
    Mew – Tricks of the Trade
    The Smiths – Cemetery Gates
    Syrup 16g – Kami no Karma
    Thrice – In Exile
    Ling Tosite Sigure – Illusion Is Mine

  6. do you take those little pictures yourself? the ones that are cropped into rectangles.

  7. The Arcade Fire — Keep the Car Running
    The Be Good Tanyas — Ootischenia
    Crooked Still — Orphan Girl
    Death Cab for Cutie — just…all of Death Cab
    Feist — Brandy Alexander
    The Frames — Lay Me Down
    Gomez — all of “A New Tide”
    Iron & Wine — My Lady’s House
    Jon Foreman — Equally Skilled
    Laura Marling — Rambling Man
    Nickel Creek — Why Should the Fire Die?
    The Postal Service — Nothing Better
    Ray LaMontagne — Winter Birds
    Sufjan Stevens — Decatur
    Vampire Weekend — Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa
    The Wailin’ Jennys — Apocalypse Lullaby

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