Friday Playlist: Fall Has Sprung!

"Fallen Leaves" by flickr user Cherice
Fall has sprung!  I can feel it in the air!  Well, I could...for a day or two...before it got ridiculously humid and then it rained for 3 days and then got more humid and then was really hot for an afternoon.  But I refuse to let that get me down.  Fall is right around the corner (ignoring the fact that October is hot every year on the East Coast) and I am excited.  Not excited enough to curate an actual autumn-themed playlist (saving that one for real Fall), but excited enough to put together a great playlist of some new stuff I've been enjoying lately.  I hope you enjoy it too.

The songs:
  1. Viva Voce - "Plästic Rädio"
    First track off their amazing new album.  Higher level of production and tighter songwriting than I've heard from these guys before, and all of it sounds fab.  Plus they're really nice in person!

  2. Thao & Mirah - "Eleven"
    I was never a huge Thao Nguyen fan before, possibly because she's from Virginia.  But she made a really interesting album with Mirah Zeitlyn, and it was produced by Merrill Garbus (of tUnE-YarDs), who really wasn't shy about letting her rather distinctive style seep into the duo's sound.

  3. The Antlers - "French Exit"The Antlers' latest album grew on me slowly but surely, but it's really a beautiful, tender album and shows some subtle but sure growth for this great band.  If you get the chance to see them live, don't miss it.

  4. TV On The Radio - "Will Do"
    I kind of tuned out through TVOTR's last album or so, and I think I'm not the only one. So then "Nine Types Of Light" came out earlier this year, I was definitely skeptical, and I actually wrote it off at first as a failed experiment.  But somehow over repeated listens, the songs started to open up to me in a new way, and that experiment started really working for me.  I saw them play live the other night at the Williamsburg Waterfront, and they blew me away.  They had a great mix of styles on display and the band's sense of fun really came out.  Definitely one of the better live shows I've ever seen.  This song in particular took on a whole new life for me last night - makes me wish they would release a live album.

  5. Handsome Furs - "When I Get Back"
    I go back and forth as to which Wolf Parade side project is my favorite, but I'm split pretty mcuh 50/50 between Spencer Krug's Sunset Rubdown and Dan Boeckner's Handsome Furs.  Their new album is a nice mix of electronica and good old rock and roll.

  6. Mother Mother - "The Stand"
    I've been waiting for years for these Canadians to release a new album, and now that they have, I am pleased.

  7. Wugazi - "Another Chessboxin' Argument"
    Wu-Tang Clan + Fugazi = awesome.

  8. Okkervil River - "Rider"
    I kind of feel like Okkervil River has taken over where Wilco left off several albums ago - i.e. by writing good American roots rock.  Their sound has very little in common with Wilco, but I think they're going where Wilco was headed, before Wilco took a terrible left turn into mediocrity.  The new Okkervil album is better than I expected, and has an edge to the production that wasn't there on previous efforts.

  9. Gillian Welch - "The Way It Goes"
    What can I say?  There's a new Gillian Welch album, obviously you should go buy it.

  10. Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks - "Senator"
    I'm not half the Malkmus fan that the Abstract Citizen is, but even I can tell that "Mirror Traffic" is both an excellent return to form for Malkmus & the Jicks as well as an exploration of some interesting new ground.  Elsewhere on the web, much has been made of Beck's influence as a producer on this album, so I'll leave it at this:  it's good.

  11. Portugal. The Man - "So American"
    I think their new album is their best effort in a while.  Still not quite what I know they're capable of, but really good nonetheless and definitely worth a listen.

  12. TV On The Radio - "Killer Crane"
    Yes, that concert made me like them so much I had to include another track from this album.  This isn't their typical sound, but it's really pretty and somewhat haunting and it ends up working better than it should.
What are you listening to now that Fall is (nearly) upon us?  Tell me in the comments.


    99 said...

    i am pleased to say that your playlist does not bother me, although i'll also say that tv on the radio have not put out anything that is less than essential.

    right-o about wilco/okkervil. i have seen my last wilco show. it was a few summers ago at wolf trap and i alternated between bored, annoyed and angry.

    just got new stuff from st. vincent, girls, other lives, the rapture and david wax museum. i am pleased. and EMA is a 2011 favorite...

    LoriG said...

    I second Other Lives. I'll add Givers and Y La Bamba. Oh, and that chick Lana Del Rey is all over the blogosphere, but I don't think her album is out now.