Fall's a weird season to try to predict. I feel like it's easy to hole up, throw on Joni Mitchell's "Blue" and drink coffee the whole time, wearing sweaters and scowling. Summer's over, winter's on the way.
No, I say! Fall is a season of renewal. You've got no high expectations, just crisp days full of sun, apple cider, corn mazes, time to make plans, time to execute them, long drives, time for yourself, for the people you love. This is a mix mostly for driving, but driving with people with the windows down and the cold air rushing in.
1. The World Inferno Friendship Society - Please My Favorite Don't Be Sad
Short and sweet, the World Inferno Friendship Society provide a sort of thesis to the whole mix.
2. Brook Pridemore - The Year I Get It Right
Brook Pridemore is a fellow I saw in a basement a couple of years ago, and we had a long talk about the Mountain Goats after his set. He's a great guy, and this is one of his more upbeat songs.
3. Latterman - This Basement Gives Me a Fucking Headache
Sometimes escape is the best bet, even if it's only the temporary escape offered by day trips out of the city. Roll down the windows, and drive towards the mountains, or the oceans, and sing as loud as you can. Latterman is pretty much the essential "I'm not in the best mood, but I want to be in a good mood and jump around my room and fill like I'm filled with purpose" band.
4. Andrew W. K. - The End of Our Lives
Andrew W.K. is the only person still making arena rock that matters. This is his most epic song.
5. The Weakerthans - Aside
The Weakerthans are firmly a fall band. The mix of hope and despair that permeates all of their songs is I think the perfect blend of conflicting emotions that fall seems to invoke. This is one of the best sort of hard-things-are-the-only-things-worth-doing type of tune. Also a song about being out of time, being caught between decisions. Perfect for transition seasons.
6. Queen - '39
Queen is so drastically under-appreciated outside of their singles, and this Brian May-sung tune is one of their best. Science fiction tragedy!
7. The Scorpions w/The Berlin Philharmonic - Moment of Glory
EPIC. EPIC. EPIC.
8. The Replacements - Alex Chilton
The Replacements are another mix of fucked-up hopefulness that's perfect for sweaters and long car rides.
9. Thin Lizzy - Cowboy Song
Fuck, Thin Lizzy rules.
10. Red 40 - Wish I Was a Racecar Driver
Pre-Lucero punk rock is scrappy and catchy as all get out.
11. The Riot Before - You Rock, Rock!
You gotta believe, man. You gotta.
12. Lifetime - Irony is for Suckers
This is the best Lifetime song. "Let's forget work and let's just listen to the Clash."
Short mix! Drive fast!