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-Shady

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Like a lot of people, I have a habit of associating music with the seasons. The Beastie Boys, for example, are good summer-listening music, while Dave Brubeck sounds best during the three frigid months of winter.

My favorite batch of music is what I like to refer to as “fall music.” I don’t know what it is about this music that makes it sound better during autumn, but (at least in my brain) that fact exists nonetheless.

Listed here (in no particular order) are my top ten favorite albums of fall. Some of them you’ve more than likely heard, while others might be a little more obscure. I encourage you to give all of them a listen, especially before December 21st.

If you have any of your own personal fall favorites, be sure to list them below in the comments section.

SHADY’S TOP TEN FAVORITE ALBUMS OF FALL

1. DJ Shadow “Endtroducing…”

2. Air “The Virgin Suicides: Original Motion Picture Score”

3. Moby “Play”

4. Rjd2 “Deadringer”

5. Nine Inch Nails “The Downward Spiral”

6. Radiohead “Kid A”

7. Portishead “Dummy”/”Portishead” (tie)

8. Plastikman “Consumed”

9. The Roots “Things Fall Apart”

10. Marvin Pontiac “The Legendary Marvin Pontiac”

Tricky and Tool are eleven and twelve,

-Shady

…these CDs right now.

I admit, I got burnt out on reviewing a ton of CDs every month, and I know my reviews probably reflected that sentiment. So instead of reviewing everything I receive (which, in the past, would result in a lot of “eh” reviews) I’ve decided to just publish reviews of music that I’m honestly enjoying.

If you know me, if you love me, if you trust me, check out this music for yourself.

Each artist’s name is linked to their website, so click on it to learn more.

Right now, I’m diggin’:

Luke Winslow-King “Old/New Baby” – This New Orleans-based singer/songwriter gives us Preservation Hall-recorded jazz reminiscent of Andrew Bird’s Bowl of Fire years.

Moby “Wait For Me” – Moby finally returns to his “Play” roots with this darkly lush, almost David Lynch-ian collection of tracks.

Willie Nelson “American Classics” – Willie hits up the great American songbook, featuring his take on classics like “Fly Me To The Moon,” “Ain’t Misbehavin'” and “Baby, It’s Cold Outside.”

The Budos Band “The Budos Band EP” – This six-song EP of unreleased tracks was recorded after their debut release (“The Budos Band”), but before their sophomore follow-up (“The Budos Band II”), fitting perfectly in between the two.

Lyrics Born “The Lyrics Born Variety Show: Season Pho (4!)” – A mixtape of mash-ups and remixes, and you get it all for less than five bucks! Hot!

Pax Nicholas & The Nettey Family “Na Teef Know The Road Of Teef” – Afrobeat perfection from a man who played with the Godfather of the genre: Pax Nicholas, drummer of Fela Kuti’s Africa 70, gets a solo release.

General Elektriks “Good City For Dreamers” – So far, the best album of 2009. Seriously.

KingHellBastard “Y’all Got Excuses, We Got Reasons” – What’s the best part of this rap-and-rhyme-heavy six-song EP from the Brew City Bastards? IT’S FREE! Click here to download your copy.

Codebreaker “Follow Me” – A new single from the Milwaukee-based electro-funk duo, with three remixes from The Juan Maclean, Bottin, and The Outrunners thrown in for added enjoyment!

Naomi Shelton & The Gospel Queens “What Have You Done, My Brother?” – The Alabama-bred soul chanteuse finally gets a solo album, showcasing her gruff gospel sound over a Daptone background.

Marianne Kesler “Pear In The Pink Thing” – Clearly influenced by singer/songwriter Aimee Mann, Kesler manages to offer her own unique twist to the genre.

Tom Morello & Boots Riley “Street Sweeper Social Club” – It took a little bit of time for it to grow on me, but this marriage of Rage Against the Machine and The Coup is now a welcomed addition to my library. Besides, it features Stanton Moore (Galactic) on drums!

Squirrel Nut Zippers “Lost At Sea” – In preparation for their first full-length release in nearly a decade, the Zippers offer up this, their first-ever live album, as an appetizer. If you dug ’em fifteen years ago, you’ll still dig ’em today.

More diggin’ to come,

-Shady

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Moby's "Wait For Me"

If you dig it, be sure to pick up “Wait For Me” on June 30th.

Herman Melville,

-Shady

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