Snow Day Albums

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In much the same way reggae doesn't sound quite right unless it's hecka sunny out, there are certain albums I associate with different seaons. For example, SKYLARKING by XTC seems to be the perfect sonic compliment for the slow emersion from Spring into Summer. THE SPIRIT OF EDEN by Talk Talk exudes the feeling of warm Spring nights where the air is thick and lush greenery blooms ubiqutously. So, with this in mind....what albums conjure a snow-caked environment for you?

For some reason, I've always associated MOVING PICTURES by Rush as a "winter album." Maybe it has something to do with them being Canadian, but it just feels "snowy" to me. Likewise, A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE WORLD, the compilation by Gang of Four seems perfectly suited to snow-covered pavement and wintery winds whipping `round city corners. I've been repeatedly playing Neil Young's haunting score to Jim Jarmusch's "Dead Man", and its desolate tone aptly fits the concept of a wintery wasteland as well. WAR by U2, but maybe that's just because of their old penchant for fartin' around in the snow in their older videos and press shots.


Alex in NYC (vassifer), Tuesday, 18 February 2003 20:55 (seventeen years ago) link

Anything by Loren Mazzacane Connors.

hstencil, Tuesday, 18 February 2003 20:59 (seventeen years ago) link

Mojave 3, is it Music for Travelers?

Horace Mann (Horace Mann), Tuesday, 18 February 2003 21:00 (seventeen years ago) link

mark hollis - s.t.

great for late night headphone listening while walking around town.

point_misser (point_misser), Tuesday, 18 February 2003 21:04 (seventeen years ago) link

Try the B-52's first album. Something about that echoey sound always said 'winter' to me.

Neudonym, Tuesday, 18 February 2003 21:06 (seventeen years ago) link

albums I associate with the cold, probably because I shovelled snow to them a lot:

Afghan Whigs, Black Love
Fugazi, The Argument
Portishead, Portishead

and now...
Queens Of The Stone Age, Songs For The Deaf

I've shovelled to Kelly O, Def Leppard's Hysteria and GC recently, but those are usually in my walkman whether or not its snowy.

Anthony Miccio (Anthony Miccio), Tuesday, 18 February 2003 21:13 (seventeen years ago) link

They were playing Kate Bush -- The Whole Story at my local coffee shop yesterday. It seemed apropos.

Mary (Mary), Tuesday, 18 February 2003 22:04 (seventeen years ago) link

Goldfrapp--Felt Mountain, if only for the photo on the back/sleeve

oops (Oops), Tuesday, 18 February 2003 22:13 (seventeen years ago) link

Codiene - the White Birch = thunderstorms

jel -- (jel), Tuesday, 18 February 2003 22:14 (seventeen years ago) link

'Snow Days' by Trip Shakespeare!

It's coming down
Snow pains on the motor veins
Keeps your business on the ground
It's coming down
Slow day for the teacher
And her wheels are spinning now
On account of winter, Mrs. Braintree
All the roads are closed
And the stores are loot for vagabonds
It's coming down
Go home!

It's coming down
Snow lays on the chainfields
There's a blessing on the ground
It's coming down
If your lanes are crammed with children
There's a blessing on your town
On a lucky Monday, Mrs. Braintree
All your lanes are waxen silver
And the stores are loot for vagabonds
It's coming down
Go home! Go home and take a snow day, Mrs. Braintree!

Mrs. Braintree, you're a chilly northern woman
Go home from yonder bus stop
Because there's a blessing on the ground
Mrs. Braintree, it is written
When the snows come over Dixie
All the roads are closed and the stores are loot for vagabonds.

Jerry the Nipper (Jerrynipper), Tuesday, 18 February 2003 22:16 (seventeen years ago) link

The Cure - Disintegration
Hoover - The Lurid Traversal of Rte. 7
Low - Long Division

Ian Johnson, Tuesday, 18 February 2003 22:32 (seventeen years ago) link

Boris - "Kuruimizu"

A few months back, the very extended and very spacy last 2/3 or so soundtracked my car crawling through a blizzard perfectly. The repeating guitar pattern just sounds like snowfall to me for whatever reason.

Also: Disco Inferno (esp. "Footsteps in the Snow," duh)

original bgm, Wednesday, 19 February 2003 01:02 (seventeen years ago) link

slowdive's "just for a day", spinanes "strand"

electric sound of jim (electricsound), Wednesday, 19 February 2003 01:04 (seventeen years ago) link

Genesis - "Wind And Wuthering"
A quintessential winter album.

Squirrel_Police (Squirrel_Police), Wednesday, 19 February 2003 01:07 (seventeen years ago) link

saint etienne, 'too young to die'
jane siberry, 'no borders here'
cocteau twins, 'victorialand'
bruce cockburn, 'high winds white sky'
mahogany, 'dream of a modern day'

derrick (derrick), Wednesday, 19 February 2003 03:33 (seventeen years ago) link

Anything by the Handsome Family, who seem to mention snow in half their songs.
Also, the Band and for some reason a lot of old country music.
But I love listening to reggae on a snowy day too.

Jazzbo (jmcgaw), Wednesday, 19 February 2003 14:20 (seventeen years ago) link

Residents -- Eskimo. It'll put a chill in ya even in the heat of August; bundle up first.
Windy & Carl -- Antarctica. A beautiful counterpoint to action of any kind.

christoff (christoff), Wednesday, 19 February 2003 14:38 (seventeen years ago) link

Deserter's Songs by Mercury Rev for me, expecially Endlessly - those big ghostly harmonies seem made for snow for me.

And lets not forget the Xmas records - A Christmas Gift For You sounds rubbish in July.

Johnney B (Johnney B), Wednesday, 19 February 2003 15:45 (seventeen years ago) link

rem - up
low - secret name

weasel diesel (K1l14n), Wednesday, 19 February 2003 15:56 (seventeen years ago) link

Magazine: Secondhand Daylight!

matt riedl (veal), Wednesday, 19 February 2003 22:21 (seventeen years ago) link

Deserter's Songs always reminds me of fall in Upstate NY.

hstencil, Wednesday, 19 February 2003 22:22 (seventeen years ago) link

Bill Evans Trio - Sunday at the Village Vanguard
Oscar Peterson Trio - Night Train

Piano jazz for me is the winter equivalent of reggae in the summer. But it can't just be snowy. It has to be snowy in a big city.

Kenan Hebert (kenan), Wednesday, 19 February 2003 22:41 (seventeen years ago) link

Do Make Say Think - & Yet & Yet
Iron and Wine - The Creek Drank The Cradle

Chris V. (Chris V), Thursday, 20 February 2003 01:44 (seventeen years ago) link

fourteen years pass...

Piano Magic: Low Birth Weight
Isengard: Vinterskugge
Galaxie 500: Today
Drake: If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late
Kate Bush: 50 Words for Snow
The Postal Service: Give Up
Cat Power: What Would the Community Think
Blithe Field/Ricky Eat Acid: Blithe Field/Ricky Eat Acid Split
Gidge: LNLNN
John Coltrane: My Favorite Things

willem, Thursday, 8 February 2018 08:03 (two years ago) link

This one's maybe a bit too obvious, but I (still) love this on chilly, dry and sunny winter days:
Xela: For Frosty Mornings And Summer Nights

willem, Thursday, 8 February 2018 08:07 (two years ago) link

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