Fall rules. From the pumpkins to the turkeys to the cider to the utter sadness that fills your heart when you listen to that certain song (whoa, that got dark quick). To celebrate PropertyOfZack’s favorite season, we’re launching a new Essential Fall Listening Discussion filled with TeamPOZ’s favorite albums for this season. Check out our guide, listen along, and feel free to reblog with your favorite fall records!
Brand New - Deja Entendu
While Brand New’s Deja Entendu may have arrived in the summer of 2003 it wouldn’t be for another two autumns that the album’s place as a “fall classic” in my eyes would take center stage. I had listened to the album numerous times in those two years and memorized it well but I never put purpose behind the words and how it meant to someone like me. Driving home after an exhausting day of selling retail (what any 17 year old does in high school) the car ride home was dreary and the rain was pouring. As “Okay I Believe You, but My Tommy Gun Don’t” began to play over the very wet October evening, I knew this was the time of year for such a moody and melancholy record when feelings felt mutual with the atmosphere. “Play Crack the Sky” even now is my go to for nights that slowly descend into very cold temperatures, something that considering current weather patterns, doesn’t always occur but it doesn’t matter. - Jason Stives
The Gaslight Anthem - The ‘59 Sound
While it’s perfectly reasonable to say that any Gaslight Anthem album is perfect for any season, there’s a particular feeling that will come over you when listening to The 59 Sound this fall. With so many of the songs dealing with the agony of lost love and the pain of looking back on better times, the album is perfect for anyone moving into a new phase of life, be it a new school, going to college, or facing the real world for the first time, The Gaslight Anthem’s sophomore full-length is the perfect companion through times of hardship or change, and when the leaves start changing and falling from the trees, that soaring chorus of “Great Expectations” takes on a whole new meaning. Sure, you probably just spent all summer listening to Handwritten up and down the highway this summer, but is there really ever a bad time to listen to The Gaslight Anthem? - Donald Wagenblast
Death Cab For Cutie - Plans
Despite including a song titled “Summer Skin,” Plans by Death Cab For Cutie is constantly in rotation during autumn for me. All Death Cab albums are, really, but Plans has a few standouts. It’s a strange time of year: on one hand, I love it, but there’s also this weird feeling of melancholy since it’s about to get cold and I do not enjoy the winter.
by Jason Stives, edited by Erik van Rheenen
When Brian Fallon and his guitar tech, Ian Perkins, released their side project Horrible Crowes two years ago, it was seen as a subdued extension of the Fallon-fronted Gaslight Anthem. It is only now two years later with the release of their live record, Live at the Troubadour, that we see that this group is far from a mirror image of their Jersey pub rock roots.
The key to a great live album is always capturing the energy and atmosphere of a regular night with an artist. For the Horrible Crowes, this was only their second show promoting their debut Elsie and from the start, the difference between this and a Gaslight show is obvious. The Troubadour is famous for hosting some great live moments, and from hearing the vibrant atmosphere over the Crowes’ music, you can see why. Unlike a loud concert venue, you can hear every last detail from the crowd. From clanging glasses and dirty dishes, to the gentle murmurs of the patrons’ casual conversations, it all adds to the notion of a dimly lit room with a soft cloud of cigarette smoke encompassing the band and their eager fans.
This all adds to the difference in sound that the Crowes present to their audience. As those who were fans of their first record know, gone is Brian Fallon’s signature growl, replaced with a mournful and blue eye soulful voice mixed with piano ballads and the light tapping of backbeats. Hearing songs like “Sugar” delivered with a low billow from Fallon that sheds a rock singer exterior and reveals the reserved songwriter is absolutely stunning.
Brian Fallon of The Gaslight Anthem wrote up a very interesting, frustrated, and honest blog post last night. The topics in his post range from how people should not expect to hear covers of great artists like Bruce Springsteen when they go to a Gaslight show, how they individual people - not just dolls to want to play with, and how they will be disappearing from the press world until their new album is released. Read the full blog below after the jump.
The Gaslight Anthem To Release Album In 2014