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Baskettcase: Fall Music Breezing In

August 23, 2011

A Column by Jeremy Baskett

According to multiple studies, music is one of the optimum additives for enjoying nature's seasonal swings. That and of course, drugs.

Slowly, but surely, New York City is getting cooler by the day, as those subway tunnel-hazing 90+ degree days disappear. Whether or not this is the case for your city, it’s a friendly reminder that fall is coming. Fall is my favorite season and putting the perfect tune to my ears is essential to making the beauty of fall that much better. So I ask you, friends, to make your final plays to all of your favorite summer 2011 tunes and make way this fall’s playlists.

Fall, for me, is a time to get out off the high BPM tunes and into something a little more relaxing. To be honest, I haven’t even sunk my teeth into Bon Iver’s new album Bon Iver, Bon Iver, released in late June. Bon Iver is obviously an essential to any fall playlist, but I’m also going to give you a few more to add to yours. This may seem strange to be making fall playlists now, but remember folks…summer ends in two weeks.

Here are my top picks for a fall playlist:

Blind Pilot:

They soon will be there new album We are the Tide, which for me is much anticipated after a near perfect debut album, entitled 3 Rounds and a Sound. They will also start a nationwide tour starting in September. Hint, hint…I highly recommend seeing these guys.

Fleet Foxes:

After releasing Helplessness Blues in May, the Fleet Foxes have been touring all summer long and have added a second round of touring, happening now with The Walkmen. If you haven’t been listening to the Fleet Foxes, surely you must be under a rock.

Iron & Wine:

While I can’t say that I fully recommend their new album Kiss Each Other Clean, I can say that Iron & Wine has a huge artillery of amazing music from the ground up. KEOC is the only blemish on his near perfect reputation of putting out great tunes. Sam Beam and company will also be touring this fall.

These are just a few bands to get those Fall playlists going. So get out those coats and clean your boots, because the cold is coming before you know it.

Patrick’s Pick:


There is not a more ideal sound for fall than the indie rock lullabies of Mark Mulcahy and Polaris. Temporarily reassembled from the remnants of 90s indie prodigies Miracle Legion, three-fourths of the band joined together for one simply self-titled album, released in 1999, which featured many memorable tunes which you might be surprised you recognize…That recognition stems from the band’s friendship with Will McRobb and Chris Viscardi, the creators of Nickelodeon’s “The Adventures of Pete and Pete,” a staple childhood show for any child of the 90’s. Not to be forgotten, the show’s episodes always seemed to take place in…the fall. From the show’s opening theme, to various intermittent scenes, Polaris provided the musical blood to the show and a brief, yet influential stamp on 1990s music. Mulcahy’s songwriting has since been championed by the likes of Thom Yorke, Ben Kweller, Frank Black and Michael Stipe.


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