Top 5 For The Weather: Tom Waits, Nick Cave, and Bob Dylan, battle John Coltrane

On this date in 2009, around 5:00 EST in Manhattan, the weather was a mess.  I was returning from a Logic workshop at the Apple store, which was exactly a 5 on a scale of 1-10, when the sky did not really open, it just kind of went “Meh”  and shot out a bit of mist.   At this exact moment, my ipod on shuffle mode played the perfect song for the occasion.  This led me to the creation of a list.  Not in any particular order, so lets call it a grouping.  Here are the 5 greatest songs for when its not completley raining, and you’re on the verge or needing an umbrella, post 5pm on November 25th.

Tom Waits- The Earth Died Screaming- Bone Machine There is no better song for darkness of all kinds.  You can almost feel the dust settling all around you from some post apocolyptic battle.  The sky rained Macrel and Trout, the 3 Headed Lion sheds his skin, and you’re drinking water from a skull.   Somehow these lyrics don’t come out like some Iron Maiden record.  The chorus of what sounds like sticks banging against the ground behind the vocal march ahead into this freaky ass world of Waits creation, which i’d imagine looks nothing like the street I was walking on in Chelsea.  The entire Bone Machine album could be on this list, but lets leave it here for now.

Bob Dylan- Love Sick- Time Out Of Mind Again, nearly then entire Time Out of Mind album could go on this list.  Its dark as hell.  This may be some western preconception we have about musical tonality….but thats a discussion for people more intellectual than you and I.  That reverb in there, that Distortion on Dylan’s voice, you’re hanging out in a sketchy alleyway, and everything around you smells like mildew. Your shoes are wet, but you cant do a thing about it.

Medeski Martin Wood- Beeah- Last Chance to Dance Trance Yes, I went there.  We bring in the MMW.  This works particularly well on many levels.  There are no lyrics to distract, that bass sounds like a junkyard, and the organ over the top makes you feel like you’re in a 1930’s horror movie.  One time many years ago while driving home from Boston very late at night, this song came on, and I hallucinated several vampires.

John Coltrane- Part 2 Resolution- A love Supreme–  We go to a classic album, but skip the opening track.  Forget that mystical yet mysterious beautiful opening piece, lets move onto the second.  Things get a little more ugly here.  The wash of that ride cymbal is like this crappy mist reigning down upon you, its not a full on storm, but its moving that way, you may need to pull out the umbrella by the end of it.

Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds- Red Right Hand- Let Love In–  Oh man, I nearly forgot this one, and that would just be a shame.  Its telling you something is coming, so you should probably be prepared dude, you don’t want to just be sitting there, kickin it, playing wii, not prepared for the incredible evil lurking in the shadows and whatnot, you get the idea.  Again, we have the appearance of a scary movie organ sound, with some brush work on the drums, all glued together by the eeriest of instruments, The Theremin, appearing on the 2nd verse.  Cave is some sketchy old man on the corner of Times Square Past, in front of a strip club or something, but he’s not yelling at you, merely informing.  In this case, you have forgotton your umbrella, and wish you hadn’t.

Any ideas for others?  I dont care, I’m not even going to listen to them.   Of course I’m kidding.  Comment it up.

3 thoughts on “Top 5 For The Weather: Tom Waits, Nick Cave, and Bob Dylan, battle John Coltrane”

  1. i know ‘red right hand’, ‘sick love’ and ‘the earth died screaming’. All have great atmosphere. In such circumstances, i mainly listen to nick cave; anyway you have mentioned very accurate ones, i would probably add Sisters of Mercy-Marian, Matt Elliott- the Kursk and more, if something else comes in my mind i’ll tell you. cheers and sorry for my english )

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