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Wednesday, 22 October 2014

What's this? A non-wargaming post?!!! The advent of the seasonal music shelf

Last weekend my parents came to visit my boat. Yes, boat. I live on one. A narrow one. A narrowboat in fact. I keep meaning to post a video tour- but am always deciding to wait until I've got it that much more how I'd like it... it may never happen!

Anyhow, I digress.

They brought with them four large boxes of cd cases, the empty shells of the albums which reside in four large, but not equally large, cd wallets. I have been collecting music for a long time now but over the last few years due to broken cd players and a lack of time I haven't been listening to it much. This must change! I have decided that if the albums are in cases on a shelf rather than in a wallet in a drawer I will be more likely to pick one up. More importantly, I will be more likely to spot something I haven't heard in a while rather than fall back on the same few albums as has been the recent trend. Obviously, all my albums are never going to fit on the shelving I have available so I have hit upon an idea to make sure I have an even more varied listening experience.

Other people have seasonal wardrobes. I don't, most of my clothing I black or other dark colours and apart from an occasional day when it's definitely kilt weather I wear the same thing winter and summer, just with less layers if its hot and the big coats for when it gets cold. BUT I definitely have seasonal music moods. For instance, at this time of year I am usually inclined towards some 80s Batcave and Goth Rock; the dying of the year, dark evenings and all that. So, I thought, what if I have a seasonal music shelf? I'll pick the albums that feel suited to the season, plus some I just haven't heard for a while and fancy picking up again, and limit my choice to that until it feels time for a shift in season. At this point some may stay, some may drift off to be replaced by others and with any luck I'll get a rounded listening experience that changes as the seasons in our beautiful country.

So here's the starting point, the autumn collection if you will. Some of them will be obvious choices, some may be surprising. This season I shall mostly be listening to:

Nosferatu: Rise, The Prophecy, Prince of Darkness, Legend, Lord of the Flies
Fates Warning: Still Life
Subway to Sally: Nord Nord Ost
Communic: Waves of Visual Decay
Evanescence: Fallen
Amorphis: Am Universum
I: Between two worlds
Lacuna Coil: Karmacode
Guns n’ Roses: Appetite for Destruction
Creed: Weathered, Human Clay
Therion: Deggial
Rasmus: Dead Letters
Blind Guardian: Somewhere Far Beyond
Nightwish: Dark Passion Play, Century Child
My Dying Bride: Light at the End of the World
Lacrimosa: Satura
Sex Gang Children: Demonstration
Grave Digger: Heavy Metal Breakdown
Pink Floyd: Dark Side of the Moon
Dream Theatre: Images and Words
Sinergy: Beware the Heavens
Paradise Lost: Host, Reflection, Icon
Kerrang: Master of Puppets Remastered
Steve Vai: Alien Love Secrets
Mastodon: Blood Mountain
Soundgarden: Superunknown
Moon Doc
Jeff Wayne's War of the Worlds
Mortiis: the Grudge
Machine Head: Burn My Eyes
Fredrick Klingwall: Works of Woe, Chronicles in Decay
Pearl Jam: Vitalogy
Without Face: Astronomicon
Killswitch Engage: End of Heartache
Led Zeppelin: Early Days
Fleetwood Mac: Greatest Hits
Ghostland: Interview with the Angel
Celtic Frost: Parched With Thirst Am I and Dying
Empyria: Behind Closed Doors
The Wicker Man soundtrack
The Crow: Album and soundtrack
The Mission: Carved In Sand, God’s Own Medicine, Children, The First Chapter
Fields Of The Nephilim: Morning Sun, The Nephilim, Dawnrazor
All About Eve: Touched by Jesus
The Tiger Lillies: Circus Songs
Type O Negative: October Rust
Vince Ray: Sound Effect of Sex and Horror
Sisters of Mercy: Floodland, Vision Thing
Warlock: Rare Diamonds
HIM: Dark Light
Marilyn Manson: Eat Me, Drink Me, Mechanical Animals
Depeche Mode: Ultra, Violator
Echo and the Bunnymen: Heaven Up Here
Leaves’ eyes: Lovelorn
Novembre: Materia
Gene Loves Jezebel: Kiss of Life
Nine Inch Nails: Broken, The Downward Spiral
Opeth: Still Life, Blackwater Park
Cruxshadows: Ethernaut
Misfits: Cuts From the Crypt, Famous Monsters
Nick Cave: Murder Ballads
Tom Waits: Rain Dogs
Muse: Absolution
Love: Forever Changes
Placebo: Once More With Feeling
Zodiac Mindwarp and the Love Reaction
Return to the Forbidden Planet
Lawrence Juber: The Collection
Yearning: Plaintive Scenes
The Beautiful South: Quench
The Divine Comedy: Fin de Siecle
Midnight Oil: Blue Sky Mining, Diesel and Dust
Testament: Days of Darkness
The Zutons: Who Killed?
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club: Take Them On
Apocalytipca: Worlds Collide
Sonata Arctica: Reckoning Night
Kamelot: Ghost Opera
Cradle of Filth: Nymphetamine
My Chemical Romance: Black Parade
Moonsorrow: Verisakeet
Jesus and Mary Chain: Barbed Wire Kisses
Rosetta Stone: The Tyranny of Inaction
The Smiths: Singles
Necropolis: Necrosphere
Nirvana: In Utero
Usherhouse: Molting
For Love Not Lisa: Merge
Babylon Zoo: Spaceman
Donnie Darko soundtrack
Front 242: 05:22:09:12
Clan of Xymox
Spahn Ranch: Beat Noir
Machines of Loving Grace: Concentration
Alien Sex Fiend: All Our Yesterdays
Fair Sex: Fine We Are Alive
Diablo Swing Orchestra: Pandora’s Pinata
Joy Division: Substance
Groves In Mist: Mood Diary
Sigue Sigue Sputnik: Century Boys
Blue Oyster Cult: Best of
Octavia Sperati: Winter Enclosure
Gregorian: The Dark Side
The Church: Magician Among the Spirits
Dimmu Borgir: In Sortie Diaboli, Enthrone Darkness Triumphant
Serenity: Then Came Silence
Dead Can Dance: Spirit Chaser
Vespres a Montserrat
Switchblade Symphony: Serpentine Gallery
New Model Army: Thunder and Conformity
Theatre Des Vampires: Bloody Lunatic Asylum

Any of that lot in your current collection? Or suggestions for essential autumnal listening? All welcome in Fimm McCool's jukebox!

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