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I gotta say...I'm glad summer is over. For me, the first post-Bumbershoot downpour has always been my indicator that everyone's favorite season has come to a close. I know you sun freaks are probably all bummed and planning your vacations to Cancun, or some shit. Well, good, I say. Get goin'! I recall a conversation I had with Tilson of the Saturday Knights one sunny day not long ago. He was upset because it was nice out. Said he: "I don't trust people in the summer. They're always smiling at you in the crosswalks. Why don't they smile the rest of the year?" I agree. I love rain, I love cold. I don't trust people who are only happy when it's sunny. Give me a rainy day in front of my stereo over a sun-baked outdoor bar patio anyday.
But gray and rain also means I have a good excuse to listen to depressing tunes. Palace Brothers' sparse, post-modern country/folk masterpiece Days in the Wake has always been a favorite for these moody days. I've loved this album ever since I first heard the opening acoustic pluck and Will Oldham's cracked warble: "When you have no one/ No one can hurt you." This album is filled with Biblical tones and weird southern farm scenes. "Come A Little Dog" is a spooky number with the line "Little black spider/ little brown hair/ little dead girl...I love you." Then the keystone track "No More Workhorse Blues" climaxes with the explosive "I am no more a workhorse/ I am a racing horse/ I am a grazing horse/ I am your favorite horse." "Maulnes" is some sort of parable akin to "A Hard Rain's A Gonna Fall" with the anchor line "And he came by the way that he walked", but with goofball lines like "And he came by the way/ of the road to Sioux City/ and he came by the way/ of the halfbreeds and lesbians." Whatever. I don't know what he's talking about either, but the visuals are astounding.