Too many poor souls are still without power after the weekend storm, but for anyone who’s able to plug back in at work or home, here are some playlists to get you motivated to pick up those branches in the yard or answer those 292 (and counting) emails.
Hurricane Irene - The Evolver.fm Playlist by Eliot Van Buskirk: holy flying shit -- this crowdsourced list’s, like, several hours long, and it’s not all standard weather fare either. I love how the last song adds a sort of commentary to the whole thing (I’m not going to give it away).
Hurricane Irene by Liz Heron: another huge, huge list of songs that have “sky,” “water,” “wind,” etc. in their titles. It starts a little predictably (“Rock You Like A Hurricane”) but has some enjoyable twists and turns.
Hurricane Playlist from Raimy Rosenduft: tons of songs with “rain” or “hurricane” in their titles, but also some nice oddball choices, like “Bag of Wind” from Lia Ices.
Geoff Dyer & Jazz -- Spotify Playlist for Writers: well, this has nothing to do with Irene, unless you consider hurricanes a good time to hunker down and get some writing done. Or reading.
Nick Drake by Shashank Shrestha: because everyone needs to feel like a sad bastard during a hurricane.
Wes Anderson by jaimehammond: for people stuck at home watching their Criterion Collection during a storm (until they lose power).
Fusion n thangs by abworks: jazz fusion playlist, tweeted by none other than Q-Tip (yes, that Q-Tip). So, it must be cool.
Today's melancholy is brought to you by Cat Power by Danielle Tropea Friedland: when you lose regular power, try Cat Power (another sad bastard-y kind of playlist).
Mieczyslaw Weinberg by alexrossmusic: from the New Yorker music critic, because New York was in the path of Irene.
Noise 90 by brightonnoise.co.uk by brightonnoise: crazy, awesome stuff for great post-Irene weather from Fukkk Offf, Grinderman and, uh, Johnny Cash. Those Brits.
10 cool Spotify playlists: Hurricane Irene edition
Hurricane Irene: clear those branches!