Another new feature for 2016! (I’m just gonna keep saying that, and hopefully one of these will stick.) Let’s pick a bunch of albums to play based on how situationally appropriate the cover art is. The current situation? Snow. A shit-ton of it. Here’s what I’ll be playing to chase away the cabin fever:
The Band — The Band
Dudes in coats. Levon looks the chilliest. Garth looks the chillest. Danko is challenging Richard Manuel’s signature claim to creepiest, while Robbie is clearly trying to have sex with you. Or maybe just making it known that he’s open to having sex with you. One or the other.
Good point just now from Mrs. YHT: “Levon is the chilliest because he’s the only one from the South.”
The Band — “King Harvest (Has Surely Come)” [Spotify/iTunes]
The Beatles — Help!
More dudes in coats. And the cover shot is from the movie’s skiing scene, which was filmed in the Austrian Alps. Those crazy moptops…
The Beatles — “Help!” [Spotify/iTunes]
Bon Iver — Blood Bank EP
From which Kayne got the sample for “Lost In The World.” Great EP.
Bon Iver — “Woods” [Spotify/iTunes]
The Dave Brubeck Quartet — Brandenburg Gate: Revisited
Achtung! It’s cold out there!
The Dave Brubeck Quartet — “In Your Own Sweet Way” [Spotify/iTunes]
Jerry Butler — The Ice Man Cometh
What’s cooler than being cool?
Jerry Butler — “Only The Strong Survive” [Discogs]
Levon Helm & the RCO All-Stars — Levon Helm & the RCO All-Stars
Levon. Paul Butterfield. Steve Cropper. Booker T. Jones. Dr. John. Duck Dunn. Robbie. Garth. Madonna.
OK, so Madonna’s not really on there. But all those other people are!
Levon Helm & the RCO All-Stars — “Washer Woman” [Discogs]
Joni Mitchell — Hejira
Anyone else invent an alternate universe in which “Coyote” is about Robbie Robertson?
Joni Mitchell — “Coyote” [Spotify/iTunes]
Paul Simon — Paul Simon
Winner: Dude in a Coat category.
Side note — this may be the record that gets played most often in our house.
Paul Simon — “Me And Julio Down By The Schoolyard” [Spotify/iTunes]
Bruce Springsteen — Nebraska
Saving this one for when cabin fever is really getting to me and things are looking peak-bleak.
Bruce Springsteen — “Atlantic City” [Spotify/iTunes]
Stephen Stills — Stephen Stills
This one qualifies twice — there’s snow on the cover, and the first song is “Love The One You’re With,” which is basically the theme song for cabin fever! Love the one you’re with… because leaving the house really isn’t an option right now.
Stephen Stills — “Love The One You’re With” [Spotify/iTunes]
Sufjan Stevens — Michigan
Some impressive average annual snowfall numbers for Michigan cities. Houghton gets 207.7 inches a year. If you know anyone living in Houghton, Michigan, definitely send them this blog post.
Sufjan Stevens — “Holland” [Spotify/iTunes]
They Might Be Giants — “Don’t Let’s Start” maxi single
Let’s all hope this storm doesn’t get to the point where snowmen gain sentience, kill us all, and start burning our money. Kinda feels like it might tho. Stay warm out there, y’all.
They Might Be Giants — “When It Rains It Snows” [Spotify/iTunes]