Best songs for a rainy day.

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narco

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I've always enjoyed listening to music at home when it rains, even though I live in Los Angeles where it hardly ever rains.

I want to create a playlist with songs that people listen to when it rains, but when I ask my friends for suggestions they always give me the same bands like Slowdive and The Cure. I want suggestions from people who don't listen to the music I do, and hopefully find something new in the process. Thanks.

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narco.
 

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Not songs but artists... ok?

• Sigur Ros
• Talk Talk
• Harold Budd
• Portishead
• Air (the earlier albums)
• Beta Band
• Blue Nile
• David Sylvian
• Eels
• Future Sound of London
• Jane Siberry
• Julee Cruise (natch)
• k.d. lang
• Laurie Anderson
• Massive Attack
• Mercury Rev
• Morcheeba (the earlier albums)
• Nightmares on Wax
• Nitin Sawheny
• Pink Floyd
• Thievery Corporation
• Van Morrison
• Zero 7
 

narco

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Not artists specifically, but actual songs. They don't have to be about rain, they just have to sound like it should be played while it's raining outside.

Basically, I want songs that sound just like how this picture looks:
 

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rockthecasbah

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narco said:
I've always enjoyed listening to music at home when it rains, even though I live in Los Angeles where it hardly ever rains.

I want to create a playlist with songs that people listen to when it rains, but when I ask my friends for suggestions they always give me the same bands like Slowdive and The Cure. I want suggestions from people who don't listen to the music I do, and hopefully find something new in the process. Thanks.

Fishes,
narco.
well i don't know if it's your cup o' tea, but i'm partial to "Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head" by B.J. Thomas...topically it's perfect for you :) . I could suggest some of this which i listen to as well:

Cat Stevens: "Maybe You're Right", "Where Do The Children Play?", "If You Want To Sing Out, Sing Out", and "Trouble". To go along with that accoustic sound, I enjoy Endless Mike And The Beagle Club, and very indie band i found on purevolume a while back. Though my favorite of all the softer sounds is The Decemberists..great stuff. In some instances, Bob Dylan lends well to a rainy day if you get the right songs...

The Stills
and Interpol give you that depressed sound you sometimes get when it rains. Dashboard Confessional's album "Places You've Come To Fear The Most" is a good one too (their last good cd). A bit different of a sound but still a sadder mood. A more passive rather than sad mood that would fit in well are Death Cab For Cutie and their side project The Postal Service.

For a different kind of rain music, i like to throw on some Miles Davis, particularly his older stuff. In particular songs like "So What", "Tempus Fugit", and "Walkin'." Though i suppose this may not go well since it is one big playlist..just keep him in mind ;)

Still an even more different rain sound i enjoy is Kenna's album "New Sacred Cow." He has a distinct electronica rock sound that may not be liked by everyone, but can lend itself very nicely.

And i'm just gonna stop here because i can keep going on and on, it's kinda sad... :eek:
 

floyde

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Rainy Day, Dream Away - Jimi Hendrix
Moon, Turn The Tides ... Gently Gently Away - Jimi Hendrix
Still Raining, Still Dreaming - Jimi Hendrix
Untitled 1 & 2 - Sigur Ros
I am Trying to Break Your Heart - Wilco
In The Morning of the Magicians - The Flaming Lips
Ego Tripping at the Gates of Hell - The Flaming Lips
It's Summertime - The Flaming Lips

anyway, they work for me... ;)
 

Shaun.P

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I don't know if this is what your looking for, but download these songs, they are very, very good.

Howie Day - Collide
Howie Day - She Says
Matt Nathanson - Bent

Tell me what you think.
 

floyde

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oh :eek: , I forgot the ultimate rain songs:
The Great Gig in the Sky - Pink Floyd
The Rain Song ;) - Led Zeppelin (it's not just the name, it is truly "rainy")
 

neocell

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Well with with rain in the title:
Rain - The Cult
Only Happy When it Rains - Garbage

But I generally like more melodic songs for the rain:

Riders on the Storm - The Doors
The Crystal Ship - The Doors
4th of July - Soundgarden
Blow Up The Outside World - Soundgarden
Where I End and You Begin - Radiohead
The Ocean Breathes Salty - Modest Mouse
Dramamine - Modest Mouse
When the Levee Breaks - Led Zeppelin
Your Time Is Gonna Come - Led Zeppelin
No Quarter - Led Zeppelin
Circles - Joe Satriani
Estranged - Guns n' Roses
Bring Me To Life - Evanescence
Thank You - Dido
Just Like Heaven - The Cure
Trouble - Cold Play
Like Suicide - Soundgarden (Cornell's acoustic version is better though)
Right Turn - Alice in Chains
Whale and Wasp - Alice in Chains (very mellowing)

**EDIT**
Added Links
-Crap that took forever :eek:, hope someone clicks on at least one :D
 

DeSnousa

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neocell said:
Hey DeSnousa how do you link to iTunes Music Store?
It's one think for me to post a bunch of songs but if I could put the links up it'd make it easier for anyone who's interested.

Thanks
On any link in the music store, right click (Control + Click) and an option of 'Copy iTunes Music Store URL' appears :)
 

clayj

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Dan Fogelberg - "Another Auld Lang Syne"

Met my old lover in the grocery store,
The snow was falling Christmas Eve.
I stole behind her in the frozen foods,
And I touched her on the sleeve.

She didn't recognize the face at first,
But then her eyes flew open wide.
She went to hug me and she spilled her purse,
And we laughed until we cried.

We took her groceries to the checkout stand,
The food was totalled up and bagged.
We stood there lost in our embarrassment,
As the conversation dragged.

We went to have ourselves a drink or two,
But couldn't find an open bar.
We bought a six-pack at the liquor store,
And we drank it in her car.

We drank a toast to innocence,
We drank a toast to now.
And tried to reach beyond the emptiness,
But neither one knew how.

She said she'd married her an architect,
Who kept her warm and safe and dry,
She would have liked to say she loved the man,
But she didn't like to lie.

I said the years had been a friend to her,
And that her eyes were still as blue.
But in those eyes I wasn't sure if I saw,
Doubt or gratitude.

She said she saw me in the record stores,
And that I must be doing well.
I said the audience was heavenly,
But the traveling was hell.

We drank a toast to innocence,
We drank a toast to now.
And tried to reach beyond the emptiness,
But neither one knew how.
We drank a toast to innocence,
We drank a toast to time.
Reliving in our eloquence,
Another 'auld lang syne'......

The beer was empty and our tongues were tired,
And running out of things to say.
She gave a kiss to me as I got out,
And I watched her drive away.
Just for a moment I was back at school,
And felt that old familiar pain .........
And as I turned to make my way back home,
The snow turned into rain ..............
 

Duff-Man

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Duff-Man says....my favourite rainy day song is "The Same Deep Water As You" by the Cure...it just captures that rainy day mood so well....oh yeah!
 

narco

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Duff-Man said:
Duff-Man says....my favourite rainy day song is "The Same Deep Water As You" by the Cure...it just captures that rainy day mood so well....oh yeah!
Yeah, that's always the first song to come to my mind because it actually has rain sounds in it! I used to only be interested in finding songs exactly like that, but now I'm trying to broaden my horizons a bit.

Fishes,
narco.
 

Sirus The Virus

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The entire Parachutes album by Coldplay, the slow songs are the best for rainy days, especially "We Never Change." Thursday Afternoon by Brian Eno is a great rainy day album. I also like the song "Neon Lights" from U2's Verigo single, that has to be one of the best covers I've ever heard. Oh, there's just too many songs to list.
 

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"Flowers" - Echo And The Bunnymen
"Fare Thee Well Northumberland" - Mark Knopfler
" A Monk In His Simple Room" - Art Lande
"Edith And The Kingpin" - Joni Mitchell
"Nostalgia" - David Sylvian
"Damage" - David Sylvian and Robert Fripp
"Yesterday Is Here" - Tom Waits
"Biloxi" - Jesse Winchester
"Wrapped In Grey" - XTC
"America Is Waiting" - David Byrne/ Brian Eno
"Taking Your Life In Your Hands" - John Cale
 

Duff-Man

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narco said:
Yeah, that's always the first song to come to my mind because it actually has rain sounds in it! I used to only be interested in finding songs exactly like that, but now I'm trying to broaden my horizons a bit.

Fishes,
narco.
Duff-Man says...hmmm...okay, a few more ideas....here's a few of my fave rainy day albums - not any particular song on them, they just work as a whole in that mood....oh yeah!

John Cale - Music for a New Society
Azure Ray - November EP (or any of their stuff)
Peter Hammill - Over
Hope Blister - Smiles OK
Lisa Germano - excerpts from a Love Circus
Neil Halstead - Sleeping On Roads
Marissa Nadler - The Saga of Mayflower May
Stina Nordenstam - The World Is Saved (or "This Is Stina Nordenstam")
Elane - The Fire of Glenvore
The Durutti Column - LC
 

narco

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Duff-Man said:
Duff-Man says...hmmm...okay, a few more ideas....here's a few of my fave rainy day albums - not any particular song on them, they just work as a whole in that mood....oh yeah!

John Cale - Music for a New Society
Azure Ray - November EP (or any of their stuff)
Peter Hammill - Over
Hope Blister - Smiles OK
Lisa Germano - excerpts from a Love Circus
Neil Halstead - Sleeping On Roads
Marissa Nadler - The Saga of Mayflower May
Stina Nordenstam - The World Is Saved (or "This Is Stina Nordenstam")
Elane - The Fire of Glenvore
The Durutti Column - LC
Wow, I love that Peter Hammill album. That's actually the only album I do own by him. He has so much stuff that I'm often left discouraged when looking for another album of his to buy.

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Kings of Convenience (I've only heard random songs, no particular album)
Badly Drawn Boy (I especially like 'About a Boy' and 'Hour of Bewilderbeast')
Israel "IZ" Kamakawiwo'ole (Facing Future)
 

Duff-Man

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narco said:
Wow, I love that Peter Hammill album. That's actually the only album I do own by him. He has so much stuff that I'm often left discouraged when looking for another album of his to buy.

Fishes,
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Duff-Man says...that really *is* a great Hammill record. I have all his stuff - I guess I am a bit of a fanatic about it - I actually flew to London for the VdGG reunion show at the Royal Festival Hall in May. His newer stuff is a bit spotty though, not terrible by any means but they seem to all sound very similar - I can't tell many of them apart. Not really the same mood as Over, but the one called "Chameleon in the Shadow of the Night" is very good...a very very dark record...the next one he did after that - "Silent Corner and the Empty Stage" is generally considered one of his classics so you may want to check out either of those. A few years ago he released a 2cd solo live package called "Typical" that is also extremely good - captures the raw, rough edges of his solo performances. I'd also recommend the cd of his John Peel sessions - again, the rough, rawness of his voice but you get sessions from the early 70's up to the late 80's so it's a good selection of stuff.....oh yeah!
 

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