Weather like Houston had this past week seems to make everyone "sad panda" and turn to lusher, less upbeat music. Snuggle-rock, dad-rock, beard-rock - music you hear in coffee shops seems to be ruling our city's personal airwaves.
As Tropical Storm Hermine trampled through Houston yesterday, we asked our friends on Twitter and Facebook what they were playing to get them through their day. Surprisingly, everyone agreed on a set of mostly languid and sullen groups, and most of it was pretty slinky. Craig's Hlist must have some sleazy friends. Awesome.
Interestingly enough it seems, wet, rainy weather equals sexy acoustic jams for most folks; snuggly, baby-making tunes ruled the day. We can only imagine how many kids were conceived during Hurricane Ike and Tropical Storm Allison.
Here are Houston's favorite rainy day bands, with the albums most likely to soothe your nerves as the rain falls, the winds blow, and people lose their ever-loving minds on the road.
My Morning Jacket, It Still Moves
Have you ever driven into a storm while "One Big Holiday" revs up? It's cosmic, man. And it's good snuggling music. Oh, everyone say "Awwww" too.
Leonard Cohen, Songs of Leonard Cohen
The rain doesn't depress us like it does everyone else. Leonard Cohen is good for a dark rainy day of night times too.
My Bloody Valentine, Loveless
Some of Kevin Shields' guitar lines sound like how rain looks as it passes over your windshield. This is our personal pick, actually.
Ryan Adams, Love Is Hell
Of all of Adams' 36 albums, this one fits the mood of rain the best. From "Anybody Wanna Take Me Home" all the way to his "Wonderwall" cover.
Wilco, A Ghost Is Born
The darkest and most depressing Wilco album by far, documenting Jeff Tweedy's pill period. On this one, cue up opener "At Least That's What You Said" around the 2:01 mark for maximum rainage soundtracking.
Nick Drake, Pink Moon
Everyone said this album was perfect for the rain, but we just get a summery vibe to it. Try it out, it may work for you. Reminds us of car commercials really.
Iron & Wine, Our Endless Numbered Days
More beard-folk for the lazy lovers on our social media feeds. "Naked As We Came" was mentioned a few times. His Postal Service cover was bandied about too.
Beach House, Teen Dream
This is a newer entry from one of our photogs. The neo-shoegazers are pitch-perfect for rainy mornings and early evenings. Opening track "Zebra" is a must on your rainy day playlist.
Bonnie "Prince" Billy, I See A Darkness
It's raining, we aren't writing a suicide note. The sun will come out tomorrow. As we write this the clouds have already parted and we are putting our jorts back on.
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Morphine, Like Swimming
Morphine sounds like rain to us, always have. A hard-driving southern storm. We think this was an excellent pick. "Wishing Well" is fun to cue for a lightning show too.