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Inspired by the last post, for anyone who really needs/wants to waste some time this weekend, CHALLENGE: please go through your music libraries, come up with a suitable collection of songs for the playlist title "Sadness" (description: good music to cry to for a while), and then post it to your journal or in the comments here.

[Quick snapshot reminder of what my list looks like.]

I haven't gotten around to Volume II (stuff-that-only-lives-on-CDs and/or 2009 discoveries-on) yet.
And half the artists are still cut off on this list, yes.



There is really, really no limit to how many you should put on there. Volume I of my list takes up 3.5 hours, personally. Or you may be normal and have way less sad music in general. I just want to know what you guys listen to, whether it is resplendent with explanations like The Music List, or just a list of titles and artists.

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dotty
Aug. 18th, 2012 11:10 am (UTC)
Remember: YOU ASKED FOR IT.
The National. BOOM, DONE. Best mopey sad music there is, and they have like 4 or 5 albums, plus special songs written for Game of Thromes and Portal (video game) so you can go nuts!

Although also:
* Birdy's cover of Skinny Love
* Certain Death Cab For Cutie songs (I Will Follow You Into The Dark always gets me close to tears, if not outright bawling)
* The Cure for when you're emo/in a dark mood (was my goto music in highschool along with The Smiths/Morrissey)
* Lykke Li
* Iron & Wine
* Imagine Dragons
* Adele - Hometown Glory
* Florence + the Machine
* Seconding dollsome in Lana Del Day, Mumford & Sons, Patrick Wolf, Damien Rice, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Tori Amos (another highschool-woe favorite)
* Johnny Flynn (country-folk-ish, bit like Mumford)
* Great Lake Swinners - Your Rocky Spine
* Jose González (seen him live once! He's Swedish!)
* Speaking of Swedish: Kent, if you don't mind they sing in Swedish. Not sure how they work for non-Swedes TBH, but they are the kings of sad mopey wistful winter-depressed songs here.
* The Perishers
* Stars - Dead Hearts, Your Ex-Lover Is Dead
* The Decemberists - We Both Go Down Together, Leslie Anne Levine (especially the lyrics, ugh, this is the case with most of their songs), Shiny, Raincoat Song, Record Year, Eli the Barrow Boy, Red Right Ankle, The Crane Wife, Summersong (more wistful than sad, but perfect this time of year)

Okay, those are the IMPORTANT ones, the ones I'm compulsively FORCED to mention (in no specific order, BTW).

Edited at 2012-08-18 11:11 am (UTC)
rainbowstevie
Aug. 20th, 2012 04:10 am (UTC)
YEAH I did
Yep, right about here is where I went into full dog-rolling-in-grass mode.

-For starters, turns out I have I Will Follow You Into The Dark hanging out on my computer from some fanmix, and the whole TV world has been trying to get me to listen to it for yeeeeears, so good work pushing me over that edge. (*5 seconds later* "Hey, this seems pretty discordantly peppy -- OH GOD NO WHAT ARE YOU SINGING. *whimpering @ lyrics*) What I'm saying is, great rec. Although, just out of curiosity, are there any slower covers you know of and like? I'd really love to wallow in this sadness.

-I am instantly blown away by Birdy's voice. I feel like I made an actual "boing" sound with the way my head snapped up.

-Any Kent songs in particular? I just went with the first hit and landed on "Sundance Kid," and I'm only guessing that's the right Kent as it doesn't sound especially sad, but maybe it's an exception. Either way, I don't necessarily mind not understanding the language. Tell me more about these wistful winter-depressed songs.

-LOVE "Your Ex-Lover Is Dead" -- actually just put it on Sadness, Volume II. I'll have to check out "Dead Hearts" too.

-Tori Amos is wonderful. And I haven't heard a lot of The Cure, but I've had "A Letter To Elise" in my faves for a while.

dotty
Aug. 20th, 2012 11:54 am (UTC)
Re: YEAH I did
Hah, happy to help! :D And I *LOVE* the discord between the faux-cheeryness of that song, that is my silverbullet that is! I also only ever cry at shows or movies that make me laugh first, and the more cheerful the song the more the (sad, gutwrenching) lyrics hit me in the face. (Another fave in that category is Jens Lekman's Your Beat Kicks Back Like Death, which is a pretty cheerful tune with the uplifting chorus of "We're All Gonna Die". http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qMpZFRACq80 Whistle along if you're not immortal.) But I'll keep an eye out for covers of the full-on super-sad variety too, I haven't seen any so far unfortunantely.

Ugh yeah, Birdy's voice kills me. She's like 15 or something, and sings like that? Good grief. She's stunningly pretty too, check out the video for that song. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lT67liGjZhw
Also one case where I'm not too fond of the original song but heart the crap out of the cover.

Yeah Kent has some upbeat songs too, Sundance Kid being one. And they have like, 10 albums or something, so I probably should have recced some songs right away. XD They did make one or two albums in English too, so I'll rec some of those and appearantly Youtube has some songs with subtitles so linking those if possible.
* 747: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R1ZPEqoznvw (English version, and one of the few where it *mostly* works translated. The Swedish lyrics are better though, a lot more sad and depressing, which is a weird thing for me to say since I'm always of the opinion English>Swedish but there you go.)
* Mannen I Den Vita Hatten (16 År Senare) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RF-b2lnrn3A One of my favorites too.
* Quiet Heart http://youtu.be/hsRydhvN_no If I recall right this is one of the few songs they ONLY made in English, and one of my old faves.
* Kevlar Soul http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pae0WKEU0c0
* Gravitation http://youtu.be/nG7SmD55140 (Although ROFL at that video, oh man, the 90s! Jocke, are you wearing EYE LINER? Oh gawd, it's on all of them! WHAT THE EVEN HELL?)
* If You Were Here http://youtu.be/vuySB-2IOOY Of the "so sad I need to wail desperately" variety.
* Järnspöken http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_MA1LYhFN08
* Duett http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R7fcJrRZ_zI
* Rollercoaster http://youtu.be/eZ-AGX96WFw

It's so hard knowing how they'll translate when you don't speak Swedish! Not just because of the content of the lyrics but because Swedish isn't really a pretty language even when sung, atleast I don't think so. Plus a lot of them are songs I've listened to since I was 15 so I'm a bit home-blind here.
But yeah, start with those and if any of them works I can rec more. It's fun, listening to them with new and non-Swedish ears! :D
Let me know what you think either way, I'll *totally* understand if it's not your thing or doesn't translate right.

OH! And this popped up in one of the "suggestions" when browsing Kent videos: Placebo! HOW DID I FORGET PLACEBO, THE ANGSTIEST OF ALL ANGSTY MUSIC? "Without You I'm Nothing" (http://youtu.be/YIRz7zaKGLY) and their Kate Bush cover "Running Up That Hill" (http://youtu.be/XTvgj2LWjMk) just to start with, but you seriously cannot get anything more despairingly emo than all their songs this side of actual emo-music.

The Cure's got a lot of uptempo, rocky songs, but their sad songs are like straight-up sadness injected to your ears. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=--NjewHTlcI in particular. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FRJeN6laaLI too.
Bonus rec: Lullaby, if you ever make a playlist named Nightmare Fuel. One of the creepiest songs I know.

Eh, sorry for the essay, I'm just having a lot of fun geeking out over music. :D

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