It's been a cruel, cruel summer the temps have been so high for so long that I can't even bear to have sunshine in my music. Bring on the rain, the melancholy, the somber tones of Morrissey, Emmylou Harris, Mazzy Star and Patty Griffin.
It may not make for your usual upbeat T.G.I.F. mix, but if you let them, these songs will wash over you and soothe your parched soul. From Lori McKenna's frustrated housewife on "Stealing Kisses" to the morose mining songs and shipwreck tunes of The Decemberists to the dead man walking in The Civil Wars' "Barton Hollow," this collection is wonderfully gloomy and gray. Soon enough it will be cooler outside, and I'll be ready for bright music and pounding, happy beats. In the meantime, this is how I plan to welcome the weekend.