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So the leaves have started to fall, the seasons have truly changed. Gotta get our asses in gear for the coming winter. But music-wise what am I to listen to? What kind of mood am I in? Do I want to listen to music aligned with this season….but what the hell is ‘autumn’ music?

Ahh F*ck this, way too annoying to think of more solemn music just after the whole Halloween period. Whenever I get stuck in a rut of gloomy weather and icy winds I like to put on some sweet surfing tunes….now honestly I don’t know the first thing about surfing but I definitely respect the aesthetic of surf culture in all it’s wonder, kind of like Hansel in Zoolander;

“Sting would be another person who’s a hero. The music he’s created over the years, I don’t really listen to it, but the fact that he’s making it, I respect that.”

Now of course I could be a snob and make a playlist that only featured original surf rock, garage rock and hot rod music but I don’t think that would really encompass the kind of approach I’m going for, I personally want to make a list that features a surf rock attitude but with tracks that were influenced and exhibit that kind of surf culture theme.

Especially since its prominence as a genre was only really during the early 60’s, but at least we can take satisfaction in the fact that the influence and legacy that it has created is very much embedded in a lot of the music we listen to today.

I particularly found fascination with the Paisley Underground scene in L.A starting in the 80’s, typified by Sean Penn’s character Jeff Spicoli in Fast Times at Ridgemont High. As well as the recent surf rock-revival over the last couple of years with bands like Best Coast, Surfer Blood, Wavves, The Growlers and Beach Fossils.

Well I came up a random playlist, encompassing everything from old school surf rock to Paisley Underground to the revival to West Coast electro-funk. Hope you guys enjoy, but if anyone has any contributions I’d be happy to start a forum thread about it.

Check out our Surf Playlist on Spotify. If you’re not hooked up to Spotify fear not, you can check out some of our favourites below…