Friday, October 30, 2015

Kudzu Creep: A Southern Gothic Playlist

Photo: Alec Soth
I've been on a playlist-making kick lately. I've always thought it would be a total dream-job to be a music supervisor for movies, tv, stores, workout playlists of exhausted celebrities, etc. When my friend April mentioned a Southern Gothic theme, I jumped the gun and maybe went a little overboard :) I thought about True Detective season 1 a lot while making this playlist (as always.) I read a definition of Southern Gothic as "atmospheric, dark, and funny" and chose these songs with that in mind.

Speaking of Southern Gothic, be sure to check out this New York Times photo essay by Alec Soth I came cross while looking for images for this post.  I really liked these photos. I've been a bit annoyed lately by a lot of writing/media about the South that puts it through a pristine Kinfolk-filter or speaks in a high-brow trying-to-impress-your-college-professor voice. That kind of style seems incongruent with the subject, and feels like it overlooks the oddity and vulgarity that make the South so unique. To me, the south is rich with idiosyncratic weirdness and wildness, and I thought these photos were a striking glimpse into that aspect. Southern culture is more than pimento cheese in a new cafe with great natural lighting and exposed brick. And a Southern Gothic playlist is likewise just one small facet of a big feeling.

Enough rambling. Enjoy the tunes, and as always, let me know if I left something out that I should hear.

And here's a direct link to playlist. Might sound better on shuffle anyway.

Flannery O'Connor
Photo: Marcus Kenney 
Photo: Bill Emory
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