1. It is currently 88 degrees in Philadelphia. As we at Fresh Air I continue refusing to believe summer is over, here’s another installment from Fresh Air Summer Album Staff Picks. From associate producer Therese Madden:

    I have been listening to Fiona Apple’s The Idler Wheel all summer long. With a new baby at home, I find the album both soothing and somehow exciting - this combo hits the spot.  In the song Valentine, she sings ” I root for you, I love you, you you you.” I sing that part out loud to my daughter.  A lot of the lyrics are not really baby appropriate, but this one rings true.

    Try this. Hold this lovely image of Therese’s daughter in your head, close your eyes, and listen to this video of Fiona Apple performing “Valentine” in Boston earlier this year. Now that’s some summer. Enjoy your weekend, folks.

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  1. We were so excited to hear about your summer albums that it got us talking at the office about a summer album staff pick extravaganza… So here goes. From Fresh Air associate producer John Myers:

    In the days since I was asked to submit a favorite summer album for the Fresh Air Tumblr, Labor Day has come and gone.  Now talking about my favorite summer album (Dr. Dog’s “Be the Void” by the way) seems like the musical equivalent of wearing white linen pants in October.  So, I’m submitting a favorite fall album.  Here it goes.

    Craig Elkins is my favorite songwriter.  I should also mention (in the interest of full disclosure), that he was my employer for a few of the best years of my twenties when I was the Stage Manager for Craig’s old band Huffamoose.  But, I was a fan of Craig’s music long before I was paid to string his guitars, and I’ve remained a fan in the years since Huffamoose broke up.  Since then, Craig has recorded music under different monikers (Craig Craigstofferson, O.L.D.) and moved out to Los Angeles where he’s settled into a nice groove. 

    Craig has since shed the monikers and, in August, released the new album, “I Love You” under his real name.  It’s a great fall record - dark, introspective, honest and hopeful.  It also features really talented musicians - Pete Thomas (Elvis Costello), Charlie Gillingham & Dave Immergluck (Counting Crows), Neil Larsen (Leonard Cohen), and Jason Karaban. 

    Here are a couple of videos for songs on “I Love You.”  I hope you like them as much as I do.

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