Ten Tunes to Welcome Hurricane Season

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Jim Morrison: One stormy personality

Anyone who whines about the fact that South Florida has no change of season ought to bear one thing in mind: We do have at least two seasons -- and sometimes, even three. The first extends six months, from June 1 to November 30 -- an ungodly long portion of the year if you ask us -- and is dubbed Hurricane Season, marked not by the changing of the leaves or a shift in temperature but rather by the intense interest in any little blob forming off the coast of Africa and its subsequent progress on a potentially deadly collision course with that spit of sitting-duck-type terrain otherwise known as Florida.

There's the three months preceding Hurricane Season, generally referred to as "Get ready to panic and prepare for ultimate devastation as predicted by forecasters as far away as Colorado and agreed upon by local officials, media, and meteorologists." We celebrate by conceding that it's not a matter of if but rather when we're going to be wiped off the map.

The third season is an option, but judging by the dire predictions that accompany the second, it's almost a certainty. It's called "Clean up all the shit caused by the storm" season, whereby we go through the devastation of our homes, our lives, our neighborhoods, and then welcome the National Guard and the prospects of living life without electricity for three months.

Ah, what better way to celebrate the passing of the seasons! Given that we're apparently stuck with this rather unfortunate scenario and a ton of rain already since June 1, we here at New Times have come up with a way to mark these circumstances with some musical merriment, namely, top ten songs well-suited for the stormy season.

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Hurricane Irene Mixtape Starter Kit -- Just in Case, Safety First

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Hurricane's got clout. Other DJs -- get the hell out.
South Florida, we seem to be in the clear right now. Hurricane Irene doesn't look like she's planning to stomp all over us -- as of Wednesday a.m. Even as we say this, we know we may be wrong. We can't think of a time that a hurricane came through and we were 100 percent sure that it would. At any rate, our hearts go out to the Bahamas and all the islands that are suffering now and those who will feel her windy wrath.

Since hurricanes are known to be erratic and unwieldy, we know it's best to be prepared. So even if you know she isn't going to murder you, do yourself a favor and stock up -- if not for now, for next time. Get lots and lots of water, canned goods, batteries, flashlights, and magazines; and put your shutters up, or at least be ready to almost do it.

There's one thing everyone forgets to make: an excellent mixtape of jams to hold you over during and after the storm. First, it is key that the songs you choose have plenty of weather/storm references. Second, you need songs that can help you pass the boring powerless time.

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Hurricane Irene Party: Mineo and Bear in Mind at Funky Buddha on Friday

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Mike Mineo is not the sort of guy who's going to let a little messy weather get in the way of his fun. Adding to the Hurricane Irene party slate for this upcoming weekend is a show at the Funky Buddha on Friday evening. This is also billed as a "Back to School Extravaganza," so if your power lines are underground and you have some quality Wellington boots, just enjoy the night for that aspect.

Earlier this year, Mineo took a full-on plunge into the subtropic with his second album, Beach Season, and Alex Rendon wrote some entertaining words about it. While we're admiring Rendon's handicraft with words, might as well check out the piece he wrote about the night's other act, Bear in Mind.

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