Welcome to BuzzSugar's monthly must-haves, where I show off a handful of the things I'm most looking forward to watching, buying, renting and reading. With fall in the air, here are a half-dozen of the goodies I'm craving this month.
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- Run by Ann Patchett — The new novel from Patchett (who also wrote Bel Canto), which will be released Sept. 25, takes place over 24 hours in the life of a Boston family and deals with sprawling themes of race, family and class. But I'm most intrigued by one review of it that equates it to good television writing, similar in pacing and style to "Six Feet Under" or "The Sopranos."
- Matt Pond PA: Last Light — I was already impressed with one song off this band's latest full-length album, which will be released Sept. 25, and I've just spent the afternoon with the title track, "Last Light," wedged in my head thanks to the band's MySpace page. I think this album will be just the thing to help me transition to the colder months.
- It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Seasons 1 and 2 — I just love this weird-dark-funny show centered around four friends and Danny Devito. In some ways, the bizarre humor reminds me of "Arrested Development," and since it's on FX, the writers can get away with much edgier stuff. This 2-season DVD set (which actually comes out today) is a must-have for my collection.
- Iron & Wine: The Shepherd's Dog — When the chill of fall first comes into the air, it's time for me to reach for my Iron & Wine albums. The perfect thing for curling up with on a cool night, Sam Beam's gentle rhythms and sublime storytelling never fail to satisfy me, so I'll be picking up his newest album when it comes out Sept. 25.
- TiVo HD Series 3 — If I could have any one thing as fall TV season kicks in, it would be this TiVo, which holds 300 hours of standard programming (or 32 hours of HD programming) and allows for recording two TV shows simultaneously, an absolute necessity for me. Its price tag is hefty (almost $800 plus monthly fees), but hey, a girl can dream.
- Stars: In Our Bedroom After the War — The first song I heard from this Canadian band's new album made me think of a perfect scene from a yet-to-be-written movie. Though I haven't heard the whole album yet, some early reviews promise that the full album continues that cinematic scope. The album will be released Sept. 25, but if you can't wait till then, you can download it now.