What’s your soundtrack to the end of the world? We’re talking a doomsday, dystopian kind of scenario, everyone dies, including, the horror, the internet. This is important stuff. Preparation is key.
I.e. what will you be stuck listening to when Spotify/whatever streaming service you’re using stops working?
You just have your phone and whatever you’ve got stored on it, getting music from other sources is not an option.
I had a crisis this morning. Not quite zombie invasion, nor being cut off from mainland as you might expect (I live on an island, just barely an island, you could swim across, easy), but close!
I headed out for my daily 2-hour walk and 15 minutes in Spotify stops working. Horror! Panic! Spotify had been behaving erratic so I should have expected it, but as per usual, I was ever the optimist and thought rebooting the phone would solve the problem. Which I did before heading out. Apparently made matters worse.
Well not actually worse, but it was kind strange that it refused to play anything except for Architects’ All Our Gods Have Abandoned Us, when there was at least the entire back catalog of 2 other bands in the playlist. Took me a few tracks to realize it wasn’t just, you know, a sign, or Spotify telling me that I was not listening enough to AOGHAU (both of which, in my world, would make sense).
Walking without a destination for 2 hours is not something you do without a soundtrack. Or at least I don’t. It’s music or no walking. Sure, I could have gone home and fixed Spotify, headed out later. But I don’t trust myself. If I go back, I’m not going out again, I will invent an excuse. And I need the walks, not least because of the D vitamin. I hear it’s kinda important if you’re a. on a vegan diet and b. live in Scandinavia. The walking must carry on.
Well. I could carry on, because I knew that at least I had AOGHAU on the SD card, so switching app I would avoid the annoyance of the music stopping every time it hit a track that was not AOGHAU. Which was why Spotify kept playing it and nothing but.
Apparently, in the event of a crisis, this is what I’m listening to:
As mentioned, Architect’s All Our Gods Have Abandoned Us was indeed on my device. There’s a practical reason for it, it’s not just the fear that it will somehow disappear from Spotify; it’s because I’m an impatient sort of person. I got my hands on the record before it was released on Spotify, thusly, you save a copy on all of your devices so that you can listen to it. And then you don’t delete it because, as evidence shows, that’s just smart thinking.
Hardly surprising, and something I should have probably guessed because I do like to store this next record in all sorts of places as it is not available on Spotify, I also found this masterpiece:
Ah yes, I’ve mentioned this one before too, haven’t I? Tura Satana’s Relief Through Release, it’s basically the love of my life. Or at least one of.
More surprisingly, and pleasantly so, I found another Tura Satana record:
I didn’t think I liked more than maybe 2 tracks off of All Is Not Well, tops. As I discovered, not the case at all. It’s a keeper for the end of the world. And let’s be honest, in the event of an actual crisis, I would not survive. I’m OK with that, because I’ve got All Is Not Well.
It doesn’t end here. There was actually two more records on my device – am I prepared or what? I should have guessed there would be a record in German:
Farin Urlaub’s Die Wahrheit übers Lügen. It both makes sense and not sense at the same time. My initial thought was why would this be on here, and no record by Die Ärzte? The answer is obvious: I was trying to get it to synch with Spotify, and before diving in to the darkness that is the Die Ärzte folder, I tried getting Spotify to synch this one album. Unsuccessfully. But also, if I’m being honest, as an album, I like this record better than any of the Die Ärzte albums. For me this works as a unit, whereas I just like tracks off of all the Die Ärzte records; I don’t ever listen to an album start to finish when it comes to dÄ, even if I do love them and will readily agree that they are indeed die beste Band der Welt.
Final record, and another one which I should have known was on there:
Bring Me the Horizon’s Suicide Season. And let me emphasize that this is not the BMTH of choice because I idealize early BMTH. I love all BMTH equally. It’s here because for a while it entertained me greatly to wake up to “I’ve got a secret / It’s on the tip of my tongue, it’s on the back of my lungs / And I’m gonna keep it / I know something you don’t know“. I kid you not, it made me wake up happy. Which was later on replaced by a feeling that my neighbors were definitely going to report me to security if I kept it up (I get up ridiculously early, and for reasons unknown to me, people don’t like waking up to Oliver Sykes shouting. Clearly there’s something wrong with them). This is not as irrational as it may sound. While still a student, security once knocked on my door. Because I was playing The Mission too loud. It was just past ten. It was a Friday. I lived in a building where only students lived. It’s was The Mission! How loud could it possibly have been?? Clearly someone had it in for me. Also. Scarred for life.
Considering none of these are on my device for any other reason than practical, it’s not a bad selection. Last time I had a crisis, because I’ve had this type of crisis before, and, considering that, should be even better prepared, I lived in Scotland. I lived in Scotland and had brought all of my music with me on a hard drive. Yes one. No backup. Because I’m a careful sort of person. Who just swipes the hard drive off of the table onto concrete floor. Was left listening to John Frusciante for weeks. Because it was all I had on CD: Curtains + Shadows Collide with People. It could definitely have been worse, I mean JF makes music just about as interesting as it can possibly get, but also interesting music gets boring after a while. You can’t exactly go rebuying all of the records you already have at home, can you? Well you could. But it does seems kind of stupid.
Actually, my main concern right now is that I haven’t got Lost Forever // Lost Together on my device. I’ll do something about that. After having reinstalled Spotify. Praying to the tech gods it’ll work as expected after that.