In my Spotify Time Capsule playlist

I’m going to preface this by saying that this is this week’s first Endless Blog Challenge post. I.e. this post should be read as a tag. Unless you know that, I think you might find it confusing. OK then, carry on! 

Here’s something I wonder; what algorithm did Spotify use to create the time capsule playlist?

I never wonder about algorithms, at all, but this, it has me intrigued.

Some of it makes sense, some if it, not so much.

In my list, most of it’s from the 90s, I don’t know if that’s the case for everyone, or if it’s just a reflection of what I listen to. There are a couple of tracks that make me wonder though.

The “What?!” song

While I know literally every song in the list by heart, there are two songs that make me just stare blankly.

Blur’s Song 2. I mean I know about Blur, and I know that Song 2 is one of the big ones. But I never listened to Blur. Never. I haven’t even a single Blur scrobble on last.fm. Is this a based on my age and the popularity of the song I should have been listening to it type deal?

Nutshell by Alice in Chains.

This is probably even more confusing. I don’t even know of this song. And Alice in Chains. I dunno. Just never appealed to me.

Artist/group with the most songs

I have three groups with three songs each in my list.

Korn. This I think of as incorrect; I only started listening to Korn this summer. I mean for real. The handful of times I played their debut back in the 90s does not count.

The live version of Blind they stuck in there though, is real nice:

Nine Inch Nails. This is obvious and correct. However. If a real person had created this list, Eraser would not have been the first track in the playlist. It just would’t. It’s not an opener. Also not the track you pick off of this release.

Given that, and what I’ve been listening to since I got Spotify, I have no idea how it figured out that I’m an old Roxette fan. But it’s accurate and I’m v. happy about it!

A song I’d forgotten about

There are a few, but let’s go with Something to believe in by Bon Jovi.

I don’t know why I don’t listen to this song more. Or this album for that matter. I really did like it. Still do.

A rare song

Somehow, the algorithm figured out I used to listen to Drain. Quite a bit too.

Yea. Pure lucky guess. Surprising nonetheless, feels like Drain is all but forgotten.

Favorite song

If I was making a list of my all-time favorite songs, this one would have to be on it. It’s one of those insane repeaters for me.

Missing

I get Blur, but I don’t get Oasis in my list? The band I actually listened to? Not that I want to listen to Oasis now, but still. Also, no Black Crows? Jack off Jill? Silverchair? Soundgarden? Bikini Kill? Nick Cave? Neubauten? No?

The fact that I get Drain but not Jack off Jill is just incomprehensible.

This week’s favorites

Blog

Arga Tanten (English: The Angry Lady). A blog about skincare run by a lady who is no longer in her 20s.

You might have noticed that any blog/channel/pod about skincare run by a lady over 30; it is my current obsession. This is no slight on 20-somethings; their concerns are different from mine.

As it so happens, this lady also has the tip of the week: let go of the cotton pads and just slap your products on using your hands. I can do that?!?

I was thinking of getting reusable cotton rounds, but I’ll def give this a go first; the fewer things the better, right?

Lippies

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Pre-spending diet, I managed to pick up two new NYX Lingerie lipsticks. I’m going sans foundation type product for now, and as it turns out, my favorite shade Corset looks terrible with my naked skin. So I did my research and found two colors that work well with my natural color: Exotic + Ruffle Trim

Another trick to make them work better with your natural color is to blot. (Maybe that’s just me? Maybe everyone else do blot their liquid lipsticks?)

The NYX Lingerie range remains a firm favorite for me. Stays on your lips, not sticky, only drying if you put on A TON (coincidentally why Beauty Mark works less well, because it’s patchy, and then you start to layer and that just does not end well and I’m so off topic. Never mind!), excellent shade range, I have no desire to try anything else because this works. I love it when you find something that works.

…what also works, when you leave home and forget all your lip products, is taking a (clean!) finger and putting shadow on your lips, top it off with some EOS lip balm. Just.  Saying.

Instagram account

This might be a bit of a weird one. I follow the food brand Saltåkvarn on Insta, and I’ve been loving their posts lately. There’s been lots of porridge posts lately. And. It just makes me very happy.

Especially when they turn porridge into dessert:

Book

I’ve read Mr. Darcy’s Diary by Amanda Grange. Saw a few negative comments on GoodReads; how are there people not liking this book?? I’m basically in love! I love everything about it, including the size of the book, you know, that it’s more of a square than books tend to be?

I want more books like this!

I also need to mention Nina Hemmingsson’s På A svarar jag hej då. Feeling sorry for all of you who don’t speak Swedish and are missing out.

Find

Spotify Discover Weekly has actually presented me with something quite brilliant. Had no intention of listening to it, but in my general undecided state as to what to listen to that particular day, Spotify started playing Emma Ruth Rundle and it was love at first sight.

It’s somewhere between Chelsea Wolfe and PJ Harvey. Have a listen!

 

Line in a song

Om vi nånsin behövt ett mirakel så kan det få komma nu.
(If we ever needed a miracle, now would be good)

Not so much the actual words as the delivery; I’m obsessed with the delivery.

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September summary

Let’s wrap up September!

Not that I know why I seem to be so damned thrilled about that.

If it was up to me every month would be September. Best month, easy peasy. Weather is on its best behavior, by which I mean it’s less bright, and that alone makes life infinitely easier to deal with.

Rainy and cold you say? Ja?? Is nice! Reasons to stay inside, get some proper clothes on, and I can finally open my blinds.

 

Listened to

Could Architects just take a goddamn break already? New track and I can’t even tell if it’s actually good anymore. I just feel like I have no judgement and love whatever they put out. 100% biased.

So that overshadows the new Alazka release Phoenixthe title track of which is still a favorite:

which is the album I wish was Panik’s comeback record, och alas, a world of no, it was not. To be clear, this is one good album and any band putting this out should be proud.

That damn Architects track also overshadows the new Stray from the Path release Only Death Is Real,

…the new The National Sleep Well Beast

…AND the new Novelists release (Dear all, could you maybe consider spreading it out a little??? I can’t give you the attention you deserve.)

Being as an Ocean though. Being as an Ocean may just be the one that didn’t quite get overshadowed. Because this is exactly the record I wanted them to release, i.e. what they’ve created is finally in sync with my taste. There’s even bit of piano on this record. If I was PMS-ing I would cry.

Current favorite track off of Waiting for the Morning to Come: Thorns.

I’ve also binged Under huden med Kakan Hermansson. To a point where both reading is music is suffering from it.

 

Watched

Have you. Seen Architects. At Reading? How is the sound this good when it’s live??

Yesyes! I know I’m way overdue for a new favorite band. I’ll find one eventually. It’s not looking good though.

 

Read

Naomi Klein’s That Changes Everything. Might have mentioned.

 

Firsts

First Sephora shop ever. Because I needed (apparently??) the plum shade in the Kat von D Shade + light palette. EXACTLY the purple I’ve been looking for, as expected. And speaking of purple…

Dyed hair purple. It’s. It has many advantages. Such as it doesn’t seem to bleed as much as the red dye, goes better with most colors (e.g. cannot stand yellow when my hair is red). But. To be honest. I miss the red.

Adopting a skincare routine. Not a minute too soon some would say. Not my mother tho.

Mom: Are all those bottles yours…?
Me: Yes!
Mom: What was in that package?
Me: MORE!

I wish I was more like my mother; she’s a true minimalist. In that respect. I’m not even sure she has any type face cream.

 

Skincare

I know it’s too soon to talk about favorite skincare products, but, well, it’s my blog and its main purpose has to be space for me to do whatever I want?

Without further ado: madly in love with these guys:

I don’t usually fall madly in love with Body Shop products, but this camomile cleanser and vitamin E serum-in-oil are just so lovely!

 

Food

Made this excellent warm salad (it’s what we call “bowls” in Sweden) the other day, out of necessity: beets roasted in wasabi sesame and olive oil + kale, raw cabbage and vegan roasted garlic mayo, black beans and a really nice bulgur. Which I’ve already managed to make a weekly staple. And it was pretty too. And there was a picture. Which I then proceeded to lose (???).

I’ll give you this ginger shot instead:

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And because I live in fear of being mistaken for a healthy person: I don’t take it as a shot, I mix it with my water. Because I am obsessed with the that ginger bite.

Monthly menstrual report

Congratulations all speakers of Swedish! You can enjoy this fabulous video-taped podcast:

30 minutes menstruation + birth related bleeding💕 💕 💕

Another good thing about this month: no menstruation for me! I told you it was good.

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5 fall favorites

I’ve distanced myself from the metal. Wee bit. Always easier in fall.

I maintain that any fall soundtrack must include at lest one Richard Hawley track. This year, my pick is the 2003 release Run for Me:

Another favorite for fall is the latest Fink release, the album as a whole is my current go-to for whenever I’m not sure what I want to listen to, but I want to listen to something. Not Everything was Better in the Past is a nice one.

For some reason, Amy MacDonald always makes more sense to me in the fall. This is an old favorite I was reminded of when listening to an old mixed CD in my car:

I’m also adding Daughter to my playlists, e.g. Smother from the 2013 release If You Leave:

And obviously, Jonathan is a given. Som om from the album Klagomuren, one the best albums there ever was /fact.

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In my Release Radar

Ach nee. Last week my Release Radar playlist was so good. Beyond good. It’s making up for it this week by being utterly boring.

I mean I like Philipp Poisel, but this is no way a new track.

Not that I’m actually complaining. I need a break after last week. But I have made room for Fear of the Water by Syml, which someone in my Instafeed recommended:

I did have a new Manson track in my playlist. It was…I don’t really understand what he’s doing anymore. Not that it matters. It’s not as if there’s nothing, new or otherwise, for me to listen to.

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This week’s favorites

Influencer

Need to mention thataylaa again because I’m obsessed (did I get the spelling right this time??). She’s quickly become the -only- person I trust when it comes to makeup. Clearly I need this Too Faced foundation:

Product of the week

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Budget friendly and cruelty free cream deodorant! I am super happy about it, because I had given up on finding one. You know that law of attraction thing? Don’t apply in my life, the law ruling my life is called the law of given up. The sooner I give up the better the outcome. Found this in a local shop; didn’t even have to order!

Release

I need to mention two:

The new Xcerts release was instant love for me:

It’s like…Amy MacDonald circa This Is the Life

The new Fink album, Resurgam.

Even if there were too many good releases this week too, just like last week. Getting impossible to keep up.

Cat

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Met a new cat and I’m excited! ..maybe shouldn’t tell people..?

Food

I don’t want to be samey. BUT. Just like the Mustards I’ve been having cold porridge. Unlike the Mustards, I’ve been having cold porridge for a bit over a year now. However, my reason for listing #cooloats as my food of the week is I just made up two new versions that I’m just mad about: carrot cake and apple pie.

The carrot cake one, all packed up in a glassjar with lots of cinnamon and walnuts for work:

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I’ll expand on this another time. Not because you particularly want me to I’m sure, but because I need to. I’m in love, OK?

Wearable

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Holzfällerhemd! Und shorts! All I want + need.

YouTube find

An Evening with Noel Fielding

Sometimes YouTube just knows.

I think we’ll leave it at that.

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Five songs for the gym

The gym. It is turning into an endless source of disappointment.

The schedule. The schedule is not getting better. Instructors: also not getting better. And music. It has never been worse.

There was a time when the music they played made sense; while it wasn’t music I would necessarily choose to listen to myself, it worked in the context.

Apparently, my gym has scrapped the works in gym context idea and instructors are just picking songs they like. Not sure if it’s because they don’t understand that they don’t work, or because they think we don’t need music to drive us on, to make it easier to find our way through the class, or that classes are too easy and we need music with unclear beat to distract us.

If the latter. Well played! But the strategy is flawed. Because chances are I might just give it up altogether.

I’m not asking for music according to my taste! I get that not everyone wants to work out to Bring Me the Horizon. Or Withing Temptation. (Even if I think that it’s just because they haven’t tried it…)

That being said. Chvrches—not only brilliant but how well wouldn’t Keep You on My Side work as second track of either of the cardio sets?

One of my absolute favorite songs to work out to ever is this track by Jessy; it was on a body pump class playlist in 2007. Back set. I need it to make a comeback. Or maybe I just need to make a comeback at a gym that has body pump classes?

See now? This works. The beat, it’s clear, it’s a good pace. That’s all we need. We don’t need it to fit regular taste in music.

Is picking songs from actual workouts cheating..? Might feel that way. A bit. At the same time, I know for a fact, that this Dead by April track is excellent for abs:

I used to dream about songs that just may make it into the workout playlists by the start of each new semester. My brain has finally realized that is not happening and stopped dreaming.

Until I walked through the reception on my way to class the other day.

They were playing Deaf Havana at the gym.

!!??

There are other people where I live who not only know of Deaf Havana but also like Deaf Havana and who are in charge of music at my gym!!??

I’ve decided that it’s the instructor of the Wednesday workouts. She has impeccable taste. Has to be her. Enter dreams about Deaf Havana on my Wednesday workout.

Not that I can figure out which Deaf Havana it could possibly be. None of the tracks on the latest release would be obvious choices.

See? This is what I’m talking about; while I love Deaf Havana it’s just not music meant for working out. And seriously, I have to stop typing Deaf Havana right now.

I still think fondly of the workout this same instructor did a few seasons back that ended with Fall Out Boy’s cover of Beat It. It was one brilliant workout throughout, and this is perfect for the final push of the very last cardio set.

Next semester, I fully expect P!nk’s What about Us to make it onto at least one workout playlist. More specifically, I’ll expect it on my Monday workouts. Just because the instructor on Mondays always seem to make sure to fill her playlists with women. Keep wondering if she does this on purpose, or if that just happens to be her taste. She does a brilliant job either way.

 

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Dream lineup

This post is a part of the Endless Blog Challenge, which I introduced/created on Sunday.

This prompt asks participants in the challenge to list four bands that should do a tour together.

There is a reason I’m asking for four. It is the perfect number. Have you been to gigs where more than four bands are playing? It’s excruciating. Too long. And more often than not, there will be at least one band that’s just not your cup of tea.

Funny thing is, my dream lineups either are or have at one point in time been touring. The one problem is that they insist on touring where/when I cannot go.

Or well I could. But then I’d have to live off of rice and lentils for the rest of the year. Which is probably where I draw the line.

Here’s an example!

Amity, Alazka and Casey all on the same tour!??!

..not too keen on Counterparts but let’s ignore that for now.

I have done extensive research. Getting to any of these places and not paying a small fortune is difficult. Put mildly. November, December and January are decidedly terrible months to be traveling from Sweden.

Since apparently Europe = German speaking countries, Berlin could be done. But they’re not playing Berlin. (??? Has to be a mistake ???) So I’m assuming they’ve done this on purpose. They’re targeting me specifically, making sure I can’t go. Or maybe to test how badly I want to go? It is one of them two for sure. (Oh yes, the world revolves around me, didn’t you know?)

Other bands also touring terrible places:

Stray from the Path; at least they have the decency to tour a reasonable time of year (October) but Södertälje…? Who plays in Södertälje??? Of all places! Or some non-central place in the general Gothenburg area? That’s a no go. But if I’m being honest, Stray is, at this point in time, the band I’m most keen to see.

Northlane; They’re in the UK late November, and I’m there’s early November, so that doesn’t work, and then Gothenburg in December. Yess.. I can see it now. Stuck on a cold train in the middle of nowhere Sweden in December. I’m going with no…

Thrice; Now if only Thrice could bring Stray along. Or the other way around, doesn’t really matter. I’d even consider the US, which is where they’re touring next.

Architects; They are touring early 2018. January/February in other countries. I feel as if attendance is mandatory. London? Berlin? At the same time. I’m not sure I’m willing to go anywhere that time a year. If they were bringing Stray (det var då ett jävla tjat?!), I could maybe change my mind. They often do, but not this time. For shame

Conclusion

1. I am one whiny fan.

2. Current dream line-up:

Thrice // Stray from the Path // Northlane // Casey

I’d disregard my budget entirely for this lineup at any venue in Glasgow. Any!

Anywhere else: budget might come into play.

3. I live in the wrong place. And I’m not even moving anywhere near the right place. FFS.

August wrap up

Listened to

Music has to stop. There are too many good new releases. This month we were treated to:

New Pvris track Winter. Best one so far!? The album is lovely too of course.

New Alazka track Ghost. Again, best one so far!? Previous ones, not bad. So looking forward to the album release, which, by the way, is tomorrow.

Brilliant new Foxblood release, Bittersweet:

This alternate version of Xcert’s Feels Like Falling in Love I’m absolutely mad about. Melancholy with a Thåström-type piano. (A fave type of piano playing, because I ♥ simple. You may want to compare and contrast with Thåström’s Sönder Boulevard btw, it’s a fun little exercise.)

Happy Spotify is keeping me up to date? Not sure.

As if that wasn’t enough. Suddenly learned to love Stray from the Path. So I like hardcore now???

Watched

This quite recent NIN show:

Had an epiphany. Or. It made me realize that Korn’s current setlist does makes sense. (Wasn’t entirely sure in this here post.) Because, Korn playing the entire of The Serenity of Suffering, (which is what I would like) would be like NIN playing all of their most recent release forsaking all others. That wouldn’t be great.

Also. WHY did I bother with Korn when there’s NIN? (The answer is of course Jonathan Davis, but never mind…)

…I’m just hoping no one who was ever in NIN will ever release a biography. Ever. Because I suspect they were/are no better than Fieldy. And if any of them already did, don’t tell me, I don’t want to know.

Oh my god I’m off track now, let’s get to the point already: How have I still not seen this band live??? There has to be something wrong with me. Need Europe dates asap!

Meanwhile. Amity Affliction + Casey + Alazka and Architects all have tour dates coming up. How to choose???

If we could just get back to the watching theme of this section…

YouTube finally recommended me Jamie Genevieve. Because how else does one find anything? Been binge watching like a madwoman.

She makes me want to make an actual effort when putting on makeup + buy all the things. So. Good and bad all at the same time.

American Gods. Got the DVDs because I couldn’t figure out how to stream in Sweden. (Other countries yes, Sweden no.) It’s…do we like this??

 

Twitter was great

Imagine it’s 1992 and Axl Rose tweets this about Metallica/James Hetfield:

That should give you some idea of the position Amity Affliction + Architects hold in my universe, and explain why I find this tweet insanely entertaining. Because Axl Rose would never ever have said this about Metallica, or vice versa, even if there had been a Twitter in 1992.

A favorite from Muralgranskaren:

English: This, my brothers, is in Truth Black Metal-Singing.

(And yes, it is weird use of language in Swedish too.)

Just one more! My fave feminist:

English: Humanism—when you want to make yourself look like a nice person but not change anything.

And. Nobody missed SamArchitects doing the right thing, as per usual, right?

Basically. Architects just keep making everyone else look really bad. Have I mentioned lately that I love this band? L O V E.

But seriously. If this wasn’t in your feed, there is something very wrong with your feed. Hell, Stylist Magazine tweeted about it. Lord knows why, but they did.

 

Reading

If you haven’t read Roxane Gay’s Hunger yet you need to get to it!

 

Rediscovered

The shade Maple in the kinda horrible Sleek Ultra Mattes V2 palette. It looks like it should be brown/orange, but on me it’s definitely 100% a red/pink bruise type shade. And it’s amazing. The shade Thunder is also not bad. Excellent crease color for blue looks.

20,000 days on Earth. I usually love the Nick Cave documentaries, this one just didn’t speak to me at all. Until now.

 

Using

Urtekram lotion that smells like rosemary. It doesn’t sound too exciting but I love this scent.

 

Monthly menstrual report

Menstrual cup research, this one’s great if you feel like you want some encouragement:

Unfortunately, I then went on to watch a few less positive videos. Currently unsure that a menstrual cup would work for me. Because:

a. Cannot find my cervix for the life of me.
b. Cannot be having something that might be pushing on my bladder because if I pee anymore frequently, I may as well move into the bathroom. All liquids seem to just go straight through me. (Unless I drink too much tea. Can’t be it?)

Good news: stopped being regular sooo there is hope yet I won’t have to resort to the menstrual cup!?

And in the event I’m back to regular, I’ll just refer to this Tweet:

English: The menstrual cup is great and all, but could people stop making women’s bodily functions seem like environmental problems?

Unlikely though. My period was especially sneaky and difficult to predict this month. None of the usual symptoms and random point in time. Not that it matters much, it was of the light flow variety, so not really something worth spending this many words on. Probably. I ♥ talking menstruation tho. So. Ja.

 

Reminder

Don’t get cats, they die on you.

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In which I’ve made a mistake

Ach nee.

Have you listened to the All These Countless Nights track by track commentary?

Don’t.

Just don’t.

The commentary to the brilliant track Pensacola, 2013 makes me think of this post:

Ibland kan jag vara så förbannad på en pojkvän jag haft. Att han tog sig rätten att göra anspråk på mig och att han inte gjorde slut när han märkte att jag for illa i relationen. Jag var i ett stadie där det var svårt för mig att vakta mina egna gränser. Jag ville bara ha kärlek, hans kärlek (för det var den enda jag visste). Han var inte kapabel att ge mig det jag behövde, och ändå var han kvar mer mig i år efter år. Fortsatte göra anspråk på mig år efter år. Trots att han såg ner på mig, trots att han tyckte att jag gjorde allt fel, så envisades han med att vara med mig. Ja, jag borde ha gjort slut, men jag hade inte styrkan. Jag älskade jag honom. Jag ville ju försöka. Det var från honom passiviteten kom. Han borde ha lämnat mig trots att jag bad honom att stanna. För att det är det enda barmhärtiga att göra i en sådan situation. Uppbrottet smärtar oavsett, men det totala lidandet blir mindre ju kortare relationen är. Jag tror att män gör så för att de är fega. De är rädda för att vara ensamma. Och priset de betalar för en relation är inte lika högt. Men offret för deras feghet är kvinnan.

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It reads: Instead of ending the relationship I thought I’d just neglect it. That way, I can suck you dry of your last love and not have to do anything myself. And also, I’ll avoid all the pesky feelings of breaking up. 

I don’t want anything I like to remind me of this post. I just don’t.

I blame the radio. I usually try to avoid track by track commentaries because they tend to be a painful listen, but since radio has been equally painful since one radio show host presented the well-informed opinion that we should eat bacon because it tastes good, I can’t stand radio either. And I just wanted to listen to someone talking.

Mistake. Clearly.