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.

2017 challenge

I’ve been challenged by hitherdither to do something about the awful gender inequality that is my current taste in music.

While I clearly struggle with sticking to challenges, I can’t not take this challenge on. It would go against the very core of my beliefs.

I did try to write it off by referring to my taste in books; my taste in music is the exact opposite of my taste in music. If we’re talking gender. But it is a poor argument, it really is. So I’ve deviced a plan!

It’s basically this: whenever making a playlist, it must include the same number of female vocalists as male vocalists. Bonus: this autmatically leads to musical variation. There’s still a lack of women in metal, which as you may have noticed is currently my prefered genre, so including female vocalist means more a range of music listened to.

It’s not much, but at least it’s a step in the right direction.

To help myself out I’ve created a massive playlist including all female vocalists I know and love. So that I can just drag and drop. However. Realization: I’m so not updated. Surely something’s happened since 90s/00s? What female vocalists are we listening to these days?

With few exceptions (Lana del Rey is..new-ish..?), I’m stuck right about here:

Hole, need I explain why?

Lots of that in my playlist. Ditto Garbage:

Well. At least I’ve got all of their pink record in my playlist.

Similarly, stuck on My Ruin’s A Prayer under Pressure of Violent Anguish.

The fact that the lyrics still runs out of me like water…makes me wonder why that is information my brain holds on to while whatever could be useful, it just, evaporates?

If you listen to My Ruin, you listen to Jack off Jill. It’s a fact of life.

I know PJ Harvey has been putting out new music, but I seem to be forever stuck on To Bring You My Love.

Another obvious like, the Dresden Dolls.

And oh, early Tori Amos.

I know there is new music, I’m just at a loss as to how to find it. My old tricks are futile.

Old tricks = go to whatever band you’re really liking on Spotify or Last.fm and click related artists. Always generates something new and fun. But you can click away on artists related to Architects all you like, you’ll never find your way to any sort of female artist. Doesn’t work. You’ll just end up finding another British post-hardcore act that you just loooove and then just binge listening to making this challenge all the more difficult. Like Dependence. Which I found the other day. Was metal ever as good as it is right now?

Anyway.

What source am I supposed to use? How do I find the new Tori? The new Courtney? The new Jack Off Jill? HOW? Is there a magazine? A blog? Am I going to have to visit a school and the the kids what they’re listening to these days???

The one downside to being a adult; your taste in music stagnates. Or at least, you can’t rely on your peers to supply you with new music, unless you need someone to introduce you to Sisters of Mercy. I’m not bashing old music, but listening to and seeing bands that are finding their feet is so much more fun. Less polished and thought out. Appeals to me.

Thoughts???