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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This has been an Endless Blog Challenge post.

Things I worry about

I’m a worried sort of person. I worry about a lot of things. Most of which are irrational or simply completely and utterly unimportant.

For example, I often worry that my taste in music will stagnate. I live in constant fear of being the person who hasn’t discovered a new band for 20 years. Who’s still going to see the same band playing the same songs only in a far bigger venue and with a lot less passion.

Currently top of my wishlist: end of year summary of new acts listened to by the end of the year from Spotify. Although that’s probably asking a lot since they didn’t even manage to send me any type summary for last year. Should probably take notes based on last.fm’s last.week.

Moving on…

This is also one of few areas where I put in an effort. It is possible to learn to love an act you previously couldn’t stand. Or at least thought very little of. I do this all the time.

The idea of working too hard to like something that doesn’t come natural to you I find very strange in this context. You’d miss out on a lot and never develop your taste. Besides, some of my absolute favorites are an acquired taste. Actually. Can’t think of one that isn’t.

This idea, presented by one influencer in passing and which has since proceeded to annoy the hell out of me, seems to be based on the assumption that people like a certain genre, and that acts within this genre will appeal to you naturally.

This is just insanity. I’ve worked equally hard to like Stray from the Path (hardcore) and Jonathan Johansson (pop). Initial reaction to both Noooooo, what is this?? I hardly think I’m unique in this. By which I’m trying to demonstrate that it’s not connected to genre.

I’m not saying you can learn to love anything—to my great dismay. I still want to be Silvana Imam’s biggest fan but it’s just not happening. And then there are some you should just stay away from by principle, what I am saying is that you could well be missing out if you’re still going back to what you listened to as a teenager, not adding anything new to your playlist.

Sure, I still give Antichrist Superstar a listen every once in a while, but then I’ll add the latest Pvris to the list, because music is not getting any worse. In fact, I have this constant feeling that it is in fact getting better. If you don’t agree, then I’m 100% sure you’re still listening to Guns N Roses and, let’s face it, they’re not aging well.

Basically, I also worry that you, yes you, are missing out too.

This might have been brought on by spending to much time at uni with people even older than me (yes, imagine that), who still haven’t moved on from Sisters of Mercy. Not that I don’t love First & Last & Always, it’s just. Have you seen Stray from the Path live? Can’t we just let Andrew Eldritch move on to other things?

So basically. If you’re wondering what that old person is doing at the gig, well that would be me, and this should explain why.

January wrap up

Music

Have we talked about ooold neeews? Makes me forget about my lack of excitement the last time I saw Jonathan play entirely! When can I go again??

Reads

Technically, I finished Hela Kakan back in December, but surely it could be mentioned again? Loved it!

Other than that, seems reading is coming along quite slowly this month.

Wearables

Puma Ignite trainers. Been a while since I had a pair of trainers this good. Last pair I had that I was madly in love with were also a pair of Puma. Really should stick to this brand, they’re my perfect fit.

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Puma Ignite + a nice new sports bra from H&M + vest

No7 pore minimising primer. Did I tell you about accidentally opening a new No7 primer, and it turned out it wasn’t the same primer I’d been using but instead a much better one? Well I did. The fact that No7 products are too much alike, both blessing and curse.

On the screen

Emma Blackery’s video on her 20 Placebo songs. Need I explain why? 1) I do like Placebo, but we’ve lost touch lately, 2) Love it when you find material with a quite narrow target audience and you’re actually in that target audience, 3) It’s my kind of music nerdiness.

Stumbled across Hannah Witton on YouTube, love this:

Gilmore Girls got nothing on Caitlin.

Swedish Come Dine with Me (Halv åtta hos mig). It’s a sick obsession.

Food

Does anybody really want to think about food in January?

Although. I did invent a wicked pasta mushroom combo: aubergine roasted until is practically black, mushrooms, Oatley cream, mustard, sun-dried tomatoes, garlic, smoked paprika, pasta and some fresh tomatoes with that. V. v. pleased.

Miscellaneous

Cleaned up my layout. Currently using the theme Ryu; love the clean, simple + contrasty layout.

Villfarelser. On Insta/Twitter/Pinterest. Suddenly had lots of pictures like this in my Pinterest feed:

"Självinsikt" #villfarelser #självinsikt

Ett inlägg delat av VILLFARELSER™ (@villfarelser)

Turns out, it’s the creation of Villfarelser, you can follow on Insta and Twitter. The text reads I lacked self awareness. I was a wonderful human being. So in love with this. Old pics and absurd, bitter captions, it doesn’t get any better than that.

Plans for February

Winter makes me want to die. I just want to hibernate until April. OK?

Might pull myself together enough to:

1) Restart my HBO subscription so that I can watch Vikings and Girls.
2) Visit Stockholm. Not as much of a plan as I’m being forced.
3) I think I’m starting a bullet journal? Maybe? Pinterest has me brainwashed.

End of year summary; Albums

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Listing my top albums of the year has never been this easy; they’re three in total:

Thrice; To Be Everywhere Is to Be Nowhere // The Amity Affliction; This Could Be Heartbreak // Architects; All Our Gods Have Abandoned Us

I really did like Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds’ Skeleton TreeRoddy Hart & the Lonesome Fire’s Swithering is still getting a fair amount of play, In Flames’ Battles was every bit as good as you would expect an In Flames record to be (and that is not bad), and Jonathan Johansson’s Love & Devotion was insanely catchy there is no denying that.

But compared to the above mentioned, they just don’t register.

Other albums I’ve played a lot this year:

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Clearly, my taste is kinda narrow.

What have you been listening to?

xo,

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End of year summary; Gigs

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I’m on the way to my last gig for the year. I’m seeing Amity Affliction + Northlane + Stray from the Path + Wage War at Fryshuset.

Even if I’m fed up with packing my bag to go to Stockholm, I am looking forward to it A LOT. Amity + Northlane are two of my absolute faves.

I haven’t been to or even been wanting to go to gigs much lately. As in the past few years. So this this year has been something of a surprise.

March

Jonathan Johansson at Cirkus, Stockholm. He did a set of shows called Trilogi where he played through 3 of his latest albums (minus a song or two). Approximately 2 hour set, no opening act, break in the middle. Absolutely love this format, please let it be a trend asap.

May

Architects at Concorde 2, Brighton. Album release show, cheapest of all the shows I’ve been to (maybe ever?): £ 15 for admission + album. So basically paid to attend…? Loved it. Probably my favorite this year, purely because the song selection was brilliant. If I was going to complain about something it’d be the set was too short or they could have played Gravity, but only a fool would complain. It doesn’t get any better than this.

Considering the ticket price, I feel as if I owe it to them to buy lots of merch.

August

Thrice at The Forum, London. Barely knew who they were at the time. I just knew they’d released a brilliant record couple of months earlier and that was enough to convince me I needed to see them play. Absolutely loved the show! With the exception of the unbearable heat at the venue.

October

Architects at Fryshuset Stockholm + Trädgår’n Gothenburg. This time around they were playing Gravity. Once again, excellent selection of songs, but maybe the set could be longer…? For me, the setlist is what really makes or breaks the show. Whether you’re bringing a big production or not, it just doesn’t matter.

November

Bring Me the Horizon at SSE Hydro, Glasgow. Still touring That’s the Spirit, this time with a much bigger show than last year (saw them at Fryshuset in November 2015, probably only gig I went to in 2015?), and a slightly different selection of songs which I’d say wasn’t necessarily better. For that type of show. While I get that they want to flaunt all of their range, it makes the show less cohesive, bit lacking the energy I feel a metal show needs (expect it to have?).

Not that this in any way puts me off. They’re my team; I’ll go see them play anywhere I can always.

Casey/Burning Down Alaska/Being as an Ocean at The Garage, Glasgow. The luxury of a good opening act that you actually haven’t heard before! That pretty much never happens. I’m talking about Casey obviously.

Burning Down Alaska would probably be more fun seeing in Germany where people know who they are. Still, excellent setlist, and the new singer Karim is mad impressive.

Being as an Ocean…not quite my cup of tea. Fortunately for me, the two songs of theirs that I love and have been listening to were the first two songs of the set. Which meant that being the morning person that I am, I could go back to the hotel and go to bed because I was just exhausted.

Architects at ABC, Glasgow. You’d think I’d be bored by now. But let me tell you: ZERO percent bored. Would go again if I could!

Bring Me the Horizon at Hovet, Stockholm. Same show/setlist as in Glasgow, v. v. different audience. And ehm, was it just me or did Oli seem…a bit bored? (I’ve barely seen a single review of any of the shows I’ve been to, what’s up with that? It’d just be nice with a second opinion sometimes I feel.)

December

Jonathan Johansson at Katalin, Uppsala. I’m going to have to accept the fact that Jonathan is no longer within the range of  things I like. I have no idea what he’s on about anymore. The song selection was incomprehensible, excellent pop tracks were lost due to arrangements that have no business being in a live show, and the final encore was a slow song that I would not hesitate to call an album filler. Honestly, it was insulting.

Amity Affliction at Fryshuset, Stockholm. They’re playing Pittsburgh, I know they’re playing Pittsburgh; that’s all I need to know to know that this is going to be great. Also, they’re not going to have their final encore be Rosa Himmel, or equivalent, because A) they have more sense than that, and B) they haven’t got shit songs like that their catalogue, and maybe most of all C) they’re a metal band. They wouldn’t do that to their show. Or their audience. Honestly, Jonathan seems more interested in entertaining himself + his band than the audience. Although, I’m positive all hipsters in attendance would disagree with me.

But that’s just because they don’t know any better. /bitter old hag refusing to grow up and go to age appropriate shows, e.g. Jonathan

For next year, I’ll be keeping my eyes open for:

Gigs in: Berlin, Prague, London, Brighton, Glasgow.

If any of the following are touring: Dream on, Dreamer, Glasvegas, Editors, Nine Inch Nails, PVRIS, Novelists.

Aaand. Wouldn’t mind seeing Architects and Thrice again.

Although right now, also wouldn’t mind a year of staying home. I’m mean I’m an introvert for god’s sake. This is highly unusual behavior for me.

 

Lots of love!

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New additions to my playlist

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Jonathan Johansson – Vem av alla. Off of his new record Love & Devotion. So catchy I like it against my will. Also worth listening to: the first track on the record, Bull City (personal favorite).

Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross – A Minute to Breathe. Off of the Before the Flood soundtrack. It’s very pretty.

Philipp Poisel – Erkläre mir die Liebe. German singer-songwriter. I want to claim that this is so typically German, as in, why don’t we make this type music around here?

Roddy Hart & the Lonesome Fire – Berlin. Fave track off of the new record Swithering. I desperately hope it gets a video. I guess you could check out Violet which is the first single form the record. But really, do go give Berlin a listen over at Spotify.

Casey – Fade. That band I saw in Glasgow who opened for Burning Down Alaska/Being as an Ocean. Made it into my most frequently played playlist. Shame singer cut his hair tho?

Novelists – Souvenirs. French metalcore. Who thought that was even a thing.

What’s in your playlist?

xo,

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November favorites

Music

It’s been out for a while, but I was suddenly struck by just how great Adna’s Overthinking is.

Fave song live was without a doubt Bring Me the Horizon’s Avalanche. I’ve always liked the song well enough, but live it just hit me.

Became slightly obsessed with a few Little Jinder tracks, as a result of watching Så mycket bättre, like the rest of Sweden. Here’s Super 8:

So looking forward to an entire week of her on this year’s edition of Musikhjälpen. Love her punk rock attitude, it’s going to be so much fun.

Books

For a while there, I was starting to despair. A) Didn’t read an awful lot, B) the ones did read were a bit meh. In addition to which they didn’t fit my challenge. I didn’t even like Ravencliffe.

Texts from Jane Eyre was definitely a fave tho (even if, technically, I did finish it 31 October, but whatever).

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Almost starting to think I need to read Atlas Shrugged, I mean, all evidence suggests it’s kinda funny?

But then I ended the month by reading Estrid by Johanne Hildrebrandt and it was not only good; it was everything I wanted it to be. Still impressed with Johanne’s way with words, how she balances our everyday way of expression with a few well selected words we associate with the old days. It reads so well. And she knows how to draw the reader in. Bonus points for most characters being petty, greedy, just awful people. As in the majority of all characters. Love that.

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Wearables

Big chunky knits were definitely a theme. Also been reaching for jeans (black! the horror that you would think I’d wear denim) way more than I have for ages. Actually don’t think I’ve worn an actual dress/skirt even once. Unless you count oversized knits as dresses.

A pair of Vagabond boots I got on sale (half price, such a find), I just want to live in them. Comfortable + goes with everything. I really want a back-up pair, that is how comfortable they are.

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In terms of makeup, I’ve been obsessed with no-brow, no-liner looks. Quick + easy! Bonus points for making you look creepy.

Social Media

Russell Brand’s Trews!

Also. Bumble on Instagram. I have no idea how I ended up there, but how I love it.

It’s feminism, being introvert, and just not being perfect and sharing it. Just ♥♥♥

Suddenly became completely obsessed with Sarah Hawkinson; been watching for a while, but I’ve started going back and watching v. v. old vids. Not so old vid:

Meanwhile. Where do you go for YouTube recommendations? What YouTube recommends me is just not good enough.

DanArchitects. I’m sure he’s a great drummer and all, but I’m far more impressed with his Twitter skills. I only wish all musicians I followed were this funny, sarcastic, informative. A fave tweet from this month:

(I don’t see why not, most of us seem to deserve it?)

Food

I just have one food related thing on my mind: Glasgow’s Stereo. Visited 3 times the week I was in Glasgow – it was that good. Special mention: their buffalo cauliflower + sun dried tomato, rosemary & chili polenta chips. A-mazing. Combine it with a glass of Sauvignon blanc and it’s just heaven.

And new fave drink Dark & Stormy: ginger beer + rum. Ah ginger. I could marry it.

Series/movies

Finally watched Before the Flood. If like me you’ve been putting it off, there’s really no need. It’s an easy watch despite the serious subject. It made me feel as if we’re in the middle of a the world is flat type discussion.

Bonus: TRez + Atticus Ross made a beautiful soundtrack to it.

Gilmore Girls. Happier about the fact that it was back than the actual content tho. Not that it was bad. Except for that musical thing which which I’m quite upset about. You’ve got 4 episodes and you spend 15 minutes on a terrible musical? WHYYY?

Historieätarna. Has been ZERO PERCENT disappointing. Let’s not think about the fact that this is the last season. It will be missed.

Miscellaneous

Last time I mention my trip to Glasgow, promise! Even rainy days in Glasgow are better than Sweden in November. This is from when we walked along Clyde.

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Blow out I got at Belle & Blackley in Glasgow. While I’m not convinced I should have layers or a Brenda (90210 obvs) type fringe, the blow out was the best I ever did have. I only wish I could be bothered to do it myself.

Architects at ABC; I may have loved Bring Me’s Avalanche a ridiculous amount, and the show was so great – hell I went back for seconds on the 25th in Stockholm – but nothing compares to Architects. Am I considering going to America for more next year? Kinda. A little bit. With any luck the whole tour will be sold out before I do something stupid.

Plans for December

  1. See Jonathan Johansson play
  2. See Amity Affliction + Northlane play
  3. Work all alone in the office because I’m all out of vacay.

xo,

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October blog challenge part 3 of 5

Part 3 of the October blog challenge! Part 1 is here, and part 2 is here.

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FIFTEEN. Who’s in your playlist?

Bunch of guys + Lady Gaga

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SIXTEEN. Things you’re looking forward to

ARCHITECTS // BRING ME THE HORIZON // AMITY AFFLICTION // BEING AS AN OCEAN // BURNING DOWN ALASKA // NORTHLANE //  BURY TOMORROW // JONATHAN JOHANSSON

CAN YOU SEE HOW EXCITED I AM?!!??

Also. Going to Glasgow. Eating lots of good food, drinking lots of…drinks.

Not forgetting! Having time off work.

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SEVENTEEN. Pet peeves

Oh good! An opportunity to show what a bitter old hag I am!

The list really could go on forever, but on the very top of my list is incorrectly formatted block quotes. NO they should not be centered, NO they should not be in italics, NO there shouldn’t be any quotation marks – I mean JFC, have you seriously not seen a block quote before? You’ve managed to get hired in a research capacity at a uni and you’ve never seen a block quote? You’re just doing this wind me up, aren’t you!?

Another fave is spelling du (you) and dina (your) with capital letters. I’m sorry this is a crime and the punishment should be repeated beatings with Svenska skrivregler. 

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EIGHTEEN. Tattoos/piercings

Another pet peeve right there: incomplete scentences.

OK. I’m trying my hardest to view this as an open question. I can make of it what I want.

Tattoos can be pretty, I have none. Because I would regret it, because I change my mind a lot. That being said. I have a tiny board on Pinterest. Mackintosh, flowers. I would like it.

I also have no piercings. Except for in my ears. 4 in my left and 3 in my right. 5 of them I’ve done myself with a safety pin. Because I used to be clever like that.

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NINETEEN. Wordless Wednesday

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TWENTY. Bucket list

My understanding of what this even is is quite vague. It’s something to do with things you want to do in your life, right?

Should google it. I really should.

At some point.

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TWENTY ONE. Top 5 songs right now

Oo. Three music topics in one entry. Such luxury! Let’s see what trusty old last.fm has to say about it:

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Oh gee. That’s not predictable at all.

xo,

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Is it Sunday yet? Weekly summary

I’ve already grown tired of fall. It’s unseasonably cold; I am v. v. worried about winter.

Other things I’ve been up to this week:

Listened to the most recent In Flames record thinking I may have just been mistaken thinking I didn’t want to see them live. Again.

Northlane’s Node finally started to make so much sense to me. About time! Current fav track from the record is Rot:

Read Rainbow Rowell’s Landlinesdisliked it to a point where I don’t think I’ll be reading any more of her books. Quite disappointed, I really did think we’d get along.

Gave the new Meshuggah a try. It’s still not my cup of tea; no matter what anyone tweets.

..unlike Dream on, Dreamer’s Songs of Solitude. Another band I’m itching to see live, but apparently they insist on touring Europe the same time as everyone else and I’m already booked up and out of vacation. Never mind my financial situation. I daren’t even look at it. Which I quickly forgot and…

Made plans for another gig; I’ve already seen Jonathan Johansson once this year, but apparently that wasn’t enough. ..but also. He’s playing on a Saturday close to where my sister lives; I have literally no excuse not to go. If I needed one.

Proof-read until my eyes bled. Or at least wept. Trying to get the eye makeup to stay on my face was truly a challenge.

Been lusting after Beth Ditto’s hair color, this one:

Another happy birthday to John! One of our many adventures together !!! @johnsrednicki #grandoleopry

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Had severe doubts about this not straighten hair business. Just once or twice a week? Won’t hurt right?

Basically, I haven’t had many thoughts this week that were unrelated to the music I listen to. I don’t imagine next week will be much different.

xo,

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100 DAY SONG CHALLENGE #96

#96 A song you’ve seen performed live

Again, truly this is a challenge. How do you pick one? It’s too soon to be mentioning Architects again, isn’t it?

I’m going to go with Jonathan Johansson’s Centrum. I’ve got two reasons: 1) I saw him when he toured Klagomuren (the album this song is on) and it was without a doubt one of the best shows I’ve ever seen, and he had zero fancy gimmicks. Not that I know why fancy gimmicks would make any show better really. Good songs + good performance; it is truly all it takes. And 2) One of my favorite lines is in this song “Snart kommer tårarna ett regn i Sahara. Snart ska vi ångra, vad vi hoppades på.” (Soon there’ll be tears like a rain in the Sahara. Soon we’ll regret what we hoped for.) Just don’t ask me why I like it, because I don’t know. Could be something as simple as phrasing. I do, however, remember trying to convince my sister of the greatness of this line pre-show, trying to convince her she was really missing out. She remained unconvinced. For a while. He got to her too in the end.

So here you have it, the impossible to resist Jonathan Johansson:

xo,

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