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.

Endless Blog Challenge

Sunday so soon?

Without further ado; here are some topic suggestions for next week:

In my Spotify Time Capsule playlist. I dunno about you but I love it when Spotify gives me playlists. I don’t usually listen to them to any extent, but it usually opens my eyes up for a track or two that I can add to my own playlists.

Most recently, we were presented with a time capsule playlist. Based on this list, share:

  1. A “What?!” song, one that you don’t really understand how it ended up in your specific playlist.
  2. What artist/group has the most songs in your list?
  3. A song you’d forgotten about, one that made you go “Oh yea, that one, 💕.”
  4. A rare song. As in, a song that’s probably not in most people’s playlist.
  5. Favorite song in the playlist?
  6. One or more artists/groups missing in your playlist. Something you used to listen to a lot that isn’t in your list.

Feminist Friday. I’ve got something specific in mind: a book with a feminist theme that you really like, fiction or non-fiction.

Skincare tag pt 1. This is an old tag created by makeupTIA. In total, it’s 12 questions, but I’m splitting it up into 3 parts, simply because I’m a big believer in the short post. These are the first 4 questions:

  1. What is your skin type?
  2. How do you store your skincare?
  3. Favorite ingredient?
  4. Most indulgent product?

Viel Glück!

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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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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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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Heavy

You know the fairly recent Linkin Park release Heavy?

The first time I heard this track was when Spotify started autoplaying my Release Radar playlist. Instant reaction:

WHAT THE HELL IS THIS MAKE IT STOP!!!

…how is this Linkin Park…?

Well apparently. They’re doing it on purpose. For this, or a similar, reaction. It’s how I interpret the bizillion interviews on the topic I’ve been watching on YouTube anyway.

You have to appreciate that. That they know that calling a track that is not heavy Heavy is going to upset people.

I think it’s funny.

Even if I’m one of the people who’s kinda upset. Which in itself is a contradiction. I like to think I like pop music. But I don’t really get what it is they’re doing on this track, and would prefer a heavier, or maybe more aggressive, production—not that I could tell you just how to measure heavy, and not that I particularly find that heavy music is better by default (to be perfectly clear: it is not). But still.

But you know, knowing the reasoning behind the track makes me appreciate it more. It makes me add it to my playlists.

I’m not really going anywhere with this. It’s just an observation. The hows and whys of your music choices.

Summer playlist

Ah Spotify, how I love it when you send me here’s what you’ve been listening to emails, especially when it includes a playlist.

And it always does.

Also. This way I can pretend that I have a summer playlist.

I mean I do. But I’m not sure that anything about it says summer.

Unless.

Murder by Within Temptation, does it make you think of summer?

No? Maybe Ropes by In Flames?

What you mean no!?!  What about Shine On by Amity Affliction?

Come on! It has shine in the title. Practically the same as sun.

…if you don’t listen to the lyrics at all.

I’m not complaining. I just think it’s kind of funny.

In which I spend an entire post on a single song

You know Dead by April? Pop metal band from Gothenburg. I used to be obsessed. As in for a long period of time I used to wake up to Painting Shadows. Was an excellent way to wake up.

I’m not saying I’ve come to my senses and no longer like the band. There is something so wonderful about how they mix the pop with the metal. It doesn’t matter that they’re probably the least cool band there ever was. Not sure why I’m telling you this because I don’t think anyone is under the impression my taste is sophisticated by any means.

Moving on.

I used to know things about this band. I used to know when they released stuff. Apparently no longer the case. Apparently they just released a new record, as in yesterday. Thank god for Spotify! Else I would have missed out on the absolute masterpiece that is the last track of the record: For every step.

I was listening to the record while doing my yoga (yes I’m back doing that again, let’s not get into why, or the fact that I really shouldn’t), and this song came on. Clearly with a singer that sounded nothing like whoever is currently on vocal duties in this band. They seems to change a lot and I’ve lost track.

Slow realization; I know this voice. Sounds an awful lot like Tommy Körberg. It can’t be? But it was.

They’ve enlisted Tommy Körberg for this track.

You have no idea just how much this pleases me.

Tommy Körberg, for me, forever just the guy who sings the intro to Ronja the Robber’s Daughter (one of the first obsessions in my life). You know, this one:

If that’s who he is to you, you don’t expect him to suddenly turn up on a track by one of your fave metal bands. Probably also don’t expect it to be any kind of good. But oh. It is. Can he please be in a metal band forever now?

This is the track:

Of course this gives me hope that one day, some metal band will reach out to Josh. Yes Josh Groban. I am looking forward to that day. Like a lot.

New in my playlist • March 2017

I’ve not been a fan of the Discover Weekly playlist lately. As in at all. But as noted before, Spotify only gets my taste when I listen to a ridiculous amount of Bring Me the Horizon. Latest edition of the playlist was so bad I was basically offended by it. If I wanted to listen to Deez Nuts I’d be listening to already, trust me. 

However! I’ve noticed the Release Radar playlist is just viel, viel besser. Infinitely better in fact.

The idea in itself is just on point. I don’t have to go searching for new releases by the music makers I already like; they’re all in the playlist (OK, maybe not all, but there’s definitely plenty).

It’s such a great way to stay somewhat updated.

This is some of what I found in me Release Radar playlist lately:

Closure by Adna. I have no idea how to describe this music. Unless the love child of Jonathan Johansson and Anna von Hausswolff is a sufficient description? No? The record company calls it “dark folk”.

Unfortunately no video for this lovely track, but this one isn’t bad either:

Even if you really should check out Closure specifically.

This next track isn’t so much a case of being introduced to a good track as “Oh, I didn’t know they were still making music”. Easy by Tokio Hotel.

I don’t understand this direction. I don’t understand why they’ve completely abandoned German. They make no sense to me. Also, if they actually paid for this cover art they got ripped off.

Admittedly, I already knew about Lorde’s Green Light, because Lena Dunham mentioned it on either Twitter or Insta. But it could well have been a new acquaintance. I fully expect this to make it into the playlists of my workout classes next semester.

INVSN hasn’t been my cup of tea lately, but Deconstruct Hits – ah, I do like it.

In Sweden, there’s been a lot of talk about Loreen lately. The shock that she wasn’t voted our contribution to Eurovision by default and all. Been meaning to listen to the track, but kept forgetting.

It’s another track I want in my workout class playlist.

There was also a EMMA6 track in my Release Radar playlist. This is where Release Radar is truly useful; I have no idea how to keep updated with German music outside of Germany.

Other than that, I’ve been really getting into Depeche Mode’s Delta Machine. Only four years after its release and just in time for their next release, which I’m sure I will also not get.

Unless Dave’s voice is just front and center throughout. I’ve liked Depeche for quite a significant chunk of time, but I’ve never been this obsessed with Dave’s voice. He’s even better now than he ever was, isn’t he?