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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.

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100 day song challenge #97

#97 A song by one of your favorite bands (#1)

We’re getting close to the end!

There’s at least two ways to do this. I can either just go by what last.fm tells me, or I can go by what to me are some of my favorite bands, i.e. not based on to what extent I have been listening to that particular band lately.

The first options is easier because that basically means last.fm making the choice for me, no need to deal with an endlessly long list of favorite bands.

Whichever way I choose, the next few posts of this challenge will be repreats.

May as well go with current favorites. May as well go with what last.fm tells me.

Last.fm tells me I listen to The Amity Affliction quite a bit. Fight My Regret off of their 2016 release This Could Be Heartbreak is a textbook example of what I like in a song.

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December favorites

Music

Let’s have a peek at what last.fm says.

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Good thing I have last.fm. Not only for the scrobbling, but because at least I can get my end of year listening stats as Spotify completely failed this year. Not sending out the email because you’ve selected no newsletters or some shit? Well I hadn’t selected no newsletters; you still send me irrelevant emails, and I still didn’t get my stats.

I’m an insanely frequent user + been with you since you needed an invite to use. I’m insulted.

That being said. I’m clearly stuck in some sort of a rut. It is questionable whether I am aware that there are many records and many songs in this world.

Reads

Odinsbarn. I think we’ve established I enjoyed it.

Wearables

New parka. Has -the best- pockets. This is a feature that should not be underestimated!

I’ve gotten a lot of wear out of my Sleek Vintage Romance palette. Obvious; it is the season of metallics and glitter.

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On the screen

Vlogmas is better still than Vlogtober. All of my faves providing daily vlogs, love it! Difficult to pick a fave, so I’m going with a non-vlogmas episode, because this look ♥♥♥

And, finally! Been looking for this literally months:

Starting to wonder if I’m ever going to kick this nasty Architects habit.

Food

All things saffron! But saffron granola + saffron scones were my faves.

Miscellaneous

Car. I has it, it is good….most of the time.

The gym. The 16.30 workouts on Monday and Thursday were my faves. Unfortunately they are no more; as we’re approaching Christmas there’s a temporary Christmas schedule and then we move on to a new schedule. Fingers crossed someone is adding Throne to their class!

Lush hair treatments. I’d forgotten how good Lush hair treatments are. Love it that you put them in dry hair BEFORE shower. This makes life infinitely easier.

Amity + Northlane at Fryshuset, obviously.

I need Northlane to do a headliner tour around these parts. (I use the term these parts loosely; UK would work, Germany ditto, maybe France, but that’s as far as I’ll go.)

Plans for January

  1. Get a head start on my reading.
  2. Get new gym membership.
  3. Change blog layout. It’s definitely time.

xo,

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End of year summary; Albums

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:

last.fm albums 2016

Clearly, my taste is kinda narrow.

What have you been listening to?

xo,

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End of year summary; Gigs

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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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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