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Monthly music, November 2017

Second to last update of the year, I’ll probably review the whole year in January/February when I have considerably more time.

 

Total plays

1,040, 34 a day on average which is decent given that I spent a good chunk of the month in the forest without a chance to listen to music.

 

Artists

1.Anti-Flag – 70 plays

2.Arctic monkeys – 43

3.Ensiferum- 37

4.In Flames – 28

5.Bullet for my Valentine – 27

 

Did I mention Anti-Flag released an album? I’m pretty sure I did. I also quite like it. I’ve gotten into Ensiferum recently and it’s scratching a certain itch for fantastical music which I guess I’ve had.

 

Songs

1.Buried in Verona – Like, 22 plays. Not sure how I stumbled upon this song but it’s been as addictive as any I’ve listened to this month. I don’t know how to describe it but it’s definitely worth a listen.

2. Bullet for my Valentine – tears don’t fall (acoustic), 18 plays. I guess I never found the acoustic version of this before. I love the original and this version works phenomenally as it amplifies the punch straight into the feels.

3. Ensiferum- Feast with Valkyries, 14 plays. Just looking at the cover of this album (which is gorgeous) should give you some sort of indication of how fantastical the songs on it are. Feast with Valkyries is no exception and I encourage you to give it a listen if that’s something you know you’ll like.

4. Anti-Flag- digital blackout, 13 plays. One of my favorites from their new album. The song is as political as you’d expect from Anti-Flag, it’s also pretty catchy after the intro.

5. Ensiferum – Victory song, 12 plays. Like I described it last time: an epic masterpiece. The 10+ minute song couldn’t be more appropriately named and I’m quite frankly disappointed that it’s not on the background of all viking related movies for at least 30 seconds. It also includes a Finnish part which is surprisingly emotional.

That concludes it for this time, a shorter update but I did manage to find time to write it.

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Monthly music, October 2017

I kinda picked up running which has allowed me to listen to a decent amount of music despite not having a chance to listen to anything at all for about a week of the last month due to multi day training exercises.

Total plays

1,090 which makes for 34 a day, like I said I’m pleasantly surprised by that number considering how many days the number was 0.

Artists

1.Anti-Flag – 65 plays

2.Arctic monkeys – 48 plays

2.Neck deep – 48 plays

4.In flames – 21 plays

5.Jeff Williams – 18 plays

I’m pretty sure I mentioned that I’d been enjoying A-F’s new singles last time. The album dropped early this month (November) but I kept hyping myself for it by having the singles pretty much on repeat all October. Neck deep also remained an obsession and the songs by the two bands formed most of what was stuck in my head during the training exercises with lines like “pain pain go away” and “these are the days that test your heart and soul” ah good times (not).

Songs

1.Anti-flag – The criminals, 16 plays. The one with the “these are the days that test your heart and soul” line, an absolute rock tune. Doesn’t sound like a traditional Anti-Flag song aside from the lyrics but a great song none the less, especially the catchy chorus.

2.Anti-flag – American attraction, 13 plays. The first single from the album really showed that there was a new style to the old name. Heavier and far more rock than punk feel with a slower tempo and a guitar riff that’ll sick in your head for weeks.

3.Anti-flag- racists, 12 plays. A far more traditional Anti-Flag song with fast pace and upbeat melody and of course topical punk lyrics.

4.Neck deep – where do we go when we go, 10 plays. A great song to run to and many great lines to sing while waiting for a long day to finally be over, such as “pain pain go away” and “the world is a funny place, it kicks you when you’re down and knocks you out when you get up again” with slight alterations the latter is almost too perfect.

5.Neck deep – don’t wait, 9 plays. I think I’ve said all I have to say about the songs on this album already so I’ll only repeat myself by saying it’s worth listening, do it right now.

Other stuff

Ensiferum’s victory song is an epic masterpiece which I’d recommend listening to, fits especially well in the background of fantastical viking battles. Also a quick mention of a once in a lifetime moment courtesy of Finnish defence forces. After a couple mentally and physically super draining field days (and nights) we had an event one evening which opened with Petri Laaksonen’s version of täällä Pohjantähden alla. The atmosphere of about a hundred soldiers staring at a couple campfires with a touching Finnish song playing was something else. Tears were shed and minds wandered as the warmth originating from our hearts beat the darkness and cold of the harsh conditions. The poetry I poured into that paragraph hopefully helped you picture the moment.

Monthly music, September 2017

Had a decent amount of time to listen to music this last month which was a nice change but I don’t expect it to continue.

Total plays

1,452 – only 36 short of the last two months plays combined and an average of 48 a day, although a couple days with about eight hours of music probably helped that number more than consistency.

Artists

1. Neck Deep – 165 plays

2. Arctic Monkeys – 51 plays

3. Enter Shikari – 44 plays

4.Anti-Flag – 30 plays

4. Jeff Williams – 30 plays

4. Lama-ajan lapset – 30 plays

A couple newcomers and a landslide top spot for Neck Deep. I was absolutely obsessed with their newest album and I couldn’t stop myself from listening it through completely multiple times. I also figured I’d give an Enter Shikari album a chance since it’s one of those bands that I’ve always kinda liked but never really actively listened to. Lama-ajan lapset is a punk band from Turku which I heard about from a friend in the army, and I immediately fell in love with one of their songs.

Songs

1. Neck Deep – In Bloom, 20 plays. I don’t quite know how to start describing these songs because 4 of the top 5 songs are from the same album and you can only say “a pop-punk masterpiece” in so many ways. Anyway In Bloom is the most popular song from the album and although I wouldn’t automatically give it the title of best song on the album, it makes a very good case for itself to be called that.

2. Neck Deep – Parachute, 19 plays. This is one of the chiller songs from the album and the first song to really capture my attention on the initial listen of the whole album while being the fourth song from it.

3. Lama-ajan lapset – Pommittakaa Vatikaani, 18 plays. This is almost too fun of a song to listen to, it’s just a great combination of not too serious lyrics (or very serious if taken seriously) and sweet instrumentals. The chorus goes: pommittakaa Vatikaani, aloitetaan ydinsota, USA c’mon! From Russia with love. The Finnish parts translate ‘Bomb the Vatican, let’s start a nuclear war’. The rest of the lyrics are equally awesome and the way they’re delivered just adds to it.

3. Neck Deep – Where do we go when we go, 18 plays. The final song of the amazing album with some great lyrics, perhaps my favorite song from the album. It’s so upbeat and easy to listen to and makes you want to binge through the whole album again immediately.

3. Neck Deep – The Grand Delusion, 18 plays. Okay I may have run out of ways to describe this album and the songs on it but surely I’ve convinced you it’s worth a listen by now? I know it’s claimed a spot on my top albums of all time list but you should judge it yourself and maybe find an unexpected love for pop-punk.

Other stuff

Anti-Flag’s two new singles have been great but so very different from past Anti-Flag songs. American attraction doesn’t sound like any A-F song I’ve heard before but it’s got a very catchy riff to it. Their new album seems to be called American fall which is quite clever because it’s a pretty obvious reference to a certain election result (it is Anti-Flag after all) but also because their last album was called American Spring. Really looking froward to the full release after only really liking two songs from American Spring.

Monthly music, August 2017

Another busy month, another update about the music I had time to listen.

Total plays

628 – 20 a day. Quite a bit down from last month, not really sure why since I have slightly more free time now than a month ago.

Artists

315 total

1.Arctic Monkeys – 25 plays

2.Haloo Helsinki – 13

3.Jeff Williams – 11

3.Richie Branson – 11

5.Anti-Flag – 10

5.In Flames – 10

5.Royal Republic – 10

The usual suspects once again and Richie Branson. “Who’s Richie Branson?’ I hear you ask, well he’s the guy behind camp camp’s (Rooster Teeth’s 2D cartoon, funny as hell) end credit songs. I’ve got to rewatch season two soon and enjoy these again with the full context of the episodes they’re for.

Songs

1.Richie Branson – Outro Outro, 10 plays. The outro song of the season finale of camp camp. A chill song which works surprisingly well without any context from the show. That being said, if you haven’t seen it you’re missing out.

2. Paddy and the Rats – Ghost From The Barrow, 7 plays. I briefly mentioned this last time and it hasn’t lost any of its goodness. A very solid Irish rock (is that a genre, I think my words are failing me here) song. It starts out beautiful and builds up from there.

2. Mike Oldfield – Nuclear, 7 plays. First things first: I may or may not be slightly obsessed with metal gear solid V: the phantom pain. This song was used in one of the greatest game trailers I’ve seen and Spotify happened to suggest this to me recently. Needless to say that there’s an emotional connection but the song itself is phenomenal.

4. Otherwise – Soldiers, 6 plays. What can I say about this one? The name of the song should indicate that me being in the army at the moment kind of pushes me to listen to similar songs more.

4. Five finger death punch – wrong side of heaven, 6 plays. I should really start listening to more FFDP. They’re one of those bands I really like but somehow end up never listening. This song is just a pure metal tune.

Monthly music, July 2017

First month in army, differences are…. noticeable.

Total plays

860 plays – only 27 a day which is less than half of usual. Haven’t been able to listen to nearly as much music in the army as I’d like but that’s to be assumed. I’m still looking for a good balance for listening to music I really like and trying to discover new music now that I have less time for it.

Artists

398 different artists, top five being:

1. Sabaton – 32 plays

2. Haloo Helsinki – 28 plays

3. InFlames – 27 plays

3. Jeff Williams -27 plays

5. Arctic Monkeys – 21 plays
Saw the top two live at the end of June and looks like it carried them to the top. Glad to see a Finnish artist there, I’ve been getting more and more into Haloo Helsinki and I’m thinking I have to go to just their concert in the future.

Songs

646 different ones, no big numbers this month since I only listened to 860 songs total, either way here’s top five.

1. Danny Schmidt – This too shall pass, 9 plays. Found this thanks to the podcast welcome to Night Vale, which for the record is an amazing podcast, and this song deserves to be heard so many times more.

2. The boss hoss – Last day (do or die), 7 plays. The chorus of this song, man is it good. The song gets better the further into it you get.

3. Sabaton – Swedish pagans, 6 plays. The hypest non-Finland-related song from the concert. An amazing live song with thousands of fans chanting, would recommend checking a live version on youtube.

4. Haloo Helsinki – Vapaus käteen jää, 5 plays. On top of this being a phenomenal song I’ve listened to this with some irony. The song is about how even when you lose everything and shit’s hit the fan, you’ll always have your freedom to do what you want. And well I think I’ve already mentioned I haven’t been able to listen to as much music as I’d like on top of other things I can’t do while in the army so the song kind of doesn’t apply there.
4. Sabaton – White death, 5 plays. Probably the loudest song at the concert. A song about the legendary Simo Häyhä will make a Finnish crowd go crazy 100% of the time. This is just an amazing power metal song so as always, highly recommended.

Other stuff

I also discovered these gems which didn’t get mentioned earlier and deserve recognition. Ghost from the barrow by paddy and the rats and jump up, super star cover by Adriana Figueroa.

Monthly Music, June 2017

Last update before army, not that these were too frequent anyway.

Total plays

2,482 – That’s about 159 hours or six and a half days. I did a whole lot of nothing all June which gave me more than enough time to listen to tunes, mostly while playing games.

Artists

578 unique artists with the coveted top 5 being:

1. Jeff Williams – 134 plays

2. Sabaton – 107

3. In Flames – 67

4. Arctic Monkeys – 58

5. Anti-Flag – 54

High numbers this month, top spot goes to Jeff Williams thanks to the release of RWBY volume 4 soundtrack which has a couple top tunes and is a great album overall. Sabaton also cracked 100 plays which is impressive, I wanted to prepare for seeing them live and it worked perfectly for memorizing lyrics. I saw them on Thursday (29th) and they were amazing. I also saw Haloo Helsinki, which just missed the list, along with couple other great artists. And since the last three are on the list constantly I’ll instead mention Smokey Joe & The Kid which I discovered recently and really liked, I’m especially liking their song mister nice guy and recommend checking it out.

Songs

1,132 different tracks, top 5:

1. Parkway Drive – Vice Grip, 21 plays. Pretty much just a great metal song I was addicted to at the beginning of the month, on June 2nd alone I listened to it six times.

2. Jeff Williams – Let’s Just Live, 20 plays. A highly addictive song that I love, along with the next song this is my current favorite of RWBY v4 soundtrack. That usually changes every couple months after the latest release so we may see more from this soundtrack.

3. Jeff Williams – Armed And Ready, 19 plays. I pretty much just queued these two back to back whenever listening to these, so I’m just going to say that this song too is highly addictive and awesome. Also a great punny name, which I totally missed at first (this won’t make any sense if you haven’t seen the show).

4. Pain – Black Knight Satellite, 15 plays. Another great metal song. This one was described as conspiracy metal when I first heard it and the lyrics definitely back that up. Chalk up another one on the list of genres that should totally be a thing because of one awesome example.

5. Beartooth – In Between, 13 plays. This one has a great and I mean great chorus. Not sure if this counts as metal or rock but who cares, very summery song in my opinion so get it while it’s hot.

5. FamilyJules – Live And Learn, 13 plays. Sonic soundtracks are notoriously good, or at least a meme at the moment so what’s better than an awesome metal cover of an already great song, can’t think of many things personally. Either way Jules shreds some serious shreddage on this shred-fest of a tune, wow that’s a sentence.

Other stuff

I already mentioned Sabaton but I can’t overstate how hyped I was during it. First row is definitely the way to go when injecting metal to your ears. They played White Death, Soldier of Three Armies and Talvisota, their Finland related songs and the crowd was wild, I also have to mention that the intro to Swedish Pagans was indescribably awesome. This further proves to me that Swedish music is the best kind to experience live but if you were unsure about that and have a chance, go for it. Since I already mentioned Smokey Joe & The Kid I’m done for now.

Monthly Music, May 2017

Better late than never, right? Right?

Total plays

2,271 – which translates to roughly 150 hours or a bit over 6 days. I had plenty of time just to listen to music which of course makes me happy. Now if only I would also write stuff while chilling.

Artists

562 different artists – Looks like over 500 is a number that can be expected monthly now, it seems like a lot to me but it’s also really cool. Here’s the top 5

1. Paramore – 93 plays

2. In Flames – 63

3. Arctic Monkeys – 56

4. Logic – 49

5. Anti-Flag – 47

5. FamilyJules – 47

Well this wasn’t even close. Paramore, thanks to their new album and general awesomeness, was my number one band last month. In Flames continue to beat Arctic Monkeys on the list but in fourth we have our first rap artist. I’ve been listening to Logic’s​ latest album a ton lately and it’s no surprise he’s on the list. A-F and FamilyJules beat some regulars to make the list. I’ve switched from watching Jules’s YouTube videos to listening to them on Spotify and since last.fm only tracks those for me it got him a spot on the list.

Songs

1,063 different tracks – surprisingly that’s more than last month.

1. Paramore – Rose-Colored Boy, 33 plays. Where to begin with this song? I love it. Still my favorite song from After Laughter. I’m so glad that Paramore is back, even if they don’t sound like the Paramore I’ve gotten used to listening. I already talked a bit about this in my last blog but the lyrics are oddly relatable, odd in the sense that rather than singing them myself I could imagine people I know saying stuff like that to me.

2. Logic – 1-800-273-8255, 29 plays. This was easily my favorite track from Everybody. The name of the song is the number for national suicide prevention line in the United States and the song deals with some heavy stuff. I thought it was well made, the message is clear but it’s so much more than that as well, meaning you can listen to it just to appreciate the music.

3. Haloo Helsinki – Beibi, 24 plays. Oh look, a Finnish song, that’s a first. Somehow I managed to miss this gem when it was on the radio three(?) years ago. I love the guitar riff, it’s simple and catchy and it compliments the chorus. Also this song is super catchy which is (almost) always a plus.

4. Paramore – Hard Times, 17 plays. Two Paramore songs? Yes, that’s how much I liked the album, this was actually already released in April which got me properly hyped for the album. I’m not sure if I’ve said this enough yet but the album is worth a listen, wait I have said this already? No. Way.

4. FamilyJules – Life Will Change, 17 plays. Yay for video game music! I haven’t heard the original nor have I played Persona 5 but this metal cover by Jules is just incredible shredage (totally a word) for 3 minutes and 26 seconds. This is also the first instrumental song on the list which is an honor (ha, right) I’d expect to be reached by Jules if anyone.

That’s it for the very late month recap, nothing else to add.

New music May

I’ve been listening to full albums in the past week, which is something I do shamefully rarely. I really really liked Paramore’s new album After Laughter released last week, I liked the first single they put out but it didn’t get me super hyped about the album so I was pleasantly surprised. I recommend giving the album a listen, I found Rose-Colored Boy very relatable in the sense that I could picture someone saying the lyrics to me, not sure whether that says more about me or some of my friends. It’s also my favorite from the album (at least right now) so enjoy it:

 

Another album I enjoyed, which I actually haven’t heard all the way through just yet,  is Logic’s Everybody. It was also just released a couple of weeks ago. It’s been a while since I listened to a rap album I liked so this was a refreshing change. My favorite from this one is a bit less relatable for me than the last one but probably more so for a lot of other people, I’d give it a listen even if you aren’t into rap.

Monthly Music, April 2017

Here’s for a more active month of blogging *crosses fingers*. Although I didn’t really update the blog in April, I did listen to a bunch of music.

Total plays

2,120 – Somewhere around 133 hours or five and a half days. The first half of the month I didn’t listen to as much music but seems like the second half made up for it.

Artists

584 different artists – which is the most for a month so far, cool. Once again let’s dive into the top 5.

1. In Flames – 72 plays

2. Arctic Monkeys – 64

3. Jeff Williams – 57

4. A Day to Remember – 45

5. Anti-Flag – 35

The three month (probably a lot longer unrecorded) reign of Arctic Monkeys has seen its end. In Flames takes the top spot, it was a pretty metal heavy month for me, led by the Swedes. Jeff Williams makes a return after not making the cut last time while ADTR is starting a streak. Anti-Flag is one of my all time favorite bands so it’s kind of surprising that this is the first time it has made the list.

Songs

I listened to more different songs last month than any other so far this year – 1,022. Interestingly enough there’s a three way tie for the top spot.

1. A Day to Remember – All sings point to Lauderdale, 20 plays. This song was a Spotify suggestion for me in late March and it was my favorite new song to listen to in April, hands down. It has the ADTR energy you’d think it would which results in a mood boosting tune.

1. 30 Seconds to Mars – The Kill, 20 plays. This is a blast from the past, it was actually on the same list of suggestions from Spotify as All sings point to Lauderdale but I was very familiar with this one from (checks Google) 2005. You could say it had been a while, it totally holds up if you’re wondering.

1. Amon Amarth – Twilight of the thunder God, 20 plays. Remember when I said it was a metal heavy month led by Swedes for me? It wasn’t just In Flames, this song is a melodic death metal masterpiece and I can not recommend it enough if you like metal music.

4. Stone Sour – Through Glass, 19 plays. Another song that I had kind of forgotten about. This song was pretty often the last one I listened to each day because it felt fitting so often. I recommend singing along to this one because it’s both doable and a ton of fun.

5. 3 Doors Down – Believer, 17 plays. This one is pretty much just a fun rock song with a great riff that also falls in the category of songs I heard a long time ago, it seems like that kind of a month. It’s also less than three minutes which makes it very replayable.

5. Owl City – Rugs from me to you, 17 plays. Did I say that a less than three minute song was replayable? How about a song less than 90 seconds? I’ll answer that myself: you won’t realize how many times you can listen to this in a row just to enjoy the cleverly punny lyrics coupled with upbeat tunes.

Other random stuff

The number of plays for the top songs and artists were lower than before which was due to the larger number of different artists/songs than usual, I’m a fan of variety so I like that. I started tracking what I listen to on Spotify via Last.fm on December 16th last year, I passed 1000 different artists recently (last week I believe) which, being someone who likes milestones, I thought was really cool.