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Taking a moment to appreciate less than serious music

I’ve always been a fan of humor in music and though I don’t listen to songs like these for hours on end, I figured I’d share a couple amusing ones.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Kept you waiting…

As some of you probably know, I freaking love the metal gear solid franchise. When talking about games with great music you can’t go wrong with pretty much any MGS game. I could talk about the many reasons why I love the series for days but for now let’s focus on the music part.

I couldn’t make up my mind on which game’s version of the original theme to go with so I figured why not pick the epic medley which lives up to it’s name. Though the OST’s of the games aren’t on Spotify, this medley among other fan covers and such fortunately are.

This one is undoubtedly the most iconic song from the series from the installment widely considered the best game in the series. Does this sound like something from a James Bond movie? 100% yes. Do you get a sudden urge to climb the longest ladder you can imagine after hearing this? Well if you’ve played the game then probably yes.

If you clicked on the video before starting to read this, I’m about 99% sure you didn’t hear what you had expected. I’m especially bitter that this song isn’t on Spotify because there are no covers of this that I could listen to in its stead…

Okay so maybe there weren’t covers of the anime j-pop version of love deterrence on Spotify but while looking for one I found this masterpiece. Funny how you can find something completely opposite of what you were looking for but somehow still find something equally as amazing. Although I’d wager most people find this latter one to be far superior to the former.

 

 

There are many more great songs in the series, reaching almost any genre, but if I haven’t yet convinced you well enough that you’ll take my word for it, I don’t think I ever will.

Catching up…

It’s been a quiet start to the year on the blog side of things for me, as you can see. I’ve been meaning to do one of these for a while now which seems to be a running theme and pretty much only decided that right now would be a good time because I’m bored out of my mind.

First things first: let’s wrap up 2017 and do it mostly with charts and stuff ’cause they’re nice to look at.

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This is pretty self-explanatory, as it represents how many songs I listened to last years. Not very difficult to figure out when I started my army service just by looking at the plummeting numbers in July. For some reference June’s total was 2,482 while August’s was 628.

What did I listen to?

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A ton of rock, apparently. And if you’re curious, the orange on the chart means alternative rock. Such diverse taste in music. Let’s dive a bit deeper.

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So there are the big three, or rather five, and the rest might as well be any bands with at least a couple earworms that stuck with me through the year since it’s pretty close from that point downward. Shout out to the three Swedish bands that made the top 10 since Sweden produces great music.

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This was also supposed to be a top 10 list but a three way tie shouldn’t surprise me at this point. Sleep on the floor, cornerstone, the middle, secret door, dear Maria count me in and what you know, against all odds didn’t make the top five songs all year but made this thanks to consistently being played here and there. Needless to say that I recommend checking out any of the songs you don’t recognize.

Aand to close of this lil recap of last year some throwaway fun facts:

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But wait! That’s not all, I’ll also quickly recap the beginning of 2018, you know, so we’re all caught up. This’ll also serve as the monthly music posts for both January and February.

My top three artists for the year so far have been Neck Deep, Arctic Monkeys and Anti-Flag in that order, the rest weren’t too close so I figured I’d go with a simple top three. The songs deserve a longer list however since they aren’t same old same old each month like the top artists. Instead of a 1-5 list I’ll pick a few from the ones I listened to the most and arbitrarily mush them into a list, sound good?

Neck deep – Zoltar speaks, Rise Against – From heads unworthy, My darkest days – porn star dancing, Neck Deep – a part of me, The Crash – sugared, The Maine – black butterflies and deja vu, fleet foxes – mykonos

I want to take the format of the monthly recap thingy back to the drawing board because while they’re currently easy to write, they aren’t the most interesting posts to read. I don’t know when I’ll really have the combination of inspiration, energy and time to brainstorm a better format but from how great I’ve been at updating this in general, I don’t think 2-3 years is too optimistic. *Insert a promise to be more active here*

Monthly music, December 2017

Without further ado, let’s find out how I closed out the year musically.

Total plays

1,506 – 50 a day on average, largely thanks to our Christmas break which allowed me to actually listen to music as much as I’d like.

 

Artists

1.Arctic Monkeys – 63 plays

2.NeckDeep – 46

3.Anti-Flag- 43

4.Wcott Bradlee’s postmodern jukebox – 31

5.Jonathan Young – 28

Pretty much same old same old until you get to postmodern jukebox which if you haven’t heard of before, is a great cover band and does amazing old timey renditions of modern songs. Jonathan Young is a YouTuber who also specializes in covers but his are metal/rock and equally amazing.

 

Songs

1.Jonathan Young – double trouble, 11 plays. You’ll have to hear this one to get how great this is. The music video is pretty cool too and Jon’s team rocket counterpart has some serious vocal chords on her.

2.Slipknot – Snuff, 10 plays. If I didn’t hear Corey Taylor singing this song I couldn’t believe this is actually Slipknot, it’s definitely not what they are known for but this ballad is phenomenal.

3.ScottBradlee’s postmodern jukebox – Crazy, 9 plays. A great cover of an already classic song, I honestly like this version more but I know people disagree with me on that. Anyway it’s a duet and slow as molasses but it also works super well.

4.ScottBradlee – City of Stars, 8 plays. I don’t seem to get enough of this song and another version of it making this list pretty much proves it.

4.JonathanYoung – Every time we touch, 8 plays. This was kind of an addiction for me and the real number is a lot higher but I’ve listen to it offline so I don’t know what it is in reality.

 

Other stuff

Also I kinda proofread last months post (probably should’ve done that earlier) and noticed that buried in Verona’s chart topper had been autocorrected to like, when it was supposed to be LionHeart.

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 – LionHeart, 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.

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.