Recently Played (April 2022)

Two posts in three days? Who do I think I am? A regular blogger?

It has been a few months since I’ve done a music post. So long, in fact, that I initially wrote “May 2022” in the title. Then I changed it to “March 2022”. But we’re in April now, allegedly. I was the last to figure it out.

I think I’ve collected enough new songs over the last three months to warrant a new Recently Played post, so here it is. I don’t expect you to know any of them. I am merely offering them up for your listening pleasure.

You may click on the song title and a new tab will open with the YouTube link. I was going to embed all the videos in this post, but some of them weren’t showing up.

Distance – Cassiopeia

I like how this song starts. There is a certain giddy-up to it; it’s ready to go.

I discovered this song under the Discover Weekly feature on Spotify. Although I’ve never heard of the artist before, and the view counts of their other songs on YouTube are minimal, a good song is a good song and should be heard.

This is a good song and you should hear it.

In The Dark – Purple Disco Machine, Sophie and the Giants

When I was listening to the song “Hypnotized” on YouTube, it finished and autoplay took over. It gave me another song by Purple Disco Machine and Sophie and the Giants.

This one.

I hadn’t anticipated doing a nosedive into the Electro Pop genre, but the combination of these two artists seem to be pulling me in. So far, they’ve hooked me on two songs. Maybe they’ll reel me in on another one by the next time I do a Recently Played post.

The Leaving Song Pt. II – AFI

When John Madden passed away at the end of last year, I found myself listening to old Madden video game soundtracks. This is one of the songs I rediscovered.

It immediately brought me back to 2004 and playing the Madden game on my computer, while a breeze came in through the window, and I had no worries in the world.

That’s the type of relationship I have with music. Almost every song can be connected to a memory.

Miseria Cantare – The Beginning – AFI

Most of you probably won’t care for the story behind this one, but here it goes.

CM Punk made a return to professional wrestling last August after a seven year hiatus. At no point during those seven years did he hint at a comeback. In fact, he made it very clear that he was done with wrestling, completely.

And then a new company started: All Elite Wrestling (AEW). It was pro wrestling, not sports entertainment. Storytelling actually mattered once again. That, among other things, caught Punk’s attention.

Fast-forward to his feud with Maxwell Jacob Friedman (MJF). It was/is truly one of the greatest feuds in wrestling in a very long time.

For their second match, CM Punk came out to his entrance theme from his Ring of Honor days in the early 2000s. It was this song – Miseria Cantare. I had never heard it before. I was unaware of the history behind it.

However, I immediately liked it. It is a perfect entrance song.

Queen of the Silver City – Glassio

This is another one of my Discover Weekly discoveries from Spotify.

The name of the song makes me laugh because Silver City is the same name as movie theatres in Ontario. With that knowledge, my mind makes another leap and sees the song as a nod to the movie, Phantom of the Megaplex, in which a “phantom” torments a movie theatre.

Welcome to my brain. It’s wonderful, isn’t it?

Funeral – Phoebe Bridgers

Just when I think there aren’t anymore Phoebe Bridgers songs for me to like, I find another one.

It is a sad song, as you can tell by the title. However, I appreciate the effort she put into the lyrics, as well as her enunciation of the words.

Big fan of enunciation.

At this point, I guess I’m forcing myself to find another Phoebe Bridgers song I like just so I can include it in the next post and keep the streak going. No promises.

Beautiful James – Placebo

I stumbled upon this song by accident, while on YouTube. I was looking to listen to a live version of one of my favourite songs, “Running Up That Hill” by Placebo, since it had been a while and I like to keep my appearances up. It brings me joy.

I can’t remember if “Beautiful James” came on as a result of autoplay, or if I clicked on it, but I listened to it and I liked it. That’s when I realized it was a new song that was released in September. It was the band’s first single in five years.

Normally, it takes me about two years to discover music that just came out.

This story I just told you is a microcosm of my life, really. How do I discover things I like? I stumble upon them by accident. No effort required.

It’s the classic, “don’t know what I’m looking for until I find it” technique.

What songs are you listening to these days? How do you normally find new music? Did you listen to any of the songs I listed here? Did you like them?

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6 Responses to Recently Played (April 2022)

  1. Bex says:

    AFI is one of my favorite bands. I had my first kiss while listening to one of their songs and while I don’t have the fondest of memories of my first kiss partner, the song pairing with my first kiss is exceptional.

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    • Paul says:

      Wow, what a memory!

      I remember the song Miss Murder being popular back in high school but didn’t know anything about the band beyond that.

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      • As always, I have heard none of these songs lol I had to make a gym spotify list and of course its just songs I danced to in clubs when I was in university haha so nothing new

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      • Bex says:

        That album (Decemberunderground) is tied to a memory of a beach vacation I took with my family just before I started high school. The same trip that I took a horseshoe to my bare foot and stepped on a cactus. It’s funny the links we form with certain songs/artists.

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  2. Paul, I usually come across any new music to download and enjoy from current tv/streaming shows or movies. I don’t seek them out, they find me. As well, sometimes I will come across the occasional column on a performer which intrigues me, so I will then check out their catalog and see what they’re all about.

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    • Paul says:

      I’m the same way with music about 90% of the time. I’ll hear it in shows, or the background of sporting events, and then figure out a way to track the song down.

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