Wait, wait, wait! Don't run away just because it's Tu(n)esday! I promise, I'm not reviewing music (at least not intentionally)! I actually have a legitimate question for all of you regarding your personal music listening habits! Every. Single. One. Of. You.
Back in the day, people carried 8-Track cartridges in their cars. Then it became Walkmans and cassettes. Then Discmans and CDs. There have been others, as well, such as my own love of MiniDiscs. And now it's MP3s.
But, unless you are like me and own a monster-sized iPod with capacity large enough to hold your entire music collection, you are forced to pick and choose what you carry around due to an unwillingness to carry too many pieces of physical media in the past or limitations with your digital device. So what are you carrying around with you right now (hence “walkabout music”)? What albums grace your digital player? Which albums will soon cycle off and which ones always stay put no matter what?
Here's what I have on my iPhone at this moment with notes after each one:
Betty Who - The Movement EP - This is a new one I was introduced to yesterday by Dave2 and I really like her pop-fueled sound so far.
Capital Cities - In A Tidal Wave of Mystery - This has been a mainstay on my iPhone since its release earlier this summer. I like it, although I kinda preferred their EP for its succinctness.
Carly Rae Jepsen - "Call Me Maybe" single - This stays because it is one of the only ways to calm Nathan down during a crying fit in the car. It works like a charm every single time.
Chairlift - Does You Inspire You and Something - Something has been on my iPhone for some time now and Does You Inspire You was added after seeing, and being blown away, by Chairlift at the Pitchfork Music Festival this past summer.
CHVRCHES - The Bones of What You Believe - Currently my favorite album of the year and I don't see it going anywhere anytime soon. I'm totally swooning over "Lies" and "Gun."
Daft Punk - Discovery, "Derezzed" single, TRON: Legacy soundtrack, Random Access Memories, and Homework - Yeah, so I'm kinda obsessed with Daft Punk.
Foo Fighters - Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace - My favorite album from our alien-battling heroes. This has been on my iPhone for a while as well, and I don't see that changing.
Ghostface Killah - Twelve Reasons to Die - Something I'm trying to get around to listening to sometime before I die of one of 12 reasons. I'm only a few tracks deep right now. We'll see how it goes. This will likely cycle off once I'm done.
Grouplove - Spreading Rumors - Their new album. I haven't listened to it yet so I can't say if it will stay or go.
Jack Johnson - "As I Was Saying" single - Freebie track from Starbucks to which I have yet to listen.
Janelle Monae - "Dance Apocalyptic" single - Freebie track from Starbucks that I've listened to many times and love immensely. Janelle does it for me. Likely to stay until I get the full album.
Japandroids - Celebration Rock - My album of the year from 2012 that has not been removed from my iPhone. Love, love, love it.
Killer Mike - R.A.P. Music - Another album I have yet to listen to, but, unlike Ghostface Killah, I have interest in listening to this one because I heard and liked him at the Pitchfork Music Festival. Why have I not listened yet, then? Because I only added it to my iPhone last week. Had to clear a lot of space for the iOS 7 update and my music collection is only now recovering.
Kings of Leon - "Temple" single - Freebie track from Starbucks. Not sure if this is the new single I've heard on the radio lately or not. I should find out.
KISS - Love Gun - Absolutely my favorite album from KISS and, although it was nixed to make room for the iOS 7 update, it's back, baby!
Linkin Park - Hybrid Theory, Meteora, Minutes to Midnight, A Thousand Suns, and Living Things - for a while, my iPhone had the singles "Burn It Down," "The Catalyst," "Bleed It Out," "Faint," and "Breaking the Habit" on it as I loved to listen to them when I had a lot of stress to burn off during a commute. I only recently added full albums from the band. Good to have them on there.
Matt & Kim - Matt & Kim, Grand, Sidewalks, and Lightning - These were all on my iPhone until about a year ago when I decided I needed room and sacrificed their presence. They were added back on there last week. I've missed them.
Nine Inch Nails - Pretty Hate Machine, The Downward Spiral, and Hesitation Marks - Pretty Hate Machine, one of my all-time favorite albums, has been in my personal portable music library since its release in 1989. First on CD, then a self-made MiniDisc, and now in MP3 format. The Downward Spiral was added about a year ago and Hesitation Marks was added when it came out this summer. None are going anywhere.
Pearl Jam - "Mind Your Manners" single - Purchased upon release and will stay there until the full album is released, I believe, later this month. Great song.
Pet Shop Boys - Electric - Their new album that I added a couple weeks ago. Truly fantastic and may stay in constant rotation for a while.
The Police - Message In A Box: The Complete Recordings - I love The Police and always have and have been a big fan of this set since I first bought it about 20 years ago upon its release. I'm pretty certain it's been on every player I've ever had. Mind you, though, that I hate Sting's solo stuff.
Pretty Lights - A Color Map of the Sun - Solid electronic music introduced to me by a coworker who professes to being an EDM fangirl. I like the album so far.
Tired Pony - The Place We Ran From - Side project from the lead singer of Snow Patrol. Pretty good listen. Not sure how long it might stay on my iPhone, though.
TV on the Radio - "Mercy" single - Great new song from the longstanding indie heroes. It will stay put until the new album is released, I'm sure.
Twin Shadow - Confess - Although the album came out last year, I didn't really start listening to it until this year. Shame, too, since it would've ranked high on my best-of list. Now I'm completely hooked.
Urge Overkill - Saturation - Probably my all-time favorite album from any artist ever that has never left my side since its release in 1993. And it won't.
I have a lot more music on my iPhone than I thought I did. Especially considering I only have a 16 Gigger.