Spotify Discover Weekly

I am kind of in love with Spotify. I spend a sickening amount of time on it. Yes, I pay for the monthly premium membership. My work has blocked streaming services, so the app is all that I have as far as music goes.

Normally I just make a playlist for the next show I am going to and listen to that. At the show I am familiar enough to sing along if I didn’t already know the words. After the show I get a high hearing the songs again. Then it is time for the next show. I am at a little bit of a slow point for concerts right now though. I had Firefly last month. Dave Matthews Band earlier this month and Matisyahu was last week. Then as of right now I don’t have anything else until September. I’m stepping in to a new position at work, still somewhat broke from going on tour in the Spring. There really haven’t been many shows in my area aside from the country shows. I normally travel 3-4 hours for a show since few come through my area, but I just haven’t had time, energy, or money.

Firefly opened my eyes to EDM. I have always been a little bit of an EDM fan, but definitely more of an alt-rock girl. After seeing Zedd, Steve Aoki, and The Chainsmokers at Firefly that is all that I have wanted in my life. For the last month and a half I have been listening to dancePOP, EDM Now, ZEDD Radio, and a few other playlists. Well, a few weeks later I am still not sick of the same songs, but I am definitely craving some diversity and I am wanting to get back to my roots.

Enter The Spotify Discover Weekly Playlist.

Anne Furlow Spotify Weekly

WOW. Thank you! It is the perfect transition playlist to start to diversify my music again. It just makes my heart happy. They really hit the nail on the head with a lot of these songs. I am so looking forward to seeing what they picked for me next week!

In no particular order, these are my top 10 from this week’s playlist.

  1. Crystals – Of Monsters and Men — Not a new discovery since I have already heard this one on the radio. It wouldn’t have been my go to when creating a playlist, but I love when it comes up!
  2. Skinny Love – Fareoh Remix – Birdy — This is the first song that played when I hit shuffle. Just a beautiful song with some great dance breaks in there.
  3. I Want U – Alison Wonderland — This song just screams sex. Wow. I WISH I still did pole dancing so I could do a routine to this song. I wish I had seen this set at Firefly. Again, not a discovery, but a song I found more appreciation for.
  4. Contagious – Night Riots — This band makes me a little sad, because they were supposed to open for SomeKindaWonderful a few shows during the spring tour, so I would have seen them a few times. They got a sweet chance to tour with The Mowglis though, so I understand why they had to pull out. Still stinks, but I still love this song by them.
  5. The Seeds You Sow – Prides — I fell in love with this band this week. This was the best find of the playlist. I can only hear their 4 song EP in the US, because their album hasn’t been released here just yet. I have listened to that EP though on repeat a few times. Messiah is my favorite! I am kind of obsessed. Please check them out so they will start to have more traction in the US and I can see them soon!
  6. Next Year – RAC Remix – Two Door Cinema Club — I love the groove of this song.
  7. Fools Gold – Fitz and The Tantrums — I have missed two opportunities to see them within the last year and it kind of kills me. I have listened to their album “More Than Just a Dream” a few times, but for some reason I was surprised when I heard this song that it wasn’t a new single. GREAT song!
  8. Jubel – Klingande — I love this song. It feels like you are on a groovy journey when you listen to it. Not something I would have found without this playlist. I am in love with it though and may end up making it a ringtone… because that sax is incredible in it.
  9. Real – Years & Years — I was surprised this was the same band that did “King.” I hear the similarities now that I know, but I really thought I found a new band when I heard this one. He has a great smooth voice and I am totally digging the beat in this one.
  10. Youth – Foxes — I really didn’t try to rank this list in any way. I just typed them as they appeared on the playlist, but I may have saved the best for last. This song is so much fun to sing and dance to! She sounds like one of my favorites, Prinze George.

I don’t think there is any way I can share a link to my playlist since it is just for this week, but I will post all 30 songs below. I also got some Mumford & Sons and Andrew McMahon ITW on there. Found a love for Hoodie Allen and Jai Wold. They also threw in Doses & Mimosas which gave me good memories of The Strip to This Tour back in January.

Basically, throw down your $9 each month and praise the Spotify Gods, because this discover weekly playlist is a game changer…for me at least.

  1. Reality Dream – Morning Parade
  2. Indian Summer – Jai Wolf
  3. Weekend – Jai Wolf Remix – Mocki Jai Wolf
  4. Crystals – Of Monsters and Men
  5. Skinny Love – Fareoh Remox – Birdy
  6. How We Feel – Panama
  7. I Want U – Alison Wonderland
  8. Heartbreaker (feat. John Legend) – MSTRKRFT John Legend
  9. Contagious – Night Riots
  10. The Seeds You Sow – Prides
  11. Ways to Go – Grouplove
  12. Next Year – RAC Remix – Two Door Cinema Club
  13. Close Enough (feat. Noosa) – Ghost Beach
  14. Fools Gold – Fitz and The Tantrums
  15. Weekend – Priory
  16. Songs I Can’t Listen To – Neon Trees
  17. Jubel – Klingande
  18. Real – Years & Years
  19. Awkward (EP Version) – San Cisco
  20. Cecilia And The Satellite – Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness
  21. Doses and Mimosas – Variable D
  22. The Wolf – Mumford & Sons
  23. Tomorrow – Madi Diaz
  24. All About It (feat. Ed Sheeran) – Hoodie Allen Ed Sheeran
  25. Fiona Coyne – Skylar Spence
  26. Calling Out (Elephante Remix) – Penguin Prison
  27. Love Again – Cedric Gervais Ali Tamposi
  28. High Tide – Lamaitre
  29. Youth – Foxes
  30. Get Me Golden – Terraplane Sun
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Why I want to leave T-Mobile after over 10 years

24-48 Hours. I went in on June 22 fresh from Firefly to file a claim on my phone that was stolen at Firefly. By fresh I mean music festival fresh. I just drove 4 hours after living outside and showering via water bottle for four days.

My phone is an extremely important part of my life. I got my first phone in 8th or 9th grade and I have had the same number and carrier since then. When I got married it wasn’t a hard sell to get our family plan with my carrier instead of his. I have always been fairly happy with T-Mobile. Their plans are cheap, they finally got the iPhone (lol), their customer service is good, no major issues. I don’t get service once I leave the bigger towns/cities. Thankfully, I don’t live in a rural area so that really isn’t a deal breaker. I use my phone for everything. It is my alarm clock, calendar, e-mail, TV, play room, photo album, camera, e-reader, iPod, GPS, secretary, accountant, my comfort blanket, and sometimes my sanity. Some say it is an addiction, but I think it is just a characteristic of my generation and definitely the generations to follow. They are too functional NOT to overuse.

I went to Firefly Music Festival June 18-21. On the second day of the festival I reached for my phone and it wasn’t there. I honestly don’t know what happened if it was my fault or if someone was shady. Either way, my phone was in someone else’s hands. I survived. It was weird not having my lifeline, but music festivals are such an escape from reality it was the perfect environment to detach from the phone. The Monday after the festival I went to TMobile before picking up my dogs or even going to my house. The guy who helped me was very nice, but much more interested in selling me an upgrade to my existing plan vs replacing my phone. He then told me if I wanted I could file my claim online or I could CALL them. (Really, you are going to suggest I call them… with what phone?) So I chose to file my claim online.

The process was so easy! Just a few drop down bars and a fill in the blank and they said my phone will be shipped out 24-48 hours after my claim is approved. GREAT! I figured it may take a day or two for the approval, then the shipping. I expected my phone would be here around Friday-Mondayish.

Not a big deal. I have my old iPhone. The battery life is weak, it doesn’t always ring, text messages just don’t come through sometimes, plus it is just an older model so in general the features aren’t as updated as I am used to. But it is better than being completely unplugged.

A week goes by… no phone. Claim pending.

I wait until that following Thursday to make a call. Turns out my claim was not approved, because I filed it as “lost”, but then wrote “theft” in the comments. Makes sense… but you couldn’t reach out and see what is up? Or just change the status of the claim to rejected, messed up, something that may catch my attention and I’ll make the call. So that claim was closed when I was on the phone and a new one was open. That claim was approved by the next day! Sweet! It was a holiday weekend so I wasn’t counting on it until Monday/Tuesday.

We are starting week three if you are keeping track.

No phone. BUT I have a tracking number! UPS shipping label created and they have the package. Then nothing. It was in I think PA, just hanging out. So holiday weekend. Monday nothing. Nothing Tuesday either. So I call Assurant Solutions (the company that deals with claims) and point out that it may be lost in transit. July 7th. For the past two weeks I have been calling them every few days begging for an update and then the obvious… a new phone.

I am trying so hard to be understanding. It takes coordination between TMobile, Assurant Solutions, and UPS. One person can’t see all systems and aspects. I’m sure this kind of thing happens every day, especially with a $900 phone with the serial number in the tracking info. They have their procedures to follow for this. I am just a number. There isn’t anything about me that makes me more of a priority in their eyes. That is very clear each time I talk to them. I have worked in customer service for ten years, I try to hard to be patient with the people who are really just trying to do their job. Most people that have been keeping track of my story told me that they would have pitched a fit by now. That really isn’t my nature. I fill out customer service surveys when I have something positive to say. I am not a user of the cynical, sarcastic phrase “well that’s what being nice gets you.” In most situations that is so far from the truth. I have just had it with this situation.

At the beginning of the month I was given the opportunity to advance to a MUCH higher position with a MUCH higher pay. Part of that job is dealing with customers. I am the person that comes in and puts smiles back on faces when sh*t hits the fan. I also coordinate between about 6 different companies for different aspects of the job. Eventually my company will give me a (verizon) phone for this purpose. But I can’t get the promotion until I prove that I can do the job. I can’t do my job without a reliable phone. I need to access a database, but I don’t have the space to download the app even after clearing everything from my phone. Since phone calls are spotty I can’t give out my number to customers or contractors in case I miss a call. Right now I am actually putting MORE work on everyone by not being able to effectively perform my job. This could ruin the promotion for me. I am beyond stressed about it at this point.

I am frustrated that UPS lost my phone. That I lost my phone. That TMobile “can’t do” anything to compensate me. That Assurant Solutions won’t communicate with me. Tonight I called Assurant Solutions and I was upset. I tried to keep an even tone and not be “that customer.” I mostly succeeded. I kept getting the same information. They can’t close the tracker without UPS confirming the package is lost. The tracking number shows that the claim is closed, package unrecoverable. It is done. It was done yesterday. He keeps telling me the same script over and over. Again, I am trying so hard to be patient and understanding. Finally after I stopped controlling my indoor voice he said he was going to get a manager or customer something… someone that I could talk to that may be able to help. Where was this person five minutes ago when I was still calm? After a few minutes of hold music… the call was dropped. I know they have my phone number, but I guess returning dropped calls isn’t a procedure they follow. My spite wants to think he hung up one me, but it was probably just my crappy back up phone.

Normally when I am upset I just want to be heard and I want whatever product/service I wasn’t getting. With this situation though I want compensation. I pay extra money each month for this equipment replacement insurance JUMP something thing. The selling feature is the quick turn around time for replacement devices. I have been without a reliable device for a month now unable to use the service I am paying for. But how can I get anything done in this electronic world we live in??

Again, I get it that I caused this mess by not having my phone in my hand at all time at the festival. I understand it isn’t TMobile or Assurant Solutions’ fault for me losing my phone, then UPS losing my phone. However, I am just so upset about the last of communication, understanding, and urgency.

This is mostly just for me to vent. I was shaking when the call was dropped, I don’t need to be that mad over anything and writing helps calm me. If you have any real advice though, feel free to pass it my way. Otherwise I’ll accept your validation that I should have a phone right now and it is okay for me to be so upset. That is what social media is for right?

Also, Verizon or AT&T?

Music & Social Media

So I am back in school and this semester I am taking a class on one of my favorite topics, Social Media. It is a passion of mine. I love seeing it constantly evolve. I love seeing people’s reactions on it. I get most of my news from Twitter. I keep in touch with the majority of my network on Facebook. I get stress relief on instagram. I keep a running video diary on Snapchat. It is truly a love of mine.

My twitter account @RockAnnneRoll is largely dedicated to music as well as my normal life. I follow quite a few bands, RT and favorite their posts, I interact with other fans, exc. Because of that I get follows from newer bands frequently. If I follow back within a few hours I will have a message in my inbox asking me to check out a music video or dong on SoundCloud. For awhile I would look at 90% of the ones I got. Most of them were some punk or metal band that I just couldn’t vibe with. So eventually I just started ignoring them.

Most of the time if I add them I’ll never hear from them again and they unfollow the same day I unfollow them. I have no clue how long ago artist “Leaving Richmond” started following me on Twitter and Instagram. It has been a few months though. I know this, because he actually interacts, unlike most other bands. Not just music stuff too, my real life stuff. It had caused me to pay more attention to him, however for whatever reason I never took the time to actually listen to his music. Well, I have been missing out. Tonight after finishing up some school work I hopped on Twitter like most nights and I saw his tweet about having a new song on SoundCloud. I didn’t currently have anything playing so I figured I would roll with it. I don’t know what I expected, but it wasn’t what I got. His latest track hit the spot, it was exactly what I wanted to hear. Now I have his whole SoundCloud on repeat. “The Danger of Standing Still” is the song that captured my attention. Honorable mention to “With Your Own 2 Hands” though. I actually sent him a DM apologizing for not listening sooner.

So my question is, how does a band get noticed on social media?

It isn’t enough to follow and get them to follow you back. Are bands actually successful when they DM people asking them to listen to their music?

Is it the personal interaction that really matters?

How much time does a band have to invest in an individual to get them to notice them?

How does an established band interact while still keeping a professional distance? Or does professionalism go out the window when it comes to social media (twitter).

Is it more important to have a single active band page or have each member create individual profiles?

So many questions about music and social media….

While I work on figuring that out… check out Leaving Richmond for some pretty great instrumental jams…

Unplugged Concert

I guess the title is a little misleading. When you hear “unplugged” in reference to music you assume it is an acoustic set. This was a more personal unplugged though.

I went the entire concert without using my cell phone.

Some of you may read that last statement in shock that I didn’t touch my phone. How will I have blurry pictures & poor quality videos to look back on? How did my friends know what song was playing? How did anyone know if I was having a good time? How can I prove who I went with? WAS I EVEN THERE??

Then there is the rest of you wondering why this is even worth noting. Why would I even have my phone out during the concert? Ugh, am I one of those people who holds their phone above their head for half the show recording full songs? Or am I one of those people too glued to texting, tweeting, or whatever else during a show?

For the first group. I had a great time, you can see his set list here, you are just going to have to trust that I was there. For the second group. I don’t think I am THAT bad at concerts. I usually take a few videos and take pictures while the video is rolling so I can have a bit of both. I’m pretty removed from social media/texting during the show, all of that can wait. In between sets is when I usually reach for my phone.

At Firefly I lost my phone on the first full day. There was definitely some panic when I realized it was gone. I asked everyone I came in contact with that might have seen it. That was before Paul McCartney & Zedd that night and then two more days packed with amazing artists. I couldn’t take pictures or videos, snapchat, text friends to find them, nothing. I was disconnected. I had already decided that I would be disconnected for a big chunk of the Festival by leaving my phone in airplane mode a lot of the time. The option was always there to reconnect with the touch of a button. Plus, I would still have the camera function for the shows. That was all gone. I am sad to say I didn’t watch all of Echosmith’s set, because I was in a panic.

After a little bit of time I realized I just had to accept it… then I went to the first few rows of Walk The Moon to dance it out. I got lost in the music, in the crowd, singing and dancing away. Then Shut Up and Dance came on and I could hardly see the stage, because of all the cell phones. At first it almost felt like the world was rubbing it in my face, all these people can look back on this incredible moment…but not you. Then I realized that in order to get that great shot, you can’t dance. I was one of the only people in my surrounding area that was still dancing. The song is literally called Shut Up and Dance, but no one could dance, because they were too glued to their technology. That moment changed my attitude about not having a phone for the rest of the festival. I wish I could have taken selfies with some of the people I became friends with. I wish my friends back home didn’t get panicked when I didn’t respond to safety checks. And yes, there were a few moments from some of the sets that I wish I had my own photos of. Fortunately there is this great thing called The Internet that will give me all the photos I could want from whatever set I am missing. As for my friends, I’ll see them next year, at another concert before next Firefly, or I already forgot their names so they really weren’t that important anyways.

With my new found freedom from tech I had an unplugged concert with Dave Matthews Band Saturday night in Virginia Beach. The show was a blast! It was my second time seeing them, but since they are always changing their set, I don’t think there were ANY repeats from the first time. I was in the lawn and it rained most of the time. This only added to the carefree atmosphere. It was an incredible place to just get lost and enjoy the people, the music, and forget about normal life. THAT is why I go to concerts, to escape. Not to take pictures or video. Not to have the best Snapchat story, but to just escape. Letting go of my phone was just one way to escape even farther in to the music…

Just a note: I’ll be taking a little bit of a concert break possibly until I go to Music Midtown in September, because I’ll be spending a week in Mexico in August. Gotta save some money for that trip!