Your 2020 Self Talks About Music to Your 2013 Self

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Hey 2013 me, it's 2020 me.
Wow, future me. How are things?
Um well, you can listen to a ton of obscure Prince live cuts and obscurities on YouTube and Spotify
OMG, how did that happen
Um well Prince is dead
And he kinda got out just in time
― Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Wednesday, October 14, 2020 10:15 PM

new thread idea: future self talking to past self about music stuffs.
mine would be fun.
now me: "hey the cure is good, you shoulda bought those 45s."
then me: "wait, isn't that like. . . nazi music?"
now: "what, how? no."
then: "it's just that the guy is like. . . really pale."
― Totally different head. Totally. (Austin), Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Thursday, 15 October 2020 00:28 (two weeks ago) link

"What the fuck have you been doing for the last seven years? You like the same people and the same songs you did then...branch out!"

clemenza, Thursday, 15 October 2020 00:30 (two weeks ago) link

“go to every live show you consider going to”

scanner darkly, Thursday, 15 October 2020 00:32 (two weeks ago) link

'stock up on booze'

mookieproof, Thursday, 15 October 2020 00:47 (two weeks ago) link

“no, mbv is still the latest”

scanner darkly, Thursday, 15 October 2020 00:50 (two weeks ago) link

Hey 2013 me, it's 2020 me.

Oh hey, sup?
You're gonna be so into vintage country and contemporary Americana by 2020.
Me? Mr. Shambhala???
Yeah, all those artists you love in 2013 either just fade away or start making really crap music. Robyn's gonna make you wait another five years for an album, and you'll listen to it ONCE.
But you don't know about Susanne Sundfør yet. You're gonna love it.
Great, I'll keep an eye out. How'd I/you start listening to country stuff?
Can't say. It just sorta happened. Also, you're playing guitar again and buying vinyl records. You're almost comically embracing middle age.

Johnny Fever, Thursday, 15 October 2020 03:39 (two weeks ago) link

Sorry to break it to you, my friend, but no need to hold onto all that physical media you will never ever play again. You can't take it with you, as the saying goes.

Garu’s Got a Rona (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 15 October 2020 04:00 (two weeks ago) link

You will get all your physical media back, including tapes. It will be wonderful.

I guess I'd be lonesome (Sund4r), Thursday, 15 October 2020 04:06 (two weeks ago) link

Tapes? Oh wait a minute...

Garu’s Got a Rona (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 15 October 2020 04:11 (two weeks ago) link

Hey 2013 me, that little dip of your toes into krautrock? Get ready for the full immersion over the rest of the decade.

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Thursday, 15 October 2020 04:13 (two weeks ago) link

You were right about Tropical House, it pretty much became extinct a couple of years later.

Also you were sort of right about Kanye West, only instead of completely disappearing from the spotlight after a mental breakdown like you thought he would, he only disappeared for a couple of weeks and then he doubled down on the christianity and he kind of ran for president.

Also Grimes has a baby with fucking Elon Musk. You’ll love the album she releases in a couple of years but don’t get too excited on what comes next.

✖✖✖ (Moka), Thursday, 15 October 2020 04:46 (two weeks ago) link

Yeah I think Grimes having a baby with Elon Musk and Kanye running for president are the two main ones that would make me think the future is all fucked up.

✖✖✖ (Moka), Thursday, 15 October 2020 04:47 (two weeks ago) link

Early in the year 2020, you will learn from an old messageboard that an old friend has fallen ill, and will register to share your reaction.

Whatever you do, don't get sucked into this board. All they do is take votes on absolutely fucking everything and argue politics. just wish your friend well and move on


Deflatormouse, Thursday, 15 October 2020 05:56 (two weeks ago) link

The ~12 binders of CDs that you're tired of moving, after you got tired of moving the cases and put them in binders? Go ahead and keep them. No, you won't ever actually listen to them again but you'll be sad that you no longer have them.

Donald Trump Also Sucks, Of Course (milo z), Thursday, 15 October 2020 06:17 (two weeks ago) link

"Daft Punk? No. Portishead? No. The Avalanches? Ha, well..."

nashwan, Thursday, 15 October 2020 12:56 (two weeks ago) link

'You know how you never really liked metal all that much? Well…'

pomenitul, Thursday, 15 October 2020 13:04 (two weeks ago) link

I would go back to the stretch between 2000-2006, heady days of filesharing where I basically spent nothing on new music, and tell myself "hey, all those obscure new 7" singles that you're downloading? Just spend the $4.99 now, and later on lots of them will be worth hundreds of dollars."

turn the jawhatthefuckever on (One Eye Open), Thursday, 15 October 2020 13:15 (two weeks ago) link

"so, you know how you're adamant about defending kanye as a person because you love his music..."

covidiot wind, blowin every time you lift your mask (voodoo chili), Thursday, 15 October 2020 13:17 (two weeks ago) link

"Tim doesn't make it :("

Chip-vill-A (imago), Thursday, 15 October 2020 13:47 (two weeks ago) link

"Go see Prince or Tom Petty at any chance you get in the next few years."

soaring skrrrtpeggios (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Thursday, 15 October 2020 13:58 (two weeks ago) link

"Okay, so you're going to Japan next year, start saving and pick up as much YMO/solo related stuff as you can manage..."

Maresn3st, Thursday, 15 October 2020 14:00 (two weeks ago) link

Xxpost: which Tim?

✖✖✖ (Moka), Thursday, 15 October 2020 14:05 (two weeks ago) link

I'm guessing Tim Smith from the Cardiacs.

soaring skrrrtpeggios (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Thursday, 15 October 2020 14:13 (two weeks ago) link

Yeah, it's Cardiacs Tim, Moka.

Not really sure what I'd say to myself 7 years ago - it seems too recent, not that much has changed. "My child, you WILL live your dream of becoming a noise act (btw, stock up on ryvita)".

emil.y, Thursday, 15 October 2020 14:14 (two weeks ago) link

2013 ME: Oh shit you're from the future
2020 ME: Yep
2013 ME: Am I into weird new music?
2020 ME: No, you listen to the same type of shit you always have, but now you're divorced and your kids live in another state during a pandemic
2013 ME: Wait, what????
2020 ME: Well, it's been good talking to you
2013 ME: You can't drop that on me and leave! What happened? And I have kids PLURAL???
2020 ME: I gotta go, my male partner is making lunch
2013 ME: WHAT
2020 ME: Keep listening to Dawn Richard, she gets better

shout-out to his family (DJP), Thursday, 15 October 2020 15:48 (two weeks ago) link

now: "hi, i'm andy. i live in your brain too and i love classical and bluegrass and all the music you hate and i remember all the things that you don't. like, all of them. i even remember how to read music. also i know all the william blake poems from memory and i'm obsessed with what happens to you and me after we die. wanna talk about that? math is super fun!"
then: "(drinks to the point of blackout every night to avoid talking to you)"

Totally different head. Totally. (Austin), Thursday, 15 October 2020 15:49 (two weeks ago) link

"So aside from music, what else is happening in 2020"
"Shut up. Stick to the music".

Matt DC, Thursday, 15 October 2020 15:54 (two weeks ago) link

lol DJP

Chip-vill-A (imago), Thursday, 15 October 2020 15:59 (two weeks ago) link

"Shut up. Stick to the music".

"but, uh, don't stick too hard to live music"

covidiot wind, blowin every time you lift your mask (voodoo chili), Thursday, 15 October 2020 16:03 (two weeks ago) link

"you suck haha"
"weren't you supposed to talk about music?"
"later dork"

it bangs for thee (Simon H.), Thursday, 15 October 2020 16:05 (two weeks ago) link

"enjoy being able to properly embed YouTube clips on ILM while you still can, mf..."

Maresn3st, Thursday, 15 October 2020 16:17 (two weeks ago) link

"So you know how you don't know the first thing about music, and this is increasingly a source of sorrow to you? Learn a damn musical instrument. You live in a cabin in the woods with only one housemate who's gone in the summers anyway; if you ever want to get a guitar or a keyboard and plunk away at it without a million people hearing you, now is the time."

Lily Dale, Thursday, 15 October 2020 17:59 (two weeks ago) link

now: "lol you like grimes"
then: "lol you like coldplay"

HA! got 'em!

Totally different head. Totally. (Austin), Thursday, 15 October 2020 18:24 (two weeks ago) link

whatever you do, don't lose your HD with all that UK funky, that stuff is never getting properly archived and curated

boxedjoy, Thursday, 15 October 2020 18:49 (two weeks ago) link

You think vinyl has gotten expensive since you began picking it up in 2001?! Get hoarding, chappie.

The little engine that choogled (hardcore dilettante), Thursday, 15 October 2020 19:27 (two weeks ago) link

you're missing your copy of the doors' strange days, make sure you don't accidentally put it in with stuff you're selling/trading.

brimstead, Thursday, 15 October 2020 19:32 (two weeks ago) link

don't buy that CD of felt's pictorial jackson review you found at amoeba, it has train above the city on it by mistake

brimstead, Thursday, 15 October 2020 19:34 (two weeks ago) link

Lol. I had a twofer of both of those.

Here Comes a Slightly Irregular (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 15 October 2020 21:25 (two weeks ago) link

2013 me would be envying 2020 me.

Boring, Maryland, Thursday, 15 October 2020 21:46 (two weeks ago) link

Yep same. In the last seven years, I've gone from "all new music I hear is not as good as what I already love so why bother" back to my high-school-days listening habits of finding amazing new music weekly

Vinnie, Friday, 16 October 2020 12:16 (one week ago) link

2020: Phhew, I've just started my first real job this year
2013: But I've just graduated !
2020: Yeah I know, me too. Btw, remember how you've been a cunt to your girlfriend last year before getting back together ? She hasn't forgotten and your ass will soon be a lot more sorry than you were.
2013: I certainly can't believe you. Do you have any more bad news ?
2020: I'm locked in for ten days and waiting for a dangerous virus to leave my body, hopefully without permanent damage. Everybody sort of has it.
2013: Guh. Do we still have music as a consolation ?
2020: Sure do, alongside books now. I remember your taste being very wide, crossing countries, styles and generations. That era has ended, I now listen to 2010s music as if I was born in the late 90s. Commercial Nigerian pop and South African house dominate your playlists. Nobody would think you're a music fan.
2013: Sounds a little disappointing but not uncool. I guess I can hope we are not still on RYM.
2020: Listen, I'm doing what I can. I did find another cool community though.

Nabozo, Friday, 16 October 2020 12:42 (one week ago) link

2020: you know how you're getting fed up that there's so much "quite good" music it all begins to blur?
2013: yeah
2020: nothing's changed. Read more books, stay off facebook, don't take the Swindon job.

thomasintrouble, Friday, 16 October 2020 13:05 (one week ago) link

2020: you know how you're getting fed up that there's so much "quite good" music it all begins to blur?

Feeling very seen rn.

pomenitul, Friday, 16 October 2020 13:06 (one week ago) link

20: Tool finally release another album, but by the time it happens you can't be bothered to even hear it
13: I see... What's Toby Driver up to though?
20: he disappears down a synth hole, make peace with it early and you'll get less annoyed.
13: anything else?
20: you get into funeral doom and dempa about the same time
13: I have no idea what any of that means
20: you'll find out when you're older
13: ok but apart from that things get better right?

ultros ultros-ghali, Friday, 16 October 2020 13:46 (one week ago) link

Speaking of funeral doom in 2020, have you heard the Atramentus LP?

pomenitul, Friday, 16 October 2020 13:49 (one week ago) link

The only thing I would say is to spend as much time as possible with your best friend before he dies of cancer.

Quiet Storm Thorgerson (PBKR), Friday, 16 October 2020 14:35 (one week ago) link

At least he leaves you a turntable and gets you back into vinyl.

Quiet Storm Thorgerson (PBKR), Friday, 16 October 2020 14:36 (one week ago) link

you’re gonna misplace your Le Mystere Des Voixes Bulgares CD but don’t buy a new one, it’s under the driver’s seat in your car.

brimstead, Friday, 16 October 2020 17:12 (one week ago) link

Ugh, sorry to hear that, PBKR. I’ll add that one to my 2013 self-chat also: spend as much time as you can with your old bass player, and stop pretending you know about the things he talks about, and ask a million questions. You’re gonna miss him like hell when he’s gone.

The little engine that choogled (hardcore dilettante), Friday, 16 October 2020 17:57 (one week ago) link

"The coolest genre since New Wave finally happened."
"oh yeah?"
"Yeah they call it 'SynthWave'. Ya know Kavinsky? It's a whole genre of that."
"Oh, cool!"
"Well, it's already pretty played out."
"Oh that's a shame."
"Oh, yeah, and the Nazis decided it was their thing."
"yeah, there's a bunch of actual Nazis now, and they love it."
"Leave me alone, man."
"The Strokes & The Killers just released big new albums..."
"Why are you doing this to me?"
"Teenagers online say they love classic rock, like Green Day and Danzig."
"Plz leave!"

Frobisher, Friday, 16 October 2020 18:46 (one week ago) link

then: "is purposely saying it wrong like `danZING` still proper annoying to the right people, and therefore still funny?"
now: "yes"
then: "alright, nice."

Totally different head. Totally. (Austin), Friday, 16 October 2020 19:25 (one week ago) link

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