Month: October 2012

2011 / 2012: My personal Soundtrack [15, quick list]

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I started keeping a diary on October 26th, 1997. I was 14 and in 9th grade. I kept up until 2004, and every year, I made a ‘personal soundtrack’ with songs that reflected last years’ themes and storylines.

Here are 20 songs for ‘Season 15’, October 2011 to October 2012.

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  • Dillon: “Thirteen Thirtyfive”
  • James Vincent McMorrow: “Breaking Hearts”
  • Andrew Bird: “Fake Palindromes”
  • Gregory Alan Isakov: “That Moon Song”
  • The Head and the Heart: “Down in the Valley”
  • Ghosts I’ve met: “Winter’s Ruin”
  • Holcombe Waller: “Qu’Appelle Valley, Saskatchewan”
  • Ben Howard: “Depth over Distance” (Live)
  • Melanie Safka: “Uptown & Down”
  • Gladys Knight: “Midnight Train to Georgia”
  • P.J. Harvey: “England”
  • Bill Callahan: “One fine Morning”
  • Rebecca Black: “Friday”
  • Jim Bryson & The Weakerthans: “Freeways in the Front Yard”
  • Lambs and Wolves: “The only Light”
  • Freelance Whales: “Generator First Floor”
  • Andrew Bird: “Scythian Empire”
  • The National: “I need my Girl”
  • Talking Heads: “The Big Country”
  • Ayano Tsuji: “Kazeni Naru (to become the wind)” (Acoustic Version)

Some of these songs are on Youtube. Let’s see how long it takes before they are taken down. Here are the videos: Watch them while the links still work!

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Dillon – Thirteen Thirtyfive

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James Vincent McMorrow – Breaking Hearts

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Andrew Bird – Fake Palindromes

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Gregory Alan Isakov – That Moon Song

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The Head and the Heart – Down in the Valley

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Ghosts I’ve met – Winter’s Ruin

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Holcombe Waller – Qu’Appelle Valley, Saskatchewan

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Ben Howard – Depth over Distance (Live)

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Melanie Safka – Uptown & Down (sorry – only a slow live version:)

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Gladys Knight – Midnight Train to Georgia

http://vimeo.com/27276369

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P.J. Harvey – England

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Bill Callahan – One fine Morning

In Germany, it’s blocked by GEMA. but you can’t buy it on Amazon.de, either. :-/

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Rebecca Black -Friday

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Jim Bryson & The Weakerthans – Freeways in the Front Yard

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Lambs and Wolves – The only Light

http://lambswolves.bandcamp.com/album/the-light-ep (free download!)

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Freelance Whales – Generator First Floor

http://www.jbtvonline.com/performances/freelance-whales-generator-1st-floor

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Andrew Bird – Scythian Empire

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The National – I need my Girl

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Talking Heads – The Big Country

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Ayano Tsuji: “Kazeni Naru (to become the wind)” (Acoustic Version)


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related Links:

  • 1997 / 1998: My personal Soundtrack (Link)
  • Helden meiner Kindheit (Link)
  • My Video Game Biography (Link)
  • My favorite Movies (Link)
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Underdog Literature, October 2012: 15 fresh or surprising, off-the-wall titles

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Here are 15 books that caught my interest lately.

Fresh, off-beat, quirky or curious titles that might deserve more attention:

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01: ROBIN SLOAN, “Mr. Penumbra’s 24-hour Book Store”, 304 pages, 2012.

02: JENS PETER JACOBSEN, “Niels Lyhne”, 152 pages, 1880 [Danish].

03: DONALD HALL, “The Best Day The Worst Day – Life with Jane Kenyon”, 258 pages, 2005 [Memoir].

04: ELIZABETH ARTHUR, “Antarctic Navigation”, 816 pages, 1995.

05: A.S. KING, “Ask the Passengers”, 296 pages, 2012. [Young Adult]

06: SHANNON MESSENGER, “Keeper of the Lost Cities”, 496 pages, 2012. [Young Adult / Fantasy]

07: KATJA MILLAY, “The Sea of Tranquility”, 380 pages, 2012. [Young Adult, might be trash…?]

08: BOUALEM SANSAL, “The German Mujahid”, 240 pages, 2008. [Algerian]

09: GAITO GASDANOW, “Das Phantom des Alexander Wolf”, 192 Seiten, 1947. [Russian emigré writer, new German translation]

10: YI IN-SEONG, “Jahreszeiten des Exils”, 318 pages, 1983. [Korean, new German tanslation]

11: SEPP MALL, “Berliner Zimmer”, 188 pages, 2012. [Austrian]

12: ANNETTE KOLB, “Das Exemplar”, 210 pages, 1913. [German]

13: DANIEL MEZGER, “Land spielen”, 318 pages, 2012. [Swiss]

14: TILMAN RAMMSTEDT, “Die Abenteuer meines ehemaligen Bankberaters”, 190 pages, 2012. [German]

15: SABINE FRIEDRICH, “Wer wir sind”, 2032 pages, 2012 [German].

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Here are five books that made me curious enough to buy them:

01: MARLEN HAUSHOFER, “The Wall” / “Die Wand”, 240 pages, 1962. [Austrian]

02: MARCEL BEYER, “Flughunde”, 301 pages, 1996. [German]

03: SERGEJ LUKIANENKO, “Wächter des Morgen”, 464 Seiten, 2012. [Russian; German translation.]

Ich habe die “Wächter”-Reihe u.a. HIER besprochen / empfohlen: Link

04: NIKOLAI VOGEL, “Spam Diamond”, 210 pages, 2012. [Austrian, Rezensionsexemplar, danke an Haymon!]

05: ANDREAS STICHMANN, “Das große Leuchten”, 240 Seiten, 2012. [German; Rezensionsexemplar, danke an Rowohlt!]

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…and finally, here are three books that I read – and that were really good:

5 of 5 stars: ARNE BELLSTORF, “Baby’s in Black: Astrid Kirchherr, Stuart Sutcliffe, and the Beatles in Hamburg”, 208 pages, 2010. [Graphic Novel]

4 of 5 stars: TOVE JANSSON, “Fair Play”, 127 pages, 1989. [Nonfiction / personal essays – not half as good as her “Summer Book”, though.]

4 of 5 stars: MILENA MICHIKO FLASAR, “Ich nannte ihn Krawatte”, 144 pages, 2012. [Austrian; Rezensionsexemplar, danke an Verlag Klaus Wagenbach!]

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Frankfurter Buchmesse: Romane und Neuerscheinungen 2012

zur Frankfurter Buchmesse:

14 interessante – und 8 mittelmäßige – neue Bücher:

 

Sechs neue – interessante – Übersetzungen:
01) Édouard Levé – “Selbstmord” (Essay; Frankreich, 2008)
128 Seiten, Matthes & Seitz, August 2012:  Amazon (Link) | Goodreads (4.10, Link)
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02) David Mitchell – “Die tausend Herbste des Jacob de Zoet” (USA, 2010)
720 Seiten, Rowohlt, September 2012:  Amazon (Link) | Goodreads (4.00, Link)
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03) Mordecai Richler – “Wie Barney es sieht” (Kanada, 1997)
464 Seiten, Liebeskind Verlag, August 2012:  Amazon (Link) | Goodreads (4.14, Link)
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04) Eowyn Ivey – “Das Schneemädchen” (USA, 2011)
464 Seiten, Kindler, September 2012:  Amazon (Link) | Goodreads (3.97, Link)
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05) Nicolas Langelier – “Die enthemmte Moderne meistern und den Rest seines Lebens retten in 25 einfachen Schritten” (Kanada, 2010)
176 Seiten, Bloomsbury, Oktober 2012:  Amazon (Link) | Goodreads (3.91, Link)
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06) Yu Hua – “China in zehn Worten” (Nonfiction, China 2011)
336 Seiten, S. Fischer, Oktober 2012:  Amazon (Link) | Goodreads (3.86, Link)

 

8 neue – interessante – deutschsprachige Titel:
07) Sabine Friedrich – “Wer wir sind”
2032 Seiten, dtv, Oktober 2012:  Amazon (Link) | Goodreads (Link)
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08) Jan Sprenger – “Kirgistan gibt es nicht”
240 Seiten, Rowohlt Berlin, September 2012:  Amazon (Link)
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09) Nora Bossong – “Gesellschaft mit beschränkter Haftung”
304 Seiten, Hanser, August 2012:  Amazon (Link)
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10) Jenny Erpenbeck – “Aller Tage Abend”
288 Seiten, Knaus, August 2012:  Amazon (Link) | Goodreads (3.67, Link)
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11) Tilman Rammstedt – “Die Abenteuer meines ehemaligen Bankberaters”
190 Seiten, Dumont, November 2012:  Amazon (Link)
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12) Masoud, Milad und Mojtaba Sadinam – “Unerwünscht: Drei Brüder aus dem Iran erzählen ihre deutsche Geschichte” (Nonfiction)
256 Seiten, Bloomsbury, September 2012:  Amazon (Link)
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13) Anna Kim – “Anatomie einer Nacht”
303 Seiten, Suhrkamp, September 2012:  Amazon (Link)
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14) Timur Vermes – “Er ist wieder da”
400 Seiten, Eichborn, September 2012:  Amazon (Link) | Goodreads (4.50, Link)
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gelesen – und nicht zu empfehlen:
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15) J.K. Rowling – “Ein plötzlicher Todesfall” (GB, 2012)
575 Seiten, Carlsen, September 2012:  Amazon (Link) | Goodreads (3.55, Link)
meine Rezension bei ZEIT Online: Link
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16) John Jeremiah Sullivan – “Pulphead: Vom Ende Amerikas” (USA, 2011)
298 Seiten, Suhrkamp, September 2012:  Amazon (Link) | Goodreads (4.04, Link)
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übersetzte neue Bücher – mit schlechten / mittelmäßigen Kritiken:
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17) John Irving – “In einer Person” (USA, 2012)
725 Seiten, Diogenes, September 2012:  Amazon (Link) | Goodreads (3.60, Link)
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18) Michael Tucker – “So it goes” (USA, 2010)
256 Seiten, Graf, Oktober 2012:  Amazon (Link) | Goodreads (3.26, Link)
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19) Simon Mawer – “Die Frau, die vom Himmel fiel” (UK, 2012)
384 Seiten, dva, November 2012:  Amazon (Link) | Goodreads (3.59, Link)
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20) Carol Edgarian – “Zeiten der Ernüchterung” (USA, 2011)
464 Seiten, Kein & Aber, August 2012:  Amazon (Link) | Goodreads (3.13, Link)
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21) Howard Jacobson – “Liebesdienste” (UK, 2008)
400 Seiten, dva, November 2012:  Amazon (Link) | Goodreads (3.33, Link)
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22) Teju Cole – “Open City” (USA, 2011)
333 Seiten, Suhrkamp, September 2012:  Amazon (Link) | Goodreads (3.54, Link)

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