Month: October 2013

2012 / 2013: My personal Soundtrack [16, quick list]

Stefan Mesch, Januar 2013

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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 16’, October 2012 to October 2013.

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  • Ellen and the Escapades: “Coming back home”
  • Xavier Rudd: “Whirlpool”
  • Jim Bryson: “Fell off the Dock”
  • Lonesome Leash: “Ghosts”
  • Fruit Tree Foundations: “Just as scared”
  • Augustines: “Chapel Song”
  • Birdy: “Terrible Love”
  • Josh Groban: “Brave”
  • Depeche Mode: “Broken”
  • Julia Stone: “Bloodbuzz Ohio”
  • Fran Healy: “Crossfire”
  • The Mountain Goats: “High Hawk Season”
  • Field Report: “Route 18”
  • Shelby Earl: “Swift Arrows”
  • The Mountain Goats: “Marduk T-Shirt Men’s Room Incident”
  • Phosphorescent: “Song for Zula” (live at WFUV)
  • Oscar and the Wolf: “All we want” (unplugged)
  • Bryan John Appleby: “Road” (The Doe Bay Sessions; live / unplugged)
  • The Mountain Goats: “Then the Letting go”
  • Windmill: “Gallery Masterpiece”

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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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Ellen and the Escapades: “Coming back home”

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Xavier Rudd: “Whirlpool”

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Jim Bryson: “Fell off the Dock”

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Lonesome Leash: “Ghosts”

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Fruit Tree Foundation: “Just as scared”

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(We are) Augustine(s): “Chapel Song”

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Birdy: “Terrible Love”

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Josh Groban: “Brave”

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Depeche Mode: “Broken”

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Julia Stone: “Bloodbuzz Ohio” (402 Session)

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Fran Healy: “Crossfire”

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The Mountain Goats: “High Hawk Season”

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Field Report: “Route 18”

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Shelby Earl: “Swift Arrows” (…if you like Melanie Safka, give this a try! It’s produced by Damien Jurado.)

http://www.amazon.com/Swift-Arrows/dp/B00DHXNO64

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The Mountain Goats: “Marduk T-Shirt Men’s Room Incident”

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Phosphorescent: “Song for Zula” (live)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JI6I4PM0UvI

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Oscar and the Wolf: “All we want” (live version)

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Bryan John Appleby: “The Road” (Doe Bay Seassions)

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The Mountain Goats: “Then the Letting Go”

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Whirlpool: “Gallery Masterpiece”


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Underdog Literature, October 2013: 15 fresh or suprising, off-the-wall titles

Underdog Literature WordPress October 2013.

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: JHUMPA LAHIRI, “The Lowland”, 352 pages, September 2013.

02: JESMYN WARD, “Men we reaped. A Memoir”, 272 pages, September 2013.

03: LARRY WATSON, “Let him go”, 256 pages, September 2013. [Thriller]

04: GAVIN EXTENSE, “The Universe vs. Alex Woods”, 407 pages, June 2013. [Young Adult]

05: DONAL RYAN, “The Spinning Heart”, 160 pages, 2012. [Ireland]

06: KA HANCOCK, “Dancing on broken Glass”, 416 pages, 2012. [Chick Lit?]

07: MAX BLECHER, “Scarred Hearts”, 240 pages, 1937. [Romania]

08: IRENE RATHBONE, “We that were young”, 528 pages, 1932. [British]

09: MÁRIO DE SÁ-CARNEIRO, “Lucio’s Confession” / “A Confissao de Lucio”, 128 pages, 1914. [Portugese]

10: CHARLES JACKSON, “The Lost Weekend”, 244 pages, 1944. [Novel about Alcoholism]

11: IRA LEVIN, “This Perfect Day”, 368 pages, 1970. [Science Fiction]

12: MARY DOWNING HAHN, “The the Wind blows backward”, 272 pages, 1992. [Young Adult]

13: CAMERON CROWE, “Fast Times at Richmond High”, 253 pages, 1981. [Journalism! I had no idea!!]

14: JOHN ROBERT LEWIS, ANDREW AYDIN, “March”, 128 pages, August 2013. [Graphic Novel]

15: KEIICHI SIGSAWA, “Kino’s Journey: The Beautiful World”, 205 pages, 2000. [Graphic Novel / Manga series]

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

01: SOURIS HONG-PORETTA, “Outside the Lines: An Artist’s Coloring Book for giant Imaginations”, 256 pages, September 2013. [Coloring Book / Art]

02: MICHELLE NEVIUS, “Inside the Apple: A Streetwise History of New York City”, 384 pages, 2009. [City Guide / History]

03: JOE DAVID BROWN, “Paper Moon”, 320 pages, 1971.

04: RUSSELL HOBAN, “Turtle Diary”, 182 pages, 1978.

05: ROBERT C. SHERRIFF, “A Fortnight in September”, 326 pages, 1931.

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

4 of 5 stars: JONATHAN CARROLL, “The Land of Laughs”, 256 pages, 1980. [literary Fantasy]

4 of 5 stars: BARBARA PYM, “Excellent Women”, 231 pages, 1952.

4 of 5 stars: ALEXANDER RAMATI, “And the Violins stopped playing. A Story of the Gypsy Holocaust”, 200 (?) pages, 1985.

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