2011

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)

Best Books of the Year: My personal Top 20

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(After a quick teaser / similar list in October [Link]…)

…here are the 20 very best books I’ve read in 2011:

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20: LEIF RANDT: „Schimmernder Dunst über CobyCounty“, (German) Novel, 2011.
Schimmernder Dunst über Coby County

19: JASON: „I killed Adolf Hitler“, Norwegian Graphic Novel, 2006.
I Killed Adolf Hitler

18: JEAN KWOK: „Girl in Translation“, Young Adult / Memoir, 2010.
Girl in Translation

17: GRANT MORRISON: „We3“, Graphic Novel, 2005.
We3

16: TEREZIA MORA: „Der einzige Mann auf dem Kontinent“, Novel (German), 2009.
Der einzige Mann auf dem Kontinent: Roman

15: A.S. KING: „Please ignore Vera Dietz“, Young Adult Novel, 2010.
Please Ignore Vera Dietz

14: JONATHAN FRANZEN: „Freedom“, Novel, 2010.
Freedom

13: SUSAN J. DOUGLAS: „Where the Girls are: Growing up Female with the Mass Media“, Cultural Studies, 1994.
Where the Girls Are: Growing Up Female with the Mass Media

12: KATHRYN STOCKETT: „The Help“, Novel, 2009.
The Help

11: DAVID MAZZUCCHELLI: „Asterios Polyp“, Graphic Novel, 2009.
Asterios Polyp

10: JENNY ERPENBECK: „Visitation“, Novel (German), 2008.
Visitation

09: JULIE ORRINGER: „The Invisible Bridge“, Holocaust Novel, 2010.
The Invisible Bridge

08: KEIKO TOBE: „With the Light: Raising an Autistic Child“, Self-help Manga, 2000-20010. (I wrote about it here, Link)
With the Light: Raising an Autistic Child (With the Light, #1)

07: WALLACE STEGNER: „Crossing to Safety“, Novel, 1987.
Crossing to Safety

06: DANIEL CLOWES: „Ghost World“, Graphic Novel, 1997.
Ghost World

05: EVAN S. CONNELL: „Mrs. Bridge“ – Novel, 1959.
Mrs. Bridge

04: GARY SHTEYNGART: „Super Sad True Love Story“ – Satire / Novel, 2010.
Super Sad True Love Story

03: AYN RAND: „Atlas Shrugged“ – Novel / (pretty insane) Treaty, 1957.
Atlas Shrugged

02: TOVE JANSSON: „Summer Book“ – Finnish Seaside Childhood Tale, 1972.
Sommerbuch.

01: GABRIEL BÁ, FABIO MOON: „Daytripper“ – Graphic Novel, 2011.
Daytripper

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For a complete list of books I’ve read in 2011, please go here [Link].

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In comics, I’ve also enjoyed Ed Brubaker’s „Catwoman“ books [Link], Bryan Q. Miller’s „Batgirl“ [Link], large parts of Peter Tomasi’s „Green Lantern Corps“ [Link], John Ostrander’s „Suicide Squad“ [Link]

…and Kiyohiko Azuma’s amazing kid’s series „Yotsuba&!“ [Link].

Have a good 2012! More to come!

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related Posts:

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deutsche Romane 2011: Empfehlungen / Hoffnungsträger

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Perlentaucher listet alle Rezensionen aller deutschsprachigen Prosawerke des Jahres auf einer eigenen Seite (Link): 170 Bücher zu 2011.

Am Freitag ging ich durch die Liste und fand meine Favoriten:

Interessante, kuriose, vielversprechende Romane 2011.

Hier 24 Titel, auf die ich einen genaueren Blick werfen will:

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kein gutes Gefühl – aber gute Kritiken:

gute Ansätze – aber kein gutes Gefühl:

gutes Gefühl – aber das Thema liegt mir nicht:

solide – das werde ich lesen:

Favoriten – das lese ich bald:

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bereits gelesen, dieses Jahr:

  • Astrid Rosenfeld: „Adams Erbe“, 384 Seiten, Diogenes [die ersten 130 Seiten: klingt wie schlechter John Irving. Enttäuschend!]

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Update: Hier auch eine Goodreads-Liste von mir, zum Ergänzen und Voten: Belletristrik 2011 – deutschsprachige Romane (Link)

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verwandte Links:

  • Buchtipps 2011: meine Lieblingsbücher des Jahres (Link)
  • Buchmesse 2011: Favoriten und Enttäuschungen (Link)
  • der deutsche Buchpreis 2011: Übersicht der nominierten Titel (Link)
  • meine Literaturempfehlungen für September 2011 (Link)
  • junge deutschsprachige Literatur: 50 Empfehlungen (Link)
  • 10 neue US-Fernsehserien: Empfehlungen (Link)

2010 / 2011: My personal Soundtrack [14, 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 14‘, October 2010 to October 2011.

For part one, 1997 to 1998, please go here (Link).

For part two, 1998 to 1999, please go here (Link).

For a complete list of all 14 years, go here (Link tba).

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  • Frightened Rabbit: Poke
  • Say hi: Take you Dancing
  • Jesse Payne: The Manhattan Project
  • The Extra Lens: Cruiserweights
  • REM: ÜBerlin
  • Perry Keyes: In ancient Rome
  • Bill Callahan: The Breeze (my Baby cries)
  • Fanfarlo: The Walls are coming down
  • Sufjan Stevens: Chicago
  • Pete Yorn: Lose you
  • The Mountain Goats: You were cool
  • The Irrepressibles: In his Shirt
  • Young Republic: Girl from the Northern States
  • Matt Nathanson: Bent / Such Great Heights (Live version)
  • My Morning Jacket: Phone went west
  • Boy: Drive Darlin‘
  • Beirut: A Candle’s Fire
  • Pickering Pick: Egypt
  • Xiroi: Goodbye Goodbye
  • The Gaslight Anthem: We did it when we were young

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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Frightened Rabbit – Poke:

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Say hi – Take ya‘ dancing‘ (awesome video!):

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Jesse Payne – The Manhattan Project:

http://harmondrive.com/2010/11/24/jesse-payne-manhattan-project/

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The Extra Lens – Cruiserweights (another band of Josh Darnell, singer of ‚The Mountain Goats‘):

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REM – ÜBerlin:

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Perry Keyes – In Ancient Rome (‚Californication‘ OST):

I bought it here. It’s awesome! http://www.amazon.de/In-Ancient-Rome/dp/B002HDGCR8

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Bill Callahan – The Breeze (My Baby cries):

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Fanfarlo – The Walls are coming down:

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Sufjan Stevens – Chicago (I know: I’m a little late to the party…):

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Pete Yorn – Lose you (good album version is geoblocked):

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The Mountain Goats – You were cool (saw this live in Toronto in April. There’s no album version yet):

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The Irrepressibles – In his Shirt (What a video!):

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The Young Republic – Girl from the Northern States (album version is better!):

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Matt Nathanson – Bent / Such Great Heights (sorry for the bad quality):

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My Morning Jacket – Phone went west:

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Boy – Drive Daling:

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Beirut – A Candle’s Fire:

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Pickering Pick – Egypt (unplugged version):

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Xiroi – Goodbye Goodbye:

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The Gaslight Anthem – We did it when we were young:

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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)