2012

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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related Links:

Best Books of the Year: My personal Top 20

2012 Juli Frantje-Haus Selfpic.

(After a popular list last year [Link]…)

…here are the 20 very best books I’ve read in 2012:

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20: JASON SHIGA, “Bookhunter”, Graphic Novel, 2007.
Bookhunter

19: GAYLE FORMAN: “If I stay”, Young Adult Novel, 2009.
If I Stay (If I Stay, #1)

18: DAVID MARKSON: “The Last Novel”, (postmodern) Novel / Lists / Trivia Collection, 2007.
The Last Novel

17: SHARON M. DRAPER: “Out of my Mind”, Young Adult Novel, 2010.
Out of My Mind

16: OCTAVIA BUTLER: “Kindred”, (Fantasy) Novel, 1971.
Kindred

15: JOHAN HARSTAD: “Buzz Aldrin, what happened to you in all the Confusion?”, Novel (Norway), 2005.
Buzz Aldrin, What Happened to You in All the Confusion?

14: KRISTEN D. RANDLE: “The only Alien on the Planet”, Young Adult Novel, 1995.
The Only Alien on the Planet

13: DANIELA KRIEN: “Irgendwann werden wir uns alles erzählen”, Novel (German), 2011.
Irgendwann werden wir uns alles erzählen

12: TENNESSEE WILLIAMS: “A Streetcar named Desire”, Play, 1947. […alternative / runner-up: HENRIK IBSEN: “A Doll’s House”, Play (Norway), 1879.]
A Streetcar Named Desire and A Doll's House

11: ARNO GEIGER: “Der alte König in seinem Exil” (Austrian) Alzheimer Memoir, 2011.
Der alte König in seinem Exil

10: SARAH LEAVITT: “Tangles. A Story about Alzheimer’s, my Mother and me”, Graphic Novel, 2010.
Tangles : a story about Alzheimer's, my mother, and me

09: ARNE BELLSTORF: “Baby’s in Black”, Graphic Novel (German), 2010.
Baby's in Black: Astrid Kirchherr, Stuart Sutcliffe, and The Beatles in Hamburg

08: SCOTT SNYDER: “Batman: The Court of Owls”, Graphic Novel (and good start for new “Batman” readers):
Batman, Vol. 1: The Court of Owls

07: STEWART O’NAN: “The Odds. A Love Story”, Novel, 2012.
The Odds: A Love Story

06: JOACHIM HELFER, RASHID al-DAIF: “Die Verschwulung der Welt”, Essay (German / Persian), 2006.
Die Verschwulung der Welt.

05: ALEXIS M. SMITH: “Glaciers”, Novel, 2012.
Glaciers

04: JOE HILL: “Locke & Key” series, Graphic Novels, 2008 to 2013.
Locke and Key, Vol. 1: Welcome to Lovecraft

03: MARLEN HAUSHOFER: “The Wall / Die Wand”, Austian novel, 1962.
Die Wand

02: GERBRAND BAKKER: “The Detour / Der Umweg”, Dutch novel, 2010.
Der Umweg

01: RUTH KLÜGER: “Still alive. A Holocaust Girlhood remembered”, Memoir / Essay, 1992.
Weiter leben. Eine Jugend.

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For a complete list of books I’ve read in 2012, please go here [Link].

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In comics, I’ve also enjoyed Guy Delisle’s travelogues / non-fiction graphic novels “Burma Chronicles” [Link], “Pyongyang” [Link] and “Jerusalem” [Link], the “New 52” DC comic books featuring “Wonder Woman” [Link], “Green Lantern” [Link], “Swamp Thing” [Link] and the “Birds of Prey” [Link] – and large parts of Naoki Urasawa’s “Pluto” [Link]

…and “Honey & Clover” [Link], a “Scott Pilgrim”-like, bittersweet / comedic coming-of-age manga series about five friends at an art school.

Here’s a collage of my notable graphic novel discoveries in 2012:

Wordpress Graphic Novels Best-of 2012.

Have a good 2013! More to come!

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Related Posts:

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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)