Three songs in German to convince you German is a beautiful language

I am sick and tired of the comment German is such an ugly language.

Sick. Tired. Also it’s wrong. I mean have heard it? So crisp.

Pick another language pick on already! (And don’t say Finnish. I ♥ Finnish, also*, it’s not ugly.) I’m putting my vote on Spanish. What the hell kind of language is that?

I listen to enough German music to know that there is nothing inherent in German making it ugly. If it’s ugly, it’s because you can’t pronounce it/because you have an ugly voice.

Let’s have three examples of people who can pronounce it, and who’re just 100% pleasant to listen to.

GLORIA; Das, was passiert. Showing how German is prettier than English. If there was every any doubt. If it at all matters which is prettier.

I’m leaning towards NO.

Einstürzende Neubauten; Die Wellen. The album version might make a stronger case though, but the Blixa. Has the best German. Also the best English. What do you mean this is not a fact but rather an opinion???

This tour. It was all sorts of great.

Philipp Poisel; Erkläre mir die Liebe. Could listen to all day every day.

I could give you a hundred more examples. It’s a voice thing, not language. There are lots of people in das Deutschland with nice quality voices. Lots.

And don’t get me started on the specific characteristic sounds of the German language that I am mad obsessed with.

PS. Taste, ever heard of it? You can’t say that German is objectively an ugly language, which I would expect you to know if you work at uni doing research. Honestly.

And no, Rechnung is not an ugly word, only if pronounced by person who can’t pronounce German for shit.

YES! This rant was brought on by random professor person in lunch room all “German is such an ugly language.”

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* German, means hence. Well. It could be translated as hence anyway. Although I doubt anyone would advice you to do that.

100 day song challenge #09

#09 A song that means a lot to you

I struggle with this prompt. What you mean!? A song that means a lot? A lot of songs means a lot to me; one reason sillier than the next.

Most of which are along the lines of this is the song that finally made me get this band. Because that is something that means a lot to me. Getting music. I take great pride in it.

But somehow it feels as if that’s just not enough. It should be something like this song saved my life. Unfortunately for me I don’t belong to the category of people who’re saved by a song.

If anything, I’m using hoardes of songs to escape reality on a daily basis, which I suppose could be phrased as saved by. If you’re that sort of person. Either way. Not entirely convinced that is a good thing. You can’t live for songs or because of songs unless you write them.

I guess another way of interpreting this is a song means a lot to you if you identify with a song.

I can’t say that I do.

I can’t solve this equation.

I could argue that the first Bring Me the Horizon song I started listening to, which at the time I refered to as the I can’t drown my demons they know how to swim song means a lot to me because it led me to discovering a genre that was mainly new to me, which in turn led to all of the trips to the UK I did last year, so it had a very real effect on my life, even if it sort of stops there. It didn’t change me in any profound way.

It’s either that or one of the German bands I listen to, because there is no doubt they are the reason I decided to learn German.

Problem with BMTH is, there’s going to be more BMTH. And there’s already been plenty.

Problem with Neubauten is there’s already been quite a bit of Neubauten.

 

Oh.

Apparently we’re doing BMTH because I can’t find the The Garden video. This is Can you feel my heart. 

Dear March,

We were not off to a good start, were we? Car that needed fixing, coworkers clearly trying to kill me by dumping all of their work on me and going off on holidays (???), and then cats being sicker than usual – such fun SUCH FUN.

There were a few things that didn’t suck though.

Music

Casey released a video for Little Bird (track off their 2016 release Love is not enough).

Not sure if it’s objectively good or if I’m just being a fangirl.

The new Johannes Oerding is everything you want from Johannes:

Best track all March tho, the new Robyn track. If there is one track from March 2017 you need in your life it’s Robyn’s Honey:

Been double-checking if the full track has been released like a woman possessed. Quite embarrassing really. If it wasn’t released on Friday it’s probably not going to be released on Saturday morning either, now is it?

Reads

Siri Pettersen’s Röta ♥♥♥

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Wearables

I got more shoes. (SIGH.) If you’re going to be a mindful shopper, you need to not watch hauls. I don’t so much anymore. Not as an active decision it just lost its appeal. Partly because I actually, sometimes, like what I find in my closet and have no need to buy more stuff, and partly because I’m not sure where to even fit more stuff and still be able to find said stuff, and if you’re not in the market for another item, hauls aren’t that much fun.

Except when it’s Helen Anderz. I’ll watch pretty much anything she puts out. In the end. Sometimes I’m a bit like “weeellllll.. I don’t really need to know how to dye your hair purple because that’s not something I’m going to be doing”.

However. Helen’s videos can be watched even if the content isn’t on the top of your list of interests. They’re that good.

Alright then. That quickly turned into some sort of poorly disguised fangirl rant. Point was: she hauled platform canvas boots and I couldn’t resist. A boot for summer you say!? I needs it!

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On the screen

Just kiss my frog on YouTube. I don’t know how I haven’t stumbled on this channel sooner. I am so in love. Leena posts videos on books, feminism, cruelty free makeup, and her PCOS. Basically, all of my top interests, and she does it so, so well.

Example! Tips for your TBR:

And I really, really want to recommend this old video too, which is a defense of makeup, she makes a convincing argument I feel.

…but somebody please inform her that Not Another Happy Ending is not set in Edinburgh. It’s basically a commercial for Glasgow. I should know, it’s the reason I’ve watched it. I would comment. Only. I hate people who only comment to correct someone else. I don’t want to be that person.

Feud. The story didn’t appeal much to me so I only started watching it as a result of nothing more to watch, but oh, now, I am so in love. The combination of feminism, Susan Sarandon, Jessica Lange and a bit of history is just brilliant.

Food

Oatmeal. If I could eat one thing only for the rest of my life it’d be oatmeal. I’ve been having it for breakfast and dinner on a regular basis. Also a good way to save a bit of extra money, if that’s something you’re interested in.

Miscellaneous

Left the Lush hair treatment Jasmine And Henna Fluff-Eaze on for an hour + (sister called, and I have my priorities straight) turns out it was just what my hair needed. Similarly…

Maria Nila Color Refresh in the shade autumn red. My god. My hair was never this shiny! And the red is just about perfection. V. v. impressed. One only wishes they’d start doing actual hair dye too.

I correctly predicted when my period was going to turn up. All by myself! Sans any sort of tool. I love Clue and all, but it does feel kind of great to be able to figure things out with your very own brain box, no training or outside help necessary. I’m all for the collecting data, finding patterns, figuring things out, but on a personal level, it’s a releif that I can rely on my brain for something at least. Gives me some sort of hope.

Nina Björk’s reply to Sigrid Aliki’s text in Bang. I’m not usually impressed with the academic rhetorics, but for Björk I will make an exception. Not only eloquent, but also convincing. Not to mention relieved; clearly I needn’t feel bad I didn’t quite manage to get through Aliki’s text. (Yes HI blind faith, Nina Björk is one of my many gods. For those of you unfamiliar with Swedish culture, Björk is one of our best known feminists, she’s an academic and frequently uses feminist theory to analyse literature. Basically.)

Plans for April

  1. First gig of the year!? I’m seeing Little Jinder. And I’m not even traveling for it! Last time I didn’t travel for a gig was…2011 or 2012. Jonathan Johansson, Pipeline, the Klagomuren tour. Which was brilliant. Might have mentioned that before.
  2. THANK GOD FOR EASTER. I need days and days off. Want to save my holidays for the winter tho, not sure work will let me. But maybe I should ask how they’d feel about me taking say all of March off next year? This is one useless month.

New in my playlist • March 2017

I’ve not been a fan of the Discover Weekly playlist lately. As in at all. But as noted before, Spotify only gets my taste when I listen to a ridiculous amount of Bring Me the Horizon. Latest edition of the playlist was so bad I was basically offended by it. If I wanted to listen to Deez Nuts I’d be listening to already, trust me. 

However! I’ve noticed the Release Radar playlist is just viel, viel besser. Infinitely better in fact.

The idea in itself is just on point. I don’t have to go searching for new releases by the music makers I already like; they’re all in the playlist (OK, maybe not all, but there’s definitely plenty).

It’s such a great way to stay somewhat updated.

This is some of what I found in me Release Radar playlist lately:

Closure by Adna. I have no idea how to describe this music. Unless the love child of Jonathan Johansson and Anna von Hausswolff is a sufficient description? No? The record company calls it “dark folk”.

Unfortunately no video for this lovely track, but this one isn’t bad either:

Even if you really should check out Closure specifically.

This next track isn’t so much a case of being introduced to a good track as “Oh, I didn’t know they were still making music”. Easy by Tokio Hotel.

I don’t understand this direction. I don’t understand why they’ve completely abandoned German. They make no sense to me. Also, if they actually paid for this cover art they got ripped off.

Admittedly, I already knew about Lorde’s Green Light, because Lena Dunham mentioned it on either Twitter or Insta. But it could well have been a new acquaintance. I fully expect this to make it into the playlists of my workout classes next semester.

INVSN hasn’t been my cup of tea lately, but Deconstruct Hits – ah, I do like it.

In Sweden, there’s been a lot of talk about Loreen lately. The shock that she wasn’t voted our contribution to Eurovision by default and all. Been meaning to listen to the track, but kept forgetting.

It’s another track I want in my workout class playlist.

There was also a EMMA6 track in my Release Radar playlist. This is where Release Radar is truly useful; I have no idea how to keep updated with German music outside of Germany.

Other than that, I’ve been really getting into Depeche Mode’s Delta Machine. Only four years after its release and just in time for their next release, which I’m sure I will also not get.

Unless Dave’s voice is just front and center throughout. I’ve liked Depeche for quite a significant chunk of time, but I’ve never been this obsessed with Dave’s voice. He’s even better now than he ever was, isn’t he?

Things to do on a Sunday #2

I could swear some records are made for Sundays. Pohlmann’s 2006 release Zwischen Heimweh und Fernsucht (English: Between homesickness and wanderlust) for example.

Coincidentally an apt description of how I currently feel; on the one hand I can’t wait to move, on the other I never want to leave. As mentioned just about a million times before; I ♥ my apartment.

I’m spending my Sunday listening to Pohlmann and thinking about how to furnish my new home. Never mind the fact that it hasn’t been built yet.

100 day song challenge #20

#20 A song released in the ’00s

Feels like Nevada Tan was my alltime favorite band for about an eternity. But in reality, it was probably more like between 2007 and 2008.

Neustart was released in 2007.

I want to claim that they stopped being my favorite band only because they don’t exist anymore. They broke up in 2009. Not exactly any logic to that claim though.

And let’s not think about whether or not their music would have aged well.

Also worth noting: they changed their name to Panik for their second album release. Pretty much worst band name ever. 1) there already was a band witht his name, 2) try googling it and ending up where you want to be.

That being said. I still do love this music.

100 day song challenge #89

You may have noticed I kind of love Einstürzende Neubauten. Little bit.

Listening to the absolutely lovely track Die Wellen the other day I started thinking is there no way I can include this in my challenge???

Let’s review what’s left of this challenge:

A song that means a lot. Yes that’s going to be a stretch at best.

A song that reminds you of summer. Er. No. No Neubauten song ever reminds me of any other season than fall or spring. Which is why A song that reminds you of winter is also out of the question.

A song that’s a guilty pleasure. You crazy? NO. Neubauten’s pretty much the coolest band you could possibly listen to /unbiased opinion.

A song that you need to be in a certain mood to listen to. This here song is universally good, no matter the circumstances. If you don’t hear it you need to listen to it again.

A song that’s connected to a memory. Does reading an explanation of why the song is so quiet in the beginning count? (It’s so that you’ll turn up the volume. Blixa is a clever man.)

A song with a name in the title. Noooo.

A song with the word “go” in the title. A song with the word “under” in the title. A song with the word “eye” in the title. We’re all decent readers here; obvs no.

A song with a great keyboard solo. Mm yes. I’d like to see Neubauten do that.

A song with great vocal harmonies. Well, that’s subjective, sooo…?

A song you wish you could play on an instrument. For me, that’s a no. Not this one.

A song you can’t help but sing along to. Wellll..I hate to say no. But no.

A song you used to love but now hate. How could you hate this???

A song you would choose for karaoke. Let’s not go there just yet.

A song by a band with more than 5 people in it. Blixa, N.U, Jochen, Rudolf, Alexander. That’s 5. Dammit.

A song from a musical. They did a play once I think? This one wasn’t in it though.

A song from a TV show theme. If only.

A song currently stuck in your head. Again. I wish.

A song by one of your favorite bands. Well I mean yes, but I already have plans that doesn’t include this partiuclar song.

A song. Actually, not just “A song”. THE SONG. While I love it, I’d be lying if I picked this one.

A song you had to look up the lyrics to. WELL OBVIOUSLY YES. To see if it fit this damn challenge. But I don’t really think that’s what this prompt means. (Since when I care about that? I care temporarily. At this point in time.)

A song for moving on. Ladies and gentlemen, we have a winner! Bleibst du hier oder was? I’m interpreting it as a song on the topic in general. Because you either move on or remain. (In English: Are you staying here, or what? Sounds far better in German.)

 

Also I can stop thinking about Sarah Dawn Finer’s Moving on every time I read this prompt. Not that it’s not a catchy tune, but it’s certainly no Die Wellen.

100 day song challenge #56

#56 A song with lyrics that could read like poetry

Is it just my poor German, or would Einstürzende Neubauten’s Ich gehe jetzt actually work as poetry?

Aaand…unless you’re already a believer, by which I mean a Neubauten fan, you’re probably better off listening to the album version on Spotify. Live is probably only interesting for those of us already familiar.

Even if I would like to think the only reason Neubauten isn’t the biggest band ever is because you all just don’t know about them, that’s not likely the case.

Ooooor…?

New in my playlist; January 2017 edition

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Following the mandatory December showing of Love Actually back in December, I added Dido’s Here with Me to a playlist or two.

Roddy Hart & the Lonesome Fire’s Swithering, I keep having new faves. Currently: No Monsters. But I’ll give you a link to a track you can download completely for free instead, Kingdom Over Again. Surely you can’t pass up on a free track, right?

They’re playing Eminem’s Cinderella Man in one of my workout classes. I’m so susceptible to brainwash. Been adding a few tracks to my playlists. Currently loving the version of Stan featuring Elton John because that piano so delish. Might prefer Dido’s vocals tho.

Sudden obsession with a 2014 Jennifer Rostock release, the song Schlaflos off of the record Schlaflos:

Praying for another German music obsession; it’s always such fun. Let’s not talk about how annoyed I am that the latest Jennifer Rostock release is not on Spotify.

Fave Spotify Discover is Foxblood. Right up my street; I do like me some post-hardcore.

In search for some new German music I stumbled on Annett Louisan’s cover record, including e.g. this lovely rendition of Rammstein’s Engel.