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A discussion on a recent H&M purchase

Don’t you just love it that regular stores, such as H&M, stocks band tees? I recently made this little find in the men’s section:

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A BMTH tee with a big fucking bird on + one Manson tee from the Smells Like Children era (♥♥♥) that I found in the men’s section when I was looking for a new hoodie (how else does one find a reasonably sized hoodie??)

Forgot all about the hoodie. Manson!? BMTH!? In regular nice-to-the-touch material?! GET IN MY CLOSET NAOW.

Despite being an overgrown fangirl, I don’t own a lot of merch. For that very reason. The quality of merch is just disappointing. Or maybe it’s not quality, but the fabric used is often unpleasant and fit horrible, no matter what size you get. (Apparently making a regular tee is an art?)

I’d be more than happy to live my life in merch if it’s a fabric that’s pleasant on the skin. Because it makes sense for me to support the groups I like in any way possible. Even if I much prefer the strategy used by Neubauten known as the Supporter Project.

Band tees at H&M, makes me happy no end. Sure, the selection of bands isn’t great. Unless you like Metallica, GN’R and/or Nirvana. …which I suppose most people do. Well, beside the point.

The point is. Why is whether or not H&M and the likes should be allowed to stock band tees a topic of discussion?

Is it because it makes life too easy?

Is the problem that little girls will be able to wear what you wear and that would somehow make you uncool by association…? Is that it?

The way I see it, it’s just one more way for your fave band to make a living. If people who don’t even like your fave band also throw money at them, well then that’s great right? Means they can keep making the music even if they don’t have the biggest audience. You should be happy?

Or or could it because it can be interpreted as false advertisement? That liking a band is a skill and only those in possession of this skill should be allowed to wear the merch? In which case, where should you draw the line? Do you have to love also their very first demo? And how do you deal with the records the band itself doesn’t like much anymore?

This is a nonsensical discussion.

Personally I’m jealous. I also want to wear merch of bands I don’t know/like. I mean I only wish I could look past the fact that however much I’ve tried I do not like Metallica. Their merch tho, not so bad looking. Mainly because that logo, it was a stroke of genius. But you could not pay me.

If H&M keeps this up I won’t have to shop elsewhere ever. Makes life simple. In short, I approve!

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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. 

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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.

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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…?

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I have a lot of questions #1

Should I give the new NIN a chance?

Should I get more shelves for my books? Options: get rid of books, or do some other sort of rearrangement?

Are there really no bands for me to see in 2017??

How do I get out of a dinner at Köttmagasinet (The Meat Storage I guess?) for the head of department next week? WHAT HOW WHY did the other vegan OK this??? Can I lie???

Why is it that ONLY when I’m running dangerously low on tampons I do bleed sans extra hormones? It stopped being funny AGES AGO.

Pea protein – WHY? Does it work with anything??? Least favorite protein powder of ALL TIME.

Travel – skip it this year and prioritize reading?

Minimalist makeup routine – HOW?? I need instructions.

Does a Twilight marathon require wine?

I’ve restarted my computer FOUR TIMES. Why is my home directory still missing??? Moreover, why can’t I save shit from Ladok if it’s missing???

How come not more bands use mailing lists? I’d love emails about when bands are going on tour or putting out a record straight into my inbox. Like Neubauten. They tell me all important things. I’ve signed up for a bunch of other bands. Fat lot of good that’s done.

Related question: how come no gig organizer EVER gets what kind of music I like? Have I ever received a single email about a show I’m actually interested in? NO. And I’ve subscribed and subscribed…

Watched the David Bowie documentary about his last 5 years in life; WHY do they insist on this docu format? A) not a documentary, B) boring people relating boring things. The interview feature, in a studio setting, it’s always a sign of a shit documentary. A L W A Y S. Hör doch damit auf! (My German, it’s so great.)

If I cast Spotify to a TV, why does it not scrobble??

Should I freshen up my hairdye already or hold off a bit longer? Say until I’m doing something?

And people say you stop asking questions as you grow older. It’s simply not true. They’re just of a different nature. And less verbal. Because you already realized ages ago no one has any answers for you; out of evil, ignorance, or plain not fucking caring.

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100 day song challenge #29

#29 A song that’s very simple and repetitive but you love anyway

So here’s another category I’m not in agreement with. Why wouldn’t you love a simple repetivie song? Aren’t those the best songs??

Just thinking of this category I think about Einstürzende Neubauten. Probably because I’m forever caught up in thinking Neubauten → Negativ Nein. It was how I was introduced to Neubauten.

For the life of me I can’t remember who this wonderful person was, or why this person thought that was a good introduction. It wouldn’t be my choice, especially not post the release of Silence is Sexy, which it was.

Fortunately I have a sense of humour and was not put off by this track. The lyrics of Negativ Nein read:

sag nein
nein nein nein
negativ nein
das Leben ist nicht bunt
geballt gehen wir zugrunde
sag nein
nein nein nein
negativ nein
Doppelnein
Drei mal nein
aber nein
nein nein nein
nein nein nein
nein nein nein
sag nein
negativ nein
Asyl / Exil
hier nich und da nich
frag mich nich ich weiss es auch nich
aber nein
nein nein nein
aber nein
Hauptsache negativ nein
negativ nein
mit einem Schrei geht es zugrunde
mit meinem Schrei
sag nein
sag negativ nein

You could question the simplicity of this. It’s not as if it’s standard format, which would be simpler in terms of performance I would imagine.

But I’m just going to go ahead and ignore that.

This isn’t my choice by the way. I’m just illustrating Neubauten’s ability to be repetitive. They frequently are, and I love it. Makes their music (well, some of it) read like mantras. Comforting.

If you want a bit of a challenge, and you’re new to Neubauten, give Negative Nein a go, and then, you can listen to this lovely little track called Wo sind meine Schuhe? (Where are my shoes?).

The progress of this band is nothing short of impressive.

I love good pop song, according to standard rules, but I friggin love this too.

xo,

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100 day song challenge #32

#32 A song with a line you would tattoo on your body

In general, I feel that tattooing words on your body is a mistake. Not because it looks bad, I like the way words can look.

But sometimes, a word or a phrase loses its meaning over time.

For example: I used to do a lot of underlining in my books at one point. When I read these books now I just stare at my underlinings and I have no idea why I’ve underlined. The words just don’t have the same meaning to me anymore.

If I’d get tattooed, I’d get flowers for sure. Long time love. And I’d get them tattoed on the inside of my arms so that it’d feel as if I had a lining. You know, like the lining of a coat?

Not going to cheat on this category and go changing it again tho.

I’d get Ich wart am falschen Pol tattooed, from the Einstürzende Neubauten song Stella Maris.

xo,

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