Favourite albums of 2017

#10

Arca
by Arca

#9

Thrice Woven
by Wolves In The Throne Room

#8

Modern Kosmology
by Jane Weaver

#7

No Shape
by Perfume Genius

#6

Plunge
by Fever Ray

#5

Everything Is Forgotten
by Methyl Ethel

#4

Nothing Feels Natural
by Priests

#3

Slowdive
by Slowdive

#2

Music For People In Trouble
by Susanne Sundfør

#1

Interplanetary Class Classics
by The Moonlandingz

The complete and updated list can be viewed here.
Happy 2018!

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For now enjoy this fantastic song and video from The Moonlandingz.

Music for 2017 | Part III

It's that time of the year again. (No, I don't mean the Wiesn.)

Science Fiction
by Brand New
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I used to listen to this band a lot 10 years ago, so I was hyped to hear that a new album was out. I know, they released another one in the meantime but I ended up deleting it from my music library. This one seems to be more interesting and will hopefully not suffer the same fate.
Anspieltipp: ▶︎ Desert


American Dream
by LCD Soundsystem
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Oh look, another comeback! And this time James Murphy completely embraces his inspirations and influences on this record. Songs like Other Voices or Change Yr Mind could as well be lost tracks from Talking Head's Remain in Light from 1980. You can also find some Bowie, New Order and even Giorgio Moroder sounds — a very diversified and fun album.
Anspieltipp: ▶︎ I Used To


Modern Kosmology
by Jane Weaver
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This lady is amazing. Every album sounds different and has a unique concept to it. Modern Kosmology might be her best yet. Unfortunately it's seems to be a very underrated record but it's certainly going to make an appearance on my top 10 list for this year.
Anspieltipp: ▶︎ Slow Motion


See also: Part I | Part II

The big blue

It has been over a year but I finally got around to sort out some impressions of what is my favourite Greek island until now: Amorgos.

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Boys



Boys by Charlie XCX
featuring: Riz Ahmed | Stormzy | Ezra KoenigMark Ronson | Khalid | Brendon UrieDan Smith | MNEK | Cameron Dallas | Mac DeMarcoDRAM | Joe JonasG-Eazy | Aminé | Joey Badass | Tinie Tempah | Connor Franta | Diplo | Max Hershenow | Poet | Barns Courtney | Rostam Batmanglij | Ty Dolla $ignWiz Khalifa | Jack Antonoff | Tom DaleySwet Shop Boys | Buddy | Theo Hutchcraft | Jay Park | Fai Khadra | Flume | A.G. Cook | Kaytranada | Jay Prince | Vance Joy | Shaun Ross | WSTRN | Taka Moriuchi | Fred MacPherson | Tommy Cash | THEY. | Denzel Curry | Oli Sykes | Portugal. The ManChromeoSage the Gemini | Shokichi | Caspar Lee | Mic Lowry | The Cobra Snake | Will.I.AmTom Grennan | Jack Guinness | Carl Barat | Tristan Evans | James McVey | Prince and Jacob | Charlie Puth | Frank Carter | Liam Fray | Laurie Vincent | The Fat Jew

Nothing will ever be the same again





I would love to write a personal review for each movie, as most of them made a strong impression on me in one way or another. But since my writing skills are zero, this post would take forever to get published and it's already a week late... But here's a list of what I saw at this year's film fest and my level of enjoyment for each film.


Loveless
by Andrey Zvyagintsev | Belgium, Germany, France, Russia | 2017
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Zhenya and Boris are going through a vicious divorce marked by resentment, frustration and recriminations. Already embarking on new lives, each with a new partner, they are impatient to start again, to turn the page - even if it means threatening to abandon their 12-year-old son Alyosha. Until, after witnessing one of their fights, Alyosha disappears. Loveless won the jury's prize at the Cannes Film Festival.


Lady Macbeth
by William Oldroyd | United Kingdom | 2016
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England, 1856. Catherine is married to an embittered older man. Their marriage is loveless and her new family regards her as an unwanted burden. The vivacious young woman grows increasingly lonely. When her husband goes on a lengthy trip, she awakens from her lethargy and strikes up a passionate affair with a rebellious grounds worker, no longer willing to give up her newfound happiness. A gripping debut by William Oldroyd.


The Beguiled
by Sofia Coppola | USA | 2017
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Based on the novel "The Beguiled" by Thomas Cullinan: During the American Civil War, a girls' boarding school seems to offer a safe harbor amid the ravages of war. But when a wounded soldier is found nearby and brought there to recuperate, the orderly life of the finishing school is disrupted: The girls find themselves falling for the man's charms, and jealousy and intrigue start poisoning their lives together. An erotically charged game full of twists and turns begins, claiming victims on all sides. Sophia Coppola became the first woman in over 50 years to win Best Director at Cannes for The Beguiled.


Happy End
by Michael Haneke | Germany, France, Austria | 2017
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Georges Laurent wants to die. His daughter Anne has taken over the family firm, the former patriarch is tired of life and bickering. Director Michael Haneke, the painterly master of family guilt and alienation, draws a portrait of isolated family members, of adulterers and the blindly privileged – and of a granddaughter who is much too young to share her grandfather's wish.


Through The Wall
by Rama Burshtein | Israel | 2016
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Michal is 32 years old. She became religious 12 years ago, and now is she getting married. A month before the wedding, while checking out the catering for the event, her groom has a change of heart and calls off the wedding. Michal feels unable to go back to ordinary life, to the usual course of courtship. She feels this is the moment to change something very basic in her personality. She decides to trust in the benevolence of the Creator, and go ahead with the wedding in one month, even though she doesn’t have a groom yet: "I have the venue, the dress, the apartment; God can easily come up with my groom".


Sommerhäuser (The Garden)
by Sonja Maria Kröner | Germany | 2017
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In the sweltering summer of '76, a shared family yard becomes set and setting for this grotesquely funny sitcom, as the adults bicker over selling the garden and the kids are free to explore the mysterious neighboring lot. Then they hear about a girl that has disappeared... Sonja Maria Kröner's feature debut Sommerhäuser time-warps back to the 1970s to paint an atmospheric family portrait.


La Región Selvage (The Untamed)
by Amat Escalante | Mexico | 2016
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A meteor strikes in the mountains of Mexico. Down below in the valley, Alejandra and Ángel’s marriage is in trouble: road worker Ángel is having an affair with Alejandra’s brother Fabián, despite his macho demeanor. Then an alien creature appears, spreading lust and destruction. A mix of sci-fi and social drama, Amat Escalante’s film was shot in his home town of Guanajuato by Chilean-Danish DoP Alberto Claro, who also lensed Melancholia and Nymphomaniac for Lars von Trier.

Music for 2017 | Part II

These are the soundtracks for my summer. What will be yours?

Arca
by Arca
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"Arca, it is told, was conceived at a Victorian burial ground. “[O]ne of London’s largest cemeteries, and a famous spot for cruising,” a press kit states. “They became part of the material of the album: it just felt right to be around the dead; and gay men cruising around the dead. There was so much poetry: life. Death. Gayness.” Yes, an icon is born." — Ben Levinson, Tiny Mix Tapes
Anspieltipp: ▶︎ Desafío


Everything Is Forgotten
by Methyl Ethel
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"Why'd you have to go and cut your hair?
Why'd you cut your hair?
Why'd you have to go and cut your hair?
Why'd you cut your hair?
Why'd you have to go and cut your hair?
Why'd you cut your hair?
Why'd you have to go and cut your hair?
Why'd you cut your hair?
Why'd you have to go and cut your hair?
Why'd you cut your hair?
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Why'd you cut your hair?
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Why'd you cut your hair?
Why'd you have to go and cut your hair?
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 — Ubu by Methyl Ethel
Anspieltipp: ▶︎ Ubu


Slowdive
by Slowdive
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"Slowdive don’t sound as young as they once did, but they’ve aged in a way that sounds natural." — Joe Davenport, Tiny Mix Tapes
Anspieltipp: ▶︎ Sugar For The Pill


No Shape
by Perfume Genius
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"Star-like ripples burst through an operatic crescendo, glistening with glittery, electronic swells and angelic vocals that give the promise of an album that is both tenacious and sensitive." — Sammy Maine, The Quietus
Anspieltipp: ▶︎ Slip Away

See also: Part I | Part III

Viae Romanae Maiores

A curious map of the Roman roads in 125 AD in subway map style by Sasha Trubetskoy. Click to view LARGER.