Happy New Year!

Another year, another mix… just to prove that I’m not dead. 🙂

2017 cover - a mix for fun and feels
Listen: Download .zip (184mb, mp3 + cover art) or Spotify playlist

01. Celia Pavey – Feel Good Inc.
02. The Cinematic Orchestra – To Build a Home
03. Big Rude Jake – Queer for Cat
04. Ed Sheeran – Shape of You
05. Milky Chance – Peripeteia
06. Phildel – Storm Song
07. Tamer – Beautiful Crime
08. Regina Spektor – Small Bill$
09. Just A Band – Huff + Puff
10. Imagine Dragons – Believer
11. Kongos – Come With Me Now
12. Major Lazer & DJ Snake – Lean On (feat. MØ)
13. Max Raabe & Palast Orchester – We Will Rock You
14. Rag’n’Bone Man – Human
15. Pieces of Juno – Siver & Gold
16. Jordan Fisher – You’re Welcome (feat. Lin-Manuel Miranda)
17. Milck – Devil Devil
18. Rousseau – Sugar Plum
19. Rundfunk-Tanzorchester Ehrenfeld – Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger
20. Ruelle – The Other Side
21. Vance Joy – Like Gold
22. Shannon Saunders – Atlas
23. Woodkid – Run Boy Run
24. Sufjan Stevens – Visions of Gideon
25. Fall Out Boy – Hold Me Tight Or Don’t

It’s time for music!

Wow, another year past… and it was a pretty good one (on a personal, definitely not a political level – and I’m still so sad about Carrie Fisher and the other great people we lost this year), ending with the absolute highlight of 4 weeks in New Zealand. So here’s my annual mix, following the same rules as always:

1. Only songs I added to iTunes in 2016 (i.e. new to me, not new per se)
2. Only 1 song per artist
3. Not more than 25 songs

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Speculation post: Captain America – Civil War (edited Nov 29)

I think it goes without saying that I love the MCU. It certainly has its weaknesses, but overall it has managed to make me really care about what happens to the characters while also entertaining me in the best way possible. And my favourites, by far, are Steve Rogers and his long-lost BFF Bucky Barnes. So, needless to say, the first trailer for next year’s Captain America: Civil War makes me really, really happy.

And because I put way too much thought into this, I figured I could share some of the ideas I have regarding what exactly happens in the movie.

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Book review: Quiet, by Susan Cain

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I always knew my mind worked differently, especially in social situations. It’s not that I don’t like them, I do, but even having fun I’d always be the one looking for an excuse to leave early. So when I took a Myers-Briggs personality test at uni and scored quite highly on the introversion scale, it felt like a revelation. And so did reading this book.

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TV & Movie review: The Addams Family

The Addams Family

TV show: The Addams Family (1964-1966)
Movies: The Addams Family (1991) & The Addams Family Values (1993)
Summary: The Addams Family is a group of fictional characters created by American cartoonist Charles Addams. The Addams Family characters have traditionally included Gomez, Morticia, Uncle Fester, Lurch, Grandmama, Wednesday, Pugsley and Thing.
The Addamses are a satirical inversion of the ideal American family; an eccentric, wealthy clan who delight in the macabre and are unaware, or do not care, that other people find them bizarre or frightening. (Wikipedia)

The other day I was reading a blog post on TheMarySue, citing Morticia Addams as an “inspirational woman”, and it reminded me how much I’d loved the two early-90s movies as a young teen. So I re-watched both of them yesterday and was glad to see that they hold up really well (and not just because black never goes out of style *g*). Immediately after, I got my hands on the 1960s tv show, because I needed more of this wonderfully kooky family, and despite the almost 30 years between the two properties, they feel very much of a form.

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Series review: The 100

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When I watched the pilot episode last year, I didn’t like it. It just struck me as yet another show in which impossibly good-looking “teenagers” (seriously, it’s ridiculous – not a single one looks to be under 20, most 25 and over) face challenges but are more interested in silly love triangles etc. However, in the past few months I kept stumbling across recommendations from sources I respect, mentioning how much the show improved and how good especially the portrayal of women is. So when I noticed season 1 on Netflix, I decided to give it another chance – and I’m glad I did.

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Comic review: Winter Soldier – The Bitter March, by Rick Remender & Roland Boschi

Winter Soldier: Bitter March
Winter Soldier: The Bitter March
Rick Remender & Roland Boschi, Marvel 2014

It’s no secret that I have lots of feelings when it comes to Bucky Barnes. So naturally I had to buy this trade paperback telling a story of the time when he was an asset for the Soviet’s, a brainwashed weapon following orders without question or conscience. Except that there’s this man, this “American with a shield”, whose voice the Winter Soldier hears at inopportune moments. Be still, my heart… 🙂

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