Introspective Advent Calender 2015 – Final Day!

The countdown to Christmas Eve needs is hammered out in hour steps by now and this advent calendar is filled for the last time this year. The children already shout and squeal – an unmistakable indicator for the presents being given out within the next minutes… Until then: one more song No time for words

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Disturbing(?) Advent Calendar 2015 – Day 23

After a bit of a computer hardware emergency, the advent can go on. Though not for very long

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Very emotional Advent Calendar 2015 – Day 22

Today has to be given to an artist who has an astonishing track record: almost three decades in music and not one misstep. And this year she released what seems to be her most personal record, an hour of music as deep and vulnerable as it is defiant. A cure for pain: Björk – “Black

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Dark(est) Advent Calendar 2015 – Day 21

Winter Solstice is upon us! Next night will be the longest of the year. The long dark is here and it’s out to get us – at least if one follows today’s track into places of primordial darkness in a shade blacker than black. Things that go dead in the night: Haxan Cloak – “Excavation

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Classic Advent Calendar 2015 – Day 20

A 1997 album that once again found the way in my player today, as happened uncountable times over the last 15 years, fully justifies putting it out to you in 2015. If only because the music on it is completely timeless. A man walks into a bar…: Morphine – “French Fries w/ Pepper” Morphine always

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Time Loop Advent Calendar 2015 – Day 19

Okay, fail. Yesterday just was too crammed with stuff to do to have the calendar out on time.

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Reunion Advent Calendar 2015 – Day 18

How to shock an audience in a year that has hipsterian black metal as a trending hashtag? Refused

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Advent Pop Calendar 2015 – Day 17

Nerina Natasha Georgina Pallot – a mouthful of a name that’s too lovely to not spell it out in full every once in a while. She made a small splash in 2001 with Dear Frustrated Superstar and even if she never quite became the eponymous superstar, she never left the scene. Result and flashforward: one

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Pulsating Advent Calendar 2015 – Day 16

Electronic club music still has one problem: beat-ific hypnosis and boredom can be dangerously close to another. Raver’s

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Sleepy Advent Calendar 2015 – Day 15

And now for something completely different: we have heard that long songs are back en vogue (with the

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Incomprehensible Advent Calendar 2015 – Day 14

Sidestep into local culture (kind of; next door maybe) as an interlude. To Vienna, Batman! Let’s have a

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Loud Advent Calendar 2015 – Day 13

Good morning, it’s metal and its supergroup time! Not quite sure which kind though… Caffeine and Bloodstains: Mutoid Man – “Reptilian Soul” The supergroup part is easy to unfurl: Stephen Brodsky, former singer and guitarist for Cave-In and waaaaay earlier also involved with Converge, now works with the Converge drummer Ben Koller. Add a bassist

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Slacking Advent Calendar 2015 – Day 12

Having had some veritable slacker sounds earlier in this calendar, I wonder if one can talk about a small trend in 2015. Therefore here is another proponent of lo-fi sound and lovingly underwritten songs. Just there, just singing: Girlpool – “Before the World was Big” Right now, I am struck with amazement: Wikipedia calls Cleo

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Late, yet still Advent Calendar 2015 – Day 11

Today the calendar door isn’t a morning surprise, but an afternoon delight (I’m sorry, I feel asleep yesterday).

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Completely foreseeable, yet so right Advent Calendar 2015 – Day 10

Oh blimey, we all know he has to be here. I mean, the guy, he’s just everywhere these days – on all the 2015 lists. And it’s just so appropriate… Might as well have him today, shall we? May the Kendrick be with you, force! Oh! wait…: Kendrick Lamar – “Alright” Actually, most of the

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