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I neglected this record for a way too long time. The were nomerous occansions when I listened to this gem over and over again. And after listening to it I really felt better. It’s one of those records that really lift you up to the next level and give you strength and hope. AVAIL were one of those bands who managed to capture the intensity of everything hardcore and punkrock mean to me. (more…)

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FC Bayern Munich is the team you love to hate. They are Germany’s hold the record for the most championships in football, I believe they are record-winning cup champions as well, they have the most money, they (at least most of the time) have the best players. And what is most important, they win their matches. And for a long time they won almost each and every one of those games by a very small margin. Something that led people to speak about the so called “Bayern-Dusel” (roughly translated as “Bayern’s luck”). And, surprisingly they have to most “fans” in German football. (more…)

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What is always very strange at American sports events is the constant mentioning of the armed forces serving their time in foreign countries. Just this weekend while watching St Louis play against Philadelphia or The Red Sox vs the Padres there was always at least one soldier in the picture at some point of the game. In St Louis it was a veteran who proposed to his girlfriend before the match and was interviewed at some point during the game. (more…)

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The European Championship for players under 21 are taking place in the Netherlands right now and the semifinals were up today. The German ream lost to England in the playoff matches although they looked pretty confident after the group stage. But they only managed a draw away and then lost to England at home. (more…)

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Today there was an “Edelweisspiratenfestival” taking place just across the street where I grew up. The park is called “Friedenspark” and at its outside stretches there is a huge memorial for the fallen soldiers of the World War I. The whole building used to be a fortress during the times of the German Empire back at the turn of the century (1900). Today it houses a center for children where they can play and build their own wooden fortress. (more…)

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One thing I noticed in my newly found and still ongoing fascination of the sport of baseball is the 7th inning stretch. Although you can read (and obviously also write) articles about this it’s something I will never understand. On the other hand I just find this wonderful. As I was watching the Cubs game against the Padres last night I watched an old man, maybe some celebrity nobody knows over, sang the tune of “Take Me Out To The Ballgame” with the whole ballpark backing him up. (more…)

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I can’t recall where I stumbled across this little gem. Maybe it was while researching about another great band from Japan, Ellegarden. Anyway, I got some copies of the records of Water Closet and I was blown away with the first few chords. This is a band in the vein of Discount or Cigaretteman (who also shared a split 7″, by the way). Female fronted melodic punkrock with the right kind of sloppiness. Not too perfect, yet not too crappy. The right amount of melodies with the right amount of crunchy guitars and (at least) a little out of tune instruments. (more…)

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