Friday, October 31, 2014


At home 2007

Weronika Daniel

ph: Maciej Nowak

Rarely Heard: Neil Young - Borrowed Tune

I guess hardly anything by Neil Young is rarely heard, but according to the book The Rough Guide to The Best Music You've Never Heard his album Tonight's the Night is "ripe for rediscovery". It was recorded in 1973, but his horrified record company refused to release it considering the music to be commercial suicide (it was eventually marketed in 1975). It may a dark and very personal album, but in hindsight it's hard to imagine the fuss, since Neil Young has surprised his audience quite regularly ever since. Borrowed Tune is interesting, because it's a open-hearted cover of the Rolling Stones' Lady Jane: "I'm singin' this borrowed tune I took from the Rolling Stones, Alone in this empty room Too wasted to write my own."

Issa Lish

ph: Drew Jarrett

A day in the life, Oct 30

A day in the life, Oct 30, window display

Natalia Vodianova

From my vaults: Matt Damon

Li Xiao Xing

ph: Miguel Reveriego

New York

Magdalena Frackowiak

First Lines: D. H. Lawrence - The Virgin and the Gypsy

When the vicar's wife went off with a young and penniless man the scandal knew no bounds.

Marylin Saldaña

Ursula Kunz' Calender

Ursula Kunz has published a wonderful calender with animal photos, and it can be purchased via and Ebay (which also offers a view of all 12 photos).

Marine Vacth

ph: Andreas Sjodin

Rarely Heard: X-Mal Deutschland - Incubus Succubus

X-Mal Deutschland ("x times Germany") were an all-female doom rock band from Hamburg that lasted from 1980-1989. According to they did have some success in the UK (but not that much in their home country) and actually competed with Siouxsie & the Banshess for goth royalty. Their song Incubus Succubus is considered a goth rock anthem. Unfortunately, the band let their sound drift away from doom to more pop-oriented material and switching the language from German to English seems to have been the death knell to their demise.

Katarina Ivanovska

A day in the life, Oct 29

A day in the life, Oct 29, view from the office

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Tayla Collins

New Stuff: The Twilight Sad

Finally a new album!

Meghan Douglas

ph: Satoshi Saikusa

Passengers (2008)

A grief counselor working with a group of plane-crash survivors finds herself at the root of a mystery when her clients begin to disappear.

Atmospheric mystery, slow-paced and well staged, but the twist ending is quite disappointing.

Maltin**: "Scareless, suspenseless, only mildly intriguing romantic thriller is a middling muddle of conspirancy paranoia, otherworldliness, and kissing. Not recommended for those with fear of flying."

Hana Jirickova

ph: David Bellemere

New Stuff: The Wire

Heather Marks

ph: : Chris Nicholls

New Stuff: Nature

Who's That Girl?

Art: Nate Furman

Irina Lazareanu

ph: Sofia Sanchez & Mauro Mongiello


Regensburg, October 2014

Olha Remez

ph: Arthur Verhovetskiy

A day in the life, Oct 28

A day in the life, Oct 28, night-time view from our apartment

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Jin Kyung Kim

From my vaults: Lili Damita

Lais Ribeiro

ph: Patrick Demarchelier

New York

Cara Delevingne

ph: Mario Testino

First Lines: Ennio Flaiano - Time to Kill

I surprised that I was still alive, but I was tired of waiting for help.

Ekaterina Kutsareva

Rarely Heard: Burt Ward - Boy Wonder, I Love You

Yes, Burt Ward is known as Robin from the Batman series. And the composer and producer of this single is none other than Frank Zappa. You defintely can hear the Zappa touch, but I'm not sure, if they really expected this to become a hit single. It didn't make, but the single is probably worth a bit among collectors.

Lenka Hanakova

ph: Pamela Hanson

Window faces

Regensburg, October 2014

Antonina Petkovic

ph: Yelena Yemchuk

A day in the life, Oct 27

A day in the life, Oct 27, standing outside looking inside

Estelle Chen

Leap Year (2010)

A young American woman plans to travel to Dublin, Ireland to propose marriage to her boyfriend on Leap Day, because, according to Irish tradition, a man who receives a marriage proposal on a leap day must accept it.

Surprisingly entertaining and likeable romantic comedy (remake of Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger's 1945 "I Know Where I'm Going") effectively set in the Irish landscape and the two leads do a good job.

Maltin*1/2: "Charm-free romantic comedy brings out the worst in everyone involved. Even the usually appealing Amy Adams is off-putting...Try to imagine what IT HAPPENED ONE NIGHT might have been like if Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert had little charisma and no chemistry."

Vanessa Lee

ph: Russell Higton

New Stuff: His Name Is Alive

I recently noticed this album missing in my His Name Is Alive collection.

Sasha Pivovarova

ph: Steven Meisel

John Carter (2012)

Transplanted to Mars, a Civil War vet discovers a lush planet inhabited by 12-foot tall barbarians.
Silly pulp sci-fi fantasy with a touch of steampunk, only the creatures, ships and Mars landscapes are worth the show.

Maltin**1/2: "Elaborate adaptation of  Edgar Rice Burroughs' "A Princess of Mars," from his John Carter of Mars series, benefits from a strong leading performance but is difficult to follow if you're not already familiar with the material."