Here at WildKat, we will be recommending five items that we have found inspiring, educational or enjoyable recently. Every Monday, a member of WildKat will recommend an Album, a Livestream or Concert, and three other items that mean something to them. We will also be including links to everything in their descriptions below. Be sure to check back each week as we will be sharing a new list of recommendations!
This week, we have one of our Account Managers, Alex Krupp sharing his recommendations!
Parts and Labor – Stay Afraid
“While touring the recommended album, I had the chance to see them live in some small basement club and to this day, I don’t know how the building on top survived being shaken to the core. Some of the raw energy of them playing live is was captured on this Album. It’s like if Math Rock and the NY Hardcore scene had a lovechild. If you like the sound of broken instruments, nonsensical rhythm sections and like to listen to your music loud, this might be something for you.”
“One thing I think is an incredible performance, definitely worth the 100 minutes of your time, is the video of Anderszewski playing at the Lisbon & Sintra Film Festival. While the camera angle has its flaws, the performance itself is just bursting with energy, yet is as relaxed as a piano player can be. I always had a soft spot for piano players, but Anderszewski is dear to me in a special kind of way. His Album of Chopin Mazurkas from 2003 was one the first albums I ever owned that was a solo recital. And it has a quality that most critics have missed at the time-intensity is a thing from within, not from how intense you can make something sound.”
Aleida Assmann – Erinnerungsräume
“Going out on a limb here. This book is most likely not for everyone, but if you like an introduction to how collective memory was formed in western society and how it’s all gone not exactly great from the beginning – this is a good read. There is no story telling here, there are no short cuts, no anecdotal evidence, no evident anecdotal cover ups. It’s a long and devastating book and in the end, you may get a grip of how and why people tell what kind of stories. Just plan not to do anything else for a week or two while working through this.”
“In light of recent events, the ever-growing importance of helping refugees whenever we can is not to be underestimated. Europe has the space, the resources and the obligation to help those whose lives have been turned inside out by whatever reason. In Germany, this is one of the longest-serving private institutions to fight for the rights of refugees. Pro Asyl has been around way before migration and was on the mainstream radar. They have done an incredible job of helping people, bringing them together and have shone a light into the darkest corners of our planet.”
Seen sind für Fische Inseln – (Lakes are islands for fish)
“This may be the strangest and most German item on my list. But I do recommend it highly – fourteen DVD’s in a set of 137 TV movies by the German Filmmaker, author and not-so-secret crush of mine, Alexander Kluge. I have been watching these movies since I was fourteen, because that is what was on television between two and three pm. It’s the invention of fake news of false narratives interlaced with facts, figures, intellectuals and celebrities. It’s hard to explain what and how it really is. Just watch it. If you’re not convinced yet, you can check some of his materials here at his homepage: https://www.dctp.tv“
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