… 2018 in numbers

Time to take a toll on 2018. As ever i keep track of what i read and what i listen too (via this blog and via the playlists published here).

On the show side 2018 was just perfect, up to and including away trips that turned out to be great shows: Sick Of It All and Descendents (among others) in Barcelona and Dag Nasty in Bremen – with the some of the same mates.

Here is the tally:

Bands seen:89
Shows attended37
VenuesShowsBandsBands/Show
Hafenklang16312
Monkeys7152
Molotow4133
other10303

Ok, the Hafenklang is the clear winner this years, after loosing out against the Monkeys last year. It’s proximity, i guess, paired with rooster. And it’s more than in 2017! More shows! More bands!

What did surprise me 2018? Hysterese, H¥ENA, Daikaiju, Yard Bomb, The Haermorrhoids, Es War Mord, The Scanners, The Hacklers, Ultra Razzia and The Clowns. Best show i attended? Adolescents – For Steve at the Hafenklang. Never ever i experienced a venue filled with so much love and appreciation and a tight unity between those up there and those down there. Stunning feeling.

The best picture from shows you will find with the hashtag #thereaintnuthinbetterthanlivemusic on Instagram. Follow me if you dare.

And a gentle reminder that you need to go out there, to your local clubs, to experience this. Make an effort!

Bands i would have loved to see? Hakan! MEGA! Youth Avoiders! Good Riddance! The Windowsill! And a wee bit more surf! What did i really miss? Punk Rock Raduno in Bergamo (i was in Barcelona for the mighty Descendents, bad bad timing).

And on the reading front? Here we go:

# of books# of pages
Crime5922.971
Music71.990
History41.049
Scifi1352
Total7126.362

That is actually less books (-2) but more pages (+1.106) read in 2018 and i made an effort to buy more books that are related to music. Best read there was Alice Bags Bio!

Meine Lieblingsserie ist inzwischen die vom Polar Verlag, da kommen wirklich tolle Bücher raus. Aber auch Pulp Master hat einige Highlights, vor allem Tom Franklin und Rick DeMarinis. Größte Überraschung: Lisa Sandlin und James Carlos Blake.

Save 2019 my friends, if you like what i spit out here please leave a comment of appreciation or hate.

nb: Fun fact on the side – in 2018 i put all my records to Discogs and now can start to report the size of the collection: 4.732 releases are in there!

… 2017 in numbers

I have been attending more shows in 2017 than in 2016 (but i saw less bands thanks to missing Get!Lost!Fest! this year). And my home place now seems to be Monkeys, compared to Hafenklang the year before. And guess what: Live mu-sick is just great, i indeed love it!

My attendance to shows in 2017...
My attendance to shows in 2017…

And I have been reading more in 2017 than in 2016. 89 pages on average per day and in total 73 books. And yes i damn i love it!

My time spent reading in 2017...
My time spent reading in 2017…

Looking forward to 2018 and more live mu-sick and more pages to swallow!