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The Down Town Association
New York City | 10 – 13 October 2019
Expanding Psychedelic Medicine: MAPS Benefit Dinner
New York City | 12 October 2019
Frontiers in Psychedelic Science: Translating REBUS: Implications and new evidence of belief updating under psychedelics with Hannes Kettner, M.Res
Neuropsychologist, Imperial College London
Zürich Uni | 28 October 2019, 18:30 – 19:45, KOL-F-118
Psychedelic Science Summit
Austin, Texas | 2 – 3 November 2019
And I Like Your Feathers
London’s Binker Golding is a masterful saxophonist and composer. «Since 2015, Golding has shaken up British jazz with a series of wild and adventurous albums. Three of these were made with the drummer Moses Boyd in the semi-free duo Binker and Moses — Dem Ones (2015), Journey To The Mountain Of Forever (2017) and Alive In The East? (2018. Most recently, Golding tore the rulebook into even smaller pieces on Ex Nihilo (ByrdOut, 2019), recorded live with the keyboardist Elliot Galvin.» (Chris May) Binker knows the entire gamut of emotions involved in soulful and melodious jazz, a tradition recorded for over a century now, of which he is a worthy representative. Great stuff!
Gearbox Records, August 2019
Three Chords and the Truth: Dark Night of the Soul
Van the Man is back once more: «Three Chords and the Truth… continues a particularly prolific period for Morrison, marking his sixth album in four years. Last year, he released two albums, The Prophet Speaks and You’re Driving Me Crazy, while he also released a pair of records in 2017, Roll With The Punches and Versatile.» (Rolling Stone) No doubt Van Morrison has written a slew of unforgettable songs that have won the hearts of countless fans, of which I have been one ever since Astral Weeks, Moondance, Veedon Fleece, Tupelo Honey and others among a total of more than 40 albums. Sir Van Morrison has one of the most unique voices in R&B and Soul. Follow the link and just keep on listening, they keep them coming. (sgs)
Exile/Caroline Inernational, October 2019
Angel Olsen is a singer-songwriter and musician from St.Louis, Missouri. This is her fourth album. She has a great voice, loves fantastic and sometimes bombastic orchestrations, and her lyrics are something else! Her song «Windows» was featured in the final episode of 13 Reasons Why (Netflix), and she has collaborated with many of indie’s finest such as Bonnie «Prince» Billy, The Cairo Gang, Tim Kinsella of Capt’n Jazz, LeRoy Wilson of Wilco and others. As a young adult, Olsen turned to music via punk rock, noise music and Christian Rock. She began learning the piano and the guitar and writing her own music.
Jagjaguwar, October 2019
Colorado: Milky Way
Neil Young with Crazy Horse
Colorado was mainly recorded live in the studio in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. It it the first album the «godfather of grunge» realized with Crazy Horse since 2012. As with every Neil Young release, the resulting audio quality is simply stunning and sounds like personally being in the studio with the band while recording. «Milky Way» ist he Lead single. The present members of Crazy Horse are: Neil Young (guitars, vocals, piano, vibes, harmonica), Nils Lofgren (guitars, vocals, pump organ), Ralph Molina (drums, vocals), and Billy Talbot (bass, vocals). The new single sounds exactly as one would imagine; the Canadian songwriter’s voice has aged amazingly well for a life on the road. (sgs)
Reprise Records, October 2019
Open Reduction Internal Fixation: All The Things
Blue Hawaii are a Canadian electronic ambient pop music duo from Montreal, made up of Raphaelle «Ra» Standell-Preston and Alex «Agor» Kerby (also known as Alexander Cowan). They have released an EP, Blooming Summer (2010) and two studio albums, Untogether (2013) and Tenderness (2017. Both albums were nominated for the Juno Award for Eectronic Album of the Year. Arbutus Records is a cooperative label set up to promote members of a music and artistic community in Montreal’s Mile End neighbourhood. The two musicians performed in Montreal, at times with other members of the collective. (Wikipedia)
Arbutus Records, October 2019
Do we forget the bad more easily than the good? Or does it depend on whether we generally believe the glass to be half full or half empty? And if we prefer to forget the bad, is that what nature wants from us, or is it a trick and are we just pretending? Or, much worse, have we reached a point where we fear the future and glorify the past? Like certain politicians who protect the status quo at all costs and live backwards, always with one foot in an embellished yesterday? They are a good example of how we forget the bad in the good old days because “then” we were young or younger and thought the world belonged to us. But now that it has been ours for so long, we need to focus on what needs to be done to pass it on in as good a condition as possible. Not like then, like now. Ironically, in this, we must also largely ignore the bad in order to concentrate on the good.
Much light to you during the dark season!
Susanne G. Seiler
This Is Just To Say
I have eaten
that were in
you were probably
they were delicious
and so cold
William Carlos William
How To Be An Antiracist
Ibram X Kendi
Using his extraordinary gifts as a teacher and story-teller, Kendi helps us recognise that everyone is, at times, complicit in racism whether they realise it or not, and by describing with moving humility his own journey from racism to antiracism, he shows us how instead to be a force for good. Along the way, Kendi punctures all the myths and taboos that so often cloud our understanding, from arguments about what race is and whether racial differences exist to the complications that arise when race intersects with ethnicity, class, gender and sexuality. In the process he demolishes the myth of the post-racial society and builds from the ground up a vital new understanding of racism – what it is, where it is hidden, how to identify it and what to do about it.
Penguin, August 2019
We Are The Weather. Saving the Planet Begins at Breakfast
Jonathan Safran Foer
Climate crisis is the single biggest threat to human survival. And it is happening right now. We all understand that time is running out – but do we truly believe it? And, caught between the seemingly unimaginable and the apparently unthinkable, how can we take the first step towards action, to arrest our race to extinction? We can begin with our knife and fork. The link between farming animals and the climate crisis is barely discussed, because giving up our meat-based diets feels like an impossible task. But we don’t have to go cold turkey. Cutting out animal products for just part of the day is enough to change the world. Jonathan Safran Foer presents the essential debate of our time as no one else could, bringing it to vivid and urgent life and offering us all a much-needed way out.
Penguin, September 2019
On Fire.The Burning Case for a New Green Deal
For more than twenty years, Naomi Klein has been the foremost chronicler of the economic war waged on both people and planet—and an unapologetic champion of a sweeping environmental agenda with justice at its center. In lucid, elegant dispatches from the frontlines of contemporary natural disaster, she pens surging, indispensable essays for a wide public: prescient advisories and dire warnings of what future awaits us if we refuse to act, as well as hopeful glimpses of a far better future. On Fire: The (Burning) Case for a Green New Deal gathers more than a decade of her impassioned writing, and pairs it with new material on the staggeringly high stakes of our immediate political and economic choices. An expansive exploration that sees the battle for a greener world as indistinguishable from the fight for our lives.
Simon & Schuster, September 2019
The Year of the Monkey
Following a run of New Year’s concerts at San Francisco’s legendary Fillmore, Patti Smith finds herself tramping the coast of Santa Cruz, about to embark on a year of solitary wandering. Unfettered by logic or time, she draws us into her private wonderland with no design, yet heeding signs–including a talking sign that looms above her, prodding and sparring like the Cheshire Cat. In February, a surreal lunar year begins, bringing with it unexpected turns, heightened mischief, and inescapable sorrow. In a stranger’s words, «Anything is possible: after all, it’s the Year of the Monkey.» For Patti the year evolves as one of reckoning with the changes in life’s gyre: with loss, aging, and a dramatic shift in the political landscape of America.
Simon & Schuster, September 2019
Face it (My Story)
Musician, actor, activist, and celebrated beauty, Debbie Harry, the front woman of Blondie, has collaborated, as a muse, with some of the boldest artists of the past four decades. The scope of her impact on our culture has been matched only by her reticence to reveal her rich inner life—until now. In an arresting mix of visceral, soulful storytelling and visuals including new photographs, bespoke illustrations and fan art installations, Face It upends the standard music memoir while delivering a prismatic portrait. With all the grit, grime, and glory recounted in intimate detail, Face It re-creates the downtown scene of 1970s New York City, where Blondie played alongside the Ramones, Television, Talking Heads, Iggy Pop and David Bowie.
Harper Collins, October 2019
life | Guardian, 1 September 2019
Bicycles for refugees and others
life | NYT, 1 September 2019
Ram Dass interview
nature | Guardian, 2 September 2019
Cockatoos open wheelies and turn on taps
science | Futurism, 3 September 2019
Chinese scientists create gel to fix teeth
psychoactive | NYT, 4 September 2019
Johns Hopkins Uni opens Center for Psychedelic Studies
science | MACH, 5 September 2019
Tiny robot to clean cerebral blood vessels
nature | CNN, 5 September 2019
Squirrels take their clues from birds
culture | BPS Research Digest, 9 September 2019
How to be more creative (podcast)
science | Futurism, 10 September 2019
Brain implants to make us telepathic
science | Mach, 12 September 2019
Universe rather younger?
psychoactive | Merry Jane, 13 September 2019
150’000 move to Colorado
Benefits of CBD
science | Guardian, 14 September 2019
More and better studies needed
life | MACH, 14 September 2019
First space hotel to open 2022
science | Physorg, 16 September 2019
Largest neutrino to date
psychoactive | Psy Post, 18 September 2019
Persistent improvement in life satisfaction and psycho-pathology tested
psychoactive | Forbes, 19 September 2019
Victims of the war on drugs to be compensated.
psychoactive | Quartz, 19 September 2019
The world’s first research center for mushrooms in Jamaica
psychoactive | Guardian, 25 September 2019
Cannabis in Canberra
nature | Mongabay, 25 September 2019
Benefits of protecting and restoring intact forests by Lauren E. Oakes
The Five Percent Challenge
is an invitation to join an open collaborative action plan to cut GHG emissions from the mobility sector in cities by 5% in the first year
The Limina Foundation
supports «the betwixt and between states of conciousness, where transformation, change and renewal takes place. This awakening can occur in the individual, the community and the culture at large.»