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«The Hollies continued to tread water as the early ’70s progressed. Distant Light offered nothing particularly new or unexpected, but the harmonies and songwriting remained at a high enough standard to refute any accusations of decline. Too pop for the album-oriented audience, and not light and frothy enough for the pop market, it would have been totally overlooked if not for the surprise success of the Creedence Clearwater Revival soundalike Long Cool Woman in a Black Dress. Released in the States almost as an afterthought, it became (deservedly) their biggest American hit, reaching number two. Its success inspired the return of Allan Clarke to the fold, after he had left the group to briefly pursue a solo career.» (Richie Unterberger)
Violin Concerto by Peteris Vasks
Marc Bouchkov, violin, directed by Michael Guttman, Moscow Soloists Chamber Orchestra
In a single-movement canvas of nearly forty minutes’ duration, Latvian composer Peteris Vasks (1946) traverses motions from bare-faced rage and serene contemplation to icy despair, achieving a vast, uneasy quietude at the close (‘a sense of light-filled sorrow,’ in the composer’s words). Stylistic echoes are plentiful: Shostakovich, Kancheli, Górecki and Pärt; folk-music, birdsong and hymnody are further ingredients in this approachable cocktail set to repeat the popular and critical success of Voices, its hugely effective 1991 predecessor for string orchestra. Here, Belgian violinist Marc Bouchov (shown here) plays the 1865 «Cheremetoff» J.B Vuillaume, on generous loan from Brigitte Feldtmann in Hamburg. (Grammophon)
GJHS Music, 2018
Born in Le Mans, Charles André aka Charles Fenckler is a young French producer and the latest artist to join the well-known Scottish Soma techno and house label. «Passionate about electronic music from a young age, he has matured into a full-fledged producer composer of an interesting style of Techno gliding between deep and melodic dub infused Techno, integrating influences stretching between Detroit and Berlin, and drawing inspiration from such icons as Juan Atkins, Dereck May and Shed.» (Resident Advisor)
Soma Records, 2018
The album Distant Light is a studio recording in the Psychedelic/Space Rock/Progressive Rock tradition. The Finnish one-man band Psychedelic Sun’s was founded by Alex Hahn in Tampere, in 2015. He likes to experiment with varying instruments as well as singing. The songs are recorded at his home studio in one take to make them sound more like live music. This is the fourth album of the solo musician, reminiscent of early Pink Floyd or Santana.
Aumega Project, 2018
This is the second track on Manoevres, the new album of the soulful French drum & base performer and producer Robin Leclair, better know by his artist name, Naibu. Having grown up in the suburbs of Paris, Naibu started his journey through music as a child who loved The Beatles. Later he fell in love with sampled music, and abstract hiphop in particular. He spent many hours listening to other people’s music before drum n base came to him, around 2000. Once he was introduced to a sequencer by a friend, there was no turning back. Robin Leclair is one of the most important figures in this field, whose work distinguishes itself by a scarcity of flourish and a lyric romanticism that is usually missing in the drum n base community
Cold dimensions, 2018
Do we have to feel guilty because we are «destroying everything», foremost the climate and nature? Because man has mercilessly exploited all things natural for as long as we can remember? Because we all consume and exploit? Because we have still not made the political our private affair and, as a human collective, are not taking any essential measures to finally adapt our lifestyle to the planetary reality? At present we can only comfort ourselves with the fact that good often emerges from bad and that there is also such a thing as «happy guilt» or felix culpa. The Catholic term means that negative circumstances can lead to positive outcomes, and we may thus transform our guilt. And that – as in Taoism – there would be no better without the bad. My greatest wish: that in the coming year we will adapt ourselves more to the needs of Mother Earth.
I wish you a Happy New Year!
Susanne G. Seiler
What is stronger
what is stronger
than the human heart
which shatters over and over
and still lives
Bridge of Clay
This is the breathtaking story of five brothers who bring each other up in a world run by their own rules. At the center of the Dunbar family is Clay, a boy who will build a bridge – for his family, for his past, for greatness, for his sins, for a miracle. The question is, how far is Clay willing to go? And how much can he overcome? “But if The Book Thief is his most famous book, Bridge of Clay is his magnum opus. Zusak, now 43, was just 20 years old when he first came up with the concept. All these years later, he still speaks of the moment dreamily: ‘I thought of a boy building a bridge, and he wanted to make this one beautiful, great, perfect thing.’” (The Guardian)
Random House, October 2018
Hesse – The Wanderer and His Shadow
Against the horrors of Nazi dictatorship and widespread disillusionment with the forces of mass culture and consumerism, Hermann Hesse’s stories inspired nonconformity and a yearning for universal values. Gunnar Decker weaves together previously unavailable sources to offer a unique interpretation of the life and work of the author of Siddhartha, Steppenwolf, and Demian. Drawing on recently discovered correspondence between Hesse and his psychoanalyst Josef Lang, Decker shows how Hesse reversed the traditional roles of therapist and client, and rethinks the relationship between Hesse’s novels and Jungian psychoanalysis. He also explores Hesse’s correspondence with Stefan Zweig – recently unearthed – to find the source of Hesse’s profound sense of alienation from his contemporaries.
Harvard University Press, November 2018
Did You Just Eat That?
Paul Dawson and Brian Sheldon
In Did You Just Eat That? food scientists Paul Dawson and Brian Sheldon take readers into the lab to show, for example, how they determine the amount of bacteria that gets transferred by sharing utensils or how many microbes live on restaurant menus. The authors list their materials and methods (in case you want to replicate the experiments), guide us through their results, and offer in-depth explanations of good hygiene and microbiology. Written with candid humour and richly illustrated, this fascinating book will reveal surprising answers to the most frequently debated – and also the weirdest – questions about food and germs, sure to satisfy anyone who has ever wondered: should I really eat that?
Norton, December 2018
Andy: The Life and Times of Andy Warhol
In Andy comics artist Typex captures the remarkable life of the king of Pop Art, from his working-class upbringing in Pittsburgh to the dizzying heights of his celebrity. Spanning a period that began with the “talkies” and ended with the advent of house music, it is also a memorable portrait of 20th-century pop culture and the stars defining it. Spanning Warhol’s early career as a commercial illustrator, his relationship with the Velvet Underground, and the development of his own instantly recognisable style, Andy deftly portrays the artist and a master self-promoter. Intensively researched, this 568-page graphic biography is the first to tell the complete life story of the iconic pop artist.
Art Masters, December 2018
Kosmos A Theory of Psychedelic Experience
The author presents arguments, examples, personal experience, and published research to develop the theory that the principal, and maybe only effect of LSD and similar psychedelics is the amplification of meaning. Webster attempts to assemble a comprehensive Theory of Psychedelic Experience, an overview from several perspectives of how a psychedelic experience feels to the voyager, how and why it may affect his views and beliefs, how psychedelic perception happens on a psychological and neurological basis and why it appears to be similar or identical to states of consciousness sometimes attained spontaneously or through meditation and other age-old techniques.
© Chantal Webster, 2018
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life | Medium, 4 December 2018
How to feel for others
culture | New Statesman, 5 December 2018
About Herman Hesse
psychoactive | Military, 10 December 2018
psychoactive | Psychology today, 10 December 2018
psychoactive | Jurist, 11 December 2018
Medical cannabis & CBD in New Zealand
psychoactive | Amuse, 11 December 2018
eco | Ecohustler, 12 December 2018
Global movement against extinction
eco | NORML, 13 December 2018
Ban on hemp production lifted
eco | BBC, 13 December 2018
psychoactive | Vox, 17 December 2018
New York to legalise soon
psychoactive | Think Wilder, 17 December 2018
Global Drug Survey
science | Quanta Magazine, 19 December 2018
science | Independent, 19 December 2018
science | Nature, 19 December 2018
NASA visits outer solar system
What we learned
science | NYT, 20 December 2018
The best scientific discoveries of 2018
psychoactive | Scientific American, 21 December 2018
The growth of insulin-promoting cells
science | Guardian, 22 December 2018
Egg gender determination
Banned in the UK
nature | Huffpost, 25 December 2018
Puppies and kittens no longer for sale in shops
psychoactive | Health News, 25 December 2018
Legal in Thailand now
science | New Scientist, 26 December 2018
Feeling powerful furthers giving
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