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Enta Omri (You are My Life)
Umm Kulthum
Born as Fatima Ibrāhīm as-Sayyid al-Biltāǧī on an uncertain date (December 31, 1898 or May 4, 1904 – February 3, 1975) in a small village in the Nile Delta, Umm Kulthum was an internationally renowned Egyptian singer, songwriter and film actress active from the 1920s to the 1970s She equalled Aretha Frankling or Ella Fitzgerald not only in popularity but also in the range of her voice as well as in her emotionally expressive way of singing. The ‚Star of the Orient’ (Kawkab El Sharq) was an icon far beyond her native Egypt. Here we hear her accompanied by a classical Arabic orchestra comprising traditional as well as modern western instruments. Long introductions are habitual.
ca. 1965


Sardanapalo by Frantz Listz
How Liszt’s Lost Opera was Rescued
Based upon a narrative originally written by Lord Byron, as well as a painting by Delacroix, and another unexpected recent discovery in music after John Coltrane’s lost recording turned up (introduced in the August issue of our goodnews), Sardanapalo, a lost Opera by the mature Frantz Listz, transports the theme of war and peace to ancient Assyria, where the people are conspiring to overthrow the King. We don’t know why Liszt – far better known as a virtuoso pianist and symphonic poem composer whose celebrity status in Europe at the time led to the coining of the term Listzomania – failed to complete his only, wildly romantic opera.
Cambridge University, June 2018


Top 100 Brand New Country Songs and Hits
Great sound, crystal clear, accompanied by strong, melodious and convicing voices. We hear Scotty McCreery, who won the tenth season of American Idol, in May 2011, Keith Urban, an Australian with a strong career in the US these days, Jack Owen, from Florida, Clay Walker, from Texas and many more. They are all excellent and play the entire gamut of what I like in country music. But where are the ladies, Kayla Heeney? Does she know? It’s her compilation. 120 songs and not one woman’s voice! Or am I wrong?
Vevo & others, June 2018


Indie/Pop/Folk Compilation
Alex Rainbird is a one-man-industry – recently joined by his girlfriend. He started the Alex Rainbird Music youtube channel in the 2011 as a hobby while still in school. The channel currently receives around four million video views per months, deservedly so, I’d like to add. The sound promoted by alex is upbeat, varied and of high artistic quality. Even if you don’t like each and every track, you are going to find sounds that agree with you, and you will be introduced to music you might not have found by yourself – just like me, of course. There is a lot to chose from here.
www.alexrainbirdmusic.com,  September 2018


Collapse
Aphex Twin
Richard P. James is always good for s surprise – this time the hard and fast beats making up the core of this upcoming new production, meaning that the middle section of this track is extraordinary, the rest reminding us that we are listeining to Aphex Twin’s indiosycratic style of ambient music. It’s alter ego, Richard David James, was born in Ireland but grew up in the English countryside. He began publishing music at age 12, inspried by a prize he won the year before for a «composition», of which he says that was just diddling around, As meticoulous as always, Aphex Twin’s Collapse EP will be released digitally as well as on CD, cassette, vinyl, and a limited edition LP in a Procédé Heliophore silver foil sleeve.
Warp, September 2018

goodnews editorial

What do you think about the rising temperatures and sea levels? About the raging fires, and the furnaces that are our cities in the summer? About the brown fields, parks and gardens? The wilting crops, the slaughtered cattle, the dying fish? The suffering elderly? Does that sound like the Seven Plagues to you or should we wait for locusts? And is the world at large in denial? Our planet is rapidly changing, faster than anyone expected. The prognoses, extrapolations, calculations, predictions, projections, forecasts and visions of our scientists are surpassed on a daily basis. Keeping cool has never been more important. We, as a species, are richer, healthier and more secure than ever before but our summers will hardly get colder, our urgent problems won’t go away all by themselves. We have work to do so let’s shrink our lifestyles, recycle our belongings, simplify our habits. Now.

Reduced yours,
Susanne G. Seiler


memo to lowry

You’re right, there are grotesques who shine
a dark light that lures us like how the sirens
tried to lure Odysseus, and yes, maybe we
ourselves are among the grotesques, but
there are also the beautiful who, if we’re
lucky, save us from ourselves, and validate
the sun’s light, and maybe also the moon’s.

Matthew Sweeney

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The Center of the Universe Is Right Between Your Eyes. But Home is Where the Heart Is.

Matthew L. Pallamary
Introduction by Russell Brand, Preface by Sting
The author’s in-depth analysis of human perception, shamanism, visionary states, cognitive neuroscience, plant and animal consciousness, and sacred geometry, as well as the prehistoric roots of our deepest cultural myths not only lay bare the illusory roots of what we have built our failing society on, it provides a detailed map that points the way through the non-sense hall of mirrors that we currently find ourselves trapped in. Based on a lifetime of research, award-winning author, editor, and shamanic explorer Matthew J. Pallamary enlightens those with open minds courageous enough to question the illusions that most of us think of as real…
Mystic Ink, November 2017

Inappropriation

Lexi Freiman
A search for belonging in Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs turns into a riotous satire of identity politics in this wildly irreverent coming-of-age story. Starting at a prestigious private Australian girls’ school, fifteen-year-old Ziggy Klein is confronted with an alienating social hierarchy that hurls her into the arms of her grade’s most radical feminists. Plagued by fantasies of offensive sexual stereotypes and a psychotherapist mother who thinks bum-pinching is fine if it comes from the heart chakra, Ziggy sets off on a journey of self-discovery that moves from the Sydney drag scene to the extremist underbelly of the internet to the coastal Bohemia of a long-dissolved matriarchal cult.
Allan & Unwin, July 2018

Ball Lightning

Cixin Liu
A new science fiction adventure from the New York Times bestselling author of the Three-Body Trilogy: when Chen’s parents are incinerated before his eyes by a blast of ball lightning, he devotes his life to cracking the secret of this mysterious natural phenomenon. His search takes him to stormy mountaintops, an experimental military weapons lab, and an old Soviet science station. The more he learns, the more he comes to realise that ball lightning is just the tip of an entirely new frontier. While Chen’s quest for answers gives purpose to his lonely life, it also pits him against a beautiful army major with an obsession with dangerous weaponry and a physicist who has no place for ethical considerations in his pursuit of knowledge.
Head of Zeus, August 2018

Psychedelic Mystery Traditions: Spirits Plants, Magical Practices, Ecstatic States

Thomas Hatsis
There is a long tradition of psychedelic magic and religion in Western civilization. As the author reveals, the discovery of the power of psychedelics and entheogens can be traced to the very first prehistoric expressions of human creativity. Describing how, when, and why different peoples in the Western world utilised sacred psychedelic plants, Hatsis examines the full range of magical and spiritual practices that include the ingestion of substances to achieve altered states. He discusses how psychedelics facilitated divinatory dream states for our ancient Neolithic ancestors and helped them find shamanic portals to the spirit world.
Park Street Press, September 2018

Hippie

Paul Coelho
Drawing on the rich experience of his own life, best-selling author Paulo Coelho takes us back in time to relive the dreams of a generation that longed for peace and dared to challenge the established social order. In Hippie, he tells the story of Paulo, a young, skinny Brazilian with a goatee and long, flowing hair, who wants to become a writer and sets off on a journey in search of a deeper meaning for his life: first on the famous ‘Death Train’ to Bolivia, then on to Peru, later hitchhiking through Chile and Argentina. Paulo’s travels eventually take him to the famous Dam Square in Amsterdam where he meets Karla: love at first sight. They end up travelling to Kathmandu together with a small group of friends and their «Magic Bus».
Knopf-Doubleday, September 2018

good to know

Sweet
eco | Guardian, 26 July 2018
Clean chocolate

Resilient
psychoactive | Reset Me, 1 August 2018
Longterm cannabis smokers stay well

Artificial
science | Return to Now, 1 August 2018
Amazon man-made

Respectable
psychoactive | TLS, 8 August 2018
Considering LSD

No stoners
psychoactive | Guardian, 12 August 2018
Women in the cannabis trade

Powerful
psychoactive | Lenny, 14 August 2018
Shrooming 101 with Bett Williams

Climate kids
eco | New Scientist 15 August 2018
The children taking the US government to court

Promising
psychoactive | The Conversation, 16 August 2018
Psychedelics and science

Functional fingerprint
science | Quanta Magazine, 16 August 2018
Scientist explore brain connectivity

Constitutionally
psychoactive | Marijuana Moment, 17 August 2018
The effects of legalisation

Sky high
science | Nature, 17 August 2018
First wind-mapping satellite to take off soon

Better cannabis
psychoactive | High Times, 21 August 2018
Patients in mind

Mixed blood
science | IFL Science, 22 August 2018
Denisovan and Neanderthal

Living at the edge
eco | Ecohustler, 22 August 2018
News from Biosphere 2

Deep end
science | Science, 23 August 2018
Life in the ocean’s twilight zone

Citizen science
psychoactive | Techgnosis, 24 August 2018
Erik Davis speaks up

Uncontacted
culture | Mongabay, 24 August 2018
Confirmed Amazon tribe

Stone age treasures
science | The Independent, 24 August 2018
Early humans had modern hands

Tidal energy
eco | Techxplore, 25 August 2018
Technology progresses

To flush or not to flush
eco | NYT, 25 August 2018
Wastewater and whitewater

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