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Make It Rain (Tom Waits Cover)
Spinifex Gum
Spinifex Gum is a musical collaboration between The Cat Empire’s Felix Riebl and Ollie McGill, and Marliya Choir, an all-female, all-Indigenous group from Cairns conducted by Lyn Williams (AM) and choreographed by Deborah Brown. Part protest, part celebration, Spinifex Gum is a deep and affecting musical experience. From Cairns, Queensland, Australia, Spinifex Gum performed this gorgeous rendition of “Make It Rain”, sung partly in the tradition al Aboriginal Yindjibarndi language. It was registered at the Sydney Opera House in January last year. “Musical snapshots of life in the Pilbara, north Western Australia, performed by the voices of Marliya from Gondwana Choirs, singing in English and Yindjibarndi. Joining the choir are Felix Reibl and Ollie McGill and special guests Briggs, Emma Donovan and Peter Garrett.
Released 27 October 2020


Comida
Elza Soares e Titãs
This must be the funkiest group I have seen in ages! Everybody in Brazil knows Elza da Conceição Soares. With Clara Nunes and Beth Carvalho, she ranks among the best of the country’s samba signer. Here Elza Soares, as she is known professionally, appears in a new video, this time alongside the group Titãs. She sings “Gomido,” by Arnaldo Antunes, Marcelo Fromer and Sérgio Britto, one of the band’s most emblematic songs. In a clip directed by photographer Marcos Hermes, she sings alongside the trio made up of Sérgio Britto, Branco Mello and Tony Bellotto. Stay tuned, and you’ll hear some of the most amazing samba you’ve ever heard. Elza proves again and again that she is a singer for every generation. In 1999, along with Tina Turner she was named “Singer of the Millennium” by the BBC Radio. (sgs)
Odeon, October 2020


Kali Uchis
Telepatia
We’ll staying with the Latin touch: Kali Uchis, born in 1994 in Alexandria (near Washington) as Karly-Marina Loaiza, is an American singer, known as an indie pop singer, songwriter, music producer, video director and designer. Kali has Colombian roots and grew up both in her country of origin and in the States, singing her lyrical songs half English half Spanish. Her musical breakthrough came in 2012, her first EP was released in 2015, followed by her first studio album, Isolation, in April 2018. Her musical visions condense into a streamlined, smooth and crystal-clearly produced sound, somewhere between Gospel and Avantgarde. Whether Hip Hop, Soul or Reggaeton, this woman has it all. (sgs)
Universal, November 2020


Because of a Flower
Ana Roxanne
New York-based musician Ana Roxanne’s second record, Because Of A Flower, germinated gradually across five years. She describes her process as beginning with “a drone element and a mood,” then intuiting melody, syllables, and lyrics incrementally, like sacred shapes materializing from mist. Despite a background studying at the prestigious Mills College in Oakland, Roxanne’s music rarely feels conceptual, instead radiating an immediate and emotive aura, rooted in the present tense of her personal journey. She speaks of the flower in the title as a body, singular and sunlit, as many petals as thorns, an enigma beholden only to itself. Because an artist in the spring of their ascension.
Kranky Records, November 2020


The Sound of DMT – A Sonic Ayahuasca Journey
B. Ashra
“B. Ashra kidnapped us with his new album, The Sound of DMT, into a sonic, shamanic, magical world. Field recordings mixed with shamanic chants, ritual sounds, and traditional instruments meet synthesizer drones and glitches, in this sonic ayahuasca journey. The album is tuned to the DMT molecule according to calculations by the German cosmic sound specialist Hans Cousto. DMT is part of the Ayahuasca brew or tea. Because some players take pauses between the tracks, but it’s actually a 62 minute mix without pauses. Bandcamp offers the entire mix exclusively in a file as a bonus track so that you can enjoy the album without interruptions. The label Klangwirkstoff (Berlin) can be understood as a catalyst in music theory and it deals with the influence of deduced rhythms, resonances and frequencies in nature.
Klangwirkstoff Records, November 2020

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We are grieving the passing of the eminent mycologist and author Jochen Gartz, PhD. Dying is a natural process, it is often said, and yet losses are usually reported clinically and impersonally as something that happens to others. There seems to be a persistent fear that the confrontation with death might somehow attract it, a strange form of magical thinking, since we will all surely die when our time has come, which can be anytime. Moreover, the process of dying awakens irrational feelings that are deemed “private” and better kept under lock and key. It is also said that there is nothing wrong with dying as such. And what speaks for it? Are the people who comment from a distance on the dying of others ready to go themselves? Are they so much looking forward to “another life” and a “reunion in the hereafter” as a reward for their worldly toil and sorrows that their own death would not matter to them? Let us not forget the suffering that has come over countless families and their loved ones in the past weeks and months. Let us think of them when we celebrate the arrival of a new and better year with the advent of the winter solstice.

With my sincere wishes for the holiday season,
Susanne G. Seiler


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The Resident by Michael Hofmann

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American Trip: Set and Setting and the Psychedelic Experience in the Twentieth Century

Ido Hartogsohn
The author examines how the psychedelic experience in America was shaped by historical, social, and cultural forces—by set (the mindset of the user) and setting (the environments in which the experience takes place). He explores uses of psychedelics that range from CIA and military experimentation to psychedelic-inspired styles in music, fashion, design, architecture, and film, while introducing us to a cast of characters including Betty Eisner, a psychologist who drew on her own experience to argue for the therapeutic potential of LSD, and Timothy Leary, who founded the Harvard Psilocybin Project and went on to become psychedelics’ most famous advocate.Hartogsohn chronicles these developments in the context of the era’s cultural trends, including the cold war, the counterculture, the anti-psychiatric movement, and the rise of cybernetics.
MIT Press, July 2020

Bent Coppers: The Story of The Man Who Arrested John Lennon, George Harrison and Brian Jones

Norman Pilcher
In London, in the late Sixties, the police to arrested as many “big names” as possible in order to deter England’s youth from taking drugs. This is the story of the man nicknamed “Groupie Pilcher” for being seen in pics with his high-profile arrests. He was later arrested himself for fabricating entries in his police records, a common practice then, it seems. Pilcher was convicted of perjury and spent four years in jail. His memoir paints a grim picture of a partially corrupt police force, hellbent on making the most of its power by leaking photos of busts to the press for pay, but rarely planting drugs on suspects, he claims. A sobered Pilcher advocates the legalization of all drugs. Lennon’s “I Am the Walrus” is supposed to be about him. John later sent him a postcard from Japan: “You can’t get me now!” Coo-cook-a-choo. (sgs)
Clink Street, September 2020

Hero’s Dose: The Case for Psychedelics in Ritual and Therapy

Derek Beres
Psychedelic rituals have given societies meaning for thousands of years. The plants and fungi known as psychedelics were showing tremendous mental health benefits in the 1950s and 60s. Suddenly, they were outlawed. A half-century later, a renaissance has begun. In Hero’s Dose, journalist Derek Beres explores his quarter-century journey with psychedelics and reviews the latest science on their role in mental health treatments. He investigates the reasons psychedelics were demonized, questioning why psychiatry turned its back on this promising field of research. Beres also considers the protocols psychedelics could replace by looking at antidepressants with a critical eye. He makes a convincing case that ritual and therapy are synonymous with optimal mental health, and that psychedelics are uniquely qualified to address some of the greatest social problems of our age.
Outside the Box, October 2020

Visionary Path Tarot. A 78-Card Deck

Lucy Delics
This is a new, “psychedelic inspired, oracle-deck featuring magical esoteric symbols, shamanic plant medicines, Tarot archetypes and high-vibration patterns,” yet there is more to Lucy’s art than mushrooms and patterns. The symbolism of these beautiful cards takes its inspiration from traditional interpretations of the tarot and its archetypes, reflecting them in strong images. The accompanying booklet tells the story of the artist’s shamanic initiation into various cultures, and describes each card, giving them their meaning. Lucy Delics, originally from the UK, lives in the Andes with her family these days and reflects the spiritual world around her in her delicate psychedelic work. I wish these cards were printed on a kind of cardboard one could easily color though. (sgs)
Bear Company, November 2020

Listening to Ecstasy. The Transformative Power of MDMA

Charles Winniger, LP, LMHC
In this memoir, the author, a licensed psychoanalyst and mental health counselor, details the ways that Ecstasy has helped him become a better therapist and husband. He writes about his coming of age in the 1960s counterculture, his fifty years of experimentation with mind-altering substances, and his immersion in the psychedelic renaissance. He explains how he and his wife found Ecstasy to be the key to renewing and enriching their lives as they entered their senior years. Countering the fearful propaganda that surrounds this drug, Wininger describes what the experience actually feels like and explores the value of Ecstasy and similar substances for helping psychologically healthy individuals live a more “optimal” life. He provides protocols for the responsible, recreational, and celebrational use of MDMA, including how to perfect the experience, maximize the benefits and minimize the risks, and how it may not be for everyone.
Bear Company, November 2020 

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New technology
science | Neo.Life | 1 November 2020
Focused ultrasound technology to help many patients with multiple diseases

Oregon
psychoactive | Mother Jones | 3 November 2020
First to legalize access to psilocybin

Columbia
nature | Mongabay | 4 November 2020
Indigenous leaders mount a spiritual defense of the Amazon

Opening
psychoactive | BoingBoing | 4 November 2020
Every cannabis initiative passed on election day

New evidence
science | The Conversation | 5 November 2020
Prehistoric women were hunters and gatherers

Hard drugs
life | reasons to be cheerful | 10 November 2020
Oregon takes a less punitive approach to addictive substances

Sanctuary
nature | Smithsonian | 16 November 2020
Tristan da Cunha creates largest Marine Protected Area of the Atlantic

Edible landscapes
life | Smithsonian | 16 November 2020
The future of public parks

Psychedelic past
culture | Derek Beres | 17 November 2020
The heathen roots of Christian rituals

CBD
psychoactive | The Guardian | 19 November 2020
French ban illegal, European Court rules

Revealed
science | Smithsonian | 23 November 2020
The secrets of the Blue Ring Nebula

Cave art
science | Science Magazine | 23 November 2020
Six natural ways to enhance your trip.

Electric airplanes
culture | Quartz | 23 November 2020
How to fly without kerosene – an in-depth look

Faith
psychoactive | Psyche Magazine | 23 November 2020
Psychedelics as a route to spirituality

Amazon
eco | Mongabay | 24 November 2020
Farmers and rangers paid to keep trees standing

Alien art
culture | IFLS | 24 November 2020
Mysterious metal monolith discovered in Utah desert

Dr. Fungus
psychoactive | Przekroj | November 2020
The Medicinal Properties of Mushrooms

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