L’urgence de ralentir

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Derrière l’objectif de Philippe Borrel, des savants et des experts prônent l’avènement d’une société dans laquelle des hommes hybrides seraient connectés en réseau et se verraient remplacer par des cyborgs pour les tâches pénibles. Ce documentaire lève le voile sur un univers futuriste, plus réel et imminent qu’il n’y paraît.

SONGS I LOVE #21: NOTTAMUN TOWN

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Since I first started up Songs I Love, the series has been a way for me to share songs with some of the different friends and artists that I play with. So last summer while recording Jenny Lysander’s album Northern Folk, we also found the time late one August evening, to record a cover for the ongoing Volume II of the series.
Nottamun Town is an old English folk song that I first discovered on Fairport Convention’s 1969 album ‘What we did on our holidays’, their version was sung by the great Sandy Denny. Between takes recording Jenny’s album, we’d spend a lot of the down time listening to music. I love playing records for friends and seeing the excitement on their faces as they discover new music. I played Jenny some of my favorite singers like Anne Briggs, June Tabor or Joni Mitchell.
Listening to Nottamun Town, some of you may be reminded of Bob Dylan and he used the same melody for his song Masters of War. There’s a trance like cadence to the strange and original lyrics in Nottamun Town and Dylan used this relentless and hypnotic rhythm to great effect in his timeless anti-war anthem. According to various sources the original song dates back to medieval times and there’s a theory that the surreal nature of the text relates to the traditional day The Feast of Fools, during which time which power was briefly conferred on those in a subordinate position. On this day, the fool took his revenge, the servant beat his master and the cat chased the hounds! So for the full sensory experience as you listen to this song, picture a Hieronymous Bosch painting in your mind and enjoy!

“Met the King and the Queen and the company more
Came a riding behind and a walking before
Come a stark naked drummer -a beating a drum
With his heels in his bosom come marching along”

ACOUSTIC LIVING ROOM TOUR WITH DAWN LANDES

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We’re putting together an acoustic living room tour of the north east between the 25th of February and the 4th March and we’re looking for hosts in the areas listed below. I’ll be performing alongside my good friend Dawn Landes singing and playing my songs and hers as well as a few we’ve written together. The shows will be entirely acoustic, no stage, no mics, no sound system! Each show is limited to 40-50 tickets.

We’re looking for hosts in the areas listed below. If you are located in or near any of these cities and interested in hosting please read everything below and get in touch! Contact info at the end.

Feb 25: Boston MA
Feb 26 : Vermont
Feb 27: Northampton MA / Albany NY
Feb 28: Philadelphia
March 1: Philadelphia
March 2: Washington DC
March 3: Baltimore
March 4: Woodstock, NY (upstate NY)

Deadline for submission is January 26.
Tickets will go on sale January 30 @ 2pm (eastern time).

We’ll make this as easy as possible for the hosts. All you have to do is let us borrow your living room for about 3 hours, check names off the list at the door… in return you’ll get 5 additional free tickets for friends and our eternal gratitude.

Here’s how it works:

1. You have a house, loft, small gallery, studio or other private space that can comfortably and safely host 40-50 people. A place with a big living room, finished basement or other interior space would be ideal. There needs to be street parking, parking garage or public transportation nearby and your neighbors should be cool. It would be a huge bummer if someone called the cops because of all the extra cars and people coming to your house. You probably shouldn’t do this if you live in a small apartment with a bunch of uptight neighbors or a cranky landlord. Be realistic on how many people your place can hold. We need to know how many tickets we can sell in advance. Sorry, we can’t do these shows outside.

2. Ticket price will be $20. Everyone must buy tickets in advance. No tickets will be sold at the door. There will be no reselling or third-party tickets sales. All tickets sales are direct to fans from Undertow. Limit 4 tickets per person. We want everyone to have the same chance of getting tickets.

3. We’ll provide the host with a list of everyone coming to the show. The host won’t have to deal with any money and will only need to check people off the list as they arrive. We ask guests to arrive between 7:00-7:45pm. The shows start at 8pm and we ask everyone to be out of your space by 10pm.

4. The host gets 5 additional free tickets for the show. If you have other friends beyond your 5 guests who want to come to the show you should direct them buy tickets on-line.

5. Your home address will not be published on the web and will only be given to people who purchase tickets.

6. The shows will promoted on our websites, Facebook and Twitter and word-of-mouth.

7. We’ll need your help to spread the word on your Facebook and Twitter too. We’ll create a Facebook event for each show and make you a host of the event so you can easily invite your friends (Thank you!). Remember, please don’t post your address. The address only goes to people after they buy tickets. We need to keep the location private so random people don’t try to show up and pay at the door.

8. You don’t need any sort of sound system. They’ll need to borrow a couple of armless chairs to sit on and some kind of ambient lighting like a lamp on coffee table, floor lamp, or overhead lights with a dimmer to help create a cozy mood.

9. You don’t need seating for everyone. If you have a bunch of chairs, great! But most shows are floor seating and we let guests know they should bring a cushion or pillow to sit on during the show.

10. There will be no opening acts on the living room shows.

After reading all of this, if interested please follow these steps:

IMPORTANT!
You read everything above and it’s all cool?

1. send an email to dawn-piers@living-room-shows.com with this info:
– a. Your address.
– b. A few photos of the space where the show will happen.
– c. Please put “Dawn + Piers Living Room Show” and the name of your city in the subject line.

2. Sit tight and we’ll get back to as soon as possible if we can book the show at your house.

Thanks for your help!

After we have the dates sorted out we will announce the shows and tickets will go on sale at undertowtickets.com.

The Many Are One Out Now !

I’m super excited to to announce our new record THE MANY ARE ONE is now available everywhere.
For this record, I’ve brought together a stunning cast of songwriters and musicians who’ve recorded new and unreleased songs for the compilation. Gathering together old and new friends for the trip, the record’ll take you on a 21st century folk adventure that you won’t want to miss!

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Tracklist:
01. Horsedreamer – Bolder
02. Ben Harper – Thank Me In The Morning
03. BKO Quintet feat Piers Faccini – Donsolu
04. William Patrick Duncan – Calliope
05. Emily Barker – Harbour
06. Gnut – L’Amore Succede
07. Jenny Lysander – Lavender Philosophy
08. Yelli Yelli – Ddunit Tentar
09. Jasser Haj Youssef – Eternal Cirlces
10. Les Fils Du Calvaire – Le Jeu Du Foulard
11. Dawn Landes – Fair And Tender Ladies
12. Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino – Munti Munti
13. Dom La Nena – Anjo Gabriel
14. Piers Faccini – Keep Me
15. Guy Blakeslee – Told Myself

As a fan myself, I realized that if we love certain artists, we’re also naturally keen to discover what networks and circles those artists we love, move in. I’d love to know for example, what Leonard Cohen listens to when he’s chilling with a cup of tea.
Now generally speaking, artists tend to hang out, play and collaborate with musicians they themselves like, so it’s often a safe bet that you’ll like the music that your favourite artist likes. Many music platforms try to guess and artificially create links between artists for the consumer, “if you dig this, you’ll like this too etc” but these recommendations are created by programs that put together artists and music based on data collection.
If an Amazon buyer purchases Nick Drake and John Martyn albums, if you then click on John Martyn, a window with a Nick Drake album will appear with a recommendation.
It’s so easy to listen to music today, to consume it, it’s all there a click away but as we channel surf from artist to artist on Spotify or Deezer, hoping to discover some unknown treasure, what better recommendation could there be than one made by the artists themselves?

Our compilation personalizes the process, no data collection or prying analysis needed, The Many Are One is simply me introducing you directly to the artists I love. We draw the dotted lines and you can join them up!. As surprising as some of those links may be, I’m confident that you’ll get the connection I make between Horsedreamer and Ben Harper, between Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino and Jasser Haj Youssef or between William Patrick Duncan and Jenny Lysander. I’m not just playing the role of curator/producer here I’m also contributing, as almost all of the artists have, with an unreleased and exclusive new song to the compilation.

I could go on and on as my enthusiasm for the songs on this record know no bounds, I’m proud of the work we’ve done to make it all happen and I’m extremely grateful to all the fantastic artists who have made it possible. Above all our aim is to put out innovative and beautiful music for you, and with your support, the sky’s the limit!