The headline says it all really, apart from answering the question WHY? In partial answer to that question please listen to this recent interview with three climate scientists, which is also on our SoundCloud.
Here's a bit more of the answer:
"The Two Degree Target Is Close To Impossible" on econnexus.org
There's the need for both global and national leadership. We need politicians to actually stand up, to be able to understand the science and to portray the message to individuals that "I'm really sorry but this is extremely serious and we're going to have to make some really tough decisions about this". We need someone to stand up and not carry on questioning the science, not questioning the economics which is getting quite firm on how much this costs and what we need to do, and start taking some real action. Without that we can't expect individuals to be trying to push for a more low carbon lifestyle without the leadership from above.
Here's how the teaser clips look and sound in the cloud at the moment:
Russian quartet Void Void have contributed one more track to our "Water Connects Us" Haiti relief album. "World of Trouble" has an obvious resonance with our theme concerning the poorest parts of the planet being hit hardest by "natural" disasters, particularly since there is more and more evidence emerging that at least some such disasters are in fact "man made".
The band were formed in St. Petersburg, Russia in 2004. Their goal is to express the concept of "the void" using both music and lyrics. They are most likely to be labelled as exponents of the post-rock genre. However there are in fact elements of classic rock, hard, ambient, ethereal and doom in their work. The band has an unusual line up for a rock group: drums, bass and keyboards. Its unique sound largely created around a very special distorted bass, and the almost total absence of guitars of any kind.
Clockwise from the top left Void Void are:
Yuchi Cordoba has contributed another track to our "Water Connects Us" Haiti relief album. The album includes music from a wide variety of genres, but until Yuchi offered us "Marka Paso" none of them really sounded as though they were created in the Caribbean!
Yuchi was born in Curaçao from Antillian/Colombian parents. He played soccer there at the highest level, and has studied drumming as far afield as Cuba and Senegal. Apart from playing music, he has taught percussion in Curaçao as well as in the Netherlands, where he lived for a number of years.
Yuchi's first musical influences came from British prog rock bands including Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple, Yes and Emerson Lake and Palmer. Since those early days Yuchi has formed and played in numerous bands in a variety of styles in several countries, and is now a leading exponent of Afro-Curaçaoan music, particularly "musik di zumbi".
Yuchi credits his success as a percussionist to his deep respect for mother earth, harmony, team work, his youthful curiosity and love for children, and an openness to other people and their cultures.
I currently find myself in a conversation over on Facebook with Ben Mack and Warren Whitlock about the marketing of fundraising projects such as Water Connects Us. That conversation seems to have turned into a brainstorming session heading in a variety of different directions simultaneously. Here I'd like to focus on just one of the topics originally raised over there.
Q1. We still have to settle on the best way to distribute "the thing" to anyone who might be prepared to part with a modicum of money in aid of some good causes. Unfortunately talking to even the "punk" end of the "recording industry" hasn't gone exactly smoothly!
Virtual, physical or both is the first question? If solely the former, TuneCore seem to be offering some "attractive festive deals" just at the moment? Does anyone have any other/better suggestions?
It's Thanksgiving Day across the Atlantic and Mid Devon's Modwardian Troubadours, The Fabulous Thorvertones, have just contributed their Devon famous festive single "Oh Christ It's Christmas!" to our Water Connects Us album.
Veterans of innumerable bands, they first got together in 2007 in the picturesque Devon village of Thorverton (hence their name!). Here the four of them are pictured on a recent exercise in distant Kentisbeare:
They’re not in it for the money. They’re not in it to prove a point. They’re definitely not in it to play 10 minute blues solos at you. They’re in it to make the world a better place to be a part of, to show you a damn good time, and to make sure they have a helluva lot of fun doing it.
Unfortunately, however, it seems they don't find all aspects of the traditional British Christmas as much fun as playing a gig!
The End of New have contributed a metal-tinged song to our Haiti cholera relief album. Human life every day is sacrificed. The End of New ask the age old question. Why?
Jurek is the leader of The End of New. He started making music when he was 15, playing various types of music with different bands in Poland. In 1996 he started to DJ and in 1998 he was a runner up in the Master Cup Poland. In 2000 he packed his bag full of records and moved to Amsterdam, where he started playing at underground gigs. He then played at a number of festivals and became resident DJ at several clubs also. It was around this time he set up the band "Ende Neu". In 2007 he relocated to Dublin, Ireland where he formed The End of New in 2008.
It's many months since the earthquake in Haiti, but events have now conspired to cause the deaths of a thousand more Haitians from cholera. We have added some additional donation buttons to the "Help Haiti" section at the top left of this page.
ICYFH have kindly contributed another track to our album of music to help Haiti. You can listen to the whimsically entitled "Bruce Willis" over on our home page.
ICYFH are a three piece band who met whilst students at the University of Bristol. They describe their track as "ambient post rock".
The guys wish to remain incognito, for the moment at least. The image accompanying their track is an extract from the painting "For Haiti With Love", painted by Kasia B. Turajczyk shortly after the devastating January 12th earthquake in Haiti:
Indonesia in general and the Mentawai Islands in particular are a favourite destination for many a globe-trotting surfer. On October 25th a magnitude 7.7 earthquake took place beneath the ocean to the West of Sumatra, which triggered a 3 metre high tsunami. At least 450 people died in the tidal wave.
After overcoming numerous difficulties ShelterBox managed to start delivering shelter to homeless islanders on November 12th. Surf charter boats have been helping the ShelterBox Response Team to distribute tents to the affected areas.
Here are some pictures of the ShelterBox team's efforts in Indonesia.
Bonnie and Clyde have contributed another song to our album of music to help Haiti. If you're thinking about dancing have a listen to "Your Place in the Dictionary" over on our home page.
Bonnie & Clyde are two field fighting mavericks currently protecting the grounds of Dartington College of Arts with their dirty beats and biro stained fingertips. By day they go by their 'pedestrian' names Jack Harris and Alice Lilley, but at nightfall, even the darkness can't disguise their true passion and desire to find the ultimate relationship between music and metaphor.