Magazine article New Internationalist

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Magazine article New Internationalist

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MUSIC The Levellers, those British punk protesters with a sense of history, never went away. Levelling the Land (Fiddle Recordings) is a double CD/one DVD, 25th-anniversary set and it captures the energy that the band poured into its politics well. One for kids of all ages: a full-on jolly green album from Australia's Formidable Vegetable Sound System. Grow Do It (Permaculture Songs) contains hymns to eating weeds, sweet potatoes, kimchi and fungi, all served up on a bed of zappy, upbeat brassy funk. Existing somewhere between the Talking Heads and Dan Zanes, this could signal the end to infantile vegetable refusal.

Skeleton Tree (Bad Seeds) is the latest album from Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds. It was given an instant release in mid-September in order to avoid press cycles. An album framed around the death of Cave's teenage son, it is a harrowing work of much questing and the most devastating beauty.

FILM Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World is a superb doc about the impact of the internet, now and in the future. It's offbeat, as you'd expect from Werner Herzog, and entertaining. But deadly serious, focused, and thought provoking too, and even, sometimes, unsettling. …

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