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GrowthBusters Earth Day 2011 Soundtrack (feat. Pete Seeger)

by Various Artists

Pete Seeger headlines this album of music inspiring or inspired by the upcoming documentary. Proceeds benefit the non-profit GrowthBusters documentary film.
Genre: Folk: Political
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1. GrowthBusters Theme (feat. Carlos Jones) Jake Fader
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4:30 album only
2. We'll All Be A-Doubling Pete Seeger
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3:05 album only
3. More Nina Centaine
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2:50 album only
4. Zero (feat. Al Bartlett) The Chairman
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4:34 album only
5. Affluenza Senses of Walden
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6. Our Mother Dawnya Clarine
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7. Changes in the Wind Jeanie Fitchen
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8. Prophets of Doom DackDyde and Murray Gordon
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9. It's Our World Black Piranha
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10. All the Little Birdies (feat. Christine Fader) Jake Fader
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11. Horizon Fall Nina Centaine
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12. A Shadow Stirs (feat. Katherine Copsey and Andy Gibson) Samuel Alexander
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13. That Once There Were Jeanie Fitchen
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14. Lots of Stuff Clifton and Bettye Ware
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15. Aggie and Timmy The Offhand Band
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
GrowthBusters: Hooked on Growth will be released late in 2011. This fundraiser pre-release soundtrack album is available for a limited time only, to benefit the non-profit film project. If you wish to provide more support please visit www.growthbusters.org to make a tax-deductible donation.

Rock, folk, reggae, country...this album has a bit of everything. We've been approached by so many talented musicians interested in supporting this critical film, we decided to release this "soundtrack" to share their music and messages with the world. Buy one for you, one for a friend, and a few to drop off at your local radio stations!

Enjoy the music. Join the movement. See the film.


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James Lamont

Bust A Groove
Fatih Birol has done it again. At the end of May the chief economist of the International Energy Agency (IEA) was quoted in The Guardian as saying that preventing a 2 degree increase in global temperatures might be nothing but "a nice Utopia."[1] About a month earlier, on the Australian network ABC, he repeated his organisation's belief that "crude oil production has already peaked, in 2006.”[2] It's starting to look like his tolerance for restrained advisement on energy issues has also peaked and gone into decline.

The Guardian article in question was noteworthy not just because it reported that runaway climate change might be unavoidable depending on what happens this year (a reasonable prediction that, unfortunately, has lost its impact due to continuous warnings), but because it showed how strong the link is between resource consumption and economic growth. Because of the worst recession in living memory, global carbon emissions fell from 29.3Gt (gigatonnes) to 29Gt between 2008 and 2009. Compare that with the huge jump to 30.6Gt that took place in 2010, even as we still swim in the thick of financial troubles (and apparently, declining amounts of cheap oil). The link is not only explicit - it's completely out of proportion. Everything seems to hinge on finding a different goal for our economy.

A group called GrowthBusters, made up of a core of dedicated activists and international volunteers, has been pointing this out for 5 years. Their film, Hooked on Growth, is due for release this October. As part of the effort, an Earth Day soundtrack is currently being sold to raise funds and awareness, and features a mix of artists from various genres[3]. The legendary folk singer Pete Seeger makes an appearance, and his amusing live contribution, "We'll All Be A-Doubling," is a fine centrepiece for much of the CD's acoustic singer-songwriters.

If you like your music a little more extreme, there's a decent amount on offer here as well. South Australian act The Chairman provide "Zero (Al Bartlett)." In the vein of PPK's "I Have a Dream" and Coldcut's Blair-bashing "Revolution," it's an electronic track featuring quotations from physics professor Bartlett, who is most famous for his lectures on the exponential function. Black Piranha's "It's Our World" is New Orleans style classic rock with sincere 80's riffage. Jake Fader, teaming up with different vocalists, puts in two great songs. The first, the documentary's theme, opens the album in a Ghostbusters-influenced-reggae direction, obviously. The second, "All The Little Birdies," is reminiscent of Erykah Badu neo-soul, with its near-rapping and relaxed drum, piano and guitar beat.

Not everything on the compilation will be to everyone's taste. Like the solutions we seek, it needs to be a diverse affair. For me, the album echoes the history of growth economy: the same ideas run throughout, but towards the end of the timeline it doesn't seem to be as enjoyable. There was a long period when re-distribution really might not have provided enough for everyone, and growth seemed like a noble goal. Now that the generation of additional money is causing more harm than good, we need to be able to accept that it has outlived its usefulness (and the last couple of tracks on the CD are aimed at kids, to be fair). Hopefully the as-yet-unwritten bonus songs will be beautifully crafted art, and not grim, unlistenable shite.

Notes:
1. http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2011/may/29/carbon-emissions-nuclearpower
2. http://www.abc.net.au/catalyst/oilcrunch/ Extended interviews section, top left.
3. Artist information here: http://www.growthbusters.org/2011/04/growthbusters-earth-day-2011-soundtrack-includes-pete-seeger/