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2 November 2020

Our professions are not based on financial worth but on the seeds that we want to grow no matter what

Our new confinement in France has just begun, and while many chain stores are still fully stocked and functional, it is good and salutary to see a sudden and massive mobilization so that independent bookstores can continue to offer the culture that everyone needs.

We do share the anger of many booksellers. This feeling of helplessness is common to many professions, many freelancers. We’re under the impression that once again we must deconstruct what had been patiently and methodically built, that once again we will have to work while knowing that everything can be swept away by a virus.

Nothing is in vain. Our professions are not based on financial worth but on the seeds that we want to grow no matter what. Nothing is in vain, but at the rate things are going, it will be more than ever a supreme luxury to remain convinced of it.

However, while the discussion is focused on books, it seems that the character of the record as a cultural object still has a very long way to go. Yet the record is (also!) not a product like any other.

And since it is beautiful, it is truly useful,” the Little Prince of St.-Exupéry told us. One would sometimes need to dive back into the freshness of childhood.

Music is for sharing. Between the Feldup’s inaugural song and the captivating “The Fading Light” by The Apartments, 10 tracks that have largely accompanied us in recent weeks. “The truth is a sinking ship” say the musicians of I Like Trains. We will not contradict them.

Talitres’ Favorites November 2020
01 Feldup - Century Long Fire [Talitres] 00:00
02 Destroyer - Cue Synthesizer [Merge Records/Dead Oceans] 04:46
03 Land of Talk - Footnotes [Saddle Creek Records] 08:44
04 Sufjan Stevens - From the Mouth of Gabriel [Asthmatic Kitty Records] 12:10
05 Stick in the Wheel - Drive the Cold Winter Away [From Here Records] 16:09
06 Car Seat Headrest - Martin [Matador Records] 20:18
07 SINEAD O’BRIEN - Taking On Time [Speedy Wunderground] 23:38
08 Them Airs - Reception Desk [Art Parade] 26:46
09 Kera - Vitamin T (Demo) [Mama Bird Recording Co.] 31:10
10 iLiKETRAiNS - The Truth [Atlantic Curve] 34:42
11 Cabane - Take Me Home pt. 2 (Raoul Vignal Music Remake) [Self-released] 40:54
12 The Apartments - The Fading Light [Talitres] 44:26