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Singapore Democrats
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Talkin' About My Revolutions
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Is There An Islamic Problem?
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May Day, May Day
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Still Not Free After All These Years
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There are over 263 tracks on Do The Independence, a five-disc indie music compilation. The box set comes with a silver disc DVD (which contains 203 songs but no video); four CD-Rs (TDK or Sony discs) of 60 tracks; and printed artwork. All together there are over 175 acts.
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DEJA VU...

Ten years ago, in 1998, Malaysians took to the streets and braved water cannons when they stood up for Anwar Ibrahim and reformasi. With what's happening in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysians might have to take to the streets again in 2008. Click here to read or buy Sabri Zain's first-person account of those early reformasi days in Face Off.

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While foreigners all come to look for America, Americans are chilling to rap and taking way too much alcohol and opioids and as lost as the folks in 'Lost' can be. Zombies, they're zombies. Only they don't know it yet. By Edward Curtin.

I’m just sitting here chilling out in the silent darkness of a late night spinning some discs and thinking your song is great but even great songs age as do we all and so I want to tell you that as a NYC born and bred boy like you guys who moved out to the country some years ago that in my little town many young people grew up not believing that God keeps his eye on us all because they grew up not believing in God, and even many of their parents, baby-boomer believers in hands-off parenting and meditation and yoga weekends didn’t keep an eye on them, not at all...

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Free Downloads: This Week's New MP3s
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Latest: Gwilym Simcock
Salford 2018
Latest: Doobie Brothers
Seattle 1975
Latest: Al Kooper
New York 1996
Latest: Jackson Browne
Revisiting The Albums Vol 4 of 12
Latest: Jackson Browne
Revisiting The Albums Vol 3 of 12
George Ezra / Shonen Knife
London 2018 / Manchester 2018
Alison Krauss & Union Station
New Jersey 1995
Various
EFG London Jazz Festival 2018
Various
Ballads of the Great War - Live, Salford 2018
Rita Coolidge
Croydon 1971
Jackson Browne
Revisiting The Albums Vol 2 of 12
Jackson Browne
Revisiting The Albums Vol 1 of 12
Dire Straits
Seattle 1992
Eurythmics
Berlin 1987
Various (featuring John McLaughlin and more)
International Jazzwoche Burghausen 1973-2007
Willie Nelson
Austin 2018
Donovan
UK Tour 1981
Steve Earle
Germany 2018
Dr Hook [Ray Sawyer R.I.P. 1937-2018]
Paris 2018
Cat Power
Paris 2018
Mumford & Sons
London 2018
Taylor Swift
Tokyo 2018
Frank Sinatra
Fukuoka 1994
Various
NPR New Year's Jazz Concert 1986 - Fort Worth/Los Angeles
Thelonious Monk Quartet
Paris 1966
Queen
London 1977 / Munich 1979
boygenius
KCRW, Santa Monica 2018
Bob Dylan
LA Spring Sessions, Rehearsals & Concerts 1978
Boston Symphony Orchestra
Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker; Boston, Christmas 2018
Joan Baez
San Francisco, Christmas 1978
Various
Jazz Loves Disney - Belgium 2018
Archie Shepp
Tribute To John Coltrane - Belgium 2018
Tom Petty
Salinas 1979
Crystal Gayle
Ontario, Christmas 2018
Yes
Tokyo - April 19, 2017 (Third Night)
Rory Gallagher
Denim & A Strat - Roslyn 1974
Fleetwood Mac
Nashville 1977
Little Feat
Maine 1988
Ed Sheeran
London 2018
Wynton Marsalis with Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra
New York 2017
Mariah Carey
Copenhagen, Christmas 2018
Gregory Porter
Marciac 2018
Country Joe McDonald
Seattle 1969 [plus James Gang - Ohio 1968]
Tom Waits
Main Point, Bryn Mawr 1975 / Philadelphia 1974
Canned Heat
Los Angeles 1967
Bob Dylan & The Band
1974 Anthology
Dirty Projectors
Japan 2018
Nels Cline and Thurston Moore
Santa Monica 1996
Simon And Garfunkel
Hollywood Bowl 1968
Buzzcocks [Pete Shelley R.I.P. 1955 - 2018]
Manchester 2012
Foundation Of Funk
Arrington 2018
Tom Waits
The Main Point, Bryn Mawr 1974
Genesis
Liverpool 1975
Nazareth
BBC Live And Sessions 1972-1974
Panic! At The Disco
Reading 2018
Wes Montgomery
Hamburg 1965
Frank Sinatra
Milan 1989
Paul Weller
London 2018
Richard Thompson
Nashville 2018
Bruce Springsteen
Roxy, West Hollywood 1975 [Late Show]
Bruce Springsteen
Roxy, West Hollywood 1975 [Early Show]
Thom Yorke
London 2018
Car Seat Headrest
Austin 2017
Belle And Sebastian
Germany 2018
Sunny Murray & Ed Blackwell
Willisau 1980
Marissa Nadler
Salford 2018
Creedence Clearwater Revival
Fillmore West 1971
John Prine
Austin 2018
Shame
Santa Monica 2018

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Long Live Rock! [BigO Audio Archive]

New ROIOs*
Lucinda Williams w Buddy Miller & Jason Isbell - Nashville 2016, audience
Todd Rundgren - Agoura Hills, CA 2016, audience
Gregory Porter - Dusseldorf 2013, FM
Freda Payne - Boston 2016, HD-FM
Alan Parsons with Todd Rundgren, John Entwhistle and Friends - Fukuoka 2001
Rickie Lee Jones & The Stockholm Art Orchestra - Stockholm Sweden, 2015, FM
Shawn Colvin - Palo Alto, CA 1994, SBD
Guy Clark and Michelle Shocked (opening act) - San Francisco, CA 1988, FM
The Church - Fairfield 2016
Os Mutantes - 1970 Rehearsals in Sao Paulo, soundboard
Harriet Tubman (the band) & Cassandra Wilson - Present Black Sun, Moers Festival, Germany 2016, FM
Alabama Shakes - Weekender Festival, Germany 2015, FM
The Beatles - John, Paul, George, Ringo & Me, Tony Barrow
Jeff Beck - Blue Wind Over Yokohama 1980, Audience MR PEACH RECORDING
Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires - Köln, Germany 2016, FM
Sam Beam and Jesca Hoop - Live In Session, Morning Becomes Eclectic KCRW FM 2016, FM
Syd Barrett - Tattooed
Neil Young + Promise of The Real - Rebel Content Tour 2015 Compilation, audience
Neil Young + Promise of the Real - Earth album: Naked
Neil Young + Promise of the Real - Texas 2016, Audience
Neil Young - Collector's Heartland
Lucinda Williams and Buick 6 - Ann Arbor, Michigan 2016, audience mp3
The Who - This Old Lifehouse: The Bootleg Reconstruction Project VERSION 2
Joe Walsh - Watsonville, CA 1987
The The - Amsterdam 2000, FM speed corrected
The The (Matt Johnson) - Parkpop Festival, The Netherlands 1990, FM
Paul Simon - Oklahoma 2016, audience
Prince - Work It Version 2, UPDATED
Prince - Rehearsal 1984, soundboard
Prince and the New Power Generation - Live at the BBC 1993, FM
Prince - City Lights Vol 4, Purple Rain Tour 1984-1985, Soundboard
Prince - City Lights Volume 6, The Sign O' The Times Tour 1987, soundboard, FM Remastered And Extended
The Rolling Stones - El Libertador, Chile 2016, IEM+audience
Santana - Allentown 2016, two-source mix audience
"Pickin' on Hippies" - Denver CO 2013, Soundboard, audience matrix
Van Morrison - Boston 2016, A Belfrank Audience Recording
Van Morrison featuring the Caledonia Soul Orchestra - Live at The Troubadour, Hollywood 1973, audience
King Crimson - Tokyo, Japan 2015, Audience
Jimi Hendrix - European (Radio) Broadcasts Collection 1966-1967, FM


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New DVD Archive Of Rare Films
Jack Bruce - "Swing In", Germany 1972, HDTV
James Booker and Memphis Piano Red - Molde, Norway 1978, webstream mp4 720p
Gary Burton Quartet - Oslo, Norway 1970, webstream mp4 720p
Harriet Tubman (the band) & Cassandra Wilson - Present Black Sun, Moers Festival, Germany 2016, webcast 720p
Ben Folds - The Fillmore, Detroit 2016, webcast 720p
Art Farmer - Oslo, Norway 1968, webstream flv 720p
Laila Dalseth & Totti Bergh - "Laila + Totti = Jazz" show, Oslo, Norway 1973, webstream flv 720p
Laila Dalseth and Roy Hellvins Orchestra -  Oslo, Norway 1971, webstream mp4 720p
VARIOUS - Jazz At The White House 2016, HDTV 720p
VARIOUS - Jazz At The White House 2016 Complete show, Youtube 720p
VARIOUS - Molde Jazz Festival Pt 1, Norway 1968, webstream mp4 720p
VARIOUS - Molde Jazz Festival Pt 2, Norway 1968, webstream mp4 720p
VARIOUS - Highlights from Norwegian TV Jazz Archives 1963-1970 Pt 1, webstream mp4 720p
VARIOUS - Highlights from Norwegian TV Jazz Archives 1970-1984 Pt 2, webstream mp4 720p
VARIOUS - Kalvoya Festival, Norway 1971-1990, webstream mp4 720p
VARIOUS - Kalvoya Festival, Norway 1985, webstream mp4 720p
VARIOUS - 30 Years of Molde Jazz Festival 1990, webstream mp4 720p
VARIOUS - BBC Shakespeare Live From The RSC 2016
Neil Young - An Evening With Neil Young Q&A, Los Angeles 2016 webcast 1080p
Wolfmother - Cologne, Germany 2016, webcast 720p
Steps Ahead Meets WDR Big Band - Leverkusen, Germany 2016, webstream 720p
Maxine Nightingale - Oslo, Norway 1977, webstream mp4 720p
The Nice - Oslo, Norway 1969, webstream flv 720p
My Morning Jacket  - Austin City Limits Live 2016, webcast 720p
Minafric Orchestra & Faraualla - Jazzahead, Bremen, Germany 2016, webstream 720p
Sarah McKenzie + Stéphane Belmondo - Jazz sous les pommiers, France 2016, webcast 720p
Herbie Mann Quartet - Kongsberg, Norway 1983, webstream flv 720p
Charles Lloyd + Jason Moran Duo - Jazz sous les pommiers, France 2016, webcast 720p
Natalia Lafourcade - Mexico City 2016, webcast 720p
Verdi's Rigoletto, Paris 2016 HDTV 1080p opera
Peter Frampton - Tiny Desk Concert, NPR, Washington, DC 2016, webcast 1080p
John Fogerty - Stagecoach Festival, Indio, California 2016, webcast 1080p


Audio

ROIO Of The Week
Jackson Browne - Revisting the Albums Vol 3 of 12 [no label, 1CD] Late for the Sky (1974). Various dates and venues. Very good audio - mix of radio, audience and soundboard. A look back via a "storytellers" type compilation.
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Features

Palestine: The History Of A People

It has been 52 years since Israel invaded and occupied the West Bank and Gaza at the end of the Six-Day War. Yet the Palestinian resistance continues. The latest strategy avoids confrontation and supports boycott of Israel instead. What is called the BDS movement (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions). The other important strategy is through education and information. A new book about the four-thousand-year history of Palestine was published in August 2018, written by Nur-eldeen Masalha. By Ron Jacobs.

The world recently concluded a religious season when millions of people celebrate the birth of Palestine’s most famous son. It is also the season when the fact of Palestine is further denied; denied both by some of those who worship him and by some of those who deny his divinity. While it is not the intention of this review to discuss matters of religious belief, the truth is that the history of Palestine and its people is wrapped up in religious beliefs.

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Walking On The Aussie Wild Side: The Counterculture Down Under With Michael Wilding

'People first'. 'Nobody has a monopoly on wisdom'. 'Everybody is equal. Will be treated equally'. 'You can say anything you want'. They're just platitudes in the new world order of the 1 percent versus the rest. There is no alternative. By Jonah Raskin.

You’re either in it or out of it. In this case “it” is the cannabis bubble. If it’s a bubble in California and elsewhere in the US, it can feel much the same around the world, including Australia, as Michael Wilding knows. Smoking a joint is smoking a joint whether one is in Sydney or Sacramento, Melbourne or Modesto.

An Englishman who settled in Australia in the early 1960s, Wilding has helped - through his writing - to move cannabis away from the periphery and toward the mainstream.

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Shakin' All Over [the noize]
Untethered: The Sounds Of Robert Fisher Transcending
Bill Glahn reviews Willard Grant Conspiracy's Untethered.
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Sound Grammar: The 25 Best Albums of 2018
Here’s CounterPunch Editor Jeffrey St Clair's list of the 25 best albums of 2018, four of them are welcome eruptions from the past that really do make America Sound Great Again...
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Big Mouthed Blue-Eyes: Frank Sinatra in Australia
When Frank Sinatra ventured Down Under in 1974, he stepped onto a hornet's nest buzzing with tabloid journalists stalking him for any kind of story. An inebriated Bob Hawke, then a trade union leader, even warned Sinatra, 'You won’t be allowed to leave Australia unless you can walk on water.' By Binoy Kampmark.
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I Can't Explain [world affairs]
The World Known To Me Is Fading Away
It's a Rip Van Winkle moment. When you wake up and the world around you is strange and different to the world before you went to sleep. Moving forward in time is not a promise of progress. By Paul Craig Roberts.
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A Safe Alternative To Female Circumcision
The female coming of age should remain a rite of passage. The alternative rite initially practiced in Kenya is known as “ntanira na mugambo” or “circumcision through words.” By Cesar Chelala.
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Trump’s Big Pullout
The year 1950 marked the moment America decided to play the role of International Policeman when US forces countered an attempt by Communist North Korea to reunite the two Koreas through an armed invasion of the south. Tens of millions have died to date through other proxy wars from Vietnam, Afghanistan, Iraq to Syria in the present. Whatever the motivation for Trump's decision, there's now an opportunity to give peace a chance. By Chandra Muzaffar.
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Get Ready For These Political Mind Games In 2019
We close the year with some warnings for 2019 that selfish leaders make bad policies that benefit the few not the many. By Roy Eidelson.
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Nick Cave’s Open Letter To Brian Eno
Last November Nick Cave went ahead with his controversial performances in Tel-Aviv, Israel despite calls from the likes of Brian Eno, Roger Waters and many others to cancel the shows. Now Cave has written to explain his position.
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Degrowth: Toward A Green Revolution
With robots and Artificial Intelligence (AI) waiting in the wings, wither the future of the consumer society? When the people AI robots replace are gone, who will give Capitalism its business? By Rob Urie.
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I Can See For Miles [cinelife]
Kuldesak And The Birth Of The Indonesian New Wave
A generation in motion. That's what Kuldesak was when a group of four friends - Riri Riza, Nan Achnas, Mira Lesmana and Rizal Mantovani - made that zeitgeist anthology film 20 years ago. This was the film that signalled the birth of the Indonesian New Wave in 1998. That achievement cannot be overstated but it can easily be glossed over. So much of history has been swept away in Indonesia, so many bodies buried in mass graves. But this generation that refused and resisted were not the baby boomers of the '60s as what the counter culture movement was in the West. By Philip Cheah.
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Women In The Cinema Of North Africa
Kamlah Abu-Zikri's “Youm el-Setat” (A Day For Women, 2016) is a film to swim along with while Selma Baccar's “El Jaida” (The Jailer, 2017) takes a different look at oppression and women’s determination to be free of patriarchal domination. By Barbara Nimri Aziz.
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Doi Moi And Beyond: The Waves Of Vietnam
Kfc, the first ultra-shock gore-fest film by Le Binh Giang, would seem an aberration in a country where Nationalist cinema dominated from 1953 till 1986, the year when the Doi Moi (Renewal) Period ushered in new freedoms. For example, when the state opened cinema exhibition to the private sector in 1995, the first cineplexes were built and, along with it, came commercial films. For the first time, Vietnam fans saw horror movies. By Philip Cheah.
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Movie Reviews
Praying The Gay Away
Imagine that? A couple of sentences in the book of Leviticus in the Old Testament is the motivation for Christians to condemn lesbians, gays, bi and trans (LGBT). By Louis Proyect.
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The Advocates
A film review of French director Rémi Kessler’s documentary The Advocates or how did Los Angeles grow a homeless problem. By Ed Rampell.
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Moore’s Fahrenheit 11/9: Entertaining Film, Crappy Politics
Michael Moore’s “Fahrenheit 11/9” 'is a blunderbuss attack on Trump' and American politics but fails to offer insight to an alternative
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The Secrets Of Katyn
"The enemy of my enemy is my friend." Never has this ancient proverb sounded so true as in the Katyn Massacre of 1940. By Louis Proyect.
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Capitalism: A Horror Movie
Capitalism is all about making money, nevermind the how and why. It is a clever system that will make you rich if done wisely. Too bad it is so lacking in compassion for its fellow man who are exploited for the huge profit to be made. By Louis Proyect.
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