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(April 11, 2016)
Henry Rollins: I'm A Collector, Not A Hoarder

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Do The Independence

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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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The Calcutta Film Society was registered in October 1947, with Satyajit Ray, Chidananda Dasgupta, Manojendu Majumdar and Purnendu Narayan as the founding members. The society became an important and integral part of the film culture that thrived in Calcutta and remained relevant for decades even though most of its founding members are no more. By Subha Das Mollick.

There is no reason why not.

In 1946, serious studies on cinema were on firm footing as individual and group efforts, more than institutionalized efforts. The British Film Institute had been founded in 1933 with the mission to promote access to and appreciation for the widest range of world cinema; around the same year, Rudolph Arnheim, a believer in the Gestalt Theory, had published his book Film as Art and cinema was unquestionably accepted as an art form, to be taken seriously, analysed and written about.

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Free Downloads: This Week's New MP3s
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Latest: Eric Clapton
Just Another 1st Night - Budokan, Tokyo April 13, 2016
Latest: Bob Dylan
Sleepy Angel - Osaka; April 11, 2016 (Excellent audience recording)
Latest: John Cale And Special Guests
The Velvet Underground & Nico - Paris 2016
Latest: Paul McCartney
One On One First Show - Fresno, April 13, 2016
Latest: Gregory Porter
Dusseldorf 2013
Booker T and the MG's
New York 1994
Tony Barrow R.I.P. 1936-2016
John, Paul, George, Ringo... & Me! (from radio talk shows)
Guy Clark R.I.P. 1941-2016
Keepers Outtakes 1996
Jeff Beck
Blue Wind Over Yokohama 1980 (Mr Peach Recording)
Bob Dylan
The Children's Crusade - Melbourne 1966 (50 years of 'Judas' gig)
Charles Bradley
Koln 2016
Rickie Lee Jones
Stockholm 2015
Guy Clark R.I.P. 1941-2016
San Francisco 1988 (with Michelle Shocked)
Dave Edmunds
New York 1990
The Church (with Steve Kilbey)
Fairfield 2016
Fire! Orchestra
Austria 2015
Freda Payne
Boston 2016
Alan Parsons, Todd Rundgren And Friends [Updated May 16: Fixed Tracks For Disc 2]
Beatles Tribute - Fukuoka 2001
Paul Simon
Thackerville, OK 2016
Lucinda Williams
Ann Arbor 2016
Todd Rundgren
Agoura Hills, CA 2016
Grant McLennan
Brussels 1993
The Last Goodbye 1968 (CD 1, 2 and 4 of 4)
The The (Matt Johnson)
The Hague 1990 / Amsterdam 2000
Cream [Updated May 16: Replaced Faulty Tracks]
San Diego 1968 [soundboard and complete]
CD3 of The Last Goodbye 4CD set
Rolling Stones
Chile 2016
Allentown 2016
Shonen Knife
Salford/Birmingham 2016
Disorder At The Border
Play Ornette - Italy 2015
Black Honey
London 2016
Pickin' On Hippies
Denver 2013 (Bluegrass tribute to Grateful Dead, Phish and more)
Prince R.I.P. 1958-2016
Minnesota 1987 / Paris 1987
Jethro Tull
Hamburg 1982
Jon Anderson & Jean-Luc Ponty
Tucson 2016
John Fogerty
Indio, CA 2016
David Gilmour
Royal Albert Hall - April 24, 2016 (Includes Tribute to Prince)

Latest: U2
Salomé - The Achtung Baby Sessions
Thin White Rope
Europe 1992
Alice Cooper
New Orleans 1973
The Gun Club
San Francisco 1981
Bob Dylan
Dublin 1966 (50 years of 'Judas' gig)
Bob Dylan
Sydney 1966 (50 years of 'Judas' gig)
Buddy Guy & Stevie Ray Vaughan
New York 1986
Neil Young
Paris 1989
John Coltrane
Newport 1961
Nikki Sudden
Berlin 2006

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Long Live Rock! [BigO Audio Archive]

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Pink Floyd - Chicago 1973 Audience
Dwight Yoakam - Century City 2015 Hi-res Audience 24 48
John Martyn - Ludwigshafen am Rhein, Germany 1983 FM
Mark Knopfler - Live In Bristol 1996 FM
Journey - Escape From Yokohama 1982 Audience Mr Peach Recording
Leon Russell and Edgar Winter - Burlington 1987
Rachel Sermanni - BBC Session
Linda Ronstadt (w Jimmy Webb's opening set) - Live at Beacon Theatre, New York City 2004, Audience
VARIOUS - Bill Graham Memorial, San Francisco 1991 in-house FM
David Gilmour - Live in London, 2015 Audience
Flatt & Scruggs - Martha White Biscuit Time Part 1 & 2 1953 FM
Lester Flatt + Nashville Grass - Renfro Valley Bluegrass Festival, Kentucky 1972 Soundboard
Lana Del Rey - BBC Radio 1 Session 2015, DVB-S
Eric Carmen Band - Bottom Line, New York, 1976 FM
Paul Butterfield Blues Band - Indianapolis 1983
Fred Firth & Lotte Anker - Festival Météo 2015 FM
Lester Bowie's Brass Fantasy - Frankfurt 1999 UPGRADE, LONGER
Billy Cobham Band - San Francisco 1974 FM
Neil Young & Crazy Horse - Wet Show, Nagoya, Japan 1976 Mr Peach audience
Neil Young & Crazy Horse - Nagoya, Japan 1976 Mr Peach audience TomP REMASTER
Neil Young & Crazy Horse - So Beautiful, Osaka, Japan, 1976 Mr Peach audience
Sebastien Tellier - Live Me Do, France Inter 2014 FM
St Paul And The Broken Bones - Berlin 2015 FM
The Pop Group - BBC 6 Session 2015, Satellite Broadcast MP2
Herbie Hancock & The Headhunters - WBCN Jazz Workshop 1973 Complete Broadcast UPGRADE 2015
Alabama Shakes - North Sea Jazz Festival, The Netherlands, 2015 Digital FM
Bullet For My Valentine - Radio One Rocks BBC Radio 1 Concert, 2015 DVB-S mp2
Cowboy Junkies - Houston 1989 mono SBD
David Gilmour - Royal Albert Hall, London, 2015 Audience
Steve Goodman - Bremen 1976 pre-FM
Nanci Griffith - London 1988 FM
John Lennon - The Absolute Madman
John Renbourn's Ship Of Fools
Santana - Rotterdam 1972
Bruce Springsteen - Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles 1988: The Lost and Found Mike the MICrophone Tapes Vol. Nine
Brand X - Unorthodox Behaviour Tour 1976, BBC FM
Big Bill Broonzy w Studs Terkel - Chicago, 1953 HD over FM rebroadcast 2015
Ghost - Leeds Festival 2015 audience

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New DVD Archive Of Rare Films
Florence + the Machine - Voodoo Music + Arts Experience, New Orleans 2015 webcast 720p
Godspeed You! Black Emperor - Pitchfork Music Festival Paris, France 2015 webcast 808p
Gala des Etoiles - Live at Teatro alla Scala di Milamo 2015 HDTV 1080p
Don Henley - Austin City Limits Live, Texas, HDTV 1080i UPGRADE
Later... with Jools Holland - Whole Friday Show
Modest Mouse - Voodoo Music + Arts Experience, New Orleans 2015 webcast 720p
Obituary - Hellfest, Clisson, France 2015, HDTV 1080p
Rodrigo Y Gabriela - Garorock Festival, France 2014 HDTV 1080p
Sturgill Simpson - Austin City Limits Live, Texas, HDTV 1080i UPGRADE
Kurt Vile - Pitchfork Music Festival Paris, France 2015 webcast 720p
ABBA - French TV-Appearances Vol1 (1975-1980) & French TV-Appearances Vol 2 (1974-1978)
AACM Vocal Ensemble - Live at Deutsches Jazzfestival Frankfurt, 2015 webcast 720p
BBC - Girls in Bands at the BBC 2015
BBC - Girls in Bands at the BBC 2015 DVD version
BBC - Girl in a Band: Tales from the Rock 'n' Roll Front Line 2015
BBC - Girl in a Band: Tales from the Rock 'n' Roll Front Line 2015 DVD version
Chvrches - Live At The Fillmore, in Charlotte 2015 Yahoo Live Nation webcast 648p
Deerhunter - Pitchfork Music Festival Paris, France 2015 webcast 720p
Destroyer - Pitchfork Music Festival Paris, France 2015 webcast 1080p
Danny Elfman - Music from the Films of Tim Burton, Lincoln Center, New York 2015 HDTV 1080i
EL VY - Morning Becomes Eclectic, Santa Monica, 2015 webcast 720p
Kurt Vile & the Violators - Austin City Limits Music Festival, 2015 Complete Webcast 720p
Shakey Graves - Austin City Limits Music Festival, 2015 Complete Webcast 720p
Strand of Oaks - Austin City Limits Music Festival, 2015 Complete Webcast 720p
The Strokes - Austin City Limits Music Festival, 2015 Complete Webcast 720p
TV on the Radio - Austin City Limits Music Festival, 2015 Complete Webcast 720p
Walk the Moon - Austin City Limits Music Festival, 2015 Complete Webcast 720p
Gillian Welch - Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival, San Francisco, 2015 webcast 720p
Paul Weller - Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival, San Francisco 2015 Complete Webcast 720p
Verdi - Il Trovatore live at the Metropolitan Opera, New York, 2015 HDTV 1080i at 18.4Mbps
Verdi - Il Trovatore live at the Metropolitan Opera, New York, 2015 HDTV 1080p at 8Mbps
Van Morrison - "Up On Cyprus Avenue", Belfast 2015 Late Show HDTV satellite 1080i plus extras


ROIO Of The Week
Eric Clapton - Just Another 1st Night (One Down Four More To Go) [T&J-TWOSP-129/130, 2CD] Live at the Nippon Budokan, Tokyo Japan; April 13, 2016. Very good audience recording. Opening night of five-night run.
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'Was Ist Sex' - These Are The Disturbing Cartoons Germany Uses To Teach Sex To Refugees

Over the past year, Germany has gone to great lengths in its attempt to culturally integrate the hundreds of thousands of middle-eastern refugees that entered the nation as a result of Angela Markel's now-defunct overly welcoming immigrant policies.

Just in January, Germany created a leaflet that it handed out to "sexually frustrated" immigrants at local swimming pools to teach them proper poolside etiquette. As reported then, "in Bavaria, swimming pools issued leaflets with simple pictorial instructions on behaviour for migrants who may never have swum in public before. Officials dreamed up the leaflets in 2013 after witnessing an increasing number of 'problems' at the city's 18 public swimming pools. 'The ground rule of respect for women - whatever clothing they're wearing - is unfortunately not respected by all our swimmers. That's why there is an explicit indication about it,' a Munich city spokesman said."

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Public Servants: Who Is Serving Whom?

$ingapore's public servants are the highest paid in the world (see here and here). From the president to the prime minister and his merry men and women in cabinet to his top civil "servants", millions of dollars are thrown at them every year. And for what? Matthew Bankert considers the US experience.

When was the last time you used a government “service”? Maybe you went to the DMV to get a new driver’s license, or maybe you signed up for new healthcare plan using (you’d better - or else!). Whatever transaction it was, there was a government employee on the other end - or as some like to call them, a public servant.

Though the public’s perception of the Federal government is near rock bottom, there is still a generally positive view of government workers. A recent post from the official White House blog asks citizens to consider “making a difference as a public servant,” knowing that your work would help “make someone’s life just a little bit better.” (Presumably, those who are not public servants do not perform work that “makes a difference” or makes anyone’s life better.) 

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Shakin' All Over [the noize]
Prince’s Death Prompts ‘Awkward’ Internet Surge
With Prince's unexpected passing on April 21, 2016, the world has lost a legend. Prince's death has dominated the news and many people have honored the icon by listening to his music. Ironically, his death also triggered tens of thousands of internet downloads, one of the things Prince passionately fought against. By Ernesto of TorrentFreak.
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Call Me Zimmerman: Bob Dylan’s Great White Wonder
As Bob Dylan prepares to release his 37th studio album, Fallen Angels, in May 2016, Ron Jacobs recalls the time when the release of Dylan's The Great White Wonder bootleg in 1969 was such a much-heralded affair.
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Springsteen Cancels Gig To Protest 'Bathroom Bill'
The Boss makes a stand for individual rights of the LGBT community.
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I Can See For Miles [cinelife]
Hong Kong Protests
Bleak but hopeful... that seems to be the message behind Ten Years (2015), an anthology of five segments whose Best Film award at the 2016 Hong Kong Film Awards not only brought it fame but controversy as well. Stephen Tan reviews.
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Kenji Mizoguchi's Sansho The Bailiff
In the light of today’s renewed interest in Buddhism, Kenji Mizoguchi’s Sansho The Bailiff (1954), one of the last six films made before his death, can be viewed through a fresh spiritual, aesthetic prism. After all, the tale of a pair of siblings sold into slavery, a mother taken away to a life as a prostitute, and a father, disgraced as a rebellious governor who cared too much for his people, and dies in exile; is essentially a Buddhist parable of idealism and compassion. By Philip Cheah.
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Samira Makhmalbaf's Blackboards
If war is crazy, then the most passionate efforts to resist war must be equally crazy. This is perhaps the premise of Samira Makhmalbaf’s Blackboards (2000), a metaphorical fable of a people (Iranian Kurds) locked inside a warzone (symbolised by the rugged mountains) they live in, and seemingly unable to break free of the trap. By Philip Cheah.
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Kim Ki Duk's Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter... And Spring
Can cruelty be gentle? The answer is yes, and why not? Cruelty can also be innocent. In the first chapter of Kim Ki Duk’s Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter... And Spring (2003), a child monk plays by tying stones to a fish, frog and snake. Two of the three creatures die thus earning a lesson of Buddhist karma from the old monk: “If one of them has died, you will always carry that stone in your heart.” By Philip Cheah.
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Kaneto Shindo's The Naked Island
Let’s get one central fact cleared up before we delve into Kaneto Shindo's The Naked Island (1960). Towards the end of his life, Kaneto Shindo revealed in The Centenarian’s Way (edited by Hiroko Nagase, 2012), a book published in the year of his death, that the film’s premise, of water being transported to the island, was false. By Philip Cheah.
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I Can't Explain [world affairs]
David Bowie’s 100 Favorite Books: The CounterPunch Connection
CounterPunch editor Jeffrey St Clair on the man who... erm... loved books.
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The Greatest Speech Ever (Is More Relevant Now Than Ever)
In 1940, Charlie Chaplin made The Great Dictator to warn the world of fascism, in whatever form it may take. Now, as democracy gets eroded or taken away - in the name of safeguarding your homeland, Chaplin's Great Dictator speech is more relevant than ever before.
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Every Day I Read The Book (The Best Music Books Of The Last Year)
Ed Pavli?’s Who Can Afford To Improvise?: James Baldwin And Black Music, The Lyric And The Listeners (Fordham University Press) is a book that only he could write, but that the rest of us ignore at our peril. By Dave Marsh.
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The Haunting Shadow Of Satyajit Ray On Modern Bengali Film
The results of the 63rd National Indian film awards in March lead Amitava Nag to take another look at the beleagued Bengali cinema.
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Washington Launches Its Attack Against BRICS
US debt has been rising rapidly since the Bill Clinton years. Total US debt now stands in excess of US$18 trillion. This has emboldened some nations to band together to offer an alternative to the US dollar. They call themselves the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa). For the past year, Brazil, Russia and China have been in political and economic turmoil. Initiated in 2001, the BRICS dream of an alternative to the US$ is already wobbly. And it looks like Brazil is set to fail. Paul Craig Roberts explains.
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Movie Reviews
Dir: Jafar Pahani
Jafar Pahani might have been banned from making movies for 20 years but that has not stopped the Iranian filmmaker. Using footage from his dashboard-mounted 'security camera' and from handphone cameras, Taxi, to quote what one "passenger" said, is Iranian life that is "real but not real real". By Critic After Dark Noel Vera.
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Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice
Dir: Zack Snyder
In-between the fisticuffs and the grey-on-grey colour scheme, viewers might even feel alternately bored and contemptuous, sometimes both at the same time. Is that even plausible in Zack Snyder's Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice (2016), asks Critic After Dark Noel Vera.
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Dir: Tom McCarthy
Uncovering sexual abuse among the Catholic Church's Boston clergy in Tom McCarthy's Spotlight (2015) could well have been "the most terrifying film of the year", according to Critic After Dark Noel Vera.
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The Revenant
Dir: Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu
If one believes that a little suffering helps raise one's state of consciousness to a relatively higher level, then Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's The Revenant (2015) might have you leaving the theater feeling thoroughly purified, says Critic After Dark Noel Vera.
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Dir: Tim Miller
Given the state of the world, there is always a need for a hero - be it Deadpool or The Assassin. Happy cinema going, says Critic After Dark Noel Vera.
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