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Still Not Free After All These Years
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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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The representation of the Marwari in Bengali literature or cinema has mostly been as corrupt businessmen. It is therefore interesting that some of Satyajit Ray's best films, including Mahanagar (1963), Charulata (1964), Kapurush o Mahapurush (1965) and Nayak (1966), were produced by RD Bansal, a Marwari film producer who predominantly produced Bengali films. It has to do with history and how the Marwari businessmen were perceived by the Bengalis in social life. Film critic Amitava Nag explains.

Within the first 10 minutes of Satyajit Ray’s Nayak (1966) we find matinee idol Arindam making fun of a film producer who has come with a hope of signing a contract for his forthcoming film with the superstar. The producer sports an affected Bengali accent typical of the Marwari * businessmen in Calcutta. Typecast as he is, the hero’s jibe at him - “I don’t think you read any newspaper apart from the share-market” is gleefully accepted by the businessman.

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Free Downloads: This Week's New MP3s
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Latest: The New Barbarians
Tour Rehearsals 1979
Latest: Gabriele Mitelli
San Vito 2017
Restart: The Zombies [Jim Rodford R.I.P. 1941-2018]
Washington 2015
Restart: The Kinks [Jim Rodford R.I.P. 1941-2018]
Detroit 1979
Latest: Eric Carmen
West Hollywood 1975
Mingus Dynasty
Koln 1988
Bobby Troup with Julie London
New York 1956
America
Paris 1975
AC/DC
Complete Soundboard Collection: London 1976 [CD1 of 14]
The Cranberries [Dolores O'Riordan R.I.P. 1971-2018]
Peel Sessions, Milton Keynes, KROQ 1992-95
The Cranberries [Dolores O'Riordan R.I.P. 1971-2018]
Chile 2010
Jonathan Edwards
Alexandria, VA 2015
Lorde
Denmark / BBC 2017
Samantha Fish
Ardmore, PA 2017
Renee Rosnes and more
Montreux 2017
John Mayall
Gothenburg 1972
Morcheeba / Skye Ross Trio
Montreux 2017
Motorhead ['Fast' Eddie Clarke R.I.P. 1950-2018]
Glasgow 1982
The Seekers
Sydney 2013
Stephen Stills
New York 1976
Babymetal [Guitarist Mikio Fujioka R.I.P. 1981-2018]
Osaka 2016
Jimi Hendrix
The Ross Tapes #3
Moody Blues [Ray Thomas R.I.P. 1941-2018]
Inglewood 1972/1974
Elvis Costello
New Orleans 1977
The Avett Brothers
Farm Aid 2017
Jerry Jeff Walker
New York 1969
We Love Muhammad
Sudan 2017
Joan Osborne
New Jersey 2017
Gerard Depardieu
Paris 2017
Petula Clark
Modesto, CA 2017
Bob Seger
Transmission Impossible (CD3 and 4 of 4)
Bob Seger
Transmission Impossible (CD1 and 2 of 4)
T Rex
Oslo 1972
Jimi Hendrix
The Ross Tapes #2
Prophets Of Rage
New Orleans 2017
Jimi Hendrix
The Ross Tapes #6, 7
Anthony Braxton
Peitz, Germany 2017
Satoko Fujii
Sydney 2017
Taj Mahal
Fillmore East 1971
Bonnie Raitt
Philadelphia 1972
Chris Stapleton
Austin 2017
Dee Dee Bridgewater
Boston 2017
Various
A Festival Of Nine Lessons And Carols - Cambridge, Dec 24, 2017
John Lennon
Walls And Bridges Sessions
Misfits
Blackristmas - Passaic 1981
Various
A Christmas Celtic Sojourn - Boston 2016
Rick Wakeman
London 2017
Sinead O'Connor (Magda Davitt)
Belfast 2008
John McLaughlin and Jimmy Herring
Albany 2017
Johnny Mathis
Rosemont 2017
Brad Paisley & John Fogerty
Los Angeles 2017
Gypsy Kings & Chico
London 2017
Tom Petty
Chapel Hill 1989
Dhani Harrison
Philadelphia 2017
The Heartbreakers
L.A.M.F. 40th Anniversary Show - New York 2017
Morrissey
New York 2017
U2
At The BBC 2017 (Broadcast Dec 19, 2017)
Manfred Mann's Earth Band
Basel 2017
Alicia Keys
Rio De Janeiro 2017
The Dream Syndicate
Bonn 2017
Wilco
St Paul 2017
Albert Mangelsdorff
Germany 1992
Sufjan Stevens
Philadelphia 2012 (Christmas Show)
David Bowie
Young American Sessions
Various
WFUV Holiday Cheer, New York 2016
Tom Petty
The Netherlands 1982
Chuck Berry
Montreux 1972
Stevie Wonder's House Full Of Toys
Los Angeles, December 10, 2017
Grizzly Bear
Santa Monica 2017
John Lennon
Some Time In New York City Sessions

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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
Jimi Hendrix - The Ross Tapes #3 [no label, 2CD] Unknown venue and dates. Very good soundboard. Ross was known for low gen newly circulated genuine Jimi studio jams and concerts.
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Features

Hong Kong Politics: A Never-Ending Farce

Hong Kongers have tasted the liberal ideals of John Stuart Mill that freedom of the individual should not give way to unlimited state control. But Hong Kong belongs to China where state control is paramount. Never the twain shall meet. By Thomas Hon Wing Polin.

Hong Kong used to be the can-do capital of the world. Few economic achievements seemed beyond the reach of its plucky people and savvy entrepreneurs. Its public infrastructure was a marvel. The place exuded unbounded vitality and irrepressible self-confidence. Everything worked. Facilitating their feats were the British, who ran a superficially benign and reasonably efficient colonial dictatorship.

Came time in 1997 to return the prime booty of the Opium Wars to China, the Brits left behind a quasi-democracy designed to be dysfunctional.

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10 Most Popular Torrent Sites of 2018

What are the most popular torrent sites this year? As we continue a long-standing tradition, we see that The Pirate Bay remains firmly in the lead. Since a few torrent sites have left the scene recently, this year's top list also reveals some new names. By Ernesto of TorrentFreak.

Torrent sites have come and gone over past year. Now, at the start of 2018, we take a look to see what the most-used sites are in the current landscape. The Pirate Bay remains the undisputed number one. The site has weathered a few storms over the years, but it looks like it will be able to celebrate its 15th anniversary, which is coming up in a few months.

The list also includes various newcomers including Idope and Zooqle. While many people are happy to see new torrent sites emerge, this often means that others have called it quits.

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Shakin' All Over [the noize]
Music And Mayhem: Guthrie & Dylan Confront A System That Kills Its Own
The punters of the new pop scene hardly notice what's happening around them. All they see is the glitter in their eyes. But there was a time before when young men noticed inequality and poverty. They wrote songs about it as if to say "See what your greed for money has done". Nowadays everybody wants to be rich and famous. To forget the past is to risk your future. By Lee Ballinger.
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Listening To Fukushima
Fukushima, Satoko Fujii's new album, reviewed by David Yearsley.
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Out Walked Monk
Christmas time is here again. A tale of the true meaning of Christmas. "Stop hitting his hands! He's a pianist." But the troopers kept pounding Monk. Nica's pleas only seemed to fuel their rage. They savagely beat his hands, his arms, his head. They ripped off his red silk tie and threw Monk on the ground. By Jeffrey St Clair.
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I Can't Explain [world affairs]
2017: A Banner Year for Corporate Mergers, Which Further Deepens Inequality
With Trump's new tax reform laws, all that hidden corporate wealth will or has already moved back to the USA where it will be used by the pigs to see who gets to sit at the top of the pile. Survival of the fattest, indeed. Make sure you don't get flattened when the pigs fight. Gregory Wilpert talks to Michael Hudson.
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'Xi the Dictator': A Myth Born Of Ignorance And Prejudice
China is not a dictatorship. It is a genuine collective leadership that encourages meritocracy, argues Thomas Hon Wing Polin.
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Sun Tzu: The Ass of War
We should be studying The Art Of Peace instead. By David Swanson.
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War Is Peace
Yet another agonizingly, mystifying move by the Donald, this time in Jerusalem. The President seems determined to reduce American hegemony to make "America great again". Inside its own four walls, that is. By Gilad Atzmon.
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From The Caucasus To The Balkans, China’s Silk Roads Are Rising
The rise of China as an economic powerhouse has politicians and puppet masters nervous about their future role in managing the world. By Pepe Escobar.
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I Can See For Miles [cinelife]
The Tomato Pie Awards: Top Ten Movies of 2017
Read this year-end list to get a glimpse of the new generation gap. The dying light of idealism against the gleam of powerful pragmatism. By Randy Shields.
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The City In Cinema: From 'Calcutta' To 'Kolkata'
Cities take on unique perspectives in cinematic vision. Many legendary Indian directors from Satyajit Ray, Ritwik Ghatak to Mrinal Sen, have all tackled the city of Calcutta. Calcutta (now Kolkata) was the capital of the British Raj till 1911. The importance of the city started declining since the capital shifted to Delhi. The great Bengal Famine of 1942 and the Partition of India (rather of Bengal and Punjab) in 1947 pegged the city further back. The prosperous film industry, thanks to the New Theatres studio, also started dwindling in the late '40s with a fleet of technicians and directors flocking to the shores of the Arabian Sea in Bombay (now Mumbai). By Amitava Nag..
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Zombie Gross Out
When all else fails, there's always Noboru Iguchi's Zombie Ass: Toilet Of The Dead (2011). Just don't watch it with a heavy stomach. Stephen Tan reviews.
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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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Movie Reviews
The Shape Of Water
Dir: Guillermo Del Toro
There are no limits to love... or hate. Film review by Kim Nicolini.
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The Woman Who Left
Dir: Lav Diaz
In September 2016, Lav Diaz's The Woman Who Left (Ang Babaeng Humayo) won the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival. It was the third time Diaz had entered a film at the festival and it was the only entry produced entirely by an Asian production film company. Though based on Tolstoy, with a transgendered lost soul on the sideline, call it Dostoevsky for the new millennium, bizarre behavior that touches the waywardly performatively perverse in us. By Critic After Dark Noel Vera.
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Heneral Luna
Dir: Jerrold Tarog
While the battle sequences in Jerrold Tarog's Heneral Luna (2015) are panoramic spectacles, it is the infighting between the various characters that delivers sobering lessons for the viewer: that ability and talent are often rewarded with envy, suspicion and hate; and that the Filipino's greatest enemy and most debilitating weakness is his own people. Critic After Dark Noel Vera reviews.
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Son Of Sauli (Saul fia)
Dir: Lazlo Nemes
The Holocaust, from the view of a Jew assigned to pull bodies out of gas chambers and load them into the ovens for cremation. The land of nightmare in Lazlo Nemes' Son Of Saul (2015), reviewed by Critic After Dark Noel Vera.
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