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Pope Francis delivered a powerful sermon on November 19, 2015 when he told churchgoers that, although the holiday season is nearly upon them, now is not a time for celebration given the tragedies of the past few weeks. Time magazine also reported the pontiff as saying, “It’s all a charade. The world has not understood the way of peace.”

“The whole world is at war,” and the rejection of the “path of peace” means that God Himself, that Jesus Himself, weeps. This was the message of Pope Francis to the faithful following the readings of the day at Mass on November 19, 2015 at the Casa Santa Marta.

“Jesus wept.” These were the words with which the Holy Father’s remarks following the readings of the day began on Thursday in the chapel of the Santa Marta residence in the Vatican, echoing the words of St Luke the Evangelist, from whose Gospel the Gospel reading was taken.

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Free Downloads: This Week's New MP3s
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Latest: Jethro Tull
Down To Earth - Manchester 1977
Latest: Keith Richards
Best Of Sure The One You Need
Latest: Buddy Miller
San Francisco 2005
Latest: Ten Years After
Orlando 1973
Latest: Various
Allen Toussaint Tribute - New Orleans, Nov 20, 2015
Ann Arbor 1980
At The BBC 2015
Stan Kenton
Koeln/Warsaw 1976
Ash Ra Tempel
Holland 2015
The Rolling Stones
40 Years Of Ronnie Wood
Tom Tom Club
Mariaville, NY 2002
Mark Knopfler
Vaison, France 1996
Stockholm 2015
John Denver
Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Morrison 1973
BB King and Jeff Beck
Jones Beach 2003
The Byrds
Cowtown Ballroom, Kansas City 1973
Tim Buckley
Starwood, Los Angeles 1975
Lou Reed, John Cale and Nico
Le Bataclan, Paris 1972
Bill Bruford
The Bataclan, Paris 1979
Wolf Alice
Paris, November 13, 2015
Various (with John Cipollina, Santana and more)
All Star Jams At The Matrix 1970
Jeff Lynne's ELO
London - November 12, 2015
Patti Smith (with Michael Stipe)
Beacon Theater, NY - November 10, 2015
Allen Toussaint [R.I.P. 1938-2015]
Bottom Line 1987
Bob Marley & The Wailers
Santana Secret Tape 1975-1980
Tokyo 1987

Latest: Randy Newman
San Francisco 1972
Gillian Welch and David Rawlings
Oakland 2011
Slow Music
Los Angeles 2006
Leonard Cohen
Vancouver 2010
Black Sabbath
Tokyo 1980
Whisky A Go Go 1967
Buffalo Springfield
Oakland 2011
Jack Bruce
Birmingham 2008
Fleetwood Mac
Germany 1988
Gil Scott-Heron
New York 1976

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Long Live Rock! [BigO Audio Archive]

New ROIOs*
Dr John - 'Spirit of Satch': Dr John interprets Louis Armstrong, Belgium 2015 FM
Melody Gardot - Marciac, France 2015 FM
Stan Getz - Sir Morgan's Cove, Worcester, MA Soundboard
Wang Yuja w Chicago Symphony Orchestra - Debussy, Dutilleux, Ravel and Prokofiev 2012 FM
Wang Yuja - Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival 2011 Mendelssohn and Beethoven FM
Bryan Terfel w BBC Orchestra - BBC Prom 2015, Prom 11 Fiddler on the Roof 2015 HD FM
Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band featuring the Miami Horns - Nothing to Lose: The 1977 Tour Revisited, Vol. Seven, Detroit 16 44 version MONO
Willie Nelson - Oakland Coliseum, California 1979 Soundboard
Nell Robinson & Jim Nunally w Ramblin' Jack Elliot - Songs and Stories of War, Chicago 2015 FM
Sam & Dave - Trax in New York, 1979
Soundgarden - Hollywood 1991
Wishbone Ash - Hammersmith Odeon, London 1988 FM
Taylor Swift - 1989 World Tour, Tokyo, Japan 2015
Pete Stanley & Wizz Jones - "The Balmore Tapes" Glasgow, Scotland 1966, Soundboard
Caetano Veloso and Gilberto Gil - Marciac, France 2015 Satellite radio
Alice In Chains - Live At The Palladium 1991 vinyl rip
Alice In Chains - Live At The Palladium 1991 LOSSLESS VERSION
Billy Joel - Wembley, England 1990 FM
David Lindley & El Rayo-X w Jackson Browne - Bottom Line, New York 1981 FM
Eric Clapton - Slow Down Hand 1974 soundboard
Melanie - 1969 & 1975 BBC Studios, London, England
The Cramps - Dracula's house demos 1978 Soundboard
Memphis Slim - Live In Paris, 1963
Tony Hall and Friends - Bayou Boogaloo, New Orleans 2015 FM
Jason Moran, Mary Halvorson, Ron Miles - Jazz Middelheim, Belgium 2015 FM
Joe Lovano & Chris Potter w Sax Supreme - Jazz Middelheim, Belgium 2015 FM
Archie Shepp Attica Blues Big Band (feat. Cécile McLorin Salvant) - Jazz Middelheim 2015 FM
Darius Brubeck Quartet - Edinburgh 2015 HD radio
Bill Evans Trio - Lund 1975, Helsinki 1970
Salena Jones and ORF Big Band - Austria 1973 pre-FM
Jimi Hendrix Experience - Nurnberg, Germany 1969, Second Show, NEW TO CIRCULATION
Lucinda Williams Band - Miami, Florida 1993 SBD
Lucinda & Miller Williams (with the Duquesne University Wind Symphony) - Poetry Sung, Poetry Said, Pittsburgh 2001 FM
Joan Baez - Paleo Festival, Switzerland, 2015 FM
Django Django - Live In Session On MBE KCRW FM 2015
The Cramps - Memphis, Demos 1977
Karla Bonoff - Live at Bottom Line, New York 1979 FM
Phil Lesh and Tom Constanten - San Francisco, May 1964
Laura Marling - Morning Becomes Eclectic, KCRW 2015 FM

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Ellie Goulding - Sziget Festival, Hungary 2015 webstream 1080p
Jungle - Sziget Festival, Hungary 2015 webstream 1080p
Future Islands - Sziget Festival, Hungary 2015 webstream 1080p
Conor Oberst - House of Blues, Boston 2015 webcast 1080p
Damien Rice - Dallas 2015 webcast 720p
The War on Drugs - Haldern Pop Festival Germany 2015, webcast 720p
Sam Smith - Montreux Jazz Festival, 2015 webcast 720p
Laura Marling - Oya Festival, Norway 2015 webcast 720p
Belle and Sebastian - Oya Festival, Norway 2015 webcast 720p
Courtney Barnett - Oya Festival, Norway 2015 webcast 720p
George Ezra - Red Bull Sound Space, Los Angeles, 2015 Webcast 720p
Father John Misty - Haldern Pop Festival Germany 2015, webcast 720p
Charles Bradley and His Extraordinaires - "Baloise Session 2014" Switzerland, Satellite HDTV 720p
Foreigner (w one original member) - "Baloise Session 2014", Switzerland Satellite b'cast 720p
BBC Proms 2015 w  Nicola Benedetti - Prom 34 Part 1 Korngold, Britten Satellite HD 1080p
Later With Jools Holland - Compilation of Singer Songwriter/Folk/Roots Variety from Series 45 & 46
Watkins Family Hour & Friends - 'Highway 61 Revisited' Tribute, New York 2015, Webcast 480p
Talking Drums feat. Gabriela Mendes & Sandro Schneebeli - Estival Jazz Lugano, Switzerland, 2015 HDTV 720p
St Vincent - Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival, San Francisco, 2015 webcast 720p
St. Paul & The Broken Bones - Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival, San Francisco, 2015 webcast 720p
Lindsey Stirling - Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival, San Francisco, 2015 webcast 720p
Unknown Mortal Orchestra - Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival, San Francisco, 2015 webcast 720p
Wilco - Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival, San Francisco, 2015 webcast 720p


ROIO Of The Week
San Francisco 2005 [no label, 2CD] Live at Slim's, San Francisco, CA; September 30, 2005. Very good soundboard. It's said to be one of the best shows, perhaps the best, he ever did.
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Exploiting Emotions About Paris To Blame Snowden, Distract From Actual Culprits Who Empowered ISIS

The blame game over the November 2015 Paris Attacks has begun. But is there any mystery why “US officials” and the military-intelligence regime are desperate to shift blame away from themselves for ISIS and terror attacks? Imagine simultaneously devoting all your efforts to depicting ISIS as the Greatest and Most Evil Threat Ever, while knowing the vital role you played in its genesis and growth. By Glenn Greenwald.

Whistleblowers are always accused of helping America’s enemies (top Nixon aides accused Daniel Ellsberg of being a Soviet spy and causing the deaths of Americans with his leak); it’s just the tactical playbook that’s automatically used. So it’s of course unsurprising that ever since Edward Snowden’s whistleblowing enabled newspapers around the world to report on secretly implemented programs of mass surveillance, he has been accused by “officials” and their various media allies of Helping The Terrorists™.

Still, I was a bit surprised just by how quickly and blatantly - how shamelessly - some of them jumped to exploit the emotions prompted by the carnage in France to blame Snowden: doing so literally as the bodies still lay on the streets of Paris.

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Anne Frank Scandal: An Underreported Copyright Monopoly Abuse

The seminal Anne Frank's Diary will be elevated to public domain in a month and a half. But the foundation holding the copyright is trying legal trickery to extend its monopoly by decades, and almost nobody reports it as the fraud it is. By Rick Falkvinge.

Anne Frank‘s Diary, if you haven’t heard of it, is the notes of a girl who hid in Amsterdam from the Nazis toward the end of World War II. Sadly, she didn’t make it, and died at Nazi hands in 1945. Her diary has become a seminal work to understand what people in the occupied countries went through on a personal level, beyond the statistics. It was compiled after her death and after the war by her father, Otto Frank.

As Anne Frank died in 1945, this work would be elevated to the public domain in six weeks, on January 1, 2016 - 70 years after her death. However, the foundation that holds the copyright (and therefore collects a significant amount of money from this work) is now trying an obvious abuse of their monopoly, by suddenly naming her father Otto a co-author of her diary where he was previously just an editor. This move purportedly extends their own monopoly on the piece of heritage by decades - all the way through 2050 - out of the blue.

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Shakin' All Over [the noize]
Bob Dylan's Myth Busting Cutting Edge
A review of Bob Dylan's The Cutting Edge 1965-1966, The Bootleg Series Vol 12. This is the six-disc Deluxe Edition reviewed by Peter Stone Brown..
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'Neutralizing' John Lennon: One Man Against The 'Monster'
John Lennon would have been 75 on October 9. Sadly, not much has changed for the better in the world since Lennon walked among us. As John W Whitehead muses, peace remains out of reach; militarism is on the rise, and it’s getting harder to reconcile that dream with the reality of the American police state.
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The Wrecking Crew: The Unsung Musicians Behind The Hits
Artist and critic Kim Nicolini rediscovers The Wrecking Crew - the “back-up” band from the '50s to the '70s that literally defined a whole generation of music - from Phil Spector to Pet Sounds to Simon & Garfunkel and beyond. It’s the same band, just different vocalists and songs.
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I Can See For Miles [cinelife]
Behind The Scene
What goes on in the making of a porn movie? Kei Morikawa's Makeup Room (2015) is a good-natured inside look at an industry whose participants are treated more like outcastes, especially by their own family members. Stephen Tan reviews.
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House Of Sex Toys
If only the filmmakers had spent more time coming up with more ingenious sex toys in Lai Kai Ming's Ancient Chinese Whorehouse (1994). As it is, leave it to the eels to do the dastard deed. Stephen Tan reviews.
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Kamasutra Country
Censorship of the arts gets into the spotlight in Ketan Mehta's Rang Rasiya (Colours Of Passion, 2008) when artist Raja Ravi Verma is put on trial. For his defence, a prostitute who models for his nude paintings. Stephen Tan reviews.
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Houses Of Holies
In real life, sex and spirituality might be so intertwined that one doesn't think too much of them. But in Amitabh Chakraborty's Cosmic Sex (2012), talking and thinking about sex when there is a naked person in front of you can be a totally different matter. Stephen Tan reviews.
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I Can't Explain [world affairs]
Fightback In Korea
On November 14, 2015, labour, together with students have organised a mass protest, with the support of farmers, to stand up against corporations and the Korean government of Park Geun-hye. Ms Park is the daughter of former South Korean president General Park Chung Hee who was assassinated in 1979. Here's the background of the movement by Gregory Elich.
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Watching Pasolini's Salo In Kuala Lumpur
Pasolini's Salo (1975) gained its reputation for extreme scenes depicting sodomy, rape, torture and murder, clearly not for the faint-hearted or immature. For writer Masturah Alatas, the film reminded her of the politics in her country Malaysia and how power is wielded to destroy your enemy. "Legally", of course.
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Fukushima A Hushed Up Catastrophe
The nuclear industry would like you to believe the Fukushima crisis is over. The reactor is sealed and safe. You can turn on your nuclear power now. Some truths, however, refuse to lie down. Robert Hunziker reports the reality of a meltdown that has scientists worried. Except the ones at $ingapore's AVA who approved the import of Fukushima rice.
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Putin Makes Obama An Offer He Can’t Refuse
Just as the Soviets are hitting the ISIS forces in Syria, the United States are scrambling to call an emergency meeting and rethink their Syria policy. The signs are that the mighty CIA is rolling up its pet project in Syria and headed for the exits. By Mike Whitney.
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Fukushima: The First Cancers Emerge
The single ‘official’ Fukushima cancer case is just the beginning. New scientific research indicates that hundreds more cancers have been and will be contracted in the local population. By Oliver Tickell.
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Movie Reviews
Dir: Sam Mendes

Word has it Sam Mendes's Spectre (2015) doesn't live up to the promise of the previous, better-regarded installment; that in fact this is the worst Bond movie in 30 years. Word-of-mouth like that will make you walk into a theater with head held low, in case the sheer awfulness onscreen catches you full in the face. Well, paddle my butt cheeks with a brass carpet cleaner - tain't bad at all, says Critic After Dark Noel Vera.
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Ricki And The Flash
Dir: Jonathan Demme

The best excuse for watching Jonathan Demme's Ricki And The Flash (2015) is not the acting prowess of Meryl Streep but the fact that Demme is shooting a musical number again. Stop making sense? Not. Says Critic After Dark Noel Vera.
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Crimson Peak
Dir: Guillermo del Toro

The star in Guillermo del Toro's Crimson Peak (2015) must really be the film's Allerdale Hall - the old house feels like the unholy child of Manderley, Gormenghast and the Bates residence, as midwifed by Miss Havisham on a really bad day, says Critic After Dark Noel Vera.
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Straight Outta Compton
Dir: F Gary Gray

In F Gary Gray's Straight Outta Compton (2015), there is the usual protagonist (Eazy E here) against Mephisto (Ruthless Records co-founder Jerry Heller). The introduction and rise of the star/s is involving and the middle portion (cementing the reputation) is viscerally intellectual. But the biopic seems awfully silent on the group and hip-hop's misogyny, says Critic After Dark Noel Vera.
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K'na, The Dreamweaver
Dir: Ida Anita Del Mundo

Ida Anita Del Mundo's K'na, The Dreamweaver (2014) might be a flawed first feature but like the heroine in the film, Del Mundo is still a dreamweaver in her own right - she's not only the repository of dreams but also one who is spinning brand new visions. By Critic After Dark Noel Vera.
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