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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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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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To understand why North Korea targeted Guam, you'll have to go back to the Korean War in the 1950s. The US president at the time was Harry S Truman who also gave the order to nuke Japan. By Robert Barsocchini of Washington's Blog.

In 1951, the US placed nuclear weapons in Guam, and Truman gave the order to use them on North Korea. That order was not sent - literally, by accident. The reason: Truman was in the process of removing General MacArthur "because he wanted a reliable commander on the scene" in case he "decide[d] to use nuclear weapons". ..."In the confusion attendant upon General MacArthur's removal", "the order [to nuke North Korea] was never sent." (1)

Yet Washington still managed to kill millions of Koreans, many, if not most, with "oceans" of napalm produced largely by the Dow Chemical Company, which the US air-force "loved", referring to it as the "wonder weapon" for its ability to wipe out whole cities of people.

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Free Downloads: This Week's New MP3s
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Latest: Various
The Wyatt Variations - Frankfurt 2008
Latest: Frank Sinatra
Blackpool 1953
Latest: Eric Clapton
Budokan 1979
Latest: Jeff Beck Group
Detroit 1969
Latest: Jimi Hendrix
A Tribute - The Source Radio 1982
The Band
Real Old Time Band - Hollywood Bowl 1970
Elvis Presley
24 Carat Gold
The Broadcast Archive [The Broadcast Archive, CD2 of 3]
Petula Clark
Cropredy 2017
Glen Campbell [R.I.P. 1936-2017]
Baltimore 1969
The Pretenders
Scotland 2017
Bob Dylan
Hearts Of Fire Sessions, London 1986
Rag'N'Bone Man
Hull 2017
Norah Jones
Marciac 2017
Frank Sinatra
San Francisco 1940
Elvis Presley
3764 Elvis Presley Blvd - Graceland 1976
The Grateful Dead
Winterland 1971
The Rolling Stones
Hartford - November 10, 1981
Willie Nelson with Emmylou Harris
Telluride 1999
Bob Dylan
San Francisco/San Jose 1965
(Previously uncirculated; recorded by Allen Ginsberg)
The Broadcast Archive [The Broadcast Archive, CD1 of 3]
The Rolling Stones
Hartford - November 9, 1981
Paper Rain 1967-68
Final Show - Atlanta 2016
LP (Laura Pergolizzi)
Lucca 2017
Christian McBride's New Jawn Quartet
Nice 2017
Linda May Han Oh
Marciac 2017
Bob Dylan
Budokan 1978
Nine Inch Nails
New York 2017
The Charlatans
Glasgow 2017
JD Souther
Boston - May 5, 1976
The Rolling Stones
Unreleased Paris Instrumentals 1982
The Grateful Dead
Fox Theater, St Louis 1971
JD Souther
Boston - May 3, 1976
The Doors
Inglewood 1968
Humble Pie
Amsterdam 1969
The Doors
Amsterdam 1968
My Morning Jacket
Queens 2017
Andy Summers Trio
Sketches of Mingus - Frankfurt 2001
Tony Allen
Nice, France 2017
BBC Proms
The Songs Of Scott Walker 2017
Wild Honey Orchestra with Garth Hudson and Friends
Glendale 2017
Columbia 1995
Sufjan Stevens, Nico Muhly, Bryce Dressner, James McAlister
Paris 2017
Osaka 2016
Beck, Bogert, Appice
Edinburgh 1974
The Grateful Dead
Felt Forum, New York 1971
Arcade Fire
Milano 2017
Johnny Winter (with Edgar Winter)
The Bottom Line, New York 1978
The XX
Lisbon 2017
Erykah Badu
Lucca 2017
Tony Williams All-Stars
Tokyo 1978
Sheryl Crow
Milwaukee 2017
Eric Clapton
Royal Albert Hall - May 25, 2017
Linkin Park [Chester Bennington R.I.P. 1976-2017]
Southside Festival - Germany 2017
Peter Brötzmann
Munich 2017
Joy Division
Unreleased Session 1979
True Closing Of The Fillmore 1971
The Grateful Dead
San Francisco 1971
John Coltrane
The Missing Seattle Parts 1965
Black Bombaim
Lisbon 2017
Fleet Foxes
Berlin 2017
The Lounge Lizards
Berlin 1981
Herb Alpert
Newport Beach 2017
Jean-Luc Ponty/Bireli Lagrene, Kyle Eastwood
Paris 2017
Eric Clapton
Royal Albert Hall - May 24, 2017
Rag'n'Bone Man
Glastonbury 2017
Al Stewart
Sweden 1973
Depeche Mode
Lisbon 2017
The Grateful Dead
Cincinatti 1971
Steve and Lilly Winwood
BBC 2017
John Fogerty and Friends
Oakland 1989
Red House Painters (Mark Kozelek)
Hultsfred, Sweden 1997 / Demos 1989
Tiny Tim
Fillmore 1968
Archie Shepp
Vienne 2017
Frank Sinatra
Duets And Rarities
Eric Clapton
Royal Albert Hall - May 22, 2017
Elvis Presley
What A Wonderful Life Outtakes 1961

Latest: Glen Campbell [R.I.P. 1936 - 2017]
Nashville 2011
PIttsburgh 1976
Bob Dylan and Etta James
Providence 1986
Old Wardorf 1982
Frank Zappa
Rotterdam 1980
Johnny Cash
The Final Show 2003
Michael Gibbs
Lancaster 1969
Don McLean
Manchester 1975
Talking Heads
Jabberwocky 1977
Emmylou Harris
Baden Baden 2000

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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


ROIO Of The Week
Metallica - The Broadcast Archive [The Broadcast Archive, CD1 of 3]Various dates and venues. Very good radio broadcasts."Twisting your mind and smashing your dreams..."
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Disney Ditching Netflix Keeps Piracy Relevant

The battle of the corporations to rule the internet may unwittingly be giving a longer lease of life to file-sharers. By Ernesto of TorrentFreak.

Disney announced it will end its US distribution deal with Netflix in 2019. This means that many titles won't be available on the popular streaming service but through a new Disney-branded platform instead. While the media giant expects to profit from the strategy, more fragmentation is not ideal for the public. In a way, one can argue that it keeps piracy relevant.

There is little doubt that, in the US, Netflix has become the standard for watching movies on the Internet. The subscription service is responsible for a third of all Internet traffic during peak hours, dwarfing that of online piracy and other legal video platforms. It’s safe to assume that Netflix-type streaming services are among the best and most convenient alternative to piracy at this point. There is a problem though. The whole appeal of the streaming model becomes diluted when there are too many ‘Netflixes.’

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Liberating Europe From Russian Gas

While the US are "pivoting" towards Asia, they still have many fingers meddling in Europe and the Middle East. The once-upon-a-time heroes are increasingly being viewed with suspicion as to what are their intentions. Master of the universe, again? By Gary Leupp.

Congress has responded to the president’s apparent intention to improve ties with Moscow with a bill imposing new sanctions on Russia, which Trump has now signed into law. (There was no choice. Trump governs under the cloud of Russian “collusion” and Congress could override a veto.) The law does not just punish Russia, but its European trading partners, most notably Germany, which imports over a third of its natural gas from the nearby country in the natural, normal way.

But US policy now, under the Trump administration, is to promote US energy exports to Europe to replace Russian ones. It is both old-fashioned Cold War Russophobia and old-fashioned inter-capitalist, inter-imperialist contention.

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Shakin' All Over [the noize]
Dylan And Woody: Goin’ Down The Road Feelin’ Bad
Daniel Wolff's lastest book, Grown-Up Anger, is the crossroad where the sound of anger, Bob Dylan and Woody Guthrie meet. It's also about using that anger to make the world a better place. By Ron Jacobs.
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The Great Sausage Roll Swindle
SDE Editor Paul Sinclair reflects on how a day watching music with the family in a public park is engineered by organisers ("Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park") to extract as much cash as possible from fans. (Super Deluxe Edition is a website dedicated to specially packaged releases.)
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Chinese Songs Of Dignity
"noun, the state or quality of being worthy of honour or respect." Harper Collins says 'If someone behaves or moves with dignity, they are calm, controlled, and admirable.' Wait till you see the Rockin' Grandma at this year's $ingapore parade. By Peter Bengtsen.
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I Can't Explain [world affairs]
On The Beach 2017
If you hadn't noticed, because the mainstream press played down the news, the US placed economic sanctions against Russia, August 3, 2017. Russia responded by saying this was economic war. What follows next... has yet to unfold. By John Pilger.
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We Want The World And We Want It Now!
A new novel out of Italy that brims with optimism and reflects upon the years 1967 to 1970 when a young generation wanted to change the world for the better of all. Ron Jacobs reviews Nanni Ballestrini's We Want Everything.
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What’s Missing From 'Dunkirk'
The... war to end all wars... was actually a war between imperialists to see who would control the resources of the world. If you think they cared about human lives, you're mistaken. By David Swanson.
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Glioblastoma As Metaphor
An essay to a warmonger. By Missy Comley Beattie.
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As ASEAN Shifts East, ISIS Follows
Where US interests are threatened, ISIS coincidentally appears, threatening those standing in the way. What is behind this increasingly transparent pattern of geopolitical coercion? By Tony Cartalucci.
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I Can See For Miles [cinelife]
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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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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Movie Reviews
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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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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