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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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Basel 2011 (data)

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America's theatre of the absurd. When peace means war. By Paul Craig Roberts.

On February 24, General Tod D Wolters, who leads the US European Command, gave a speech that should disturb everyone on earth. 

There are a number of reasons we should be disturbed. General Wolters claims that the projection of American force abroad “is about generating peace” and that the US must take on Russia in order to deliver world peace. We are locked in a struggle with Moscow, and if Russia continues to resist US hegemony, General Wolters says we are prepared to respond “primarily through NATO”.

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Free Downloads: This Week's New MP3s
(Click on the link to download the show)
Latest: Bob Dylan
The McKenzie Tapes, Home Recordings 1961-1962
Latest: Laura Marling
London 2020
Latest: The Beatles
Live 08: Sheaken Not Stirred [Purple Chick 2CD]
Latest: Aki Takase
Frankfurt 2020
Latest: Tom Petty
Inglewood 1981 [Mike Millard Tape]
Ry Cooder
London 1977
Nouvelle Vague
Manchester 2007
Pink Floyd
Hakone 1971
Charles Bradley
Montreux 2016
The Beatles
Live 07: Les Beatles en Europe [Purple Chick 2CD]
Julia Hülsmann Octet
Berlin 2020
Moody Blues
Long Beach 1981 [Mike Millard Tape]
Joni Mitchell
Carnegie Hall NYC 1972
John Prine
Newport Folk Festival 2017
Steve Winwood
Costa Mesa 1988 [Mike Millard Tape]
The Who
London 2015
The Beatles
Live 06: Convention Hall Wisdom [Purple Chick 2CD]
Chick Corea and John McLaughlin [Chick Corea R.I.P. 1941 - 2021]
Vienne 1991
Return To Forever [Chick Corea R.I.P. 1941 - 2021]
Santa Monica 1977 [Mike Millard Tape]
Rumer
Philadelphia 2012
Bob Dylan
The Alternate Under The Red Sky 1990
R.E.M.
Toronto 1985
The Beatles
Live 05: Seattle Down [Purple Chick 2CD]
Marian McPartland with Sue Mingus
New York 2003
Harold Mabern Trio
Boston 2019
Steve Earle & The Dukes
Austin 2019
Wilco
Amsterdam 2019
Dr John
The Netherlands 1970
The National
London 2019
The Beatles
Live 04: Adelaide Reaction [Purple Chick 2CD]
Joshua Redman & HR-Big Band
Frankfurt 2020
Anita O'Day
France 1966/70
Frank Zappa
St Paul 1974
Brian Auger's Oblivion Express
Dallas 1974
Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
Hollywood 1988
Calexico and Iron & Wine
St Paul 2020
The Beatles
Live 03: Conquering America [Purple Chick 2CD]
Joe Lovano Trio Tapestry
Lugano 2019
Etta James & Little Sister
Berlin 1983
Mark Knopfler and Randy Newman
London 1988
Charlie Puth
Rio De Janeiro 2019
U2
Saitama 2019
John Prine
BBC In Concert 1971
Phil Spector [R.I.P. 1939 - 2021]
Gold Star Sessions 1962-66
The Beatles
Live 02: Live Before America [Purple Chick 2CD]
The Art Ensemble Of Chicago
Verona 1989
Various - A.R.M.S. Concert [Millard Tape]
Inglewood 1983
Beck, Bogert & Appice [Tim Bogert R.I.P. 1944 - 2021]
London 1972
The Who [Millard Tape]
San Diego 1976
Queen [Millard Tape]
Long Beach 1977
Nouvelle Vague
Berlin 2020
Alicia Keys
Los Angeles 2020
The Beatles
Live 01: Star Club 1962 [Purple Chick 2CD]
Dave Brubeck Quartet with Gerry Mulligan
Sweden 1972
Santana
New Jersey 1972
David Lindley and El Rayo-X
Los Angeles 1989
Joan Baez
London 1999
America
Firenze 1982
Tom Petty
Roslyn 1977
Paul McCartney & Wings [Millard Tape]
Inglewood 1976
Dave Brubeck Quintet
Paris 1972
Yusef Lateef Quartet
Avignon 1972
Nancy Sinatra
Manchester 2005
ABBA
Paris 1979
The Beatles
Complete Rooftop Concert 1969
George Harrison
Through All Those Years
Beatrice Rana
Boston 2019
Natalia Mateo
Berlin 2020
George Harrison
All Things Must Pass Sessions 1970 [CD4-6 of 6]
Ronnie Spector
New York Christmas 1989
Linda Ronstadt
Keeping Out Of Mischief 1981 [Goody Remaster]
Various
A Christmas Celtic Sojourn - Boston 2016
West, Bruce & Laing [Leslie West R.I.P. 1945 - 2020]
Boston 1972
Mountain [Leslie West R.I.P. 1945 - 2020]
Fillmore 1971
Paul Simon (featuring Art Garfunkel)
London 1975
Updated: Mash [Added May 7, 2020]
Coronavirus Songs

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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
A/B Road Sessions, January 26, 1969 [Purple Chick PC 26-1/2; CD1/2 of 6]Complete Purple Chick Set v1.1 (Nagra Reels); "A/B Road" session tapes; Also known as The Nagra Reels; Twickenham Studios (Part 1); Apple Studios (Part 2). Very good soundboard. 83 CDs, 2,187 tracks, 97 hours, 44 mins, 7 seconds. If you are a Beatles fan, you'd likely have this already.
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Features

Edward Snowden: 'That System Is Being Used Against You'

By John Stossel.

I love my digital devices, but people keep telling me to worry more about my privacy.

"Encrypt your emails!" "Drop Google and use search engines like DuckDuckGo that don't track us!"

I probably should. But I don't. I'm lazy, and I like that web companies know me and show me things I'm interested in. I like that they display "restaurants near me."

"You do not understand the way that that system is being used against you," says whistleblower Edward Snowden in my new video.

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Praetorius 400

Celebrations in the small German city of Wolfenbüttel where Michael Praetorius produced most of his vast corpus of music have been deferred until April, by which time it is hoped that the pandemic will have waned. By David Yearsley.

February 15 marked the 400th anniversary of Michael Praetorius’s death. It passed without fanfare or flourish, though this musical titan was a master of both. His gifts served the devotional, but, from the intimate to the monumental, his music radiates exuberance and erudition.

The earliest biographical accounts of Praetorius, both written a hundred years after his death and both of questionable accuracy, claimed that he died on his fiftieth birthday, thus neatly folding future century and half-century commemorations of his birth and death into a single date. Whatever the chronology, his is a life and legacy worth celebrating.

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Shakin' All Over [the noize]
Have Yourself A Revolutionary, Bachian Christmas
December 25 is the day for change. Big change. By David Yearsley.
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Of Thee I Sing
"I have to say my friends/This road goes a long, long way/And if we're going to find the end/We're gonna need a helping hand" [Salvation by Elton John and Bernie Taupin]. By Ron Jacobs.
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Bobby Yeo (The Attic) R.I.P. 2020
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Back On The Stairway To Heaven: Led Zeppelin Wins Over Spirit
Did Led Zeppelin's 'Stairway' recall the original Spirit demo that was copyrighted? Or is it more important whether both finished songs are similar? Unfortunately for Spirit, the ruling remains the same. By Binoy Kampmark.
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'Head High And Fuck 'Em All!'
The Red Hand Files is Nick Cave's website where fans can ask him anything. Here's a recent question answered by Nick Cave.
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WAP It Good
Walk, don't run, away from controversy. By David Yearsley.
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I Can't Explain [world affairs]
Cancel Culture, Where Liberalism Goes To Die
Elites and their courtiers who trumpet their moral superiority by damning and silencing those who do not linguistically conform to politically correct speech are the new Jacobins. By Chris Hedges.
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Burmese Days, Revisited
It will be fascinating to watch how the (Dis)United States will deal with post-coup Myanmar as part of their 24/7 “containment of China” frenzy. By Pepe Escobar.
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Why China Surpassed The United States
Can the West share power with the East? By Mohamad Shaaf.
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China – Peacefully Forward Into The Great Change
China is rising. The finish line is in sight. Who will have the energy to make a final push to surge forward and claim the prize? East or West? Here is China's pitch for leadership of the world. By Peter Koenig.
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Questions for My Betters: Dijjywan - Dijjydo or Dijjydon’t?
"Money! That's what I want." How about digital money? Or Chinese digital money? By Fred Reed.
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French Court Hears Case Against Chemical Corporations Over Agent Orange Use In Vietnam
"I'm not fighting for myself, but for my children and the millions of victims," explained plaintiff Tran To Nga of America's chemical warfare. By Brett Wilkins, staff writer at Common Dreams.
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I Can See For Miles [cinelife]
What Is Film?
The Indian cinema is so popular that everyone wants a piece of it. But its net worth and populist appeal makes it an asset that’s coveted by the elite. Who does Indian cinema belong to and why has it been claimed by the privileged since its beginning? Film activist Suraj Prasad discusses.
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Jazz In The Time Of The Pandemic
One gem, two duds - jazz blue notes for 2021. By David Yearsley.
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Two New Films About The Black Struggle In The '60s
Sam Pollard’s "MLK/FBI" and Regina King’s "One Night In Miami" capture the spirit of the Black Lives Matter movement. By Louis Proyect.
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Godfather Coda: The Death Of Michael Corleone - Coppola’s Finale?
“For what profits a man if he gains the whole world but loses his own soul”. The rise and rise of the Godfather. By Andrew Stewart.
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Soumitra Chatterjee – A Habit Of Our Lives
Legendary Indian actor Soumitra Chatterjee, famed for his work with award-winning director Satyajit Ray, has died on November 15, 2020 from Covid complications. The 85-year-old actor was admitted to hospital in Kolkata city on October 6 after he tested positive for the virus. Chatterjee encompasses the contemporary Bengali psyche like few others. Silhouette editor Amitava Nag had the privilege of knowing him for a while in the course of writing a book - Beyond Apu: 20 Favourite Film Roles Of Soumitra Chatterjee [2016]. And thereafter for over a decade, quite frequently. Nag pays tribute to the magnificence of a true legend.
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Movie Reviews
Ken Loach’s Stirring Exposure Of Capitalist Speed And Consumers’ Greed
Online shopping has moved up. From a week to delivery, to same day delivery, we are now in the realm of delivering within a few hours. But for that faster service, there must be a price. Is it worth all that effort to receive your purchases so quickly? Will you suffer any loss if it took a bit more time? By Eric Mann.
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The Best Films Of 2019
With the streaming of music and movies now a reality, you can watch some of the best and obscure films for the US$5 you pay to subscribe to any streaming service. By Louis Proyect.
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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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