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Still Not Free After All These Years
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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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On May 9, 2018, Malaysia's Pakatan Harapan (Coalition of Hope) crushed Barisan Nasional (National Front) in the country's 14th general elections, thus ending the Front's six decades in power since Independence. For Nurul Izzah Anwar, one of the rising politicians in PH, "it felt like our own Berlin Wall had finally come down".

Last Wednesday (May 9, 2018), people power in Malaysia led to the destruction of the Barisan Nasional’s (National Front) 61-year hold on power and a peaceful democratic transition. Standing on the threshold of history, it felt like our own Berlin Wall had finally come down. Ours is a country that has been ruled by only one dominant party since independence in 1957, with BN “winning” - and often stealing - 13 consecutive general elections.

Over the past three decades in particular, Malaysia’s human rights record has worsened, with crackdowns on Malaysian rights activists, cartoonists, journalists and opposition politicians becoming rife.

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Free Downloads: This Week's New MP3s
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Latest: The Beach Boys
Unsurpassed Masters Vol 5 - Miscellaneous Trax Vol 2
Latest: Stevie Nicks
Transmission Impossible CD3
Latest: James Gang
San Bernardino 1971 [Upgrade]
Latest: St Vincent
Atlanta 2018
Latest: Amiri Baraka
Berlin 1977
Francesco Bearzatti
Udine 2017
Globe Unity
Berlin 1976
Lee Michaels
Unissued Hawaii 1975
The Beach Boys
Unsurpassed Masters Vol 4 - Miscellaneous Trax Vol 1
Stevie Nicks
Transmission Impossible CD1/2 of 4
Glenn Branca [R.I.P. 1948 - 2018]
Barcelona 2011
James Taylor
Pittsburgh 1976
Frank Sinatra
Montreal 1975
Shelby Lynne
Amsterdam 2000
Shabaka Hutchings & Sons of Kemet
London 2018
Neil Young & Crazy Horse
Fresno 2018
Anouar Brahem, Dave Holland, Jack DeJohnette
Paris 2018
Manfred Mann
BBC Sessions 1966-1969
The Beach Boys
Unsurpassed Masters Vol 3 - The Alternate Surfer Girl Album
Elvis Presley
Elvis On Tour Deluxe Box Set [CD7/8 of 9]
Peter Frampton
Seattle 1976
Ben Harper and Charlie Musselwhite
Paris 2018
Rahsaan Roland Kirk
Paris 1976
Sonny Rollins-Don Cherry Quartet
Paris 1963
Pink Floyd
London November 17, 1974
T Rex
London 1970 / Chicago 1972
The Beach Boys
Unsurpassed Masters Vol 2
Elvis Presley
Elvis On Tour Deluxe Box Set [CD5/6 of 9]
Canned Heat
Los Angeles 1967
Beck
Los Angeles 2017
Kiss
Cleveland 1974
Ellen Andrea Wang
Bremen 2017
Blood, Sweat & Tears
Germany 2018
The Sai Anantam Singers
Alice Coltrane Turiyasangitananda: The Ashram Experience
Knoxville 2018
Ricky Nelson
Imperial Recording Sessions 1957-1960
The Beach Boys
Unsurpassed Masters Vol 1
Elvis Presley
Elvis On Tour Deluxe Box Set [CD3/4 of 9]
Bob Dylan
Rise Again, Live 1980
Calexico
Stuttgart 2018
Matching Mole
Belgium 1972
Instant Composers Pool
Southampton 2017
Sébastien Jarrousse Quartet
Paris 2017
Grand Funk Railroad
New York 1972
Neil Sedaka
In The Studio 1958-1962
Judas Priest
Newark 2018
Elvis Presley
Elvis On Tour Deluxe Box Set [CD1/2 of 9]
Bob Dylan
Pressing On 1979
David Byrne
Lollapalooza Brazil, Sao Paulo 2018
Aurora Orchestra
London 2017
Andrew Hill
Verona 1999
John Lee Hooker
New York 1979
Anna Högberg Attack
Switzerland 2017
Deep Purple
Koln 1970
Cactus
Rochester 1971
AC/DC
Complete Soundboard Collection: London 1976 [CD13 of 14]
Amsterdam 1979
Tom Petty
Rockpalast, Cologne 1977
Frank Sinatra
At The White House 1973
Kacey Musgraves
London 2018
Bob Dylan
Outside The Empire 1984-85
Randy Weston
Paris 1976
Jon Hassell
Hamburg 1985
Caravan
Southampton 2018
Cecil Taylor R.I.P. 1929 - 2018
Koln 1977
Cecil Taylor R.I.P. 1929 - 2018
Berlin 1969
Quincy Jones Band
Hollywood 1975
The Magpie Salute (with Rich Robinson of Black Crowes)
New York 2017
AC/DC
Complete Soundboard Collection: London 1976 [CD12 of 14]
Hammersmith Odeon, London 1979
Cyndi Lauper
Saratoga Springs 2017
Frank Sinatra
Retirement Concert 1971
Franz Ferdinand
Scotland 2017

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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
Stevie Nicks -Transmission Impossible [Eat to the Beat, CD1/2 of 4CD]Disc 1: Wilshire Ebell Theatre, Los Angeles, CA; December 7, 1981 (Bella Donna Tour). Disc 2: Cuyahoga Fairgtounds,Weedsport, NY; August 15, 1986 (Rock A Little Tour). Very good FM broadcasts. "You don’t last as long as Stevie Nicks has... without having a spine of steel, a keen talent and a good hair stylist."
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Features

What's Inside GNR's Locked N' Loaded Box

Paul Sinclair of Super Deluxe Edition weighs Guns N' Roses' Locked N' Loaded Box and finds new meaning to the term "value added".

Let’s talk about Guns N’ Roses... The reissue of Appetite For Destruction has been announced and the big talking point is the massive Locked N’ Loaded set that costs £850 (retailing US$1,450). But before we get into that, I think the marketing of this reissue has been interesting. Once an announcement is ‘out there’ the record label loses control of the ‘message’ and there is all sorts of confusion.

So to be clear, only the massive set that comes in a wooden cabinet is called the Locked N’ Loaded edition. Despite how some retailers are labelling the various editions, there is only one Locked N’ Loaded set.

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Capitalism: A Horror Movie

Capitalism is all about making money, nevermind the how and why. It is a clever system that will make you rich if done wisely. Too bad it is so lacking in compassion for its fellow man who are exploited for the huge profit to be made. By Louis Proyect.

As part of its special series celebrating the 200th birthday of Karl Marx between May 18 and 22, the Anthology Film Archives will be screening “Capitalism”, a 320-minute, six-part documentary that is both supremely intelligent and briskly entertaining, on May 20 at 3:45. Directed by Ilan Ziv, the founder of Icarus Films, it is like no other film I have ever seen about the horror we face in our daily lives that is much more frightening than slasher movies like Halloween or Friday the 13th. After all, the idea of nuclear holocaust or global warming - just two of the threats we face from an economic system gone mad - are not something a plucky hero or heroine in a John Carpenter movie can stave off.

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Shakin' All Over [the noize]
DSQ: Those Danish Men Of Feeling
Can you really be all right, if out there, somewhere, someone needs help? By David Yearsley.
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No Room For Compromise: Hugh Masekela R.I.P. 1939 - 2018
Rest well freedom fighter, your music will continue to inspire those who have never surrendered. By Horace G Campbell.
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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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I Can't Explain [world affairs]
'Goddamn Malaysian, I'm So Fucking Proud Of You'
On May 9, 2018, Malaysians took part in the 14th General Election, and the opposition Alliance of Hope (Pakatan Harapan) won 113 seats in parliament, ending the 60-year reign of the ruling National Front (Barisan Nasional). The following are comments posted at reddit. [Pakatan Harapan comprises Bersatu, PKR, DAP and Amanah.]
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37 Years Of Low Birthrate - Japanese May Become Extinct
It seems that Japanese citizens are aware of their fate but there seems to be no solution to avert the impending disaster.
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The Michael Hudson Interview: Bronze Age Redux
Based on scholarly breakthroughs in decoding ancient languages, Michael Hudson's new book, "Forgive Them Their Debts: Lending, Forfeiture and Redemption", places a debt cancellation message inherited from Babylonian times at the center of Mosaic law and the Jewish Bible. And when it comes to Jesus, his message is revealed to be a social justice message. Through the lens of this reinterpretation, Jesus was actually an activist advocating for debt cancellation. He died not for the sins of the people but for their debts. Interview by Harold Crooks for A Gathering Of The Tribes.
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Is The US Government Evil? You Decide
If you thought Zuckerberg and his F***book started all this secret data collection, you better think twice. Spying and experimenting on its citizens has a special American history. By John W Whitehead.
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The Ghost Of Herut: Einstein On Israel, 70 Years Ago
World War One lasted four years and three months. World War Two lasted six years. The Cold War lasted nearly 50 years. But the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is now 70 years and counting. In 1948, a few months after Israel's founding, Albert Einstein famousely criticised the Herut party (that is now merged into the current leading ruling party, the Likud) for its similarity to "Nazi and Fascist parties". By Ramzy Baroud.
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Mother Of War
So Barbara Bush, the matriarch of a dismal and bloody era of American politics, died last week (April 17, 2018). Predictably, in death she is being hailed as a feminist, a humanist, a doyenne of literacy, a moderating force on the viciousness of the neocons and racists who populated the White Houses of her husband and son. That’s not the way I recalled her, in my brief biography of her son George W, “High Plains Grifter,” published in Grand Theft Pentagon: Tales of Corruption and Profiteering in the War on Terror. Here, then, is my shot at revising the revisionists... By Jeffrey St Clair.
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I Can See For Miles [cinelife]
The 2018 Socially Relevant Film Festival
The festival may be over but the films resonate. In an age of conflict, manipulation and control, an open mind is crucial to navigate the half-truths and outright lies. Find and watch these films. By Louis Proyect.
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The Marwaris In Satyajit Ray’s Films: ‘Outsiders’ In Bengali Psyche
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.
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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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Movie Reviews
The Young Karl Marx: A Film For Our Time?
Portrait of a handsome, young and skinny Marx before weight issues set in. Or Marxism as a simple idea of people helping people to counter what the capitalists had caught on to - that you could stick people in a factory, pay them low salaries and earn a fortune off their labor. By Al Markowitz.
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The Bird And The Bro: The Politics Of 'Lady Bird'
"What would they do if they found out we were through/ With the little lies and the downtown aggravations", from the 1976 TV movie, The Boy In The Plastic Bubble. These days TV movies don't even come close. Paul Williams wrote the song "What Would They Say". That people matter. By Natalie Shapero.
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Black Panther: Afrofuturism Gets a Superb Film, Marvel Grows Up and I Don’t Know How to Review It
Is this the Black film Blacks have been waiting for? By Andrew Stewart.
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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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