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Talkin' About My Revolutions
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Is There An Islamic Problem?
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May Day, May Day
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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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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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"Heal the world, make it a better place, for you and for me and the entire human race..." Michael Jackson had a dream. The 1 per cent don't want it that way. By Michael Snyder.

With a straight face, Barack Obama has been repeatedly telling us that the world is "more stable" and "less violent" than ever. In fact, he believes that this is the best time in history to be alive because of how peaceful and stable everything is. And, of course, Obama is more than happy to take credit for his role in bringing all of this "stability" about.

Just last week, his press secretary told the media that this administration has "substantially improved" the "tranquility of the global community". Apparently these guys don't think that we will notice all of the violence, war and terrorism constantly raging all around us. It would be wonderful if the planet actually was becoming a more peaceful place, but instead the exact opposite is happening.

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Free Downloads: This Week's New MP3s
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Latest: Lily Allen
New York 2014
Latest: America (with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra)
Buffalo 2014
Latest: Secret Keeper (Mary Halvorson and Stephan Crump)
BBC 2013
Latest: Morrissey
The Beethoven Was Deaf Outtakes
Latest: San Francisco Jazz Collective
Plays The Music Of Stevie Wonder 2012
Tom Waits
Amsterdam 2004
Bob Dylan
Zwickau, Germany 2014
Johnny Winter R.I.P. 1944-2014
Boston 1991
Neil Young (new artwork added)
Liverpool 2014
Beck, Bogert & Appice
Tokyo Budokan Tapes 1973
Tom Paxton
Chicago 1967/Evanston 1970
Ramones (Tommy Ramone R.I.P. 1952-2014)
Cambridge, MA 1976
Neil Young
Dream Machine - Rotterdam 1993
Charlie Haden and Gavin Bryars
(Charlie Haden R.I.P. 1937-2014
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London 1987
Ramones (Tommy Ramone R.I.P. 1952-2014)
Whiskey A Go Go 1977
Charlie Haden R.I.P. 1937-2014
Paris 1972
The Time
Minneapolis 1983
Dead Kennedys
A Skateboard Party - Munich 1982
Sun Ra
Columbus 1985
Stephen Stills
Los Angeles 1971
The Rolling Stones
Hamburg 1965
Back Door
BBC In Concert 1975
Sun Ra Arkestra
BBC Session 2014

Restart
Latest: The Who
Soundboards Vol 1 Vol 2 Vol 3
Pink Floyd
Long Island 1980
Police
Macau 2008
Bobbie Gentry
TV Soundtrack 1969/1969
Slayer
Holland 1985
Johnny Winter R.I.P. 1944-2014
Newport Jazz Festival 1969
Bob Dylan
Bob's Big Freeze
Todd Rundgren
Boston 1975

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Long Live Rock! [BigO Audio Archive]

New ROIOs*
Emmylou Harris - Live at The Wiltern 2014
Chris Hillman, Bernie Leadon, Al Perkins, Bill Bryson - Amsterdam 1984, FM
Mahalia Jackson & John Jacob Niles - Chicago radio broadcasts 1957, 1958
Led Zeppelin - At the Beeb, 2014 Rebroadcast
Bob Marley & The Wailers - Brisbane - Australia '79
Morrissey - The "Beethoven Was Deaf" Outtakes 1992
Morrissey - Denver, 2014
Ivan Neville's Dumpstaphunk - Performs Led Zeppelin 2014
Carl Palmer - Live in Israel 2014, FM
Ann Peebles & The Red Dog Band - John Peel Show 1974
Alice In Chains - Glasgow 1993, pre-FM
Lily Allen - New York City, 2014
Kevin Ayers - Bremen 1976, 2014
Jeff Beck - Royal Albert Hall, London 2014
Billy Bragg - Stockholm, 2013
The Byrds - In The Studio
The Byrds - Straight For The Sun 1971
Iris Dement - Kate Wolf Memorial Music Festival, 2013
Bob Dylan - The Picnic at Blackbushe
Konstrukt w Marshall Allen - Sant' Anna Arresi 2013
Jaco Pastorius - Berliner Jazztage, 1979, 2014 Rebroadcast
Sun Ra Arkestra - Berlin, Germany 1985 Onstage Recording
Sun Ra and his Omniverse Jetset Arkestra - Providence, Rhode Island 1985 Onstage Recording
Sun Ra Arkestra - Munchen, Germany 1985
Chicago Symphony Orchestra w Yuja Wang (piano) - Dean, Prokofiev, Nielsen, & Brahms 2013, 2005
Association PC w Jeremy Steig - Germany 1973
Back Door - BBC 'In Concert' 1975
The Jazz Realities feat. Carla Bley - Bremen 1966
Anthony Braxton's Falling River Music Quartet - Austria 2012, ITALIAN FM 2014 version

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New DVD Archive Of Rare Films
Alabama Shakes - New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival 2014
Ellie Goulding - Coachella Festival 2014: 1080i HDTV broadcast
Pixies - Coachella Festival 2014: 1080i HDTV broadcast
Pharrell Williams - Coachella Festival 2014: 1080i HDTV broadcast
Janine Jansen w Radio Philharmonisch Orkest conducted by Mark Elder - Sergei Prokofiev's Violin Concerto no. 2, Amsterdam 2009
Lyle Lovett - New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival 2014
Robert Plant & the Sensational Space Shifters - New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival 2014
MGMT - Morning Becomes Eclectic 2014
New Order - Lollapalooza Brazil, 2014: HDTV 1080i
Nine Inch Nails  - Lollapalooza Brazil, 2014: HDTV 1080i
Vampire Weekend - Lollapalooza Brazil, 2014: HDTV 1080i
Pet Shop Boys - Coachella Festival 2014: 1080p webcast
Soundgarden - Lollapalooza Brazil, 2014: Webcast 720p
Various - Swing In 1970: Rebroadcast 2014
Warpaint - Morning Becomes Eclectic, KCRW 2014: HD webcast 720p
Duck Sauce - Coachella Festival 2014: 1080p webcast
Fitz and The Tantrums - Live From The Artists Den 2014
Ellie Goulding - Lollapalooza Brazil, 2014: HDTV 1080i UPGRADE from 720p
Haim - Coachella Festival 2014: 1080p webcast
Michael Jackson - HIStory Tour Live In Auckland 1996
Lorde - Lollapalooza Brazil, 2014: HDTV 1080i
Lorde - Coachella Festival 2014, 1080p webcast

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ROIO Of The Week
America with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra - Buffalo 2014 [no label, 1CD] Live at Kleinhan's Music Hall, Buffalo, NY; March 28, 2014. Very good audience recording. Symphonic America anyone?
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Features

Israelis Gather On Hillsides To Watch And Cheer As Military Drops Bombs On Gaza

By Harriet Sherwood in Sderot

As the sun begins to sink over the Mediterranean, groups of Israelis gather each evening on hilltops close to the Gaza border to cheer, whoop and whistle as bombs rain down on people in a hellish warzone a few miles away.

Old sofas, garden chairs, battered car seats and upturned crates provide seating for the spectators. On one hilltop, a swing has been attached to the branches of a pine tree, allowing its occupant to sway gently in the breeze. Some bring bottles of beer or soft drinks and snacks.

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The Gaza Massacre

The July 2014 pounding of Gaza is to show, once again, Israel’s overwhelming military power in the region and, by playing the "victim", also an attempt to prevent US-Iran relations from getting any better. By Malaysian political scientist and reformist Dr Chandra Muzaffar.

Massacre has become a habit. Every two or three years, Israel launches a massive military assault upon largely unarmed Palestinians in Gaza. It did this in December 2008 to January 2009. It did it again in November 2012. On each occasion hundreds of Palestinians are murdered and thousands more maimed.

Every time, Israel claims the moral high ground for its brutal, barbaric action. It blames Hamas, an important component of the Palestinian liberation movement, for the present cycle of violence. It alleges, without an iota of proof, that Hamas was responsible for the kidnapping and killing of three Israeli teens on June 12, 2014. Hamas has denied any involvement.

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Shakin' All Over [the noize]
What It Means To Lose Pete Seeger
In 2006, music writer Dave Marsh wrote the liner notes to Bruce Springsteen's We Shall Overcome: The Seeger Sessions. When Pete Seeger died on January 27, 2014 at the age of 94, Marsh wrote the Seeger tribute below; and also presented the Remembering Pete Seeger special on the Live From E Street Nation radio programme (SiriusXM Ch. 20).
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Neil Young at Carnegie Hall 2014: The Majesty Of It All
Rust never sleeps... indeed. Even after all these years and fame, Neil Young stil has that majesty and mystery when he enters the spotlight on stage. Article and pictures by Karen Barry Schwarz.
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Sinead O'Connor's Open Letter To Miley Cyrus
After the 20-year-old Miley Cyrus claimed that Wrecking Ball's controversial video was inspired by the Prince-penned Nothing Compares 2 U - which Sinead O'Conner turned into a hit in 1990, the Irish singer was compelled to warn Cyrus that she is being "pimped" by the pop industry. This is the open letter which O'Connor posted on her blog.
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I Can See For Miles [cinelife]
Femme Fatale
"Chew my ass" is a phrase not to be taken lightly in Kurando Mitsutake's Gun Woman (2014) as a junkie-turned-killer hunts down a crazed perp who is into necrophilia and cannibalism. Stephen Tan reviews.
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Infernal Affairs
Banned in Malaysia, Gareth Evans's The Raid 2: Berandal (2014) cements the Welshman's reputation as the action filmmaker to watch as he continues to tackle police corruption in Indonesia, on screen, that is. Stephen Tan reviews.
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Little Whorehouse Of Terror
It's the stag party that wasn't in Jun Tsugita's Horny House Of Horror (2010). Stephen Tan reviews.
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Illicit Desires
One pair of brother and sister gets the hots for each other; while in another pair, sister fakes amnesia only for the brother to claim they are both husband and wife. The family ties that bind in Yamauchi Daisuke's The Tale Of The Affectionate Girl (2008). Stephen Tan reviews.
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I Can't Explain [world affairs]
The Return Of George Orwell
It is the responsibility of every citizen to be informed and active about the business of their government. But when activists find themselves sued to bankruptcy, fear rules, the citizens are silenced and 'Big Brother' wins. By John Pilger.
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Israelis Have The Upper Hand When It Comes To Vengeance
Shock and anger have engulfed Israeli and Palestinian societies since they learnt last week of the barbarous murder of children from their communities. Hours after three Israeli teenagers’ bodies were located, long after their abduction, a Palestinian youth, Mohammed Abu Khdeir, was kidnapped, beaten and burnt to death, apparently as revenge. By Jonathan Cook.
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On Ramadan, Socialism and the Neighbor's Beat up Car
When I was a child, I obsessed with socialism. It was not only because my father was a self-proclaimed socialist who read every book that a good socialist should read, but also because we lived in a refugee camp in Gaza under the harshest of conditions. Tanks roamed the dusty streets and every aspect of our lives was governed by a most intricate Israeli 'civil administration' system - a less distressing phrase for describing military occupation. By Ramzy Baroud.
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Why Abenomics Flopped
Japan, once a powerhouse of efficiency and creativity, is now yet another financialised economy addicted to asset inflation and too-big-to-fail corporations. Tax cuts for the rich and permanent low wages for the rest. Abenomics is just another word for class warfare. By Mike Whitney.
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Movie Reviews
Upstream Color
Dir: Shane Carruth

Transcendence or... just the cusp of transcendence? Thanks to a parasite, lives are made meaningful in Shane Carruth's Upstream Color (2013) but as Critic After Dark Noel Vera says, maybe it's not the ultimate destination that matters but the heady ride itself.
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Venus In Fur
Dir: Roman Polanski

In the tale of seduction Venus In Fur (2013), Roman Polanski once again takes on the world - here is a man who knows what he has to say may not hold much appeal - but needs to be said, anyway, admits Critic After Dark Noel Vera.
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Maleficent
Dir: Robert Stromberg

Nothing beats those oldies but goodies, as Robert Stromberg's retooled Maleficent (2014), despite all the technical advances, looks puerile next to Disney's "failed" original Sleeping Beauty, says Critic After Dark Noel Vera.
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Short Term 12
Dir: Destin Daniel Cretton

What does a helpline mean to a troubled teen? Destin Daniel Cretton's Short Term 12 (2013) is not as harrowing as One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest but Critic After Dark Noel Vera says it does pretty much capture the sights, sounds, smells and textures of a residency for at-risk youths.
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