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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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New Year's Eve 2011 (data)

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Basel 2011 (data)

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Various
Prince's Trust Rock Gala 2011 (data)

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An ode to Osama Bin Laden's 'funeral song'. By David Yearsley.

Unlike the days following Osama bin Laden’s death on May 2, 2011, the tenth anniversary of his killing passed without hoopla in the American Homeland. A decade on from death of America’s arch enemy, no jubilant drones danced in patriotic formation above the National Mall; there was no SEAL Team 6 reenactment at the freshly reopened Disneyland; no Director’s cut (John Brennan’s not Kathryn Bigelow’s) of Zero Dark Thirty dropped on NetFlix or on the Hindu Kush.

In 2011 then-Vice President Joe Biden advised Barak Obama against the mission because he was nervous about potential failure.

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Free Downloads: This Week's New MP3s
(Click on the link to download the show)
Latest: Miles Davis Quintet
Helsinki 1964
Latest: Pink Floyd
Hokkaido 1972 - Last Gig On The Moon
Latest: Little Feat
Transmission Impossible
Latest: Fleetwood Mac
Los Angeles 1980 [Mike Millard Tape]
Latest: The Style Council
Chippenham 1984
Cliff Richard
London 1979
Julia Hülsmann
Munich 2021
Joni Mitchell
Los Angeles 1979 [Mike Millard Tape]
Styx
Long Beach 1978 [Mike Millard Tape]
Patti Smith
Washington 1979
David Bromberg
Live Demon In Disguise
Lily Allen
Seattle 2007
Don Cherry
Berlin 1971
Talking Heads
Paris 1979
Neil Young
Los Angeles 1983 [Mike Millard Tape]
Jefferson Starship
Long Beach 1975 [Mike Millard Tape]
Various - Concert For Jerry Brown
Maryland 1976
PJ Harvey
Berlin 1998
Lester Bowie
Chicago 1987
Prince
Madrid 1990
Tom Jones
London 1991
Fairport Convention
A Chronicle Of Sorts 1967-1969
Marshall Crenshaw
Philadelphia 2001
Art Blakey and The Jazz Messengers
Chicago 1987
The New Barbarians
Inglewood 1979 [Mike Millard Tape]
Pink Floyd
Tokyo 1972 - Second Night: At The End Of The Horizon
The Rolling Stones
Fully Finished Studio Outtakes
Jerry Jeff Walker
Austin 1991
Dire Straits
Cologne 1979

London 2018
Gregory Porter
Wiesbaden 2018
Van Morrison
Montreux 1980
Genesis
Inglewood 1978 [Mike Millard Tape]
Santana
Edinburgh 1976
Dixie Dregs
Tucson 1978
Babymetal
Nurburg 2018
Esperanza Spalding
New Orleans 2009
American Jazz Quartet
Austria 1986
James Brown
Berkeley 1982
PJ Harvey
Portugal 2000
Lucinda Williams
San Francisco 1989
Linda Ronstadt
Los Angeles 1977 [Mike Millard Tape]
The Beatles
The WBCN Acetate Soundboard
Marcus Miller
France 2018
John McLaughlin
France 1984
Boz Scaggs
Chicago 2018
The National
Chicago 2018
Lorde
Barcelona 2018
Laura Marling
Los Angeles 2017
The Beatles
Live 11: The Last Tour [Purple Chick 2CD]
Chick Corea and Herbie Hancock
Los Angeles 1978
Linda Ronstadt
Maryland 1977
Nicolette Larson
West Hollywood 1979
Seldom Scene
Washington 1973
Soft Machine
Syracuse, NY 1974
The Beatles
Live 10: Far East Men [Purple Chick 2CD]
Yusef Lateef Quartet
Paris 1979
Keith Jarrett Trio
Hungary 1972
War
Houston 1986 [Late Show]
Chicago
Osaka 1973
UK
Santa Monica 1978 [Mike Millard Tape]
Liz Phair
New York 1998
The Beatles
Live 09: Bowled Over [Purple Chick 2CD]
John Surman et al
France 1970
John Prine
Houston 1988
War
Houston 1986 [Early Show]
Little Feat
Santa Monica 1973
Bob Dylan
The McKenzie Tapes, Home Recordings 1961-1962
Laura Marling
London 2020
The Beatles
Live 08: Sheaken Not Stirred [Purple Chick 2CD]
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

Modi Is Singularly Responsible For India’s Pandemic Disaster

India, a nation of 1.3 billion with daily cases of 300,000. China, a nation of 1.4 billion with daily cases of less than 20. Absolute numbers matter, not percentages. By Sonali Kolhatkar.

India has become the new global epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic, with daily infections surpassing 300,000 per day and the official death toll - likely a massive underestimate - nearing a quarter of a million people.

Hospitals are being overrun with patients, and the crisis is exacerbated by a devastating shortage of oxygen. The Indian judiciary has gone as far as threatening capital punishment for anyone caught trying to divert shipments of oxygen from around the country to affected areas. There have been dozens of deaths documented directly tied to a lack of oxygen.

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All Dressed Up For The Oscars And Nowhere To Go

There are more eyeballs in China. By David Yearsley.

This past Sunday [April 26] a pared-down pandemic contingent of Hollywood elites conducted the annual Academy Award rituals of self-glorification not, as they have done since 2002, in the modern glitz of the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood itself, but in the Art Deco splendor of downtown Los Angeles’ Union Station.

It seemed oddly fitting, more than a year into Covid Time, that the stars and moguls, a couple hundred in number, would take over a utilitarian cathedral of public transport for their three-hour advertisement: the message conveyed by the begowned and tuxedoed perched at tables and banquettes was that they were all dressed up but had nowhere to go.

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Shakin' All Over [the noize]
From Bach To Mao: Orville Schell’s Cultural Revolution
Is it time for change? Have you had enough? By Jonah Raskin.
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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.
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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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I Can't Explain [world affairs]
Enemies Of Science
Who came first? By MG Piety.
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Britain On The Road To Kleptocracy
And you say your government is 'free of corruption'? How much did you pay for that? By Patrick Cockburn.
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America’s Neoliberal Financialization Policy vs China’s Industrial Socialism
Hard work or speculation? Choose. By Michael Hudson.
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The Trillion Dollar SUV
"Power, style and plenty of space for passengers and cargo give the 2020 Ford Expedition its swagger and imposing presence on the road." And when you put eight billionaires in it, it's even more impressive. By Bob Lord.
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How The Saami Indigenous People Fended Off Gates-Funded Geoengineering Experiment
Bill Gates and friends wanted to release 'chalk dust' up in the sky to block the sun and 'save the planet'. The experiment was shifted from America to Sweden. Duck. By Patrick Mazza.
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The US Weaponizes ‘Human Rights’ Against Nations Like China
While we wait for the US to produce the weapons of mass destruction they claimed Iraq had, the US are once again going after another sovereign nation with accusations of human rights violations. By Caitlin Johnstone.
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Massage Parlor Massacre: Guns, God & Sex Addictionology
The shooter aka the killer was an Evangelical Christian youth minister. Bet you didn't know that. By Susan Block.
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I Can See For Miles [cinelife]
Film As Art And Weapon: Raoul Peck’s 'Exterminate All The Brutes'
“Where art is a weapon, it is only so when it is art” - Albert Maltz, one of the Hollywood Ten. By Louis Proyect.
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The Reverse Marxism Of Adam Curtis’s ‘Can’t Get You Out Of My Head’
Why it would be better if the filmmaker aspired to be less of a historian, and more of a philosopher. By Tom Whyman.
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A Cineaste’s Picks For The Best Films Of 2020
Films to watch as the pandemic rages outside and around the world. By Louis Proyect.
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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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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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