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Despite a controversial props malfunction in Nashville, Katy Perry continues to offer herself as the main course in a movable feast that sees the pop singer as consumer product that also consumes others. By David Yearsley.

Seated on psychedelic Rings of Saturn beneath an arena night sky strewn with planets, stars and galaxies, and herself kitted out in glittering silver wig with matching boots, gown, and guitar, Katy Perry hovered forty feet above a roiling sea of phone-wielding fans when she came to a halt yesterday evening (October 18, 2017) in the Music City, Nashville, Tennessee, like a pop Queen of the Night locked in the death grip of a malevolent tractor beam.

Was it Russian hackers in league with on-and-off-again blonde bête noire, Taylor Swift, who stalled her sometime rival’s traverse of the climate-controlled heavens? Was it a covert cyber mission orchestrated from the West Wing and/or Trump Tower that lamed the lamé-clad Clintonite?

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Free Downloads: This Week's New MP3s
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Latest: Steve Earle, Emmylou Harris, Lucinda Williams
San Francisco 2017
Latest: The Killers
Austin 2017
Latest: Sting
Osaka 2017
Latest: Broetzmann / Parker / Drake
Italy 2016
Latest: John Taylor's Foil / Vocal Summit
Brighton 1987
Olivia Newton-John
Texas 2017
Frank Zappa
Fillmore West 1970
The Tragically Hip [Gord Downie R.I.P. 1964 - 2017]
Toronto 1989
Van Morrison
Eden Project, Cornwall 2017
Dan Auerbach
Los Angeles 2017
BBC Concert Orchestra
Queen: Friday Night, At The Opera 2017
Patti Smith
Cleveland 1978
The Swell Season
Bremen 2009
Liam Gallagher
Berlin 2017
John Mellencamp
Farm Aid, Pennsylvania 2017
Kamasi Washington
London 2016
Salena Jones
Austria 1973
Rickie Lee Jones
New York 2016
Eric Clapton
Detroit 1975
Mark Lindsay
Pasadena 2017
Bob Dylan
Albuquerque, December 5, 1979
Amsterdam 1972
Imagine Dragons
Munich 2017
Guns N' Roses
New York 2017
Frank Sinatra
Monte Carlo 1958
BBC Proms - Charles Mingus Revisited 2017
Trevor Watts Quartet
London 2017
Tony Williams
New York 1970
Stevie Wonder
Central Park, New York 2017
Eric Clapton
Criteria Studios, Miami 1975
Bob Dylan
Albuquerque 1979
Tom Petty [R.I.P.1950-2017]
Hollywood Bowl 2017
Tom Petty [R.I.P.1950-2017]
Florida 1993 - Restart
Tom Petty [R.I.P.1950-2017]
Lucca 2012 - Restart
London, October 2, 2017
Van Morrison
Los Angeles 1973
The Verve
Unreleased Urban Hymns Tracks
Dave Mason
Hartford 2017
William Parker Organ Quartet
France 2017
Ella Fitzgerald
Nice, France 1972
Steely Dan [Walter Becker R.I.P. 1950-2017]
Chicago 2009
John Lennon
Mind Games Sessions [Disc 3 and 4 of 4]
Janis Ian
The Main Point, Bryn Mawr 1975
John Lennon
Mind Games Sessions [Disc 1 and 2 of 4]
Pete Seeger
London 1978
Fillmore West 1969
Bob Dylan
Santa Monica 1979 (LTE Version)
Columbia Studios 1974
Gillian Welch and David Rawlings
Treasures 1996-2007
The Hollies
The Netherlands 1992
Husker Du [Grant Hart R.I.P. 1961-2017]
Complete Covers Collection
Lydian Sound Orchestra
Roma 2017
Charles Bradley [R.I.P. 1948-2017]
James Island 2012
Charles Bradley [R.I.P. 1948-2017]
Rockpalast 2013 - Restart
Charles Bradley [R.I.P. 1948-2017]
Austin 2016 - Restart
Charles Bradley [R.I.P. 1948-2017]
Koln 2016 - Restart
Michel Camilo and Hiromi
Tokyo 2016
David Bowie
Glastonbury 2000
Black Forest - Offenback 1979
Kenny Loggins
Austin 1982
Bob Dylan and Tom Petty
Minneapolis 1986
Elvis Costello
Falkirk 1977
Guns N' Roses
Miami 2017
Britten Sinfonia (Ravi Shankar & Philip Glass)
BBC Proms 2017
Ingrid Laubrock
Moers 2017
Paul McCartney
Newark, NJ 2017
Budokan 2017
Grant Hart [R.I.P. 1961-2017]
St Paul, MN 2000
Joan Osborne
Ocean City, NJ 2017
Jackson Browne
Osaka 2015

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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
Dan Auerbach - Los Angeles 2017 [no label, 1CD]] Morning Becomes Eclectic. KCRW Presents Apogee Sessions, Apogee Studio, Los Angeles, CA; June 14, 2017. Very good audio (ripped from HDTV broadcast). The Guardian: "[There's] a real lushness to Auerbach's production... but really you'd be hard pressed to find a weak link here."
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My History With Alexander Cockburn and the Financial Future of CounterPunch

BigO "borrows" a large number of commentaries from CounterPunch because they are well-written opinions, insights and backgrounders for much of what's happening in the world today. CounterPunch are having their annual donation drive right now. You can't spend more wisely than by giving a donation. By CounterPunch’s longtime business manager, Becky Grant.

II started working for Alexander Cockburn 20 years ago. The main point of my position was to convert his hunt-and-pecked type-written articles into a digital format. It was a complicated exchange involving a range of technologies, as archaic as a fountain pen, lots of whiteout and typing paper and a MacPro 2700 - a suit-cased sized beast that could send emails and upload to servers.

Occasionally the articles were for CounterPunch, so when he told me he was moving the office to Petrolia and asked me to be his bookkeeper about a year after I started working for him, was only slightly familiar with the newsletter he and Ken Silverstein started a few years earlier.

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Kim Dotcom Plots Hollywood's Downfall

In the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal, Kim Dotcom is offering support to victims of similar abuse. The entrepreneur says he'll fund a class-action lawsuit to expose the crimes of high-ranking Hollywood executives. By Andy of TorrentFreak.

It has been nothing short of a disastrous week for movie mogul Harvey Weinstein. Accused of sexual abuse and harassment by a string of actresses, the latest including Angelina Jolie and Gwyneth Paltrow, the 65-year-old is having his life taken apart. This week, the influential producer was fired by his own The Weinstein Company, which is now seeking to change its name. And [on Ocotber 10, 2017], following allegations of rape made in The New Yorker magazine, his wife, designer Georgina Chapman, announced she was leaving the Miramax co-founder.

“My heart breaks for all the women who have suffered tremendous pain because of these unforgivable actions,” the 41-year-old told People magazine.

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Shakin' All Over [the noize]
Jazz Revolutionaries: Monk and Dizzy
Writer David Yearsley declares "2017 the centenary of Boppers and Bolsheviks" - and looks at the birth of the cool bop through the lives and times of pianist Thelonius Monk and trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie.
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Goin’ Down The Road Feeling Blue
On the road is the best place to ruminate on music, undisturbed by useless conversations. Bring along the familiar or better still challenge yourself with something new. Cassette, CD or the ubiquitous thumb drive loaded with music files. By David Yearsley.
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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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I Can't Explain [world affairs]
Christopher Columbus Is No Hero
Hero of colonialism gets his comeuppance. By George, wait till you get yours, you supporters of globalization. By Joel Helfrich.
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The US Economy Is Failing
There is no mystery to low wages. Wages are kept low by importing foreign workers. Low wages make citizen workers victims to the high cost of living. But low wages means more profit to shareholders and executives. Is this fair? By Paul Craig Roberts.
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The Preacher and Vietnam: When Billy Graham Urged Nixon To Kill One Million People
What's wrong with the world? Just say anything bad about the Jews and, like Billy Graham, he gets dragged from his semi-dotage, and impelled to express public contrition. Or about Muslims - for that matter - and you get a fatwa rained down upon you. Mention killing a million North Vietnamese and no one bats an eyelid. By Jeffrey St Clair and Alexander Cockburn.
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Social Media: When Does 'Actively Working With the Govt' Become Censorship?
In the totalitarian state, even the opposition and independent voices are all government approved. Every artist and creative individual is state-sponsored. What can possibly go wrong? By Thomas Knapp.
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The Killing Of History
History gets rewritten as Ken Burns and Lynn Novick look at The Vietnam War, a 10-part series where truth is replaced by a glib, post-modernist “We are all searching for some meaning in this terrible tragedy.” By John Pilger.
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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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