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Ain't Gonna Work On Pete Seeger's Farm No More

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Do The Independence

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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The blurb for Eka Kurniawan's Beauty Is A Wound: "Indonesia's troubled past: the rapacious offhand greed of colonialism; the chaotic struggle for independence; the 1965 mass murders of perhaps a million 'Communists,' followed by three decades of Suharto’s despotic rule." All wrapped in an indigenous surrealism that is highly intoxicating. Charles R. Larson reviews.

Eka Kurniawan's epic narrative of Indonesia's last 75 years, Beauty Is A Wound (first published in 2002; English translation 2015), follows the guise of a family saga: a luscious prostitute, her four daughters, and their children, moving from colonial days under the Dutch, to the rise of Communism after World War II, and finally to more recent instability with an occasional semblance of order.

Kurniawan's focal point is a city, called Halimunda, based, no doubt, on his own place of birth: Tasikmalaya, in West Java. It's a traditional society where women of great beauty can attain status, especially - and perhaps only - if they are whores.

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Free Downloads: This Week's New MP3s
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Latest: Leon Russell and Edgar Winter
Burlington 1987
Latest: Suzanne Vega
Amsterdam 2007
Latest: Paul Butterfield
Indianapolis 1983
Latest: Cecil Taylor
Willisau 1983
Latest: Lester Bowie
Frankfurt 1999
Nanci Griffith
London 1988
Bullet For My Valentine
BBC 2015
Mark Knopfler
Bristol 1996
John Renbourn / Wizz Jones / Robert Hunter
Radio Broadcasts 1987/1991/1984
Big Bill Broonzy
Chicago 1953
Pearl Jam
Central Park, NY, September 26, 2015
David Gilmour
Royal Albert Hall, September 25, 2015
JJ Cale
Santa Cruz 1993
Brand X (with Phil Collins)
BBC 1976
Stefano Bollani Quartet
Switzerland 2015
Les Rallizes Denudes
Nagoya 1976
Rotterdam 1972
Leeds 2015
The Jacksons
Hyde Park 2015
Nine Inch Nails and David Bowie
Maryland Heights, St Louis 1995
Pink Floyd
Hakone August 6, 1971 (New 2015 Source)
Fillmore West 1971 (2015 Remaster)
New York 1992
John Mellencamp
Farm Aid 2015 (September 19, 2015)

Latest: Cannonball Adderley
Austria 1972
Bob Dylan
Clean Cuts
The Who
Lifehouse Reconstructed
Blind Faith
Sweden 1969
Steve Miller Band
Germany 2010
David Bromberg
Roslyn 1976
Paris 2011
Joe McPhee
Germany 2008
BBC 1972

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Long Live Rock! [BigO Audio Archive]

New ROIOs*
Frank Sinatra - Chicago 1984, Uncirculated
Jackson Browne - Hold On/Late For The Show, Osaka, Japan 2015 Part 1 of 3
Lauryn Hill - Lucca Summer festival 2015 FM
Rhiannon Giddens - Brooklyn, New York 2015 FM
FFS (Franz Ferdinand & Sparks) - Benicassim, Spain 2015 MP2 satellite broadcast
Dwight Yoakam - Live In Session On MBE KCRW FM 2015
Cassandra Wilson - Coming Forth By Day: A Celebration of Billie Holiday at New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival 2015 FM
Benjamin Britten with Peter Pears, Galina Vishnevskaya & Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau - War Requiem Op 66 live in Amsterdam 1964 Digital Download
Thin Lizzy - Ludwisshafen 1975
The Pretenders - New York 1994
Albert Hammond - London 2015
Camel - Belgium 2015 Audience
The Band - Live At The Joint, Las Vegas 1996 SBD
Black Sabbath - Manchester Apollo 1989 Pre-FM
NDR Bigband & Nguyên Lê - Pink Floyd's The Dark Side Of The Moon, Hamburg 2013 UPGRADE 10 mins longer
John Tavener, Arvo Pärt, Giovanni Battista Pergolesi performed by New European Ensemble, The Netherlands 2015
Terry Riley World Minimal Music Festival 2015
Pantera - Unofficial Live In Buenos Aires 1998
Motley Crue - Sinners Of Las Vegas 2008
ZZ Top - Davenport 2015, 24:48 hi-res
Van Halen - Auburn, WA 2015
Iron Maiden - Last Night in Japan 2000
Neil Young w Promise Of The Real - Nebraska, 2015 Audience
Linda Ronstadt - New Jersey 1996 Audience
The Beatles - Concierto En Madrid Feb 7, 1965 FAKE BOOTLEG
José James - A tribute to Billie Holiday, 2015 FM
Creedence Clearwater Revival - Fillmore West 1971 44th Anniversary Remaster
The Bad Plus - Live at The Village Underground, London 2014
Jethro Tull - Berlin 1972
Stephen Stills and Manassas - BBC In Concert 1972 Mk2 Version with light remaster
Wishbone Ash (Mk I) - BBC in Concert 1974 and Don Kirshner's Rock Concert 1974
Yngwie Malmsteen - Rising Force Summerfest 1985 FM

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New DVD Archive Of Rare Films
Sleater-Kinney - Pitchfork Music Festival 2015 webcast 1080p
Selah Sue - Paris, France 2015 Video On Demand 720p
Wilco - Pitchfork Music Festival 2015 webcast 1080p
Tesla - Clarkston, MI 2015 webcast 720p
Kamasi Washington - NPR Jazz Night In America 2015 HDTV 720p
Kamasi Washington - KCRW Morning Becomes Eclectic 2015 webstream 720p
VARIOUS - The David Lynch Foundation honors Ringo Starr, 2014 HDTV 1080p
Rock n Roll America 2015 Whole Lotta Shakin' S01E02 WEBRip 720p
BB King - Austin City Limits 1982 HDTV 2015 broadcast 1080p
Paul McCartney - Out There, Live at Budokan, 2015 HDTV 720p
Iggy Pop - Lyon, France 2015 Video On Demand 720p
Natalie Prass - Pitchfork Music Festival 2015 webcast 1080p
Emeli Sandé - North Sea Jazz 2015, HDTV 1080i
Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell - Austin City Limits S39E05: UPGRADE2 HDTV 1080p
Chvrches - Pitchfork Music Festival 2015 webcast 1080p
Jamie Cullum & Band - Stuttgart 2015 webstream 720p
Chuck Berry - 'Face au Public', Belgium 1965
Mac DeMarco - Pitchfork Music Festival 2015 webcast 1080p
BBC Proms 2015 - Prom 1: First Night of the Proms HDTV 1080p
Elvis Presley - Elvis that's alright mama 60 years on BBC 2014 webrip 720p
Miles Davis - North Sea Jazz Festival Collection 1984 to 1988 Digital Cable
Faith No More - BBC Radio 1 Rock Show  webcast 720p
José James - Yesterday I Had The Blues: The Music Of Billie Holiday, Rotterdam 2015 HDTV 1080p
Lionel Ritchie - Glastonbury Festival 2015 complete HDTV 1080p UPGRADE
Becca Stevens - Live at Moods, Zurich, 2015 HDTV 1080p
Joss Stone - WXPN Free At Noon, Philadelphia 2015 webcast 720p
VARIOUS - Stamping Ground 1970, Holland Pop Festival
The Staves - Glastonbury Festival 2015 complete webcast 720p
St Vincent - Heineken Open'er Festival, Poland 2015 webcast 720p


ROIO Of The Week
Leon Russell and Edgar Winter - Burlington 1987 [no label, 1CD] Live at Hunts, Burlington, VT; July 28, 1987. Very good to excellent soundboard. Strange pairing, sweet music.
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UN's New 'Global Goals' - The Elites' Blueprint For A 'United World'

The elites want a one world government, a one world economic system and a one world religion. But they are not going to achieve these things by conquest. As Michael Snyder points out, they rather want everyone to sign up for these new systems willingly.

Have you heard of “the global goals”? If you haven’t heard of them by now, rest assured that you will be hearing plenty about them in the days ahead. On September 25, 2015, the United Nations launched a set of 17 ambitious goals that it plans to achieve over the next 15 years.

The formal name of this new plan is “the 2030 Agenda“, but those behind it decided that they needed something catchier when promoting these ideas to the general population. The UN has stated that these new “global goals” represent a “new universal Agenda” for humanity. Virtually every nation on the planet has willingly signed on to this new agenda, and you are expected to participate whether you like it or not.

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The Wrecking Crew: The Unsung Musicians Behind The Hits

Artist and critic Kim Nicolini rediscovers The Wrecking Crew - the “back-up” band from the '50s to the '70s that literally defined a whole generation of music - from Phil Spector to Pet Sounds to Simon & Garfunkel and beyond. It’s the same band, just different vocalists and songs.

Last year, I bought my daughter a portable record player for her 16th birthday. She is fascinated with music from the early and mid-'60s (the time when I grew up), and I thought listening to records of that music would be a great experience for her. I remembered how much joy I got out of my portable record player as a kid, so I wanted to share that joy with my daughter.

So along with an appreciation of vinyl, she has also learned to appreciate the record store (before it becomes another extinct artifact of Late Capitalism). Her collection includes all the Beatles albums (including a few original releases in pristine condition, of which she is mightily proud to own), Simon & Garfunkel, the Beach Boys, Velvet Underground, the Mama & the Papas and Janis Joplin.

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Shakin' All Over [the noize]
When Dylan Went Electric
Bob Dylan’s 1965 Newport set was the perfect expression of the coming generational divide. It also represented a clear break between the pop sensibility of early '60s rock 'n' roll and the more diverse and sophisticated rock music that followed. As Elijah Wald wrote in his new book, Dylan Goes Electric!, "It was the dawn of the world we have lived in ever since." Clearly no one has told the story better.
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Banned In The USA: Luther Campbell Unbound
It's been 25 years since Luther (2 Live Crew) Campbell released his debut album, Banned In The USA, a seminal hip-hop release. He has dealt with drugs, women, violence and, most of all, censorship and now talks the talk in his new autobiography, The Book Of Luke: My Fight For Truth, Justice And Liberty City. By Dave Marsh.
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The Rise And Fall Of Death Row Records
With Straight Outta Compton just out in the cinemas, Jeffrey St Clair revisits S Leigh Savidge and Jeff Scheftel's 2001 documentary, Welcome To Death Row, the label that came after NWA and housed three of hip-hop's biggest stars - Snoop Dogg, Tupac Shakur and Dr Dre. In the end, although the label generated more than $400 million in sales, its top star was dead, its business manager was in jail and all the money was gone, most of it filched by white businessmen.
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I Can See For Miles [cinelife]
Houses Of Holies
In real life, sex and spirituality might be so intertwined that one doesn't think too much of them. But in Amitabh Chakraborty's Cosmic Sex (2012), talking and thinking about sex when there is a naked person in front of you can be a totally different matter. Stephen Tan reviews.
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Lake Placid
A lot has happened in cinematic violence and sex since Kim Ki-duk made The Isle in 2000. But even after 15 years, the film has not aged and continues to shock. Stephen Tan reviews.
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Love Unto Death
In Kazuo "Gaira" Komizu's Rusted Body – Guts of the Virgin 3 (1987), finding release - from "hard times" to marital to sexual - is the operative word. And if that is withhold, as one character says, "balls will explode". Stephen Tan reviews.
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Sex Slave: The Beginning
Being abducted is just a start. Next, it's rape and torture as the victim starts on the road to being a sex slave in Yasuaki Uegaki's Female Market: Imprisonment (1986). Stephen Tan reviews.
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I Can't Explain [world affairs]
The Age Of Finance Capital And The Irrelevance Of Mainstream Economics
Welcome to the age of finance capital where buying and selling of ownership titles is the primary field of investment, and asset price inflation is the main source of profit making and (parasitic) expansion. By Ismael Hossein-Zadeh..
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Jeremy Corbyn: The Most Left-Wing Leader Labour Has Ever Had
On September 12, 2015, dark horse candidate Jeremy Corbyn was elected leader of the British Labour Party with 59.5 per cent of the votes in a stunning first-round victory. Tariq Ali looks at what's in store for the Labour Party and for British politics.
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An Accidental Cinema: $ingapore Unbound!
Philip Cheah looks at the "happy" accidents in $ingapore cinema.
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All The $ingapore Men
By Masturah Alatas. Polling day, $ingapore, September 11, 2015. 17.23 GMT: In solidarity with $ingaporean Muslim policewomen and nurses who are not allowed to wear the hijab when they are on duty, men of all ethnicities and faiths have been showing up at polling stations all over $ingapore today wearing the hijab.
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The Story Of A Place Called Mouseland
Here is a modern parable by Canadian New Democrat, the late Tommy Douglas, for anyone stepping into a polling booth.

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Movie Reviews
K'na, The Dreamweaver
Dir: Ida Anita Del Mundo

Ida Anita Del Mundo's K'na, The Dreamweaver (2014) might be a flawed first feature but like the heroine in the film, Del Mundo is still a dreamweaver in her own right - she's not only the repository of dreams but also one who is spinning brand new visions. By Critic After Dark Noel Vera.
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Inside Out
Dir: Pete Docter

If Pete Docter's Inside Out (2015) feels like it's drawn from Hayao Miyazaki's Spirited Away, it has none of the latter's charm, unfolding trauma and imaginary beings, even if they are all inside the head, says Critic After Dark Noel Vera.
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Star Trek: Renegades

Will leaked pilot TV shows be the new norm? Stephen Tan checks out Fox's Lucifer and Star Trek: Renegades, the former coming to your TV screen in 2016 and, for the latter, last heard, it's still up in the air.
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Jurassic World
Dir: Colin Trevorrow

The franchise might be strong but what's wholly missing in Colin Trevorrow's Jurassic World (2015) is Steven Spielberg's sense of play and fun, says Critic After Dark Noel Vera.
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A Most Violent Year
Dir: JC Chandor

JC Chandor's mob story, A Most Violent Year (2014), is understated suspense and oppressive atmosphere and even takes on Coppola's Godfather saga itself. Talk about grand ambition, says Critic After Dark Noel Vera.
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