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Philip Cheah remembers what others may want you to forget.

I was once struck by a written image of the Vietnam War where a planeload of soldiers was described as being “disgorged” onto the tarmac. That image was so pregnant that till today, I’ve been fascinated with watching how hordes of people can be swallowed into an airplane and then expulsed on landing. As a result, I’ve never felt impatient about getting on or off an airplane. The process of cantering and decantering is such a marvel to behold that I enter a trance. My mind zones out and I feel calm and empty.

It mirrors my feelings about collecting. Collections come and go. One day, they are neatly stacked up and admired, the next they become fodder for paper or plastic recycling.

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Free Downloads: This Week's New MP3s
(Click on the link to download the show)
Latest: Bruford's Earthworks
Philadelphia 1992
Re-start: Bruce Springsteen
Asbury Park, Christmas 2003
Latest: Sepultura
Rock in Rio, Rio De Janeiro 2019
Latest: Graham Nash
New York 1986
Latest: Various
ECM Records At 50, New York 2019
Los Lobos
KCRW Santa Monica, Christmas 2019
Frank Sinatra
Philadelphia 1986
Michael Nesmith
San Francisco 2019
The Band
Osaka 1983
The Byrds
San Francisco 1978
Scorpions
Rock in Rio, Rio De Janeiro 2019
David Bowie
Los Angeles 1978
Cannonball Adderley
France 1969
Rick Wakeman
London, Christmas 2017
Frank Sinatra
New Jersey 1983
Jeff Lynne's ELO
London 2019
The Who
Philadelphia 1973
X
Philadelphia 2003
Bad Religion
Inglewood, Christmas 2018
Greta Van Fleet
Inglewood 2018
Robbie Williams
London, Christmas 2015
Ray Charles
Copenhagen 1972
Frank Sinatra
Israel 1975
The Beatles
I Hope We Passed The Audition [Purple Chick, Public Domain]
David Byrne
New York 2019
Nick Lowe
Vancouver, Christmas 2015
The Beatles
Let It Be CD4-6 of 6 [Purple Chick Deluxe Edition]
Bob Dylan
Nashville Liveline 1975 - 2002
Mercury Rev and Beth Orton
San Francisco 2019
Slayer
Rio De Janeiro 2019
Jim James
New York 2019
Peter Brotzmann
Somerset, Christmas 2006
Tom Waits
Austin, Christmas 1978
Fire!
Norway 2018
The Beatles
Let It Be CD1-3 of 6 [Purple Chick Deluxe Edition]
Rod Stewart (with Jeff Beck)
Hollywood 2019
Richard Thompson
70th Birthday Celebration, London 2019
Brittany Howard
KCRW Santa Monica 2019
Florence + The Machine
Inglewood 2018
Clare Teal
Glasgow, Christmas 2018
Chvrches
Inglewood, Christmas 2018
Little Feat [Paul Barrere R.I.P. 1948 - 2019]
Upper Darby, PA , Christmas 1989
The Beatles
Abbey Road [Purple Chick Deluxe Edition]
The Beatles
The Lost Album [CD5-8 of 8]
The Beatles
The Lost Album [CD1-4 of 8]
Jackson Browne
Sings Zevon 1975 - 2014
Emily Barker
Glasgow 2018
Little Feat [Paul Barrere R.I.P. 1948 - 2019]
Kansas 1974
The Beatles
The Beatles CD11-12 [Purple Chick Deluxe Edition]
Ella Fitzgerald
Nice, France 1971
Neil Young
Detroit 2018
The Beatles
The Beatles CD6-10 [Purple Chick Deluxe Edition]
Jackson Browne with David Lindley
Santa Cruz 1987
Al Green
Roskilde Festival, Denmark 1999
Roger Waters
Manchester 2018
London Grammar
Germany 2018
Holly Cole
Leverkusen 2005
Bad Company
Dallas 2016
The Rolling Stones
Jersey Devil 1981 [CD5/6 of 6]
The Beatles
The Beatles CD1-5 [Purple Chick Deluxe Edition]
Save Ferris
Fairfax 1997
Dick Dale
Sydney 1995
Iggy Pop
Montreux 2018 [Complete]
Peter Bruntnell
Glasgow 2018
John Lennon
The Alternate Imagine
John Zorn/Laurie Anderson/Terry Riley
San Francisco 2019
Peter Frampton
Carmel-By-The-Sea 2016
The Beatles
Magical Mystery Year [Purple Chick Deluxe Edition]
The Rolling Stones
Foxborough 2019

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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
Bruford's Earthworks -Philadelphia 1992 [no label, 2CD] Live at the Theatre of the Living Arts, Philadelphia, PA; March 11, 1992 (Early and Late Shows). Very good soundboard. Earthworks was a deliberate return to jazz from modern rock for Bill Bruford.
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Features

Cinema On The Little Road

There are many unsung heroes in the history of Asian cinema. They are the Kagemusha, the infamous shadow warriors of Kurosawa’s classic. They have fought the battles for Asian cinema many times over without being known. Yet when you examine the evidence of history they are ALWAYS there. One such shadow warrior for Korean Cinema is Park Kiyong. Philip Cheah tells you why.

The history remains buried. It just needs a little excavation. For example, when Park Kiyong was the Dean of the Korean Academy of Film Arts (KAFA) from 2001-2009, he started the "feature film and animation production program". No other Korean film school at that time thought of producing feature films by their graduating students. In fact, no other film school in the world had such a feature production programme.

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China's The Belt And Road Initiative: The Bridge That Spans The World

Everybody wants to rule the world. But what if instead of that Western Imperialist concept, we all work towards sharing the wealth of the world in an equitable manner? An unreachable utopia or a dream worth reaching for? By Peter Koenig.

The Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), also called the New Silk Road, is based on a 2,100-year-old trade route between the Middle East and Eastern Asia, called the Silk Road. It wound its ways across the huge landmass Eurasia to the most eastern parts of China. It favored trading, based on the Taoist philosophy of harmony and peaceful coexistence – trading in the original sense of the term, an exchange with “win-win” outcomes, both partners benefitting equally.

Today, in the western world we have lost this concept. The terms of trade are imposed always by the ‘stronger’ partner, the west versus the poorer south – the south where most of the natural resources are lodged.

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Shakin' All Over [the noize]
Dylan In Ithaca
What's the point, when you can't make out the words he's singing? By David Yearsley.
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The Blues Had A White Baby And His Name Was Michael Bloomfield
“Well you know the blues got pregnant/And they named the baby Rock & Roll...” By Ron Jacobs.
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John Lennon vs The Deep State: One Man Against The 'Monster'
John Lennon, born 79 years ago on October 9, 1940, was a musical genius and pop cultural icon. He was also a vocal peace protester and anti-war activist and a high-profile example of the lengths to which the Deep State will go to persecute those who dare to challenge its authority. By John Whitehead via The Rutherford Institute.
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I Can't Explain [world affairs]
The Watchman Writes A Message To UK Voters
Comic book writer Alan Moore, creator of Watchmen, has shared a rare Facebook post on November 20, 2019 to endorse the UK's Labour Party.
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Denmark: Shootings, Car Torchings & Gang Violence
Start a war in Central Asia and you get boat loads of refugees at your doorstep. War. What is it good for? By Judith Bergman via The Gatestone Institute.
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Left-Wing Journalist On Sweden's Migrant Suburbs: 'Everyone Knew It Would End In Disaster'
A left-wing journalist in Sweden who vehemently supported mass immigration has changed her tune, admitting that when it came to Sweden’s crime-ridden no-go areas, “everyone knew it would end in disaster.” Aftonbladet’s Lena Mellin now acknowledges that Sweden’s attempt to integrate huge numbers of migrants from Africa and the Middle East has failed. By Paul Joseph Watson via Summit News.
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The Wall And General Pyrrhus
You want 'freedom'? You better know what 'freedom' entails, what it really means and whether you have the right constitution to handle it. By Victor Grossman.
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A Successful Coup Against Trump Will Murder American Democracy
Why impeach a president? Can't Americans wait 11 months and vote him out of office in November 2020? By Paul Craig Roberts.
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Kashmir: Self-Determination Is The Solution
India's 'Hong Kong' problem won't go away easily. By Chandra Muzaffar.
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I Can See For Miles [cinelife]
Scorsese’s Lament
It is time to reclaim cinema as an art form and not a money-making machine. By Louis Proyect.
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A Memory For The Present
Most directors take their entire career to finally break the mold of their signature style. Perhaps in a moment of unconscious enlightenment, Cambodia’s master documentarian, Rithy Panh, decided to break his yet-to-be-defined mold at the beginning of his career. By Philip Cheah.
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Joker: Cause Without A Rebel
A movie about the bad guy made more money than the one about the good guy. By Nick Pemberton.
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Movie Reviews
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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The Secrets Of Katyn
"The enemy of my enemy is my friend." Never has this ancient proverb sounded so true as in the Katyn Massacre of 1940. By Louis Proyect.
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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.
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