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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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You know Wikileaks caused damage when you read the story of how the intelligence services pursued its founder Julian Assange. It is also the story of an individual standing up to power, middle finger pointed upwards. His crime was his courage to report or leak the truth. By John Pilger.

Julian Assange has been vindicated because the Swedish case against him was corrupt. The prosecutor, Marianne Ny, obstructed justice and should be prosecuted. Her obsession with Assange not only embarrassed her colleagues and the judiciary but exposed the Swedish state’s collusion with the United States in its crimes of war and “rendition”.

Had Assange not sought refuge in the Ecuadorean embassy in London, he would have been on his way to the kind of American torture pit Chelsea Manning had to endure. This prospect was obscured by the grim farce played out in Sweden. “It’s a laughing stock,” said James Catlin, one of Assange’s Australian lawyers. “It is as if they make it up as they go along”.

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Free Downloads: This Week's New MP3s
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Latest: Midnight Oil
Chicago 2017
Latest: Leonard Cohen
Bonn 1979
Latest: Cat Stevens
Berkeley 1971
Latest: LCD Soundsystem
Mountain View 2017
Latest: Poco
Philadelphia 1986
Philadelphia 1988
Nate Wooley
Sant'Anna Arresi 2016
Frank Sinatra
A Rare Collection Of Songs Vol 2
Roy Buchanan
Live In Japan Outtakes 1977
Philadelphia 2017
Audioslave [Chris Cornell R.I.P. 1964 - 2017]
Hultsfred 2003
Chris Cornell [R.I.P. 1964 - 2017]
San Francisco 1989
Danny Gatton
Washington 1974
Miley Cyrus
Backyard Sessions 2015
Vancouver 2017 (Opening night of the 2017 Joshua Tree Tour)
Philadelphia 1978
Bob Mould
Vienna 1989
Bob Dylan
Dublin - May 11, 2017
Mac DeMarco
Brooklyn 2017
Paul Weller
London, May 12, 2017 / Amsterdam 1998
Philadelphia 1976
Danny Gatton
Boulder 1993
Ann Wilson (Heart)
New Orleans 2017
Legion Of Mary (Jerry Garcia)
Scranton 1975
Jennifer Warnes
Munich 1987
Ida Sand
Young At Heart Projekt - Bernau by Berlin 2017 (Nei Young covers)
Danny Gatton
Washington 1984
Chicago 2017
Nanci Griffith
Dallas 1989
Martin Carthy
Leeds 1974
Roy Buchanan
Tokyo 1977
Bronx 2017
Ace Frehley
Milwaukee 1987
Ed Palermo Big Band
Iridium, New York 2017 (Frank Zappa tribute)
Mick Jagger
Webster Hall, New York City 1993
Panama Francis
Paris 1974
Maria Muldaur
West Hollywood 1974
Schweinfurt, Germany 1988
Robbie Fulks
Berwyn, IL 2007
Kendrick Lamar
Coachella 2017
The Rolling Stones
Some Live Biscuits
Roger Waters with Eric Clapton
East Rutherford 1984
West, Bruce & Laing
Boston 1972
Aretha Franklin
Antibes 1970
Bob Dylan
The Palladium, London - April 30, 2017
The Greedies
Camden 1978
Bob Dylan
Amsterdam - April 18, 2017
Bob Dylan
Amsterdam - April 17, 2017
Bob Dylan
Amsterdam - April 16, 2017
Linda May Han Oh
Australia 2015
Frank Sinatra
The Stone Roses
Tokyo 2017
Run The Jewels
New York 2017
Sofia Gubaidulina
Boston 2017 [Triple Concerto - World Premiere]
Yes [Featuring Jon Anderson, Trevor Rabin, Rick Wakeman]
Tokyo 2017
Oakland 1988
Bob Dylan
Stockholm - April 2, 2017
Grateful Dead
Baltimore 1977
Bob Dylan
Stockholm - April 1, 2017
Peace In Hell [Afghan Hardcore]
Essen 2017
Roy Orbison
Ontario 1976
Paul Motian
Bremen 1994
Gil Scott-Heron
London 1990
Frank Sinatra
L.A. Is My Lady Sessions
Os Mutantes
Sao Paulo 1978
Auckland 1980
Humble Pie
Paris 1974
Patti Smith
Melbourne - April 16, 2017
Allan Holdsworth [R.I.P. 1946 - 2017]
Reseda 1982
Allan Holdsworth [R.I.P. 1946 - 2017]
Tokyo 1994
Simon Rattle
Mahler's Symphony No. 2 (Resurrection) - London 2015
Gregory Porter
New Orleans 2014

Latest: The Decemberists
Newport 2011
Cyndi Lauper
Tokyo 2012
Matthew Shipp
Piano Jazz 2006
Bonnie Prince Billy
Holland 2012
Howlin' Wolf
Chicago 1969
Sufjan Stevens
Amsterdam 2012
Rory Gallagher
Cleveland 1978
Soundgarden [Chris Cornell R.I.P. 1964 - 2017]
Hollywood 1991
Temple Of The Dog [Chris Cornell R.I.P. 1964 - 2017]
San Francisco 2016
Ry Cooder
Cotati 1987

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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
Leonard Cohen - Bonn 1979 [Golden Rain, 2CD] Live at the Großer Saal, Beethovenhalle, Bonn, West Germany; December 3, 1979. Very good FM broadcast. "I can't keep track of each fallen robin/I remember you well..."
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Music Pricing: There Has To Be A Paradigm Shift

$25 Hirez downloads, $80, $100, $250 box sets. Is it time for the pricing of CDs, LPs and music in general to fall? By digital vinyl infidel.

The record companies, artists, and online retailers are, in MY OPINION, going to have to sit down and do a reset.

$25 Hirez downloads, $80, $100, $250 box sets, and even $12 Redbook FLAC albums are going to have to go the way of the dodo bird. They have to come to the realization that music simply can't be priced the way it was 20 years ago. It has lost its value in the marketplace and competes with numerous other forms of entertainment. I know numerous music lovers who have cut back their consumption dramatically, and shun the hirez downloads, the $40-$60 LP reissues, and even CDs in favor of Spotify, Tidal, or used CDs for pennies.

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Comeback Kid: The Classic Walkman Returns

The Sony TPS-L2 is fetching hundreds of pounds on the auction websites, according to recent news reports.

The classic Sony TPS-L2 Walkman seen in the Hollywood movie Guardians Of The Galaxy is now selling for hundreds of pounds on eBay. One was sold for £600 (about US$775). Used by Peter Quill, played by actor Chris Pratt, the Walkman has made an appearance in both Guardians of the Galaxy and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2. It is also the first Walkman to ever be produced, reported UK pop music site NME.

Models are fetching hundreds of pounds on eBay, some are even bagging thousands - especially if they come in the original box along with the iconic orange foam headphones.

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Shakin' All Over [the noize]
The Music Never Stopped
Ron Jacobs looks at Peter Conner's Cornell ’77: The Music, the Myth, and the Magnificence of the Grateful Dead’s Concert at Barton Hall; and relives those heady May 1977 days with the show in Baltimore.
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And Justice For Some
Metallica are touring Asia in January 2017. To mark the occasion, here is a 1993 Metallica press conference attended by Martyn See, that was published in BigO #90, June 1993. Pictures by Alex Ortega. In addition, there is another Metallica interview, by Dawn Eden, that was published in BigO 143, November 1997.
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How Musicians Die
BigO means do something with your life 'before I get old'. By Tyler Durden.
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I Can't Explain [world affairs]
The Universal Lesson Of East Timor
General Suharto was the Indonesian leader who invaded East Timor and, by some estimates, caused the deaths of at least 200,000 East Timorese. Like his Western supporters in the US, UK and Australia, he wanted their oil. Incredibly, the East Timorese resistance managed to push back their invaders. By John Pilger.
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What The North Korean “Crisis” Is Really About
With THAAD expected to be in place in South Korea by summer 2017, China is surrounded. THAAD uses radar to track when a ballistic missile is launched and then intercepts and destroys the missile before it descends onto its target. China is opposed to its installation in South Korea. By Paul Craig Roberts.
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$ingapore And Malaysia Among Top Five Passports In The World
The “strongest” and “weakest” passports may surprise you. By Scott Wilson at rocketnews24.
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Rich Kids Burnt In Fyre Music Festival Debacle In Bahamas - All Hell Breaks Loose, Ja Rule Involved
The Fyre Music Festival (April 28 to 30, 2017) was promoted as a luxury festival. It was organized by 25-year-old Billy McFarland and rapper Ja Rule. In the end, Time magazine called it "The Hunger Games" for rich people while another called it a "Lord of the Flies" weekend disaster.
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Five Million Brits Go Crazy For Illegal Streaming
The Pandora Box principle in practice is frightening. Technology has made the sharing of audio and video simple. Consumers are never going back. And the corporations know that. By Andy of TorrentFreak.
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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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