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Far King Bus Turd
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Talkin' About My Revolutions
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Is There An Islamic Problem?
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May Day, May Day
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Still Not Free After All These Years
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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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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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“Just when I though I was out, they pulled me back in.” Michael Corleone’s plaintive line from the “Godfather” is Obama’s tune today. He’s only returning to Iraq for purely humanitarian reasons... never mind that the US armed and trained ISIS in Jordan to overthrow Syria’s regime. By Eric Margolis..

Armed humanitarianism 2.0. That’s our new western version of old-fashioned 19th century imperialism, now feminized by President Barack Obama’s lady advisors, painted pink and accompanied by the kind of soft piano music you hear in ads for women’s products.

Last week, the Obama administration latched onto the plight of Iraq’s Yazidis who were being persecuted by those awful ISIS folks - just in jolly good time to divert attention from the massacre in Gaza.

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Free Downloads: This Week's New MP3s
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Latest: Tom Petty
San Francisco 2014
Latest: Frank Sinatra
Inside Moonlight
Latest: Neil Young
Madison Square Garden 1973
Latest: Bob Dylan
Live In Japan Vol 3 - Tokyo 1978
Latest: Yes
Los Angeles 1977 (Mike Millard recording)
Roxy Music
Rehearsals 1982
The Rolling Stones
Los Angeles - July 9, 1975 (Mike Millard recording)
Foamfoot (Black Crowes)
Crows From The Closet - West Hollywood 1994
Pink Floyd
Echoes From The Past - Los Angeles 1975 (Mike Millard recording)
Eric Clapton
The Anthology For Layla (CD 3 to 6 of 6)
Paul McCartney
Newcastle 1973
Bob Dylan
Los Angeles 1978 (Mike Millard Master)
Chicago
Amsterdam 1973
Frank Sinatra and Liza Minelli
East Rutherford 1987
Miles Davis
Cologne 1971
Raspberries
Onenight Sensations - Cleveland 1973/74
Hoyt Axton
San Jose 1982
Eric Clapton
The Anthology For Layla (CD 1 and 2 of 6)
Rick Derringer
Chicago 1979
The Nice
Belgium 1969
Maria Muldaur
New Haven 1972
Art Blakey with Tony Williams
Munich 1972
Procol Harum
San Francisco 1977

Restart
Latest: David Murray
Chicago 2000
Jimi Hendrix
Cologne 1969
Neil Young
Amsterdam 2008
Rory Gallagher
Roslyn 1979
Osibisa
London 1972
Lowell George
WHFS 1974
Aki Takase and Rudi Mahall
Music Of Eric Dolphy 2010
The Rolling Stones
EP Collection

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Long Live Rock! [BigO Audio Archive]

New ROIOs*
Charlie Haden's Liberation Music Orchestra - Hamburg 1991: UPGRADE
Hiromi Uehara solo - Switzerland 2014
10,000 Maniacs - Buffalo 1986
Bob Dylan - Paramount Theatre 1980: Previously uncirculated
The Jam - BBC College Concert 1981: Hi-res 24 96 vinyl rip
Jeff Beck - Where Is Jeff? Japan 2014 Tour
Bob Dylan - No Home Direction, Japan Tour 2014
Pink Floyd - No More Colours, Melbourne 1971
Taylor Swift - Saitama, Japan, 2014
Steve Winwood - Telluride Bluegrass Festival 2014
Neil Young - Elektra Demos 1965 & More
Neil Young - London 1971
R.E.M. Listen Harder
The Rolling Stones - Zurich on Fire 2014
Bruce Springsteen with several members of the E Street Band - WGOE Radio 1973
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band - Iowa City 1975, Ed Sciaky Reels
Television - Milan, Italy 2014
Trouble Funk - Big Tony's 50th Birthday Celebration 2014
Led Zeppelin - "The Lord Of The Strings" 1977
Natalie Merchant - Bob Harris Sunday Show with Natalie Merchant in Session 2014
Bob Marley - Basing Street Studio Rehearsal, London 1977, Dubwise remaster
Bob Marley and The Wailers - Amandla Festival 1979
Alan Parsons Live Project - Germany 2013
Pink Floyd - First Time In Japan, 1971
Derek and the Dominos - Cincinnati Music Hall, 1970, Dave's Tape
Nick Drake - A Day Gone By
Bob Dylan - Tangled Up In Blue 7 Diffrent Studio Versions
Fleetwood Mac - Who's The New Girl?
Fleetwood Mac - Wallingford 1975: 2014 rebroadcast

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New DVD Archive Of Rare Films
Pixies - Hurricane Festival 2014
Metallica - Pinkpop Festival 2014
Bob Mould - Morning Becomes Eclectic, 2014
Ed Sheeran - Rock In Rio, Portugal 2014
Sun Ra Arkestra - Jazzfestival Moers, Germany 2014 Live Webstream 720p
Warpaint - Primavera Sound Festival, Barcelona 2014
VARIOUS - Urban Prom at the Royal Albert Hall 2013
VARIOUS - Neil Young Never Sleeps 2013 jazz interpretations
Miles Davis & Keith Jarrett - The 1971 Berlin Concert
Miles Davis Septet - Berlin 1971: LONGER VERSION
Ellie Goulding - Denmark 2013 webcast at 1080p
HR-Bigband - Plays Kraftwerk, Frankfurt 2013, HD webcast 720p version
Carole King - You've Got A Friend, The Carole King Story BBC 2014
Lorde - Rock In Rio, Portugal 2014
Rosie Lowe - Radio 1's Big Weekend, Glasgow 2014
Joan Baez - A Very Early Joan On Film 1958 to 1960
Lily Allen - Orange Warsaw Festival, 2014
Charles Bradley & Band - Primavera Sound Festival, Barcelona 2014
Rosanne Cash & John Leventhal - Morning Becomes Eclectic 2014
David Crosby - Private Party 2014
Ivan Neville's Dumpstaphunk - New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Fest, 2014
Rita Ora - Radio 1's Big Weekend, Glasgow, Scotland 2014 Complete Webcast (720p)

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ROIO Of The Week
Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers - San Francisco 2014 [no label, 2CD] Live at the Outside Lands Festival, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CA; August 9, 2014. Very good audience recording. Still "passionate and kinda pissed".
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Features

The End Of Iraq

In his new book, The Jihadis Return: ISIS And The New Sunni Uprising, Patrick Cockburn analyses the unfolding of one of the West’s greatest foreign policy debacles and the rise of the new jihadis. Below is an extract.

Iraq has disintegrated. Little is exchanged between its three great communities - Shia, Sunni and Kurd - except gunfire. The outside world hopes that a more inclusive government will change this but it is probably too late.

The main victor in the new war in Iraq is the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) which wants to kill Shia rather than negotiate with them. Iraq is facing a civil war that could be as bloody as anything that we have seen in Syria and could go on for years. The crucial date in this renewed conflict is June 10, 2014 when ISIS captured Iraq’s northern capital, Mosul, after three days’ fighting.

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Who Shot Down MH17?

After Malaysia's Flight MH17 was shot down on July 17, 2014, what the world saw was the United States pointing the finger at Putin and the Russia-back forces in Ukraine. In spite of expert testimonies, Washington has yet to offer definite evidence to refute Russia's charges of a second plane. After 20 days, Mike Whitney is still asking: Was it an accident, a premeditated act of murder or a false flag operation?

German pilot and airlines expert, Peter Haisenko, thinks that Malaysia Flight 17 was not blown up by a ground-based, anti-aircraft missile, but shot down by the type of double-barreled 30-mm guns used on Ukrainian SU-25 fighter planes. Haisenko presented his theory in a widely-circulated and controversial article which appeared on the Global Research website titled “Revelations of German Pilot: Shocking Analysis of the “Shooting Down” of Malaysian MH17. “Aircraft Was Not Hit by a Missile”. Here’s an excerpt from the article:

“The facts speak clear and loud and are beyond the realm of speculation: The cockpit shows traces of shelling! You can see the entry and exit holes. The edge of a portion of the holes is bent inwards. These are the smaller holes, round and clean, showing the entry points most likely that of a 30 millimeter caliber projectile...”

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Shakin' All Over [the noize]
Charlie Haden: The Great Liberator
You have to be fearless to be an artist. The life of the late bassist Charlie Haden (August 6, 1937 - July 11, 2014) was punctuated with many such moments. He recorded tunes to his leftist heroes, formed the Liberation Music Orchestra, toured outside of the usual jazz circuits, got himself arrested and still stayed the course. Haden was always both fearless and inspiring. BY Jeffrey St Clair.
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Johnny Winter Knew What To Do
Dave Marsh remembers Johnny Winter, who died on July 16, 2014 in Switzerland, two days after his last performance, at the Cahors Blues Festival in France. Johnny Winter was 70.
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What It Means To Lose Pete Seeger
In 2006, music writer Dave Marsh wrote the liner notes to Bruce Springsteen's We Shall Overcome: The Seeger Sessions. When Pete Seeger died on January 27, 2014 at the age of 94, Marsh wrote the Seeger tribute below; and also presented the Remembering Pete Seeger special on the Live From E Street Nation radio programme (SiriusXM Ch. 20).
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I Can See For Miles [cinelife]
Numbers
Even with sex, masturbation, incest, a vicious child, a serial killer and a man from out there, it'd be nice if things really add up in Sakichi Sato's Zero Man vs. The Half Virgin (2011). Stephen Tan reviews.
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Lost Generation
Sex may be used as a metaphor for political freedom in Lou Ye's Summer Palace (2006), the first Mainland Chinese movie to feature full frontal male and female nudity. But what happens after the loving is gone? Stephen Tan reviews.
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Femme Fatale
"Chew my ass" is a phrase not to be taken lightly in Kurando Mitsutake's Gun Woman (2014) as a junkie-turned-killer hunts down a crazed perp who is into necrophilia and cannibalism. Stephen Tan reviews.
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Infernal Affairs
Banned in Malaysia, Gareth Evans's The Raid 2: Berandal (2014) cements the Welshman's reputation as the action filmmaker to watch as he continues to tackle police corruption in Indonesia, on screen, that is. Stephen Tan reviews.
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I Can't Explain [world affairs]
Lancet: An Open Letter For The People Of Gaza
By Paola Manduca, Iain Chalmers, Derek Summerfield, Mads Gilbert, and Swee Ang. This letter originally appeared in Lancet.
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14 Reasons Obama Is Lying When He Claims The World Is 'More Stable' And 'Less Violent' Than Ever
"Heal the world, make it a better place, for you and for me and the entire human race..." Michael Jackson had a dream. The 1 per cent don't want it that way. By Michael Snyder.
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Israelis Gather On Hillsides To Watch And Cheer As Military Drops Bombs On Gaza
As the sun begins to sink over the Mediterranean, groups of Israelis gather each evening on hilltops close to the Gaza border to cheer, whoop and whistle as bombs rain down on people in a hellish warzone a few miles away. By Harriet Sherwood in Sderot.
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The Gaza Massacre
The July 2014 pounding of Gaza is to show, once again, Israel’s overwhelming military power in the region and, by playing the "victim", also an attempt to prevent US-Iran relations from getting any better. By Malaysian political scientist and reformist Dr Chandra Muzaffar.
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Movie Reviews
Under The Skin
Dir: Jonathan Glazer

Lucy
Dir: Luc Besson

Scarlett Johannsson is the chilling alien who develops a conscience in Jonathan Glazer's Under The Skin (2013), but achieves uninspired transcendence in Luc Besson's Lucy (2014). Critic After Dark Noel Vera reviews.
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Snowpiercer
Dir: Bong Joon-ho

It's the 1% vs the rest of the world - on a train no less - in Bong Joon-ho's Snowpiercer (2013). When you submit, who do you serve? When you resist, who do you really serve? Or as Critic After Dark Noel Vera syas, call it Bong's idea of futuristic decadence.
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Upstream Color
Dir: Shane Carruth

Transcendence or... just the cusp of transcendence? Thanks to a parasite, lives are made meaningful in Shane Carruth's Upstream Color (2013) but as Critic After Dark Noel Vera says, maybe it's not the ultimate destination that matters but the heady ride itself.
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Venus In Fur
Dir: Roman Polanski

In the tale of seduction Venus In Fur (2013), Roman Polanski once again takes on the world - here is a man who knows what he has to say may not hold much appeal - but needs to be said, anyway, admits Critic After Dark Noel Vera.
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