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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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Does it take a 'barbarian' to teach Americans 'Democracy'? Only if he wields the Conan Sword. By David Yearsley.

It took another Barbarian to deliver the toughest talk to the Vandals and Goths who sacked the American Capitol on January 6. Whether any from these bearded, fur-clad tribes were listening to Conan the Californian seems unlikely since his campfireside chat was issued on YouTube, a forum from which the Germanic marauders’ orange-haired chieftain had been banished. Trump’s warriors fled the Capitoline Hill and across the frontiers of Empire to brood and plot in the darkest caves of the internet.

Arnold Schwarzenegger remained at his post - an executive desk bigger than DC itself with a mighty sword tilted across its pigskin top. Behind him the American and Californian standards - the very colors of Empire - brightened the somber tones of his lair and its hoard of trinkets and trophies accumulated from hard-bitten campaigns in motion pictures and politics.

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Free Downloads: This Week's New MP3s
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Latest: Joe Lovano Trio Tapestry
Lugano 2019
Latest: Etta James & Little Sister
Berlin 1983
Latest: Mark Knopfler and Randy Newman
London 1988
Latest: Charlie Puth
Rio De Janeiro 2019
Latest: U2
Saitama 2019
John Prine
BBC In Concert 1971
Phil Spector [R.I.P. 1939 - 2021]
Gold Star Sessions 1962-66
The Beatles
Live 02: Live Before America [Purple Chick 2CD]
The Art Ensemble Of Chicago
Verona 1989
Various - A.R.M.S. Concert [Millard Tape]
Inglewood 1983
Beck, Bogert & Appice [Tim Bogert R.I.P. 1944 - 2021]
London 1972
The Who [Millard Tape]
San Diego 1976
Queen [Millard Tape]
Long Beach 1977
Nouvelle Vague
Berlin 2020
Alicia Keys
Los Angeles 2020
The Beatles
Live 01: Star Club 1962 [Purple Chick 2CD]
Dave Brubeck Quartet with Gerry Mulligan
Sweden 1972
New Jersey 1972
David Lindley and El Rayo-X
Los Angeles 1989
Joan Baez
London 1999
Firenze 1982
Tom Petty
Roslyn 1977
Paul McCartney & Wings [Millard Tape]
Inglewood 1976
Dave Brubeck Quintet
Paris 1972
Yusef Lateef Quartet
Avignon 1972
Nancy Sinatra
Manchester 2005
Paris 1979
The Beatles
Complete Rooftop Concert 1969
George Harrison
Through All Those Years
Beatrice Rana
Boston 2019
Natalia Mateo
Berlin 2020
George Harrison
All Things Must Pass Sessions 1970 [CD4-6 of 6]
Ronnie Spector
New York Christmas 1989
Linda Ronstadt
Keeping Out Of Mischief 1981 [Goody Remaster]
A Christmas Celtic Sojourn - Boston 2016
West, Bruce & Laing [Leslie West R.I.P. 1945 - 2020]
Boston 1972
Mountain [Leslie West R.I.P. 1945 - 2020]
Fillmore 1971
John Surman
Stockholm 1968
Paul Simon (featuring Art Garfunkel)
London 1975
Melody Gardot
Paris 2020
Tears For Esbjorn [Iiro Rantala]
Basel 2020
George Harrison
All Things Must Pass Sessions 1970 [CD1-3 of 6]
Yes [Millard Tape]
Hollywood Bowl 1975
Tom Waits
West Hollywood 1975
Laura Marling
London 2020
Joni Mitchell
New Vic, London 1974
Various [John Prine and more]
WFUV Holiday Cheer - New York 2018
Chris McGregor
France 1975
Harold Budd [R.I.P. 1936 - 2020]
Los Angeles 2004
Peter Gabriel [Millard Tape]
Santa Ana 1980
John Lennon
Rock 'n' Roll Deluxe Edition [CD3/4 of 4]
John Lennon
Rock 'n' Roll Deluxe Edition [CD1/2 of 4]
John Lennon
Off The Walls 1974
John Lennon
Some Time In New York City Sessions 1971-72
Eleanor McEvoy
Bremen 2019
John Surman Trio
Avignon 1971
Paul McCartney [Millard Tape]
Inglewood 1989
Joni Mitchell and The Persuasions
Oklahoma City 1979
Lynyrd Skynyrd, Charlie Daniels and more
Nashville 1979
The Beatles
A/B Road Sessions, January 31, 1969 [Purple Chick, 4CD]
Bruce Springsteen [Millard Tape]
Los Angeles 1981
Beck, Bogert & Appice
London 1972
Kurt Elling
Cologne 2020
Bruce Springsteen [Millard Tape]
Los Angeles 1980
Arlo Guthrie
Houston 1986
John Prine
London 1973 [Speed Corrected]
The Beatles
A/B Road Sessions, January 30, 1969 [Purple Chick, 2CD]
Ruby Starr And Grey Ghost [Millard Tape]
Long Beach 1975
Rolling Stones [Millard Tape]
Los Angeles 1989
Wolfgang Muthspiel Large Ensemble
Vienna 2019
Elton John
Los Angeles 1986
Van Halen
Tucson 1979
Van Halen
Norwalk 1976
The Beatles
A/B Road Sessions, January 29, 1969 [Purple Chick, CD3/4 of 4]
Journey [Millard Tape]
Long Beach 1977
Emmylou Harris
New Jersey/New York 1995-96
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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
A/B Road Sessions, January 26, 1969 [Purple Chick PC 26-1/2; CD1/2 of 6]Complete Purple Chick Set v1.1 (Nagra Reels); "A/B Road" session tapes; Also known as The Nagra Reels; Twickenham Studios (Part 1); Apple Studios (Part 2). Very good soundboard. 83 CDs, 2,187 tracks, 97 hours, 44 mins, 7 seconds. If you are a Beatles fan, you'd likely have this already.
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What Is Film?

The Indian cinema is so popular that everyone wants a piece of it. But its net worth and populist appeal makes it an asset that’s coveted by the elite. Who does Indian cinema belong to and why has it been claimed by the privileged since its beginning? Film activist Suraj Prasad discusses.

I met Sanal Kumar Sasidharan shortly after his film Sexy Durga (2017) had just won Rotterdam Film Festival’s Tiger award to get an interview for Umbra. We had known and met each other a few times by now and there was a sense of comfort, it was a relaxed afternoon conversation.

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Violence In The Capitol, Dangers In The Aftermath

From the Cold War to the War on Terror: the harms from authoritarian "solutions" are often greater than the threats they are ostensibly designed to combat. By Glenn Greenwald.

In the days and weeks after the 9/11 attack, Americans were largely united in emotional horror at what had been done to their country as well as in their willingness to endorse repression and violence in response.

As a result, there was little room to raise concerns about the possible excesses or dangers of the American reaction, let alone to dissent from what political leaders were proposing in the name of vengeance and security. The psychological trauma from the carnage and the wreckage at the country’s most cherished symbols swamped rational faculties and thus rendered futile any attempts to urge restraint or caution.

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Shakin' All Over [the noize]
Have Yourself A Revolutionary, Bachian Christmas
December 25 is the day for change. Big change. By David Yearsley.
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Have Yourself A Revolutionary, Bachian Christmas
December 25 is the day for change. Big change. By David Yearsley.
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Of Thee I Sing
"I have to say my friends/This road goes a long, long way/And if we're going to find the end/We're gonna need a helping hand" [Salvation by Elton John and Bernie Taupin]. By Ron Jacobs.
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Bobby Yeo (The Attic) R.I.P. 2020
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Back On The Stairway To Heaven: Led Zeppelin Wins Over Spirit
Did Led Zeppelin's 'Stairway' recall the original Spirit demo that was copyrighted? Or is it more important whether both finished songs are similar? Unfortunately for Spirit, the ruling remains the same. By Binoy Kampmark.
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'Head High And Fuck 'Em All!'
The Red Hand Files is Nick Cave's website where fans can ask him anything. Here's a recent question answered by Nick Cave.
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WAP It Good
Walk, don't run, away from controversy. By David Yearsley.
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I Can't Explain [world affairs]
Ruling Class Installs Biden Over Trump
The more things change, the more they stay the same. Consider this the first of many appraisals to come of the Trump Years. By Jeff Mackler.
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The Threat Of Authoritarianism In The US Is Very Real, And Has Nothing To Do With Trump
The Covid-driven centralization of economic power and information control in the hands of a few corporate monopolies poses enduring threats to political freedom in the US. By Glenn Greenwald.
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China Has The World’s Largest Economy: Get Over It
The rise and rise of China. By Dean Baker.
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What If The Christ Child Had Been Born In The American Police State?
“When the song of the angels is stilled, when the star in the sky is gone, when the kings and princes are home, when the shepherds are back with their flocks, the work of Christmas begins: to find the lost, to heal the broken, to feed the hungry, to release the prisoner, to rebuild the nations, to bring peace among the people, to make music in the heart.”
- Howard Thurman
By John W Whitehead.
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Standing Up For Free Expression Means Standing Up For Julian Assange
Prosecuting Julian Assange for publishing truths the US government wanted to hide is an incredibly dangerous precedent. By Roger Waters.
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I Can See For Miles [cinelife]
Jazz In The Time Of The Pandemic
One gem, two duds - jazz blue notes for 2021. By David Yearsley.
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Two New Films About The Black Struggle In The '60s
Sam Pollard’s "MLK/FBI" and Regina King’s "One Night In Miami" capture the spirit of the Black Lives Matter movement. By Louis Proyect.
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Godfather Coda: The Death Of Michael Corleone - Coppola’s Finale?
“For what profits a man if he gains the whole world but loses his own soul”. The rise and rise of the Godfather. By Andrew Stewart.
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Soumitra Chatterjee – A Habit Of Our Lives
Legendary Indian actor Soumitra Chatterjee, famed for his work with award-winning director Satyajit Ray, has died on November 15, 2020 from Covid complications. The 85-year-old actor was admitted to hospital in Kolkata city on October 6 after he tested positive for the virus. Chatterjee encompasses the contemporary Bengali psyche like few others. Silhouette editor Amitava Nag had the privilege of knowing him for a while in the course of writing a book - Beyond Apu: 20 Favourite Film Roles Of Soumitra Chatterjee [2016]. And thereafter for over a decade, quite frequently. Nag pays tribute to the magnificence of a true legend.
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Movie Reviews
Ken Loach’s Stirring Exposure Of Capitalist Speed And Consumers’ Greed
Online shopping has moved up. From a week to delivery, to same day delivery, we are now in the realm of delivering within a few hours. But for that faster service, there must be a price. Is it worth all that effort to receive your purchases so quickly? Will you suffer any loss if it took a bit more time? By Eric Mann.
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The Best Films Of 2019
With the streaming of music and movies now a reality, you can watch some of the best and obscure films for the US$5 you pay to subscribe to any streaming service. By Louis Proyect.
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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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