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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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Americans like to think they live in a democracy, but a peek behind the curtain shows the real power lies not with the people, but the super rich. Why would they want to pay taxes? By Christopher Orlet.

A recent NPR (National Public Radio) story attempted to explain why it is so hard to tax billionaires. The expert NPR interviewed for the story ticked off the usual ways the 1 percent avoids paying its fair share of taxes:

Billionaires have the best accountants who know all the loopholes. Their wealth isn’t in income, but in assets. They often move to states (like Texas) that don’t have a state income tax, and move their money to offshore tax havens. They live off tax free loans.

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Free Downloads: This Week's New MP3s
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Latest: AC/DC
Bon's Gone, But His Boots Live On 1976-1980
Latest: Phil Spector
Rare Masters [CD1/2 of 4]
Latest: Godspeed You! Black Emperor
Bern 1999
Latest: John Hiatt
Ottawa 1988
Latest: Manchester Orchestra
Carson 2018
Christian Scott
Paris 2018
The Ramones
Buenos Aires 1996
Tom Waits
Cleveland 1976
Wang Yuja
Lenox 2011
Holland 1971
Jackson Browne
Shibuya 2017
Margo Price
New Jersey 2018
Herbie Hancock Quartet
Chicago 1981
Paul McCartney
Complete Cold Cuts [CD3/4 of 4]
John Lennon
Living On Borrowed Time
Paul McCartney
Complete Cold Cuts [CD1/2 of 4]
East Rutherford 1994
Patti Smith
Paris 2021
Phoebe Bridgers
Delaware 2021
Youn Sun Nah and Ulf Wakenius
Belgium 2021
The Beatles
Ultimate "Sessions" Collection
Johnny Cash
Berlin 1975
Phil Ochs
Hollywood 1970
Inglewood 1977 [Mike Millard Tape]
Freddy Fender
Pasadena 1987
Billie Eilish
Delaware 2021
Angelique Kidjo/Dianne Reeves/Lizz Wright
Lugano 2011
Tom Waits
New York 1976
Eric Clapton
Springfield 1975
Beverly Craven/Judie Tzuke/Julia Fordham
Glasgow 2018
Australia 2018
Brandi Carlile
Austin 2018
Belle and Sebastian
Barcelona 2018
John Zorn / Laurie Anderson / Laura Cromwell
Belgium 2021
Tom Waits
Dallas 1976
Richie Havens
Bologna 1979
Lou Reed
Sydney 1974
Bruce Springsteen Band
Richmond 1972
Led Zeppelin
Ottawa 1970
Alabama Shakes
The Soundboard Archive
Nancy Wilson
Syracuse 2003
Joni Mitchell
Syracuse 1998
10,000 Maniacs
The Soundboard Archive [CD1-5 of 5] - Updated Nov 25
Tanya Tucker
Pasadena 1986
Tammy Wynette
Pasadena 1982
Nanci Griffith
Austin 1993
The Soundboard Archive
Roberta Flack
Syracuse 2002
The Soundboard Archive [CD1-5 of 5] - Updated Nov 3
Long Beach 1979 [Mike Millard Tape]
Michael Jackson
Los Angeles 1989
Georgie Fame
The Van Morrison Years Live!
The Moody Blues
Inglewood 1974 [Mike Millard Tape]
Alison Krauss
The Soundboard Archive [CD1-7 of 7] - Updated Nov 9
Kamasi Washington
Newport 2021
Marvin Gaye
The Soundboard Archive
Rare Cuts Vol 4-6 of 6
Kris Kristofferson
Pasadena 1981
Gillian Welch and David Rawlings
The Soundboard Archive [CD4-6 of 6]
Glen Campbell
Greensboro 1985
Gillian Welch and David Rawlings
The Soundboard Archive [CD1-3 of 6]
Makaya McCraven
Newport 2021
Eric Clapton
Dallas 1976
Rare Cuts Vol 1-3 of 6
Chicago 1979
Van Morrison
The '90s Workshops Live!
Everly Brothers
Westbury 1990
Liz Phair
WCSE Sessions 1996-97
Joëlle Léandre
Moers 2021
Aretha Franklin
Syracuse 2007
Nanci Griffith
Coventry 1997
The Soundboard Archive
The Who
Inglewood 1980 [Mike Millard Tape]
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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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More Burmese Days

For someone who has such sentimental memories of South-east Asian film, Burma remained a mystery to me. After 30 years, I had still not stepped on Burmese land even though I had met Burmese filmmakers at other festivals from Cinemalaya to Yamagata. It was more mysterious considering that the taste of a national cinema is not complete until you have visited the country in person, to taste its food, feel its heat and dust and see how the sun rises and sets on its rooftops. Since I live by signs given by the universe, it was a chance meeting with Thaiddhi, the Wathann Film Festival’s Programme Director in 2018, that prompted me to see his festival the following year. By Philip Cheah.

Since it began in 2011 as Burma’s first film festival, Wathann became a beacon for independent filmmakers to meet and make cinema. The ground-zero aspect of the festival can be seen in Waziya Cinema, the festival’s premier venue that is actually an abandoned cinema that is cleaned and outfitted with projectors and a mobile electricity generator every year, before the festival starts.

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Why Are Moderna’s Billionaires Airbrushing Scientists Out Of The Vaccine Patent Picture?

"Poor man wanna be rich, rich man wanna be king/And a king ain't satisfied till he rules everything" - Badlands by Bruce Springsteen. Article by Sam Pizzigati.

Moderna, the world’s hottest new Big Pharma giant, now has four of its top players sitting on the annual Forbes list of America’s 400 richest. In early 2020, Moderna had none.

Moderna’s Forbes 400 billionaire quartet owes its current good fortune completely to the company’s Covid-19 vaccine. And who made that vaccine possible? US taxpayers. Moderna’s Covid vaccine, as Public Citizen research director Zain Rivzi puts it, “would not exist without the massive contribution of the federal government at every step of the way.”

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Shakin' All Over [the noize]
X'Ho [aka Chris Ho] R.I.P.
Singapore icon/DJ/writer/artiste X'Ho (aka Chris Ho) passed away from stomach cancer in the morning of September 27, 2021. He will forever be 27. Chris was on the first and last cover of the hardcopy BigO magazine. He was a mainstay in the magazine with his regular X'Ho Files column, with articles compiled into ‘Skew Me, You Rebel Meh? [1998] and Attack Of The S.M. Space Encroachers [2002]. He was the most insightful Singapore commentator that Singapore never realised it had. He told truths with unusual clarity. Both his book cover titles alone spoke volumes of the Singapore construct. Rest In Peace, Chris, dear friend and bigO founding member. The following interview was published in BigO #202 (October 2002). Interview by Alfian Sa'at; pictures by fFurious.
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“Pushing Back At Authority”: Son Volt, And The Power Of Protest Music
'With Electro Melodier, Son Volt have rejected mediocre commercialism, political complacency, and the cowardly withdrawal from politics on display throughout most of pop culture.' By David Masciotra.
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Harlem’s Forgotten Festival
Some parties and celebrations are more meaningful than others. Make sure you go to the right ones. By Seth Sandronsky.
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Thank Heaven For Nirvana
It was 30 years ago today... when Nirvana were the Next Big Thing! And since then, nothing has ever come close. To celebrate the 30th anniversary of Nirvana's groundbreaking second album, Nevermind, here is the exclusive Kurt Cobain interview by Patrick Chng that we ran in BigO #75 (March 1992). Pictures by Jacque Chong.
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Black, Brown, And White: Thoughts On Psychoanalysis, The Blues, And Marginality
Art for imagination. Cinema for perspective. And music to heal. A brief history of American music and psychoanalysis. By John S Auerbach.
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I Can't Explain [world affairs]
The Forty Years War: Tariq Ali and Afghanistan
An insightful look at America's second "Vietnam". Learn from history or learn nothing at all. By Paul Buhle.
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Blacklisting The Merchants Of Spyware
Connecting the world through Globalization and the internet has made it easier to gather information through surveillance. The market for spyware has ballooned. The Americans identified two Israeli companies, one Russian and one in Singapore as suppliers of spyware. By Binoy Kampmark.
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The Rap On Brandon
The polite phrase 'Let's Go Brandon' hides the colourful 'Fuck, Joe Biden!' Pardon our French. And despite their best efforts, the phrase won't go away. By David Yearsley.
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Who’s Responsible For The Rust Shooting?
It's not rocket science. Just check any prop gun before firing. By Thomas Knapp.
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The Real Meaning Of Squid Game
Squid Game as an allegory of the effects of Globalization is not far-fetched. It could well be telling South Korea's own story of how it rose from the poverty of the post-Korean War era to become a First World economy. But along the way, the economic race also produced casualties among its citizens and the environment. By John Feffer.
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Cultivated Meat And The Prayer Of Saint Francis
“Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.” A prayer attributed to Saint Francis. We kill over a trillion aquatic and land animals every year for food. So the suffering we inflict on our fellow creatures dwarfs any human atrocity or injustice. It can be stopped. By Jon Hochschartner.
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Legacy Of Shame: Colin Powell’s Blood-Soaked Service To The Empire
What do you want to be remembered for? By Kenn Orphan.
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I Can See For Miles [cinelife]
Noteworthy New Tunisian Films
“A Son” and “She Had A Dream”, both from Tunisia, are among the new productions distributed by ArtMattan Films in the US this fall. By B Nimri Aziz.
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Embracing The Unknowable
Even for many of us who are followers of South-east Asian cinema, the terrain can still remain unfamiliar, even though well-trodden. When you encounter a film such as Anatomy Of Time (World Premiere at the Venice Film Festival on September 9, 2021) that encompasses religion, philosophy, politics, history, cinema and more, one feels the pleasure of swimming in unknown waters yet again. Philip Cheah speaks to the film’s Thai director, Jakrawal Nilthamrong, about his cinematic tapestry.
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Amazon’s 'The Boys': The Superhero As Cypher For The Times
In the global world, the survival of the fittest has reached its summit. Huge, monopolistic corporations can finally rule over all nations. The Super Corporations led by Super Entrepreneurs. By Tony McKenna.
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Ray’s Women: Strong But Vulnerable
The young working women portrayed in Satyajit Ray's movies are strong-willed and liberated. They have a body to celebrate and a mind to chase their own dreams. By Amitava Nag.
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All Dressed Up For The Oscars And Nowhere To Go
There are more eyeballs in China. By David Yearsley.
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Movie Reviews
Decolonizing James Bond
'So long, farewell, auf Wiedersehen, goodbye'. Fawzia Afzal-Khan reviews No Time To Die, the 25th James Bond movie in the franchise.
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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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