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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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The truth can disappear fast. By Patrick Cockburn.

The struggle against Covid-19 has often been compared to fighting a war. Much of this rhetoric is bombast, but the similarities between the struggle against the virus and against human enemies are real enough. War reporting and pandemic reporting likewise have much in common because, in both cases, journalists are dealing with and describing matters of life and death.

Public interest is fueled by deep fears, often more intense during an epidemic because the whole population is at risk. In a war, aside from military occupation and area bombing, terror is at its height among those closest to the battlefield.

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Free Downloads: This Week's New MP3s
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Latest: David Bowie
Yokohama 1983
Latest: Jackson Browne
Collected Classics 2010 [CD1/2 of 6]
Latest: The Bangles
Amsterdam 1985
Latest: The Beatles
A/B Road Sessions, January 24, 1969 [Purple Chick, CD3/4 of 4]
Latest: Patti Smith
Berkeley 2003
Jehnny Beth
London 2020
Jimmy Scott
San Francisco 1995
The Grateful Dead with Steve Winwood
Fillmore East 1970
Blood, Sweat & Tears
Boston 1968
Inglewood 1974 [Millard recording]
The Beatles
A/B Road Sessions, January 24, 1969 [Purple Chick, CD1/2 of 4]
Pink Floyd
Los Angeles 1975 [Millard recording]
The Who
Los Angeles 1980 [Millard recording]
Ella Fitzgerald [with Stevie Wonder]
New Orleans 1977
Dijon 1978
Paris 1976
Cowboy Junkies
Germany 2019
The Beatles
A/B Road Sessions, January 23, 1969 [Purple Chick, CD3/4 of 4]
Suzi Quatro
Inglewood 1975 [Millard recording]
Ty Segall
Manchester 2018
Fleetwood Mac [Peter Green R.I.P. 1946 - 2020]
Complete Unreleased BBC 1967-68
Rahsaan Roland Kirk
New York 1974
Black Sabbath
Long Beach 1975 [Millard recording]
Tom Petty
Costa Mesa 1990 [Millard recording]
The Beatles
A/B Road Sessions, January 23, 1969 [Purple Chick, CD1/2 of 4]
Jethro Tull
Inglewood 1975 [Millard recording]
Peter Gabriel
West Hollywood 1978 [Millard recording]
Evan Parker with Spring Heel Jack
Cheltenham 2018
Christian McBride Big Band
Cheltenham 2018
Jackson Browne
Tokyo 2017
Bob Dylan
MTV Unplugged Rehearsal 1994
The Beatles
A/B Road Sessions, January 22, 1969 [Purple Chick, CD3/4 of 4]
Wishbone Ash
Sweden 2017
Peter Hook & The Light
Manchester 2018
Miles Davis
Manchester 1960
Bob Dylan
Guam Thunder 1976 [CD7/8/9 of 9]
The Band
Chicago, July 9, 1995
The Band
Chicago, July 8, 1995
The Beatles
A/B Road Sessions, January 22, 1969 [Purple Chick, CD1/2 of 4]
Elton John
San Diego 1975
Ennio Morricone [R.I.P. 1928 - 2020]
Torino 2012
Fantastic Negrito
Germany 2019
Elina Duni
Switzerland 2019
Bob Dylan
Guam Thunder 1976 [CD5/6 of 9]
JD Souther
Chicago 2019
John Prine (with Roger Waters, Margo Price and more)
Newport Folk Festival 2017
The Beatles
A/B Road Sessions, January 21, 1969 [Purple Chick, CD1-3 of 3]
Thin Lizzy
Inglewood 1978 [Millard recording]
Austin 2020
Ahmad Jamal
Paris 1971
Bob Dylan
Guam Thunder 1976 [CD3/4 of 9]
Paul Simon, Joni Mitchell, James Taylor
Cleveland 1972
Richard Thompson & David Byrne
Brooklyn 1992
The Beatles
A/B Road Sessions, January 14, 1969 [Purple Chick, CD1-3 of 3]
Stevie Nicks
Los Angeles 1981 [Millard recording]
Kate Tempest
Camden 2020
Don Cherry
Austria 1972
Bob Dylan
Guam Thunder 1976 [CD1/2 of 9]
Eric Clapton
The Forum, Inglewood 1975 [Millard recording]
Alice Cooper
El Paso 1980 / Electric Ladyland New York 1991
The Beatles
A/B Road Sessions, January 13, 1969 [Purple Chick, CD1-3 of 3]
Colchester 1978
Yasmine Hamdan
Portugal 2018
London Jazz Festival 2018
New York 1977
Peter Frampton
Hempstead 1974
Frampton's Camel
London 1972
The Beatles
A/B Road Sessions, January 10, 1969 [Purple Chick, CD3/4 of 4]
Graham Nash with David Crosby
Houston 1986
Green Day
Spain 2019
Amir ElSaffar, Camilla George, Alice Zawadski
London 2018
Sarah Tandy
Austria 2019
The Sweet [Steve Priest R.I.P. 1948 - 2020]
Kobe 1974
London 1972
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Coronavirus Songs

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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 23, 1969 [Purple Chick PC 23-3/4; 2CD]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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Globalization And The End Of The American Dream

Globalization was the rise of US corporate power on a worldwide scale. It was the next step for the multi-national corporations. More wealth for the 1 percent and scraps for the rest. Globalization widened income inequality. Are your leaders being paid multi-million dollar salaries? By David Rosen.

Immanuel Wallerstein provocatively begins one of his essays with the following cautionary note: “Globalization is a misleading concept, since what is described as globalization has been happening for 500 years.”

Nevertheless, in a 2000 article, “Globalization or the Age of Transition?,” Wallerstein notes that after WWII the US was “the only major industrial power whose industries were intact, and whose territories had not been badly damaged by wartime destruction.”

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Could The Duterte Regime Be Covid-19’s Next Victim?

When the threat of fear is overwhelmed by fear of the plague instead. By Walden Bello.

In his fifth State of the Nation (SONA) address on July 27, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte tried to live up to his old form: by turns menacing, double-talking, cursing, dripping with cynical humor, digressing, and irreverent.

Instead he came across as uninspiring, unimaginative and, perhaps overwhelmed by the realization that a formula which might have worked in the pre-Covid-19 period - where his unorthodox gangster charm worked with millions frustrated by a malfunctioning democracy - no longer connected in these times of the coronavirus.

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Shakin' All Over [the noize]
Roaming Charges: The Meaning Of BB King In The Age Of BLM
In the summer of 1998, Alexander Cockburn and I spent a few days in North Richmond, California, a battered industrial city just outside of Berkeley. We had just published our book Whiteout on the CIA and drug trafficking and had been invited to speak at a black church about the horrific toll of the drug war on urban America. By Jeffrey St Clair.
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Morricone: Maestro Of Music And Image
His music doesn’t just survive him, it glorifies him and his visionary hearing of the world. By David Yearsley.
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FrankenBob: The Self-Made Dylan
Rough And Rowdy Ways, a review by John Kendall Hawkins.
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Dylan Does Have A Lot On His Mind, But The NYT Didn’t Want To Talk About It
In “Murder Most Foul,” Bob Dylan could not have been more explicit in his rejection of the dubious official story which holds John F Kennedy was killed by one man for no reason. The Nobel Laureate has taken the skeleton out of the closet. But does anybody still care? By Jefferson Morley.
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I Can't Explain [world affairs]
By Jonah Raskin (With apologies to Allen Ginsberg).
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Stay Sceptical
We live in a time where information is transmitted in an instant. You have a split-second to believe or deny what messages you have received through your handphones. Best to be cautious instead. By Caitlin Johnstone.
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Hiroshima And Nagasaki As Collateral Damage
August 6, 1945 found me in a car with my uncle, Frank Pryal. An NYC plainclothes detective, Uncle Frank drove through the busy streets of Manhattan up to the Central Park Zoo to meet his friend Joe. It was a lively place with families enjoying the animals. Joe, a gorilla, saw Uncle Frank coming and began beating on his chest as we approached. Frank took a cigar from his suit coat pocket, lit it, and gave it to him. Joe took a long drag and blew smoke at us... I remember laughing so hard that I had to bend over to stop. By Jack Gilroy.
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Who Made The Plague?
A nursery rhyme for grownups. By Quincy Saul.
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Avoiding War With China
There's nothing good about starting a war. Just ask George W Bush. By Eve Ottenberg.
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I Can See For Miles [cinelife]
'Baby, You Need To Go Back To Malaysia If You Want To See A Change Of Government!'
It’s never easy reading between the lines of $ingapore cinema. Philip Cheah looks at $ingapore film in 2019 and finds many unseen trails.
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Visions Of A Future Beyond Capitalism: Revolutionary Films To Watch Under Quarantine
The revolution has come to your television. Here are more than 30 thought-provoking films to watch while you have time on your hands. By Jordan Flaherty.
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Charlie Chaplin And Truly Modern Times
When it came to politics and human rights, Charles Chaplin was dead serious. By Daniel Warner.
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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.
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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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