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December 25, 2009

WHEN INDIES GET TOGETHER

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Instead of a lazy afternoon listening to albums, they play the entire album and record it.

BECK
Beck’s Record Club Vol 1: The Velvet Underground & Nico [Beck's Record Club, 1CD]

Studio sessions recorded in June 2009 in excellent SBD stereo.

They had a lot of fun recording The Velvet Underground & Nico. Beck’s idea was to have a spontaneous recording session, warts and all, and then post the video of said session on his website. Fans could follow the sessions track by track.

We share in Beck’s and the other musicians’ generous spirit of giving and offer you a chance to download these tracks at the best possible quality. The internet has tapped into the individual’s community spirit to share his talent to all. Just as before, a long, long time ago, you don’t have to buy music.

Thanks go out to Beck and his friends.

Thanks to RandyB for sharing these tracks on the net.

Track 01. Sunday Morning
Track 02. I’m Waiting for the Man
Track 03. Femme Fatale
Track 04. Venus in Furs
Track 05. Run Run Run
Track 06. All Tomorrow’s Parties
Track 07. Heroin
Track 08. There She Goes Again
Track 09. I’ll Be Your Mirror
Track 10. The Black Angel’s Death Song
Track 11. European Son
Track 12. Heroin (alt. version)

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December 23, 2009

DARLENE LOVE AND RONNIE SPECTOR – CHRISTMAS 2009

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DARLENE LOVE AND RONNIE SPECTOR
New Jersey 2009 [no label, 2CD]

Live at the Count Basie Theatre, Red Bank, New Jersey, December 17, 2009. Good to very good audience recording, with very enthusiastic audience participation.

Since the release of Phil Spector’s A Christmas Gift For You in 1963, this album (considered a relative flop when it first came out) is now seen as an essential holiday favourite (probably as much as the one by the Do-Re-Mi Children’s Chorus is for the younger crowd).

Already stars in their own right, the album re-emphasised Darlene Love and Ronnie Spector’s status as soul queens and it’s a great pleasure to listen to them re-visit their  hits. While Ronnie has her regular Christmas show, it’s a bonus to see Darlene and Ronnie together in this show – this is the first time they shared the stage in more than 15 years. The gig was a benefit for the Boys and Girls Clubs on Monmouth County.

Disc 1 (Set 1: Darlene Love)
Track 101. Announcement/Intro Darlene
Track 102. God Isn’t Through With Me Yet
Track 103. Go Tell It On The Mountain
Track 104. talk/intro
Track 105. Wait Til My Bobby Gets Home
Track 106. Da Doo Ron Ron
Track 107. talk/intro
Track 108. Hitch Hike
Track 109. Pride & Joy
Track 110. Ain’t That Peculiar
Track 111. You’re All I Need To Get By
Track 112. Ain’t No Mountain High Enough
Track 113. What’s Goin’ On
Track 114. talk/intro
Track 115. A Night Of Peace
Track 116. talk/intro
Track 117. River Deep, Mountain High
Track 118. talk/intro
Track 119. I Know Where I’ve Been
Track 120. He’s A Rebel
Track 121. talk/band intros
Track 122. White Christmas
Track 123. Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)
[74:09]

Disc 2 (Set 2: Ronnie Spector)
Track 201. The Christmas Song (instr.)
Track 202. Sleigh Ride
Track 203. Do I Love You?
Track 204. Say Goodbye To Hollywood
Track 205. Please Be Mine
Track 206. Keep On Dancing
Track 207. Frosty The Snowman
Track 208. So Young
Track 209. Back To Black
Track 210. Baby I Love You
Track 211. It’s Christmas Once Again
Track 212. Every Season Has An End
Track 213. Walking In The Rain
Track 214. The Best Part Of Breaking Up
Track 215. She Talks to Rainbows
Track 216. Be My Baby
Track 217. encore call
Track 218. I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus
Track 219. Merry Christmas (War Is Over)
Track 220. Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree*
Track 221. I Can Hear Music*
* with Darlene Love
[75:37]

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ALMOST YEAR ONE

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After almost one year in office, Barack Obama is well on the way to be America’s greatest Republican president. Commentator and author Saul Landau helps you count the ways…

After eleven months in office, Barack Obama has hardly revolutionized – or even altered – the major dysfunction that confronts our system. A man of obviously good values – read his books and speeches – he has yet to show convictions. He has tinkered to keep terrible problems from getting much worse – a kind of political plumber without access to equipment that would redo the entire system.

Like his other war-time predecessors, he used the trite phrase “in our vital national interest” to justify sending 30,000 more men and women to fight for Afghan President Karzai, a rare man worthy in his own lifetime for inclusion in the Guinness book of records – for corruption. Karzai amused the public by pledging to eliminate all corrupt practices. Obama appeared to believe him.

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December 22, 2009

LONG RYDERS – STANFORD CAMPUS 1985

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LONG RYDERS
Stanford Campus 1985 [no label, 1CD]

Live at Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA, May 11, 1985. Very good KZSU FM radio broadcast.

Despite the nostalgia and the memory of listening to one of the top bands of college radio, probaby more than anything else, the Long Ryders today remind the listener of the promises of what could have been. It’s not the innocence in the music but the joy in the playing that comes through.

Track 01. Mason-Dixon Line
Track 02. As God Is My Witness
Track 03. State Of My Union
Track 04. Highway 61 Revisited
Track 05. Too Close To The Light
Track 06. Ivory Tower
Track 07. Good Times Tomorrow, Hard Times Today
Track 08. I Can’t Hide
Track 09. I Had A Dream
Track 10. Final Wild Son
Track 11. Wreck Of The 809
Track 12. Southside Of The Story
Track 13. Still Get By

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A MOTION-CAPTURED CHRISTMAS

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The 3-D effects can be quite startling and Jim Carrey is fairly well restrained in Robert Zemeckis’ A Christmas Carol but about the time when Marley’s ghost appears the animation starts going wrong. As Critic After Dark Noel Vera says, perhaps it’s time for Hideo [Ringu] Nakata to helm this seasonal gothic favourite.

Robert Zemeckis’ A Christmas Carol (2009) opens with a beautifully textured leatherbound book, a watercolor illustration that morphs slowly into a horrifyingly textured image of the deceased Marley, cloth binding his jaw shut, pennies covering his eyes.

Enter Scrooge (Jim Carrey), checking Marley for signs of life. When the undertakers put out an outstretched hand for tips, Carrey plays up Scrooge’s tightfistedness to the hilt; you would think he was extracting a back molar from out of his jaw the way his fingers trembled, as he extracted coins out of his purse.

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December 21, 2009

THE PHILIP COHEN COLLECTION: MANN AT ABBEY ROAD

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Another expertly compiled disc of rarities from the early days of Manfred Mann.

MANFRED MANN
Abbey Road Commercial Test + 2 [no label, 1CD]

Excellent mono SBD. Recorded in 1963.

This is the complete Abbey Road Studios “commercial test” by Manfred Mann. Recorded in 1963, this features the line-up heard on the first two EMI singles: Paul Jones (lead vocal, harmonica), Manfred Mann (keyboards), Mike Vickers (guitar, saxophone), Mike Hugg (drums) and Dave Richmond (bass).

The idea of this compilation is so that with the EMI four-CD set “Manfred Mann – Down The Road Apiece” and the Rykodisc soundtrack CD “What’s New Pussycat” (which has an alternate take of “My Little Red Book”), that you will have the complete EMI recordings of Manfred Mann.

Note: Thanks to Phil Cohen for sharing the lossless tracks.

01 – 06 Why Should We Not (takes 1-6)
07 – 08 I Don’t Want To Know (takes 5-6)
09 Let’s Go
10 – 11 Don’t Ask Me What I Say (takes 2-3)
12 Brother Jack
13 Without You
14 Do Wah Diddy (long version, rare stereo mix)
15 She Needs Company (Version 2. Stereo remix from 1990)

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December 20, 2009

BECK – SONGS OF LEONARD COHEN

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BECK
Songs Of Leonard Cohen [no label, 1CD]

Fans of Beck have been having a field day over the past five months or so when the singer-songwriter decided to do something spontaneous – record an album in a day – and put up the results on his Record Club page on his website (http://www.beck.com/record_club).

Beck does not offer a mere mp3 download. He streams a video clip of the song, featuring the musicians recording the track.

The first project of the Record Club was the Velvet Underground & Nico album. Songs Of Leonard Cohen is the second project and for those who lack the necessary internet tools to record the audio off video clips, RandyB has made this compilation to be shared on the internet. Thanks RandyB.

Track 01. Suzanne
Track 02. Master Song
Track 03. Winter Lady
Track 04. The Stranger Song
Track 05. Sisters of Mercy
Track 06. So Long, Marianne
Track 07. Hey, That’s No Way to Say Goodbye
Track 08. Stories Of The Street
Track 09. Teachers
Track 10. One Of Us Cannot Be Wrong

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December 19, 2009

TIGER’S WOOD: LOVE CABLINASIAN STYLE

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Golfer Tiger Woods – good on the green, good for the advertising industry and perhaps, more importantly, as his mistresses say, good in the sack. While there are many successful “family men” with conservative reputations who lead complicated double lives, as sex therapist Dr Susan Block sees it, on some level, perhaps Woods wants to be caught.

I’m in the midst of a humongous move and have no time to even look at the news, let alone write about it. But how can I – how can anyone – avoid the Erotic Adventures of Tiger Woods? It’s a soap operatic porno reality show streaming live before our eyes, ears, sanctimonious sensibilities and deep voyeuristic desires.

At first, I thought, so what? Another sports superstar is caught having illicit sex with a few different mistresses? Well, more than a few. But is that such a surprise? So Tiger’s got wood! Sure, he presented himself as the honest, monogamous “Family Man” to score the most lucrative endorsements he could. But don’t all sports stars do that? And does anyone over 18 actually believe that any of these hot-blooded jocks really ARE that? I mean, isn’t Tiger’s active, messy sex life par for the course?

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LONDON PROGRESSIVE JOURNAL #101

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This is an excellent web journal. If you like Counterpunch, Information Clearing House and Alternet, this should be essential reading as well. All the news that fits these days are coming from alternative media. Join their mailing list.

Issue #101 of the London Progressive Journal has been published and can be viewed here: http://www.londonprogressivejournal.com

- Chavez Calls for Systemic Change to Save Planet: Hugo Chavez has accused the world’s powerful countries of lacking the political will to take serious action on climate change, as Kiraz Janicke reports.

- The Lobby Within: A just and peaceful solution to the protracted Palestinian-Israeli conflict will only be possible when the US ceases to block every move made towards it, argues Ramzy Baroud.

- The Nightmare in Afghanistan Worsens: Following the 100th British death of 2009 in Afghanistan, Steve Jones argues that the unwinnable war in Afghanistan can never deliver social and economic progress to the Afghan people.

- Muslim Women Find Expression Through Cartoons: Iqbal Tamimi on how some Muslim women have overcome cultural marginalisation to express themselves through popular art.

- Justice for Western Sahara: Joanna Allan on the high-profile campaign to draw international attention to the plight of the people of the Western Sahara at the hands of the brutal Moroccan occupation.

December 17, 2009

DREAM LOVER

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The long and winding road of Bruce Springsteen.

BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN & THE E STREET BAND
Madison Square Garden 2009 – The Complete River [no label, 3CD]

Live at the Madison Square Garden, New York City, November 8, 2009. Very good audience recording.

By running through the entire River album, Springsteen might be reminding Obama to hold true to values that define Main Street, not Wall Street – decency, compassion and the brotherhood of the American community. Listening to this show, one realises something is amiss when it looks so easy for Springsteen to get the crowd on his side yet it is Obama whose popularity rating that is drastically dropping.

Thanks to Kathleen for recording and sharing the lossless tracks on the Dime site; and to lexus11 for the artwork.

Disc 1
Track 01. Wrecking Ball
Track 02. Introduction to The River
Track 03. The Ties That Bind
Track 04. Sherry Darling
Track 05. Jackson Cage
Track 06. Two Hearts
Track 07. Independence Day
Track 08. Hungry Heart
Track 09. Out In The Street
Track 10. Crush On You
Track 11. You Can Look (But You Better Not Touch)
Track 12. I Wanna Marry You
Track 13. The River

Disc 2
Track 14. Point Blank
Track 15. Cadillac Ranch
Track 16. I’m a Rocker
Track 17. Fade Away
Track 18. Stolen Car
Track 19. Ramrod
Track 20. The Price You Pay
Track 21. Drive All Night
Track 22. Wreck on the Highway

Disc 3
Track 23. Waiting On A Sunny Day
Track 24. Atlantic City
Track 25. Badlands
Track 26. Born to Run
Track 27. Seven Nights to Rock
Track 28. Sweet Soul Music
Track 29. No Surrender
Track 30. American Land
Track 31. Dancing in the Dark
Track 32. Can’t Help Falling in Love
Track 33. Higher and Higher

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