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The More B.S. Contest No. 11
(April 11, 2016)
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Why So Quiet $ingapore?
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You Kept Silent
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Singapore Democrats
Tak Boleh Tahan ['cannot take it anymore']
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Far King Bus Turd
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$ingapore Is Burma's Biggest Investor
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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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Honey, I Shrunk The News
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How Many $ingaporeans?
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CounterPunch
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Rock & Rap Confidential
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Alternet
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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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Basel 2011 (data)

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Prince's Trust Rock Gala 2011 (data)

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Hypocrisy is the watchword. Elites can get away with anything. Just ask George Bush Jr. By Aidan O'Brien.

Dublin - Whenever Europe’s working class are up for a fight they are vilified in the media. Whereas when Europe’s ruling class are up for a war, even a world war, they are defended in the media.

This contradiction or class bias was in full view this week in Europe’s media.

Last Saturday (June 11) England played Russia in one of the opening games of UEFA Euro 2016. Before and after the football match in Marseille, France, the opposing fans threw punches, bottles and chairs at each other. And before you could say “World War Three” a media storm had developed around this violence.

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Free Downloads: This Week's New MP3s
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Latest: Funkadelic (Bernie Worrell R.I.P. 1944-2016)
Boston 1974
Latest: Beth Wood
Chicago 2016
Latest: Red Hot Chili Peppers
Pinkpop Festival - The Netherlands 2016
Latest: Elton John
Saratoga Springs 1982
Latest: Bob Dylan
1985 Rehearsal Tape
Johnny Dowd
New Jersey 1998
Stanley Jordan
Jam Cruise 2014
Thin Lizzy
Live In Rock City - Detroit 1976
Jimi Hendrix
Best of BBC Rock Hour Jimi Hendrix Special 1976
Os Mutantes
Seattle 2009/Brazil 1970
Prophets Of Rage
(Public Enemy, Rage Against The Machine, Cypress Hill)
Palladium, Hollywood, June 3, 2016
Hiromi Trio Project
Minneapolis 2014
Fairport Convention (Dave Swarbrick R.I.P. 1941-2016)
London 1976
Elvis Costello
Live Armed Forces
Fleetwood Mac with Paul Butterfield
Carousel Ballroom, San Francisco 1968
The Chambers Brothers
Fillmore East 1971/Central Park 1972
Sufjan Stevens
Washington 2016
Little Feat
Lowell Right Through The Night - Nagoya 1978
Manfred Mann
Roslyn 1975
The Monkees/Gary Puckett/The Grass Roots
Wantagh, NY 1986
Larkin Poe
Bremen 2016
Harriet Tubman And Cassandra Wilson
Moers 2016
Peter Frampton
Richardson, TX; May 21, 2016
Shawn Colvin
Palo Alto 1994
Father John Misty
Germany 2015
Chicago
Navy Pier 1979
Joan Baez
75th Birthday Show - New York 2016
Eric Clapton
Just Another 1st Night - Budokan, Tokyo April 13, 2016
Bob Dylan
Sleepy Angel - Osaka; April 11, 2016 (Excellent audience recording)
John Cale And Special Guests
The Velvet Underground & Nico - Paris 2016
Paul McCartney
One On One First Show - Fresno, April 13, 2016
Gregory Porter
Dusseldorf 2013
Booker T and the MG's
New York 1994
Tony Barrow R.I.P. 1936-2016
John, Paul, George, Ringo... & Me! (from radio talk shows)
Guy Clark R.I.P. 1941-2016
Keepers Outtakes 1996
Jeff Beck
Blue Wind Over Yokohama 1980 (Mr Peach Recording)
Bob Dylan
The Children's Crusade - Melbourne 1966 (50 years of 'Judas' gig)
Charles Bradley
Koln 2016
Rickie Lee Jones
Stockholm 2015
Guy Clark R.I.P. 1941-2016
San Francisco 1988 (with Michelle Shocked)
Dave Edmunds
New York 1990
The Church (with Steve Kilbey)
Fairfield 2016

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Latest: Talking Heads (Bernie Worrell R.I.P. 1944-2016)
Saratoga Springs 1983
Latest: The Golden Palominos (Bernie Worrell R.I.P. 1944-2016)
Montreux 1986
Fairport Convention (Dave Swarbrick R.I.P. 1941-2016)
Worcester 1974
Fairport Convention (Dave Swarbrick R.I.P. 1941-2016)
Evanston 1974
Fairport Convention (Dave Swarbrick R.I.P. 1941-2016)
Cropredy Festival 2007
Boston
Long Beach 1977
Neil Young
The Year After The Horse
Art Ensemble Of Chicago
Hamburg 1987
U2
Salomé - The Achtung Baby Sessions
Thin White Rope
Europe 1992

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Long Live Rock! [BigO Audio Archive]

New ROIOs*
Pink Floyd - Chicago 1973 Audience
Dwight Yoakam - Century City 2015 Hi-res Audience 24 48
John Martyn - Ludwigshafen am Rhein, Germany 1983 FM
Mark Knopfler - Live In Bristol 1996 FM
Journey - Escape From Yokohama 1982 Audience Mr Peach Recording
Leon Russell and Edgar Winter - Burlington 1987
Rachel Sermanni - BBC Session
Linda Ronstadt (w Jimmy Webb's opening set) - Live at Beacon Theatre, New York City 2004, Audience
VARIOUS - Bill Graham Memorial, San Francisco 1991 in-house FM
David Gilmour - Live in London, 2015 Audience
Flatt & Scruggs - Martha White Biscuit Time Part 1 & 2 1953 FM
Lester Flatt + Nashville Grass - Renfro Valley Bluegrass Festival, Kentucky 1972 Soundboard
Lana Del Rey - BBC Radio 1 Session 2015, DVB-S
Eric Carmen Band - Bottom Line, New York, 1976 FM
Paul Butterfield Blues Band - Indianapolis 1983
Fred Firth & Lotte Anker - Festival Météo 2015 FM
Lester Bowie's Brass Fantasy - Frankfurt 1999 UPGRADE, LONGER
Billy Cobham Band - San Francisco 1974 FM
Neil Young & Crazy Horse - Wet Show, Nagoya, Japan 1976 Mr Peach audience
Neil Young & Crazy Horse - Nagoya, Japan 1976 Mr Peach audience TomP REMASTER
Neil Young & Crazy Horse - So Beautiful, Osaka, Japan, 1976 Mr Peach audience
Sebastien Tellier - Live Me Do, France Inter 2014 FM
St Paul And The Broken Bones - Berlin 2015 FM
The Pop Group - BBC 6 Session 2015, Satellite Broadcast MP2
Herbie Hancock & The Headhunters - WBCN Jazz Workshop 1973 Complete Broadcast UPGRADE 2015
Alabama Shakes - North Sea Jazz Festival, The Netherlands, 2015 Digital FM
Bullet For My Valentine - Radio One Rocks BBC Radio 1 Concert, 2015 DVB-S mp2
Cowboy Junkies - Houston 1989 mono SBD
David Gilmour - Royal Albert Hall, London, 2015 Audience
Steve Goodman - Bremen 1976 pre-FM
Nanci Griffith - London 1988 FM
John Lennon - The Absolute Madman
John Renbourn's Ship Of Fools
Santana - Rotterdam 1972
Bruce Springsteen - Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles 1988: The Lost and Found Mike the MICrophone Tapes Vol. Nine
Brand X - Unorthodox Behaviour Tour 1976, BBC FM
Big Bill Broonzy w Studs Terkel - Chicago, 1953 HD over FM rebroadcast 2015
Ghost - Leeds Festival 2015 audience


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New DVD Archive Of Rare Films
Florence + the Machine - Voodoo Music + Arts Experience, New Orleans 2015 webcast 720p
Godspeed You! Black Emperor - Pitchfork Music Festival Paris, France 2015 webcast 808p
Gala des Etoiles - Live at Teatro alla Scala di Milamo 2015 HDTV 1080p
Don Henley - Austin City Limits Live, Texas, HDTV 1080i UPGRADE
Later... with Jools Holland - Whole Friday Show
Modest Mouse - Voodoo Music + Arts Experience, New Orleans 2015 webcast 720p
Obituary - Hellfest, Clisson, France 2015, HDTV 1080p
Rodrigo Y Gabriela - Garorock Festival, France 2014 HDTV 1080p
Sturgill Simpson - Austin City Limits Live, Texas, HDTV 1080i UPGRADE
Kurt Vile - Pitchfork Music Festival Paris, France 2015 webcast 720p
ABBA - French TV-Appearances Vol1 (1975-1980) & French TV-Appearances Vol 2 (1974-1978)
AACM Vocal Ensemble - Live at Deutsches Jazzfestival Frankfurt, 2015 webcast 720p
BBC - Girls in Bands at the BBC 2015
BBC - Girls in Bands at the BBC 2015 DVD version
BBC - Girl in a Band: Tales from the Rock 'n' Roll Front Line 2015
BBC - Girl in a Band: Tales from the Rock 'n' Roll Front Line 2015 DVD version
Chvrches - Live At The Fillmore, in Charlotte 2015 Yahoo Live Nation webcast 648p
Deerhunter - Pitchfork Music Festival Paris, France 2015 webcast 720p
Destroyer - Pitchfork Music Festival Paris, France 2015 webcast 1080p
Danny Elfman - Music from the Films of Tim Burton, Lincoln Center, New York 2015 HDTV 1080i
EL VY - Morning Becomes Eclectic, Santa Monica, 2015 webcast 720p
Kurt Vile & the Violators - Austin City Limits Music Festival, 2015 Complete Webcast 720p
Shakey Graves - Austin City Limits Music Festival, 2015 Complete Webcast 720p
Strand of Oaks - Austin City Limits Music Festival, 2015 Complete Webcast 720p
The Strokes - Austin City Limits Music Festival, 2015 Complete Webcast 720p
TV on the Radio - Austin City Limits Music Festival, 2015 Complete Webcast 720p
Walk the Moon - Austin City Limits Music Festival, 2015 Complete Webcast 720p
Gillian Welch - Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival, San Francisco, 2015 webcast 720p
Paul Weller - Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival, San Francisco 2015 Complete Webcast 720p
Verdi - Il Trovatore live at the Metropolitan Opera, New York, 2015 HDTV 1080i at 18.4Mbps
Verdi - Il Trovatore live at the Metropolitan Opera, New York, 2015 HDTV 1080p at 8Mbps
Van Morrison - "Up On Cyprus Avenue", Belfast 2015 Late Show HDTV satellite 1080i plus extras


Audio

ROIO Of The Week
Little Feat - Lowell Right Through The Night [Plaz/Goody Remastered Edition, 2CD] Live at Nagoya-shi Kokaido, Nagoya, Japan; July 1, 1978. Very good soundboard." Great show from the later Lowell years."
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Features

Venezuela’s Struggle To Survive

Venezuela fell into its current mess due to an almost total dependence on oil for income. And we all know how far down oil prices have slide. By Lisa Sullivan who resides in Venezuela.

For 32 years I have called Venezuela home. Its mountains have given me beauty, its barrios have given me music, its struggles have given me purpose, and its people have given me love.  Its Bolivarian Revolution gave me hope.

IHow could I not feel hope when most of my neighbors - ages two to 70, were studying, right in our little potato-growing town in the mountains of western Venezuela. How could I not be hopeful when 18 neighbor families received new homes to replace their unhealthy, crowded living spaces?

How could I not be grateful when my partner received life-saving emergency surgery? Or when my blind friend Chuy had his sight restored. Both for free.

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Muhammad Ali: A Torchbearer Of Resistance

Muhammad Ali was diagnosed with Parkinson's syndrome in 1984. He was hospitalised on June 2, 2016 with a respiratory illness; and passed away the following day from septic shock. He was 74. John Wight takes a look at the boxing legend.

If anything the passing of Muhammad Ali bestows even more greatness on the man, knowing that despite all he achieved, everything he went through both in and out the ring, he was mortal just like the rest of us. The mere mention of his name and the words just trip off the tongue - ‘beauty’, ‘poetry’, ‘elegance’, ‘vision’, ‘defiance’, ‘anger’, ‘justice’, ‘rebellion’, ‘determination’, ‘compassion’, ‘grace’, ‘strength’. Ali owned all of these attributes and then some.

IWho could have predicted when a young, gangly, loose-limbed boxer from Louisville, Kentucky by the name of Cassius Clay took the light-heavyweight gold medal at the 1960 Rome Olympics?

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Shakin' All Over [the noize]
Prince’s Death Prompts ‘Awkward’ Internet Surge
With Prince's unexpected passing on April 21, 2016, the world has lost a legend. Prince's death has dominated the news and many people have honored the icon by listening to his music. Ironically, his death also triggered tens of thousands of internet downloads, one of the things Prince passionately fought against. By Ernesto of TorrentFreak.
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Call Me Zimmerman: Bob Dylan’s Great White Wonder
As Bob Dylan prepares to release his 37th studio album, Fallen Angels, in May 2016, Ron Jacobs recalls the time when the release of Dylan's The Great White Wonder bootleg in 1969 was such a much-heralded affair.
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Springsteen Cancels Gig To Protest 'Bathroom Bill'
The Boss makes a stand for individual rights of the LGBT community.
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I Can See For Miles [cinelife]
Zombie Gross Out
When all else fails, there's always Noboru Iguchi's Zombie Ass: Toilet Of The Dead (2011). Just don't watch it with a heavy stomach. Stephen Tan reviews.
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Hong Kong Protests
Bleak but hopeful... that seems to be the message behind Ten Years (2015), an anthology of five segments whose Best Film award at the 2016 Hong Kong Film Awards not only brought it fame but controversy as well. Stephen Tan reviews.
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Kenji Mizoguchi's Sansho The Bailiff
In the light of today’s renewed interest in Buddhism, Kenji Mizoguchi’s Sansho The Bailiff (1954), one of the last six films made before his death, can be viewed through a fresh spiritual, aesthetic prism. After all, the tale of a pair of siblings sold into slavery, a mother taken away to a life as a prostitute, and a father, disgraced as a rebellious governor who cared too much for his people, and dies in exile; is essentially a Buddhist parable of idealism and compassion. By Philip Cheah.
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Samira Makhmalbaf's Blackboards
If war is crazy, then the most passionate efforts to resist war must be equally crazy. This is perhaps the premise of Samira Makhmalbaf’s Blackboards (2000), a metaphorical fable of a people (Iranian Kurds) locked inside a warzone (symbolised by the rugged mountains) they live in, and seemingly unable to break free of the trap. By Philip Cheah.
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Kim Ki Duk's Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter... And Spring
Can cruelty be gentle? The answer is yes, and why not? Cruelty can also be innocent. In the first chapter of Kim Ki Duk’s Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter... And Spring (2003), a child monk plays by tying stones to a fish, frog and snake. Two of the three creatures die thus earning a lesson of Buddhist karma from the old monk: “If one of them has died, you will always carry that stone in your heart.” By Philip Cheah.
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I Can't Explain [world affairs]
US Expands Secret Wars In Africa
The secret expansion of US military bases and special operations in Africa has initiated a new and lightweight style of warfare and welcomes the next phase of American military imperialism. By Justin Yun.
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Silencing America As It Prepares For War
As the 2016 US presidential elections draw near, the received wisdom seems to be “hold your nose” and vote for Hillary Clinton: anyone but Trump. That way, you stop the monster and preserve a system gagging for another war. By John Pilger.
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The Looting Stage Of Capitalism
To call the looting of a country and its people a “bailout” is Orwellian. The brainwashing is so successful that even the media and politicians of looted Greece call the financial imperialism that Greece is suffering a “bailout.” By Paul Craig Roberts.
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The Story Behind The Calcutta Film Society
The Calcutta Film Society was registered in October 1947, with Satyajit Ray, Chidananda Dasgupta, Manojendu Majumdar and Purnendu Narayan as the founding members. The society became an important and integral part of the film culture that thrived in Calcutta and remained relevant for decades even though most of its founding members are no more. By Subha Das Mollick.
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'Was Ist Sex' - These Are The Disturbing Cartoons Germany Uses To Teach Sex To Refugees
Over the past year, Germany has gone to great lengths in its attempt to culturally integrate the hundreds of thousands of middle-eastern refugees that entered the nation as a result of Angela Markel's now-defunct overly welcoming immigrant policies.
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Movie Reviews
Son Of Sauli (Saul fia)
Dir:Lazlo Nemes
The Holocaust, from the view of a Jew assigned to pull bodies out of gas chambers and load them into the ovens for cremation. The land of nightmare in Lazlo Nemes' Son Of Saul (2015), reviewed by Critic After Dark Noel Vera.
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Taxi
Dir: Jafar Pahani
Jafar Pahani might have been banned from making movies for 20 years but that has not stopped the Iranian filmmaker. Using footage from his dashboard-mounted 'security camera' and from handphone cameras, Taxi, to quote what one "passenger" said, is Iranian life that is "real but not real real". By Critic After Dark Noel Vera.
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Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice
Dir: Zack Snyder
In-between the fisticuffs and the grey-on-grey colour scheme, viewers might even feel alternately bored and contemptuous, sometimes both at the same time. Is that even plausible in Zack Snyder's Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice (2016), asks Critic After Dark Noel Vera.
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Spotlight
Dir: Tom McCarthy
Uncovering sexual abuse among the Catholic Church's Boston clergy in Tom McCarthy's Spotlight (2015) could well have been "the most terrifying film of the year", according to Critic After Dark Noel Vera.
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The Revenant
Dir: Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu
If one believes that a little suffering helps raise one's state of consciousness to a relatively higher level, then Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's The Revenant (2015) might have you leaving the theater feeling thoroughly purified, says Critic After Dark Noel Vera.
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