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The More B.S. Contest No. 14
(February 16, 2017)
If Your Country Was Called Syonan, What Woud You Be Called?

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Why So Quiet $ingapore?
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You Kept Silent
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Welcome To $heep City
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Singapore Democrats
Tak Boleh Tahan ['cannot take it anymore']
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Far King Bus Turd
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$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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Information Clearing House
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Rock & Rap Confidential
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Alternet
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Won't Get Fooled Again

New Items Added
October 25, 2016

$IA's Unreported Incident; No Updates
On Flight 777


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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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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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Tokyo 2011

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Sausalito 1972


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Dick Clark
New Year's Eve 2011 (data)

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Liza Minelli
Basel 2011 (data)

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Various
Prince's Trust Rock Gala 2011 (data)

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While torrent sites have been a thorn in the side of the MPAA for more than a decade, there's a new kid on the block. Speaking at the Berlin Film Festival, MPAA chief Chris Dodd cited the growing use of the Kodi platform for piracy, describing the problem as the "$64,000 question." By Andy of TorrentFreak.

Since around 2003, torrent sites have plagued the MPAA. Hydra-like in their ability to withstand all kinds of attacks, from legal onslaughts to domain blocking, torrent platforms are still going strong today.

However, what BitTorrent lacks in its standard form is a living-room friendly interface. Regular torrent clients are functional at best, uninviting at worst, and lack the colorful Netflix-style interface demanded by today’s sophisticated media consumer.

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Free Downloads: This Week's New MP3s
(Click on the link to download the show)
Latest: Mahavishnu Orchestra
Phonygraf LP 1972
Latest: Aki Takase and Ingrid Laubrock
Berlin 2016
Latest: America
Philadelphia 1972 / Royal Festival Hall, London 1972
Latest: The Firm
London 1984
Latest: Willard Grant Conspiracy [Robert Fisher R.I.P. 1957 - 2017]
Berlin 2007
New Order
London 1985
Father John Misty
London 2017
John Hiatt
San Francisco 1994
Jesca Hoop
Manchester 2016
UK [John Wetton R.I.P. 1949-2017]
Santa Monica 1978
Al Jarreau R.I.P. 1940-2017
Hamburg 1975
Guns N' Roses / Babymetal
Kobe 2017
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Perform Anthony Braxton - Glasgow 2016
Doobie Brothers
Seattle 1976
Sun Of Goldfinger [David Torn]
London 2017
Fats Domino
New York 1975
Ella Fitzgerald
Munich 1990
Bob Dylan
Massey Hall, Toronto 1980
R.E.M.
Atlanta 1995
High Llamas
London 2017
Ravi Shankar and Alla Rakha Khan
Paris 1973
Pentangle
Oslo 1968
Shawn Colvin
Philadelphia 1990
Rory Gallagher
LA Moonchild - Los Angeles 1976 / San Diego 1974
Joni Mitchell
Unplugged and Jamming 1969-1998 [Disc 2 and 3 of 3]
Joni Mitchell
Unplugged and Jamming 1969-1998 [Disc 1 of 3]
Guns N' Roses
Saitama 2017
Turiyananda Sangit [Early Shakti with John McLaughlin]
New York or Boston 1975
The Thirteenth Assembly [Mary Halvorson]
London 2011
Gillian Welch and David Rawlings
Hickory - September 26, 1997
Rainbow
Detroit 1975
Bush Tetras
Trenton 1982
Lionel Richie
Cornwall 2016
Neil Young
Frankfurt 1989
Lyle Lovett
Des Moines 1999
The Feelies
Chicago 1991
ASIA [John Wetton R.I.P. 1949-2017]
The Making Of Asia 1981-1998
CAN [Jaki Liebezeit R.I.P. 1938-2017]
Another Lost Tape Fragment 1973
Warren Zevon
The Electric Werewolf Strikes Again - Minneapolis 1990
Cyndi Lauper
Austin City Limits 2016
Ryan Adams
Elizabethtown Sessions Live
Wet Willie
New York 1979
Dave Holland
Live Aziza - Germany 2016
Frank Sinatra
Swing Sessions 1964 / Palm Springs 1995
Paul McCartney
Lumpy Trousers [Disc 3 and 4 of 4]
Paul McCartney
Lumpy Trousers [Disc 1 and 2 of 4]
Electric Light Orchestra
Seattle 1976
Boston
Seattle 1977
Laura Marling and Friends
Celtic Connections, Glasgow 2017
Jackson Browne
Anti-Inaugural Ball, Los Angeles 2017
Mott The Hoople [Pete Overend Watts R.I.P. 1947-2017]
Schorndorf 1970
CAN [Jaki Liebezeit R.I.P. 1938-2017]
Grenoble 1976
Steve Forbert
Bethlehem, PA 1995
Maggie Roche [R.I.P. 1951-2017]
The Roches - Redondo Beach 1989
Various (Jackson Brown, Linda Ronstadt and more)
Anti-Nuclear Rally, Central Park, NY 1982
Ingrid Laubrock with Serenus Zeitblom Oktett
Sant'Anna Arresi 2016
Consolidated
Amsterdam 1990
Frank Sinatra
Inside Basie
The Del Fuegos
Lyon 1987
Grateful Dead
The First Day 1975
Sting and Anna Maria Jopek
Poland 2016
Bob Dylan
Australian Tour 2001 (Added Disc 3 and 4)
Ry Cooder
New York 1973
Chicago
Kalamazoo, Michigan 1976
Lou Reed
Seattle 1976
Joni Mitchell
Montreal 1973
David Murray Infinity Quartet
Willisau 2016

Restart
Latest: Elton John
Fillmore West 1970
Latest: Copperhead
Lost Album 1970
Latest: James Taylor and Joni Mitchell
Royal Albert Hall 1970
The Band
Complete Last Waltz 1976
Mogul Thrash [John Wetton R.I.P. 1949-2017]
London 1971
The Allman Brothers [Butch Trucks R.I.P. 1947-2017]
A&R Studios 1971
The Allman Brothers [Butch Trucks R.I.P. 1947-2017]
The Gatlinburg Tapes 1971
Mott The Hoople [Pete Overend Watts R.I.P. 1947-2017]
Winterland 1973
CAN [Jaki Liebezeit R.I.P. 1938-2017]
Giessen 1971
CAN [Jaki Liebezeit R.I.P. 1938-2017]
BBC In Concert 1973/74

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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


Audio

ROIO Of The Week
Jesca Hoop - Manchester 2016 [no label, 1CD] Live at The Deaf Institute, Manchester, UK; November 24, 2016. Very good audience recording. 'Devastatingly delicious.'
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Features

US Special Forces Deployed To 70% Of The World In 2016

The men in black, jungle green, desert fatigues and whatnot are protecting the world from terror. The Chinese are in the South China Sea defending their "rocks". By Niall McCarthy.

US Special Operations Command launched a raid in Yemen’s Baida Province on January 29, targeting Qassim al-Rimi, the leader of Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula. The first high-profile special forces operation of Trump’s presidency, the raid resulted in the deaths of at least 14 Al Qaeda fighters, 20 civilians and Navy SEAL William “Ryan” Owens.

Three other Americans were reportedly wounded and an Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft was destroyed by US forces after it was heavily damaged in a forced landing. Over the past few days, it has emerged that al-Rimi survived the raid and he has subsequently released an audio message taunting President Trump.

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Amnesty Claims Mass Executions In Syria, Provides Zero Proof

The number of 13,000 executed are extrapolations that no scientist or court would ever accept. It is tabloid reporting. Yet it made headline news around the world. Propaganda works if you don't fight it. By Moon Of Alabama.

A new Amnesty International report claims that the Syrian government hanged between 5,000 and 13,000 prisoners in a military prison in Syria. The evidence for that claim is flimsy, based on hearsay of anonymous people outside of Syria. The numbers themselves are extrapolations that no scientist or court would ever accept. It is tabloid reporting and fiction style writing from its title "Human Slaughterhouse" down to the last paragraph.

But the Amnesty report is still not propagandish enough for the anti-Syrian media. Inevitably only the highest number in the range Amnesty claims is quoted. For some even that is not yet enough. The Associate Press agency, copied by many outlets, headlines: Report: At least 13,000 hanged in Syrian prison since 2011.

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Shakin' All Over [the noize]
And Justice For Some
Metallica are touring Asia in January 2017. To mark the occasion, here is a 1993 Metallica press conference attended by Martyn See, that was published in BigO #90, June 1993. Pictures by Alex Ortega. In addition, there is another Metallica interview, by Dawn Eden, that was published in BigO 143, November 1997.
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How Musicians Die
BigO means do something with your life 'before I get old'. By Tyler Durden.
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“Sivad”: When Miles Davis Channeled Jimi Hendrix
When Miles Davis went electric, he lifted musical elements from Jimi Hendrix’s oeuvre and repurposed them in his own. By Kollibri terre Sonnenblume.
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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]
The Uncanny Similarities Between Presidents Donald Trump And Franklin Delano Roosevelt
People who dislike Donald Trump don't understand how much more dangerous is the tendency towards totalitarianism that's lurking in the shadows. The idea of One World isn't some utopian unity but one large market for the corporations to feed on. By Jeff J Brown.
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Here Are The Countries Where Millennials Will Struggle The Most To Support Retirees
Look who's at Number Two? Sheep City $ingapore. Remember who made the policy to "Stop At Two"?* 'Nuff said. By Tyler Durden.
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Han Kang's Human Acts
The setting may be South Korea but the repressive power of men and the objects of their hatred are universal in Han Kang's new novel, Human Acts. Review by Charles R Larson.
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Three Days In And Trump Has Already Kept One Pledge
This was written before President Donald Trump signed the order to build the great wall along the Mexican border. By Paul Craig Roberts.
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Trump's Declaration Of War
Donald Trump has no shortage of enemies. From globalists, neoliberal economists, neoconservatives and other unilateralists accustomed to serving the Ruling Establishment to impose the US view on the world. President Trump has declared a war far more dangerous to himself than if he had declared war against Russia or China. By Paul Craig Roberts.
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Movie Reviews
The Woman Who Left
Dir: Lav Diaz
In September 2016, Lav Diaz's The Woman Who Left (Ang Babaeng Humayo) won the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival. It was the third time Diaz had entered a film at the festival and it was the only entry produced entirely by an Asian production film company. Though based on Tolstoy, with a transgendered lost soul on the sideline, call it Dostoevsky for the new millennium, bizarre behavior that touches the waywardly performatively perverse in us. By Critic After Dark Noel Vera.
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Heneral Luna
Dir: Jerrold Tarog
While the battle sequences in Jerrold Tarog's Heneral Luna (2015) are panoramic spectacles, it is the infighting between the various characters that delivers sobering lessons for the viewer: that ability and talent are often rewarded with envy, suspicion and hate; and that the Filipino's greatest enemy and most debilitating weakness is his own people. Critic After Dark Noel Vera reviews.
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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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