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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

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May 16, 2014

Spiderman Says: Whofivesaguck?

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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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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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Prince's Trust Rock Gala 2011 (data)

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At the 2015 Screen Actors Guild Awards on January 25, 2015, Homeland left empty handed. Written as a curtain-raiser to the Awards (the article was posted on January 23), actor Dave Clennon feels that giving Homeland any award is tantamount to promoting the CIA and its criminal practices.

The Screen Actors Guild has nominated Claire Danes of “Homeland” for its Best Actress Award. It has also nominated Danes, Mandy Patinkin and the rest of the “Homeland” cast for the Outstanding Ensemble Award. The Hollywood Foreign Press Association nominated Danes for its Golden Globe Award. Danes did not win, but the nomination was a valuable honor for her, and for “Homeland.”

The CIA is pleased with the way it is portrayed on “Homeland.” The Agency invited the show’s cast and producers to come on a friendly visit to its headquarters in Virginia. CIA Director John Brennan gave actor Mandy Patinkin (Brennan’s fictional counterpart) a tour of his office.

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Free Downloads: This Week's New MP3s
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Latest: Tony (Afrobeat) Allen
Paris 2015
Latest: Woody Guthrie, Alan Lomax and Friends
Hootenanny 1947/New York 1940
Latest: Rolling Stones
Leeds 1971
Latest: Phil Collins
Captured Live! - Washington 1983
Latest: Isaac Hayes
Stuttgart 1997
Tangerine Dream (Edgar Froese R.I.P. 1944-2015)
Warsaw 1997
JD Souther
West Hollywood 1976
Marianne Faithfull
Munich 2014/New Orleans 1990
Dee Alexander
Jimi Hendrix/James Brown Tribute - Chicago 2012
Van Morrison
You're Not A Rented Audience, Are You? - San Francisco 1992
Johnny Thunders
Paris 1984
Culture
Boston 1981
David Murray
The Knitting Factory, New York 1997
Paul McCartney
Deliverance Live - Berkeley 1990
Grin (with Nils Lofgren)
Mayday Vietnam War Protest Rally - Washington 1971
Rick Derringer
Whisky-A-Go-Go - Los Angeles 1977
Pink Floyd
Total Eclipse - A Retrospective 1967-1993 (Disc 3 and 4 of 4)
Bob Dylan (Mike Millard Master Vol 7)
Santa Monica - November 19, 1979 (second night)
Pink Floyd (Tracks Reinstated)
Total Eclipse - A Retrospective 1967-1993 (Disc 1 and 2 of 4)
Jaco Pastorius with Bireli Lagrene
Italy 1986
Bob Seger
Chicago 2013
Julee Cruise
St Petersberg 2005
Velvet Underground
Take A Trip - Wembley 1993
Sun Ra
Lost Reel Collection 1971-72

Restart
Latest: The Replacements
New York 1987
Flaming Lips
Hollywood 2011
Television
London 2004
Steely Dan
London 1974
Nico and Tangerine Dream
Reims 1974
The Ventures
California 1981
Mountain
New York 1974
Colosseum II
British Savage
Megadeth
Unplugged 1997

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Long Live Rock! [BigO Audio Archive]

New ROIOs*
The Beatles - Rock & Roll At The Hollywood Bowl 1964, 50th Anniversary Edition
Blind Faith Live At Oakland 1969
Badfinger - Kansas City 1972
Abacush - BBC Session (Kid Jensen Show) 1983
Bastard Sons of Johnny Cash - Iowa 2002
Big Brother and the Holding Company - "Last Piece of Summertime" Italy 2014
David Bowie - Hemel Hempstead 1972 REMASTER VERSION
Broken Bells - Vic Theatre, New York 2014
Jimmy Owens - "Present And Future", Hamburg 1968
Jaco Pastorius w Bireli Lagrene - Italy 1986
Joshua Redman Quartet - Ystad Jazz Festival 2014 Complete show
Andy Sheppard "Inclassificable" with Steve Lodder and Nana Vasconcelos - Bristol UK 1995
Stuff - Lone Star Cafe, New York 1981
Steve Swallow Quintet feat. Carla Bley - Chiasso, Switzerland 2014, A Lewojazz-TomP remaster
VARIOUS - Four Decades Festival "Jazz East West" Nuremberg 1966-2002
Mahavishnu Orchestra - Stockholm 1975 UPGRADE
Mahavishnu Orchestra - Paris 1975
Jack Dejohnette Trio - Jazz Onze+, Lausanne 2014
Charles Lloyd Quartet - Lausanne 2014 UPGRADE
London Jazz Composers Orchestra w Barry Guy - Paris 1996 UPGRADE
Pat Metheny Group - Westport, CT 1978
David Murray Octet - The Knitting Factory, New York 1997
Miles Davis - Amsterdam 1957 BEST SOURCE
Miles Davis Septet - Fillmore West 1970 Fragment Version
Gunter Hampel Galaxie Dream Band - Hannover 1972
Keith Jarrett Trio  - Hamburg, 1972, First Set
Dee Alexander Group w Ernest Dawkins - Sant'Anna Arresi, Italy 2010
Dee Alexander's Evolution Arkestra - Funkin' With Electric Soul, a Tribute to James Brown and Jimi Hendrix 2012
Wang Yuja with the NHK Symphony Orchestra - Debussy/ Ravel, Tokyo 2014
The Cars - Live At The El Mocambo 1978, KBFH
Prince - The Quintessential 12 Inch Collection in FLAC
Prince - The Evolution, Singles, Downloads, Streams and Broadcasts 2007-2014

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New DVD Archive Of Rare Films
Keith Jarrett Quintet - Berlin 1973 video excerpt of 2014 broadcast UPGRADE, 720p
Mary J. Blige - Birmingham, UK BBC iPlayer video 2014
Otis Taylor Band - Poland 2013 HD satellite broadcast 1080
VARIOUS - Tokyo Jazz Festival 2013 Vol 3, 1080i HDTV
VARIOUS - Blue Note Festival 2014
VARIOUS - 42nd American Music Awards 2014
Metallica - HBO's Concert For Valor 2014, HD b'cast 1080i
ARIOUS - HBO's Concert For Valor 2014, HD b'cast 720p
Royal Blood - Les Inrocks Philips, Paris 2014 webcast 720p
Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga - Cheek to Cheek Live 2014, HDTV 1080i
Damon Albarn - Casino de Paris 2014 webcast 1080p
The Black Keys - Austin City Limits Live, 2014
Simon & Garfunkel - Old Friends 2003 HDTV 720p edited version
Damien Rice - Morning Becomes Eclectic 2014
Damien Rice - Amsterdam, 2014 webcast 576p
Rihanna - HBO's Concert For Valor 2014, HD b'cast 1080i
Taylor Swift - Secret Session for the album 1989, iHeartRadio 2014 webcast 720p
Prince - Live on Saturday Night Live 2014 HDTV 1080p
Eminem - HBO's Concert For Valor 2014, HD b'cast 1080i
Broken Bells - Las Vegas, 2014 webcast 720p
Foxygen - Pitchfork Music Festival, Paris, France 2014
Jenny Lewis - Morning Becomes Eclectic 2014
Portishead - Live at Rock en Seine Festival, 2014 HDwebcast 720p
St. Vincent - Pitchfork Music Festival, Paris, France 2014
Taylor Swift - Good Morning America Performance 2014, HDTV 720p

Audio

ROIO Of The Week
Tangerine Dream -Warsaw 1997 [Tangerine Tree, Volume 20, 1CD] Live at the Sala Kongresowa Warsaw, Poland; June 13, 1997. Very good FM broadcast. Edgar Froese R.I.P. 1944-2015.
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Features

How Propaganda Conquers Democracy

In recent decades, the US propaganda system has grown more and more sophisticated in the art of "perception management," now enlisting not only government PR specialists but careerist journalists and aspiring bloggers to push deceptions on the public. By Nicolas JS Davies.

Do we live in a country where citizens are critically informed on the issues of the day by media that operate independently of the government? Or do our political leaders deliberately plant a false view of events and issues in the mind of the public that complicit media then broadcast and amplify to generate public consent for government policy?

This is a basic test of democracy for the citizens of any country. But the very nature of modern propaganda systems is that they masquerade as independent while functioning as the opposite, so the question is not as straightforward as it seems.

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Pirates Fail To Prevent American Sniper's Box Office Record

Liar, liar, pants on fire. You see them in their corporate offices. In suits and ties. Dressed like gentlemen. But out from their mouths come statistics, charts and threats. Too bad the sniper shot dead their argument that piracy will eat their profits. It's called sharing. By Ernesto of TorrentFreak.

American Sniper, directed by Clint Eastwood and stars Bradley Cooper, grossed record numbers at the US box office the January 18, 2015 weekend. A surprising result, not least because a high quality leak was widely available prior to the premiere, resulting in millions of pirate downloads and streams. How can this be?

When a high quality screener of American Sniper leaked online days before the theatrical release the filmmakers probably feared the worst. After all, recent history has ‘shown’ that early leaks can have a devastating impact on box office revenues. The Expendables 3, for example, grossed a disappointing $16 million during the opening weekend.

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Shakin' All Over [the noize]
Elvis: Southern Man
Joel Williamson's Elvis biography, Elvis Presley: A Southern Life, places the singer’s life and career in the context of his upbringing as a working class white youth in the US South. Review by Ron Jacobs.
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Jimi Hendrix: Torn Between Two Worlds
Reviewing Charles R Cross’s mesmerizing biography of Jimi Hendrix, Room Full Of Mirrors (2005), artist, poet and writer Kim Nicolini draws many parallels from the book with her life and finds that self-reinvention and running away doesn’t work and that the past and the present are inextricably connected.
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Dylan's Basement Tapes Complete Streaming Online
The Basement Tapes Complete will be released on November 4. As a curtain raiser, The Basement Tapes Complete: The Bootleg Series Vol. 11 is now streaming via NPR. The Basement Tapes Complete: The Bootleg Series Vol. 11 is a six-disc set which will feature 138 songs.
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I Can See For Miles [cinelife]
The Trouble With Neighbours
Neighbours - can't live with them and can't live without them. Hisayasu Sato's Night Of Body's Model (1996) shows just how hard it is to find a good neighbour. Stephen Tan reviews.
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Babes! Blades! Boobs!
Time travel is just the icing in Akira Hirose's Chanbara Striptease (2008). It's cheap titillation watching the film's two topless sword-wielding female leads go mano a mano. Stephen Tan reviews.
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Girls Just Want To Have Fun
Lesbian sex in a girls' school, throw in whippings, bondage and torture yet Kota Yoshida's The Torture Club (2014) still feels somewhat lacking. Stephen Tan reviews.
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Shattered Dream
If only it was a myriad of sins under the cover of a blanket in Hisayasu Sato's The Bedroom (aka Unfaithful Wife: Shameful Torture, 1992). Throw in a peeping tom of a husband, drugged-out sex and a broken psyche and it's one hallucinatory ride. Stephen Tan reviews.
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I Can't Explain [world affairs]
Rape Cartoons Are A Riot, Aren't They?
By Shailja Patel; Nairobi, Kenya,,AIDS jokes are funny if you've never loved someone who died of AIDS. If you live in a bubble that allows you not to know that millions of Africans died, thousands of gay men died, of criminal state indifference and denialism. Because they were, after all, only blacks and queers. Comedy material, not lives worth grieving.
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Maximum Horror
Wear a veil, get kicked out of a French opera hall. Slaughter animals the halal way, get condemned by animal rights activists for cruelty. Say the fajr (morning prayer), get ready to be accused of noise pollution. If you're a Muslim, you'd think the rest of the world had something against you. No? But poke fun at the Jews and you're an anti-semite. By Tariq Ali.
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The Coming War On Pensions
Everywhere, financiers are coming after your money. Call them bankers, wealth managers, brokers, insurance agents, whatever. Their sole concern is their profit which means your loss. Men and women with no conscience. Their work benefits no one except themselves. By Michael Hudson.
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Why The Secrecy On The MH17 Investigation
On July 17, 2014, Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17 was shot down over the Eastern Ukraine. On August 8, 2014, the four investigating nations - Ukraine, the Netherlands, Australia and Belgium - signed an agreement that the results of the investigation would not be published unless all four countries agreed. As James O'Neill points out, given the existence of this agreement, the final report will be no more than window dressing for a much wider geo-political agenda.
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Movie Reviews
Hard To Be A God (Trudno byt' bogom)
Dir: Aleksei German

In his list of best movies of 2014, Critic After Dark Noel Vera included Aleksei German's Trudno byt' bogom (Hard To Be A God, 2013) with these comments: "Can a filthier, grimier, more virulently corrupt (yet blindingly brilliant) depiction of a rectum of a world be found on the big screen? Don't know; frankly doubt it."
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The Wind Rises
Dir: Hayao Miyazaki

Hayao Miyazaki's The Wind Rises (2013) represents a boundary the filmmaker has drawn behind him: before, some of the finest achievements in animated cinema; beyond, a handful of artworks, a scattering of possible shorts, perhaps even a manga... but no more major features. Like a summer shower, like an earthquake, like a girl's life, like a man's thoughts and feelings, like a great film, even Miyazaki's career must come to an end. By Critic After Dark Noel Vera.
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The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies
Dir: Peter Jackson

Peter Jackson finishes off his Hobbit trilogy, The Battle Of The Five Armies (2014), by having a very "human" Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) who makes the entire ordeal worth watching, says Critic After Dark Noel Vera.
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Boyhood
Dir: Richard LInklater

Richard LInklater's Boyhood (2014) has a kind of modest charm and delivers a serviceable ode to the melancholy vagaries that make up an American adolescent's life. As Critic After Dark Noel Vera says, it might even be Linklater's best movie yet.
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Interstellar
Dir: Christopher Nolan

Interstellar (2014) is a hodgepodge of influences that Christopher Nolan stuffs into an all-inclusive science-fiction extravaganza that's almost three hours long. He also hits his target with admirable precision, says Critic After Dark Noel Vera.
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