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Do The Independence

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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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$ingapore's nation-builder press are at it again. What with their less than insightful report of why Bangladeshi workers were repatriated (for a start no public trial), here comes support for America's cold war against China via an opinion piece Dec 17, 2015 on Southeast Asia's relations with China. We offer an alternative viewpoint from Tony Cartalucci.

The $traits Times published an opinion piece by the London-based Rob Edens. Wishfully titled, "South-east Asia fast becoming unfriendly territory for China," it attempts to portray Southeast Asia as increasingly pivoting West toward Washington, coincidentally just as Washington was "pivoting" East toward Asia

Lost on Edens appears to be the fact that physical infrastructure built beyond China's borders becomes a long-term asset for those who cooperate in its construction, while Western "free trade" is in all reality, submission to foreign economic hegemony. Many aspects of "free trade" agreements are in fact, stripped verbatim from treaties that defined Colonial Europe and its subjugation of Southeast Asia.

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Free Downloads: This Week's New MP3s
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Latest: Dan Hicks (R.I.P. 1941-2016)
Eureka, CA 1986
Latest: Chuck Mangione
Bremen 1979/Montreux 1972
Latest: Stevie Ray Vaughan and Buddy Guy
Chicago 1989
Latest: David Bowie (R.I.P. 1947-2016)
The Leon Suites 1994
Latest: Earth, Wind & Fire (Maurice White R.I.P. 1941-2016)
Rotterdam 1988
Leonard Cohen
New York 1966
Over The Rhine
Bremen 2015
Tracy Chapman
Montreux 1988
Talking Heads
Amsterdam 1980
Jeff Beck and Stanley Clarke
Nagoya 1978
Michel Petrucciani
Perugia 1991
Jan Garbarek
Siegburg, Germany 2015
The Rolling Stones
Philadelphia/Pittsburgh 1972
Bob Dylan and The Band
Sydney 1966
Jefferson Starship (Paul Kantner R.I.P. 1941-2016)
Fukuoka 1994
Jefferson Airplane (Paul Kantner R.I.P. 1941-2016)
Winterland 1969
Iggy Pop
Calgary 1982
Dexys Midnight Runners
Essen 1983
Rosendale, NY 1980
Neko Case
Berkeley 2015
Kamasi Washington
London 2015
Stephane Grappelli
Rotterdam 1988
Violent Femmes
Chicago 1989
The Replacements
It Ain't Over 'Til The Fat Roadies Play - Chicago 1991
Deep Purple
Live From The Riot - Budokan, June 25, 1973
Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell
Belgium 2015
San Jose 1983
Sir Douglas Quintet
Philadelphia 1969/Nijmegen 1985
Glenn Frey (R.I.P. 1948-2016)
Yvonne Elliman
The Bottom Line, NY 1978
The Clash
Holland 1982
David Virelles
London 2015
David Bowie (R.I.P. 1947-2016)
Radio City Music Hall, New York 1973
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Berlin 2001
Chicken Shack
London 1973
Dave Brubeck
London 1966
Fleet Foxes
Paris 2011
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Heavy Winds - Japan 1978
Jefferson Airplane (Paul Kantner R.I.P. 1941-2016)
Volunteers Sessions
Various (Paul Kantner R.I.P. 1941-2016)
Jefferson Airplane Tribute 2015
Jefferson Airplane (Paul Kantner R.I.P. 1941-2016)
Captain Consciousness Presents
Stuttgart 1964
New Pornographers
Seattle 2005

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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
Pearl Jam - Global Citizen Festival, New York 2015 Complete Webcast 1080p
Pearl Jam - Global Citizen Festival, New York 2015 Incomplete MSNBC TV broadcast 1080i UPGRADE
Ed Sheeran - Global Citizen Festival, New York 2015 Complete Webcast 1080p
Snoop Dogg - Life Is Beautiful Festival, Las Vegas, 2015 Webcast 720p
The Strokes - Landmark Music Festival 2015 webcast 720p
Sara Tavares - Africa Festival, Würzburg, Germany 2012, ARTE webcast 720p
Kurt Vile & The Violators - Morning Becomes Eclectic, Los Angeles 2015 Webcast 720p
Lully, Charpentier, Desmarest, Lalande, Couperin - Louis XIV Night of William Christie 2015, HDTV 720p
Rameau, Mondoville - Soirée baroque à la Philharmonie de Paris Arte HD 720p
Rossini's Le Comte Ory w Flórez, Damrau, DiDonato; Benini, New York 2011 MET HDTV 720p
Beyonce - Global Citizen Festival, New York 2015 Complete Webcast 1080p
Beyoncé - Global Citizen Festival, New York 2015 MSNBC HDTV 10801 UPGRADE
Blondie - Rock en Seine 2014, SDTV 576p
Ayo - Jazz à Vienne Festival, 2015 webcast 720p
The Chemical Brothers - Apple Music Festival, London 2015 webcast 1080p
CHVRCHES - Landmark Music Festival 2015 webcast 720p
Disclosure - Apple Music Festival, London 2015 webcast 1080p
Disclosure - Amex Unstaged 2015 YouTube webcast 1080p
Faith No More - Hellfest, Clisson, France 2015 HDTV 1080p
Florence + The Machine - Summer Soul Festival, Brazil 2012 webcast 720p
Fatima and the Eglo Live Band - Blue Note Festival, Paris 2014 Arte webcast 720p
Ghost - Leeds Festival 2015 audience
Mastadon - Rock In Rio, Brazil 2015 webcast 720p
Metallica - Rock In Rio, Brazil 2015 HDTV 1080p
Slipknot - Rock In Rio, Brazil 2015 webcast 720p
Lindsey Stirling - Life Is Beautiful Festival 2015 webcast 720p
The Beatles - Love Me Do: The Beatles '62 UPGRADE 2015 HDTV 1080i
Faith No More - Rock In Rio, Brazil 2015 webcast 720p
Hot Tuna with Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady and Friends - Jefferson Airplane Tribute 2015 YouTube 720p
Tedeschi Trucks Band with special guests - "Mad Dogs & Englishmen Celebrate Joe Cocker", Arrington 2015 YouTube 720p
Rod Stewart - Rock In Rio, Brazil 2015 webcast 720p


ROIO Of The Week
Tracy Chapman - Montreux 1988 [Swinging Pig TSP-CD-120, 1CD] Live at the Montreux Jazzfestival, Switzerland; July 4, 1988. Very good soundboard. "Solo with an electric guitar. Haunting and stunning."
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We Can't Have Comedy and Be Politically Correct at the Same Time

John Cleese says political correctness has gone too far, especially on America's college campuses, where he will no longer go to perform. Cleese, having worked with psychiatrist Robin Skynner, says there may even be something more sinister behind the insistence to be always politically correct.

John Cleese: I'm offended every day. For example, the British newspapers every day offend me with their laziness, their nastiness, and their inaccuracy, but I'm not going to expect someone to stop that happening; I just simply speak out about it. Sometimes when people are offended they want - you can just come in and say, "Right, stop that," to whoever it is offending them. And, of course, as a former chairman of the BBC once said, "There are some people who I would wish to offend." And I think there's truth in that too. So the idea that you have to be protected from any kind of uncomfortable emotion is what I absolutely do not subscribe to.

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The Indeterminate Critic

If you ask me what my practice of criticism is, it's about undoing my 30-year career trajectory. The more I engage with film criticism the more I want to unlearn it. Philip Cheah reframes his point of view.

Most of what I see, as the practice of film criticism today, are at odds with my philosophical stance. While the highest point for a film critic in his lifetime is to be acknowledged and recognised as an authority or expert in his subject field, to me, that's a fearsome loss of innocence, an invitation to dead knowledge and the illusion of power.

After the advent of digital film in the late '90s, the explosion of new cinema felt like a tsunami. It became a virtual torrent of new imagery, a defiance to be known and pinned down, a challenge to the critics who like to map and territorialise a cinema.

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Shakin' All Over [the noize]
Thank You David Bowie
Sally Timms of The Mekons remembers David Bowie, who died of liver cancer on January 10, 2016. He was 69.
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Pierre Boulez, An Appreciation: Music and Revolution
Pierre Boulez died on January 6, 2016 in Baden-Baden, Germany. He was 90. The Guardian said the composer-conductor "was arguably the single dominant figure of the classical musical world through the second half of the 20th century and beyond". Norman Pollack remembers the classical music maverick who did not give in to authoritarian submission.
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Sound Grammar: The Best Albums Of 2015
Kamasi Washington: The Epic (Brainfeeder),LA tenor man Kamasi Washington’s daringly encyclopedic record, backed by a big band and choir, struck me with the same force that Miles Davis’s Bitches Brew did the first time I dropped the needle on that revolutionary album. The Epic isn’t just a sonic statement, it’s a funky manifesto, a three-hour long panorama of the ways in which jazz of the past, particularly the 1960s recordings of John Coltrane, shape the sounds of the Now. By Jeffrey St Clair of CounterPunch.
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I Can See For Miles [cinelife]
Family Business
Running a business is really tough on the family, especially when you are a loan shark with organ and human trafficking on the side. It's inevitable that blood will be spilt to keep everyone in line in Han Jun-hee's Coin Locker Girl (2014). Stephen Tan reviews.
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Hot And Spicy
With a bit more gore and violence, and stir fry a bit more sex, James Lee's Claypot Curry Killers (2011) could have been a real milestone in Malaysian horror movies, the censors be damned! Stephen Tan reviews.
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Granny's Hand-Me-Down
Foot fetishists might think they are in for a jolly good time but Ryuichi Hiroki's Her Granddaughter (2015) is a wry romance, perhaps updated slightly for the times - but it's hardly anything near as kinky as the movie poster suggests. Stephen Tan reviews.
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Hell Comes To Frogtown
Thrill to the old-school and brutal hand-to-hand combat but it is the Godzilla-frog that gets your attention in Takashi Miike's Yakuza Apocalypse (2015). Stephen Tan reviews.
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I Can't Explain [world affairs]
The 21st Century: An Era Of Fraud
It is still too early to call who will be the last man standing. But here's a view of an America that is as far removed from the optimism of the '60s as time itself. By Paul Craig Roberts.
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Can Buddhism Save The World?
When the Buddha went out into the world to engage with culture and society 2500 years ago, he had already put into place "socially engaged Buddhism". Buddhism and social change might not be as incompatible as it sounds. By Dr Michael Welton.
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Top 10 Most Popular Torrent Sites of 2016
TorrentFreak has a long-standing tradition of posting a list of the world’s most-visited torrent sites. At the start of 2016, KickassTorrents is pulling in most traffic followed by The Pirate Bay. A lot of things have happened in 2015, with some torrent sites disappearing from the scene and others taking their place. By Ernesto.
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Movie Studios Sue Fan-Funded Star Trek Spin-Off
Paramount Pictures and CBS Studios are suing the crowdfunded Star Trek spin-off, Prelude To Axanar. The makers initially aimed for a US$10,000 budget to start the project, but have raised close to a million since. According to the Hollywood studios they are entitled to any and all profits, claiming that the project infringes on their copyrights. By Ernesto of TorrentFreak.
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Why The Force Awakens Is A Parable That Supports U.S. Empire
It’s hard not to make the connection between the total absence of the Dark Side’s politics (other than ISIS like nihilism), and the way in which the “good guys” are always innocent and being attacked by an evil force that literally hates their freedom. As Chris Burnett points out, in the service of the US Empire, the Dark Side in The Force Awakens is reconstituted as The First Order that explicitly engages in an act of mass terrorism to destroy the Republic, that is, democracy.
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Movie Reviews
The Big Short
Dir: Adam McKay
Adam McKay's The Big Short (2015) might be a black comedy about the 2007/8 financial crisis - though you won't hear any laughter from those burnt by it - and, like Critic After Dark Noel Vera says, "you can't help but be appalled: Is our drive to self-destruction so powerful? Can the folks in charge have been that greedy? Are we all actually this stupid?"
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Better Films Of 2015
Critic After Dark Noel Vera gives the lowdown on some of the movies in 2015 that probably went under the radar.
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The Man In The High Castle
Dir: David Semel

The Axis powers have won World War II and the United States has been partitioned into three parts. Critic After Dark Noel Vera checks out David Semel's TV adaptation of Philip K Dick's The Man In The High Castle (2015), Amazon's "most-watched since the original series development program began".
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The Visit
Dir: M Night Shyamalan

Once again, M Night Shyamalan puts a family under severe stress when a single mom drops off her two young children with her parents which she hasn't seen in 15 years. But for Critic After Dark Noel Vera, the question remains: Is The Visit (2015) any good?
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Dir: Sam Mendes

Word has it Sam Mendes's Spectre (2015) doesn't live up to the promise of the previous, better-regarded installment; that in fact this is the worst Bond movie in 30 years. Word-of-mouth like that will make you walk into a theater with head held low, in case the sheer awfulness onscreen catches you full in the face. Well, paddle my butt cheeks with a brass carpet cleaner - tain't bad at all, says Critic After Dark Noel Vera.
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