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Why So Quiet $ingapore?
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Singapore Democrats
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Far King Bus Turd
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$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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Alternet
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November 20, 2015

1964-2014,
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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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The final word on Ferdinand Marcos' corpse has yet to be said. A continuing story... For now, here's something for your amusement. By Christopher Brauchli.

We interrupt [US] election news just long enough to bring you breaking news of Ferdinand Marcos, deceased. As corpses’ sojourns go, his has been one of the most enduring, due in large part to the devoted attention of his wife, Imelda. To long-time readers of this column, apologies are in order since some of what is described today was reported 10 years ago in this very space.

Ferdinand moved to Hawaii in 1986, having been overthrown as president of the Philippines in a People Power Revolution. His move was assisted by President Ronald Reagan who arranged for the United States Air Force to provide two US Air Force C-141s to carry the Marcos family, its retainers and belongings to Hawaii. Sadly, Mr Marcos’s sojourn there was cut short by his death on September 28, 1989. His death marked the end of one adventure but the beginning of another, an adventure that will end on September 18, 2016, when he will come to rest in the Heroes Cemetery in Manila.

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Free Downloads: This Week's New MP3s
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Latest: Frank Sinatra
Rare Frankie 2
Latest: The Babys
Cleveland 1980
Latest: Public Image Limited (PIL)
Paris 1978
Latest: DakhaBrakha (Ukranian 'ethnic chaos' group)
Glastonbury 2016
Latest: Marcus Miller / Beth Hart
Lucca 2016
The Tragically Hip
Kingston, Ontario 2016
Faces (with Rod Stewart)
Detroit 1974
Toots Thielemans (R.I.P. 1922 - 2016)
Salzau 1998
Alice Cooper
Michigan 1970
Beach Boys
First Wave
Buddy Guy
Philadelphia Folk Festival 1968
Bobby Hutcherson (R.I.P. 1941 - 2016)
Montreal 2003
Billy Cobham and George Duke Band
Hempstead 1976
Auntie Christ (Exene Cervenkov of X)
San Francisco 1996
Frank Sinatra
Rare Frankie
Frank Sinatra
Lucky Strike Hit Parade 1947/48
Bob Dylan, Benny Goodman and More
The World Of John Hammond 1975
Fairport Convention
Cropredy 2016
Rolling Stones
Mexico City 2016
Susanna Hoffs
Unreleased Demos 1994
Pink Floyd
Port Talbot, Wales 1969
Arild Andersen Quartet
Oxford 2016
Mahavishnu Orchestra
Quebec City 1973
Dio Disciples
Wacken Open Air 2016
Axel Rudi Pell
Wacken Open Air 2016
Judas Priest
The Palladium, New York 1981
Various (Midnight Ramble Band, Bob Weir, Buddy Miller, Lucinda Williams and more)
The Last Waltz 40th Anniversary 2016
Ministry
Wacken Open Air 2016
Iron Maiden
Wacken Open Air 2016
PJ Harvey
Vienna 2016
Alejandro Escovedo
Conroe, TX 2016
Cuong Vu And Scratch
Italy 2005
John McLaughlin 4th Dimension
Marciac 2016
Wolf Alice
Glastonbury 2016
The Police
Tokyo 2008
Soft Machine
Koln 1970
Hot Tuna/Jefferson Airplane Reunion
Fillmore West 1988
Natalie Merchant
Berlin 2016
Radiohead
St Gallen, Switzerland 2016
s t a r g a z e
The David Bowie Prom 2016
The Moody Blues
Inglewood 1972/1974
Marcus Miller
France 2016
Wayne Shorter Quartet
Switzerland 2016
I-Tones, Sister Rose, Barrington Strange, Steven Edwards
Cambridge, MA 1980
Muddy Waters and Johnny Winter
Boston 1977
Dave Swarbrick and Friends
Lone Star Cafe, New York 1982
Genesis
Frankfurt 1981
Genesis
London 1980
Iggy Pop
Paris 2016
Pink Floyd
Gothenburg 1970
Led Zeppelin
Black Dog - Osaka 1971 Promo Track
Genesis
Chicago 1978 (Remastered)
Gregory Porter
London 2016
Stéphane Belmondo
Austria 2015
Case/lang/Veirs
Portland 2016
Steve Marriott and Peter Frampton
Humble Pie Reunion Demos 1991
Maria Muldaur
Bremen 1979
Neil Young
Lucca 2016
The Beatles
'Don’t Forget The Apples When You Go Downtown'
Santana
Hammersmith Odeon, London 1971
The National
Lisboa 2016

Restart
Latest: Toots Thielemans (R.I.P. 1922-2016)
Berlin 1979 (with Jaco Pastorius)
Frank Sinatra
Young At Heart Sessions
Bob Dylan
Hamburg 2011
Dave Douglas
Germany 1999
Nina Simone
Drury Lane, London 1977
Bruce Springsteen
Atlanta 1978
Mary Hopkin
Osaka 1970
Jimi Hendrix
Berkeley 1970
The Resistance
New York 1993
Neil Young
Farm Aid 2008

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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
Faces - Real Good Time [The Swingin' Pig TSP-CD-039, 1CD] Live at Cobo Hall, Detroit, Michigan; November 27, 1974. Very good soundboard/FM (?). Every face tells a story...
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Features

Chicago '68

It was 1968, the Democrats had the presidency. War in Vietnam was burning up Young America. On the streets of Chicago, anti-war activists were determined to make a stand at the Democratic National Convention. You could feel a change was gonna come right here in South-east Asia. By Fred Gardner.

In the spring of ’68 I’d been hired as an editor at Ramparts magazine. The office was on Broadway off Sansome Street in San Francisco. One day in early summer Tom Hayden called and asked me to come to Chicago to put out an internal newsletter for the anti-war activists coming to protest at the Democratic National Convention. What Tom had in mind, as I recall, was a mimeographed map telling people where to go the next day.

I went into the office of Warren Hinckle and asked for a week  off to do the newsletter in Chicago. Without skipping a beat he said, “Do it for Ramparts! We’ll call it The Ramparts Wallposter!” [Political wallposters were going up all over China at the time, part of the “cultural revolution.”] One side would be news for the demonstrators, Warren declared, the other would be news from inside the convention hall. Ramparts would pick up the tab.

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Team USA Cheapens Olympics With Cold War-Style Behavior

All you need is love. WRONG. There's that matter of playing POLITICS. And RACE. By Finian Cunningham.

The public humiliation of Russian swimmer Yulia Efimova by American rivals was an ugly, chauvinistic display of self-righteousness. It was also a disturbing expression of Washington’s belligerent geopolitics by athletes who should be celebrating common humanity.

Team USA, led by 23 gold-medal record holder Michael Phelps, are certainly in awesome winning form at the Rio Olympics, leading the medals table by a far stretch. But what good is all that precious metal when the athletes show such meanness of spirit and willingness to be stooges for their government’s jingoistic warmongering?

It was the women’s 100m breaststroke final [on August 8, 2016] where the sharpest action took place. The gold winner was 19-year-old American Lilly King who bested Russia’s Yulia Efimova into second place, taking the silver.

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Shakin' All Over [the noize]
Does Music Sound Better On Vinyl Records Than On CDs?
Paul D Lehrman, a lecturer in music and director of the music engineering minor program at Tufts University, weighs in on the debate.
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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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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 Italian Botanist And The Misshapen Phallus
Waxing lyrical and historical, writer Masturah Alatas joins in the search of the elusive scent of the Corpse Flower, which blooms once every 10 years.
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The Shot Heard All Over The Country
An ongoing court case in Israel has divided the country between the accused soldier's supporters and the Israeli Army. If you want to know about religious fanaticism, read on. By Uri Avnery.
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Torrentz Gone, KAT Down, Are Torrent Giants Doomed to Fall?
Over the past couple of weeks, two of the largest torrent sites on the Internet shut down. After KickassTorrents was shut down by the US Government, meta-search engine Torrentz.eu also said farewell on August 5, 2016. Looking back over the years, they are not the only torrent giants to have fallen. By Ernesto of TorrentFreak.
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My Fellow Americans: We Are Fools
The real warmongers are still pulling your chain. You still can't wake up. You are fools and 'ignorant as fuck'. By Margot Kidder.
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An Alarmingly Ignorant Fuck
I love peanut butter - peanut butter on a banana or with blueberries. I may have invented the combo of prunes and peanut butter, although I don’t have a patent and, speaking of peanut butter, inventions, and patents, I was consuming creamy peanut butter when I read that Rep Steve King, Iowa Republican, asked what nonwhites have done for civilization during a panel discussion led by MSNBC’s Chris Hayes on Monday, the first day of the Republican National Shit Show (RNSS). By Missy Comley Beattie.
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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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