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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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FOR SALE!
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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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New Year's Eve 2011 (data)

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Basel 2011 (data)

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Prince's Trust Rock Gala 2011 (data)

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Using fables as a genre, Lav Diaz looks at Philippines' past in Mula sa Kung Ano ang Noon (From What Is Before, 2014) and when the creatures finally step out of the shadows, when the monsters allow themselves to be finally openly seen, they're clad in khaki, an automatic rifle strapped to one shoulder. Eden's precipitous fall from grace by Critic After Dark Noel Vera.

Lav Diaz's last feature Norte, Hangganan ng Kasaysayan (Norte, the End of History, 2013), was uncharacteristic of him - the film was in color, involved several writers (Rody Vera, with story contributions by Michiko Yamamoto and Raymond Lee), and featured relatively brisk pacing. Mula sa Kung Ano ang Noon (From What Is Before, 2014) looks like a return to his habitual style with its black-and-white cinematography, its solo-written script, its more contemplative stride... but I submit it's actually a break from what he's done before.

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Free Downloads: This Week's New MP3s
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Latest: Drive-By Truckers
Charlotte 2004
Latest: Bob Dylan
Los Angeles - June 7, 1978 (Mike Millard Master Vol 3)
Latest: Game Theory
Amherst 1986
Latest: Hall And Oates
London 1990
Latest: Rainbow
Attack On Titan - Budokan 1980
Nanci Griffith
Glasgow 1988
The Stylistics
Bridgewater 2014
The Replacements
Forest Hills 2014
Steely Dan
Irvine 1994
The Clash
The Guns Of Brixton - The Palladium, NY 1979
John Zorn's Angels At The Vanguard
Village Vanguard, New York 2014 (night 1, set 1)
The Daptone Super Soul Revue
Nice, France 2014
The Replacements
St Paul 2014
Jason And The Scorchers
New York 1984
Pink Floyd
Just Another Gig In Boblingen 1972
Emmylou Harris
Knoxville, TN 1979
Legends [Joe Sample R.I.P. 1939-2014]
Spain 1997 (Miller/Clapton/Sanborn/Sample/Gadd)
Jackson Browne
New Orleans 1975
Jeff Lynne's ELO
Hyde Park 2014
BB King and T-Bone Walker
Monterey Jazz Festival 1967
Neil Young
Farm Aid 2014
Cream
Psychedelic Circus - MSG 1968
Blood, Sweat And Tears
Wein 1972

Restart
Latest: Bob Marley
Wisconsin 1979
Grateful Dead
Dead Moon Rising
The Byrds
Brooklyn 1970
East Of Eden
BBC 1970
Peter Gabriel
Passion Outtakes
Miles From India (U Srinivas R.I.P. 1969-2014)
Paris 2009
Frank Sinatra
Inside September
John McLaughlin
Montreux Jazz Festival 2010
Annie Lennox
St Luke's 2009

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Long Live Rock! [BigO Audio Archive]

New ROIOs*
Dan Fogelberg & Fools Gold - Santa Monica 1976
George Harrison - The Tanned Equine Interview
Jimi Hendrix Experience - Stuttgart 1969
Norah Jones - Bern, Switzerland 2012
Let's Active - Carrboro, NC 2014
Paul McCartney and Wings - Live In Newcastle 1973 - 41st Anniversary Edition
Oasis - J.I.L.Y. Unreleased Live Album
Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers - San Francisco 2014
Pink Floyd - Echoes From The Past
Elvis Presley - The Cream Of Culver City
Blood, Sweat & Tears - Austria 1972
Budgie - Leicester 1975
Kate Bush ­ Eventime Apollo, London 2014
Paul Butterfield - Amsterdam 1969
Chicago - Amsterdam 1973: Repaired Version
Lloyd Cole and the Commotions - Le Palace
Dire Straits - Cologne 1979
Bob Dylan - Los Angeles 1978, The Lost and Found Mike the MICrophone Tapes Vol Two
Foamfoot - Crows From The Closet
Bud Powell - Switzerland 1962
Linda Ronstadt - Music Inn, Lenox 1975
Linda Ronstadt - Boston 1983: Previously uncirculated
Frank Sinatra & Liza Minnelli - Frank & Liza On Stage 1987
Taylor Swift - Red Tour in Saitama, Japan 2014
Jack White - Chicago 2014
Johnny Winter - 'albino kangaroo' 1973
Martha Reeves and the Vandellas - Pepsi Cola Youth Market Record 1966
Mott The Hoople - Rest In Peace
Pet Shop Boys with Chrissie Hynde, BBC Singers and BBC Concert Orchestra - BBC Prom 8, 2014
Procol Harum - Old Waldorf, San Francisco, 1977 Early Show
Procol Harum - Old Waldorf, San Francisco, 1977 Late Show
Hoyt Axton - San Jose, CA 1982 pre-FM

*Recordings of indeterminate origin
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New DVD Archive Of Rare Films
Cyndi Lauper - She's So Unusual 30th Anniversary PBS concert 2013
Lorde - Lollapalooza 2014, Webstream 1080p
Christian McBride & Kurt Rosenwinkel - Jazz at Lincoln Center, NYC 2014, HD Webcast
Laura Mvula - Latvia 2014, webcast at 480p
Gregory Porter - Lugano 2014, HDTV 720p
Steve Swallow Quintet feat. Carla Bley - France 2013: UPGRADE 720p
ABBA - The Best Of 1976 at Musikladen 2014 HDTV 720p
Lily Allen - Live From The Artists Den, NYC 2014
Rodrigo Amarante - Morning Becomes Eclectic, 2014
David Byrne & St. Vincent - Album De La Semaine 2013
Rodrigo y Gabriela - KCRW's Apogee Sessions 2014
Carole King and Friends - Library of Congress Gershwin Prize, In Performance at The White House 2013
Later with Jools Holland - Series 44, Episode 07, May 27, 2014
St. Vincent - Pitchfork Music Festival, 2014
Sharon Van Etten - Pitchfork Music Festival, 2014
Paul Weller - T in the Park, 2014
Johnny Winter - Festival In Essen, 1979
Sun Ra Centennial Dream Arkestra - - Lugano Estival Jazz 2014
VARIOUS - The Joy of the Guitar Riff BBC 2014 in 2 parts
VARIOUS - Pete Seeger Festival, Day 4, 2014
Nirvana - The 29th Annual Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony, 2014
Sinead O'Connor - Lugano Estival Jazz 2014

Audio

ROIO Of The Week
Steely Dan - Irvine 1994 [no label, 2CD] Live at the Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre; September 17, 1994. Very good to excellent soundboard. "Reelin' in the years..."
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Features

'Hongkongers here. We students are protesting peacefully, unarmed but the police are not abiding the rules and laws. They have started to use rubber bullets and we dun know what else is coming to deal with us. Please spread the news and we need support from all over the world!!!' - ivanvvan posted at reddit, Sunday night, Sept 28, 2014 around 7:30pm in Hongkong, China

Late on Saturday night, early Sunday morning, tens of thousands of young Hongkongers gathered at Central to Occupy Central. An estimated 50,000 students are said to have massed on late Saturday, demanding more democracy, as tensions grew over Beijing's decision to rule out free elections in the former British colony.

According to Reuters, the crowds swelled less than 24 hours after riot police used pepper spray to disperse protesters around government headquarters, arresting more than 60 people opposed to the Chinese government's tightening grip on the city. The unrest underscores the obstacles China faces in Hongkong as a restive younger generation challenges its influence over the densely-populated financial hub.

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Are You Confused By What's Going On In The Middle East?

What's at stake in the Middle East? The real reason for the longest war in US history? Finally, why the Ukraine is strategic to both US and Russia.

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Shakin' All Over [the noize]
Riding Shotgun With Dylan
Before Bob Dylan's former road manager, Victor Maymudes, died in 2000, he left behind his memoirs on tape. Co-written and edited by his son, Jacob, Another Side Of Bob Dylan was recently published. But for musician and writer Peter Stone Brown, even though it’s a first-hand account, there is little new that is of interest.
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Charlie Haden: The Great Liberator
You have to be fearless to be an artist. The life of the late bassist Charlie Haden (August 6, 1937 - July 11, 2014) was punctuated with many such moments. He recorded tunes to his leftist heroes, formed the Liberation Music Orchestra, toured outside of the usual jazz circuits, got himself arrested and still stayed the course. Haden was always both fearless and inspiring. BY Jeffrey St Clair.
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Johnny Winter Knew What To Do
Dave Marsh remembers Johnny Winter, who died on July 16, 2014 in Switzerland, two days after his last performance, at the Cahors Blues Festival in France. Johnny Winter was 70.
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I Can See For Miles [cinelife]
Well Mannered
Some see the members at the sex club in Daisuke Miura's Love‘s Whirlpool (2014) just sitting around in bath towels having awkward conversations with each other between the sex but it's also a touching story about feelings and even good manners. Stephen Tan reviews.
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Snuff It Out!
After wowing international audiences with The Raid 2, Indonesia hits another homerun with The Mo Brothers' Killers (2014) - it's bloody hands across the waters as a Japanese serial killer eggs on an Indonesian vigilante. Stephen Tan reviews.
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Beat It!
When a much older sculptor falls for a high-school student, she not only learns about the joys of sex but also gets the beating of her life in Jang Sun-woo's provative Lies (1999). Stephen Tan reviews.
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Numbers
Even with sex, masturbation, incest, a vicious child, a serial killer and a man from out there, it'd be nice if things really add up in Sakichi Sato's Zero Man vs. The Half Virgin (2011). Stephen Tan reviews.
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I Can't Explain [world affairs]
ISIS Beheadings On Cue From Washington And London?
However repugnant, videos of recent executions by ISIS appear to have overturned anti-war public feeling in the West. Is this a prelude to war with Syria as the West plans to attack ISIS bases inside Syria? By Finian Cunningham.
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Someone's Already Fighting ISIS: The Syrian Arab Army
Forked tongues? Snake oil? Where do you think those phrases all originate from? And now the Americans are trying to forge yet another coalition to go back into the Middle East to bomb... who again? Independent journalist Tony Cartalucci explains the web of lies.
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Unraveling The Mess Of MH370
Malaysia Flight MH370 disappeared on March 8, 2014. Since then, nothing has been found of the plane or its 239 passengers. It's about time Boeing give a public airing of its uninterruptible autopilot system as found on the plane; and satellite data analyst Inmarsat, in the face of criticisms, to fully explain their methodologies in trying to track down the plane. By Nile Bowie.
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Sinister Pretext For War With Russia
The American mainstream media doesn’t care about identifying the criminals who shot down Malaysia Flight 17 and killed 298 passengers. They just want to demonize Putin and create a pretext for waging war on Russia. By Mike Whitney.
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Movie Reviews
The Giver
Dir: Philip Noyce

In spite of the bad publicity, Philip Noyce's take on Lois Lowry's novel is perhaps the best of the recent young-adult pictures - at the very least the most thoughtful, and most well thought-out, says Critic After Dark Noel Vera.
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A Most Wanted Man
Dir: Anton Corbijn

Actor Philip Seymour Hoffman died on February 2, 2014 from drug overdose. He was 46. In this review of Anton Corbijn's A Most Wanted Man (2014), Critic After Dark Noel Vera pays a belated tribute to the late actor.
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Under The Skin
Dir: Jonathan Glazer

Lucy
Dir: Luc Besson

Scarlett Johannsson is the chilling alien who develops a conscience in Jonathan Glazer's Under The Skin (2013), but achieves uninspired transcendence in Luc Besson's Lucy (2014). Critic After Dark Noel Vera reviews.
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Snowpiercer
Dir: Bong Joon-ho

It's the 1% vs the rest of the world - on a train no less - in Bong Joon-ho's Snowpiercer (2013). When you submit, who do you serve? When you resist, who do you really serve? Or as Critic After Dark Noel Vera syas, call it Bong's idea of futuristic decadence.
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