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A brand new step-sister with a chastity belt, and a horny ghost in tow - as if that's not an invite to some familial hijinks in Yuki Aoyama's What‘s Going On With My Sister (2014). Stephen Tan reviews.

When parents remarry, how do the children from the respective marriages get along? The Brady Bunch is a prime example of a sanitised and comedic situation of a re-married couple with children that says "all is well". On the other hand, the more pervy Asians are more "open" and certainly more exploitative when it comes to such step-sibling relationships.

Yuki Aoyama's What‘s Going On With My Sister (aka Recently, My Sister Is Unusual, 2014) hews closer to Yamauchi Daisuke's The Tale Of The Affectionate Girl - it involves a pair of step-siblings and, from its source manga, there is a horny ghost to boot.

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Free Downloads: This Week's New MP3s
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Latest: Morrissey
Paris 2014
Latest: Joe Walsh
Los Angeles 1991
Latest: Jerry Garcia Symphonic Orchestra with Warren Haynes
Morrison, CO 2014
Latest: The Grateful Dead
Philadelphia 1983
Latest: The Who
London 2015
Sharks (Andy Fraser)
London 1973
The Grateful Dead
Academy of Music, New York, March 22, 1972
The Grateful Dead
Boston 1973
The Grateful Dead
Fillmore West - June 7, 1970
The Grateful Dead
Fillmore West - June 6, 1970
The Grateful Dead
Chicago 1971
The Grateful Dead with Janis Joplin
Fillore West 1969
The Grateful Dead
Fillmore West - June 5, 1970
Rolling Stones
Foxes In The Boxes, Vol 2
Miles Davis
Philadelphia 1970
Dave Alvin
Bremen 2001
New Riders Of The Purple Sage
Fillmore West 1971
Lugano 2012
John Mayall
Minneapolis 1991
Andy (Free) Fraser R.I.P. 1952-2015
Munich 1970
Eric Clapton
Just One Kyoto Night 1979
Rolling Stones
Foxes In The Boxes, Vol 1
Leon Russell
Fillmore East 1970
Mungo Jerry
Brooklyn 2013

Latest: John and Eve McLaughlin
Unreleased LP 1974
Paul McCartney
Hot Hits, Cold Cuts
Grateful Dead
M.I.T. 1970
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Chicago 1995
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Long Beach 1985
Grateful Dead with The Beach Boys
Fillmore East 1971
Grateful Dead
Grateful Dead with Joan Baez
San Mateo 1981
Joanna Newsom
Munich 2005

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Long Live Rock! [BigO Audio Archive]

New ROIOs*
Tangerine Dream - Warsaw 1997
Thin Lizzy - Seattle 1977
Thin Lizzy - "Osaka Sundown" 1983
Johnny Thunders - Live at Revival, Philadelphia 1987
The Velvet Underground - "Yesterday's Parties"
Wild Turkey - Frankfurt 1973
Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band featuring the Miami Horns - Richfield Coliseum, Nothing to Lose: The 1977 Tour Revisited Vol. One "Official Audience Recording"
Rainbow - Chicago 1979
Spooky Tooth - Live at the Agora, 1974
Bob Seger And The Silver Bullet Band - Chicago 2013
Linda Ronstadt - Amsterdam 1976, Goody Speed/Pitch-adjusted Remaster
The Replacements (as Gary and the Boners) - Legendary Drunk Show from CBGB's 1984 UPGRADE
St. Vincent - Ed Sullivan Theater, NYC 2014
Steely Dan - Magdalenian Pries
Rod Stewart and Ron Wood - Harris Sound Studio Session July 69 - Hi Rez 24 96
The Rolling Stones - Could You Walk On The Water? ''The Lost 1966 Stones Album'' 2015 Edition
The Rolling Stones - Gimme Shelter Soundtrack 2015 Edition
The Rolling Stones - Earphone Heads & Dirty Necks,The Let It Bleed Era 1968-1969
The Rolling Stones - Exile Revisited 2015 Edition
The Rolling Stones - Black & Blue Revisited 2015 Edition
The Rolling Stones - If You Can't Rock Me, The It's Only Rock 'n' Roll Era
The Rolling Stones - Live At Leeds 1971, Soundboard Reel Master
The Rolling Stones - Get Yer Leeds Lungs Out
The Rolling Stones - Passaic, NJ 1978 CASSETTE MASTER
The Rolling Stones - Lost & Found, September 25, 1981 Philadelphia LOSSLESS VERSION
Norah Jones - Live On Letterman, New York 2012 UPGRADE
Cyndi Lauper - Boston 1984, FM
Lynyrd Skynyrd - You Got That Right
Melissa Manchester w/Michael Feinstein - Song Travels 2015 FM
James Vincent McMorrow - Paleo Festival 2014

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New DVD Archive Of Rare Films
VARIOUS - Top of the Pops 1964 to 1975
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VARIOUS - Top of the Pops: The Story of 1976
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VARIOUS - Top of the Pops 1977: Big Hits
VARIOUS - Top of the Pops: The Story of 1978
VARIOUS - Top of the Pops 1978: Big Hits
VARIOUS - Top of the Pops: The Story of 1979
VARIOUS - Top of the Pops: The Story of 1980
VARIOUS - Top of the Pops 1980 Big Hits
VARIOUS - Top of the Pops, BBC January 3, 1980
VARIOUS - Top of the Pops, BBC January 10, 1980
VARIOUS - Top of the Pops, BBC January 17, 1980
VARIOUS - Top of the Pops, BBC January 24, 1980
VARIOUS - Sings Bacharach and David! BBC4
EXO - Live EXO from EXO Planet #1, The Lost Planet, live in Japan 2014 WOWOW HDTV 1080i
VARIOUS - SBS Gayo Daejeon Super Five 2014 HDTV 1080i
VARIOUS - KBS Gayo Daechukje 2014 HDTV 1080i
Velvet Underground - The Making Of An Underground Film 1965
Sly and the Family Stone - Harlem, NYC 1969 pro-shot
Spoon - Austin City Limits 2014 HDTV 1080i
Tindersticks - Paris, France 2015 Arte Concert Webcast 720p
Taj Mahal & Bassekou Kouyaté - Vienne, France 2014 HDTV 1080
Paul Rodgers - "Front And Center" 2014, HDTV 1080i
Real Estate - Morning Becomes Eclectic 2014 webcast 720p
Run the Jewels - Paris 2014 HD webcast 720p


ROIO Of The Week
The Grateful Dead - Chicago 1971 [no label, 2CD] Live at the Auditorium Theatre, Chicago, IL; October 21, 1971. Very good soundboard. "Typical sounding show for this period, but typical for fall '71 is great."
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War In Yemen Good For U.S.

How the world is facing yet another brand new WAR. By Finian Cunningham.

The crisis in Yemen is the latest manifestation of the old order desperately trying to cling on to a dwindling power base. That old order has been backed by the United States and its allies among the Persian Gulf Arab dictatorships as a bulwark against a popular uprising that could lead to democratisation in the poorest Middle Eastern country. If such an outcome were to succeed, the repercussions for the autocratic Gulf monarchies would be deeply destabilising. Saudi Arabia, which shares a southern border with Yemen, is the primary concern for this spreading "instability".

That is why the House of Saud is now issuing all sorts of grave warnings of "foreign interference" and blaming Iran for "aggression". Saudi Foreign Minister Saud al Faisal this week said that the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) is ready to send in a military force to "protect Yemen’s sovereignty". The GCC comprises the six monarchial states of Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates and Oman. All are stalwart American client regimes.

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Fathers And Their Ungrateful Sons

These brats make you want to say 10 Our Fathers. By Charles R Larson.

How can you not admire a writer who - after he wins the Nobel Prize (2010), after he's written 20 or so earlier books, after he's supposedly reached his peak - writes still another gripping novel, reminiscent of his finest, earlier works? I'm talking about the Peruvian novelist, Mario Vargas Llosa, whose most recent novel, The Discreet Hero, superbly translated into English by Edith Grossman, has just been published in the United States. The complexity of the book, its multi-textured plot, its large cast of characters, its good cheer and humor, will remind many readers of several of Vargas Llosa's earlier works, especially Aunt Julia And The Scriptwriter (1977).

This is not to say, however, that The Discreet Hero is not without its darker contours. In fact, much of the initial action in the story is menacing, troublesome, downright ugly. And this is true for both of the parallel threads of the novel.

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Shakin' All Over [the noize]
What's A $1000 For A Beatles Vinyl?
WIRED has put the spotlight on vinyl in its latest edition.
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Bob Dylan: 'Critics Have Been Giving Me A Hard Time Since Day One'
Bob Dylan was honored by MusiCares, the charity organization that aids musicians in need, at the Los Angeles Convention Center on February 6, 2015. Here is his MusiCares person of the year acceptance speech.
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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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I Can See For Miles [cinelife]
The Great Geisha
The central sex scene in Hideo Gosha's Tokyo Bordello (1987) is between two women but it is not about a lesbian affair, it's more like how to get a leg up in a skin trade driven by profiteering and human exploitation. Stephen Tan reviews.
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All God's Children
Rajkumar Hirani's PK (2014) may be a satire on God and religion but a terrorist bombing scene that is right out of today's headlines only shows the gulf and deep chasms that remain are still very difficult to bridge. Stephen Tan reviews.
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Achin' To Be
In Koji Wakamatsu's A Pool Without Water (1982), a man bored with his life and work decides to use chloform to knock out his women before raping them. Is that insane or what? Stephen Tan reviews.
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Bromance-romance (for want of a better phrase), here's a buddy movie you'd want to see. Koichi Sakamoto's Aka X Pinku (2014) has the two female leads not only falling in love but having passionate sex. Throw in bloody ring fights, add in some tits and ass and Girl's Blood makes the Fight Club looks like nursery school. Stephen Tan reviews.
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I Can't Explain [world affairs]
Principal Who Raised Funds To Help Over 10,000 Students Remembered
Dead at 59 but this Chinese school principal will likely be remembered for decades.
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File-Sharing Builds A Community
When someone says sharing is illegal, what they really mean is "Buy it instead". So why share anything? By Peter Sunde.
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Space Is The Place
When Philip Cheah is stuck in a traffic jam with Indonesian filmmaker Garin Nugroho.
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Only Five Agree To Have Their Pension Spending Checked By Govt
In Osaka, Japan, more than 100,000 senior citizens are less than thrilled at the government's offer to monitor their pension spending habits.
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Movie Reviews
Dir: Ava DuVernay

Critic After Dark Noel Vera catches up on two biopics - Ava DuVernay's Selma (2014) and Clint Eastwood's American Sniper (2014) - both problematic. Which one's historically accurate, which mostly invented? Which succeeds and which fails? Which is the better work?
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The Theory Of Everything
Dir: James Marsh

James Marsh'S The Theory Of Everything (2014) would have been something if it had focused on Stephen Hawking as a celebrity Casanova but somehow, this biopic feels so disappointingly bloodless, says Critic After Dark Noel Vera.
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Dir: Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu

The intrigues, the jealousies, the power-plays, the affairs - a life in the theater, by way of Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's Birdman (2014). If only they had dropped the digital effects, says Critic After Dark Noel Vera. Birdman won Academy Awards for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay and Best Cinematography at the 2015 Oscars.
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Dir: Michael Mann

Michael Mann's Blackhat (2015) may be a cybernoir thriller about the state of grace under which the best minds operate but grace under fire really matters little in a chaotic world, says Critic After Dark Noel Vera.
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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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