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The More B.S. Contest No. 11
(April 11, 2016)
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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

New Items Added
November 20, 2015

1964-2014,
50 Years A 'Maid'
Continued

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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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Various
Prince's Trust Rock Gala 2011 (data)

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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.

As a shock to the world Prince was found dead at his home, Paisley Park, on April 21, 2016. His death is being mourned all around the world in a way seldom seen before, a sign of the massive impact he had on several generations.

The days to come will be filled with anecdotes, retrospects, documentaries and specials about his life, and, most importantly, about his music. Rightfully so.

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Free Downloads: This Week's New MP3s
(Click on the link to download the show)
Latest: John Denver
Aspen 1987
Latest: Eric Clapton
Budokan - April 19, 2016
Latest: Bob Dylan
Yokohama - April 28, 2016
Latest: Joe Walsh
Watsonville, CA 1987
Latest: Prince R.I.P. 1958-2016
Detroit 2015
Lonnie Mack R.I.P. 1941-2016
Lone Star Cafe, NY 1985
Prince R.I.P. 1958-2016
With Miles Davis - Benefit Concert, Paisley Park 1987
Tom Petty
Sausalito 1977
Billy Paul R.I.P. 1934-2016
Santana
Uncasville, CT - April 15, 2016
Eric Clapton
Budokan - April 18, 2016
Fred Frith
Switzerland 2016
Lonnie Mack R.I.P. 1941-2016
Boulder 1989
Duane Allman with The Booger Band
Plus Atlanta Studio Jam 1970-71
Prince R.I.P. 1958-2016
[Updated April 26 with extended Can I Play With U]
Crucial (with Miles Davis)
Prince R.I.P. 1958-2016
Small Club - Holland 1988
John Denver
London 1982
Whiskeytown
Forever Valentine 1997
Bob Dylan
Nagoya 2016
Little Feat
Midnight Special 1977
Santana
Radio Special 2008
Keith Tippett
Italy 2015
Joachim Kuhn
Darmstadt, Germany 2016
Charles Bradley
SXSW Austin 2016
Graham Parker and Brinsley Schwarz
Piermont, NY 2016
Fleetwood Mac/Peter Green
Complete Unreleased BBC Anthology 1967-1968
Patti Smith
Fillmore 2015
Iggy Pop
KCRW, Santa Monica 2016
The Lumineers
Los Angeles 2016

Restart
Latest: Chris Isaak
San Francisco 1995
Camille
Black Session 2005
The Band
We Can Talk Sessions 1968
Stevie Ray Vaughan
Soul To Soul Sessions 1985
Joni Mitchell
Blue In New York 1972
England Dan & John Ford Coley
In The Studio
Prince R.I.P. 1958-2016
Baltimore 2015
Prince R.I.P. 1958-2016
Louiseville 2015
Miles Davis
Plays The Music Of Prince
The Clash
New Jersey 1980

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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
Prince and Miles Davis - Miles From The Park [Sabotage SAB 091, 1CD] New Year's Eve Benefit Concert, Paisley Park Studios, Soundstage, Minneapolis; December 31, 1987. Very good soundboard. If only they had played more.
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Features

Kim Ki Duk's Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter... And Spring

In the light of the recent stand-off between the Busan International Film Festival (BIFF), who are battling for their curatorial independence, and the city of Busan, that is demanding greater control by the state; we pay tribute to the work of the BIFF, in particular, the publication of Asian Cinema 100 in October 2015. The book lists 100 important Asian films compiled by international film critics on the occasion of the BIFF's 20th anniversary. The face-off began in 2014 when BIFF screened the documentary, Diving Bell (The Truth Shall Not Sink with Sewol by Lee Sang-ho and Anh Hae-ryong) that was critical of the government's poor handling of the rescue operations of the Sewol ferry tragedy that killed 304 people. The mayor's office and other politicians objected to the festival's selection of the film. The freedom of expression requires that a festival be curatorially independent. This is the third of five reviews from the book. You can read about the book at www.biff.kr. By Philip Cheah.

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'Streaming Model Could Ignite New Piracy War'

As streaming services such as Netflix and Spotify gain even greater traction, so does the centralization of online content that consumers no longer own. According to Pirate Bay founder Peter Sunde this business model holds subscribers to ransom, with the threat of content being suddenly taken away now a constant threat. By Andy of TorrentFreak.

After signing up to Spotify several years ago one of my first tasks was to begin hand-crafting playlists of the thousands of 1980s and 1990s dance tracks I had previously bought on vinyl.

Once lovingly stacked and indexed in a spare room, these much-loved relics of a bygone era are now gathering dust in the attic, probably never to be played again. Or at least that’s what I thought.

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Shakin' All Over [the noize]
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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Springsteen Cancels Gig To Protest 'Bathroom Bill'
The Boss makes a stand for individual rights of the LGBT community.
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The Community Of Hope
"The Community Of Hope" by PJ Harvey will be released on her upcoming album The Hope Six Demolition Project, on April 15.
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I Can See For Miles [cinelife]
Kaneto Shindo's The Naked Island
Let’s get one central fact cleared up before we delve into Kaneto Shindo's The Naked Island (1960). Towards the end of his life, Kaneto Shindo revealed in The Centenarian’s Way (edited by Hiroko Nagase, 2012), a book published in the year of his death, that the film’s premise, of water being transported to the island, was false.
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Garin Nugroho's A Poet
In the light of the recent stand-off between the Busan International Film Festival (BIFF), who are battling for their curatorial independence, and the city of Busan, that is demanding greater control by the state; we pay tribute to the work of the BIFF, in particular, the publication of Asian Cinema 100 in October 2015. Over the coming weeks, we will re-publish five reviews from the book.
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Play Ball
Chiu Keng Guan's Ola Bola (2016) may be about the Malaysian football team fighting for a place at the 1980 Moscow Olympics but it's really about how much ra-ra and chest-beating the viewer can take. Stephen Tan reviews.
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Unfinished Business
Malaysian Ryon Lee's Seventh (2014) is big on effects but low on scares, and that only creeps out viewers in the wrong way. Stephen Tan reviews.
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I Can't Explain [world affairs]
Fukushima Five Years Later: Health Researchers Turn Blind Eye To Casualties
It’s time health researchers produce some actual statistics on changes in disease and death rates among affected populations - in Japan and in other countries. Not coming to grips with the truth will only raise the chance of another catastrophic meltdown in the future. by Joseph Mangano and Janette Sherman.
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The Cult Of The Professional Class
To beat the orthodoxy of the Ivy League ruling class - think out of the box. By Kristine Mattis.
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Hemp, Cannabis And Marijuana: What’s The Difference?
Israel is trying to turn weed into big money by selling it as medical cannabis while $ingapore digs into its anti-drug stance with a new campaign in June 2015. Think you know all there is to weed? Asks D Paul Stanford.
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‘Films Must be Restored Like A Work Of Art'
In a conversation with Silhouette Magazine, Shivendra Singh Dungarpur, founder of the Film Heritage Foundation, speaks about the current state of film preservation and restoration in India, the hurdles and the roadblocks, the initiatives needed moving forward and, of course, the film closest to his heart, Celluloid Man. By Antara Nanda Mondal.
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The Great Ponzi Scheme Of The Global Economy
The Muslims were right about usury. Charging interest for a loan is not a good idea. In the Muslim world, charging interest on a loan is considered sinful. The world will be buried in debt, sooner rather than later. By Michael Hudson and Chris Hedges.
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Movie Reviews
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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Deadpool
Dir: Tim Miller
Given the state of the world, there is always a need for a hero - be it Deadpool or The Assassin. Happy cinema going, says Critic After Dark Noel Vera.
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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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