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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 is unique that for all of the 719 square kilometres it occupies, it has the most expensive political cabinet and top civil servants in the world. The government has reasoned that without multi-million dollar salaries, these fine men may be led astray. Upright men of honesty and integrity with intelligence and the smarts are apparently in short supply or even non-existent. Just like the USA, where only billionaires need apply. By Missy Comley Beattie.

On Wednesday (June 21), Donald Trump, at a 2020 election campaign rally in Iowa... STOP. Reread that, please. Yes, in office only five months, Trump already is campaigning for reelection. Compelling case for term limits, yet this is not the point of my essay.

Nor is it the point of my essay that while at this event, Trump defended his Cabinet appointments - a bunch of billionaires, like former Goldman Sachs president and chief operating officer from 2006 to 2017, Gary Cohn, who now is Trump’s economic adviser.

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Free Downloads: This Week's New MP3s
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Latest: Adrian Belew
Animal Music - Studio outtakes 1981
Latest: Jimmy Cliff / Toots And The Maytals
Boston 1975 / 1976
Latest: Jeff Beck Group
San Bernadino 1972
Latest: Johnny Winter
San Francisco 1978
Latest: John Lennon
LA 1974 Rehearsals
Lady Gaga
Artpop Demos
Foo Fighters
Glastonbury 2017
Yo La Tengo
New York 2017
Gunter Hampel
Berlin 1968
Glastonbury 2017
Brussels 2017
Jackson Browne
Edinburgh 2017
Steve Miller Band
Milwaukee 1982
Mike Bloomfield
Portland 1979
Red Hot Chili Peppers
Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival, Tennessee 2017
Sons Of Champlin
San Rafael 1975
Alejandro Escovedo Orchestra
Austin 2009
Country Joe & The Electric Music Band
Grass Valley, CA 2017
Dream Syndicate
Philadelphia 2017
Bonnie Raitt
New Orleans 1977
Bob Dylan
Port Chester, June 14, 2017
Horace Silver Quintet
France 1976
Frank Sinatra
Eric Clapton
Plymouth 1976
Denmark 2017
Glasgow 2017
Air Supply
Seattle 1977
Steve Miller Band
Dallas 1978
Lou Reed
Seattle 1992
Joan Jett
Long Island 1981
New Riders Of The Purple Sage and The Grateful Dead
New York 1973
Roger Waters
St Louis, May 30, 2017
Frank Sinatra
A Rare Collection Of Songs Vol 4
Bob Dylan
Nobel Prize Lecture 2017
Mick Taylor with Corky Laing
Bridgeport, CT 1988
Fleet Foxes
Sydney 2017
Nina Simone
Juan-les-Pins, France 1977
Anne Paceo
France 2017
Gregg Allman [R.I.P. 1947 - 2017]
Searching For Simplicity Early Takes (1997?)
Gregg Allman [R.I.P. 1947 - 2017]
San Francisco 1984
Gregg Allman [R.I.P. 1947 - 2017]
New Orleans 2012
Robert Cray
Philadelphia 2017 / Charleston 1999
John Prine
BBC 1971/1973
Paul McCartney
Tokyo - April 30, 2017
Sharon Jones
Brooklyn 2016
Midnight Oil
Chicago 2017
Leonard Cohen
Bonn 1979
Cat Stevens
Berkeley 1971
LCD Soundsystem
Mountain View 2017
Philadelphia 1986
Philadelphia 1988
Nate Wooley
Sant'Anna Arresi 2016
Frank Sinatra
A Rare Collection Of Songs Vol 2
Roy Buchanan
Live In Japan Outtakes 1977
Philadelphia 2017
Audioslave [Chris Cornell R.I.P. 1964 - 2017]
Hultsfred 2003
Chris Cornell [R.I.P. 1964 - 2017]
San Francisco 1989
Danny Gatton
Washington 1974
Miley Cyrus
Backyard Sessions 2015
Vancouver 2017 (Opening night of the 2017 Joshua Tree Tour)
Philadelphia 1978
Bob Mould
Vienna 1989
Bob Dylan
Dublin - May 11, 2017
Mac DeMarco
Brooklyn 2017
Paul Weller
London, May 12, 2017 / Amsterdam 1998
Philadelphia 1976
Danny Gatton
Boulder 1993
Ann Wilson (Heart)
New Orleans 2017
Legion Of Mary (Jerry Garcia)
Scranton 1975
Jennifer Warnes
Munich 1987
Ida Sand
Young At Heart Projekt - Bernau by Berlin 2017 (Nei Young covers)
Danny Gatton
Washington 1984
Chicago 2017
Nanci Griffith
Dallas 1989
Martin Carthy
Leeds 1974
Roy Buchanan
Tokyo 1977
Bronx 2017
Ace Frehley
Milwaukee 1987
Ed Palermo Big Band
Iridium, New York 2017 (Frank Zappa tribute)
Mick Jagger
Webster Hall, New York City 1993
Panama Francis
Paris 1974
Maria Muldaur
West Hollywood 1974
Schweinfurt, Germany 1988
Robbie Fulks
Berwyn, IL 2007
Kendrick Lamar
Coachella 2017
The Rolling Stones
Some Live Biscuits
Roger Waters with Eric Clapton
East Rutherford 1984
West, Bruce & Laing
Boston 1972
Aretha Franklin
Antibes 1970
Bob Dylan
The Palladium, London - April 30, 2017
The Greedies
Camden 1978
Bob Dylan
Amsterdam - April 18, 2017
Bob Dylan
Amsterdam - April 17, 2017
Bob Dylan
Amsterdam - April 16, 2017
Linda May Han Oh
Australia 2015
Frank Sinatra
The Stone Roses
Tokyo 2017

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Dallas, Texas 1968
Beastie Boys
New Jersey 1992
Blue Oyster Cult
Providence 1975
Eric Clapton
Denver 1974
Ian Anderson
Perth 2012
Nora Jones
Paris 2012
Howlin' For Hubert 2012
The Decemberists
Newport 2011
Cyndi Lauper
Tokyo 2012
Matthew Shipp
Piano Jazz 2006

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New ROIOs*
Lucinda Williams w Buddy Miller & Jason Isbell - Nashville 2016, audience
Todd Rundgren - Agoura Hills, CA 2016, audience
Gregory Porter - Dusseldorf 2013, FM
Freda Payne - Boston 2016, HD-FM
Alan Parsons with Todd Rundgren, John Entwhistle and Friends - Fukuoka 2001
Rickie Lee Jones & The Stockholm Art Orchestra - Stockholm Sweden, 2015, FM
Shawn Colvin - Palo Alto, CA 1994, SBD
Guy Clark and Michelle Shocked (opening act) - San Francisco, CA 1988, FM
The Church - Fairfield 2016
Os Mutantes - 1970 Rehearsals in Sao Paulo, soundboard
Harriet Tubman (the band) & Cassandra Wilson - Present Black Sun, Moers Festival, Germany 2016, FM
Alabama Shakes - Weekender Festival, Germany 2015, FM
The Beatles - John, Paul, George, Ringo & Me, Tony Barrow
Jeff Beck - Blue Wind Over Yokohama 1980, Audience MR PEACH RECORDING
Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires - Köln, Germany 2016, FM
Sam Beam and Jesca Hoop - Live In Session, Morning Becomes Eclectic KCRW FM 2016, FM
Syd Barrett - Tattooed
Neil Young + Promise of The Real - Rebel Content Tour 2015 Compilation, audience
Neil Young + Promise of the Real - Earth album: Naked
Neil Young + Promise of the Real - Texas 2016, Audience
Neil Young - Collector's Heartland
Lucinda Williams and Buick 6 - Ann Arbor, Michigan 2016, audience mp3
The Who - This Old Lifehouse: The Bootleg Reconstruction Project VERSION 2
Joe Walsh - Watsonville, CA 1987
The The - Amsterdam 2000, FM speed corrected
The The (Matt Johnson) - Parkpop Festival, The Netherlands 1990, FM
Paul Simon - Oklahoma 2016, audience
Prince - Work It Version 2, UPDATED
Prince - Rehearsal 1984, soundboard
Prince and the New Power Generation - Live at the BBC 1993, FM
Prince - City Lights Vol 4, Purple Rain Tour 1984-1985, Soundboard
Prince - City Lights Volume 6, The Sign O' The Times Tour 1987, soundboard, FM Remastered And Extended
The Rolling Stones - El Libertador, Chile 2016, IEM+audience
Santana - Allentown 2016, two-source mix audience
"Pickin' on Hippies" - Denver CO 2013, Soundboard, audience matrix
Van Morrison - Boston 2016, A Belfrank Audience Recording
Van Morrison featuring the Caledonia Soul Orchestra - Live at The Troubadour, Hollywood 1973, audience
King Crimson - Tokyo, Japan 2015, Audience
Jimi Hendrix - European (Radio) Broadcasts Collection 1966-1967, FM

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New DVD Archive Of Rare Films
Jack Bruce - "Swing In", Germany 1972, HDTV
James Booker and Memphis Piano Red - Molde, Norway 1978, webstream mp4 720p
Gary Burton Quartet - Oslo, Norway 1970, webstream mp4 720p
Harriet Tubman (the band) & Cassandra Wilson - Present Black Sun, Moers Festival, Germany 2016, webcast 720p
Ben Folds - The Fillmore, Detroit 2016, webcast 720p
Art Farmer - Oslo, Norway 1968, webstream flv 720p
Laila Dalseth & Totti Bergh - "Laila + Totti = Jazz" show, Oslo, Norway 1973, webstream flv 720p
Laila Dalseth and Roy Hellvins Orchestra -  Oslo, Norway 1971, webstream mp4 720p
VARIOUS - Jazz At The White House 2016, HDTV 720p
VARIOUS - Jazz At The White House 2016 Complete show, Youtube 720p
VARIOUS - Molde Jazz Festival Pt 1, Norway 1968, webstream mp4 720p
VARIOUS - Molde Jazz Festival Pt 2, Norway 1968, webstream mp4 720p
VARIOUS - Highlights from Norwegian TV Jazz Archives 1963-1970 Pt 1, webstream mp4 720p
VARIOUS - Highlights from Norwegian TV Jazz Archives 1970-1984 Pt 2, webstream mp4 720p
VARIOUS - Kalvoya Festival, Norway 1971-1990, webstream mp4 720p
VARIOUS - Kalvoya Festival, Norway 1985, webstream mp4 720p
VARIOUS - 30 Years of Molde Jazz Festival 1990, webstream mp4 720p
VARIOUS - BBC Shakespeare Live From The RSC 2016
Neil Young - An Evening With Neil Young Q&A, Los Angeles 2016 webcast 1080p
Wolfmother - Cologne, Germany 2016, webcast 720p
Steps Ahead Meets WDR Big Band - Leverkusen, Germany 2016, webstream 720p
Maxine Nightingale - Oslo, Norway 1977, webstream mp4 720p
The Nice - Oslo, Norway 1969, webstream flv 720p
My Morning Jacket  - Austin City Limits Live 2016, webcast 720p
Minafric Orchestra & Faraualla - Jazzahead, Bremen, Germany 2016, webstream 720p
Sarah McKenzie + Stéphane Belmondo - Jazz sous les pommiers, France 2016, webcast 720p
Herbie Mann Quartet - Kongsberg, Norway 1983, webstream flv 720p
Charles Lloyd + Jason Moran Duo - Jazz sous les pommiers, France 2016, webcast 720p
Natalia Lafourcade - Mexico City 2016, webcast 720p
Verdi's Rigoletto, Paris 2016 HDTV 1080p opera
Peter Frampton - Tiny Desk Concert, NPR, Washington, DC 2016, webcast 1080p
John Fogerty - Stagecoach Festival, Indio, California 2016, webcast 1080p


ROIO Of The Week
Johnny Winter - San Francisco 1978 [no label, 2CD] Live at the Old Waldorf, San Francisco, CA; December 23, 1978. Very good FM broadcast.Winter of content...
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How John Steinbeck’s 'In Dubious Battle' Helps Us Navigate Social Discord

There's probably more 'fake news' in circulation in the mainstream than anyone would care to consider. The object of that 'propaganda' is to manipulate opinion. First control the media. Then manufacture the 'issues'. The objective is to have the majority believe in your propaganda. The 'dubious battle' that American writer John Steinbeck wrote about. By Stephen Cooper.

Rarely since the Great Depression has the US been as polarized and angry as it is today. On television, in newspapers, on social media, around the office water cooler, in line at the supermarket, even at the family dinner table, there is constant clashing and creating of divisions. Warring political parties, “special interest” groups competing for social change, and an endless series of labels - liberal and conservative, Republican and Democrat, libertarian or evangelical - work to separate us from one another.

More and more, Americans are being asked to take sides in this battle of interests and ideas, magnified by social media and the 24-hour news cycle. Inserting sanity into the crock pot of conflicting ideologies can be challenging. Reading John Steinbeck, one of America’s greatest writers and keenest observers, offers a way out of the insanity.

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Review: Arundhati Roy’s The Ministry Of Utmost Happiness

That difficult second novel explained. By Charles R Larson.

Twenty years after the publication of Arundhati Roy’s first novel, The God of Small Things (1997), it’s impossible to remember the Booker Prize-winning novel with anything besides admiration. The story is an unflinching picture of issues related to caste (untouchability), class, gender, and religion and their often-negative influences on love and family.

These serious themes elevate the narrative far beyond the ordinary lot of romantic fiction, even though it is romance that gets trounced by duplicity and betrayal. When you write a novel as memorable as The God of Small Things, it’s always going to be difficult - if not impossible - to write another that will garner similar appreciation from readers. The history of literary fiction is replete with examples of first novels that were never equaled by the later works by the same writer.

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Shakin' All Over [the noize]
Coltrane At The Bridge
From his physique to his music to his undeniable influence on jazz, 50 years since his passing, John Coltrane can be described as a gentle giant. Even the Muslims think "A Love Supreme" was rooted in Islamic spirituality. But that goodness can still be co-opted for something other than goodness. By David Yearsley.
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The Lessons Of Sgt Pepper’s 50 Years Later: Stop Fighting One Another And Focus On The Real Enemy
The Sixties was soon to be co-opted by corporations who could smell the money festering in the scene. The only way to beat it, was to boycott the corporations. To live simply. By John W Whitehead.
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The Music Never Stopped
Ron Jacobs looks at Peter Conner's Cornell ’77: The Music, the Myth, and the Magnificence of the Grateful Dead’s Concert at Barton Hall; and relives those heady May 1977 days with the show in Baltimore.
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I Can't Explain [world affairs]
US Dept Of Justice Moves To Seize DiCaprio's Picasso, Rights To "Dumb and Dumber To" As Part Of 1MDB Case
The rich get richer. Nowhere is this clearer than in the long-running Malaysian 1MDB scandal involving a Malaysian businessman, the prime minister and various individuals including bankers in $witzerland and $ingapore. By Tyler Durden.
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To Torrent or To Stream? That is The Big Piracy Question
The option to watch free video and listen to free audio on the net has boiled down to two competing systems - to stream or to torrent? By Andy of TorrentFreak.
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Truth Struggling
Don't forget to remember that the illegal invasion of Iraq in 2003 triggered the rise of terrorism. $ingapore was a member of the US-UK led Coalition of the Willing that invaded Iraq (click here). No weapons of mass destruction were ever found. It was a war crime. By John Pilger.
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Getting Julian Assange: The Untold Story
You know Wikileaks caused damage when you read the story of how the intelligence services pursued its founder Julian Assange. It is also the story of an individual standing up to power, middle finger pointed upwards. His crime was his courage to report or leak the truth. By John Pilger.
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Music Pricing: There Has To Be A Paradigm Shift
$25 Hirez downloads, $80, $100, $250 box sets. Is it time for the pricing of CDs, LPs and music in general to fall? By digital vinyl infidel.
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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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Movie Reviews
The Woman Who Left
Dir: Lav Diaz
In September 2016, Lav Diaz's The Woman Who Left (Ang Babaeng Humayo) won the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival. It was the third time Diaz had entered a film at the festival and it was the only entry produced entirely by an Asian production film company. Though based on Tolstoy, with a transgendered lost soul on the sideline, call it Dostoevsky for the new millennium, bizarre behavior that touches the waywardly performatively perverse in us. By Critic After Dark Noel Vera.
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Heneral Luna
Dir: Jerrold Tarog
While the battle sequences in Jerrold Tarog's Heneral Luna (2015) are panoramic spectacles, it is the infighting between the various characters that delivers sobering lessons for the viewer: that ability and talent are often rewarded with envy, suspicion and hate; and that the Filipino's greatest enemy and most debilitating weakness is his own people. Critic After Dark Noel Vera reviews.
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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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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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