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The More B.S. Contest No. 13
(Updated November 1, 2016)
Stockholm's Syndrome:
Dylan's Nobel

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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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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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Basel 2011 (data)

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Prince's Trust Rock Gala 2011 (data)

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The Donald. The Trump. Whatever. Everything he does or says is pounced upon. He isn't even president until the 20th of January. So here's a dig at Streep. By Missy Comley Beattie.

I've been lulling myself to sleep lately with this Sufiism:

Before you speak, let your words pass through three gates.
At the first gate, ask, 'is it true?'
At the second, ask, 'Is it necessary?'
At the third gate, ask, 'Is it kind?'


Think I'll tinker with Sufi's wisdom though, just this once. After all, I'm writing, not speaking. Can I slide my words only through the first two gates and slip around the third? Yes - to unleash unkindness towards Meryl Streep.

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Free Downloads: This Week's New MP3s
(Click on the link to download the show)
Latest: Lou Reed
Seattle 1976
Latest: Joni Mitchell
Montreal 1973
Latest: David Murray Infinity Quartet
Willisau 2016
Latest: Frank Sinatra
Inside Strings
Latest: Eric Clapton
Budokan 2001
Sinead O'Connor
Ireland 2010-2013
Alvin Lee & Ten Years Later
Hempstead 1978
Tom Petty
Lucca 2012
David Bowie [1947-2016]
When God Was An Englishman - Vancouver 1976
Various (Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra)
David Bowie In Berlin 2016
David Bowie [1947-2016]
Ottawa 1987
Various
The Music Of David Bowie 2016
Elvis Costello
Boston 1977
Albert Mangelsdorff
Roma 1980
Frank Sinatra
Inside Brass
Various
Asian Network Future Sounds 2016
Metallica
Milton Keynes, UK 1993
James Taylor, Sarah McLachlan and Friends
Brooklyn 2016
Metallica
Frankfurt 1992
Prince
Purple Music: The Missing Link
Suzanne Vega
Potsdam 2016
Lee Michaels
ABC In Concert 1973/Fillmore West 1969
Caro Emerald
Oceana, Madeira December 31, 2016
The Rolling Stones
Kansas City 1981
Anke Helfrich
Jazz Baltica, Germany 2016
Charles Mingus
Rarities 1946-1977
Neil Young
Camden 2003
Cozy Powell
Lost Reel Masters/John Peel Session 1974
Cat Stevens
Nine Lives
Laura Nyro
Late Sky
Status Quo [Rick Parfitt R.I.P. 1948-2016]
Hyde Park, London 2016
King's College
A Festival Of Nine Lessons And Carols 2016
Boston Pops Orchestra [Carrie Fisher R.I.P. 1956-2016]
Tanglewood 2016 (with John Williams)
Alphonse Mouzon [R.I.P. 1948-2016]
With Tommy Bolin, Hollywood 1974
Linda Ronstadt
Nishinomiya, Japan 1981
Cream
New Haven 1968
Giovanni Falzone
Led Zeppelin Suite, Torino 2016
George Michael [R.I.P. 1963-2016]
Paris 1988
The Tallis Scholars
Tewkesbury 2013
Tom Paxton
Coventry 1995
Wynton Marsalis
Lincoln Centre, NY, Christmas 1989
John Prine
Nashville Christmas 1992
Elvis Costello
Chicago 1977
Chanticleer
New York Christmas 2016
Rainbow
Osaka 1976
Zion80 [Updated Dec 26: Two Tracks Re-instated)
Cologne 2016
NRBQ
Brooklyn Heights, NY, Christmas 1993
Seals And Crofts
California Jam 1974
Rick Wakeman / Coldplay
Christmas 2016 / 2013
AC/DC
Transmission Impossible
The Beatles
Introducing Martha
The Beatles
Complete Christmas Collection
Michael Franks
Montreux 1989
Nick Lowe with Los Straitjackets
Vancouver Christmas 2015
Artchipel Orchestra
Plays Soft Machine - Torino Jazz Festival 2016
Frank Sinatra
More I Remember Tommy Sessions 1961
Eric Clapton
Shoreline Amphitheatre, Mountain View 1988
The Mavericks
Greenvale, NY, Christmas 2016
Elvis Costello
Minneapolis 1978
The Kinks
Rainbow Theatre, London, Christmas 1977
Burning Spear
Miami 1988
Robbie Williams
Christmas 2016
Paul Simon
BBC 1965 / Rosemont 2011
Long John Baldry and Savoy Brown
Seattle 1972 / Santa Clara 1972
Low
Christmas 2016
Leon Russell [R.I.P. 1942-2016]
With Eric Clapton 1974 / In Holland 1971
Lou Reed
Live At The Roxy 1976
Liberation Music Orchestra
London 2016
Frank Sinatra
Inside I Remember Tommy
Bob Dylan
Israel 1993
Lucinda Williams
Nashville 2016
ELP [Greg Lake R.I.P. 1947-2016]
Birmingham 1992
Margaret Glaspy
Bremen/BBC/WXPN 2016
Quicksilver Messenger Service
Fillmore 1967
Miles Davis
Brussels 1971
Lee Michaels
San Bernardino 1971
Daniel Lanois
Hamburg 1990
Eric Clapton
Rare Tracks
Myra Melford
Frankfurt 2016
Wayne Shorter Quartet
Monte Carlo 2016
Frank Sinatra
More Ring-A-Ding Sessions
Neil Diamond
Oklahoma 1984
Rumer
BBC 2016 / Hollywood 2013

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Latest: Frank Sinatra
Inside Great Songs From Great Britain
Don McLean
New York 1971
Status Quo [Rick Parfitt R.I.P. 1948-2016]
Stockholm 1971
The Tallis Scholars
Christmas 2012
Tom Waits
Christmas 1978
Can
Christmas 1976
Aimee Mann
Christmas 2014
Rod Stewart
Christmas 2013
Carole King
Christmas 2011
Winterbloom
Christmas 2012

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Long Live Rock! [BigO Audio Archive]

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


Audio

ROIO Of The Week
David Bowie - When God Was An Englishman [no label, 2CD] Station To Station world tour reharsals, The Pacific Coliseum, National Exhibition Center, Vancouver, Canada; February 2, 1976. Very good soundboard (vinyl rip). Remembering The Starman.
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Features

Ten Aircraft Carriers Aligned In A Row

Not everybody wants to rule the world. But who has the most powerful military right now? By Paul Craig Roberts.

Readers have asked me why 10 of 11 US aircraft carriers are lined up in a row in dock allegedly for maintanence. It reminds them of the battleships at Pearl Harbor. Readers ask if this could be an indication that the Deep State is planning a false flag attack on the carriers, as was carried out on the World Trade Center and Pentagon in order to get the US at war with the independent Muslim world, this time in order to get the US at war with Russia before Trump can restore normal relations.

I don’t think so. The Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor was real, if provoked. The deception apparently was in the fact that Washington had warning but did not share it with the US Navy in Pearl Harbor.

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Om Puri: The Luminance Of A Natural Actor

Indian actor Om Puri passed away on January 6, 2017 after four decades of acting. He was 66. One of the pioneer faces of the Indian ‘parallel’ cinema movement of the '70s and '80s, Om Puri later on shifted to international cinema and remained a forceful actor till his last. A Silhouette tribute by Amitava Nag.

The [Indian cricket players] Sourav-Rahul friendship and competition, their fierce professional battle to surpass each other resonates in the camaraderie of Naseeruddin Shah and Om Puri - two of India’s finest film actors of all times. In their initial journey into the film world in the early '70s, it was Naseer who would get the meaty roles and Om though brilliant, had to remain content with cameos. At times it was tragic considering the amount of power Om could bring in into his performance. Sparsh (1979) for example is a film that got Naseer his first National Award and yet Om stood his ground in the few scenes he could get to show his talent.

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Shakin' All Over [the noize]
And Justice For Some
Metallica are touring Asia in January 2017. To mark the occasion, here is a 1993 Metallica press conference attended by Martyn See, that was published in BigO #90, June 1993. Pictures by Alex Ortega. In addition, there is another Metallica interview, by Dawn Eden, that was published in BigO 143, November 1997.
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How Musicians Die
BigO means do something with your life 'before I get old'. By Tyler Durden.
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“Sivad”: When Miles Davis Channeled Jimi Hendrix
When Miles Davis went electric, he lifted musical elements from Jimi Hendrix’s oeuvre and repurposed them in his own. By Kollibri terre Sonnenblume.
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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]
Unlikely ‘Pirate’ Kodi Users Will Get in Trouble, Experts Suggest
In recent weeks, the legality or otherwise of so-called fully-loaded Kodi boxes has become a big topic. The devices are massively popular in the UK but are people going to get busted for using them? Almost certainly not, an intellectual property lawyer told the BBC on January 5, 2017. By Andy of TorrentFreak.
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Leading Kodi Addon Repository TV Addons Reveals Plans for 2017
One of the world's leading repositories for third-party Kodi addons has revealed some of its plans for 2017. TV Addons says it will streamline the entire Kodi addon experience, making the process easier for all. Greater emphasis will be placed on 'legitimate' addons too, alongside calls for people to stop selling ready-configured hardware devices that attract negative attention. By Andy of TorrentFreak.
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The Radical Jesus: How Would The Baby In A Manger Fare In The American Police State?
Jesus Christ the radical is now Santa Claus, the man with the beard who gives presents to children. In the new world, the Authority sets your thinking. From domestic foreign maids to children. Even the disabled are no longer allowed to be home-schooled. How can anyone survive in a Police State with their individualism intact? By John W Whitehead.
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An Al Qaeda Christmas: The Touching Tale Of How Hate Figures Became American Heroes
How did telling the truth end up getting someone labelled a 'Putin Lover'? Saturday Night Live's all right for fighting. Those Trump bashers need what Lennon said, "give them some truth". By Chris Floyd.
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All That Hollywood Jazz
Louis Proyect looks at five jazz movies and concludes that if and when jazz becomes popular again, it will have to figure out a way to return to its roots as a dance music.
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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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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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