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Singapore Democrats
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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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March 30, 2017

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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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An essay to a warmonger. By Missy Comley Beattie.

For those of us who see the dead, the children’s bodies washed ashore, charred skin, how are we supposed to feel? What are we to think?

Seriously, for those of us who believe that war is a lie, how are we supposed to feel? What are we to think? Those of us who don’t perceive brown and black people as the enemy, objects, nonhuman. How are we to feel? What are we supposed to think right now?

How should we feel or think when we’ve learned that a man who never met a war he didn’t adore has a malignancy that will consume his brain, that eventually will render him unable to ever again sing, “Bomb, bomb, bomb, bomb, bomb Iran” to the tune of the Beach Boy’s hit “Barbara Ann”?

How should we feel or think about this man with a hideous diagnosis and prognosis who called war protesters “lowlife scum” when they demanded the arrest of war criminal Henry Kissinger?

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Free Downloads: This Week's New MP3s
(Click on the link to download the show)
Latest: The Grateful Dead
Felt Forum, New York 1971
Latest: Arcade Fire
Milano 2017
Latest: Johnny Winter (with Edgar Winter)
The Bottom Line, New York 1978
Latest: The XX
Lisbon 2017
Latest: Erykah Badu
Lucca 2017
Tony Williams All-Stars
Tokyo 1978
Sheryl Crow
Milwaukee 2017
Eric Clapton
Royal Albert Hall - May 25, 2017
Linkin Park [Chester Bennington R.I.P. 1976-2017]
Southside Festival - Germany 2017
Peter Brötzmann
Munich 2017
Joy Division
Unreleased Session 1979
Mountain
True Closing Of The Fillmore 1971
The Grateful Dead
San Francisco 1971
John Coltrane
The Missing Seattle Parts 1965
Black Bombaim
Lisbon 2017
Fleet Foxes
Berlin 2017
The Lounge Lizards
Berlin 1981
Herb Alpert
Newport Beach 2017
Jean-Luc Ponty/Bireli Lagrene, Kyle Eastwood
Paris 2017
Eric Clapton
Royal Albert Hall - May 24, 2017
Rag'n'Bone Man
Glastonbury 2017
Al Stewart
Sweden 1973
Depeche Mode
Lisbon 2017
The Grateful Dead
Cincinatti 1971
Steve and Lilly Winwood
BBC 2017
John Fogerty and Friends
Oakland 1989
Red House Painters (Mark Kozelek)
Hultsfred, Sweden 1997 / Demos 1989
Tiny Tim
Fillmore 1968
Archie Shepp
Vienne 2017
Frank Sinatra
Duets And Rarities
Eric Clapton
Royal Albert Hall - May 22, 2017
Elvis Presley
What A Wonderful Life Outtakes 1961
Elvis Presley
Macon 1977
Thurston Moore Group
Mannheim/BBC Session 2017
Simon And Garfunkel
Overs 1964-1970
The Grateful Dead
Minneapolis 1971
Bob Dylan
Knoxville 1980
The Wedding Present
Dublin 2017 / Manchester 2016
Dave Brubeck
Basel 1963
John McLaughlin
Munich 1972
Frank Sinatra
The Radio Duets
The Grateful Dead
Fillmore West 1971
Geri Allen R.I.P. 1957 - 2017
New York 1995
Allman Brothers Band
New Orleans 1971
Adrian Belew
Animal Music - Studio outtakes 1981
Jimmy Cliff / Toots And The Maytals
Boston 1975 / 1976
Jeff Beck Group
San Bernadino 1972
Johnny Winter
San Francisco 1978
John Lennon
LA 1974 Rehearsals
Lady Gaga
Artpop Demos
Foo Fighters
Glastonbury 2017
Yo La Tengo
New York 2017
Gunter Hampel
Berlin 1968
Radiohead
Glastonbury 2017
Tindersticks
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
Unissued
Eric Clapton
Plymouth 1976
Radiohead
Denmark 2017
Texas
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

Restart
Latest: Peter Gabriel
New York 2011
Various
Concert For A Landmine Free World 2002
Rickie Lee Jones
Paris 2011
David Bowie
Tokyo 1978
John Lennon
Oddities
Ornette Coleman
Carnegie Hall, New York 2006
Deep Purple
Oslo 2011
Delaney and Bonnie and Friends
Fillmore West 1970
New Order with Billy Corgen
Los Angeles 2001
Grazyna Auguscik
Chicago 2011

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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
The Grateful Dead - New York 1971 [no label, 3CD] Live at the Felt Forum, New York, NY; December 5, 1971. Very good WNEW-FM. Day of the Dead!
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Features

As ASEAN Shifts East, ISIS Follows

Where US interests are threatened, ISIS coincidentally appears, threatening those standing in the way. What is behind this increasingly transparent pattern of geopolitical coercion? By Tony Cartalucci.

As protracted warfare continues in southern Philippines between government forces and militants linked to the so-called "Islamic State" (ISIS), fears that the US is leveraging the terrorist group far beyond Syria and Iraq where it was created are rising. Nations opposing or obstructing US interests beyond America's borders now find themselves likely targets of this covert form of armed coercion.

The United States is increasingly at odds with nations across South-east Asia it had once counted among its closest allies. Included is Thailand, a nation of nearly 70 million people, who as of 2014, ousted a US-backed client regime in a bloodless military coup.

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Review: Max Décharné’s Vulgar Tongues: An Alternative History of English Slang

Ever heard of 'fake news', 'nation-building', 'terrorist' and 'foreign talent', just to name four? These are labels put forth by the mainstream media to shape public opinion. As much as the mainstream tramples all over words they consider 'vulgar' to consign them into the dustbin of 'slang' - that 'special vocabulary used by any set of people of a low or disreputable character'. Professor Charles R Larson reviews a new book on the alternative history of the English Slang.

Often, what we call slang means dirty words. And dirty words were usually not dirty at the time of their origin or even considered to be so by the people who initially employed them (usually a sub-group of our society). Then these vulgar terms ran into various versions of Puritanism and/or censorship, and suddenly - after the people who considered them dirty fidgeted when they heard them or read them - they were outlawed and considered obscene.

Yet, as Max Décharné writes in his fascinating study, Vulgar Tongues: An Alternative History of English Slang [Pegasus, 400 pp, $26.95], this situation makes no sense at all today, especially, because on the Internet we can read about or view every kind of unimaginable (or perhaps for some imaginable) acts, even though we still feel compelled to watch our language...

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Shakin' All Over [the noize]
The Great Sausage Roll Swindle
SDE Editor Paul Sinclair reflects on how a day watching music with the family in a public park is engineered by organisers ("Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park") to extract as much cash as possible from fans. (Super Deluxe Edition is a website dedicated to specially packaged releases.)
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Chinese Songs Of Dignity
"noun, the state or quality of being worthy of honour or respect." Harper Collins says 'If someone behaves or moves with dignity, they are calm, controlled, and admirable.' Wait till you see the Rockin' Grandma at this year's $ingapore parade. By Peter Bengtsen.
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Dangerous Blues: Monk Does Vadim
The ancien régime of French aristocracy meets the black man's jazz cool. Sam Records has just issued a long lost soundtrack by Thelonius Monk. By David Yearsley.
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I Can't Explain [world affairs]
New Swedish Report Reveals Erdogan Orchestrated July 15 Coup In Turkey
If your ruler is a wannabe dictator or ex-military then be aware that he has learnt the Art of War and other means to distract you from his real intentions. It becomes painfully obvious when his managed crisis passes quickly and suddenly everything falls back to normal. Hitler did it. So did Mao. And, according to a new Swedish report, so has Turkey's Erdogan.
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For Those Of You Criticising Air Asia, Please Stop
Air Asia X bound for Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on June 25 from Perth, Australia had everyone terrified after the plane shook violently. It ‘shook like a washing machine’. Although it landed safely, there was plenty of criticism at the pilot and airline. Now a 15-year-old passenger aboard that flight has stepped forward with her view. By Madeline Wright.
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The Poor Need Not Apply
$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.
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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.
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Review: Arundhati Roy’s The Ministry Of Utmost Happiness
That difficult second novel explained. By Charles R Larson.
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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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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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