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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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Rock & Rap Confidential
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August 1, 2018

Malaysia To Empower Youths With Voting Right

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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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Yvonne Elliman
Tokyo 2011

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Sausalito 1972


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New Year's Eve 2011 (data)

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Liza Minelli
Basel 2011 (data)

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Various
Prince's Trust Rock Gala 2011 (data)

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"For the first time since the Bandung Conference of Non-Aligned Nations in 1955, a critical mass is able to be mutually self-sufficient to start the process of achieving independence from US Dollar Diplomacy." By Michael Hudson.

As in a Greek tragedy whose protagonist brings about precisely the fate that he has sought to avoid, the US/NATO confrontation with Russia in Ukraine is achieving just the opposite of America’s aim of preventing China, Russia and their allies from acting independently of US control over their trade and investment policy.

Naming China as America’s main long-term adversary, the Biden Administration’s plan was to split Russia away from China and then cripple China’s own military and economic viability. But the effect of American diplomacy has been to drive Russia and China together, joining with Iran, India and other allies.

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Free Downloads: This Week's New MP3s
(Click on the link to download the show)
Latest: The Rolling Stones
Sydney 1973
Latest: Youn Sun Nah
Vienna 2022
Latest: Simon & Garfunkel
Tufts University, MA 1967
Latest: Rod Stewart
Isle Of Wight 2017
Latest: Saint Etienne
Glastonbury 2022
Angélique Kidjo
Glastonbury 2022
The Byrds
San Francisco 1978
Liza Minnelli
Basel 2011
Miles Davis
New York 1957
Joy Crookes
Glastonbury 2022
Billie Eilish
Glastonbury 2022
Phoebe Bridgers
Glastonbury 2022
Noel Gallagher
Glastonbury 2022
Paul McCartney
Glastonbury 2022
Nubya Garcia
Glastonbury 2022
Knoxville Symphony Orchestra
Knoxville 2022
Moses Sumney
BBC Proms, London 2021
Patti Smith
New York 1997
Nduduzo Makhathini
Berlin 2021
Karla Bonoff
Sellersville 2022
Various
Roger Miller Remembered 1997
Cindy Bullens
Boston 1978
Steve Earle and More
Keswell School Benefit 2021
Mickey Gilley [R.I.P. 1936 - 2022]
Pasadena 1981
Emmylou Harris
Los Angeles 2007
Jeff Parker
Knoxville 2022
Cat Power
Cardiff 2022
The Smiths
Troy Tate Sessions 1983
U.K.
Long Beach 1979 [Mike Millard Tape]
Joe Cocker
Costa Mesa 1991 [Mike Millard Tape]
Paul McCartney
Inglewood 1989 [Mike Millard Tape]
Phoebe Bridgers
Coachella, Indio 2022
Makaya McCraven
Chicago 2021
Wishbone Ash
Nagoya 1976
Johnny Marr
Cardiff 2022
Nicolette Larson
New York 1986
The Regrettes
Coachella, Indio 2022
Godspeed You! Black Emperor
New York 2022
Matthias Schriefl & HR Big Band
Frankfurt 2018
Elton John
Anaheim 1980 [Mike Millard Tape]
Tom Waits
New York 1979
Groundhogs
Memphis 1972
Third World with Stevie Wonder
Jamaica 1981
Van Morrison
Norway 1988
Mark Lanegan
Moscow 2018
Miles Davis
Barcelona 1984
Taylor Swift
Tokyo 2018
The Kinks
Belly 1982
Belly
Boston 2018
Bruce Springsteen
Asbury Park 1982
Suzanne Vega
Carnegie Hall NYC 1987
Aoife O’Donovan
Copenhagen 2015
Matthew Shipp Trio
New York 2014
Kris Kristofferson/Waylon Jennings
Reseda 1982/Worcester 1984
Procol Harum
LA/San Francisco/New York 1969
Jackson Browne
Los Angeles 1990 [Mike Millard Tape]
KT Tunstall
London 2019
Joan Osborne
Alaska 2019
Mal Waldron Quartet
Paris 2002
Norah Jones
Alaska 2019
James Taylor
Treasure Of A Man CD3/4 of 4
James Taylor
Treasure Of A Man CD1/2 of 4
Dr John
New Orleans 1973
Shelby Lynne
New Jersey 2008
Father John Misty
Switzerland 2018
Woody Shaw-Joe Farrell Quintet
The Netherlands 1985
The Doors
Honolulu 1970
Deep Purple
Amsterdam 1969
Steve Earle
Berlin 2004
Updated: Mash [Added May 7, 2020]
Coronavirus Songs

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Long Live Rock! [BigO Audio Archive]

New ROIOs*
Joe Lovano & Dave Douglas Sound Prints Quintet - Live in Vienna, Austria, 2022 webstream (no label 2CD)
Phoebe Bridgers - Live in New York, 2022 FM (no label 2CD)
Elton John - Mr. Reginald Sings Nick Drake: The Great Lost 1970 Demos (Sonic Book 2010 1CD)
Paul McCartney - Glastonbury Festival, UK 2022 webstream soundboard Full Concert (no label)
Tom Petty - Live at Costa Mesa, California 1991 audience (The Lost and Found Mike the MICrophone Tapes Volume 144 2CD)
Rare Earth - Live in Canada 1974 soundboard complete show hires 24 96 (no label 1CD)
Simon & Garfunkel – The Final Hurrah 1970 soundboard/FM (Gossip 2CD)

*Recordings of indeterminate origin
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Features

Why Black People (And Everyone Else) Should Avoid Crypto

Cryptocurrencies are a shiny new way to lose money. It is the idea of the  'get-rich-quick' scheme that attracts people with low incomes to join. By Algernon Austin.

On June 9 this year, the hip-hop star and businessman Shawn “JAY-Z” Carter announced that he was starting The Bitcoin Academy to educate the residents of the Brooklyn, New York public housing complex where he grew up about cryptocurrency.

The average household income for residents in New York City public housing is reported to be about US$25,000. Investing in cryptocurrency is a terrible idea for low-income households - and it is not a good idea for most other people either. On June 9, Bitcoin had lost nearly 60 per cent of its value from its peak seven months earlier.

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Sins Of The Father

How can I try to explain? 'Cause when I do he turns away again
It's always been the same, same old story
From the moment I could talk I was ordered to listen
Now there's a way and I know that I have to go away
I know, I have to go

- 'Father and Son' by Cat Stevens

By Ron Jacobs

I recently did an interview unlike any other I have done. The interviewer Gerry Fialka asked a series of questions designed to provoke. Some were just silly, but most met their purpose. One of the questions asked if I believed there are just some people who are evil or if evil exists and sometimes people do evil things.

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Shakin' All Over [the noize]
Movement Music After The Movement Fades: Reflections On Phil Ochs
The protest singer is a singular occupation that paid well to Bob Dylan but to no other. Movements come and movements disappear. How does the protest singer survive? By David Rovics.
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X'Ho [aka Chris Ho] R.I.P.
Singapore icon/DJ/writer/artiste X'Ho (aka Chris Ho) passed away from stomach cancer in the morning of September 27, 2021. He will forever be 27. Chris was on the first and last cover of the hardcopy BigO magazine. He was a mainstay in the magazine with his regular X'Ho Files column, with articles compiled into ‘Skew Me, You Rebel Meh? [1998] and Attack Of The S.M. Space Encroachers [2002]. He was the most insightful Singapore commentator that Singapore never realised it had. He told truths with unusual clarity. Both his book cover titles alone spoke volumes of the Singapore construct. Rest In Peace, Chris, dear friend and bigO founding member. The following interview was published in BigO #202 (October 2002). Interview by Alfian Sa'at; pictures by fFurious.
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“Pushing Back At Authority”: Son Volt, And The Power Of Protest Music
'With Electro Melodier, Son Volt have rejected mediocre commercialism, political complacency, and the cowardly withdrawal from politics on display throughout most of pop culture.' By David Masciotra.
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Harlem’s Forgotten Festival
Some parties and celebrations are more meaningful than others. Make sure you go to the right ones. By Seth Sandronsky.
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Thank Heaven For Nirvana
It was 30 years ago today... when Nirvana were the Next Big Thing! And since then, nothing has ever come close. To celebrate the 30th anniversary of Nirvana's groundbreaking second album, Nevermind, here is the exclusive Kurt Cobain interview by Patrick Chng that we ran in BigO #75 (March 1992). Pictures by Jacque Chong.
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I Can't Explain [world affairs]
The World Should Be Forever Grateful To Shireen Abu Aqleh
Zionism has been an effective bludgeon to silence dissent, debate, or even reasoned discussion. Rest in peace Shireen Abu Aqleh. By Kenn Orphan.
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Some Thoughts On The Russia-Ukraine Conflict In Week Number Twelve
The 'splendid little war' may well bring about an economic crisis that nobody wants. By Ron Jacobs.
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Taking Aim At Ukraine: How John Mearsheimer And Stephen Cohen Challenged The Dominant Narrative
Evil Putin vs Good Guy Zelensky? By Michael Welton.
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Watching The River Flow: Siddhartha 100 Years On
One hundred years after Hermann Hesse's Siddhartha, the adolescent religions that rose from the Middle East are still terrorising eastern thinking and culture. By John Kendall Hawkins.
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Hysteria And The Solomon Islands-China Security Pact
Whose island is it? The Americans? The Australians? It belongs to the islanders. By Binoy Kampmark.
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Remembrance Of Things Past
"No history is mute. No matter how much they own it, break it, and lie about it, human history refuses to shut its mouth. Despite deafness and ignorance, the time that was continues to tick inside the time that is," said Uruguayan scholar and journalist Eduardo Galeano. The Philippines General Election is on May 9, 2022. Will the Marcoses be brought back to power? Filmmaker and cultural critic Ram Botero reflects on her nation.
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Now Is The Time For Nonalignment And Peace
It's time to get back to where we once belonged. The Nonalignment Movement needs to be restarted back on the road to peace, progress and prosperity. By Roger McKenzie and Vijay Prashad.
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I Can See For Miles [cinelife]
Satyajit, Ritwik And The Renegade ‘Father’ Figure
In a brief critique, Silhouette editor Amitava Nag looks at how Satyajit Ray [1921-1992] and Ritwik Ghatak [1925-1976] with their different socio-psychological conditionings deal with the ‘father’ figure in their very last film.
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The Shock Of The New
What a wonderful world... the Kazakh New Wave. By Philip Cheah.
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My Favorites Of 2021
I’m really not a big fan of these “best of” lists, but of all the new arts entertainment (or edutainment as KRS-One would say) I consumed this past year, here’s what helped me most in wading through the muddied waters of 2021. By Joshua Frank.
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When Time Started Breathing – The Tale Of Burmese New Wave
The story of Burmese independent cinema seems like a tale of happy accidents. Nothing was planned. All the key players just happened to find small doors opening and rushed through them instinctively. In the case of Thaiddhi (Programme Director of Wathann Film Festival), it was attending a cinematography workshop that led to a film scholarship in Europe, that led to meeting his wife (who was in the same scholarship), that led to a shared dream, for an independent film festival, Wathann, that has now lasted 10 years. Philip Cheah hears the tale.
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More Burmese Days
For someone who has such sentimental memories of South-east Asian film, Burma remained a mystery to me. After 30 years, I had still not stepped on Burmese land even though I had met Burmese filmmakers at other festivals from Cinemalaya to Yamagata. It was more mysterious considering that the taste of a national cinema is not complete until you have visited the country in person, to taste its food, feel its heat and dust and see how the sun rises and sets on its rooftops. Since I live by signs given by the universe, it was a chance meeting with Thaiddhi, the Wathann Film Festival’s Programme Director in 2018, that prompted me to see his festival the following year. By Philip Cheah.
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Movie Reviews
Miranda Writes: Encanto’s Chart-Topping Enchantments
Another magic kingdom movie reviewed. And it's dripping with sarcasm... By David Yearsley.
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Listening Up To 'Don’t Look Up!'
Don't look. This is entertainment. By David Yearsley.
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Don’t Look Up: See It
By Manuel García, Jr.
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Decolonizing James Bond
'So long, farewell, auf Wiedersehen, goodbye'. Fawzia Afzal-Khan reviews No Time To Die, the 25th James Bond movie in the franchise.
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Ken Loach’s Stirring Exposure Of Capitalist Speed And Consumers’ Greed
Online shopping has moved up. From a week to delivery, to same day delivery, we are now in the realm of delivering within a few hours. But for that faster service, there must be a price. Is it worth all that effort to receive your purchases so quickly? Will you suffer any loss if it took a bit more time? By Eric Mann.
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