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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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May 16, 2014

Spiderman Says: Whofivesaguck?

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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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Prince's Trust Rock Gala 2011 (data)

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In the last 20 years, film funding has stood itself on its head. This was perhaps inevitable, as very few film studio systems remained active. Thus, it fell on the shoulders of individuals to raise their own funding in every which way they could. Philip Cheah discusses how Korean film schools have changed the funding system and refreshed the studio system.

In the histories of every national cinema, the conflict between private and public enterprise has ensued, causing a see-saw of ambitions swinging between commercial dictates and state enterprise. This can be seen in how early or how late the state's presence is felt in the industry. For example, it was early in the case of Vietnam in 1953 and late for the Philippines in 1981. This determined the level of control over creative expression. There is always a consequence from whom you take your money from.

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Free Downloads: This Week's New MP3s
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Latest: Marilyn Manson
Reading 2001/Tilburg 1998
Latest: Jack Bruce (R.I.P. 1943-2014)
On The Radio 1979/1993
Latest: Kiss
The Greatest Show On Earth - Lakeland, FL 1979
Latest: The Cramps
New York 1979
Latest: Jack Bruce (R.I.P. 1943-2014)
Home Recordings 1962
Taylor Swift
Tokyo 2014
Rush
Universe Divided - Offenbach 1979
Brecker Brothers Heavy Metal Bebop Reunion
Stockholm 2014
Jack Bruce (R.I.P. 1943-2014)
Cleveland 1989
Jack Bruce (R.I.P. 1943-2014)
Mannheim 1975
Pink Floyd
Secret Rarities
The Who (The High Numbers)
Reading 1964
AyseDeniz Gokcin
Pink Floyd Lisztified - Bulgaria 2013
Status Quo
Stockholm 1971/Duesseldorf 1970
Alice Cooper
Minneapolis 1973
Robert Cray
BBC Broadcasts 1986-1991
The Pretenders
Chicago 1987
London Grammar
SWR3 New Pop Festival, Baden Baden 2014
Crosby-Nash
Back To The Nest - Houston 1986
Tony Oxley/Derek Bailey Quartet
Crawley, UK 1993
Little Feat
First LP Rehearsals [First time in circulation]
Bob Dylan
Los Angeles - June 7, 1978 - Alternate Recording B
(Mike Millard Master Vol 4)

Restart
Latest: Kiss
Nagoya 1977
Gil Scott-Heron
New York 1976
Don McLean
New York 1971
Grand Funk
LA Forum 1974
Jack Bruce (R.I.P. 1943-2014)
Fillmore East 1970
Abba
We Owed You One
Dresden Dolls
Austria 2006
Free
BBC Top Gear 1968
Patti Smith
Montreal 2007

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Long Live Rock! [BigO Audio Archive]

New ROIOs*
Linda Ronstadt - Mad Love Tour 1980: Steve Hopkins tape
Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band - Austin, Texas 1975: UPGRADE from ER Archives Vol. 11 via JEMS
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band - Set Us Loose From Everything, Born To Run Tour Compilation 1975
Neil Young - Farm Aid 2014
Jeff Lynne's ELO w the BBC Orchestra - Festival In A Day 2014
Foghat - Live At The Hollywood Palladium 1972
Chrissie Hynde - Festival In A Day 2014
Pink Floyd - Copenhagen 1967
Legends with Eric Clapton - "Vitoria 1997" Geetarz and Goody upgrade
Rufus Wainwright and the Britten Sinfonia (conducted by Johannes Debus) - BBC Proms, Prom 74 Late Night with Rufus Wainwright
Bobby Hutcherson w Harold Land Quintet - EMI Studios, The Netherlands 1970
Stacey Kent - Antwerp, Belgium 2014
Linda Ronstadt - Saint Paul, Minnesota 1980
Santana - Live in The Netherlands 1978 MOST COMPLETE VERSION
The Secret Service (from New York) - CBGB's 1988
The Spinners - Kentucky 1982
St. Vincent - Brooklyn 2014
Eric Burdon & The Animals - Switzerland 2014
George Clinton and Parliament-Funkadelic - Long Beach 2014
George Harrison - Los Angeles Express 1974
It's A Beautiful Day - Bath Festival 1970 MONO
Led Zeppelin - Texas Hurricane 1977 SBD
Nick Lowe - Live in Belgium 2014
Jamie Cullum - France 2014
Charlie Haden & Liberation Music Orchestra - Bremen 1987: Version 3 UPGRADE
Herbie Hancock & Wayne Shorter - Antwerp, Belgium 2014
David Murray USA/UK Big Band - London 1996
The Spring Quartet - Burghausen, Germany 2014
VARIOUS - John Stevens Memorial Concert 1995
Lou Reed and The Tots - Ultrasonic Studios 1972 aka American Poet

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New DVD Archive Of Rare Films
Neil Young - Farm Aid 2014, webcast HD1080p
Robert Plant - iTunes Festival 2014
Pharrell Williams - iTunes Festival 2014
Jack White - Live at Fonda Theatre, 2014
Christian Scott - Nancy Jazz Pulsations, France 2013 720p webcast
Archie Shepp + Joe Louis Walker + Amina Claudine Myers - Jazz à la Villette 2014 webcast 720p
Deep Purple - Made in Japan BBC 2014
deadmau5 - iTunes Festival 2014
Jenny Lewis - iTunes Festival 2014
melda May - iTunes Festival 2014
John Mellencamp - Farm Aid 2014, webcast HD1080p
Michel Legrand, Natalie Dessay, Laurent Naouri and others - The Umbrellas of Cherbourg, 2014 HD webcast 720p
Chicago - Live at Tanglewood 1970 COMPLETE & UPGRADE
Mulatu Astatke - Paris 2014
J.S. Bach and Jean-Philippe Rameau performed by Orchestra of the 18th Century conducted by Frans Bruggen, 2012 HDTV 1080i
VARIOUS - BBC Proms 2014, Prom 67: Rachmaninov's Second Piano Concert
VARIOUS - BBC Proms 2014, Prom 76: Last Night of the Proms
Aimee Mann - Baloise Session 2013
Sergio Mendes - Marseille, France 2014
Buddy Miller & Jim Lauderdale - Live at the Lincoln Center 2014
Snarky Puppy and Special Guests - Lugano, Switzerland 2014
Warpaint - Rock en Seine, France 2014 Webcast 720p
Kurt Weill: Symphony No. 2, Amsterdam 2008

Audio

ROIO Of The Week
Jack Bruce - Home Recordings 1962 [no label, 1CD] Jack's home studio in London, UK; circa 1962 (exact dates unknown). Very good audio, a bit of hiss. More jazz than rock!
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Features

Found Art

Since the end of 2012, Penang in Malaysia had a number of wall art by Lithuanian artist Ernest Zacharevic that incorporated actual objects for that "3D" or live feel, turning the walls into tourist attractions. Now homegrown graphic designer Jaemy Choong has come up with his own variation on Found Art using postcard-size movie posters and even a cooked chicken!

Jaemy Choong of Kickatomic Creatives sums himself up in the following way on one of his social media accounts: “Awkwardintroverted Malaysian. I play with movie postcards & @Kickatomic in a graphic lab co-founded by my crazy.”

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Illegal Copying Has Always Created Jobs, Growth, And Prosperity

Throughout history, those who have copied the most have also always been the most prosperous, and for that reason. Bans on copying, like the copyright and patent monopolies, are just plain industrial protectionism. By Rick Falkvinge.

It often helps to understand present time by looking at history, and seeing how history keeps repeating itself over and over. In the late 1700s, the United Kingdom was the empire that established laws on the globe. The United States was still largely a colony - even if not formally so, it was referred to as such in the civilized world, meaning France and the United Kingdom. The UK had a strictly protectionist view of trade: all raw materials must come to England, and all luxury goods must be made from those materials while in the UK, to be exported to the rest of the world. Long story short, the UK was where the value was to be created.

Laws were written to lock in this effect. Bringing the ability to refine materials somewhere else, the mere knowledge, was illegal. “Illegal copying”, more precisely.

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Shakin' All Over [the noize]
Dylan's Basement Tapes Complete Streaming Online
The Basement Tapes Complete will be released on November 4. As a curtain raiser, The Basement Tapes Complete: The Bootleg Series Vol. 11 is now streaming via NPR. The Basement Tapes Complete: The Bootleg Series Vol. 11 is a six-disc set which will feature 138 songs.
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Riding Shotgun With Dylan
Before Bob Dylan's former road manager, Victor Maymudes, died in 2000, he left behind his memoirs on tape. Co-written and edited by his son, Jacob, Another Side Of Bob Dylan was recently published. But for musician and writer Peter Stone Brown, even though it’s a first-hand account, there is little new that is of interest.
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Charlie Haden: The Great Liberator
You have to be fearless to be an artist. The life of the late bassist Charlie Haden (August 6, 1937 - July 11, 2014) was punctuated with many such moments. He recorded tunes to his leftist heroes, formed the Liberation Music Orchestra, toured outside of the usual jazz circuits, got himself arrested and still stayed the course. Haden was always both fearless and inspiring. BY Jeffrey St Clair.
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I Can See For Miles [cinelife]
Go The Hard Way
Lee Kung-lok's 3D Naked Ambition (2014) is a look on the lighter side of the Japanese adult video industry but with Chapman To and his unlikely comments on the stuff of Hongkongers, the film has become much more relevant in spite of itself. Stephen Tan reviews.
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Midlife Crisis
With sexy Uhm Jung-hwa headlining Kwon Chil-in's Venus Talk (2014), a film about three women and their midlife crises, what it all boils down to is a bit of sex and some star gazing. Stephen Tan reviews.
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Well Mannered
Some see the members at the sex club in Daisuke Miura's Love‘s Whirlpool (2014) just sitting around in bath towels having awkward conversations with each other between the sex but it's also a touching story about feelings and even good manners. Stephen Tan reviews.
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Snuff It Out!
After wowing international audiences with The Raid 2, Indonesia hits another homerun with The Mo Brothers' Killers (2014) - it's bloody hands across the waters as a Japanese serial killer eggs on an Indonesian vigilante. Stephen Tan reviews.
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I Can't Explain [world affairs]
Do You Hear The People Sing?
The Occupy movement in Hongkong has energised young Hongkongers. They have responded to calls that they are "naive" with a response drawn from John Lennon's Imagine. "You may say I'm a dreamer but I'm not the only one." The media have since stopped counting the number of protestors on the streets.
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The Origins Of The Ebola Crisis
It used to be common sense that public services, from transport to health and public works, was the duty of government. That thinking has changed. For-profit private companies are stepping up to take the responsibilities and gleefully earn the profits. But what to do when an epidemic takes place? Who's to blame, who's to care? In a wide-ranging interview, celebrated activist Tariq Ali puts the questions to public health academic Professor Allyson Pollock.
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What's Driving The Hong Kong Protests
The Occupy Central protest in Hong Kong have got some quarters bothered by the role of US-sponsored, non-governmental organisations controlling the movement. David Lindorff, a Chinese-fluent journalist, assures that Hongkongers have had a long tradition of oppositional politics and are a mature polity aware of its rights and responsibilities.
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'Hongkongers here. We students are protesting peacefully, unarmed but the police are not abiding the rules and laws. They have started to use rubber bullets and we dun know what else is coming to deal with us. Please spread the news and we need support from all over the world!!!' - ivanvvan posted at reddit, Sunday night, Sept 28, 2014 around 7:30pm in Hongkong, China
Late on Saturday night, early Sunday morning, tens of thousands of young Hongkongers gathered at Central to Occupy Central. An estimated 50,000 students are said to have massed on late Saturday, demanding more democracy, as tensions grew over Beijing's decision to rule out free elections in the former British colony.
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Movie Reviews
Pridyider
Dir: Rico Maria Ilarde

Here's a killer from the Philippines... a killer fridge, that is. As Critic After Dark Noel Vera says about Rico Maria Ilarde's Pridyider (2012), "if it's worth doing, it's worth overdoing, oversplattering, overwrapping in slimy tentacles." And that actress Andi Eigenmann can yank his icebox door open anytime.
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Enough Said
Dir: Nicole Holofcener

While James Gandolfini passed away in June 2013, he is still pretty entertaining in his second-last film, Nicole Holofcener's Enough Said (2013). Critic After Dark Noel Vera on the dearly departed.
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Mula sa Kung Ano ang Noon (From What Is Before)
Dir: Lav Diaz

Using fables as a genre, Lav Diaz looks at Philippines' past in Mula sa Kung Ano ang Noon (From What Is Before, 2014) and when the creatures finally step out of the shadows, when the monsters allow themselves to be finally openly seen, they're clad in khaki, an automatic rifle strapped to one shoulder. Eden's precipitous fall from grace by Critic After Dark Noel Vera.
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The Giver
Dir: Philip Noyce

In spite of the bad publicity, Philip Noyce's take on Lois Lowry's novel is perhaps the best of the recent young-adult pictures - at the very least the most thoughtful, and most well thought-out, says Critic After Dark Noel Vera.
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