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The More B.S. Contest No. 11
(April 11, 2016)
Henry Rollins: I'm A Collector, Not A Hoarder

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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

New Items Added
November 20, 2015

1964-2014,
50 Years A 'Maid'
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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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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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Paul D Lehrman, a lecturer in music and director of the music engineering minor program at Tufts University, weighs in on the debate.

Vinyl is back, no doubt about it. Sales of vinyl records have been soaring, although they still represent only a tiny fraction of the music industry's revenues: about 2 per cent in 2014. Is this growth because, as some respected sources breathlessly state - I'm looking at you, Wired magazine - vinyl sounds better than digital media? Or is there some sort of retro-hype going on?

It's true that some digital media really don't sound very good. Low-bit-rate MP3 makes compromises in fidelity, as does low-bit-rate AAC, the higher-tech successor to MP3 that is used by iTunes and YouTube.

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Free Downloads: This Week's New MP3s
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Latest: Genesis
Frankfurt 1981
Latest: Genesis
London 1980
Latest: Iggy Pop
Paris 2016
Latest: Pink Floyd
Gothenburg 1970
Latest: Led Zeppelin
Black Dog - Osaka 1971 Promo Track
Genesis
Chicago 1978 (Remastered)
Gregory Porter
London 2016
Stéphane Belmondo
Austria 2015
Case/lang/Veirs
Portland 2016
Steve Marriott and Peter Frampton
Humble Pie Reunion Demos 1991
Maria Muldaur
Bremen 1979
Neil Young
Lucca 2016
The Beatles
'Don’t Forget The Apples When You Go Downtown'
Santana
Hammersmith Odeon, London 1971
The National
Lisboa 2016
Hunter Ronson Band
San Jose 1989
Alan Vega (R.I.P. 1938-2016)
Boston 1981
Dee Dee Bridgewater
Segre 2016
Joe Jackson
Munich 2016
Joe Ely
Houston 2016
PJ Harvey
Slovakia 2016
Dweezil Zappa
Port Chester 2016
Van Morrison
Lucca 2016
Fight
Dallas 1993
Kinky Friedman
Bremen 2016
Neil Young
Dallas 2014
Paul Simon
Dallas 2016
The Clash
Dallas 1982
Amjad Ali Khan
Durban, South Africa 2006
Charlie Haden Liberation Music Orchestra
Paris 1982
Dallas Symphony Orchestra
Camina Burana 2016
The Clash
Chicago 1979
['I Fought The Law And The Law Won' - Dallas shooting, July 7, 2016]
The O'Jays with Daryl Hall
Live From Daryl's House, NY 2016
Can
Birmingham 1974
Sheryl Crow
Nashville, July 4, 2016
Jake Bugg
Vienna 2016
Wolf Alice
London, Exeter, Coachella 2016
Thurston Moore Band
Germany 2015
Jerry Jeff Walker
San Francisco 1996
Gregg Allman, Rick Danko And Friends
Lonestar Roadhouse, New York 1991
Joni Mitchell
Anaheim 1974
Chucho Valdés
Switzerland 2016
David Gilmour
Wroclaw, Poland 2016
Mercury Rev
Glastonbury 2016
New Order
Glastonbury 2016
Bat For Lashes/Tom Robinson Band
Glastonbury 2016
Coldplay
Amsterdam 2016
Adele
Glastonbury 2016
Television
Glasgow 2016

Restart
Latest: The Misfits
Los Angeles 1982
Wilco
New York 2011
Nirvana
Tokyo 1992
Alice Cooper
Los Angeles 2011
Arctic Monkeys
Koeln 2006
Suicide (Alan Vega R.I.P. 1938-2016)
Tokyo 1987
The Clash
Palladium, NY 1979
['I Fought The Law And The Law Won' - Dallas shooting, July 7, 2016]
The Clash
Amsterdam 1981
['I Fought The Law And The Law Won' - Dallas shooting, July 7, 2016]
The Clash
New Jersey 1980
['I Fought The Law And The Law Won' - Dallas shooting, July 7, 2016]
Talking Heads (Bernie Worrell R.I.P. 1944-2016)
Saratoga Springs 1983

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Long Live Rock! [BigO Audio Archive]

New ROIOs*
Pink Floyd - Chicago 1973 Audience
Dwight Yoakam - Century City 2015 Hi-res Audience 24 48
John Martyn - Ludwigshafen am Rhein, Germany 1983 FM
Mark Knopfler - Live In Bristol 1996 FM
Journey - Escape From Yokohama 1982 Audience Mr Peach Recording
Leon Russell and Edgar Winter - Burlington 1987
Rachel Sermanni - BBC Session
Linda Ronstadt (w Jimmy Webb's opening set) - Live at Beacon Theatre, New York City 2004, Audience
VARIOUS - Bill Graham Memorial, San Francisco 1991 in-house FM
David Gilmour - Live in London, 2015 Audience
Flatt & Scruggs - Martha White Biscuit Time Part 1 & 2 1953 FM
Lester Flatt + Nashville Grass - Renfro Valley Bluegrass Festival, Kentucky 1972 Soundboard
Lana Del Rey - BBC Radio 1 Session 2015, DVB-S
Eric Carmen Band - Bottom Line, New York, 1976 FM
Paul Butterfield Blues Band - Indianapolis 1983
Fred Firth & Lotte Anker - Festival Météo 2015 FM
Lester Bowie's Brass Fantasy - Frankfurt 1999 UPGRADE, LONGER
Billy Cobham Band - San Francisco 1974 FM
Neil Young & Crazy Horse - Wet Show, Nagoya, Japan 1976 Mr Peach audience
Neil Young & Crazy Horse - Nagoya, Japan 1976 Mr Peach audience TomP REMASTER
Neil Young & Crazy Horse - So Beautiful, Osaka, Japan, 1976 Mr Peach audience
Sebastien Tellier - Live Me Do, France Inter 2014 FM
St Paul And The Broken Bones - Berlin 2015 FM
The Pop Group - BBC 6 Session 2015, Satellite Broadcast MP2
Herbie Hancock & The Headhunters - WBCN Jazz Workshop 1973 Complete Broadcast UPGRADE 2015
Alabama Shakes - North Sea Jazz Festival, The Netherlands, 2015 Digital FM
Bullet For My Valentine - Radio One Rocks BBC Radio 1 Concert, 2015 DVB-S mp2
Cowboy Junkies - Houston 1989 mono SBD
David Gilmour - Royal Albert Hall, London, 2015 Audience
Steve Goodman - Bremen 1976 pre-FM
Nanci Griffith - London 1988 FM
John Lennon - The Absolute Madman
John Renbourn's Ship Of Fools
Santana - Rotterdam 1972
Bruce Springsteen - Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles 1988: The Lost and Found Mike the MICrophone Tapes Vol. Nine
Brand X - Unorthodox Behaviour Tour 1976, BBC FM
Big Bill Broonzy w Studs Terkel - Chicago, 1953 HD over FM rebroadcast 2015
Ghost - Leeds Festival 2015 audience


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New DVD Archive Of Rare Films
Florence + the Machine - Voodoo Music + Arts Experience, New Orleans 2015 webcast 720p
Godspeed You! Black Emperor - Pitchfork Music Festival Paris, France 2015 webcast 808p
Gala des Etoiles - Live at Teatro alla Scala di Milamo 2015 HDTV 1080p
Don Henley - Austin City Limits Live, Texas, HDTV 1080i UPGRADE
Later... with Jools Holland - Whole Friday Show
Modest Mouse - Voodoo Music + Arts Experience, New Orleans 2015 webcast 720p
Obituary - Hellfest, Clisson, France 2015, HDTV 1080p
Rodrigo Y Gabriela - Garorock Festival, France 2014 HDTV 1080p
Sturgill Simpson - Austin City Limits Live, Texas, HDTV 1080i UPGRADE
Kurt Vile - Pitchfork Music Festival Paris, France 2015 webcast 720p
ABBA - French TV-Appearances Vol1 (1975-1980) & French TV-Appearances Vol 2 (1974-1978)
AACM Vocal Ensemble - Live at Deutsches Jazzfestival Frankfurt, 2015 webcast 720p
BBC - Girls in Bands at the BBC 2015
BBC - Girls in Bands at the BBC 2015 DVD version
BBC - Girl in a Band: Tales from the Rock 'n' Roll Front Line 2015
BBC - Girl in a Band: Tales from the Rock 'n' Roll Front Line 2015 DVD version
Chvrches - Live At The Fillmore, in Charlotte 2015 Yahoo Live Nation webcast 648p
Deerhunter - Pitchfork Music Festival Paris, France 2015 webcast 720p
Destroyer - Pitchfork Music Festival Paris, France 2015 webcast 1080p
Danny Elfman - Music from the Films of Tim Burton, Lincoln Center, New York 2015 HDTV 1080i
EL VY - Morning Becomes Eclectic, Santa Monica, 2015 webcast 720p
Kurt Vile & the Violators - Austin City Limits Music Festival, 2015 Complete Webcast 720p
Shakey Graves - Austin City Limits Music Festival, 2015 Complete Webcast 720p
Strand of Oaks - Austin City Limits Music Festival, 2015 Complete Webcast 720p
The Strokes - Austin City Limits Music Festival, 2015 Complete Webcast 720p
TV on the Radio - Austin City Limits Music Festival, 2015 Complete Webcast 720p
Walk the Moon - Austin City Limits Music Festival, 2015 Complete Webcast 720p
Gillian Welch - Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival, San Francisco, 2015 webcast 720p
Paul Weller - Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival, San Francisco 2015 Complete Webcast 720p
Verdi - Il Trovatore live at the Metropolitan Opera, New York, 2015 HDTV 1080i at 18.4Mbps
Verdi - Il Trovatore live at the Metropolitan Opera, New York, 2015 HDTV 1080p at 8Mbps
Van Morrison - "Up On Cyprus Avenue", Belfast 2015 Late Show HDTV satellite 1080i plus extras


Audio

ROIO Of The Week
Iggy Pop - Paris 2016 [no label, 2CD] Live at Le Grand Rex, Paris, France; May 15, 2016. Very good FM broadcast. "Primal, priapic and peerless"
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Features

Can KickassTorrents Make a Comeback?

On July 20, 2016, the US Government delivered a massive blow to KickassTorrents. With its alleged founder arrested and pretty much the entire site's operation compromised, it's not obvious that there will be a Pirate Bay style comeback anytime soon. By Ernesto of TorrentFreak.

Founded in 2009, KickassTorrents (KAT) grew out to become the largest torrent site on the Internet with millions of visitors a day. As a result, copyright holders and law enforcement have taken aim at the site in recent years. This resulted in several ISP blockades around the world, but on July 20, the big hit came when the site’s alleged founder was arrested in Poland.

Soon after the news was made public KAT disappeared, leaving its users without their favorite site. The question that’s on many people’s minds right now is whether the site will make a Pirate Bay-style comeback.

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MH-17: Russia Convicted By Propaganda, Not Evidence

It is worth repeating 'when elephants fight, it's the grass that suffers'. The African proverb's essence is simplicity - when the large fight, it is the small who suffer most. By Paul Craig Roberts.

July 17 was the second anniversary of the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, and we still do not know the explanation. Washington and its European vassal politicians and media instantly politicized the event: The Russians did it. End of story. After 15 months of heavy anti-Russian propaganda had imprinted the message on peoples’ minds, the Dutch Safety Board issued its inconclusive report.

By then, it was irrelevant what the report said. Everyone already knew that “the Russians did it.”

I remember when pre-trial media accusations resulted in dismissed cases. Anyone declared guilty prior to presentation of evidence and conviction was considered to have been convicted in advance and unable to receive a fair trail. Such cases were dismissed by judges.

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Shakin' All Over [the noize]
Prince’s Death Prompts ‘Awkward’ Internet Surge
With Prince's unexpected passing on April 21, 2016, the world has lost a legend. Prince's death has dominated the news and many people have honored the icon by listening to his music. Ironically, his death also triggered tens of thousands of internet downloads, one of the things Prince passionately fought against. By Ernesto of TorrentFreak.
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Call Me Zimmerman: Bob Dylan’s Great White Wonder
As Bob Dylan prepares to release his 37th studio album, Fallen Angels, in May 2016, Ron Jacobs recalls the time when the release of Dylan's The Great White Wonder bootleg in 1969 was such a much-heralded affair.
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Springsteen Cancels Gig To Protest 'Bathroom Bill'
The Boss makes a stand for individual rights of the LGBT community.
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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]
10 Shameful Examples Of Western Media 'Reporting' On Turkey Coup
It is hard to be shocked these days, but sometimes you just can't help but be amazed by the audacity of some of the media. Below is a list (by no means complete) of irresponsible, inaccurate and downright malicious reporting by Western media outlets on the attempted coup in Turkey. It exposes many of them to be engaging in propaganda and duplicitous behaviour that would be unbecoming of even a high school newspaper. By Shehzade Mustafa.
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The Iraq War Report: What The Politicians Say It Said And What It Really Said
Did you know that $ingapore also joined the US-led war against Iraq? Now the UK Chilcot report says the war was a mistake. Oops, no weapons of mass destruction and Saddam was not even supporting terrorists. Who or what was Saddam? He was defiant of the US, UK and the UN. By Seth Ferris.
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Portugal: The Little Soccer Team That Could
Home advantage provided no guarantee to the French soccer team. And Portugal's star player Cristiano Ronaldo leaving the field after playing less than half an hour also did not weaken the visitors. What the visitors had was a fighting spirit and a little bit of luck. By Cesar Chelala.
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Anniversary Of World Court Advisory Opinion On The Use Of Nuclear Weapons
Seventy-one years after Hiroshima and Nagasaki, proponents of nuclear weapons still insist they will prevent further wars. But it just takes one idiot. By David Krieger.
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The Silence Of The Left: Brexit, Euro-Austerity And The T-TIP
The challenge for opposition politics is to find a new voice to represent workers' interest. A true party for the people and NOT for the elites. By Michael Hudson.
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Movie Reviews
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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Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice
Dir: Zack Snyder
In-between the fisticuffs and the grey-on-grey colour scheme, viewers might even feel alternately bored and contemptuous, sometimes both at the same time. Is that even plausible in Zack Snyder's Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice (2016), asks Critic After Dark Noel Vera.
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Spotlight
Dir: Tom McCarthy
Uncovering sexual abuse among the Catholic Church's Boston clergy in Tom McCarthy's Spotlight (2015) could well have been "the most terrifying film of the year", according to Critic After Dark Noel Vera.
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The Revenant
Dir: Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu
If one believes that a little suffering helps raise one's state of consciousness to a relatively higher level, then Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's The Revenant (2015) might have you leaving the theater feeling thoroughly purified, says Critic After Dark Noel Vera.
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