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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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The last time Japan sent troops to South-east Asia to liberate the region from European colonial powers, it brought WWII to the region. Guess who's sending a carrier to South-east Asia in a couple of months' time? By Tom Clifford.

An aircraft carrier that dare not be named one and a show of military force by a country in contravention of its own constitution herald the consequences of a decision taken some years ago signaling that post-war certainty is no longer such a sure thing. The Izumo, a 250-meter-long “flat-topped destroyer’’, is being dispatched to the South China Sea by Japan in May in a show of force not seen since 1945.

Named after a cruiser that was sunk by the US in 1945, the warship is in reality an aircraft carrier by any other name. However, aircraft carriers imply a force projection well beyond Japan’s shores, therefore it must be called a destroyer or a helicopter carrier.

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Free Downloads: This Week's New MP3s
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Latest: Wadada Leo Smith
Berlin 2016
Latest: Nirvana
Unsurpassed Bastards 1986-1993
Latest: Bruce Springsteen
Cirkus Night - Stockholm 1996
Latest: Julia Holter
Haldern Pop Festival, Germany 2016
Latest: Noah Preminger Quartet (with Dave Douglas)
Hartford 2016
Chuck Berry [R.I.P. 1926 - 2017]
Seattle 1980
Chuck Berry [R.I.P. 1926 - 2017]
London 1972
Aurora Nealand
New Orleans 2014
Depeche Mode
Berlin March 17, 2017
Zac Brown Band
London 2017
James Cotton [R.I.P. 1935 - 2017]
Montreux 1995
Bob Dylan
The Waterfront Box - Stockholm 2015 [Disc 3 and 4 of 4]
Bob Dylan
The Waterfront Box - Stockholm 2015 [Disc 1 and 2 of 4]
Elvis Presley
Alexandria, LA 1977
Steve Winwood
Gloucestershire 1978
New Order
Oxford 1986 / Tokyo 1985
Orchestra Baobab
London 2017
Pharoah Sanders with Sonny Sharrock
Frankfurt 1992
Coverdale and Page
Nagoya 1993
Ed Sheeran
New York 2017
James Taylor [Valerie Carter R.I.P. 1953 - 2017]
Great Woods1994
Chuck Prophet
Vienna 2017
Guns N' Roses
Buenos Aires 1992
Jack Bruce with Mick Taylor
Marseille 1975
The Clash
Detroit 1980
Coverdale and Page
Tokyo 1993
Chick Corea and John McLaughlin
Vienne, France 1991
Dizzy Gillespie
Nice 1978
Frank Sinatra
That's Life Sessions
Chicago 2017
BJ Thomas
Fairbanks 2016
New Order
Barcelona 1984 / Perth 1985
Charles Tolliver
Bremen 1971
Toronto 1991
The Firm
Middlesborough 1984
Frank Zappa
New York 1981
Steely Dan
Memphis 1974
Archie Shepp Quintet
Venezia 1980
Barry Guy
Roma 1980
Frank Sinatra
Softly In The Studio
Eric Clapton
Israel 1979
Andrea Massaria Octet
Sant'Anna Arresi 2016
The ARMS Concert 1983
Wayne Shorter
Houston 1985
Warren Zevon
Seattle 1977 / Bryn Mawr 1976
Elvin Bishop
San Francisco 1968
Larry Coryell R.I.P. 1943-2017
Boston 1972
Larry Coryell R.I.P. 1943-2017
Nice 1971
AB Skhy
San Francisco 1969
Bob Marley & The Wailers
Upper Darby 1976
Mahavishnu Orchestra
Phonygraf LP 1972
Aki Takase and Ingrid Laubrock
Berlin 2016
Philadelphia 1972 / Royal Festival Hall, London 1972
The Firm
London 1984
Willard Grant Conspiracy [Robert Fisher R.I.P. 1957 - 2017]
Berlin 2007
New Order
London 1985
Father John Misty
London 2017
John Hiatt
San Francisco 1994
Jesca Hoop
Manchester 2016
UK [John Wetton R.I.P. 1949-2017]
Santa Monica 1978
Al Jarreau R.I.P. 1940-2017
Hamburg 1975
Guns N' Roses / Babymetal
Kobe 2017
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Perform Anthony Braxton - Glasgow 2016
Doobie Brothers
Seattle 1976
Sun Of Goldfinger [David Torn]
London 2017
Fats Domino
New York 1975
Ella Fitzgerald
Munich 1990
Bob Dylan
Massey Hall, Toronto 1980
Atlanta 1995
High Llamas
London 2017
Ravi Shankar and Alla Rakha Khan
Paris 1973
Oslo 1968
Shawn Colvin
Philadelphia 1990
Rory Gallagher
LA Moonchild - Los Angeles 1976 / San Diego 1974
Joni Mitchell
Unplugged and Jamming 1969-1998 [Disc 2 and 3 of 3]
Joni Mitchell
Unplugged and Jamming 1969-1998 [Disc 1 of 3]

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Austin 1973
Charles Mingus
Buenos Aires 1977
Husker Du
San Francisco 1981
The Misfits
Los Angeles 1982
Berkeley 1985
Frank Sinatra
Strangers In The Night Sessions
Chuck Berry [R.I.P. 1926 - 2017]
Washington 2012
James Cotton [R.I.P. 1935 - 2017]
Boston 1977 (with Muddy Waters and Johnny Winter)
Alice Cooper
New Orleans 1973
Studio Rehearsals 1974

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Long Live Rock! [BigO Audio Archive]

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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


ROIO Of The Week
Bruce Springsteen - Cirkus Night [Crystal Cat CC 392-93, 2CD] Live at The Cirkus, Stockholm, Sweden; March 13, 1996. Very good audience recording. Said to be "the best recording of the entire '96 tour".
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Our Age Of Folly

From the '60s Dominoes theory that if Vietnam was not stopped, Communism would consume South-east Asia to the noughties invasion of Iraq to destroy non-existent weapons of mass destruction, the US and their allies have left a trail of destruction. The fruits of these wars have benefitted multi-national corporations and created the class of the One Percenters. The road to ruin is paved with good intentions. By Paul Craig Roberts.

The United States has been growing progressively insane for a long time. For my generation, the realization descended upon us in the 1960s when the military/security complex convinced Americans that if we permitted Vietnamese nationalist leader Ho Chi Minh to unify Vietnam, the dominoes would fall until the Communist World Revolution had us in its grip. This despite the fact that Stalin had killed off the Trotskyist world revolutionaries and declared “Socialism in one country.”

Nationalists in the West’s colonies, such as Vietnam and Cuba, misinterpreted the talk about making the world safe for self-determination as applying to them. Ho Chi Minh helped the US against Japan during World War II

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From Debs To Berlusconi: The Socially Relevant Film Festival 2017

Here are three reviews of documentaries shown at the Socially Relevant Film Festival in New York (March 13-19, 2017). Documentaries made in Asia tend to be relevant for the government of the day. They're called "nation-building films". By Louis Proyect.

Monday, March 13 is opening night for the Socially Relevant (SR) Film Festival in New York, an annual event I have been covering since 2014. Featuring both narrative and documentary films, it is the quintessential alternative to the sort of escapism embodied in Hollywood blockbuster films and especially relevant in the current period, when the president of the United States is mounting an assault on the humane and progressive values expressed in the festival’s offerings. As you will see, the three films I have had a chance to preview amount to a rebuttal of the racist, xenophobic, corporatist and warmongering Trump administration.

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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]
Islam: A Conversation On Paper
Suleiman Mourad and Perry Anderson recently published a book titled The Mosaic of Islam: A Conversation with Perry Anderson. It is a text with a grand mission: to introduce and inform non-Muslims of the history, and philosophical underpinnings and debates that make up the Islamic religion. By Ron Jacobs.
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How Much Does It Cost To Tell A Lie That Big?
The world's biggest liar still alive is George W Bush. He concocted a tall story that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction. Since the invasion of 2003, those who remember, are still waiting for accountability for a war where NO weapons of mass destruction were uncovered. By Hiroyuki Hamada.
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These Guys Are Destroying Uber. Yet Few Westerners Have Ever Heard Of Them
I’m visiting my brother in Indonesia right now. Being a good host, he was fixing us vodka martinis, when he realized he ran out of olives. Both of his drivers had finished for the day so I was expecting him to compromise on the olives. By Peter Keusgen.
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Bush To Unveil Portraits Of 'War On Terror' US Veterans
We are still waiting to see the weapons of mass destruction, George W Bush claimed Iraq had. By Karim Lebhour.
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The Billionaire-Owned, Corporate Media Is As Worthless As Ever
Instead of looking in the mirror and admitting how its countless errors and propaganda pushing led to multiple humanitarian disasters over the last couple of decades, the oligarch-owned mainstream media insists upon a narrative that Trump the individual is at the root of our problems, as opposed to an entrenched executive branch with excessive power. This is because the mainstream media isn’t actually concerned about our cancerous, systemic metastasizing statism, it merely doesn’t want Trump in charge of it. By Micheal Krieger.
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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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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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