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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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July 29, 2014
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Sex may be used as a metaphor for political freedom in Lou Ye's Summer Palace (2006), the first Mainland Chinese movie to feature full frontal male and female nudity. But what happens after the loving is gone? Stephen Tan reviews.

Any of these would already have generated a headline for Lou Ye's Summer Palace (2006): the first Mainland Chinese movie to feature full-frontal adult nudity of both its male and female leads; the 1989 Tiananmen Massacre as a backdrop; Lou Ye screened the film at the 2006 Cannes Festival without Chinese government approval; the film being banned in China; and Lou and producer Nai An subsequently were forbidden by the Chinese government to make any new films for the next five years.

In a 2006 interview with The Guardian, Lou said: "I have been wanting to make a movie like this since 1989. I was a college student in Beijing that year. Many things happened around me. It was a year of great impulsiveness... The background of the 1980s is very complicated. I thought if I walk some distance, I would be able to see it more clearly. And I wanted to look beyond 1989 to see how the events of that year changed society afterwards."

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Free Downloads: This Week's New MP3s
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Latest: Linda Ronstadt
Boston 1983
Latest: Dire Straits
Wembley 1985
Latest: Deep Purple
MSG 1974
Latest: Sergio Mendes
Cologne 2014
Latest: Paul Bley, Gary Peacock, Paul Motian
Essen 1999
San Diego 1973
Lily Allen
New York 2014
America (with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra)
Buffalo 2014
Secret Keeper (Mary Halvorson and Stephan Crump)
BBC 2013
The Beethoven Was Deaf Outtakes
San Francisco Jazz Collective
Plays The Music Of Stevie Wonder 2012
Tom Waits
Amsterdam 2004
Bob Dylan
Zwickau, Germany 2014
Johnny Winter R.I.P. 1944-2014
Boston 1991
Neil Young (new artwork added)
Liverpool 2014
Beck, Bogert & Appice
Tokyo Budokan Tapes 1973
Tom Paxton
Chicago 1967/Evanston 1970
Ramones (Tommy Ramone R.I.P. 1952-2014)
Cambridge, MA 1976
Neil Young
Dream Machine - Rotterdam 1993
Charlie Haden and Gavin Bryars
(Charlie Haden R.I.P. 1937-2014
London 1987
Ramones (Tommy Ramone R.I.P. 1952-2014)
Whiskey A Go Go 1977
Charlie Haden R.I.P. 1937-2014
Paris 1972
The Time
Minneapolis 1983

Latest: Chick Corea
New York 1968
Paul Butterfield
Sausalito 1973
New Pornographers
Seattle 2005
Blind Faith
Studio Outtakes
Bruce Springsteen
Providence 1975
The Who
Soundboards Vol 1 Vol 2 Vol 3
Pink Floyd
Long Island 1980
Johnny Winter R.I.P. 1944-2014
Newport Jazz Festival 1969

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Long Live Rock! [BigO Audio Archive]

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Scorpions - Alternate Tokyo Tapes 1978
Cat Stevens with Dr John & Linda Ronstadt - ABC In Concert 1973, Moon and Star: Reel to reel source
John Stewart - Robert Morgan Show 1969
The Sweet - The Outtakes 1970-1977
Mick Taylor - Dead Sea Blues Festival 1990
Peter Tosh & Eric Clapton - 1976 Legalize it Sessions
Suzanne Vega - Wurzburg, Germany 2011
Wire - Amsterdam 2003
Neil Young - Carnegie Hall 1970 MONO SBD
Queen - Definitive Denmark News, 1978
Queen - From The Beeb To Tokyo 1973 - 1977
Queen - Spaced Out, Demos and Outtakes
Queen - Her Majesty's Secrets Vol 2
Lee Ranaldo and The Dust - Belgium 2014
The Rolling Stones - 1963-1964 Unsurpassed Masters Volumes 1-7 Remastered
The Rolling Stones - Rare Tracks 1994-2012
The Rolling Stones - Radio Mixes 1989-2012
The Rolling Stones - 14 on Fire Japan Tour Box 2nd Edition: The Abu Dhabi Show Only
Emmylou Harris - Live at The Wiltern 2014
Chris Hillman, Bernie Leadon, Al Perkins, Bill Bryson - Amsterdam 1984, FM
Mahalia Jackson & John Jacob Niles - Chicago radio broadcasts 1957, 1958
Led Zeppelin - At the Beeb, 2014 Rebroadcast
Bob Marley & The Wailers - Brisbane - Australia '79
Morrissey - The "Beethoven Was Deaf" Outtakes 1992
Morrissey - Denver, 2014
Ivan Neville's Dumpstaphunk - Performs Led Zeppelin 2014
Carl Palmer - Live in Israel 2014, FM
Ann Peebles & The Red Dog Band - John Peel Show 1974
Alice In Chains - Glasgow 1993, pre-FM

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New DVD Archive Of Rare Films
Alabama Shakes - New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival 2014
Ellie Goulding - Coachella Festival 2014: 1080i HDTV broadcast
Pixies - Coachella Festival 2014: 1080i HDTV broadcast
Pharrell Williams - Coachella Festival 2014: 1080i HDTV broadcast
Janine Jansen w Radio Philharmonisch Orkest conducted by Mark Elder - Sergei Prokofiev's Violin Concerto no. 2, Amsterdam 2009
Lyle Lovett - New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival 2014
Robert Plant & the Sensational Space Shifters - New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival 2014
MGMT - Morning Becomes Eclectic 2014
New Order - Lollapalooza Brazil, 2014: HDTV 1080i
Nine Inch Nails  - Lollapalooza Brazil, 2014: HDTV 1080i
Vampire Weekend - Lollapalooza Brazil, 2014: HDTV 1080i
Pet Shop Boys - Coachella Festival 2014: 1080p webcast
Soundgarden - Lollapalooza Brazil, 2014: Webcast 720p
Various - Swing In 1970: Rebroadcast 2014
Warpaint - Morning Becomes Eclectic, KCRW 2014: HD webcast 720p
Duck Sauce - Coachella Festival 2014: 1080p webcast
Fitz and The Tantrums - Live From The Artists Den 2014
Ellie Goulding - Lollapalooza Brazil, 2014: HDTV 1080i UPGRADE from 720p
Haim - Coachella Festival 2014: 1080p webcast
Michael Jackson - HIStory Tour Live In Auckland 1996
Lorde - Lollapalooza Brazil, 2014: HDTV 1080i
Lorde - Coachella Festival 2014, 1080p webcast


ROIO Of The Week
America with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra - Buffalo 2014 [no label, 1CD] Live at Kleinhan's Music Hall, Buffalo, NY; March 28, 2014. Very good audience recording. Symphonic America anyone?
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Johnny Winter Knew What To Do

Dave Marsh remembers Johnny Winter, who died on July 16, 2014 in Switzerland, two days after his last performance, at the Cahors Blues Festival in France. Johnny Winter was 70.

The whitest man of them all could not only play the blues, he could play the hell out of them. For the past 45 years, that’s exactly what he did, night after night, whether he had the ear of the whole music scene or only of those devotees and passers-by who happened to be around on any particular evening. Johnny Winter was absolutely the real thing and, although Chuck Berry, Little Richard and even Bob Dylan played their part in his pantheon, the core of it always came back to the blues.

I first saw him under duress. An albino blues guitarist laying them flat in south Texas and brought north in a whirlwind of press releases threatened more than tedium. My girlfriend said I would love him, that he was exactly the kind of blues player I loved best. It took about 15 seconds to convince me that he wasn’t good, he was great.

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14 Reasons Obama Is Lying When He Claims The World Is 'More Stable' And 'Less Violent' Than Ever

"Heal the world, make it a better place, for you and for me and the entire human race..." Michael Jackson had a dream. The 1 per cent don't want it that way. By Michael Snyder.

With a straight face, Barack Obama has been repeatedly telling us that the world is "more stable" and "less violent" than ever. In fact, he believes that this is the best time in history to be alive because of how peaceful and stable everything is. And, of course, Obama is more than happy to take credit for his role in bringing all of this "stability" about.

Just last week, his press secretary told the media that this administration has "substantially improved" the "tranquility of the global community". Apparently these guys don't think that we will notice all of the violence, war and terrorism constantly raging all around us. It would be wonderful if the planet actually was becoming a more peaceful place, but instead the exact opposite is happening.

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Shakin' All Over [the noize]
What It Means To Lose Pete Seeger
In 2006, music writer Dave Marsh wrote the liner notes to Bruce Springsteen's We Shall Overcome: The Seeger Sessions. When Pete Seeger died on January 27, 2014 at the age of 94, Marsh wrote the Seeger tribute below; and also presented the Remembering Pete Seeger special on the Live From E Street Nation radio programme (SiriusXM Ch. 20).
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Neil Young at Carnegie Hall 2014: The Majesty Of It All
Rust never sleeps... indeed. Even after all these years and fame, Neil Young stil has that majesty and mystery when he enters the spotlight on stage. Article and pictures by Karen Barry Schwarz.
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Sinead O'Connor's Open Letter To Miley Cyrus
After the 20-year-old Miley Cyrus claimed that Wrecking Ball's controversial video was inspired by the Prince-penned Nothing Compares 2 U - which Sinead O'Conner turned into a hit in 1990, the Irish singer was compelled to warn Cyrus that she is being "pimped" by the pop industry. This is the open letter which O'Connor posted on her blog.
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I Can See For Miles [cinelife]
Femme Fatale
"Chew my ass" is a phrase not to be taken lightly in Kurando Mitsutake's Gun Woman (2014) as a junkie-turned-killer hunts down a crazed perp who is into necrophilia and cannibalism. Stephen Tan reviews.
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Infernal Affairs
Banned in Malaysia, Gareth Evans's The Raid 2: Berandal (2014) cements the Welshman's reputation as the action filmmaker to watch as he continues to tackle police corruption in Indonesia, on screen, that is. Stephen Tan reviews.
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Little Whorehouse Of Terror
It's the stag party that wasn't in Jun Tsugita's Horny House Of Horror (2010). Stephen Tan reviews.
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Illicit Desires
One pair of brother and sister gets the hots for each other; while in another pair, sister fakes amnesia only for the brother to claim they are both husband and wife. The family ties that bind in Yamauchi Daisuke's The Tale Of The Affectionate Girl (2008). Stephen Tan reviews.
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I Can't Explain [world affairs]
Israelis Gather On Hillsides To Watch And Cheer As Military Drops Bombs On Gaza
As the sun begins to sink over the Mediterranean, groups of Israelis gather each evening on hilltops close to the Gaza border to cheer, whoop and whistle as bombs rain down on people in a hellish warzone a few miles away. By Harriet Sherwood in Sderot.
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The Gaza Massacre
The July 2014 pounding of Gaza is to show, once again, Israel’s overwhelming military power in the region and, by playing the "victim", also an attempt to prevent US-Iran relations from getting any better. By Malaysian political scientist and reformist Dr Chandra Muzaffar.
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The Return Of George Orwell
It is the responsibility of every citizen to be informed and active about the business of their government. But when activists find themselves sued to bankruptcy, fear rules, the citizens are silenced and 'Big Brother' wins. By John Pilger.
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On Ramadan, Socialism and the Neighbor's Beat up Car
When I was a child, I obsessed with socialism. It was not only because my father was a self-proclaimed socialist who read every book that a good socialist should read, but also because we lived in a refugee camp in Gaza under the harshest of conditions. Tanks roamed the dusty streets and every aspect of our lives was governed by a most intricate Israeli 'civil administration' system - a less distressing phrase for describing military occupation. By Ramzy Baroud.
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Movie Reviews
Upstream Color
Dir: Shane Carruth

Transcendence or... just the cusp of transcendence? Thanks to a parasite, lives are made meaningful in Shane Carruth's Upstream Color (2013) but as Critic After Dark Noel Vera says, maybe it's not the ultimate destination that matters but the heady ride itself.
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Venus In Fur
Dir: Roman Polanski

In the tale of seduction Venus In Fur (2013), Roman Polanski once again takes on the world - here is a man who knows what he has to say may not hold much appeal - but needs to be said, anyway, admits Critic After Dark Noel Vera.
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Dir: Robert Stromberg

Nothing beats those oldies but goodies, as Robert Stromberg's retooled Maleficent (2014), despite all the technical advances, looks puerile next to Disney's "failed" original Sleeping Beauty, says Critic After Dark Noel Vera.
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Short Term 12
Dir: Destin Daniel Cretton

What does a helpline mean to a troubled teen? Destin Daniel Cretton's Short Term 12 (2013) is not as harrowing as One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest but Critic After Dark Noel Vera says it does pretty much capture the sights, sounds, smells and textures of a residency for at-risk youths.
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