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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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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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September 2, 2014
Latest: A Cleaner BigO Homepage



Actor Philip Seymour Hoffman did on February 2, 2014 from drug overdose. He was 46. In this review of Anton Corbijn's A Most Wanted Man (2014), Critic After Dark Noel Vera pays a belated tribute to the late actor.

Reading John Le Carre, it's striking to see how much value the writer puts into stillness and silence. His most dramatic scenes take place in the most muted of places, where noise is not only not present, but decidedly unwelcome (I'm thinking of George Smiley holding the strings in the climax of Tinker, Tailor, Soldier Spy; Alec Leamas being led away after the trial in The Spy Who Came in From the Cold and belatedly realizing what's really going on).

Enter Gunther Bachmann, played with an almost Mandarin sense of mystery by the late Philip Seymour Hoffman.

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Free Downloads: This Week's New MP3s
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Latest: Bill Evans and Lee Konitz
Together Again 1965
Latest: Bruce Springsteen
On The Road Night - Berkeley 1973
Latest: George Harrison
The Tanned Equine Interview 1974
Latest: Budgie
Leicester 1975
Latest: Linda Ronstadt
Providence 1978
Nana Vasconcelos and Evelyn Glennie
Bath Festival 1995
Paul Butterfield
Amsterdam 1969/New York 1970
Bob Dylan
Los Angeles June 3, 1978 (Mike Millard Master Vol 2)
Charlie Haden
Hamburg 1991
Frank Zappa
San Diego 1970
Jimi Hendrix
Stuttgart 1969 (Complete Show)
X
Detroit 1982
Lloyd Cole And The Commotions
Paris 1984
Let's Active
Carrboro, NC 2014
Dire Straits
Cologne 1979
Tom Petty
San Francisco 2014
Frank Sinatra
Inside Moonlight
Neil Young
Madison Square Garden 1973 (Amended artwork)
Bob Dylan
Live In Japan Vol 3 - Tokyo 1978 (Amended artwork)
Yes
Los Angeles 1977 (Mike Millard recording)
Roxy Music
Rehearsals 1982
The Rolling Stones
Los Angeles - July 9, 1975 (Mike Millard recording)
Foamfoot (Black Crowes)
Crows From The Closet - West Hollywood 1994

Restart
Latest: Cannonball Adderley
Vienna 1972
Latest: Black Sabbath
San Jose 1999
Steve Miller Band
Germany 2010
Mark Knopfler and Emmylou Harris
Verona 2006
Rainbow
Osaka 1978
Simon & Garfunkel
Alternate Bookends
Danko, Fjeld, Anderson
Italy 1994
Ian Carr
London 2010

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Long Live Rock! [BigO Audio Archive]

New ROIOs*
Kevin Ayers - Bremen 1976, UPGRADE pre-FM
Beck, Bogert & Appice - Tokyo Budokan Tapes 1973
David Bowie & Stevie Ray Vaughan - Dallas Rehearsals
Dick Dale - Santa Monica 1996
Elton John - West Of The Rockies
Les Rallizes Denudes (aka Hadaka No Rallizes) - Yodo-Go-A-Go-Go (aka Flightless Bird Needs Water Wing)
Pink Floyd (no Roger show) - Melbourne 1988
Steely Dan - Sony Studios, New York, 2000
Stephen Stills and The Memphis Horns - The LA Forum, 1971
The Time - Live in Minneapolis 1983
Charlie Haden & Liberation Music Orchestra - Bremen 1987: UPGRADE
San Francisco Jazz Collective - Live in New York 2012
Sun Ra Arkestra - Columbus 1985
Sun Ra Arkestra - Jazz on 3 BBC Session, 2014
Stella Chen, Violin; Renana Gutman, Piano - Live in Chicago 2014
Wilko Johnson - Paul Jones Show 2014
Led Zeppelin - Southampton 1973: Hi-res Vinyl rip Version 24 96
Joni Mitchell - Live At The Second Fret 1967
Tom Paxton - Two Venues in Chicago 1967, 1970
Dave Rawlings Machine - Ryman, Nashville 2014 w John Paul Jones
Neil Young and Stray Gators - Toronto 1973
Charlie Haden's Liberation Music Orchestra - Hamburg 1991: UPGRADE
Hiromi Uehara solo - Switzerland 2014
10,000 Maniacs - Buffalo 1986
Bob Dylan - Paramount Theatre 1980: Previously uncirculated
The Jam - BBC College Concert 1981: Hi-res 24 96 vinyl rip
Jeff Beck - Where Is Jeff? Japan 2014 Tour
Bob Dylan - No Home Direction, Japan Tour 2014
Pink Floyd - No More Colours, Melbourne 1971

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New DVD Archive Of Rare Films
Damon Albarn - Roskilde 2014
Miley Cyrus - NBC Bangerz Tour Special 2014
Gary Glitter & The Glitter Band - Video Collection
Anoushka Shankar - Festival Jazz Sous Les Pommiers 2014
The Wailers - Glastonbury Festival 2014, webstream 720p
Sharon Van Etten - Morning Becomes Eclectic, KCRW 2014
Dean Wareham - Morning Becomes Eclectic, KCRW 2014
Metallica - Glastonbury Festival 2014
Dolly Parton - Glastonbury Festival 2014
Robert Plant & The Sensational Space Shifters - Glastonbury Festival 2014
HAIM - Glastonbury Festival 2014, webstream 720p
Lykke Li - Glastonbury Festival 2014, webstream 720p
M.I.A. - Glastonbury Festival 2014 webstream 720p
St. Vincent - Glastonbury Festival 2014, webstream 720p
Sun Ra Arkestra - Glastonbury Festival 2014 webstream 720p
Chad Smith Vs Will Ferrell Drum Off - The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon 2014
Lily Allen - Glastonbury Festival 2014, webstream 720p
Anna Calvi - Glastonbury Festival 2014, webstream 720p
Lana Del Rey - Glastonbury Festival 2014, webstream 720p
Ellie Goulding - Glastonbury Festival 2014, webstream 720p
John Grant - Glastonbury Festival 2014, webstream 720p
Arcade Fire - Glastonbury Festival 2014

Audio

ROIO Of The Week
Bob Dylan - Los Angeles 1978 - The Lost and Found Mike the MICrophone Tapes Vol Two [Mike Millard first gen via JEMS, 2CD] Live at the Universal Amphitheatre, Los Angeles, CA; June 3, 1978. Very good to excellent audience recording. The second of a series of recordings made by legendary taper Mike Millard.
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Features

Roger Waters: Why Moral Perversity Of US Position In Gaza Is Stunning

"I think it's safe to say that if US neighborhoods were living under siege, folks like [Senator] Rand Paul wouldn't take it." By Roger Waters.

The carnage in Gaza continues after the latest collapse of ceasefire talks and over four weeks of asymmetrical bombardment by Israel. With the death of more than 2,000 Palestinians, and the displacement of hundreds of thousands more, the complicity of the American government has been exposed to the world as never before. Yet the mantra repeated ad nauseam by the US government and media alike remains the same: Israel has a right to defend itself.

The moral perversity of the US position is stunning. How can the US government ask Israel to be more careful about civilian lives while simultaneously arming and then rearming the IDF so it can more effectively inflict such devastation on an imprisoned and occupied people?

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Sanctions Deepen the Recession: Obama Destabilizes Europe’s Economy

It might set one to wonder whether US-led sanctions against Russia really has Russia as the target? After all, a weakened EU and Japan will only mean a stronger US dollar. James Petras does the cost/benefit analysis.

The Obama Administration actively pressured Europe to impose harsh sanctions on Russia in order to defend the violent takeover (‘regime change’) in the Ukraine. England, France, Germany and the rest of the European regimes gave in to Washington’s demands. Russia responded by imposing reciprocal sanctions, especially on agriculture goods, and is establishing alternative trading partners and increasing trade with China, Iran, Latin America and Africa.

The sanctions policies occur at a time when Europe’s economies are in deep economic crisis, exacerbating long-term stagnation and chronic recession.

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Shakin' All Over [the noize]
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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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.
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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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I Can See For Miles [cinelife]
Beat It!
When a much older sculptor falls for a high-school student, she not only learns about the joys of sex but also gets the beating of her life in Jang Sun-woo's provative Lies (1999). Stephen Tan reviews.
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Numbers
Even with sex, masturbation, incest, a vicious child, a serial killer and a man from out there, it'd be nice if things really add up in Sakichi Sato's Zero Man vs. The Half Virgin (2011). Stephen Tan reviews.
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Lost Generation
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.
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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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I Can't Explain [world affairs]
Why Have The Media And Obama Administration Gone Silent On MH17?
It's been more than a month after Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17 was shot down on July 17 and the US and its allies have yet to offer any concrete evidence to deny that Kiev was behind the attack. And not only that, US media suddenly dropped the matter completely. By Niles Williamson.
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Who Shot Down MH17?
After Malaysia's Flight MH17 was shot down on July 17, 2014, what the world saw was the United States pointing the finger at Putin and the Russia-back forces in Ukraine. In spite of expert testimonies, Washington has yet to offer definite evidence to refute Russia's charges of a second plane. After 20 days, Mike Whitney is still asking: Was it an accident, a premeditated act of murder or a false flag operation?
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"They Pulled Me Back In"
“Just when I though I was out, they pulled me back in.” Michael Corleone’s plaintive line from the “Godfather” is Obama’s tune today. He’s only returning to Iraq for purely humanitarian reasons... never mind that the US armed and trained ISIS in Jordan to overthrow Syria’s regime. By Eric Margolis.
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The End Of Iraq
In his new book, The Jihadis Return: ISIS And The New Sunni Uprising, Patrick Cockburn analyses the unfolding of one of the West’s greatest foreign policy debacles and the rise of the new jihadis. Below is an extract.
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Movie Reviews
Under The Skin
Dir: Jonathan Glazer

Lucy
Dir: Luc Besson

Scarlett Johannsson is the chilling alien who develops a conscience in Jonathan Glazer's Under The Skin (2013), but achieves uninspired transcendence in Luc Besson's Lucy (2014). Critic After Dark Noel Vera reviews.
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Snowpiercer
Dir: Bong Joon-ho

It's the 1% vs the rest of the world - on a train no less - in Bong Joon-ho's Snowpiercer (2013). When you submit, who do you serve? When you resist, who do you really serve? Or as Critic After Dark Noel Vera syas, call it Bong's idea of futuristic decadence.
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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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