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The More B.S. Contest No. 13
(Updated November 1, 2016)
Stockholm's Syndrome:
Dylan's Nobel

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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

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October 25, 2016

$IA's Unreported Incident; No Updates
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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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Basel 2011 (data)

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Prince's Trust Rock Gala 2011 (data)

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When Miles Davis went electric, he lifted musical elements from Jimi Hendrix’s oeuvre and repurposed them in his own. By Kollibri terre Sonnenblume.

Forty-five years ago this month (November), Miles Davis released his album, Live-Evil. The first time I listened to it, eight years ago, I was astounded, most especially by the song, “Sivad.” The next day, I biked around feeling that my life had changed unalterably; knowing that that music was in it the universe made the universe a different place, and joyfully so. My perception of what is possible had expanded. I also thought, a little crossly, about all the music-loving friends I’d known over my life who had never brought this song to my attention. It seemed like an inexcusable oversight. Regardless, I had heard it now, and could never go back.

Live/Evil is a sprawling work, clocking in at over two hours and ten minutes... Despite its length, it fascinates for its entire duration, if only for being so unconventional, if not outright outlandish.

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Free Downloads: This Week's New MP3s
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Latest: Quicksilver Messenger Service
Fillmore 1967
Latest: Miles Davis
Brussels 1971
Latest: Lee Michaels
San Bernardino 1971
Latest: Daniel Lanois
Hamburg 1990
Latest: Eric Clapton
Rare Tracks
Myra Melford
Frankfurt 2016
Wayne Shorter Quartet
Monte Carlo 2016
Frank Sinatra
More Ring-A-Ding Sessions
Neil Diamond
Oklahoma 1984
Rumer
BBC 2016 / Hollywood 2013
Cheap Trick
Hollywood 1998
Dire Straits
On Every Street In Hamburg 1992
Bobby Womack
Bremen 1988
The Who
Forest Hills, NY July 29, 1971
Hall & Oates Unplugged
Wantagh, NY 1991
Don Cherry
Berlin 1968 / Oslo 1969
Mose Allison R.I.P. 1927-2016
Berlin 1992
Frank Sinatra
The Master in His Workshop
Johnny Winter
Paris 1987
Michael Franti & Spearhead
Atlanta 2001
Tom Paxton, Pete Seeger, Iris DeMent
Still Ramblin' Radio Show 1999
Norah Jones
Basel / Paris 2016
Talking Heads
New Brunswick 1977
Albert King
Oakland 1988
Suzanne Vega
Paris 2016
Dollar Brand (Abdullah Ibrahim)
With Don Cherry, Carlos Ward - Berlin 1972
Gonzalo Rubalcaba Quartet
Tribute To Charlie Haden - Strasbourg, France 2016
Sharon Jones R.I.P. 1956-2016
Milwaukee 2010
Frank Sinatra
From The Vaults Two And More
Leonard Cohen R.I.P. 1934-2016
Montreux 1976
Larkin Poe
Schoeppingen 2016
Elvis Costello
Unloved Songs
Marshall Crenshaw, E Street Band, Joey Ramone & Friends
Idiot's Delight Rent Party - New York 1992
Temple Of The Dog
San Francisco 2016
Sting
Le Bataclan, Paris - November 12, 2016
Killing Joke
London 2015/2016
Leon Russell R.I.P. 1942-2016
Stockholm 1971
Leon Russell R.I.P. 1942-2016
Seattle 1972
Quicksilver Messenger Service
Shady Grove Rehearsal 1969
Kamasi Washington
Bologna 2015
John Lennon
The Alternate Some Time In New York City
Leonard Cohen R.I.P. 1934-2016
Birmingham 1979
Leonard Cohen R.I.P. 1934-2016
Royal Albert Hall, London 1988
Lita Ford
Sweden 2016/New Jersey 2015
The Beatles
Primal Colours
Elvis Presley
Time To Dare - Las Vegas 1974
Drive-By Truckers
Philadelphia November 8, 2016
Bruce Springsteen
Binghamton, NY 1977
Ted Nugent
Phoenix 2016
Nirvana
Seattle 1992

Restart
Latest: Johnny Mathis
New Jersey 2009
Darlene Love and Ronnie Spector
New York 1985
The Roches
New York 1985
Sufjan Stevens
Christmas 2012
Boston Pops Orchestra
Christmas 2009
Bruce Springsteen
Santa Boss Is Coming To Town
Los Straitjackets
Christmas 2009
Laura Nyro
Fillmore East 1970
Various
Santa's Boots
Cyndi Lauper
Christmas 2005

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Long Live Rock! [BigO Audio Archive]

New ROIOs*
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


Audio

ROIO Of The Week
Miles Davis - Brussels 1971 [no label, 1CD]] Live at Palais des Beaux Arts, Brussels, Belgium. October 26, 1971. Fairly good mono radio broadcast. Electric Miles or is that heavy metal jazz?
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Features

SDE Berlin Diary

A year on from his ‘exploits’ in New York City, Super Deluxe Edition Editor, Paul Sinclair, heads to Berlin for a few days, to walk in the shadow of Bowie and Iggy, take a tour of Hansa Tonstudio, go record shopping and meet up with a few interesting people.

Day 1: November 17, 2016. Two great minds think alike. The day a certain Barack Obama decides to drop in to Berlin to say ‘hallo’ to Angela Merkel is also the day that I’m coming into town to fly the flag for SDE. I booked my flights ages ago, so there.

Actually POTUS’s presence hasn’t been without issues. Not unsurprisingly, security levels are rather high and, at one point, the captain on our flight announced that the runway on Schönefeld Airport was closed because Obama was there. This turned out to be inaccurate and it was later clarified that while the runway was closed, it was due to an immoveable plane blocking it (it had a burst tyre).

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Malaysian Fidel

Malaysian academic Syed Hussein Alatas bore an uncanny resemblance to Cuba's Fidel Castro (who passed away on November 25, 2016) but their views of politics and the world and their respective influence couldn't be more different. By Masturah Alatas.

The word ‘sosia’ takes its name from a character in Plautus’ Latin play, Amphitryon, and is still very much used in Italian today to refer to someone who looks a lot like a celebrity or an important person. Sosias were extremely useful in mythology especially when they ended up tricking husbands and wives into thinking they were sleeping with their actual spouses.

But what about sosias in politics? Are people’s electoral tendencies or their acceptance or rejection of ideas subliminally influenced by a person’s resemblance to another in a position of authority? How would things have turned out if Donald Trump actually did look like those so many are saying he politically resembles - Hitler, Mussolini and Berlusconi? Would he look like one of them, or all three?

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Shakin' All Over [the noize]
Letting It Bleed
The counterculture was against the unconditional accumulation of wealth, the Vietnam War, social rights and a rainbow of issues. But by 1969, the fight was all but over. Today's superstars are measured by Forbes annual ranking of the highest-earning musicians on the planet. By Ron Jacobs.
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Mike Bloomfield, Reluctant Guitar Hero
Mike Bloomfield’s life is chronicled in Ed Ward’s revised and expanded Michael Bloomfield: The Rise and Fall of An American Guitar Hero (2016). Peter Stone Brown reviews the book that was first published in 1983.
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Non-Korean K-pop Boy Band EXP Heads To Korea!
Can an all-American band of teens and young adults deliver K-pop?
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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]
George Soros: Dystopia's Minister of Truth
A brief description of the man who pulls the strings. By Gilbert Mercier.
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War On Cash Intensifies
The government, media, banks, and even academia have formed a single, unified chorus to push this idea out to consumers that “cashless” is good for everyone. And it’s happening across the planet, from Australia to India to Europe to North America. Simon Black points to the danger of virtual money.
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Will President Trump Be Tough on Online Piracy?
Americans elected Donald Trump as their president last week. The election outcome came as a surprise to many, who are now wondering what's in store for the next four years. According to some, The Pirate Bay and other pirate sites are in for a rough ride, but is that really the case? By Ernesto at TorrentFreak.
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Last Stand At Standing Rock
There is resilience amongst the Native Americans, but also bitterness over the building of the Dakota Access Pipeline across Native Americans' sacred land. This generation has heard stories of the betrayals. This is their experience of it. Betrayal, like the land itself, is a link to their ancestors. By Vijay Prashad.
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The Danger Of War From A Declining Hegemon
Who to blame should a third world war erupt? We have placed the phrase in lower case. Why give such a horrific event, should it occur, any credence? By Chandra Muzaffar.
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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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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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