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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
May 16, 2014

Spiderman Says: Whofivesaguck?

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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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A HD copy of Fifty Shades Of Grey has just leaked onto the Internet from a Chinese source. But while hundreds of thousands of downloaders are going crazy for the quality, those looking for super-sexy scenes may be disappointed - the copy is censored to comply with China's obscenity laws. By Andy of TorrentFreak.

In January 2015, a couple of near perfect copies of the Liam Neeson movie Taken 3 leaked onto the Internet. One with Arabic subtitles and one without, both copies were recorded from the OSN pay TV network headquartered in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. At the end of our article we noted that a Chinese VOD platform had already announced that it would air Fifty Shades Of Grey in HD in the final days of February.

On February 27 and as promised, China’s QQ.com aired the popular movie. As predicted by our source, pirates were waiting for the screening and within minutes of the final credits, Fifty Shades Of Grey began to appear on torrent sites in full HD. Now available in HD - albeit with Chinese subtitles - one might think the eroticism would be so much more detailed and enjoyable. Well, not exactly.

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Free Downloads: This Week's New MP3s
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Latest: Lucinda Williams
Hollywood 2015
Latest: Jazz On Sunday - Artie Shaw
Broadcast transcriptions 1949
Latest: Rain Parade
Torino 1985
Latest: Joy Division
Moonlight Club, London 1980
Latest: The Band
Buffalo 1974
Ed Sheeran
BBC Live Lounge 2015
Procol Harum
London 2014
Lili Haydn
San Francisco 1975
Bob Marley
San Francisco 1975
Tom Waits
West Hollywood 1976
Badfinger
Cambridge 1974
The Go-Go's
New Jersey 1981
Jazz On Sunday - Miles Davis and John Coltrane
Unissued Cafe Bohemia Broadcasts 1953/56/58
The Cars
Oakland 1978
Green On Red
Raleigh 1985
Carole King
Saitama, Japan 2007
Jim Reeves
Oslo 1964
The Mermen
Felton, CA 2014
Roxy Music
Minneapolis 1979
Rush
Hawaiian Under Pressure - Hawaii 1984
Joni Mitchell
Save The Whales Concert - Sacramento 1976
Byrds
San Francisco 1967
Jesus And Mary Chain
Roxy 1986 / Italy 1987
Thompson Family
The Folk Show with Mark Radcliffe - BBC 2014
Elvis Presley
Hard Knocks

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Latest: Various
Friends Of Chile Benefit 1974
The Clash
Hong Kong 1982
Leonard Cohen
Wiesbaden, Germany 2010
Elton John
Dubai 2002
Jill Sobule
San Francisco 2006
Little Feat
Atlanta 1975
The Police
Kung Hei Fat Choi - Macau 2008
Derek Bailey
London 1997
The Hollies
Hollie Days

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Long Live Rock! [BigO Audio Archive]

New ROIOs*
Bobby Vee and the Vees - Sioux Falls 2008
Jeff Wayne - The War Of The Worlds - The New Generation: Alive On Stage!
The Who - Pontiac 1979
YES - Tokyo 2014
Warren Zevon with Timothy B Schmidt - Philadelphia 1988
Stevie Wonder - "Toys for Children Benefit", California 2014
VARIOUS - La Bamba's 2nd Annual Christmas Show 1984
VARIOUS - Christmas Celtic Sojourn 2014
Richard Thompson Family - "The Folk Show with Mark Radcliffe" 2014
Mick Taylor - New York 1988 SBD master
Angus & Julia Stone - Paris-France Maison de la radio 2014
The Stranglers - Live In Milan 1983
James Taylor - Mega-rare Restored Vinyl "Live In NY Nov. 1972" pts 1 & 2
Emiliana Torrini - Paris 2008
Frankie Valli and the 4 Seasons - Wesbury 2014
Smashing Pumpkins - BBC6 Music Session
Patti Smith - Webster Hall, New York City 2014
Yusuf Islam (Cat Stevens) - Tower Theatre, PA 2014
Michael Stipe - New York Dec 29, 2014
Michael Stipe - New York, Dec 30, 2014: Hi-res 24 48
John David Souther - Live at the Troubadour 1976, FM: Hi-Res 24 96
Mavis Staples - Newport Folk Festival 2014
Shadows of the 60's - "Forza Catanzaro!" Tribute to Motown Super Groups (feat. The White Souls Band)
Emilie Simon - Bordeaux 2014
Pacific Gas & Electric - 2nd British Rock Meeting, Germany 1972
Linda Perhacs - Amoeba Music, CA 2014
Elvis Presley - The Eighth Wonder Of The World
Procol Harum - Stockholm 1967
Procol Harum - Dominion Theatre, London 2014
Jim Reeves & the Blue Boys - Live In Norway 1964
The Rolling Stones - Cologne 1970
The Rolling Stones - Lost & Found, September 25, 1981 Philadelphia
Led Zeppelin - The Destroyer 1977

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New DVD Archive Of Rare Films
Girls' Generation - SNSD Japan 3rd Tour, Love & Peace HDTV 1080p
Girls' Generation - The Best Live At Tokyo Dome HDTV 1080i
Utada Hikaru - Utada in Budokan 2004 HDTV 1080p
Utada Hikaru - Utada United 2006 HDTV 1080p
U2 w guests - World AIDS Day 2014
VARIOUS - World AIDS Day Concert in New York, 2014, HD webcast 1080p
VARIOUS AND Esperanza Spalding - Solidarity of Arts, Gdansk, Poland 2014
Tears for Fears - KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas 2014 webcast 720p
Cat Stevens (Yusuf) - 2014-12-09 Tiny Desk Concert, Washington 2014 webcast 1080p
The Specials - Le Bataclan 2014, webcast 720p
Sun Ra Arkestra - Tiny Desk Concert 2014 webcast 720p
Angus & Julia Stone - Casino de Paris 2014
Top Of The Pops 1979 Collection
Paul McCartney - Sao Paulo, Brazil 2014, HDTV 1080i
Amy Macdonald - Baloise Session 2014, webcast 720p
Modest Mouse - KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas 2014
No Doubt - KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas 2014
Queen + Adam Lambert - Rock Big Ben Live 2014-2015
Motörhead  - Dusseldorf 2014 HDTV 720p
Damien Rice - Other Voices Live, Ireland 2014: Webstream 576
Rodrigo Y Gabriela - Montreux Jazz Festival 2014, HDTV 720p
Ibrahim Maalouf - "Hildegard von Bingen Reloaded" Webcast 720p
Mariss Jansons w Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra - Mahler Symphony No 4, Kerstmatinee, Amsterdam, 2014
Anna Netrebko & Rolando Villazon - Paris 2007 HDTV 720p
Jonny Greenwood and The London Contemporary Orchestra - Albert Hall, 2014 webcast 1080p COMPLETE

Audio

ROIO Of The Week
Jimi Hendrix - Hoepla [Tarantura TCDJH-3, 1CD] Live at the Vitus Studio, Bussum, The Netherlands; November 10, 1967. Very good soundboard. The experience in Amsterdam.
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Features

U.S. Passionately Pleas For 'Compromise' In Thailand

A Shinawatra apologist showed his hand early in February in the pages of US magazine Foreign Affairs. By Tony Cartalucci.

Corporate-funded think tank, the Council on Foreign Relations, in their magazine Foreign Affairs, recently published an article titled, "Silencing the Shinawatras." In it, author Matthew Wheeler encapsulates current US policy toward Thailand regarding the recent ousting by military coup of its proxy regime headed by Thaksin Shinawatra and his sister, Yingluck Shinawatra.

Wheeler claims: "At a time when the nation needs compromise, stability, and engagement across the political spectrum, Yingluck's impeachment appears to many as a settling of scores, and its partisan implications make the prospect of progress look ever further off."

Wheeler argues throughout his piece that Thailand must compromise with the ousted Shinawatra regime or face further instability. He briefly touches on the unprecedented violence that resulted after the removal from power of Thaksin Shinawatra in 2006. He fails to mention the specifics of that violence, or the immense mass murder that took place while Shinawata was in power.

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The Bridge That Cinemalaya Built

In 10 years, the Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival, in the Philippines, provided a broad base for new directing talents to be funded, produced and promoted. Many new names, from Gutierrez "Teng" Mangansakan, Francis Pasion, Hannah Espia to Arnel Mardoquio, made their mark here and went on to significant careers. Philip Cheah witnessed the festival's beginning in 2005 and stuck around for their 10th anniversary retrospective in August 2014.

I keep having this recurring dream. I'm walking down the musty carpeted corridors of the antique Cultural Centre of the Philippines (CCP) building when a door is opened for me, and I enter the lounge area behind the circle boxes, where an afternoon buffet is all laid out. Distinguished directors, actresses, film critics and lucky hanger-ons are digging into the tea spread languidly without a care for the grumbling masses outside.

Later, after the film is over, I enter the stream of crowded bodies cascading out from the exit doors. The crush of bodies doesn't allow me to change course before I'm abruptly deposited outside the CCP...

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Shakin' All Over [the noize]
Bob Dylan: 'Critics Have Been Giving Me A Hard Time Since Day One'
Bob Dylan was honored by MusiCares, the charity organization that aids musicians in need, at the Los Angeles Convention Center on February 6, 2015. Here is his MusiCares person of the year acceptance speech.
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Elvis: Southern Man
Joel Williamson's Elvis biography, Elvis Presley: A Southern Life, places the singer’s life and career in the context of his upbringing as a working class white youth in the US South. Review by Ron Jacobs.
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Jimi Hendrix: Torn Between Two Worlds
Reviewing Charles R Cross’s mesmerizing biography of Jimi Hendrix, Room Full Of Mirrors (2005), artist, poet and writer Kim Nicolini draws many parallels from the book with her life and finds that self-reinvention and running away doesn’t work and that the past and the present are inextricably connected.
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I Can See For Miles [cinelife]
Achin' To Be
In Koji Wakamatsu's A Pool Without Water (1982), a man bored with his life and work decides to use chloform to knock out his women before raping them. Is that insane or what? Stephen Tan reviews.
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Chick-Boxer
Bromance-romance (for want of a better phrase), here's a buddy movie you'd want to see. Koichi Sakamoto's Aka X Pinku (2014) has the two female leads not only falling in love but having passionate sex. Throw in bloody ring fights, add in some tits and ass and Girl's Blood makes the Fight Club looks like nursery school. Stephen Tan reviews.
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The Trouble With Neighbours
Neighbours - can't live with them and can't live without them. Hisayasu Sato's Night Of Body's Model (1996) shows just how hard it is to find a good neighbour. Stephen Tan reviews.
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Babes! Blades! Boobs!
Time travel is just the icing in Akira Hirose's Chanbara Striptease (2008). It's cheap titillation watching the film's two topless sword-wielding female leads go mano a mano. Stephen Tan reviews.
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I Can't Explain [world affairs]
How To Be Bold And Experimental
If state-funding paved the way for innovative, experimental films in Austria, in Asia, that belief in free-form creativity has a long way to go. By Philip Cheah.
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U.S. Meddling In Asia Backfiring
The Americans have put their foot-in-mouth defending Thailand's former PM, Yingluck Shinawatra, removed by a coup. You don't have to look back too far to recall how Egypt's military removed its elected president Mohamad Morsi on July 3, 2013 at gunpoint which brought nothing but silence from the USA. Tony Cartalucci explains, it's not about the coup but who comes to power that matters.
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The Pirate Bay Is Back Online!
The Pirate Bay has risen from its digital ashes once again. TPB was back online on January 31, 2015 , more than seven weeks after its servers were raided. The notorious torrent site is operating from the familiar .se domain and it appears that data loss is minimal. By Ernesto of TorrentFreak.
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Is Democracy Dead In The West?
Weak leadership led to the debt crisis in Greece, 2009. A recent election has offered some hope, but not much. A new leader, Alexis Tsipras, and his Syriza party have the majority of the votes but not a convincing one. It looks like the second act will lead to a Greek tragedy. The issue is whether the Euro was a practical idea. By Paul Craig Roberts.
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Movie Reviews
Birdman
Dir: Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu

The intrigues, the jealousies, the power-plays, the affairs - a life in the theater, by way of Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's Birdman (2014). If only they had dropped the digital effects, says Critic After Dark Noel Vera. Birdman won Academy Awards for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay and Best Cinematography at the 2015 Oscars.
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Blackhat
Dir: Michael Mann

Michael Mann's Blackhat (2015) may be a cybernoir thriller about the state of grace under which the best minds operate but grace under fire really matters little in a chaotic world, says Critic After Dark Noel Vera.
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Hard To Be A God (Trudno byt' bogom)
Dir: Aleksei German

In his list of best movies of 2014, Critic After Dark Noel Vera included Aleksei German's Trudno byt' bogom (Hard To Be A God, 2013) with these comments: "Can a filthier, grimier, more virulently corrupt (yet blindingly brilliant) depiction of a rectum of a world be found on the big screen? Don't know; frankly doubt it."
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The Wind Rises
Dir: Hayao Miyazaki

Hayao Miyazaki's The Wind Rises (2013) represents a boundary the filmmaker has drawn behind him: before, some of the finest achievements in animated cinema; beyond, a handful of artworks, a scattering of possible shorts, perhaps even a manga... but no more major features. Like a summer shower, like an earthquake, like a girl's life, like a man's thoughts and feelings, like a great film, even Miyazaki's career must come to an end. By Critic After Dark Noel Vera.
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The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies
Dir: Peter Jackson

Peter Jackson finishes off his Hobbit trilogy, The Battle Of The Five Armies (2014), by having a very "human" Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) who makes the entire ordeal worth watching, says Critic After Dark Noel Vera.
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