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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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Ron Jacobs looks at Peter Conner's Cornell ’77: The Music, the Myth, and the Magnificence of the Grateful Dead’s Concert at Barton Hall; and relives those heady May 1977 days with the show in Baltimore.

May 1977. I had just returned from six months in Munich. Although I had originally flown to Germany just to be with family for Christmas, things turned out differently. I found a job washing dishes in a cafeteria in one of the US military installations in the city. My boss and I drank top notch Munich beer while watching the Bayern Fussball club battle its way into a showdown with the Kiev Dynamo in the European cup.

It was during those evenings of football and German lager that I truly began to understand the lure of the game. My brother and I smoked a fair amount of Lebanese red hashish while the Bavarian winter turned to spring. As the month of May opened, friends told me that the Grateful Dead were playing Baltimore in May. I knew I wanted to be there. I was ready for some serious late 1970s freak celebrations.

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Free Downloads: This Week's New MP3s
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Latest: Frank Sinatra
Latest: The Stone Roses
Tokyo 2017
Latest: Run The Jewels
New York 2017
Latest: Sofia Gubaidulina
Boston 2017 [Triple Concerto - World Premiere]
Latest: Yes [Featuring Jon Anderson, Trevor Rabin, Rick Wakeman]
Tokyo 2017
Oakland 1988
Bob Dylan
Stockholm - April 2, 2017
Grateful Dead
Baltimore 1977
Bob Dylan
Stockholm - April 1, 2017
Peace In Hell [Afghan Hardcore]
Essen 2017
Roy Orbison
Ontario 1976
Paul Motian
Bremen 1994
Gil Scott-Heron
London 1990
Frank Sinatra
L.A. Is My Lady Sessions
Os Mutantes
Sao Paulo 1978
Auckland 1980
Humble Pie
Paris 1974
Patti Smith
Melbourne - April 16, 2017
Allan Holdsworth [R.I.P. 1946 - 2017]
Reseda 1982
Allan Holdsworth [R.I.P. 1946 - 2017]
Tokyo 1994
Simon Rattle
Mahler's Symphony No. 2 (Resurrection) - London 2015
Gregory Porter
New Orleans 2014
Frank Sinatra
Trilogy Outtakes And More
Mike Patto / Ollie Halsall
London 1974/1975
Requiem - BBC Prom 2016
Emmanuel Music
St John Passion - Boston 2015
Tallis Scholars
Lamentations - The Netherlands 2005
Bonnie Raitt
Jabberwocky, Syracuse 1971
J Geils [R.I.P. 1946 - 2017]
Reunion in Detroit - April 24, 2009
David Bowie
Philadelphia 1974
Beatles [Updated April 13, 2017 - added two tracks]
Paris / Wembley 1964
Vera Lynn 100: BBC Forces Sweethearts 2017
Bob Dylan and Mark Knopfler
Complete Recording Sessions 1979-1986 [Disc 3 of 3]
Yves Rechsteiner and Henry-Charles Caget
Music of Copland/Metheny/Bryars/Zappa - Haarlem 2016
Bob Dylan and Mark Knopfler
Complete Recording Sessions 1979-1986 [Disc 2 of 3]
Mahavishnu Orchestra
Millersville, PA 1975
Frank Sinatra
More Jobim Sessions 1967
Bob Dylan and Mark Knopfler
Complete Recording Sessions 1979-1986 [Disc 1 of 3]
Rossington Collins Band [Lynyrd Skynyrd]
Passaic, NJ 1980
UK [Allan Holdsworth R.I.P. 1946 - 2017]
Cleveland 1978
Jean Luc Ponty
Main Point, Bryn Mawr 1975
Syd Barrett
Joyful Lunacy (Disc 3 and 4 of 4)
Syd Barrett
Joyful Lunacy (Disc 1 and 2 of 4)
Lonnie Brooks [R.I.P. 1933 - 2017]
Solana Beach 1984
Paul Butterfield Blues Band
Fillmore 1966
Tom Chaplin
Los Angeles 2017 (bonus: Brigitte DeMeyer - Holland 2017)
Elvis Presley
Late Night In LA - Inglewood 1974
New Haven 1976
Frank Sinatra
Jobim Sessions
Dexys Midnight Runners
Holland 1981 / Los Angeles 1983
Glasgow 2017
Wembley 1991
Rod Stewart
Manchester, December 6, 1978
Jack Bruce with Mick Taylor
Gothenburg 1975
Eric Clapton
Providence 1987
Marshall Tucker Band
Uniondale, NY 1976
Rolling Stones
Orchard Park, NY 2015
Early Lou Reed
Fort Worth 1977
Dudek, Finnigan and Krueger (D.F.K.)
New York 1978
Driving To Midnight Mass (demos)
Miles Davis Sextet
Fillmore West 1971
Rene Marie
New Orleans 2014
Rochester 1975
Tom Paxton, John Prine, Peter, Paul & Mary
Still Ramblin' Radio Show 1999
Boston [Sib Hashian R.I.P. 1949 - 2017]
Tokyo 1979
Wadada Leo Smith
Berlin 2016
Unsurpassed Bastards 1986-1993
Bruce Springsteen
Cirkus Night - Stockholm 1996
Julia Holter
Haldern Pop Festival, Germany 2016
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 [Amended back cover]
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

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Arvo Part
Cardiff 2015
Dallas Symphony Orchestra
Elgar, Faure 2014
Jesus Christ Superstar - Providence 1974
Christo Graham
Muppet Christ Superstar
J Geils [R.I.P. 1946 - 2017]
Detroit - April 25, 2009
J Geils [R.I.P. 1946 - 2017]
Montreal 1968
J Geils [R.I.P. 1946 - 2017]
Detroit 1974
Robin Trower
St Louis 1980
Black Sabbath
San Jose 1999

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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


ROIO Of The Week
Syd Barrett - Joyful Lunacy: The Syd Barrett Anthology [Sigma, 4] Demos, outtakes, radio appearances and more. Very good soundboard.Shine on you crazy diamond.
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Gil Scott-Heron And The Black Radical Tradition

Remember Gil Scott-Heron who stood up for the environment, Pan-Africanism and was against racism, capitalism, substance abuse and nuclear power. By Norman Richmond.

Gil Scott-Heron would have been 68 years old on April 1. I can still remember Kwame Ture (Stokely Carmichael) coming up behind Scott-Heron and blindfolding him. Scott-Heron never flinched, even when he turned around and saw that it was Ture. That event took place in Washington DC at a Black Music Association convention in 1984.

Ture always praised Scott-Heron’s classic, “Johannesburg”; in fact, it was my honor to present Scott-Heron with a Biko-Rodney-Malcolm Award for refusing to perform in Apartheid South Africa. These awards were given out by the Toronto-based Biko Rodney-Malcolm Coalition which was named for South Africa’s Stephen Biko, Guyana’s Walter Rodney, and the United States Omowale El-Hajj Malik El Shabazz (Malcolm X).

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World’s Best Economist Tells All!

How greedy the rich are results in the greater the income gap between have and have-nots. By Paul Craig Roberts.

If you want to learn real economics instead of neoliberal junk economics, read Michael Hudson’s books. What you will learn is that neoliberal economics is an apology for the rentier class and the large banks that have succeeded in financializing the economy, shifting consumer spending power from the purchase of goods and services that drive the real economy to the payment of interest and fees to banks.

His latest book is J Is for Junk Economics. It is written in the form of a dictionary, but the definitions give you the precise meaning of economic terms, the history of economic concepts, and describe the transformation of economics from classical economics, where the emphasis was on taxing incomes that are not the product of the production of goods and services, to neoliberal economics, which rests on the taxation of labor and production.

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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't Explain [world affairs]
MOAB Music
On April 13, 2017, the US has dropped its largest non-nuclear bomb in Afghanistan. This was the first combat use of the bomb, also known as the "Massive Ordnance Air Blast," or the "Mother of All Bombs." The number of casualties was not immediately clear. David Yearsley provides a soundtrack to the bombing.
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America, The Beautiful
All over the world tonight, it’s control, control and control. The purpose of control is to make you conform so it will be easier to control you. The days of youthful exuberance is nearly over. The new rock ‘n’ roll, the internet, is under siege from those who want to “control” it. By CJ Hopkins.
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Hot Money: HK Man Pays US$2.5m For Romanian Virgin
Don’t get left behind by novel ways to make hot money. By Tyler Durden.
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Already Famous
Amos Yee has followed 1,200 $ingaporeans who surrender their citizenship every year.
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Which Was Propaganda, Which Was News-Reporting?
The American press has sunk so low in its coverage of world affairs. Just corporate shills. By Eric Zuesse.
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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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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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