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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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Rock & Rap Confidential
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November 29, 2017

The Last Word on 'Nothing On The Radio'

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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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New Year's Eve 2011 (data)

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Basel 2011 (data)

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Prince's Trust Rock Gala 2011 (data)

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Is the US-DPRK agreement unravelling? By Mel Gurtov.

Most US news reports are suggesting that the North Koreans may be backtracking on their commitment to denuclearization, calling the US position “gangster-like” following the visit of Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to Pyongyang. What the North Korean foreign ministry actually said in its statement of July 7 is far more nuanced, and speaks directly to the longstanding differences between Pyongyang and Washington.

I urge readers to judge for themselves whether or not it is a rational, reasoned statement - and then consider Pompeo’s assessment of progress in the talks with the North Koreans.

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Free Downloads: This Week's New MP3s
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Latest: Gorillaz
Tokyo 2018
Latest: Thea Gilmore
Germany 2018
Latest: Miles Davis
Sao Paulo 1974
Latest: Kamasi Washington
KCRW, Los Angeles 2018
Latest: Jimmy Buffett
KSAN, Sausalito 1974
The Beach Boys
Unsurpassed Masters Vol 12 - Sloop John B Sessions & Radio Spots
Joan Jett
Hellfest, France 2018
Patti Smith
Roundhouse, London 2018
Jorja Smith
BBC London 2018
CTI All Stars
Munich 1972
Fire! Orchestra
Geneva 2018
Glenn Hughes
Chile 2018
Old And In The Way (Jerry Garcia)
KSAN, Sausalito 1973
The Beach Boys
Unsurpassed Masters Vol 11 - Miscellaneous Trax Vol 3
Yes
Oakland 1988 [Previously uncirculated]
Santana
Montreux 1980
Khruangbin
KCRW, Santa Monica 2018
Children Of The Light (Pérez-Patitucci-Blade)
Stockholm 2018
The Animals
At The BBC 1965 - 1967
Mike Bloomfield
KSAN, Sausalito 1973
The Beach Boys
Unsurpassed Masters Vol 9 - Alternate Summer Days (And Summer Nights!)
The Rolling Stones
London, May 25, 2018
Yes
Lost YesYears
Taylor Swift
Swansea 2018
Pantera [Vinnie PaulR.I.P. 1964 - 2018]
Buenos Aires 1998
Absolutely Sweet Marie (Bob Dylan Tribute)
Germany 2017
Steve Miller Band
KSAN, Sausalito 1973
The Beach Boys
Unsurpassed Masters Vol 10 - Alternate Beach Boys Party!
Rosanne Cash and Ry Cooder
San Francisco 2018
Neil Young
A Hundred Times Or More
I'm With Her
(Sara Watkins, Sarah Jarosz and Aoife O'Donovan)
Gateshead, Tyne and Wear 2018
Dee Dee Bridgewater
Zurich 2017
Frank Sinatra
Atlantic City Nov 5, 1979
Steamhammer
London 1970
J Mascis and Friends
Neil Youth Tribute, Greenfield 2018
The Beach Boys
Unsurpassed Masters Vol 8 - Alternate 'Beach Boys Today' Vol 2.
Colosseum [Jon Hiseman R.I.P. 1944 - 2018]
Finland 1970
Bonnie Raitt
KSAN, Sausalito 1973
Various
Bob Dylan Tribute - Town Hall 2018
Laura Veirs
KCRW Santa Monica 2018
Danny Kirwan R.I.P. 1950 - 2018
Seattle 1972
Maria Joao and Egberto Gismonti
Lugano 2017
Nina Simone
Antibes 1977
Bruce Springsteen
New York 2018
Randy Newman
KSAN, Sausalito 1974
The Beach Boys
Unsurpassed Masters Vol 7 - Alternate 'Beach Boys Today' Vol 1.
John Prine
Philadelphia 2018
James Brown
Newport 1969
The Divine Comedy
Instrumental Collection
David Murray
Paris 2018
Black Top with JP Bourelly
Birmingham 2017
Mike Bloomfield
KSAN, Sausalito 1974
The Beach Boys
Unsurpassed Masters Vol 6 - Alternate 'All Summer Long'
Stephen Stills
Brookhaven 1979
Gregg Allman
Hollywood 1974
Neil Young & Crazy Horse
Bakersfield 2018
Meshell Ndegeocello
Knoxville 2018
Frank Sinatra
Westchester 1977
Tonolo-Abrams-Drake Trio
Italy 2017 (Sonny Rollins' Freedom Suite)
Brad Mehldau
Paris 2018
Jerry Garcia & Merl Saunders
KSAN, Sausalito 1973
The Rolling Stones
London, May 22, 2018
The Beach Boys
Unsurpassed Masters Vol 5 - Miscellaneous Trax Vol 2
Stevie Nicks
Transmission Impossible CD3
James Gang
San Bernardino 1971 [Upgrade]
St Vincent
Atlanta 2018
Amiri Baraka
Berlin 1977
Francesco Bearzatti
Udine 2017
Globe Unity
Berlin 1976
Lee Michaels
Unissued Hawaii 1975
The Beach Boys
Unsurpassed Masters Vol 4 - Miscellaneous Trax Vol 1

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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
Stevie Nicks -Transmission Impossible [Eat to the Beat, CD1/2 of 4CD]Disc 1: Wilshire Ebell Theatre, Los Angeles, CA; December 7, 1981 (Bella Donna Tour). Disc 2: Cuyahoga Fairgtounds,Weedsport, NY; August 15, 1986 (Rock A Little Tour). Very good FM broadcasts. "You don’t last as long as Stevie Nicks has... without having a spine of steel, a keen talent and a good hair stylist."
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Features

Toll Road To Redemption

With singer-songwriter Mark Insley, it is songs that cut to the bone - in other words, confessional story telling with a vengeance. By Bill Glahn.

There’s a road on the outskirts of Tucson in serious need of repair called Old Spanish Trail. To the east of the road is Saguaro National Park, home of America’s largest cacti - a beautiful, yet harsh landscape. To the west is a maze of sand and gravel roads that get narrower and ruttier the further in you dare to venture. This is where Mark Insley hangs his hat. He’s been hanging it there for the last 16 years. He hasn’t made any new music in the last 15 of those years.

Mark Insley might be the best-kept secret in Americana music. After three critically acclaimed CDs around the turn of the century, Insley seemed to vanish. In terms of musical output, he went mute.

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Who Will Save The World? Travels Through The Texas Panhandle

By Bill Glahn.

When The Groundhogs released Who Will Save The World in 1972, it followed a popular format in rock music at the time - theme albums. But the theme Tony McPhee chose for his songs may have been a first for rock music - “earth first.” The cover was designed to look like the action comics of the day. Up on the left-hand corner, where you might usually find a brand name like “Marvel”, it contained the phrase “When danger arises, up from inner space come the MIGHTY GROUNDHOGS.”

Recently I took a trip from Springfield, MO to Tucson, AZ. Much of the trip was along the same route I had made many times in the late ‘80s and ‘90s with my family, to CD and record trade shows in Los Angeles. On one of those trips, Don Henley was autographing copies of Heaven Is Under Our Feet, a collection of essays edited by Henley and journalist Dave Marsh.

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Shakin' All Over [the noize]
Neil Young’s New Archives Site Brings Fun Back To The Internet
How Neil Young is paving the way for music past, present and future. By Karen Barry Schwarz.
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What's Inside GNR's Locked N' Loaded Box
Paul Sinclair of Super Deluxe Edition weighs Guns N' Roses' Locked N' Loaded Box and finds new meaning to the term "value added".
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DSQ: Those Danish Men Of Feeling
Can you really be all right, if out there, somewhere, someone needs help? By David Yearsley.
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I Can't Explain [world affairs]
Suicide: The New Thing For Everyone To Have An Opinion About
Death by suicide is deemed unnatural but hardly uncommon. Celebrity suicides offer even more attention to the departed. In the virtual world, everyone tweets, messages and spreads the news far and wide. Yet everything remains the same. By Nick Pemberton.
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How Long Can The Federal Reserve Stave Off The Inevitable?
How long can an economy continue by printing money when that currency printed is the world reserve currency? By Paul Craig Roberts.
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The Entire Western World Lives In Cognitive Dissonance
You have been blinded when everything you hear, read and see in the media is the "truth" to you. By Paul Craig Roberts.
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Denuclearize The United States? An Unthinkable Thought
Here's another history lesson on why North Korea is fearful of the USA and why it has nuclear weapons. By Paul Street.
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Libya "Before And After" Photos Go Viral
So the West didn't like Gaddafi? Libya was once a place of sprawling hotels, wide and clean city streets, functioning infrastructure, and lively neighborhoods. But these very places are now bullet-ridden ruins rotting amidst the political backdrop of the 'Mad Max' style chaos, the result of US-NATO's bombing of the country for regime change. No regrets, Hillary?
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Anthony Bourdain’s Universal Eater
Anthony Bourdain is gone. But surely not forgotten. By Binoy Kampmark.
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I Can See For Miles [cinelife]
The 2018 Socially Relevant Film Festival
The festival may be over but the films resonate. In an age of conflict, manipulation and control, an open mind is crucial to navigate the half-truths and outright lies. Find and watch these films. By Louis Proyect.
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The Marwaris In Satyajit Ray’s Films: ‘Outsiders’ In Bengali Psyche
The representation of the Marwari in Bengali literature or cinema has mostly been as corrupt businessmen. It is therefore interesting that some of Satyajit Ray's best films, including Mahanagar (1963), Charulata (1964), Kapurush o Mahapurush (1965) and Nayak (1966), were produced by RD Bansal, a Marwari film producer who predominantly produced Bengali films. It has to do with history and how the Marwari businessmen were perceived by the Bengalis in social life. Film critic Amitava Nag explains.
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The Tomato Pie Awards: Top Ten Movies of 2017
Read this year-end list to get a glimpse of the new generation gap. The dying light of idealism against the gleam of powerful pragmatism. By Randy Shields.
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Movie Reviews
The Secrets Of Katyn
"The enemy of my enemy is my friend." Never has this ancient proverb sounded so true as in the Katyn Massacre of 1940. By Louis Proyect.
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Capitalism: A Horror Movie
Capitalism is all about making money, nevermind the how and why. It is a clever system that will make you rich if done wisely. Too bad it is so lacking in compassion for its fellow man who are exploited for the huge profit to be made. By Louis Proyect.
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The Young Karl Marx: A Film For Our Time?
Portrait of a handsome, young and skinny Marx before weight issues set in. Or Marxism as a simple idea of people helping people to counter what the capitalists had caught on to - that you could stick people in a factory, pay them low salaries and earn a fortune off their labor. By Al Markowitz.
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The Bird And The Bro: The Politics Of 'Lady Bird'
"What would they do if they found out we were through/ With the little lies and the downtown aggravations", from the 1976 TV movie, The Boy In The Plastic Bubble. These days TV movies don't even come close. Paul Williams wrote the song "What Would They Say". That people matter. By Natalie Shapero.
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Black Panther: Afrofuturism Gets a Superb Film, Marvel Grows Up and I Don’t Know How to Review It
Is this the Black film Blacks have been waiting for? By Andrew Stewart.
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