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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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Information Clearing House
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Alternet
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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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December 19, 2014
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There is a rising "independent" mainstream but what does it mean to be "independent"? By Philip Cheah.

Earlier this year, I was trying to write a snapshot history of several South-East Asian cinemas when I realized that several names don't exist in the common commentaries.

For example, if you see the Wikipedia entry for Cinema of Thailand, you don't see Ing K's name in the narrative. That's pretty strange as her debut feature, My Teacher Eats Biscuits (1997), is one of the early indie low-budget features of modern Thai new wave in the '90s, and it's arguable that it even precedes Penek Ratanaruang's Fun Bar Karaoke (1997) and Nonzee Nimibutr's Dang Bireley and Young Gangsters (1997).

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Free Downloads: This Week's New MP3s
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Latest: Buddy Holly
Famous Apartment Tapes & Rarities 1957-1959
Latest: Bob Marley
Santa Cruz 1979
Latest: Yusuf (Cat Stevens) Islam
Upper Darby, PA 2014
Latest: Mike Oldfield
Hannover 1981
Latest: The Rolling Stones
Cologne 1970
Johnny Mathis
Christmas 2014
Genesis
Toronto 1974
Cyndi Lauper
Ledyard, CT - Christmas 2005
Cream
Detroit 1967
Badfinger
Kansas City 1972
Aimee Mann
The Return Of The Aimee Mann Christmas Show - Boston 2014
David Lindley
Huntington Beach 1985
Elvis Presley
Event Number 8 - Houston 1974
Art Garfunkel
Nagoya 2014
Grateful Dead
Long Beach 1985
Procol Harum
Stockholm 1967
Frankie Valli
Westbury, NY 2014
Linda Perhacs
Hollywood 2014
Dr Feelgood
Down By The Stupid Beat - Birmingham 1974
Patti Smith
Italy 2014
Bobby Keys (R.I.P. 1943-2014)
Buffalo 2012
The Faces (Ian McLagan R.I.P. 1945-2014)
Seattle 1975
The Who
Michigan 1979
Randy Newman
Holland 1983

Restart
Latest: Thompson Family
Christmas 2008
Genesis
New York 1974
Herbie Hancock
London 2004
Bruce Springsteen
Santa Boss Is Coming To Town
Steve Winwood
BBC 2010
Los Straitjackets
Christmas 2009
Kammerflimmer Kollektief
Norway 2007
Chicago
Christmas 1998
Gentle Giant
Capitol Studios 1975

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Long Live Rock! [BigO Audio Archive]

New ROIOs*
Taylor Swift - BBC "Live Lounge" for Fearne Cotton show 2014
UFO - Starwood 1976
Uriah Heep - Sweden Rock Festival 2014
Mirel Wagner - Label Pop Session 2014
The Who - Who's For Tennis? 1968
The Who - Pontiac 1979, JEMS master hi-res version 24 96
Neil Young - Chrome Dreams 1977
Yuna - Santa Monica, CA 2014
Frank Zappa & The Mothers of Invention - We're Only In It For The Money 1968: May 2014 UPGRADE
The Zombies - R.I.P. 1969
Pink Floyd - The Massed Gadgets of Auximenes 1969
Pink Floyd - Secret Rarities Rev A
The Pretenders - Seattle 1984
The Pretenders - Chicago 1987 COMPLETE SHOW
Rockpile - Live at the Ritz, NYC, on the King Biscuit Flower Hour 1980
Laetitia Sadier - Label Pop Session 2014
Joe Satriani - London 1993
The Smashing Pumpkins - Glass and The Machines of God 1999
St. Vincent - Portugal 2014 FM
Status Quo - Duesseldorf 1970
Status Quo - Stockholm 1971
Lana Del Rey - Sweden 2014
Lamb - BBC Radio 2 Session
Little Feat - First LP Rehearsals, A Professor Goody Special
Marilyn Manson - Tilburg 1998
Marilyn Manson - Reading 2001
Midnight Oil - Unplugged In Calgary
Van Morrison - Contractual Obligations 1968
Allison Moorer - Iowa, 2003
Paolo Nutini - BBC Session "Live Lounge" for Fearne Cotton show, 2014
Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers - Live in London on the King Biscuit Flower Hour 1980

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New DVD Archive Of Rare Films
Bill Frisell - The Disfarmer Project 2011
The Gaslight Anthem - Austin City Limits Festival 2014 720p webcast
AyseDeniz Gokcin - Pink Floyd "Live" on Classical Piano Tribute 2013
Mary Halvorson Quintet - Frankfurt Jazz Festival 2014, Arte webcast 720p
Keith Jarrett Quintet - Berlin 1973 video excerpt of 2014 broadcast
Later with Jools Holland - BBC S45E05, Oct 14, 2014 1080i HDTV
London Grammar - SWR3 New Pop Festival 2014
Belle and Sebastian - Pitchfork Music Festival, Paris, France 2014
James Blake - Pitchfork Music Festival, Paris, France 2014
Khatia Buniatishvili - Das Waldkonzert, The Forest Concert 2013 720p
Khatia Buniatishvili - iTunes Festival 2014
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - Austin City Limits 2014 720p webcast
Jimmy Cliff - Austin City Limits Festival 2014 720p webcast
The Flaming Lips - Las Vegas 2014 webcast 720p
St Vincent - Austin City Limits Festival 2014 720p webcast
Temples - Austin City Limits Festival 2014 720p webcast
Tune-Yards - Austin City Limits Festival 2014 720p webcast
Zoé - Austin City Limits Festival 2014 720p webcast
Marc Ribot Ceramic Dog - Cully Jazz Festival 2014
Joe Russo's Almost Dead - Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival 2014 webcast 720p
Social Distortion - Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival 2014 webcast 720p
Tweedy - Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival 2014 webcast 720p
Lucinda Williams - Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival 2014 webcast 720p
Robbie Fulks - Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival 2014 webcast 720p

Audio

ROIO Of The Week
Yusuf (Cat Stevens) Islam - Upper Darby, PA 2014 [no label, 2CD] Live at the Tower Theater, Upper Darby, PA; December 4, 2014. Fairly to very good audience recording. It's never too late to get on the Peace Train.
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Features

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.

I never considered myself a big Elvis Presley fan. My primary connection to him was that I was born the same year he took the rock and roll world by a storm via his first couple of singles released by Sam Phillips’s Sun Records. I liked many of his rock tunes as a kid and even bought the singles “In the Ghetto” and “Suspicious Minds” when they came out in the late 1960s. Despite my lackluster appreciation of the man, I can recall exactly what I was doing when I heard he had died.

Historian, professor and author Joel Williamson begins his newly released biography of the King with a detailed description of Presley’s death. The book, titled Elvis Presley: A Southern Life, is richly detailed and covers the entirety of Elvis’s short and largely-lived life.

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The Shoot First Mentality Of American Police

When the cops enter, why does violence inevitably become the first resort? By Paul Craig Roberts.

Few, if any, of the correct questions were asked in the grand jury hearing to decide whether policeman Darren Wilson would be indicted for killing Michael Brown.

The most important unexamined question is whether police are trained to use force immediately as a first resort before they assess a situation or determine if they are at the correct address. Are the police trained that the lives of police officers are so much more valuable than the lives of possible suspects, or a houseful of people into whose residence a heavily armed SWAT team enters, that police officers must not accept the risk of judicious behavior when encountering citizens?

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Shakin' All Over [the noize]
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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Dylan's Basement Tapes Complete Streaming Online
The Basement Tapes Complete will be released on November 4. As a curtain raiser, The Basement Tapes Complete: The Bootleg Series Vol. 11 is now streaming via NPR. The Basement Tapes Complete: The Bootleg Series Vol. 11 is a six-disc set which will feature 138 songs.
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Riding Shotgun With Dylan
Before Bob Dylan's former road manager, Victor Maymudes, died in 2000, he left behind his memoirs on tape. Co-written and edited by his son, Jacob, Another Side Of Bob Dylan was recently published. But for musician and writer Peter Stone Brown, even though it’s a first-hand account, there is little new that is of interest.
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I Can See For Miles [cinelife]
Girls Just Want To Have Fun
Lesbian sex in a girls' school, throw in whippings, bondage and torture yet Kota Yoshida's The Torture Club (2014) still feels somewhat lacking. Stephen Tan reviews.
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Shattered Dream
If only it was a myriad of sins under the cover of a blanket in Hisayasu Sato's The Bedroom (aka Unfaithful Wife: Shameful Torture, 1992). Throw in a peeping tom of a husband, drugged-out sex and a broken psyche and it's one hallucinatory ride. Stephen Tan reviews.
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Go Your Own Way
A husband who appears to have more girlfriends than friends; his mother finds a new boyfriend when his father dies; and a wife who has the hots for the next door, teenage peeping tom. That's life in Im Sang-Soo's A Good Lawyer's Wife (2003). Stephen Tan reviews.
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I Advance Masked
Here is a blurb that is hard to resist: A school teacher by day, a rapist by night, where "righting wrongs through penetration" is the company motto. Stephen Tan reviews Takao Nagaishi's The Rapeman (1993).
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I Can't Explain [world affairs]
Swiss Gold Referendum: What It Really Means
The Swiss Gold Referendum is clearly a vote about income shares between the rich and the poor; and a vote in favor of a gold backed franc is not in the interest of the elite. By Paul Craig Roberts.
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Tomas Young: My Last Words to George W Bush and Dick Cheney
News came on November 10 that Tomas Young, an Iraq war vet turned anti-war activist, had passed away in Seattle at the age of 34. Tomas enlisted in the Army just two days after the 9/11 attacks. Following his training at Ft Hood, Texas he was deployed to Iraq and paralyzed after being shot through his spinal cord just five days into his first tour. Below is a letter Tomas wrote to George W Bush and Dick Cheney in June 2013. R.I.P. Tomas Young [November 30, 1979 – November 10, 2014]. We promise to carry on your fight. – Joshua Frank, CounterPunch's editor's note.
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The Copyright Monopoly Wars Are About To Repeat, But Much Worse
The copyright monopoly war wasn't the war, it was the tutorial mission. The internet generation is using technology to assert its values and its place in society, and the old industrial generation is pushing back hard against irrelevance. Things are about to get much worse. By Rick Falvinge.
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Western News-Suppression About The Downing Of MH-17
Looks like both sides in the East-West standoff are playing "reindeer games" just in time for the holidays. The downing of Malaysian Airlines MH17 is in the news once again with both the Russians and the anti-Russians offering "new" evidence blaming the other. Then there's the resurgence of interest in what happened to the USS Donald Cook earlier on April 12, 2014. Remember, all propaganda is phony.
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Movie Reviews
Interstellar
Dir: Christopher Nolan

Interstellar (2014) is a hodgepodge of influences that Christopher Nolan stuffs into an all-inclusive science-fiction extravaganza that's almost three hours long. He also hits his target with admirable precision, says Critic After Dark Noel Vera.
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Halimaw sa Banga (Monster In A Jar)
Dir: Mario O'Hara

Finally, one of Critic After Dark Noel Vera's favorite Filipino horrors - Mario O'Hara's Halimaw sa Banga (Monster In A Jar, 1986). It's one of Noel's most indefensible picks: a classic, though some will wonder why...
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Gone Girl
Dir: David Fincher

Zodiac might arguably be David Fincher's masterpiece but with the enigmatic Rosamund Pike and an anxiety-ridden Ben Affleck, Gone Girl (2014) is one hell of an entertainingly seductive movie, says Critic After Dark Noel Vera.
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Pridyider
Dir: Rico Maria Ilarde

Here's a killer from the Philippines... a killer fridge, that is. As Critic After Dark Noel Vera says about Rico Maria Ilarde's Pridyider (2012), "if it's worth doing, it's worth overdoing, oversplattering, overwrapping in slimy tentacles." And that actress Andi Eigenmann can yank his icebox door open anytime.
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