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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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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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Prince's Trust Rock Gala 2011 (data)

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In recent decades, the US propaganda system has grown more and more sophisticated in the art of "perception management," now enlisting not only government PR specialists but careerist journalists and aspiring bloggers to push deceptions on the public. By Nicolas JS Davies.

Do we live in a country where citizens are critically informed on the issues of the day by media that operate independently of the government? Or do our political leaders deliberately plant a false view of events and issues in the mind of the public that complicit media then broadcast and amplify to generate public consent for government policy?

This is a basic test of democracy for the citizens of any country. But the very nature of modern propaganda systems is that they masquerade as independent while functioning as the opposite, so the question is not as straightforward as it seems.

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Free Downloads: This Week's New MP3s
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Latest: Marianne Faithfull
Munich 2014/New Orleans 1990
Latest: Dee Alexander
Jimi Hendrix/James Brown Tribute - Chicago 2012
Latest: Van Morrison
You're Not A Rented Audience, Are You? - San Francisco 1992
Latest: Johnny Thunders
Paris 1984
Latest: Culture
Boston 1981
David Murray
The Knitting Factory, New York 1997
Paul McCartney
Deliverance Live - Berkeley 1990
Grin (with Nils Lofgren)
Mayday Vietnam War Protest Rally - Washington 1971
Rick Derringer
Whisky-A-Go-Go - Los Angeles 1977
Pink Floyd
Total Eclipse - A Retrospective 1967-1993 (Disc 3 and 4 of 4)
Bob Dylan (Mike Millard Master Vol 7)
Santa Monica - November 19, 1979 (second night)
Pink Floyd (Tracks Reinstated)
Total Eclipse - A Retrospective 1967-1993 (Disc 1 and 2 of 4)
Jaco Pastorius with Bireli Lagrene
Italy 1986
Bob Seger
Chicago 2013
Julee Cruise
St Petersberg 2005
Velvet Underground
Take A Trip - Wembley 1993
Sun Ra
Lost Reel Collection 1971-72
The Police
My Father's Place, Roslyn 1979
Kate Bush
Alone At My Piano 1976
Miles Davis
Melbourne 1988
Queen
New York 2014
Sheryl Crow
Philadelphia 1995/Dublin 1996
Blue Oyster Cult
Fillmore 1988
Dr John
Germany 2014

Restart
Latest: The Ventures
California 1981
Mountain
New York 1974
Colosseum II
British Savage
Megadeth
Unplugged 1997
Hollies
In A Spin
Buena Vista Social Club
Germany 2010
Wishbone Ash
Illinois 2011
Beck, Bogart, Appice
London 1974
John Denver
Los Angeles 1971

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Long Live Rock! [BigO Audio Archive]

New ROIOs*
Miles Davis - Amsterdam 1957 BEST SOURCE
Miles Davis Septet - Fillmore West 1970 Fragment Version
Gunter Hampel Galaxie Dream Band - Hannover 1972
Keith Jarrett Trio  - Hamburg, 1972, First Set
Dee Alexander Group w Ernest Dawkins - Sant'Anna Arresi, Italy 2010
Dee Alexander's Evolution Arkestra - Funkin' With Electric Soul, a Tribute to James Brown and Jimi Hendrix 2012
Wang Yuja with the NHK Symphony Orchestra - Debussy/ Ravel, Tokyo 2014
The Cars - Live At The El Mocambo 1978, KBFH
Prince - The Quintessential 12 Inch Collection in FLAC
Prince - The Evolution, Singles, Downloads, Streams and Broadcasts 2007-2014
Mary J. Blige - Birmingham, UK BBC Radio 2014
Meshell Ndegeocello - Live In Session On Morning Becomes Eclectic 2014
Mavis Staples and friends - 'I'll Take You There', A 75th Birthday Celebration, Chicago 2014
Joe Lynn Turner - Soul Searcher 1985
Dave Holland - NPR Audio Concerts: Newport Jazz Festival 2008
Keith Jarrett (Solo) - Bremen 1975 UPGRADE
Christian McBride and Inside Straight - NPR Audio Concerts: Live At The Village Vanguard, 2009
Christian McBride and Inside Straight - NPR Audio Concerts: 30th Detroit International Jazz Festival, 2011
Greg Osby Five / Joe Lovano's Us Five - NPR Audio Concerts: Fivin' Around At The Village Vanguard On JazzSet 2010
Esperanza Spalding (solo) - NPR Audio Concerts: Jazz24/KPLU in Seattle 2010
Esperanza Spalding w Ricardo Vogt (gtr) - NPR Audio Concerts: Tiny Desk Concert 2011
Dave Brubeck - NPR Audio Concerts: Piano Jazz 1997
Dave Brubeck - NPR Audio Concerts: 50th Monterey Jazz Festival 2007
Dave Brubeck Quartet - NPR Audio Concerts: JazzSet features 50th Newport Jazz Festival, 2009
Chick Corea, Stanley Clarke and Lenny White - NPR Audio Concerts: JazzSet WBGO-FM, 2009
Herbie Hancock - NPR Audio Concerts: Piano Jazz 1987
Herbie Hancock - NPR Audio Concerts: At Newport Jazz Festival 2008
Herbie Hancock - NPR Audio Concerts: World Cafe WXPN 2010
Hiromi - NPR Audio Concerts: Piano Jazz Rising Stars 2012
Prince And The Revolution - From The Soundboard: 1984 Birthday Show
Prince - The Flesh + U Gotta Shake Something 1985-86

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New DVD Archive Of Rare Films
Keith Jarrett Quintet - Berlin 1973 video excerpt of 2014 broadcast UPGRADE, 720p
Mary J. Blige - Birmingham, UK BBC iPlayer video 2014
Otis Taylor Band - Poland 2013 HD satellite broadcast 1080
VARIOUS - Tokyo Jazz Festival 2013 Vol 3, 1080i HDTV
VARIOUS - Blue Note Festival 2014
VARIOUS - 42nd American Music Awards 2014
Metallica - HBO's Concert For Valor 2014, HD b'cast 1080i
ARIOUS - HBO's Concert For Valor 2014, HD b'cast 720p
Royal Blood - Les Inrocks Philips, Paris 2014 webcast 720p
Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga - Cheek to Cheek Live 2014, HDTV 1080i
Damon Albarn - Casino de Paris 2014 webcast 1080p
The Black Keys - Austin City Limits Live, 2014
Simon & Garfunkel - Old Friends 2003 HDTV 720p edited version
Damien Rice - Morning Becomes Eclectic 2014
Damien Rice - Amsterdam, 2014 webcast 576p
Rihanna - HBO's Concert For Valor 2014, HD b'cast 1080i
Taylor Swift - Secret Session for the album 1989, iHeartRadio 2014 webcast 720p
Prince - Live on Saturday Night Live 2014 HDTV 1080p
Eminem - HBO's Concert For Valor 2014, HD b'cast 1080i
Broken Bells - Las Vegas, 2014 webcast 720p
Foxygen - Pitchfork Music Festival, Paris, France 2014
Jenny Lewis - Morning Becomes Eclectic 2014
Portishead - Live at Rock en Seine Festival, 2014 HDwebcast 720p
St. Vincent - Pitchfork Music Festival, Paris, France 2014
Taylor Swift - Good Morning America Performance 2014, HDTV 720p

Audio

ROIO Of The Week
Rick Derringer - Los Angeles 1977 [no label, 1CD] Live at the Whisky-A-Go-Go, Los Angeles, CA; February 18, 1977 (also listed as February 8, 1977). Fairly to very good FM broadcast. From All American Boy to Hang On Sloppy...
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Features

Pirates Fail To Prevent American Sniper's Box Office Record

Liar, liar, pants on fire. You see them in their corporate offices. In suits and ties. Dressed like gentlemen. But out from their mouths come statistics, charts and threats. Too bad the sniper shot dead their argument that piracy will eat their profits. It's called sharing. By Ernesto of TorrentFreak.

American Sniper, directed by Clint Eastwood and stars Bradley Cooper, grossed record numbers at the US box office the January 18, 2015 weekend. A surprising result, not least because a high quality leak was widely available prior to the premiere, resulting in millions of pirate downloads and streams. How can this be?

When a high quality screener of American Sniper leaked online days before the theatrical release the filmmakers probably feared the worst. After all, recent history has ‘shown’ that early leaks can have a devastating impact on box office revenues. The Expendables 3, for example, grossed a disappointing $16 million during the opening weekend.

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Rape Cartoons Are A Riot, Aren't They?

By Shailja Patel; Nairobi, Kenya

AIDS jokes are funny if you've never loved someone who died of AIDS. If you live in a bubble that allows you not to know that millions of Africans died, thousands of gay men died, of criminal state indifference and denialism. Because they were, after all, only blacks and queers. Comedy material, not lives worth grieving.

Ebola cartoons are funny. Unless your partner is a public health doctor, forced to choose every day between treating patients without protective clothing or abandoning them to save her own life.

Cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed naked, on all fours, anus presented as target, are anti-clerical snigger fodder. Unless you and half the men and boys and boy children and baby boys you know and love are named Mohammed.

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Shakin' All Over [the noize]
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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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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I Can See For Miles [cinelife]
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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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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I Can't Explain [world affairs]
Maximum Horror
Wear a veil, get kicked out of a French opera hall. Slaughter animals the halal way, get condemned by animal rights activists for cruelty. Say the fajr (morning prayer), get ready to be accused of noise pollution. If you're a Muslim, you'd think the rest of the world had something against you. No? But poke fun at the Jews and you're an anti-semite. By Tariq Ali.
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The Coming War On Pensions
Everywhere, financiers are coming after your money. Call them bankers, wealth managers, brokers, insurance agents, whatever. Their sole concern is their profit which means your loss. Men and women with no conscience. Their work benefits no one except themselves. By Michael Hudson.
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Russia And China Mock Divide-and-Rule
Here we are at the beginning of Cold War 2. The West want to press the "reset" button. But this time the Russians and Chinese have the economic muscle they lacked during the first Cold War. All the same, the end result will be people being trampled when elephants trumpet and stomp. By Pepe Escobar.
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Why The Secrecy On The MH17 Investigation
On July 17, 2014, Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17 was shot down over the Eastern Ukraine. On August 8, 2014, the four investigating nations - Ukraine, the Netherlands, Australia and Belgium - signed an agreement that the results of the investigation would not be published unless all four countries agreed. As James O'Neill points out, given the existence of this agreement, the final report will be no more than window dressing for a much wider geo-political agenda.
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Movie Reviews
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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Boyhood
Dir: Richard LInklater

Richard LInklater's Boyhood (2014) has a kind of modest charm and delivers a serviceable ode to the melancholy vagaries that make up an American adolescent's life. As Critic After Dark Noel Vera says, it might even be Linklater's best movie yet.
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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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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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