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(July 14, 2015)

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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
July 7, 2015

Amos Yee Free After Four Weeks Sentence


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FOR SALE!
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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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Various
Prince's Trust Rock Gala 2011 (data)

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Free Downloads: This Week's New MP3s
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Latest: 10,000 Maniacs
Buffalo 1984
Latest: Japan
Tokyo 1979
Latest: Elvis Costello
Long Beach 1979
Latest: The Band
Washington 1976 (Replaced 'faulty' Track 15)
Latest: Archie Shepp
Jazz Middelheim - Antwerp, Belgium 1978
Dion
New York 1978
George Thorogood
Paris 1979
Stevie Ray Vaughan
Out Of The Shadows - University of California, Davis, CA 1984
The Dø
Rennes 2007
Patti Smith
San Francisco 1995
The Band
The Palladium, New York 1976
Captain Beefheart
Crazy Little Things - Kansas City 1974
Pete Stanley and Wizz Jones
Glasgow 1966
Roger Waters
Newport 2015
David Lindley
The Bottom Line, NY 1981
West, Bruce and Laing
Germany 1973
Dr John
Antwerp 2015
Blondie
Toronto 1978
Caetano Veloso and Gilberto Gil
Marciac, France 2015
BBC Proms - Grange Park Opera
Fiddler On The Roof 2015
The Cramps
Dracula's House Demos 1978
Watkins Family Hour
Does Highway 61 Revisited - New York 2015
Billy Joel
London 1990
Melanie
BBC 1969/1975
Alice In Chains/Soundgarden
Hollywood 1991
The Cramps
Memphis Demos 1977

Restart
Latest: Elton Dean
Berlin 1997
John Hiatt
Holland 1984
The Beatles
Atlanta, Munich, Seattle
Jeff Beck
Finland 1971
Neil Young
Bakersfield 1973
Charles Lloyd
New York 2009
PJ Harvey
Paris 2004
Gary Moore
BBC 1984
The Replacements
New York 1987

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Long Live Rock! [BigO Audio Archive]

New ROIOs*
The Rolling Stones - Sticky Fingers Re-Revisited 2015
Yes - Columbia 1972
Patti Smith Band - Horses 40th Anniversary, Germany 2015 Audience
Linda Ronstadt with Country Gazette - McCabe's Guitar Shop 1972 reel-to-reel Version
Renaissance - New York 1976
Mogwai - 20th Anniversary Concert, London 2015 Hi-res 24 96 version
Jo Ann Kelly & Peter Emery - Newport Paqnell, Milton Keynes, UK 1975 Audience
Hookfoot - Paris Theatre, London 1974 SBD
Dhafer Youssef - Birds Requiem Live in France 2015 FM
Tom Waits - KPFK Folk Scene, Los Angeles 1973 - 1975 FM
Tom Waits - Amsterdam, The Netherlands 1976 FM
Tom Waits - My Father's Place 1977 pre-FM
Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band featuring the Miami Horns - Maple Leaf Gardens, Toronto 1977, Nothing to Lose: The 1977 Tour Revisited Vol. Six
Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band featuring the Miami Horns - Maple Leaf Gardens, Toronto 1977, Nothing to Lose: The 1977 Tour Revisited Vol. Six, Hi-Res Version 24 96
VARIOUS - "The Howard Stern Show - Musical Memories" 2005 FM
Focus - 'In Concert from London' 1974 FM Hi-Res Version 24 96
Rory Gallagher - BBC Radio Sessions 1970 - 1974 from Rebroadcasts
Paul Rodgers (w/Reeves Gabrels) - Hollywood 1993 Superstars in concert FM
The Be Good Tanyas - Morning Becomes Eclectic 2003
The Roches - Morning Becomes Eclectic 1995
Wanda Jackson - Falcon Heights 2012
Eric Dolphy Septet - Paris, France 1964 FM Emperor Nobody Remaster
Alexander Von Schlippenbach and Aki Takase - "Celebrating Eric Dolphy" Berlin 2014 FM
Gerry Mulligan Quartet - Live with Jazz At The Philharmonic Tour, Stockholm, Sweden 1959 webcast
Charles Lloyd Quartet feat. Keith Jarrett - Copenhagen 1966 speed fixed
Sleater-Kinney - World Cafe, Paris FM
Sleater-Kinney - Primavera Sound Festival, Spain 2015 FM incomplete concert
The Rolling Stones - Orlando, Florida 2015 Audience
Bruce Springsteen - Shrine Auditorium 1990, The Lost and Found Mike the MICrophone Tapes Vol. Eight
Patti Smith - Bergenfest, Norway 2015 FM
Ten Years After - Frankfurt 1972, incomplete concert
Elvis Presley - 'The Last Farewell' Graceland Sessions 1976
Thurston Moore Band - Live at The Primavera Sound Festival, Spain 2015 FM


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New DVD Archive Of Rare Films
Mary J Blige - Glastonbury Festival 2015 complete webcast 720p
Charli XCX - Glastonbury Festival 2015 complete webcast 720p
The Chemical Brothers - Glastonbury Festival 2015 complete webcast 720p
Death Cab For Cutie - Glastonbury Festival 2015 complete webcast 720p
Death From Above 1979 - Glastonbury Festival 2015 complete webcast 720p
Leon Bridges - Glastonbury Festival 2015 complete webcast 720p
Benjamin Booker - Glastonbury Festival 2015 complete webcast 720p
Ryan Adams - Glastonbury Festival 2015 complete webcast 720p
Alabama Shakes - Glastonbury Festival 2015 complete webcast 720p
Alt-J - Glastonbury Festival 2015 complete webcast 720p
Burt Bacharach - Glastonbury Festival 2015 complete webcast 720p
Belle and Sebastian - Glastonbury Festival 2015 complete webcast 720p
Alabama Shakes - Heineken Open'er Festival, Poland 2015 webcast 720p
Ryan Adams - Roskilde Festival, Denmark 2015 webcast 720p
Blues Pills - Rock Hard Festival 2014 HD webcast 544p
Blues Pills - Berlin, Germany 2015 Digital Satellite 1080p UPGRADE
Courtney Barnett - Glastonbury 2014 webstream 720p
Body Count ft. Ice-T - Graspop Festival, Belgium 2015, Webcast 720p
James Taylor - iHeartRadio Icons New York, 2015, webcast 720p
Gal Costa - Show India 1973 pro-shot
Acoustica Africa - 25th Africa Festival, Wuerzburg, Germany 2013 webcast 720p
NDR Symphony Orchestra w Arabella Steinbacher - Mendelssohn, Mahler live in Seoul 2015
The War On Drugs - Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival 2015 Complete Webcast 720p
Superjam  - Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival 2015 Complete Webcast 720p
Paul Weller - Toronto, Canada 2015 webcast 720p
Steven Wilson - Live At The Wiltern, Los Angeles 2015 webcast 1080p
Taylor Swift - BBC Session ("Live Lounge" for Fearne Cotton show) 2014

Audio

ROIO Of The Week
10,000 Maniacs - Buffalo 1984 [no label, 1CD] Live at Foreign Car Garage, Buffalo, NY; May 12, 1984. Very good soundboard. 30 years of The Wishing Chair.
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Features

Bersih 4: Peaceful Day 1 As M'sians Converge In KL

Unprovocative? Definitely. Certainly Day 1 (August 29) of the two-day Bersih 4 rally was anything but uneventful. From the start, Malaysians defied the ban on the yellow Bersih 4 T-shirts and came out in the thousands to march in Kuala Lumpur. The rally itself had been declared "illegal". Bersih 4 organisers said that a total of 200,000 have attended the protest. While the organisers have helped to maintain peace and order and generally kept things cool, it was former prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad who stole the limelight.

UPDATED AUGUST 30, 3.35 pm: As the Bersih 4 rally at Dataran Merdeka, Kuala Lumpur, passed the 24-hour mark, support for the gathering seems to be holding strong with organisers saying that around 300,000 people had turned up today.

When Dr Mahathir dropped by at Dataran Merdeka (Indpendence Square) last night, news flashed across the internet. However, the irony was not lost on Justice Party vice-president Tian Chua, who had been detained under the Internal Security Act in 2001.

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Bersih Crowds Swell At Meeting Points

Hundreds of policemen have already taken up positions in areas surrounding Dataran Merdeka (Independence Square) in Kuala Lumpur, as the Bersih 4 rally gathers steam, with police urging the crowd to keep away from the historic square.

Kuala Lumpur, August 29, 2015; 1:49 pm: At Lebuh Ampang, scores of policemen have lined up behind barricades in front of the Bar Council building in Leboh Pasar Besar. [At 2 pm, Malaysiakini estimated that 30,000 have gathered thus far at the rally vicinity.]

Police seal off the road at Leboh Pasar Besar. Also spotted were six Federal Reserve Unit (FRU) trucks including a water cannon, making their way into Dataran Merdeka. Earlier, the police's K9 unit were seen making their rounds in the vicinity.

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Shakin' All Over [the noize]
Banned In The USA: Luther Campbell Unbound
It's been 25 years since Luther (2 Live Crew) Campbell released his debut album, Banned In The USA, a seminal hip-hop release. He has dealt with drugs, women, violence and, most of all, censorship and now talks the talk in his new autobiography, The Book Of Luke: My Fight For Truth, Justice And Liberty City. By Dave Marsh.
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The Rise And Fall Of Death Row Records
With Straight Outta Compton just out in the cinemas, Jeffrey St Clair revisits S Leigh Savidge and Jeff Scheftel's 2001 documentary, Welcome To Death Row, the label that came after NWA and housed three of hip-hop's biggest stars - Snoop Dogg, Tupac Shakur and Dr Dre. In the end, although the label generated more than $400 million in sales, its top star was dead, its business manager was in jail and all the money was gone, most of it filched by white businessmen.
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The Grateful Dead: The Ship Of The Sun Bids Farewell
Rock 'n' Roll at the crossroads of fame and fortune vs integrity? We'd like to think so too but too many years have made even the most hopeful accept that as naivety. Just be grateful that the music's still chugging along. Farewell to the Grateful Dead by Ron Jacobs.
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I Can See For Miles [cinelife]
Sex Slave: The Beginning
Being abducted is just a start. Next, it's rape and torture as the victim starts on the road to being a sex slave in Yasuaki Uegaki's Female Market: Imprisonment (1986). Stephen Tan reviews.
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Teaser
Jeong In-yeob's Madame Aema (1982) might be known as the most sexually explicit Korean movie when it was first released but it's really more in the mind. Seen today, it's more sexually suggestive than anything really explicit. Stephen Tan reviews.
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Stories Of Pain And Loss
Acclaimed Hong Kong filmmaker Scud makes a lacklustre visit to the city of premature death in Voyage (2013), a place between heaven and hell where everyone trades in grief. Stephen Tan reviews.
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Nuns Behaving Badly
A jilted woman enters the convent but finds the big bad wolf in the rector. Instead of prayers and meditation, she plots revenge in Masaru Konuma's Cloistered Nun: Runa's Confession (1976). Stephen Tan reviews.
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I Can't Explain [world affairs]
'Why I Will Take Part In Bersih 4'
Malaysian blogger Anil Netto is in Kuala Lumpur to take part in Bersih 4, which is from August 29-30, 2015.
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Labour’s Corbyn: British Establishment in Destroy Mode
Jeremy Corbyn's "old" policies are winning more and more supporters and, within Britain's Labour Party, the Blairites are afraid. Corbyn is now offering a real choice to people and the British establishment is apoplectic. By Finian Cunningham.
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Dr M: I Used To Enjoy Being Asked About Malaysia When I Am Abroad. But Not Now
On August 10, 2015, former Malaysian PM, Dr Mahathir Mohamad, blogged that the RM2.6 billion deposited into Prime Minister Najib Razak's personal account as a "donation" was "bullshit" and that democracy in the country was dead.
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What's Going On?
Anyone who is following reports on Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak and 1MDB (1Malaysia Development Berhad) will inevitably ask: What's really going on? On August 7, 2015, two officers from the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) were transferred to the Prime Minister's Office with immediate effect. In this article posted on August 9, 2015, veteran Malaysian opposition leader Lim Kit Siang urges all UMNO (United Malays National Organisation) members to hold the prime minster responsible for the transfer. [On August 10, it was reported that the two officers were reinstated at the MACC.
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Arrest Warrant For Malaysian Prime Minister! - The Real Reason The Attorney General Was Fired
A Sarawak Report Exclusive. Sarawak Report has acquired documents, now verified, which explain exactly why Abdul Gani Patail was dramatically fired on Monday. The Attorney General was on the brink of bringing charges for corruption against the Prime Minister of Malaysia.
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Movie Reviews
Inside Out
Dir: Pete Docter

If Pete Docter's Inside Out (2015) feels like it's drawn from Hayao Miyazaki's Spirited Away, it has none of the latter's charm, unfolding trauma and imaginary beings, even if they are all inside the head, says Critic After Dark Noel Vera.
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Lucifer
Star Trek: Renegades

Will leaked pilot TV shows be the new norm? Stephen Tan checks out Fox's Lucifer and Star Trek: Renegades, the former coming to your TV screen in 2016 and, for the latter, last heard, it's still up in the air.
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Jurassic World
Dir: Colin Trevorrow

The franchise might be strong but what's wholly missing in Colin Trevorrow's Jurassic World (2015) is Steven Spielberg's sense of play and fun, says Critic After Dark Noel Vera.
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A Most Violent Year
Dir: JC Chandor

JC Chandor's mob story, A Most Violent Year (2014), is understated suspense and oppressive atmosphere and even takes on Coppola's Godfather saga itself. Talk about grand ambition, says Critic After Dark Noel Vera.
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Daredevil
Dir: Steven DeKnight

The ending might be a bit dodgy - descending into Marvel operaville - but by and large, Steven DeKnight's 13-part Daredevil on Netflix hits all the right spots. As Critic After Dark Noel Vera says, if only they had imported someone from Hong Kong to sharpen up those fight sequences.
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