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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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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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September 16, 2014
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In spite of the bad publicity, Philip Noyce's take on Lois Lowry's novel is perhaps the best of the recent young-adult pictures - at the very least the most thoughtful, and most well thought-out, says Critic After Dark Noel Vera.

At first glance, Philip Noyce's The Giver (2014) is a headscratcher. You wonder: what makes the director of Patriot Games, Clear And Present Danger and The Quiet American a natural to direct a Young Adult (YA) classic by Lois Lowry? Nothing, at first glance.

Nothing at second glance, either. It's tempting to write this one off as yet another hired-gun assignment and not his first either (remember Sliver?), something to raise Noyce's profile in Hollywood till he can attract enough funding to do something significant, another Rabbit Proof Fence, say.

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Free Downloads: This Week's New MP3s
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Latest: Jackson Browne
New Orleans 1975
Latest: Jeff Lynne's ELO
Hyde Park 2014
Latest: BB King and T-Bone Walker
Monterey Jazz Festival 1967
Latest: Neil Young
Farm Aid 2014
Latest: Cream
Psychedelic Circus - MSG 1968
Blood, Sweat And Tears
Wein 1972
Led Zeppelin
Fort Worth 1977 [This is a public service announcement]
Pink Floyd
Copenhagen 1967
Bud Powell
Geneva 1962
George Clinton and P-Funk
Long Beach 2014
Laura Nyro
Seattle 1971
Ghost
Buenos Aires 2014
Neil Young
BBC In Concert 1971 [Update Sept 11 - Fixed track added]
Dan Fogelberg
Santa Monica 1976
Jethro Tull
Long Beach 1970
Kate Bush
London 2014 (Opening Night)
Marvin Gaye
Tokyo 1979
Beck
Redmond 2014
X
New York 2014 (More Fun In The New World - complete album)
Bill Evans and Lee Konitz
Together Again 1965
Bruce Springsteen
On The Road Night - Berkeley 1973
George Harrison
The Tanned Equine Interview 1974
Budgie
Leicester 1975

Restart
Latest: Matthew Shipp
New York 2000
Jimi Hendrix
Olympic Gold
Paul Simon
Seattle 2011
Talking Heads
Syraucse 1977
Radiohead
Black Tuesday
Dave Douglas
Germany 1999
Wilco
Montreal 2005
Cream
Lost Farewell Masters 1968

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Long Live Rock! [BigO Audio Archive]

New ROIOs*
Bob Dylan - Original promo and test pressings of Freewheelin' and Blood On The Tracks
Bob Dylan - Zwickau, Germany 2014
Ramones - Los Angeles 1977
Johnny Winter - Boston 1991
Neil Young With Booker T And The MGs - Dream Machine
Neil Young & Crazy Horse - Liverpool 2014
America with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra - Buffalo, NY, 2014: Hi-Res 24 96
The Daptone Super Soul Revue w Sharon Jones, Charles Bradley and others - Live in Nice, France 2014
Dead Kennedys - A Skateboard Party 1982: Hi-res 24 96
Dire Straits w Nils Lofgren and Hank B. Marvin - The Long Strait Walk To Wembley, 1985: COMPLETE ENLIGHT VERSION 2014
Bob Dylan - Town Hall and Carnegie Hall shows in New York, 1963
Bob Dylan - Now's the Time for Your Laugh, MONO and FAKE STEREO VERSIONS
Bob Dylan -  A Tree with Roots The Original Basement Tapes 2002 release
Astrud Gilberto - New York City 1986
Charlie Haden & Gavin Bryars w Alexander Balanescu Quartet - London 1987
Charlie Haden & the Liberation Music Orchestra - Chicago 1988
Keith Jarrett, Charlie Haden and Paul Motian - Paris 1972
McCoy Tyner Group - Donaueschinger Musiktage 1974, from 2013 rebroadcast
Kevin Ayers - Bremen 1976, UPGRADE pre-FM
Beck, Bogert & Appice - Tokyo Budokan Tapes 1973
David Bowie & Stevie Ray Vaughan - Dallas Rehearsals
Dick Dale - Santa Monica 1996
Elton John - West Of The Rockies
Les Rallizes Denudes (aka Hadaka No Rallizes) - Yodo-Go-A-Go-Go (aka Flightless Bird Needs Water Wing)
Pink Floyd (no Roger show) - Melbourne 1988
Steely Dan - Sony Studios, New York, 2000
Stephen Stills and The Memphis Horns - The LA Forum, 1971
The Time - Live in Minneapolis 1983
Charlie Haden & Liberation Music Orchestra - Bremen 1987: UPGRADE

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New DVD Archive Of Rare Films
St. Vincent - Pitchfork Music Festival, 2014
Sharon Van Etten - Pitchfork Music Festival, 2014
Paul Weller - T in the Park, 2014
Johnny Winter - Festival In Essen, 1979
Sun Ra Centennial Dream Arkestra - - Lugano Estival Jazz 2014
VARIOUS - The Joy of the Guitar Riff BBC 2014 in 2 parts
VARIOUS - Pete Seeger Festival, Day 4, 2014
Nirvana - The 29th Annual Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony, 2014
Sinead O'Connor - Lugano Estival Jazz 2014
Paul McCartney - South Bank Show 1978: 2014 rebroadcast
Sergio Mendes - "Jazz à Vienne, France 2014" webcast 720p
Gregory Porter - "Jazz à Vienne, France 2014" webcast 720p
Gregory Porter Band - Warsaw Summer Jazz Days, Poland 2014
Mahler Symphony No. 4 - Lorin Maazel  with The Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, Tokyo 1998 HDTV 1080i
The Hilliard Ensemble - Eltville, Germany 2013
Dr John - Spirit Of Satch: Dr John interprets Louis Armstrong, North Sea Jazz 2014
Booker T Jones - North Sea Jazz 2014
Quincy Jones - Presents The Global Gumbo Project, North Sea Jazz 2014
Later with Jools Holland - Series 44, Episode 05, May 13, 2014
Lykke Li - Morning Becomes Eclectic, KCRW 2014
Manic Street Preachers - T in The Park 2014: Complete Broadcast
Manic Street Preachers - T in The Park 2014: Incomplete HD Broadcast 720p

Audio

ROIO Of The Week
Laura Nyro - Seattle 1971 [no label, 1CD] Live at the Opera House, Seattle, WA; April 10, 1971. Good to very good audience recording, marred by some sound dropouts. Laura Nyro in her prime.
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Features

Unraveling The Mess Of MH370

Malaysia Flight MH370 disappeared on March 8, 2014. Since then, nothing has been found of the plane or its 239 passengers. It's about time Boeing give a public airing of its uninterruptible autopilot system as found on the plane; and satellite data analyst Inmarsat, in the face of criticisms, to fully explain their methodologies in trying to track down the plane. By Nile Bowie.

Six months have past since the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 in March, which took off from Kuala Lumpur carrying 239 people en route to Beijing. The aircraft veered wildly off course while flying over the South China Sea before turning back over the Malaysian peninsula toward the Indian Ocean, where it is presumed to have crashed. [MH370 disappeared on March 8, 2014.]

Despite the largest multinational search and rescue effort ever conducted, not a trace of debris from the aircraft has been found, nor has the cause of the aircraft’s erratic change of trajectory and disappearance been established. The case of MH370 has proven to be the most baffling incident in commercial aviation history and one of the world’s greatest aviation mysteries.

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Sinister Pretext For War With Russia

The American mainstream media doesn’t care about identifying the criminals who shot down Malaysia Flight 17 and killed 298 passengers. They just want to demonize Putin and create a pretext for waging war on Russia. By Mike Whitney.

The Obama administration has failed to produce any hard evidence that pro-Russia separatists were responsible for the downing of Malaysia Flight 17. The administration’s theory - that the jetliner was downed by a surface-to-air missile launched from rebel territory in east Ukraine - is not supported by radar data, satellite imagery, eyewitness testimony or forensic evidence.

In fact, there is no factual basis for the hypothesis at all. It’s merely politically-motivated speculation that’s been repeated endlessly in the media to shape public opinion. The preponderance of evidence suggests a different scenario altogether.

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Shakin' All Over [the noize]
Charlie Haden: The Great Liberator
You have to be fearless to be an artist. The life of the late bassist Charlie Haden (August 6, 1937 - July 11, 2014) was punctuated with many such moments. He recorded tunes to his leftist heroes, formed the Liberation Music Orchestra, toured outside of the usual jazz circuits, got himself arrested and still stayed the course. Haden was always both fearless and inspiring. BY Jeffrey St Clair.
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Johnny Winter Knew What To Do
Dave Marsh remembers Johnny Winter, who died on July 16, 2014 in Switzerland, two days after his last performance, at the Cahors Blues Festival in France. Johnny Winter was 70.
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What It Means To Lose Pete Seeger
In 2006, music writer Dave Marsh wrote the liner notes to Bruce Springsteen's We Shall Overcome: The Seeger Sessions. When Pete Seeger died on January 27, 2014 at the age of 94, Marsh wrote the Seeger tribute below; and also presented the Remembering Pete Seeger special on the Live From E Street Nation radio programme (SiriusXM Ch. 20).
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I Can See For Miles [cinelife]
Snuff It Out!
After wowing international audiences with The Raid 2, Indonesia hits another homerun with The Mo Brothers' Killers (2014) - it's bloody hands across the waters as a Japanese serial killer eggs on an Indonesian vigilante. Stephen Tan reviews.
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Beat It!
When a much older sculptor falls for a high-school student, she not only learns about the joys of sex but also gets the beating of her life in Jang Sun-woo's provative Lies (1999). Stephen Tan reviews.
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Numbers
Even with sex, masturbation, incest, a vicious child, a serial killer and a man from out there, it'd be nice if things really add up in Sakichi Sato's Zero Man vs. The Half Virgin (2011). Stephen Tan reviews.
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Lost Generation
Sex may be used as a metaphor for political freedom in Lou Ye's Summer Palace (2006), the first Mainland Chinese movie to feature full frontal male and female nudity. But what happens after the loving is gone? Stephen Tan reviews.
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I Can't Explain [world affairs]
The Next-Generation Copyright Monopoly Wars Will Be Much Worse
We've been manufacturing without a license in our homes for 30 years now. It's about to go physical. Maybe that will wake legislators up to the bigger picture. If not, we're in for something much worse. By Rick Falkvinge.
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The ISIS Panic
Michael Brenner on the futility of ad hoc policy-making by press conference.
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Why Have The Media And Obama Administration Gone Silent On MH17?
It's been more than a month after Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17 was shot down on July 17 and the US and its allies have yet to offer any concrete evidence to deny that Kiev was behind the attack. And not only that, US media suddenly dropped the matter completely. By Niles Williamson.
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Who Shot Down MH17?
After Malaysia's Flight MH17 was shot down on July 17, 2014, what the world saw was the United States pointing the finger at Putin and the Russia-back forces in Ukraine. In spite of expert testimonies, Washington has yet to offer definite evidence to refute Russia's charges of a second plane. After 20 days, Mike Whitney is still asking: Was it an accident, a premeditated act of murder or a false flag operation?
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Movie Reviews
A Most Wanted Man
Dir: Anton Corbijn

Actor Philip Seymour Hoffman died on February 2, 2014 from drug overdose. He was 46. In this review of Anton Corbijn's A Most Wanted Man (2014), Critic After Dark Noel Vera pays a belated tribute to the late actor.
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Under The Skin
Dir: Jonathan Glazer

Lucy
Dir: Luc Besson

Scarlett Johannsson is the chilling alien who develops a conscience in Jonathan Glazer's Under The Skin (2013), but achieves uninspired transcendence in Luc Besson's Lucy (2014). Critic After Dark Noel Vera reviews.
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Snowpiercer
Dir: Bong Joon-ho

It's the 1% vs the rest of the world - on a train no less - in Bong Joon-ho's Snowpiercer (2013). When you submit, who do you serve? When you resist, who do you really serve? Or as Critic After Dark Noel Vera syas, call it Bong's idea of futuristic decadence.
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Upstream Color
Dir: Shane Carruth

Transcendence or... just the cusp of transcendence? Thanks to a parasite, lives are made meaningful in Shane Carruth's Upstream Color (2013) but as Critic After Dark Noel Vera says, maybe it's not the ultimate destination that matters but the heady ride itself.
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