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Charles Mingus' Revenge
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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
May 2, 2015

Malaysian Pension Withdrawal Stays At 55


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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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Tokyo 2011

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Dick Clark
New Year's Eve 2011 (data)

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Liza Minelli
Basel 2011 (data)

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Various
Prince's Trust Rock Gala 2011 (data)

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The copyright monopoly is based on the idea of an exchange. In exchange for exclusive rights, the copyright industry supplies culture and knowledge to the public. It turns out that the entire premise is a lie, as untethered creators are racing to provide culture and knowledge anyway. By Rick Falkvinge.


The copyright monopoly was reinstated in Great Britain in 1710, after having lapsed in England in 1695. It was enacted because printers (not writers) insisted, that if they didn’t have exclusive rights to boost profitability, nothing would get printed.

(Do note the difference between books getting written on one hand, and getting printed and distributed on the other. It was printers, not writers and authors, that drove the reinstatement of the copyright monopoly through the so-called Statute of Anne.)

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In 2011, Glen Campbell was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease and is now being cared for in a home. On his Facebook page, friend and fellow musician Jimmy Webb says that Campbell is loved, cared for and respected at the memory support community.


I visited my friend Glen Campbell Wednesday in Nashville. Laura (daughter) and (wife) Kim Campbell were there as well. You may be aware that Glen has bravely been living with Alzheimer’s Disease. Along with his strong and courageous wife, they have changed the face of Alzheimer’s forever.

The world watched as Glen traveled from city to city, to continue doing what he loves to do: perform and share his music. Doctors were amazed at how the music and activity appeared to slow the pace of the disease for awhile.

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Free Downloads: This Week's New MP3s
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Latest: Hookfoot/Renaissance
London 1964 / New York 1976
Latest: Yes (Chris Squire R.I.P. 1948-2015)
Atlanta 1974
Latest: Yes (Chris Squire R.I.P. 1948-2015)
The Majesty Of Music - Inglewood 1974
Latest: Yes (Chris Squire R.I.P. 1948-2015)
Columbia 1972
Latest: Jo Ann Kelly and Peter Emery
Buckinghamshire 1975
Eric Dolphy
Paris 1964 (Complete and Remastered)
Patti Smith
Koln 2015 (Horses in full)
Mogwai (20th Anniversary Concert)
London 2015
Dianne Reeves
Germany 2015
The Word (John Medeski, Robert Randolph & The North Mississippi Allstars)
Santa Cruz 2002
Tom Waits
KPFX Folk Scene, 1979-1975
Stoneground
Winterland 1972
Prince
Rally 4 Peace - Baltimore 2015
Artchipel Orchestra
Italy 2014
Judas Priest
Killer Employee’s Pension - Tokyo 1979
The Roches/The Be Good Tanyas
KCRW 1995/2003
Wanda Jackson
Falcon Heights, MN 2012
Frank Zappa
Santa Monica 1970
Pentangle
Boston 1991
The Rolling Stones
Orlando, June 12, 2015
Charles Mingus
Bremen 1975
Kiss
Anaheim 1976
Prince
Louisville, March 15, 2015
Abdullah Ibrahim and Max Roach
Germany 1997
Ten Years After
Frankfurt 1972

Restart
Latest: Yes (Chris Squire R.I.P. 1948-2015)
Long Beach 1975 (A Mike Millard Recording)
Latest: Yes (Chris Squire R.I.P. 1948-2015)
Long Beach 1977 (A Mike Millard Recording)
Latest: Yes (Chris Squire R.I.P. 1948-2015)
1971 Soundboards (Gothenburg and New Haven)
Bob Dylan
New Orleans 1981
Graham Parker
New York 1988
Fleetwood Mac
Largo 1975
Youn Sun Nah
France 2011
Jimi Hendrix
Berkeley 1970
Badfinger
New York 1971
Uriah Heep
San Bernardino 1972

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Long Live Rock! [BigO Audio Archive]

New ROIOs*
Tangerine Dream - Melbourne 1975
Tangerine Dream - Munich 1981
Neil Young and Stephen Stills - Light up the Blues Benefit - Autism Speaks 2015
James Taylor - The Complete Carnegie Hall Concert for King Biscuit 1974
Sparks - "Saturday Night At The Concert" Presents Sparks 1974
Soul Asylum - 1984-1995 Compilation Disc 9 - Demos, Live and Outtakes
The Untouchables - Venice, CA 2014
Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble - Soul To Soul Sessions 1985
Frank Zappa and The Mothers - Santa Monica 1970 Restored REV A
Rush - Opening Night of Rush40 Tour 2015|
Rush - Lincoln 2015
Rush - St Paul 2015
Olivia Newton-John - Tokyo 2015 "From the 10th Row"
Patti Smith - Village Underground June 5, 2001 Correct Speed Version
Patti Smith - Village Underground June 6, 2001 Correct Speed Version
Sonic Youth - Amsterdam 1985
Elvis Presley - Love American Style SOUNDBOARD recordings Series no.1
Rumer - Berlin 2015, FM
Shelby Lynne - Live In Session On MBE KCRW FM 2015
Paul McCartney - Tokyo 2015 "The Show With Another Girl"
John Mellencamp - Austin 2015
Lynyrd Skynyrd - The 1970 Quinvy Demos And More
Van Morrison - UC Irvine 1975, 40th Anniversary of Lost California Performances
Van Morrison - Paris 1991
Little Steven and Jackson Browne - Stockholm 1987
B.B. King and Eric Clapton - Talking With the King 2000
B.B. King - Houston 1982
B.B. King - Boston 1978
B.B. King - Seattle 1971
B.B. King and Eric Clapton - Atlanta 1979
Bob Dylan - Amsterdam First Evening 2009 JTT Corrected Version
Bob Dylan - White Dove 1997


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New DVD Archive Of Rare Films
Chicago - New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, AXSTV 1080p
Chicago and REO Speedwagon - Live At Red Rocks 2014 AXSTV 1080p
Chicago - "On Tour" (Episode 801) 2014
Calexico - Belgium 2015 webcast 720p
Bee Gees - Soundstage 1975
Ryan Adams - New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, AXSTV 1080p
The Band Perry - Stagecoach Day 3 AXSTV 1080p
Seth Avett and Jessica Lea Mayfield - Morning Becomes Eclectic 2015 webcast 720p
Jack White - Coachella Festival 2015 AXSTV HD broadcast 1080
Jack White - Coachella Festival 2015 HDTV 1080i
The War on Drugs - Coachella Festival 2015 1080p Webcast
Cassandra Wilson - "Tribute To Billie Holiday", Munich 2014 webcast 720p
Youn Sun Nah Quartet - Paris, France, 2015 webcast 720p
VARIOUS - Top of the Pops, BBC April 3, 1980
St. Vincent - Coachella Festival 2015 1080p Webcast
St Vincent (Anne Clark) - Coachella Festival 2015 AXSTV HD broadcast 1080
Sturgill Simpson - Coachella Festival 2015 1080p Webcast
Tame Impala - Coachella Festival 2015 1080p Webcast
Toro y Moi - Coachella Festival 2015 1080p Webcast
The Sonics - Philadelphia 2015
Sleater-Kinney - Austin City Limits 2015 Webstream 720p Glitch-free version
Katy Perry - The Prismatic World Tour 2015 1080i HDTV DD5.1
Panda Bear - Coachella Festival 2015 1080p Webcast
Parquet Courts - Coachella Festival 2015 1080p Webcast
Raekwon and Ghostface Killah - Coachella Festival 2015 1080p Webcast
Reverend Horton Heat - Coachella Festival 2015 1080p Webcast

Audio

ROIO Of The Week
Yes - Atlanta 1974 [TooleMan 30th Anniversary Edition, 2CD] Live at The Omni, Atlanta, GA; November 30, 1974. Very good audience recording. Chris Squire R.I.P.
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Features

The Vatican Heats Up

The Holy Roman Catholic Church has a rather poor history for the sciences. Remember the flat Earth? And Galileo? But now, Pope Francis has come out battling the odds. The Pope believes more must be done to stop the negative effects of climate change. He wants corporations to step back from ruining the planet. They won't back down without a fight. By Dr Binoy Kampmark.

“It was their Waterloo,” claimed Kert Davies, executive director of the Climate Investigations Centre. “They wanted the encyclical not to happen. And it happened.” Pope Francis’ papal document on climate change was already in gestation from March 2013, when he assumed duties at the Vatican. For years, he had been interested in the ravages of climate and its link to human endeavour.

In April 2015, the efforts by climate change denialists were stifled by the Pope’s increasing reservation to provide them a platform ahead of the Paris summit to be held in December. The April 28 Vatican summit convened by Francis and sponsored by the Vatican Pontifical Academy of Sciences seemed to be conspicuously free of anti-climate change titter.

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'Neil Young Is Starving The Poor!'

Meet former UK Environment Minister Owen Paterson, pro-GMO mouthpiece who waves an iron fist of neoliberal ideology wrapped in a velvet glove of bogus humanitarianism. By Colin Todhunter.

"Not since the original Luddites smashed cotton mill machinery in early 19th century England, have we seen such an organised, fanatical antagonism to progress and science. These enemies of the Green Revolution call themselves ‘progressive’, but their agenda could hardly be more backward-looking and regressive... their policies would condemn billions to hunger, poverty and underdevelopment."

Owen Paterson stated the above earlier this year during a speech he gave in South Africa. Paterson is the former Environment Minister for the UK. Now, a few months on, writing in the New York Post (‘How Neil Young, Greenpeace work to starve the world’s poor‘) he is mouthing similar claims and accusations, this time focusing on Neil Young’s recent anti-GMO [genetically modified organism]/Monsanto album.

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Shakin' All Over [the noize]
Ornette Coleman's Revolution
For many at the time, This Is Our Music (1961) and Free Jazz (1961) was as far as the music could go. The latter album title soon stood as the banner of the genre itself. For the next generation of social justice activists, the eponymous freedom in a free jazz was a grand symbol of, a soundtrack to, movements of liberation. This unleashing of the instrumentalist created an art form as radical as the days demanded. By John Pietaro.
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Iris DeMent's Wasteland Provokes Intense Debate
When Iris DeMent wrote Wasteland Of The Free in 1996, it angered conservatives in America, war veterans and some politicians. The five-minute song denounces religious and political hypocrisy and corruption, government and corporate attacks on workers' wages, the great and growing gap between rich and poor. But the singer was never arrested or charged with any hate crime. Nineteen years later all that DeMent wrote about has probably gotten a lot worst. There's a YouTube link below where first-timers can listen to the song. By Richard Phillips. This article was first published on March 12, 1999.
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How Independent Artists and Labels Are Getting Squeezed Out By The 'Vinyl Revival'
In spite of increasing record sales, limited pressing plants and larger orders from the majors and the likes of Jack White mean indie releases are pushed aside in the vinyl market. By Mike Campbell.
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I Can See For Miles [cinelife]
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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The Show Must Go On
In Hajime Hashimoto's Flower And Snake: Zero (2014), a policewoman will do anything to get the people behind an internet porn site, even to take part in the S&M show herself. Stephen Tan reviews.
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Kept In The Dark
The eyes have it, especially when a young woman sets her sight on her father's lover in Yim Pil-Sung's Scarlet Innocence (2014), a sad and surreal tale of access, lust and greed. Stephen Tan reviews.
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Crying In The Dark
The cries and groans of a girl raped by her stepfather are contrasted with the cries of the young prostitutes in Thailand but it is Charlene Choi who gets the limelight in Herman Yau's not-that-bleak Sara (2015). Stephen Tan reviews.
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I Can't Explain [world affairs]
‘Pirate’ Android TV Box Sellers Raided By UK Police
Sellers of Android boxes loaded with software enabling the free viewing of movies, TV shows and live sports have been raided this week by UK authorities. Trading Standards officers, police and representatives from Sky TV carried out raids in several locations, causing other sellers to quickly reconsider the tone of their marketing efforts. By Andy of TorrentFreak.
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How A Hollywood Spy Film Brainwashes Us
If Joseph Goebbels were alive today, this is the kind of movie he would be making - lapped up by audiences and winning general critical plaudits. Even critics who have panned it, faulted it for its crudity; none seemed aware of its insidious faux class politics and faux environmentalism, writes Jonathan Cook.
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Earthquake Music
Before the Age of Enlightenment in the 18th century, God ruled. Natural disasters were His doing. All art from paintings to music and dance was a blessing from God. Last week's seismic shakeup in nearby Sabah (Malaysia) has also been attributed to an angry mountain god upset that some foreigners had bared their bottoms in front of Mt Kinabalu. And "earthquake music" has been written for ages to describe angry gods. Here's a brief history. Rock and roll on, we say. By David Yearsley.
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Never Mind FIFA, How About A Crackdown On The Banksters?
How do you explain the US' sudden interest in European soccer to take such an interest to uncover corruption? In the end, the winner may still be Russia's Putin who will save billions if the 2018 World Cup is taken away from Moscow. Of course, the biggest winner will still be the Wall Street gang. By Finian Cunningham..
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In Memory Of A Journalist
There is no such thing as a terrorist organisation being born. It is always made. Nurtured by a group with the resources to finance and arm them. The late Pakistani journalist and Asia Times correspondent Saleem Shahzad made the connection between the Pakistani military and terrorism. He paid the price with his life. Vijay Prashad remembers.
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Movie Reviews
It Follows
Dir: David Robert Mitchell

David Robert Mitchell's It Follows (2014) might do to Detroit what George Romero did to Pittsburgh - pathos and beauty in a post-suburbian desolation, with youths picnicking amongst the disintegrating ruins and, this time, a curse (not zombies) in tow. By Critic After Dark Noel Vera.
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Tomorrowland
Dir: Brad Bird

Walt Disney's Tomorrowland presents science as "saviour" in direct contrast to the many, many writers, scientists, economists and academics who warned of a nightmare future with atomic bombs, killer robots, hi-tech surveillance and man-made diseases. Tomorrowland, the movie, wants to bring moviegoers back to "a Disneyland world". What could be better? Disney, the opium of the masses. By Critic After Dark Noel Vera.
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Unfriended
Dir: Leo Gabriadze

Fangoria says Leo Gabriadze's Unfriended (2015) takes the found-footage genre "into different, relevant directions while providing a gripping and scary viewing experience throughout". Critic After Dark Noel Vera calls it like he sees 'em: "the cleverest part - a horror movie about social media told entirely through the medium of social media".
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Avengers: Age Of Ultron
Dir: Joss Whedon

In Avengers: Age Of Ultron (2015), Joss Whedon manages to create a sequel that's not necessarily bigger but (hopefully) better, all while sorting out and keeping consistent the various threads of this rather ridiculous little weave they call a universe, says Critic After Dark Noel Vera.
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Maligno
Dir: Celso Ad Castillo

Critic After Dark Noel Vera braces himself for some midnight madness as he revisits Celso Ad Castillo's cult classic Maligno (1977), "possibly one of the greatest Filipino horror films ever made."
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