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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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Rock & Rap Confidential
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Won't Get Fooled Again

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August 1, 2018

Malaysia To Empower Youths With Voting Right

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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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Yvonne Elliman
Tokyo 2011

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Sausalito 1972


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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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Prince's Trust Rock Gala 2011 (data)

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A brief overview of what lies ahead for the 10th prime minister of Malaysia, by Stephen Tan.
Also a look back at the years 1998-99 through Sabri Zain's Face Off: A Malaysian Reformasi Diary, Sabri's eye-witness account of the winds of social and political change that swept the country in the wake of the Anwar Saga. Interview by Dayaneetha De Silva, with pictures by Colin Nicholas.

On November 24, 2022, Anwar Ibrahim became the 10th prime minister of Malaysia. The road to Putrajaya, the administrative capital of Malaysia which contains the prime minister’s office complex, has taken him 24 years.

The 2022 elections on November 19 resulted in a hung parliament with Anwar's Pakatan Harapan (Hope Alliance), winning only 82 of the 222-seat parliament. The hung parliament also got the Agong (King) involved to resolve the situation, resulting in a coalition government, also known as a unity government.

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Free Downloads: This Week's New MP3s
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Latest: Don McLean
Texas 2018
Latest: Cilla Black
BBC Sessions Vol 2 [1966-1972]
Latest: Florence + The Machine
London 2018
Latest: Norah Jones
Chicago 2022
Latest: Lindisfarne
The Alternate Dingly Dell
Cilla Black
BBC Sessions Vol 1 [1964-1966]
Lady Gaga
Tokyo 2022
Rickie Lee Jones
Kansas City 1982
Boz Scaggs
New York 1980
Tindersticks
Munich 2022
Shakti
New York 1974
Various
The Sound Of 007 Live - London 2022
Oasis
Sweden 1994
Willie Nelson
San Francisco 2003
Iggy Pop, David Bowie, Nazareth
The British Biscuit 1977
Yes
Los Angeles 1980 [Mike Millard Tape]
Pavement
Austin 2022
Joe Lovano and Dave Douglas
Vienna 2022
PJ Harvey
Germany 2017
Boygenius
Brooklyn 2018
Manfred Mann's Earth Band
Basel 2017
Van Morrison
Copenhagen 1974
Kanye West with Drake
Los Angeles 2021
Various
Jools' Annual Hootenanny, London 2021
Gil Evans
Antibes 1978
Simon & Garfunkel
Amsterdam 1970
Kit Armstrong
Lucerne 2022
The Pretenders
Amsterdam 1980
Rod Stewart
Inglewood 1979 [Mike Millard Tape]
Japanese Breakfast
Chicago 2022
Ahmed
Berlin 2021
The Clash
New York 1979
Jerry Lee Lewis [R.I.P. 1935 - 2022]
Nashville 1982
Duran Duran
London 2021
Sting
New York 2013
Tori Amos
The Netherlands 1996
Fleetwood Mac
Inglewood 1979 [Mike Millard Tape]
Madeleine Peyroux
Montreal 2006
Oscar Peterson and Ella Fitzgerald
Hamburg 1957
The Secret Sisters (with Elvis Costello)
Los Angeles 2010
Elton John
Los Angeles 1979 [Mike Millard Tape]
Buddy Guy
Austin 2018
Tom Waits
Chicago 1976
Blues Pills
Poland 2018
Prophets Of Rage
France 2018
Tutu Puoane
Germany 2022
Jamie Cullum
London 2004
Jackson Browne
London 1972
Various
Taylor (Foo Fighters) HawkinsTribute, London 2022 [CD5/6 of 6]
Various
Taylor (Foo Fighters) HawkinsTribute, London 2022 [CD3/4 of 6]
Various
Taylor (Foo Fighters) HawkinsTribute, London 2022 [CD1/2 of 6]
Nanci Griffith
London 1994
Dizzy Gillespie and Friends
France 1971
Eric Clapton
Columbus 2022
Free
Stockholm 1970
Don Henley
Inglewood 1990 [Mike Millard Tape]
Willie Nelson
New York 2001
Loretta Lynn [R.I.P. 1932 - 2022]
Westbury 1981
Joan Armatrading
London 1977
Sepultura
Rock In Rio 2022
Carla Bley
London 2004
Peter Gabriel
Essen 1978
Yes
New Haven 1971
Greentea Peng
Glastonbury 2022
Pharoah Sanders [R.I.P. 1940-2022]
Nice 1971
Pharoah Sanders [R.I.P. 1940-2022]
Austria 2013
Stevie Nicks
Costa Mesa 1989 [Mike Millard Tape]
David Gates
London 1971
Arooj Aftab
Germany 2022
Sofia Jernberg
Germany 2022
Harry Chapin
Bronx 1977 [CD1-3 of 3]
Updated: Mash [Added May 7, 2020]
Coronavirus Songs

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Long Live Rock! [BigO Audio Archive]

New ROIOs*
Pat Benatar - Live in Oakland, California 1981 FM (Westwood One Superstar Concert Series 1CD)
Vashti Bunyan - Live in London, UK 2006 FM rebroadcast in 2022 (no label 1CD)
The Clash - Live in Oakland, California 1982 audience (JEMS Master Tape 1CD)
Duffy - Acoustic... and More 2008-2011 [AlbumsThatShouldExist 2022]
Duffy - Cover Versions, Volume 1 2004-2009 (AlbumsThatShouldExist 2022)
Duffy - Cover Versions, Volume 2 2009-2017 (AlbumsThatShouldExist 2022)
Duffy - Rain on Your Parade Various Songs 2008 (AlbumsThatShouldExist 2022)
Gil Evans Orchestra - Zurich International Jazz Festival, Switzerland, 1978 FM (no label 1CD)
Norah Jones - Live in Chicago, 2022 audience (no label 2CD)
Michael Mantler 'Songs' featuring Gareth Davis - Live in Vienna, Austria 2022 webstream (Jazzrita/Lewojazz 1CD)

*Recordings of indeterminate origin
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Features

Inside Tár

An LBGTQ-friendly film that doesn't shy away from human failings whatever your label. By David Yearsley.

Amidst reports that the red-hot Berlin property market is cooling off (literally so, given the steep rise in energy prices) comes a new product placement fantasy that advertises upscale apartments in the German capital - writer/director Todd Field’s latest film, Tár.

This discerning ode to tasteful luxury interiors ranges from brooding contemporary concrete to crisp white Jugendstil stucco. Tar, with or without the accent, is not one of the construction substances of choice. We catch fleeting glimpses of roof tiles, but they are of old-world terracotta or the latest eco-friendly composites. Parquet floors glow through matte varnish in those places where they aren’t protected by the deep blues and reds of Oriental rugs. The countertops are to die for.

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China’s Path To Socialist Modernization

Economic growth for the people's benefit. By Vijay Prashad and Tings Chak.

The Communist Party of China (CPC) held its 20th National Congress from October 16 to October 22, 2022. Every five years, the delegates of the CPC’s 96 million members meet to elect its top leaders and to set the future direction for the party. One of the main themes of the congress this year was “rejuvenation” of the country through “a Chinese path to modernization.” In his report to the congress, Xi Jinping, the CPC’s general secretary, sketched out the way forward to build China “into a modern socialist country.”

Most of the Western media commentary about the congress ignored the actual words that were said in Beijing, opting instead to make wild speculations about the deliberations in the party (including about the sudden departure of former Chinese President Hu Jintao from the Great Hall of the People during the closing session of the congress, who left because he was feeling ill). Much could have been gained from listening to what people said during the National Congress instead of putting words in their mouths.

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Shakin' All Over [the noize]
Bob Dylan Lives (And Greil Marcus Is Still Writing About Him)
Do old rock stars ever fade away? By Ron Jacobs.
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Passing The Bucks And The Baton
The history of classical music and regimentation. By David Yearsley.
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Movement Music After The Movement Fades: Reflections On Phil Ochs
The protest singer is a singular occupation that paid well to Bob Dylan but to no other. Movements come and movements disappear. How does the protest singer survive? By David Rovics.
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X'Ho [aka Chris Ho] R.I.P.
Singapore icon/DJ/writer/artiste X'Ho (aka Chris Ho) passed away from stomach cancer in the morning of September 27, 2021. He will forever be 27. Chris was on the first and last cover of the hardcopy BigO magazine. He was a mainstay in the magazine with his regular X'Ho Files column, with articles compiled into ‘Skew Me, You Rebel Meh? [1998] and Attack Of The S.M. Space Encroachers [2002]. He was the most insightful Singapore commentator that Singapore never realised it had. He told truths with unusual clarity. Both his book cover titles alone spoke volumes of the Singapore construct. Rest In Peace, Chris, dear friend and bigO founding member. The following interview was published in BigO #202 (October 2002). Interview by Alfian Sa'at; pictures by fFurious.
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“Pushing Back At Authority”: Son Volt, And The Power Of Protest Music
'With Electro Melodier, Son Volt have rejected mediocre commercialism, political complacency, and the cowardly withdrawal from politics on display throughout most of pop culture.' By David Masciotra.
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I Can't Explain [world affairs]
Westerners Live In Denial, Convinced They’re The Good Guys
No one took responsibility for the explosion over the weekend that ripped through a section of the Kerch Bridge that links Russia to Crimea and was built by Moscow after it annexed the peninsula back in 2014. By Jonathan Cook.
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The Big Fools Say To Push On
Will you stand and protest against the last war? By Ron Jacobs.
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US Hypocrisy Knows No Limits
In the longstanding tradition of many Native American tribes, "speaking with a forked tongue" has meant lying, and a person was no longer considered worthy of trust, once he had been shown to "speak with a forked tongue".* Where else could this metaphor have come from? [*source is wikipedia] By Dave Lindorff.
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Wow, Space Is The Place After All
When you look beyond the cost and benefit analysis, there's so much more to think about. By John Kendall Hawkins.
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The Kremlin’s 'Limited Military Operation' In Ukraine Was A Strategic Blunder
Was Clausewitz right? That war must always lead to the complete destruction of your opponent? By Paul Craig Roberts.
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Remembering The Sabra Shatila Massacre, Forty Years Later
Why remember September 11? By Dr Ang Swee Chai and Ellen Siegel.
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How The US And UK Take What They Want From 'Lesser Powers'
In the name of sanctions, geopolitical interests or the so-called 'rules-based order', colonial powers do what they do best - plunder those they see as weak and insubordinate. By Daniel Kovalik.
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I Can See For Miles [cinelife]
Does Netflix’s The Sandman Give Fans Their Dream?
It was a dream come true when comic books became 'graphic novels'. By Andrew Stewart.
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Satyajit, Ritwik And The Renegade ‘Father’ Figure
In a brief critique, Silhouette editor Amitava Nag looks at how Satyajit Ray [1921-1992] and Ritwik Ghatak [1925-1976] with their different socio-psychological conditionings deal with the ‘father’ figure in their very last film.
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The Shock Of The New
What a wonderful world... the Kazakh New Wave. By Philip Cheah.
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My Favorites Of 2021
I’m really not a big fan of these “best of” lists, but of all the new arts entertainment (or edutainment as KRS-One would say) I consumed this past year, here’s what helped me most in wading through the muddied waters of 2021. By Joshua Frank.
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When Time Started Breathing – The Tale Of Burmese New Wave
The story of Burmese independent cinema seems like a tale of happy accidents. Nothing was planned. All the key players just happened to find small doors opening and rushed through them instinctively. In the case of Thaiddhi (Programme Director of Wathann Film Festival), it was attending a cinematography workshop that led to a film scholarship in Europe, that led to meeting his wife (who was in the same scholarship), that led to a shared dream, for an independent film festival, Wathann, that has now lasted 10 years. Philip Cheah hears the tale.
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Movie Reviews
Miranda Writes: Encanto’s Chart-Topping Enchantments
Another magic kingdom movie reviewed. And it's dripping with sarcasm... By David Yearsley.
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Listening Up To 'Don’t Look Up!'
Don't look. This is entertainment. By David Yearsley.
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Don’t Look Up: See It
By Manuel García, Jr.
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Decolonizing James Bond
'So long, farewell, auf Wiedersehen, goodbye'. Fawzia Afzal-Khan reviews No Time To Die, the 25th James Bond movie in the franchise.
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Ken Loach’s Stirring Exposure Of Capitalist Speed And Consumers’ Greed
Online shopping has moved up. From a week to delivery, to same day delivery, we are now in the realm of delivering within a few hours. But for that faster service, there must be a price. Is it worth all that effort to receive your purchases so quickly? Will you suffer any loss if it took a bit more time? By Eric Mann.
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