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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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May 28, 2015

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Most American soldiers died fighting foes who posed no threat to the United States. These soldiers died for the One Percent's bottom line. By Paul Craig Roberts.

Memorial Day (celebrated in the United States on the last Sunday of May) commemorates soldiers killed in war. We are told that the war dead died for us and our freedom. US Marine General Smedley Butler challenged this view. He said that our soldiers died for the profits of the bankers, Wall Street, Standard Oil, and the United Fruit Company.

Neoliberal Globalization is now looting its own constituent parts and the planet itself. We need a memorial day to commemorate the victims of neoliberal globalization. All of us are its victims, and in the end the capitalists also.

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Free Downloads: This Week's New MP3s
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Latest: Dr John
Syracuse 1972
Latest: Carly Simon
Boston 1995
Latest: Leo Sayer
Australia 2014
Latest: Van Morrison
Irvine 1975 (Late Show)
Latest: Black Uhuru
New York 1981
Dave Douglas/Joe Lovano's Sound Prints
Offenburg 2014
The Yardbirds
Los Angeles 1968/San Remo 1966
Courtney Barnett
Neil Young
Paris 1976
Grand Funk Railroad
Fort Benning 2015
BB King and Eric Clapton
Atlanta 1979
Donald Fagen
Toronto 2006
Little Steven and Jackson Browne
Stockholm 1987
Eric Clapton
Madison Square Garden 2015 (Second Night)
The Untouchables
Venice, CA 2014
Ingrid Laubrock's Anti-House
Koeln 2014
BB King [R.I.P. 1925-2015]
Seattle 1971
Sonic Youth
Amsterdam 1985
BB King [R.I.P. 1925-2015]
Houston 1982
Patti Smith
Village Underground, NY 2001
Tangerine Dream
Melbourne 1975
Tulsa 2015
Stevie Ray Vaughan
Soul To Soul Sessions 1985
Aphex Twin
Roskilde 1997
Bob Dylan
White Dove - Irving Plaza, New York 1997
Butthole Surfers
Germany 1986
Karrin Allyson
Boston 2015

Latest: Thin White Rope
Europe 1992
Latest: The Gun Club
San Francisco 1981
East Of Eden
Zurich 1970
UK 1984/88
Anna Ternheim
Hamburg 2006
Roslyn, NY 1983
Bob Dylan
Rothbury 2009
KCRW 2006
Betty Davis
France 1976

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Long Live Rock! [BigO Audio Archive]

New ROIOs*
Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds - Tokyo 2015
Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds - Tokyo 2015 UPGRADE AUD/IEM matrix
John Fahey - Louisville, 1977 soundboard
Iron & Wine - Germany 2014
Nicolette Larson - West Hollywood 1979 Incomplete show 24/44 VERSION
Catherine MacLellan - Bremen, Germany 2015 FM
Manfred Mann - Illinois 1976
Van Morrison - UCLA 1975, 40th Anniversary of Lost California Performances
Blur - Live at the BBC, The Chris Evans Breakfast Show, 2015
Captain Beefheart - 1970 10 'Decals' Instrumentals & Outtakes
Captain Beefheart - 1982 Ice Cream For Crow Instrumentals
Captain Beefheart - Ice Cream For Crow 1982 Rehearsal
David Bowie - Live in $ingapore 2004
Karla Bonoff - Sellersville 2015
Suzy Bogguss - Massachusetts 2015 soundboard
Mary Chapin Carpenter - London 1993 FM
Artchipel Orchestra - Tribute To Soft Machine, Brindisi, Italy 2014 FM
Karrin Allyson and her Trio - Boston 2015 FM
Marion Brown Quartet - Bremen, Germany 1969 new broadcast
Ingrid Laubrock's Anti-House - Stadtgarten, Koeln, 2014
Abbey Lincoln - Graz (Austria), 2002 FM
Misha Mengelberg w Sunny Murray Spiritual Ensemble - Doelen Jazz '72, The Netherlands MP3
Lisa Simone - 'Révélations', Switzerland 2015 SAT broadcast
Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band featuring the Miami Horns - Milwaukee Auditorium, Nothing to Lose: The 1977 Tour Revisited Vol. Three "Official Audience Recording"
Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band featuring the Miami Horns - Towson Center, Nothing to Lose: The 1977 Tour Revisited Vol. Four "Official Audience Recording"
Sharks - Rainbow Theatre 1973
Sufjan Stevens - "Carrie & Lowell Opening Night" 2015
Savoy Brown - Chicago and Connecticut 1969 SBD
Savoy Brown - Ludlow Garage 1970 SBD
Savoy Brown - Seattle 1972
Linda Ronstadt - Star Spangled Girl 1977 Complete show
Plan 9 - Florida 1985

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New DVD Archive Of Rare Films
St. Vincent - Lollapalooza 2015 HDTV 1080p
Liv Warfield featuring The NPG Hornz - North Sea Jazz 2014 SDTV
VARIOUS - Top of the Pops, BBC March 13, 1980
VARIOUS - The Nation's Favourite 70s Number One 2015
Tchaikovsky - The Nutcracker (Grigorovich) 2014, HDTV 1080i
AOA - Like a Cat, Performances Collection, 2014-2015 HDTV 1080
Eric Clapton - Basel 2013 HDTV 1080i UPGRADE
Eric Clapton - Basel 2013 HDTV 720p UPGRADE
Robert Plant - Lollapalooza 2015 HDTV 1080p
Courtney Barnett - Morning Becomes Eclectic 2015 webcast 720p
Hardin & York - Live At Essener Pop & Blues Festival 1970
David Murray w Saul Williams - France 2015 webcast 720p
VARIOUS - The 57th Annual Grammy Awards 2015 1080i HDTV
VARIOUS - Stevie Wonder, Songs In The Key Of Life, An All-Star Grammy Salute HDTV 1080i
VARIOUS - Queens Of Jazz BBC4 2013
VARIOUS - Internationales Essener Blues Festival 69'
VARIOUS - Top of the Pops, BBC January 31, 1980
VARIOUS - Top of the Pops, BBC February 7, 1980
VARIOUS - Top of the Pops, BBC February 15, 1980
VARIOUS - Top of the Pops, BBC February 22, 1980
VARIOUS - Top of the Pops, BBC February 28, 1980
Them - Live at Olympia Theatre, Paris 1965
Tom Waits - Denmark TV-Radio Studios June 1976
Stevie Wonder - Cannes, France 1974
The Zombies - House of Blues 2015 webcast 720p
Ben Webster w Oscar Peterson Quartet - Germany 1972


ROIO Of The Week
Carly Simon - Boston 1995 [no label, 2CD] Live at the Avalon, Boston, MA; March 13, 1995. Fairly to very good audience recording. Carly gets a homerun.
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UBS Gets Probation For Rigging $5 Trillion-A-Day FX Market

It's a US$545-million fine and a three-year probation for UBS for rigging FX markets. By Tyler Durden.

UBS was “confounded” on May 15, 2015 when the Justice Department decided to void a 2012 agreement under which the bank would escape prosecution for its role in manipulating the world’s most important benchmark rate in exchange for ratting out its FX rigging co-conspirators.

As a reminder, the DoJ is set to extract guilty pleas from a number of TBTF (Too Big To Fail) banks sometime in the supposedly near future. The settlements were supposed to have been announced last week but because that didn’t give banks enough time to negotiate all of the fine print and SEC waivers that will serve to strip the agreements of any and all meaning, the announcements had to be postponed.

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Pirate Bay Helps Put Sweden On The Map, Govt Agency Says

According to a government agency responsible for promoting Sweden overseas, the country has several major brands to thank when it comes to being recognized on the world stage. In addition to car makers Volvo and furniture store IKEA, interest in Sweden has been boosted thanks to the notorious Pirate Bay. But the file-sharing fun doesn't end there. By Andy of TorrentFreak.

As countries fight for prominence on the international stage, being recognized among trading partners and the global general public is an important part of the battle.

For example, London imagery and the royal family are powerful overseas marketing tools for the UK while superstar movie and music icons ensure that United States branding is funneled into hundreds of millions of overseas homes every single day. In Sweden the government has its own agency tasked with understanding overseas cultures and promoting Sweden and Swedish issues globally.

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Shakin' All Over [the noize]
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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What's A $1000 For A Beatles Vinyl?
WIRED has put the spotlight on vinyl in its latest edition.
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I Can See For Miles [cinelife]
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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Groper Train
A vigilante who slashes gropers on trains and a young girl who lures gropers for sex are part of what makes Nagisa Isogai's The Lust Of Angels (2014) intriguing. Stephen Tan reviews.
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Night With A Princess
Hajime Hashimoto's Princess Sakura: Forbidden Pleasures (2013) sounds really inviting on paper - a wayward princess, after a night of sex with a thief, runs off to join a brothel. Too bad, it's only on paper, says Stephen Tan.
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I Can't Explain [world affairs]
Celebrating Real Heroes Like the One We’ve Just Lost
While the world mourns the death of blues musician BB King, the passing of Kwementyaye Randall on May 13, 2015 (he was 89) was practically overlooked. By John Pilger..
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A Little Love For A Disintegrating Country
In the face of the riots in Baltimore, music writer Lee Ballinger pens his love for a disintegrating America.
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Drone Music
General Atomics might even use John Williams' Imperial March to soundtrack its drone ad but what is terrifying is not the explosion but the stretches of silence that will resound long after it. By David Yearsley.
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Asian Docos Now!
The increasing number of Asian documentaries is really just a long bottled-up suppression that was just waiting to explode. It’s a long history of experiencing injustice and feeling helpless about it. As Philip Cheah says, It’s just a long time coming.
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The Furor Over “Fuck France”
In 2010, Saïd Bouamama co-authored the book Fuck France with Saidou from the ZEP group. After its release, an extreme right-wing organization pressed charges for incitement to discrimination, hatred or violence. In January 2015, shortly after the “defend freedom of speech march,” Saïd Bouamama and Saidou appeared before the Court of First Instance. Saïd Bouamama, a sociologist specializing in discrimination toward working class immigrants, analyzes the context of the post-Charlie Hebdo French society. Interview by By Michel Collon.
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Movie Reviews
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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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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The Magical World of Pedro Penduko
Dir: Celso Ad Castillo

When Celso Ad Castillo's The Magical World of Pedro Penduko (1973) is filled with magic, action, song-and-dance and melodrama, Critic After Dark Noel Vera decides to sit down and make some sense out of it.
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Dir: Ava DuVernay

Critic After Dark Noel Vera catches up on two biopics - Ava DuVernay's Selma (2014) and Clint Eastwood's American Sniper (2014) - both problematic. Which one's historically accurate, which mostly invented? Which succeeds and which fails? Which is the better work?
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