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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

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August 1, 2018

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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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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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Various
Prince's Trust Rock Gala 2011 (data)

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Why is the United States - its president, its politicians, its pundits - bent on creating a Cold War environment and arms race with China? By Melvin Goodman.

CIA director William Burns has created a new center to focus exclusively on collecting intelligence about China and countering its espionage against the United States. My first reaction was “really... what took so long?”

You have to wonder what in the world Burns’ mediocre predecessors (John Brennan and Mike Pompeo) were thinking in creating mission centers regarding Iran and North Korea which represented little threat to the United States.

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Free Downloads: This Week's New MP3s
(Click on the link to download the show)
Latest: Tanya Tucker
Pasadena 1986
Latest: Tammy Wynette
Pasadena 1982
Latest: Nanci Griffith
Austin 1993
Latest: Adele
The Soundboard Archive
Latest: Roberta Flack
Syracuse 2002
AC/DC
The Soundboard Archive [CD1/2 of 5]
Yes
Long Beach 1979 [Mike Millard Tape]
Michael Jackson
Los Angeles 1989
Georgie Fame
The Van Morrison Years Live!
The Moody Blues
Inglewood 1974 [Mike Millard Tape]
Alison Krauss
The Soundboard Archive [CD1/4 of 7] - Updated Oct 21
Kamasi Washington
Newport 2021
Marvin Gaye
The Soundboard Archive
Queen
Rare Cuts Vol 4-6 of 6
Kris Kristofferson
Pasadena 1981
Gillian Welch and David Rawlings
The Soundboard Archive [CD4-6 of 6]
Glen Campbell
Greensboro 1985
Gillian Welch and David Rawlings
The Soundboard Archive [CD1-3 of 6]
Makaya McCraven
Newport 2021
Eric Clapton
Dallas 1976
Queen
Rare Cuts Vol 1-3 of 6
Bruford
Chicago 1979
Van Morrison
The '90s Workshops Live!
Everly Brothers
Westbury 1990
Liz Phair
WCSE Sessions 1996-97
Joëlle Léandre
Moers 2021
Aretha Franklin
Syracuse 2007
Nanci Griffith
Coventry 1997
10cc
The Soundboard Archive
Van Morrison
Back On Top Live!
The Who
Inglewood 1980 [Mike Millard Tape]
Keith Richards
Los Angeles 1993 [Mike Millard Tape]
Miles Davis
Chicago 1990
The Specials
Boston 1980
Patti Smith
Los Angeles 1976
Van Morrison
The Healing Game Live!
Johnny Otis
London 1972
Gene Clark & Carla Olson
Nashville 1987
Miles Davis
Complete Bergen 1988
Bruce Springsteen
Washington 1974
Peter Gabriel
West Hollywood 1978 [Mike Millard Tape]
Elvis Presley
827 Thomas Street [CD5 of 5]
Van Morrison
How Long Has This Been Going On Live!
Chicago
Oakland 1977
Jethro Tull
Freiburg 1982
Don Cherry
Norway 1969
Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
New York 1970
George Harrison
Spirits In The Material World
Elvis Presley
827 Thomas Street [CD3/4 of 5]
Van Morrison
Days Like This Live!
Joni Mitchell
Italy 1988
Graham Parker
Santa Monica 1989
Frank Lowe Quartet
France 1978
U2
San Diego 1992 [Mike Millard Tape]
Ray Charles
Poland 1984
Elvis Presley
827 Thomas Street [CD1/2 of 5]
The Rolling Stones [Charlie Watts R.I.P. 1941 - 2021]
Seattle 1981
The Rolling Stones [Charlie Watts R.I.P. 1941 - 2021]
Los Angeles 1989
Van Morrison
Hymns To The Silence Live!
Roger Miller
Alexandria 1991
Country Joe & The Fish
Pennslyvania 1970
The Everly Brothers [Don Everly R.I.P. 1937 - 2021]
Seattle 1973
The Everly Brothers [Don Everly R.I.P. 1937 - 2021]
The Netherlands 1990
Youn Sun Nah
Marciac 2021
Van Morrison
Enlightenment Live!
Lynyrd Skynyrd
Transmission Impossible
Mercury Rev
Seattle 2005
Brad Mehldau Trio
France 2021
Nanci Griffith [R.I.P. 1953 - 2021]
Santa Cruz 1986
Nanci Griffith [R.I.P. 1953 - 2021]
London 1988
Eric Clapton
Tokyo 1988
Edgar Winter Group
Long Beach 1975 [Mike Millard Tape]
Updated: Mash [Added May 7, 2020]
Coronavirus Songs

As of now, we have stopped all restarts of older shows to reduce the cost of running the site. Readers who can donate towards the cost of the site, please open a Skrill account.

Long Live Rock! [BigO Audio Archive]

New ROIOs*
Lucinda Williams w Buddy Miller & Jason Isbell - Nashville 2016, audience
Todd Rundgren - Agoura Hills, CA 2016, audience
Gregory Porter - Dusseldorf 2013, FM
Freda Payne - Boston 2016, HD-FM
Alan Parsons with Todd Rundgren, John Entwhistle and Friends - Fukuoka 2001
Rickie Lee Jones & The Stockholm Art Orchestra - Stockholm Sweden, 2015, FM
Shawn Colvin - Palo Alto, CA 1994, SBD
Guy Clark and Michelle Shocked (opening act) - San Francisco, CA 1988, FM
The Church - Fairfield 2016
Os Mutantes - 1970 Rehearsals in Sao Paulo, soundboard
Harriet Tubman (the band) & Cassandra Wilson - Present Black Sun, Moers Festival, Germany 2016, FM
Alabama Shakes - Weekender Festival, Germany 2015, FM
The Beatles - John, Paul, George, Ringo & Me, Tony Barrow
Jeff Beck - Blue Wind Over Yokohama 1980, Audience MR PEACH RECORDING
Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires - Köln, Germany 2016, FM
Sam Beam and Jesca Hoop - Live In Session, Morning Becomes Eclectic KCRW FM 2016, FM
Syd Barrett - Tattooed
Neil Young + Promise of The Real - Rebel Content Tour 2015 Compilation, audience
Neil Young + Promise of the Real - Earth album: Naked
Neil Young + Promise of the Real - Texas 2016, Audience
Neil Young - Collector's Heartland
Lucinda Williams and Buick 6 - Ann Arbor, Michigan 2016, audience mp3
The Who - This Old Lifehouse: The Bootleg Reconstruction Project VERSION 2
Joe Walsh - Watsonville, CA 1987
The The - Amsterdam 2000, FM speed corrected
The The (Matt Johnson) - Parkpop Festival, The Netherlands 1990, FM
Paul Simon - Oklahoma 2016, audience
Prince - Work It Version 2, UPDATED
Prince - Rehearsal 1984, soundboard
Prince and the New Power Generation - Live at the BBC 1993, FM
Prince - City Lights Vol 4, Purple Rain Tour 1984-1985, Soundboard
Prince - City Lights Volume 6, The Sign O' The Times Tour 1987, soundboard, FM Remastered And Extended
The Rolling Stones - El Libertador, Chile 2016, IEM+audience
Santana - Allentown 2016, two-source mix audience
"Pickin' on Hippies" - Denver CO 2013, Soundboard, audience matrix
Van Morrison - Boston 2016, A Belfrank Audience Recording
Van Morrison featuring the Caledonia Soul Orchestra - Live at The Troubadour, Hollywood 1973, audience
King Crimson - Tokyo, Japan 2015, Audience
Jimi Hendrix - European (Radio) Broadcasts Collection 1966-1967, FM


*Recordings of indeterminate origin
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New DVD Archive Of Rare Films
Jack Bruce - "Swing In", Germany 1972, HDTV
James Booker and Memphis Piano Red - Molde, Norway 1978, webstream mp4 720p
Gary Burton Quartet - Oslo, Norway 1970, webstream mp4 720p
Harriet Tubman (the band) & Cassandra Wilson - Present Black Sun, Moers Festival, Germany 2016, webcast 720p
Ben Folds - The Fillmore, Detroit 2016, webcast 720p
Art Farmer - Oslo, Norway 1968, webstream flv 720p
Laila Dalseth & Totti Bergh - "Laila + Totti = Jazz" show, Oslo, Norway 1973, webstream flv 720p
Laila Dalseth and Roy Hellvins Orchestra -  Oslo, Norway 1971, webstream mp4 720p
VARIOUS - Jazz At The White House 2016, HDTV 720p
VARIOUS - Jazz At The White House 2016 Complete show, Youtube 720p
VARIOUS - Molde Jazz Festival Pt 1, Norway 1968, webstream mp4 720p
VARIOUS - Molde Jazz Festival Pt 2, Norway 1968, webstream mp4 720p
VARIOUS - Highlights from Norwegian TV Jazz Archives 1963-1970 Pt 1, webstream mp4 720p
VARIOUS - Highlights from Norwegian TV Jazz Archives 1970-1984 Pt 2, webstream mp4 720p
VARIOUS - Kalvoya Festival, Norway 1971-1990, webstream mp4 720p
VARIOUS - Kalvoya Festival, Norway 1985, webstream mp4 720p
VARIOUS - 30 Years of Molde Jazz Festival 1990, webstream mp4 720p
VARIOUS - BBC Shakespeare Live From The RSC 2016
Neil Young - An Evening With Neil Young Q&A, Los Angeles 2016 webcast 1080p
Wolfmother - Cologne, Germany 2016, webcast 720p
Steps Ahead Meets WDR Big Band - Leverkusen, Germany 2016, webstream 720p
Maxine Nightingale - Oslo, Norway 1977, webstream mp4 720p
The Nice - Oslo, Norway 1969, webstream flv 720p
My Morning Jacket  - Austin City Limits Live 2016, webcast 720p
Minafric Orchestra & Faraualla - Jazzahead, Bremen, Germany 2016, webstream 720p
Sarah McKenzie + Stéphane Belmondo - Jazz sous les pommiers, France 2016, webcast 720p
Herbie Mann Quartet - Kongsberg, Norway 1983, webstream flv 720p
Charles Lloyd + Jason Moran Duo - Jazz sous les pommiers, France 2016, webcast 720p
Natalia Lafourcade - Mexico City 2016, webcast 720p
Verdi's Rigoletto, Paris 2016 HDTV 1080p opera
Peter Frampton - Tiny Desk Concert, NPR, Washington, DC 2016, webcast 1080p
John Fogerty - Stagecoach Festival, Indio, California 2016, webcast 1080p


Audio

ROIO Of The Week
A/B Road Sessions, January 26, 1969 [Purple Chick PC 26-1/2; CD1/2 of 6]Complete Purple Chick Set v1.1 (Nagra Reels); "A/B Road" session tapes; Also known as The Nagra Reels; Twickenham Studios (Part 1); Apple Studios (Part 2). Very good soundboard. 83 CDs, 2,187 tracks, 97 hours, 44 mins, 7 seconds. If you are a Beatles fan, you'd likely have this already.
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Features

Blowing The Whistle At Facebook

Facebook is an important part of the Surveillance State. Can a whistleblower bring it down? by Binoy Kampmark.

The only surprise was that it did not come sooner. Big Tech whistleblowers are not exactly running out of the offices of Silicon Valley, so it was with some excitement that Facebook could produce a person willing enough to show us the laundry, with the dirt still caking the content.

And the laundry in question proved to be bountiful, with internal company documents running into the thousands showing a fruit salad range of mendacity, deception and approaches to combating hate, violence and misinformation on its platform. The Wall Street Journal capitalised.

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Facebook Users Union Launches #FireZuck Campaign

Stand and deliver. Get the Zuck out! By CounterPunch News Service.

San Francisco - On Sunday night [October 3], Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen told 60 Minutes that Facebook is misleading the public with lies, hate and disinformation on its platform. We wish we were surprised. Time and time again, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has put Facebook’s profits ahead of truth, safety, health and democracy.

That’s why today [October 4], the Facebook Users Union launched a #FireZuck campaign telling Facebook that it’s time for Mark Zuckerberg to go. They launched petitions on several platforms and are calling for a protest outside of Mark Zuckerberg’s house in Palo Alto on October 17.

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Shakin' All Over [the noize]
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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Harlem’s Forgotten Festival
Some parties and celebrations are more meaningful than others. Make sure you go to the right ones. By Seth Sandronsky.
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Thank Heaven For Nirvana
It was 30 years ago today... when Nirvana were the Next Big Thing! And since then, nothing has ever come close. To celebrate the 30th anniversary of Nirvana's groundbreaking second album, Nevermind, here is the exclusive Kurt Cobain interview by Patrick Chng that we ran in BigO #75 (March 1992). Pictures by Jacque Chong.
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Black, Brown, And White: Thoughts On Psychoanalysis, The Blues, And Marginality
Art for imagination. Cinema for perspective. And music to heal. A brief history of American music and psychoanalysis. By John S Auerbach.
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I Can't Explain [world affairs]
Facebook Users Union Launches #FireZuck Campaign
Stand and deliver. Get the Zuck out! By CounterPunch News Service.
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China’s Fortune Cookie Crumbles
America understands 'It's cheaper to be a parasite'. Ross Ashcroft talks to Michael Hudson.
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Regulating Obscenity Has Never Worked, Why Do We Think It Will Work Now?
Adult entertainment is a private affair. Porn regulation should be left to the private sector. By Dara Macdonald.
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How Corporations Won The War On Terror
The companies that gained from the post-9/11 surge in Pentagon spending were just five major weapons companies - Lockheed Martin, Boeing, General Dynamics, Raytheon and Northrop Grumman. By William Hartung.
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Rolling Back The Enlightenment
Does the truth need the protection of a powerful institution? Or, can people develop their own potential to recognize the truth as such? By MG Piety.
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The Vocabulary Of Neoliberal Diplomacy In Today’s New Cold War
The US defines its political and economic reality in the rhetoric of free markets and democracy. Only problem is that China and many other countries in the world don't recognize it. By Michael Hudson.
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Humiliating Defeat In Afghanistan
Started by George W Bush in 2001, America's Afghan War finally ends in defeat in 2021. By Chandra Muzaffar.
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I Can See For Miles [cinelife]
Noteworthy New Tunisian Films
“A Son” and “She Had A Dream”, both from Tunisia, are among the new productions distributed by ArtMattan Films in the US this fall. By B Nimri Aziz.
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Embracing The Unknowable
Even for many of us who are followers of South-east Asian cinema, the terrain can still remain unfamiliar, even though well-trodden. When you encounter a film such as Anatomy Of Time (World Premiere at the Venice Film Festival on September 9, 2021) that encompasses religion, philosophy, politics, history, cinema and more, one feels the pleasure of swimming in unknown waters yet again. Philip Cheah speaks to the film’s Thai director, Jakrawal Nilthamrong, about his cinematic tapestry.
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Amazon’s 'The Boys': The Superhero As Cypher For The Times
In the global world, the survival of the fittest has reached its summit. Huge, monopolistic corporations can finally rule over all nations. The Super Corporations led by Super Entrepreneurs. By Tony McKenna.
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Ray’s Women: Strong But Vulnerable
The young working women portrayed in Satyajit Ray's movies are strong-willed and liberated. They have a body to celebrate and a mind to chase their own dreams. By Amitava Nag.
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All Dressed Up For The Oscars And Nowhere To Go
There are more eyeballs in China. By David Yearsley.
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Movie Reviews
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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The Best Films Of 2019
With the streaming of music and movies now a reality, you can watch some of the best and obscure films for the US$5 you pay to subscribe to any streaming service. By Louis Proyect.
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Praying The Gay Away
Imagine that? A couple of sentences in the book of Leviticus in the Old Testament is the motivation for Christians to condemn lesbians, gays, bi and trans (LGBT). By Louis Proyect.
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The Advocates
A film review of French director Rémi Kessler’s documentary The Advocates or how did Los Angeles grow a homeless problem. By Ed Rampell.
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Moore’s Fahrenheit 11/9: Entertaining Film, Crappy Politics
Michael Moore’s “Fahrenheit 11/9” 'is a blunderbuss attack on Trump' and American politics but fails to offer insight to an alternative
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