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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
August 1, 2018

Malaysia To Empower Youths With Voting Right

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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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New Year's Eve 2011 (data)

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Basel 2011 (data)

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Various
Prince's Trust Rock Gala 2011 (data)

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Evil Putin vs Good Guy Zelensky? By Michael Welton.

Interfering in another state is tricky business - so says the gutsy University of Chicago international relations scholar John Mearsheimer (The Great Delusion: Liberal Dreams and International Realities, 2018). It is tricky - and dangerous - and the exceptional nation, the US, may think pushing NATO (with its missile sites and troop placement) to Russia’s borders is benign.

But another state - Russia - thinks it is threatening. Mearsheimer admits that great powers may follow “balance of power” logic, but they can also embrace “liberal hegemony.” When they do, “they may cause a lot of trouble for themselves and other states. The ongoing crisis over Ukraine is a case in point” (p. 171).

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Free Downloads: This Week's New MP3s
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Latest: Cat Power
Cardiff 2022
Latest: The Smiths
Troy Tate Sessions 1983
Latest: U.K.
Long Beach 1979 [Mike Millard Tape]
Latest: Joe Cocker
Costa Mesa 1991 [Mike Millard Tape]
Latest: Paul McCartney
Inglewood 1989 [Mike Millard Tape]
Phoebe Bridgers
Coachella, Indio 2022
Makaya McCraven
Chicago 2021
Wishbone Ash
Nagoya 1976
Johnny Marr
Cardiff 2022
Nicolette Larson
New York 1986
The Regrettes
Coachella, Indio 2022
Godspeed You! Black Emperor
New York 2022
Matthias Schriefl & HR Big Band
Frankfurt 2018
Elton John
Anaheim 1980 [Mike Millard Tape]
Tom Waits
New York 1979
Groundhogs
Memphis 1972
Third World with Stevie Wonder
Jamaica 1981
Van Morrison
Norway 1988
Mark Lanegan
Moscow 2018
Miles Davis
Barcelona 1984
Taylor Swift
Tokyo 2018
The Kinks
Belly 1982
Belly
Boston 2018
Bruce Springsteen
Asbury Park 1982
Suzanne Vega
Carnegie Hall NYC 1987
Aoife O’Donovan
Copenhagen 2015
Matthew Shipp Trio
New York 2014
Kris Kristofferson/Waylon Jennings
Reseda 1982/Worcester 1984
Procol Harum
LA/San Francisco/New York 1969
Jackson Browne
Los Angeles 1990 [Mike Millard Tape]
KT Tunstall
London 2019
Joan Osborne
Alaska 2019
Mal Waldron Quartet
Paris 2002
Norah Jones
Alaska 2019
James Taylor
Treasure Of A Man CD3/4 of 4
James Taylor
Treasure Of A Man CD1/2 of 4
Dr John
New Orleans 1973
Shelby Lynne
New Jersey 2008
Father John Misty
Switzerland 2018
Woody Shaw-Joe Farrell Quintet
The Netherlands 1985
The Doors
Honolulu 1970
Deep Purple
Amsterdam 1969
Steve Earle
Berlin 2004
Dr John
Denver 1974
Lucinda Williams
Austin 1994
Godspeed You! Black Emperor
Amsterdam 2002
Vijay Iyer Trio
Berlin 2021
Bob Dylan
Plymouth 1975
Sting
Complete Timothy White Sessions 1993
Keith Richards
The Complete Honeymoon Tapes... So Far 1983
Reba McEntire
Pasadena 1983
Neil Young
Los Angeles 1991 [Mike Millard Tape]
George Jones
Pasadena 1984
Jeff Parker
Los Angeles/Atlanta 2021
Foo Fighters [Taylor Hawkins R.I.P. 1972 - 2022]
Glastonbury 2017
Foo Fighters [Taylor Hawkins R.I.P. 1972 - 2022]
Sydney 2011
Metallica
Seattle 1989
The Who
Inglewood 1973 [Mike Millard Tape]
John Martyn
Germany 1989
Bonnie Raitt
Give It Up Live Compilation
AC/DC
Boston 1978
Merle Haggard
New York 1980
Boston Symphony Orchestra
Carl Orff's Carmina Burana, Boston 2008
Shai Maestro and Eleni Arapoglou
Austria 2021
PJ Harvey
Boston 2000
Anne Murray
Fort Lauderdale 1981
Bruce Cockburn
Arcata 1997
Phoebe Snow
Philadelphia 1989
Procol Harum [Gary Brooker R.I.P. 1945 - 2022]
BBC Sessions 1967 - 1971
Dee Dee Bridgewater
Marciac 1988
Paul Simon
Tel Aviv 1978
Linda Ronstadt
Los Angeles 1990 [Mike Millard Tape]
KT Tunstall
KCRW, Santa Monica 2018
Updated: Mash [Added May 7, 2020]
Coronavirus Songs

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Long Live Rock! [BigO Audio Archive]

New ROIOs*
John McLaughlin and Shakti - John Peel Show, London, UK 1977 FM (no label 1CD)
John McLaughlin and Shakti - Bob Harris Show, London, UK 1977 FM (no label 1CD)
The Byrds - The 1978 Reunion Concert soundboard (no label 1CD)
Myriam Gendron - Live in Washington, DC, 2022 audience (no label 1CD)
Merle Haggard - The Best of The Silver Eagle #13, Nashville, TN 1981 pre-FM vinyl source (no label 1CD)
Jethro Tull - Live in Anaheim, California 1977 audience (The Lost and Found Mike the MICrophone Tapes Volume 136 2CD)
Metallica - Live in Buenos Aires, Argentina 2022 webcast lossy source (no label 2CD)
Saving Grace featuring Robert Plant and Suzi Dian - Cheltenham Jazz Festival, UK 2022 audience (An EBR Recording 2CD)


*Recordings of indeterminate origin
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Features

Watching The River Flow: Siddhartha 100 Years On

One hundred years after Hermann Hesse's Siddhartha, the adolescent religions that rose from the Middle East are still terrorising eastern thinking and culture. By John Kendall Hawkins.

By the time I was introduced to Hermann Hesse for the first time, some 50 years ago, I had already crossed many rivers in my life. Born and partially raised in southern California, moved to Dad’s Missouri haunts, and on, because of tragic events, to the New England Home for Little Wanderers in Boston.

And now, here I was a working class Lowell High School student at a summer Upward Bound program (GLUB) held at the prestigious Groton School, where maybe the young Roosevelt, alumni of the school, Teddy and FDR, first wet-dreamed of Manifest Destiny and the New Deal, respectively, from dormitory cubicles with curtains for doors.

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Hysteria And The Solomon Islands-China Security Pact

Whose island is it? The Americans? The Australians? It belongs to the islanders. By Binoy Kampmark.

Visits to Honiara, part plea, part threat. Delegations equipped with a note of harassment. That was the initial Australian effort to convince the Solomon Islands that the decision to make a security pact with Beijing was simply not appropriate in the lotus land of Washington’s Pacific empire. [Ed: Honiara, on the island of Guadalcanal, is the capital city of the Solomon Islands. Solomon Islands is a sovereign country consisting of six major islands and over 900 smaller islands in Oceania, to the east of Papua New Guinea and northwest of Vanuatu.]

Despite an election campaign warming up, (Australian) Senator Zed Seselja found time to tell Solomon Islands Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare that Australia remained dedicated to supporting the security needs of the Solomon Islands, and would do so “swiftly, transparently and with full respect for its sovereignty”.

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Shakin' All Over [the noize]
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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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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I Can't Explain [world affairs]
Remembrance Of Things Past
"No history is mute. No matter how much they own it, break it, and lie about it, human history refuses to shut its mouth. Despite deafness and ignorance, the time that was continues to tick inside the time that is," said Uruguayan scholar and journalist Eduardo Galeano. The Philippines General Election is on May 9, 2022. Will the Marcoses be brought back to power? Filmmaker and cultural critic Ram Botero reflects on her nation.
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Now Is The Time For Nonalignment And Peace
It's time to get back to where we once belonged. The Nonalignment Movement needs to be restarted back on the road to peace, progress and prosperity. By Roger McKenzie and Vijay Prashad.
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Western-Led Globalization Might End, But The New Globalization Might Have An Eastern Face
Time to loosen the West's grip on globalization. Look East. By E Ahmet Tonak and Vijay Prashad.
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The Astronomical Price Of Media Propaganda: An Electorate Of Morons
Fed with bull s**t and kept in the dark. Is this how your media is treating you? By Eve Ottenberg.
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Learning The Wrong Lessons From Ukraine
It’s a very well kept secret, but peace is not fragile or difficult. Getting a war started is extremely difficult. It requires a concerted effort to avoid peace. By David Swanson.
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Washington Watches as China and Latin America Deepen Their Ties
Everybody wants to rule the world, especially America. By Marco Fernandes.
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A Deeply Remembered Family In A British Colony
By Kenneth Surin
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I Can See For Miles [cinelife]
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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More Burmese Days
For someone who has such sentimental memories of South-east Asian film, Burma remained a mystery to me. After 30 years, I had still not stepped on Burmese land even though I had met Burmese filmmakers at other festivals from Cinemalaya to Yamagata. It was more mysterious considering that the taste of a national cinema is not complete until you have visited the country in person, to taste its food, feel its heat and dust and see how the sun rises and sets on its rooftops. Since I live by signs given by the universe, it was a chance meeting with Thaiddhi, the Wathann Film Festival’s Programme Director in 2018, that prompted me to see his festival the following year. By Philip Cheah.
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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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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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