Noel Vera

Critic After Dark:
A Review Of
Philippine Cinema

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"You may not always agree with Noel Vera’s trenchant views on the art and craft of filmmaking - and I must confess that we don’t have the same pantheon of film heroes - but you have to grant that his reviews are always eminently readable. The insights are enlightening, the scholarship is reliable, and the humor is wry and dry."
- Pete Lacaba,
screenwriter, film criti
and journalist,

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M. Shahid Alam

Is There An Islamic Problem?
Essays on Islamicate Societies, the US
and Israel

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(Heart Lord Studio)

The new five-track Drums album is a series of solo drum improvisations which draws from his Shintaido influences. Drum purists will love the crisp recording sound where every hi-hat is captured in pristine tones.
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Do The Independence

There are over 201 tracks on Do The Independence, a five-disc indie music box set compiled by Shinobu Goto. In fact, there are 263 songs. 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. For those who order the set from BigO online (US$35), the set will be shipped without the jewel case/box.
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Funny Rat/s 3... Flying Crow
(Heart Lord Studio)

While Brotzmann is renowned as an energy player, Flying Crow can almost be considered mellow free. There is a roundedness in Brotzmann's sax tone, a certain composure that burns without setting off a fire. Or maybe it's Hano's gentle influence.
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Bugs And Hisses

Twenty-two tracks of hard-to-find Oddfellows rarities. Tracks include Your Smiling Face (live at Botanic Gardens); The Song You Said I'd Never Write (rough mix); Foggy Daylight (7 Year Itch EP); So Happy (live) and Teenage Head (previously unreleased)



Father Mucker... Rhythm On A Tightrope (GSP)

Gopal is the Malaysian who played with Jimi Hendrix a long time ago in a London club. Father Mucker is a new album where Gopal explores the tabla in an eclectic and electric setting. The tunes all have a blues-rock bias, strong on riffs, instrumental virtuosity and with a funky rhythm.


Give It Up For The Trustfund Rockers

Eleven tune-terrific tracks featuring the single, Siti, (Are You) My Number One and The Kids Who WTF. Malaysian newspaper The Star says: "This band's strength lies in the lyrics that sputter and spread themselves over furious hooks and pounding off-time drumming. Often the tales are satirical..."
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(Special Edition at $25, comes with X' With An X CD)
By X'Ho
"Are you sure this X' person is not a decoy from the marketing department of Speakers' Corner?"
- a Singapore Democratic Party supporter

"X' should just join
Gripe-aholic Anonymous and recant."
- Sumiko Pan, a nobody




The Story Of The Quests

By Henry Chua
This first book on Singapore's greatest pop group is an autobiography by one of its founders, bassist Henry Chua, who wrote Shanty, the first original pop composition to hit No. 1 on the Singapore charts.
They were the first act to record in English, Chinese and Malay.


By Sabri Zain

The sacking of Malaysian Deputy Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim in September 1998 led to the rise of a Reformasi (reform) movement in Malaysia. Sabri Zain's FACE OFF chronicles the sweeping political and social events that rocked Malaysia in those tumultuous days.

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Titles include X-Men: Heroes For Hope; Capt America #308; Iron Man #197; Moon Knight #23; Secret Wars #3, 7; The Mighty Thor #405-407; Marvel Age; Marshal Law #1; Metropol #1; DP7 #1, 4, 5, 8 and more




Titles include Adventures Of Superman #424; Official Teen Titans Index #1-3; The Phantom Stranger #1; The Spectre #4; Wasteland #1-3; Watchment #7-9; Legends #1-2; New Gods #6; History Of DC Universe Book 1, 2 and more



Titles include Elementals #1, 5-10; Mage I #15; Fish Police #1; Cerebus Jam #1; Freak-Out On Infant Earths #1; Pre-Teen Dirty-Gene Kung-Fu Kangaroos #3; Next Man #2; Area 88 #2-5; Kamui #12; Miracleman #3, 14; Lone Wolf And Cub #2, 4; Shatter #9 and more

---------- BACKISSUES (click here for more) ----------

BigO #189
(September 2001)

16th anniversary issue. When The Quests went on tour; 10 years of The Oddfellows; Hope Beyond La Vida Loca; interview with Fishtank; reviews include Nanci Griffith; Charlie Haden; The Ramones; Case; Zero 7; and Tsai Ming Liang's What Time Is It Over There?


BigO #176
(August 2000)

Sex, Lies & $ingapore plus interview with's Samuel Leong; Open up your minds for Global Chaos; Straight from the lips of Nashville Pussy; One on one with Edward Yang;
reviews include Calexico; Eminem; Modest Mouse and Tosca


BigO #88
(April 1993)

Comes with Lion City Hardcore
CD (featuring Stompin' Ground, United Blood; Voiceout; Upright and more); interview with Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy; Van Halen in a nutshell; reviews include Dinosaur Jr; Doug;as O; The Pooh Sticks and more