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M.I.A. – “Bad Girls” Video

Well, look at this: Maya has her swagger back. The video for her new single “Bad Girls” is an early contender for video of the year; it sends up all sorts of rap-video clichés by transposing them to a Middle Eastern desert party. So we get drivers doing car-tricks that go way beyond any old… More »

By: Tom Breihan / February 3, 2012 - 9:13 am

M.I.A. Confirms Super Bowl Appearance

Rumors have been swirling for a while, and now M.I.A. herself has confirmed them. When Madonna performs at the Super Bowl halftime show on Sunday, she’ll perform her new single “Give Me All Your Luvin’,” and her collaborators M.I.A. and Nicki Minaj will join her in the middle of the field. M.I.A. may have had… More »

By: Tom Breihan / January 30, 2012 - 5:49 pm

M.I.A. – “Bad Girls”

Just over a year ago, M.I.A. released her pretty-great Vicki Leekx mixtape, and one of its highlights was a track called “Bad Girls.” M.I.A.’s working on a new album now; she’s expected to have it out this summer, and a new, expanded version of “Bad Girls” is the first single. Timbaland associate Danja produced it,… More »

By: Tom Breihan / January 30, 2012 - 10:22 am

SNL Sends Up Thom Yorke, M.I.A., Kanye In “Bublé Duets”

SNL’s writers and former champions made this weekend’s holiday episode a must see. Between Jimmy Fallon hosting, and the consequent cameo-returns of Weekend Updaters Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, the ever-absurd Tracy Morgan, and some charitable outreach for the less fortunate (Rachel Dratch, Horatio Sanz, and Chris Kattan) — and the fact that it wa… More »

By: Amrit Singh / December 19, 2011 - 10:27 am

M.I.A. – “27”

Immediately after news broke of Amy Winehouse’s death, “27 Club” became a trending topic on Twitter: the singer had passed away at that same legendary age as many of rock’s other tragic figures. In memory of Amy and “all her friends that died at 27,” M.I.A. shared a demo of “27,” a song recorded before… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / July 24, 2011 - 1:06 pm

M.I.A. & SebastiAn – “C.T.F.O.”

M.I.A. contributes her voice to the fuzzed-up “C.T.F.O,” aka “Chill The Fuck Out,” a track from chain-smoking French DJ/producer/electro dude SebastiAn’s forthcoming Total, out 5/31 via Ed Banger. (That’s the cover art above.) It would also fit on /\/\/\Y/\, which is a good thing to me, to you maybe not. Take a listen at SomeMore »

By: brandon / May 16, 2011 - 4:54 pm

M.I.A. – “Zig Zag”

“Zig Zag” was supposed to appear on underrated / \ / \ / \ Y / \, but instead of including it in Vicki Leekx with those other album castoff, M.I.A. saved it for a standalone leak. The sing-song finds her playfully echoing New Kids On The Block’s “You’ve Got It (The Right Stuff)” and… More »

By: brandon / February 28, 2011 - 12:55 pm

Stereogum Monthly Mix: January & February 2011

After a holiday break and an inclemently weathered January, our Monthly Mix series returns with a two-month/one-mix compilation that sets a defiant tone. If not for the year, then for the persistently re-accumulating, gut-checking frost. The key elements (aside from recency and excellence) are electronics and sequence, with a late-mix flip to stringed instruments, before… More »

By: Amrit Singh / February 2, 2011 - 11:56 am

While We Were Out

… and then it was 2011. Hopefully your New Year’s celebration involved doing something more celebratory than being berated by a solo Ariel Pink from a makeshift stage in a Bushwick warehouse, and hopefully you are back on the internet with a lot of hard drive space and some well rested ears: There was a… More »

By: Amrit Singh / January 3, 2011 - 9:53 am

The 12 Most NSFW Videos Of 2010

A couple of Best Videos Of The Week ago I mentioned how nearly every good clip that week was too long, too nude, or too violent to make it on to MTV; one was even removed from YouTube, verification wall or not. But looking back on 2009’s picks, it’s easy to notice that this year’… More »

By: jessica / December 20, 2010 - 1:51 pm

8 Reasons Why /\/\/\Y/\ Is Better Than You Remember

I’ve liked /\/\/\Y/\ since it was released over the summer. It’s actually my favorite M.I.A. record, the only one I’ve listened to regularly. It’s not the record people expected — but it was the smart record to make. The backlash received its fuel (and plenty of stoking) from Lynn Hirschberg’s infamous, agenda-ridden NYTimes truffle-fry piece,… More »

By: brandon / December 20, 2010 - 9:44 am

M.I.A. Joins The Specials On Jools

The Specials, who recently reunited, backed up M.I.A. on “It Takes A Muscle.” It’s one of the more melodic tracks on /\/\/\Y/\ and was produced by Diplo. M.I.A.’s reggae-flavored version of the Spectral Display track works for the Specials — though, as Diplo often points out, singing doesn’t come naturally to M.I.A. Watch:… More »

By: jessica / November 3, 2010 - 1:35 pm

M.I.A. – “Bedroom To The Hallway To The Road To The World”

M.I.A.’s not afraid to purchase URLs or to continue releasing new material in the face of ill-founded backlash. Here’s another weirdo gem ostensibly called “Bedroom To The Hallway To The Road To The World,” a title that comes off like amped Beckett stage directions. The backdrop is skeletal, bass-y with all-over-the-place (with “a message”) chitchat… More »

By: brandon / October 18, 2010 - 9:41 am

Rye Rye – “Sunshine” (Feat. M.I.A.) (Stereogum Premiere)

Nearly every blog comment or review said 19-year-old Rye Rye stole the show at HARD NYC back in July. It was a welcome return after Rye Rye was quiet for a bit, and her in-the-works debut album, Go! Pop! Bang! was delayed (for good reason — she had a baby girl in late 2009). So… More »

By: jessica / October 4, 2010 - 12:40 pm

Blaqstarr & M.I.A. – “Lemme Hump You” Video

Last week another collaboration (“S.U.S. (Save Ur Soul)” is another) from Blaqstarr and M.I.A. hit the web. And it looks like M.I.A. bought another single serving URL to host the track herself. Check out “Lemme Hump You” (and the animated dancers) at http://www.ithinkyoumightgetshitforthat.com/. Better than http://www.somethingjustgotreal.com/? More »

By: jessica / September 30, 2010 - 12:56 pm

M.I.A. – “The Message” Video

My cohorts and much of the world may disagree, but I think /\/\/\Y/\‘s a good record. It opens with “The Message,” here recast as “FACEBOOKGOOGLEMYSPACEYOUTUBE,” in case you had trouble getting that message. The clip’s aesthetic follows the digital explosions of “Story To Be Told” and M.I.A.’s other digital preoccupations. More »

By: brandon / September 27, 2010 - 9:39 am

M.I.A. & Diplo – “4thepeopleontheboat” (Demo)

Diplo tweeted a link to this “lost” M.I.A. song, presumably from the /\/\/\Y/\ sessions. As you can tell, it’s a demo, without much more than M.I.A.’s processed vocals, a beat, and a grinding synth, but Diplo also said he may leak the full version soon. Listen:… More »

By: jessica / September 23, 2010 - 9:58 am

M.I.A. – “Story To Be Told” Video

Continuing her low-tech digital-age preoccupations, M.I.A’s “Story To Be Told” video offers an endless flow of clunky computer detritus (with zen seagull). As with everything related to /\/\/\Y/\, she’s taken the path of most resistance. It’s streaming at her newest acquisition yesthelittlepeoplewillneverwinbuttheycanfuckshitup.com (via Twitter). Also, she’s in the studio reading Mark Twain with Kanye. More »

By: brandon / September 20, 2010 - 4:44 pm

Øyafestivalen 2010 In Photos

Beyond taking place in beautiful Oslo, Norway one of Øya Festival’s strongest points is its eclecticism: When I attended in 2006 (and met Amrit), I was excited by Enslaved, the Knife, and Morrissey performing in the same space (though not on the same stage at the same time, unfortunately). As you’ll see via Clint Heyer’… More »

By: brandon / August 17, 2010 - 10:05 am

M.I.A. – “XXXO” & “lly Girl” Videos

M.I.A.’s “XXXO” gets a video that uses the same GIF-y illustration style as her press photos (as mentioned in her New York Times profile):… More »

By: jessica / August 11, 2010 - 1:08 pm
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