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M.I.A. – “Haters”

As M.I.A. promised on Friday, she posted some audio from her image-damaging (and frenemy-making) Lynn Hirschberg interview in the New York Times. In the short clips, we learn that Hirschberg ordered the truffle fries that M.I.A. snacked on during the interview (and paid for them, though this was likely company policy), and that she edited… More »

By: jessica / June 1, 2010 - 10:10 am

Diplo & M.I.A. Are Frenemies

M.I.A.'s big New York Times Magazine piece reveals a lot about the singer, and a lot of it isn't good. Writer Lynn Hirschberg includes barbs both small and large in her 8,000 words on the artist. (Example: "'I kind of want to be an outsider,' she said, eating a truffle-flavored French fry." Emphasis ours.) But… More »

By: jessica / May 27, 2010 - 10:31 am

Christina Aguilera & Le Tigre – “I Hate Boys” “My Girls”

Christina Aguilera's forthcoming comeback album Bionic will feature some cred-boosting guests like M.I.A., Ladytron, Santigold and Le Tigre, who appear on "I Hate Boys." This song is loads better than the first sample from Bionic, "Not Myself Tonight," (the Lady Gaga-esque video didn't help), it's sort of strange to hear adult women singing "I hate… More »

By: jessica / May 25, 2010 - 11:33 am

M.I.A. /\/\/\Y/\ Gets A New Release Date

Continuing its assault on our Top Stories, the N.E.E.T. label imprint has posted two bits of M.I.A.-related news this morning: 1) that M.I.A.'s new album is named /\/\/\Y/\, self-titled in the most html-phobic way imaginable, and 2) /\/\/\Y/\ 's release has been pushed back two weeks, to 7/13/10. More amusing than that LP title i… More »

By: Amrit Singh / May 11, 2010 - 11:20 am

M.I.A. – “XXXO”

Stepped away from the computer for a few minutes and this Lady Maya BBC radio rip just exploded the internet: (via so many emails and all the blogs, but mostly Paranoid Youth, who sent it in first) "XXXO" is slated for a Hype Williams-directed video, and the MP3 is available tomorrow via iTunes. The track… More »

By: Amrit Singh / May 10, 2010 - 9:01 pm

Sleigh Bells (And M.I.A.), Mr. Dream @ Coco 66, Brooklyn 5/7/10

Ironic that for all the talk about the production on the gut-buckling razor-pop call-to-arms "Tell 'Em," Sleigh Bells' first proper-studio track -- their blown-out-to-bits beats swapped for a pristine-yet-pulverizing mix that must be heard LOUD -- the band's overdriven dB output through Coco 66's sound system made even their new material sound like the distorted demos that… More »

By: amrit and jessica / May 10, 2010 - 1:37 pm

M.I.A. – “Born Free” Video (NSFW)

Before last week ended, M.I.A. dropped the Suicide-sampling "Born Free" on the internet, a track likely to appear on her forthcoming long-player. As this week begins, she's dropping a Romain Gavras-directed video that's been dropped from YouTube in the U.S. -- it's hella violent and not safe for your workplace, unless your workplace is i… More »

By: Amrit Singh / April 26, 2010 - 9:17 am

M.I.A. – “Born Free”

In that recent NME interview where M.I.A. cut-down Lady Gaga, she offered enthusiastic praise to her recent N.E.E.T. signees Sleigh Bells: The new Sleigh Bells album epitomizes how kids are feeling in America –- so much energy, but nothing to do with it. Everyone wants you to be an apathetic consumer over there, so it’… More »

By: brandon / April 23, 2010 - 12:21 pm

M.I.A. Assesses Lady Gaga

M.I.A. is on the April 7 cover of the NME (to be fair, there are nine other covers this week) as part of their special "The State Of Music Today" issue. Inside she discusses politics in music, what music'll look like in ten years, and dresses down Coldplay and Lady Gaga. The kids at OhMore »

By: jessica / April 8, 2010 - 10:46 am

Sleigh Bells Debut Album Treats Powered By M.I.A.

By the end of CMJ 2009 Brooklyn duo Derek Miller and Alexis Kraus aka Sleigh Bells had a handfull of homemade demos showcasing immediately distinctive and highly combustible distorto-beat razor pop jams, hit the stages with a fully formed live show, and ended the fest with both a BTW stamp and M.I.A. in their pockets. More »

By: Amrit Singh / March 15, 2010 - 4:41 pm

Vampire Weekend’s “Gun” Gets Mashed With Yeasayer, M.I.A.

If you look at Vampire Weekend as that endangered species of band that can collapse barriers in a fragmented, niche-driven music economy, then this week is proving "Giving Up The Gun" to be the band's quintessential amalgamator. On the heels of Contra's pop chuggernaut getting a pop-cultural mashup video offering Donnie Darko's best screen performance… More »

By: Amrit Singh / February 25, 2010 - 1:12 pm

Major Lazer – “Sound Of Siren” (Feat. M.I.A. & Busy Signal)

This track surfaced yesterday, initially reported as a Busy Signal track featuring M.I.A. from the dancehall dude's Hott Ed Turf!!! mixtape, a credit later clarified by Diplo as "actually part of the major lazer EP thats out in APril." Major Lazer EP out in April! Skerrit Bwoy is already daggering a bottle of peroxide i… More »

By: Amrit Singh / February 10, 2010 - 12:15 pm

New M.I.A. – “Space Odyssey”

We were just poking around M.I.A.'s Twitter, like ya do, because a) why not and b) of her resounding "FUCK NEW YORK TIMES!!!" in response to their article calling Sri Lanka the #1 vacation destination of 2010 (the graphic and tragic pictures and commentary explain why she disagrees, for those who've never heard of M.I.A. More »

By: Amrit Singh / January 12, 2010 - 4:07 pm

New M.I.A. Due This Summer

Kala's followup was produced with Blaqstarr, will be more personal and honest ("I don't want it to be gimmicky or silly or hipstery"), and includes the song "I'm Down Like Your Internet Connection" featuring Filipino Verizon workers singing the hook. RS spoke with her. More »

By: brandon / January 11, 2010 - 3:13 pm

Street Scene 2009 In Photos

Some 30,000 people over two days crammed into the six-block area in San Diego's East Village that hosted the 25th annual Street Scene this past weekend. That's a strong number, albeit down from last year when people weren't scrambling for money to put food on their families. Still, those who made it witnessed a righteou… More »

By: Amrit Singh / September 1, 2009 - 3:12 pm

Outside Lands 2009 In Photos

Last year, San Fran's inaugural Outside Lands festival featured Radiohead, but also power outage issues. This year: No Radiohead, but abundant electricity. Trade-offs! While Thom was twisting words at the Reading and Leeds fests in the motherland, Golden Gate park welcomed three days of artists that cut a wide demographic swath, including smart hip ho… More »

By: Amrit Singh / September 1, 2009 - 9:39 am

New Very Best – “Yalira”

Esau Mwamwaya and Radioclit's the Very Best project is releasing a a 7" of "Warm Heart Of Africa" in advance of their debut album of the same name." You already have that title track, which paired Esau with Ezra on a blast of sunny pop that further authenticated Koenig's evident interest in Afropop; now gra… More »

By: Amrit Singh / August 18, 2009 - 2:39 pm

Nump (Feat. M.I.A) – “Legalize My Medicine”

M.I.A. does verses on the chilly NORML-approved "Legalize My Medicine," the first single from Nump's Student Ov Da Game. It's not about Robitussin, peoples. Listen, download, and puff with a passion at Siccness (via Urb). More »

By: brandon / July 8, 2009 - 12:45 pm

New Rye Rye (Feat. M.I.A.) Video – “Bang”

M.I.A. protegé Rye Rye unleashed this banger around SXSW time, as one of the first releases on Maya's nascent N.E.E.T. label. And the 18 year old's first single is cloaked in her mentor's matronhood, from the hook's "bang"s, to the video dancers' neon outfits (a la Coachella), to the video's directorial credit (it's Arulpragasam's debut… More »

By: Amrit Singh / July 1, 2009 - 11:51 am

Bill Maher Interviews M.I.A.

In the wake of escalating atrocities in the Tamil/Sinhalese civil war in Sri Lanka, Maya met Maher on Friday night to explain her people's plight to Bill's Real Time audience. (She's the one labeled "Tamil Rapper.") There's a quick octo-mom joke with respect to M.I.A.'s very-pregnant Rap Pack Grammy performance, otherwise she's cast strictly a… More »

By: Amrit Singh / May 26, 2009 - 10:25 am
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