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Virgin Mobile FreeFest 2010 Lineup

Virgin Mobile’s Festival will be free just like it was last year. And it’ll happen September 25th at Maryland’s Merriweather Post Pavilion. Sir Richard Branson took a break from para-sailing or base-jumping or whatever from the Virgin Islands (seriously) to announce the bands. The lineup (with “more surprises” later, according to Sir Branson):… More »

By: jessica / July 20, 2010 - 11:24 am

M.I.A. Does Letterman With “Born Free,” Martin Rev, Clones

M.I.A. was on Letterman last night to perform “Born Free.” She brought along a lot of friends — nine lookalikes dressed in sunglasses and outfits to match her own. It was still easy to tell who she was. But it was a clever way to bring up some of the things people have implied –… More »

By: jessica / July 14, 2010 - 9:40 am

Hard L.A. Fest With M.I.A. Cancelled, And The Reason Is…

…bifurcated, probably. Yesterday the L.A. Times characterized the M.I.A./Die Antwoord/Sleigh Bells festival’s preemptive shutdown with a headline that principals had been “Citing Security Concerns.” Which would fit tidily in the context of last month’s Electric Daisy Carnival, where a teenager OD’d, the resulting death inciting the community’s enhanced scrutiny of such gatherings and leading to… More »

By: Amrit Singh / July 13, 2010 - 3:44 pm

M.I.A. – “Teqkilla (Remix Feat. Nicki Minaj)”

The juiciest, loosest track on /\/\/\Y/\ just got a little more fun with this remix, featuring Nicki Minaj (the full title is the “Lost my fone out wiv Nicki Minaj Remix” actually). Teqkilla” runs down a series of tipsy, alcohol brand puns, so Minaj comes in with her own sticky, drunk verse and ends with… More »

By: jessica / July 6, 2010 - 12:43 pm

M.I.A. – /\/\/\Y/\ Premature Evaluation

It took the full album leak to hear where M.I.A. went with her third album, /\/\/\Y/\, because the first tracks we heard were so different: the aggressive, Suicide-sampling “Born Free,” the luxe Europop of “XXXO,” the industrial grind of “Steppin’ Up“,” the playful club track, “Teqkilla.” It was true of her second album, Kala, (liste… More »

By: Stereogum / June 30, 2010 - 4:36 pm

M.I.A. – “Teqkilla”

The latest leak from M.I.A.’s imminent/\/\/\Y/\ album is “Teqkilla,” produced by Rusko, MIA, Switch and John Hill. In the juicy track she mentions many alcohol brands: Johnny Walker, Jack Daniels, Captain Morgan, etc., over childlike chanting and the sounds of ice tincking in glass. Of those brands, one has a special significance: “When I met… More »

By: jessica / June 29, 2010 - 4:30 pm

Vice & Intel’s Creator’s Project @ MILK Studios, NYC 6/26/10

For 12 hours on Saturday, Vice took over an eight-floor studio in Chelsea. It was Coachella in an art museum, basically. I’m not saying that because building and coding this photo gallery (of shots by Abbey Braden) took as long as one would from a day at a festival (though, it did). It’s for the… More »

By: Amrit Singh / June 28, 2010 - 12:06 pm

M.I.A. – “XXXO (Remix Feat. Jay-Z)” & Hear /\/\/\Y/\ Snippets

Earlier in the week it was Sali’s “Toldya.” Yesterday we got “Steppin Up.” Today’s M.I.A. update is a remix of /\/\/\Y/\’s first single “XXOO.” It’s officially official. For his short verse Jay-Z makes like “Swagger Like Us“/”Boyz,” rapping nimbly over M.I.A.’s backdrop. He references metrosexuals because 2002 was a good year for Jay. More »

By: brandon / June 11, 2010 - 3:03 pm

M.I.A. – “Steppin Up”

It’s hard to say if this is the new M.I.A. single — once bitten, twice shy — but I will say it’s a song that has M.I.A. on it. “Steppin Up” doesn’t appear on the /\/\/\Y/\ tracklist, but who trusts tracklists these days? It premiered on Zane Lowe’s BBC radio show earlier today. Take a… More »

By: brandon / June 10, 2010 - 7:21 pm

Sali – “Toldya” (Feat. Sampling M.I.A.)

UPDATE: As our commenters pointed out, M.I.A.’s vocal is a sample from “M.I.A.,” a bonus track on Arular. GoldiLocks says so too. The Voice mentioned that Sali has since retracted all the mentions of a collaboration on his site, and offered this: “”SALI would like to clarify that the song ‘TOLDYA’ is not a ‘collaboration’… More »

By: jessica / June 9, 2010 - 4:18 pm

M.I.A. /\/\/\Y/\ Album Cover

And now for something having to do with M.I.A. that is less controversial than Diplo, truffle fries, and redheads. The image above is the cover to /\/\/\Y/\, M.I.A.’s pushed back third album. The cover actually looks pretty close to the image that accompanied the release date announcement. The only change is the addition of M.I.A.,… More »

By: jessica / June 2, 2010 - 5:43 pm

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… 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… 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
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