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New Rye Rye (Feat. M.I.A.) – “Bang”

The Rye Rye/M.I.A. connections run deep: the pair toured relentlessly on the back of Kala, Rye teamed up with Afrikan Boy on the Paper Planes (Homeland Security Remixes) EP, now the 18 year-old is releasing her debut LP on Mama Arulpragasam's nascent N.E.E.T. label. M.I.A. doesn't do much more than "Bang" repeatedly on thi… More »

By: Amrit Singh / March 16, 2009

M.I.A. Had A Boy And He’s Cute

No, M.I.A. didn't have her baby at the Grammys, but she did have her baby on Wednesday, 2/11. With the little guy just a few days old, she stopped by MySpace to announce her and Benjamin Bronfman's son. Make sure to click on the YouTube link: SUNDAY NITE I CA M E HOME… More »

By: brandon / February 17, 2009

The 2009 Grammys: Just The Good Parts

NARAS's flirtation with attempting to matter in 2009 went alright last night. There was so much promised we had Videogum come over to help us log our reactions across as many internet platforms as possible, and even with all that fun and all the performances it still felt like 32 hours of schelp i… More »

By: Amrit Singh / February 9, 2009

Liveblogging The 2009 Grammys

Welcome to the Grammys 2009, which promises to be a very special night in which Radiohead will perform with the USC marching band (proof!) and Robert Plant & Alison Krauss will win all the awards. Of course with all the promised performances there will be barely any time to hand out tiny gramophones. So… More »

By: Amrit Singh / February 8, 2009

Only Slumdog, WALL-E Nominated For Best Song Oscar

Fan favorite Slumdog Millionaire has 2/3 of the song nominations, Peter Gabriel's WALL-E tune the other third. M.I.A. doesn't get a direct nod, outside of releasing the soundtrack on her imprint. And Golden Globe winner the Boss must be pissed. As far as scores, Slumdog and WALL-E are joined by three… More »

By: brandon / January 22, 2009

Lily Allen Covers The Clash Song “Paper Planes” Sampled

Or, in words your parents will understand: Lily Allen did a cover of the Clash's "Straight To Hell" with the original's co-writer Mick Jones, no less. Originally released in 1982 as the third single from Combat Rock, "Straight To Hell" returned to the spotlight last year after its familiar opening riff was sampled o… More »

By: brandon / January 20, 2009

New N.A.S.A. (Feat. M.I.A., Santogold, Spank Rock & Nick Zinner) – “Whachadoin”

Technically N.A.S.A. (North America/South America) = beatmakers Squeak E. Clean and DJ Zegon, but as you might've noticed when we posted The Spirit Of Apollo's "Gifted" -- featuring Kanye West, Santogold, and Lykke Li -- the project also includes a shitload of guest vocal spots. See, for example, the names listed after "feat." i… More »

By: brandon / January 12, 2009

New M.I.A. Video – “Paper Planes (Slumdog Millionaire Remix)”

This is 2008, so how about some more "Paper Planes." M.I.A.'s ubiquitous anthem gets showcased in Slumdog Millionaire, but this version is the slightly funky remix that pops up on the OST. Here it's set to footage from the film, which you still should go see. Watch and listen at imeem. More »

By: Amrit Singh / December 16, 2008

Radiohead, Lil Wayne Nominated For Album Of The Year Grammy

Remember the 50th Annual Grammy Awards? Alicia Keys duetting with the ghost of Sinatra? Will.i.am rapping nonsense? Album of the Year River: The Joni Letters??? It's easy (and fun!) to make fun of the Grammys, but last year they really deserved it, and viewers voiced their discontent by watching Extreme Makeover instead. For ceremony… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / December 3, 2008

New M.I.A. (Clothing Advertisement Dressed As A) Video – “Shells”

Continuing being totally retired, Maya's got a new video today. The first title card to splash across the screen credits "Film & Clothes" to M.I.A. -- which means it's essentially a spot for her seizure-baiting fashion line. But she remains of full belly, which means you won't see her wearing any of it. I… More »

By: Amrit Singh / December 1, 2008

Great Movie Slumdog Millionaire Has New M.I.A. Song

I know it might be a bit much to say Slumdog's a "Great Movie" in a music blog post title because I am not a film critic (yet). But last night I got into a long conversation with Lindsay about it and she agrees, so I'm just gonna say it's the Best Movie and… More »

By: Amrit Singh / November 25, 2008

M.I.A. On Marrying Into The Seagram Fortune

SPIN's December cover girl shouldn't have to defend her choice of fiancé (Ben Brewer, son of Warner Music CEO Edgar Bronfman Jr.), but here is how she reconciles the union with her "fuck-the-system mentality": "His dad is so 'the System.' But then, they're the most liberal family -- they bootlegged alcohol, for God's sake. They're… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / November 20, 2008

Third Eye Blind Submit “Non-Dairy Creamer” To Worst Song Of 2008 Contest

Third Eye Blind (you remember, from the '90s?) quietly released a new single a few weeks ago. Reader Michael points out that frontman Stephan Jenkins quotes "Paper Planes" (I thought we buried that?) in its final minute, a fact I missed when I first heard the song and failed to make it through the… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / November 14, 2008

M.I.A. Is Particular About Her Cheese

It tends to be a pretty good time when The Smoking Gun unearths these rocker tour riders. Mostly because we get to laugh at musicians' uncensored, exorbitant, diva-like demands and feel pretty good that we're nowhere near that silly as we wash down Cheetos with swigs of our Big Gulps at our sweet cubicles i… More »

By: Amrit Singh / November 10, 2008

M.I.A. And Blaqstarr Sorta Cover The Wire Theme

More bulletpoints to add to the busiest retirement since Jay-Z pretended to do it: a XXX set, being super pregnant, and tangentially teasing the greatest television show to air before Don Draper poured his first scotch. Momma-to-be Maya teamed with Blaqstarr to release this election day thumper "S.U.S. (Save Ur Soul)," which… More »

By: Amrit Singh / November 4, 2008

Built To Spill Cover M.I.A. In Italy

It's fun to think that alongside resurrecting the careers of the Freaks And Geeks cast and becoming a Hollywood brand unto himself, Judd Apatow has indirectly inspired Doug Martsch to cover Ms. Arulpgrasam by making "Paper Planes" so pervasive that really why not just give it your own spin, whether you're Adrock or indie… More »

By: Amrit Singh / October 27, 2008

10 Trendy Pop Star Costumes For Halloween ’08

I was going to write up a guide to contemporary Indie Rock Halloween Costume Ideas, but decided against it. You're probably wearing a Fleet Foxes costume right now. Where's the fun in that? So instead we turn our attention to the wider musical landscape, and suggest some pop star costumes that people will actually recognize. More »

By: Scott Lapatine / October 23, 2008

M.I.A. Gets Mashed-Up By Diesel, Remixed By Jay-Z

Last year's Clash-sampling, terror-ific "Paper Planes" found a second life this summer, thanks to Pineapple Express and a bunch of hot rappers. Maya tells Rolling Stone, "The way human beings hear stuff, it's like, suddenly a song sounds better to you because it's been in a movie." Sensing that we've heard enough shitty… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / October 13, 2008

Watch A Live Stream Of The Diesel xXx Party

Feel like wishing you were at Diesel's 30th Anniversary blowout in Brooklyn? Try this live stream of the party -- which has included a set of Hot Chip with Chaka Khan, and M.I.A. + T.I. + Franz Ferdinand -- at live.diesel.com. Maya looks very pregnant. More »

By: Amrit Singh / October 12, 2008

M.I.A. Launches Her Clothing Line

Now your dreams of looking like walking seizure bait can finally come true: Maya's got a clothing line, and it is officially available for purchase. The first run's called the KALA Tour/Okley run collection. Check it out here. More »

By: Amrit Singh / September 12, 2008
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