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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

Oprah, Maya, Maya, Oprah

On Tuesday M.I.A. met O.P.R.A.H. at the “Time 100″ dinner honoring the year’s most influential people outside of 4chan (marblecake, also the game, guys). That’s the new BFFs with Maya’s fiance/Seagram heir Benjamin Brewer. According to a Gayfish-style all caps recap on M.I.A.’s blog, Oprah complimented the Oscar-nominated hip-hop artist on her cheap jacket and… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / May 7, 2009 - 1:43 pm

M.I.A. Joins Coachella ’09 Line-Up

She tweeted the news last night, and it was confirmed earlier today. Maya replaces dropout Amy Winehouse on Saturday and it’ll be her first performance since giving birth to a beautiful baby boy not named Ickitt. (UPDATE: He’s named Ikhyd Edgar Arular Bronfman. Big difference.)… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / March 20, 2009 - 5:46 pm

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 this Blaqstarr-produced… More »

By: Amrit Singh / March 16, 2009 - 10:19 am

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 FROM… More »

By: brandon / February 17, 2009 - 5:14 pm

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 in four-hour… More »

By: Amrit Singh / February 9, 2009 - 10:06 am

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 far… More »

By: Amrit Singh / February 8, 2009 - 7:00 pm

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 other films that had… More »

By: brandon / January 22, 2009 - 9:41 am

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 on M.I.A.’… More »

By: brandon / January 20, 2009 - 1:52 pm

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.” in the… More »

By: brandon / January 12, 2009 - 4:50 pm
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