Bringing dead celebrities “back to life” via hologram is hella morbid. But the very-much-alive Janelle Monae performing via hologram with M.I.A. on “Bad Girls”? That’s really fucking cool. (Maybe if Justin Bieber only performed via hologram, he would show up to his concerts on time.) [YouTube via AV Club]
“I was really surprised. I didn’t know anything about it. I wasn’t happy about it. I understand it’s punk rock and everything, but to me there was such a feeling of love and good energy, and positivity it seemed negative. It’s such a teenager … irrelevant thing to do…there was such a feeling of love and unity there what was the point? It was just out of place.”
– Madonna finally speaks up about rapper M.I.A. flippin’ the bird during their SuperBowl Half-Time Show performance. So, yeah, I totally agree it was juvenile — or that big of a deal. I must admit, I will never understand why anyone would freak out over a middle finger (or pasty-covered nipple) when they’re watching an event in which dudes pummel each other sometimes to the point of incurring serious injury, in between 30-second advertisements that objectify women. Real love and unity type stuff, you know. (Sasha Frere-Jones delves into the matter quite eloquently in a column for The New Yorker this week that’s worth a read.) [Dlisted]
M.I.A. is one of the many famous friends of Amy Winehouse‘s who is simultaneously devastated about the loss of their friend but seemed to have some instinct that tragedy was on the way for her. Over the weekend, M.IA. posted a song demo on Soundcloud in tribute to Amy and “all my friends who died at 27.”
Give it a listen after the jump. Keep reading »
It’s new tunes Tuesday! Yay! And even though this week is light on the new music, it’s more like lite. Seriously, this week, the fat has been cut and the three releases I bring you are tasty! First off, M.I.A. has just released a mix tape called Vickileekx in support of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange’s recent trouble with the law. You can download it for free! Despite which side of the debate you’re on, free M.I.A tracks are something we can all support. Yes? No? Well, anyway, Brooklyn-based bombshell Class Actress and New Orleans’ hot dude duo Generationals also both drop new albums today. So, let’s get into the groove, after the jump! Keep reading »
There was a time when I adored M.I.A. I loved her albums, I loved her vibe, I loved her style, I loved her attitude, and I loved that she was politically aware and called attention to a part of the world most of us barely think about. But lately, it seems like homegirl’s behavior has been getting more and more erratic. It all began with that video for “Born Free,” which almost made a good point but took things a few steps too far when it showed a red-headed kid’s brains being blown out at close range. Then came her freak-out over a New York Times Magazine article. Yes, the writer took some jabs at the singer and implied M.I.A. had ordered truffle fries when in fact she had. But was it really worth tweeting the reporter’s cell phone number and writing a nasty song about her?
But this week, her actions have gotten even weirder. Keep reading »