i've searched everywhere i can think of, and re-searched every day, quite diligently, and nothing. i know someone with a copy, but he's separated from his computer at the moment. but that means others have it.
anyone willing to share?
― forgetwhatyouknew, Monday, 16 July 2007 18:12 (5 years ago) Permalink
I posted this on another thread but the current soundscan numbers for the first album are about 130K units in the US alone.
Two iterations of the same album combined for a total of less than .04% of the potential market over the course of two years.
I am not scoffing at her album sales; that is better than anything I will ever do. However, have some sense of perspective here; her audience is narrow.
― HI DERE, Monday, 16 July 2007 18:29 (5 years ago) Permalink
Dan, I think it's a pretty highly anticipated release. I don't think anyone on this board thinks we have to talk about Three Tenors numbers to say something is highly anticipated.
― Spencer Chow, Monday, 16 July 2007 18:38 (5 years ago) Permalink
My only point is that it's highly-anticipated by a comparatively small number of people, therefore I think the claim that it's one of the most hilghly-anticpated releases of the year FULL STOP is even more hyperbolic than ILM usually gets.
― HI DERE, Monday, 16 July 2007 18:41 (5 years ago) Permalink
Eh, I think music nerds are some of the few people that actually anticipate releases *at all*.
― Spencer Chow, Monday, 16 July 2007 18:43 (5 years ago) Permalink
The fact this discussion has even occurred speaks to it being anticipated, dudes.
― sexyDancer, Monday, 16 July 2007 18:44 (5 years ago) Permalink
oh ffs i give up
― HI DERE, Monday, 16 July 2007 19:20 (5 years ago) Permalink
dan is right.
― That one guy that hit it and quit it, Monday, 16 July 2007 19:25 (5 years ago) Permalink
"ffs" = classic DP
130K is a very, very good sales number for any debut artist, let alone one on an indie, let alone one pimping baile.
With Timbaland and Interscope involved, this album pretty much fits the category of "hotly anticipated" in a way that goes beyond your typical BLOGGERZ WITH BONERZ HYPE BONANZA.
― Dandy Don Weiner, Monday, 16 July 2007 19:36 (5 years ago) Permalink
I mean, the bar has been lowered a great deal to the point where every fuggin niche in the world gets to hand out "highly anticipated" cards.
― Dandy Don Weiner, Monday, 16 July 2007 19:37 (5 years ago) Permalink
I for one am highly anticpating DP's world tour stop in the ATL so I can throw flowers on stage.
― Dandy Don Weiner, Monday, 16 July 2007 19:38 (5 years ago) Permalink
I was in ATL two weeks ago!
― HI DERE, Tuesday, 17 July 2007 00:21 (5 years ago) Permalink
― Dandy Don Weiner, Tuesday, 17 July 2007 00:28 (5 years ago) Permalink
I am v v excited about this album aka anticipating.
Dan is right.
― BIG HOOS aka the steendriver, Tuesday, 17 July 2007 00:29 (5 years ago) Permalink
M.I.A = Annie
― mitya, Tuesday, 17 July 2007 08:57 (5 years ago) Permalink
This isn't as good as the anticipation of the last album.
― Matt DC, Tuesday, 17 July 2007 12:26 (5 years ago) Permalink
Kala's leak anticipation is boring. When's her next album going to leak?
― StanM, Tuesday, 17 July 2007 12:32 (5 years ago) Permalink
this isnt fun, hearing about a supposed leak but seeing no signs of the actual leakage. i dont think its leaked at all. its all a big ruse. maybe this is the new thing. phantom leakage.
― titchyschneiderMk2, Tuesday, 17 July 2007 12:37 (5 years ago) Permalink
In Finnish "kala" translates to "a fish". "Kala" is also the name of the female ape who raises Tarzan in the original Tarzan novels. I wonder which one Mia is referring to?
― Tuomas, Tuesday, 17 July 2007 14:52 (5 years ago) Permalink
can't wait til she starts launching subtle viral marketing sites feauturing grainy videos.
― BIG HOOS aka the steendriver, Tuesday, 17 July 2007 15:20 (5 years ago) Permalink
KALA's her mum's name. ARULAR is her dad's name.
― pisces, Tuesday, 17 July 2007 15:22 (5 years ago) Permalink
we should have Tru-pop-fax scrolling at the bottom of ilm at all times.
― BIG HOOS aka the steendriver, Tuesday, 17 July 2007 15:26 (5 years ago) Permalink
I heard that KALA is a racial slur in arabic or something like that...
― The Brainwasher, Tuesday, 17 July 2007 15:27 (5 years ago) Permalink
apparently its her dads name...
― titchyschneiderMk2, Tuesday, 17 July 2007 15:34 (5 years ago) Permalink
I heard that it's Cornish slang for an erection.
― Scik Mouthy, Tuesday, 17 July 2007 15:34 (5 years ago) Permalink
So Mia is Tarzan?
― Tuomas, Tuesday, 17 July 2007 15:36 (5 years ago) Permalink
I heard she was secretly Aphex Twin and it's all a big joke.
― Scik Mouthy, Tuesday, 17 July 2007 15:37 (5 years ago) Permalink
i heard she was neneh cherry.
― titchyschneiderMk2, Tuesday, 17 July 2007 15:40 (5 years ago) Permalink
I heard she was Diplo.
― The Reverend, Tuesday, 17 July 2007 16:30 (5 years ago) Permalink
wait has this not leaked yet? how is that possible?
― mitya, Tuesday, 17 July 2007 18:54 (5 years ago) Permalink
It's so good/bad nobody wants to share it.
― StanM, Tuesday, 17 July 2007 18:56 (5 years ago) Permalink
i heard she was ghost rider
― max, Tuesday, 17 July 2007 21:48 (5 years ago) Permalink
i heard she was nick cage.
― funny farm, Tuesday, 17 July 2007 21:58 (5 years ago) Permalink
I heard she was the small cat and that's all, period.
― energy flash gordon, Wednesday, 18 July 2007 09:44 (5 years ago) Permalink
Cleared for Takeoff
Visa issues resolved, M.I.A. can finally show us what she learned while in exile
by Tom Breihan
"It's just been a long time since I've been able to get into the U.S.," says M.I.A., on the phone from the London offices of XL, her British label. "I have an apartment in Brooklyn. It'd be nice to go there."
Lately, that's been a problem for Maya Arulpragasam. Last year, after the London-born singer had spent over a year traveling the world to promote her widely praised debut album, 2005's Arular, U.S. customs officials refused her entry here. Since then, she's been at the mercy of the American government. This past May, visa issues forced her to cancel a planned appearance at the Sasquatch! Music Festival in Washington state. And though she'd long been announced as a performer at the Voice-sponsored Siren Festival in Coney Island on July 21, at the time of our interview, those issues hadn't been entirely resolved. "It's kind of like I haven't been denied—it's just that nobody knows what's going on, so we have to wait until the paperwork gets done, basically," she says. "I hope I can make it to the festival. I kind of want to make it home. I'm still living like a student, you know?"
Thankfully, her passage was ultimately granted, and the show will go on. But home has always been a nebulous concept for M.I.A., who split her childhood between Sri Lanka and England. Arular showed the influence of different indigenous mutations of pop music—from America and England and India and Brazil and Jamaica and Puerto Rico—artfully blended into a digitally globalized form of homespun dance-pop. Reportedly named after her father's Tamil Tiger nom de guerre, the album mixed oblique lyrical references to guerrilla warfare with dance- floor exhortations and text-message chatter; M.I.A. frequently performed onstage in front of Day-Glo cave-paintings of tanks and bombs.
Still, she downplays any speculation that her visa problems might have some connection with the personally political nature of her lyrics: "Generally, there's just some bands over here going through it. Like, I think the Klaxons are in the same boat." Still, it's not hard to find correlations between the country's terror paranoia and the customs problems of an artist who so freely plays on the signifiers of terrorism.
Due in August, Kala—M.I.A.'s sophomore album, out on Interscope in the U.S.—carries evidence of her travel issues. Since she couldn't count on consistent access to her Brooklyn home, she recorded all over the world: in America, in Trinidad, in India, in Jamaica. Often, she'd tinker with the same song in all those places, as with "Boyz," the first single. "I recorded the drums in India, then I had the files in Trinidad," she remembers. "We put it together and did the vocals in Trinidad, and then we did some extra work on it in Brooklyn, and then we went back to India and did some extra-extra work. So each song has layers and layers."
Consequently, a song like "Boyz" takes on aspects of every country involved in its creation. "It fell into, like, 'OK, we're going to make soca that's not really soca,' " she says. "And in Trinidad, I was trying to make a song that wasn't very soca-ish, but I was in a soca environment with soca producers who were having a lot of soca stuff going on. I wasn't thinking about American clubs at the time, about what sort of stuff they were listening to, what kids in Paris were listening to. I was just there in the moment in Trinidad. It had the ups and downs: the basic chorus, soca for the tempo, and you just fuck around with that. You create a new way to feel music."
The result is an off-kilter shitstorm of furious drums and party-noise whistles, a sound fuller and more chaotic than anything on Arular—the tension resulting from that chaos never quite finds release. It's a dance song, but a curiously unrelenting dance song, and most of Kala mirrors that dense ferocity. "Hussel" layers bird whistles, air-raid sirens, and farting tuba bass over its drums, while "XR2" relies on riotous Baltimore-club horn stabs. It's heavy stuff.
M.I.A. co-produced every song on this record, working with producers like the U.K. remix specialist Switch and her ex-boyfriend, the Philadelphia DJ Diplo. "Because I went off and recorded it myself, I had more control over it," she says. "I had the ability to fuck around with it more." Though she recorded tracks with a number of big-name American pop and rap names, like Bangladesh and Three 6 Mafia, she left nearly all those results off the album, concentrating instead on the tracks she made while in semi-exile.
Though the Timbaland collaboration "Come Around" will be included on Kala's American release as a bonus song, the only guest vocals on the album proper come from Afrikan Boy (a Nigerian immigrant rapper living in London) and the Wilcanna Mob (a group of prepubescent aboriginal Australian rappers).
"At one point, when Interscope played 'Boyz,' will.i.am and Pharrell and Timbaland were all in one room, and I was just coming from India, working in a little studio with cockroaches and little kids using my blank CDs as Frisbees and shit," she remembers. "And then I sat in a million-pound studio with T.I. and Britney next-door. They were playing my stuff, and I felt like I've done this to the point where I can bring it to Interscope. And now they can hear what little kids in Australia sound like, which they're not going to actively go out and seek because everyone's in their comfort zone. And at the same time, I was like, 'If I can already do that, what's the point of working with big-name producers?' "
That's an odd statement from an artist so openly infatuated with American pop music, but Kala is more an interrogation than an imitation. On "Hussel," a sort of answer song to Rick Ross's Southern-rap hit "Hustlin'," she asks, "Why's everybody got hustle on their mind?"
"When I was in Liberia, you get into the huts, and little kids are listening to that shit," she says. "And it's cute to see them dancing to it, like, 'Wow, yeah, the 'Hustlin' song, that's so cool!' And then it's like, 'Actually, it's not fucking cool.' You have to give them something else as well. If it's about working or if you're talking about money, then I don't think that 99 percent of music should stress that. So at the time, I was just asking somebody that question. I don't want to live like that."
Now that she's made a new album that fiercely challenges American pop, M.I.A. is faced with the interesting challenge of bringing it to America. If Kala is the direct result of her temporary exile, we may never get to hear another album like it again, since she plans on settling in Brooklyn as permanently as she can. "My dream is always to get a place and stay there and just do it," she says. "I would love to wake up every day in the same bed."
― forgetwhatyouknew, Wednesday, 18 July 2007 13:45 (5 years ago) Permalink
"Now that she's made a new album that fiercely challenges American pop, M.I.A. is faced with the interesting challenge of bringing it to America."
i don't think that sentence would have ever made it past chuck eddy
― Tracer Hand, Wednesday, 18 July 2007 13:54 (5 years ago) Permalink
haha, yeah, that's appalling.
― paulhw, Wednesday, 18 July 2007 16:55 (5 years ago) Permalink
― gershy, Thursday, 19 July 2007 06:40 (5 years ago) Permalink
still working the visa angle? fuck, man, last year i saw her at a cat power show at irving plaza and in the xl nyc office on two different trips.
― hstencil, Thursday, 19 July 2007 06:46 (5 years ago) Permalink
She's playing 7/30 in LA.
― Spencer Chow, Thursday, 19 July 2007 09:38 (5 years ago) Permalink
I saw her at Siren at Coney Island on Saturday. Granted, the sound / set up at Siren makes most people sound average (on that main stage especially - the other one's much better) but she wasn't all that interesting. Her voice was weak, and I thought she's have more stage presence. Fuck, I sound like someone sitting at home watching American Idol.
― paulhw, Monday, 23 July 2007 17:18 (5 years ago) Permalink
I agree, she's pretty weak live.
― Alex in SF, Monday, 23 July 2007 17:39 (5 years ago) Permalink
didn't arular leak 6 or 7 months before it was released?
― funny farm, Monday, 23 July 2007 21:55 (5 years ago) Permalink
one of the great contributions of American Idol is the raising of consciousness about what makes singing enjoyable and effective
― Tracer Hand, Tuesday, 24 July 2007 09:49 (5 years ago) Permalink
yeah, but that's because the release date was put back a couple of times. (xpost)
― StanM, Tuesday, 24 July 2007 09:52 (5 years ago) Permalink
if only that's all there was to music, Tracer! (xpost)
― Dimension 5ive, Tuesday, 24 July 2007 13:18 (5 years ago) Permalink
Tracer, stop trying to bait me!
― HI DERE, Tuesday, 24 July 2007 13:22 (5 years ago) Permalink
having spent a few days with it, i have to say i like this MUCH more than arular (which i already liked a lot)
― YGS, Wednesday, 25 July 2007 16:27 (5 years ago) Permalink
how do i get myself a copy?
― forgetwhatyouknew, Wednesday, 25 July 2007 19:20 (5 years ago) Permalink
Quickly become a journalist and get a promo copy!
― StanM, Wednesday, 25 July 2007 19:27 (5 years ago) Permalink