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yes, yes it is

Vaseline MEN AMAZING JOURNEY (DJP), Friday, 2 March 2012 18:43 (six years ago) Permalink

you have inspired me to bump the Vivki Leekx mixtape again

Vaseline MEN AMAZING JOURNEY (DJP), Friday, 2 March 2012 18:45 (six years ago) Permalink

Maya mostly kills, it's just the three sluggish songs on the middle ("It Takes A Muscle", "ItIz What It Iz", to a lesser degree "Story To Be Told") that make it seem interminable

OTM - it sounds like she was able to afford a higher grade of weed circa MAYA. The world doesn't really need MIA doing stoned-out cod-reggae jams though.

o. nate, Friday, 2 March 2012 19:26 (six years ago) Permalink

still love it takes a muscle fuiud

Totes le Héros (contenderizer), Friday, 2 March 2012 19:46 (six years ago) Permalink


marissa explains it all (The Reverend), Friday, 2 March 2012 20:09 (six years ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...


young drometheus (dayo), Monday, 19 March 2012 12:27 (six years ago) Permalink

man, that was definitely not not worth the wait

Fozzy Osbourne (contenderizer), Monday, 19 March 2012 16:33 (six years ago) Permalink

at least Lex will be happy

thuggish ruggish Brahms (DJP), Monday, 19 March 2012 16:33 (six years ago) Permalink

He won't, this is a different German act from the one at the thread beginning.

if, Monday, 19 March 2012 17:59 (six years ago) Permalink

at least it's closer!

thuggish ruggish Brahms (DJP), Monday, 19 March 2012 18:03 (six years ago) Permalink

four months pass...


this is fucking great

keeping things contextual (DJP), Friday, 3 August 2012 15:01 (six years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

Now, according to The Hollywood Reporter, M.I.A.'s legal team is planning to "go public with an explanation of how ridiculous it was for the NFL and its fans to devote such furor to this incident," says her lawyer, Howard King, "while ignoring the genocide occurring in her home country and several other countries, topics she frequently speaks to."


dyl, Thursday, 19 September 2013 21:22 (five years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

She even got help from Wikileaks founder Julian Assange on Attention.

"I was struggling with this song, trying to write lyrics that contained the word 'tent'," she says.

"There were only so many on my list - I had about 30. Julian Assange came into the studio and took my computer and basically decrypted the whole of the internet, and downloaded every word in the whole of the language that contained the word tent within it. He gave me, like, 4,000. And I finished the song.

"He doesn't get a writing credit," she says, "but he gets a thank you".

He'll get the last laugh when he leaks the album early.

Josh in Chicago, Tuesday, 29 October 2013 14:08 (five years ago) Permalink


dyl, Tuesday, 29 October 2013 16:01 (five years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

not bad!

Maybe in 100 years someone will say damn Dawn was dope. (forksclovetofu), Sunday, 8 March 2015 18:35 (three years ago) Permalink

This is so great!

gybe horses (Stevie D(eux)), Monday, 9 March 2015 17:22 (three years ago) Permalink

eight months pass...

Yep. "Borders" video


curmudgeon, Friday, 27 November 2015 17:10 (three years ago) Permalink

walking on water!

lex pretend, Saturday, 28 November 2015 12:04 (three years ago) Permalink

i love/hate the blase-blase trollfaceness of the lyrics

big WHOIS aka the nameserver (s.clover), Sunday, 29 November 2015 01:43 (three years ago) Permalink

it's conflicting bc as never-in-doubt as this aesthetic is for m.i.a. it also feels very necessary right now, even filtered through her ego. and it really works as a song. the most coherent, tasteful way to approach the issue, no, but still necessary bc any pro-migrant view in pop culture, mainstream opinion etc is so hard to come by

lex pretend, Sunday, 29 November 2015 12:05 (three years ago) Permalink

ego whats up with that

big WHOIS aka the nameserver (s.clover), Sunday, 29 November 2015 19:59 (three years ago) Permalink

lex otm

The Reverend, Sunday, 29 November 2015 20:54 (three years ago) Permalink

otm whats up with that

big WHOIS aka the nameserver (s.clover), Sunday, 29 November 2015 20:57 (three years ago) Permalink

six months pass...


Organizers announced today that M.I.A. is still headlining Afropunk's London festival despite backlash over comments she made about the Black Lives Matter movement. In a statement, Afropunk wrote, "To us, the fact that M.I.A.'s comments sparked dialogue about a global view of the Black struggle is not a failing," later adding, "The debate is healthy and as people who have long been silenced, we refuse to participate in silencing of other voices." They continued, "We hope that this event also brings to light the experiences of black Brits, immigrants and refugees in the UK, who are continuously erased."

StillAdvance, Thursday, 23 June 2016 21:10 (two years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

the new single is very good.

i'd probably still support her if she, say, shot someone in the middle of fifth avenue.

Treeship, Wednesday, 3 August 2016 19:27 (two years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

new album out today! Reviews have been mixed but it has some enjoyable moments imo

art baengels (monotony), Friday, 9 September 2016 01:41 (two years ago) Permalink

OMG IT'S OUT?!?!?!?!

laraaji p. henson (Stevie D(eux)), Friday, 9 September 2016 01:49 (two years ago) Permalink

yessssss finally good news in this hellish year

Treeship, Friday, 9 September 2016 02:07 (two years ago) Permalink

btw lex this isn't about the German MIA

Neanderthal, Friday, 9 September 2016 02:10 (two years ago) Permalink

Bah, I got excited for a bit that it was. I really loved her material back in the day, and I wonder why she hasn't done anything since Bittersüss, which was incredibly dope! And she had to suffer the indignity of some British singer stealing her artist name.

Tuomas, Friday, 9 September 2016 06:18 (two years ago) Permalink

Listened to most of this while getting ready this morning and was not feeling it. :/ It's telling when one of the best tracks (Visa) is based around a 'Galang' sample.

sam jax sax jam (Jordan), Friday, 9 September 2016 16:57 (two years ago) Permalink

Oh my god this album is so bad that it actually makes me kind of upset

laraaji p. henson (Stevie D(eux)), Friday, 9 September 2016 21:20 (two years ago) Permalink

For someone who is so risk taking, the dull inoffensive mediocrity of this album is the most disappointing thing she could possibly do, like I would take an over ambitious flop over this any day. What HAPPENED???

laraaji p. henson (Stevie D(eux)), Friday, 9 September 2016 21:22 (two years ago) Permalink

It's a weird record. Half way through the album she just seems to give up. There's some decent stuff here but it all sounds so unfinished. If this is her last album, it's a weak way to go out.

Kitchen Person, Friday, 9 September 2016 21:32 (two years ago) Permalink

It all sounds like half-assed demos of someone else who likes MIA but has never made a record before

laraaji p. henson (Stevie D(eux)), Friday, 9 September 2016 22:17 (two years ago) Permalink

Also, a complete misuse of the angelic and idiosyncratic voice of Dexta Daps. That could have been anyone.

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Friday, 9 September 2016 22:29 (two years ago) Permalink

politics? what's up with that?

Treeship, Saturday, 10 September 2016 00:18 (two years ago) Permalink

the people's republic of swaggerstan

Treeship, Saturday, 10 September 2016 00:18 (two years ago) Permalink

She has hinted this might be her last album and that she's not that interested in music anymore, that she wants to explore other mediums. So I guess this is how MIA's music career ends, not with a bang but a whimper.

✖✖✖ (Moka), Monday, 12 September 2016 21:35 (two years ago) Permalink

This is a disappointment after Matangi. The opening two tracks -released weeks before- made me excited for this but this just sounds very half-assed; The production is all over the place and some of these lyrics are terrible even by MIA standards. I really hope this isn't her swan song, would hate for her to leave in such a low note.

✖✖✖ (Moka), Monday, 12 September 2016 21:46 (two years ago) Permalink

my god, every interview or tweet or whatever I've read w/ her abt this album (not to mention all of the recycled lyrics/samples/themes) basically amounts to "I gave up"

laraaji p. henson (Stevie D(eux)), Wednesday, 14 September 2016 20:23 (two years ago) Permalink

nine months pass...

glad shes doing meltdown. though her interviews with all the nostalgia for 2004 make me worry a bit. lineup is decent. though i expected more non-western artists. no one from south asia? from the middle east? maybe it was just a programming difficulty. still, fun to have giggs, i wayne, dexta daps, etc at royal festival hall, lol.

StillAdvance, Thursday, 15 June 2017 10:32 (one year ago) Permalink

not 100% sold on dexta daps, though his weeknd+bawdy dancehall combo makes me think he will be fun.

StillAdvance, Thursday, 15 June 2017 10:37 (one year ago) Permalink

one year passes...

Anyone catch the doc

ritual showdown (Ross), Tuesday, 2 October 2018 16:20 (four months ago) Permalink

Yeah, it's really good! Guy who did it went to St.Martin's with her and she pretty clearly trusts him 100% which means it's very much her side of the story, but it also means she gives him tons of footage of herself growing up in London, hanging out with Justine Frishmann, going back to Sri Lanka in 2001 and trying to get her family to talk about the war (she wanted to be a doc filmmaker before she became a pop star).

The stuff about her flipping the bird at the Super Bowl feels so surreal to watch, that amount of outrage and pearl clutching decades after the Sex Pistols went on Grundy...I'm not usually one for "huh, America sure is WEIRD" type sentiments but I've seldom felt this alienated from that culture.

Daniel_Rf, Wednesday, 3 October 2018 12:23 (four months ago) Permalink

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