DETAILS: M.I.A. plays Royale Boston on Mon + Tues, October 4 + 5
In September 2004, Diplo still had to explain who M.I.A. was -- no one had heard her music yet, and he described her as a dancehall artist of Sri Lankan descent. Later that month, on back to back nights, "Galang" was played in Boston for the first time: Diplo spun it during a Hollertronix set at the opening of Middlesex Lounge, and down Mass Ave, Nick Catchdubs played it at Enormous Room.
Click here for more photos from M.I.A.'s Creators Project showLike
most people who listen to music a lot, I get easily fatigued hearing
people verbally hand-wring over the future of music, technology, and
the various synergy thereof. But that didn't stop me from snatching up
a free pass to this past weekend's Vice Magazine/Intel blowout, held at
the Meatpacking District's Milk Studios.
Was it really only a year and a half ago that MTV cancelled TRL? It seems like a lifetime since that fateful final
episode, a whimper that had critics all over sounding the death-knell for
the music video. Looks like reports of the video-as-art-form's
demise were greatly exaggerated, since 2010 is shaping up to be the year that music
videos matter again.
The first salvo from the M.I.A.camp has finally emerged: after a blimp
over Coachella proclaimed the imminent arrival of her
as-yet-untitled album (due out on June 29th), we now have a released track which
may or may not show up on said album. If you were expecting a dance-tastic
mish-mash of world music styles and hiccup-y rap hooks, then you are.
On Tuesday, longtime OtD favorite M.I.A. tweeted the above video with the message "THERES SPACE FOR OL DAT I SEE." As it turns out, the song is called "Space Oddyssey" and will be on the next M.I.A. album (the one with the Verizon customer service people on it). The song, according to reports, is a repsonse to a New York Times travel piece calling Sri Lanka the number one "place to go" in 2010 - something she wasn't too happy about.
We honestly can't tell whether she's joking anymore.But on a purely biological level, we read that what's being described as "swine flu" actually has a bit of bird flu in it. Which means that in this scenario, a "Bird Flu" remix would be acceptable.