Posted in music | pictures on July 12, 2010

photos by Benjamin Lozovsky

"This M.I.A. album is unforgivable. Y'all put her on the cover of your magazines before actually hearing this thing, right?" - Chris Weingarten

"every1 who came 2nite to PS1 TO REP the LP Release party THANK YOU! I LOVE YOU! !!!!!! i dint get to say it coz the cop turn my sound off!.." - _M_I_A_

M.I.A. @ The Creators Project in June
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"The record is a shambling mess, devoid of the bangers that characterized Arular and Kala, two of the stronger pop albums of the past decade. It aims to capture a technological and cultural zeitgeist in its over-stimulated, digitally degraded sound, but the songs are too flimsy to carry her bold conceit. Without compelling tunes, the obnoxious public antics, dubious political messages, and thin voice that had grated on her naysayers have become impossible for even dedicated fans to ignore. It's as if everything that was great about M.I.A. has been stripped from this music, leaving behind only the most alienating aspects of her art and public persona." [Pitchfork (Matthew Perpetua) gave / \ / \ / \ Y / \ a 4.4]
M.I.A.'s new album is streaming on MySpace.

M.I.A.'s next NYC show is on Governors Island.

M.I.A.'s last NYC show was at PS1 last night, Sunday, July 11th, sort of. As previously mentioned, she was only scheduled to play a very short set, and as you can see by her tweet above, that set was cut even shorter (by actors pretending to be cops. just kidding! well, you never know).

M.I.A.'s last show that was longer than 5 minutes was her semi-surprise appearance at the June 26th Creators Project event. A full set of pictures from that show (pot leaf glasses and all), below...

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More Creators Project pictures HERE.

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Comments (100)

she's an astro-pop.

Posted by Anonymous | July 12, 2010 2:29 AM

her 15 minutes up yet?

Posted by Anonymous | July 12, 2010 2:36 AM

she should tweet the reviewer's phone number.

Posted by Anonymous | July 12, 2010 2:36 AM

^ Believe so, I knew after Paper Planes went mainstream, it'd be all downhill from there.

Posted by CNC | July 12, 2010 2:40 AM

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA.

Awesome.

Posted by Anonymous | July 12, 2010 2:40 AM

she should tweet where the reviewer gets his daisy duke shorts.

Posted by Anonymous | July 12, 2010 2:41 AM

she will now retrofit her attitude towards p4k to be sharply critical, no doubt. long overrated.

Posted by Anonymous | July 12, 2010 2:45 AM

Fluxhatin'

Posted by Anonymous | July 12, 2010 2:52 AM

She is the WORST.

Posted by Anonymous | July 12, 2010 2:58 AM

The backlash has begun...

Posted by Anonymous | July 12, 2010 3:08 AM

I'm liking the album.

Posted by Anonymous | July 12, 2010 3:11 AM

You hipsters were all up in her shit like 3 years ago. She's been this lame for a WHILE. Paper Planes was lame and embarrassing from the beginning. Don't forget it!

Posted by Boogie | July 12, 2010 3:25 AM

bangers and mash.

Posted by Anonymous | July 12, 2010 3:46 AM

obnoxious public antics, dubious political messages, and thin voice

WELL SAID. Oh, and there is no BACKlash...she has always sucked

Posted by Anonymous | July 12, 2010 6:35 AM

I am interested in freedom for all big nosed packi women and MIA has shown me the light. Some of which seeped from her lower extremities in a ball of noxious gas.

Posted by Tami tigrrr | July 12, 2010 6:42 AM

I'll never get it but its cool the backlash has begun because I'm sick of hearing about her unless its negetive

Posted by Anonymous | July 12, 2010 7:17 AM

I like Pocahontas singing Colors of the Wind better.

Posted by Anonymous | July 12, 2010 7:40 AM

I love the album. From its sound, of course it will be divisive, duh. To say that the album is devoid of melody or memorable songs is just incorrect, though.
I hope she'll back it up and won't dismiss it as a failed experiment, which it's not.
And I guess that by 15 minutes of fame you mean 6 years... Were most of you even 16 year old back then?

Posted by Anonymous | July 12, 2010 8:01 AM

I can't wait til we nuke Pakistan into a parking lot.

Posted by Tamil Tittie Twister | July 12, 2010 8:07 AM

Pitchfork gave that terrible new Kelis album a great review. Maybe M.I.A. should've worked with David Guetta too ?

Posted by Anonymous | July 12, 2010 8:08 AM

Finally, it's over.

Posted by Anonymous | July 12, 2010 8:11 AM

I think it's hilarious that Chris Weingarten, the guy who does twitter record reviews and the Hipster Puppies tumblr, is taken seriously at all. Having said that, he is right about the new MIA.

Posted by Anonymous | July 12, 2010 8:34 AM

losers vs. losers

Posted by Anonymous | July 12, 2010 8:36 AM

new Kelis record is much better than this mess of noise and nonsense

Posted by Anonymous | July 12, 2010 9:00 AM

What happened to her retirement?

Posted by Anonymous | July 12, 2010 9:02 AM

Haters step to the left...this is about to get raw like sushi.

Posted by Anonymous | July 12, 2010 9:07 AM

Ahh, the power of the pitchfork review, sure to make or break a career...

Posted by Anonymous | July 12, 2010 9:22 AM

Doooooooooooooooooooooooone.

Posted by Anonymous | July 12, 2010 9:26 AM


Mom slut

Posted by Anuuus | July 12, 2010 9:28 AM

I was surprised that Pitchfork trashed it, thought she was still 'acceptable.' I don't think it's a terrible record, but I just think she's been overrated from Day 1, and this album is no beter or worse than her others...

Posted by Anonymous | July 12, 2010 9:35 AM

M.E.H.

Posted by Anonymous | July 12, 2010 9:35 AM

She has some good songs but I've always said that if she came from the Bronx with that flow - trust me, she couldn't get arrested.

Posted by Jeremy Shatan | July 12, 2010 9:41 AM

That Pitchfork review was really generous methinks. She has one good song in her catalog, "Jimmy". The rest is shit. The lyrics on her new LP are so unintelligent it's absurd.

Posted by Anonymous | July 12, 2010 9:53 AM

The only thing i have heard is that one video where she samples suicide and it was by far my favorite thing I have ever heard from her. I've never been a fan but im intrigued by these "noisy mess" comments! i like noisy messes!

also i wouldnt call her career over because pitchfork bashed her album, but idk maybe she will fade.

also record reviews in general are subjective so they are fairly pointless except to get a general idea of someone's sound

Posted by STRNGLV | July 12, 2010 10:01 AM

Surprisingly, the new album is great. I've been waiting for a backlash against MIA's sensational antics and it has happened, but you can't deny the record. Don't let pitchfork control your opinion, they've been wrong.

Posted by anonymous | July 12, 2010 10:29 AM

I love how Interscope got their employees to post positive comments on here...8:01 and 10:29 obviously work for her label and management company. Ahhhh the beauty of an anynomous message board! Face it guys, reviews are in and the album unanimously stinks!

Posted by Anonymous | July 12, 2010 10:47 AM

9:35 am FTW!

- meh guy

Posted by meh guy | July 12, 2010 11:01 AM

10:29, you're right, they were wrong about the first two

Posted by Anonymous | July 12, 2010 11:07 AM

lol at 8:34 - agreed

Posted by Anonymous | July 12, 2010 11:22 AM

I have always been right about M.I.A. being terrible. Pitchfork is bullshit. Everyone who likes either thing is a trust fund hipster. Go back to Midwest State where you came from. I hate free live music.

Posted by BVCommenter | July 12, 2010 11:33 AM

the exploitation of suicide with such a lack of taste is WAAAY too much ... i love when P4K acts like a grumpy old maid <3

Posted by Anonymous | July 12, 2010 11:42 AM

Pitchfork is just sad that they couldn't get her to perform at their festival weekend....

oh well! At least they got Big Boi!

Posted by Anonymous | July 12, 2010 11:47 AM

The album's good.
Come on Pitchfork

Posted by Anonymous | July 12, 2010 12:03 PM

I feel relatively neutral about M.I.A. and think anyone with strong feelings either way has an obvious personal agenda. While I occasionally disagree with Pitchfork I think it's an invaluable cultural institution. Your arguments are reductive and your prejudices petty. If you criticize a show you didn't pay for, even one of dubious merit, you are an ingrate. I would articulate this but I hate both you and myself, and it is also opposite day.

Posted by BVCommenterResponseToBVCommenter | July 12, 2010 12:03 PM

what about popmatters? they gave it a 5. wheres the commentary on that site? or what other zines should i be complaining about?

Posted by Anonymous | July 12, 2010 12:06 PM

"I don't think it's a terrible record, but I just think she's been overrated from Day 1, and this album is no beter or worse than her others..."

Exactly.

Posted by Anonymous | July 12, 2010 12:11 PM

why did the cops shut it down? the warm up parties are super loud.

Posted by Anonymous | July 12, 2010 12:38 PM

Why do people care what Pitchfork says, anyway? Their reviews are never unbiased, and are usually very poorly written.

Posted by Anonymous | July 12, 2010 1:03 PM

WHERE'S OBAMA AT?????

Posted by Anonymous | July 12, 2010 1:16 PM

I agree with Chris Weingarten, even more so knowing it was Pitchfork who let M.I.A 'take over' their twitter page for a day a month or so back...

This is all basic big time marketing ploys. M.I.A and Lady Gaga should just punch each other in public and move it along...

NEXT.

Posted by Anonymous | July 12, 2010 1:19 PM

Meh. I. A.

this bitch is crap and always has been but everyone bought into it.

Posted by Anonymous | July 12, 2010 1:23 PM

PS 1 was good for a minute.

Then the outdoor segment of the party got shut down by cops (sort of).

It continued inside (although only people who knew people could get in).

then once inside MIA took the stage again for ten minutes yelping over some dubstep. she seemed incredibly turned off and uninspired and people were throwing cameras in her face.

It was actually kind of disturbing, the whole "we are here just to say we were here charade".

Posted by Anonymous | July 12, 2010 1:33 PM

Pitchfork is wrong.

Posted by comehomenow | July 12, 2010 1:47 PM

Pitchfork is right.

Posted by Anonymous | July 12, 2010 2:09 PM

I hear paperplanes whenever I go to weddings, bar mitzahs, cheesy clubs, etc.

She is going to write some harsh stuff about Pitchfork... I look forward to seeing her rant on this. Then she can go away forever.

Posted by Anonymous | July 12, 2010 2:11 PM

barf!!!!!!!

Posted by Anonymous | July 12, 2010 2:30 PM

Where were all of you during the last two albums?? It's still hard for me to listen to straight to hell without expecting some weird al-esque cheesy sound effects to kick in. I'm sure she'll flip out w/r/t the pitchfork review because let's face it, she's in her early thirties and carries on like a petulant thirteen year old. She's done nothing for Sri Lanka but exploit it to become an even bigger corporate western puppet.

About time!

Posted by Holden | July 12, 2010 2:34 PM

SLAAAAAAAAAAAYR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Anonymous | July 12, 2010 2:39 PM

the new single is completely unlistenable.

Posted by Anonymous | July 12, 2010 2:53 PM

M.I.A. + Ptichfork = Match made in heaven!

Both trite, overrated, and past their time. I'm also a fan of neither.

Posted by Roman411 | July 12, 2010 3:46 PM

MIA's new album is...oh wait they're talking about the oil spill on the radio right now. OK. I'm back. What was I saying? Oh yeah, MIA. Hey, has Vanilla Ice been vindicated now by her dancer in the pics?

Posted by Anonymous | July 12, 2010 4:12 PM

So now M.I.A. seems to have become underrated.

Posted by Anonymous | July 12, 2010 4:43 PM

I'm glad songs such as Steppin Up exist, catchy, fun, completely off the hook. Too bad most of you don't seem to enjoy.

Posted by Anonymous | July 12, 2010 4:46 PM

4:12. He's a Ginger, you doof. And he's lucky his brain isn't all over the sidewalk. She's dangerous and Ginger Ice is lucky he's not dead.

Posted by Anonymous | July 12, 2010 5:14 PM

DIE CROWDSURFER DIE

Posted by LKJ | July 12, 2010 5:48 PM

love it.. no one buys albums anymore anyway. Shes intentionally doing whatever she wants to do. and why not? make the album you want to.. fuck it

Posted by Anonymous | July 12, 2010 6:30 PM

Kerry King is currently hunched over a typewriter somewhere, trying to find a more menacing way to say "Dear Cock Sucker...don't ever wear a Slayer t-shirt again.."

Posted by Anonymous | July 12, 2010 8:18 PM

Pitchfork had some valid points, but they panned it because it's full of people not into change--ie, most of the underground rock scene. M.I.A. has never been for that audience, she's an electro artist, and electronic/dance music is for people who welcome change. This is actually more mainstream than any of her other albums. That's what peeves Pitchfork--considering they couldn't stop naming her previous work.

Meanwhile, who knows exactly how it really will do with the mainstream considering her antics. I think she did it intentionally though.

Posted by Maggie | July 12, 2010 9:03 PM

I do have to say I agree about the XXXO comment--the remixes I've heard are far better than the original song.

Posted by Maggie | July 12, 2010 9:12 PM

why would anyone care about a music review. it's not a movie that requires 2 hours of your time. Just go to youtube and you can spend the three minutes to hear the song for yourself.

Posted by Anonymous | July 12, 2010 9:22 PM

I'd have to disagree with you 9:03pm. If anything, Pitchfork is synonymous with change in that they're all about ditching the musicians they held on pedestals a few years ago for changing in exchange for trendier genres. From what I read there, they're crushing hard on the lo-fi/noise pop/tape culture scene (which they just dedicated a brand new sister website to last week) like Best Coast and stuff off Captured Tracks. They're too cool for M.I.A. now. They'll be too cool for Arcade Fire in August. They were too cool for Wolf Parade a week or two ago (it got a 7.5 but I honestly think it would've gotten a high 8 and Best New Music years ago. I guess Canadian indie rock is over.) Vampire Weekend will probably suffer the same fate on their next album.

Posted by Anonymous | July 12, 2010 11:39 PM

@11:38 - maybe even the same for animal collective and/or dirty projectors?

Posted by Anonymous | July 12, 2010 11:49 PM

@ll139

not sure if that's totally true. they gave the new the national album a higher score than boxer or alligator got. i think it's a really good album but maybe they were making up for underrating those other records.

Posted by Anonymous | July 13, 2010 12:04 AM

12:04pm, true but that's because Pitchfork also has their select bands that can never do any bad (LCD Soundsystem, Animal Collective, The National, Spoon, Radiohead.) If a band gets by with 3 straight good reviews, they fall under that safety net.

Posted by Anonymous | July 13, 2010 12:29 AM

I'm thinking if you don't like Pitchfork, Mr. Indie Geniuses out there, maybe go ahead and start your own Music Genius blog?

I don't work for them, don't live in f-ing Brooklyn (I am forever a Manhattanite), and actually work for a living. But I've been obsessed with music for 30 years.

For my money, Pitchfork is mostly right on with their scores. The new Wolf Parade LP has nothing on their debut album. Animal Collective is universally acclaimed as genius except by retards and bitter people. For good reason. LCD Soundsystem keeps bringing the hits.

Pitchfork is 100% right in their review of MIA -- we will go along with the craziness or flameouts only so long as you bring the hits (see: Interpol's 2nd, 3rd album, etc.).

Another eg -- the latest New Pornographers was so-so, compared to some of their previous flat-out brilliance, and Pitchfork called them on that. If we know a band can be brilliant, then that raises the bar.

If Maya wants to bring her flavor of crazy to the masses, great. But I really don't care about her unless she brings the hits, and this new album is no Arular.

As they say in Zombieland: nut up or shut up.

Posted by Christian in NYC | July 13, 2010 1:26 AM

@1:26 - it's called an opinion. just because you've been listening to music for that long doesn't make your opinion any more valuable than mine, or any other person's. also, just because your opinion matches those of pfk's doesn't mean we all have to bow down in abso-fucking-lute amazement at how enlightened you are.

Posted by Anonymous | July 13, 2010 2:13 AM

besides having put out a pretty fucked up good weird album, it's always great to see women of color pissing off the establishment...

let's be totally fucking honest, there's something about her being an asian minority that makes honkies uptight...

Posted by Anonymous | July 13, 2010 3:47 AM

brah, never heard um in one club yet. venue artist( responsibity)...david talking heads byrne (i) said so

Posted by sugki | July 13, 2010 6:51 AM

1:26

You're wrong about something, The New Pornographers were never good.

Posted by Anonymous | July 13, 2010 9:53 AM

Pitchfork grades on a curve

Posted by Anonymous | July 13, 2010 10:11 AM

1:26am, I couldn't disagree more. Maybe I would if we were talking about the Pitchfork of 7-8 years ago. The Pitchfork of today is not like the Pitchfork of yesterday when they'd actually support something that wasn't very accessible yet still held a lot of merit. One of the truest things I've read about the way the review is this: "Challenging music is almost never championed in this Pitchfork world. Now that indie music has crossed over, the music getting big reception is just the pop equivalent in that realm. Basically party music. Not that party music doesnt have any merit. But often the experimental seems to get pushed aside." Hence why MPP gets a 9.6 when its by far not AC's best album yet its their most pop strongest. Hence why the new MIA gets panned but Kala (which I felt was boring and geared towards drunken party girls at clubs) gets a 9.2. Hence why Wolf Parade's debut, which was filled with 3 minute long pop songs gets a 9.2 while their new album, a cohesive ALBUM from start to finish only gets an 8.5. Hence why a mediocre hip hop album like Drake's debut gets an 8.4. Hence why flavor of the month electronic artists like Passion Pit, Crystal Castles and Sleigh Bells will get good reviews today and won't when the fad dies. I won't say there aren't moments where I don't see eye to eye with Pitchfork, but I usually expect most albums that get good review on that site these days to be ones that will get boring after just a couple of spins but the 16 year olds will love.

Posted by Anonymous | July 13, 2010 10:33 AM

Edit: Wolf Parade's new album got a 7.5

Posted by Anonymous | July 13, 2010 10:34 AM

"Animal Collective is universally acclaimed as genius except by retards and bitter people." LOLOL funniest thing I read all day. Bleating yelps and bleeps and bloops.

Posted by J | July 13, 2010 1:43 PM

I agree w/ 1011. Pitchfork's carte blanche love for everything with a beach theme is all the indication I need that they review on a curve. I hate to turn this into 100 subsequent comments shitting on Wavves. But that is an example of a blog grading on a curve.

Posted by Anonymous | July 13, 2010 1:55 PM

all of these comments are stupid.

Posted by Anonymous | July 13, 2010 2:22 PM

animal collective = torture

Posted by Anonymous | July 13, 2010 2:47 PM

music that sounds good will be listened to over and over and music that is challening can still be appreiciated. doesn't mean you will ever listen to it a 3rd or 4th time. same reason you dont walk into a museum over and over to see a painting or sculpture.

Posted by Anonymous | July 13, 2010 2:49 PM

I find Kings of Leon to be challanging.

Posted by Anonymous | July 13, 2010 3:23 PM

I only listen to the opinion of the homeless guy that lives in the dumpster. He's "real".

Posted by Anonymous | July 13, 2010 3:31 PM

the logic of "i hear [X] song everywhere, therefore it and its creator sucks" is hilarious. similar to the "frat boys like it, so it sucks" argument...

Posted by Anonymous | July 13, 2010 9:22 PM

First album i loved, second not as much. If the third is getting bad reviews from main-stream media-junkie whore websites..
-Well i can't wait to download it.
phreakin sheep...

Posted by delecti | July 14, 2010 7:07 AM

pitchfork trashes anyone who criticizes the journalistic method... don't do thattt...


Posted by harry caul | July 14, 2010 7:51 AM

questions are really important... they give you the answers...

Posted by harry caul | July 14, 2010 7:56 AM

So has the iPhone changed the way you poop?

Posted by Anonymous | July 14, 2010 4:11 PM

pitchfork definitely sucks. their only redeeming quality is the quantity of music they review, and i can judge five albums a day based on the name of the band, the title of the album, and the cover. if all three pass muster, i read the first paragraph of the review. then maybe i'll download it illegally and go see the band live and buy their record if they're good. generally speaking, anything the pitchfork writers put in their "best new music" is certifiable hipster flavor of the month trash. quote me on that one.

Posted by Anonymous | July 14, 2010 4:45 PM

"The album comes not long after a New York Times Magazine cover story that portrayed her as a pretentious, truffle fries-eating phony spouting radical politics at odds with her extremely comfortable lifestyle. The piece was devastating to her credibility."

I learn a lot from Pitchfork

Posted by Anonymous | July 15, 2010 11:01 AM

Maya sounds absolutely horrendous. M.I.A. needs to S.T.F.U. about the government; she's a spoiled brat who has no credibility. I'm so disappointed in this album---it's shit. What happened to the dance beats and the "worldtown" vibe? This album is a hot mess. One star in my opinion.

Posted by Vicky | June 6, 2011 5:07 PM

album was awesome - shes awesome - and hotter than prolly all you fat people

Posted by Anonymous | July 28, 2011 7:01 PM

Pure garbage

Posted by Anonymous | July 28, 2011 7:35 PM

She is the Future

Posted by Anonymous | March 15, 2012 10:16 PM

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