Entries tagged with: MIA
photos by Ryan Muir
M.I.A. played the same benefit that Special Disco Version did on Tuesday night ("to support the Museum's award-winning educational programs and the care, study, and exhibition of its collection") (June 10, 2008). M.I.A. also played a much bigger and more public and proper show at McCarren Pool in Brooklyn a few nights earlier. At MoMA, the cheapest ticket was $250.
I talked to one person who was at MoMA (but not at the black tie dinner that preceeded the dance party). They said...
It was really fun. The venue was spectacular. The show was so incredibly different from McCarren Pool. MIA didn't start until after 11. I think she's delightful and has an infectious energy no matter the setting, but this was definitely a performance that was catered to the event and the crowd. No wacky outfits, no political videos, no questions about whether we were choosing money or people, etc. Her mic didn't seem to be turned up enough, so her vocals sounded muddled at times. She made a comment about elitism that ironically elicited cheers and she asked the crowd if they had an extra $10 to donate to [didn't catch the cause]. The sightlines kind of sucked for a show with so much movement as there were two large poles on either side of the stage that frequently covered her. I'd say that about 30% of the attendees knew who she was. Again, so different from McCarren.The stage background was decorated with charts and graphs depicting things like mortality and starvation rates. Like at McCarren, M.I.A. was joined on stage by Afrikan Boy (who told "anybody in the crowd with more than one dollar in they pocket to make some noise"). Unlike at McCarren, M.I.A. was joined on stage by Mos Def. He helped sing "Paper Planes". More pics from the party HERE and below.....
The crowd was fascinating. Black tie and cocktail dresses. Not my usual scene, obviously, but great people watching.
photos by Bao Nguyen
Holy Fuck played two shows in the same neighborhood of Brooklyn on Friday night (June 6, 2008). The first one was opening for M.I.A. at McCarren Pool. I heard the majority of that set from outside the venue - while walking up and then waiting on line to get in. I still liked it. That's the performance these pictures are from. More below....
M.I.A. & Kanye & friends (via Kanye's blog)
Kanye West, Lupe Fiasco, and N.E.R.D. are playing Madison Square Garden again on August 5th. Tickets go on sale Friday June 13 @ 10am. I didn't forget about Rihanna - her name doesn't seem to be on the bill this time around.
Kanye has a new video for "Flashing Lights". N.E.R.D. has a new video. Their last show at MSG was in May. Kanye then played another NYC show the next night and surrounded himself with half-naked girls dressed as astronauts. Video from that below....
photos by Bao Nguyen
That's what the McCarren Pool crowd looked like between Holy Fuck and M.I.A. last night (June 6, 2008). Click HERE for a much bigger view. Click HERE to see what it looked like when that crowd later got on stage. Click "continue reading" to see the rest of the pictures (and stuff) from the show.....
today in NYC & NJ
* Big Apple BBQ
* more free stuff
* FIXED @ Studio B
* Bushwick Open Studios
* 2 Career Suicide Shows
* The Sadies @ Maxwell's
* Drop the Lime @ Glasslands
* Kaiju Big Battel @ Webster Hall
* White Rabbits @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* These New Puritans @ Solar One (Green Market Party)
* These New Puritans @ 100 Lafayette (Misshapes)
* the Young Knives, Scarce & The Muggabears @ Union Hall
* The Cool Kids, Heavy, Mickey Factz & Egg Foo Young @ KF
* Lightspeed Champion & Flowers Forever @ Bowery Ballroom
* Mudhoney, Donita Sparks and the Stellar Moments, the Cynics @ Highline
This weekend is also the Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art's 2008 Festival
This lady's picture was taken May 17th in McCarren Park...
The below video (and pictures) are from June 6th in McCarren Park (Pool)....
M.I.A. @ McCarren Pool in 2006 (more by Bao)
Tonight (June 6) is not only the M.I.A. and Holy Fuck show in Brooklyn, it's also the first McCarren Pool show of the summer. It is not free though, and tickets are sold out.
What are you doing after the show? There are a few semi-official options...
- @ Europa: 'Post M.I.A MCCARREN POOL party featuring Million $ Mano / Kids with Snakes / DJ Sexxxual Chocolate / DJ Full Time Fun / !!SPECIAL GUESTS!'
And this was supposed to be the part where I tell you that M.I.A. is deejaying this party along with one of her DJs Low B, but now I don't know because I don't see that part anymore and they added a disclaimer that says "NO, this party is not affiliated with the concert!!! Just because you have a ticket to the show does not mean you can get into the afterparty! Please do not request media/comp admission from MIA's people. They will not know what you're talking about. So I suggest you buy your tickets in advance!" I have no idea.
- @ Studio B: This one is the reason the other party seems to be freaking out now. This is also the Field show...
OFFICIAL M.I.A. AFTERPARTY HOSTED BY ROXY COTTONTAIL
$5 REDUCED ENTRY WITH M.I.A. TICKET STUB
MORE DETAILS WILL BE POSTED ON OUR WEBSITE FRIDAY AFTERNOON.
- @ Music Hall of Williamsburg: Holy Fuck, again, $10.
No sooner does British/Sri Lankan rap goddess M.I.A. announce her engagement to WMG head Edgar Bronfman's son, rock guitarist Benjamin Brewer, then she reportedly collects $100k for a performance at an MTV Movie Awards after-party in West Hollywood sponsored by Target and Converse One Star. After the half-hour performance, M.I.A. (real name Maya Arulpragasam) jumped on top of a photo booth and told the audience how much she'd be making. "I'm going to use it to build schools in Liberia," said the politically active hip-hop performer. "It costs $52,000 to build a school for 1,000." The show wrapped up with the performer inviting women onstage to dance to "Paper Planes," including Jessica Szohr, Jessica Stroup and Rumer Willis. What, no Lindsay Lohan? Ahhh, the rich and famous in Hollywood.$250 tickets are still available for the show M.I.A. is playing at MoMA on on June 10th. "The evening will also feature a DJ performance by 'Special Disco Version' featuring James Murphy and Pat Mahoney of LCD Soundsystem." That's at least one more school right there.
[Hits Daily Double via Daily Swarm]
Did you run into any other major problems during the booking?M.I.A. and Hot Chip are getting married? To each other? To Zach Condon?
Anthony Kiedis: For some reason, this is the summer of bands getting married. I ran into that twice. I'm very keen on M.I.A., I think she's a rocking live performer. She wanted to play, she was very into it and it seemed like a great deal and suddenly she's getting married. Same with Hot Chip. They have a real groove; they write good songs and have an interesting personality. Except for the fact that they're getting married. Undone by matrimony, but not really undone. [Rolling Stone]
The bands that ARE playing Anthony Kiedis' "New American Music Festival" (August 8 & 9 at SouthSide Works in Pittsburgh) are listed below....
Holy Fuck @ SXSW (more by Ryan Muir)
$10.00 tickets are on sale (@ noon) for a June 6th Holy Fuck (who are now also known as good Radiohead remixers) show at Music Hall of Williamsburg. It's the same night they're playing McCarren Pool with M.I.A.....who they toured with a bunch after Coachella and who they are playing with even more around the time of the McCarren show. They're also playing some festivals and other places. All dates below...
Tuesday, June 10, 2008Inmyhouse also pointed out that this pricey benefit matches the date James Murphy and Pat Mahoney are scheduled to play at the same museum venue.
The Party in the Garden Benefit Gala will honor two great New Yorkers: our beloved MoMA Trustee and patron of the arts Donald B. Marron, and acclaimed multi-award-winning televison, stage, and film director, writer, and producer Mike Nichols. Proceeds will benefit the Museum's general operating fund, helping to make possible our award-winning educational programs and the care, study, and exhibition of our collection.
Cocktails at 7:00 p.m.
Dinner at 8:00 p.m.
After-Dinner Dance from nine to midnight with Sweets and Champagne
Performance by M.I.A.
Tables, dinner tickets, and after party tickets are available online.
M.I.A. also has a bunch of cheaper shows coming up including McCarren Pool in Brooklyn on June 6th with Holy Fuck.
Christopher Shar of the group Man Man, Santogold, and M.I.A. backstage during day 1 of the Coachella Valley Music Festival and Arts Festival held at the Empire Polo Field on April 25, 2008 in Indio, California. [BONAFIDE HUSTLER]Man Man recently played a couple of NYC shows and are currently still on tour with Yeasayer.
A couple photos from Man Man's set at Coachella below...
the view from M.I.A.'s Brooklyn apartment
M.I.A. @ The Connect Festival (cred)
Holy Fuck @ Music Hall of Williamsburg - March 22, 2008 (selftitled)
Holy Fuck and M.I.A. are playing McCarren Park Pool in Brooklyn on June 6th (which is awesome).
M.I.A.'s other two upcoming shows are Coachella and Bonnaroo.
Lez Zeppelin is playing Bonnaroo
No Led Zeppelin, but there is LEZ Zeppelin, Robert Plant and Metallica. Also Pearl Jam, Kanye West, Sigur Ros, Levon Helm, M.I.A., Mastodon, Sharon Jones, and many, many more.....
The indie-rock kids of Coachella are in store for a classic-rock moment this April: Roger Waters of Pink Floyd will re-create the band’s trippy 1973 masterpiece “Dark Side of the Moon” on the festival’s main stage, which also will feature the Raconteurs, the Verve, Jack Johnson, Kraftwerk and a reunion of Portishead.Entire lineup and poster below....
The ninth edition of the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival will take over the Empire Polo Field outside the dusty town of Indio from April 25 through 27. The 125-act lineup was announced Monday afternoon at a press conference in Mexico City with Death Cab for Cutie, My Morning Jacket, Love and Rockets, and Justice among the names on the bill along with M.I.A., the Breeders, Rilo Kiley, Sasha & Digweed, Café Tacuba and Fatboy Slim. Tickets will go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday. [LA Times]
DOWNLOAD: Ted Leo & The Phamacists - Me & MIA (MP3)
It’s been a happy New Year for Rolling Stone “Artist to Watch” Santogold (née Santi White), who just returned from a British tour with M.I.A. to see herself on the cover of this month’s Fader. What sort of challenges might 2008 bring? “I do these detoxes where for 20 or 30 days I can only eat organic fruits or vegetables,” she says. “It makes you not even really be able to eat greasy food — you can, but it feels disgusting. By the end of the year [after not doing the detox for a while], I tend to crave fried food and chocolate all the time.” That doesn’t mean you’ll find her eating cheesesteaks like she did growing up in Philly (she now lives in Bed Stuy and has been a pescatarian for twelve years), but this week she did hit the vending machine at the Soho studio where she’s recording her debut self-titled album, out in April. [NY Magazine]And, M.I.A. is the new Marc Jacobs model.
"I’m not sure how they managed to pick the most unflattering pictures of her as possible, but they’ve gone and done it." [The Modern Age]
Although not listed on Cake Shop's website yet, I'm being told that NJ's own MC Steinberg will be performing live @ Cake Shop Sunday night (Dec 23), but that's not all. The band MC Steinberg will be playing with is none other than NJ's other own: WE ARE THE SEAHORSES (aka the band that Darren Mabee plays in) (you know who he is).
In other Steinberg news: he cleverly took that "Paper Planes" rant M.I.A. went on, and made a video out of it.....
1. M.I.A.: Kala (Interscope)Robert Christgau's entire Best of 2007 list can be found at Slate. Gogol Bordello can be found at Terminal 5 in NYC on New Years Eve. I'm giving away a pair of tickets. To win, email BVCONTESTS@HOTMAIL.COM (subject: Gogol). Include your first and last name and your favorite album of the year. I'll pick one winner at random and contact them.
2. Gogol Bordello: Super Taranta! (Side One Dummy)
3. Tabu Ley Rochereau: The Voice of Lightness (Stern's Africa)
4. Arcade Fire: Neon Bible (Merge)
5. Lucinda Williams: West (Lost Highway)
6. Miranda Lambert: Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (Sony/BMG Nashville)
7. Rilo Kiley: Under the Black Light (Warner Bros.)
8. Lily Allen: Alright, Still (Capitol)
9. Fountains of Wayne: Traffic and Weather (Virgin)
10. Against Me!: New Wave (Sire)
then, and now....
Though free, the Metromix holiday party at Music Hall of Williamsburg wasn't that packed. I'm guessing that had something to do with it falling on a day that was simutaneously the worst weather we've had this winter AND one of the busiest nights of the year (Dec 13, 2007) (and Pitchfork hasn't given Santogold 'best new music') (and White Williams was on the bill - his 500th show that week). Anyway, it didn't stop Santogold from putting on a fun show - what she called her first real/official show (in NYC, or anywhere - I can't remember). Last time I saw her it was at the FADER party which was probably a shorter set (but honestly not by much), and it was more industry (though this party was a newspaper party, so it wasn't really normal either).
Last time I saw her (Santi), she also wasn't accompanied by Diplo and Amanda Blank. This time she was. Bonus! I really liked her sidekick the first time though, but Amanda was good too, and she seemed to know all her parts really well, and they played a new song that was produced by Diplo. Actually, they played all the songs Santi had/knew (which wasn't very much, but long enough). More pics below....
LOOK I KNOW THERE ARE HATERS OUT THERE, I DEAL WITH IT EVERYDAY THATS NO FUCKING BIG DEAL AND IVE DEALT WITH WORSE IN MY LIFE, A FEW PEOPLE TALKING SHIT DONT MATTER TO ME, BUT TWISTING TRUTH ISNT THE LESSON I WANNA LEARN IN MY TIME IN MUSIC, SO WHO EVER THAT IS DOING IT , I WANNA SET THE RECORD STRAIGHTThe rest of the letter, and the "uncensored" video, below....
1, I ORIGINALLY WANTED TO SHOOT THE VIDEO IN A FACTORY ON THE BORDER OF EQUADOR, BUT COULDNT. I WAS TOURING THE U.S, I COULDA BEEN ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD RIGHT THEN BUT THERE I WAS IN AMERICA, IN NYC, IN BROOKLYN, IN BEDSTUY , I WAS TORN BETWEEN SCRAPIN SHOWS IN AMERICA AND MEETING AMERICAN FANS OR SHOOTING IN NYC ON MY ONLY DAY OFF I'D HAD IN 4 MONTHS AND GETTING ON WITH IT.
2, SO THAT WAS THAT! I NEVER MADE A VIDEO IN AMERICA AND HEY ITS STILL A PART OF WHAT I DO AND SAY, ITS WAS STILL VALID, SO I WAS READY TO ROLL WITH IT.
3, YOU ALL KNOW HOW THE SONG SOUNDS, THATS WHY WHEN U GO ON YOUTUBE 400, 000 PEOPLE WOULD RATHER LISTEN THE SONG AS IT IS AND STARE AT SOME PICTURE THEN TO ACTUALLY WATCH A VIDEO
4, WHEN LETTERMAN CENSORD ME IT WAS WAC OF COURSE!!!!!! , AND YES I FELT SOOOOOO BAD FOR WHAT THEY DID TO MY SOUND. I WAS ABEL TO SOUND CHECK FOR THAT SHOW AND THEY LET ME SOUND CHECK FINE, THEN ON THE ACTUAL TAPING MY SOUND WAS SOOO DIFFERENT FROM WHAT ID AGREED, AS SOON AS I OPENED MY MOUTH THE DIFFERENCE BLEW ME AWAY, I FELT I WAS GETTING BULLIED ON NATIONAL TELEVISON, AND I COULDNT EVEN REACH OUT TO MY LABELS OR MY MANAGEMENT TO HELP, SINCE THEY ARE NEW TO WHAT HAPPENS TO AN ARTIST LIKE ME IN MAINSTEAM AMERICAN CULTURE.
SO THEY TRIED TO SHUT ME DOWN AGAIN. I MADE THE PAPER PLANES VIDEO. I MADE IT HOW THEY WANTED. NO VIOLENCE. AMBIGUOUS. MTV - FRIENDLY. NOW TODAY, I CHECK YOUTUBE AND SEE THE LEAKED MTV PAPER PLANES VIDEO UP FOR THE FIRST TIME. I CLICKED ON IT AND OUT COMES THIS FUCKED UP MESS WITH DOUBLE-TRACKED BULLSHIT MESS
WHO THE THE FUCK IS DOING THIS TO ME?????' [M.I.A.]
DOWNLOAD: Santogold - L.E.S. Artistes (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Santogold - you'll find a way (switch and sinden mix) (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Santogold - Shuv it ft. Spank Rock (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Santogold - Shove It (KMFX rmx) (MP3)
Santogold (a nickname she got from a classmate back in the '80's for her sister-girl style) is a project that's all about Santi: new band, programmed beats, tons of reggae influences, an impressive list of producers and collaborators, all spiked with Whites's varying vocal styles. In her new song "LES Artistes" she addresses the way folks tend to front like they're something they're not. "I'm an old school artist," she says. "I don't care about looking the part all the time, and in the modern entertainer world it's all about looking the part. In fact, you don't even have to have anything beyond that. If you look the part then you are the part. I just can't be bothered half the time." [FADER]Why did it take me this long to post about one of my favorite shows of 2007 - the artist I left CMJ this year feeling most excited about? I don't know. RSVP to see Santogold, White Williams (what else is new), Rapture DJs, and DJ David Bruno - for free tonight (Dec 13) at the Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn. More photos of Santogold at the FADER party (Oct 20, 2007), below....