Entries tagged with: MIA
by Black Bubblegum
Ronson, Merriweather & Wale
Allido Records, named after one of my favorite Stevie Wonder songs, is the label co-owned by Mr. EVR aka potential Lohan In-Law Mark Ronson (sorry for getting all Perez-y). Mark Ronson will rep Allido when he appears as house DJ during the Allido CMJ showcase at SOB's on Oct 21st. Tickets are on sale.
The Allido Showcase will be headlined by Wale (pronounced wah-lay), who has appeared in NYC with Ronson before, and who recently hopped on a new remix of M.I.A.'s "Boyz" that some say is better than the Jay-Z remix that was released at the same time. Both are available for download above... you be the judge. Wale doesn't have an actual album to his name yet (he's a mixtape dude), but look for his debut to drop in Spring 2009 and feature Travis Barker (recently released from an LA burn center), Mark Ronson (no doy), 9th Wonder, Just Blaze, and Pharrell.
On January 25, 2008, Wale and Mark Ronson, on Ronson's East Village Radio show, hinted that Wale was in the process of signing with Jimmy Iovine at Interscope Records and On March 12, he announced on 93.9 WKYS that he had signed with Interscope. [Wikipedia]Speaking of 9th, also keep a look out for a Wale/9th Wonder collabo mixtape called Back To The Feature "up next", according to a recent interview in Giant Magazine. For now though, dig on "The Mixtape About Nothing" available for download at his blog.
Rhymefest of I-co-wrote-Kanye-West's-"Jesus Walks"-fame will also be in the (SOB's) house (check out the free Jacko-themed mixtape from earlier this year available above), as well as The Rumble Strips and Daniel Merriweather (not to be confused with Dan The Automator aka Nathaniel Merriweather of Handsome Boy Modeling School fame). Daniel was also at that Webster Hall show Ronson played in October last year.
In other semi-related news, Perez Hilton is announcing his full CMJ lineup on Monday, Pharell and M.I.A. recently got together, Jay-Z inspired a bunch of kids to search out Daptone's Menehan Street Band, and the BrooklynVegan CMJ showcase, happening the same night as Ronson's, is getting close to being sold out. Also that night: The Cool Kids & The Carps.
Wale videos and tour dates below...
Photos by Kyle Dean Reinford
Photos by Kyle Dean Reinford
His latest CD, "Paper Trail," sold more than 560,000 copies in its first week to debut at No. 1 on the Billboard Top 200 album charts, and his newest single, "Live Your Life" featuring Rihanna, supplanted the album's first single, "Whatever You Like," at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart. [AP]As pointed out in the previous two Diesel party picture posts, after Hot Chip & Chaka Khan came T.I. who made an unbilled, but planned appearance which ended with Franz Ferdinand (who had just played two more Brooklyn shows earlier in the week) playing as his backing band which then went into Franz Ferdinand's set - the longest of the night. T.I. and F.F. collectively were the best entertainment of the evening. The circus performers were a nice touch too. That included two sets (female then male) of aerialists who performed above the crowd before TI and after FF. Circus was the theme with Joey Arias also acting as "ringmaster" and free cotton candy, popcorn and hot pretzels. T.I. didn't bring out Jay-Z like he did at his recent show at Highline Ballroom, but he did have someone else that represented Brooklyn (help?) and...
T.I. also performed a song with the pregnant M.I.A., and called the lyricist "the hottest rap chick in the game right now, period." T.I. recently sampled "Paper Planes" for a collaboration with Jay-Z, Kanye West and Lil Wayne. The song, "Swagga Like Us," appears on "Paper Trail." [AP]More pictures from that part of the night below...
photos by Kyle Dean Reinford
M.I.A. first appeared on stage at last night's Diesel party during T.I.'s surprise set which was right before Franz Ferdinand played. Then she came back to do her own set which segued right into N.E.R.D.'s short set which closed the whole night Hot Chip played much earlier - only a few of their own songs before they became Chaka Khan's backing band. More pictures of M.I.A. below...
building the Diesel party at Pier 3 in Brooklyn (from mcBrooklyn)
The Diesel party featuring M.I.A., Hot Chip, N.E.R.D and others is this Saturday night October 11th at Pier 3 in Brooklyn (see picture above). Vice has a list of locations you can find tickets in addition to Diesel stores. You can also get some tickets right here. I have five pairs that will be mailed to five winner's doors. If you want them, email BVCONTESTS@HOTMAIL.COM (subject: Diesel). Five winners will be chosen and asked for their addresses.
DOWNLOAD: MIA - Paper Planes (LAZRtag Remix) (MP3)
MIA @ McCarren Pool (more by Bao Nguyen)
New York, NY - Diesel will unleash the biggest international party the world has ever seen on Saturday, October 11, 2008. Diesel xXx (titled triple x) will explode with a worldwide spectacular party taking place in 18 cities around the globe beginning in Tokyo. The party will successively move to Beijing, Dubai, Athens, Amsterdam, Milan, Zurich, Munich, Paris, Stockholm, Copenhagen, Barcelona, Oslo, Helsinki, London and Sao Paulo.. The grand finale will take place in New York City with a never before seen "Rock and Roll Circus" themed party for 5,000 of Diesel's closest friends and coolest trendsetters. The legendary event will take place on Pier 3 at the Brooklyn waterfront overlooking the Manhattan skyline.PR continued below....
by BrooklynVegan Mike
A friend of mine played me some stuff and said "you're the father of dubstep."
Tricky (who kicks off a US tour at Irving Plaza in NYC Thurday night) is never at a loss for words or a strong opinion. His career has been defined as much by his viewpoints on artists and music past and present as it has his ever shifting sound pallette. He has been called "the king of trip-hop," a moniker that he never liked and never quite fit. Though his debut Maxinquaye helped forge and popularize, along with Portishead and Massive Attack, the "Bristol" sound, every album since has steadily moved away from simple categorization.
"It's coincidence. To be honest with you, Portishead and Massive Attack, I don't know anything about their music; last time I heard Massive Attack's music was when I was in it, and I've never listened to Portishead. Even if I hadn't been in Massive Attack, that's not something I would listen to, it's not my thing. I don't know much about these bands." [said Tricky recently to The Skinny]The forty year old, who was worked with everyone, from Bjork and The Gravediggaz, to Tool and Live, is back with his first album in five years, Knowle West Boy, and many are calling it a return. When we spoke, he was in a relaxed mood. He speaks with a hyper active patter that is engaging and contagious.
We began our conversation by discussing his absence away from music. Despite being quite consistent with his releases (putting out eight albums in eight years), this is his first record since 2003's Back To Mine. When asked about the long break, he suggested that he started to break away mentally before 2003. "September 11th took me off my stride," he said. "I was in the cycle of tour, record, tour, record. I was in L.A doing some work. I was to leave on a European tour on the 11th and everything happened. I didn't want to travel for a long time. I moved to L.A. And that took a year of my life. I was also looking for another label, and that took another year of my life as well. So really, the 11th of September just changed everything for me."
He has since moved back to England, a decision that has certainly influenced the new record. But when asked why at this stage in his career he would make a concept album about his youth (as was written here, and here), he replied "That's not really true. It's not just about my youth. There are a couple of songs [including the first single, 'Council Estate'] that are about my childhood but there are other songs on there. I think people are thinking that because of those songs as well as the title. Knowle West is a place where nothing good is supposed to come out of. I named the album Knowle West Boy to say, "look at me. I'm still here." He also scoffed at the notion that the record, which has received some of his best reviews since Angels With Dirty Faces, was a return to form. "That's basically because it's more accessible then say Pre-Millenium Tension. I could have put this kind of record out then but chose not to."
This got us talking about the Tricky "sound" and if, in fact, there was one....
DOWNLOAD: Esau Mwamwaya, Santogold, M.I.A & Radioclit - Get it up (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Santogold & Diplo, Guns Of Brooklyn (Doc and Jon Hill Dub) (MP3)
"You might have heard this song on the SANTOGOLD VS DIPLO CD,but Radioclit went back to the studio with our boy Esau Mwamwaya to make it even even better. Check for it on the new Esau Mixtape out soon also Radioclit "Secousse" is out on Beatport right now. Also keep your eyes peeled for the Paul Devro Remix to surface sometime soon." [Mad Decent blog]
Mad Decent is going on tour. Santogold's new video for "Lights Out" is below...
MIA @ MoMA (more by Ryan Muir)
without belittling the heinous acts propagated by the LTTE, DeLon's diss track and video feel much less like a thoughtful critique of a debatable move on M.I.A.'s part, and much more like an empty ploy for publicity.
M.I.A. seems to agree. "I don't support terrorism and never have," she wrote in a statement. "As a Sri Lankan that fled war and bombings, my music is the voice of the civilian refugee. Frankly, I am not trying to start dialogue with someone who is really just seeking self-promotion." [Pitchfork]
Warning: the below video is very graphic....
Adele & XL labelmates
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