by carl wilson

London Calling & Speak the Slang Now!


Woo! You can't find her records here for love'r'money, but M.I.A. - Maya Arulpragasam - will be at the Drake in Toronto on Feb. 2. The Sri Lanka-born, London-based, electro-grime-raggamuffin singer who set the internets on stun in 2004 and who went on to put a Tamil tiger in the tank of The New Yorker (and whose desi-ish-ness I posited last week just as a suggestive leap, not as literal cataloguing) will be backed by "avant-gully human jawn machine" Diplo (with whom she made Piracy Funds Terrorism Vol. 1 last year [link via Douglas, who's written, "She's picked up her ideas about flow from dancehall, her ideas about tunes from cell phones and mash-ups... and her ideas about bass from being hit with snowballs."]) Twenty bones at, Rotate This, Soundscapes. Nirali magazine's feature on MIA is also worth reading. Pullquote: "Nobody wants to be dancing to political songs. ... Every bit of music out there that's making it into the mainstream is really about nothing. I wanted to see if I could write songs about something important and make it sound like nothing."

Speaking of Soundscapes, totally disconnected but I heard most of The Fiery Furnaces' new EP, EP, in there last night and it's by far the best thing they've done - like a can't-put-it-down page-turner compared with the exhaustingly digressive Blueberry Boat. Later in the year they're coming out with two more albums, Garfield El (a collaboration with their grandmother) and Speaking Chinese (grandma-free). Meanwhile, yer gotta watch the FFs doing a song and being interviewed by a puppet on a kids' show called Pancake Mountain. (Via Nick Barat.)

Via Toronto | Posted by zoilus on Tuesday, January 11 at 2:08 PM | Linking Posts | Comments (3)



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Posted by software on March 15, 2005 3:53 AM



zoilus is so much better than television. (yes that was suppose to be a compliment Carl....)


Posted by tim posgate on January 12, 2005 11:57 PM



hehe, sorry about treading on your toes there carl. obviously my slavish attention to the nomenclature of desi missed the mark of your piece... tell you what, read my blog tomorrow and i'll give you my whole MIA shpiel.

Posted by captain easychord on January 12, 2005 12:59 PM




Zoilus by Carl Wilson