RECORD CRACK: M.I.A. ready to hit fans again with // / Y /

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M.I.A. has been getting a bit of attention with her skills at attacking fellow entertainers, and a video where ginger kids were blown up on the streets. Regardless of how she does it, she does it, and she’s doing it again. In this case, “it” is a new album which she calls // / Y / (N.E.E.T./Interscope), taking the internet phenomenon of using slashes and other keyboard characters and spelling out something, you nine inch nails fans know exactly what I’m talking about. It will be released on vinyl, and if you pre-order the album from Insound, you get a bonus 7″ single for the song “XXXO”

The Insound pre-order link is here.

VIDEO: M.I.A.’s “Born Free”

M.I.A, Born Free from ROMAIN-GAVRAS on Vimeo.

In a matter of a few days, this video has been banned by YouTube, which in 2010 makes a much bigger impact than being “banned by MTV”. Really, MTV has Snooki, their quality control was lost years ago.

Nonetheless, M.I.A. has created a music video for “Born Free” that has a heavy message with some arguably harsh imagery which may not be pleasing to some. Then again, the imagery is a punch in the face like the music itself, very punk rock and honest. Even Green Day were never this harsh.

The M.I.A. video was directed by Romain Gavras, the banning will no doubt shed a bit of light on him and his previous works. As for anyone who doubted M.I.A. for her recent comments about Lady Gaga, they’re now like Bonnie Raitt since they’re now being given something else to talk about, and it’s not love. I love the video and the metaphors it touches on.

SEPARATED @ BIRTH: M.I.A. & David Vega

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M.I.A. has been getting a bit of attention this week for her comments on Lady Gaga. Sadly, some feel that M.I.A.’s views are a shock, but it’s nice to see someone being very blunt. The folks at The Couch Sessions asked people what they thought of M.I.A.’s views and posted a photo of M.I.A. in a cool red dress. Not knowing anything about fashion, I don’t know what they call what she’s wearing, but it looks like red foil. It immediately reminded me of the late guitarist for the Graham Central Station, David “Dynamite” Vega, as he posted in the back of the 1974 album Release Yourself (Warner Bros.) Thus, the comparison is made.

Okay, maybe not exactly “separated @ birth” but they both have that foil thing going on.

VIDEO: Soundgarden – Cornell + Tad Doyle & Tom Morello = TADGARDEN?!? Oh, and there’s Boots Riley!!!

People in Seattle are happy about the return of The Crocodile Cafe, and on Wednesday night fans were surprised to see a unique band bringing together Kim Thayil, Matt Cameron and Ben Shepherd, plus Tom Morello and Tad Doyle. What song did they perform together? “Spoonman”. I’m a fan of Soundgarden, Tad, Rage Against The Machine, and Audioslave, so to see these elements together, plus a chance to hear what Tad would sound like fronting Soundgarden, is a trip. It reminds me of what the Seattle scene was/is like, where you could jam with whomever, whenever, and it still felt like family.

This show was a part of Morello’s Street Sweeper tour, and here he’s joined with Boots Riley of the hip-hop group The Coup performing M.I.A.‘s “Paper Planes”.