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NOISEY gives us the lowdown on Hair, Style and Music

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How much does your look determine how well you will be accepted by the masses? That’s one of the questions, I think, NOISEY tries to ask, as they interview the likes of Sleigh Bells, Tegan and Sara and Rye Rye.

From David Bowie to Karen O , the image of the Rock Star has always played a pivotal part in the commercialization of rock, whether you suck or not. Plus it’s a security blanket for a lot of artists, as you’ll find out. I will say this, watching this video is like sitting in a hair salon filled with annoying people talking about themselves. Good Luck guys and I apologize ahead of time.

BTW…anyone else think these artist are too sober?

M.I.A. releases new song, set to release new album

On the brink of a new album, M.I.A. has released the single, “Bring The Noize”. The new release, titled MATANGI, is a follow-up to the 2010 album, Maya. The album failed to reach the success of the great Kala, which was released another three years earlier in 2007 (“Paper Planes” anyone?). The multi-talented British artist seems to have dabbed her toes in every genre surrounding a drum machine, and she kills it for the most part.

The song is aggressive from the get-go, and it blends traditional Middle-Eastern singing with a few drones. That’s before the song breaks into a chopped and jumpy combination of vocal splices. She uses her voice are a drum beat that oddly reminds me the “Otis” off of Watch The Throne last year. The difference is that this song is way closer to a trap song than “Otis”.

Her rapping is quite typical, but in M.I.A. fashion. She touches on telling people off, her heritage, and how far she has come. Most of the time I have to laugh at musicians when they mention this, but she has my fullest respect when she talks about her success. Kala and Maya are chart toppers, and a British Female with Tamil decent who has broken into the American music market is remarkable. I’ll give you an idea to how difficult that is, and the only other successful person of Tamil decent in American entertainment is Aziz Ansari. Huge respect for M.I.A.

Her videos as well is semi-controversial. She makes light of a few topics like religion, and life in India, but in a way that’s respectable. Her contrast between the outside of the venue with it’s dusty and bleak roads compared to the indoor club is quite creative. I’ve always enjoyed the cultural aspect behind M.I.A. videos, and even if in the end they’re for pure entertainment, I like to think there’s a deeper meaning behind them.

M.I.A. always has a few tricks up her sleeve, with a great closer that separates itself from the rest of the track. It’s slower, but still retains the energy found in the hard hitting chorus and verses. The gold background of the music video gives me full reason to believe that it’s a section that will lead into another track. Not to mention it’s one of the best parts of the song. It’s cut time beat of the drum is so minimal, but it adds the effect of the song growing even if it’s not. The native Indian influence that is found on so many M.I.A. tracks shines again on the closing section of the song.

It’s reasons like this that makes 2013 such a great year so far. Knowing that new M.I.A. is coming gets me fired up for the summer, and fall, and winter. Make that the whole year. Make that all of 2013, and the albums released before today. So much music has come out this year that stands out to me, it’s a shame knowing that 2014 is around the corner. Who knows, maybe a new Avalanches album could be in the works? Nonetheless, check out “Bring The Noize” below.

 

MITNG Videos of the Week

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Got a colorful smorgasbord of images for yo ass this week. Starting off with the always entertaining Die Antwoord, then our Icelandic pop star Robyn get’s down with non other than Snoop D.O. Double G, not to be out done is the west coast stylings of Wavves and then a treat for those of you into J-pop. I found this little cartoon thug on youtube and she’s making some noise, her name?…CL. Bahleez Dat!!

Die Antwoord-Cookie Thump

Robyn-U Should Know Better ft. Snoop Dogg

WAVVES-That’s On Me

CL-The Baddest Female

 

MITNG videos of the week

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(In my Morgan Freeman voice) Oh the videos your about to see are fun, oh sure…they might even shock you, but one things for sure, you’re not going to be bored. You might even want to invite a friend to sit and watch them with you, oh they might say to you that they’re too busy, but take it from me…Morgan Freeman…they’re not. In fact, I’d venture to say, they have all the time in the world. Oh there’s nothing like watching some Snoop Lion or Charli XCX while munching on Sriracha flavored Lays. So just relax, enjoy yourself and especially enjoy the chips…their delightful.




MITNG’S videos of the week

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This week inadvertently has a theme, at least with two of the video’s presented in this weeks videos of the week. Let’s see if you can figure it out. This week we are featuring works from…Die Antwoord, Passion Pit, Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Camera 2. All really groundbreaking in both music and film. Pay particular attention to the Passion Pit one for “Cry like a ghost”, I can’t even begin to figure out how they did that video, but it’s pretty amazing.




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MITNG’S video’s of the week

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Mike Luck – Cityscape from maxmana on Vimeo.

Easy – Mat Zo & Porter Robinson (Official Video) from The Line on Vimeo.

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