Sam HorineOpen wide Of all the things we here at Sound of the City emphatically endorse--Janelle Monae, the Mountain Goats, Matt & Kim, Ohio sports teams, responsible reporting of M.I.A.'s Tamil Tigers Tweets--the frantic live antics of Israeli stunt-garage trio Monotonix are high up there. Ami Sh ... More >>
Just when you thought you had filled out your April Papers right -- with all of those supposedly feel-good tax-deductible donations you made in order to chip away at what you owe/can squeeze out of Uncle Sam -- the Supreme Court swoops in to piss on your tax-return parade: the American govern ... More >>
So the long-rumored NYT Sunday magazine feature on M.I.A. has finally arrived, penned by Lynn Hirschberg and a small masterpiece of subtle jabs and "'[Rabble-rousing thing],' Maya said, while [bourgeois thing]" constructions, with lots of she's-not-really-a-musician talk (often bolstered by M ... More >>
She released an incoherent polemic of a video featuring nudity (NSFW!) and some truly distasteful violence (child murder! landmines!). For some reason, Pitchfork handed her the keys to their Twitter feed; she's spent the day spewing out streams of "go egosurfing DRINK A SHOT OF TEQUILLA spamouflag ... More >>
Hillary Clinton fell on her way to the White House and broke her elbow yesterday, and will require surgery. Condolences pour in from all over the internet. "It must be a vast right-wing conspiracy" -- Holy Coast. "Was she confused and disoriented?" -- Ann Althouse. "When reached for comment by Bu ... More >>
Refugee camp, Afghanistan. Photo (cc) Tracy Hunter. One the most disastrous and lasting consequences of the Patriot Act of 2001 and its extremely broad definitions of terrorism has been the impact on people seeking asylum in the United States. We wrote about a pretty extreme case last year, in wh ... More >>
This amazing photo brought to you by M.I.A.The weird Time 100 fairy tale gets even weirder for M.I.A.. On Tuesday, she was invited to, and then attended--as this amazing picture to the left clearly shows--a gala at Lincoln Center in celebration of the most influential people list the mag just releas ... More >>
Now that the majority Sinhalese government has nearly finished off a long-running civil war, confining the Tamil Tiger opposition to an ever shrinking parcel of land rife with a citizen population who've been dying in huge, indiscriminate numbers alongside militarized Tiger forces, Sri Lanka's gover ... More >>
Yesterday the Sri Lankan Foreign Secretary, Dr. Palitha Kohona, appeared on the Tavis Smiley show to refute what were allegedly "misinformed" remarks made by M.I.A. on Smiley's show in January. "Being the only Tamil in the Western media," she said then, "I have a really great opportunity to bring ... More >>
My lord this is a badly informed piece in the Times this morning. The lede: To many Americans, Maya Arulpragasam, known as M.I.A., is the very pregnant rapper who gyrated across the stage at Sunday's Grammy Awards. Tet in Sri Lanka, where she spent her childhood years, M.I.A. remains virtually u ... More >>
Nor is it exactly a barrel of laughs
Welcome to America, freedom fighter. Now go stuff yourself.
M.I.A. triumphantly knocks the hustle that's driving hip-hop's materialist malaise
Visa issues resolved, M.I.A. can finally show us what she learned while in exile
New films from Britain and Sri Lanka illuminate the consequences of war
I got brown skin but I'm a West Londoner, educated but a refugee still
Let's think for just a moment about how much M.I.A. actually supports the Tamil Tigers
Sass, radical chic, and the inevitable emanation of shanty house theory, but is that enough?
In Sri Lanka, mothers' breasts ache for phantom children. What will it take to rebuild?
Fifty years on, a guerrilla leader revisits the fight of his life
A Pair of Documentaries Grapple With Fanaticism and Forgiveness
Nuclear Brinkmanship, Suicide Attacks, and Driver's-Ed Scares
Interventionist Liberals Sanction a Jingoistic War