For those who wondered in 2010 what had become of M.I.A.'s once seemingly unerring pop instincts, ViCKi LEEKX--the free mixtape she released in the middle of the night on New Year's Eve--provides a provisional answer: she did it all on purpose. Putting out your new mixtape at the precise hour ... More >>
Ah M.I.A., it just wasn't your year, was it? Photo by Rebecca Smeyne.In 2010, Vampire Weekend and Arcade Fire both had #1 records. LCD Soundsystem, Spoon, MGMT, the National, M.I.A, and Sufjan Stevens all had albums debut in the top ten. Kanye West joined Twitter. Drake started a riot in New ... More >>
M.I.A.'s Saturday performance at HARD NYC did not go well. Like, kind of spectacularly not well. Her headlining set at the festival was the evening's low point, by all accounts; her sound, in particular, was a catastrophe, and this was before the heavens opened up and sent most of the crowd sprint ... More >>
One thing rings very true after reading Gary Shteyngart's GQ profile of M.I.A.: Neither the magazine nor the interviewer had any interest in giving her the Hirschberg, as it were. Gary Shteyngart--the much-lauded young writer releasing his third novel next month--brings up Maya's relationship ... More >>
Also, "ego lovers need more power," and "don't sell out to be product pushers." We defy you to glean more from "Toldya," a new song from M.I.A. and Sali, an artist about whom we know very little. The song's producer, GoldieLocks, places Sali in M.I.A.'s growing stable of off-the-grid artists (see: ... More >>
Lynn Hirschberg was adamant in an interview Tuesday with the Observer's John Koblin that, although M.I.A. had tapes that seemed to show that Hirschberg misquoted her in Sunday's now-famous Times Magazine profile, she'd gotten her reporting right. At issue? A disputed quote involving the Gramm ... More >>
A billionaire hedge fund manager and a well-known philanthropist in New York City's South Asian community was one of six hedge fund managers and corporate executives arrested Friday in an insider trading case that prosecutors say reaped more than $20 million in illegal profits.
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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 >>
Lingering concern over our swine flu epidemic has made people frightened even to have been in New York, and will probably discourage them from taking vacations here. Tourism is taking a hit; existing hotels are cutting their prices, and new hotels are not getting built. In desperation the city is re ... More >>