Week in Review: M.I.A. Is A Great Artist, and We Wish Her Well


In the week we went to fashion week, Kanye appeared pretty much everywhere. Justin Timberlake was in the building, too–right next to the chia pets.

We interviewed director Richard Foreman, who kinda hates Shakespeare, and Thursday, who admit to sort of being down with the Warped Tour. Tavis Smiley interviewed the Sri Lankan Foreign Secretary, Dr. Palitha Kohona, who basically told M.I.A. to get back in the kitchen where she belongs.

Bad news: Touch & Go went out of business, more or less, and we remembered some of the records that drove them into ruin. The Daptones studio got robbed, imperiling a Rod Stewart session. And that Rihanna photo finally emerged, although we printed something else instead.

We saw Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel, M.Ward with the Vivian Girls, Fujiya & Miyagi with the School of Seven Bells, and Los Campesinos!, not to mention a bunch of stuff on TV: American Idol, twice; The City, which was extra vile this week; and the Real World, which this week invaded Red Hook.

RNC National Chairman Michael Steele vowed to bring the Republican fight to no doubt highly receptive “urban-suburban hip-hop settings,” while Asher Roth defended his right to do the same, minus the Republican bit. An enormous amount of tracks T.I. ghostwrote for Dr. Dre leaked, and DJ Prestige is now hopefully in witness protection somewhere, and not at a Jadakiss show. Young Jeezy’s “Welcome Back” video made his “My President” video look like Cassavetes, and Soundtrack of Our Lives made Nick Drake’s “Fly” sound like…well, a different song.

Gay Talese visited the homeless, Gary Indiana visited the internet, and Paul Shirley visited Merriwether Post Pavilion. Pulp Fictions went all the way to Pluto, Bones’ Beat ventured up to the Whitney, and we’re making our way out to the bar, pretty much right now. We’ll back with an Oscars liveblog Sunday night; see you then.

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