M.I.A.

Isn’t It Time for Diplo and the Music Press to Lay Off MIA Already?

Just when it looked like the ongoing storm over MIA’s MAYA might finally have died down, along comes Diplo to stir it all up again. Lynn Hirschberg’s infamous hatchet job for the New York Times did MIA’s image a great deal of harm, but not because of the truffle fries controversy – if anything, the most damaging quotes came from her ex-collaborator and ex-boyfriend, who dismissed her “whole terrorism gimmick.” He’s expanded on his views this week in an interview with WWD, where he suggests that she “glamorize[d] terrorism” with the album – despite his entreaties not to do so – and that “when it comes to die-hard, facts-on-the-ground politics, she’s at zero. She’s nothing.” … Read More

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The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories

1. Last night Jay Levey, a manager for “Weird Al” Yankovic, said that permission had been granted for “Perform This Way” to appear on his new album. Apparently Lady Gaga had no idea that the song even existed. So what do you think: Was this whole thing a carefully orchestrated publicity stunt, or did Gaga… Read More

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Daily Dose Pick: True Hip-Hop

New York-based, self-taught photographer Mike Schreiber’s unique vision of hip-hop celebrities, from Nas and Biz Markie to Ol’ Dirty Bastard and Jay-Z, is collected for the first time in True Hip-Hop.

Schreiber captures his subjects with a real-life grit that becomes seemingly tangible. Most jaw-dropping is the strikingly candid proof sheet presenting a vulnerable young artist then known as Maya Arulpragasam, who would use Schreiber’s photos as she rose to fame as M.I.A. … Read More

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The 10 Most Powerful Protest Songs of the 21st Century

Somewhere in the gray area between Bob Dylan writing “Masters of War” and the 2004 presidential elections, singing songs about the things that matter got very uncool. Marvin Gaye, John Lennon, and Bob Marley were the hip, countercultural voices of their generation, but, up until recently, protest music has been the reserve of crusty punk rockers and be-dreaded folk singers – the kind you’d never want to end up to talking to across a non-vegan buffet table at a party.

However, the past decade has seen a revival of the modern protest song in pop and alternative music, spurred on by mounting disillusion with U.S. foreign policy, the Iraq War, and the increasing interest in politics among America’s youth. Everyone from Godspeed! You Black Emperor to Kanye West is doing it – heck, even Pink had a go with her cheese-layered ballad “Dear Mr. President.” … Read More

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What’s On at Flavorpill: The Links That Made the Rounds In Our Office

Today at Flavorpill, we listened to M.I.A.’s new WikiLeaks-inspired” mixtape. We wondered if we’re smarter than this 2-year-old. We discovered that some people think that Pixar’s Cars is a ripoff of Doc Hollywood. We realized how much zombies and supermodels have in common. We fell a little… Read More

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Stereotyping People by Their Favorite Indie Bands

Inspired by Lauren Leto’s “Stereotyping People By Their Favorite Author,” we realized the incredible potential for a mercilessly judgmental list of indie band stereotypes. It is a common fact that Cormac McCarthy readers are men who don’t eat cream cheese, but what about those who listen to The XX on repeat and The Flaming Lips on hallucinogens? They need labels, too. After the jump, in collaboration with contributer Jeff Luppino-Esposito, we lay down the reckless… Read More

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The Naughty List: The Most Hated Cultural Icons of 2010

We’ve spent quite a while celebrating the people and things we liked best in 2010, from underrated albums, actors, and films to art shows to comic books. But we can’t end the year without a look back at the folks we — and seemingly everyone else on the internet — loved to hate. From deranged actors and mouthy musicians to a controversial art-world player and a film and theater director who seems to be having the worst year ever, these are the ten cultural icons who pissed us off most this year. … Read More

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The 10 Boldest Fashion Statements of 2010

Clearly, there are few things we at Flavorpill appreciate more than odd fashion. We’d prefer to see a spectacular disaster of an outfit walk down a runway or red carpet than a safe, silky gown any day. And that is why we’re celebrating the year’s ten craziest looks — the ones we loved and the ones we hated. From Johnny Weir at the Olympics and M.I.A. in a burqa to Katy Perry’s boobs and American Apparel’s latest sex-appeal fail, we collect 2010’s boldest fashion statements after the jump. … Read More

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The Year in NSFW Music Videos

There was a time when music videos had to conform to certain guidelines: they had to be short, so as to hold the attention of teens who watched TRL (unless they were “Thriller”), and they had to be tasteful enough to air on basic cable. But now that we get so much of our entertainment online, and MTV barely airs music videos anymore, the rules have changed. These days, as this collection of 2010’s most gawked at and talked about clips demonstrates, anything goes. From the artsy to the political to the bizarre to the just plain awful, this is your year in NSFW music videos. … Read More

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Flavorpill’s 10 Most Fascinating People of 2010

Sandra Bullock. Justin Bieber. The cast of Jersey Shore. Sarah Palin. Kate Middleton. LeBron James. Betty White. And Jennifer freaking Lopez. These are the first eight of Barbara Walters’ ten “Most Fascinating People” of 2010 to be revealed. The other two will be kept under wraps until the yearly special airs December 9th. But as far as we’re concerned, the current lineup doesn’t bode well. In fact, it got us thinking about who captivated our attention most this year — and who we’d most like to sit down for a chat with. Our top ten, and the questions we’d ask them, are after the jump. … Read More

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