Drone piece with no vocals yet. It was getting late by the time I was ready to try them. I am not super happy with this at all but figured I should post it up b/c WHATEVER. I need to level everything out volume wise and am thinking about just re-recording it.
So I threw a Twitter tantrum the other day, after reading what this piece o’ shit had to say about girls winning at punk. I mean, I know and really like a lot of the women on this list. But the fact is that he (and other white music writers) would rather defend fucking Miley Cyrus but completely ignore bad-ass women of color who make punk music that’s just too threatening for them. I SEE YOU ALL.
We relish the chance to see these animals up close, but we also often fail to notice the habitats in which we keep them. That is why I photograph from a regular visitor’s perspective, instead of doing a behind-the-scenes documentary. I want the viewer to revisit what they see in zoos, and look beyond the animal. So, really, these photos are not about the animals - they are about us. It documents what happens when humans use animals as objects of display and entertainment.
M.I.A has never been an artist who worries about her public image. But unlike other “controversial” contemporary female artists like Lady Gaga, Katy Perry or Miley Cyrus - whose meat dresses, girl-kissing and sexualized racism are merely attention-seeking stunts aimed to further a limelight persona - M.I.A lands in the spotlight because her sense of self and her sensibility are so adverse to traditional American media narratives, and she has always refused to play nice or compromise her beliefs to please such audiences.
She confronts this head-on in Matangi, her fourth full-length studio album, which came out at the beginning of November. No apologies here, as Maya takes on the reaction to her 2012 SuperBowl performance (“Let you into SuperBowl/you tried to steal Madonna’s crown” she says in Boom Skit) where she flipped the bird on live tv and was subsequently sued for $1.5 million by the NFL. At one point, M.I.A said that her middle finger was a symbol of devotion to Matangi, the Hindu goddess from whom this album takes its name. But M.I.A knows that what makes her unpalatable to many Americans is not her actions, but who they came from.