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M.I.A. Brings “Noize”

It was late last night when we saw this link on the Pitchfork page: “Listen to a New M.I.A. Song, ‘Bring The Noize.’” Oh, how our hearts both fluttered and skipped a beat: What if it sucked? M.I.A has, it seems, in equal parts, lit us up and let us down over the years. For instance, Arular (2005) and Kala (2007) were outstanding pieces of music, records that’ll hold up for years as peculiarly brilliant moments in her artistic life. Then came Maya (2010), and, well, it was kind of disappointing. “XXXO” was solid and made small splashes on dance floors for a minute, but as a whole, it almost seemed enough to let Mathangi “Maya” Arulpragasam, the 37-year-old Brit tastemaker, fall off the map altogether.

imageAs it turns out, she’s not done yet. It’s been fairly well-documented in the media that there’ve been some problems in her theoretically 2013-released, Matangi. She seems to be a little fed up with her label and feels like she’s gotta put it out pronto or she’s going to go nuts. From the Pitchfork news tidbit:

“”It’s just one of those things where I’ve given up at this point. I was literally going to start … putting out records from my bedroom,” she said. “This was my last stab at it — I’m going to hand it in and wait for it to go out the way albums go out. If I didn’t get it out right now, I would’ve definitely exploded.

Please do race to this SoundCloud link for “Bring the Noize,” and see for yourself how exciting it might be to get a new M.I.A. record in 2013.

imageBlondie’s U.S. Tour Coming to the Keswick

While Blondie’s abroad, touring internationally, they’ve managed to announce a slew of American tour stops. It also seems like there’s a new Blondie album coming, to follow up 2011’s Panic of Girls, and every time you purchase a ticket to a fall tour date, you get five singles as downloads.

The crew’s not ALL here, but they’re mostly here, and certainly Blondie wouldn’t be Blondie without Debbie Harry. But she’s got Clem Burke and Chris Stein with her and some new blood: Leigh Foxx, Tommy Kessler and Matt Katz-Bohen. In the calendar year of 2014, the band, as we know it, will turn 40 years old. They were inducted into the Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame in 2006. On this tour, a big bonus: They’ll be accompanied by X, another legendary figure in early and new wave punk rock. They’re featuring their original lineup, too, and together they’ll start racing across America on Sept. 5th in New Hampshire. They finish with a grand finale at the Roseland Ballroom in New York City, but the night before that, they’ll visit the Keswick on the 3rd of October (a Thursday night). Tickets go on sale Friday, June 21st. Might be a good idea to scoop some up before it sells out—and I’m pretty sure it’ll do just that.

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