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M. I. A.

More on globalism and pop music:

Liz and I went to the Hogg Auditorium here at UT last night to see M. I. A. As I mentioned a few weeks ago, we saw M. I. A. at Austin City Limits festival as well but we didn’t get to see the entire set. I so glad we went back to see her even if we were some of the oldest people in the room. Let me know what you think. I’ll post some tracks if anyone is interested.

This my not be jazz or classical but it’s a helluva lot better than Britney Spears.

“Bird Flu” lyrics

“Boyz” lyrics

1 Comment

  1. Ned

    Really, what are you smoking down there? Just kidding. This music has a lot of energy, usually the most vital characteristic of music of this kind. I find some of the lyrics to be somewhat funny, maybe even in a sardonic manner, but I can’t make a lot of them out.

    This, however, brings me to another issue about contemporary music, particularly since we were once referred to as being part of the “MTV Generation”. I can’t stand music videos. To be totally fair, I haven’t watched a ton of music videos. This may be partly because many of the songs that have videos produced for them are not the type of songs I enjoy typically. But I am actually quite certain it really has more to do with the fact that music videos (or the people who film them), evidently so under-value images (whether this is conscious or unconscious is unclear to me) that they seem to think that presenting me with a crystal clear example of style without substantive content is somehow supposed to excite or impress me, even in some basic way. In twenty odd years, music videos have gone absolutely nowhere.

    But the music I could give a chance. I feel that the cello pieces you posted earlier, J.E., were a much better example of connecting images to sound and music.

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