SnappScenes: “Bad Girls” – M.I.A.


Live fast, die young… #badgirlsdoitwell… Maya Arulpragasm like the Mayans – had it right… even when wrong:

It turns out that the Mayans had it right. History is a giant alarm clock. As the bell starts to ring, we awaken from the dream, and remember who we are.

Bad Girls… from Eve and Mary (and Magdalene), to Cleopatra and Nefertiti, from Frida and Josephine, to Eleanor and Marilyn – are the backbone of wake-up calls and real talk, courtesy of rogue revelry. #doitwell

Top-to-Bottom two cents #topback: History is a giant alarm clock, and discographies are giant phonographs… as the bell starts to ring, and the needle hits the groove, we awaken from the scene, and remember who we are… This year, Maya got back into the groove: Kala style.

A Dime, A Dozen: M.I.A. and Radiohead


My year-end review is a recap of the greatest Pop artists of the past decade.

Pretense: Pop and celebrity are like high school; so, I made a list of my top artists and paired them up Homecoming style –– five couples in the court, two with the crown –– to give you “A Dime, A Dozen:” ten years, twelve artists (and an honorable mention couple, because in America: we’re all winners –– certificates of participation for everyone).

Court Couple the first: M.I.A. and Radiohead Foreign Firestarters

M.I.A.:  Mathangi “Maya” Arulpragasam, the technicolor artist – British by way of Sri Lanka – burst onto the scene with her explosive debut album, Arular, in 2004. By the official release of her first album she was already an underground staple with a collection of acclaimed visual art, and the widely-shared “Galang” and “Sunshowers” tracks storming the internet. Point blank: M.I.A. was much needed and right on time in 2004. In a sloppy seconds, twice warmed (and screwed) over Bush-era world we needed outright rebellion and revolution – of the rhythmic persuasion. Namely: