M.I.A. at Terminal 5 – epic.
this show was so FAR beyond everything else I’ve seen at CMJ it wasn’t even funny.
Terminal 5 is the old Exit – a cavernous three-floor dance/rave-style place.
What M.I.A. did there was kinda extragalactic compared to any dance-music, any rave I’ve seen.
The floor was packed; the crowd was pretty much delirious for about 2 hours before she even took the stage.
Cool Kids opened up w/some excellent old-skool – their “Pump Up the Volume” was quite fine.
And they sounded like something from the previous century when M.I.A. took the stage.
she brought the crowd on stage to dance
she brought the guy she signed to her new label, Zig Zag, on stage
Credited as Afrikan Boy on the single “Hussel,” A.B.’s glow in the dark shirt sported the phrase “Who Stole My Visa?” on the front and “Whoop there it is!” on the back – referring to his troubles getting into the USA.
OUR loss if he didn’t.
Honestly, I don’t really have the words or the knowledge to describe the music – crazy broken beat, percussion blasts like gunshots, samples of New Order’s “Blue Monday” and the Eurhythmic’s “Sweet Dreams” (!), samples of african, indonesian, thai pop. Was it all brilliant? No. Would I have wanted to be anywhere else except there, to hear what happened next? NO.
hey, yeah, I’ve heard the criticism; she does not sing. She may have relied on her old boyfriend Diplo for her previous album’s best stuff. She might have had a lot of help with this one. Maybe she’s the next version of Madonna, in the same way that Madonna might not have been the most talented chick in the room, but she was the one who got the job done. . . .
I really don’t care. Whatever it was that happened onstage, I think I kinda saw a good part of the future last night.
and (ck out the AMAZING photos on