A good friend of mine, Jeff Weigand, recently told me to check out M.I.A’s new album, Kala. I’m not typically into the female pop icon, but in this case, I’ve developed a genuine crush. I only like three songs from the album, my favorite being "Paper Planes," which was a recent victim of censorship on Letterman and MTV. I find myself addicted, and I still have no logical answer for this. Something gives her a unique quality you won’t find among America’s rehab-prone, pampered pop infants. Maybe it’s the climate of her native Sri Lanka.
I suppose I may as well reveal (way ahead of schedule) some other news regarding my aforementioned pal Jeff. Taang Records will be reissuing two important albums that I encourage you all to pick up. The Bright Orange Years and All Night Lotus Party were two great LPs released by the Boston band the Volcano Suns back in ’85 and ’86. The band’s lineup at the time (and arguably the best) was Jeff on bass, Jon Williams on guitar, and Peter Prescott (Mission of Burma) on lead vocals and drums. The albums have been out of print for quite a while, but thanks to the gracious re-mastering of Bob Weston (Volcano Suns, Shellac), they should be available for purchase in April. Consider this a heads up, for now.
I find myself missing the US these days. Over here in the Netherlands, the biggest news is that the Dutch are no longer the tallest people on Earth. But, turning to American news I find, aside from Dr. Phil’s attempted rescue of Britney, a story on a little girl’s essay claiming her daddy died in Iraq. Apparently, the kid’s mother prompted her to lie in order to win tickets to a Hannah Montana concert. Slag the Stars ‘n’ Stripes if you must, but I will continue to defend our country’s culture with pride and vigor.
I’ll leave you with M.I.A’s video for "Paper Planes," my favorite song of the week: