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EP102: Lorraine Ali on M.I.A.'s "Kala" (2007)

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Show: 
Heat Rocks
Guests: 
Lorraine Ali

The Album: M.I.A. Kala (2007)

In 2005, when M.I.A. dropped onto the pop scene with her debut, Arular, heads weren’t quite ready. It was like she brought the full force of Global South dance culture in with her — gloriously bombastic — and the Sri Lankan/British singer/rapper simply didn’t sound like anyone else on the charts. For her follow-up, the idea on paper seemed smart: why not pair M.I.A. with one of the most innovative American producers of that era: Timbaland. Alas, in a post-9/11 world, Homeland Security deemed M.I.A. a threat to national security and refused to give her the necessary visa to come work in the U.S. Undaunted, M.I.A. and producer Switch jumped around the world, recording parts of what would eventually become Kala in cities across South America, Africa and Asia. The resulting masterpiece, propelled on the strength of the eventual mega-smash “Paper Planes,” all but established M.I.A. as a key voice in a different kind of new world order, one in which the borders of nationalism and colonialism were imploding and emergent movements and calls to action were part of that destabilization. As it turned out, M.I.A. didn’t need to come to the U.S. to help invade it with her sound.

Kala was the album pick of this week’s guest, Lorraine Ali who currently writes about television for the Los Angeles Times but also got her start as a music critic. As one of the few Muslim American culture critics out there, Lorraine connected heavily with who and what M.I.A. represented and during the course of our conversation, we got into what it was like to listen to Kala in the wake of the second Gulf War, burgeoning refugee crises and the shifting geo-political map in which the music of the Global South could be heard as a subversive force, bamboo bangas and all.

More on Lorraine Ali

More on Kala

Show Tracklisting (all songs from Kala unless indicated otherwise):

  • Paper Planes
  • M.I.A.: Galang
  • XR2
  • Come Around
  • Bird Flu
  • 20 Dollar
  • The Turn
  • Mango Pickle Down River
  • M.I.A.: Bad Girls
  • Boyz
  • World Town
  • Jimmy
  • Paper Planes
  • The Clash: Straight To Hell
  • Hussel
  • Bamboo Banga
  • Paper Planes
  • Diga Rhythm Band: Razooli
  • Mohammad Rafi and Kishore Kumar: Humko Tumse Ho Gaya Hai Pyar

Here is the Spotify playlist of as many songs as we can find there

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One Bad Mother, Episode 319: The 12th Ever Genius Fail Spectacular, Plus Rants

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Show: 
One Bad Mother

Biz and Theresa celebrate the end of summer with the traditional playing of the calls! Let’s all take a minute to remember that we are all doing a great and horrible job and that we are getting really good at this.

We are coming to Boston for a live One Bad Mother podcast!! We will be at CitySpace on Saturday, September 14th. You can purchase your tickets at Onebadmotherpodcast.com/tour.
We will also be doing a book signing after the show.

Check out Theresa's new book! It Feels Good To Be Yourself is available now wherever books are sold

Our book You're Doing A Great Job!: 100 Ways You're Winning at Parenting! is available wherever books are sold.

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Show Music
Opening theme: Summon the Rawk, Kevin MacLeod (http://incompetech.com)
Ones and Zeros, Awesome, Beehive Sessions (http://awesomeinquotes.com, also avail on iTunes)
Mom Song, Adira Amram, Hot Jams For Teens (http://adiraamram.com, avail on iTunes)
Telephone, Awesome, Beehive Sessions (http://awesomeinquotes.com, also avail on iTunes)
Closing music: Mama Blues, Cornbread Ted and the Butterbeans

Ep 116 - Books on the Immigrant Experience and Author Tope Folarin!

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Judge John Hodgman Episode 431: This is the Sound of a Gamble

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Maria brings the case against her sister, Lesley. Lesley has been making bets with a friend about Maria's life events. Maria would like her to stop, but Lesley says it's all in good fun. Who's right? Who's wrong?

Huge thanks to Joel Mann at WERU.ORG for providing the Judge's summertime chambers once again! We look forward to your summer cheer next year. WERU is community supported, and is always accepting donations at WERU.ORG. And if you find yourself in Castine, Maine over the summer, don't miss Joel performing with the Night and Day Jazz Trio on the porch of the Pentagoet Inn!

EVIDENCE

An example of the stakes of each bet between Lesley and Bre:

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Thank you to Jeff Wallen for naming this week's case! To suggest a title for a future episode, follow Judge John Hodgman on Facebook. We regularly put out a call for submissions.

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#236 - Clean Slate XVII with Tony Thaxton

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Guests: 
Tony Thaxton

Tony Thaxton, Motion City Soundtrack drummer and the host of Bizarre Albums, joins us to clean the slate of some topics.

Go Fact Yourself with Jim Rash, Jill-Michele Melean, Adam Conover & Jenny Jaffe!

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Date: 
10/13/2019 - 17:00 - 21:00
City: 
Los Angeles
Venue Name: 
Angel City Brewery

216 Alameda Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Tickets are free when you RSVP HERE.

Join us for a live taping of Go Fact Yourself, a game show podcast from J. Keith van Straaten, Jim Newman, and Maximum Fun. Go Fact Yourself features comedians, actors and musicians answering arcane questions on topics they claim to be experts in. But don't worry, if they slip up, there are real experts on hand to give us the facts!

Hosts: J. Keith van Straaten & Helen Hong!

Guests:

5:00pm: Jill-Michele Melean and Jim Rash!

7:00pm: Adam Conover and Jenny Jaffe!

Please note, lineup is subject to change.

Go Fact Yourself with Greg Behrendt & Quinn Cummings!

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Date: 
09/30/2019 - 20:00 - 21:30
City: 
Los Angeles, CA
Venue Name: 
Center for Inquiry West

2535 W Temple St
Los Angeles, CA 90026

Tickets are free when you RSVP HERE.

Join us at the Center for Inquiry for a live taping of Go Fact Yourself, a game show podcast from J. Keith van Straaten, Jim Newman, and Maximum Fun. Go Fact Yourself features comedians, actors and musicians answering arcane questions on topics they claim to be experts in. But don't worry, if they slip up, there are real experts on hand to give us the facts!

Hosts: J. Keith van Straaten & Helen Hong!

Guests:

8:00pm: Greg Behrendt & Quinn Cummings!

Please note, lineup is subject to change.

Dancing Baby

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Show: 
Baby Geniuses

Hello, babies!

We are coming out on this episode as fudge truthers - When was the last time you had fudge? Does anyone other than tourists buy it? Are there people making new batches of fudge, or was all fudge made in the 80s? On Wiki of the Week, we read the Wikipedia page for Dancing Baby. No, it's not a page about when our listeners dance with excitement when we drop a new episode!

Bullseye with Jesse Thorn: David Oyelowo

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Show: 
Bullseye
Guests: 
David Oyelowo

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David Oyelowo on doing chase scenes with Tom Cruise and working in Hollywood

Classically-trained actor David Oyelowo has done such an amazing job perfecting his "American" accent in his roles that we sometimes forget he's from Oxford, England!

He's an incredibly versatile actor. David got his start at the Royal Shakespeare company in London. From there, he took smaller parts on British TV and in movies like The Help and Jack Reacher. You may be familiar with his work as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in Ava DuVernay's 2014 film Selma. He was nominated for a Golden Globe for his portrayal of the late civil rights activist.

David's latest movie is Don’t Let Go which was just released. It's a supernatural thriller that melds elements of murder-mystery with that of a police procedural. The film premiered at this year's Sundance Film Festival. In it, David plays Detective Jack Radcliff. He's a man in a rush against time to save his family. David stars opposite fellow DuVernay alum Storm Reid.

He's quite good in it. But, then again, David's good in everything. When Bullseye talked to the actor in 2018 David had just starred in a movie that could not have been more different than an academy award nominated biopic like Selma. Starring in an action comedy called Gringo, David played Harold Soyinka. He's kind of a middle manager at a big pharmaceutical company in Chicago. The company's decided to get in on the medical marijuana business in a big way - by manufacturing a weed pill. So they send Harold to Mexico to deliver the formula.

We hope this isn't a spoiler, but things don't go as planned for Harold.

Before long he's swept into Mexico's criminal underground. He gets kidnapped. He gets shot at. He gets in a car chase with a cartel hit man. Oyelowo's character, for his part, is barely aware of what's going and spends pretty much everything freaking out. It's goofy, it's kind of dumb, and it's really funny.

Gringo is streaming on Amazon Prime.

Don’t Let Go is in theaters now.

This interview originally aired in March of 2018.

Ep. 15 - Kim Gordon “Is Art Really All Design Now?”

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Guests: 
Kim Gordon

Ep. 15 - Kim Gordon “Is Art Really All Design Now?”

Very happy to bring you another interview in a different kitchen - this time, the mighty Kim Gordon’s (kitchen) (and interview)!
I fairly idolized Kim for her presence in Sonic Youth, but I see her more now as an inspiration in how to live a creative life when life keeps getting longer. I was privileged to attend the opening of her Wreaths show in LA a couple of years ago, not long after Aimee and I were lucky to catch an early live set of Body/Head, right around the time Kim was beginning to write her BOOK, etc., etc., you get the picture. And I have trouble sticking to a podcast schedule.
Anyway, Kim’s a legend for good reason, and I thank her for sitting down with us and I’m glad we DIDN’T talk a ton about music, but more about life and her return to her first love, the visual arts.
Some links:

An example of the wreath art (that you can *purchase*) on Artsy.com: “Wreath Painting Northampton Blue” 2011

An article in the Pittsburgh City Paper about the Warhol museum exhibit, which, in classic timing for this podcast, as of the moment I’m writing this, literally closed two days ago: “Kim Gordon's Lo-Fi Glamour exhibit at The Andy Warhol Museum is bold, crude, and dangerous”

Great footage of early-ish Sonic Youth (1983), live in Poitiers, Fr., with Kim on vocals

Letterman performance of “Bull in the Heather

Free Kitten’s “What’s Fair” live at CB’s in 1994

Body/Head live & P’fork interview, St. Vitus, NYC 2013 (This is the show Aimee and I happened to be at, coincidentally)

And one of my all-time favorite’s of Kim’s, “Shadow of a Doubt

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@TedLeo
@artofprocesspod
@MaxFunHQ

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