M.I.A. is no longer M.I.A.!

When M.I.A. announced that her show at Bonaroo would be her last, we were all pretty disappointed, but most of us were definitely skeptical about her early "retirement".

Lately, Paper Planes has exploded onto just about every station on the radio, from KROQ to Power 106 due to the advertisements for Pineapple Express, and it kind of sucked hearing it seep into the mainstream because of a movie. But, it had an upside:

"Well, [Bonaroo] it was my last ever show. And it still is. I stopped touring after that and I didn’t want to make music again. I was quite happy to just leave it all behind. I was happy with what I had achieved. Now, with the success of 'Paper Planes' there’s pull for me to make another record. Even my mum believes in me more [laughs]. It’s a nice encouragement. But I was planning my life as a fishing woman on the outskirts of Cambodia. That’s a joke."




Shepard Fairey got beat, OBEYMA!

via Felix Sockwell


'Ello Gov'na!

I realized that some people haven't seen these hilarious Raisin Bran commercials yet...



Its been a while for a new post on 7hedejavu, so here we go

First of all, I've always wanted an awesome DSLR camera, but always thought the bulkiness would hold me back from taking it everywhere, because who knows when you'll get a good shot?

Here's a camera that puts DSLR settings into a point and shoot:

It can shoot ISO80 to ISO1600, 1cm macro mode, 4 person face recognition, and costs $450, out in Japan on September 5th.

It kind of reminds me of my phase of obsession with the Leica M8:

but beware, its about 5G's.

This past week I went biking at Piedmont Park in Atlanta, and biking uphill on a BMX sucks! I also went to a bike shop that had a bunch of really, really nice fixed speed bikes.

one day...

and a cool bike-dreamcatcher:

The fixed-speed bike culture is big, and its growing!


boombox blastin BMX

The future is all about customizing, but who would have ever thought you can mount your subs onto a regular BMX bike, instead of carrying an oversized boombox on your tired shoulders?

The new documentary called Made In Queens follows a few Trinidad and Tobago kids customizing their bikes into two wheeled musical machines.

Peep the trailer here.


A Seismic Bloc Party

This past Tuesday, July 29th, we had a shake up in So Cal, and an amazing Bloc Party concert at the Mayan Theater in Los Angeles.
As Kele said, it was a day to celebrate, we survived an earthquake!

The Setlist:

Hunting For Witches
Like Eating Glass
Waiting For The 7.18
Price Of Gasoline
Song For Clay (Disappear Here)
So Here We Are
The Prayer
This Modern Love
I Would Die 4 U (Prince cover) / Flux
She's Hearing Voices

Friendly Fires opened up the concert with some great newcomers energy, followed by the dance driven beats of Does it Offend You, Yeah? Their performance can be summed up by the indecipherable words of the bassist, "It looks like America's Got Talent up there, this is supposed to be a fuckin' dancefloor!" Bloc Party surpassed any great expectations I had, even with Gordy out on fatherly duties, they absolutely killed it. The Prince cover was an unexpected, but of course Kele made the song even better than it already is. Mercury was perfectly performed, even with the new dance beat and voice-sampling. And being in the second row didn't suck either. As for the direction of their third studio album, I predict a more Mercury, dance-like sound. It's a big change and although they are good at it, I think most fans want to see Bloc go back to something along the roots of Silent Alarm, am I right?

photo credits go to WHAAAAATTTTTT!!!

and in Kele's words, "told you it was going to be seismic!"