2007

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

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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.

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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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EP100: 100th Episode Spectacular: Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings' "100 Days 100 Nights" (2007)

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The Album: Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings 100 Days, 100 Nights (2007)

On the occasion of our 100th episode, we decided to devote a Host’s Choice episode to talking about the breakout 2007 album from Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings. Coming out hot on the heels of Amy Winehouse’s best-selling Back to Black (2007) which featured the Dap-Kings horn section, 100 Days, 100 Nights made it clear who the queen (and kings) of the retro-soul sound was. As their third album, that latest LP showcased the group’s growing prowess as songwriters and Jones was in top form with a voice able to bring heft and spark to the group’s stylings on Southern soul, uptempo funk and deep gospel.

Morgan and Oliver are mostly excited to have made it to #100 and we wanted to thank all our listeners, guests and producers for their support of our show over its first two years. Here’s to 100 more!

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Show Tracklisting (all songs from 100 Days, 100 Nights unless indicated otherwise):

  • 100 Days, 100 Nights
  • Nobody's Baby
  • Amy Winehouse: He Can Only Hold Her
  • Solange: I Decided, Part 1
  • Raphael Saadiq: 100 Yard Dash
  • Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings: She Aint A Child No More
  • Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings: Stranded In Your Love
  • Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings: All Over Again
  • Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings: Cut That Line
  • Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings: Window Shopping
  • Amy Winehouse: You Know I'm No Good
  • The Poets of Rhythm: More Mess On My Thing
  • Nicole Willis & The Soul Investigators: If This Ain't Love (Don't Know What Is)
  • Repercussions: A Gentle Kind of Love
  • Repercussions: Let's Do It Again
  • Alice Russell: Somebody's Gonna Love You
  • Mayer Hawthorne: Just Ain't Gonna Work Out
  • Durand Jones & the Indications: Can't Keep My Cool
  • Saun & Starr: Big Wheel
  • Keep On Looking
  • Let Them Knock
  • 100 Days, 100 Nights
  • Otis Day & The Knights: Shout
  • Tell Me
  • When The Other Foot Drops, Uncle
  • LeAndria Johnson: I Couldn't Have Done It
  • Answer Me
  • Thee Lakesiders: Parachute
  • Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings: All Over Again
  • James Ingram: One Hundred Ways

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