Monday, July 12, 2010

M.I.A. Record Release Party at P.S.1

Tonight was the (not so) secret M.I.A. concert/record release party at P.S.1 in Queens.  To get a invite was really simple - you just had to pre-order her new album, /\/\ /\ Y /\, at Opening Ceremony and if you are one of the first 50 to pre-order, you get an invite with a +1.  My friend Jon got the tickets and it was a secret location up until about 4 hours before the show started.  I was really excited that it was in Queens because I live here and it wouldn't take that long for me to commute.  I also love P.S.1.  What was really awesome was that they did not let it get too overcrowded.  I considered it to be a small show that COULD have been a really great turnout but it doesn't always happen that way.

Hipsters love open bar.


Rye Rye performed.

M.I.A. comes out shortly after Rye Rye. It's nice outside, everyone is having fun.  She did a song and then said that she couldn't hear herself and kind of threw a fit on stage, someone came out + said something to her which caused her to throw her mic, shoes + sunnies out to the audience and storm off the stage. 

After that whole debacle, people started to say that the party was moving upstairs, meaning inside the P.S.1, which is an art space, so there was air conditioning in there.  But for some reason not in the room she was to perform in.  So we make it in after being smooshed in a riot of people who were pissed/confused.  The show is now on the 3rd floor and in a room that looked like it was set up beforehand, with M.I.A.'s videos up on the wall, a DJ already all seemed so oddly planned, like why did she have a fit in the first place outside, making the new location seem like a last minute plan when it clearly wasn't?

So we were stuck in this room that was a zillion degrees and she ended up not going on for about an hour.  When she finally did, she sang for one song and got off the stage.  Again.  I believe she did come back on, but we had already left at this point because it was just too much to handle.  And I think I would have passed out from dehydration if I stayed.  I do like M.I.A. and even though I'm not a fan of her latest album I still thought this would've been a really fun show, had they kept the party strictly outside.  Oh! and my friend Jon took the pictures below of Rye Rye having her own little dance party.