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M.I.A. Debuts the Video for “Double Bubble Trouble”: Watch

Orwell references abound in M.I.A.'s latest clip

M.I.A. has released an uncensored video for the dubstep inspired track “Double Bubble Trouble” off of her 2013 LP Matangi.

The video was released this afternoon, after M.I.A. tweeted: “My label has my video , they havnt uploaded for 4 days > they wont let me upload > whats is the point? smh”

M.I.A. directed the politically-charged video, which is the first video she’s made on her own since the one she directed for Elastica’s “Mad Dog God Dam,” according to Twitter.

She uses her three-plus minutes of screen time to explore the question of living in a world where people can 3-D print guns. “What if you could make weapons like these in your own home using what’s called a three-dimensional printer?” narrates a voice at the top of the video. “This sounds like science fiction, but to some, it’s not so far-fetched.”

The clip mashes up images of mask-wearing gangsters and others wielding guns of their choice, blanketing an important political message under neon effects and a lo-fi feel. Alongside the parrots, monkeys and gun-toting kids, the video includes references to Orwell’s 1984 — although Orwell probably didn’t imagine all the psychedelia and strobe effects.

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Andrew Garfield Stars In Arcade Fire’s New “We Exist” Video

In their video for the Reflektor single, “We Exist,” Arcade Fire decided to use their six-plus minutes of screen time to tell a haunting story about a young man’s struggle to come out in a small town.

The video stars Spiderman‘s Andrew Garfield as a cross-dresser grappling with his sexual identity. While Garfield is currently playing a superhero in every movie theater in the country, he gives Jared Leto a run for his Dallas Buyer’s Club money in the role, fully committing to playing the part of a tormented teen.

The camera follows him as he gets dressed, dons a blonde wig and heels and heads to a local waterhole, where he’s harassed by the bar’s patrons. But what starts out as a hate crime ends with joy as Garfield’s character rapturously dances on stage with the band at this year’s Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. It’s a tense, riveting video that adds even greater depth to the already meaningful song.

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Watch: First Aid Kit’s New Video For “My Silver Lining”

Swedish folk duo First Aid Kit has unveiled a video for “My Silver Lining,” the lead single from their forthcoming album Stay Gold.

The track marries disco, folk and a western twang for a distinctly vintage country swing vibe that seems to pay homage to both Harry Nilsson and Rumors-era Fleetwood Mac. It’s a good fit for the band — and it bodes well for their upcoming release, which was produced by Bright Eyes producer Mike Mogis and features arrangements by Nate Walcott, who has worked with Rilo Kiley and Broken Bells.

“We wanted to create an intriguing and mysterious world where everything is slightly off and the mansion slowly comes to life,” said First Aid Kid in a statement. “The idea of things in life changing, even scaring you, but still having to carrying on despite it all is a theme in the song, which we wanted to convey in the video.”

Watch the album trailer for First Aid Kit’s Stay Gold, due out June 10th on Columbia (pre-order here):

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100-Year-Olds Moms Share Insights On What It Means to Be a Mother

In honor of the 100th anniversary of the first Mother's Day

This Mother’s Day, why not take some advice from three women who’ve been moms for a very, very long time?

In honor of the 100th anniversary of the holiday, Mashable sat down with three centenarians to discuss what motherhood means to them. The women reflect on the great parts of being a mom along with the hardest parts — like raising children during wartime.

“When you see your kid go away, and then you see the papers with the casualties,” Sadie Adler says. “It was shattering.”

Adler also offered the following advice to today’s parents: “Listen to your children and treat them as a grown-up.”

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